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Dear Members and Friends,

For Sunday, October 18, the sermon has been supplied by Rev. Bronc Radak and will be read by Carol Barry. The title is “Created For” and it is about the Protestant Reformation which began 503 years ago on Saturday. The sermon speaks to what is happening with Christianity today.

Not much news this week – a good thing! We were very happy to see Betty Harris in church last Sunday.   She still has some pain, but feeling better.

Janet Zeas is again sending out the scripture reading list. She is basing it on the Sunday attendance. If you would like to be included, please let her know.

If you would like to “usher”, please let Carol Barry know. The responsibilities have changed, but are still important. You need to come about 9:10, hand out bulletins and write a list of those attending. That list is what would be used in case contact tracing is needed. Please remember an important guideline of the pandemic is to notify our office if you have a positive Covid 19 test. While we are doing great, we must remain vigilant and careful for everyone.





Dear Members and Friends,

Sunday, October 11, Cathy Palmer will be reading the sermon provided by Rev. Jeanette Hile entitled “For Thou Art with Me.” Certainly sounds like the message will be a great reminder for all of us!

This week we wish to uplift in prayer and wish speedy recoveries to Betty Harris who was diagnosed with Shingles, Ralph Wallace who fell and fractured his knee cap and tore his ACL, and to Bonnie Reed who has torn ligaments in her hand. 

Bill McCabe’s father is now living with Bill and Linda.  They will be providing for his care and well-being.  We pray for all of them in this challenging time.

Presbyterian Women recently received some information about the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Project.  The shoe boxes will be due mid-November.  The boxes, labels and more information will be following  soon.

If you have any news items you would like included in this “mini weekly newsletter” please let Carol Barry know.




If you would like to watch the Sunday service live on Facebook at 9:30 please use the following link.


Dear Members and Friends,

Lots of good news this week! Session has hired Rev. Peter Magnan as our Interim Pastor.  Rev. Magnan will begin his term with us November  2nd and his first Sunday worship service will be November 8th. Owen Newson, Carol Barry, Janet  Zeas and perhaps a few others will meet with him to welcome him and show him around our facilities.  It is sad that we aren’t able to have a welcoming luncheon for everyone to meet him personally, but we are sure we will all get to know him very quickly.

This Sunday, October 4th, the sermon has been provided by Rev. Bronc Radak titled: “Use a Rake.” He always gives points we can all relate to as he gives his meaningful message.  His sermon will be read by Bonnie Reed.

Those that attended church on September 27th noticed a little different seating arrangement.  We are still following distancing guidelines by sitting only in every other pew, but giving each of us the option to sit next to others in the pew.  The elastic that was used to block pews will make it easier to adapt to changing guidelines in the future.

Janet Zeas will return to sending out scripture reading schedules based on those that have been attending worship.  If you would like to be included, please let Janet know.

More great news – David Hoyt is now cancer free!  He is still struggling with a few issues resulting from his cancer treatments.  We pray he will have relief from that pain soon. 

We are saddened to report the passing of Cris Bream’s mother.  We have been praying for her for a long time.  We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Willedene Karns has also alerted us that her husband, Terry, has had an especially difficult time during the pandemic.  We also extend our prayers to both of them during these challenges.

For those that haven’t seen or heard yet – the clothing bin and book bin in our parking lot have reopened- yea!  So now we have a place to put the used clothing items we have gathered as we cleaned out closets during these months at home.  And the better news is that the church will again collect some income from the bin and the articles will be distributed to those in need around the world.  A reminder the books for the book bin must be hard cover and placed in bags before putting them in the bin.

Ken Reed is again sponsoring our annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 24th.  You may sign up on-line.  Just look for that date at the Stanhope Presbyterian Church.  Be assured it will be safe for all!

Sunday Worship Service Begins 9:30 am

If you would like to watch the service live on Facebook at 9:30 am, please use the following link.


-> Please check Church Phone & Website every week for updates 


-> GIVING is greatly needed at this time to pay for on-going expenses. PLEASE CONTINUE in your generous spirit.  To give - Go to the Tab "On-Line Giving" on our Website http://www.fpcstanhope.org/     Or MAIL IN Pledges.

-> Jim Gardner, of the Food Pantry, needs to hear from those who need food and help.  We are here for you or someone you know who needs help.  Contact Church Office.

If you have a pastoral emergency, leave a message at the church office (973.347.5142) and call Sue Pedersen, the moderator of the deacons (201.321.9209).

Other announcements -- of on-going ministry and mission:

Our website fpcstanhope.org has current church information on the life of the church. On-line giving is available – click the tab on the left and follow the directions to a secure website managed by the Presbyterian Foundation.

If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain, then contact Barbara Frank – 973.398.3154 / bschimpf13@hotmail.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 b.noffke@comcast.net.

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 lakefront70@aol.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