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Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Millburn, New Jersey

A Children’s Easter Message

I don’t know about you but I am super excited for our Easter Jam experience this year! Watch the video above with your kids for some fun activities and a very inventive telling of the story of Easter.

Ready for a virtual egg hunt? Since we cannot have our annual Easter egg hunt at church this year, I would like for everyone to join in on our virtual egg hunt.

Here’s how it will work, all day on Easter I would like each family to take one photo of eggs hidden in a area and post it on  Instagram, so we can have the children look for the eggs in the photo. Let us know in the caption how many eggs are hidden in the picture. And send you Easter greetings, Can you find them all? Let’s be creative and make this fun for everyone! I miss you all and can’t wait until we can all worship in community together.

In Christ, Sabrina Legiec

sundayschoo.wpc@yahoo.com

Easter Sunday 4/12

Because of the pandemic on this Easter Sunday, our sanctuary will again be closed for public worship. You can tune in to the service with music and a message at 10:00 am on our YouTube channel.

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP (4/12) | 10:00 am (online only)

SERMON: “A Short Story About Jesus: The Empty Tomb”                           

The Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

MUSIC: Steven Shellman and Victoria Cannizzo 

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:1-10

Our YouTube channel. We hope you find this service uplifting, inspiring and encouraging. Click HERE to watch at 10am as a congregation. We hope you feel the presence of your church family around you (virtually of course) or you can watch it later or even watch it again.

The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed!

Maundy Thursday 4/9

Thursday April 9 |  Maundy Thursday  
Our Wyoming tradition has been to gather together as a church family in Fellowship Hall to partake in a meal to commemorate the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Although this year we cannot physically be together, you can tune in to celebrate this holy meal with Pastor Caroline with musical offerings from Steven Shellman. To prepare for this service, try to have some sort of bread and a beverage available to participate in Communion. This service will be available for viewing anytime after 5:00 pm. 

Click HERE

  1. Enjoy this evening’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. 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

Blessings and Be Well!

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A Mid-Week Classic

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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Covid-19 Message for March 24, 2020

Dear Wyoming Church community, As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, I am writing to you to share our latest update. Given Governor Phil Murphy’s order for New Jerseyians to shelter-in-place, our Session Task Force has decided to suspend in-person worship and gatherings for the foreseeable future.

You may have heard people say, “The church was never a building.” And yet, we must acknowledge that this is heartbreaking.  Collectively, we mourn worshipping and doing ministry in the same space.  And as we look towards Easter and even beyond to Wyoming’s Church-Has-Left-the-Building event, we can’t help but feel the loss of celebrating in the sanctuary—the place in which we are gathered and from where we are sent.

Even still, our ministry continues, because, in fact, the church is not a building. Our community is the church. And so through the phone, mail and 21st century technology, we continue to reach out to each other. You are not alone.

Please continue to stay connected to our vibrant and welcoming community.  Worship with Wyoming Church on Sunday virtually through Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/wyomingpres/). And for information on how to subscribe to our You Tube Channel, make a contribution to Wyoming Church, sign up for our weekly email, or to contact our office, please visit our website (https://wyomingpresbyterian.org).  And as always, feel free to reach out to me or the office with any question or concern.

Friends, during these troubling times in which we have left our sanctuary, let us find refuge in God and in each other. For the Psalmist reminds us that even when the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, God is our help amidst the trouble.

Blessings abound,

Rev. Caroline S. Unzaga

Interim Pastor, Wyoming Presbyterian Church

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.”

Psalm 46: 1-2

A Minute for Mission One Great Hour of Sharing

Every year we as Presbyterians collectively give money to a mission component of our denomination called One Great Hour of Sharing.  Your financial gifts share God’s love with people experiencing need.  One Great Hour of Sharing  has three prongs; Presbyterian hunger relief, Presbyterian disaster relief, and the self development of people.  The first two area self defining while self development of people is a little more interesting.

