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October 2006






FREEDOM PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH                                 Non-Profit Org.

Post Office Box Four Hundred                          

LaGrangeville, New York    12540                                                              U.S. Postage

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“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

Gail Gemmell & Christine Lent, Co-Directors of Sunday School

Bonnie Biskup, Parish Nurse

Kevin Coyne, Sexton

Katherine DeFiglio, Junior Choir Director

Donna Logan & Em Jorgenson, Bell Choir Directors

Rich Roeser, Website Director

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                                                                       OCTOBER, 2006



“Giving Is Faith In Action”


Dear Friends,


Christine and I are starting to give our almost 7-year-old son Daniel an allowance. You might think that this is an easy thing to do, but you would be wrong.  Money is after all a complicated thing.  Christine and I have talked about Daniel’s allowance many times now.  What is the right amount?  What does he have to do for his allowance?  What should he just be doing as a member of the family, and occupant of the house?  What do we expect him to pay for?  Obviously, it is not really about the money.  There are lessons to be learned about budgeting and responsibility and giving.  Important stuff to be sure. 


This discussion of allowance also relates to Daniel’s church life, as well as Mom’s and Dad’s.  It seems Christine has been sending Daniel to church with a dollar every week in his children’s offering envelope.  Now that he is getting a dollar allowance, it seems strange that Daniel brings 100% the value of his income to church, even if it comes out of Mom’s wallet.  After all, we at church encourage 10% as an ideal, a tithe, and in truth I find it admirable when people pray and discern what percent of their income they can give away, even if it is 2%, 4%, or 7%.  What I believe is most important is a generous heart and a desire to give to God of our time, talents and treasures. 


Certainly the importance of giving and a generous heart are things we want our children to learn.  As a result, in the short term, I think the church is going to loose 90% of Daniel’s weekly offering.  (And Christine is going to have a dollar more of mad money every week.)  In the long term, it is my hope that the church will help Christine and I nurture a child who knows in his core, the power and the importance, of giving.  It is this long-term investment that I believe God wants to make in each one of us. 





CHURCH EMAIL LIST – We are in the process of compiling a complete church email list for use in some upcoming new and exciting projects.  Won’t you please help us out by sending an email from each member of your family, stating your name to  If you are a member of a specific group, such as: an Elder, Deacon, JHYF, or SHYF, a Bible study group, church school teacher, etc., please include this in your email.  Your help in this project would only take a minute of your time would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance!!!!

CHURCH DIRECTORYIf you haven’t received your church directory, please see Carolyn Boak or Julie Carmichael or stop by the church office to pick one up.

ALL CHURCH PICNICUnfortunately, due to the threat of inclement weather, the FPPC picnic was cancelled.  If we plan on rescheduling the picnic, we will keep you posted. 

CLEARWATER SAIL RESCHEDULED! - Come sail with us on the Clearwater Sail on Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day).  The boat will be departing from Poughkeepsie at 2:00 PM and returning at 5:00 PM.  The cost is $35 per person.  There will be a sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Rene Milliken at 227-6374.

WOMEN IN THE THEATRE – Freedom Plains Presbyterian Women have invited Hudson Valley AAUW to join us for an evening program called “Women in the Theater”.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 PM at the Church.  Marie Hasenpflug and Nancy Auffarth will entertain us with their experiences and talents.  Following the program there will be a social hour featuring fall desserts.

RUMMAGE SALE – Church rummage sale Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 - 2:00.  Please bring your items for sale to the church basement during the week of October 8.  We are also in need of volunteers for setting up during the week and all day during the sale.  Please sign up to help at the bulletin board.

NEW MEMBERS TEA – There will be a new members tea at Rev. Lent’s home on October 15 at 4:00.  Anyone interested in membership, please talk to Rev. Lent or Rev. Finck.

FPPC HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR! – Our annual holiday craft fair will be held Friday, November 17 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  and Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This is a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and to purchase food and baked goods.  Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, baking and working the fair.  There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board and at a table on Sundays in Fellowship Hall.  For more information, please contact Nancy Townsend at 221-9063 or Christine Lent at 471-4146.

