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First Presbyterian Church

100 Main Street / POB 212

Stanhope, NJ   07874

(973) 347-5142 / office

www.fpcstanhope.org

 

Rev. Hugh J. Matlack, Pastor, hmatlack@optonline.net

Janet Zeas, Church Secretary, fpcstanhope@optonline.net

Holly O=Mahoney, Financial Secretary, (973) 398-6463

Brian Davenport, Treasurer, (973) 398-6194

Kathy Gardner, Deacon=s Moderator, (973) 398-3185

Linda McCabe, Clerk of Session, (973) 584-0282

 

HUGH=S VIEWS

            Let me express my appreciation for the amazing Good Friday cantata our church and choral singers from Andover Presbyterian and St. Michael Roman Catholic churches produced last month.  Wow – you felt like you were there.  Our thanks to Bonnie Reed, who directed; Ken Reed, our techno-wizard; Frankie Greenhalgh, who narrated; all of our musicians, including the brave soloists.  We had an improved sound system, thanks to the Milovichs.  I recruited worshipers to help bring in the cross (Scott Barry and Mike Soccio), do the offering (Bob Milovich), usher and adjust the lighting (Harold Wyckoff).  It was a group effort.

            My thanks to Janet Zeas, our church’s secretary, who efficiently got all the bulletins ready for all the services, Palm Sunday to Easter.

            And speaking of Harold, along with Marsha and Chris the Wyckoffs are moving to Delaware the middle of this month.  Our church will not be the same without them.  They will be missed.

 

DEACONS’ EVENTS

            The Inaugural Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Event will be Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall; cost is $25 per up-to-four member team; there are prizes for competing successfully; the proceeds go to the deacons’ work.  Attached is the flyer.  Sign up now!

            The deacons are also going to be renting out tables for the Stanhope Townwide Yard / Garage / Tag Sale Day, Saturday, June 9th with the cost $20 per table.  The flyer is also attached.

            The deacons do good work for our congregation – most recently, visiting our shut-ins, bringing to them Easter flowers. 

 

Eat dinner at the Outback on Thursday, April 5th, 4:00 to 9:00 pm and earn funds for our church!

Mention to your server you are from Stanhope Presbyterian Church . . .

 

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

There were ten members present at the February 6th meeting and some went to Polo’s Restaurant in Netcong for lunch after the meeting.  We continue reading and discussing “Knowing the Historic Jesus,” an informative and very interesting presentation by Carol Barry.  PW prepared the “Dinnerless Dinner” letters sent out to the congregation in March.  We truly appreciate your help in contributing to this fundraising event, thus enabling us to continue with our mission work.

All women of the church are more than welcome to attend our meetings and join us in our Bible study and business part of the Women’s Society.

 

NUTS AND BOLTS

            Our monthly gathering is Tuesday, April 17th, noon in the MacNeill Room.  We probably will have some work to do outside, if it has stopped snowing by then.  Any and all men available during the daytime are welcome.  Bring a bag lunch, enjoy some conversation and then we do an hour or so light work around the facilities / property.

            This meeting will be our last opportunity to say goodbye to one of our faithful members, nicknamed because of his prodigious work ethic, “The Beast.”

 

SOFTBALL

            The elders approved our church’s sponsoring and joining an already functioning team in the North Jersey Christian Softball League.  We previously, years ago, had one or two teams in the league just ourselves.  Players include Brian Davenport, Samantha Bream, Earl Bream, Jack Lauterhahn and Rev. Matlack.  We are checking to see if we can have “wildcat” participants – those who can show up for a game here and there.  We will let you know.

 

PEOPLE NEWS

            We will be baptizing the Estwin family’s newborn, Chloe, on Sunday, April 15th at the 10:00 am service.

