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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

Beth Cahill, Deacon's Moderator, (973) 527-7139

Ralph Wallace, President of the Corporation, (201) 317-8964

November 2019

HUGH'S VIEWS

            The Session accepted a bid from Mark I to repair the damage of the Bell Tower, from the lightning strike over the summer.  The contract has been signed and the deposit given.  The time line includes an engineer’s inspection and securing the permits from the Boro.  The work will probably commence in early December and is projected to be finished within five days.

            The peak of the bell tower will be reconstructed, the integrity of the base will be inspected and the entire structure will be covered with new, matching materials.  We will also be adding a lightning rod!

            The installation of a new and vastly improved carillon (bell system) will follow.  Our thanks to Brian Davenport who has been and will continue to be instrumental in keeping us focused on the many details of and entities involved in this project.  Mark I was one of three contractors reviewing the repair.

Daylight Saving Time

Please remember to reset your clocks overnight,

Saturday, November 2nd

‘Fall back’ one hour in the Fall

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd

We are having communion this coming Sunday, both services; we will remember members who died this past year (November first is “All Saints’ Day”).  We will not be able to do “Dwelling in the Word” because of time limitations – we hope to offer it again in December.

DINING TO DONATE

You are invited to go “Dining to Donate” on Tuesday, November 5th (anytime during the day) at Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill.  There is no cost to you, beyond your own meal – the restaurant will donate back to the church 10% of what you spend.  A flyer is on the table in the entryway, which you will need to show to your server.  The exact address is on the flyer, which is provided below.

Our October Blood Drive collected 26 pints!  Excellent work!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

PW is sponsoring “Operation Christmas Child” (of Samaritan’s Purse).  Shoeboxes are filled with items appropriate for the ages chosen by the shoebox supplier. The boxes are sent to needy children wherever disasters have happened all over the world. The children are so very happy to receive them and they bring big smiles on their faces.

Instructional literature will be inserted into the church bulletins on Sunday, November 10th (both services).  Boxes will be available in the church foyer or you may fill you own box (see the guidelines).  Please return the filled shoeboxes no later than Sunday, November 24th.  They may be left in the church office or foyer.

Please also reserve on your calendar Saturday, December 7th, 10:00 am to noon for PW’s annual “Homemade Christmas Cookie Sale” along with Christmas and craft items for sale. We sincerely appreciate donations of homemade cookies or fudge for the sale. They may be brought to the Fellowship Hall by 9 am on Saturday, December 7th.  Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the church for the operating budget. We thank you in advance for your participation and generosity.

The next PW meeting will be Tuesday, December 5th at 10:00 am in the conference room. Lunch will follow at Charlie Brown’s in Denville.

 The Church’s Nominating Committee is scheduled to meet on

Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00 pm, in the MacNeill Room

We need members to volunteer to commit to leadership

in our congregation – deacons and elders

Please be open to the leading of the Spirit to serve

in one of these two ordained offices

WORSHIP COMING UP

            The Chimes Choir is planning to ring on Sunday, November 10th, 10:00 am service.

            Sunday, November 17th will be a special Sunday dedicated to the music ministry and worship in our church.  Carol Barry, who is presenting a new banner, and Bonnie Reed, our music director, will be leading worship at both services. 

ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

            The Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council and their houses of worship will be offering an inspirational service on Sunday, November 24th, 7:00 pm, in the Investors Bank Theatre, Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna.  Rev. Matlack and others will be participating.  Please bring a canned food item to donate to the local food pantry.

LEGACY SUNDAY

On Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday in October, we handed out a booklet from the Presbyterian Foundation titled Your Guide to a Christian Will.  Copies are still available – at church; from the office (give us a call or email).  We also have a handy planning / recording resource.

Giving from your estate, using your will as a guiding document, will preserve your financial wishes and direction beyond your lifetime.  Please remember to add your own church to your will, so that your legacy of generosity can be extended into the future God is preparing for us.  The Endowment Committee will be distributing documents to describe how your “legacy” giving may be designated and used.  Watch for those materials soon.

God Moments?

As part of our emphasis on “missional practices,”

we are watching out for experiences of God acting within our lives

Feel welcome to share those with Rev. Matlack

for the newsletter or on Sunday morning in person

Our college students away at school, Samantha Bream and Claudia Palmer,

were surprised and appreciated the ‘goodie boxes’ sent by the deacons

(thanks especially to Beth Cahill and Kris Kester)

Rev. Matlack was surprised by a card from the deacons for

‘Pastor Appreciation Month’ – it was well-timed!

How about you?

MISSIONAL PRACTICES WORKSHOP UPCOMING

            Six of us went to the October workshop on Dwelling in the Word and Announcing the Kingdom of God.  The next practice to learn and apply is Spiritual Discernment – we are going to Berkshire Valley Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 16th, 8:30 am.  Let Rev. Matlack know if you would like to attend; no cost; we carpool (thanks Carol!).

ADVENT / CHRISTMAS SANCTUARY DECORATING

            We have nothing to “sell” for Christmas.  Our work is proclaiming the birth of the Prince of Peace and your participation is freely offered and freely received.

            To get ready for the season, we are decorating the sanctuary on Saturday, November 30th, 9:00 am.  The more hands the better.  It is a beautiful experience to help and see the sanctuary transformed.

IN DECEMBER

                        We will be lighting advent candles at each Sunday service.

                        The Sunday School Christmas program and worship will be Sunday, December 15th, 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be interactive and intergenerational.  You will love it.  More details on how you can participate will be forthcoming.

                        The big choir Christmas Cantata will be Sunday, December 22nd, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary.

            Christmas Eve services will be at 4:00 pm (family service – designed to work for all ages) and 10:00 pm (candlelight).

SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS

            Frustrated with trying to find the “right” gift for people who have all they need?  The “Presbyterian Giving Catalog” provides opportunities to make ‘small gifts’ with a ‘big impact.’  For example, you could purchase a kitchen kit for a family in the developing world for $25.00 from our denomination and then send a card to your loved one designating the gift in their name.  What a God moment at Christmas!  You can spend more, like $240.00 for beekeeping, or less or even more.  Opportunities abound for generosity, all opportunities to make a Christmas gift while also honoring the Christ child.  We will make the catalog available to you (we just have a few copies).  You can read more at https://presbyteriangifts.org/

 END OF QUARTER STATEMENTS

            Our financial secretary, Holly O’Mahoney, is finishing up the quarterly statements of giving and they will be mailed out very soon.  Inside is a letter of thanks for your generosity, hand signed no less, by Gloria Lake, one of our elders.

PEOPLE NEWS

            Herman and Pat Barkwood are celebrating 56 years of marriage this month!  Congratulations and blessings.

            In our prayers: David Hance, home hospice care; Janet Zeas, back in the office this week – yay!; Allen Van Patten, out of the hospital and home; Fred Waldron, bike fall and recovery; Chris Mailander, back at Barn Hill after two surgeries; Colleen Barry, Chris Wyckoff, Sandy Remshifski, Gloria Lake and JoAnn Anner – medical follow up; Scott Harris; Betty Harris, had a good scheduled routine procedure; Bud Barry, turned 76 in October!; Haddie Kreider, October birthday also; Georgia (Reed) Balog, good medical test results; Samantha Bream, recovered from light concussion.

First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope

In cooperation with

Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

present

DINING TO DONATE EVENT

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Present this flyer at visit and earn 10% of food purchase in contribution to the church

Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

167 W Main St, Denville, NJ 07834

(Route 46 East)

 (973) 586-3095
 

October 2019

HUGH'S VIEWS

            We are receiving the Peacemaking and Global Witness special denominational offering this coming Sunday, October 6th, both services.  The session can reserve 25% for local use.  Send us your ideas for peacemaking efforts.  I have two ideas in mind.  We could send funds to DASI, the battered women’s shelter.  They do good work with victims and families – sadly, it is necessary work.  We could send funds to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice – their new in-patient facility in Fredon is glorious.  I’d like to say we have no experience with KAQ hospice, but we do.  It is a fact of life.  I appreciate their caring work with people in the last few days and weeks of their life. 

            Be generous then Sunday.  Let’s keep our prayers for the global “shalom” God promises and we are dedicated to achieve with our holy work.

We are celebrating World Communion Sunday on October 6th,

both services, 8:15 and 10:00 am, in the sanctuary

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

            And we will be ready, with music!  Our choir practices each week on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Sunday mornings, during the Open Hour, at 9:00 am in the choir room / downstairs of the Christian Education Building.  You are welcome to come sing.

            See Bonnie Reed, our music director, if you have interest in joining us to sing for the holiday or now and then on Sundays.  We are always looking for special music to offer on Sundays.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

With our meetings resuming after the summer break, we will be concentrating on several upcoming events.  At our meeting on Tuesday, October 1st we will be working on sending out the fall “Dinnerless Dinner” letters to the congregation.  We have had great response to this event in the past and look forward to the same this year.  The deadline for offerings will be Sunday, October 27th.  We thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity thus enabling us to continue with our mission work.

Save the date for our next project would be “Operation Christmas Child”.  Additional information will be mentioned in the November newsletter and church bulletins.

All women of the church are members and are more than welcome to attend at our monthly gatherings.

