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This Week at First Reformed ~ 11/19/2017

Good afternoon everyone! This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Today's message was "Who Is My Neighbor?" Jesus is asked "Who is my neighbor?" And today, in many ways, we are still asking the same question. Sometimes Christians and churches just want their neighbors to be the people who are already there. When we read the parable of the Good Samaritan - it's anyone in need of mercy. So join us as we expand our definition of "neighbor" and seek to bring God's compassion to many people.

Christopher's Chat, Pastor Christopher's weekly messages, discusses the expanded definition of "neighbor".


Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all those who were involved with the packing party last Sunday. About 80 people attended to pack 100 shoe boxes that were sent to Hawthorne Gospel yesterday to be shipped to Samaritan's Purse. Cuddles the Bear, our mascot, was blessed by the area coordinator of Operation Christmas Child. The video of this blessing as well as the video of the packing party can be viewed on our YouTube channel - firstreformedsb1900.

Consistory Nominations

At the Annual Fall Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, November 5th, the following members were elected to serve as Elder: Giovanna Sandstrom and Catherine Wasdyke. As per the RCA Book of Church Order, their names will be printed in the bulletin and posted in our weekly announcements for three consecutive weeks. During this time, if you have any valid reservations about her nomination, please contact Pastor Christopher.

Man Up

Man Up will hold its next gathering tomorrow night at 6pm at the Saddle Brook Diner.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

We invite you to our annual Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE to reply to Facebook event.

Sunday School Christmas Play/Vesper's Dinner

The Sunday School Christmas Play and Vesper's Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 10th at 4pm. A sign up sheet is posted on the hallway bulletin board. We are in need of desserts.

Christmas/Advent Decorating

The Sanctuary will be decorated for Christmas/Advent on Saturday, November 25th at 10am. Please contact Evelyn Leseberg, Vice President of Consistory, if you are able to help with decorating.

Church Directory

A new directory is being planned for the year of 2018. The current directory information is displayed on the bulletin board by the Ackerman Avenue entrance. Please check your information and that of family members to make sure all is correct. Please make any changes, additions or deletions as necessary. If your information is missing,

Coffee Hour

Please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the upstairs kitchen, and sign up if you are able to host coffee hour.

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 (November 12th)

Texas church shooting victims, Todd.

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.

A complete list of ongoing prayer concerns is on the back table in the Sanctuary.


Monday 11/20 - Man Up 6pm at the Saddle Brook Diner

Wednesday 11/22 - Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:30pm

Thursday 11/23 - NO Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study....Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday 11/26 1) NO Sunday School/Adult Bible Study

2) Worship Service 10:30am


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

Phone: 201-843-6672

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