Church News

Stewardship

This year's Stewardship Season theme is "Out of the Believer's Heart shall flow rivers of Living waters…" It is inspired by a portion of the seventh chapter of John's Gospel.

"On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.' "

Our faith narrative is filled with allusions to water. We sing of blessings flowing, peace like a river, and fountains flowing deep and wide. Like streams and rills that converge and become rivers, the officers, boards and committees of the Connecticut Farms church are striving to flow seamlessly into the single river that is the church.

Once creeks have merged into a river, it's impossible to know where the separate drops of water originated. As each stream contributes its water, the river becomes fuller, stronger, and more powerful, tugging the water in a single, relentless current to the sea. Water brings life to seemly barren deserts and is powerful enough to carve canyons from solid rock.

Our goal is to become that single, powerful, life-sustaining river-one church, with God's Spirit giving us all life (taken from the GA report). We are all working to "Grow Christ's Church Deep and Wide."

Stewardship Sunday is November 4, 2018. We will celebrate our commitment of generosity to God that day as we bring out Generosity Commitment cards to worship and then have a potluck lunch following the worship service.


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

On Sunday, September 30, The Mission Committee will present "Wellness & Worship Sunday", a community event to educate and empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles and practice good nutrition for body and soul.

The event begins at 11 am with a vibrant, music focused church service designed to get people up and moving, and then continues from 12-2 pm with health screenings, fun and games, nutritious food preparation, exercise and information.

We invite all church members to pick up a flyer/registration form located on the round table in Westminster Hall. Please share this information with any local businesses and health organizations that you may have a relationship with. The categories of participation include:

There is no charge for sponsors who provide a service (health screenings, physical fitness program, etc.) Vendor tables will also be available at a nominal fee of $25. This is a great way for a local business to introduce their products or services to our community. For more information contact JoAnne Kaplan at 908 206 0497. You can also speak with JoAnne, Karen Drzik or Yolanda Jackson during coffee hour. More information will appear in the Sunday bulletin. In the meanwhile, mark your calendar for September 30. We hope to see you there!


Food Pantry

We are always grateful for the love and support of our church family for our food pantry. We appreciate the bags of food items, the help on food pantry day, and the monetary donations. I cannot stress this enough.

We served 30 families in September. Our numbers have been low this year but we hope it is because families are doing better. However, with Thanksgiving coming up next month, we are anticipating an increase.

We know God is good to us. Each month we seem to start out a little short on something whether the food extras or personnel. But somehow on food pantry day, we have enough and more of everything we need. Awesome!

If you have any non-food items to donate to food pantry, please call ahead to either Joan, Jane or Sheila. This includes all church members and anyone else you might know who would like to donate. Please make sure the items are clean, and in good condition. If you don't want it because it is stained or broken, why would anyone else? We will happily accept items during the week just preceding food pantry. Our next food pantry is Saturday, October 13 due to the Four Centuries in a Weekend event on the third Satuday.


NURSERY SCHOOL

On Friday, June 7th we had a traveling farm come to the Church Manse. The children and parents had the opportunity to see and feed an alpaca, miniature donkey, a calf, goats, lambs, bunnies and some chicks.

We wrapped up our 2017-2018 school with our graduation ceremonies on June 14th & June 15th. 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 2018!

Registration is ongoing and spaces are filling up! If you know of anyone looking for a Preschool, please have them call us at 908-964-8544. We still have a few openings.

Kinder Kamp is under way and this year our themes are based on Stem Learning: Which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Here are our topics: Water, Water Everywhere, What Can We Build, Food for Thought, Nature's Explorers, Our Underwater World, and the Seashore! All the weeks are filled!


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.