            In our prayers:  Peggy Findley, hurt her knee and is recovering at home; Bonnie Reed, abdominal surgery; Owen Newson, ortho surgery on his knee; Shirley Batson, PET scan and doc visits; Owen Kester, hurt his arm and has a cast; David Miller, knee surgery recovery going well and has moved to Hopatcong, along with daughter, Carley; Joe Frey, medical issues; Dave Hoyt, feeling some better; JoAnn Anner, doc visits coming up; Scott Harris; Stephanie Hance had her fourth child, Jaden; Willadene and Terry Karns are embarking on a five week car trip to Arizona and back; Stephanie Peterson is due in May; Vi Lozier is doing well; Ralph Wallace hurt his knee and is hanging in there; the memorial for Dorothy Abramowitz was at her daughter’s home in Forest Lakes in early March; Catherine Barry had oral surgery and is doing well; Dee Whitehead is back home and doing pretty well.

The Wyckoffs are moving to Delaware in the middle of this month.  We will provide the essential and new contact information in next month’s newsletter.

March 2018 

HUGH'S VIEWS

            I am reading through Hebrews in my morning devotions and the main question has been, how do we figure out who Jesus is and how important is he?  We have the same question today and it is no less urgent or controversial.  The writer of Hebrews is working through a process of elimination.  Jesus is greater than the angels, who are after all created creatures doing God’s bidding; he is greater than Moses, under whose leadership the children of Israel did not achieve God’s holy “rest;” he is greater than any temple high priest, who unlike Jesus, not only performs sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people but also his own. 

            This much we know about Jesus, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin (4:15).  We can then approach God with humble confidence, knowing Jesus can shoulder our sins – like any good high priest – while also transcending them in the mind of God because he is sinless.  He achieves the goal we can never reach; his sacrifice is to our eternal benefit.  Such is grace.  Let’s glory in our Christ this Lenten season. 

CHILI “SUPPER” after church on the 18th

            We are hosting a Chili Cookoff / luncheon on Sunday, March 18th, after second service, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your best chili to share and eat.  While Jesus counsels us against judging each other as people, he did not mean chili!  Your thumbs up for different chilis will be recognized.  Come and enjoy.  We will have complete table set-ups and refreshments for you.  A flyer is attached . . .

WORSHIP THIS EARLY MARCH

Communion on Sunday, March 4th and

Special music and hymn sing of favorites on Sunday, March 11th 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Ten members were present at the February 6th meeting and some went to Polo’s Restaurant for lunch after the meeting.  We are continuing to read and discuss “Knowing the Historic Jesus,” an informative and interesting topic led by Carol Barry.  Thanks for her leadership.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at 10 am in the Conference Room.  Please bring your own lunch this time.  Following lunch we will be preparing “Dinnerless Dinner” letters to be sent out to the congregation.  We truly appreciate your contributing to this fundraising event, thus enabling us to continue with our mission work. The deadline for responses will be Sunday, March 18th. 

            Any and all women of the church are more than welcome to attend our meetings and join us in our Bible study and business part of the Women’s Society. 


Palm Sunday is March 25th, both services

We will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

 

Maundy Thursday Service is March 29th, 7:00 pm, sanctuary

We will be celebrating the Last Supper during this service



Good Friday Services, Friday, March 30th

Ecumenical Cross Walk, beginning at our church, 11:00 am

Big Choir cantata, Once Upon a Tree

7:00 pm, sanctuary



Easter Day services, Sunday, April 1st

Sunrise at 7:00 am, Musconetcong Park in Stanhope (by the lake)

Two services of worship, 8:15 and 10:00 am, in the sanctuary

 

DEACONS

            The deacons are hosting a puzzle party and contest on Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.  See the attached flyer for more information.



We need cereal for the food pantry – drop off your donation

in the sanctuary vestibule, please!

 

SOFTBALL SEASON

            Our own Stanhope Presbyterian Church team begins play in April, after practicing up in March and hoping for survivors.  We will let you know of the game schedule so you may cheer us on.



NUTS AND BOLTS

            Each month men of the church available during the daytime gather in the MacNeill Room for lunch and conversation followed by light work around the facilities or outside.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 20th, noon.  Join us!

