Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements 06/23/2019

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 3-3rd 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.

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM this morning is Allison Diane Gough, daughter of Chiara & Brian Gough. Presenting Allison to baptized on behalf of her PCUM family is her grandfather, Elder Al Cristantiello. Representing Allison’s church family and the circle of loved ones celebrating her life and God’s love for her in Christ and committing themselves to her support and nurture are Laura Schilacci and Mike Gough.

BAPTISM IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) celebrates the truth that God’s love claims us even before we are able to respond in faith.  In the PC (USA), baptism itself does not bring about salvation, but is an outward sign pointing to God’s loving and free gift to us of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The waters of baptism represent the washing away of all brokenness that separates us from God, our dying and rising with Christ, and an adoption into the covenant family of Christ’s Body, the church.  The entire congregation, on behalf of the worldwide Christian church, assumes responsibility for nurturing the baptized children in the Christian life.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets through June 23rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Library (off Fellowship Hall).  Come to be part of 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. 

JUNE 30th CONCERT OF SPIRITUALS: CHRIS & EBONY MARTIN – On Sunday, June 30th at 3:00 p.m., soprano Ebony Martin and her husband, Chris Martin, PCUM’s tenor soloist, will present a concert entitled “A Celebration of Negro Spirituals.” Come, tell your friends, and enjoy this outstanding musical experience. There will be a free-will donation and a portion will be donated to PCUM’s mission programs supporting homeless and hungry neighbors.

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).

GOT MUSIC? PCUM’s Music Ministry needs YOU!  Singers, instrumentalists (soloists and ensembles) are needed for summer worship services.  If you would like to share your gifts for the glory of God by offering your talents one Sunday this summer, please contact Dir. of Music Ministries, Anne Marie Juliano at .

PLEASE CONSIDER CATCHING UP OR PAYING AHEAD ON YOUR PLEDGE as the warmer summer season approaches. Your financial support of PCUM’s ministries during the summer months—when financial obligations must still be met—is a huge gift to your church’s health and effectiveness in ministry. Thank you!

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL - YOU CAN HELP! The summer program starts Sunday, June 23.  Summer Sunday School is for children ages 3 through 3rd grade.  Teachers are needed for Sundays from June 23rd through September 1st.  All of the supplies you need to make this a fun experience for you are provided for and teacher training is available. If you are interested in signing up for a Sunday or two, please contact Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education at 

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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 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