Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements 01-13-2019

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.

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 newly renovated North Wing, located off Fellowship Hall (adjacent to sanctuary).  Please 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.  Registration forms are available from Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education or downloadable at www.pcum.org.

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. 

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 Katherine!  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 Thursday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. in the Choir Room with Julie Platte (juliebplatte@ gmail.com).

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, there is an Informational Meeting today after church in the Youth Room upstairs. Please contact Pastor Katherine with questions.

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL:  Your Christian Education leaders need YOUR help to make a congregation-wide Lenten devotional possible! This daily devotional will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6th and end on Easter Sunday, April 21st. You can make this devotional come together by writing or creating one of the daily devotions! Please contact Pastor Katherine at by January 24 to be part of the devotional this year. Individual, family, or group submissions are welcome! Pastor Katherine has created a “How To” document with examples of devotional styles and contains a step-by-step guide.

2019 PLEDGE CARDS COLLECTED!#ShowingChristsLove  –  If you haven’t yet pledged to be part of Christ’s work through this church in 2019, pledge cards are available from the ushers or in the church office. You may also submit your pledge online by visiting www.pcum.org and clicking on the online pledge card link on the homepage.  Many thanks for sharing Christ’s love!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH – PROGRESSIVE DINNER CELEBRATION OF PASTOR GREG’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY: Check your email for your invitation and RSVP to be part of a wonderful evening of food and fun at PCUM’s annual progressive dinner, Saturday February 9th, starting at 6 pm. PCUM’s progressive dinner is a creative and memorable way to connect with new and old friends in your church family! Everyone gathers in one home for appetizers and conversation. Groups of 6-8 then have dinner in separate homes, followed by gathering together again in one home for dessert. This year, we’ll celebrate and give thanks for 10 years of ministry with Pastor Greg, so YOU are invited! The Church Life Committee is actively looking for dinner hosts!  If you are interested in hosting, please contact Sue Obaditch at  or Melissa Bigelow at  .    

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

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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2019 are available. If you would like envelopes, please sign the list on the sign-up table in Fellowship Hall or you may email ( ) or call the church office (973-746-3854).  A box of envelopes will be prepared for you and be available for you to pick up the following Sunday.

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 new 2019 Flower Calendar in the Deacons’ Corner or online at www.pcum.org.

YOU CAN GIVE TO PCUM ONLINETo give online, just go to www.pcum.org and click on the “Give” tab.