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The Newsletter of Gilead Presbyterian Church, Carmel, NY Dear Friends, It’s a hurried and hectic world we live in, with all our “time-saving” devices and instant communication. Far from saving us time, now the world’s expectations of us have grown exponentially. Our highways and transportation systems afford us amazing opportunities to go, see, and do, though it seems the majority of our opportunities result in waiting in traffic, standing in lines, or bouncing back and forth between the kids’ soccer practice and dance classes. And even when we are commuting or waiting, we have our laptops or cell phones with us, because God forbid a moment should pass by unproductively. This all makes for stress and confusion. I know as I organize my day’s priorities that I’m supposed to divide my tasks into three piles: Need to Get Around To; Get On It Soon; and Emergency–NOW! But why is it that everything feels like it ought to be in the NOW pile?

appears to the disciples and sends them to action; but before they go, he gives them a word of peace and breathes the Holy Spirit into them. All too often we charge forward without charging our batteries. It may seem opposed to our cultural work ethic, but we really should do nothing occasionally, and let God do it for us. Remember that we are saved not by works, but by grace. Give grace its due. Today, right now, as you read this, I want you to STOP, take a deep breath of the Holy Spirit, and allow your mind and soul to quiet. You may find God entering in.

Somehow in the midst of all this, our minds get a work-out, even our bodies if we make it to the gym for some good physical pumping stress; but our spirits grow flabby and unused, for the very nature of our spiritual lives is often at odds with the world’s hurry-up construction. While it is true that we are called to action in our spiritual lives, if we don’t take the time to stop and renew our spiritual resources, we’re going nowhere except into a downward spiral of busy-ness. The Scripture for the Second Sunday in Easter is John 20:19-31, in which the risen Christ The Shingle

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“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?” asked Christopher Robin. “What I like doing best is Nothing.” “How do you do Nothing?” asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time. “Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and then you go and do it... This is a nothing sort of thing that we’re doing right now... It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” (A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, New York: Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1982, pp.17273.)

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A VIEW FROM A PEW By Don De Vries Our Faith Discussion Group has grappled on a number of occasions with the question of why God allowed Adam and Eve to commit sin, disobeying the only restriction He had placed on them concerning their lives in the Garden of Eden. “Eat anything you want,” He told them, “except the fruit of the Tree of Life, or the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” At that point, God put the responsibility for obeying Him squarely upon His creation, human beings. God surely knew how they would respond; He knows everything, after all. Did He want the man and the woman to sin? No way! He couldn’t have created humans in His image for the purpose of having them sin their way out of the perfect relationship with Him. It seems that God trusted Adam and Eve to do what He commanded them, allowing them to have free choice in selecting their actions. With the help of Satan, the first two people created, the ancestors of every one of us, committed the first sin and changed forever the relationship between ourselves and Almighty God. We were condemned to live in a world where sin would stand between us and God. Our discussion often takes the course of “God is all-powerful, so He could have stopped Satan and prevented the disobedience.” Certainly, but then people would be God’s puppets, and no longer have a free will to decide their own courses of action. And there would have to be no individual accountability for thoughts, words or deeds. People would do no wrong, no matter what they did. The world would be even more chaotic than it is. The Shingle

Suppose, for the sake of a discussion, we change the scenario in the Garden of Eden so that Adam and Eve never sin against God. The relationship of God to human beings would have remained perfect for one generation until Cain murdered Able. Then things would progress from there with mankind in sin. Or imagine that there was no sin in the generations before we were born. Would we have passed the unstained baton to our kids when our turn came? Probably not. We, instead of Adam and Eve, would have the dubious honor of putting sin on the heads of mankind. Once people buckled to the temptation to do what God does not want His people to do, we are all tarred with the same brush, as a result of our own free-will choices. We are condemned by our actions, thoughts and words as surely as Adam and Eve were. This fact had not changed in all the generations that have followed them. People by themselves are not capable of living sinless lives before God. Way back in the time of creation, God knew this would be so. He sent word by the Old Testament prophets outlining His plan for mankind’s redemption and salvation. You see, despite the broken relationship brought about by our sins, we are still loved by the God who created us. From this fact alone came Jesus to suffer and die on a cross with the sins of the world upon Him so that we who believe in Him “Should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It’s simple, yet awesome. Our sins are forgiven when we submit them to God through Jesus Christ and our place in the House Not Made with Hands is secure. Praise God for His love, and Jesus Christ for His sacrifice to save our souls. Amen.

