I’m sure we all agree this Easter season was much better than last year! I heard this past week that less than 50% of Americans have an affiliation with a religious group including Christians, Jews, and Muslims. I also agree with a commentator that believes most organized religious groups “abandoned” their congregations this past year when their people needed them the most. Every week I am proud of our little church for our common strength and understanding of how important it has been to provide a safe space to come together to share our Christian faith. And we welcomed back Ralph Wallace who immediately returned to his role as an ever ready participant!
Nine people were at the park on Lake Musconetcong for sunrise service on Easter Sunday and a nice crowd was at church for our regular 9:30 service. That service was somewhat unique for Easter as it included communion since it fell on the first Sunday of the month. We were treated to a beautiful brass trio by the Reeds- Ken, Bonnie and their daughter Georgia using an arrangement composed by Ken. Herman Barkwood also shared an intricately carved wooden Easter morning scene which included the tomb with the stone rolled away, three figures including an angel, and a tree. Nice work Herman!
Thanks to all that purchased Easter flowers this year. We were very happy to support a local business, Sunnyside Garden Center in Byram which went above and beyond to round up the 34 plants we needed at a time when they were very scarce. They also gave us a 15% discount and didn’t charge for delivery. Also thanks to Barbara Costanza, Kay Raastad and Karen Hartman for helping Carol Barry transform the sanctuary for Easter morning.
Reminder: Sunday, April 11, Pastor Peter is taking a vacation day and Carol Barry will be providing a message based on her latest painting.
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If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain, then contact Barbara Frank – 973.398.3154 / email@example.com
The flowers on Sunday morning are now $15.00 / one arrangement or $25.00 / two arrangements. Please sign up on the flower calendar and fill out a form on the vestibule table. Questions? Call the church office, 973.347.5142
We go to Manna House on the third and fourth Mondays to help serve the homeless and hungry in the Newton area. If you can help, contact our coordinator, Barbara Noffke, at 908.876.3268 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
PW is knitting blankets for those in need. Contact Carol Barry for guidelines about participating. Knitting or crocheting is required. Carol’s contact info is 973.347.4551 or email@example.com
If you buy gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Program, the church earns money from each card you purchase. The amount you buy is the amount you get to spend. You may buy cards for prominent retailers by writing a check to the church and giving it to Cris Bream or by signing up at www.shopwithscrip.com Our church’s code is FC1C2471398L8