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Bulletin Announcements 01/21/2018

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 7th 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.

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM this morning are Owen Joseph Lowell Davison and Matthew Daniel Blackowski. Owen and Matthew are cousins. Matthew is the son of David and Alexandra Thelin Blackowski, and Owen is the son of Jim and Alyson Thelin Davison, as well brother of Andrew & Keira.  Presenting Owen & Matthew to baptized on behalf of their PCUM family is Elder Laura Phillips. Representing Owen’s church family and the circle of loved ones committing themselves to his support and nurture is his aunt, Alexandra; and representing Matthew’s church family and the circle of loved ones committing themselves to his support and nurture is his aunt, Alyson.

BAPTISM IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) celebrates the truth that God’s love claims us even before we are able to respond in faith.  In the PC (USA), baptism itself does not bring about salvation, but is an outward sign pointing to God’s loving and free gift to us of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The waters of baptism represent the washing away of all brokenness that separates us from God, our dying and rising with Christ, and an adoption into the covenant family of Christ’s Body, the church.  The entire congregation, on behalf of the worldwide Christian church, assumes responsibility for nurturing the baptized children in the Christian life.

“NEW MEMBER CLASS INFO MEETING” TODAY!  – If you would like to explore membership in the congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair, you are warmly invited to a 30-minute informational gathering this morning immediately following worship in the Church Library (off Fellowship Hall). Pastor Greg will provide information and answer your questions. Child care provided!

BE PART OF 3rd Annual Progressive Dinner—a wonderful evening of fun, food and friendship—to which you are warmly invited on Saturday, January 27th, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Check your email for a personal invitation and rsvp to Sue Obaditch ( ). Cost is $25 per person. Dinner hosts are still needed.  If you would like to host a small group for dinner, please contact Sue asap!

PASTOR’S SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the Library (off Fellowship Hall).  Come, join this weekly time of fellowship and fun as we develop our Bible-reading skills and discover together God’s 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 Thursday afternoons, from 4-5 p.m. in the Choir Room with Julie Platte ( ).

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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are available by request.  If you would like offering 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.

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!

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. Currently, cooks are needed on February 17, March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16. Servers are needed March 17, April 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16. Interested in serving or cooking? Contact Martin Gritsch or the Mission & Service Committee at . Thank you for your faithfulness to this ministry!

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 .

THE SOCIETY OF MUSICAL ARTS (SOMA) ORCHESTRA, directed by PCUM’s own Steve Culbertson, invites you to a free concert today, Sunday, January 21st at 4:00 pm at Maplewood Middle School, 7 Burnett Street Maplewood.  The concert theme, “How Suite It Is,” will feature works by Haydn, Mozart, Galbraith, Janacek & de Falla. All are welcome!