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A Note from

Gilead Music Department May 2014 Spring is finally here! The wonderful celebration of Easter continues. As we will sing on the Sunday after Easter Sunday, “Every Morning is Easter Morning from Now On”. This Avery and Marsh song says it all. It is now a favorite of the children as well as the adults in our congregation who grew up with it. Obviously we have started yet another generation on that road of POSITIVE thought.

Our talented thespians are performing in the following area musicals: Pied Piper Youth Theater (PPYT) PPYT Pipers Pranksters (Brandon & Julianna Davis) May 10th PPYT Little Mermaid (Brandon & Julianna Davis, Ally DiPippo, Melanie Steibeling) performing May 16, 17 and 18 PPYT Avenue Q (Eric Mueller and Brandon Davis) June 13, 14, 15 If you would like to support them by going to a performance, I’m sure their Moms would happily tell you how to get tickets. Some of these same talented youth are very active in the Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments. We are blessed with talented young people who share their talent to Praise God in Worship.

Fresh starts & new beginnings are here for the taking. Which translates into……”why not join one of our many performing group?” It’s not too late….all our regular groups will be rehearsing and participating in Worship through the end of June. The Junior Bell Chime Choir/Orff Instruments, Senior Choir and Senior Bell Chimes, the Praise Makers, Gilead Gospel Group, and the Flute Choir are all looking for new members. And the music doesn’t stop at the end of June! Summer Music at Gilead provides even more opportunities for solos and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental on an ad hoc basis. So come, join us.

To all the choirs, soloists and instrumentalist who helped in making Holy Week meaningful for our congregation, THANK YOU. It was wonderful to be a part of it. We also have a group of unsung heroes who help schlep our gear: harp, music stands, bell chimes, pads, and all sorts of other accoutrements back into storage after we play in church. Warren Behan is another unsung hero of our sound/ recording system. You are so much appreciated!

GMD News: Everyone is thankful and happy to have Marj Williams back from her recent surgery. Annina Celli is back with us from sunnier climes. We are anxious to have Shirley DeVries and Margaret Karell join us as they continue their treatments and recuperations. We are welcoming our new Soprano/Alto choir member, Jacquie VandenPlas. She’s a wonderful addition to our groups.

Have a Melodious Month of May! Mary Temple

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ojeda, harpist, on her admission to Eastman School of Music. (Don’t miss her Senior Recital, here at Gilead on Sunday, May 25!) The Shingle

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GMD’s Tentative May Schedule for singing/playing in Worship

Rehearsals are as follows:

May 4 Communion & Celebration of Pastor Emeritus Fred Knieriem’s Life & Ministry Senior Choir - “I know that My Redeemer Liveth” Senior Bell Chimes “Because He Lives”

Wednesdays 3:30 pm - Junior Bell Chimes/Orff Instruments 6:30 pm - Senior Bell Chimes 7:45 pm - Senior Choir

May 11 Mother’s Day Senior Choir Jr Bell Chimes “God is So Good”

Sundays during Church School—Praise Makers with Ms. Penny

May 18 Confirmation Sunday Senior Choir Praise Makers May 25 Patriotic /Gospel Sunday Senior Choir Gilead Gospel Group (3Gs)

Sunday Rehearsal times when playing/singing in Worship: 8:30 am - Senior Bell Chimes 9:00 am - Senior Choir 9:15 am - Praise Singers, Junior Bell Chimes, Gilead Gospel Group & Flute Choir 9:30 am - Praise Makers

Elizabeth Ojeda’s Senior Recital 2: 00 pm At Gilead If you would like to join any of our groups, you are very welcome. All parts are needed! Come to rehearsal or call me if you have any questions. Mary Temple 226-6958

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Gilead Youth Group News May 2014 Dear Parents,

Calendar of Events

May is a fabulous month, we begin to gear up and prepare to wind down from another fabulous year Friday May 2 of growth and opportunities experienced by our Youth Fun Night children. At Gilead our hopes are that all of our Details to Follow youth experienced spiritual growth and depending on where they are in their chronological age they Sunday May 18 learned how to be good Christians and followers Confirmation Sunday of Jesus Christ in an age appropriate way. Youth Serve coffee hour I know first-hand that those young folks preparing for confirmation spent a fabulous year blending their lives with their faith and shared this with many. This year’s class was exceptional in achieving the goal they set for themselves: helping to stamp out hunger!

