Good afternoon everyone! This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
This week is Pentecost Sunday. This date on the Liturgical Calendar marks the Birth of the Church. We celebrated that in worship this morning with the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. We also had a time of prayer, healing and grace. During this time, people were invited forward for prayer and the laying on of hands by Pastor Christopher and the Elders for healing from sickness, grief and loss, forgiveness, help in relationships and other needs.
Today's service also marked the start of a new series, "Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here". Today's installment, based on Acts 2:1-13, focused on the meaning of Pentecost.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Vacation Bible School
Planning is still underway for VBS 2019. Registration is now open for students entering pre-k through 6th grade. Registration is $25 per student ($15 for each additional child in the same family). We also invite you to a pre-registration social and game night on Monday, July 15th at 7pm in the Van Wyk Fellowship Hall. We are also looking for volunteers and leaders to help lead the children down the Christian path. VBS is currently scheduled for August 5-9 from 9am-12pm each day. To sign up to volunteer, VISIT OUR VBS PAGE to register your child for VBS.
New Members' Class
Are you interested in learning about becoming a member of First Reformed Church? Please let Pastor Christopher know you are interested in attending a new member class. The class is a three session, no obligation series of discussions that discuss faith journeys, theology and the mission and vision here. At the end of the sessions, participants are welcome to meet with the Elders to join the church. We are looking to conduct the sessions sometime this summer.
Pastor Sabbatical Holy Land Trip
The Consistory is pleased to announce that it has approved Pastor Christopher taking a sabbatical trip to Israel (including all the holy sites) from October 28th to November 8th. The idea for this trip originated with John Plog, who had a dream and desire to thank Pastor for his eight plus years of service here. While it was a surprise to Pastor Christopher, it was a very clearly answered prayer from God. The Consistory is encouraging and welcoming members and friends of the church to also say thank you by donating to help pay for the trip, which is approximately $4,500. Checks can be made payable to First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook (please note Pastor Israel Trip in the memo). And, as Pastor Christopher's ministry has led us to connect and care for the community, the vision for the trip is that it also engages the community. Residents and organizations from Saddle Brook will also be invited to support the trip. Finally, the church and community will be invited to participate in prayer, a send-off/blessing event, as well as a Thanksgiving service upon his return. We know this will be a life-changing event for Pastor Christopher. Through his sharing, it will inspire the congregation and community.
If you are interested in exploring using your musical gifts to serve the congregation, please contact Jim Gilbert.
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.
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.
Monday 6/10 - Elders' Meeting 7pm/Consistory Meeting 7:30pm
Tuesday 6/11 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7:30pm in the Clements Room
Thursday 6/13 - Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm
Sunday 6/16 - Worship Service 10:30am
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Last Week's Prayer Concerns (June 2nd)
Rosalie Shoeman, Larry McGlone, Audrey Stasion, Dot Bailey, Brad's friend, Robert Troyano, Jim's friends in Albanian earthquake zone, Gracie recovering from car accident, Maya's nephew's wife, Sherry's friend Kim, Prano, David's friend JJ, Marion Fischer.
A complete list of ongoing prayer concerns is on the back table in the Sanctuary.
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