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Pentecost Sunday – May 23, 2021

Please join us in the Sanctuary on May 23rd at 10:00 am for a very special Pentecost service. This will be a wonderful day to join us while socially distancing and keeping safe! If this isn’t possible, the service will be broadcast live and recorded so everybody will be able to participate.

We are offering a time of fellowship after the service in the playground outside of the handicap entrance (weather permitting). We will have bottled water available, along with pre-packaged snacks for everybody’s safety.

Palm Sunday 2021 Scavenger Hunt – Noon!

Online Fun Event. Don’t miss it!

Join us for a fun-filled hour where families work together to look around the house to find different items. Then we can all show each other! This will be a joyous hour where we can ‘play’. Please be sure to join us – this is for all sized families of all ages (from 1 family member up, from baby to 100 years old).

Topic: Palm Sunday Scavenger Hunt
Time: Mar 28, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Palm Sunday 2021 – Love Thy Neighbor Stone Activity

As we continue our Lenten theme of “love thy neighbor” we come to the celebration of Palm Sunday. As the disciples joyfully praised God and the miracles that they had seen, announcing his entrance into Jerusalem, they were rebuked by the Pharisees in the crowd. Jesus replied, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40

We invite you to join the Palm Sunday Worship by providing stones and share words of love, inspiration, hope and blessing that you wish for yourself/and or others. This is a great activity for kids and adults alike!

Bring a stone (of any size) with a word or prayer or symbol of this blessing for others and place it at the base of the outdoor cross in front of the church. The deadline for these offerings of love is Saturday March 20, 2021 as we’ll be pre-recording Palm Worship March 21st.

If you are not able to visit the church and place a rock there, we have set up a Kudoboard at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/0EkD3H2e for you to put your wishes for others. The Worship committee members will put those prayers on rocks for you!

Join us at our Palm Sunday worship where we will incorporate them into our celebration.

Newton Presbytery: A Story of Peace

On World Communion Sunday, back in October 2020, a handful of congregations in Newton Presbytery participated in the special offering for Peace and Global Witness. From the PCUSA website: “Through the Peace & Global Witness Offering, congregations are encouraged and equipped to find and address the anxiety and discord that is prevalent throughout this broken and sinful world.” Although this offering occurs in October, it is relevant to this season of Advent as we light the second candle, the Candle of Peace.

Here is how one particular congregation in Newton Presbytery is seeking to bring Peace into this broken world as they address suicide in their local community. The Deacons, at the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton, saw a crisis in their local community. “Sadly, and tragically, our community has lost more people to suicide in 2020 then it has to COVID-19. In addition, suicides have been increasing in general due to the challenges the past 8+ months have created on so many of us.”

Therefore, the Board of Deacons thought it was only appropriate to support the NJ Chapter of AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention) by designating their local 25% of this special offering to them with the hope that they can spread peacemaking of not just our physical self, but our mental self as well. For more information on AFSP go to their website: https://afsp.org/

With tremendous support from the Board of Deacons, FPCB raised a total of $2,130 during the peacemaking offering/Peace and Global Witness campaign, with 25% ($532.50) being sent to the AFSP and the remaining to the PCUSA. This is an amazing feat during these times of financial strain for so many.

It’s easy to give to the Memorial Fund

Gifts made directly to our Music and Scholarship funds are popular ways to honor members, but a gift to our general Memorial Fund finances special projects, e.g. the handicap entrance. While checks can be mailed to the church office, gifts can also be made online. Fill in the $ amount and select “Memorial Fund” from the “to” dropdown. Be sure to add the honoree’s name in the “Comments” box. FYI: 10% percent of each general Memorial Fund gift goes to Scholarship.

For past editions of our InSpire newsletter, check our Past Issues.