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

 

Mon 8/18-8/21 – Kathy Behnke Vacation

Tue 8/19 Mission Meeting 10AM

Mon 9/1 Labor Day-Office Closed

Wed 9/3 Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM

Thu 9/18 Session 7PM

 

Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC)

“Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind”

~By Patricia Pastás

 

                            

 
Thanks to a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers and staff, our first Vacation Bible Camp was a great success. Using a curriculum entitled, “Weird Animals,” Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind that focused on teaching that Jesus loves you even when you are left out (Luke 17:11-19), or even though you are different (John 4:1-30) or even when you don’t understand (John 13:1-17), the children engaged in a series of zoo themed activities. They had a daily Bible lesson, learned new songs, heard about the church mission and the Center of Food Action “Back to School Program”, had fun with sciency-fun gizmos, had yoga time and played outdoors or in the sanctuary, ate yummy snacks and gathered for an opening “Sing and Play Stampede” and a closing “Tail End.” During the Friday Tail End session, parents and guardians came earlier to

see their children sing and celebrate our final day together.

 
                                                                                                                                                                     
 
There were about 27 children from ages four to twelve enrolled and the daily attendance averaged around 25. Six youth assisted the adult leaders, and their help was invaluable. Members of the congregation helped also.  Julie Sibbald was awesome leading the imagination station. Now she has another story to tell!  Angela Cays, assisted by Claudia Herrera, led the yoga and games. I learned from Angela that when presented in a child's language and connected to the VBC theme, yoga can help offset the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world.  Claudia Pastás, my sister, assisted by Monica Penarrieta who is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgefield Park, put together attractive and tasty snacks and help in the cleaning of the Covenant room and the kitchen on the last day- excellent!  Mike Holt and Tina O’Shea (who also served as registrars), led the “Kid-Vid Cinema,” a video and discussion time where children met real kids who are relying on God as they face life’s challenges. Alice Luddington led the mission station and invited a guest from the Center of Food Action (CFA) to talk to the children about the “Back to School Program”. Alice was very supportive by providing decorated boxes to collect the supplies and delivered the donated school supplies to the CFA on Friday. Special thanks go to Pastor Lou who engaged the children in Bible Adventures with related fun activities, Mall Kiil who led the music time where we had so much fun learning the motions and the new songs, Siegi Lehman who with her special photography talent, every child at Weird Animals was a star. Siegi led the “Spotlight” station and she captured all the fun photos for us to enjoy on Sunday and for future generations. A Fabulous work of Janet Watkins and Sabine Derringer behind the scene on planning and creating the decorations in the Covenant room, the sanctuary, the second floor class rooms and the vestibule and Claudia Herrera in helping them putting the decorations up.

Finally tremendous thanks to our youth helpers, Elementary and Preschool leaders: Jack O’Shea, Michele Palermo, Danny Rodriguez, Alexander Reyes, Stephanie Sanjines, Gretchen Kilgore, Tyashia Drakeford and Patti Morrealle. These folks provided a great, 3-day VBC and an unforgettable experience for the children and adults. May God bless you all!

 

Fall Book Selection

Please join us on September 26 to discuss the next HMPC Book Group selection. Newcomers are always welcome!

Sept. 26 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

October 24 Longbourn by Jo Baker


Back To School Program Extended                         

Center for Food Action requests that we contribute school supplies this month. These items will be distributed to children of CFA families. Please place the following in the narthex before August 20TH: Backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, highlighters, colored pencils, glue sticks, spiral and marble composition note books, loose leaf paper, 1 and 2 inch 3 ring binders, 2 pocket folders. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. CFA especially needs backpacks. Check out sales at Staples and other stores to get the most for your contributions.


Faithworks

Classes are in recess throughout the summer months. Outdoor activities and games are provided for kids ages 7 to 12. However, children completing 4th grade through high school are encouraged to attend 10AM worship together with their families. Childcare will be available for children ages 6 and under on the 2nd floor classrooms. Claudia Herrera, Giana Nutile, Amanda and Maddie Lembo are our childcare workers this Sunday.

 

Bible Study Invitation

A small group of 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 one afternoon - coffee and cookies usually accompany the discussions. Everyone is welcome!

 

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

 

Bell Choir Practice

For all Bell Choir members and an invitation to prospective Bell Choir members: Bell Choir practice will resume on Wednesday, September 3 from 7-8PM. Anyone wishing information about joining HMPC Bell Choir may contact Lorna Noonan, Bell Choir Director at 973-650-0047.

                

       Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; Third Quarter 2014

Date

Greeter

Usher

Reader

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

08/24

Aylwards

L.Gassman

M. Palermo

S.Lehman

Herrera/Pastás

I. Cervantes/G. Nutile

08/31

Gallaghers

T.Noonan

T.Jadick

C.Meslink

Herrera

Amanda & Maddie Lembo

09/07

P. Harder

Guthries

C.Mainardi

 L .Dearani

Herrera/ Pastás

I.Cervantes & G. Nutile

09/14

S. Lehman

B. Graham

S. Aylward

Bourhills

Herrera

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

09/21

M. Holt

 P. Harder

L. Peterson

R. Oliver

Herrera/ Pastás

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


09/28

 

Mainardis

Bourhills

L. Gassman

        ?

Herrera

A. & M. Lembo/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!