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The Newsletter of Gilead Presbyterian Church, Carmel, NY

January 2013

Dear Friends, Although I don’t like driving in snow, I love to watch it fall, and I love how clean and beautiful it makes the world appear. This year we actually got a white Christmas! Why do we long for a white Christmas? Is it just because the holiday songs tell us we do? I don’t think so. Because snow is so pristine and pure, it is used as a metaphor in the Bible for being cleansed of sin. Psalm 51:7 says that if the Lord washes us, we shall be whiter than snow. Isaiah 1:18 promises that in the Lord, though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow. Christmas is a wonderful time to be reminded that Christ came into the world to save us from our sins, and a true Christmas has more to do with the simplicity of falling snow’s new-found purity than the gay multi-colored lights that illumine our decorations. Of course, the snow is simply covering the earth; whatever it looked like before is still there, underneath. That’s true of us, as well. We’re all sinful, and as long as we’re living here on earth, we have to struggle to make the correct choices for right and light. The good news is that the Lord will always cover our sins like a new-falling snow. 1 Peter 4:8 tells us that we must “maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.” God is love, and God’s son Jesus is love, and love purifies us and strengthens us if we keep working at it. Last night I got to see the movie Les Miserables, which I enjoyed, and I was reminded again of that great line from it: “When you love another person, you see the face of God.” In the story, the antagonist’s entire life is changed from one of darkness and degradation to holiness when he receives love from a kind priest, and when he adopts a small girl and comes to love her. This is love covering a multitude of sins. I hope the snow will stop falling soon. It’s a lovely metaphor, but a slippery reality. But the love of God goes on forever, and as we approach the new year with brand new hopes and dreams, let us rededicate ourselves to the sometimes difficult but still joyful task of loving one another as God loved us. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Love and Light, Martin

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A VIEW FROM A PEW By Don De Vries Since you are able to read this edition of the newsletter, I guess the end of the Mayans calendar did not foretell the end of the world. I suspect that the last date in 2012 that showed, had more to do with the fact that the Mayans became extinct, and that there were simply no more of them to do an update. They hadn’t gotten the word that it is God who will act on the last day. Until then, we get to carry God’s message of love and redemption into the world. It’s not time to stop doing that! In recent years, a subtle change has crept into our lexicon. Historians used to refer to time as measured BC, Before Christ, and AD, Anno Domini, in the year of our Lord. Now you see references, not to BC, but to BCE, and not to AD, but to CE. These refer to Before The Common Era, and The Common Era. This is true even in church historic writings of our day, and I don’t like the change. There has never been, nor will there be again in history, an event like the birth of Jesus. Earlier scholars recognized this fact when they divided history into time before and time after that event. From the perspective of what God did when He gave the world His son, there is nothing common about the history that has followed. If the reference to history before Christ was to call it the Common Era, I could understand that. God raised up some people to try to bring His message into the world, and some, like the prophets, did a fairly good job. But they got a similar, common result for the most part, because, while they were pretty good at delivering the word, they couldn’t live it, and its impact was usually short-lived. God was reaching out, but mankind’s all-too-common response was rebellion or, worse yet, indifference. As we read in the last verse of the Book of Judges, “There was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own mind.” In too many places, this still is the common attitude today. Having just celebrated again the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, into this world, how can we consider the time since that event common in any sense? People’s reactions, their faith, and their willingness to follow God may not be stronger than in time BC, but no one can deny the fact of His birth. And while it took over thirty years for Him to become the Christ, He did die for our sins, and rose again into new life. He gives us the power, when we believe in Him, to have eternal life in God’s presence. Jesus didn’t just deliver God’s word as the prophets did in the time before Christ. He was, and is, the living word, showing us that a life like His in this world is possible for each of us when we truly follow His example. In a real sense, we can be living our eternal lives in God’s presence right now. I find nothing common, but everything truly remarkable, about that! So as we begin a new year in the 21st century, may God through Jesus Christ be the ruler of our days, and may we praise Him eternally. Happy New Year, 2013 A.D.

