Weekly Announcements

Bulletin Announcements February 23, 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. Church School leaders are available to help students & parents find their classrooms.

REMEMBERING AL SPERGEL: At 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, February 23rd, there will be a memorial service in the PCUM sanctuary celebrating the life of longtime member Al Spergel (94), husband of Doris, father of Lori Chopoorian, and grandfather of Lara and Anya. A reception with light refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall.

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 CHOIRS range from The Joyful Noise (preschool –1st grade), to the Children’s Choir for 2nd-5th graders, to the Youth Choir (6th-12th grades) to the adult Chancel Choir.  YOU are invited to come & sing! For rehearsal schedules or more information, contact the Director of Music Ministries, Anne Marie Juliano at .

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.

EXPERIENCE THE BEGINNING OF LENT with Ash Wednesday Worship on February 26 @ 7:30 p.m. Start your preparations for Easter (this year, Sunday, April 12th) with PCUM's Ash Wednesday worship service for all ages, Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. This is an experience-based service designed for the whole family.  Because God always reaches out to us first in Christ, our experience of God's Presence and God's love almost always comes before our understanding.  PCUM's 60-minute Ash Wednesday service is starts the season of Lent in a way that will deepen the meaning—and your appreciation—of Easter six weeks later! Led by the Chancel and Youth Choirs and guided by hymns and scriptures, we will focus on our shared humanness and need for God.  The service concludes with the intimate imposition of ashes, as we set off together to follow Jesus through and beyond death--and then to resurrection joy! 

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION AND CORPORATION of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair will be held Sunday, March 1st, in Fellowship Hall, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. A light lunch and childcare will be provided.  Please mark your calendars! The purpose of the meeting is to receive the Annual Report of PCUM’s ministry in 2019; to act on the nomination of leaders (elders on Session, Deacons, and Trustees); to act on the recommendation to approve the 2020 Terms of Call (compensation) for the pastors; to review the 2020 church ministry budget as approved by Session; and to discuss any other business of ministry that comes before the congregation. All active members of PCUM have voice and vote at the meeting—and are encouraged to attend.

DEACONS CEREAL DRIVE: The Deacons are collecting boxes of healthy cereal for the Human Needs Food Pantry during February and March.  Healthy cereals are often supplemented with vitamins and are used as meal alternatives for families in need. It is a client favorite, but expensive for the food pantry to purchase. Please consider donating a box or two?  Bring your donations to the Deacons’ Corner on Sunday morning.  Thank you!

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH FOR PCUM'S ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE DINNERYOU are invited to be part of PCUM's 5th Annual PCUM Progressive Dinner on Saturday, April 4th.  Don’t miss out on this very fun and very special evening. The Progressive Dinner has quickly become a favorite of members and friends alike. It's a wonderful way to meet new friends, renew friendships, and get to know fellow members and friends of your church family whom you haven't yet met. The Progressive Dinner's format makes it easy to connect with lots of PCUM-ers while spending more personal time with a smaller group. The Progressive Dinner evening begins with everyone gathering in one group at one home for appetizers. The large group then breaks into smaller gatherings of 6-8 that go together for dinner in homes of "dinner hosts."  Then the evening concludes with the entire large group coming together again in one home for dessert. Hosts are needed!  Please contact Melissa Bigelow at   if you would like to host a group of 6-8 people for dinner in your home. 

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

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).