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Bulletin Announcements 11/26/17

PASTORS’ SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets Sundays 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, get to know each other, and discover together God’s Presence and voice in our everyday lives.

THE DEACONS say “thank you” to all PCUM friends and members who donated stuffing for Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry. The congregation collected over 550 bags of stuffing (50+ beyond the goal!) to be donated to help neighbor families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.  Thanks to Lynn Crane and Bob Ritter for transporting the stuffing to Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry! 

PLEASE RETURN 2018 PLEDGE CARDS – What’s Y(our) Story? is PCUM’s theme for the fall stewardship campaign to support this church’s many worthwhile ministries in the year ahead.  If you haven’t yet pledged to be part of Christ’s work in and through this church in 2018, pledge cards are available at the ends of each pew this morning, as well as in the narthex.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

THE DEACONS’ SPIRIT OF GIVING program this Advent-Christmas season provides you with a chance to donate to a worthy cause in honor of someone special. Instead of—or in addition to—your usual Christmas giving, through Spirit of Giving you can give a gift of hope, a gift of love, and a gift of a brighter tomorrow.  A Spirit of Giving donation makes a wonderful gift for family, friends, teachers and co-workers.  You can find more information about the Spirit of Giving in the special brochure included in the bulletin.

PART-TIME NURSERY CAREGIVER WANTED – PCUM seeks a part-time nursery caregiver to work with current caregiver, Marybeth, in welcoming young families and watching over our growing number of toddlers and young children on Sunday mornings.  The ideal applicant is 21 years of age or older who demonstrates a warm, friendly personality and a love for children. Applicants should contact Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education, at   Thank you.

GETTING READY FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

SINGERS WANTED:  Would you like to be a part of a special choral offering this Advent? During the morning worship service on Sunday, December 17th, PCUM’s Chancel Choir will be presenting “Christmas in Blue,” select jazz carols arranged for choir with jazz ensemble.  Rehearsals are weekly from 7:30-8:20pm on Thursday nights and all adult and teen singers are welcome.  There will be one mandatory Saturday rehearsal on Saturday, December 16, from 10am-12noon.  See Anne Marie Juliano if you would like music or email her ( ) for more information. 

ONLINE ADVENT DEVOTIONAL: Advent is the season of waiting with expectation as we prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of our Lord.  This brief daily online advent devotional, “Following the Star,” is intended to help you pause in the midst of your crazy holiday schedule and reflect on the God who loves us enough to become one of us.  Just visit www.d365.org starting Sunday, December 3 and click on begin and you will be guided through each day’s devotion.  If you would like to receive a daily reminder to view each devotion, you may sign up on the webpage up by providing your email address.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT REHEARSALS – PCUM's children will lead the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 10th, by presenting annual Christmas Pageant! There will be two all-cast Saturday rehearsals on Dec 2 & 9, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  All cast members are asked to attend.  Please contact Mary Beckhusen ( ) for more information.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS:  Remember a loved one this Christmas by dedicating a Poinsettia in their memory or honor. Forms are available in your bulletin. Please drop your form & check in the church office. The deadline for poinsettia dedications is Sunday, December 17th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. All 6th through 8th graders are invited to come out for an awesome time with Pastor Greg!  Dinner is always served.  Friends welcome.

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 4-5:00 p.m. in the Choir Room with Julie Platte ( ).

YOUTH CHOIR for Middle Schoolers meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm (before Youth Group.)  Senior Highs meet after worship on Sunday mornings. Youth Choir is led by Anne Marie Juliano and leads the worship service one Sunday of every month.

SAVE THE DATE for PCUM’s 3rd Annual Progressive Dinner Party—a wonderful evening of fun, food and friendship—to which you are warmly invited on the evening of Saturday, January 27, 2018.

SUPPORT PCUM BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS for Shop Rite, Kings and Fairway. Cards may be redeemed at any location and are $100 each, you get full value at the store and PCUM gets 5% of the card’s value. 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.)

SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS – The PCUM family’s participation in M.E.S.H (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) focuses on preparing and serving dinners to our hungry and homeless neighbors. Volunteer teams from PCUM cook and serve on the first and third Saturdays of the month here in Montclair. If you are interested in serving or cooking, please contact Martin Gritsch and the Mission & Service Committee at .

MIDNIGHT RUN COLD WEATHER KITS FOR HOMELESS As the weather turns colder, PCUM is raising funds to gather “cold weather kids” to distribute to homeless neighbors. Can you help? Each kit costs $10 and has a pair of gloves, wool hat, socks, underwear, rain poncho, mylar blanket, hand warmers and a 5 x 7 tarp.  You can donate quickly and easily by visiting PCUM's Mission & Service Committee's Go Fund Me Page at www.gofundme.com/PCUMColdKits.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED –PCUM’s weekly Sunday Fellowship Time/Coffee Hour is an important ministry and a great way to get to know people.  Will you sign up to help one Sunday?  Just visit www.pcum.org and click on the “serve” tab in the menu bar. To sign up via email, contact Deacon Julia Brad at .