Good afternoon everyone. Today, we kicked off a new Sunday School year as part of our Rally Day celebration. The students designed rocks as part of the popular rock-painting trend after being dismissed from the worship service. Everyone enjoyed a time of food and fellowship at the luncheon that followed the service. Pictures can be viewed on our Facebook page - firstreformedsaddlebrook.
Pastor Christopher also began a new sermon series, "Servanthood". Learn more about that and the Sunday School kick-off in this week's Christopher's Chat, shown below:
We also welcomed Ellen MacLeay as our guest pianist/organist today. Ellen has been teaching piano and voice throughout Bergen County for over 20 years. She holds a M.A. in piano performance from the City University of New York and has studied organ with Virgil Fox and piano with Earl Wild. In addition, she has two Arts Certificates from the National American Guild of Organists-Hymn and Service Playing. Ellen's students often perform in recitals in various churches throughout the area. You can view Ellen, as well as her students, on YouTube by clicking HERE.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
First Reformed Church Houston Response
The city of Houston and surrounding areas have endured catastrophic damage from Hurricane Harvey. It is important that we respond. In addition to continuous prayer, please join us in the following:
We are collecting a special offering each Sunday of September. The proceeds will be sent through our denomination (Reformed Church in America) and their mission/relief fund, which will provide direct funds to people in Houston. Also, we learned that baby/infant supplies are not high priority for the major relief organizations. Therefore, throughout the month of September, we will collect and send items such as: Diapers, baby formula, powder, wipes, and more.
National Back to Church Sunday
We are pleased to announce that we are participating in National Back To Church Sunday on September 17th at 10:30am. Back to Church Sunday is a yearly outreach effort that started in 2009 to encourage churches to welcome family, friends and neighbors back to church. We encourage you to invite family, friends and/or neighbors to join us in this national movement. All are welcome here - whether it's your first time or it's been a long time.
Please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the upstairs kitchen for Sundays that remain open to host.
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 (September 3rd)
Dot Bailey, Frank Arnone, Suzanne Cruz, Rosalie Shoeman, Darryl Ocot, students beginning school, Cyrus.
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.
Monday 9/11 - Elders' Meeting 7pm/Consistory Meeting 7:30pm
Thursday 9/14 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7pm (note the new time)
Saturday 9/16 - Man Up 10am in the Clements Room
Sunday 9/17 1) Sunday School/Adult Bible Study 9am
2) Worship Service 10:30am ~ National Back to Church Sunday
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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