KEEPING STANHOPE TRAILS CLEAN

     Stanhope’s “Clean Communities” sprucing up will be Sunday, October 20th, 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Valley Road School.  Let’s help keep the Boro’s trails tidy; if we have six (6) volunteers, we earn $200.00 from a grant.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

            We are hosting our annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, October 26th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the downstairs of the Christian Education Building.  You may sign up to donate on Sunday mornings or go on-line to their website, www.redcross.org.  Our thanks to Ken Reed and Jim Gardner, our primary organizers.

DINING TO DONATE

            If you like to go out to eat now and then, consider Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill on Route 46 in Denville, Tuesday, November 5th.  Whatever you spend, 10% of your purchase will be given to the church by the restaurant.  You need a flyer to participate.  (An abbreviated form is at the end of the newsletter.)

“MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE”

            Carol Barry is working with Bonnie Reed to provide an awesome worship service on Sunday, November 17th, both services.  Carol is unveiling another banner / painting to hang in our sanctuary.  Guess the theme?  You are quick – music!  So come one, come all.  Let’s make a joyful noise to the Lord.

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING

            The Roxbury interfaith clergy council will be offering a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 17th, in the early evening.  More details to follow – so reserve time on your calendar and schedule.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

            Children are learning about the events from the Exodus after leaving Egypt.  The lesson plans and methods are hands-on, experiential.  Join us!  We also have nursery care each Sunday.  Kids start off in the sanctuary with the 10:00 am worship service.

            If you would like to provide a lesson on a Sunday, let Rev. Matlack or Carrie Kreider know.  We can help you get organized – just ask.

CHIMES CHOIR

            We are practicing ringing on Sunday mornings, 9:00 am, in the chimes rehearsal room, downstairs in the Christian Education Building.  Carrie Kreider is our director.  Please feel welcome to give it a try.  The bells enhance our worship and we would love to have you ring with us.

THE CHURCH OFFICE

            While Janet Zeas, our church secretary, is out following her shoulder surgery, JoAnn Anner is helping in the interim – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to noon.  Janet will be back soon, when she heals up.  Her surgery was successful and she is making progress with the pain management.

THE DEACONS

            The deacons have prepared “care packages” to be sent to two college students away at school, Samantha Bream and Claudia Palmer.  Thanks to Kris Kester and Beth Cahill for organizing this effort.

            Deacons will be pairing up with Rev. Matlack on communion visits to our shut-ins.  Having an extra friendly face and voice is always good.  The deacons also sent funds for annual dues to the Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council and want to remind the congregation – depending upon where you live – our Scout Pack 151 will be conducting a food drive in November.

THIS AND THAT

     Remember to “friend” us on Facebook, “First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope”.   Our website fpcstanhope.org has current church information on the life of the church and on-line giving.  The church’s You Tube channel is “Stanhope Presbyterian”.

PEOPLE NEWS

            Folks living in the path of Dorian fared well enough – Diane and Carl Ronda and the Burgios.  Our prayer for all those in recovery / relief efforts.

            Our condolences to the family and church friends of Dee Whitehead, who died in hospice care the middle of September.  Especially we express our blessings to her family, Derenda and Matt Hansen and the apples of Dee’s eyes, the three Hansen boys.  Blessings also on Brian and Gayle Kane, whose youngest daughter Riley was baptized the first of September.  Congratulations to “Deacon” Dave Riser and his bride Charlotte Neggia now Riser of course.  We had a rip-roaring wedding and reception – let’s hear it for their new “adventure.”            In our prayers – David Hance, in home hospice care and Clara, the caregiver of course; Janet Zeas, shoulder surgery; Colleen Barry, residual shoulder pain; Chris Wyckoff, now home; Sandy Remshifski, shoulder PT; Herman Barkwood, receiving infusions and discharged from PT (yay!); Gloria Lake, medical follow-up and pain issues; Chris Mailander, at Barn Hill; JoAnn Anner, PT; Rich Palmer, knee surgery on the 7th; Allen and Bette Van Patten, who were in church this past Sunday; Scott Harris, appreciates our prayerful support; the Wallace family, Ralph’s mother Lynn’s memorial service on Friday, the 27th of September; congratulations to Adam Soccio and his bride Jenny on their marriage in Cape May at the end of September; our sympathy to the Ramirez family in Stanhope whose two year-old son Max died in an accident on Route 206; Johnny Diehl, injured falling off a roof while working.  As always, we have a host of prayer concerns for family and friends.  God bless them all.  Amen.

First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope

In cooperation with

Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill present


DINING TO DONATE EVENT

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Present this flyer at visit and earn 10% of food purchase in contribution to the church


Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

167 W Main Street / (Route 46 East), Denville, NJ 07834

 (973) 586-3095

September 2019

 HUGH'S VIEW’S
            When we come to the Fall, I am tempted to confess what we all probably feel, namely, the summer went too fast and while September is a lovely month just a few more days or weeks of warmer weather would have been great.  Where does the time go?  Maybe you can relate.
            More importantly, we start a new ‘program year’ for the church and its worship and ministry and mission.  Our lamenting is in the past and we begin to rejoice in our new opportunities to be Jesus’ servant people.  As we read in James, from the New Testament:

My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? (2:14). 

What we believe and what we do needs to match.  Because we value our worship participation, our devotion to God’s praise, then being in church on Sunday confirms our belief.  Because we value our knowledge of scripture, as a spiritual and divine guide to thinking and acting according to Jesus’ teaching and example, we need to find time and a way to learn more and deepen our faith.  Because we care about fulfilling our obligation to the baptized, we support our Sunday School and its functioning.  Because Jesus himself taught the value of generous giving, we know we need to support diligently and consistently the work and expenses of our congregation’s ministries. 
            Let’s have a good and very active year.

This Sunday, September 1st is the last Sunday for one service at 9:00 am

SUNDAY SCHOOL
            On Sunday, September 8th, our Sunday School starts up for the program year.  Once again, we will be using the ‘workshop rotation’ method, a hands-on and experiential way of learning.  Our theme for several weeks will be stories from Exodus – crossing the Red Sea; the desert and wilderness wandering; the giving of the Ten Commandments; problems finding water and food; entering the Promised Land.  This first Sunday is an Open House with an opportunity for parents and children / youth to get acquainted better.  See you at 10:00 am then!

 ADULT BIBLE STUDY
            Rev. Matlack will be providing four “five minute Bible studies” for a month at a time; they will be distributed in the entryway to the sanctuary.  They will also be posted on the website.  Let Pastor Hugh know if you are interested in a scheduled study also.  We could do a study on an overview of the Bible, Old and/or New Testaments.  Special topics (and there are materials for these) could be Christian hope, wisdom literature and teaching, faith and science, living well but simply (the title is “Enough”).

            Any study could be in a face-to-face setting like using the MacNeill Room and it is also possible to arrange creative alternatives like using our You Tube channel (yes, we have one) or Face-Time.  Let Rev. Hugh know of your interest. 

Two services begin on Sunday, September 8th, 8:15 and 10:00 am in the sanctuary
Come one, come all!

 PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
          PW will be meeting this coming Tuesday morning, September 3rd, 10:00 am in the conference room of the Christian Education Building.  All women of the church are Presbyterian women and are eagerly invited to attend these monthly gatherings on the first Tuesday throughout the program year.
            PW distributes funds for mission work and would enjoy having new participants share in this ministry.
            The Fall Gathering of PW sponsored by our Presbytery of Newton will be Saturday, October 5th, at Community Presbyterian Church, 220 Main Street in Chester.

 THE SUPPER CLUB
            The supper club will be going to the Walpack Inn (7 National Park Service Road 615, Walpack Center, NJ 07881) on Saturday, September 21st, at 5:00 pm.  Please let Nancy Hoyt know if you are able to attend, by September 15th, 973.347.2490.  All are invited to go.  Carpooling is encouraged and can be arranged.  Here is their website: www.thewalpackinn.com

 SOFTBALL TEAM PICNIC
            Ok – everyone is welcome to attend.  It is the church’s team after all.  Come on Sunday, September 29th, 4:30 pm, Fellowship Hall and bring something good to share and eat.  The catch (ha!) is – it needs to be “ball park” food like hot dogs, nachos, french fries, anything.  Use your imagination.  We will provide water or soda (no beer – sorry) and ice cream novelties, also ketchup and mustard.  See you then.

ZIMMERMAN CHURCH in Nairobi
            We are keeping in touch with our sister church in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, receiving mailings from them while we also send electronically our monthly newsletter.  For September, Zimmerman is emphasizing electing good leaders for their church and its ministries.  If you would like to receive Zimmerman’s emails to us, please let Rev. Hugh know at hmatlack@optonline.net  We will forward them to you.

UPDATES
            We are making slow and steady progress on getting the bell tower repaired.  We will be replacing the carillon with a brand new system.  Right now we are finishing up receiving bids and both Verizon and Optimum (finally) moved their lines from the side of the church by New Street to allow construction access via aerial means.

            The session agreed to install two new Fujitsu / heat pump units in the choir area, thanks to a generous gift from Betty Harris and her husband Joe Frey’s estate, along with church funds.  This area will now be warm in the winter and cooled in the summer.  We are hoping these additions will stabilize the heating / cooling of the entire building, upstairs and downstairs, while providing a consistent use of both floors.