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A Note from the

Gilead Music Department January 2013 Happy New Year, Everyone! Our Advent/Christmas time has been very busy this year. To start off the Season, a very enthusiastic group of Carolers sang at the December 1st Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cornerstone Park in Carmel. The group was made up of children and adults from Gilead. On December 16, Gilead joined with other area Churches to present a live Nativity, “Journey to the Manger”. Travelers were guided by a “Tour Guide”, aka Pastor Martin, to 7 different stations around the Tilly Foster Farm, reenacting the Christmas Story. One of the Stations was the “Heavenly Host” that appeared to the shepherds. Eleven Angels comprised the singing group, who then escorted the travelers to the final Station, “the Manger”. We borrowed the costumes from Trinity Lutheran Church and used bell chimes from Gilead. What a wonderful evening it was! More than 400 people took the “Journey” and all who participated felt blessed. On Sunday, December 23, Gilead Carolers (33 in all) joined forces to bring Holiday Music to our home bound members. We sang for Don Cassidy, Mary Almond, Toni Simpson & the Residents at Kent Rehabilitation Center. Gina & Julianna Davis made Christmas gifts to give to each person. Jenny Temple was absolutely delighted when the last serenade was sung at her house. A Big Thank You must be given to all our soloists, instrumentalists, and ensembles that filled our Worship Services with such a multiplicity of wonderful Advent/Christmas Music. It was wonderful working with so many talented musicians. If you haven’t joined one of our groups and would like to in 2013, please know that you are WELCOME. We will be rehearsing all new repertoires for all groups, starting: January 2, Wednesday 3:15 pm Junior bell Chimes/Orff Instruments 6:30 pm Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm Senior Choir January 6, Sunday - Celebration of Epiphany & Communion (The Magi arrive) Trio-Two Keyboards/6 hands “We Three Kings” 9:00 am Senior Choir 9:15 am Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments to present “Mary, Joseph and the Baby” during the Worship Service Praise Makers rehearse during Church School with Ms. Penny 11:00 am after Worship Gilead Gospel Group January 9, Wednesday 3:15 pm Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments 6:30 pm Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm Senior Choir The Shingle

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January 13, Sunday 8:45 am Senior Bell Chimes (Play in Worship) 9:00 am Senior Choir Praise Makers rehearse during Church School with Ms. Penny 11:00 am after Worship Gilead Gospel Group January 16, Wednesday 3:15 pm Junior Bell Chimes/ Orff Instruments 6:30 pm Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm Senior Choir January 20, Sunday 9:00 am Senior Choir 9:15 am Gilead Gospel Group (sing in Worship) Praise Makers rehearse during Church School with Ms. Penny January 23, Wednesday 3:15 pm Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments 6:30 pm Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm Senior Choir January 27, Sunday 9:00 am Senior Choir 9:30 am Praise Makers (sing in Worship) Praise Makers rehearse during Church School with Ms. Penny January 30, Wednesday 3:15 pm Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments 6:30 pm Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm Senior Choir Have a Happy & Healthy 2013! Mary Temple, Music Director 845 225-6958

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Gilead Youth Group News January 2013 To all our Gilead Families, December proved to be a very heart wrenching month for all of us as we felt the pain and sorrow of a neighboring community. Please continue to pray for all touched by this unimaginable act of violence. The year was a difficult one for many of our neighbors and my hope is that although we each may have had some bumps in the road in 2012 we can recognize how blessed we are by the love, friendship and support of our Gilead Family. This month I was joined by our youth in helping at the annual Christmas Fair, assisting at the first live Nativity and so proud when they embraced and donated toys for the Long Beach Youth for Christmas. Our young folks performed so joyously at Carmel’s tree lighting and on Pageant Sunday. Even more exciting this past year was the Baptism of so many beautiful babies. Gilead Families Rock!!!! There are many ways to start a new calendar year and many thoughts on the subject: I especially like this one. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller Happy New Year and may you be blessed with many joys in 2013. Fran

January Calendar Sunday January 6 Youth Brunch & Confirmation Service Project Kick-Off Friday January 11 Ice skating Trip $5 per person must RSVP Fran Sunday January 13 Youth Serve Coffee Hour Friday January 18 Midnight Run Sign-up Lobby Saturday January 19 Indoor Glo Dark Golf Details to follow

