FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WHIPPANY

 

Dear Members and Friends,

There is nothing we can do to inspire God to love us more. Likewise, there is nothing we can do to inspire God to love us less. This Promise brings me a tremendous amount of relief, and it frees me up to live a life of love in gratitude to God. I read this poem in worship in September, but I want to share it again here:

“God Says Yes to Me,” by Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes, God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

I hear God’s loving “yes” in the words of Jesus: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” On October 7th, we’ll celebrate World Communion Sunday, sharing Jesus’ words and the Sacrament of Communion in a special service around tables in the fellowship hall. And, on October 28th, we’ll celebrate the gift of Music, with an encore of Celebration of Music Sunday.

May you hear God’s loving voice this month, “Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Take care, friends,

Pastor Sarah

 

Dear Church Family,

We are in desperate need of the following items for our winter shelter meal:

50 lbs. of sugar (each month)

coffee (regular, regular size)

canned tomatoes (any size)

canned tomato sauce (any size)

kidney beans

creamy salad dressings (5 for each month)

large boxes of INSTANT RICE  (we feed about 65 people each month)

wafer cookies

chocolate syrup

powdered ice tea mix (or lemonade mix)

We will be making this meal for the next 8 months.

The meal at Homeless Solutions for Sunday, September 23 was prepared by Heather Rizzo, Christine Antico and her friends Corinne Manicone and Karen Sherowski.


Thanks for your support of the mission plus all your generous donations to the food box. Money can be donated to the cause by using the Deacons Envelope in the box with your offering envelopes and designating the donation for Homeless Solutions.  Any questions?  Talk to Sue Hartmann or Christine Antico.

Peace!

The Board of Deacons

 

Circle 3 is meeting on Monday, October 1st at 7:00 PM in the church library.  We gather for fellowship and study the first Monday of each month.  All ladies of the church and community are welcome.

Circle 4 will have its 1st meeting of the season on November 12 at the church. We will pack boxes for our servicemen. 

Check church bulletin for further news and details.

 

 

MEN'S (after) BREAKFAST GATHERING

Saturday, October 13, 8:30 am -- 9:45 am

For our OCTOBER GATHERING on Saturday, October 13, 8:30 am - 9:45, Don Kiddoo will offer the concluding Part II of one of the most important (but little known) stories from Hanover Township's long (298 years) history -----

Phebe of Beverwyck Plantation --- Born a Slave

The 2,000-acre Beverwyck Plantation at Troy was in Hanover Township's jurisdiction during the period 1757 to early 1800s (and until 1928) when it operated with more than 40 slaves.  Part II of slave Phebe's (1785-1849) life story tells of her service after emancipation as a laundress for students of Bowdoin College at Brunswick, Maine for 18 years, and about her devout religiosity, and her poignant death and funeral.  It explains how author Harriett Beecher Stowe came to Brunswick and learned of Phebe's life and character, and then wove aspects of her personality and behaviors artfully into the character of the tragic hero, Uncle Tom in her famous, Uncle Tom's Cabin, as Stowe was writing the most influential book of America's 19th century.

For our NOVEMBER GATHERING, on Saturday, November 10, Detective Hermans of the Hanover Township Police Department will advise us on ----

HOME SECURITY PRECAUTIONS

He will tell us about burglar alarms, security cameras, locking of houses and cars, reporting suspicious happenings, etc.    

Volunteers are invited to offer topics of general interest, and to arrange for guest speakers, and to facilitate future gatherings.

Please mark your calendars for our fellowship gatherings on 10/13 and 11/10.

DonK
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Join us this fall for FPCW Book Club!

“An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Tayler

Sundays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, and 11, 6:00-7:00pm

Last spring we loved reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and getting together to talk about its intersections with our own lives. Join us this fall as we gather in the same spirit. We’ll talk about the week’s chapters, pray, and be strengthened for the days ahead. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. Please email Pastor Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

 

 

Celebration of Music Sunday on October 28th: Seeking Musicians of all ages!

It was such a joy to celebrate musical gifts in worship in June! A huge thank you to everyone who prepared special pieces for worship! On October 28th, we're planning another Celebration of Music Sunday, and we invite members and friends of all ages to consider sharing their talents in worship. If you are interested, please contact Christie Ventura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

Hands & Hearts Recognition – November 4 during Coffee Hour

THANK YOU--two simple but powerful words that we say too infrequently.  The Mission Committee would like to start their new mission by saying “Thank you” to everyone for their faithful and joyful support of our church. If you have sent a get-well card, cooked or served a meal, sung in our church choir, served as a deacon or elder, pledged financial support, traveled to Mt. Top, prayed for ill members, or served in so many other ways, we invite you, all God’s volunteers, to our Hands and Hearts Recognition Event on November 4 immediately following church. Please join us as we kick off the work of our new Mission Committee by thanking everyone and highlighting the many, many ways you serve our church and our community.

 

 

 

Calling all Visual Artists! Artists Needed for Advent!

On the four Sundays of Advent, we'd like to incorporate original art from our church members in worship! We'll project the pieces you make on the PowerPoint during worship, and we can hang the originals in the fellowship hall for the season. Please contact Pastor Sarah, if you'd like to know more. She will give you Advent scripture verses to use as inspiration. Children and youth are especially encouraged to contribute!!

 

        

Calling all youth/young adults in grades 9 and up, if you have not been confirmed yet and wish to do so we would love to have you join us!

We will be beginning our Confirmation Journey this November and it will conclude on Pentecost - Sunday June 9, 2019.

There will be a parent/student meeting on October 21st to fill you in on more of the details and to allow you to sign up for classes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 973-885-6816.

Hope to see you Sunday October 21st 9:30AM in Room 202.

 

 

 

Club 3:16

A Junior High Experience

 Saturday October 6th

Dorney Park Halloween Haunt

Meet at Church 1:00PM

Sunday October 7th

Outdoor Movie Night 7:00-9:30

                                                                   Sunday October 14th

Stand Firm

Meeting 6:00PM -7:30PM

 

Sunday October 21st

Flashlight Corn Maze

Meet at the Church 5:00PM

Sunday October 29th

Game Night

Meet at the Church 6:00PM-8:30PM

 

SHYF

Saturday October 6th

Dorney Park Halloween Haunt

Meet at Church 1:00PM

                                                                                                                     Sunday October 7th

Outdoor Movie Night 7:00-9:30

                                                                                                                   Sunday October 14th

Stand Firm

Meeting 7:00PM -8:30PM

Sunday October 21st

Flashlight Corn Maze

Meet at the Church 5:00PM

Sunday October 29th

Game Night

Meet at the Church 6:00PM-8:30PM

 

 

    Our Church School youth will kick off October by celebrating World Communion by worshipping with their families on Sunday October 7th for family worship, special music and of course – communion. (Child care will be available for our Infants (Little Lambs) and Pre-school children). On Sunday October 14th we will return to the classrooms and continue our Curriculum about what it means to put on our Armor of God and wear it every day!

Sunday School Teachers Needed 

We are looking for people who would love to spread God’s love to the next Generation.  Teach for a week, for two weeks, you let us know what you are able to do and we will work around your schedule.  We offer different kinds of classes – if you love to cook then you can teach our cooking class, or do you love to play games and do puzzles? We have a class for that too!!  There is so much to do – all the prep work is done for you – you just have to show up with a smile and willingness to share the Lords Love with our Little Ones!

 

Sunday School Wish List:

New White Pillow Cases

 Measuring Cups (2 sets)

 Measuring Spoons (2 sets)

  Can Openers (2)

 Vegetable Peelers (4)

 Oven Mitts - Long (2 pair)

 Cup Cake Tins –Mini & Regular

 

 

The 3rd Sunday of every month a mission team heads to a small park outside of Penn Station, Newark to hand out food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless.

Our weekend begins by sorting the clothing, preparing the sandwiches and bagging the snacks for 150 people.

We are always in need of:

Ziploc Bags: Sandwich & Snack Size

Juice Pouches

Fruit / Vegetables

Toiletries (**Deodorant)

Socks & Shoes (men & women)

Undergarments

Backpacks / Tote bags

School supplies

 

 

You too can make a difference –

join us one Sunday to help the Homeless!

See Joanne Willans or Joyce Schuckmann.

                                                      

 

       
   

 

LEAVE THE BAKING TO US!