Friday May 23 Midnight Run Sign-up sheet is in the Lounge Items needed for Run: Light clothing, shoes bags, new underwear, socks, and toiletries

Please join us on May 18 as we stand witness to this group of great individuals who will affirm their faith at their confirmation. A special thanks to their parents and the Gilead family for the love, support and encouragement, they have received through the years to make this happen. Fran Croughan

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Mother’s Day - May 11th I praise the Lord to know you as my mother When you have a mother who cares so much for you that anything you want becomes her desires When you have a mother who is so understanding that no matter what is bothering you she can make you smile When you have a mother who is so strong that no matter what obstacles she faces she is always confident in front of you When you have a mother who actively pursues her goals in life but includes you in all her goals you are very lucky indeed Having a mother like this makes it easy to grow up into a loving, strong adult Thank you for being this kind of wonderful mother -- Susan Polis Schutz Courtesy of

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Memorial Day

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872-1918). The Shingle

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Gilead's Fellowship Cruise Around Manhattan - Circle Line May 31, 2014 Time: 12:00 noon Gathering location: Pier 83 WEST 42nd STREET & 12th AVENUE Cruise Departing Time: 12:30pm

Full Island Cruise Cruise around the Island of Manhattan while taking in more than 101 sights including a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty & the world famous Brooklyn Bridge. The Full Island Cruise is approximately 2.5 hours and available year round.

$39.00 Adults $34.00 Senior Citizens $26.00 Children

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Congregational Life Events

Congregational Life BBQ

Gilead Church Family Fellowship week Date: August 17-24th

This event should be booked by yourself as soon as possible by contacting Bayley's

Date June 8, 2014 Time: After Church

Location: 275 Pine Point Road Scarborough, ME 04074 Phone: 207.883.6043

Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the lounge by June 1, 2014: Following items are needed hamburger meat, hamburger buns, sausage meat mild, hot dogs meet, hot dog buns, potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, assorted fruit, Chile, beans, mac & cheese, paper plates, cups cold, cups hot, coffee, Event Coordinator Erik Vandenberg E-mail:

Resort Information: go to Event Coordinator Erik Vandenberg E-mail

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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 May 2014 Third Sunday of Easter—May 4 Acts 2:14a, 36–41 Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19 1 Peter 1:17–23 Luke 24:13–35

Sixth Sunday of Easter—May 25 Acts 17:22–31 Psalm 66:8–20 1 Peter 3:13–22 John 14:15–21

Fourth Sunday of Easter—May 11 Acts 2:42–47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19–25 John 10:1–10

Ascension of the Lord—May 29 Acts 1:1–11 Psalm 47 or Psalm 93 Ephesians 1:15–23 Luke 24:44–53

Fifth Sunday of Easter—May 18 Acts 7:55–60 Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16 1 Peter 2:2–10 John 14:1–14


Paul Francis


Jeff Davis


Renee Lent

Bart Casabona Phil Engler


John Vangor

Carolyn Lewis Tony Stavrides

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Ellie Nielsen Lucy Lee Ojeda Stephanie Gould Brenda Verdesi Bill Brett Mary Jo Brett

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GILEAD NEWS Fred Knieriem’s Life & Ministry

Elizabeth Ojeda Elizabeth Ojeda will be performing her Senior Recital at Gilead on May 25 at 2:00 pm. Elizabeth has frequently shared her talents and her ministry of music with us. She will be graduating from Mahopac High School and has been accepted at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester. All are invited to attend. There is no charge, but a free will offering will be taking to benefit Gilead.

Holy Week Special Services

On May 4th during morning worship, we will be celebrating the life and ministry of Fred Knieriem. Fred was pastor of Gilead from 1963 – 1991, and during that time did much to prepare the congregation for the future. Gilead is very much the warm, family-oriented church it is today due to Fred’s wise leadership. Fred joined the Church Eternal on May 14, 2013.

First Communion Celebration A group of our youngest members will be taking Holy Communion for the first time on June 4th. Please join with them as they celebrate this special occasion.