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What is Epiphany When is Epiphany | Meaning of Epiphany | History of Epiphany Observed on January 6th, the Epiphany celebration remembers the three miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ. The name "Epiphany" comes from the Greek word Epiphania, and means "to show, make known, or reveal." The celebration originated in the Eastern Church in AD 361, beginning as a commemoration of the birth of Christ. Later, additional meanings were added - the visit of the three Magi, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. These three events are central to the definition of Epiphany, and its meaning is drawn from these occurrences. Epiphany Observances While some Greek Orthodox Churches still observe the Epiphany celebration as the Nativity of Jesus, the majority of the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican Churches focus on the visit of the Magi and Jesus' baptism. The significance behind the visit of the Magi is the revelation of Christ as "Lord and King." The Wise Men were the first Gentiles to publicly recognize the divinity of Jesus, by way of their offerings of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River revealed his divinity as the Son of God. John the Baptist, according to Matthew 3:16-17, testifies of the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus like a dove, and a voice from heaven saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Several Russian, Coptic, and Greek Churches also focus on the Cana wedding miracle as part of the Epiphany celebration observance. For the Church, the Epiphany represents a responsibility to reveal Jesus as the Divine Son and Savior sent by God the Father to atone for the sins of mankind. It is a time of healing and fellowship, where the Church comes together in the covenant of brotherhood to love one another as Christ commanded. The Church observes a variety of Epiphany rituals and traditions. In places throughout Europe and Latin America, Christians commemorate Three Kings' Day by offering prayers, burning herbs that have been dried and blessed, sprinkling entryways with holy water, and inscribing the initials of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar) on structures in order to receive a blessing. Many Protestant Churches observe an Epiphany celebration that extends to Ash Wednesday, with the last Sunday of the season honored as Transfiguration Sunday. The tradition of Twelfth Night, which marks the end of the Christmas season, occurs the night before Epiphany. On this night, Kings' Cakes are baked in preparation for the coming winter season. Many Protestants mark Epiphany by taking down Christmas trees and burning them in bonfires. The related tradition of children "raiding" the tree of candy canes and other sweets before it leaves the home is popular throughout Europe and the United States. A favored custom in Central Europe involves "star singers". Children dress as the three kings and go caroling from door to door carrying a large star. In reward, they receive money or sweets, which often go to church charities and relief organizations. For many Christians, the definition of Epiphany is a reminder of God the Father's unlimited love and mercy, which He has extended to all of mankind through the revelation of His Son, and of the hope of salvation that is now manifest for all who come to him in faith. Written by: David Katski Excerpted from The Shingle

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 When 20 beautiful children stormed through Heaven's gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. They were filled with such joy; they didn't know what to say. They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. "Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. "This is heaven" declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at God's house". When what to their wondering eyes did appear, But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. Then He opened His arms and He called them by name. And in that moment was joy, that only Heaven can bring Those children all flew into the arms of their King. And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face. And as if He could read all the questions she had He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of Mom and Dad." Then He looked down on Earth, at the world far below He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe. Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, "Let My power and presence re-enter this land! May this country be delivered from the hands of fools "I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools! " Then He and the children stood up without a sound. "Come now my children let me show you around. " Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran. All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, "In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA The Shingle

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OUTREACH AND MISSION January Mission: Brewster Emergency Shelter Partnership Matthew 25: 37-40 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ As I write this article, it’s raining and it’s going to freeze tonight. I’m warm and comfortable in my home and I hope you are, too. But there are people in our area who are homeless. They can come in from the cold because a small group of churches has formed the Brewster Emergency Shelter Partnership. Three churches take turns sheltering the homeless overnight while a few more help by providing a light supper for those sheltered and providing overnight supervision. Shelter is available this year from December 3 through March 24. How can you help? There are several opportunities for participation through Gilead Presbyterian Church. You can sign up to cook or serve a meal, volunteer to sleep overnight, make a donation of needed items or a donation of financial support. *Provide or serve a light supper: any night Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 *Overnight supervision – 9 pm to 6 am (adults only) *Donations needed: warm hats and gloves, men’s boxers (M-L-XL), warm socks (M-L), white towels & washcloths, financial contributions Look for sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the lounge. Further details will be posted with the sign-up sheets. Questions? See John Warren, our liaison to BESP. .Midnight


A Midnight Run is scheduled for Friday, January 18. If you are interested in going on the run, please see Martin or Fran. We are in also in need of warm clothing (no children’s please), new underwear and socks, and small toiletries. Also, we need volunteers to prepare food. Please see the sign-up sheet in the lounge.

Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is part of our church mission. There are volunteer opportunities on house sites or off site work. Steve Biolsi is the Project Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County. He can be reached at 914-774-9314. You can get more information on the web at and you can find them on Facebook

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Operation Christmas Child You are able to track where your gift package goes using the Samaritan’s Purse web site. Kylie and Hannah Behan’s packages went to the Ukraine. Here are some photos of recipients in that country.

Gilead Church School Kid’s Kitchen As has been our tradition, children bring an offering for the food pantry on the first Sunday of each month. We are expanding upon this tradition by introducing the Gilead Church School Kid’s Kitchen. Each month will have a different theme, and children are requested to bring up an item related to that theme with them during “Time for the Young at Heart”. In September, the children brought home a calendar for the next 12 months to remind them what to bring each month. Please help your child to remember to bring this important offering for our food pantry ministry. The January theme is “Jelly and Canned Fruit”. The calendar is also posted on the Church School Bulletin Board by the Church School entrance. If you have any questions about this offering project please see Diana Drake Behan.

Gilead Food Pantry The Gilead Food Pantry is open Friday mornings from 10:00 am until noon to offer food to those who are in need. Donations of food or funds are always welcome. Food items can be placed in the basket in the lounge while funds are best given directly to Marj Williams or placed in the offering basket with the notation “Food Pantry” on the envelope or memo line of your check. The Salvation Army has begun supporting our food pantry by offering free breakfast to food pantry clients on Friday mornings from 10:00 am until 11:30 am. We greatly appreciate their ministry! For more information on this important ministry, please see Marj Williams. While the goods received during the Kid’s Kitchen Collections have been a great help to the food pantry, please remember that other things continue to be needed, so please continue to bring other items on non-communion Sundays. Thanks! The Shingle

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Groundswells by Rob LoAlbo

Session met on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 PM. The meeting began with a reading from John 1.1-5:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. After sharing a joy, concern, or memory as to what made the Christmas season special along with a prayer, Session then reported on and discussed the following: 

In November, there were 26 pastoral care visits and 17 pastoral care phone conversations, and three Presbytery functions.

Gilead served communion on December 2nd.

The script for Journey to the Manger was reviewed and approved for performance.

Nathan Alexander Thomas, son of Joel and Erin Thomas, was baptized on November 18th.

Gianna Grace D’Ascoli, and Vincent Gabriel D’Ascoli, son and daughter to Rob D’Ascoli and Lindsay Sutton-D’Ascoli, were baptized on November 25th.

The distribution of the Christmas offering was determined to have 1/3 donated to the food pantry and 2/3 given to church expenses.

The financial report was presented, which included a steadily increasing deficit beyond what the current budget and expenses need. Session’s faith lies in God and His promises.

Approval for Stephanie Gould to hold a union meeting in the church hall was granted.

Session decided that money left over from Timothy O’Connor’s food pantry Eagle Scout project will be donated towards the food pantry’s operations.

With no designation for residual money from past events ($700 total), Session voted to have the money put towards the capital improvement fund.

Tentative dates for the congregational meeting and the deacon/elder meeting were scheduled.

An option for members to include the church within their will was discussed.

The low number of pledges was examined, and after discussion about ways to encourage giving, no consensus was formed.

Thanks for following our activities. Please continue to pray for us; they are both felt and needed. If you have any questions, feel free to approach a Session member for further discussion. Groundswells: “a broad, deep, swell or rolling of the sea, due to a distant storm or gale or any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, especially among the general public.” It’s also a monthly column where Shingle readers read about Session’s activities.

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Deacon’s Corner

Welcome to Deacon’s Corner where you’ll find out what the Deacons have been up to each month! The Deacons met December 2nd and discussed the following: 

26 correspondence cards were sent out in November by the Deacons.

We want to continue to thank Katherine Foote, the Gilead Summer Camp, and Gilead Designers for continuing to supply us with cards to send out.

3 prayer requests for hopes of healing, support and good health were received for the months of November.

If you have a joy or concern you’d like lifted up in prayer: Prayer requests can be sent to: or by calling (914) 450-5687.

A donation basket for the food pantry has been set up at coffee hour the first Sunday of the month as a reminder of the continued need to support those in our community with the basic need of food. Watch out for the basket next month, every little bit helps!

