Book Discussion
Feb
20
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selection are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, February 20, is First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, by Loung Ung.

The story is now also a Netflix film starring Angelina Jolie. (But you certainly want to read and discuss the book first. It's always better.)

"From a childhood survivor of the Cambodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit." - Amazon.com (remember to use the "give" tab on this website to get to amazon when you shop online, and a portion of what you spend will return to the church).

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Lenten Study for Adults
Feb
18
11:15 AM11:15

Lenten Study for Adults

After worship on the first four Sundays in Lent (Feb. 18, 25, and March 4, 11), the adult education class will discuss select chapters from Rick Ufford-Chase's book, Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire. Easy to read but deeply challenging, Rick has gathered in the pages of this book a diverse group of church leaders who demonstrate how the contemporary church (and especially the Presbyterian Church) can honestly examine who we are and what we need to become as disciples of Jesus today. They model the kind of "repentance" and "change of heart" we are called to in Lent.

Join us each week for worship at 10:00, and then stay for the discussion. Chapters will be announced soon.

A limited number of books are for sale in the church office. If you shop online at Amazon, please use the amazon link under the "give" tab on this website and a portion of your purchase will return to the church.

 

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Ash Wednesday Worship
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday Worship

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Lent is a time to pay special attention to the work of God in our lives, our community, and the world in which we live. In doing so, we open ourselves to participate in the continuing renewal God seeks to bring to all of creation. We think about how the values of God’s reign - peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and justice for all - can be lived out in our lives and our communities. Are our choices and actions compatible with God’s will? It is a time to reflect on our baptismal promises and prepare to renew our covenant relationship with God.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a time of confession, assurance, and commitment. Knowing and experiencing God’s forgiveness allows us to honestly examine our lives. Without that assurance, the task could be overwhelming. Ash Wednesday reminds us that the work of Lent is always undertaken in the knowledge that rebirth and resurrection will come.

The community will gather for worship at 7:00. Pastor Jeff will offer the meditation, the choir will sing, the Eucharist will be celebrated, and ashes will be offered to those who wish them.

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Noontime Prayers and Ashes
Feb
14
12:15 PM12:15

Noontime Prayers and Ashes

Lent is a time to pay special attention to the work of God in our lives, our community, and the world in which we live. In doing so, we open ourselves to participate in the continuing renewal God seeks to bring to all of creation. We think about how the values of God’s reign - peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and justice for all - can be lived out in our lives and our communities. Are our choices and actions compatible with God’s will? It is a time to reflect on our baptismal promises and prepare to renew our covenant relationship with God.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a time of confession, assurance, and commitment. Knowing and experiencing God’s forgiveness allows us to honestly examine our lives. Without that assurance, the task could be overwhelming. Ash Wednesday reminds us that the work of Lent is always undertaken in the knowledge that rebirth and resurrection will come.

Pastor Lynn Dunn will offer prayers and ashes in the Sanctuary at noon.

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Mardi Gras Pot-Luck
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Mardi Gras Pot-Luck

Mardi Gras marks the end of Epiphany and prepares us for Ash Wednesday. It is to be great feast, cleaning the rich foods out of our pantries before the fasts and disciplines of Lent. We celebrate this year with a pot-luck feast, music and dancing after worship. Bring a dish to share when you come to worship. Stay for the fellowship and fun. The whole family is welcome.

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Science Sunday
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Science Sunday

We observe "Science Sunday" every year during the worship service nearest to Charles Darwin's birthday (February 12). Darwin’s discoveries of natural selection and evolutionary history have profoundly shaped our understanding of the world. Without question, Darwin’s theory of evolution is one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. Less well known, however, is his lifelong search for a naturalist understanding of religion. Darwin not only wrestled continuously with the relationship between science and religious faith but found in his own scientific travels and studies cause for new and renewed understanding of religion. Throughout his life Darwin had experiences he would call “silent hosannas” as he witnessed the beauty, tragedy, and mystery of what he called “the sublime powers of life.”

The oft-perceived conflict between science and religion caused him much pain in his lifetime, and he would be appalled at the anti-science fundamentalism of so-called creation scientists as well as the anti-religion scientism of the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins. Between the raging creationists and equally strident atheists is a rich world of wonder and encounter where science and religious belief hold a fascinating conversation and encourage one another.

