Saturday, July 2, 2022

More News of the Church

Yesterday, Gossips shared the news, first announced on Facebook, that the project to repair and replace the First Presbyterian Church's standing seam metal roof, which is more than a hundred years old, had begun. That post gave the impression that all the money needed for the project had been raised. That's not exactly the case.

Today I learned from Theresa Parsons, treasurer of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church, that nearly 95 percent of the total cost of the project has been raised. Yesterday, after hearing that the project had begun, a first time donor offered to match all donations made in July, up to $5,000. In addition to the match, the church needs to raise another $10,000 in the next few weeks.

Now is the perfect time to make a gift, large or small, to help preserve this beloved Hudson landmark. We are all enriched by its presence. We all need to help support its preservation. Click here to make a contribution, or send a check to Friends of FPC at 369 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534.


  1. Appreciate your post, Carole, and your ongoing support. As you are well aware, The Friends of FPC have worked over decades to preserve and restore this historic building. Many of your readers are among those who have been the most generous and supportive in the past and will, I'm sure, be there for us again if they're able. To them and to you: Thank You! --theresa

  2. Easy with the WE NEEDs and WE ARE ALLs, please Carole. I, for one, am not a fan of organized religions and their tax exempt buildings, especially the christian-based ones, and big buildings like this do little for me. Not everyone feels like you do about this behemoth, a dinosaur from a bygone time that is now so expensive to maintain. Maybe it served a greater and wider purpose once, but how much more money year after year should be put into the building if, for most, it is just something pleasant to look at?
    B Huston
    I do appreciate the bells when they are ringing, but not much else.

  3. I'm not a fan or organized religion in general and am not a believer. However, First Presbyterian is one of the churches that see their mission as doing good work. Under Rev Kathryn Beilke the church has hosted many community groups, both religious and not. They've hosted Muslim community dinners for years, held cultural and other events for and by the LGBTQ+ community, supported reentry programs for the formerly incarcerated, held countless social justice meetings and initiatives and many more. I will never forget laying down on the sidewalk next to Rev Beilke who was eight months pregnant at the time, protesting one of the countless police shootings of unarmed black men. This church and its leadership backs up their beliefs and turns them into positive action. That's why this queer non-believer regularly makes contributions to the church and to the Friends of First Presbyterian and I encourage others to do the same.
    Victor Mendolia

  4. Thank you Carole and Victor for your support in recognizing that the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson for the valuable, iconic beacon it is!
    It is not only a Landmark in Hudson's National Historic District but has also taken leadership in local social and environmental justice, supported initiatives for at need groups for over 100 years and aimed to provide spiritual inspiration to all.