April 26, 2013

Faith Briefs: April 26, 2013


---- — National Day of Prayer service set

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center’s Spiritual Care Department is celebrating the National Day of Prayer with a prayer service at noon Thursday, May 2.

The nonpartisan, interfaith event will be held outside the hospital’s front entrance. The rain location is the Foundation Boardroom.

All are invited to gather to pray for area schools, the economy and the world.

This year’s national theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21, which says “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

For more information about the CVPH event, call 314-3062 or email

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Church hosts Earth Care Coffee House

SARANAC LAKE — The First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host an Earth Care Coffee House from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of the church at 57 Church St.

The community is invited to celebrate Earth Day with music, poetry, home-baked goods and discussion. The event will feature music by Invasive Species, Alex Smith, Duane Keith Gould and the Rustic Riders. Poet Alta Wamsganz will share the spoken word. The Coffee House will benefit Saranac Lake’s Common Ground Community Garden. There is no cover charge, but a freewill donation will help with scholarships for local gardeners. Common Ground’s Ellen Beberman will be on hand to share information and reflections on community gardening in the Adirondacks.

The First Presbyterian Church is among the first 100 churches nationally to be certified as an Earth Care Congregation. The award acknowledges the church’s environmental stewardship achievements in worship, education, facilities and outreach to the community. The church partners with the Common Ground Community Garden to grow organic produce for the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry.

For more information, contact the church office at 891-3401.


First Assemblyof God hosting missionaries to Japan

PLATTSBURGH — First Assembly of God, 164 Prospect Ave., will host Wes and Candy Mathis, missionaries to Japan, during its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, April 28.

The two have been Asia Pacific military missionaries since 1994, and have pastored the Neighborhood Church in Okinawa, Japan, for five years.

More than 80,000 American servicemen from all branches of service live on the island. Many of the soldiers are constantly training and come home exhausted. Neighborhood Church is their home away from home where they have a church family that cares for them.

Many of the soldiers get deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving their families in a strange land. They also oversee all of the military and English-speaking churches in the region.

Everyone is invited to attend. Call 563-5799 for more information.