Presbyterian Messenger 

UPCOMING EVENTS. . .

Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship

           Choir Practice 8:30AM

Communion served 1st Sunday of Month

Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in                   

                  Sanctuary 12-1:30PM

Every Wednesday - Bible Study with         

           Rev. Lou Kilgore 2-3:15PM

           Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM

 

Fri 3/27 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM

Sun 3/29 Palm Sunday-Petting Zoo   9:30AM Easter Egg Hunt 11AM

Thu 4/2 Maundy Thursday Service 6PM

Sun 4/5 Easter Sunday

 

Petting Zoo @ HMPC Sunday

                 

On March 29th, Palm Sunday, HMPC will host a petting zoo for everyone to enjoy! Along with the chickens and ducks and lambs that will be outside for everyone to touch we will have an extra

special surprise-a donkey will process into the church with Rev. Lou at the beginning of our Palm Sunday worship service! Following Worship, at 11AM we will also have an Easter Egg Hunt for all ages. Please mark your calendars for this special day! Festivities begin at 9:45AM.

 

Lenten Bible Study

Please join us at 8PM on Wednesday nights during the final two weeks of Lent as Rev. Lou leads us through a study of the gospel of Mark.

 

Now, More Than Ever

We need to be aware of the needs of others. Food banks are empty and families are having to do without food. That’s awfully hard to do when there are children involved. THE PALM SUNDAY FOOD DRIVE is this Sunday. You will find bags in the Narthex with suggestions of items on your grocery shelves all printed for you. The food will be delivered to the Center for Food Action right after Palm Sunday. 

 

Per Capita Update for 2015

If you think you have not paid your 2015 Per Capita and would like to cover your annual share of $36.25 please either mail in your per capita payment, drop off in the church office, or drop in the collection plate on Sunday. Thank you!

 

New Deacon

Congratulations to our newly ordained and installed Deacon! During Worship service this past Sunday we welcomed Donna Loukos in her new role as Church Deacon and wish her the best as she follows her journey in the life of our church. Church Deacons serve Communion, assist in delivering poinsettias, visit shut-ins, mail cards to shut-ins, and deliver food when someone comes home from hospital or is dealing with loss.

 

Faithworks

On Palm Sunday, March 29, there will be a Petting Zoo for everyone to enjoy! Chickens, ducks, lambs and other farm animals will be outside for everyone to touch. Then we will join the Palm procession into the church with donkey included! Following Worship, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for all ages.

 

In Mark 11:1–11, our focus scripture reading, we are told that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt and many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. They were shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” They treated Jesus like a king. But Jesus wasn’t popular with everyone. Some of the leaders didn’t like the things that Jesus had been teaching and doing. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the point of no return for Jesus when he gave no excuse for direct Roman action. Jerusalem’s Jewish elites were forced to find another way to silence him. Mark 11 offers an oppor­tunity for children and youth to explore some of the events and challenges faced by Jesus and the disciples during the days following Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his betrayal, arrest, trial, death, and burial. As we travel through the stories of Holy Week, we will pro­vide spaces for children and youth to hear these stories afresh and to deepen their faith through their jour­ney with Jesus. Palm Sunday promises to be a fun day that we don’t want to miss. Festivities begin at 9:45AM.

All children and youth are invited to come to the second floor. There is no Confirmation session this Sunday but we will resume classes on Easter Sunday. All Faithworks staff will be joining the festivities this Sunday.

 

Upcoming events

·         May 24 – Day of Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday. Confirmation Class 2015 will meet with the Session before worship. Reception to follow. Please make sure you are in attendance.

·         June 7th – Celebrating our High School Graduates, our Eight graders and give thinks to our Faithworks teacher volunteers and childcare workers.

·         July and AugustFaithworks recess. Indoors-outdoors games and activities will be scheduled during worship service. Childcare for children under 5 years will be provided as well.

·         August 17 to 21- Vacation Bible Camp. Please save the date. More information to come.

 

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 at 201-891-0511


Celebration Time

Join the Fair Food Community in spirit as they celebrate the incredible achievements of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. 2014 began with the signing of the historic Walmart agreement, bringing the world’s largest retailer into the Fair Food fold, and ended with the Fresh Market agreement, making the total number of participating buyers to thirteen and the total sales represented by those buyers to nearly one trillion dollars.  

The Fair Food Program itself entered its fourth season in operation across more than 90% of the Florida tomato industry and began the process of expansion into new states and new crops.  The FFP launched a beautiful new Fair Food label, which made its first appearance in Whole Foods’ produce aisles and will soon be displayed in several more participating retailers’ stores across the country.  The CIW’s Worker-driven Social Responsibility model received unprecedented recognition — from both former President Clinton and President Obama — as a model that would forever transform the landscape of human rights for low-wage workers and the documentary “Food Chains” debuted in theaters nationwide.

               

Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; First Quarter 2015

Date

Greeter

Usher

Reader

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

03/29

 

C. Meslink

W.McColl

L. Dearani

J. Watkins

Pastas

A. & M. Lembo, I. Cervantes

 

     Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; Second Quarter 2015

Date

Greeter

Usher

Reader

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

04/05

Easter

Aylwards

Gallaghers

M. Meek

S.Lehmann

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

04/12

P. Harder

T. Jadick

L. Gassman

Palermos

P. Pastás

C. Herrera, G. Nutile

 

04/19

C. Meslink

M.DeBlock

A. Luddington

F. Auld

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

04/26

S.Lehmann

B. Jordan

L. Noonan

Aylwards

P. Pastás

I. Cervantes, G. Nutile

05/03

C. Mainardi

W.McColl

M. McColl

R. Oliver

P. Pastás

C. Herrera

05/10

M. Holt

L. Latham

F. Auld

C. Meslink

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

05/17

G. Thornton

P. Harder

C. Mainardi

Guthries

P. Pastás

I. Cervantes, G. Nutile

05/24

B. Graham

D. Bourhill

C. Rizzo

McColls

P. Pastás

Faithworks Staff

 

05/31

L. Latham

Aylwards

T. Jadick

L. Dearani

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

06/07

D. Loukos

M.DeBlock

L. Peterson

J. Watkins

P. Pastás

I. Cervantes, C. Herrera

06/14

T. Jadick

S.Lehmann

S. Aylward

S.Dirringer

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

06/21

D. Bourhill

M. Holt

L. Dearani

Mainardis

P. Pastás

C. Herrera, G. Nutile

 

06/28

B. Jordan

C. Meslink

M. Palermo

G.Thornton

P. Pastás

A. & M. Lembo

I. Cervantes

*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.