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May 2006 - THE HERALD






FREEDOM PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH                                 Non-Profit Org.

Post Office Box Four Hundred                          

LaGrangeville, New York    12540                                                              U.S. Postage

                                                                                                                             P A I D

“RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED”                                                 Newburgh, NY

                                                                             Permit No. 4003




















Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church



Rev. Paul Lent, Pastor

Rev. Heather Finck, Parish Associate

Denise Bassen, Music Director

Susan Walsh, Administrative Assistant

Linda Jacobs & Maryanne Russo, Co-Directors of Sunday School

Bonnie Biskup, Parish Nurse

Kevin Coyne, Sexton

Katherine DeFiglio, Junior Choir Director

Donna Logan & Em Jorgenson, Bell Choir Directors


Office Hours:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Office Telephone:  (845) 452-0684

Office Fax # (845) 452-7816

E-Mail Address:






Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church

Founded 1827                                                                       MAY, 2006



“The church is both catholic (universal) and particular”.

(Presbyterian Book of Order G-7.0100)

Dear Friends,


Have you every really thought about what the Church is?  I have been thinking about it ever since I received word that Moriah-Olivet Presbyterian Church in Utica, NY would be closing in a month or so.  It was while serving this old inner-city Welsh church 13 years ago, that I really knew in my heart that I was called to be a minister.


It really should not be a surprise.  The word was Moriah-Olivet would close sooner than later, and in truth it is later now.  The statistics and demographics have been against them for some time now.


I suppose the world will look at this church and say it has failed, and yet, I don’t see that.  They ministered to me; they ministered to a group of Haitian immigrants, who became members, only to leave a few years later because they could not get work in Utica.  They ministered to their members, and they preached the gospel and worshipped the Lord with the beautiful harmonies that the Welsh are known for.  (Although, it is also true they could not clap on the off beats.)  With Easter eyes, sometimes what the world sees as failure and death, we Christians see as life and faithfulness. 


Thankfully, the statistics and demographics say the exact opposite for Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church.  We should be growing.  We should be thriving.  Yet, we are called to the same ministry as Moriah-Olivet.  We are called to be faithful to our Risen Lord, here and now.  In a few weeks, I will have the opportunity to preach to the 30 or so remaining members of Moriah-Olivet.  I will have the opportunity to say to them, well done, good and faithful servants, well done.  We can only hope and pray and work so that the same will be said of us.







If you’ve ever wondered about the “unicorns” or the “giants” spoken of in the Bible or struggled with the mysteries of Revelation, you may be particularly interested in a section of the church library referred to as “Reference-Bible” or “RB”.  This section has a wealth of resources from different versions of the Bible, such as the King James and the more modern language translations, references on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha and those elucidating individual books of the Bible, such as The Gospel of John and Revelation.  We have assorted parallel Bibles, which help you to compare the different versions with translations in columns side by side.  Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases can all be very helpful to understanding what we are reading and setting the historical and cultural background for Biblical events.  Some of the most beautifully illustrated volumes of this kind can be found in our “Oversized” section which includes the Illustrated Dictionary of Bible Life and Times and Fascinating Bible Facts.  A small sub-section labeled “RC” for “Reference-Christ” may also be found here.  It includes such titles as Jesus and His Times, One Hundred Portraits of Christ and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Life of Christ.




Bonnie Biskup

Office hours 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM–12:30 PM.  For appointments call 724-5631.                                                                    

B/P Screening –Sunday mornings.

“The Parish Health Nurse is part of the church’s ministry team that seeks holistic health, well-being of body, spirit, mind and relationships”.  The Parish Nurse promotes health and prevents disease as

A - One who integrates faith and health.

B -  A personal health counselor and health advocate.

C – Health Educator

D – Referral Agent

E – Provider of pastoral care           (Quoted from Pok. 1st Presbyterian Church)

The Role of Parish Health Nurse depends upon the needs of a particular congregation.  Come see me about programs you would like to have and issues you would like addressed.                                        Bonnie Biskup

Care Notes:  In Fellowship Hall & Narthex on Emotional and Spiritual well being.

Prayers for Comfort and Healing:

Jean Bernard, Mary Best, Lou Biskup, Joyce Coice, Jill Edmonds, Emily & Ed Johnson, Tammy Maier, Ian Morrison, Diane Soyka, Ellice Tobin, Jimmy Vaughn.

Prayers for Bereavement:  The Phil Arnold Family





DORCAS BIBLE STUDY – Dorcas is a co-ed Bible study that meets at the church each Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30, September thru June.  If interested in joining us, please contact Bonnie Biskup at 724-5631.   

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY BREAFAST – The Men’s Bible Study is held every Thursday at 7:30 AM at the church and is led by Ben Sung and Rev. Paul Lent.  Please check the online calendar for ongoing study notes.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – The Women’s Bible Study is held on the first and third Tuesday of the Month at Maureen Doherty’s house.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Maureen at 454-6318.






