Saturday, December 31, 2011

Faith, film, food, and First Night: It's all about Saratoga this weekend.

Last night, the Handsome Husband and I went to see Higher Ground at the Saratoga Film Forum. I enjoyed the movie but it's an odd sort of story. As I read in a review somewhere, it may be too religious for non-believers and not religious enough for people of faith. Based on a memoir, I found it to be a poignant and believable story of a woman's struggle with both her faith and her marriage. The Forum will have one more showing of this film on New Year's Day at 3:00 pm.

And speaking of faith, I was saddened to read this recent story in The Saratogian, about the First Baptist Church:  Saratoga Springs' oldest church is running out of money. For both persons of faith and for supporters of historic preservation, this is not good news. 

I am an elder in a different protestant church in an adjacent Saratoga County village. Our lovely building is actually twenty years older than this at-risk church, and this story strikes way too close to home. I wish the folks of the First Baptist Church well and we will be doing our bit tonight to support them.

From 4 to 8 p.m. tonight, December 31,  the church will host an annual roast beef dinner during First Night in Saratoga. Please won't you consider helping them out, too? You can find the First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs at 45 Washington Street, about a block or so off Broadway. Their telephone number is 518-584-6301.

And by the way, First Night, too, supports a good cause: Saratoga Arts.  The Handsome Husband and I will be volunteering at one of the venues tonight. Come on up (or down) to Saratoga and do good while having a great time!

Happy New Year to all!

Note: The photo above shows the cupola of the First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs, NY.
Photo credit: (ED BURKE/