SESSION NEWS
            We have more books than we can shelve and sell, so we are asking the congregation to refrain from donating for the time being, unless your books are very current and popular best-sellers.  Contact the church office before dropping them off.

            We are also going to be getting a Legacy Books donation bin in the parking lot soon.  So you can stuff any many books there as you wish.  It will be located next to the clothing bin.

            We are also going to need volunteer help to load up as many of the excess books and deliver them to Legacy in Hackettstown during the daytime.  If you would like to help, and have a van or truck, see Rev. Matlack.

 OCTOBER BLOOD DRIVE
            Blood donors mark the date please for our annual American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, October 26th, morning until mid-afternoon.  We can use volunteer help to staff the welcome and registration table, as well as set-up and clean-up.  Goodies are always welcome too, for munching by the donors and staff.

 

PEOPLE NEWS
            In our prayers:  David Hance, is at home; Dee Whitehead; Chris Wyckoff is improving and may be out of the hospital and into rehab in 7 to 10 days; Gloria Lake and Herman Barkwood, PT; Carol Reed had a successful same day procedure; Tommy Manzoni, married to Shirley Batson, had a successful surgery and was home after one day; Chris Mailander, at Barn Hill; Martha Soccio had a good check-up; Claudia Palmer and Samantha Bream are off to college.  Our update here is only two weeks deep this time.  We have had plenty of prayer joys and concerns over the summer months.

            Our condolences to Ralph and Tina Wallace on the death of his mom (and the Wallace family as a whole, of course).  Son Jake is being married this Labor Day weekend to his bride, Nicole Tucker.  Congratulations.

            New addresses:

            Ernie Meshach c/o Keller

            221 Shenandoah Trail / Effort, PA  18330 / 201.230.3989

and

            Joan Meshach

            Apartment 23 / 123 Jenny Lind Street / Netcong, NJ  07857

            201.230.3109

            Our thanks to Hildale Park Presbyterian Church which donated $100 toward our bell tower repair.  God bless!

SUMMER 2019

HUGH'S VIEWS
   I hope you will find time for us to observe a memorial remembrance for Ruth McConnell, this coming Sunday, June 30th, 9:20 am, in the sanctuary.  Ruth wanted it to be informal and brief.  So we are fulfilling her wishes.  If you would like to say a few words of remembrance, please let me know beforehand – that morning is fine.

PER CAPITA
   If you have not yet done so this year, you are encouraged to make a special “extra-mile” gift to the church in order to help your church fund the per capita expense we have to the denomination.  The cost is $37.00 per member.  In Newton Presbytery, of which we are congregational members, this mission funding supports leadership development, congregational support, resourcing (e.g. treasurers, clerks of session, trustees), learning together (we are signed up to learn better six ‘missional practices’) and young leader growth.
            Please mark your check or envelope “per capita.”  An extra-mile gift is one drawn from your resources beyond and different from your regular giving.  Over the summer, when our cash flow suffers, giving to the per capita is a special blessing.

See Bonnie Reed if you would like to offer special music over the summer – we need volunteers for August

SOFTBALL
   We had a rainy season.  We enjoyed the games we were able to play, built some new friendships within the church and had good interaction with teams from other churches.  Our thanks to the staff and players, including our happy spectator team of kids.  (Rev. Matlack especially thanks Barbara Frank and Beth Cahill, along with Frank and Frankie for transportation and equipment).

THE DEACONS
            After the single service during July and August, the deacons will be providing refreshments afterwards in Fellowship Hall.  If you would like to donate to the cause, bring something tasty any week; you may also sign up during worship.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
            We will have a holiday theme on the 21st.  Yes, we will be singing carols.  No snow, thank goodness.

SAVE THE DATE
            Dave Riser and Charlotte Neggia are getting married!  In our church!  Saturday, September 7th, 4:00 pm.  You are invited, including, to the reception at the Elk’s Club in Mt Arlington afterwards.  They will need a firm head count – so sign up during worship.

During July, August and September 1st, we will have one service at 9:00 am, in our air conditioned sanctuary / the coffee hour is in Fellowship Hall

PEOPLE NEWS
            In our prayers – Herman Barkwood, doctor appointment this Friday; Gloria Lake, medical testing; Chris Mailander, at Barn Hill; Dee Whitehead, recovering from same day procedure; JoAnn Anner, PT at Netcong Physical Therapy (same time as her husband, Rev. Matlack!); Allen and Bette VP having rehab; Ralph and Tina Wallace and their family on the death of Ralph’s brother, Jim; Shirley Batson, eye problems; Ken Reed, healed up from same day procedure last month; Jim Gardner, doing well.
            Congratulations to our Eighth Grade graduates – C J Costanza, Shannon Jones and Daniel Barry.

Please sign up for lawn mowing – we need help the week of July 6th and 20th and throughout August.  A sheet will be available in worship or call the church office.

GivePlus+ Mobile
     This “app” from the Presbyterian Foundation allows you to give to our church from the convenience of your phone or tablet.  You may use your credit card or make an ACH transfer.  Here is the URL:  https://www.giveplus.com/mobile


June 2019 

HUGH'S VIEWS

Well, I hope all are well and safe after our weather events of the past few days.  I am sorry to report our sanctuary’s bell tower was struck by a lightning blast and it has suffered significant damage.  We are in the process of working with the insurance company, have already secured one bid (in process) and Johnny Diehl and Jim Fluke (from Peterson Tree service) covered the tower with a tarp.  Our thanks also to Brian Davenport, who took on the responsibility of contacting and arranging with the insurance company – when you lose power, it’s amazing how it limits what you are able to accomplish.  Carol Barry cleared up the debris fields.  The Presbytery of Newton was in touch, through our Presbytery Leader Jeanne Radak, and we have received referrals from churches having experienced the same kind of structural damage.

Let’s hope we have a beautiful and quiet June!  God bless!

 Legacy Sunday

June 2nd, 8:15 and 10:00 am services

Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, from the Presbyterian Foundation, preaching

We also will have an informal and informational question and answer period

following the second service, in the sanctuary

CHILDREN’S DAY

            We will be upstairs in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 9th, 10:00 am for children’s day – the official end of Sunday School for the program year.  The chimes will be ringing.  See you then . . . !  It is also the Day of Pentecost.

Also, this Sunday, June 2nd, at the early service, we are baptizing the infant daughter of Barbara (Frank) and Romeo Malan

STANHOPE TOWN YARD SALE DAY and tables available from the church

            The Deacons are renting tables to be placed in the church parking lot on Saturday, June 8th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Cost is $20 per table or $15 per space.  The flyer for this fundraising will be attached to the newsletter.  A print copy is available in the sanctuary entryway.  Call the church office if you would like one mailed to you.

Remember, we will be having two services at 8:15 and 10:00 am through June

A new schedule for worship will commence in July and August

RUTH MCCONNELL MEMORIAL

            We will be remembering and rejoicing the life and witness of Ruth McConnell on Sunday, June 30th, 9:20 am in the sanctuary, between the two services.  It will be an informal service, as Ruth wished.

CHURCH SOFTBALL

            Our next Fellowship League team game, in the North Jersey Christian Softball League, will be Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 pm against Christ Church at their field, which is 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, 07866.

PEOPLE NEWS

            Blessings for the Milovich family, as Kristin and her husband Scott Daisley welcomed Albert Ernest on May 3rd.  Congratulations also to happy grandparents Bob and Susan (and great-grandmother Mary Steinman).

            Our thanks to everyone who helped with the Presbytery meeting in May.  We did an excellent job – God bless!

            Prayers – Herman Barkwood had his hip surgery and is doing well; Chris Mailander has been moved to Barn Hill; Shirley Batson has eye problems and some other medical issues presenting; Jim Gardner has an infection in his foot and is getting better; Martha Soccio had scans and follow-up to do; Danica O’Brien had her cast removed from her arm; JoAnn Anner is going to PT, along with her husband, Hugh; Barbara Costanza is improving and doing well; Ernie Meshach is home of course and driving and getting better, looking forward to potential knee surgery in June; Allen and Bette Van Patten are working on strength and balance in PT and rehab – they send their greetings and blessings; Ken Reed had same day surgery and is doing well; Ken DeMario’s brother Dennis was very seriously injured in a vehicle accident; Tina Wallace finished another semester of college work; Samantha Bream is back home from her first year of college; A.J. Amella and Claudia Palmer will be graduating from high school soon; congratulations to Janet Zeas’ son Brandon who was graduated from college; Chris Wyckoff will be having surgery soon – prayers! 

            A note from Rev. Hugh – once again I appreciate the patient and kind support of the church in my recovering from the orthopedic leg surgery.  It has been slow and will require more time and PT.  Jo and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers, rides here and there, meals, encouragement.  It has been wonderful.  I have been able to start limited driving, in my truck!  God bless!