Visitation and Correspondence to our Gilead Congregation continues to be a steady service thanks to Emma McClean and Joyce Scott who are the pulse of finding out what’s going on with the people in our congregation. If you think someone is in need of a card or visit, please see Emma or Joyce.

We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year, you’ll hear from us again after the holidays! Thanks for keeping up with our activities. Please feel free to approach any of the Deacons for guidance, questions, concerns or ideas to share!

Please remember to support the Deacons’ Fund, either by using the special quarterly envelopes or by designating “Deacons’ Fund” on a check.

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Financial Report As of 11/30/12: Regular Income Year to Date


Expenses Year to Date


Surplus (Deficit)


Renovation Loan Balance


Needed: Church School Teachers for 2012 - 2013 Positions are available in all grades. Curriculum is provided. Please share your faith with our youth. Please sign up in church lounge or contact Diana Drake Behan 845-225-1979 or

Gilead Events – Promotion Guidelines Whenever an event is occurring within our church, it is important to get the word out as much as possible, both before and after the event. We would like to share what it is we do in our church with the community. The Communications committee has prepared comprehensive Guidelines listing steps to take before, during, and after a Gilead event. The Guidelines are being sent along with this issue of The Shingle and will be available at the church. They are also available online at

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GILEAD GROUPS Journey to the Manger

The Journey to the Manger was a huge success. More than 400 people came out to view this ecumenical production. A big thanks for a job well done to everyone who was involved in this production!

Faith Discussion Group INVITATION TO JOIN THE FAITH DISCUSSION GROUP On Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the lounge, the Faith Discussion Group will resume its Thursday evening meetings. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians will be the focus of our study and discussions as we enter the new year. Please join us when you can. Make a New Year’s resolution to be a participant on any Thursday evening you can. It will encourage you as you work to build your faith. See Don De Vries if you have questions about the group.

Calling all the current and future Secret Pal women! The Secret Pal party will be on Sunday January 6, 2012 right after church in the large nursery school room. We will sign up for our next year’s Secret Pals at the party, and anyone who wishes to become a Secret Pal will also be able to join up at the party. See Ellie Nielsen if any questions.

Gilead Designer Gilead Designers will be meeting in January on a date to be announced. The group meets at Gilead at 6:00 pm. Anyone interested in creating craft projects is invited. Please see Mary Temple or Ellen Nielsen for more information.

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Gilead Gourmets The Gilead Gourmets would like to hear from you! They are beginning to plan for 2013 and would like to know what kinds of events you would like to attend. The organization has become a social fellowship for adults, and is not planning all-church, family oriented events. If you are interested in joining in these dining activities, please complete the form on the next page, or submit on online form at If you have any questions you can see Bill or MaryJo Brett after church or call them at 203-270-1053, or email them at

Stretch Exercise Classes Stretch Exercise Classes are being given every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 am at Gilead. Annina and her friend Brigitta have organized this ongoing class. There is a charge of $1.00 per class which is being donated to Gilead every month. Those with physical problems would especially benefit by these classes. Everyone is welcome. If further information is needed, please contact Annina at 845-225-7012.

SpiritWalkers (Ecumenical Hiking Group) God spoke, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, The birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, And every animal that moves on the face of the earth.” Genesis1:26-28 Be part of the National Winter Trails Day. Activities include snowshoeing, ice fishing, tubing, crafts and a live animal presentation. Food and beverages are available. Donation: Adults $2 Kids $1 If you would like to be kept up to date on the year’s schedule and any updates, please join the Spirit Walkers Ecumenical Hiking Group page on Facebook. All hikers must have a signed waiver on file with the church prior to hiking with us, and, if age 18 or under, a signed permission slip. We look forward to seeing you as we explore the beauty of God’s creation!