YOUTH GROUP

PIE SALE!

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

Want homemade pies for Thanksgiving,

but just don’t have the time? 

 

Order your pie today & pick it up Wednesday, November 21!

 

YOUTH GROUP PIE SALE

Name  __________________________________ 

Email or phone #  ________________________

______ Apple $15           _____ Cherry $12

______ Blueberry $12     _____ Pumpkin $12

______ Chocolate Cream Pie $10

 

**Pies will be ready for pick up

Wednesday, November 21st 4:30-5:30 pm.

 

If you need to arrange for another pick up time just let us know!

 

 

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Whippany invites you to a

Saturday ~ November 24, 2018

10:00AM – 4:00PM

Get your Holiday Shopping done early!

Vendors - Crafters - Food

Silent Auctions - Holiday Spirit!

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Whippany

494 Route 10 - Whippany, NJ   07981

Hosted by the FPCW Youth Groups and Mission Teams.

Free Admission and Parking

Enjoy holiday treats and a light lunch from Momma Jo’s Café.

More info at www.youthfpcwhippany.org

 

 

               
               
               
               
               
           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WHIPPANY

Dear Members and Friends,

Our God comes to us in the ordinary things.

Jesus teaches about God’s Kingdom using ordinary stories—stories of a person sweeping their house, a seed that grows, a person who labors, a light that shines. And, Jesus is born a baby, ordinary, and yet divine. The ordinary is God’s realm, the place where God works.

Where in your ordinary living has God shown up this summer?

We jump into September hopeful, better yet, confident (!) that God works in and through the ordinary parts of us and our lives—to bring about peace, to tell the story of love, to comfort and heal, and to increase our joy.

And, yet, every Sunday in September at FPC Whippany is far from ordinary:

September 2nd- Don Kiddoo, resident historian, leads worship

and shares the story of a woman who grew up in our town

September 9th- Blessing of the Backpacks and the Celebration of Communion

September 16th- The Baptism of Frankie, Weston, Lucy SanRoman and George O’Dell,

with a luncheon to follow

September 23rd- Celebration of our 50 Year Members and Potluck

September 30th- Mission Trip Sunday,

our youth share stories from their mission trips,

 and we worship the God of transformation

In September, summer’s relaxed weeks collide with fall’s fast paced days, and we are all ‘back at it.’ Back to school, back to work, back to routine. Fall is the season of homecomings. I’m so grateful to call FPC Whippany home, and this church my family, and I look forward to our wonderful fall together.

With love,

Pastor Sarah

 

MEN'S AFTER BREAKFAST GATHER

For our SEPTEMBER 8 GATHERING Mike Cznuchniki, Chairman of Hanover Township's Landmark Commission, will tell us about ---

LOCAL HISTORY OF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

AS DISCOVERED ON (and under )THE GROUND THERE

Mike will report what he learned first-hand while working on a project at Moscow.  Please mark your calendar now for 09/08/18 @ 8:30 am.

For our October gathering on Saturday, 10/13/18,  three possibilities are presently under consideration:

(1)  "Home security precautions" by a detective of the Hanover Township police department

(2)  "Where the pills come from" by Davey Willans

(3)  The poignant Part 2 of "Phebe of Beverwyck Plantation" by Don Kiddoo

Please mark your calendar now for the Saturday morning gatherings on Saturday, September 8 and October 13, 8:30 am to 9:45.

Volunteers are invited to offer topics for education and discussion, and to arrange for visiting speakers, and to facilitate future gatherings.

DonK
 

 

Hanover Township Day - September 8, 1-5 pm

Stop by our church table!

 

Hanover Township Recreation invites everyone to celebrate Hanover Township Day on Saturday, September 8 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls.  The rain date is Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. at Malapardis Park.

This Township-wide event is free to our residents and features, music, activities, demonstrations, exhibits, and food. 

This is a great opportunity for REACHING OUT to our neighbors with our presence in the community. Plan to wear your church t-shirt and stop by the church tables to help us greet our neighbors in the welcoming Spirit of Christ. Better yet, help us create our interactive exhibits and/or volunteer to spend an hour at one of the tables. Email or call Nancy Willans, Barbara Kitchell or the church office to say you would like to participate!

 

 

Bring in Your Backpack  for a Special Blessing on September 9th!

Sunday School Starts September 16!

 


 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study, 10:00-11:15am

For more than 20 years, people have gathered to study the Bible in our comfortable and cozy church library, every Wednesday morning. And, our group is as strong, spirited, and fun as ever! Join us, as we read the week’s lectionary Bible passages, reflect, pray, and share our lives. Wednesday Bible study will begin on September 12 at 10 am.

 

 

The Baptism of Frankie Alice,

Weston Gabriel,

and Lucy Diane SanRoman

and George Henry O'Dell.

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

 

The SanRoman and O'Dell families invite everyone to a luncheon after church. "We have felt so blessed to become a part of this church family, and we hope you will all join us for this special day."

 

                                                One Day VBS

                                                                                                        Wednesday ~ September 19, 2018

                                                                                                                        8:30AM-3:30PM

                                                        The Day’s Themes:

                                                                                                    Follow - Trust – Listen – Serve

Through crafts, drama, games & science our youth will learn to soar to new heights with god!

**Please bring a bag lunch – we will provide snacks, juice and water for the day.

To register please go to http://reg.planetreg.com/E82019334718518

 


 

CELEBRATION OF 50 YEAR MEMBERS

On Sunday, September 23 we will celebrate our 50-year members Marie Ringstad and Al & Sue VanNess!

After worship, we will continue our celebration with a potluck church picnic!

 We'll gather on the front lawn with church friends new and old,  as we all return to our fall routines.

 Sign-up on the board outside the church office, and let us know if you can bring a salad, side, or dessert

 

Join us this fall for FPCW Book Club!

Sundays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, and 11, 6:00-7:00pm

Last spring we loved reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and getting together to talk about its intersections with our own lives. Join us this fall as we gather in the same spirit. We’ll talk about the week’s chapters, pray, and be strengthened for the days ahead. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. We are now considering books to choose from. Please email Pastor Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.


 

Hands & Hearts Recognition –  November 4 during Coffee Hour

THANK YOU--two simple but powerful words that we say too infrequently.  The Mission Committee would like to start their new mission by saying “Thank you” to everyone for their faithful and joyful support of our church. If you have sent a get-well card, cooked or served a meal, sung in our church choir, served as a deacon or elder, pledged financial support, traveled to Mt. Top, prayed for ill members, or served in so many other ways, we invite you, all God’s volunteers, to our Hands and Hearts Recognition Event on November 4 immediately following church. Please join us as we kick off the work of our new Mission Committee by thanking everyone and highlighting the many, many ways you serve our church and our community. 

 

 

Sunday School Registration is now in full swing. You may fill out the form below or stop by our CE table in Parish Hall to sign up for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are planning yet another fantastic year with our youth ~ through Scripture, drama, crafts, games, computers and so much more we hope to inspire our youth and set their faith on fire.  We hope some of you would like to join the fun as we could always use Sunday School teachers, assistants and substitutes.

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL IS SEPTEMBER 16

 Our youth will kick off the Fall of 2018 by learning how to stand against the enemy’s schemes by putting on the Armor of God – Scripture found in Ephesians 6:10-18.

 

 

 

Sunday School Registration

2018-2019 Sunday School Registration

 

Name of Parent(s) or Guardian_______________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________________ E-Mail:__________________________________

List Child(ren) attending Sunday School

Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________      School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________      School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________      School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________      School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

Any child(ren) have special need(s) or heath considerations:

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Promotional Consent:

_____I agree to allow my child(ren)’s image to be used by The First Presbyterian Church of Whippany for promotional use. These may include for posters used in our church or used to recruit at other recruitment locations, for informational brochures, websites, newspaper advertisements, flyers or promotional videos. Children will not be identified by name.

 

Signature of parent or guardian:______________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________

 

 

Club 3:16

A Junior High Experience 

                                                                                                                        Sunday September 16th

Club 3:16 Youth Group Kick-Off

Dinner and Messy Fun!

6:00-8:30PM

                                                                                                                        Sunday September 23rd

Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM

“Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like a Somebody”

 

Sunday September 30th

Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM

Trust...in who?

