Church News

YOUTH GROUP:

The Youth Group meets on Sundays at 12:15-2 p.m. twice a month, unless otherwise noted. Open to all youth, sixth grade and up. Upcoming meetings:


"The People of Christ's Passion"
2018 Lenten Daily Devotional

During the last week of Jesus' life, from his entry into Jerusalem to his resurrection, many people enter the scene from the disciples, to Pontius Pilot to the two thieves on the cross to the guards at the tomb and more. During Lent we will be taking a look at who these characters are and how they play a part in the story of Christ's passion.

The booklets will be available on February 11, 2018, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is February 14th.


DEACONS

BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

A special Soup and Sandwich luncheon will he held on Sunday, February 11th. Please join us in the gym after church for a time of fellowship with our boy scouts and their families.

SAVE THE DATE

The Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 9-11 am in the gym. Tickets will be on sale during coffee hour throughout March.


Buildings and Grounds

A note from your Buildings & Grounds Committee...

Dear Committee Chairs, Elders and Deacons,
Please remember that when having an event at the church, any setups and take downs need to be done by your committee members or your volunteer group.
The Facilities Committee will not be responsible for these duties. Thanks so much for your cooperation in this matter.


MISSION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Mission Committee is proud to report on our November-January activities and our upcoming Souper Bowl of Caring.

Food Pantry:
34 families were served in December
37 families were served in January
The next food pantry is on February 17th.

Friday Night Happening:
60 children attended in December

Restore Ministries Project:
All 50 envelopes, plus $40 additional was collected for the gifts. A total of $1040 was given to Restore Ministries.
Approximately 100 people attended the holiday party which included about 20 of our church members that brought food, served, and cleaned up.
The evening included singing carols, telling of the Christmas story, dinner and of course gifts! A great time was had by all!

Day of Service: January 15th
This year, thanks to the donations of church members and friends, we assembled and donated:
141 blessing bags, filled with hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and toiletries
4 tubs of baby items with clothes, diapers, wipes, sheets, blankets and more to St. Clare's
3 tubs of women's items and several dress/work suits to S.O.F.I.A.
We also had a group that cleaned out the boiler room, a group that cleaned out the craft supply closet downstairs and a group that made baskets for the Souper Bowl! A wonderful day in the life of our church!

Souper Bowl of Caring: February 4th 12 pm-2:30 pm
Items are still being collected and the final basket making and event set up will be on February 3rd beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Sign up sheets for food and soup are in Westminster Hall.
S.O.F.I.A. and St. Clare's will speak at the service.
The dollars from the Souper Bowl of Caring will be put in the mission account until the committee meets to decide where they will go. All food will go to our Food Pantry.


WOMEN'S BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:

The next meeting of the Ladies Book Club will be on March 22. Mark your calendars ladies. The last week of March is Holy Week so we will be meeting one week early. Our selection for this month is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Friedrich Backman.This charming, warmhearted novel is from the author of our previously read bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and a bit on the crazy side. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other...

Join us for a lively discussion of this great book at 814 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park at 7:30 pm.


Food Pantry

We continue to be grateful to all for your support of our mission. This past month we served 37 families. We have noticed a downward trend in the number of families who come to us for food and we are hoping this means the economy is better and our families are less in need of extra assistance.

We are also grateful to our bread and sweets suppliers of Costco, Panera's, and Blue Ribbon Bakery. They help keep our freezers full and allow us to share our bounty with other groups in and around our community that help others with food as well.

We are excited about the "Souper Bowl of Caring" coming up on February 4. This is a souper fun event that helps us fill our cabinets that allows us to keep in our budget. If you haven't come in the past, consider coming this year. Karen Drzik is the super coordinator. We will have a souper lunch of homemade soups, breads, salads, and desserts after worship on that Sunday then try your luck to win one (or more) of our thank you prizes.

In the past, some families have won so many, they may have needed a truck to transport them all home. We will also have some items for sale at souper discounted prices. Come check it out!!

*Items we need for our Food Pantry:
Apple Juice
Tuna
Peanut Butter
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Macaroni & Cheese
Cereal
Pasta
Pasta Sauce

*Please check expiration dates and discard any outdated items before donating. Thanks!!


NURSERY SCHOOL

We now have 67 registered students! We began our In-House Registration for the 2018/2019 school year in January. We will open up to the Public on February 5th. If you know of anyone who may be interested in registering their child next year, please have them call the school at 908-964-8544.

