ANNOUNCEMENTS

GOOD NEWS! In-Person Worship is resuming effective March 7! Session has voted to reopen in-person worship with a limited number. Attendees must wear masks and maintain Social Distance.  Temperature checks will also be done upon entering.  Members who have any symptoms, may have been exposed, or have any concerns should participate in Worship via Facebook or Zoom Livestream at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Singing of hymns is permitted as long as masks are kept on and social distancing is maintained. In addition, the services WILL CONTINUE be livestreamed on on our Church Facebook Page and Zoom. During the Livestream, you can ask questions, comment, and submit prayer requests. If you need help, the Deacons are providing technical support. We look forward to worshiping with you in person and on line!

This Sunday, March 7, there will be NO Zoom Fellowship hour. Instead, Since we all want to meet Pastor Natalie, she will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” at 7 PM on Zoom. Zoom watchers, use the same Log On as we use for Worship. If you need help, check the Constant Contact or contact Jerry Godbehere. March 7 is also Communion Sunday. If you are worshiping on line, please provide yourself with a piece of bread and a cup or glass of juice. During the service, on Pastor Natalie’s cue, everyone watching at home will commune. After the service, you may drink any remaining juice and eat the bread if you so choose.

Check out our Holy Week Schedule! We also need prayer vigil volunteers. If you can take an hour on April 3 to pray in our church Sanctuary, please email Jim Reese (ideally with a range of times) at welshtenor@verizon.net.

Click here to read the 2021 Lenten Devotionals. This devotional "Christian Faith As a Way of Life" was written by our Church Family mostly in 2008, with a few recent additions to those members that have moved on.  Those these words were written over a decade ago, we find they still ring true today, as does the scripture written over two millenia ago. As we enter into this season of Lent, we can’t help but look towards the hope of a bright Easter morning.

Deacons are hosting an online Easter Candy Fundraiser with Old Monmouth Candies, which will deliver to your door, and donate 20% of your candy purchase to the Board of Deacons so they can continue their ministry to our community. To purchase go to: fundraiser.oldmonmouthcandies.com and use the code EG011.  The coupon code is valid until March 26th!

Put your spring cleaning to use.  On April 17th, donate your gently used clothing and other household items to our  Clothing Drive Fundraiser.  

Vendors Wanted for our Spring Craft Fair & Flea Market taking place on Saturday, May 15.

It's time to order Easter Flowers! Deadline is March 7. Download the form or contact the church office.

A Congregational Meeting will be held April 25. Although we typically have 2 Congregational Meetings each year, Session has voted to combine them into one. Our Annual Report will be published to the Congregation by the end of February through Constant Contact. Please be sure to read this important report written by all of the Commissions, Committees, and others who have worked diligently through the past year. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the Church Office.  At the April 25 meeting, we will briefly review the Annual Report and Elect New Officers.

There has been so much that our Church has done in the past year.  Yes, we have struggled with the pandemic, with a transition in Pastors, with finding new ways to stay connected and to be the Body of Christ in Matawan.  And yet we have persevered, and we look to the future with great hope.

Read the entire letter from Session.

Weekly On Line Bible Study with Rev. David Cotton! Rev. David Cotton leads a weekly Bible Study on his Facebook Page each Monday evening.  https://www.facebook.com/david.cotton.7543653 Currently, he is teaching First Corinthians.  Each week is about 15 minutes or so long. All of the previous lessons are on his page, so you can “catch up” or “sample” one or two. Please feel free to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to enrich your knowledge of the Scriptures and to support your own spiritual journey.

Join Our Youth Group! Despite CoVid, Youth Group is going strong — virtually! Watch a video for a taste of our activities! For more information, email FpcMyYouthGroup@gmail.com.

Sunday School Registration The Christian Education Commission and the Worship and Music Commission are working closely together to make sure that our return to the building is the safest experience for everyone. They are working on a proposal to start Sunday School in October. Please use the attached form to register your child for Sunday School.

Holidays are over, but remember, you can get a gift card for use any time that benefits our church! Gift cards are available for many retailers. They can also be used to buy gas and groceries, so it’s a great way to help you budget! Contact Emily Meyers for more information.

Looking ahead, Chancel Flowers are needed for 2021, especially March 21! We are looking for sign-ups for January and any other date you wish.  If you wish to sign up for any of these Sundays, or other Sundays during the year, please download the form, or notify the church office via email or telephone.

Cards for The Rev. Charles Cureton can be sent to: 4699 Deer Creek Drive, Wooster OH 44691.

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Here is the information
for Sunday, March 7

Sunday, March 7- Welcome Rev. Bell!

Worship Leader:
The Rev. Natalie Bell

Scriptures:
Matthew 5:1-12
1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Sermon:
“The Foolishness of the Cross”

Worship Assistant:
Susan Fenning

Music By:
Liza Divinagracia
Laura Shapiro

 

 

Pathway Service

Our contemporary service, which meets in our renovated chapel on Sundays from 9-9:45 a.m., features a warm, informal setting with musical leadership by a variety of praise teams.

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Traditional Service

This friendly congregation meets at 10:30 a.m. in a more traditional setting, with musical leadership by adult, children and bell choirs with piano or organ, along with a variety of instrumentalists, in a wide range of styles.

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Nursery Care available for children up to 3 years of age starting at 9:00 a.m. For more information on our Sunday morning Nursing Supervisor, see our Staff page.

Since 1993

WORSHIP AND OUTREACH

Worship is at the heart of our life as a congregation. From September through early June, we worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, as well as on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas. In the summer, we have one service at 9:30 a.m. in our air-conditioned sanctuary.

Our worship is grounded in the Reformed tradition. Under the direction of our pastor, it regularly involves adult and youth in leadership roles and includes a widely varied and inclusive music program. We seek to involve all worshipers in praying, singing, growing and sharing in a spirit of Christian community.

We have multiple outreach opportunities and a lively Christian Education program. Our capacious building hums with activity and welcomes community activities as well as church-related events.

Explore our website for details!

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