Club 3:16 is a group of Junior High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship!  They discuss pre-teen issues that they face each and every day and how to deal with them.  Most of all they learn what true friendship is and that they were made to be awesome.
This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!!

Some activities include:
Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Lock-Ins, Mini-Golf, Bowling, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, Stupid-Games, movie nights, a Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, the Kindness Project, 30-Hour Famine and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816.

***”Life’s most urgent question…What are you doing for others?***

                                                                                                ~M.L.K.

 

 

SHYF 

Senior High Youth Fellowship

                                                                                                            Sunday September 9th-MONDAY 10th

Meet at the church at 1:00

Return Home around 3:00

Youth Group Kick-Off at the Kitchell Lake House

Sunday September 16th

Dinner and Messy Fun!

6:00-8:30PM

Sunday September 23rd

Meeting 7:00PM-8:30PM

Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like Somebody!

Sunday September 30th

Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM

Trust...in who?

“If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
       But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”     
-Ecclesiastes 4:10 

SHYF is a group of High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship!
This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!!

Some activities include:
Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, 30 Hour Famine, Winter Blast Retreat, movie nights, Mountain T.O.P. Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, the Kindness Project,  Midnight Run, Sunrise Service, Spaghetti Suppers, Pie Baking and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816

 

 

 

Parents-

Reminder that Sunday School is in session until 11:30.  Please enjoy a peaceful hot cup of coffee and some uninterrupted

conversation at the conclusion of worship. We will escort the youth to Parish Hall at the end of our Sunday School lessons.

For the safety of our youth we would like the children to refrain from jumping off the front of the stage in Parish Hall…

please use the steps on either side to  enter or exit the stage area.

                                                          Also please for everyone’s safety there is No Running in Parish Hall during Fellowship Hour. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

                                                                                                                                                        -The Christian Education Committee

 

CONFIRMATION CLASS 2019

Calling all youth/young adults in grades 9 and up, if you have not been confirmed yet and wish to do so we would love to have you join us!

We will be beginning our Confirmation Journey this November and it will conclude on Pentecost - Sunday June 9, 2019.

There will be a parent/student meeting on October 21st to fill you in on more of the details and to allow you to sign up for classes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 973-885-6816.

Hope to see you Sunday October 21st 9:30AM in Room 202.

 

 

DEACONS NEWS

On Sunday, August 26th we served the summer meal at the homeless shelter.  Our staff included Evelyn and Otto Bertram and John and Sue Hartmann.  We served 55 meals plus seconds.  As usual, the residents were grateful and complimentary.  They enjoyed the macaroni salad and said it was heavenly.  

THANK YOU for all the sugar, cereal, wafer cookies, and salad dressings you provided.  These donations were helpful.

We are switching to our winter meal in September and will be looking for donations of canned tomatoes, kidney beans, INSTANT rice, creamy salad dressings, and bags of sugar.  Please leave your donation in the gray box by the coat closet.

With gratitude,

The Board of Deacons

PS.  Our church food pantry could use boxes of mac and cheese, soup, canned meat, toilet paper, and toiletries.

 

 

October newsletter deadline

 is September 15.

 Please email your newsletter articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Sunday

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Auguust 26

 

10:15 am Worship /Summer Send Out

 

 

27

28

29

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

30

 

31

September 1

 

2

10:15 am Worship/

Don Kiddoo Leading/

Summer Send Out

 

 

3

 

4

5

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class

6

 

7

 

8

8:30 am Men’s After Breakfast

Gathering

 

 

1:00 pm –

5:00 pm Hanover Township Day at Malapardis Park

9

10:15 am Worship/Communion/ Blessing of the Backpacks/Summer Send Out

 

 

1:00 pm SHYF – Monday 3:00 pm

Lake Trip

 

 

 

10

 

 

11

 

12

 

10:00 am Bible Study

 

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class

13

 

14

 

 

15

Newsletter Deadline

 

 

16

10:15 am Worship/

Baptism of Frankie, Weston & Lucy SanRoman and

George O’Dell/

Sunday School

 

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups

Dinner & Messy Fun

 

 

 

17

 

 

7:00 pm Session Meeting with an early start for planning

 

18

19

8:30 am –

3:30 pm

VBS

 

10:00 am Bible Study

 

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class in Sanctuary

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22

 

 

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10:15 am

Worship/

 Sunday School

 

50 Year Members Celebration & Picnic

 

4:30 pm Homeless Solutions

 

6:00 pm Club 3:16

 

7:00 pm SHYF

 

 

24

 

7:30 pm Deacons

 

 

25

 

26

10:00 am Bible Study

 

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class

 

 

27

 

 

28

 

29

 

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10:15 am

Worship/Mission Trip Sunday/Sunday School

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups

 

 

 

October 1

 

 

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3

10:00 am Bible Study

 

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class

 

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6

 

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WHIPPANY

Session letter notes – summer newsletter

What’s your WHY? 

WHY do you come to church?  WHY do you spend that couple of hours on a Sunday morning instead of the 100’s of other things the world tells us we want to be doing with our weekend? Let’s ponder on this thought for just a few minutes.

Maybe you sincerely love to worship and know that church is a place where music, scripture and inspiration are there for you- a comfort and support.

Maybe words don’t come easily to you in prayer and you long for that peace that the Holy Spirit brings in prayer.

Maybe you feel a sense of commitment to family and friends.

Maybe you love the music and comfort of tradition.

Maybe you LOVE to eat sweets, sip coffee and fellowship with others.

Maybe that warm hand that greets you every week is your only chance to receive a sincere smile because the work world does not provide that connection.

Hopefully you know that your church really loves you. In spite of our flaws or generational differences, our dialect is LOVE… that transcends all.

Do you remember your WHY?

I grew up going to church every week- without fail. Sunday was my favorite day of the week because I knew that when I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere else, my church welcomed me with smiles and love. Church was my home and I’m so thankful that my children have found that same Grace here at FPCW. We make memories together; retreats, parades, picnics, inter-generational events, youth services and all sorts of special opportunities that make my kids love Sundays too.

But have you noticed when that stops?

Let’s be present together this summertime. Sure, enjoy your vacations but when you return please come be where you are loved, accepted and adored. Bring your smile and your vacation stories to share. Bring your prayer requests and let us embrace each other in times of challenge and need. God’s love is constant and our fellowship, worship and memory making can be too! Bring your neighbor or extend it to the neighborhood! Just invite them and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Share God’s Love and let them see how wonderful it is to be part of our family in Christ.

So please ask yourself; “What’s your WHY” and use that as your reason to invite friends so they’ll feel welcome here. WE at FPCW live fully in God’s love and are committed to bringing His love into our community- 12 months of the year.

God is your WHY.

Submitted with love and joy, by elder Kris LeDonne

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped the youth group organize our donations for The Kindness Project!

Thanks to you we filled over 30 totes, 8 boxes and 6 bags

full of clothing, toys and toiletries.

Thanks to you helping us get organized we were able to make donations to the Women’s Battered Shelter, Big Brothers and  Big Sisters of Morris County and ReStart Ministry.  This is an ongoing project and help is always needed.

Any questions please see Joanne, Elisa or Bunk.

 

 

Senior High Highlights

&

Club 3:16

 

July

 

Sunday ~ July 1st

 Week of Hope

9 :30 Leave for Burtonsville, MD– WooHoo!!!

   

Sunday ~ July 1st- Friday July 6th

Week of Hope!!!!

 

   Friday ~ June 13th

Mountain TOP Trailer Packing &  Sleep Over 7:30PM

 

Saturday ~ July 14th

4:30AM - Leave for Mountain T.O.P.

 

Sunday July 14th – Saturday July 22nd

MOUNTAIN T.O.P.!!!! WooHoo!!

 

Sunday ~ July 22nd

Welcome Home Party at the Cortright’s

(approx. 3:30PM)

 

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Please pray for our youth and their advisors for safe travels.

Keep them in your thoughts and prayers while they reach out to others.

May God lead them as they meet the physical, social,

emotional and spiritual needs of others.

While our youth and adults are away from their everyday lives

may they reconnect with our Lord, with each other and with themselves.

As they are away from their daily distractions may they take time

to pause, hush and listen. In the name of the Lord, we live and pray~Amen

 

Please pray with us daily:

 

July 14            Psalm 139: 1-6

Pray for safe travel. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare the way for the team and its members to do His work. Praise God for this special ministry.

