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2017 Summer Spiritual Wellness Challenge Starts Sunday, July 2, 2017

"And he told them many things in parables, saying: 'Listen...'"
(Matthew 13: 2)

Many people enjoy reading and learning from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from the gospel of Matthew. Jesus has a direct approach in his teaching style - "Blessed are the poor...," "Do not judge, so that you may not be judged..." But later in the gospel, beginning with chapter 13, Jesus' instructional style shifts. He speaks with a new cadence. The direct style changes to the indirect. We go from "you are the light of the world" to farmers, seeds and soil, to women baking bread, merchants and masters, and fishermen casting nets. A cast of imaginative characters arrives on the scene. Jesus becomes a spinner of parables!

Parables are simply profound. They are simple but for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, they are profound, opening up deep insights into the ways of God. Parables unlock the secrets of the kingdom of God. Parables are for advanced learners. Jesus is now focusing his energies on his disciples who are prepared to move to a higher level of wisdom.

We are disciples of Christ. These parables are for us as well as for those first disciples. During the summer months we will be looking and pondering some of Jesus' parable for our Spiritual Wellness challenge. Together we will learn from these stories what Jesus wants us to know about the Kingdom of God.>

The Parable sheets will be on the round table in Westminster Hall. Be enriched, enlightened and amazed as you enjoy these teachings.


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


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 - John Griffin

I AM IN A QUANDRY. I am stepping down as committee chair and off Session. The rules say 2 three year terms and a year off. This is good, because you can get stale and stuck on the same ideas and the old "This is the way we have always done it." I tell the Boy Scouts that the chances/opportunities to help others are all around us. Sometimes it can be overwhelming in the choices. On the Mission Committee you get a chance to make those possible opportunities into action. You also have some very smart people tell you, with love, that some of your ideas are a little insane and beyond the pale and BUCKAROO BANZAI was more rooted in reality. I always appreciated those little talks. Like the 10th Doctor Who (David Tenant) said "I don't want to go!" The Cheese Counters of Northern New Jersey and Glaze Donuts say the same thing. Sheila though, is ready to pack her bags so this is a way to say to those looking for a way to serve and to help others, come on in. So to the music of the LAST STARFIGHTER, WE ARE OFF TO THE RACES FOR THE LAST TIME.

FOOD PANTRY was just this past Saturday and all went well. We had enough for all our neighbors and enough volunteers, young and old, to make it work. We had about 45 families come. We are closed for July as it is our slowest month. The Lord rested on the seventh day and we rest on the seventh month. We will continue to collect donations as our next date of August 19th will be upon us before we know it. Your help and support are what makes this all work.

FRIDAY HAPPENING will be up and running next year starting in late September. The four dates will be figured out and passed on to you as soon as we finished our worship rites to the CALENDAR that must be obeyed.

ANGEL TREE and SOUPER BOWL OF CARING and other projects will be filled in as the Committee gets together and start to explore options.

I want to thank all the people who made all our projects and activities possible. I also wish to extend my apologies to all the people who permitted me to use them in attempts at humor. It is said that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. So God must have a sense of humor. That will be my defense at the Gate of Heaven. So everyone have a great summer and I will see you in church.

John


Ladies Book Discussion Group

The next meeting of the Ladies Book Discussion group will be held on Thursday evening, July 27 at 7:30 pm, at 814 Chestnut St., Roselle Park. We will be discussing The Good Dream by Donna Van Liere. Many of you will recognize Ms. Van Liere as the author of The Good Hope Christmas series. This is an uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other. It opens in Tennessee in the 1950's when Ivorie Walker, an old maid by the town standards, discovers a boy stealing vegetables from her garden in order to survive. Ivorie sets out to save him, and tries to discover the unanswered secrets of how he came to live in a ramshackle hut outside of town. This book is available at Amazon, or your public library, and several members have copies that they can also lend. Join us for a discussion of this poignant novel of a young woman's path to motherhood.


FOOD PANTRY

Thank you to all who have participated or contributed to our Food Pantry in any way so far this year. If you have volunteered, shopped, donated money or food items, we are so very grateful.

Our Food Pantry team is taking a much needed break by skipping July distribution day again this year. We tried it last year and it was a success. We will be back again in August.

In the meantime, if you have any clothing or household items to donate to food pantry, please do not leave them at the church. Either hold on to those items until the week before August food pantry or consider donating them to another organization. There are a lot out there who can use stuff. We do not have storage space and there are activities going on in the church during the summer that we want our church to look neat and tidy for our guests.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Deacons

Thank you to everyone  came out support the Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast. Everyone had a great time. Thank you again to everyone who helped out with the setting up an, cooking and clean up. We appreciate all the help.


NURSERY SCHOOL

Enrollment has started for the 2017-2018 School Year!

We have 58 sessions filled! If you know of anyone looking for a Preschool, please have them call us at 908-964-8544. We still have a few openings.

We wrapped up our 2016-2017 school year with Pre-K going on a field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo and our Preschool classes walking over to the Union Public Library. On June 14th we had our Moving Up ceremonies and on June 15th we had our Pre-K Graduation! It's been a fun year making friends, learning new things, and of course playing! We will miss the students who move on and we look forward to a fresh start in September 2017!

Kinder Kamp is under way and this year our themes are: Luau Fun, Pirates, Ahoy Mates, It's Time for a Fiesta, Science/Super Hero Fun, and Down by the Bay! We still have a few openings. The hours are 9am - 1pm and for all children ages 3 to 6 years old are welcome. They will have the opportunity to play on our outside playground, water fun, and to play in our full size gym on rainy days!


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.