PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER

UPCOMING EVENTS. . .

Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship

Communion served 1st Sunday of Month

           Choir Practice 8:30-9:30AM

Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in                   

                  Sanctuary 12-1:30PM

Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM

Every Wednesday - Bible Study with         

           Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM

           Bell Choir Practice 7PM

 

Thu 11/24 Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed 11/24-25

Sun 11/27 First Sunday Advent

Tue 11/29-12/6 Chris Buckley Vacation

Sat 12/3 Jeanne Nicolle Artist Reception3-5PM

Thu 12/15 Personnel 10 AM   Session 7PM

Wed 12/21 Longest Night Service 7PM

Fri 12/23 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM

Sat 12/24 Christmas Eve Service 9:30PM

Sun 12/25 Christmas Day Service 10AM

Mon-Fri 12/26-12/30 Office Closed

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the luncheon on Sunday a huge success. The food was wonderful and delicious and the company and friendship shared was great.

Thank you also, to everyone who has filled out their pledge card for giving for 2017.  If you have not filled it out yet we will be calling to encourage you to make a commitment for next year and help us as we plan for ministry in the year to come. You can also make your commitment by email to lcoll43@aol.com.  Thank you for your support of this community.   

 

CFA Food Drive

For those who weren't with us on 11/20 we want to reach out to everyone to thank them generously for their contributions to our Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Tom Noonan, Bill Graham and Ted Jadick delivered the largest return we have ever had to the Center for Food Action - 50 bags filled with food, l box also filled, $75.00 food certificates and $48.00 in cash.  WOW!  Everybody came through remembering the great need for families without food supplies.  The Mission Committee thanks each and every one for their caring of others especially at this Thanksgiving time which is a time of giving and sharing.

 

Ḟaithworks                           

The Season of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and the beginning of a busy time for families as schedules and routines change to accommodate special activities. In the church, this is a time of waiting and preparation for God’s way of love, peace, and fairness. Beginning this coming Sunday at worship some families of the church will be invited to participate in the ritual of lighting the candles of the Advent Wreath each week leading up to Christmas. Traditionally, the Advent wreath is a circle of evergreens, the round shape symbolizing the unending love of God and the evergreens symbolizing the hope for eternal life shared by all God’s people. There are four coloured candles (either four blue, or three purple and one pink), representing each of the four weeks of Advent, and one white candle in the middle that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This Advent, consider setting aside a space in your home (such as a corner of the family room or the dining room table) where the family can gather for a quiet time at the end of each day. Our youth may be bringing home a page with suggestions to use during this special family time. At Ḟaithworks the Advent focus passages include powerful visions of hope and peace, seen through the eyes of the prophet Isaiah, Mary, and Joseph. This Sunday our Bible reading is from Isaiah 2:1–5. Isaiah was a prophet who lived a long time before Jesus was born. Prophets were called by God to share special messages with the people. Sometimes the messages reminded the people about God’s way of living. Sometimes the messages were words of hope when people were having a hard time. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that in the face of war, fear and destruction, peace is more than just a word heard in Christmas songs; it is a deep longing for life, for justice, for wholeness. I hope that as we explore the text together, our children and youth will learn that peace is a journey that begins in ourselves towards the community and the world. The focus passage describes also the power of a holy or safe place. Our church can be a safe place where our young people can practice peace. They will be reassured that they are not powerless, but in fact have resources which they can use in their own srugguling relationships and in their worlds. During this special season we will be praying for your child and your family. We invite your family to also include us in your prayers as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the beginning of a ministry that continues to transform our world. We wish you a blessed Advent and a joyous Christmas season. ~PatPastás

Children will be excused from worship after their conversation with the Pastor. Childcare is provided for children 5 years and under in the 2nd floor classrooms.

 

Upcoming Events

November, Saturday 26 - We will be decorating the Christmas tree in the Covenant room from 3 to 5 pm. We’ll make fun decorations and we’ll remember familiar carols. Bring your favorite treats to share. Family and friends are welcome!

December, Sunday 18 at 10 am – We will be retelling a familiar story, “The Nativity Story” Please join us for worship and participate in the telling and singing of the Christmas story together. Save the date. It promises to be fun and engaging!

 

No Tuesday Evening Bible Study Tonight 11/22/16.

See you next week!

 

Bell Choir Update

No Bell Choir Rehearsal on Wednesday, November 23rd. Bell choir rehearsal will resume on Wednesday, November 30 at 7PM. 

  

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. The Book Club will meet again on

December 16 – Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

 

Save The Date April 29

Our next date for the Walk in Dinner Program at Iglesias Presbiteriana in Paterson is Saturday, April 29. Cooks and servers will be needed to provide a meal for about 150 persons in need. More info to follow closer to the date.

 

Prayers & Announcements     

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.

            Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; Fourth Quarter 2016

Date

Greeter

Reader

Communion

Hospitality

Faithworks

Childcare

11/27

D. Loukos

Get 3 for collection

Lois Gassman

 

Fernandez-Chousal

Patricia Pastas

Iggy & Natalia

12/04

W. McColl Get 3 for collection

M. McColl

C. Marcus

M. & G. Huntington

Patricia Pastas

Iggy & Paige

12/11

P. Harder

 Get 3 for collection

C. Rizzo

 

Aylwards

Patricia Pastas

Iggy, Tyler & Natalia

12/18

C. Meslink

Get 3 for collection

L. Dearani

 

Graham-Harder

Patricia Pastas

Claudia & Paige

12/24

8PM

T. Jadick

Get 3 for collection Christmas Eve

       ?

 

 

 

 

 

12/25

10AM

Aylwards Get 3 for collection

Christmas Day

S. Aylward

 

 

Patricia Pastas

Claudia & Paige

*Assigned families can decide who will be reader. Please inform Chris who is reading one week before you are scheduled. 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 and we can add you to the list. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in assisting with the church service.