Our observance of Science Sunday at WPPC have ranged from powerful sermons on the the relationship between science and religious belief, celebrations of creation and a world of wonder, to the introduction of new cosmological hymns  and anthems, to prayers for scientists (and the 2017 March for Science) during our current anti-science presidential administration. Always, we thank God for creating us with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

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Youth Sunday / Transfiguration
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Youth Sunday / Transfiguration

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On Youth Sunday we are led in worship by the teens of the church who share their creative efforts and inspiration with us. They lead us in prayer, music and telling us how faith impacts their lives. They look forward each year to this opportunity to use their voices and talents to share messages of love, hope and inspiration.

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Annual Meeting
Feb
4
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Meeting

It's a very Presbyterian thing to do, exercise our democratic values. The annual meeting of the White Plains Presbyterian Church will be held in teh church house immediately following worship. Members in good standing will elect elders to serve on the church council, elect members to the nominating committee, elect auditors, and receive the annual reports of ministry and mission. The budget for 2018 will be presented.

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Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience Training
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience Training

Upping the Resistance: Civil Disobedience Training with Trainers Alexis Danzig and Jamie Bauer

Training will cover the following basics:
1) the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence
2) civil disobedience as one method of direct action
3) affinity group organizing, and the role of support
4) arrest and consequences
5) tips for the day-of an action

Cost: $10 requested donation. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by January 26th to dougdecandia@gmail.com or surjwestchester@gmail.com.

Background on presenters who are ACT UP veterans and working with Rise & Resist these days.

Jamie's (pronouns: they/theirs) first arrest was in the City Council Chambers in 1982 when the NYC City Council voted down the gay rights bill.

Jamie was active in anti-militarism work with Women's Pentagon Action, and was one of the NYC and Washington DC trainers for the mass CD at the Supreme Court after Bowers vs. Hardwick was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1987.

They were working with War Resister's League in 1987 when a call came in requesting assistance from a new group forming to do direct action to raise awareness about the AIDS crisis. Jamie joined ACT UP and provided civil disobedience trainings, demonstration logistics, marshaling, police liaison work, and support for the group (and with various affinity groups) for the next eight years.

Alexis grew up going to anti-Vietnam War marches with her mother, and took part in anti-rape feminist actions and anti-nuclear organizing at college. After her father died of AIDS in 1988, Alexis joined ACT UP and was trained by Jamie to take part in her first CD, at the FDA in Rockville, MD, where Jamie and Alexis were members of the same affinity group. Jamie and Alexis worked on the logistics/CD-training team with ACT UP, helping to plan and run demonstrations together during the almost five years that they overlapped in ACT UP. Alexis was part of the marshaling team for the Dyke March attended by 20,000 lesbians and bisexual women planned by a national coalition of Lesbian Avengers that took place the night before the 1993 Lesbian Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation March on Washington.

Jamie and Alexis have worked with and have provided demonstration logistics and marshaling support to Queer Nation, Lesbian Avengers, WHAM! (clinic defense for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under attack by Operation Rescue), RUSA-LGBT (an LGBT Russian-speaking human rights group), GO Brooklyn, religious and sanctuary groups, and other ad hoc direct action organizations.

Together and separately, Jamie and Alexis have trained hundreds of people in NYC and up and down the East Coast in the American tradition of principled nonviolence, direct action, legal protest, marshaling techniques, and civil disobedience.

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10:00 AM Family Service Dec. 24 (with live goat)
Dec
24
10:00 AM10:00

10:00 AM Family Service Dec. 24 (with live goat)

Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, therefore our family service will take place at 10:00 AM. This early service will particularly welcome younger children and their extended families (and those who don't travel out after dark) to hear and experience the Christmas story in worship. Our shepherd will be accompanied by a live goat, courtesy of Greenburgh Nature Center.

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Christmas Caroling
Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Caroling

On Sunday afternoon we will be bringing songs of Christmas joy to our neighbors in Kingsley House and home-bound members of the congregation. A perfect Sunday afternoon for the whole family! Plan to spend about two hours together, and to carpool from house to house. Please dress warmly and bring a great smile - songbooks will be provided.

RSVP's to the church would be helpful to the pastors as they arrange our visits.

