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Bulletin Announcements 05/20/2018

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 5th grade are located in the North Wing. Church School leaders are available to help students & parents find their classrooms. Please see CE Director, Mary Beckhusen, for a Sunday School registration form.

AT 3:00 pm ON SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, YOU ARE INVITED, along with the entire PCUM family, to the ordination and installation service of Katherine Scott-Kirschner as a Minister of Word & Sacrament in our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and as Associate Pastor for Youth and Families in and for the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair. The service will take place here in the sanctuary and feature the PCUM community, leaders and clergy from area churches, and special guests—all of whom will gather to celebrate and give thanks to God for calling Katherine to the ministry and to her particular ministry among us.

PASTOR’S SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the Library (off Fellowship Hall). 

DEACONS SPRING DRIVE – PCUM’s Deacons will be collecting boxes of healthy cereal for Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry during May and June. Can YOU help? Healthy cereals can provide 7-10 meals per box and are much needed at the pantry this time of year. Just bring some cereal with you on Sunday morning and place it in the big blue bin in Deacons’ corner. Contact Ginny Moriarty at  or 973-951-7829.

SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS – You can help prepare and serve the evening meal to hungry neighbors by taking part in PCUM’s regular M.E.S.H. (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) evenings. Volunteer teams cook and serve on the first and third Saturdays of the month here in Montclair. Servers are needed for June 2 & 16. Cooks are needed for June 16. Interested in serving or cooking? Please contact the Mission & Service Committee at . Thank you for your faithfulness!

SUPPORT PCUM BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS for Shop Rite, Kings and Fairway. Cards 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 ) or David Starr (973-253-2155 or ). Thank you.

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.  Now it’s even more convenient – you can give securely online at www.pcum.org.  Just click on the “Give” tab. Thank you!

PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN! YOU’RE INVITED TO PCUM’S PARENTS’ PLAYGROUP on Saturday, June 9th from 10am until 12 noon. All parents with infants through preschoolers gather to meet each other, while toddlers spend time playing in a relaxed atmosphere. Contact Mary Beckhusen ( ) with questions.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE OVERNIGHT!  All 4th & 5th graders in the PCUM family are invited to join the 4th & 5th Grade Overnight on Friday-Saturday, June 1st - 2nd.  This is the last event for FNL until the fall, so come on out and have some fun with your friends! The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and end the next morning at 9:00 a.m.  The theme is "Roaming Through Romans" with a scavenger hunt through the New Testament Book of Romans.  There will also be food, games, and a movie!  Please see Mary Beckhusen or the church website for a registration form. The deadline is Wednesday, May 30th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: SAVE THE DATE -  This year’s VBS theme is Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity. Vacation Bible School is for all children age 4 through rising 6th graders and will meet from 9 to 12 noon, Monday – Friday, June 25-29th! Crafts, Bible stories, games and music! Email Mary Beckhusen at for a registration form or visit pcum.org. Cost is $65 per child for the week. See you there!

YOUTH BANQUET – Save the date!  This year’s youth banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at 7pm in Fellowship Hall.  All youth grades 5-12 and their families are invited. It’s a potluck so bring a dish to share!

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL - YOU CAN HELP! The summer program will begin on Sunday, June 24.  Summer Sunday School is for children ages 3 through 3rd grade.  Sunday school teachers are needed for ALL Sundays from June 24th through September 2nd.  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 

MONTREAT 2018 – All High School Youth (current 8th – 12th grade) are invited to be part of PCUM’s biennial trip to Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) in Asheville, North Carolina. PCUM’s youth are going to MYC the week of July 8-14th. MYC is a great time to get to know other Presbyterian youth from around the country, explore faith, and be in nature for a week! The theme this year is “Lift Every Voice” and it is sure to be a great one! Contact Pastor Katherine ( ) to sign up!

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.

YOUTH CHOIR (6th grade - HS) rehearses after worship on Sundays and before Youth Group (6:30-7:00pm) on Wednesdays with Anne Marie Juliano. Youth Choir sings and leads worship one Sunday every month.

YOU CAN NOW GIVE ONLINE TO SUPPORT PCUM – The church website makes it possible for you to give money to support the church online. Just a click allows you to fulfill your pledge and/or give to dedicate flowers and/or support the church’s ministries, special offerings, and designated mission programs. To give online, just go to PCUM’s home page at www.pcum.org and click on the “Give” tab. If you have questions or any problems, please contact Sue Sabo at the church at

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 .

PROVIDE FLOWERS & HONOR LOVED ONES 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 and the shared worship experience and symbolize the abundant life God brings in Jesus Christ. Sign up using the Flower Calendar located in the breezeway or visit www.pcum.org. Thank you!