Confirmation Sunday

Holy Week worship was enhanced with a special Maundy Thursday Communion service and a Good Friday service featuring a pantomimed Silent Passion. Thanks to everyone involved in these worship opportunities. As we left the Good Friday service, we were greeted by a splendid sunset over Lake Gleneida – truly one of god’s miraculous sites.

Confirmation Sunday will be May 18. Please join us as we welcome this group people as they become full members of Gilead!

Revised Ushering Schedule There have been revisions made to the 2014 Ushering Schedule, a copy of which will be distributed separately. If you are unable to usher on your scheduled date please call someone from this list to substitute for you. Thanks! Renae Lent Louis Lent Roy Knapp Dolores Knapp Emma McLean Bart Casabona

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Summer Camp Open House

Do We Have Committees?

The Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center will be holding a Summer Camp Open House on Sunday May 18th, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Yes! We have committees at Gilead. Each year, Pastor Martin appoints committee chairs to assist him with many aspects of church life. Committee chairs generate many ideas but many also come from members of the congregation. Have a great idea? Wonderful!

The open house is a chance for parents, campers, and old and new friends to enjoy a day sampling some of the varied activities at the camp. Sign up for camp at the open house and receive a $50 early bird registration discount.

Please be sure to keep the appropriate committee chair in the loop. Check the bulletin board in the lounge for the current list of chairs.

Please RSVP to or call 845-878-6383.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed! Children’s Day Sunday, June 15th will be Children’s Day at Gilead. This will be the last day of regular Church School until September, but we continue to offer summer Church School for children entering 2nd Grade and Younger.

Volunteers are needed to teach our Summer Church School that serves for children in going into 2nd grade and younger. You only need to make a one time commitment – there usually is a different volunteer each week. Please see Diana Behan or Ellen Nielsen if you would be willing to teach at least one Sunday this summer.

Help Needed Our fine Coffee Hour Servers are in great need of assistance! A couple of our regular helpers have had to take some time off. This is a wonderful way to share your time and talents with the church, and a great way to get to know more of our members.

The Deadline for the June Shingle is May 23!

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Easter Sunday at Gilead

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Deacons’ Corner

Session Summary Session met on April 8, 2014 in the church lounge. Pastor Martin McGeachy opened with prayer and a brief meditation on the hymn “All Glory, Laud and Honor” from The One Year Book of Hymns, reminding us that “as we approach the times of darkness…Christ is on the way to triumph, and we can be too, if we travel with him there to the cross.”

Welcome to Deacon’s Corner where you’ll find out what the Deacons have been up to each month! The Deacons met Sunday April 13th, 2014 and discussed the following:

The pastor’s report included: that he has been released from jury duty, CNS bought six new chairs, the new date for the joint elders/deacons meeting is June 7, and we will begin planning for a celebration of Gilead’s 275th anniversary which will take place four years from now. The clerk’s report included a recommendation that lots of interesting information is available on the Presbytery website: Other items included approval for Elizabeth Ojeda to offer a senior recital at Gilead on May 25 and approval for South Hudson Tres Dias to hold a secuela at Gilead on May 16 and for Pastor Martin to serve communion at the secuela. The congregation is welcome to attend both of these events

Approvals for additional correspondence funds, confirmation cake and palm cross orders were received. Clarifying the role of outreach and visitation. Pastor Martin and Lucy Ojeda are working on this. Congratulations to Eric Koehler and Stephanie Gould for a great first time carrying out the large task of Communion! Great job to them and Ellie Nielsen their well experienced teacher and past Communion Deacon for showing them the ropes! A possible need for others in the congregation to help pick up food from Green Chimneys as Marg who had been doing this, had knee surgery recently. Thank you to Joan Francis who has been pitching in to pick up the food! Events for Spring were discussed with a possible spring flea market to be explored 13 Prayer Requests were received for the months of Feb-April for hope, wellness and strength. If you have any prayer requests(joys or concerns) you may email them to or post them directly on the Gilead Group Facebook Page. 80282707/

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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Arms Acres Our neighbors up the street, Arms Acres, are in need of some gently used items to help support their clients in rehabilitation. These include clothing for men, women, and adolescents (adult sizes only). These include shirts, pants, jackets, belts, socks, and shoes. Also needed are suitcases and duffle bags.

