First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 3/5/2018

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2018 Church EnvelopesThe 2018 church offering envelopes are available.  Please take yours home with you.  Also, if you see a neighbor’s envelopes, please take them and drop them off.

2018 Calendars:  Pinkel 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.

Let’s Do Brunch:  Our brunch outing is on the second Sunday of each month.  Sometimes brunch will be a potluck or perhaps a meal at a local restaurant.  Maybe we’ll grab a sandwich from Food Barn and meet at the park if the weather permits. 

Deacons Fund for March will go to Pass It Along. Please give generously!

Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after worship on Easter Sunday, April 1st.  We will be collecting donations of small, individually-wrapped candies for the Easter Egg Hunt from now until March 25th. There is a box in the narthex for the candy.  Thank you!

2018 Per Capita:  Per Capita exists as a way for all Presbyterians to share costs that belong to the whole church and to give meaning to the interdependent nature of Presbyterian polity.  For 2018, each member’s contribution is $35.00.  Per Capita is part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together.  It exists to allow the whole church to share equitably in those things that make us Presbyterian:  our theological identity, our connectedness as communities of faith, our core structures that keep us together as a church, and our call to work for full participation in decision making.

Family Promise:  Family Promise guests will be arriving Tuesday, February 27th and leaving on Tuesday, March 13th.  The second week, Family Promise will find volunteers.  The sign-up/volunteer sheet is on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room.  Please contact Joanne at 973-903-3152 with any questions.

New Directory:  A new Church Directory is available.  Please don’t forget to take home a copy from the table in the narthex.

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).  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.

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

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!

Ink Cartridge Recycling: WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING LASER CARTRIDGES as well as inkjet cartridges.  Ink cartridges that you throw away still have many poisonous chemicals inside them.  Recycle your ink cartridges and help the church and the environment!  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 $145.60!  A list of qualifying cartridges can be found on and empties4cash.

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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Wednesday, March 7th

· Lenten Study at our church @ 1:00 pm


Sunday,  March 11th

· Sunday School @ 9:15 am

· Choir Rehearsal @ 9:20 am

· Worship Service @ 10:30 am

· Let’s Do Brunch @ 11:30 am


 Purchase with Amazon and Donate to our church:  We participate with Amazon Smile which donates a percentage of your Amazon purchases to our church.  Go to Amazon Smile and select our church as the organization to donate to every time you shop online with Amazon. Quarterly Amazon sends the funds directly into the church account.


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


Need a ride to Church? Call the church office. Drivers needed.




Ecumenical Lenten StudyBack by popular demand!  Every Monday night, February 19th through March 26th, we will be exploring selected Psalms through color, music, and discussion.  A soup dinner will be provided at 6:00 p.m., with the lesson starting around 6:45 p.m.  The Church of the Good Shepherd is hosting again this year.

Afternoon Lenten StudyIf you are not able to make the Monday evening study, there will be a daytime option on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.   Please join me in the fellowship room starting February 21st through March 28th, at 1:00 p.m.  All ages are invited.  We will be using the same Psalms study as the Ecumenical group.

Home Lenten Devotional GuidesWe will be providing devotional guides to use at home.  The Psalm Devotional Guide includes reflections and questions for both children and adults to supplement the coloring pages.

Wall of Crosses:  The Worship Committee is inviting members and friends to bring in a cross(es).  We will be making a ‘wall of crosses’, which we will have in the front of the sanctuary during Lent.  Please put your name on the back, or tag it, so we can return to the correct owner.  Bring in your cross any Sunday to Joanne Cosh or Cindy O’Donnell.

Ecumenical Choir CantataSaturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th at 7p.m. – The concert will be at the Sussex United Methodist Church.

Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 25th at 10:30 a.m., special worship service.

Maundy Thursday ServiceThursday, March 29th at 7p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex.

Good Friday Service: Friday, March 30th at 7 p.m. at the Sussex United Methodist Church.

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise ServiceSunday, April 1st at 6:30 a.m. hosted by Pleasant Acres Farm Campground.

Easter SundaySunday, April 1st at 10:30 a.m., worship service.  Easter Egg Hunt following our worship service.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday, March 10th, before you go to bed!