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. Gilead Gourmet’s Survey

The Gilead Gourmets has become a group of adult social gatherings. Please assist us in planning future activities by completing the survey below and returning it to the Brett’s in person after church service or by e-mailing to You may also call in your responses to 203-270-1053. Please check the following areas of interest: ____ Lunch following the Church Service at Valentino’s ____ Southeast Grill House ____ Aversano’s ____ Other ____ ____ Dinner - Saturday ____ Sunday ____ Valentino’s ____ Southeast Grill House ____ Aversano’s ____ Other ____ ____ Small gatherings of 6-8 people at a Host House. The host prepares the entrée and guests may bring appetizers, salad and Dessert. Would you be willing to volunteer your home as a host? ____ ____ Dinners at select venues for special times of the year. Valentine Day ____ St Patrick Day ____ Spring/Easter ____ Barbecue/ Summer Fall ____ Other ____ Other restaurants you would be interested in:_____________________ Name:_____________________________

Tel# ___________

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and assisting us in furthering fellowship within Gilead Presbyterian Church. Sincerely, Mary Jo Brett

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Gilead Prayer Chain The prayer chain organized by the Deacons is an avenue of support for congregation members who are experiencing joy, pain or dealing with unexpected situations. Currently there are 19 members who have volunteered to be on the prayer chain and are emailed/called about prayer request as they come in. The Prayer chain is a fast way to gain a community of support when you need it! If you have any joys/concerns you would like us to hear about, Prayers can be emailed to: Prayer Chain Coordinator: Lindsay D’Ascoli : If you would like to volunteer to be added to our prayer chain email list Email or contact (845)225-0221

Prayer Chain for Pets Yes! Thank you, thank you for your great response/interest: there will now be a pet*/pet owners prayer chain for those pets and/or pet owners who have health/behavioral concerns for their treasured friends. We are looking for anyone who would care to join us in a prayer chain for anyone needing prayers for their pets. The following have agreed to act as contacts for the group: Joyce Scott Mary Lou Cassidy Shirley DeVries Sue Surovic Alicia Briley

Carmel Carmel Brewster Carmel Carmel

845-225-7293 845-225-7268 845-279-8688 845-225-2988 845-228-4672

Please feel free to call any one of us for prayerful support during difficult times..

Young Adults of Gilead Calling all Young Adults of Gilead - there is now a Facebook group just for you "Gilead Presbyterian Young Adults". What age group are the Young Adults of Gilead? People post confirmation through college graduation. The group is brand new. It was created 4/24/12 and comments are appreciated. it is a place where you can find support and help when you need it or provide support and help when someone needs it. it is a way to stay connected to Gilead or reconnect with Gilead. Links to the Gilead website and PCUSA are there and events will be added they become known. Look for scripture and postings by Micah Rose Emerson, a former youth director of Gilead. Use the group as a way to keep God by your side as you find your way in the world. Come and have a look!

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GILEAD NEWS Diana directed and the Sunday School teachers helped the Gilead youth tell the story of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful and touching re-enactment for our Gilead family.

Lighting of the Advent Candles The 2012 Advent candle lighting at Gilead: First Sunday: The Davis family. Brandon & Julianna Second Sunday: Elizabeth Ojeda and her friend Amanda Third Sunday: Caitlin and Leah Riordan, with Elizabeth Pulley Fourth Sunday: Casey and Becky Van Vlack Christmas Eve 5:00 pm service – the DiPippo Family Christmas Eve 10:00 pm service – the Davern family

All Photos on this page by Gina Davis The Shingle

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Sunday Evening Devotional “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” (James 5:13-16) We have a new informal worship opportunity at Gilead. Called our Sunday Evening Devotional, on the last Sunday of each month at 7:30 p.m., we are gathering in the lounge for a time of prayer, Scripture, discernment and fellowship. Bring your joys and concerns, faith and love.

Christmas Caroling Here is the Gilead family Christmas caroling to the shut-ins and to the Kent Nursing home. The folks were so touched they asked if we could please come back next year. We even were able to welcome Ellie’s mom into the community in her new home. Afterwards Mary Temple graciously invited the carolers over her home for pizza, hot cocoa, and cider. An uplifting event for all!

Youth Night Out Fran took the youth to see Pied Piper’s production of A Christmas Carol at Bedford’s Piper Theater, and then went to Friendly’s for dessert. After the show and dessert, they were off to Moonlight Bowling in Carmel. Not only did the youth enjoy each other’s company with laughter, full bellies and playing games...they also brought presents for kids their age to Fran, who arranged to have them distributed to the children affected by Hurricane Sandy. A Merry Christmas to all! Thanks Fran! All Photos on this page by Gina Davis The Shingle

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The Grinch

Fran organized a trip to NYC to see The Grinch the Musical at Madison Square Garden Theater. After church service the Gilead family headed downstairs for a wonderful and filling lunch. A bus departed from Gilead at 1pm to the Theater. After the show Fran had snacks for all and the bus headed back to Gilead by way of the Rockefeller Center Tree ! A fun holiday treat for the Gilead Family!

