Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements January 19, 2020

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 3rd grade are located in the North Wing. Children and youth 4th grade and up are asked to remain in worship with their families. Church School leaders are available to help students & parents find their classrooms.

MLK JR. SERVICE PROJECT TODAY FOLLOWING WORSHIP: Right after worship this morning, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, you and your entire family are invited to Fellowship Hall to continue to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in three service projects helping neighbors in need. A delicious pizza lunch will be served! Each of these three service projects will benefit your church's local ministry partners in Newark and Manhattan, as well as military personnel around the world.

One of the three projects is a Clothing Drive which will support the clothes-closet program at PCUM's monthly mission serving families and adults in downtown Newark. The other two service activities the PCUM family will share a are "Valentines for Soldiers" project and the assembly of "Personal Care Kits" for the Senior High Youth Group's Midnight Run ministry serving homeless neighbors in New York City. Come, share and experience the abundant love of God!

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 (juliebplatte@ gmail.com).

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

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE FOR 4th & 5th GRADERS - Mark your calendars for a fun “pre-youth group experience” for 4th & 5th graders on Friday, January 31st, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The theme is Young Superheroes of the Bible – How to be a superhero in real life! If your 4th or 5th grader would like to join in the fun, please see or email Mary Beckhusen ( ) to register. Cost is $15 per youth and includes dinner.

LAKE CHAMPION WEEKEND MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH RETREAT - kids is coming up on Friday, March 13-Sunday, March 15. PCUM has been going to Lake Champion in upstate NY for over 30 years. Come be part of this fun weekend away -- that's created just for Middle Schoolers. Please turn in a deposit of $100 to Pastor Katherine by Wednesday, January 22. For more information, contact Katherine at 

SENIOR HIGH SUMMER TRIP - This July 12-18th, PCUM is heading down south to Montreat, NC for Montreat Youth Conference. The theme this year is "We Are." Please turn in a deposit of $150 for this incredible community building, faith exploring, and fun week by Sunday, February 2! For more information, contact Pastor Katherine at

PROVIDE FLOWERS & HONOR LOVED by dedicating flowers for a morning worship service on any Sunday(s) throughout the year—and fulfill and important ministry and need of the church. The suggested donation for two bouquets is $80, but any amount gratefully accepted. Your dedication will appear in the morning bulletin. Flowers beautify the shared worship experience and symbolize the abundant life God brings in Jesus Christ. Sign up using the Flower Calendar located in the Deacons’ Corner or visit www.pcum.org.

MONTCLAIR MUSIC CLUB will hold its next program on Monday, February 10th, at 11:30 a.m. at PCUM.  The concert will feature popular arias sung by soprano Karen Lundry; a Mozart Sonata performed by pianist Barbara Landi Hause; and favorite Gershwin four-hand piano duets performed by pianists Rebecca Eng and Florence Liu.  The concert is open to everyone and is free (donations to support MMC programs and scholarships are always appreciated).  Visit montclairmusiclub.org.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE OTHERS

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HELP FEED & SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS IN NEWARK: PCUM is now a “partner church” in a new hunger/meal program focused on serving families (with children) and individuals facing food-insecurity in Newark. The volunteer-driven program provides and serves a hot lunch to 50-75 neighbors on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Contact for the Sign-Up Genius link. Contact the Church Office any time for more information.

HELP FEED & SERVE HUNGRY MONTCLAIR NEIGHBORS: Dates are available for you (& your family) to serve at PCUM’s M.E.S.H. ministry, which prepares and serves the Saturday evening meal to hungry and homeless neighbors here in Montclair on the 1st & 4th Saturdays of the month. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, serve meals, and sing or play music for guests. Contact for the Sign-Up Genius link or the Church Office.

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 on Sunday mornings or at any time by contacting Erika Cowan ( , 973-222-7186) or David Starr ( , 973-253-2155).