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This Week at First Reformed ~ 8/18/2019

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, Rev. Christopher Wolf continued his series, "The Power Of....". Today's message was about the power of Grace based on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Special thank you to Ellen MacLeay for filling in as guest pianist/organist while Jim Gilbert is off this week.


Church Website

Our website will be temporarily down for reconstruction. We hope you will check back here for further updates.

Pastor Christopher on Break

Pastor Christopher will be off from August 26th to September 2nd. Chaplain John Bosch of the Holland Christian Home will be with us on September 1st.

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.

Choir Meeting

There will be a short meeting downstairs after the August 25th worship service at 11:45am. Bring your snack and beverage. We will discuss the choir schedule for the 2019-2020 season.

New Member Class Forming

Are you interested in learning about becoming a member of the First Reformed Church? Please let Pastor Christopher know you are interested in attending a new members' 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. The sessions will be held on the following Tuesdays - September 10th, September 17th, and September 24th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.

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.


Rosalie Shoeman, Larry McGlone, Rich Stasion, Sophia, Gabriel, Bob, VBS, Sandy, Olivia, Fred, Colton, Katie.

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


Monday 8/19 - Elders' Meeting 7pm/Consistory Meeting 7:30pm

Tuesday 8/20 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7:30pm

Sunday 8/25 - 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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