Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

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Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

55 Magnolia Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Fax: 201-567-0529
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Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Senior Pastor

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Daylight-Nightwatch for New Year's!

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Methodist founder and clergy, John Wesley, always conducted a “Nigthwatch” service on New Year’s Eve. At

the conclusion of the year it provided an opportunity for fellowship and sharing. Last year we held a “Nightwatch” occasion and had a good time but heard from some that going out in the evening poses a challenge for those who do not drive in the dark or those who rely on others for transportation.

For 2014 we are announcing a “DAYLIGHT-NIGHTWATCH” in the Church House 3:30—6:00, Wednesday, December 31st. There will be refreshments including a punch bowl for “Saints” and one for “Sinners” and time to relax and share in the season’s joys with church friends and visitors alike. At 5:15 we will share a brief prayer in thanksgiving for the year past and in hopes for the year to come. All ages are welcome. Come as you are—on the way home or on the way out for a night on the town!


The Pastor's Pen

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Advent 2014


This week’s sharp drop in temperature has signaled the change of season . The leaves all around us provide visual testimony that winter, with all its blessings and challenges, is on its way. If you need more convincing that the “holiday season” is waiting in the wings, this edition of our PCAT Newsletter offers ample evidence.

In the pages that follow there are opportunities for fellowship, service, study and mission. In the days ahead you can join others to sing, ring, pray, decorate, cook, worship with children, youth or older adults. For your sake and ours, I hope that you will be present with your church family during Advent and Christmas. The poet Madeleine L’Engle opens her poem “First Coming” with these words: “He did not wait till the world was ready …” In a real sense we can’t get “ready” for God’s Advent into our lives, but we can anticipate it and join in. The poet concludes her poem: “He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!” May we do the same.


“First Coming”

by Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.


He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.


He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.


He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.


We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!



In Faith for this Season,


Senior Pastor



Adult Seminars

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Join others in exploration and discussion of importance to Christian life and witness. All seminars take place Sunday morning at 9:30-10:15 in church house. Coffee and bagels are provided. All are welcome. Come any Sunday you are available and interested. Our topics are:

NO Adult Seminar December 14 and 21. Coffee, bagels and informal discussion.