Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements September 15, 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

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Library (off Fellowship Hall). See you there!

REGISTER FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL!  PCUM’s 2019-2020 Sunday school program kicks-off today! Classes are for children in preschool through 7th grade. Register your child(ren) by filling out a registration form available from Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education.

TEACHERS NEEDED! KEEPING BAPTISMAL PROMISES PCUM is committed to children, and volunteer Sunday School teachers are needed to join a rotating team of teachers who share their time, their questions, and their love with amazing kids. Lots of guidance and support provided! Contact Mary Beckhusen, Dir of Christian Ed ( ).

EXPLORE MEMBERSHIP - If you would like to explore member-ship in this active congregation and make new connections, or if you have questions, please indicate your interest in the Friendship Pad or/and let Pastor Greg Horn know (908-868-6441 or .)

FALL BOOK GROUP:  You are invited to be part of a book group this fall! The group will discuss the fascinating and faith-deepening Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor, one of our country’s leading speakers and Christian authors. The book is a memoir of Barbara’s experiences teaching a college course on the world’s great religions after 3 decades of parish ministry. The first gathering will be Tuesday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m. (note the time change) at the home of Janet Lee.  There will be two more meetings on October 15th and November 12th. Please email to RSVP.

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP begins this Wednesday, September 18 with a banquet potluck from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pastor Katherine invites all 6-8 graders and their families to celebrate the return of Youth Group! Please bring a food item to share. See you there! 

YOUTH CHOIR (6th grade - HS) rehearses Sundays after worship and before Youth Group (6:30-7 pm) on Wednesdays with Anne Marie Juliano. All middle school and high school teens are welcome! Youth Choir leads worship one Sunday every month. 

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 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Choir Room with Julie Platte, beginning on September 19th.  For more information, please email .

CHANCEL CHOIR rehearsals for adults are weekly on Thursdays at 7:30p.m. in the choir room. First-time (and sporadic) singers are always welcome!  For more information, contact Director of Music Ministries, Anne Marie Juliano at  or (973) 930-5074).

SEPTEMBER 22nd IS KICK-OFF SUNDAY 2019!  On Sunday, September 22nd, YOU are warmly invited to join the PCUM family of friends and members in starting off the new “church year” of ministry in Christ’s name with Kick-Off Sunday!   Festivities will be held on the East Lawn (weather permitting). Come for the music, games, fun, family, friends and food and, of course, information on how YOU can be involved in PCUM’s many ministries!  Be a part of your church family’s 2019 “homecoming” – as a relaxing summer moves into an exciting year of worship, service, and faith-building in the Body of Christ! 

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 remaining calendar year. The suggested donation for two standard bouquets is $80; dedications appear in the morning bulletin. Sign up using the Flower Calendar in the Deacons’ Corner or online at pcum.org.

YOU CAN GIVE TO PCUM ONLINE: To give online, just go to www.pcum.org and click on the “Give” tab. If you have questions or any problems, please contact Sue Sabo at the church at .



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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.