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July 15           Psalm 3: 3-5

Pray for a welcoming spirit all around, for those coming, and for those who will receive. Pray for rest and energy. Praise God that He is able to sustain us.

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July 16                 Proverbs 3: 5-8

Pray for wisdom to see the paths of understanding between people or mercy in difficult situations. Praise God for His guidance, comfort, and strength.

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July 17                Philemon 4-7

Pray for the team, its members, and the people they serve to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit. Praise God for Christ who intercedes for us.

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July 18                 Ephesians 6: 10-19

Pray for the team to be spiritually prepared to act and speak God's Word.  Praise God for His protection.

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July 19            John 16: 33; Matthew 5: 3-12

Pray for encouragement in body as well as spirit. Rejoice that God keeps steadfast love for good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

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July 20           II Corinthians 9: 12-15

Thank God and praise Him for the work done by the team and its members. Pray for them to have the grace of God to walk each day.

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July 21           Proverbs 11: 25; Luke 6: 38

Pray for God's generosity in meeting the needs and that the team and its members will feel the love coming back to them. Thank Him for His love.

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July 22         Psalm 121

Praise God for this day, which is His. Pray for these special ones to be kept safe as they return home.

 

Mountain T.O.P. Mail

Nothing cures homesickness more than a letter from home!

Please won’t you take a minute to write to the 2018 Mission Team

while they are on their mission trip!

You can lift their spirits with a letter from home, a care package

full of goodies to share or a simple postcard sent with love.

 

Our Mission dates are:

Leave Whippany, NJ on Saturday, July 14th                              

                                Arrive in TN on Sunday, July 15th

                                Work at Mountain TOP July 16th- July 21st

      Arrive back in Whippany, NJ on Sunday, July 22nd

                               Our Mailing address is:

“Campers Name”

Mountain T.O.P.

Camp Baker Mountain
263 Mountain T.O.P. Rd

Spencer, TN 38585

 

***Please note: Our youth will have very limited access to their phones but if you want to email them at the youth group email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will do my best to see that they get the email – up on the mountain

it is not always a guarantee that we get internet service

(it depends on which way the wind is blowing).

 

 

Join us for

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

 

 

SUMMER

SEND OUT!

YEA!!

“Jesus is man’s best friend!”

 

The Christian Education Ministry is looking for adults and teens

to help out with our Sunday Send Out program!

 

Each Sunday we provide a Christian based youth program

that involves a Bible lesson, movie and craft.

 

All lessons and materials are ready for you to use!

All you need to do is teach from the heart and spread your

love and enthusiasm for our Lord to our children.

 

Please sign up to give your time one Sunday in July or August.

Sign-up sheets are found outside the Church School Office.

 

Any questions please email Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

               

 

 

Gentlemen (usually) of First Presbyterian Church of Whippany,

For our JUNE Men's Breakfast gathering on Saturday, June 9, 15 attended our actual breakfast at Whippany Diner, including some visiting ladies who helped make the special occasion special.  Because 2018 is the 300th ANNIVERSARY YEAR year of our grandmother church located on the Whippany Burying Yard grounds, we adjourned from breakfast to tour the Yard.  Nine VOLUNTEERS interpreted individual graves of some of the stalwarts reposing there, including some of the charter members of our congregation.  The tour guide unfortunately skipped over two of the volunteer grave interpreters (in haste), and yet the tour still took 100 minutes ---- still just scratching the Yard's historical surface.

 

Another opportunity for grave interpretations will be coming for the Landmark Commission's public tour on July 4, to kick off Morris County's commemoration of Independence Day.

 

For our JULY (after) BREAKFAST GATHERING on Saturday, 07/14/18, 8:30 am, Jude Pfister, Chief of Cultural Resources of Morristown National Historical Park, will come tell about the more famous half of the Ford families of 18th century Morris --- the cousins of the Whippany Fords who lived in the Morristown mansion both before and after General George Washington made his military headquarters there in 1780:

 

"The Ford Families of Early Morristown"

 

The Morristown Fords were "double cousins" of the Whippany Fords because the brothers Jacob and Samuel Ford (of Whippany) married sisters Hannah and Sarah Baldwin (of Newark).   And both couples had eight children.  Some became famous. One of the Whippany litter became ... infamous.

 

Jude Pfister is the author of "The Fords of New Jersey," published in 2010, and has written several other books on the background of Morristown National Historical Park and the historic culture of this area.  For this special speaker and special topic related to Hanover Township's Tricentennial Commemoration Season (2015 to 2020), I am inviting the Members and volunteers of Hanover Township's Landmark Commission to join us ... even (because it's a special occasion) .... gulp! .... ladies !

 

Please mark your calendar for this special Saturday morning gathering on July 14 @ 8:30 am.

 

DonK
 

 

 

 

 

Dear Members and Friends,

On Easter Sunday, we wake early and walk quietly to the tomb. Arriving, we find that the tomb is empty. Jesus, who has died, is risen. And, our spirits, which on the early morning walk were still and sorrowful, are stirred into surprised celebration: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

The promises of our faith are alive. Jesus is alive! We are people who are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved tremendously, and we are sent into the world to live delivered, free, forgiven, and loved lives.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

How are you planning to celebrate Easter’s empty tomb? What is it—family, friends, meals lovingly prepared, new adventures, restful afternoons, a good book—that reminds you that you are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved? Because whatever that is—do more of that—this Easter season. Easter is not just a day, celebrated on Sunday, April 1st; Easter is a season stretching to the Day of Pentecost on May 20th, when the church welcomes the coming of the Holy Spirit.

I invite you to spend this Easter season connecting with Jesus, who is alive, by connecting with the people and activities that make you feel alive. Like the favorite children’s song goes, “Rise and shine and give God the glory!”

Sometime between April 1st and May 20th, my partner Brian and I will welcome our first child. And, we are so excited. But, we also feel unsure and a little afraid! For all the great joys and great unknowns in life, it sure is wonderful to be surrounded by a loving church family. So for that, and for you, we are overwhelmingly grateful.

Thank you for the beautiful baby shower on March 11th! Brian and I were overwhelmed by the wonderful food, decorations, and generous gifts that you lovingly prepared and offered. We are so thankful for the Elders who organized the shower and the gift, and for the church staff, Denise, Joanne, and Elisa who kept such a good secret. What a fantastic crowd gathered. It was a very special day and memory for us, and we feel very blessed to be starting a family with your loving support. Thank you.

If all goes according to plan, my last Sunday before leaving for Family Leave will be April 29th. The Presbytery Leader Jeanne Radak is preaching that day, and I hope to be leading worship with her. May 6th is Youth Sunday; May 20th is the Celebration of Pentecost, Communion, and Everyone’s Birthday; May 27th is a special Memorial Day service of scripture and songs; June 20th is Celebration of Music Sunday with our choir and new Choir Director Christie leading us. And, I’ll be back in worship on July 1st.

While I am away, we have invited a team of Elders and Deacons and members and preachers from around the Presbytery to work with our fantastic staff to continue pastoral care, worship, Bible study, and church programming. Please do not hesitate to call the church office when any need arises in your family or in the family of a friend.

You are the ones who remind me—and so many—that we are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved. Thank you.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Sarah

 

PASTORAL CARE CONCERNS

If anyone has prayer concerns during Pastor Sarah’s maternity leave from approximately April 29 through July 1 there are several people you can contact. We’d love to support you, if you or a loved one is sick or needs extra encouragement.

You can call the church office at 973-887-2197

or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also contact the following people:

Barbara & Dick Kitchell

Linda Gorman

Linda Martin

Nancy & Davey Willans

 

A meeting of the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Whippany is hereby called for Sunday, April 15, 2018, following the 10:15 AM worship service in the sanctuary.  The purpose of the meeting is to elect a Nominating Committee.

 

Deacon News:

On Sunday, March 25th our fantastic team of Ellen Bloemeke and Jean Sedillo prepared a meal of chili and rice for 53 residents of Homeless Solutions.  Everything went smoothly and the change to instant rice made a big difference in the preparation.  No burnt rice!!  Needed for next month's meal are kidney beans, canned tomatoes and instant rice. Thank you for your continued donations of sugar and creamy salad dressing for the Homeless Solutions Food Pantry. 

