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
Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM
Sat 5/7 Rev. Lou Kilgore and Laura Peterson’s Wedding, West Side Presbyterian Church, 4PM
Sun 5/8 Mother’s Day
Tue 5/10 Mission Meeting 10:30
Sun 5/15 Pentecost Sunday
Thu 5/19 Personnel 10AM Session 7PM
Fri 5/20 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM
Sun 5/22 Cake Auction 11:15 AM to benefit the 2016 Mission Trip to Maine
Mon 5/30 Memorial Day - Office Closed
The Mission Outreach Team
is so grateful to the members and friends of our church who served and cooked for St. Iglesia Church last Saturday. We feel so welcome when we go to visit them and receive warm hugs and many thanks for the pasta dinner. We, in turn, thank everyone here who made it possible for us to feed many people who sorely need our help.
Award Winning Artist Show and Sell Off
May 7th and 8th 11am – 5pm Oakland Elks Lodge, 33 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ 07436
Get Out Your Cake Recipes
Pastor Lou will be the auctioneer on Sunday, May 22nd, at our annual Cake Auction. All proceeds will go to the Mission trip to Maine this summer. You need not bring your recipe unless you wish to. Please remember to take your dish home so that it does not get lost.
Jersey Jubilation Hand Bell Choir Concert
12th Annual “Ring in the Spring” hand bell concert on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8PM. Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Suggested donation $10
More information: 201-447-2751 or email email@example.com
Mission Trip Invitation and Fund-Raising
As you plan your summer adventures, consider a life-changing trip to Maine. 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 High Mountain team will stay in a University 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 before May 1.
To help support the mission trip:
Cake Auction: Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m. Bake a cake to be auctioned by Pastor Lou, & join the fun of bidding.
A Message from the Pastor
Dear Members and Friends,
The time is fast approaching. Laura and I will be married on May 7th at 4pm in a ceremony to be held at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. Immediately following the wedding ceremony there will be a champagne and cake reception for everyone. You are all invited to attend the wedding and the reception. We mailed invitations to those listed in the directory and we realize that many who are part of the High Mountain Community and are important to us may not be listed in that directory and may not have received the invitation. You are invited to attend and we would love to have you there on this special day. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm to help create the wind in our sails leading up to this day. The church is located in Ridgewood ,NJ at Varian Fry Way, 6 South Monroe Street We will have printed driving direction available at the church this week for those who do not use GPS.
Pastor Lou Kilgore
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.
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.
Extra Mile Campaign Status Report
This February the Session of HMPC challenged the congregation with a special giving opportunity to help keep the deficit spending to a minimum.
Thank you for a tremendous response that raised $5,100.00. We know this represented your willingness to step up in a sacrificial way to support your church. Thank you. Our goal was to raise 8,000.00 which will help to keep us on our long range goal. So if you are still planning to contribute please know that we can use the additional monies to stay on our growth goal for this year.
The session met last week and heard the report on the extra mile effort and
also heard that the first quarter giving this year is right on target in both expenses and giving. Thank you for your faithful support of this ministry
Our focus Bible reading (Acts 16:16-34) is a continuation of the story of Paul and his companions in Philippi. This city, like the other places where Paul and his companions went, was under the rule of the Roman Empire. The Roman rulers allowed local customs and religious practices to continue, but these all had to be approved by Roman authorities to make sure that they did not contradict Roman law. Christianity was not approved by the Romans, and Christians were often persecuted. This Sunday’s story happens right after Paul meets Lydia, the dealer in purple cloth. Paul is travelling with another follower of Jesus named Silas and everywhere they went they would tell people the good news about Jesus, who lived and taught God’s ways. Sometimes people got upset because they felt that their way of living was being criticized. In the story, as they were going to the place of prayer, they met a “slave-girl” who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by “fortune-telling.” While she followed Paul she cried out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. So Paul got annoyed and ordered to the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus. And immediately it came out. But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities who sent them to jail. Paul and Silas faced hardship and challenge, but their faith, expressed through prayer and hymns, sustained them in this distressing time.
The story of Paul and Silas in jail, singing and praying to God, presents an opportunity for children to learn about God as a source of comfort and support. Our gatherings can be a place to nurture and growth their prayer life. By this age, some of them may have experienced or witnessed bullying. When they feel uncertain about what is happening, the ability to hum a familiar song of praise or to pray quietly can bring a sense of calm when needed. Young adolescents may find it difficult to speak out for what they believe. Taking a stand for justice can mean that one’s ideals could be challenged or ridiculed. At our time together our group will hear about biblical characters who had the courage to stand up for their convictions. As we explore the story of Paul and Silas, and the group will also have an opportunity to discover that when they are true to themselves and their beliefs, even challenging times can result in great joy and freedom. All children and youth are invited to come to the second floor after the time of conversation with the pastor in worship.
· May 8 – Is Mother’s Day. Faithworks’ children and youth will celebrate this day by distributing gifts to the women of our church. We hope you can join us.
· May 15 - Triennium gathering - Sunday, May 15, 3-4:30 pm. Location: The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly. This is an opportunity to meet and get to know the youth and adults going to Triennium from our Presbytery.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
· ][ppouuyyu for additional information. Registration forms available on a table at 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 forms and additional information and will be available.