 

Save the date!

The fundraising committee has reserved

Thursday, April 5th to go to the Outback Steakhouse together.

Exact time and details of this adventure are forthcoming . . .  soon!

 

PEOPLE NEWS

            In our prayers – Ralph Wallace, injured knee on ice and is in PT; Dee Whitehead, back home – yay!; Vi Lozier, home now and doing pretty good; Joe Frey, more tests and doc visits; Marsha Wyckoff, PT; Dave Hoyt, doc visits and feeling better; JoAnn Anner, doc visits and some days better than others; Scott Harris, also up and down days; David Miller, knee replacement and home PT; Ethan Cahill, deer tick bite; Abramowitz and Yaeger families on death of their mom and our member, “Dot A to Z” – blessings; Carol Reed healed up and is in FLA to see her sister and enjoy some time away; Catherine Barry, oral surgery and doing ok; Gloria Lake, doing well enough with the “heart thingie” (!); Shirley Batson and her husband Tommy who have moved to Stanhope to her family homestead.  Our thoughts and prayers for all those for whom we have concern and responsibility, as well as the needs we see and hear in our world, like the recent school shooting in Florida.

 

GRIEF WORKSHOP upcoming

            Newton Hospital and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice are teaming up to provide a four (4) session program on “An Exploration of Grief:  the normal, natural and unavoidable reaction to loss.”  It will be offered on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton Hospital, 175 High Street.  The dates are:  April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 1st.  No cost!  To register, contact Randy Parks, hospital chaplain, Randolph.parks@atlantichealth.org or call 973.579.8625  Flyers are posted around the church on the bulletin boards.

 

When we receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

on Palm Sunday, we will be helping to fund:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance,

Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People

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Presby Pages

First Presbyterian Church

100 Main Street / POB 212

Stanhope, NJ   07874

(973) 347-5142 / office

www.fpcstanhope.org

 

Rev. Hugh J. Matlack, Pastor, hmatlack@optonline.net

Janet Zeas, Church Secretary, fpcstanhope@optonline.net

Holly O=Mahoney, Financial Secretary, (973) 398-6463

Brian Davenport, Treasurer, (973) 398-6194

Kathy Gardner, Deacon=s Moderator, (973) 398-3185

Linda McCabe, Clerk of Session, (973) 584-0282

 

February 2018

 

HUGH'S VIEWS

            We have the odd and unusual calendar coincidence of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day arriving together.  Sometimes the secular calendar and sacred and liturgical world overlap – like Christmas, yet in different ways of course.    Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, forty days of preparation prior to Holy Week and Easter Day.  It is a time of repentance and reflection, getting ready spiritually for the horror and the joy of those days.  Our own forty days ‘in the wilderness’ will produce testing and we hope refinement of purpose, as Christ’s own.

            Look over the schedule for February 14th; it is very creative and meaningful.  See you in church!

 

ALL ON ONE DAY!

 

Wednesday, February 14th

 

Community Dinner in Fellowship Hall at 5:30 pm

Bring something good to eat and share

 

Renewal of Marriage Vows in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm

 



 

Ash Wednesday Worship Service in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm

You may receive the imposition of ashes, if you wish

 

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

            We had our best year for worship attendance in five, averaging 63, and recording four months out of 2017 when we had the highest attendance for that month within the five year span.  The budget report indicated we fell short of a balance by only $1200.  The success of the “Temperature Control” fund was felt in the warmth of our Fellowship Hall, where the meeting took place. 

            Reports were received by the committees and organizations of the church.  Our thanks were given for the work of Bette Van Patten, who retired in September; Travis Remshifski, who served as our custodian for most of the year; Janet Zeas, our church secretary; Bonnie Reed, who directed two cantatas; and Ken Reed, who has become our interim organist.  The congregation reviewed the Session’s budget for the church and voted to increase the pastor, Rev. Matlack’s, time to 90% or 36 hours (four and a half days) per week. 

