PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER

UPCOMING EVENTS. . .

Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship

           Choir Practice 8:30AM

Communion served 1st Sunday of Month

Every Wednesday - Bible Study with         

           Rev. Lou Kilgore 2-3:15PM

           Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM

10/24 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM

10/25 Walk-In Dinner Paterson

 

Membership Class Planned for November

Over the past year or so many you have come to be part of the community here at High Mountain. That is very exciting and we are so happy to be joined in this community with you all. Until now we have not organized a way for those of you who have become so much a part of this ministry to formally join the church. So during the month of November, immediately following the worship services I will be hold orientation classes for those considering membership in the High Mountain Church. We will provide childcare for the young ones and some light lunch for those who stay for the presentation

If you are interested please email me, revlouie@aol.com and let’s discuss your interest and your availability. Maybe you are not sure if you are a member. Since we are a new church there was some confusion about who joined and who didn’t when the new church was organized. If you signed the church charter, then you are a member. If not, or if you don’t remember, then let’s talk about it. This class will be helpful to you as you grow in commitment to the Mission of High Mountain. Maybe you are a member but would like to get a refresher course on what membership really means. This class after worship is for you.

The purpose of the classes is to explain what being a member involves and also to help you meet other new members. The classes will be one hour long. I will hold them on two Sundays, November 9th and November 16th. Try to attend both, but let me know if you can attend only one and we will design the class accordingly. The class will help you to decide if you want to be a member of this church, and at the end of the session, those who wish to do so will be given the opportunity to join. The church council (Session) will vote to approve those applying for membership at their regular meeting on November 20.

Then on a Sunday in December we will receive those who want to join in the worship service.

Membership in the High Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) affords you the right to vote in congregational meetings. These usually include the right to elect whom you want to serve on the church council (Session), vote on matters related to the Pastors salary, vote on matters of property sales and mortgages. Membership also makes you eligible to elected and serve on the church council if called upon. There are also a few other offices of the church that require you to be a member in order to serve.  

You do not have to be a member to help out with the ministry of the church or to play an important role in supporting the church and joining in the community. We normally require that those who would serve in a teaching or leadership role become members, especially those working with children. You do not have to be a member to make a pledge of support or to contribute donations to support the work of the church. We are happy to have and receive support from many who for a variety of reasons do not wish to join formally. 

Please contact me to let me know of your interest or if I can answer any questions for you. revlouie@aol.com or you can reach me at the office 201-891-0511 or my cell 908 930 5705

                         --Pastor Lou

 

A Whole Season of

Thanksgiving

As the leaves are turning and falling it signals the end of one season and the beginning of another. It is a time of transition in nature. We are moving from one thing into another. I tend to think of two seasons. Spring and summer blend together, and Fall and Winter often feel like one season to me as well. These are really wonderful opportunities to pause, even if just for a few minutes and see where we are, where we have come from. It is a good time, a natural time to evaluate, reassess, and formulate plans and hopes for what comes next. 

We here at High Mountain Church have had and amazing experience over the last two years. We truly have been like the fabled Phoenix, a mythical bird that rises to life out of the ashes of death and destruction.  We have risen, merged into one living mission and community and we have charted a course together, trusting God for the future and caring for each other along the way. In some ways we have come to the end of the beginning. And I am full of gratitude for the mutual trust and support that we have developed for each other. Together we have overcome some really big challenges. We have had some big disappointments and losses along the way, but here we are, now entering our third year as a one community walking together in faith. We have been joined by many people who are caught up in the good will and faith that make us one. Our children’s program has doubled in size. ( That means the five or six have become 10 or twelve) Our worship attendance is growing. We served communion to 71 on October first. Our location is more welcoming. Our outreach to support works of compassion and love is amazing. This year alone we have given more than 10,000.00 to partners like Habitat, PCUSA world mission, food pantries, and safe shelters for children. Our weekly Bible study is attended by 10% of our worshipping community

In a culture and climate where some churches are shrinking and dying, we are thriving. We are full of life and joy and hope for the future. Even though we have experienced the loss of dear friends through death, we have met some new friends and great partners for this journey of walking and thinking and sharing our journey of faith with God. 

These thoughts are what comes to my mind when I think of our life in faith and our church community. I hope you have similar thoughts and feelings.   I know many of you do. I am also hopeful that when the time comes this fall to make your pledge of support to High Mountain Church, that you will let your hopes and prayers for our life together influence your level of support for this community. Starting now we will begin to prepare for our commitment Sunday on November 23. 

Mark your calendars to attend worship that Sunday especially and come prepared to make a pledge of your support for this church and its ministry of hope and faith. 

During this change of seasons, my hope is that we will together see the things that are right in front of us that we want to last. My hope is that we will not wait until something we value is gone before we realize that we can make the difference to ensure that what we value, remains and grows and becomes a place of strength and hope for others. Take time to prepare your thoughts and thanks giving. Don’t wait until the prayer before the thanksgiving meal to take inventory and set your sights for what matters most. The seasons are changing. Somethings will prevail, season after season, if we give our love, our faith, prayers and support and do everything we can to see to it. 

               --Pastor Lou

 

Stewardship 2015

An initial planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at HMPC at 4PM. The purpose is to discuss the 2015 Current Expense Pledge Drive and also to consider ideas/options for a 2015 fund raiser. All are welcome as the Stewardship Committee needs new people, fresh ideas, thoughts, etc. If you have any ideas, but cannot attend this meeting, please contact Phil Harder, Bill Graham, or Ted Jadick at 201-891-0511. Thank you!

