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COME TO CHURCH THIS SUNDAY – THE 7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER!

 

Rev. Lindner will preach on “While He’s Gone” in observance of Christ’s Ascension.

LOVE AND PRAYERS go to the family of Jean Carter, who passed away on May 17.  Condolences may be sent to her daughters c/o Susan Maddens, 209 West Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

SAVE THE DATE –  NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 4th – 1:30 PM - Combined Church Picnic – PCAT and Grace & Love Church – SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY so we may know how many are coming to the picnic.  Please indicate whether you will bring a side dish (salads, baked beans, chips, etc.) or beverage.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers will be available!  This will be a time of fun and fellowship, rain or shine!

THIS SUNDAY – PRESBYVIEWERS – 4 PM at the home of Don and Viki Shima. We will see the movie “Fences,” directed by and starring Denzel Washington with Viola Davis.  Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the story is set in 1950’s Pittsburgh.  It explores themes of family ties, racial inequality, and persistence in the face of challenge.  All are welcome.  Refreshments are served.

NOTE: The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. As always you may leave a phone message at 201-567-0111 or contact Rev. Lindner at 201-417-1969.

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 9th .

A NOTE FROM MISSION COMMITTEE – Monthly food donations for the Center for Food Action will be received on Communion Sunday, next week, June 4, 2017.

 

The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

55 Magnolia Avenue

Tenafly, NJ 07670

201-567-0111 / Fax: 201-567-0529

www.pcat.ws

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THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT TENAFLY                   

 

For Every Heart a Home

Volume 7, Issue 2                                                                                                                                                 April/May 2017

THE PASTOR’S PEN

In the twenty-third chapter of Leviticus, God instructs Moses to set apart a Day of Atonement for the Israelites.  On that day, the people are to worship God by fasting, prayer, repentance for their sins, and in doing acts of charity for those in need.  Our Jewish neighbors retain this custom each year as they observe Yom Kippur.

The early church with its Jewish heritage adopted many of the practices associated with Yom Kippur as it began to shape the season of Lent.  As we begin to prepare our hearts and minds for the observance of Jesus’ Passion and ultimately the joy of Easter, we do well to observe a period of quiet reflection about our own lives.

In these days of preparation, we can think, again, about our own habits, routines, and lifestyles.  Do we live in ways that demonstrate the love of God in Jesus Christ? From what thoughts and deeds do we need to repent?  How might each of us find one new way to draw closer to God in this season of Lent?

Perhaps there is a strained relationship for which you might hit the “re-set” button this season.  Perhaps it is time to address a pattern of behavior in which you are less than who you are when you are your best self.

As children, many of us “gave up something for Lent.”  Usually, this was something like chocolate, or cake and cookies.  In adulthood, it is not so much what we “give up” as it is a matter of taking on something for Lent.  In our prayerful reflection, may each of us find a way to draw closer through greater generosity, prayerful reflection or amendment of life.

In the Jewish community, it is not uncommon to wish each other a “good fast” for Yom Kippur.  I wish each of you “a good Lent” that you may know ever more fully the joy of Easter this year.

Blessings for the journey,

 

Eileen

 

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THIS SUNDAY – PRESBYVIEWERS – 4 PM at the home of Don and Viki Shima.

We will see the movie “Fences,” directed by and starring Denzel Washington with Viola Davis.  Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the story is set in 1950’s Pittsburgh.  It explores themes of family ties, racial inequality, and persistence in the face of challenge.  All are welcome.  Refreshments are served.

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Sat May 27, 2017 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
AA
Sun May 28, 2017 @ 9:15AM -
Choir Rehearsal
Thu Jun 01, 2017 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
Essence Group - Thursday Evening
Sun Jun 04, 2017 @10:30AM - 10:30AM
Communion Sunday

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