            The two booklets are available in the sanctuary entryway.

 

We are celebrating Scout Sunday this Sunday,

February 4th, 10:00 am service

Our church now officially sponsors our own Cub Scout Pack 151!

 

                                                                       

CHOIR CANTATA

            Bonnie Reed, our cantata director, is calling out all our singers for the Good Friday / Easter cantata – come one; come all!  The first practice and “read through” (is that a pun?!) will be this Thursday, February 1st, 6:30 pm,  in the choir rehearsal area, downstairs of the Christian Education Building.  We will be performing “Once Upon a Tree” this year.  The music books and a CD will be available for you to use; just bring your lovely voice.  The rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first practice.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

            The year’s first meeting was held on January 9th in the downstairs Conference Room of the CE Building.  Even with the very cold weather, eight members were present.  Beginning with Bible study, PW addressed the topic of “Knowing the Historical Jesus,” prepared and led by Carol Barry.  The women appreciate Carol’s leadership of an informative and interesting discussion.

            As you can see in the annual meeting report, PW has generously given to 15 organizations and events.

 

PW--continued

The knitting program continues.  Throughout 2017, Carol Barry made beautiful blankets from donated eight inch crocheted squares, and given to veterans, the homebound, those in residential care or having special need.  PW considers this project to be a very valuable element of their mission work.

All women of the church are invited to become part of our Society and enjoy the Christian camaraderie of Bible study and prayer, fellowship, and often lunch at various restaurants in the area.

 



NUTS AND BOLTS

            Monthly men of the church who are available during the daytime gather in the MacNeill Room for lunch and conversation followed by light work around the facilities or outside.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20th, noon.  Join us!

 

 

The Deacons will be meeting next on Sunday, February 25th

during the Open Hour (9:05 am) in the MacNeill Room

Session follows at 11:05 am, after second service, in the MacNeill Room

 

            In our prayers – Joe Frey, medical procedures; Marion Schomp, recent medical visits; Marsha Wyckoff, PT out-patient; Dee Whitehead, home after being in the hospital and rehab; Carol Reed, not feeling well and delaying a Florida visit to her sister; Dave Hoyt, continued medical follow-up; JoAnn Anner, feeling poorly too many days; Gloria Lake, recent medical procedure; Cat Barry, oral surgeon visit; David Miller, upcoming procedure in February; Viola Lozier, fell and cracked but did not break her pelvis and now is in Kessler for rehab; Kassie Bream, orthopedic pain in foot; our sympathy to Ken and Ginny DeMario on the death of his mother.

            We have a host of prayers each Sunday for family and friends – the list is long but it is based in our love for those close to us and our support for neighbors and co-workers and friends.



 

COMING UP IN MARCH!

            We are hosting a Chili Supper on Sunday, March 18th, after second service, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your best chili to share and eat.  While Jesus counsels us against judging each other, as people, he did not mean chili!  Your thumbs up for different chilis will be recognized.  Come and enjoy.  We will have complete table set-ups and refreshments for you.

 

MARKETPLACE

            We are sorry to hear the Wyckoffs are selling their house and moving to the Dover area of Delaware sometime this year.  With their departure, they are downsizing and have several items you may want (and if you would like to offer a donation for receiving same, that is ok too):  a Craftsman lawn mower; snowblower; generator; portable hammock (free-standing); portable storage shed, frame and cover; Craftsman wheelbarrow.  All are used, of course.  See Harold and Marsha for details.

 

If you are interested in playing softball in the North Jersey Christian Softball League, we are now sponsoring a team again.

See Rev. Matlack for details!

 

AS A BIT OF POLICY

                        I (Hugh) am willing to add items to the newsletter as a part of a “marketplace” and they will also go on the website (fpcstanhope.org) but we are not receiving donated items at the church.  Our policy as Presbyterians means all material gifts must be approved by the Session in advance (books to the book sale and clothing to the bin and food for the pantry or medical equipment for loaning out are good, of course).  Information sharing otherwise is fine.  Check with me first and all will go well.    Thanks!

