April 2019 Newsletter

We Care! We Serve! We Believe 

From the Laptop of Pastor Jane 

Is that a flower trying to bud through the cold ground? Oh my, it is the beginning of a Lily! I can-not wait for spring as I would imagine most of you feel! There is something refreshing about a spring day and watching the trees and flowers starting to bloom. That coupled with Easter, and His story, gives each of us HOPE for a new day, as we too, can start to come ALIVE! I am excited about where the Lord will take us as individuals and a church this season and to share Holy Week togeth-er as a family. 

We already began the Lenten season with our Len-ten Prayer Calendar, which many have shared they appreciate as they go to the Lord each day! Soup for the Soul began two weeks ago too, and there is still three Tuesdays left to come and enjoy great soup, dessert and a Lenten message for the soul! Thank you to Nancy McDonnell, Ada and Dave Smith, Ethel Van Der Horn and our bakers for a blessed gathering each week. 

My prayer is as we get closer to Holy Week, which begins on April 14th, you will set aside time to cele-brate His message in song; remember his journey to the cross; bring a child to the Easter Egg Hunt where they can hear about Jesus; and celebrate our Risen Lord on Easter Sunday. Mark your cal-endar friends for our family is gathering to honor Jesus, our Lord: 

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th 10:30 a.m. Easter Cantata “Three Days” 
  • Coffee and… following worship service 
  • Good Friday, April 19th 8:00 p.m. Traditional Good Friday Service 
  • Easter Egg Hunt, April 20th 10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt with crafts, snacks, and story 
  • Easter Sunday, April 21st 
  • 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service! Holy Grounds Café open at 6 a.m. 
  • Easter Sunday, April 21st 10:30 a.m. Easter Worship Service! Hallelujah! 

Easter is a time for the family of God! Looking for-ward to sharing the season with you! 

Pastor Jane 

We Care! 

WE PRAY FOR 

Restored Health: June Bierwas, Alex Rosamilia, Claire Wallenburg, Bill Ericson, Barbara Conklin, Trudy Verblaauw, Pastor Jane, Dennis Noonan, Donna Michel, Nancy McDonnell, Rich Rebecky, Kim Komarnicki, Sheila Zieger, Paul Munch, and Chris Masi 

Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy 

Lost loved ones: The Michel, Tanis, Paterson, Marchant, Bailey and Flaker families 

Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Bar-bara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Ha-ven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military 

W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of pasta sauce, coffee, small jars of jelly, canned diced tomatoes, canned fruit, regular size bottles of ketchup and may-onnaise. Monetary donations are always welcome. 

We Serve! 

Joanne’s Joy: . We will not be meeting in April. Watch for our special May calendar to be given out soon. 

Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sun-day of each month. 

Young at Heart will be meeting on Tuesday morning, April 2nd, at 11 a.m., followed by Soup for the Soul at noon. 

We Believe! 

Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. 

Healing Hands 

Healing Hands will be meeting on April 4th and 25th this month, 1:30 p.m. at the home of Pastor Jane. They are continuing their study of Women of the Bible. 

God Sightings 

God Sightings will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. on April 4th and 25th. We will be studying “Forgiveness” for the Lenten Season. All are welcome to join us. 

Soup for the Soul 

“Soup for the Soul” continues on April 2, 9, and 16. Please mark your calendars and come join us for a warm bowl of soup, and a heart-warming message. 

Thank You … 

A special thank you to each and every one of you who donated special items for the homeless in Hoboken through Heart ‘n Hands. We collected: many pairs of underwear for men, and clothing. How wonderful that we are able to share the gifts with those in need. We are still in need of mens’ underwear (colored boxers sizes M, L, & XL) 

Pastor Jane is unable to go with the group to Hoboken on april 29th. They are in need of a passenger from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you would like to go and partici-pate in this valuable ministry, please see Pastor Jane. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Young at Heart meeting, 11:00 a.m. April 2nd.
  • Soup for the Soul, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
  • Healing Hands, 1:00 p.m., April 4th and 25th.
  • God Sightings, 7:30 p.m., April 4th and 25th.
  • Joanne’s Joy will not be meeting this month.
  • Easter Cantata, April 14th, “Three Days”
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 19th, 8:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 20th, 10:30 a.m., All children through 5th grade invited.
  • Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. around the fire pit. The Holy Grounds Café will open at 6 a.m. this morning. (Please dress for the weather).
    Quarterly Business Meeting, April 28th, following Morning Worship.

Easter Lilies & Flower Chart 

Easter lilies will be available to decorate our sanctuary for Easter. Cost is $10 per lily. Please sign up on the chart in the narthex. Deadline to order lilies if April 7th. 

Also, if you would like to put flowers in the church to cel-ebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special event, or to remember a special loved one, please sign up in the nar-thex. Flower arrangements in a vase are still $15.00 each. Please put your name, the date, and a brief mes-sage on the sign-up chart. 

Holy Grounds 

Our Holy Grounds Café is now open each Sunday morn-ing from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. Thank you to Rose Belizario for overseeing this important ministry and keeping us stocked! Please join us for a time of casual fellowship with fellow members of the congregation. Please let Rose know if you would like to bring a treat for our café! 

Coffee and … 

Our next Coffee and … will be on Palm Sunday, April 14th, right after worship. Please join us for a time of informal fellowship. Thank you Diane Buonomo for coor-dinating this important ministry. 

Easter Offering 

This year our special Easter Offering wo;; go to support the America for Christ program of the American Baptist Convention, our Deacon’s Fund, and our Mission Trip. 

Greeters 

If you would like to help out by being a greeter on Sunday morning, please let Trudy Verblaauw know. Thank you.

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