Current Bulletin Announcements
WELCOME and thank you for your part in this service of worship. If you are a visitor here at the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair (PCUM), you are especially welcome. May you sense in this place the presence and the love of God in Christ. You and your fellow worshipers are warmly invited to gather outside the church on the East Lawn to greet one another after the service.
PLEASE ASK AN USHER for anything you might need. Whenever possible, please help your fellow worshipers by exiting and entering the sanctuary at times other than during prayers or scripture readings.
CHILD CARE for toddlers and a nursery for younger children are always available during worship in the North Wing, located off Fellowship Hall (adjacent to sanctuary). Ask an usher for directions.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for all children age 3 through 7th grade are located in the North Wing. Church School leaders are available to help students & parents find their classrooms. Register your child(ren) for Sunday School by filling out a registration form available in your child’s classroom.
MEMBERSHIP EXPLORATION CLASS TODAY, FOLLOWING WORSHIP – If you would like to explore membership in the fellowship and mission of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair, there will be a 1-hour meeting/discussion in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship today. You are welcome here!
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP: Come, join the (safely distanced) fun! Middle Schoolers (6th-8th graders) meet Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for games, learning, and to build friendships. For more info, contact Youth Director Jordan Green at ( ).
LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY? Youth Group is making care packages for active military this week. Drop off your leftover candy during church office hours (10am-3pm) or during youth group on Tuesday (7-8:30pm). Thank you!
Eastern Skies Concert
On Sunday, November 14th @ 3pm in the PCUM sanctuary,
you are invited to a special musical presentation called Eastern Skies.
Eastern Skies includes 8 original songs based on the Psalms
written by PCUM’s own Eric Noren.
The band includes:
Eric Noren (guitar/piano/vocals)
Ben Shooter (guitar)
Jordan Green (mandolin/bass/vocals)
Tres Williams (saxophone/vocals)
Renae Baker (vocals)
A freewill offering will be taken and will benefit PCUM's ongoing, volunteer-based Mission & service ministries that bring volunteers together to care for homeless and hungry/food-insecure neighbors in Montclair, Newark & New York City (M.E.S.H., 7th street Bistro & Midnight Run.)
PCUM’s Children's Choir ministry (2nd-5th graders) teaches children to love music and lead their church family in worship. Kids not only learn the song, but they also learn how to sing. They also grow spiritually, grow in confidence and self-discipline, and grow to feel more at home in their church. Rehearsals are Thursday afternoons, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Choir Room with Julie Platte. For more information, please email .
CHANCEL CHOIR rehearsals for adults are weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm in the choir room. First-time (and sporadic) singers are always welcome! For more info, contact Director of Music Ministries, Anne Marie Juliano at or (973) 930-5074.
HELP FEED & SERVE HUNGRY MONTCLAIR NEIGHBORS: Dates are available for you (and your family) to serve at the M.E.S.H. Cafe, which prepares and serves the evening meal to hungry and homeless neighbors here in Montclair on the 1st & 4th Saturdays of the month. There are opportunities to prepare food, serve meals, and sing and/or play music for guests. Sign up at www.pcum.org.
HONOR OR MEMORIALIZE LOVED ONES by dedicating flowers for PCUM’s Sunday morning worship service on any Sunday throughout the remaining calendar year. The suggested donation for two standard bouquets is $80; dedications appear in the morning bulletin. Sign up using the Flower Calendar in the Deacons’ Corner or online at www.pcum.org.
CATCH UP OR PAY AHEAD ON YOUR PLEDGE – As we enter fully into fall, your financial commitment to PCUM’s ministry will go a long way toward helping your congregation’s ministry navigate these challenging times. If you haven’t pledged—please prayerfully consider giving generously to the life and work of this church. You can give in-person, through the mail, or online. To give online, just go to www.pcum.org and click on the “Give” tab. If you have questions, please contact the Church Office at .
PCUM’s COVID GUIDELINES
The church's Session (elected board of elders) has adopted a comprehensive, cautious set of protocols to protect its visitors, members, and friends during this pandemic. When infection rates drop, the Session will move to ease restrictions further. Here are several of the most important protocols to keep in mind:
* Registration (online and--if seats are available, in-person) and check-in will be required. Those registering will be asked to provide the names of each person who will be worshiping as part of their family or group. Links to register for Sunday in-person worship can be found on the church website at www.pcum.org or in church emails.
* All worshipers, either individuals or groups (families), will sit in pre-assigned, safely-distanced worship-seats.
* Ushers will guide you to your assigned seats. Please follow ushers' instructions at all times.
* The maximum number of persons allowed in the sanctuary at one time will be 120.
* Masks will be required for all worshipers (who are not leading worship) whether speaking or singing, at all times while in the building. In order to maximize the number of PCUM worshipers who will feel welcome in worship, PCUM's leaders have chosen to err on the side of caution by requiring masks at this time. In addition, all or most children and younger teens in our church family have not yet been vaccinated. Thank you for respecting and adhering to this requirement.
* All worship leaders will be fully vaccinated and distanced from worshipers.
* A safely-distanced children's sermon and Sunday School classes will be offered during worship.
* In order to maintain social distancing, movement within the sanctuary will be restricted.
* Worshipers are respectfully asked and strongly encouraged to ARRIVE EARLY (at least 10 minutes early) during this initial transition phase. This will allow time for you and other worshipers to be checked-in and seated--and allow the service to start on time. Late-comers will be seated only at a specific, pre-determined moment, well after the service has started.
* A Sunday offering will be received. Offering plates will be stationed near the entrance to the sanctuary so that worshipers may make their offerings as they arrive or depart.
* The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (Communion) is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month, using pre-made, sealed Communion elements, which will be distributed to all worshipers as they arrive.
* Worship services will continue to be live-streamed on PCUM's YouTube channel.