Church News

Lenten Calendar 2017

Wednesday, March 1          Ash Wednesday Service, 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary

Saturday, April 1          Easter Bunny Breakfast, 9:00-11:00 am in the Gym

Saturday, April 8          Choir Cantata, Two Crowns, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 9          Palm Sunday, 11:00 am Service, Sanctuary

Thursday, April 13          Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae Service, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 16          Easter Sunrise Service, 7:00 am, in the Cemetery

Sunday, April 16          Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 am, in the Manse yard (gather at the church)

Sunday, April 16          Easter Service, 11:00 am with Communion, Sanctuary


Lenten Devotional Journal
"Then Sings My Soul"

The psalmist tells us to "...come into his presence with singing." (Psalm 100:2) The songs in our hymnbooks cover the whole range of human emotions. Our hymns help us put our thoughts and feelings into words, even using our songs as prayers. Everyone has a favorite hymn even during Lent and Easter.

This year's Lenten devotional journal, "I Sing Because I'm Free" will focus on those hymns that take us on our Lenten journey. We will be looking at Scriptures through musical eyes. Some Hymns will be familiar and others not so familiar. The books will be available Sunday, February 26, 2017.

As you read these scriptures during this Lenten season, may your relationship to God be enriched and your love and devotion to Christ deepen.


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.


FOOD PANTRY

WOW! What a wonderful event that took place on February 5, our "Souper Bowl of Caring". During services we had speakers from 3 different missions that our church is involved with. Patricia Griffin from Pillar and Ground of Truth Life Center Church in Newark spoke of what their group does. This group deals primarily with the homeless or nearly homeless in Newark. The church is situated in an area that has homeless shelters in either direction. They offer food, clothing, coats, blankets to these families. At the start of the school year, they provide the children in the neighborhood with backpacks filled with school supplies.

We also heard from Linwood Bagley from Restore Ministries in Elizabeth. Restore is a program geared to children at risk by providing after school programs, snacks, dinner, homework help, and lots and lots of encouragement.

Our third speakers were Boys Scouts from our own congregation who are members of two different troops. Tommy Novak (Troop 68) spoke of his Eagle Scout project with its complexities and challenges and finally completion. Logan DesRochers (Troop 80/Cranford) spoke of his upcoming Eagle Scout project and why he chose it.

After services we went to the gym which was decorated in a "Super Bowl" theme where we dined on delicious homemade soups, salads, breads and desserts, mimicking what might be served at a Soup kitchen.

Then there were opportunities for thank you prizes. We had over 100 regular prizes and 9 large prizes. A good time was had by all.

Since the purpose of this event was to help those who do not have enough to eat, donations of over 800 food items were collected and a whopping $1500! The monies collected are being sent to the Elmora/Cranford Soup Kitchen, a mission that our church has been involved with for several years.

We are so grateful for all our fantastic cooks, helpers, basket makers, anyone who donated anything at all. And for all who came and enjoyed our event. See you next year!!


Deacons

Please join us for a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon on Sunday, February 12 after worship to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday.

Save the Date
Easter Bunny Breakfast April 1


NURSERY SCHOOL

The Nursery School News is here


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

The Christian Education update is here


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.