The article entitled, Science Says Celebrating Holidays Could Make You Happier, is from “Blue Zones”, a group I subscribe to.

The article said in part,

“Holidays are a time to celebrate. While it may be stressful to bake that extra batch of cookies for the bake sale, cart the family around to the neighbors’ holiday parties, and find the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything, those who celebrate something are generally happier than those who don’t celebrate anything.”

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A New Sign? More partners utilizing God's House at Redeemer (aka the building)? A Renewed Sense of Purpose and Mission?

One of the things to which I'm giving a lot of my pastoral time and energy these days is the joyful task of working alongside Rich Carroll, Gwen Feldt, Erich Markert, and Julie Andrew as part of the Sustainable Solutions for Sacred Sites Team ("S4" for short). Together with a coach named Pastor Laurie, we are developing a plan for utilizing God's House at Redeemer (aka the building) to support good people doing great things in New Paltz and the Hudson Valley.

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What is a ministry focused on housing? What can one person do? These are questions that came to me as it became clearer that my ministry is to be focused on housing for those unhoused and affordable and workforce housing for those struggling to continue living in New Paltz and Ulster County.

I believe that housing security is not only a basic human right, but is foundational for a stable and healthy society.

But what does God say about housing?

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The season of buying Christmas presents for family, friends, and co-workers is upon us and wonderfully coincides with the Church’s Advent season.

Advent is a season of preparation to meet the newborn Savior and to rejoice and acclaim Christ crucified and risen. Traditionally, Advent incorporates spiritual practices that include Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (helping those in need).

This Advent & Christmas season, rather than rushing around buying stuff, prayerfully consider alternative gift options, fast from self-indulgence and spending money, and re-direct your choices to support those most in need.

Give the gift of hope!

For more information please visit our Alternative Gifts Page.

Our Fall Pledge Drive is underway! And your pledge of financial support to Christ’s mission through Redeemer, New Paltz matters so much - we make this happen together. Please, before or by Sunday, November 20th, give prayerful thought to how God is stirring your household to support Christ’s work through Redeemer, and fill out and send your card by mail or drop it in the offering plate at worship - or click "Pledge Now!" to submit electronically.

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