The next Midnight Run will take place on Friday, May 23rd. As you begin getting out you summer clothes, please consider donated some of your gently used items. There is a sign-up sheet in the Lounge.

Please leave your donations in the box in the lounge. Thank you!

The following are particularly needed for this run: Light clothing, shoes bags, new underwear, socks, and toiletries

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 Food Pantry could especially use canned tuna, canned peas, pancake mix and syrup, cake and cookie mixes.

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.

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!

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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.

Who we are Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts

The calendar for this school year follows, and will be 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. The theme for May is Complete Pancake Mix with Syrup and for June is Paper Napkins.

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Financial Report As of 1/31/14: Regular Income Year to Date


Expenses Year to Date


Surplus (Deficit)


We’re in the final stretch…. Help Gilead payoff our Renovation Loan

Outstanding Renovation Loan Balance: Monthly Payment: Number of Payments Remaining:


$16,770 $1,835.00 9

Did You Know? If each family donated $100 towards the renovation loan, we could pay off the balance of the loan

Online Giving Is Now Available Online giving is an easy, secure way to support Gilead Presbyterian Church. You can conveniently make a donation at any time. Just go to the Gilead website, and click on the “Donate” button, and you will be taken to the PayPal website to complete the transaction. (Please note that PayPal keeps 2.2% plus $ .30 for each transaction as a processing fee.) You can also click here

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GILEAD GROUPS Faith Discussion Group

Stretch Exercise Classes

The Faith Discussion meets on Thursday evenings and is studying the Book of Ecclesiastes.

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.

Meetings are held in the lounge each Thursday from 7:30 until 8:30 PM. Visitors from other churches, the purely curious, those with a lifetime of faith, and those with little faith to speak of, are welcome along with all hardcore Presbyterians. Continuity and context are maintained, but if you can’t make every session, you will find that each week the Holy Spirit deals with those who attend. So come when you can. Speak with Don De Vries for more information and answers to any questions about the group.

Gilead Designers Gilead Designers will be meeting on May 23. The group meets at Gilead at 6:15 pm. Anyone interested in creating craft projects is invited. Please see Mary Temple or Ellen Nielsen for more information.

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.

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! by your side as you find your way in the world. Come and have a look!

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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

hawks at the Arthur Butler Memorial Sanctuary. Our annual camping trip to Kingswood in Hancock, NY (under 2.5 hours away) will be the weekend of August 16th. The campground is run through the Methodist Church in NY, and is family-friendly, with swimming, canoeing, hiking, tractor rides, and more. A special feature of Kingswood is the Stone Ministry, the building of an outdoor chapel in the woods. Each person who comes to Kingswood is invited to add their own stone to this ever-evolving structure. It's an amazing experience, and it's great to see how much the chapel has grown each year. For more information on our hikes or the camping trip, please contact Mariah or John Warren at 845-319-2127, or We'd love for you to join us!

Our first hike of 2014 will be on Saturday, May 3rd around Lake Minnewaska in New Paltz. This hike is easy-moderate and familyfriendly, with beautiful views. There are options to extend the hike for those who want more of a challenge. While on the trail, we will hold a short memorial service for our dear friend and co-founder, Bill Listwan. We will be meeting at 10 am in the parking lot of Drew UMC for carpooling; there is a parking fee of $8 at the state park.

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 have a lot of fun hikes planned for 2014, many of them new to the Spirit Walkers. This summer, we're hoping for some good blueberry and huckleberry picking on the trail to Earl's Chimney, and in the fall, we'll be looking for

. We look forward to seeing you as we explore the beauty of God’s creation!

Monthly Christian Celebration Would you like to refresh your spirit, grow closer to Christ and fellowship with Christians in our area? Then you might enjoy a secuela (seh-kway-luh), a monthly Christian celebration. Secuelas are held throughout the Hudson Valley each month. The next secuela will be held at Gilead on Friday, May 16 at 7:30. There will be music, a speaker, small group discussion, refreshments and Pastor Martin will serve communion. The secuelas are offered by South Hudson Tres Dias, a Christian renewal movement. Sound interesting? Come to the secuela! All welcome!