CRADLE ROLL MINISTRY – We would like to thank Don Budd for sending out cards to children who get baptized, and then birthday cards for their 1st and 2nd birthdays.  We appreciate his time and effort to make children feel a part of our church.  Don has been doing this for many years and is asking for a volunteer to take over this position.  If you are interested in serving the church in this capacity, please call the church office at 452-0684.

FREEDOM RINGERS EMERGENCY APPEAL AND CHALLENGE! The Freedom Ringers need at least one additional person to be able to reconvene this coming season.  Any adult players (post high school males/females) interested in helping to keep them ringing should contact Em Jorgensen at 471-2979.  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. 

NOVEMBER HERALDPlease submit articles for the November Herald in writing or by email to Susan Walsh at the church office by Monday, October 15.  The email address is  Thank you in advance. 

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 

As the cooler weather and shorter days approach, we are beginning to gravitate to more of our indoor activities.  For the Library Committee, that includes scrap booking some of the church’s recent activities into our church photo albums.  We would like to invite you to submit your church event photos from the past year or two, so that we may include them in our books.  We will then display our albums, both old and new later this month in Fellowship Hall.  If you miss us in FH, you may also place your photos in the photo box in the Library.  Please record when the photos were taken and any other pertinent information regarding the event or photo.

While in the Library, don’t forget to check out our Newest Books shelf for new additions.  We invite your input for ideas or requests of the library.  In addition, we invite you to join our Library Committee.  The commitment is a small one, but each new member adds to our library in a very large way!  Please consider it, and speak with any of our current members.

                                                     Library Committee:  Liz Miglis, Pam Woodward, Kathy Newton, and Laney Newton












Communion Sunday
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM  Worship
10:00 AM  Fellowship
11:00 AM  Worship

7:00 PM  Arlington Rowing Association
8:00 PM  Scottish Society

7:30 PM  Women's Bible Study
7:30 PM  Stewardship Campaign Mtg.
8:00 PM  Boy Scouts Committee Mtg.

10:00 AM  A Morning for Mom!
1:00 PM  Dorcas Bible Study
4:00 PM  JHYF
7:30 PM  Deacon's Mtg.

7:30 AM  Men's Bible Study
12:00 PM  Arlington High School Open House
7:00 PM  Arlington High School Open House
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsal


8:30 PM  AA

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM  Worship
10:00 AM  Fellowship
11:00 AM  Worship

Columbus Day
Rummage Sale Prep./Basement
Columbus Day/Church Office Closed
2:00 PM  Clearwater Sail Trip
7:30 PM  Christian Ed

Rummage Sale Prep./Basement
9:00 AM  Scholarship Quilting
6:00 PM  Mission Committee
7:15 PM  Property
7:30 PM  Finance Committee Mtg.
7:30 PM  Stewardship Committee
7:30 PM  Christian Ed

Rummage Sale Prep./Basement
10:00 AM  A Morning for Mom!
1:00 PM  Dorcas Bible Study
4:00 PM  JHYF
7:00 PM  Presbyterian Women/AAUW/Women in the Theatre

Rummage Sale Prep./Basement
7:30 AM  Men's Bible Study
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsal

Rummage Sale Prep./Basement

9:00 AM  Rummage Sale/Basement
8:30 PM  AA

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM  Worship
10:00 AM  Fellowship
11:00 AM  Worship
4:00 PM  New Member's Tea
7:00 PM  SHYF Mtg.

World Food Day
9:00 AM  Home Bureau
7:30 PM  Session

9:30 AM  Friendship Calling
7:30 PM  Women's Bible Study

10:00 AM  A Morning for Mom!
1:00 PM  Dorcas Bible Study
4:00 PM  JHYF

7:30 AM  Men's Bible Study
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsal


1:00 PM  Private Party
8:30 PM  AA

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM  Worship
10:00 AM  Fellowship
11:00 AM  Worship
6:00 PM  SHYF Trip to Headless Horseman

7:30 PM  Waterman Bird Club

United Nations Day

10:00 AM  A Morning for Mom!
1:00 PM  Dorcas Bible Study
4:00 PM  JHYF
9:00 PM  Homeless Shelter

7:30 AM  Men's Bible Study
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsal


9:00 AM  Home Bureau
8:30 PM  AA

Office Hours – Sundays 10:00 – 11:00 & 12:00 –12:30      For an appointment, please call the church office or

Bonnie Biskup at 724-5631.   B/P Screenings and Consultations ongoing on Sundays.

