Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements 03/24/2019

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 Fellowship Hall immediately following this morning’s service for refreshments and conversation.

PLEASE ASK AN USHER for children’s bulletins, audio-assist units, or 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).  Please ask an usher for directions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for all children age 3-7th grade are located in the North Wing. Ask the ushers or Christian Education leaders for help finding classrooms. Register your child(ren) for Sunday School by filling out a registration form, available from Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education or downloadable at www.pcum.org.

DEACONS’ “DIAPER DRIVE” – During Lent (March 10th through April 21st) the Deacons are collecting diapers and baby wipes (any size or brand) for the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair.  Bring your donations to church with you on Sunday morning and place them in the blue bins in the Deacons Corner.  If you have any questions. Please email Deacon Ginny Moriarty at or text 973-951-7829. Thank you for your faithful support!

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL: The 2019 Lenten Devotional is a great resource for daily Spiritual focus and nourishment during the season of Lent.  This congregation-created Lenten devotional has been published online.  To access it, go to the “Quicklinks” section of the PCUM homepage (pcum.org) and download the e-book (so it can travel with you)!  Each day in Lent, from Wednesday, March 6th to Sunday, April 21st, features a devotion created by a member or friend of this church family. For a hardcopy, please contact Pastor Katherine at or 973-771-4721.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Sharing Resources. Changing Lives. The PCUM worshiping family will receive the special One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Palm Sunday, April 14th.  Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

DEDICATE EASTER FLOWERS – Remember or honor a loved one Easter Sunday by dedicating Easter Flowers that will adorn the sanctuary and proclaim the Good News of God’s gift of new and abundant life in the resurrected Christ. Dedication forms are available from the ushers this morning. Each plant is $15. Deadline is Palm Sunday, April 14th.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets weekly at 8:30 a.m. in the Library (off Fellowship Hall).  Come, contribute to this weekly time of fellowship and fun as we develop our Bible-reading skills and discover together God’s Presence and voice in our everyday lives. 

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 Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in the Choir Room with Julie Platte ( ).

SUNDAY READINGS & SERMONS—can be listened to on the PCUM’s web site, www.pcum.org by clicking on the Sermons button under the Worship menu:  http://www.pcum.org/worship/sermons/

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. All 6th through 8th graders are invited for an awesome time with Pastor Katherine!  Dinner is always served.  Friends welcome.

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Vacation Bible School dates are Sunday, June 30 (during Sunday school) through Wednesday, July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon. More information coming soon!

YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIP!  This coming summer, from July 7-12, 2019, PCUM's High School Students (14 years and older) will be heading to Puerto Rico for their biennial mission trip. If you are interested in participating, contact Pastor Katherine.

SUPPORT PCUM BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS for Fairway, Kings, or Shoprite.  You get full value ($100) and PCUM gets 5%.  Purchase cards (by check or cash) during Coffee Hour Sunday mornings or at any time by contacting Erika Cowan ( , 973-222-7186) or David Starr ( , 973-253-2155).

HONOR OR MEMORIALIZE LOVED ONES by dedicating flowers for PCUM’s Sunday morning worship service on any Sunday throughout the 2019 calendar year. The suggested donation for two standard bouquets is $80; dedications appear in the morning bulletin. Sign up using the 2019 Flower Calendar in the Deacons’ Corner or online at pcum.org.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE OTHERS

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SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS IN NEWARK – PCUM is now a “partner church” in a new hunger/meal program. This new ministry is called the 7th Street Bistro and is based in Newark. The volunteer-driven program provides and serves a hot lunch to 50-75 neighbors on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Contact to volunteer. Families are welcome!

SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS IN MONTCLAIR – The Mission & Service Committee has dates available for serving at the MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) Cafe, which prepares and serves the evening meal to hungry and homeless neighbors right here in Montclair on the first and fourth 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.

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Come, Learn in Lent - Lenten Educational Series

“Defeating Scrooge” Spirit-Saver Workshop

Starts Sunday, March 10th after worship in the Sanctuary

(approx. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.)

 In troubled times when incivility dominates the news, more and more people are coming down with a bad case of the “bah humbugs” all year ‘round. PCUM’s own Renae Baker says that is why the Christmas spirit—which brings us closer to God, to our fellow human beings, and to the reality of peace on earth—should play an even larger role in our lives, too! In this weekly Lenten educational series, join Renae and your PCUM family as she takes a closer look at Christmas carols and how they can help you reclaim your holiday joy every day of the year. What a great way to prepare for Easter!

A PCUM member since '01, Renae is a professional singer, actor, speaker, television and radio co-host, and author. She maintains that there is Christmas in Easter and Easter in Christmas—and will be rolling out a test-run of her "Defeating Scrooge Spirit Saver Workshop" during this Lenten season right here in her home congregation.

You are invited during this season of Lent to take part in this joyful, memorable time of fellowship and spirit-building from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Sundays from March 10 - April 7.

Schedule of Sunday Session Themes:

March 10:  “Is Your State of Spirit an SOS?”

March 17:  “How Well Do You Know the Carols You Sing?”

March 24:  “Who Created the Carols You Sing?"

March 31:  “What Do All These Birds Have to Do with Christmas, Anyway?”

April 7:      “How Have the Carols Affected the World Since They Were Written?”

Bonus session: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

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Holy Week Schedule @ PCUM

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY - April 14th @ 10:00 a.m.

Join the crowds welcoming Jesus, waving palm branches and celebrating the coming Savior, even as the shadow of the cross—and the promise of resurrection—loom ahead.  The story of Christ’s betrayal and passion is proclaimed through a dramatic reading and a presentation of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem by PCUM’s Chancel Choir and orchestra. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY ~ April 18th

SERVICE OF TENEBRAE & COMMUNION

7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Plan to take part in this meaningful Holy Week experience as the PCUM family gathers around the Lord’s Table to focus on the great love God of in Christ that sustains us even through the darkest times. 

The name ‘MAUNDY’ derives from the Latin word mandatum, which means “commandment,” referring to Jesus’ commandment to his disciples after washing their feet at the Last Supper: “For I have set you an example, that you should also do as I have done to you.” (John13:15). 

TENEBRÆ is the Latin word for darkness. During this experiential narrative service, prepare to experience and understand Easter more fully by recounting the story of our Lord Jesus Christ’s journey from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane, to Peter’s denial and the trials before Pilate and Herod. As Jesus’ crucifixion nears, lights in the sanctuary are progressively extinguished.

EASTER SUNDAY ~ April 21st

CELEBRATION OF THE RISEN LORD!

9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with special music

11:00 a.m. Family Worship with Children’s, Youth & Chancel Choirs

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

To Mars and Beyond!

Sunday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 3

Vacation Bible School 2019 is right around the corner! Join in the fun and travel through space "To Mars and Beyond" - Sunday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 3rd. At Vacation Bible School, PCUM children and the Montclair community enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as participants explore where God’s power can take them. They will become Voyagers and discover how to serve God and God’s mission in our world. Through Bible study, crafts, games, music, recreation, tasty snacks and some science experiments, your children will be entertained and equipped for an active life with God.

The Voyagers will begin their Mars expedition on Sunday morning during the regular PCUM Sunday school hour on June 30th and then travel three more days from Monday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon.

To register or to find out more about PCUM's "To Mars and Beyond" VBS program, contact Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education at the church office 973-746-3854 or by email at