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This Week at First Reformed ~ 12/9/2018 (Second Sunday of Advent)

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

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This week marks the Second Sunday of Advent as we near the Celebration of Christ's Birth. The first two Advent Candles were lit today. The first candle is the candle of expectation and hope. The second candle is the candle of Peace.

Today's message was "A Change of Plans", based on the Scripture of Matthew 1:18-25 and Proverbs 19:21.


Sunday School Christmas Vespers Play and Dinner

Our Sunday School students and teachers are hard at work preparing for the Christmas play! We invite you to join us for our annual Sunday School Christmas Play and Vespers Dinner downstairs in the Van Wyk Fellowship Hall tonight at 4pm. This year's play is "Footprints in the Manger".

Hallelujah Chorus

Next Sunday, December 16th, we will be singing G.F. Handel's Hallelujah Chorus to conclude our Third Sunday of Advent service with pure Joy. At the conclusion of the service, we invite anyone that has sung the Hallelujah Chorus to come up front and sing with us. Ellen MacLeay will be our accompanist. All ages are welcome to join in a glorious moment of praise to the Infant King, Our Saviour, Jesus.

Christmas Cards

If you would like to leave a Christmas Card for any church member, please drop it off in the box located on the back table in the Sanctuary.

2019 Calendars

2019 calendars are available and are on the back table of the Sanctuary. Please help yourself!

Consistory Nominations

At the Annual Fall Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, November 18th, the following members were elected to serve as Elder: Kevin Kooistra and Frank Arnone; Deacon: Kimball Woelfel and Linda Casbar. As per the RCA Book of Church Order, their names will be printed in the bulletin for three consecutive weeks. During this time, if you have any valid reservations about their nomination, please contact Pastor Christopher.

Food Pantry

The Saddle Brook Community Food Pantry is getting ready for their Christmas package pickup on Saturday, December 15th. We are in need of $20 Walmart gift cards and welcome any donations you are able to provide. Please see Frank Arnone or Alex Kooistra with any questions.

**NEW** Multimedia Team Members

We are still 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.

Christmas Poinsettias and Book of Remembrance

Forms for Christmas poinsettias and Book of Remembrance are available on the table at the back of the Sanctuary. A copy of the forms are also available to download and print by clicking HERE. All forms and donations are due back by Sunday, December 16th. The poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary for the Christmas Eve service and may be picked up after the service. Forms and donations may be placed in the offering plate. If you have any questions, please speak with Evelyn Leseberg.

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 (December 2nd)

Sal, Connor, Marie, George, Frank and Donna Arnone, Armando, Lillian, Anthony, Catherine, Christie.

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


Tonight 12/9 - Sunday School Christmas Play and Vespers Dinner 4pm

Monday 12/10 - Elders' Meeting 7pm/Consistory Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 12/13 - Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm

Sunday 12/16

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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