APPALACHIAN SERVICE PROJECT – The next ASP mtg. will be held at the church on May 21 at 7:00 PM.  All volunteers and those who plan on joining us this summer should attend this meeting.
                                                                                                                                      Rev. Paul Lent



 A Tupperware fundraiser was held on 4/23, 4/30 and will be held on 5/7 in Fellowship Hall.  40% of all sales will go directly to ASP.  Please contact Debbie Armstrong at 226-4856 if you would like to purchase Tupperware or have any questions.

 The Annual Rummage Sale will be held on May 13 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Proceeds will be used to support the ASP Mission Trip.  Volunteers are needed throughout the day.  Please sign up at the bulletin board at the church.


SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE PLANT SALE – There will be a plant sale held at the church on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Proceeds from the sale will go to the Scholarship Fund.



CONFIRMATION CLASS – The confirmation class has been working hard and doing a tremendous job.  In addition to some wonderful discussions about their faith and exploration of related topics, they have been actively involved in many aspects of the church.  Each confirmand has been a lay reader and greeter, and many have led the children’s message during the 9:00 service.  All 17 members of the class have committed to a minimum of 10 hours of community service, including, the homeless shelter, Bright Nights, several charity walks, road clean up and some project around the church building.  Every confirmand was assigned both a peer and adult mentor, which was a valuable part of the experience.  Thank you to all the volunteer mentors.  To gain a better understanding and appreciation for different religions, we held a multi-faith panel discussion with teenagers representing 5 different faiths.  We will be making a trip to NYC to tour several churches and will be attending a Buddhist Monastery.  For more information on our class, please see our bulletin board in the main hallway.  The class will be confirmed on Sunday, June 4, in which they will plan and lead the both services. 


CONFIRMATION CLASS BBQ - There will be a BBQ on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00 at the Fandls’ Home, for all confirmands and their mentors.  Mentors, please speak to your confirmand for details or contact Kristen Fandl at

226-1327 for more information or directions.



DON’T MISS THE BOAT! - Vacation Bible School will be touring the USA from June 26 to June 30.  Our boat departs daily at 9:00 AM and returns at 12:00 Noon.  Come join us for Bible stories, crafts, music and music more!  Registration forms in this May Herald.







RURAL & MIGRANT MINISTRY – The Rural and Migrant Ministry Resource Team invites you to celebrate during the month of May, which is Farmworker Solidarity Month.  The Presbytery of Hudson River has been a covenanting partner with Rural & Migrant Ministry since its founding 25 years ago.  Please consider attending the “Sowing Seeds for Justice Dinner” on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.  Tickets are $175 per person.  For more information, please call Nydia Medina at (845) 485-8627. or visit their website at



Let us pray:  In a world filled with injustices, teach us Lord, never to speak for the silent, but to work to empower them so that their voices will be heard.  Help us to support their struggle and encourage our solidarity.  Bless the hands of the people of the earth, the hands that till the soil, the hands that plant the seed, the hands that bind the harvest, the hands that carry the burden of life.  Soften the hands of the oppressor and strengthen the hands of the oppressed.  Bless the hands of the farm workers; bless the hands of those in power above them that the measure they deal will be tempered with justice and compassion.  Amen.



PCUSA PENTECOST OFFERING – In the month of May, PSUSA asks for a special offering to celebrate the successes of our youth confirmation, graduation, scholarship and Sunday School pins.  This offering hopes to reach the at risk youth who do not have the opportunity for these celebrations.  Forty percent of the money raised will be used to support FPPC’s ASP Mission Trip this summer where our youth will directly impact the lives of others in need.  All one needs to do is re-read Nick Taylor’s article from The Poughkeepsie Journal to be reminded of that.




CHURCH WORLD SERVICE TOOLS & BLANKET MINISTRY - This year we will help Don Budd “warm his head” with our Tool & Blanket Gift Appeal.  A $5.00 donation to CWS who in turn gives Tools & Blanket to people in need in 80 different countries.  You will get “hair” to glue to Don’s head.  Come see the picture and get a card for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a general card that you may give to a special person.  Thank you in advance for supporting the Tool & Blanket Appeal.




DCIC NEWS – Dutchess County Interfaith Counsel has changed its email address to  They sponsor monthly story circles.  A circle is composed of people of different faiths sharing the richness of their story traditions.  A leader begins by telling a story or two based on the month’s theme; then the circle is open for any who wish to tell a story.  This can be a way into the heart for each other.










DCIC - On Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM, DCIC will hold its monthly story circle at Locust Grove Conference Center, Rt. 9, Poughkeepsie.  The theme is “Stories of Courage & Hope”.  This event is free and all are welcome.

The Anne Frank Center USA’s traveling exhibit, “Anne Frank in the World: “1929-1945”, will be at Locust Grove, Rt. 9 Poughkeepsie from May 9 to 31.  Complementary events, films, and lectures will be presented April through June at several venues throughout the county.  Please check the website: for details.


