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!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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:

________________________________________________________________________

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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