FEBRUARY 2019

HUGH'S VIEWS

            With the descending arctic vortex, and the frigid weather we are going to be having, we might wonder how it is the planet is warming when such a once-in-a-lifetime meteorological event takes place.  The distinction, earth scientists say, is the difference between weather, which is short-term and local, and climate, which affects the entire planet over the course of an entire year.  While we are severely cold here it is brutally hot in Australia.  Each of those are weather-related.  The climate changing to an ever higher and higher average temperature contributes to the disappearance of glaciers in Greenland and more erratic weather manifestations worldwide.

            We have the same distinction of close-up and big-picture views in the faith.  On a day-to-day basis, we are confronted with ordinary challenges and opportunities to live with virtue, keeping our cool, treating others with loving kindness, being generous when need presents itself.  In a larger sense, we might ask ourselves how we plan to structure our faith to produce growth.  What is our strategy for daily prayer and scripture reading?  How do we organize our week to allow for consistent worship attendance?  If we have a budget, and planning our resource usage is a good discipline, where does giving to the church fit?  What discipline and resources do we need to grow, not languish, in the exercise of our faith?

            It is important to keep our eye on our daily walk of faith while also having a sense of discernment about our goals in living as Jesus people.

            Let’s bring a can of good soup to donate to our food pantry, this Sunday, February 3rd, both services.  Your souper bowl gift will go to a good cause in the midst of all the hype of the NFL championship game.

This Sunday, February 3rd we will have communion at both services and the installation of newly elected officers, along with the choir singing at 10:00 am

PW
            Presbyterian Women will be meeting here at the church on Tuesday, February 5th, 10:00 am, in the conference room (downstairs in the Christian Education Building) next to the choir rehearsal area.  All women are invited to attend.

We will honor our own Scout Pack 151 and any other scouts who attend on

Sunday, February 10th at the second service

ANNUAL MEETING
            We had our soup and sandwiches along with our end of the year meeting this past Sunday.  Report booklets are available, if you were unable to attend.  We elected new deacons and elders to term; the compensation of the pastor was approved; we recognized Janet Zeas for her hard work in the church office; Ken Reed, as our permanent organist, and Bonnie Reed, as our music director, were introduced and welcomed in their new and official roles.  We also highlighted Kathy Gardner’s work as the deacon moderator and her dedication in sending out cards weekly to members and friends of the church.

“THE PRESENT WORD”
            If you would like to try the quarterly adult Bible study resource about 15 of us are currently using, let Rev. Matlack know of your interest.  He can show you an example copy.  The basic weekly format is to concentrate on one main passage and theme, with very short readings each day of the week.  A three or four-page narrative explains and reflects upon the material.  We believe you will enjoy and benefit from using it.

NEXT MONTH
            We will be celebrating the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 7:00 pm, in the sanctuary. 

            On Sunday, March 17th, both services we are having a special presentation during worship from the Presbytery of Newton’s Nairobi Partnership Team.  They have a short video of the partnership’s work and good ideas on how we can be again more involved with our Kenyan Presbyterian friends.

PEOPLE NEWS
            In our prayers:  Ernie Meshach is in Kessler-Welkind, healing up; Butch Depew has doctor visits to keep; Jack Lauterhahn has completed dental work; Vi Lozier fell recently and is home recovering well enough (nothing broken); Dee Whitehead had a good doctor check-up – amen!; Gloria Lake has not been feeling well; Rev. Matlack banged up his right leg and is slowly improving, almost full speed.  Good news! – Herman Barkwood has been determined to be cancer-free, according to a recent PET scan.  Amen and amen!
            Each and every Sunday, of course, we have a list of people’s family and friends in need of God’s healing touch.  Those concerns are in our prayers as well.

DECEMBER 2018

HUGH'S VIEWS

            When you are out in the evening, and it is very dark, you experience the world in a very different way.  I actually like the night and darkness; it has its own appeal.

            The dark also helps us appreciate the light.  The light illuminates the way; it reveals obstacles; it provides warmth and safety and growth.  The light is good.

            No wonder then, how John’s Gospel uses light as an image for understanding who Jesus is and what God seeks to accomplish through him.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it (1:5).  In this season of Advent, as we prepare for the Light coming into the world at Christmas, let us allow the Spirit’s guiding light to warm our faith and direct our steps.  As John reminds us, “yet the world did not know him” (1:10b).  We follow Jesus who is the Light.  We cannot confuse his Light with the light the world provides.  Following the true light of God means we are given “the power to become children of God” (1:12b).  Friends, live in the Light.

 BIG CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA

The Choir’s Christmas Cantata will be Sunday, December 23rd, 4:00 pm here.  Bonnie Reed is directing.  The choir includes singers from St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Netcong and Andover Presbyterian Church as well as our own vocalists.

            Our Christmas Eve Services will be in the sanctuary

Monday December 24th

at

4:00 pm (family service)

and

10:00 pm (candlelight)

 PW CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE

                        Our Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a church-wide Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 8th, 10:00 am to noon in Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $6.00 per pound.  Receipts from the cookie sale benefit the church’s operating budget.  At the same time, there will also be a White Elephant and Christmas Items sale.  Homemade cookies and goodies like pies or fudge may be dropped off at 9:00 am or later.  Your participation is appreciated – thanks!

 SERVICE OF HOPE

The Succasunna United Methodist Church on Main Street is hosting an ecumenical  Service of Hope on Thursday, December 6th, 7:30 pm.  The holidays can bring all kinds of feelings and pressures; if you got the “blues” this service is for you especially.  Rev. Matlack will be participating.

 THIRD SUNDAY IN DECEMBER

            For the third Sunday of Advent, the 16th, at the 10:00 am service (only), we will be upstairs in the Fellowship Hall.  We are having the children’s / youth’s Christmas play – authored by Kas Bream – and you are welcome to hang out afterwards for refreshments.  Feel welcome to bring something good to share, in the Christmas spirit.

            Also at this service, we will be baptizing Bill Steiner’s daughter Eliana. 

The deacons have pies left for sale – $13.00

perfect for the holidays!

 PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

            Church people prepared and submitted twenty-three filled shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child” distributed by Samaritan’s Purse.  PW thanks all those who participated in this worthwhile project.  “God bless you all.”  The count was the same as last year.

            Remember the Christmas cookies for sale on Saturday, December 8th, in Fellowship Hall.

            Offering receipts for the “Dinnerless Dinner” reached $685.00.  Again, thanks for your generosity and assistance in funding PW’s mission giving.

            The next PW meeting will be Tuesday, December 4th at 10:00 am in the Conference Room, CE Building downstairs, next to the choir rehearsal area – enter by the door from the parking lot level.  Following the business meeting, attendees will be going to the Stonewood Tavern on Route 206 North in Byram (by the Byram Fire Department).  All women of the church are invited to attend either or both.

DING A LINGS – young and old, experienced and learning

If you would like to ring in the chimes choir, contact

Carrie Kreider – 201.819.3026 / carrieannkreider@live.com /

or use Messenger (we have a group chat)

 MEETINGS!

Nominating Committee, Sunday, December 9th, after second service,

Conference Room near choir rehearsal area

Finance Committee, Tuesday, December 11th, 7:00 pm, MacNeill Room

Deacons, Sunday, December 16th, 8:45 am, MacNeill Room

Session, Sunday, December 16th, 11:05 am, MacNeill Room

 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30TH

            On this last Sunday of the month, we are having one service only at 10:00 am, in the sanctuary.  It will be a Christmas carol sing.  Come and pick out your favorite!

 BORO TREE LIGHTING

            Stanhope Boro is hosting its annual tree lighting at Boro Hall on Main Street Saturday (not Sunday like previous years), December 1st, 5:30 pm.  Following the ceremony, which includes music (secular Christmas songs), people walk down to the church’s Fellowship Hall for goodies and a program.

            If you have time, come on out and participate.  You are also welcome to contact Rev. Matlack if you would like to help out getting the room ready and cleaning up afterwards.  He would appreciate the assistance.

 QUARTERLY BIBLE STUDY

            We have fourteen people signed up and having received this study booklet, which has materials for self-study each week.  There is one extra copy left – see Rev. Matlack on Sunday to review the material.

THE FASTEST GROWING AGE GROUP

            What are the 90s?

            Joining Betty Alpaugh, who turned 90 over the summertime, new birthdays include Frank Schomp on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd and now Faye Jaeger whose birthday is December 5th.  Happy Birthday!

 LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

            Our guess, good minds differ on this sentiment.

            Our total and unanimous thanks to Kirk Allen for plowing us out after our late Fall snowstorm, the one producing all kinds of horror and difficulty.  So you know, Kirk’s contact information is:  Kirk Allen Trucking / 973.347.3117 / www.kirkallentrucking.com

 PEOPLE NEWS

            In our thoughts and prayers:  Dee Whitehead, is in rehab at Heath Village; Herman Barkwood, has a routine scan coming up in early December; Scott Harris, has good days and days not as good; Maribeth Weber, in the hospital down in Virginia Beach, where she and Ed and their daughter’s family live; Rusty Peterson, who is home; Sandy Remshifski’s mom Linda has been medically declared cancer-free, in remission; the Barkwoods had their 55th wedding anniversary in November – congratulations.

            As always, we have a host of prayer requests each Sunday at both services for family and friends. 

            In our town, prayers for Todd Francisco on the death of his wife Jennifer, a pedestrian crossing Route 183.  Our thanks to the first responders who staffed this tragic accident, working under miserable conditions, feeling distraught at the outcome, being out late into the evening.