OFFERING OF LETTERS - If you could save a life this week by spending fifteen minutes of your time – would you do it?  How about if you could save a life in a year or so?  We can all find 15 minutes somehow, if it means savings a life.  This year the Bread of the World’s Offering of Letters focuses on asking Congress to make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals by significantly increasing poverty-focused development assistance in Fiscal Year 2007 and to work toward devoting an additional 1 percent of the federal budget to poverty-focused development assistance by 2010.  The United States has joined other nations in a commitment to cut global hunger and poverty in half by 2015.  If you join with others in this campaign by writing Senator Schumer, Senator Clinton and

your U.S. Representative (John Sweeney or Sue Kelly), we can convince Congress to keep that promise.  That would save millions of lives!  A few minutes of your time to write a letter (or three) to save millions of God’s people from poverty, hunger, illiteracy, disease and other evils of poverty, how can you not find the time?  The Mission Committee will kick off the letter writing campaign April 30th.  Please stop by our table in Fellowship Hall to get supplies and to find out more about the Millennium Development Goals.  All letters brought back to the church by Sunday, May 21 will be dedicated in the morning offering and mailed.



ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – Thank you to all who supported PCUSA’S One Great Hour of Sharing during Lent.  It is a blessing to us because it reminds us of all we have that we can share with others and as we share our sacrifice it reinforces the important role that Lent can have in our lives.  Let us remember that preparing for disaster relief is an ongoing need as the recent “aftermath of Katrina” documentaries have shown.



EARTH STEWARDS – Special thanks to those who helped Earth Stewards honor our church’s commitment to clean up Todd Hill Road each year.  This year we had enough volunteers to help with the cleaning of a second road!



EASTER DINNER – Thank you to the Hoffman, Barry, and Emmett families, and their many helpers for creating such a delicious, festive and meaningful Easter Dinner for our church and our community.



In Memory of

Gail Audrey (Ross) Arnold

November 10, 1934 – April 7, 2006

“He brought me out to an open place:

He rescued me because he delighted in me.”

                                                                 Psalms 18:19








JUNE HERALD – Please submit articles for the June Herald in writing or by email to Susan Walsh at the church office by Friday, May 17.  The email address is  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 


NEW FREEDOM PLAINS CHURCH ONLINE CALENDAR! – Please visit our website: and click on “calendar” to view our current events.  If you would like an event posted to the calendar, forms are located at the church office, or submit the event in writing by email with any pertinent details regarding the event to 


FREEDOM RINGERS – The Freedom Ringers are looking for additional adult players (post high school males/females) for next session.  Our rehearsals are Thursday evenings, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and will begin in mid-October.  Prerequisites are the ability to read music and a strong commitment to attending rehearsals.  Training sessions will be held in the fall for new players prior to the first rehearsal.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Em Jorgensen at 471-2979.


KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A HUG? – Our teddy bears in the sanctuary are just waiting to come home to someone’s house and bring him or her a smile.  Please feel free to take a teddy bear while at church on Sunday to brighten someone’s day!


A PERSONAL THANK YOU! – When Pastor Paul preached on Easter Sunday about what it means to be part of a church community filled with faith, hope and love, it reminded me of the role that my church family has played in my recovery from my recent surgery.  Thank you for the prayers, flowers, cards, visits, gifts, food and the errands run.  I hope that I will have an opportunity to share those many kindnesses with you.           Sincerely, Jill Edmonds



There are openings for Church School Teachers beginning September 2006.  There are “full time” and “shared” positions available.  A new curriculum is in the process of being chosen that will provide an outline, materials and ideas for use that will be appropriate for each grade level.  If you would like to participate in the Sunday school program, please contact Gail Gemmell at 849-1917 or Christine Lent at 471-4146.  We are both excited to be part of this new venture and are looking forward to bringing fun and excitement into our children’s Christian Education experience.



Our church-sponsored Freedom Plains Nursery School 2006-2007 School Year is presently accepting registrations for the 4-year-old program.  The 2 and 3-year-old programs are now filled.  The four-year-old class schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please contact Call Valorie Parry, Nursery School Director, at 485-1145 to register your child for this wonderful program.











I would like to share with the congregation some of the things that are done with your donations made to the Deacons’ Fund. The Deacons’ fund is used in a variety of ways to help those in need. Generally, this fund is used within our church family and/or within our local community. The Deacons’ fund has been used in the past to help local fire victims and to purchase home heating oil. We have also helped with rental assistance for several congregation members who had fallen on hard times. The Deacons’ fund enabled us to assist Devin Resler after his accident. We were able to pitch in and send emergency kits to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. We are able to provide children’s Bibles and crosses to our newest members as a baptismal gift. Moving forward, the Deacons’ would like to help even more than in the past. Since we Have no administrative costs, nearly 100% of the donations received are used towards these worthy causes. Please help us to help more by locating your white and gold envelopes marked “Deacons’ Fund” and donate what you can. It is our hope to help this world in need one kind act at a time. Sincerely, Paul Schatz and The Deacons

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