Good afternoon everyone! Today was a busy day here at the First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook. Saddle Brook held its annual township Memorial Day Parade. We served water to many thirsty marchers at our water station. Thank you to all those who assisted in making this year's water station a success! CLICK HERE to view the photos from the water station.
Today's message during worship was "The Heart of the Good Shepherd". The men and women we honor this weekend of Memorial Day represent the heart of Jesus as the Good Shepherd - willing to lay their lives down for the sheep.
We also painted garden stakes and planted them on Friday and Saturday, respectively. CLICK HERE to view photos from the painting event. CLICK HERE to view photos from the gardening event. Thank you to all those who helped with both events and Kathleen Shanahan for coming up with this project idea.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
We have a special episode of Christopher's Chat in recognition of Memorial Day and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and continue to serve in our nation's armed forces.
Vacation Bible School is coming soon!!!
Our annual Vacation Bible School is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 31st and run through Friday, August 4th. We still need volunteers. Come spend a fun time with us a couple of hours every morning during the week. CLICK HERE to sign up to lead or volunteer in this year's program. You can also sign up on the hallway bulletin board or by emailing Frank Arnone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join the fun!
Pentecost Geraniums and Book of Remembrance
Geraniums will be placed in the sanctuary on Pentecost Sunday (next Sunday, June 4th). Forms are available on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Forms and donations are due by Sunday, May 28th and may be placed in the offering plate, given to Evelyn Leseberg, or mailed to the church. You may take home your geraniums after the worship service on June 4th.
Opportunities to Serve
We have updated the committee list, which is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the left of the upstairs kitchen. There is a description of each committee as well as the names of the chairpersons and members of each. We, as a community of believers, are called to serve God's church here at First Reformed. Please search your heart to see where the Holy Spirit guides you. "
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." ~1 Peter 4:10 New Living Translation
New Jersey Jackals Outing
We are excited to announce that we are planning another church outing to see the New Jersey Jackals baseball team on Saturday, July 22nd at 6:05pm. The game will be played at Yogi Berra Stadium, which is located on the campus of Montclair State University. In order to get the group ticket price of $10/ticket, we need a MINIMUM of 20 people. If we get 76 or more people, tickets are $9 each. You are welcome to bring friends and family members. All ticket money is due by Sunday, July 9th and can be given to Thomas Van Winkle. You can sign up by clicking HERE to sign up online or on the sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board. We hope you join us for this wonderful fellowship opportunity.
There are still open spaces available to host coffee hour following Sunday worship. Please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the upstairs kitchen.
Envelope of the Month ~ May
The envelope of the month is your blue 2nd Quarter Assessment envelope. As a reminder, our Classis assessment is $86 per person ($21.50 quarterly). If you have any questions, please see any Consistory member or Pastor Christopher.
Ongoing Clothing Drive We continue to accept bagged or boxed donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, linens, curtains and towels. All donations may be left outside Pastor Christopher's garage doors in the Ackerman Avenue parking lot anytime.
Last Week's Prayer Concerns (May 21st)
Jim, Louise, Cassie, Nicole, the Lamond family, JoAnn, Colin, Danika, graduates, Adam, John.
If you have placed someone on the prayer list and would like to have a handmade prayer cloth (shown below) for them, please see Winnie Caputo to arrange for them to receive one. For more information on the prayer cloth ministry, click HERE.
Wednesday 5/31 - Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm
Thursday 6/1 - Adult Bible Study 7:30pm
Sunday 6/4 - Pentecost Sunday Worship Service 10:30am
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In His Service,
The First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook, NJ
5 Ackerman Avenue (corner of Saddle River Rd)
Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663