            Also prayers for Main Street neighbour Pete Smith, whose house burned a couple of weeks back; fire companies from Stanhope, Netcong, Byram and Budd Lake responded; the Ambulance Squad was also present, backing up the personnel; the Stanhope Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary provided needed refreshments as the call lasted until after 1:00 am.

 Merry Christmas!

Be safe and enjoy the company

of your family and friends!

Rev. Matlack / Janet Zeas, our church secretary / Ken Reed, our organist / John Pierson, our new custodian / Bonnie Reed, our cantata director 

 FYI part one

Succasunna sponsors a “Home for the Holidays” event, Saturday, December 1st, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm along Main Street by the library and Presbyterian and Methodist Churches.  Events and activities are planned.  Food trucks too!  www.Roxburynj.us/Holidays  There is also a Facebook page.

 FYI part two

            St. Therese RC Church on Main Street in Succasunna is providing The First Noel living nativity enactment of Jesus’ birth.  Gospel readings / live actors / Christmas carols / no cost.  Rev. Matlack has more information, if you wish to learn more.  Their website is www.stthereseroxburgy.org

 

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

November 2018

HUGH'S VIEWS
            When the children of Israel were perched on the eastern side of the Jordan River, awaiting the ‘go ahead’ from God to enter the Promised Land, Moses counselled the people to remember how the Good God has provided throughout.  The Lord-God liberated them from slavery in Egypt; the Lord-God raised up mighty leadership in Moses, Miriam and Aaron; the Lord-God got them through the desert wilderness; the Lord-God gave them the gift of the law and made a perpetual covenant with them. 

            Once they were in the land, Moses advised, they might be inclined to forget the Lord-God and believe whatever they had they had earned themselves.  It would be an easy temptation to say, we did it ourselves (Deuteronomy 8:11 ff.).

            For all we are and all we have, we give thanks to God.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
            First of all, we would like to thank any and all who replied to our “Dinnerless Dinner” letters with their gifts.  It is sincerely appreciated and contributes greatly to our funds for our mission work.

            Again this year our PW is taking part in the “Operation Christmas Child” project sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.  The filled shoe boxes are sent to needy children wherever disasters have occurred.   Every shoebox gift is a tangible expression of God’s love that brings joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to a child in need.

            You may fill one of the project shoe boxes available in the sanctuary entryway or use your own shoebox.  Please return your completed shoebox to the sanctuary entryway or church office by Sunday, November 11th.

            Coming up soon -- PW’s annual “Homemade Christmas Cookie Sale” and Christmas, Craft and White Elephant items sale.  It will be 10:00 am to noon, Saturday, December 8th in the Fellowship Hall.  The price of the cookies will remain at $6.00 per pound.  Cookies / fudge / candy may be dropped off earlier that morning for sale.

            The next PW meeting will be Tuesday, November 6th at 10:00 am in the conference room.  After the meeting, we will be going to the Longhorn Restaurant in Mt. Olive for lunch. All women of the church are more than welcome to attend the meeting and/or lunch.

A TIME TO GIVE THANKS
            The second service on Sunday, November 18th, 10:00 am will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Light refreshments will follow.  You are welcome to contribute goodies to eat and share.  Our theme will be Thanksgiving and we will be singing several holiday hymns and learning about their origins. 

DEACONS NEWS
            Our church-sponsored Scout Pack 151 will be contributing food in November – thanks!  The deacons are sponsoring a pie sale and you are encouraged to make your order soon and in advance.  Flyers are available in the sanctuary entryway.  Electronic copies have been emailed.  An order form is on page four.

            Listen on Sunday mornings for the kinds of foods we will be needing for the Thanksgiving Baskets made available to disadvantaged Stanhope residents.

SESSION NEWS
            The Sunday School is continuing with their “workshop rotation” method of hands-on, thematic learning.  Finance reported we are breaking even with our budget so far this year; giving is down a bit but so are expenses; we are hoping for a generous end of year so that we can finish strong.  Nominating will be working in November to discern the new classes of leaders for 2019, deacons and elders.  The session voted to hire, provisionally with a probationary period of one month, John Pierson as our new custodian. 

THE PRESENT WORD
            We will be asking you to sign-up for a quarterly Bible study for adults, titled The Present Word.  It has one chapter reading for each week; a short suggested devotional reading for each day; and three or four pages of commentary on the longer theme.  Please strongly consider committing to this self-study; if you wish to reimburse the church the cost of $6, that is fine too. 

CANTATA PRACTICE
     Bonnie Reed is getting us ready for the Christmas choir cantata on Sunday, December 23rd, second service.  You will love it, we promise!

BLOOD DRIVE
            This last Saturday in October, we hosted the American Red Cross and had donated 24 pints of blood, plus four units of “power reds,” totaling 28.  Our goal was twenty.  Good effort.  Our thanks to all donors and especially Ken Reed and Jim Gardner.

INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE
            The Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council is hosting an Interfaith (Christian and Jewish) Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18th, 7:00 pm, Senior Center Community Room, Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna.  Come one, come all.  Rev. Matlack is participating.  An interfaith choir will sing.  You are welcome to bring a canned food item (how about soup!) as an offering for the community food bank there.

NEWTON PRESBYTERY
There are two presbytery led / sponsored workshops coming up in November.  You are welcome to attend.

            The Financial Workshop will be this Saturday, November 3rd, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Denville off Route 10.  Rev. Matlack and Brian Davenport are going.  More are welcome.

            The Christian and congregational Hospitality practice will be discussed and encouraged on Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Morristown.

            You may register by going on-line to newtonpresbytery.org or calling them at 973.361.0084.



 

 

 

 

 

RING A DINGS

            Our hand chimes are practicing regularly and ringing during the service each month.  See Carrie Kreider if you are interested in joining us. 

 

UNITY CHOIR CONCERT

            The United Methodist Church in Newton sponsors an ecumenical mass choir concert usually twice a year.  On Sunday, November 11th, 4:00 pm they are offering A Concert of Remembrance and Peace commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW One.  Featured is Haydn’s Mass in Time of War.

            The address is 111 Ryerson Avenue in Newton.  There is a free will offering and reception following.

 

            In our prayers:  Dee Whitehead, who is back in Hackettstown hospital, with an infection; Maribeth Weber, a couple of doctor visits last week; Herman Barkwood, under treatment; Danny Wallace, PT; Rusty Peterson, in and out of the hospital and now home; Claudia Palmer, last month on an internship in the Dominican Republic for nursing care; Gloria Lake, medical follow-up; Kay Raastad, surgery for pacemaker and doing well; Bruce Berringer, treatment and doing much better; Cat Barry, car accident but doing ok.

            Our sympathy and condolences to the Motyka and O’Mahoney families on the death of close family friend Dewitt Peterson.  We wish the same to Bob, Sandy, Michael and Travis Remshifski on the death of Bob’s mother, Helen.

            Each Sunday we have a host of prayers for family and friends and their needs and our concerns.  We offer them up to God, to be fulfilled in God’s time and God’s way.  Amen. 

Deacon’s Holiday Pie

ORDER FORM

 

Name:______________________________________________

 

Phone #:__________________________________________________

 

Email address:

 

____________________________________________________

 

Number of Items:                Pies $13.00 each

 

________Apple                                                   _________Peach

                                                               

________Apple Brown Betty                           _________Pumpkin

               

________Apple/Caramel/Walnut                    _________Cherry

 

________Strawberry/Rhubarb                         _________ Pecan HUGH=S VIEWS

            When the children of Israel were perched on the eastern side of the Jordan River, awaiting the ‘go ahead’ from God to enter the Promised Land, Moses counselled the people to remember how the Good God has provided throughout.  The Lord-God liberated them from slavery in Egypt; the Lord-God raised up mighty leadership in Moses, Miriam and Aaron; the Lord-God got them through the desert wilderness; the Lord-God gave them the gift of the law and made a perpetual covenant with them. 

            Once they were in the land, Moses advised, they might be inclined to forget the Lord-God and believe whatever they had they had earned themselves.  It would be an easy temptation to say, we did it ourselves (Deuteronomy 8:11 ff.).

            For all we are and all we have, we give thanks to God.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

            First of all, we would like to thank any and all who replied to our “Dinnerless Dinner” letters with their gifts.  It is sincerely appreciated and contributes greatly to our funds for our mission work.

            Again this year our PW is taking part in the “Operation Christmas Child” project sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.  The filled shoe boxes are sent to needy children wherever disasters have occurred.   Every shoebox gift is a tangible expression of God’s love that brings joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to a child in need.

            You may fill one of the project shoe boxes available in the sanctuary entryway or use your own shoebox.  Please return your

 

More from PW

completed shoebox to the sanctuary entryway or church office by Sunday, November 11th.

            Coming up soon -- PW’s annual “Homemade Christmas Cookie Sale” and Christmas, Craft and White Elephant items sale.  It will be 10:00 am to noon, Saturday, December 8th in the Fellowship Hall.  The price of the cookies will remain at $6.00 per pound.  Cookies / fudge / candy may be dropped off earlier that morning for sale.