Photos by Gina Davis

A Note from Ellie Nielsen On Sunday December 23rd, a very wonderful thing happened. 30 Gilead members, families and friends came and sang Christmas carols for my Mom. My Mom and I were overwhelmed by all the wonderful voices and faces that were there. We loved the reindeer noses and chocolates. Most importantly we loved the joy and love that was shared by all that day. What a wonderful welcome for my Mom. It is a memory she has already shared with family and friends and will continue to do so for years to come. Thanks again everyone. Love to you all, and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Love, Ellie:)

Flower Reservations Chart 2013 Do you have a special date that you would like to honor or remember someone by donating flowers for the sanctuary? The flower reservations chart for 2013 is now available outside the office door. Just write your name on the date you prefer and that date will be reserved for you. Be sure to give the information form and payment to Margery Amato or Mary Lou Cassidy at least two weeks prior to the date you have reserved so the order can be placed and your donation can be reflected in the bulletin. Birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, graduations and other special times are wonderful occasions to give God the glory by donating flowers for the sanctuary. The Shingle

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Taking Down the Greens The “De-Greening of the Church” will take place on January 6, after church. This is when we will take down the Christmas decorations.

Tim O’Conner – Eagle Scout On December 2nd, Gilead honored Tim O’Conner who will shortly be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Tim’s service project was to put a new door on the back steps to the Food Pantry, refurbish the playground, fix the small Gilead sign by the drive-way, and he donated a new sorting table to the Food Pantry. The extra money he raised from his successful hot dog sale was donated to the church as well. Well done!

Chains for Christmas Hope

Gilead raised $58 for Chains of Christmas Hope to go towards CAP to help local Putnam families. The links were marched in the parade. Thanks to all for helping one link at a time! The chains were featured in the Carmel Holiday on the Lake Parade. Photo by Gina Davis

Holiday on the Lake Festival Gilead’s youth, along with a few young-at-hearts, led off the singing art of the Carmel Holiday on the Lake Festival at Cornerstone Park. Photo by Gina Davis

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Special Thanks! Thanks to Gina Davis for contributing a number of articles and photos to The Shingle. Gina’s efforts help make this newsletter livelier and more complete!

A special thanks to the women and men who so faithfully provide our wonderful coffee hour each week. They are always in need of extra hands, so please considering pitching in!

Sermon Podcasts: or They are also available through iTunes software. YouTube: Facebook: Public Page: o Facebook Closed Group: o When you click on the Gilead Facebook page, please make sure you click on the “Like” button – it’s another way to keep up with events at Gilead.

Our Daily Bread Please note that the current issue of our Daily Bread is now available in the lounge. Pick one up for some daily inspiration.

News from the Town of Carmel Effective January 1, the Town of Carmel is instituting town-wide garbage pick-up. Two contractors, AAA Carting and R&S Waste will be the only carters licensed for residential collection. For more information please refer .

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The CNS Pre-K Program is Gilead's nonsectarian school for 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. Since it was founded in 1949, the Pre-School has been a respected community resource for early childhood education. Our staff consists of three teachers and an aide with many years of experience at CNS between them. All are active members of the community and volunteers in the school district. The school offers two, three and five day programs. They follow the same calendar as the Carmel Central School district. In preparing a child for Kindergarten, their philosophy is teaching the whole child to grow. They provide a daily routine balanced between academic skills and lessons, crafts, free and structured play time, music, story time, computer time, snack, and outdoor activities on the large playground. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with the area kindergarten teachers to best prepare the child for kindergarten and instill an enthusiasm for learning in a fun loving environment. Utilizing the team teaching method, three teachers give a student to teacher ratio of approximately 8 to 1. For children scheduled to enter public school in September of the year, we routinely prepare a detailed evaluation of Kindergarten readiness. For more information, please call the school at 845-225-8044.

