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Wyoming Presbyterian Church

432 Wyoming Avenue | Millburn, New Jersey 07041

A Year in the life of WPC 2020

December 31, 2019 Chinese officials were just beginning to report a strange flulike illness that would come to dominate our every waking moment. And so our journey began…

2020 was not a kind year. It preyed on the weak, the sick and the marginalized. It was a year filled with division and upended by chaos. It was a year dominated by staggering loss of life across the globe, yet still filled glimmers of courage compassion and heart.

Faced with a viral enemy that the world had not seen for generations, nations were forced to shut down, shut down stores, doctor’s offices, parks, schools, churches. Forced to live within the confines of our homes we had to create new ways of working, playing and communicating with our friends and families. 

As a church, we have always been determined to be the change we want to see in the world. When the world shut down just days following our Fish and Chips Fundraiser for the Appalachian Mission trip, our resilient mission committee sought to find ways to reach out to our mission partners who would need us more than ever.  We began the year with our 2nd annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.   

We were unable to house Interfaith Hospitality Network families into our home in July. We could not make our monthly lunch bags for the House of Mercy Mission to help families stretch those food dollars to the end of the month so we did what we could and sent donations to these organizations. Camp Johnsonburg was another casualty of the pandemic, but we sent virtual camping giftbags to lessen the disappointment in our children who planned to attend.  On October 12th, the Pumpkins arrived, two days late, in the pouring rain!! Thank you to member families and the boy scouts who helped unload. Again, because of covid, we ordered only ½ a tractor trailer instead of our usual full load but we were pleasantly surprised to sell out in just over two weeks with a total of $15000 in sales to support mission. We prepared (but did not serve this year) and delivered a Pre-Thanksgiving meal complete with stuffing and potatoes at House of Mercy Mission. We continued to send bags and bags of warm clothing, blankets, toys, even furniture to the Elizabeth Coalition, and delivered many, many Christmas gifts to deserving children through The Greater Abyssinian Baptist church, House of Mercy, and Elizabeth Coalition. Our Magnet for Mission is going strong. The magnet designates each month as a specific collection.  As an example, February, we collected Peanut Butter and Jelly, always in high demand at the local food pantry. We continued our connection to MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) by collecting change for them on Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. We continued to work with One World/One Love which helps those in refugee detention centers. And we thank those who give generously to One Great Hour of sharing each year.

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A worship offering for Ash Wednesday 2/17 Be There from the Beginning!

Join Pastor Heather for an informal Ash Wednesday service from the safety of your own home, available to watch all week long. She will guide you through the imposition of ashes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any ashes! The Pastor will help you use some homemade ashes using what you have on hand in the house. May this be a time of spiritual renewal for you as we enter into Lent. 

The season of Lent is an opportunity for us to re-align our internal compass with God, walking with Jesus to the cross and bearing witness to his resurrection glory. The 40 days of Lent is an invitation to let go of the things that keep us from having a close relationship with God and each other. 

This year, Wyoming’s commitment to reconciliation is demonstrated by our efforts to meet the urgent needs of our neighbors who are struggling during the pandemic. Instead of giving up something for Lent, we invite you to give to others. Reimagining Lent: 40 Days of Giving Back is a multi-faceted approach to observing the 6 weeks of Lent through the lens of mission.

SIGN UP for our Weekly Adult Ed discussions by Thursday February 18! (See page 2)

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Thank you!

Martin Luther King Jr. said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” 

These past few days have shown how many in our community want to help others. Last Saturday on the lawn of Wyoming Church, we collected and sorted lots of food donations for Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Yesterday, on Martin Luther King Day,  everything was brought to the food pantry by our dedicated volunteers. ❤️

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the food drive and The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges as they continue to provide food and other essential items to our food-insecure neighbors in Orange and East Orange. 

Wyoming Presbyterian welcomes a new Pastor

The Reverend Heather W. Brannon will join us beginning Monday January 4, 2021 and will preach her first sermon on Sunday January 10, 2021

Our PNC carefully considered key areas that we were looking for in the candidate to lead Wyoming and decided on these 6: Preaching/Worship; Family/Children engagement; Mission work; Pastoral Care; Administration and Membership growth.

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Music for December Worship

(Virtual, of course)

Sunday, December 27 worship will include special flute music by Eva Curtis and Anis Mehdi

And for the Children…Sights and Sounds of Christmas

Sunday, December 13th 1:00-3:00 pm

Live animals| Christmas crafts to take home | sketch artist | music

Rain date Sunday December 20th 1:00-3:00 pm

All are welcome!

Contact: Sabrina Legiec  sundayschool.wpc@yahoo.com

Mission Christmas Giving

Christmas Giving Although the holiday season will look much different for all of us this year, we would like to continue with our Christmas Giving program.  We have reached out to the Newark preschool that we have partnered with for the last 10 years to sponsor their students once again.  From their principal  “We are always honored and humbled to be not only thought of by you and the congregation but truly blessed to be recipients of your sponsorship for Christmas.”  
The school is 100% remote for students but the staff comes in everyday.  They will be able to set up a tent with teaching staff and family workers to distribute and have parents come and pick up the gift bags on a scattered schedule to make sure everyone is safe.  It will be a welcome surprise as many preschoolers have had a tough time with remote learning.

Our drive is now concluded and it’s time to deliver the packages Thank you for your generous donations of toys and for bringing some Christmas fun to the Early Childhood Center of the North Ward.
Love, The Christmas Mission Sub-Committee: Susan Johnson, Kay Britton, Tabby Gillim, and Ann Schwenke

Thanksgiving Dinner prep for HOMM

This is our annual Thanksgiving dinner prep that we do for House of Mercy Mission. This Covid year we will only prepare the food and hand it off to their staff outside their church. Pastor Tilly asked that we deliver the food by 10AM (on Saturday Nov. 21st) . Our aim is to make enough to serve 120! Can you help?

THANK YOU to all who volunteered whether to cook, carve or drive. We were fully subscribed. There will be a lot of grateful people this Thanksgiving!

Going… going… the Pumpkins are gone! But we are still collecting coats of all sizes

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

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