Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Millburn, New Jersey

Sunday 3/1/2020

1st Sunday of Lent

SUNDAY WORSHIP | 10:00 am 

SERMON: “Short Stories by Jesus: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like Yeast”

The Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:31-33 and Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7

MUSIC: The Maplewood Flute Quartet

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Ash Wednesday 2/26 The Entry into Lent

Ash Wednesday Worship – 7:00 pm

A prayerful entry into Lent with the imposition of ashes.

Be there from the beginning.

The Message: The Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

The Music: Roberta Butler, soloist

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Lenten Study 2020


Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 26 so our study will be begin Sunday March 1 from 12:30-1:30 pm for 5 Sundays in the Hoffmann Room.

The study will be based on Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine.

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Instructions for Living a Life

“Instructions for living a life:

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.”

–Mary Oliver

“Sometimes,” Devotions

            It’s that time of year for Christians around the globe to enter the season of Lent.  People from the outside might seem perplexed.  Why do Christians put ashes on their foreheads and fast for 40 days?  Why not just do a good juice cleanse and call it a day?

            You know as well as I do that the world isn’t what moves so quickly–it’s us humans. Here in the Northeast we have become particularly adept at maximizing our time and our family’s schedules, as well.  We all do this maybe because tacitly we know that time is one of our most precious resources and we don’t get back once we’ve used it.

            And so we have the season of Lent help us put it all into perspective.  Those ashes that go on our foreheads remind us of our mortality—from dust we have come and to dust we shall return.  If you hadn’t thought of it lately, it’s your annual wakeup call.  This life is it—so take inventory, reflect, breathe in and out, and pray. In fact, why not take 40 days to do so, like Noah on the Arc or Jesus in the wilderness.  Lent is our invitation to slow down and to live intentionally. Lent helps us prepare for the one who turns death on its head, for the one promises more than dust, but instead true and abundant life.

Here are just a few opportunities to join in and do the work of reflection together as a community:

  • Adult Education: “Short Stories by Jesus,” Sundays during Lent at 12:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Worship Service, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Holy Week Special Services

Lent is a time for us to do just what poet Mary Oliver charges us with in her poetry: Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.”  If you hear that annual wake up call, you are always welcome to pause and reflect during this season of Lent at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

Grace and peace,

Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

Interim Pastor, Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Congregational Life: A Review of 2019

December 31, 2019 we ended a year and we entered a new decade. Although too much happened to go over in detail, here are a few highlights of events and important names of the 2010s…the 33 Miners in Chile rescued, George w. bush was elected, Julian Assange, Bin Laden killed, Steve Jobs died, Barack Obama elected president, Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook elementary School, the Boston Marathon bombing, Black Lives Matter, Bit Coin, Cannabis legalized in CO, Charlie Hedbo, Brexit, Charleston Church shooting, Donald Trump was elected president, NFL players kneeled, Pulse Night Club, El Paso, Las Vegas, Dayton, Parkland, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Dorian, Wildfires, Charlottesville, Family separation, border walls, the #METOO movement, Notre Dame, the Black Hole, Greta Tunberg and Student Strikes for Climate change, College cheating scandal, Women in space, Women’s National Team won the World Cup, 75th anniversary of D Day, vaping, Avengers End Game and Baby Yoda.

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Fish & Chips Dinner

WPC Appalachian High School Mission Team’s Fish & Chips Supper / Fundraiser on Sunday, March 8th

5:00-5:30 Cocktails in the Cottage followed by

Supper 5:30-7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Menu: Fish & Chips with assorted desserts.
Tickets $28 per adult –  ($14.50 for ages 5-12, kids under 5 eat free)
Bring A Friend or Two and join us for an evening of food, fun, prizes

Word on the street is that there will be a surprise musical guest. 

Catered by Tastefully British and served to you by members of the 2020 Mission Trip Team
TICKETS ON SALE SUNDAY IN FELLOWSHIP HALL beginning Sunday 2/2. Questions: Debbie Wright

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

April 5th 10:00 am   

Children’s Palm Parade opens worship to celebrate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem

Maundy Thursday

April 9th 7:30 pm  

A time for fellowship and food to commemorate and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles

Good Friday

April 10th 12:00 pm

Contemplative Worship | Come, recall in sober tones, Jesus’ last earthly hours.

Easter Sunday

April 12th 10:00 am

A Joyous celebration to honor the central event of our faith.

Following worship, there is a time for Fellowship with an Egg Hunt for all children.

Help make bag lunches for a local Feeding Program


Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the church kitchen:  Join us to make sandwiches and bag 120 lunches. Other ways to help from home:  bake and individually wrap brownies or write encouraging notes to be included in each lunch bag.

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IHN Volunteers needed 2/16 thru 2/23 @ St. George's

Interfaith Hospitality Network : We are partnering with St. George’s and we NEED YOUR HELP! Guests arrive Sunday February 16!!


Please see the schedule below for tasks including: Meal preparation, Evening Hosting, Overnight Hosting, Greeter/server, and Children’s Activities

Please email Amy Cox-Martins at or Glen Hoffs at if you have any further questions.

We generally will not know the number of individuals or food preferences/allergies until the week prior to their arrival.  Usually we host 3-4 families with a total of 12-14 people, 4-8 adults and their children.

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