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Bulletin Announcements 11/11/2018

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 3rd grade are located in the North Wing. Children and youth 4th grade and up are invited to remain in worship with their families this morning.  Church School leaders are available to help students & parents find their classrooms. Register your child(ren) for Sunday School by filling out a registration form.  Registration forms are available from Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education or downloadable at www.pcum.org.


#ShowingChrist’sLove  – This morning is the third in PCUM’s fall series of worship services focused on our calling to make Christ’s love visible in the life of this church by responding gratefully to the God who gives each of us abundant life. Our joyous, grateful and growing pledges of financial commitment create the unique combination of PCUM’s core values: Authenticity & Relevance, Relationships, Thoughtful & Nourishing Worship, Participation, Service to Others & to the World, and a Vibrant Ministry to Children & Youth.

Next Sunday, November, 16th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, will be Commitment Sunday here at PCUM, when this worship, serving congregation will offer pledges and morning offerings as part of our shared response to God’s self-offering of love and purpose to us in Jesus Christ. See you there!


8:30 SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – The weekly adult Bible study class is focusing this fall on the Gospel of Mark and using "Gospel Parallels" to examine how Luke and Matthew each added to Mark's basic structure for their own purposes. All are welcome Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the Library.

DEACONS’ STUFFING DRIVE (ends today!) – PCUM’s Deacons, who lead us in the work of compassion, are collecting bags of stuffing for the Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry!  PCUM’s goal is to collect and donate 500 bags of stuffing to help local friends and neighbors in need enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their families.  Can YOU help? Bring your stuffing donations to church and place them in the baskets in the Deacons Corner.  Thank You!



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. Would you like to take part? Sign up and get info at

SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS IN MONTCLAIR – The Mission & Service Committee has announced the fall dates 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 many opportunities to prepare food, serve meals, and sing and/or play music for guests. Sign up online by the church’s website at www.pcum.org. Contact Mission & Service at with questions. Thank you!

THE DEACONS SPIRIT OF GIVING FAIR will begin soon!  The Spirit of Giving provides members and friends with a chance to donate to a worthy cause in honor of someone special. Instead of or in addition to your usual Christmas presents, you can choose to give a gift of hope, a gift of love, and a gift of a brighter tomorrow.  A Spirit of Giving donation makes a wonderful gift for family, friends, teachers and co-workers.  There will be more information available about the Spirit of Giving in a special insert to be included in next week’s bulletin.

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 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 .


THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT  IS COMING! – PCUM's annual Christmas pageant will be held during worship on Sunday, December 16th. The pageant is just one way for your child to learn the story of Jesus' birth and to experience the story firsthand, so that it becomes part of their own story.  All Sunday school children from preschool (age 3) through 5th grade are invited to be a part of the pageant.  Please sign up with Mary Beckhusen ( ) to take part.. There will be two all-cast Saturday pageant rehearsals – December 8 & 15, from 9:00-10:30 a.m., and a script read-through (with pizza) for cast members with speaking parts, date TBA.   

SINGERS WANTED:  Would you like to be a part of a special choral offering this Advent?  PCUM’s choirs will be leading worship on Sunday, December 2, with An Advent Festival of Music and Scripture.  This special service will feature music from all PCUM’s choirs and special guest musicians.   Adults and high school youth are invited to join the Chancel Choir for rehearsals on Tuesdays, November 13 & 20 and Thursday, November 29th, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  See Anne Marie Juliano if you would like music or email her ( ) for more information. 

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 of fellowship and fun with Pastor Katherine!  Dinner is always served.  Middle School Youth Group will not meet on October 31st.

THE YOUTH CHOIR (6th grade - HS) rehearses Sundays after worship Wednesday evenings before Youth Group (6:30-7 pm). All middle school and high school teens are welcome! Contact Anne Marie Juliano with questions ( ).

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.  For more information, please email .

HONOR OR MEMORIALIZE LOVED ONES by dedicating flowers for PCUM’s Sunday morning worship service on any Sunday throughout the 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, online at pcum.org or by contacting Denise in the Church Office at .

SUNDAY READINGS & SERMONS—can be listened to on the PCUM’s web site, www.pcum.org by clicking on the Sermons button under the Worship menu:  http://www.pcum.org/worship/sermons/