PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER

UPCOMING EVENTS. . .

Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship

Communion served 1st Sunday of Month

Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in                   

                  Sanctuary 12-1:30PM

Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM

Every Wednesday - Bible Study with         

           Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM

           Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM

 

Wed 2/10 Ash Wednesday Service-Imposition of Ashes 7PM

Fri 2/12 Annual Reports Due for Congregational/Corporate Meeting-Chairpeople please email.

Tue 2/26 Mission Meeting 1PM

Thu 2/18 Personnel Meeting 10AM   Session 7PM

Sat 2/20 Artist Reception 4:30-8:30PM

Fri 2/26 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM Boys In The Boat

Sun 2/28 Annual Corporate and Congregational Meeting 11:15

 

Thank You Letters

We receive thank you letters from time to time from the various area organizations that HMPC helps and, with this week’s PM, we have attached two of them. Please be sure to read them and learn about the good works that the good people of HMPC support.

 

Ash Wednesday Service

Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 10 at 7PM. We will have a short service followed by the imposition of ashes.


Faithworks

The Season of Lent is 40 days long (not counting the Sundays) and it is a time to recall the stories of our faith. During this season our young people will be exploring readings from both the Hebrew Scriptures (also known as the Old Testament) and the New Testament.

Here are some activities you could do together as family during Lent:

·         Each week the children will be introduced to a spiritual practice, and will be encouraged to do that practice with their families at home.

·         Work together on a family service or outreach project.

·         Set aside a daily prayer time together.

·         On Palm/Passion Sunday (March 20) children may bring home a page of “Holy Week Reflections” with readings and questions your family might do together.

This Sunday scripture reading comes from the book of Deuteronomy 26:1–11, the fifth book in the first part of the Bible that we call the Hebrew Scriptures. It was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born and tells some of the stories of the people of Israel who lived a long time ago and their 40-year journey through the wilderness, led and guided by God. After they had settled in the new land, the people of Israel began their life with a ritual of retelling the story of their ancestors, and celebrating with thanksgiving their history as God’s people, a history of miraculous and abundant guidance, provision, and deliverance. They were instructed to offer their “first fruits” to God. The most important part of this phrase is the word “first.” This means that we give of what we have first for the work of God in the world and then we use the rest for ourselves. Children are rather self-focused as they go into their teenage years. In the midst of this self-focus, they are also beginning to realize that they are part of a bigger story, within their families and within their communities and they know what it means to give thanks. At our time together children will be encouraged to name some of the ways in which they have seen God’s leading, care, and provision in their own lives and they will learn that their stories are part of God’s story and activity as well.

All young people, children and youth are welcome to join us for Bible story and activities on the 2nd floor after the time of conversation with the pastor in worship. Childcare is available for children 5 and under on the 2nd floor as well.

Upcoming events

·         February 28Last Sunday of the month @ 10:15 am, beginning February 28, 6th graders to college freshmen will get together in the Learning Center of the church (2nd floor Faithworks TV room) for a time of storytelling, creative reflection, dialogue, games and more. It’s like our own story within the biblical narrative. Friends are welcome!

·         March 20- Petting Zoo and Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday beginning at 9:45am. Invite friends! All are welcome.

·         April 17Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) first planning meeting. After worship on the 2nd floor Faithworks TV room.

·         April 24 – “Ultimate Youth Day” at Johnsonburg Camp Center. Leaving after worship. Games, fellowship, worship and snack! From 2 to 8pm. Families with youth in the age bracket of 6th grade to 12th are welcome. It cost $20 per person and it includes dinner and all the activities.

·         May 8 – Celebrating women’s of the church and Mother’s Day

 

Melvin De Block

Beloved HMPC member Melvin De Block of North Haledon, died peacefully on February 6, 2016, at the age of 93. Formerly from Lodi, Mel moved to North Haledon, to the home that he built for his family, 60 years ago.
Viewing will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ. Funeral Services Thursday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment Lodi Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Melvin’s memory to The National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131 or The High Mountain Presbyterian Church, 730 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

 

“HMPC’s Got Talent”

Do you have talent or think you have talent? If so, please contact Linda Dearani at jllrd4@gmail.com. We are trying to put together a talent show for an evening of fun and fellowship, in the late winter or early spring. We are interested in any age or any talent. You can be a member of HMPC or a friend. Join for a great evening.   Proceeds of this event will be going towards youth mission projects.

 

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.

2/26 Boys In The Boat Daniel James Brown

 

Prayers & Announcements     

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



       Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; First Quarter 2016

Date

Greeter

Reader

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

02/14

Worralls

M. Palermo

Aylwards

P. Pastás

G. Nutile, I. Cervantes, C. Herrera

02/21

T. Jadick

C. Rizzo

McColls

P. Pastás

E. McElrone, M. Lembo

02/28

J. Cays

L. Dearani

R. Fernandez-Chousal

P. Pastás

C. Herrera, G. Nutile

03/06

W. McColl

M. McColl

F. Auld

P. Pastás

G. Nutile, I. Cervantes

03/13

P. Harder

B. Fernstrom

S. Dirringer

P. Pastás

E. McElrone, M. Lembo

03/20

Palm Sunday

E. Olsson

T. Jadick

P. Harder &

 B. Graham

P. Pastás

C. Herrera, G. Nutile

 

03/27

Easter

Aylwards

L. Noonan

      N/A

P. Pastás

E. McElrone, M. Lembo

 

*Assigned families can decide who will be reader. Please inform Chris who is reading one week before you are scheduled. Two or more people can share ushering and hospitality duties. If you cannot be available when assigned, please switch with someone else and inform the office of this change. Please check PM regularly to see the date of your assignment. We need a few more volunteers for the listed duties. If you can help in anyway, please call the office at 201-891-0511 or Kathy Behnke at 973-427-3905 and we can add you to the list. Thank you for kindness and generosity in assisting with the church service.