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Tastefully Simple So far you helped raise over $100 for Gilead, simply by ordering The Food That You Love! The Tastefully Simple Fundraiser will continue each month with a featured special. A link has been posted on the website, so you can order anytime. If you would rather place your order with me or have any questions, please call me! Cynthia Davern Tastefully Simple Senior Consultant "the food you love, the time you deserve" 845-225-3878

There is an easy way to help Gilead’s finances if you shop at Gilead receives a commission from Amazon if you enter their site through Gilead’s web page. Just go to and click on Gilead Staff Recommendations on the left side menu – the bottom choice just above the church’s name. You can also reach that page directly at . You can bookmark the page for easier access! From that page you can view books, music, and other items recommended by Gilead staff members, or search Amazon directly.

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WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Pastor McGeachy generally follows the lectionary each week, but there are occasional exceptions. We are making these available for those who may wish to read the likely scripture readings in advance of Sunday worship. The daily lectionary and the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study are available on our website:

Lectionary for Sundays and Festivals Scripture Reference January 2013 Epiphany of the Lord—January 6, 2013 Isaiah 60:1–6 Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14 Ephesians 3:1–12 Matthew 2:1–12 Baptism of the Lord—January 13 Isaiah 43:1–7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14–17 Luke 3:15–17, 21–22

Second Sunday after the Epiphany—January 20 Isaiah 62:1–5 Psalm 36:5–10 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 John 2:1–11 Third Sunday after the Epiphany—January 27 Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Luke 4:14–21

January 6


Louise Andres Elaine Cole Pauline Silberquit Lucy Ojeda

January 13


Paul Verdesi Christine Cosmo

January 20


Chris Newe Gwen Schuldt

January 27


Rob D'Ascoli Terry Vanderhoff

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Birthdays 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/6 1/9 1/10 1/11 1/11 1/11 1/15 1/16

Yvonne Hyatt Lisa Vandenberg Donna Ohberg Mac Rand Susan Boehm Robert LoAlbo Lisa Carpenter Tiffany Roma Sandy Regan Gina Davis Julie Foley

1/17 1/17 1/19 1/21 1/22 1/22 1/23

Hans Dierks Mary Jo Brett Joe Regan William Stavrides Abby Clark Allen Kessman Alice DuBon

1/24 1/26 1/29 1/30

George Grieco Robert Dickson David MacLeod Charles Hunter

Anniversaries 1/1 Phil and Donna Engler

Please accept our apologies if we have missed you during the year. If you wish to share these events, please either send an email to or leave a write it on a slip of paper and leave it in The Shingle mail slot in the office.

For more information about Gilead Church, please visit our web site: Please remember that the deadline for submissions is the 20th of each month. Submissions preferably can be emailed to Martin McGeachy at the church office: with a copy to Warren Behan at, or you may drop off a hard copy at the Office.

Gilead Presbyterian Church 9 Church St. Carmel, NY 10512 845-225-4586 Email: Martin McGeachy Pastor

Fran Croughan Youth Director

Mary Temple Music Director

Acknowledgements: Some Images Š or ŠCommunication Resources, Inc.

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JANUARY 2013 Sunday







30 10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School 7:30 PM Sunday Evening Devotional

31 11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:00 PM AA Meeting


2 6:30 PM Senior Bells Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

3 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


5 10:00 AM PRPH


7 11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:00 PM AA Meeting


9 6:30 PM Senior Bells Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

10 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


12 10:00 AM PRPH

Youth Ice Skating

10:00 AM Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Church School 11:00 AM "De-Greeing of the Church" 11:00 AM Secret Pal Party 11:00 AM Youth Brunch 13 10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School

14 11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:00 PM AA Meeting


16 6:30 PM Senior Bells Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

17 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


19 Indoor Glow Dark Golf 10:00 AM PRPH

20 10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School



23 6:30 PM Senior Bells Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

24 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


26 10:00 AM PRPH


30 6:30 PM Senior Bells Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

31 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


2 Groundhog Day 10:00 AM PRPH

6:00 PM Midnight Run

11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:00 PM AA Meeting 27 10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School

28 11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:00 PM AA Meeting

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The Shingle - Jan 2013  

The Shingle is the newsletter of Gilead Presbyterian Church in Carmel, NY.

The Shingle - Jan 2013  

The Shingle is the newsletter of Gilead Presbyterian Church in Carmel, NY.