First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 02/19/2017

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Deacons Fund for February  will go to the Free Clinic Newton, located at 67 High Street in Newton.  It is a 501(c)(3) charity which provides free medical services to people who are low-income, uninsured, or unable to afford health care elsewhere.  Staffed by physicians and nurses with a wide range of medical skills who volunteer their time and talents, Free Clinic Newton provides basic eye care, urgent and chronic care, minor procedures, triage assessments, diagnostic testing, and referral for some surgical procedures.  Low-cost or free mediations (never narcotics) are also made available to patients.  The Clinic is also an additional way for the poor and homeless to access community social services, food and clothing banks, and recovery opportunities.  Because the health care is offered at no cost, Free Clinic Newton relies on community donations and volunteer doctors, nurses, and citizens to make this important service possible.  For more information, go to http://freeclinicnewton.org Please give generously to our monthly Deacons Funds!

Deacon Visits: The Deacons are visiting with members of the church.  At your request, we will contact you to arrange a time and place (typically your home J).  We also encourage you to let us know of people who would appreciate a visit.  We look forward to a friendly visit with you!  Contact Phil Hardin at (201) 602-5445 for further information

Child Protection Policy: Session approved, after much research and consideration, a Child Protection Policy and Parent Consent Form (Waiver) for use by the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex effective January 1, 2017.  Session advises all parents with young children and or teenagers to read the policy carefully and ask any questions that you may have regarding its implications on your child or their church-related activities.  From time to time, parents may be asked to revisit the policy and respond to individual requests for the signing of the consent form, better know as a waiver form, when church activities call for such action.

 Family Promise:  Family Promise guests will be arriving Tuesday, February 28th.  The sign-up/volunteer sheet is on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room.  Please contact Joanne at 973-903-3152 with any questions.

Snow RemovalVolunteers are needed to help with snow removal this winter.  A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.

2017 Church EnvelopesThe 2017 church offering envelopes are available in the Narthex.  Please take yours home with you when you come to church.  Also, if you see a neighbor’s envelopes, please take them and drop them off.

2017 CalendarsPinkel Funeral Home has generously donated scenic calendars with our church info on it.  Please feel free to take home as many as you’d like.  They are located in the Narthex.

Per Capita: Each Presbyterian Church (USA) is billed a yearly assessment to pay the operating costs of the General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery.  This year, the assessment is $35.00 for each member.  To ease the burden on the church, we are again asking that each member who is able to do so, pay his/her assessment.  The special blue envelope in your offering envelopes box may be used for this contribution.  Please make checks payable to “First Presbyterian Church of Sussex” and put “Per Capita” on the memo line.  You may mail it to the Depositing Treasurer, Janet Hayzler, 96 Holland Road, Wantage, NJ 07461, or place it in the offering plate on any Sunday.

Confirmation ClassThe next Confirmation class will be held February 19th, from 6-8 p.m.  We will meet at the church, and dinner will be provided.  Please contact Pastor Amy if you are interested in helping with this year’s Confirmation Class.

Prayer Chain:  The Prayer Chain for members of the congregation is being updated.  If anyone would like to receive notifications via text rather than a phone call, there is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship room for the next few weeks.  You may also contact Sharon Alheidt or Joanne Cosh

New DirectoryA new Church Directory is available on the table in the narthex.  Please don’t forget to take a copy home with you.  Updates will be published in the monthly newsletters.  Thank you!!          

Prayer BoxIn an effort to reach out to the community, a prayer box has been placed outside under the front sign.  Anonymous prayers are read/prayed for by the Ecumenical prayer group.  The box is open to church members also!!

From Newton PresbyteryThe Presbytery wants to include you in their database.  They send out a weekly newsletter that is full of information about the Presbytery and individual churches, and they don’t want you to miss anything!  Please sign up on the form in the narthex at the church, or go to the Presbytery’s webpage at: www.newtonpresbytery.org and give them your name and email address.

Faith Community Health PartnershipIn the event you are hospitalized in a hospital that is part of the Atlantic Health Care System (Newton, Morristown, Hackettstown, Chilton in Pompton Plains, or Overlook in Summit), one of the first questions asked is whether you would like your faith community to be notified.  If your answer would be yes, you can expedite the process by filling out a registration form that will be put into the Atlantic Health Care Database.  Thus, if you are hospitalized, the system would already be in place.  Pastor Amy or a deacon would be visiting or contacting you to render support to you and your family.  If you wish to participate in this optional program, please fill out the form at the link below and return it to Phil Hardin or the church office.  Click Here for Form

Your Church Family CaresIs there an impending surgery, a personal loss, or some issue or event that is troubling you?  Please know that your church family is available to help and support you with a phone call or a visit from a Deacon or Pastor, or just some company in a time of need.  We are just a phone call away!  Please leave a personal message for Pastor Amy (973-534-7479) or Deacon Phil Hardin (201-602-5445).

Plain Change MinistryPlease continue to empty your pockets/ purses to help our neighbors in need.  Thank you for your support!

Clothing Collection Box:  Please remember to use the clothing collection box located in the back of our parking lot.  The company we use empties the box on a weekly basis, maintains insurance and permits, and cleans up any dumping that may occur.  They send the church a flat fee of $150.00 a month.  This is a great idea for continued monthly revenue.  Also, please tell your friends about it!

Ink Cartridge Recycling: Help the church and help the environment!  It will take 450+ years for an ink cartridge to decompose.  97% of a cartridge is recyclable.  Thank you to those who have brought in your ink cartridges.  Keep them coming!   The recycling company will send the church a check, which will be used toward church expenses.  To date, we have received over $100.00! A list of qualifying cartridges is attached to the black cartridge drop-off box in the hallway.  There has been a request for recycling toner which is being investigated, so please hold on to your toner cartridges.

21 Unionville Avenue

Sussex, NJ 07461

 

(973) 875-4760

sussexpresbyterian@embarqmail.com

 

Worship Service: 10:30 am

Rev. Amy Lawrence Pastor

(973) 534-7479 - cell

pastoramy@embarqmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday,  February 21st

· Session Meeting @ 6:00 pm

 

Sunday,  February 26th

· Sunday School  @ 9:15 am

· Choir Rehearsal @ 9:20 am

· Worship @ 10:30 am

 

 

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