Good afternoon everyone! We would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed Fourth of July holiday. During this holiday weekend, please remember to pray and give thanks to all those who have served or are serving in our armed forces to protect our freedoms.
Pastor Christopher began a new series, "The Gospel Truth". Today, it's so hard to discern what is true and false - in the media, often in our own lives. But The Gospel contains the Truth and truth for daily life and faith. During this series, we are exploring the power of God's truth - to free us, to enlighten us, to save us.
We hope you take the time to watch our worship service when it is posted on YouTube. In the meantime, please take some time to listen to a special Fourth of July edition of Christopher's Chat.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Music Ministry Update
Following worship last Sunday, June 18th, our organist and music director, Susan Redvanly, informed us that she will be moving on from her ministry here. Her final Sunday will be August 13th. In her letter, Susan said that it was not an easy decision and that it has been her pleasure to serve the Lord through music here. On behalf of the Consistory and congregation, we sincerely thank Susan for her leadership and musical offerings over the past seven years. She has truly blessed many people. To acknowledge her ministry and express our gratitude, we will be having a luncheon on Sunday, August 13th immediately following worship. Please be assured that the Worship Committee and the Consistory are already discussing this transition and will be working to seek a replacement.
Opportunities to Serve
An updated committee listing describing each committee, as well as the names of the chairpersons and members of each, is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the left of the upstairs kitchen. 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.
There are still many available dates to host coffee hour following Sunday worship. Please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the upstairs kitchen.
Vacation Bible School
Our annual Vacation Bible School program is scheduled to run Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th from 9am-12pm daily. Registration is underway for children entering pre-k (AND age 3 by 6/1/2017) through 6th grade in September 2017. CLICK HERE to register your child.
We are still in need of volunteers to lead the children on the Christian path. To sign up to volunteer, you can do any of the following: CLICK HERE to sign up online, sign up on the hallway bulletin board, or email Frank Arnone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey Jackals Outing
Another church outing is being planned 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. So far, 18 people have paid for their tickets. You are welcome to bring friends and family members. All ticket money is due next 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.
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 (June 25th)
Ross, Howard S., Sue, Lauren, Jo-Anne, graduates, the family of Roy.
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.
Thursday 7/6 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7:30pm
Sunday 7/9 - Worship Service 10:30am
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Thank you for taking the time to read through this week's announcements. Feel free to share with your family and friends. God bless you!
In His Service,
The First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook, NJ
5 Ackerman Avenue (corner of Saddle River Rd)
Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663