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Bulletin Announcements 9/23/2018

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. 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.

TODAY PCUM WELCOMES guest trumpeter, Max Morden.  In addition to being a talented arranger, composer and professional recording artist, Max is a Verona public school music teacher and friend of this congregation.

TODAY IS KICK-OFF SUNDAYAfter worship this morning, YOU are warmly invited to join the PCUM family of friends and members in starting off the new “church year” of ministry in Christ’s name with Kick-Off Sunday!   Festivities will be held on the East Lawn (weather permitting). Come for the music, games, fun, family, friends and food and, of course, information on how YOU can be involved in PCUM’s many ministries!  Be a part of your church family’s 2018 “homecoming” – as a relaxing summer moves into an exciting year of worship, service, and faith-building in the Body of Christ! 

THIS MORNING’S CHORAL ANTHEM, The Road Home composed by Stephen Paulus, is very special to longtime choir members Steve Culbertson and Janet Lee. Stephen and Steve were close colleagues and friends for decades. Patty Paulus and Janet grew up together in Minnesota (friends since high school). Stephen was a prolific composer with a gift for writing music that touched hearts. The Road Home is his creation based on a tune from The Southern Harmony Songbook (1835), with new words by Michael Dennis Browne about "returning" and "coming home" from a time of being lost or wandering. It has become one of the most often-performed choral works of our time by choirs around the world, showing that the most powerful and beautiful message can often be a simple one.  Stephen was a long-time member of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St Paul, MN. He died in 2014.

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASS INFO MEETING NEXT SUNDAY –If you are interested in exploring the meaning of membership in this congregation and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), you are warmly invited to this 30-minute informational meeting next Sunday, September 30th, with Pastor Greg and Pastor Katherine. We’ll meet in the Church Library, just off Fellowship Hall.

PASTOR’S 8:30 SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – The weekly adult Bible study class is studying the Synoptic Gospels this year, focusing 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 to attend on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the Library.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE celebrating the life of longtime PCUM member Nicky Minor will be held Saturday, October 6th at 11:00am in the sanctuary. 

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 .

SERVE HUNGRY NEIGHBORS IN NEWARK – PCUM is now a “partner church” in a new hunger/meal program, the 7th Street Bistro, based in Newark. Members & friends of several area Presbyterian congregations partner in this monthly, volunteer-driven program providing and serving hot lunch to 50-75 neighbors on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Would you like to take part? Stay tuned for more info on how you can be part of this worthwhile effort!

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!

MAX’D OUT ! Next Sunday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m., come experience the exceptional musical trio of John Priori, Anders Bostrom and Max Morden on trumpets, flutes, pianos, synthesizers, guitars and vocals. Their performance is a unique fusing of original music with the great catalogs of jazz, rock, Broadway, film, TV – with humor, fun facts and audience participation mixed with inventive covers of artists like Miles Davis, Bill Withers Al Jarreau, Randy Newman and the Beatles. Tickets are $10 (or 4 for $35) at the door.

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.

YOU CAN HELP MOTHER ESTHER!  The Mother Esther School and Rescue Center in rural Kenya—where this congregation’s former associate pastor, Lauren Scharstein, is on staff and in ministry—works to protect, support and empower young girls, many of whom are at risk of being forced into arranged marriages and deprived of opportunities for education and self-development.  The school currently has 72 girls in grades 1-5 who live and study on the school compound. The Mother Esther school’s motto is Education: my choice, my right.”

This past summer, PCUM member and college student Chase Moriarty spent the month of July in Kenya working at the school.  Now, you can help support this amazing ministry, too!  Please consider a cash donation to be used to purchase notebooks, crayons, pencils, textbooks, uniforms and other much needed school supplies.  For more information about this ministry and/or to make a donation, visit the Deacons’ table in Fellowship Hall.  Learn more by visiting www.motherestherschool.org.

SPECIAL GUEST, PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING ON SEPT 30th: Next Sunday, members and friends of PCUM will take up the Presbyterian Peace & Global Witness Offering together with our regular Sunday offerings. This offering was created in 1980 to support the efforts of our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God.  Its purpose is to bring peace to real people's real lives--both givers and receivers.

On the 30th, the PCUM family will welcome Burkhard Paetzold, a dear friend of the church and a Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker who, like Lauren Scharstein, is supported in part by your faithful giving to the Peace and Global Witness Offering. Burkhard works with Syrian refugees and the Roma (Gypsy) people in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017, he hosted PCUM’s mission team of teens and adults. Please give generously!

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 .

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 .