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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

OK, once again we start with music of the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN playing to encourage me against the odds. Odds I will not finish this before 3 AM. Alright, we are in change over mode. The school year is coming to an end. Many parties and celebrations and sighs of relief are heard across the land. It is good to mark these milestones. For the Mission Committee we have one more FOOD PANTY before we take a break in July. June is also a time of change for elders and deacons. I wish at this time to extend an invitation to anyone interested in coming on board Mission. You do not have to be an elder or deacon. I often joke about our meetings, but truth is we get a lot done. If I could I would take the whole committee out and get them all plastered to show my appreciation for all their hard work. That does not quite sound right. Oh well, sounding wrong has never been my problem. To the sound of Gladiator’s NOW WE ARE FREE, let us proceed into battle.

FOOD PANTRY was just this past Saturday and we had 40 some odd families come. We were light on Boy Scouts and other youthful volunteers as the Scouts were camping that weekend. I want to thank the adult volunteers, the 4 young volunteers and Joanne K. who leaped in to help the young ones. I also want to thank the POST OFFICE and Charles Lin who brought us some of their yearly food collection. I also want to thank the people who came and helped check and sort a very impressive mountain of food. We shared some of this with the UNION TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY, RESTORE MINISTRY IN ELIZABETH AND SAINT JOSEPH’S CENTER IN ELIZABETH.WE ALSO FILLED OUR CABINETS! Of course we began to empty them right away. Our next date is June 17th, yes the day after the ball game. We will have plenty of coffee on hand to help.

FRIDAY HAPPENING was at the start of May and was very successful as we had about 155 young boys and girls there. I again want to thank all the volunteers who made this event possible. They stand guard like Odin the All Father. I may have seen THOR too many times. In any case, it passed my bar for success, no bodies to bury, no blood to clean up. We are setting up 4 dates for next year. Stay tuned.

There are a host of possible projects that we can put our hands and hearts to. The Committee will start planning, soon. So prepare to be amazed and we have a seat open for you. Ah, it is only 2:30 AM.

See you in church!

John


Ladies Book Discussion Group

The next meeting of the Ladies Book Discussion group will be held on Thursday evening, May 18 at 7:30 pm, at 814 Chestnut St., Roselle Park. We will be discussing "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman. This is a great book that we decided to delay discussing until all of our members were healthy! Ove is a newly widowed and retired man with very strict ideas of right and wrong. Things seem to turn around quite a bit, though, when a chatty young couple with 2 chatty daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten his mailbox. This one event is the stimulus to changing the cranky old man and the neighborhood's perception of him. It's a feel good, sometimes funny, and sometimes bitter-sweet novel that makes us think about the impact that one life has on another's. If you've already read this book and want to get ahead for the summer read, we'll be discussing The Good Dream by Donna Van Liere in July. Many of you will recognize Ms. Van Liere as the author of The Good Hope Christmas series. More details to follow. Come join us! We promise a lively discussion. All readers are welcome.


FOOD PANTRY

First of all, a great big shout out to Charlie Lin and the Union Post Office for sharing part of their annual food drive with us. Because of them, we were able to give more groceries than usual to our guests and to fill our cabinets for future use.

We served about 40 families in May. Our numbers are down for some unexplained reason but we also add a family or two each month most of whom have been coming from one of the Senior Citizen buildings. We are happy to be able to help our seniors in town on limited incomes who otherwise have to make hard choices between eating and perhaps paying for medication.

Two things to keep in mind for the future:
There is NO food pantry in July. It is typically the least attended food pantry of the year. We tried last year to suspend the July date and since it seemed to work out, we have decided to do it again.

Our October food pantry date has changed from October 21 to October 14. This is because of the "Four Centuries in a Weekend" event that our church is again involved with.

Thank you for all you do for us. We appreciate every donation of your time, talents, groceries, and prayers.


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

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.