Our themes for January were, Winter Fun, Animals that Hibernate, and Musical Instruments. We also had a Family Night on Friday, January 19th and our entertainment for the evening was a Children's Entertainer - Annie B. It was a fun family event and the children and their families had a lot of fun singing and dancing!

Here's what the children will be learning about in February:
Our Presidents, Love and Feelings, Dental Health, and Healthy Hearts!

Upcoming Events...

Soup for the Super Bowl. The Preschool will be collecting cans of soup for the Connecticut Farms Church Food Pantry along with having a Super Bowl party!

The children will also celebrate Valentine's Day by sharing Valentine's with their classmates.

A local Dentist will visit us during the month of February for Dental Health month. The dentist will talk to the children about ways to keep their teeth healthy!


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

The Christian Education update is here


FROM THE COUNTING COMMITTEE

ConnectOne Bank will no longer accept checks made out to "CFC" or "Connecticut Farms". You must write "Connecticut Farms Church" or "Conn. Farms Church" on your checks.

Thank you.
The Counting Committee


The Elevator

At its regular stated meeting on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, the Session voted to establish a special Elevator Fund utilizing the gift given in memory of Vera Drzik and any further dedicated donations. Those of you who are very observant no doubt have seen the pictures of an elevator on each wall as you come in the door off the parking lot. Accompanying the picture are the words "Thank you, God, for the elevator." Jesus told us to be persistent in our prayers...to prayer without ceasing... Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive... For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there", and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you...So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours...All things can be done for the one who believes..and the list goes on. "Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours..." Often when we pray we do not think God will grant our request. Christ says, in essence, that we must believe to receive. We need an elevator so many who cannot climb the stairs are able to attend worship and our fellowship opportunities. If we want that elevator we must pray with faith - faith that God will grant us the means and the way. Do not ask - "Well what will it cost," or "when will it happen" or where will it go" - just pray in faith for God to bring the elevator and all that will fall into place. So when you enter the building, look at the pictures and pray with deep faith and belief, "Thank you, God, for the elevator." Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours...

If want to donate to the Elevator Fund, please make the check out to Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, marking that it is for the Elevator fund. Thank you. And THANK YOU GOD FOR THE ELEVATOR!


2017 PER CAPITA

The Per Capita payment for 2017 is $37.50 per member. Our church is required to pay this amount to the Presbytery for each member. It is separate from your regular pledge amount.


Using GoodSearch as your Internet search engine can earn Connecticut Farms money!

What if Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting your favorite cause.

And if you download the GoodSearch - Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church toolbar, our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Add the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/mode/. There are two other easy ways to use GoodSearch: one is a link on our CTFarms.org home page to follow; the other is to use the following address: http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=930607

Don't get overzealous though. Abuse will cause more harm than good. Simply use GoodSearch in place of and in the same way you use your favorite search engine.

Spread the word to friends and family too!


WORSHIP ETIQUETTE

In preparation for worship, take the opportunity to speak to God, respecting each other's desire to meditate. During worship be mindful of others and the worship leaders and do not move around the sanctuary. At the close of the service, greet one another with joy. Thank you.


CHOIR - MEN NEEDED!

Dewey is putting out a request for at least 4 - 5 men to join the Sanctuary Choir. Many men believe they simply can't sing, but Dewey says "if you can speak, you can sing - and I can teach you how!"

Men of all ages are welcome, no prior music experience is necessary, and there is no need to be able to read music. There is one rehearsal each week on Sundays at 9:00 a.m., with flexibility for those involved in other church activities; such as, Sunday School (occasional additional rehearsals for cantatas are minimal and TBD).

Come try it out next Sunday - just bring an open mind and heart, and discover what a joy spirit-led singing can be! Alternatively, if you know someone in the community who enjoys singing? Invite them to come and speak to Dewey.


Remembering First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms in Your Estate Planning

Bequests for the benefit of the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms should be made to the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms, which accepts, manages and distributes gifts on behalf of the Congregation. The following sample bequest language will ensure that your gift directly benefits the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms for the purpose you specify.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms, a nonprofit congregation headquartered in Union, NJ, the (sum of $____________or (_____percent of my estate) or (the property described herein) or (the remainder of my estate)."

OR

Simply add First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms as a beneficiary to your IRA, 401K, deferred annuity or other retirement plan assets.