New Paltz church wel­comes guest preacher

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Rev. Tim Riis will be the guest preacher at the New Paltz United Methodist Church, 1 Grove St., on Sun­day, Dec. 4, at the 10:45 a.m. ser­vice.

He will be the 12th guest preacher in the church’s year­long cel­e­bra­tion of its 230th an­niver­sary. The sub­ject of his ser­mon will be the giv­ing sea­son of Ad­vent.

For 34 years, Riis served as the pas­tor of United Methodist churches in Fleis­chmanns, Hal­cott Cen­ter, Franklin, Catskill, Smith­town, Hicksville and Pough­keep­sie. Begin­ning in a co­op­er­a­tive parish in ru­ral New York and mov­ing through sub­ur­ban and ur­ban pas­torates, he be­gan a min­istry in 2015 as the district su­per­in­ten­dent of the Catskill Hud­son District, to which the New Paltz United Methodist Church be­longs.

Riis has served the United Methodist Church in lead­er­ship in many ca­pac­i­ties, in­clud­ing In­ter­na­tional Gen­eral Con­fer­ence del­e­gate, New York del­e­ga­tion chair, In­ter­juris­dic­tional Com­mit­tee mem­ber, sec­re­tary of the North­east­ern Juris­dic­tional Com­mit­tee, di­rec­tor of the de­nom­i­na­tional mis­sions agency and vice-chair/sec­re­tary of the North­east­ern Juris­dic­tional Com­mit­tee on An­nual Con­fer­ence Bound­aries. In ad­di­tion, he has been the chair or co-chair of the North­east­ern Juris­dic­tional Town and Coun­try As­so­ci­a­tion, the New York An­nual Con­fer­ence, the Board of Or­dained Min­istry and the Coun­cil on Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

A lun­cheon re­cep­tion will fol­low the ser­vice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Sharon at(845) 419.5063 or 845.625.8087 or visit new­paltzumc@gmail. com.

me­dia. Our coaches all cheered her on to­day as they kept pass­ing along re­ports on her progress. To­day, Melissa was fi­nally able to cy­cle 100 miles in a sin­gle day de­spite the chal­lenges of T1D. She did so while ex­em­pli­fy­ing the spirit of the Ride to Cure Di­a­betes.”

••• Marist Col­lege hon­ored vol­un­teers and phi­lan­thropists Bill Austin and El­lie Char­wat at the 49th An­nual Pres­i­dent’s Com­mu­nity Break­fast on Oct. 13.

Pres­i­dent David Yellen pre­sented the awards to Austin, owner of Gold’s Gym Dutchess County; and Char­wat, for­mer head of the col­lege’s adult ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, in recog­ni­tion of their re­spec­tive records of pub­lic ser­vice in the Hud­son River

Val­ley and beyond.

Austin, who taught at Marist and coached its crew team in the late 1960s and 1970s, is a long­time sup­porter of or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion, the Miles of Hope Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion and the Hud­son River Row­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. He has served on the board of the Mid-Hud­son Civic Cen­ter and is a mem­ber of the Pleas­ant Val­ley Lions Club.

Char­wat, a for­mer Town of Pough­keep­sie Board mem­ber, is a mem­ber of the Ar­ling­ton Ro­tary. She has served on the boards of — or oth­er­wise vol­un­teered for — the Adri­ance Me­mo­rial Li­brary, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of the Hud­son Val­ley, Lit­er­acy Con­nec­tions, the United Way, the League of Women Vot­ers, and the Eleanor Roo­sevelt Cen­ter at ValKill, where she served as board pres­i­dent.



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