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Your Concrete Weekly Devotionals by Rob LoAlbo Recently, many have made a commitment with me wherever they are on Thursdays at 9:00 PM, to pray for 10 minutes. To help, these devotionals have been posted then on Facebook. For those not on Facebook, below are the weekly devotionals. Use them weekly as a way to join our prayer group. We look forward to “seeing� you there!

May 1: More this week than any other in recent years, I have seen so much fall around me. Whether it was marriages filled with strife, lost job situations, broken and strained relationships, or hardship with finances, there seemed to be a path of destruction everywhere I looked, except for one place: my home. I can't help but wonder why that is. Why had God spared me from so many similar fates, watching over me and my family? It's a question that plagues many when they are the survivors. I may never know why, as I never fully know God's plan. Similarly, this verse was brought to my attention today: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze" (Isaiah 43.2). God is right next to us always, keeping the floods and fires circling around us, but never letting them consume us. It really makes one realize just how special we are to God, that He would protect us, keeping us so closely to Him. This week, keep that comfort in mind as the dangers surround you, but never consume you. Amen. _______________________________________ May 8: I am currently completing a stint with a student teacher from Marist who has spent the past six weeks learning how to be an English teacher until my guidance. During this time, we have grown very close, and I find myself wanting to help her out more and more as she starts her career. So, I've stocked her up with a ton of books to get her started, and ended up purchasing posters for her first classroom along with other literary toys and items. God feels the same away about His people, wanting to do so The Shingle

much for them: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8.28). God's love is so much more perfect for me than the love I have for others, that I can't fathom the things He does, and wants to do, for me. Then I think of those I work with who seemingly have no love in their heart for others, and how that manifests itself in their actions. But then I remember that God loves even them, and I am reminded of my imperfect love. If they could only turn to see the love that awaits, perhaps they would be transformed the way we are in His love. God is waiting for them and for you to respond. Choose His love. Amen. _______________________________________ May 15: Now that the weather is getting warmer, my desire to shed layers of clothing increases, thus my shame increases as I witness the horror underneath that winter has wrought. So, thankfully with warmer weather, I am able to go out running and get myself into a smidgen of better shape. It's funny how so many of us look into the mirror, dislike what we see, and go out and join a gym, lift, run, whatever. But when we look in our hearts and dislike what we see, we so rarely put ourselves through a workout to fix that. God tells us that, "physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come" (1 Timothy 4.8). Will getting into physical shape improve my outlook on myself? Maybe. But will it improve my relationships, marriage, being a better father, a kinder, more faithful person? Probably not. That comes from prayer, meditation, and reading. So this spring, getting your body in shape is a good choice, but getting your heart into shape is a great one. Put yourself through that kind of a workout. Amen. _______________________________________ May 22: There is no sorrier sight than that of the last ditch effort student staring down a test that he or she wasn't prepared for. The perspiration sets in, the hands get clammy, and the murmuring begins. God has been sought out in these moments more than any other in a teenager's life. The bargaining and the begging starts, and more often than not, it comes to

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nothing and hopes are dashed when I had back those low grades. (On a side note, I don't think I've ever seen anyone praise Him when the grade comes back good. They usually congratulate themselves.) Why doesn't God answer these desperate pleas? Hebrews 11.6 suggest that "without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." How earnest and faithful are those prayers, really? When we pray, we must first ask for whose glory we are praying. Then we must seek His will, not our own. Maybe then, the results will be a little different and our expectations adjusted. And maybe we should seek Him not during testing, but during peace. Seek Him out not only in your toughest moments, but also in your most celebrated ones. Amen. _______________________________________

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:

May 29: Our self-esteem is such a delicate piece of china. We can so easily be built up or torn down with a word. Mark Twain famously quipped, "I can live for two months on a compliment." Yet I watched a teenager today be destroyed by another's ill-timed word. We are consistently teetering on public opinion, but we really have no idea what utter shame and rejection feels like. This Easter, recall what Christ went through: "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem" (Isaiah 53.3). Rejection from a group is hard enough, but rejection from the whole world is unfathomable. He loves us so much that He willingly took on that burden. So, the next time you are feeling alone and fragile because of someone else's cutting remark, remember that you are not alone, as that feeling is only a fraction of what Jesus went through for us. Amen. I am forever searching for God. I always felt that with age came knowledge, but instead wisdom came. I know nothing, but I know that I know nothing. It's the seeking that keeps me young. May we all continue to seek as we age, growing in wisdom as we do. Amen. _______________________________________

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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 requests can also be posted on the Facebook page. I will be checking in with anyone who submits a request by phone, in person or email if they would also like the request posted on the Facebook page. I've noticed sometimes it helps to get comments of encouragement and support when you have a prayer! If you have any questions, always feel free to ask.

