Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

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The Pastor's Pen

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Fall 2014


School children will soon be asked to write essays on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”. With the coming of autumn it is time for us to reflect on how we spent the summer as a congregation. The resounding answer for most of us is that we spent it participating joyously in our first “Festival of Faith and the Arts.” With over a dozen individual events and outings this festival occupied many happy, challenging and interesting hours as we explored the ways in which our faith is informed, expressed and inspired by the arts. Our festival concluded as it began in the context of worship on August 17 when we expressed our thanks and best wishes to Martin Ritchie who came to us from the Church of Scotland to serve as our Festival Co-ordinator. Each of us will, of course, have our own favorite memories of this Festival, but my own reflections and learnings include:

1.  A Deep Appreciation for Martin’s ministry among us-bringing the experience and abilities of an artist, the faith convictions of a pastor and a warm and embracing spirit. Martin was the exact right choice for Festival Co-ordinator. His letter (read Festival of Faith and the Arts section) suggests that this was also a wonderful experience for him as he prepares for ordination in the Church of Scotland. More generally this is a wonderful reminder that there are those in ministry in every land and tongue, and we as American Christians have much to learn and much to share in fellowship with others. Behold how good it is when we dwell together in unity!

2.  Exploring New Dimensions of Our Faith- the wide variety of activities – from sacred dance, to poetry, sculpture and architecture- provided us with new ways to think about what we believe, what inspires us, and what helps us to pray and serve God. Many of you have remarked about how one or another of our explorations deepened your faith. The moving prayer stations throughout our church buildings set up for NiteKirk, the magnificent music of Vivaldi, the quiet deeper exploration of images of Mary, the thrilling moves of the Alvin Ailey dance troupe all laid claim to our hearts and minds in a special way. I think it is not too much to say that we learned another dimension of discipleship in learning to “hear” God’s Word through the fine  and performing arts.

3.  Celebrating the Joy of Our Christian Fellowship- over and over this summer I heard many of you remark about how much fun it was having church outings and events for folk of all ages. In almost all of our events we had people from their early teens to their nineties participate together in exploring the arts. What fun! What joy! At High Tea, eating fish and chips at the Ceilidh, learning Scottish dances, we enjoyed each other and saw each other in new ways. Our carpools to Storm King and to the city gave us a chance to get better acquainted. We welcomed strangers into our midst on several occasions and had the opportunity to share in Christian hospitality with them. In short, we learned again that the faith journey is best when shared!

4. Approaching the Beloved Community- we are called by Christ himself not to “go to church” but to be the church-the body of Christ. It is my sincere reflection that the Festival of Faith and the Arts helped us move ever closer to becoming fully that Beloved Community of which the gospel writer John speaks. The Festival required much effort by many hands, staff and volunteer. Our deepest thanks goes to all who helped, planned, drove carpools, set tables, made phone calls, cleaned up, shared poems and insights, led dances, or clapped appreciatively. The Festival was a blessing to us and to our community and a joyful portion of our journey of faith.


Yours for the journey,


Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner




Table to Table's "Bag Lunch"

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Mon. 9/29, Tues. 9/30, and Wed. 10/1 seeking volunteers to help label and stamp bags for Table to Table's "Bag a Lunch" campaign. 

Any time you can donate between 9 am and about 4 pm is greatly appreciated.

For additional information and sign-up, please contact Irene Scartozzi at (201) 888-3578.


Adult Seminars

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Get your program year off to a good start and 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:

September 14 and 21 – We will review together the actions of the Presbyterian General Assembly with regard to same gender marriages and its implications for the church. We will discuss together the Christian understanding of marriage. We will review the GA action on divestment related to Israel to gain a better understanding of this complex issue. We will want to talk together about the potential for peace in the Middle East and about the implications for Christian Jewish relations.

September 28, October 5 and 12 – “Well, It’s An Inspiration”. Each of those three Sundays a couple of our PCAT members will share a short 8-10 minute description of something which has been inspirational in their lives; a book, event, person, song, etc. Together we will discuss the nature of inspiration in our lives. Come get to know others better and be inspired.

October 19 – CROP Walk Sunday No Adult Seminar – Coffee and bagels and informal conversation still available

October 26 – No Adult Seminar – Informal discussion and coffee and bagels. Plan to stay after church and see “Heaven is for Real” (see related article)

Heavenly Thoughts – October 26, 2014

Please join us as we try something new on Reformation Sunday. Following worship stay for a quick sandwich lunch ($5.00) and then a screening of the movie, “Heaven Is For Real” on the big screens in the sanctuary. The following Sunday, November 2 there will be no Sunday School or Adult Seminar and rather, adults and children will gather in the church house for a discussion of the movie and are all welcome. Rev. Lindner and Sherrie Reilly will lead the discussion.







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CROP Walk for the Hunger — October 19, 2014


from our church. 

Registration is 1:15 and walk starts 1:30pm.


The CROP 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.

Help us help others.    You can  help in several ways:

                                         - be a walker/runner

                                         - make a donation or

                                         - sponsor someone in the congregation.

We will also need volunteers from the church:

                                        *  1-2 drivers of the support vehicle

                                        *  1-2 volunteers to supply snacks and water

For additional information, please contact our Mission co-chairs, Jeanne Lambert and Jun Motai.


Contact and Location

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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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Confirmation Class 2015

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Confirmation Class of 2015

We have a new confirmation class beginning this year. Class will meet in the confirmation room on the 3rd floor. Confirmation is about searching, questioning and growing in your personal faith, as well as working together as a community in Christ. The class will be confirmed during worship in November 2015.


Group Building Overnight: October 4-5

The confirmation class of 2015 has 12 youth from 9 different school districts. Our new class will have a great time getting to know each other by participating in group building activities. The overnight will take place at the church.


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