UPCOMING EVENTS. . .
Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship
Communion served 1st Sunday of Month
Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in
Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM
Every Wednesday - Bible Study with
Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM
Fri 5/27 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM
Mon 5/30 Memorial Day - Office Closed
Wed 6/1-5 Pastor Lou Vacation
Sun 6/5 June Artist Reception 3-5PM
Tue 6/7 Primary Election 6AM-8PM
Sun 6/12 HMPC Open House 9AM-1PM
Tue 6/14 Mission Meeting 10:30AM
Thu 6/16 Personnel 10AM Session 7PM
Sun 6/19 Father’s Day
Sat 6/25 Community Garage Sale 9AM-4PM
HMPC Community Garage Sale
HMPC is hosting a community-wide garage sale on Saturday, June 25th from 9AM-4PM. Come and sell your stuff! To reserve a table please call 201-891-0511. Each table is $30 and the proceeds from the table sales will benefit the 2016 Mission Trip to Maine.
Announcements for the Sunday Worship service should be emailed to the church office. If you would like the community to pray with you for a person or circumstance please call the office at 201-891-0511.
The Board of Deacons have purchased all new pamphlets for your reading. Please look the Deacon's Rack over to see if there isn't something that would be just right for you or your family.
Join The Wendy’s Boycott
Two months ago the Coalition of Immokalee Workers called for a boycott of Wendy’s because of their refusal to be part of the Fair Food Program. Not only did they not participate, they stopped purchasing tomatoes in Florida and shifted to the abuse ridden produce industry in Mexico. Wendy’s is one of the few fast food companies to not join the Program which seeks to provide better conditions for our farmworkers. Last week the Presbyterian Church USA endorsed the boycott and the High Mountain Presbyterian Church Session approved encouraging the congregation to participate. Copies of the letter to be given to Wendy’s managers are available in the Narthex. The annual Wendy’s shareholder’s meeting takes place May 25th in Dublin, Ohio, so this is an important time to take action. $500 of 2015 Mission Funds went to the PCUSA Fair Food Program to assist in funding the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. For further information on the program, see www.CIW-online.org.
Book Club at HMPC
The Book Club meets on the 4th Friday of the month and anyone is invited to COME and discuss the books.
Fri 5/ 27 A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
New Members Class May 29
On Sunday May 29 Pastor Louis Kilgore will lead a new members orientation class for those who have decided to, or who are thinking about becoming a member of the High Mountain Presbyterian Church. The group will meet immediately following the worship service in the Sanctuary. This group will be designed to provide information and also as a first step to becoming a member of the church. Please plan on attending to learn about the structure of the church and what membership means. The class will also be a way for you to meet some of the newest participants in the life of this community. All are welcome to attend, even current members who are looking to expand their friendship circle in the church. The class will run for just one hour, from 11:15 to 12:15. There will be some food and drink. We will meeting the front of the Sanctuary. If you have children who need to be entertained or supervised during the meeting please let us know what you need. See you then. -- Pastor Lou
Mission Trip Invitation
Adults and youths age 13 and older are invited to participate in Mission at the Eastward (MATE) in Farmington, ME, from Saturday, July 2 - 9.
The HMPC team will stay in a U of Maine dormitory and repair homes of local residents in need. Volunteers receive on-the-job training from experienced project leaders. For more trip information, please contact Pastor Lou.
This Sunday’s session continues the theme begun last week, of joining with the whole of creation to celebrate the awesomeness of God. Our focus Bible reading is Psalm 96. The book of Psalms is a collection of poems and songs. The people of God have been singing these songs to God and about God for thousands of years. Jesus would have sung these songs with his family and friends. While Psalm 96 fits into the praise category, this psalm may have formed part of an annual celebration of God as monarch of the nation and the entire cosmos. The psalm begins with a call to “sing a new song,” take a new direction. All creation is called to recognize and sing the goodness of God. Heavens, earth, oceans, fields, and trees will all sing before God. Why? Because God has made the world – and made it very well. At Faithworks we know how to celebrate! It is something that we do quite spontaneously. Our children are intuitively connected to experience the joy of a given moment and are familiar with the idea of “praise” as a time of celebration and thanksgiving in worship. Some youth in our group experience themselves as part of God’s creation and are gifted with a wonderful imagination. They are beginning to express their spirituality in a number of ways – through music, art, and other creative expression. Offering them opportunities to express their passions and gifts is very important. There may be times in their lives when they do not yet feel confident in who they are or what they can do. Among the questions that our young people ask themselves during adolescence are: “Am I loved?” and “Am I loving?” The affirmation that they are deeply loved by God can help them answer these questions and deepen a sense that God is always present in both the joys and challenges they are encountering. At our time together, the learning and respond activities will provide opportunities for our group to actively explore their creativity and what it means to sing to, celebrate and care for God’s creation. Our God is good. How do we respond to God’s fairness and goodness? What new song is God calling us to sing? All children and youth are invited to come to the second floor after the time of conversation with the pastor in worship.
June 20 – Oakland Community Vacation Bible School (VBS). June 20-June 24 (Mon-Fri) at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church from 9am-1pm each day. The theme will be Sacred Sounds: Season of the Son. It will be a music based Bible school, offering sessions that include music theory, master classes, hand bells, and liturgical dance in addition to crafts/art and games. Registration cost will be $60 per child which includes a t-shirt, a music CD, craft items, snacks, and lunch. Scholarships will be available through individual participant congregations; HMPC is one of the participant congregations. Contact Patricia at email@example.com for additional information. Registration forms available on a table in the church Narthex.
• August 16 – 19 from 9 to 12 noon, HMPC VBC. “Bible Blast to the Past, Discover God’s Everlasting Love”. Kindergarten through those students entering 6th grade in Sept 2016. Youth assistants entering 8th grade in September 2016 are welcome. Pre-registration form will be available for download from the church website soon.
Dear Members and Friends of High Mountain Church
Thank you for your love, support and encouragement during the event of our wedding on May 7, 2016. The outpouring of joy and happiness and blessings has been overwhelming and we are very grateful to you all. The wedding ceremony was so well attended by so many of you and your greetings and cards and
gifts have reached and warmed our hearts. We are very fortunate to be in the middle of such a loving community.
After the Wedding last weekend we were away for one night for some rest and then returned to be with our families. We will plan a longer time away later in the year. We are still glowing from the experience and so very happy to have shared this long awaited day with you all. Your kind words and welcome to our families and our other friends left such a warm sense of welcome and hospitality for all of them. I am thankful, too, of the hospitality of the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood and their staff. There will be a video of the wedding for those who would like to see the ceremony.
Thank you to the Session of High Mountain for allowing us to have a gathering of out-of-town family and guests for dinner in the church on that Saturday night.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. -- Pastor Lou and Laura