Care Notes - Fellowship Hall.

-          Spiritual and Emotional health and well-being for adults.

-          Help for parents and kids on school issues, peer pressure, bullying, anger, grief, self-esteem, fear, respect.

Lending Library in Parish Health Nurse Office – We now have the following books to lend:

Adults – “You – the Owner’s Manual”

Parents & Kids Books- Divorce, Family Death, New Baby.

Focus on Your Health – Arm yourself against chronic diseases.  You can’t change your family history, but you can better your odds against developing some chronic illnesses.  Many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and alzheimer’s can be prevented or delayed by taking a few steps yourself.  Keep your weight down by proper eating.  Eat smaller portions of food.  Include lean meats, fish poultry, complex carbohydrates (avoid white flour and grains), fruit, and vegetables.  We eat too much in too large a portion.  Drink less soda and more water.  Walk – everyday!  Take the stairs and park further from your destination.  Let’s start a healthier year.

Prayers for Comfort & Healing – Jean Bernard, Mary Best, Kajsa Bupp, Alice Cann & Mom, Maureen Cavanaugh, Jill Edmonds, Madeline Hanka, Emily Johnson, Tammy Maier, Ellice Tobin, Edwan Van Etten, Jim & Ann Vaughan, Dick Volk.

For Visits or Cards:Jean Bernard – Lutheran Care, Room 119.  She needs a home for her two dogs.  See Bonnie if interested.  

Prayers for Bereavement:  The Johnson Family for the loss of Ed Johnson.

Joys:  Marriage of Heather Roy to David Johnson, daughter of Gabriel and Linda Roy.

                                                                                                            Yours In Christ, Bonnie Biskup, Parish Health Nurse




 A Morning for Mom! - Beginning September 20th, we will start a Wednesday morning fellowship group for mothers of young children.  We will meet at 10:00 AM at the church.  We hope to provide childcare for the children.  Please contact Rev. Heather Finck if you have any questions.

v     Women’s Bible Study - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall.

v     Dorcas Bible Study – Will Resume Wed., September 27th in the Church Common Room.  We will continue with Genesis.

v     Men’s Breakfast Bible Study - Will resume Thursday, September 14 – 7:30 AM in the Church Common Room.



SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL UPDATES - We are excited to have a great group of teachers and assistants that will be teaching several new curricula called Exploring Faith (toddlers thru 5th grade), Tweens (6th Grade) and Bible Lessons for Youth (7th & 8th grades).  During Advent, we will also try a rotation curriculum based on the book of Isaiah (similar to VBS format).  Church School takes place during the 9:00 service.  Children attend the service with their families and immediately following the children’s message, the leave the sanctuary for Church School.  We also have childcare for infants and toddler, who can be dropped off prior to the start of the 9:00 or the 11:00 service.

There are several ideas (new and not so new) that we will be incorporating into the Church School program.  A letter with more details will be distributed on the first day of Sunday School.


1)      Children’s Fellowship – once a month the children will meet together immediately following the children’s message in Fellowship Hall, where Rev. Finck will lead a 10-15 minute fellowship.  This will include songs, offering, the Doxology, and The Lord’s Prayer.  Afterwards, the children will go to their Sunday School Classes. 

2)      Bring your parent (s) to Church School – Each month a different grade will have an “open house” so that parents can see what their children are doing in Church School.


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3)      Children’s participation in Church Service – Each month, we hope to have a different class involved with the service.  This could include readings, music, greeting/ushering, skit, etc.  These dates will coordinate with the dates for the parent “open house” dates.