 

Iglesia Dinner October 25

Servers and cooks are ready to participate in the Walk in Dinner Program at Iglesia Hispana Church in Paterson on October 25. Cooks need to deliver food HOT to High Mountain at 3pm on Saturday to be transported to Paterson. Servers will leave Franklin Lakes at 3pm and return about 7 pm. We expect to serve over 100 persons. Contact Barbara Fernstrom at bfernstrom@optonline.net or 973-271-3389 for further information.

 

CFA Thanksgiving Collection November 16

This Sunday tote bags will again be distributed for our annual Thanksgiving Food Collection for the Center for Food Action. Flyer attached to the bag lists requested foods. Please advise Lois Gassman or Tom Noonan if you have a turkey. These will be kept frozen at church until all donations are delivered to Mahwah. Supermarket Gift Cards should also be given to them and not placed in the tote bags. Any questions, please check with Lois or Tom.

 

Faithworks

This is our thank you note to all who assisted in worship and share ushering, greeting and reading duties with other church volunteers. Children, youth and their families were just awesome! Praise be to God!

We are in the Season of Creation or after Pentecost walking and learning from the experiences of the people of Israel as they journeyed toward freedom, a new life, new land, and new identity. The focus Bible reading is Deuteronomy 34:1–12.

This week we arrive at the border of the new land to which the people of Israel have been travelling since fleeing their enslaved lives in Egypt. We will also see how Moses’ life comes to an end. However, in the endings there are also new beginnings; the story continues into the next era of God’s creativity. In this week’s final exploration of the Moses stories young people will meet Joshua who will take over the leadership of the people of Israel, and go with them into their new land. Both Moses and Joshua had key roles to play in the story of the community, and in God’s story. We, too, are part of this unfolding story of a people of faith called to live in God’s way of justice and peace. God’s story unfolds through our lives, our choices, and our stories. At our time together we will learn what it means to be part of God’s unfolding story and in what ways our story, and the story of our church may be connected to God’s story. Ingrid Cervantes and Gianna Nutile are our child care workers this Sunday. Childcare will be available for children 5 years and under in the 2nd floor classrooms.  

Up-Coming Events and Activities

Halloween Party! Thursday, October 30th from 6 to 8 pm.

(also known as All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve)

Monsters, superheroes, angels and princesses, ghosts, goblins, witches, and creatures of fright

Don’t miss the call of Halloween night…

Please come dressed with your favorite costume and join the fun. Feel free to bring Halloween treats, fall foods and homemade goodies. We like to remind you, however, that if you are going to send sweets for the party, be sure not to send anything that contains nuts, as we have children with nut allergies.

·   Nativity Pageant: Sunday, December 14. Please save the date! We’ll keep you posted.

·   Confirmation Class 2015 retreat: March 13 to 15. Please mark your calendars.

Program details to follow. But feel free to email Patricia Pastás at patpastas@msn.com or leave a message at (201)891-0511 if you have questions or need additional information.

 

Sunday Bulletin Prayers & Announcements      Announcement for the Sunday Worship service should be emailed to the church office. Your announcement will appear in the next Sunday bulletin. Deadline is the Wednesday before that week’s bulletin comes out.

If you would like the community to pray with you for a person or circumstance please call the office no later than 2:30PM on the Friday before, and we will add this to our Prayer Concerns List.

Office number is 201-891-0511

 

Bible Study Invitation

HMPC members and friends meet every Wednesday from 2-3:30 with Pastor Lou and read a section of the bible and discuss how it relates to their everyday lives. If this sounds good to you, please consider joining us; coffee and cookies usually accompany the discussions. Everyone is welcome!

 

Fall Book Selection

Please join on Friday at 1PM in the Covenant Room to discuss the next HMPC Book Group selection. Newcomers are always welcome!

October 24 Longbourn by Jo Baker.

 

Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; Fourth Quarter 2014

Date

Greeter

Usher

Reader

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

10/26

Guthries

P. Harder

B. Fernstrom

Mainardis

Pastás

G. Nutile, I. Cervantes

11/02

Gallaghers

B. Jordan

F. Auld

S. Lehman

Pastás

I.Cervantes

 

11/09

M. Holt

Aylwards

C. Rizzo

C. Meslink

Pastás

A.&M. Lembo,

C. Herrera

11/16

Mainardis

W.McColl

M. McColl

B. Graham

Pastás

I.Cervantes

G. Nutile

11/23

T.Jadick

Guthries

L. Gassman

L. Dearani

Herrera

I.Cervantes

A.&M. Lembo

11/30

S. Lehman

T.Noonan

M. Palermo

Palermos & Sibbalds

Herrera

A.&M. Lembo, G. Nutile

12/07

B. Graham

L. Latham

S. Aylward

McColls

Pastás

I.Cervantes,

 

12/14

C. Meslink

W. McColl

T. Jadick

Rainoffs

Pastás

A.&M. Lembo, G. Nutile I.Cervantes

C.Herrera

12/21

P. Harder

S. Lehman

L. Peterson

Aylwards

Pastás

A.&M. Lembo

12/24

8pm

T. Noonan

T. Jadick

L. Dearani

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12/28

Aylwards

B. Graham

A.Luddington

Guthries

Pastás

C. Herrera, G. Nutile

*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.