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This Week at First Reformed ~ 12/10/2017

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

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. We hope you will join us for the Sunday School Christmas play tonight at 4pm.

Today, we lit two candles on the Advent wreath. The first candle is the candle of expectation and hope. Our hope is based on the trust that God's wondrous promises have been and will continue to be fulfilled. The second candle is the candle of peace. It reminds us that Christ's coming and promise of return are the true sources of peace.

Today's message was "The Peace of His Presence". We desperately try to seek, create, and imagine peace for ourselves and others - when in reality, true peace comes from God's presence. Embracing God's presence, through Jesus' arrival, and then today through the Holy Spirit. Only dwelling with Him will offer us the peace we so desire.

Christopher's Chat, Pastor Christopher's weekly messages, discusses this source of Peace.


Sunday School Christmas Play/Vesper's Dinner

The Sunday School Christmas Play and Vesper's Dinner will be held TONIGHT at 4pm. A sign up sheet is posted on the hallway bulletin board. You may also CLICK HERE to sign up online. We are in need of desserts.

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, please add your name to the listing. We appreciate your help in creating an up-to-date directory.

2018 Flower Chart

The 2018 flower chart is on the bulletin board located by the upstairs kitchen. The flower cost is $20.00, and you are invited to take the flowers home after service. This is a wonderful way to honor someone who has passed or celebrate a special person or occasion. Please sign up to reserve the date(s) of your choice.

2018 Calendars/Cookbooks/Ornaments

The 2018 calendars are available on the back table in the Overflow Room, along with the church cookbooks and ornaments. Please help yourself.

Christmas Poinsettias and Book of Remembrance

Christmas Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary for Christmas Eve. Forms and donations may be placed in the offering plate. CLICK HERE to download/print a form and/or to view information. Additional forms are available on the table at the back of the Sanctuary. If you have any questions, please speak with Evelyn Leseberg, Vice President of Consistory.

Envelope of the Month

The envelope of the month is Book of Remembrance. Donations to this fund can be made in memory/in honor of a loved one or event. Also, with Christmas coming, you can donate using the form on the back table for Christmas Book of Remembrance. This donation is deposited in a separate fund and used for capital improvements.

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 (December 3rd)

Bob, Charles, Nicole, Steve Leseberg, Allen, Quatrone Family, Jason's father, Jack, Bob Brouca, Eileen, Artie, Mary, Helen.

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 12/11 - Elders' Meeting 7pm/Consistory Meeting 7:30pm

Wednesday 12/13 - Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm

Thursday 12/14 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7pm

Sunday 12/17 1) Sunday School/Adult Bible Study 9am

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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