4)      Bible Sunday – Will be held on Sept. 24.  3rd graders will receive Bibles on this Sunday.  Usually, 6th graders also receive Bibles, but since the 5th & 6th grade class was taught together, if there are any 6th graders this year who didn’t receive a Bible last year, please notify Christine Lent ASAP, so that we can make sure they receive one. 

Church School will be in session for 34 Sundays.  As in the past, attendance pins will be given to students who are in attendance for 25 Sundays.  Lastly, if you haven’t had a chance to submit a registration form, please do so and submit it to the teacher, the offering plate, and church office, or to Gail or Christine.  We look forward to a new and exciting year!  Thank you.

                                                                                                       Gail Gemmell and Christine Lent, Church School Directors


CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH BELL CHOIR - The Children’s Bell Choir is open to all 4th to 6th Graders, or any younger child who already studies an instrument or voice and can read music.  The season is from mid November to Palm Sunday.  The Youth Bell Choir is open to all 7th to 12th graders who can read music and want to take part in a spirited musical activity.  The season is from mid-November until the Sunday prior to Memorial Day.

Bell choir rehearsals will resume in November.  YBC will be held at 10:20 and CBC will be held at 11:15.


Our church-sponsored Freedom Plains Nursery School 2006-2007 School Year is presently accepting registrations for the 4-year-old program.  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.




ASP MISSION TRIP REPORT – A great mix of forty adult/youth and even a few college students headed off to Brenton, West Virginia this summer from Freedom Plains on our annual mission trip.  Once again it was both a powerful and profound experience.  We are planning a Spaghetti Super at the Church to share the experience with the congregation on October 1 at
6:00 PM.  More details will follow – but please save the date!                                                                                 Rev. Paul Lent

LUNCHBOX Thanks to all who helped prepare food with the assistance of MaryLou Eshelman and all who helped deliver and serve the delicious meal under the direction of the Auffarth family.  If you patronize Stewarts on Route 55, please thank the manger for the free ice cream and likewise for Adams who gave us a discount on the chicken to feed 150 people.  We will be preparing a meal next on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day.  Don’t forget that every 4th Wednesday, we prepare and serve dinner to twelve people at the homeless shelter.  Please sign up at the bulletin board.

CROP WALK  - The Crop Walk will be held on Sunday, October 1.  Please try to participate this year as a walker, sponsor, or both.  At least 25% of the money raised is used in Dutchess County to fight hunger; the remaining money is used nationally and globally, under the direction of Church World Service.

PEACE OFFERING – One of the four PCUSA special offerings each year is dedicated to increasing awareness of our efforts to create peace in this world with our fellow humans and with the environment.  25% of the total offering stays here at FPPC to fund our support of the Clearwater and the local branch of the Nature Conservancy.  Please consider the serious issues of peace in the world and give generously.  Dedication of the offering will be on World Communion Sunday.

CWS NEWLETTER – A reminder that the issue of hunger in our world is about access to food and the money to pay for it.  Despite a growing population, there is still enough food to feed everyone.  The roots of hunger are found in poverty, war, inequitable trade patterns, ignorance, and disease.  For which of these do we hold responsibility?  We are still a long way from realizing the goal of the last World Food Conference on cutting hunger in half by 2015.

DCIC – Rev. Philip Carr-Harris is replacing Rev. Gail Burger, who recently retired as Executive Director of the DCIC.  Rev. Carr-Harris is an ordained minister in the Canadian Anglican Church who served as the Rector of an Episcopal Church in Pleasantville, NY and as an interim Priest at St. Paul’s Church in Poughkeepsie.  He has been a strong proponent of interfaith activities for years.  The DCIC looks forward to working with Rev. Carr-Harris in our important work of promoting respect and understanding among diverse religious communities.

INTERFAITH SERVICE – A community interfaith service for Hope, Peace, and Reconciliation will be held on September 10, 7 PM at Christ Episcopal Church, Barcley and Academy Street in Poughkeepsie.  More information at

LOCAL MISSION TRIP – Several excellent suggestions have been made and more information will be forthcoming soon.


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