 

Presby Pages

First Presbyterian Church

100 Main Street / POB 212

Stanhope, NJ   07874

(973) 347-5142 / office

www.fpcstanhope.org

 

Rev. Hugh J. Matlack, Pastor, hmatlack@optonline.net

Janet Zeas, Church Secretary, fpcstanhope@optonline.net

Holly O=Mahoney, Financial Secretary, (973) 398-6463

Brian Davenport, Treasurer, (973) 398-6194

Kathy Gardner, Deacon=s Moderator, (973) 398-3185

Samantha Bream, Clerk of Session, (973) 527-5089

 January 2018

 HUGH'S VIEWS

            Moving forward in life is typically a challenge.  We can get caught up in the past, our experiences, and have them override any new possibilities we could achieve.  We can also fail to learn from our mistakes in the past and repeat the same unhelpful patterns over and over.  We need the wisdom to know the difference – where are we going; what have we appreciated and learned along the way to guide us; what opportunities await us.

            This first Sunday in January, the 7th, 10:30 am, we will have a Listening Session on the future and direction of our congregation’s music program.  We will be listing our accomplishments; we will be cataloguing our assets, personal and practical; we will be invoking the Spirit to see what dreams and ideas and hopes we have for our music program.

            Please plan to make time following the second service, in the sanctuary, to participate in this discernment exercise for the future of our church’s music program.  While we will be having two services again come January, the second service will be conducted swiftly so that we can begin our session at 10:30 am.

 UNDECORATING

            It is so much fun to put up and then relish the Christmas finery we have in our sanctuary.  We have all benefitted from having the greens and lights and candles and tree be displayed throughout Advent and Christmas. 

            No “gremlins” will sneak in and take everything down and neatly put them away.  We need you!  The job is not difficult or taxing; the more help the merrier.  So join us – it usually takes no more than an hour:  Saturday, January 6th, 9:00 am, in the sanctuary.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

            PW will be meeting on Tuesday, January 9th, 10:00 am at Carol Barry’s home on Cranberry Lake.  Give Carol Barry a call for directions or if you have questions – 973.347.4551.

 We will be returning to having two services on

Sunday, January 7th, 8:15 and 10:00 am in the sanctuary

We will be receiving communion at both services

After the second service, there will be a Listening Session on the music program

 ANNUAL MEETING

            The congregation will be having its annual meeting at the end of January, on the 28th, following second service, in our cosy and warm Fellowship Hall.

            Groups within the church are encouraged to write out an annual report and submit it to the church office by Tuesday, January 16th, 9:00 am.  That way we can provide a booklet for members to review prior to the meeting.  Send it to fpcstanhope@optonline.net

            At the meeting, please bring soup or sandwiches to share and eat; the Session will provide whatever else we need.

 PEOPLE NEWS

            Our thanks to all who participated in the Advent and Christmas Eve services – lighting candles; singing in the Big Choir; leading worship; getting music out of the Allen Organ (Phil and Herman!); directing the choir (Bonnie!); working through the many bulletins and inserts (Janet!); reading from the Bible; we had lots and lots of participation and help.  The list could be longer; thanks to all!

            In our prayers – Joe Frey, in and out of the hospital; Gloria Lake, medical test; Dee Whitehead, in Hackettstown, out soon; Dave Hoyt, recovering and out to church on Christmas Eve!; JoAnn Anner, fibro pain; Catherine Barry, medical follow-up and thanks for narrating the cantata!; Scott Harris, recent same day procedure; Betty Alpaugh, in and out of the hospital and doing well.

            We have lots and lots of prayer requests each Sunday, showing our support for family and friends and neighbors.  Those prayers matter and we offer them to God in hope and thanksgiving.

            Have a happy and safe New Year!