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Christmas Pageant
Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Pageant

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Children and youth will present the annual Christmas Pageant during worship on Sunday, December 17. Costuming and brief rehearsal will be held before worship at 8:30 a.m. Come see the Christmas story unfold before your eyes and sing some of your favorite Christmas hymns in anticipation of our afternoon caroling.

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Godly Play Open House
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Godly Play Open House

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Church School. Sunday School. We call it Godly Play.

We're holding an open house to introduce our church school staff and Montessori based church school program for all ages. All families are welcome to come and learn about children's programs at White Plains Presbyterian Church, meet our three pastors, our church school superintendent, and other christian families.

Please RSVP to pastorgeary@optonline.net by Friday.

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Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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The White Plains Religious Leaders and the Ministers Fellowship Council of the City of White Plains and Vicinity invite you to join your neighbors in giving thanks with liturgy, prayer, inspiration and great music. The Calvary Baptist Church Choir, the Salvation Army Youth Band and the Presbyterian Church Choir.

Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or dry goods for the Emergency Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Parking lot is in the rear of the church between Barker Avenue and Rockledge Avenue.

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Made in Palestine
Nov
19
5:00 PM17:00

Made in Palestine

The congregation is encouraged to attend a special event on November 19 called "Made in Palestine" as an enjoyable addition to our study of the PC(USA) report "Israel-Palestine: Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace." This will be a night of entertainment as we celebrate Palestinian culture! Headlining Amer Zahr - Palestinian American Comedian. Palestinian Fair trade goods, embroidery, clothing and food will be available for purchase. Dabke dancing, poetry and more! Tickets can be purchased here.

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Prayer Breakfast
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Prayer Breakfast

All are welcome for a time of food, prayer, songs and fellowship. Our special guest this year will be The Rev. Lynn Dunn, who will be speaking on "Finding Faith in a World of Conflict."

There is a suggested donation of $10. RSVP to the church via phone (914.761.8585) or email (wppresby.church@optonline.net)  

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Phyllis Trible Lectures on Jeremiah
Nov
5
11:30 AM11:30

Phyllis Trible Lectures on Jeremiah

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The community is invited to a series of lecture on the Prophet Jeremiah, led by Dr. Phyllis Trible. Sundays October 22 and 29 and November 5 right after worship.

  • October 22: Setting and Calling (Jer. 1 and 2)
  • October 29: Wrestling and Wounds (Jer. 4, 6, 20 and 26)
  • November 5: Into the Future with Hope (Jer. 31 and 34)

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest School of Divinity 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

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Orange Day
Oct
25
6:00 AM06:00

Orange Day

The 25th of every month has been designated “Orange Day” by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic color, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. Orange Day calls upon civil society, governments, and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), but every month. 

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Battle of White Plains Anniversary
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Battle of White Plains Anniversary

THE 241st ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF WHITE PLAINS AT THE HOME OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT AND PRESBYTERIAN, JACOB PURDY
The White Plains Historical Society would like to invite you to join them this coming Sunday October 22, 2017 as they commemorate the 241st anniversary of the Battle of White Plains. In particular: join your neighbors for for the 1:00pm Flag-raising ceremony and encampment.

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Phyllis Trible Lectures on Jeremiah
Oct
22
11:30 AM11:30

Phyllis Trible Lectures on Jeremiah

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The community is invited to a series of lecture on the Prophet Jeremiah, led by Dr. Phyllis Trible. Sundays October 22 and 29 and November 5 right after worship.

  • October 22: Setting and Calling (Jer. 1 and 2)
  • October 29: Wrestling and Wounds (Jer. 4, 6, 20 and 26)
  • November 5: Into the Future with Hope (Jer. 31 and 34)

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest School of Divinity 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

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Blessing of the Animals
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Blessing of the Animals

As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd: a procession of animals is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals. In our Scriptures, the act of blessing means 'the imparting of power or life.' The person performing the blessing mediating that power from God or Christ to the person or the animal involved. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring. To bless is to impart God's power in person! 
 
Animals refer to all the living creatures people bring to worship - such as cats and dogs, birds, reptiles, and fish, domesticated or wild. People not able to bring an animal may wish to bring a picture of an animal they love or and endangered species in the wild. The custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love to all creatures. All Creatures of our God and King are welcome in worship on October 1.

All are invited to bring beloved pets to worship for a special blessing at the beginning of worship. Please bring everything necessary to share worship with your pet while respecting others. 

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