            The next PW meeting will be Tuesday, November 6th at 10:00 am in the conference room.  After the meeting, we will be going to the Longhorn Restaurant in Mt. Olive for lunch. All women of the church are more than welcome to attend the meeting and/or lunch.



A TIME TO GIVE THANKS

            The second service on Sunday, November 18th, 10:00 am will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Light refreshments will follow.  You are welcome to contribute goodies to eat and share.  Our theme will be Thanksgiving and we will be singing several holiday hymns and learning about their origins. 

 

DEACONS NEWS

            Our church-sponsored Scout Pack 151 will be contributing food in November – thanks!  The deacons are sponsoring a pie sale and you are encouraged to make your order soon and in advance.  Flyers are available in the sanctuary entryway.  Electronic copies have been emailed.  An order form is on page four.

            Listen on Sunday mornings for the kinds of foods we will be needing for the Thanksgiving Baskets made available to disadvantaged Stanhope residents.

 

SESSION NEWS

            The Sunday School is continuing with their “workshop rotation” method of hands-on, thematic learning.  Finance reported we are breaking even with our budget so far this year; giving is down a bit but so are expenses; we are hoping for a generous end of year so that we can finish strong.  Nominating will be working in November to discern the new classes of leaders for 2019, deacons and elders.  The session voted to hire, provisionally with a probationary period of one month, John Pierson as our new custodian.

 

 

 

THE PRESENT WORD

            We will be asking you to sign-up for a quarterly Bible study for adults, titled The Present Word.  It has one chapter reading for each week; a short suggested devotional reading for each day; and three or four pages of commentary on the longer theme.  Please strongly consider committing to this self-study; if you wish to reimburse the church the cost of $6, that is fine too. 

 

CANTATA PRACTICE

            Bonnie Reed is getting us ready for the Christmas choir cantata on Sunday, December 23rd, second service.  You will love it, we promise!

 

BLOOD DRIVE

            This last Saturday in October, we hosted the American Red Cross and had donated 24 pints of blood, plus four units of “power reds,” totaling 28.  Our goal was twenty.  Good effort.  Our thanks to all donors and especially Ken Reed and Jim Gardner.



INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

            The Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council is hosting an Interfaith (Christian and Jewish) Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18th, 7:00 pm, Senior Center Community Room, Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna.  Come one, come all.  Rev. Matlack is participating.  An interfaith choir will sing.  You are welcome to bring a canned food item (how about soup!) as an offering for the community food bank there.

 

NEWTON PRESBYTERY
            There are two presbytery led / sponsored workshops coming up in November.  You are welcome to attend.

            The Financial Workshop will be this Saturday, November 3rd, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Denville off Route 10.  Rev. Matlack and Brian Davenport are going.  More are welcome.

            The Christian and congregational Hospitality practice will be discussed and encouraged on Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Morristown.

            You may register by going on-line to newtonpresbytery.org or calling them at 973.361.0084.

RING A DINGS
            Our hand chimes are practicing regularly and ringing during the service each month.  See Carrie Kreider if you are interested in joining us. 

UNITY CHOIR CONCERT
            The United Methodist Church in Newton sponsors an ecumenical mass choir concert usually twice a year.  On Sunday, November 11th, 4:00 pm they are offering A Concert of Remembrance and Peace commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW One.  Featured is Haydn’s Mass in Time of War.

            The address is 111 Ryerson Avenue in Newton.  There is a free will offering and reception following.

PEOPLE NEWS
            In our prayers:  Dee Whitehead, who is back in Hackettstown hospital, with an infection; Maribeth Weber, a couple of doctor visits last week; Herman Barkwood, under treatment; Danny Wallace, PT; Rusty Peterson, in and out of the hospital and now home; Claudia Palmer, last month on an internship in the Dominican Republic for nursing care; Gloria Lake, medical follow-up; Kay Raastad, surgery for pacemaker and doing well; Bruce Berringer, treatment and doing much better; Cat Barry, car accident but doing ok.

            Our sympathy and condolences to the Motyka and O’Mahoney families on the death of close family friend Dewitt Peterson.  We wish the same to Bob, Sandy, Michael and Travis Remshifski on the death of Bob’s mother, Helen.

            Each Sunday we have a host of prayers for family and friends and their needs and our concerns.  We offer them up to God, to be fulfilled in God’s time and God’s way.  Amen. 

Deacon’s Holiday Pie

ORDER FORM

 

Name:______________________________________________

 

Phone #:__________________________________________________

 

Email address:

 

____________________________________________________

 

Number of Items:                Pies $13.00 each

 

________Apple                                                   _________Peach

                                                               

________Apple Brown Betty                           _________Pumpkin

               

________Apple/Caramel/Walnut                    _________Cherry

 

________Strawberry/Rhubarb                         _________ Pecan

October 2018

HUGH'S VIEWS

Important peacemaking includes advance planning, risk management and adopting good and appropriate boundaries.

More recently in the news, we have watched with horror the revelations about Roman Catholic clergy misconduct and sexual abuse of children.  The cover-ups are a horror too.

What do we do in our congregation and denomination to protect the vulnerable, especially children?  Our session has long adopted a sexual misconduct policy meant to practice due diligence to keep kids safe while at church; to have a process to hear complaints or allegations; to screen employees.  Our Newton Presbytery requires all clergy such as myself to attend boundary training workshops every three years.  We also sign a misconduct policy; we are, like anyone else, called to exercise the highest level of good behavior so that all are safe as we go about our duties.  If an allegation in our presbytery takes place, there is a known and fair process to field the accusation; to follow-up with inquiry; to hold accountable any abuser; to protect the safety and well-being of a potential victim.

It is awkward to describe this issue and the protection in place to mitigate against incidents; much worse is to fail to implement them and have the innocent suffer.

Our denomination tracks clergy who have been convicted of sexual assault within the church courts.  They are not allowed to relocate without the receiving presbytery and church knowing of their record, a deliberate effort of transparency.  The list is public, on the pcusa.org website.

I wish nothing bad would ever happen because of an assault of any kind, including sexual assault.  Our preparation and enforced policies are a principled effort to make harm difficult and rare.

This Sunday, October 7th, is World Communion Sunday

and we will receive the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering

THE CHOIR

            Choir practices for the Christmas Cantata will be Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm and during the Open Hour (9:05 am) each Sunday, each time in the choir rehearsal room.  Bonnie Reed will be directing and has picked out an exciting and lovely cantata for us to sing.  Any and all voices are welcome.

SPECIAL MUSIC

            If you have special music you would like to perform on a Sunday, please let Rev. Matlack know.  We will work together to make it happen.

BLOOD DRIVE

            The American Red Cross sponsored blood drive will be Saturday, October 27th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the downstairs of the CE Building (where the choir rehearses).  You may sign-up during church or you may use the website, www.redcrossblood.org  See Ken Reed if you would like to help out with logistics that day.  We can always use donations of goodies, to help donors ‘recharge.’

SUNDAY SCHOOL

            We have started up Sunday School again and it is very kid-friendly (of course!), hands-on, experiential, all-ages appropriate.  Right now, we are focusing on learning about the Good Samaritan parable from Luke’s Gospel.  Children three and up are eligible and welcome.

HYGIENE KITS

            Good neighbors reach out and help those in need.  During church, we are signing-up donors to bring a specific item to supply health / hygiene kits distributed to those affected by a disaster.  They will be packed up on October 21st and sent off to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  Watch for the sign-up sheets during worship to see what item you can contribute.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 10:00 AM

            We are having worship in the Fellowship Hall for the second service.  The scripture focus will be on the Good Samaritan parable; there will be plenty of special and engaging music.  Following the service, a trio of deacons will have readied coffee and goodies.  All will be together for this service, kids and adults.

            The first service will be in the sanctuary.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

With Fall’s arrival, Presbyterian Women has several projects to be undertaken.   We will soon be sending out promotional and fundraising letters for a “Dinnerless Dinner.”  Your generosity and kindness in supporting us advances our important and effective mission work.  Thanks! 

Again this year we will be participating in the “Operation Christmas Child” project, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.   The final collection date for the boxes will be Sunday, November 11th.   Information will be distributed in the near future in the announcements and newsletter.  The project is to fill a shoebox with Christmas gifts (no toothpaste or candy) to be sent to disadvantaged children worldwide, especially in areas stricken by disaster.  The theme this year is declare his glory among the nations, Psalm 96:3.

The next PW meeting will be Tuesday, November 6th at 10:00 am in the Conference Room.  All women of the church are welcome to attend our meetings and enjoy a time of Bible study, Christian camaraderie  and a business part of the meeting when discussions take place regarding our mission work.

BIBLE STUDY

            We will be distributing soon a brochure about The Present Word quarterly Bible study.  Each week has scripture readings; it is self-directed; it can also include a class study; it is inexpensive, $6.00 for a student booklet.  Information will be available during church.

Did you know?

Our church sponsors Pack 151 and they meet regularly in our facility. 

They are having a food drive of their own and will be donating to our Food Bank in November.  See Beth Cahill if you would like to learn more about this organization.