The regular food pantry is always glad for contributions of non-perishable food items like cereal, macs and cheese, tuna, chicken, spaghetti sauce and pasta.

Your food donations are greatly appreciated!

 

Celebrations

April 8 at 11:30 am

Celebration of Gratitude

 for Elisa Fries, Interim Choir Director

 

April 15 at 11:30 am

 Welcome Celebration for Christie Ventura

Circle 4 will meet Monday, April 2 at 1:30 PM

at the home of Beryl Schaaf.  Lesson 5, Speaking the Word of the Lord, will be led by Charlene Bodenhamer. Our regular monthly meetings consist of approximately 1 hour of study and discussion time.

All are welcome.

This is a time of good discussions, refreshments and fellowship.

We are open to planning other activities and adventures as our members suggest and agree upon!

We would love to have you join us.

 

women’s Circle 3

meeting Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm in the church library.

Everyone welcome for study and fellowship.

 

The April Men's (after) Breakfast

Gentlemen (usually) of First Presbyterian Church of Whippany,

For our Men's (after) Breakfast on March 10, 11 attended (including 3 guests) to participate in our discussion of ---

 FRIENDLY REVELATIONS

‘ROUND THE SQUARE TABLE

 starting from "Where did you come from?", "Who were you there?",

and "Are you somebody now?" ---  informally, of course

We had 100% participation in the lively round table revelations and discussion, as usual, with anecdotes that led to life stories and carried us well beyond our usual one hour of presentation and Q&A.  But all felt the extra time to be well spent and all understand each other a little better now.

For our APRIL gathering on Saturday, 04/14, 8:30 am to 9:45, Elders Chuck Parr and Ron Cattafi of the Session's Property Committee will offer a summary of ---

Maintaining our beautiful 1834 sanctuary

and other facilities of our church property

Chuck and Ron will explain the Property Committee's current projects and it's future needs, especially the never ending maintenance of our beautiful sanctuary.  It is one of the oldest and finest large wooden structures still standing in Morris County, but it's only standing and continuing to serve because of the tender loving care that volunteers have been providing for nearly two centuries.

For our MAY gathering on Saturday, May 12, Hanover Township's Director of Parks and Recreation Department, Denise Brennen will tell us about ---

PARKS AND RECREATION --- GREAT PUBLIC RESOURCES

As always, the floor of our Men's (after) Breakfast gatherings is open to VOLUNTEERS to share topics of common interest, and to facilitate our informal monthly gatherings, and to recruit speakers who might have interesting topics for our second-Saturday morning discussions 'round the square table.

  

Guests and visitors are welcome and are frequent at our gatherings which feature adult education, spiritual sharing, community activities, fun, coffee, and informal 'round-the-square-table talk.  So bring a friend or neighbor along to share the good news and the Christian fellowship.

Please mark your calendar now for our April 14 and May 12 gatherings.

DonK

 


SHYF & Club 3:16

                                                                                                                        Easter Sunday - April 1st

  Sunrise Service 7:00AM

Pancake Breakfast 7:45-9:45AM

Worship & Easter Egg-stravaganza 10:15AM

No Evening Meeting

Sunday April 8th

Who needs a vacation?

Meeting 6:30-8:00

 

Sunday April 15th

Put Super on your Natural!

The Kindness Project 12:00

Meeting 6:30-8:00PM

 

Sunday April 22nd

Need a time out?!

Meeting 7:00-8:30PM

***Mission Team Training 6:00-7:00PM***

  

Sunday April 29th

Youth Sunday Rehearsal 5:30-6:30

Youth Group Movie Night 6:00-8:30

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CHURCH SCHOOL CHATTER       

With pancakes, Easter Eggs and Resurrection Rolls behind us our youth are still Living Lent as they are challenged to continue to do Random Acts of Kindness for the remainder of the school year with hopes of it becoming a good habit they cannot break.

We will continue with our “I AM” lessons where we will learn to recognize the seven “I AM” statements, know the scripture of each statement and absorb their meanings through drama, games, crafts and cooking.

 

 

Please help our two mission teams reach their destinations and return home this summer!

There is a poster of needs outside the Church School Office.

Please help us raise the funds we need so our youth can spread the love of Christ and help others in need this summer.

**We have a few youth who are in need of sponsors to make their

summer trip a reality.  If you are interested in sponsoring a youth

either fully or partially please see Joanne. Thank you so very much.”

 

  

Hanover Township School District

Faculty and Friends Concert

A benefit concert for the Kathryn Moser Endowment Fund

Wednesday April 25, 2018

7:00PM

Memorial Junior School

Featuring a Faculty Jazz Band, Community Choir

and our very own

Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

performing “Hallelujah” from the motion picture Shrek!!!

Ticket information to be announced.

 

Come Shop till you drop!

The youth group is having a

Yard Sale Fundraiser

April 14th & 15th

8:00AM-4:00PM

27 East Lincoln Avenue ~ Rockaway

Need more information? Please see

Joanne Willans or Joyce Schuckmann

April 13, Friday from 9 – 2 congregational members will have the opportunity to shop before the public.

 

 

Hanover Township invites you to start a garden of your own

in the NEW community garden!

Information is below, and our members Dick Kitchell and Brian Carreira can answer additional questions.

Time to pick out your own little slice of heaven in Stoney Brook Community & Garden! Spots cost $25 and are 4ft. x 16ft. and in full sun. Residents can select a maximum of two spots. Garden spots are available for residents of Hanover Township only. The Garden opening has been delayed due to the weather. A new opening date is to be determined.

 

For more information, please call the Hanover Township Recreation (p) 973-428-2463.

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

April 1  EASTER

7:00 am

Sunrise Service

 

7:45 am – 9:45 am Pancake Breakfast

 

10:15 am Worship/

Easter

Egg-stravaganza/

Communion

 

 

2

 

1:30 pm Circle 4 at the home of Beryl Schaaf

 

7:00 pm Circle 3 in church library

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

10:00 am Bible Study

 

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Whippany Rotary – Blood Drive – Parish Hall

 

 

 

5

 

 

6

 

7

 

8  

9:30 am Session Meeting

 

10:15 am Worship/Church School/New Members

 

11:30 am Celebration for Elisa Fries

 

6:30 pm Youth Groups

 

 

 

9

7:30 pm Session

Committee

Meetings

10

11

10:00 am Bible Study

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Yard Sale at Schuckmann’s

14

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Yard Sale at Schuckmann’s

 

8:30 am Men’s After Breakfast Gathering

 

 

15    

 

 

10:15 am Worship/ Church School/

Congregational Meeting

 

11:30 am Celebration for Christie Ventura

 

12:00 pm Project Kind

 

6:30 PM Youth Groups

 

 

 

 

 

16

7:30 pm Session Meeting

 

17

 

18

10:00 am Bible Study

 

 

19

 

20

 

21

 

22     

10:15 am Worship/

Church School

 

4:30 pm Homeless Solutions

 

6:00 PM Mission Team Training

 

7:00 PM Youth Groups

 

 

23

7:30 pm Deacons Meeting

 

24

 

25

10:00 am Bible Study

 

7:00 pm Faculty & Friends Concert at MJS

 

 

26

 

 

27

 

 

28

 

 

 

29

10:15 am Worship/Church School

 

 

5:30 pm Youth Sunday Rehearsal

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups Movie Night

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

May 1

10:00 am Bible Study

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WHIPPANY

Meet Christie, our new Choir Director and Organist!

The Session, together with the search committee and the choir, are delighted and blessed to introduce our church family to Christie Ventura. Christie comes to us from Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield where she has been the beloved music director for 10 years. The search committee and choir were blown away by her talent for teaching and playing, and her energy, kindness, faith, and fun-loving spirit. She brings to us a love of music of all kinds, an almost life-long study of the organ, and impeccable organization skills. Christie will begin her ministry with us after Easter. You can read more about her in her bio below. 

I want to thank the search committee for the time and talents they faithfully offered to the search: Dick Kitchell, Chris Kuhl, Elisa Fries, Joe Andolino, and Irena Kaler. What a gifted team!

And, I look forward to joining you in heartily thanking the wonderful, gifted-beyond measure, generous, caring, Elisa Fries, who on top of her regular commitments has been faithfully serving as our Interim. 

