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
Tue-Fri 12/3-6 Pastor Kilgore Vacation
Wed 12/4 Bible Study Cancelled
Tue 12/10 Outreach Mtg. 10AM
Thu 12/19 Personnel 10AM Session 7PM
Fri 12/20 Book Group 1-3PM
Sat 12/21 Longest Night Service 6PM
Sun 12/22 Christmas Pageant 10AM
Tue 12/24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 8PM and 11PM
Tue-Wed 12/24-1/1 Office Closed
The Longest Night
December 21st is the longest night of the year. Christians often associate the darkness of the nighttime with every-thing that is hard in life. The coming of the night is a time of vulnerability and sometimes aloneness. When the night is long it reminds of our fears and losses.
Christmas is a celebration of light in the darkness. But sometimes we can’t get to the celebration because the grief or loss is overwhelming us. This may be the first year at the holidays without your mother or your husband. Perhaps you have lost your job, experienced a divorce, or you or a friend are fighting for life against cancer.
This year we will set aside a time to acknowledge the hardship and the loss that comes in life. You are invited to come to a service of prayer, poetry, encouragement and comfort. During the longest night service you have per-mission to be sad, or depressed. This is a place where you can be honest about how it feels to be surrounded by the signs of wonder and joy when you just don’t feel that way.
This service is not for everyone but it may be just what you need. Even though it takes place in December, it is not a Christmas service. This service may be just the thing to help you or your neighbor or your friend who is wondering how they are going to make it through the holidays.
Mostly in times of hardship and grief we need to know that we are not alone. Come to the longest night service and you will discover that you are not alone. Bring someone who needs some encouragement and prayer. Saturday December 21 @ 6:00 PM. The service will last for one hour & there will be a time of refreshment to follow.
Sunday Bulletin Announcements
As a new idea, if you have an announcement that you would like to make at the Sunday Worship service please email to Chris in the church office. She will place your announcement into the next Sunday bulletin for all to read. Deadline for announcements is the Wednesday before that week’s bulletin comes out.
HMPC Ladies: You’re Invited to a Holiday Party, Friday, December 20th
Hope you can join us on Friday, December 20th for a “Ladies Night Out Holiday Party.” Michele Palermo and Lois Gassman are hosting, and the party is at Michele’s house (348 Manchester Ave., North Haledon) and starts at 6:30pm.
We’ll be serving a casual buffet dinner, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. If you’d like to bring something, please bring some Christmas cookies to share. We thought a “Secret Santa” would be fun, so if you’d like to participate (if you don’t that’s fine!) please bring a $10 gift to swap. Please RSVP to Michele at 973-368-2379 or Lois at 973-427-6958.
is a food bank in Paterson that High Mountain Presbyterian Church sponsors. We received a plea from them for food assistance. We just completed a food drive for the food bank in Mahwah but are anxious to respond to others that are in desperate need.
There are bags in the Narthex if you would like to drop off a few food staples so that we can also answer the call to others that we are faithfully committed to. Thank you, Mission Outreach
Winter Is On Its Way
If anyone in our Church Family knows of someone that is in need of a nice new, warm, hand crocheted lap robe for over their legs while they are sitting, reading or watching television, or if they happen to be in a wheelchair, please speak to Lois or call her at 973-427-6958. The lap robes were given as gifts to our Church family.
The Season of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and can be a special time in the lives of children and youth, helping them to appreciate the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Christmas season is 12 days long (December 25 to January 6) and is a time of celebrating Jesus’ birth and hearing the story of the coming of the wise ones (celebrated on January 6, the Day of the Epiphany). This year, the Advent focus passages include powerful visions of hope and peace, seen through the eyes of the prophet Isaiah, Mary, and Joseph. Michel Palermo will be our leader teacher this coming Sunday with Claudia Herrera & Ethan Adams. All young people up to age 17 are invited to attend.
Thank you to all who attended our Nativity Pageant planning gathering last Sunday; it was a fun, productive time. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15, following worship service, we will be rehearsing our special song “Little Drummer Boy” and checking that all cast have their costumes. On Sunday, December 22nd, the day of our presentation, please be at the church at 9:30 am to get ready and check last minute details.
This a busy time for families as schedules & routines change to accommodate special church and community activities. In the church, however, this is a time of anticipation of Jesus’ birth, the One who is Emmanuel, God with us. It is a time of waiting and preparation for God’s way of love, peace, and fairness. During these special seasons and during our time with the children and youth we will be praying for the HMPC and their families as well. We invite you to include us in your prayers, also.
The Card Committee presented Christmas cards to the Board of
Deacons for their work in the congregation. The cards will be on sale in the Narthex beginning November l7th. They are in packages of 5 for $3.00 and 10 for $5.00. They are all wrapped in ribbon and can be used as small gifts or can be sent to friends for the holidays. The money derived from the
sale of the cards will be used by the Deacons for their work with our shut-ins or our congregation.
It’s Mitten Time……
We asked you to be on the lookout in the stores for new mittens, gloves and hats for school children. We hope you found some. Please bring them in on the 8th and l5th and we will get them out to the children before Christmas. These warm items are being collected for the Center for Food Action where they will be distributed by CFA workers to needy families with children. Thank you for the nice warms gifts for them.
On December 22, at 10 AM, High Mountain Presbyterian Church will present a Christmas Pageant during the worship service. Everyone is welcome to come, hear and watch the Christmas story unfold as told by HMPC’s children, youth, choir and narrators. Call 201-891-0511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Looking for furniture? Check out Habitat Restore, 415 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne. The store is open Wednesday – Sunday. Contact them if you wish to donate items as well. Phone 973-782-6996 or check the website, http://www.patersonhabitat.org/
Fair Food Update
Fair Food and the Coalition of Immokolee Workers continue to support the farmworkers in their quest for better living conditions. Mission Peniel, supported by several Presbyterian Churches in Southwest Florida, also assists the Immokolee residents with food and clothing. Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida receives one-third of their funding from PCUSA. Presbyterian Women of the Palisades also supports this project. Together may we find ways to make a difference. Please distribute copies of the three letters available in the narthex: Wendy’s, Stop and Shop, and a general letter to other supermarkets. More information can be found at http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/fairfood.
Shopping Event To Benefit Paterson Habitat
Mango Jam, 41 N. Broad Street, Ridgewood, will donate 20% of your purchase to Paterson Habitat from December 9-13. Just mention you are supporting Habitat. Voted Best Gift Shop in Bergen County, they offer complimentary gift wrap.
Book Group Fall Selections
Meetings are in the Covenant Room at 1 pm on Fridays: All are welcome and it is not necessary to read the book.
12/20 The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet - Fourth Quarter, 2013
Date Greeter Usher Reader Hospitality Faithworks Childcare
12/08 F. Auld B. Jordan B.Fernstom Aylward M. Palermo/Herrera A. Adams
12/15 S. Lehmann B. Jordan M. Meek Adams Pastas/Herrera O. Rainoff
12/22 L. Latham W. McColl M. McColl Lehmann/Pobieczky Pastas/Herrera E.Adams
8:00pm T. Jadick & P.Harder & L.Peterson
11:00pmT.Noonan & Bourhills & L. Dearani
12/29 C.Meslink B.Graham C. Mainardi Rainoff No Faithworks A.Adam
*The Assigned Greeter should help the Usher during the Offertory. Also they can help collect the Hymnals and make sure all lit candles are out.
**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 your kindness in assisting with the church service