MANNA HOUSE

            We monthly send a team to the food kitchen in Newton – at the First Presbyterian Church – to volunteer by helping to prepare and serve a meal and clean-up afterwards.  Typically we are needed on the third or fourth Monday; contact Barbara Noffke if you would like to help, b.noffke@comcast.net

SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NEXT?

            The Presbytery of Newton is offering a workshop to help congregations figure out their local calling and next steps in ministry and mission.  This discernment process can help us learn more clearly what God is wanting for us to be and do.  The training session will be Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the presbytery office on Route 10 in Randolph.  See Rev. Matlack if you would like to go with him and others.

DEACONS

            Our appreciation and thanks to the deacons for sponsoring and hosting the coffee hours, brunch really, during July and August after the service.  Each time was excellent.  We will be having worship in the Fellowship Hall for the second service only (first service will be in the sanctuary) on the third Sundays of October, November and December.  Coffee and goodies afterwards will be provided. 

The deacons have made gifts over the summer to Stanhope first responders, the American Legion Ambulance Corp and the Fire Department.

You will hear news about the upcoming Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, pie sale and more.

SESSION NEWS

            Sadly, we officially transferred the Wyckoff family to the Dover Delaware Presbyterian Church.  They are missed!  Their new church welcomes them during worship on the 14th.

            Our thanks to Rich Palmer’s company, who donated a dehumidifier to the church office.

            We are reserving 25% of the peacemaking offering to send to the Red Ribbon Fellowship in Elizabeth, NJ, a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church there to HIV positive individuals.

            We will be hiring soon a janitor for pay; the work has been done by volunteer effort for most of this year.

            Hugh (and Jo!) will be going to Montreat in North Carolina near Asheville for a conference, the second week of October.  If a pastoral emergency arises, please call Kathy Gardner, moderator of the deacons – 973.398.3185.  She can arrange for you to be assisted.

            The finance committee is working hard to retool and energize again our endowment fund.  Watch for important updates . . .

PEOPLE NEWS
            We baptized Mr. Ryder Joseph Phelps last Sunday, September 30th, one day before he turned one-year-old.  Blessings to Candace and Dennis, his parents, along with the rest of their family and friends who attended the service.

            Kay Raastad, who had a pacemaker implanted and is doing well; Dee Whitehead, at Heath Village and finishing up rehab; Maribeth Weber, who had extensive back surgery and is home; Bruce Berringer, feeling some better; Gloria Lake, who had medical tests; Barbara Frank, who is home doing well; Herman Barkwood, treatment; Catherine Barry, who has applied for a clinical nursing program; Bill and Candi DeLarr, former members in South Carolina who are doing ok; John and Sandy Burgio, at the Cape right now – Sandy’s mom had to be relocated during the hurricane; JoAnn Anner’s “aunt” Lorraine who died recently – she was Jo’s surrogate mother at age ten after her parents died; Ken Reed, who had a significant birthday last month!; Dave and Nancy Hoyt, who celebrated sixty years of marriage in September – congratulations!; Carley Miller, who fell and hurt her leg; Shirley Batson, who has medical follow-up she is doing. Our prayers also go out for those we list each Sunday, in our families and among our friends and with our neighbors.

Summer 2018

HUGH'S VIEWS
            Summer finally seems to have arrived; I felt like we had late March – early April weather through mid-June.  I hope you are enjoying the warmer temperatures, going outside, being outside – when it was January, did we not wish for these days?  Now that we have our new heating / cooling systems for the sanctuary and fellowship hall, we can be confident we will be comfortable during worship and afterwards at the refreshment / coffee hour.  So come one, come all.  We will have one service at 9:00 am through all of July and August and the first Sunday in September, the 2nd.  We promise it will be pleasant for you at church each and every Sunday!

180 AND COUNTING
            We will be celebrating our 180th Anniversary on Sunday, July 8th, 9:00 am, with communion (as the first communion for our congregation was the second Sunday in July).  Following the service, we will have a covered dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring something good to eat and share; we will provide the rest.

We will be having ONE SERVICE during July, August and September 2nd

at 9:00 am in the AC cooled sanctuary

PER CAPITA
            If you have already made an extra mile donation toward the costs of our membership, the “apportionment” assessed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) for administrative costs of being a national church, then please receive our thanks.  If not, you are welcome to make an above and beyond regular giving gift of $35.00 per member of your household to help our congregation cover this considerable cost.  Please mark your check or envelope (your box has a special envelope for “initial offering”) “per capita” and we will receive your generous gift happily.  Right now, the Finance Committee reports we are $10,000 short of receipts over expenses.  Giving toward the per capita and keeping your regular giving up to date will help bridge this huge income gap.  Thanks!

BIBLE STUDY
            Rev. Matlack is ready and willing to offer a summer-time Bible study, using the Kerygma resource “Your Bible, the Study Begins.”  It is an introductory overview of basic issues, like the two divisions of the Bible as Old and New Testaments, its history, how to read the Bible profitably and more.  It is a six week study and Hugh is planning on meeting after the refreshments on Sundays in July and August – or provide a video leadership guide on You Tube; or meet on-line through Go To Meeting.  If you have a class time better for you than Sunday morning, then let him know and we will work up a group.  Sign up on Sunday morning.  The resource book has a nominal cost, if you would like to reimburse the church for its expense.

SPECIAL MUSIC
            If you can provide special spiritual music during worship over the summer, let us know.  There will be a sign-up sheet for that as well.

DEACONS
            The deacons are providing refreshments after each service starting in July through the end of August.  Stay for a while after church and enjoy!
            The deacons also provided 25 sandwiches to the Habitat “Building Blitz” in Mine Hill, where they build three houses in ten days. 

JULY 29th
            The pulpit is available on this Sunday if you would like to bring the message.  Let Barbara Costanza or Rev. Matlack know if you are interested or can help.  Thanks!  (Hugh and Jo will be attending his son Jack’s wedding on Saturday, July 28th, in Oxford, NJ, at Jack’s Barn [!]; Jack and his fiancé Abby Legge live happily in Berlin, Germany).

PEOPLE NEWS
            We are saddened to report the death of our beloved Joe Frey recently.  Our prayers for Betty Harris, his partner and wife, as well as their families and all of our congregation who will miss Joe terribly.  Thanks to so many who prepared and participated and attended the services and luncheon.  It is appreciated.
            In our prayers:  Herman Barkwood, treatments; Linda McCabe, slow recovery but doing better; Shirley Batson and her husband Tommy; Cat Barry, hurt her ankle on a rescue squad call; Peggy Findley, Dave Hoyt, Dee Whitehead, JoAnn Anner, and Scott Harris; Matthew Rosa, Jill Barry’s son, knee surgery; Maribeth Weber, back surgery soon; Sue Amella, recovered from a hurt leg; the concerns we have for our family and friends.  Offer up your prayers to God!

June 2018

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
            At the recent May Newton Presbytery meeting, I was installed as the new moderator for a term lasting one year.  I appreciate the honor of serving our Presbytery in this role; it is of course a volunteer responsibility.  When the presbytery meets, I will be moderating and directing its business; I will attend any ordinations of new candidates for becoming ministers of word and sacrament and the installations of new pastors; I have to go to the meetings of the Presbytery Coordinating Team, which is exactly five times a year.  So the amount of time is not arduous.
            My thanks to Carol Barry and Kathy Gardner, both of whom attended the meeting at lovely Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center.

WORKDAY!
        Owen Newson is calling for a Memorial Garden Workday on Saturday, June 2nd, 9:00 am; there will be plenty to do from weeding to planting.  The more the merrier.  See Owen for details.

FIRST SUNDAY IN JUNE
            We will receive communion on Sunday, June 3rd, 8:15 and 10:00 am, in the sanctuary.

STANHOPE TOWNWIDE YARD / “TAG” SALE DAY
            In addition to the deacons offering tables for you to sell your goods, we are having a Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 am to noon and the next day (which is Stanhope Day) on Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm all in front of the church (in the shade).  OSCAR is having a pet adoption here on Saturday, 10:00 am to noon, also the front of the church.

STANHOPE DAY
We need volunteers to staff the Stanhope Day table Sunday afternoon, Sunday, June 10th, noon to four pm.  We are asking to have a table on Main Street close to the church (and in the shade!) while providing literature about our church, the blessing of the animals taking place, water to give away to the thirsty, publicity about our 180th anniversary and maybe even Bible trivia.  We need a couple more friendly faces.  Let Rev. Matlack know if you can and will help.  Several elders have volunteered already so you will have a partner and company to pass the time.

The deacons still have tables to offer if you would like to sell your excess “stuff” on Stanhope’s Townwide Sale Day – Saturday, June 9th, beginning at 8:00 am.  The flyer is attached to the electronic delivery of the newsletter; print forms are available in the entryway to the sanctuary.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH IS CHILDRENS DAY at the second service
We are having Children’s Day, Sunday, June 10th, 10:00 am – the children and youth are organizing and leading the service (except the sermon, they requested!)  Come one; come all!

We are planning to have the newly established Chimes Choir ring at this service too – thanks to Carrie Kreider for her leadership and enthusiasm here along with a host of ding-a-lings (like Rev. Matlack).

SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH
Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th, 8:15 and 10:00 am, sanctuary

We will have two services through the end of June

The Nuts and Bolts are not meeting in June

SUPPER CLUB
            The Supper Club is going to Polo’s Pub on Route 206 / 183 in Netcong on Saturday, June 23rd, 5:00 pm.  Call Nancy Hoyt by the Friday night before to let her know you will be going, 973.347.2490   The GPS address is 1515-50, NJ-183, Netcong, NJ 07857

THE DEACONS
            The deacons are providing twenty-five (25) sandwiches for the Habitat for Humanity building blitz on Tuesday, June 12th.  Eight houses of worship are making sandwiches and drinks and goodies for 150 workers / volunteers; three houses are being constructed over the course of ten or so days.  Wow!

SESSION
            The session approved re-locating our “new” Roth oil tank to the former manse, 101 Main Street.  We were no longer using the new tank because of the heat pumps in the CE Building upstairs (no boiler anymore) and the manse needed a new tank.  All passed inspection just fine.  Our thanks to Marksmen Enterprises again for their good work.
            The elders also agreed to celebrate our congregation’s 180th anniversary on Sunday, July 8th, 9:00 am in the sanctuary with a special service followed by a covered dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.

Just to clarify -- 
Saturday, June 9th

Tables to use to sell your goods, in the church parking lot

Blessing of the Animals, 9:00 am to noon

Pet Adoption with OSCAR, 10:00 am to noon

Book Sale open in the Fellowship Hall

We are hoping to have goodies to sell also

Sunday, June 10th

Church table at Stanhope Day, noon to four pm

Blessing of the Animals (again), 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Book Sale continues throughout the afternoon

PEOPLE NEWS
From the Wyckoff family: 

Dear Hugh (and all the church family),

Thank you so much for book of memories.  We are deeply touched.  We want to thank you for your kind words.  Please know that though we are definitely planning to find another church home we will never forget the love and fellowship of our family at Stanhope.  Love, Marsha, Harold & Chris

In our prayers:  Joe Frey is under hospice care at home; Maribeth Weber had a birthday a couple of days ago and has a very sore back; Shirley Batson and husband Tommy Manzoni are working on doctor visits and health concerns; Peggy Findley is getting better and contemplating a procedure upcoming; Mitch Ellicott had two ortho surgeries and then PT and is going home; several Stanhopers were involved in the first response to the bus accident on I-80; Stephanie Pederson had a baby boy, Carson, blessings!; Rev. Karen Brostrom pastor of Andover Presbyterian was in and out of the hospital; Mary Walker’s daughter Rachel’s boyfriend died in a car accident on Mother’s Day – our condolences.  We have many church folk with family and friend responsibilities and duties – God’s blessings on your efforts of caring for others.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
            The next meeting of the PW is Tuesday, June 5th, 10:00 am in the conference room downstairs by the choir rehearsal room.  Following the business portion of the meeting, they will be going to the Stonewood Restaurant in Cranberry.  There will be no meetings in July or August.
            Thanks to all who donated to the Blankets + offering in May.  This offering supports Church World Service’s mission to help victims of disasters wherever they occur.

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Presby Pages for MAY 2018

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
 

May 2018

HUGH's VIEWS

            Even though I live and work in Stanhope, I joined the Roxbury Clergy Council so that I would have a regular clergy group with whom I can meet and I believe it has been beneficial.

The council is hosting an interfaith National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd, at Horseshoe Park Pavilion, Eyland Avenue, Succasunna.  I will be participating and I invite you to attend also.

The council is also organizing a First Responder’s Service on Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 pm at the Succasunna United Methodist Church, 91 Main Street (07876).  I am hoping some of my volunteer colleagues from Stanhope / Netcong also will participate.  You are also welcome, of course.

And please remember, if you will, the Stanhope-Netcong Memorial Day Parade.  Look for details on the borough’s websites.  I know we will arrive by the lake around 1:30 pm for a memorial event. 

NEWTON PRESBYTERY

The next Presbytery meeting will be Tuesday, May 8th, beginning at 4:00 pm, Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center.  Besides the usual business, we will be examining a candidate for ordination as a pastor, Ian Clark; we will be honoring 25 years of the Nairobi Partnership between ourselves and three Kenyan presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.  Rev. Matlack is the Moderator-elect and will be installed as the new moderator, during the worship service right before dinner.

Prior to the Presbytery meeting itself, the Presbyterian Foundation is offering an one hour workshop of planned giving and an on-line tool they have developed to aid churches in planned giving.  If you would like to attend this mini-workshop, please let Rev. Matlack know soon. 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

PW hosts an annual Mother/Daughter Covered Dish Dinner, this year on Saturday, May 12 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall (mark you calendar!). You will enjoy good food, entertainment and Christian camaraderie. Please bring a covered dish to share.  Beverages and dessert will be provided.  There is no increase in prices. Adults $5.00, children 5-12 $2.00 and children under 5 free.

Then, on the next day, Sunday, May 13th, there will be information and offering envelopes in the service bulletins to contribute to the Blankets+ mission work project sponsored by Church World Service. Offerings will be accepted until Sunday, June 3rd.

Please make your check payable to Presbyterian Women with a notation Blankets+ in the line of your check. These blankets are sent all over the world to needy people.  Giving a blanket to someone is like a warm hug from a mother.

Presbyterian Women met on Tuesday, May 1st – they meet on the first Tuesday of each month, in the morning.  All women of the church are always welcome.

DEACONS

                        The deacons are offering a table to use for Stanhope’s Townwide Yardsale Day, Saturday, June 9th to be set up in the parking lot.  A flyer is available for you in the sanctuary entryway and it will be attacked to the e-delivery of the newsletter.

            On Tuesday, June 12th, the deacons will be making fifty (yes, 50) sandwiches for volunteer workers on a building blitz for Habitat for Humanity in Mine Hill; they are constructing three houses in ten days.

            Our thanks to the participants at the First Annual Jigsaw Puzzle Contest.  It was a riot and benefited the deacon’s funds.  Thanks especially to Kris Kester and Beth Cahill, among others who helped out.

            We are now collecting empty RX medicine bottles and a container is available for your donation, in the vestibule to the sanctuary. 

We are trying to have a once-a-month theme Sunday at worship

For May, on the 13th, Mother’s Day, please wear a Sunday-best

hat and (for the women especially) white gloves

Please let Rev. Matlack or Barbara Costanza know if you have a theme idea

(Hugh’s as yet unapproved idea is ‘shorts Sunday’ on Children’s Day – we will see)

 CHOIR SINGING

            We will be singing on Mother’s Day and Pentecost, May 13th and 20th, second service.  Practice is during the Open Hour, 9:30 am, sanctuary.  Thanks to Bonnie for directing and organizing; Ken for producing the recorded music.  You are welcome to join us for singing.

 CHIMES

            See Carrie Krieder if you would like to ring the chimes.  We have ten willing participants so far . . . more are welcome.  Watch the announcements for more information.

There will be one service on Sunday, May 27th, 10:00 am

OSCAR AND PET ADOPTION AND BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

            For town-wide tag / yard sale day, Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 am to noon, at the church outside, we are hosting Oscar pet rescue for an animal adoption and Rev. Matlack will be doing a blessing of the animals too.  So come on out and shop among our parking lot vendors, check out the critters and have Spot blessed.

            We will be repeating the blessing of the animals on the next day, Stanhope Day, Sunday, June 10th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

NUTS AND BOLTS

            Men of the church who are available during the daytime will gather in the MacNeill Room for lunch and conversation followed by light work around the facilities or outside this month.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 15th, noon.  Join us!

PEOPLE NEWS
            In our prayers – Faye Jaeger is out of PT and staying with her daughter in New York state; Bud Barry had successful surgery and is feeling great; the Wyckoffs moved to Delaware (address below) and are doing well; Joe Frey is working on his health issues; Shirley Batson had a procedure recently and is doing well; Peggy Findley is recovering more and more, got out of the house recently for more than a doctor visit – yay!; Dave Hoyt is hanging in there; JoAnn Anner is making the doctor rounds; Scott Harris is doing ok; Owen Newson had ortho surgery and is recovering well; Owen Kester has recovered well; our condolences to the Stewart family on their house that burned; Bonnie Reed is recovering well from her procedure; David Miller and his daughter Carley have moved to Hopatcong; Dave Riser and Charlotte Neggia are both back from the southland, Florida, now that we have Spring finally . . .!

            Samantha Bream will be going to College of St. Rose in Albany this Fall.  Congratulations Sam!

            The Wyckoffs – Harold and Marsha, Chris, live at:

            Wild Meadows

            907 Jonathan Drive

            Dover, DE  19901

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation."

You are invited to join the Roxbury community and surrounding area to pray for our neighborhoods, the nation and our world at this event.  Held rain or shine.

Questions? Contact Rev. David Holwick at  973-584-2677.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7pm
Horseshoe Lake Pavilion
72 Eyland Avenue
Succasunna NJ

NETCONG RECREATION

         This board is hosting a “Paint and Sip Fundraiser” on Friday, June 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Hilltop Fire House, with proceeds to benefit local church food banks like ours.  Call or text Sharon Still at 201.874.9634; cost is $40 per person, due by May 15th.  More information is on the flyers on the church bulletin boards.


APRIL 2018

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.

 

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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!