First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 11/13/2016

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Deacons Fund for November will go to Skyland’s Outreach Depot.  Located in Franklin, this is a collaborative and ecumenical organization of the people and churches of Sussex County, with the mission statement, “To Help Others.”  Through the  Depot, people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to work together toward the goal of providing support and relief to those in need in local communities, our nation, and around the world.  Recent projects have included a shoe drive, a school supplies drive, and the assembly of disaster relief buckets.  Please give generously!

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

Be a Good StewardIf you haven’t done so already, please submit your pledge card to Janet Hayzler, 96 Holland Rd., Wantage, NJ, 07461, or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday.  Session is in the process of making key decisions regarding 2017, and your timely submission of your pledge cards will be greatly appreciated.

Confirmation Class:  Pastor Amy will be holding a Confirmation Class this year.  She will be reaching out to the youth and their families regarding a meeting in November.  Please contact Pastor Amy if you are interested in helping with this year’s Confirmation Class.  More information will be coming soon!

Choir RehearsalIn preparation for Advent/Christmas, we will have Saturday rehearsals November 12th and December 3rd, 9:30-11 a.m.  Sunday rehearsal starts at 9:20 a.m. sharp!  Any new singers will be joyfully accepted!  Please prayerfully consider being part of this ministry, even if it’s just for the holiday season!

PresbySeniors NewsOur Senior Christmas Luncheon and Party will be held on Thursday, December 8th, 12:00 noon, at the church.  Charlie & Penny Bates will be our host and hostess!  Call Barbara Young (973-875-7864) or Lois Wright (973-875-3555) with your covered dish casserole, salad, or dessert.  Please bring a present for the Yankee Gift Exchange.  New seniors are welcome!!  Hope you can join us!

Hanging of the Greens:  Everyone is invited to help decorate the church for Christmas on Sunday, November 27th, after worship.  It is a group activity, and a pizza party will be enjoyed when the decorating is finished!

Blue ServiceIt’s been a rough year for our church, and for this reason, we will have a Blue Service on Sunday, December 4th, at 3:00 p.m.  A Blue Service is to help those who are grieving during the holiday season.  The service is open to the public.

Upcoming Advent Activities:  We have some activities planned for children and families during the Advent season:  November 27th   - Family Advent Workshop @ 3:00 p.m and December 11th - Christmas Caroling @ 5:30 p.m.

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: 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!


21 Unionville Avenue

Sussex, NJ 07461


(973) 875-4760


Worship Service: 10:30 am

Rev. Amy Lawrence Pastor

(973) 534-7479 - cell





United in God’s love,  Dedicated to God’s service

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This Week’s Schedule










Tuesday,  November 15th

· Presbytery Meeting @ 1:00 pm

· Session Meeting @ 6:00 pm


Sunday,  November 20th

· Sunday School @ 9:15 am

· Choir Practice @ 9:20 am

· Adult Class @ 9:30 am

· Worship @ 10:30 am



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Chancel Flowers:  Contact Joanne Cosh at (973) 875—2204

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