Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

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Adult Seminars

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Adult Seminars- from 9:30 – 10:15 in the Church House.

May 17—”Service to Our Country”

As we prepare for Memorial Day let us recall those who served and continue to serve in the military. As we examine this issue, we will want to ask whether we are supporting our veterans and their families as well as we can. Rev. Lindner and Alan Diekjobst will facilitate.

May 24—Pentecost Sunday and Memorial Day weekend

No Adult seminar.

May 31— “A Summer of ‘Hands On’ Mission”

Come learn about the activities planned for our Year of Mission Possible. See how you might invest yourself in living missionally and invite friends to join you. Presented by the Mission Committee.

 

 

 

Scholarship Committee

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY—For members attending college in the fall who are interested in applying for the church scholarship funds, please pick up an application form at the church office. The Scholarship Committee has set the deadline for application submission as FRIDAY, JUNE 5th.

 

Mission Possible 2015

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"Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”  And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these - you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:37-40

Jesus could not speak more clearly than he does in this passage from the Gospel of Matthew. It is when we act in his name to comfort those in need and sorrow that we are most faithful disciples. Indeed, in addition to telling the Gospel story in worship, we are to proclaim God’s love to others through our mission as a central hallmark of our Christian faith and life.

Led by our Mission Committee our Session has dubbed this year as “2015: Mission Possible.” Much as we emphasized Faith and the Arts in 2014 this year we will be redoubling our efforts to live out our faith in Mission. Each month there will be an opportunity to participate in some form of mission. The goal is for each member and friend to have a “hands on” role in mission within this year.

MISSION POSSIBLE 2015

The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly has been serving the Community for 150 years. Our worship services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and in the Summer at 10:00 a.m. We provide child care, Sunday school for all ages and wide variety of musical programs and mission to the community.

May—

Monthly food collection on May 3.

June—

Monthly food collection on June 7.

Welcome our Mission Associate

Special Mission trip

July—

Monthly food collection on July 5.

Special Mission trip

August—

Monthly food collection on August 2.

Hosting the Homeless Shelter.

Special Mission trip.

September—

Monthly food collection on September 6.

“Table to Table” - Prepare a mailing for hunger outreach program

October—

Monthly food collection on October 4.

CROP Walk—raising funds for Church World Service.

November—

Monthly food collection on November 1.

December—

Monthly food collection on December 6.

Angel Tree—gifts for those in women's shelters.

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The English Conversation/Culture Class started in 1985 is a part of the Special Ministries to the Japanese at our church. We have been providing the English conversation and culture class to Japanese women coming here for a few years due to their husbands' employment

It has been great to provide God's love to help them communicate better and understand the different culture in order for them to live in America comfortably.

ESL class will run in the spring from March 24 until June 2. In the fall, class will meet from September 29 until December 8.

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Each of us – no matter how young or old is invited – to open our hearts to service in Christ’s name as we respond in love to Jesus’ command “Follow Me.”

The ambitious goals of “2015 Mission Possible” are:

1.Strengthen and deepen this congregation’s understanding and active commitment to mission as a central expression of Christian faith and life.

2.Offer opportunities for each member of the congregation to participate in a “hands on” experience of mission within the course of the year adding our time and talent to the commitment of our treasure to mission for the sake of the world.

3.Come to a full understanding of Christian mission in its global, national, regional and local dimensions, providing concrete manifestations of each of these dimensions within the life of the congregation.

4.Establish on-going relationships between the congregation and its mission partners in global, national, regional and local contexts.

As we engage in mission together, let us hold close Jesus’ words “when you did it unto the least of these you did it unto me.”

 

PRESBY VIEWERS

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Presby Viewers

May 31, 2015 “Selma” – Remain after worship for a quick sandwich lunch and a viewing of the movie “Selma.” This epic film provides a moving and provocative look at a poignant chapter in the Civil Rights movement. The events depicted remind us of the American struggle to provide “liberty and justice for all.” Sign up on Sunday May 17 or 24 so we can order enough sandwiches. $5.00 per person. We will view the film on the large screens in our Sanctuary.

 

The Pastor's Pen

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SPRING 2015

"This is my resting place forever; Here I will dwell. . ."

Psalm 132

In recent months the Session has begun to explore the establishment of a columbarium on our church grounds, as a dignified space to house the remains (ashes) of members and friends of the congregation.  Taking the name from the Greek word “Columba” or dove, a columbarium symbolizes love and peace.

Many houses of worship provide space for a columbarium or memorial garden. We are exploring the placement of a columbarium in the Prayer Garden outside the north wall of the chapel. In this gracious and peaceful environment, we will re-landscape and provide additional benches, as well as install a columbarium in a style and form suited to the space.  The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, as well as, locally, Trinity Lutheran and Church of the Atonement, all have a columbarium on their grounds.  Arlington National Cemetery and other public cemeteries also offer “niches” within a columbarium.

Today cremation and placement within a columbarium are becoming more frequent choices for families.  A variety of factors contribute to this trend including availability and cost of burial sites, as well as a concern for the environment.  Perhaps most influential is the feeling of many that proximity to a place of worship where loved ones can be honored and remembered is most desired.  Family and friends often note that they take comfort in returning to the familiarity of the church as they remember those who have passed away.

We are very glad to talk with you about any questions you may have concerning the columbarium and also eager to know if such a ministry addresses the needs of you and your family.  Please do not hesitate to speak with Committee members Chris Smith, Debbie Abitante, or Richard Chan.  As with all matters, I am always glad to speak with you.

In Faith,

Rev. Eileen W. Lindner

 

“In life and in death, we belong to God" . . . Brief Statement of Faith PCUSA

 

Our Church

Upcoming Events

Sun May 24, 2015 @ 9:15AM -
Choir Rehearsal
Sat May 30, 2015 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
AA
Thu Jun 04, 2015 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
Essence Group - Thursday Evening
Sun Jun 07, 2015 @10:30AM - 10:30AM
Communion Sunday

Newsflash

Presbyterian Church Changes Definition of Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples

 

Here is a segment that was aired on NJTV News on March 18th, following up on Gay Marriage Rights.


Here's the link to the post on NJTV NEWS website ...

 

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/presbyterian-church-changes-definition-of-marriage-to-include-same-sex-couples/

 

Also you may want to check it out on YouTube

 

https://youtu.be/QRiUkODJktw