A native New Jerseyan, Christie holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from William Paterson University with a concentration in classical piano. She has been serving churches throughout North New Jersey for over 13 years, first as a substitute organist/pianist, then most recently as the Director of Music at a church in Bloomfield. In addition to performing and serving in ministry, Christie has been teaching piano and voice lessons since 2005 and currently is the owner and lead teacher for Bravo Music Academy in Denville, NJ.

With excitement and hope,

Pastor Sarah

 

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:15-9:50am                             

Lent Bible Study

          You are invited to take up a spiritual practice during Lent—the practice of daily Bible reading! No knowledge about the Bible is needed. All you need is openness and willingness. Even if you don’t do your readings particularly faithful (!), come on Sunday morning to recharge. We’ll review a reading from the week, talk about the challenges and joys of a daily practice, try out new spiritual practices, and pray. This group is open to people of all ages. Come every week or drop in as the Spirit moves. A schedule of daily Bible readings will be available outside the sanctuary.

 

 

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:00-7:00pm          

Lent Book Club: Present over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist

          Shauna leaves behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living, and she writes about it in her spiritual memoir. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Come on Sunday nights to discuss the honest and holy stories from Shauna’s life, and to find support from faith friends for your own frantic life.

 

Sunday, March 4th, 5:00-8:00pm

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Youth Mission

          Come for fun fellowship and delicious food!

 

Sunday, March 25th, 10:15am

Palm Sunday Worship

We’ll shout Hosanna!, wave palm branches, and welcome Jesus into Jerusalem in this celebratory service of traditional worship.

Thursday, March 29th, 7:30pm               

Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion and Handwashing

The word Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “command,” and it refers to the new commandment Jesus gives his disciples the night he washes their feet and eats with them for the last time. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I    have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). This celebratively somber service includes Communion and Handwashing.

Friday, March 30th, 9:00am

Walk the Stations of the Cross

Meet at the church to carpool to the Loyola Retreat Center to walk around their outdoor Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross depict in beautiful mosaic the last events of Jesus’ life. Pastor Sarah will guide prayer and scripture reading as we walk. Youth are invited to join Joanne for their own devotional walk.

Sunday, April 1st, Easter Sunday,  Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! 

Sunrise Easter Worship, 7:00am

Easter Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Youth Mission, 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Traditional Easter Worship with Communion, 10:15am Eggstravaganza for Children and Youth, 10:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

SHYF & Club 3:16

                                                                                                        Friday March 2nd - Saturday March 3rd

Youth Retreat – “Supernatural”

      

Sunday March 4th

Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser – Set-Up 4:00

 

Sunday March 11th

6:00-8:00 Meeting

  

Sunday March 18th

AMC Rockaway Theater / Time 12:30 Movie Time

6:00-8:00 Meeting

 

                                                                                                                         Sunday March 25th

Meeting 6:00-8:00

 

 

The Project Kind Mission Team would like to offer to everyone who makes our outreach possible!

 

                                                                                     Howard’s MISSION:Making it POSSIBLE  Located in Cedar Knolls – NJ

For their monthly clothing, toiletry, shoe & accessory donations!!

                                                                                   & the Campesi Family who makes this possible!  & Steve Willans

                

    Sunday School Teachers Needed   

We are looking for people who would love to spread God’s love to the next Generation.

Please take a minute to check the schedule below and see how you can volunteer to help our youth grow closer to God and to be a Good Neighbor like Jesus would like us all to be.

March 4th

March 11th

March18th

March 25th

April 1st 

Pre-School Room

1 Volunteer

Pre-School Room

1 Volunteer

Pre-School Room

1 Volunteer

Pre-School Room

1 Volunteer

Eggstravaganza Help

 

Cooking

Drama

2 Volunteers

Games

1 Volunteer

Cooking

2 Volunteers

Games

1 Volunteer

Crafts

Easter Egg Hunt

Pre-School Room

1 Volunteer

 

Drama

1 Volunteer

Storytelling

1 Volunteer

 

 

All your materials and instructions will be laid out for you –

we aim to make it easy on you and enjoyable for everyone!

Please sign up for a Sunday or two outside the CE Office or in Parish Hall at our table.

Our Sunday School Youth are preparing to take their Journey to the Cross with Christ.

We encourage families to walk with their children and participate

by following our Lenten calendar and doing the activities together as a family.

 

Our Mission Teams are already

Gearing up for their Summer Mission Trips!

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Please consider sponsoring a youth to go on the trip or help us fill our van buckets.

Drill Bits                                   Rags     

Hammers                                Bungee Cords / Zip ties

Work Gloves                            Carpenter Pencils                           Screwdrivers (Phillips)              Rope

Painters Tape                          Painting supplies

Duct Tape                               First Aid Supplies

 

This year we are celebrating our 25th year on the Mountain at Mountain T.O.P. while our Community Service Mission Group will be venturing to Bartonsville Maryland!

Cost of Mountain TOP: $475 per participant

Cost of Week of Hope: $350 per participant

Van Rental: $3,200

Traveling Meals: $500

**We never turn a participant away from having the opportunity to grow in their faith because of financial matters.  Please help us help our youth!

 

 

Join us for our annual Youth Group Fundraiser

Spaghetti Supper

Sunday March 4, 2018

Doors Open at 5:00PM and Dinner is served until 8:00PM

 

Tickets:  $12 for Adults

$6 for children ages 4-10

Free for children 3 and under

 

Bread & Butter, Salad, Tea, Coffee, Juices, Assorted Desserts and …

ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI IN HOMEMADE MEAT OR MARINARA SAUCE

Tickets are available in Parish Hall during Fellowship Hour,

from any one of our youth group members or

make your reservations online at firstpresyouthgroups.org

**SHOW US A TICKET STUB OR PLAYBILL FRoM THE WPHS MUSICAL-

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS AND RECEIVE $1 OFF!**

 

* You can also pre-order your homemade sauce to take home.

Tell us at the Youth Group table in Parish Hall or email us at firstpresyouthgroups.org

 

Dinner will be served in The First Presbyterian Church Parish Hall

494 Route 10 ~ Whippany NJ

Parking in located in the rear of the church

 

 

New Member's Class- Sunday, March 18th at 11:30am

If you or someone you know is considering membership at our church, please plan to attend our New Member's Class! We'll talk about our church and denomination, the call of church membership, and share some of our stories. Please contact Pastor Sarah with any questions or to sign up. Childcare will be offered.

 

 

Women’s Circle 4 will meet Monday, March 5th at 1:30 PM in the Church Library. We will have lesson 4 in our study guide, What She Said!

 

Women's Circle 3 Meeting

Monday, March 5th at 7:00 pm in the church library.

Everyone welcome for study and fellowship.

 

For our MARCH Men's After Breakfast gathering on Saturday, 03/10, we'll devote the hour informally to --

 FRIENDLY REVELATIONS

‘ROUND THE SQUARE TABLE

as might emanate from personal background
and arise over hot coffee & fresh munchkins, with revelations starting from ---

Where did you come from?
Who were you there?

Are you somebody now?
'ROUND THE TABLE & JUST FOR FUN

 

AND for our April gathering on 04/14, Chuck Parr and Ron Cattafi of the Session's Property Committee will offer a summary of current projects and future needs foreseen, especially the never-ending maintenance of our 184-year old sanctuary, one of the oldest and finest large wooden structures still standing in Morris County.

As always, the floor of our Men's (after) Breakfast gatherings is open to VOLUNTEERS to share topics of common interest throughout the coming year, and to facilitate our monthly gatherings, and to recruit speakers who might have interesting topics for our second-Saturday morning discussions.     

Guests and visitors are always welcome at our gatherings which feature adult education, fun, coffee, and informal 'round-the-square-table discussion.  So, bring a friend or a neighbor along to share the good news and the Christian fellowship.

And please mark your calendar now for March 10 and April 14.

DonK

 

 

 EASTER FLOWERS  - Orders for Easter lilies or other spring plants (daffodils, tulips, hyacinths & azaleas) to beautify our sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1st may be placed through the church office by mailing in or dropping off the order form below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The deadline for ordering is Monday, March 12.                                                                                                  

Plants may be taken home following the 10:15 AM service of worship on Easter Sunday or may be left to be delivered by the Deacons to a sick or shut-in member or friend.  Your plant(s) will be labeled with your name to assure that everyone gets the plant(s) they ordered.

