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Bulletin Announcements 03/18/2018


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.

DEACONS’ MARCH FOOD DRIVE:  During the month of March, PCUM’s Deacons will be collecting cans of tuna.  Please bring your donations to church with you on Sunday morning and place them in the blue bins in the Deacons Corner.  All donations will be distributed to hungry families through the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Thank you!

PCUM WELCOMES KATHERINE SCOTT-KIRSCHNER this morning as preacher. A 2017 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Katherine has been nominated by this church’s Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) to be PCUM’s next Associate Pastor of Youth & Families. Immediately following this worship service, there will be a brief meeting of the congregation to vote to affirm Katherine’s call to this ministry. All friends and members are invited to stay for this brief meeting and the celebratory coffee hour/fellowship time afterward in Fellowship Hall. Welcome, Katherine!


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. 

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.

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. 

DEDICATE EASTER FLOWERS – Remember or honor a loved one Easter Sunday by dedicating Easter Flowers that will adorn the sanctuary and proclaim the Good News of God’s gift of new and abundant life in the resurrected Christ. Forms are in your bulletin. Each plant is $15. Deadline is Palm Sunday, March 25th.

INTERFAITH BOOK DISCUSSION-Save the Date & Read the Book!  PCUM is co-hosting an Interfaith Book Discussion with Congregation Shomrei Emunah, the synagogue located on Park Street in Montclair. The book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, and the guest presenter on this popular and compelling bestseller on the American justice system is Montclair’s own Randy Susskind, who is Stevenson’s colleague at the Equal Justice Initiative. The date is Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm at Shomrei Emunah, which is located at 67 Park Street, Montclair. All are welcome! Be sure to get the book and read it. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors. 

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 on April 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16.  Cooks are needed for May 5 and June 16. Interested in serving or cooking? Contact Martin Gritsch or the Mission & Service Committee at . Thank you for your faithfulness!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, Sharing Resources. Changing Lives. On Palm Sunday, March 25th, the PCUM worshiping family will receive the special One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through OGHS to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

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.)

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