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PET PRAYER CHAIN AND PET KORNER All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

Sermon Podcasts: or They are also available through iTunes software. YouTube: #p/u Facebook: Public Page: o ad-PresbyterianChurch/139888512714485 Facebook Closed Group: o 4333380282707/

God cares about His creatures, and so do we. If your pet or you is in need of prayer due to your concern over your pet, please do not hesitate to call one of us: Alicia Briley Mary Lou Cassidy Shirley De Vries Joyce Scott Sue Surovic

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

Pet prayer updates on current concerns: Our thoughts and condolences go out to Janet and Ken Kern as their beloved pet cockatiel of nine years, Cody” has soared to greater heights recently – a big loss for a little guy Diane and Chris Devlin also lost their pet cockatiel recently – condolences from the Pet Prayer Chain go out to them also Sue and Bill Surovic’s pet boxer, Sunny, is recovering nicely after torn ligament surgery – he’s now starting to bear weight on his leg. Great news! Congrats to Mary Jo and Bill Brett who are the “parents” of a new little springer spaniel pup – good luck to all!

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.

If you have any concerns and updates about your pets, please contact one of the persons on the Pet Prayer Chain so we can offer you support during your troubling (Ruff) times. Joyce Scott p.s. Martin’s “tugging” along with his two pooches along Seminary Hill Road and Church Street – God bless our pets! The Shingle

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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, or visit them at, or on Facebook.

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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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Birthdays 5/1 5/1 5/2 5/6 5/8 5/9 5/9 5/13 5/14 5/15 5/18 5/19 5/20 5/20 5/22 5/23 5/23 5/23

Donna DiPippo Linda Haywood Ann Rand Amanda Delanoy Gabrielle Erickson Marjorie Williams Kenneth Cole Debbie Dickson Katherine Foote Charles Hunter Dylan Seals Joel Thomas Don Cassidy Jennifer Nielsen Shirley DeVries Carl Erickson, III Ava Jolley Elizabeth Ojeda

5/25 5/27 5/28 5/29

Kevin Spinnelli David Moody Louis Lent Barbara Newe

Anniversaries 5/1 5/4 5/12 5/20 5/27 5/27 5/27

Liz & Louis Zuzzolo Diane & Chris Devlin Janet & Ken Kern Sally & Ray Anderson Erin & Joel Thomas Julie & Martin Foley Louise & John Andres

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

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MAY 2014 Sunday 27

Monday 28

10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School 7:00 PM AA Meeting

Tuesday 29

Wednesday 30

6:30 PM Bell Chimes Reheasal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 1

Friday 2

Saturday 3

9:00 AM Confirmation Trip to New York City 10:00 AM PRPH

Youth Fun Night 11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group


















7:00 PM AA Meeting

6:30 PM Bell Chimes Reheasal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group

10:00 AM PRPH

10:00 AM Celebration of First Communion 10:00 AM Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Fred Knieriem 10:00 AM Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Church School 11:00 AM Calendar Scheduling Committee


7:00 PM AA Meeting

7:30 PM Session Meeting

6:30 PM Bell Chimes Reheasal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group

10:00 AM PRPH

10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School 7:00 PM Tres Dias Sequela


7:00 PM AA Meeting

10:00 AM Confirmation Sunday 10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School

6:30 PM Bell Chimes Reheasal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal

11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group



10:00 AM PRPH

6:15 PM Gilead Designers 8:00 PM Midnight Run





6:30 PM Bell Chimes Reheasal 7:00 PM AA Meeting 7:45 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal


11:00 AM Stretch Exercise Class 7:30 PM Faith Discussion Group



7:00 PM AA Meeting

10:00 AM Morning Worship and Church School 2:00 PM Elizabeth Ojeda Harp Concert

10:00 AM PRPH 12:00 PM Gilead Fellowship Cruise Around Manhatten

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

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