                                                                                

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

February 25

 

9:15 am Lent

Bible Study

 

10:15 am – Worship/

Church School

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups Movie Night

 

 

 

26

 

7:30 pm

Deacons Meeting

 

27

 

28

 

10:00 am

Bible Study

 

 

 

March 1

 

2

 

Youth Retreat

3

 

Youth Retreat

 

 

4

9:15 am Lent

Bible Study

 

 

10:15 am Worship/

Church School/

Communion

 

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spaghetti Supper

 

6:00 pm Lent

Book Club

 

5

 

1:30 pm

 Circle 4 Church Library 

 

7:00 pm

 Circle 3 in Church Library

 

6

 

7

 

10:00 am

 Bible Study

 

 

 

8

 

9

 

10

 

8:30 am Men’s Breakfast

 

 

11   Daylight Savings

 

9:15 am Lent

Bible Study

 

10:15 am Worship/

Church School

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups

 

6:00 pm Lent

Book Club

 

 

 

12

 

Session Committee Meetings

 

13

 

14

 

 

10:00 am

Bible Study

 

 

15

 

Newsletter

Deadline

16

 

 

17

 

18     

9:15 am Lent

Bible Study

 

10:15 am Worship/

Church School

 

11:30 am New Member Class

 

12:30 pm

Youth Groups – Movie

 

6:00 Youth Groups Meeting

 

6:00 pm Lent

Book Club

 

 

19

 

7:30 pm

Session Meeting

 

20

 

21

 

 

10:00 am

 Bible Study

 

 

22  

23

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25    Palm Sunday

9:15 am Lent

Bible Study

 

10:15 am Worship/

Church School

 

4:30 pm Homeless Solutions

 

6:00 pm Youth Groups

 

6:00 pm Lent

Book Club

 

26

 

7:30 pm

Deacons Meeting

 

27

 

28

 

10:00 am

 Bible Study

 

 

29

7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service

30

 

9:00 am Walk the Stations of the Cross

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WHIPPANY

Dear Members and Friends,

Grace and peace to you! I hope this finds you feeling fulfilled as summer draws to a close and a new fall season begins.

Moses leads God’s people through incredible ups and downs, and this fall in worship, we will walk beside him the whole way. We’ll discover God in the burning bush. Cross the parted sea. Listen to the Israelites complain in the wilderness. We’ll eat the daily bread of heaven, and look across to the promised land. Our kids will be learning about Moses, too.

Moses survives—thrives—and leads his people out from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, through the wilderness to freedom, because the people around him at his birth—the midwives, his mother, his sister, Pharaoh’s own daughter—each play their parts to save his life from Pharaoh who sought to end it, just because Moses was an Israelite. Like them, we are called to transform the square of earth around us to be a safe place for all people.

It is the work of the church to point, with all we’ve got, our whole lives, to the goodness, love, justice, and truth of Jesus Christ, and resist death-dealing ways.

Our fall church calendar is PACKED with wonderful opportunities to witness to the goodness and love of Jesus Christ. From stocking the food pantry shelves, to Hanover Township Day, to building friendships in Youth Group, to learning about baby Moses in Church School. And, from an outdoor movie night with Hanover Township churches, to an all-day VBS, to a church picnic, to Bible Studies, to an Anti-Racism Training, we are living fully in God’s love and carrying God’s love into our community.

I’ll see you on Sundays, and every opportunity in between!

With love and hope,

Pastor Sarah

DEACONS NEWS

On August 27th at the Homeless Solutions Shelter we served 54 meals. Our wonderful salad guru, Janet Nelms, prepared the salads for the meal which were gladly taken by our diners with only 5 left to be used for the guests who returned later from work. We also cut up a watermelon and added that to our summer meal of hot dogs on buns, macaroni salad, tossed salad, cheese, four bean salad, and pringle cups as a special treat.

We delivered 42 pairs of flip-flops. The shelter was glad to receive them and also welcomed us with plenty of "Thank-you, we're so glad you are here!" It's not too late if you want to participate. The collection runs until the end of September. All sizes, colors, and styles are gladly accepted. Look for SALES this time of year.

If you haven't volunteered yet, please consider joining the team. It's easy work with lots of laughter, plus you also get to know members of the church better. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside of Pastor Sarah's office. Think about it. It might be something you'd really enjoy.

A sincere thank you to all of the people in our congregation who have supported our mission so enthusiastically. It is because of your support we are able to make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling.

Stock our Food Pantry

Our Deacons ask that you bring food with you to church to share with our neighbors in need. The food pantry is currently in need of cereal, fruit, vegetables, tomato sauce, tuna, peanut butter, jam, rice, iced tea mix, paper towels, microwavable foods, toothpaste and soap. Thanks!

Choir Starts Back Up, and Seeks New Members!

The first choir rehearsal of the fall will be on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm, in the upstairs choir room. Anyone who would like to sing in worship with the choir is welcome to join! Singing is a wonderfully uplifting spiritual practice!

The Choir's Spring Concert is available to view online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zqw7QptJI&feature=youtu.be

Share the link with friends who missed the live concert! Great thanks to Steve Mednick who recorded it!

Hanover Township Day

Hanover Township Recreation invites everyone to celebrate Hanover Township Day on Saturday, September 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls. The rain date is Sunday, September 10 from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. at Malapardis Park.

This Township-wide event is free to our residents and features, music, activities, demonstrations, exhibits, and food.

This is a great opportunity for REACHING OUT to our neighbors with our presence in the community. Plan to wear your church t-shirt and stop by the church tables to help us greet our neighbors in the welcoming Spirit of Christ. Better yet, help us create our interactive exhibits and/or volunteer to spend an hour at one of the tables. Email or call Nancy Willans, Barbara Kitchell or the church office to say you would like to participate!

CIRCLE 3.... First meeting September 11 .... Monday…. 7:00 pm in the church library .... Everyone welcome for fellowship and planning for the year….

Circle 4 will be meeting on Sept. 11 @ Beryl Schaaf 's home at 1:30 PM. All women of the church are welcome! Please let Beryl know if you will attend!

SEPTEMBER OVER COFFEE ---- Our September (after) breakfast gathering around our square table will be on Saturday morning, September 9, @ 8:30 am. It will feature a round table discussion aimed at sharing ----

What are you working on .... now ?

Ron Cattafi and Brian Carreira will moderate the open, informal discussion, 'round the table.

Please be thinking about your own current activities or planning or projects that are high on your own active list, and might interest us peers also, at least for 3 or 4 minutes. On things you're personally "...working on now...". Things like -------

Home improvement projects, local organization activities, volunteer services, medical treatments that the rest of us should know about, employment for pay, arts & crafts projects, current church projects, good books for reading, personal family history, cleaning out your attic, Bible chapters, useful internet web sites, finding your way through the new Wegman's supermarket, vacation trips being planning, organizing your personal records, improving your golf swing ....... WHATEVER is taking your personal attention now. Things you'd be willing to share informally, and possibly get some more ideas on ..... briefly .... of course.

Guests and visitors are welcome. Bring a friend

AND FOR OUR OCTOBER GATHERING on October 14, Dale Cowley will tell us about local emergency response units that are operating around here and available when we may need them, some manned by volunteers.

Please mark your calendar now for both Saturday mornings, 09/09 and 10/14; 8:30 am to 9:45.

Volunteers make our monthly gatherings happen ----- to propose, facilitate, and lead topics, and to recruit discussion leaders for these monthly hours of thoughtful talk, listening, learning, coffee, Christian fellowship, and fun.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Every Wednesday, starting September 13th, at 10:00am

For decades women (mostly) have been gathering at our church for morning Bible Study. It is a long and wonderful tradition, and still, every month we get new members! Start the year with us! We share our lives, pray, and study the passages of scripture we read the following week in worship. See you there!

Anti-Racism Training! Join a group from our church for a day of learning and discussion. Saturday, September 30th, 9:00am- 3:30pm Presbyterian Church of Madison, 19 Green Ave, Madison, NJ

We'll develop deeper language to talk about systemic racism and how it operates in our country, and we'll learn tools for interrupting the racism we see in people (including ourselves!) and in organizations. There will be many people there who have never been to such an event before, so if that's you, you will not be alone!

For more information and to register online, click this link to the Presbytery's website: https://newtonpresbytery.org/anti-racism-training-day/

Artists, Makers, Seamstresses, and Writers of all ages!

