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This Week at First Reformed ~ 7/14/2019

Updated: Oct 12, 2019

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

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Today, the Rev. Don McCracken served as our guest minister while Pastor Christopher is on break. Rev. McCracken is involved with The River Mission in Hackensack. Today's message was about "The Silent Prayer" from Proverbs 3:5-6 and Ephesians 3:16-21.

Pastor Christopher will be on break through tomorrow (Monday, July 15th). He will return to the office on Tuesday, July 16th. Please pray that he has a time of restoration and reflection. For pastoral concerns and needs while Pastor Christopher is on break, please contact Elder Kevin Kooistra or Elder Catherine Wasdyke.


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 TOMORROW (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.

Snack donations are needed for VBS. CLICK HERE for a list of needed donations for our "Hungry Herd Cafe".

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.

Church Gardens

The gardens are being weeded and cleaned up. They will need to be mulched. John Plog and Evelyn Leseberg did this in the past, but they now need help with this task. If you are able to assist with mulching on Saturday, July 27th at 9:30am, please speak with Evelyn or John. If you have a wagon or wheelbarrow, please bring it to help with moving the mulch. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Musical Gifts

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.

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.


Audrey Stasion, Chris, Matt, Lawrence, Billy Burns, Christopher, Mary, Dolly, Alex, Rosalie Shoeman.

A complete list of prayer concerns is located on the table in the rear of the Sanctuary.


Monday 7/15 - VBS pre-registration, ice cream social/game night 7pm Van Wyk Hall

Tuesday 7/16 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7:30pm

Thursday 7/18 - VBS Meeting 7pm in the Clements Room

Sunday 7/21 - 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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