Through self development of people,  grants are given to people help themselves.  Just think, you could give a person a fish, but if you teach them to fish they can feed themselves!  It is specifically for empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate, poverty, oppression and justice.  Folks who have had a hard time are taught job skills,  resume writing and things to make them more able to hold a job and earn money. 

Please prayerfully consider making a special donation to One Great Hour of Sharing.  The donations are set to be collected on Palm Sunday, which is April 5. Since we can’t worship together you can send it to the church in the mail.  As a congregation we set a goal of $6000.  I am sure that a good portion of it will go to help the many who are suffering as a result of Coronavirus. 

Phoebe Handelman

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An Update from our Pastor

Dear Members and Friends of Wyoming Church,As promised, I am reaching out to share the decisions that the Wyoming Church session has made to meet the challenge of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.  We will be refraining from public worship, meetings, ministries, and programs in our church building for the next two weeks.  This is effective immediately and will include the next two Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd.  The session will make a decision about resuming public worship during the week of March 22nd and share accordingly.

This decision was made prayerfully, in consultation with the leadership of the Presbytery of Newark, as well as considering the recommendations of our local governments and school systems.  During this time, our goal is to do all that we can to support the spiritual and emotional needs of our Wyoming Church family and greater community, while also mindfully protecting everyone’s physical health.

This doesn’t mean that we will cease “being church.” In many ways, we need each other even more during times of crisis.  Our session has put together the following plan, so that we can continue to worship and support each other as a community:

  • Worship: We will livestream our worship service on Sundays at 10 am on FacebookLIVE. Simply “like” us at Wyoming Presbyterian Church Facebook page and join us at our regularly scheduled time.
  • Spiritual Care: The Deacons and I will be responding to any special needs of our parishioners during this time.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally or through the office; we will be checking messages regularly.
  • Education: Our Lenten Adult Education forum will continue via online video conference.  We also will be exploring sharing children’s ministry resources that can be done at home.
  • Team Meetings and Ministries: Our Mission Team will continue to provide support to our community partners. The Session, Staff, and other teams will continue to meet regularly virtually.
  • Task Force: The session has appointed a Task Force to monitor the quickly evolving news regarding COVID-19 and to make decisions accordingly.

We will be communicating regularly through our Facebook page, our website, as well as providing opportunities for virtual worship and community.  If you haven’t done so already, join us by “liking” our page. Friends, this surely is a time of high anxiety. As we look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, we hear him urging us to receive his peace.

Blessings, Pastor Caroline

Pastorcaroline.wpc@gmail.com or 973-376-3066

“Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you…

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

John 14:27

A MESSAGE for THIS TIME

Dear Members and Friends of Wyoming Church, You may know that the most common phrase in the Bible is “do not fear.” These words may be of little comfort as news of the Corona Virus has rightly stoked our fears. However, in times like these, we are invited to consider the wisdom of the Psalmist: our help comes from the Lord.  God is our help, especially as we discern our path forward amidst uncertain and ever-changing terrain.

By now, you surely have become aware of the spread of the Corona Virus here New Jersey and in neighboring state, New York.  If you are like me, you have been inundated by notifications of cancellations to avoid the spread of the virus.  At this time, Millburn public schools have decided to shift to virtual schooling beginning next week. Open Door Preschool has also suspended classes for the next two weeks.

You may be wondering about worship and event cancellations at Wyoming Church. Please know that your church leadership has been in conversation with local leaders, as well as the Presbytery for guidance.  The church session will meet tomorrow morning to prayerfully discern our next steps. All decisions from session with be forthcoming on the website and on social media (Facebook and Instagram) as well as in an email.

The situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue to assess best community practices and be in touch. And we live in hope – for health, for healing, and to protect the vulnerable. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by phone at 973-376-3066 or by email at pastorcaroline.wpc@gmail.com

Yours in Christ, Rev. Caroline S. Unzaga

Interim Pastor Wyoming Presbyterian Church

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