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This Week at First Reformed ~ 11/18/2018

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

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

The theme of today's service was Thanksgiving and Praise. During the service, many people shared testimonies of Thanksgiving and praise. Psalm 22:22 says, "I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done."

Also, Christopher's Chat is back this week and can be viewed below. There will be no Christopher's Chat next week, since Pastor Christopher will be on a break. More info on that below.


Operation Christmas Child

Thank you everyone for all your support in this year's Operation Christmas Child. We packed a record 120 boxes, which were brought to Hawthorne Gospel Church to be sent out to children around the world. We would like to thank Lynne Wojcik, Ellen Plog and many others who helped to coordinate this year's packing party.

To view photos of the packing party, CLICK HERE. To view photos of the boxes being sent to Hawthorne Gospel, CLICK HERE. Also, to view the video of our packing party. CLICK HERE.

Pastor Christopher on Break

Pastor Christopher will be on a break from November 23-November 30. Please pray for a time of restoration and strengthening. Please contact Evelyn Leseberg or Catherine Wasdyke with any pastoral concerns.

**NEW** Multimedia Team Members

We are looking for some volunteers to begin a multimedia team. You will utilize some basic skills. No prior experience required. This is a perfect service opportunity to "get your feet wet". Team members will provide a seamless feed of PowerPoint slides that will be projected on the screen for the congregation to view during our services. Team members will serve one Sunday a month. If you are interested, come speak to Jim Gilbert at the piano or drop him an email at jrg@jamesgilbert.us.

Church Directory

The updated church directory is on the bulletin board. Please check your entry and make any corrections. If your name is not there and you would like to be included, please add your information on the blank sheet also on the bulletin board.

Christmas Decorating

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday, November 24th at 10am. If you are able to assist with the decorating, please speak with Evelyn Leseberg.

Sunday School Christmas Vespers Play and Dinner

We invite you to join us for our annual Sunday School Christmas Play and Vespers Dinner downstairs in the Van Wyk Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 9th at 4pm. This year's play is "Footprints in the Snow". We are in need of desserts for our dinner. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please sign up online HERE or on the hallway bulletin board, so we can prepare enough food for everyone.

Prayer Cloth Ministry

Have you have placed someone on the prayer list and would like to have a prayer cloth for them? Please contact Kathy Alia or Winnie Caputo. Prayer cloths are also available for special occasions such as baptisms, graduations, confirmations, births, marriages and special anniversaries. For more information on the prayer cloth ministry, click HERE.

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 Our continuing clothing drive will accept bagged donations of clothing, clothing accessories, shoes, bedding, household linens, towels, handbags, wallets, jewelry, and backpacks. All items must be of usable quality. We cannot accept toys, stuffed animals, books, cookware, dishes, curtains, pillows, breakable items or furniture. All donations can be left outside Pastor's garage doors.

Last Week's Prayer Concerns (November 11th)

Bob Brouca, Mary Marino, Marie, Mark, Kim, all veterans, Frank Arnone, Kathy's husband, Alex, Operation Christmas Child.

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


Monday 11/19

1) Elders' Meeting 7pm

2) Consistory Meeting 7:30pm

Wednesday 11/21 - Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:30pm

Thursday 11/22 - No Choir Rehearsal - Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday 11/25

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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