Thank You for purchasing your pumpkin from Wyoming Presbyterian Church. This pumpkin started life about 100 days ago on a farm on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM. Great care has been taken in the planting, growing and harvesting to ensure that you have purchased a quality pumpkin with a long shelf life. Nearly 100% of our farm workforce is Native American. We believe it is very important to use domestic labor as the unemployment rate in this region is over 40%. This project and others like it create roughly 25 full time jobs and 550 seasonal jobs for Native Americans. Your pumpkin is a non-GMO product. After ripening, this pumpkin was hand loaded on a truck and traveled all the way to the Pumpkin Patch of WPC, where 100% of the proceeds go to mission and outreach programs that work to ameliorate food insecurity. This pumpkin has helped a lot of people on its way. Treat it nicely!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Meetings take place by Zoom on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Office Hours Bible Study: The Book of Mark will begin on November 8th. Week #1: What is a Gospel?
Click HERE to watch video #1 and then join the discussion on Sunday 11/8.
If you would like to join this lively discussion, email email@example.com to request an invite.
Thank you to Brennan Breed and Chris Holmes for offering these inspiring dialogues on the Book of Mark, at a time when regular in-person Bible study is not possible.
A Fall Food Drive: Saturday, Sept. 26th between 10 AM and 12:00 noon Donate: one or more of any of the items below. Put them in reusable bag(s) or double bags so they can be easily carried. No glass jars, please!
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Breakfast cereal
- Canned tuna
- Pasta/pasta sauce
- Canned vegetables/soups
- Kids snacks
- Canned fruit/fruit cups
- Shelf stable milk
- Laundry detergent
- Paper towels/toilet paper
- Toiletries – shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
Where: Bring donations to Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 432 Wyoming Ave, Millburn. Volunteers will unload your bags. Food will be delivered to the Millburn Food Pantry.If you are going away that weekend but want to donate early, contact Ann Schwenke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t shop? Send funds to Wyoming Church and we will shop for you.
A PRAYER FROM THE PC (USA):
God of all creation, our hearts are broken over the destruction and loss we remember this day. And we acknowledge, O Lord, that on that day of human carnage yours was the first heart to break. In our remembering, may we stand with those who mourn and those who cannot stop mourning. Through remembering, may we find new comfort in your care. In our remembering may we be drawn to a new hope for the whole world, and may we gain for ourselves a measure of your peace.
You who can turn the shadow of night into the bright promise of a new day, empower us to shape a world marked by ways of life that lead to justice and peace for all peoples. Fashion in us a people who are more ready to grow in understanding than eager to judge those who are different from us. Form us as a people determined to heal wounds rather than inflict them.
We pray at last that you would cultivate such love in us that we may reach out in compassion to all those who are still wounded by the events of that day; and in seeking to heal others, may we experience a love that makes us whole. This we pray in the strong name of Jesus our Christ. Amen
REFORMATION SUNDAY WORSHIP (10/25) 10:00 am (online and on the lawn)
SERMON: “Standing in the Truth”
The Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga
SCRIPTURE: John 8:31-36 MUSIC: Max Calbick Liturgist: Ann Zauber
As Presbyterians, we celebrate the tradition that grounds our faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
WORSHIP ON THE LAWN: You will be asked to bring your own lawn chair, wear a mask and be socially distanced. There will be no coffee hour. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and outside services will be able to continue into the fall.
If the forecast is for inclement weather, the service will be recorded and broadcast as we have been doing up until now. Recording will take place in the sanctuary but only those participating in the service will be allowed in.
HOW TO WATCH: You can tune in to a live feed of the service with music and a message at 10:00 am on FaceBook Live
OR Click HERE later to watch our Sunday Worship on YouTube later in the week.
- Enjoy today’s service
- Click SUBSCRIBE (subscriptions are free) and the next time you go to YouTube you can click on subscriptions and Wyoming Presbyterian will pop up.
WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS GO?
- 100 % of the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch benefit WPC mission and outreach projects. This year the Mission committee has decided to concentrate our support on food insecurity (ECHH, IHN MEND, etc.)
- COAT COLLECTION: In conjunction with the PP we are also running a coat collection. As the weather begins to turn the need for warm coats will become urgent. There will be a rack rolled out each day on which to hang your gently used, clean coats
As John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus, he instructed the crowd before him, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Luke 3:11
Thank you to all who so generously contributed to our food drive this past Saturday 7/25. We were able to take 70 bags of food to the Elizabeth Coalition.
The need is great and growing! Stay tuned for future collections.
“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.
Rev. Caroline Unzaga