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:


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

Lenten Jars: the Lenten Jars were blessed on Easter Sunday and the $523.17 collected will be placed in a fund for "Helping Hands". This fund will be used as needed to take care of our church family when special needs arise.

The committee finalized its schedule of events for the rest of 2018:

September 30th: Wellness Sunday ...stay tuned for details but save the date and be prepared to have some fun during and after church!

October 28th: collection for Restore Ministries holiday gifts will begin and all envelopes to be returned by November 18th.

November 11th: this will be Connecticut Farm Day at the Elmora Soup Kitchen. It's also Veteran's Day so we will be planning something special for our guests. We will need about 15 volunteers that day. More to come...

December: date TBD but we will once again be joining Restore Ministries for their holiday party.

Open Invitation to all Members: Whether you are interested in helping with one event or all, the Mission Committee would love to have you! Please see Karen Drzik for more information.


WOMEN'S BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:

The next meeting of the Ladies Book Club will be on Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 pm. This month's selection is Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger. It is the story of 2 families in Minnesota, separated by class, but joined by tragedy during the summer of 1961, as told by Frank, thirty years later. It was a summer of 3 deaths and the impact that they all had on Frank's life. His dad is a minister, his mom, the choir director, living vicariously through his sister, a Juilliard bound musician. Mysteries to be solved, and questions to God. Beautifully written, this book will transport you to a simpler time. It is a touching coming-of-age novel about family, faith and the empathy that can come from a violent loss. I look forward to reading this great book.

Another book that you may want to read over the lazy days of summer is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. The international guests have been entertained by a famous opera singer. It is a perfect evening - until a band of gunwielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.

Join us at 814 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park for lively discussion and fellowship.


Food Pantry

Wow! A huge thanks to our Union Post Office for the tremendous amount of food collected in their annual "Stamp out Hunger" campaign on May 12. Our own Charlie Lin and a co-worker delivered enough food to fill our coal room! We had enough to fill our own shelves and share a large part of this bounty with others. What a blessing.

We have one more food pantry on June 16 before our summer break. We are taking July off. We will resume in August.

We are always in need of juice, peanut butter, and pasta sauce, and mac and cheese. If you can donate any of these items, it would be greatly appreciated. The donation bin just inside the door from the parking lot has been moved into the coal room due to fire department regulations. So if it is not in the hallway on Sunday and you have a donation for us, please peek into the coal room. Thanks.

If you have donations of clothing or household items, please do not bring them without calling us first. We will accept them during food pantry week only due to storage issues and desire to keep our food pantry area tidy not only for us but for other groups coming to use the building.

Thanks for all your love and support. Have a great summer!!


CARING, SHARING NETWORK:

Do you, or someone you know, need in-home services? The Caring, Sharing Network may be able to help. Once again, Presbyterian Women is sponsoring a meeting with representatives from this organization. They'll be with us at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in Westminster Hall to discuss these services. With us will be:

This organization has given us excellent information in past visits, so we look forward to their presentations once again. Come, bring a friend. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Speak to Laurie Glaser.


NURSERY SCHOOL

May was an exciting month! The children made special gifts for their mom's. Pre-K and Preschool walked over to the Union Public Library and our Pre-K for the end of the year trip went to Turtle Back Zoo. We also had a local Veterinarian come and talk to the children about pets and how we care for them.

June Themes: In June we will be talking about Fathers and we will be doing a unit on Under the Sea. On our last 2 days of school, an ice cream truck will come and deliver special treats!

Graduation: Programs will be held on Thursday, June 14th (Ms. Lisa's Nursery School classes) and Friday, June 15th (Miss Kate's Pre-K classes). All are invited to attend. Preschools graduations will be at 9:00am and 12:00pm on Thursday and Pre-K's graduation starts at 9:00am, on Friday.

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year is under way!
There are half session and full days available, we will be offering early drop off at 8:00am. If you know of anyone looking to send their child to preschool, please send them our way! Our phone number is 908-964-8544.

Kinder Kamp will be held for 6 weeks this year, from June 20th - August 3rd. The program will run from (9am - 1pm) with the option to stay a full day until 2:30pm. The Kamp is for children ages 3 to 6 years old. The children will participate in fun and engaging thematic units and will have the opportunity to play on our outside playground or in our full size gym! Snacks will be provided.

I would like to thank all of the church members that have contributed towards various activities throughout the year. Whether it was a fundraiser, or donating pajamas and soup cans, your generosity does not go unnoticed.

For more information visit: cfnurseryschool.org (Pictures are posted) https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutFarmsChurchNurserySchool


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!


2018 PER CAPITA

The Per Capita payment for 2018 is $38.50 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.