Sunday's service will be held in the Sanctuary with social distancing, masks and, sadly, no congregational singing. 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!
Food Pantry Christmas Donations Needed! We have a good head start on supplies for our Christmas distribution but we are still in need of pancake SYRUP (not mix), tuna, peanut butter and shelf-stable milk. We also need items for the personal hygiene bags that we provide as an extra in December, such as soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, small boxes of tissues, etc. Donations can be brought to church or left in the outside bins at the Matawan Community Center, 201 Broad Street by Sunday, Dec. 13. Please contact Sis DeMarco with any questions. Thanks in advance!
Good News! The Rev. David Cotton has agreed to provide us with preaching and pastoral care for Dec. 6, 13 and 20, and to offer a virtual sermon on Christmas Eve. We are grateful that he continues to be available to us as we search for the pastor God has chosen to lead us.
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 Paul’s Letter to the Romans. 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.
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.
It’s time to order your Poinsettias to help beautify the sanctuary and to honor or remember a loved one! The plants promise to be as full and beautiful, fresh from the flower wholesaler we used last year! The cost is only $10.00 for an 8” pot and will be available in RED blooms only. Please send the order form with your check to the church office. The deadline is Sunday, December 13th.
And if you’re doing holiday shopping, consider getting a gift card that also 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.
Those gift cards can also be used to help with our annual Christmas CONNECT Program. Because of COVID, Love Thy Neighbor has asked that this year we don’t buy gifts but instead donate gift cards. They have given us 15 families and 72 individuals and they suggest gift cards from Target or Walmart. You can get cards from these two vendors from Emily Meyers. Please contact Emily to give her your order and make payment arrangements before December 7th. You can pay through Zelle or by check mailed to the church, or left in the offering plate, or left in Ben’s or Emily’s folder. Please be sure all payments have the notation “Scrip – Love Inc.” Of course you may also buy gift cards from these or other stores on your own and leave them in Sis DeMarco’s folder before December 13th. Thank you for being flexible in how we share our blessings at Christmas this year!
Looking ahead, Chancel Flowers are needed for 2021! 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 notify the church office via email or telephone.
The Christmas Joy Offering will be collected Sunday, Dec. 20. If you didn't receive a letter in the mail, you can view and download it here.
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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.
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.
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!