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Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Millburn, New Jersey

Sunday Worship 7/5

Our sanctuary will be closed for public worship and all gatherings until September due to the pandemic. You can tune in to the service with music and a message at 10:00 am FaceBook or on our YouTube channel.

SUNDAY WORSHIP (7/5) 10:00 am (online only)

SERMON: “Brushing Teeth”*

*part of a summer sermon series based on liturgy of the ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (details on page 2)

The Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26-31

We invite you to join your faith family on Sundays at 10:00 am on Facebook where our service will premier. Please let us know you are watching and leave a comment or a prayer request in the comments.  We hope you feel the presence of your church family around you (virtually of course)

OR on our YouTube channel… Click HERE to watch also at 10am.

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We hope that this correspondence finds you well and healthy amidst this unprecedented pandemic, quarantine, and heartbreaking loss in an ever narrowing circle of connection. 
 
Our presbytery leaders, Warren McNeill and Barbara Smith, have been in touch with congregations and clergy since the beginning of this pandemic. They have shared recommendations on church building closures based on the directives of the CDC, and the States of New Jersey and New York, and compiled helpful articles from reputable sources on the Newark Presbytery website.
 
At its May 12 meeting, the Vision Accountability Board voted unanimously to create a task force to expand the conversations around reopening our church buildings.  That task force is now comprised of Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith, Elder Warren McNeill, Rev. Maria Crompton (Elmwood), Rev. Dan Martian (Livingston), Elder Carlos Monteagudo, MD, MPH (Bloomfield Church on the Green) and Elder Tia Goss Sawhney, DrPH, FSA, MAAA (First Newark).   On Thursday, May 21 the task force met via Zoom for in depth, thorough conversation, the basis of which we write to you today. 
 
We know that some of our congregations are anxious to return to in-person worship in your church buildings.  Others have taken official steps to continue only virtual worship into September and October.  Others have said they don’t feel comfortable returning to in-person worship until a vaccine is created.  We have crafted today’s letter from both theological and scientific positions – which lead us to recommend that our church buildings remain closed and worship remain virtual until at least September 12.  Why?
 

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A Pastoral Message 6/3/20

“Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3b-4

Dear beloved Wyoming Church community,

Just this past Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church.  As we reflected on how God’s Spirit calls us as community, surely you also must have wondered how we will structure our life together—and if we will physically be together–going into the summer.  And so I share with you that following the recommendation of the Presbytery of Newark, our Session leadership has decided to continue to worship virtually until at least September 12, 2020.

These are indeed challenging times. The session voted in favor of this recommendation because we consider the needs and safety of all five generations of our community as paramount.  We also don’t take this decision lightly– we acknowledge the collective grief over this pandemic on multiple layers, and we feel the pain and anger of our country due to the racial injustices that continue come to light.  During these difficult times, we realize just how much we need each other.

We also believe that we have never closed as a church; our ministry continues, though our building is closed.  The session and the Wyoming task force will continue to monitor the situation over the summer and update you of any changes. In the meantime, I’d like to encourage all of you to continue to stay connected through our summer offerings.

  • Worship: Our worship service is available on Facebook and YouTube on Sundays at 10 am.  During the Summer, we will have a sermon series based on the book Liturgy of the Ordinary.
  • Spiritual Care: The Deacons and I continue to respond to spiritual needs of the congregation.  Please contact me at the office if you have any emergent needs.
  • Education: Both Children’s and Adult Education forums will continue through the month of June via Zoom.
  • Mission: Our Mission Team continues to provide support to our community partners.
  • Administration: The Session, Staff, and other teams continue to meet regularly virtually.
  • Social Media: our Facebook page, Instagram account, and our website have regular updates from the life of our community.  If you haven’t already, please like and follow us.

As we continue to navigate these difficult circumstances, I send Christ’s peace to all of you, praying that the Holy Spirit continue to work in and through all of us.

In Christ,

Rev. Caroline Unzaga

Children’s Ministries

Our Children’s Ministry is ongoing but Sunday School is over for the summer and will resume in September.

Click HERE for Padlet Page with activities.

If you have questions or would like to be added to our email, contact Sabrina Legiec  sundayschool.wpc@yahoo.com

Help needed for ECHH: Children’s clothing, books and toys

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless is in need of children’s summer clothing, (all ages newborn to pre-teen and boys and girls).  Children’s books are also needed for the children in quarantine.

If they have things to donate it might be best to drop them on my porch 154 Ward Place S.O. Rebecca then picks them up from my porch. Gently used working toys, Matchbox cars or dolls that they need to move on, please donate them as well on the porch!

The Coalition is also providing food support packages each month to over 2,000 families.  They have opened up their food distribution to anyone in need and it’s overwhelming!  They’re open 6 days a week for food or just handing out sandwiches to homeless in need.

Questions: Ellie Lesperance fenny47@aol.com

A Mid-Week Classic

Help needed for IHN

FROM OUR MISSION PARTNERS…Interfaith Hospitality Network. Hi everyone.  Many of you have expressed a desire to help the IHN families during this time.  Here are the items that are needed by the families in our Home for Good Program:
One of the families really needs a car.  If you or someone you know is willing to donate or sell a vehicle at an extremely low price, please let me know.
Hand Sanitizers
Cleaning supplies
Clorox Wipes
Dressers (we need 5 of them)
Hair conditioner
Disposable gloves
T-Shirts and shorts – sizes 14T to 12/14
Target, Walmart, or Children’s Place Gift Cards for summer clothing for the kids. 

If your congregation wishes to donate any of these items, please let me know and we will make sure someone is in the office for the drop-off.  My cell number is listed below.
Thank you for all you do to help IHN families.  
Stay safe and have a great day!
Melissa Perales
Manager of Community Engagement
Interfaith Hospitality Network
46 Park Street | Montclair, NJ 07042-3441
(o) 973-746-1400
(c) 201-687-5975
www.ihnessexnj.org

Check out our YouTube Channel

If you missed the service or were unable to access the service this morning on Facebook Live, here is you chance to reconnect with Wyoming in a meaningful and uplifting way. 

Click HERE to see other videos.

  1. Enjoy today’s service 
  2. Click SUBSCRIBE (subscriptions are free) and the next time you go to YouTube you can click on subscriptions and Wyoming Presbyterian will pop up. 

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Open Door Nursery School Registration for 2020/2021

Have a question?  We would love to answer all your questions and show you why Open Door Nursery School is such a wonderful place for your child to grow.  To see what we’re about and virtually tour our classrooms, call us today!  
Alethea Randazza, Director
arandazza@opendoornurseryschool.com
973-376-9303

A Pop-up Bible Study

Sundays at 12:30 pm on Zoom, join us for an adult study group. “Office Hours: An Online Popup Bible Study” is a five-week study of book of Job. Watch the video in advance and then join in the discussion. All are welcome! John Butler will facilitate the discussion. 

If you would like to join email wyomingpres@gmail.com to request an invite.

Time: 12:30 PM

Click HERE to watch video #1 (which will be discussed on June 14)

Click HERE to watch video #2 (which will be discussed on 6/21). Job’s Friends

Click HERE to watch video #3 (which will be discussed on 6/28).  Job’s Speeches

Click HERE to watch video #4 (which will be discussed on 7/5).  God‘s Speeches

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