We'd love to see what you're working on! We're thinking about forming a group in which artists can share your work and possibly create pieces for worship. We'd love to plan a Creator's Fair to kick off the group. During one coffee hour in the late fall, we will display church members' work in the fellowship hall. Interested? Intrigued and want to talk with others? Contact Nancy Willans, Barbara Kitchell or Pastor Sarah.

October newsletter deadline

is September 15.

Please email your newsletter articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Evening Bible Study Series: Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

Wednesdays, September 27th, October 4th, and October 11th, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew is the largest collection of Jesus' teachings in the New Testament. Within the teachings are the beloved Beatitudes, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God," the call to be salt and light in the world, and counsel about anger, almsgiving, prayer, materialism, worrying, judging others, and the golden rule. We'll read together, pray together, and consider concrete ways to integrate Jesus' teachings into our everyday lives. Join us in the church's library!

CHURCH PICNIC AND CELEBRATION OF 50 & 60 YEAR MEMBERS

On Sunday, September 24

we will celebrate our 50-year members

Debbie Gibbons and Rosalie Hackman and 60-year member Jane Kohaut!

After worship, we will continue our celebration

with a church picnic!

We'll gather on the front lawn with church friends new and old,

as we all return to our fall routines.

Sign-up on the board outside the church office,

and let us know if you can bring a salad, side, or dessert.

Kick off to the

2017-2018 School Year!

Sunday, September 10th

Bring in your backpack

for a special blessing

and school prayer!

Sunday School Registration is now in full swing. You may fill out the form below or stop by our CE table in Parish Hall to sign up for the 2017-2018 school year. We are planning yet another fantastic year with our youth ~ through Scripture, drama, crafts, games, computers and so much more we hope to inspire our youth and set their faith on fire. We hope some of you would like to join the fun as we could always use Sunday School teachers, assistants and substitutes.

Ages Birth till they can walk on their own!

Toddler till age 5

Elementary School Junior High

Morning Joe with Jesus High School

Our Youth will begin their Church School year by taking a trip down the Nile with the infant Moses as he begins his journey with the Lord. Throughout the fall we will continue to walk with the Prophet Moses and learn how he freed his people and delivered the most important laws we have today to all the people of the world.

We also will look forward to worshipping as a church family during World Communion in October.

Sunday School Registration

2017-2018 Sunday School Registration

Name of Parent(s) or Guardian______________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________________ E-Mail:_________________________________

List Child(ran) attending Sunday School

Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

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Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

Any child(Ren) have special need(s) or heath considerations:

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Promotional Consent:

_____I agree to allow my child(ren)’s image to be used by The First Presbyterian Church of Whippany for promotional use. These may include for posters used in our church or used to recruit at other recruitment locations, for informational brochures, websites, newspaper advertisements, flyers or promotional videos. Children will not be identified by name.

Signature of parent or guardian:______________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________

Club 3:16

A Junior High Experience

Sunday September 17th

Club 3:16 Youth Group Kick-Off

Dinner and Messy Fun!

6:00-8:30PM

Sunday September 24th

Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM

"Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like a Somebody"

~Kid President

Club 3:16 is a group of Junior High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship! They discuss pre-teen issues that they face each and every day and how to deal with them. Most of all they learn what true friendship is and that they were made to be awesome. This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!! Some activities include: Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Lock-Ins, Mini-Golf, Bowling, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, Stupid-Games, movie nights, a Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816.

***"Life’s most urgent question…What are you doing for others?***

~M.L.K.

SHYF

Senior High Youth Fellowship

Sunday September 10th

4:00-8:00PM

Games -Dinner - & Year Planning

Sunday September 17th

Dinner and Messy Fun!

6:00-8:30PM

Sunday September 24

Meeting 7:00PM-8:30PM

"If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" -Ecclesiastes 4:10

SHYF is a group of High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship! Most importantly we learn what it means to just get along. We discuss issues that teens are dealing with on a weekly basis and we build a support system to help each other get through the rough times. Our youth believe in giving a helping hand whenever it is possible so we are a very service orientated youth group with monthly service projects going on there is always something for everyone! This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!! Some activities include: Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, 30 Hour Famine, Spring Break Retreat, Youth Conference, movie nights, Mountain T.O.P. Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, Midnight Run, Sunrise Service, Spaghetti Suppers, and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816

No School Again?…Let Us Help!

a one day/ all-day VBS

Puppet shows, crafts, games, lunch (you pack) & snack (we provide), and so much more!!

THURsday September 21, 2017

8:30AM-3:30PM

Register Here: http://www.planetreg.com/E9821211199863

You must RSVP by September 16th to secure a spot.

Hope to see you there!!!

There is no fee for this program you may give a free will donation and all money will go directly towards our youth group summer mission trips

Questions? Contact Joanne Willans at 973-885-6816

Faith Family Outdoor Movie Night!

Friday ~ September 15th 7:00PM

Feature Presentation:

Evan Almighty

Bring your lawn chairs and join members from many other Hanover Township churches for an outdoor movie!

We’ll watch the Hilarious, modern Noah’s Ark story "Evan Almighty" (PG) and enjoy snacks. Bring friends!

We’ll gather in the church parking lot!

Everyone is invited!

The 3rd Sunday of every month a mission team heads to a small park outside of Penn Station, Newark to hand out food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless.

Our weekend begins by sorting the clothing, preparing the sandwiches and bagging the snacks for 150-200 people.

We are always in need of:

Ziploc Bags: Sandwich & Snack Size

Juice boxes/pouches

Fruit / Vegetables

Toiletries (**Deodorant)

Socks & Shoes (men & women)

Undergarments

Backpacks / Tote bags

School supplies

If you have any questions about Project Kind please contact Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-885-6816. Thank you for your support and for giving the world a reason to dance!

THE CHURCH DOES NOT HAVE A MISSION. GOD’S MISSION HAS A CHURCH: The Session invites you to give to the Mission Budget of the Presbytery of Newton. The Presbytery of Newton came into existence 200 years ago in November 1817. This is so far back that it predates our church’s formation in 1834. The Newton Presbytery’s mission is to serve our congregations in our calling to further God’s Kingdom as disciples of Christ. At one time our church was the most generous congregation in support of the basic mission program of the Presbytery. Our church has not made a contribution to this basic mission program since 2007. The session would like to collect a free will offering from the congregation in support of the Presbytery of Newton’s basic mission program from September 17th through October 8th. If you feel moved to make a contribution, please put your contribution in a plain envelope marked Newton Presbytery Mission with your envelope number and the amount. Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. The Presbytery supports the local churches (including ours!) by:

-guiding churches in pastoral transitions

-aiding churches with financial needs

-providing educational resources for congregations. Pastor Sarah, Francesco and two choir members attended worship music workshops recently. And, a group is going to an Anti-Racism Training on September 30th.

-connecting churches to do mission work together

-supporting pastors

To read more about our Presbytery, look it up online: www.newtonpresbytery.org

Then, email, call, or text Pastor Sarah to tell her you're coming! Please bring your questions to Pastor Sarah who will enjoy talking with you! Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Auguust 27

10:15 am Worship /Summer Send Out

28

29

30

31

September 1

2

3

10:15 am Worship/Communion/

Summer Send Out

4

5

6

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

7

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

8

9

8:30 am Men’s After Breakfast

Gathering

11:00 am Memorial Service for Eddie Luoma

1:00 pm –

5:00 pm Hanover Township Day

10

10:15 am Worship/Blessing of the Backpacks/

Summer Send Out

4:00 pm SHYF

11

1:30 pm Circle 4 at Beryl’s House

7:00 pm Circle 3 in the church library

12

13

10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

14

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

15

Newsletter Deadline

7:00 pm Family Movie Night

16

17

10:15 am Worship/

Sunday School

Project Kind

6:00 pm Youth Groups

18

7:30 pm Session

19

20

10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

21

8:30 am 3:30 pm

All-Day VBS

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

22

23

24

10:15 am

Worship/

Sunday School

Church Picnic &

50 & 60 Year Members Celebration

4:30 pm Homeless Solutions

6:00 pm Club 3:16

7:00 pm SHYF

25

7:30 pm Deacons

26

27

10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm Bible Study

28

29

30

9:30 am Anti -Racism Training @ PC of Madison