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CROP Walk

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CROP Walk for the Hunger — October 15, 2017

 

Registration is 1:15 and walk starts 1:30. The CROP Hunger Walk is a community wide event sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to address human hunger at home and around the world.   It is the nation’s oldest such fund raiser.   For additional information, please talk to Jeanne Lambert or Jun Motai, co-chairs of the Mission Committee; or reach them through our church office by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 201-567-0111.

 

PEACEMAKING OFFERING

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2017 Peacemaking Offering

World Communion Sunday - October 1

 

Peace at all times in all ways (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

These offerings are being used constructively throughout the Presbyterian church for creating wholeness and peace in many ways.  It is divided as follows:

 25% is given to our Presbytery and Synod for their peacemaking efforts among disenfranchised youth.

 50% enables the Peacemaking Program to provide resources and assistance for national programs, including: The Presbyterian Office at the United Nations, which works to end human trafficking of women and children.

 25% is retained by our congregation.  This year it will go to the following: SMJ, Special Ministries to the Japanese including the English Conversation / Culture Class as one of our mission activities since 2004. We do hope that those people will feel Christ's love through our activities.


 

Improvements to our Buildings and Grounds

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Improvements to Our Buildings and Grounds

We have been experiencing a flurry of activity in and around our church this spring and summer.  Some of it is obvious, but a lot of it has been done quietly behind the scenes.  We want to let all of you know about what has been going on!!

In the spring Trustee Chris Smith power washed the kitchen in Jim Henry Hall and put up new wire shelving on the kitchen walls in both our kitchens. This helped to provide valuable extra storage space in the kitchens and enabled us to gain much needed counter space.  Also in the Church House kitchen, the Deacons purchased a new microwave oven; replacing the original microwave from 1991.

In early June under the leadership of Rev Lindner, we purchased 64 new LifeTime folding chairs for the Church House and a new area rug for one of the Sunday School classrooms with funds from our 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

 Over the final two weeks in June the office staff; Karen Baron, Rick Bower and Rod MacKenzie, negotiated new contracts for our telephone and internet services to come from Optimum along with all new telephone equipment that replaced our 25 year old office telephones.  The office staff also negotiated a contract with a local technology company to replace the office Xerox copy machine with a new Samsung X7400GX laser office printer/copier.   We were able to realize savings of greater than $100.00 per month over our present lease and contractual agreements with each of these negotiations.

This spring the Trustees approved a major repair to the heating and electrical systems located within the north wall of the main sanctuary following a water leak in the pipes to the radiator in that area of the sanctuary.  Our main church is now 67 years old and experiencing lots of leaks and cracks in its old bones and blood vessels.

This summer the Trustees approved two large projects on our grounds.  One is the repaving of part of the driveway leading down from Magnolia Avenue to the main parking lot. The second project is to replace and upgrade the front steps and patio area at the entrance to the main sanctuary.  And the Trustees partnered with the Session and the Grace and Love congregation to replace the church sign on Magnolia Avenue as detailed earlier.

 Please stop by and have a look at all our improvements when you have a chance.

 

Dedication of Our church Sign and Garden

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Dedication of our Church Sign and Garden 

On September 17, 2017 at 11:45 am following worship, we will join on the front lawn in a brief service of dedication of our new church sign.  We will be joined by members of the Grace and Love congregation as we commemorate our shared house of worship symbolized by our new sign.

We will also dedicate the flowerbed surrounding the sign as a memorial honoring Margaret Williams, Rev. Lindner’s late mother.  In part, this new bed is supported by gifts given to the church in honor of Margaret Williams.


 

Upcoming Events

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Homecoming Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Be sure to attend our homecoming on September 10, when we will return to worship at 10:30 am.  Sunday School will resume at 9:30 am on September 17.

Honoring Grace Khoury 

On September 10, 2017 at our homecoming Sunday, we will dedicate beautiful new choir robes and paraments (the cloth symbols on the pulpit and lectern).  These wonderful new resources for our worship have been given to the glory of God in loving memory of Grace Khoury by her family.  Grace was a long-time member of our congregation and had a deep love for the hymns of the church.  These new robes and paraments are fitting tributes to her and will long be cherished in this congregation.

 

The Pastor's Pen

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THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT TENAFLY                   

 

For Every Heart a Home

Volume 7, Issue 4                                                                                                                                                Fall 2017

THE BACK TO CHURCH EDITION

The Pastor’s Pen 

Friends in Christ,

     As we re-gather at summer’s end, we resume our active parish life which is outlined in the pages which follow.  This year as we reconvene, we will observe the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold act which ignited the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg.  Those theses, or ideas, called for the drastic reform of the Church.

     It is easy to pinpoint when the Reformation began but harder to discern if and when it will end.  Indeed, a major concept of the Reformation is the notion that in every age the church must continue to change in order to faithfully proclaim the Gospel in changing circumstances.

   

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Sun Sep 24, 2017 @ 9:15am -
Choir Rehearsal
Sat Sep 30, 2017 @10:00am - 01:00pm
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 @10:30am - 10:30am
Communion Sunday
Thu Oct 05, 2017 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Essence Group - Thursday Evening

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