Lenten Opportunities

Dear Friends,

Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday.  We’ll have a soup supper tonight at 7:00 pm with a worship service following.

Lent is a time to pause and catch our breath as we look long and hard at the state of our souls.  It’s a time of preparation for the gift of life that is revealed on Easter morning.  I pray you’ll take the next 40 days to go deeper in your faith and to grow closer to God.

Each Sunday in Lent we’ll be exploring the Gospel of John and how to catch our breath in difficult times, such as times of suffering, loneliness, and fear.  Then on Wednesdays we’ll go a little deeper with a small group study building on Sunday’s sermon.  I hope you’ll join us for supper and fellowship at 7:00 pm.

On Sunday, April 14th we’ll hear about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with Palm Sunday worship.  Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 pm is an opportunity to gather around the table with Jesus and his disciples as we remember the last supper, and Friday, April 19th at 7:30 pm our Chancel Choir will share a Tenebrae Cantata of the Dark Hours.  Our Tri-County clergy invite all of our churches to a 6:30 am Sunrise service on Easter morning, April 21st.  And of course we’ll have our 9:00 am and 11:00 am Easter Sunday services of Resurrection.

Blessings for a holy Lent,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718

 

United Methodist Church News

Dear Friends

The Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church gathered in St. Louis, MO February 24-26, 2019 to determine a way forward around issues that have been dividing our global church.  Over 800 delegates from around the world gathered for 5 days to vote on proposed plans about possible changes to our Book of Discipline and/or our organizational structure.  The Council of Bishops had recommended that we adopt the “One Church Plan” which would have allowed for congregations and conferences to be in mission and ministry with all persons, particularly members of the LGBTQI+ community in whatever way they deemed appropriate to their religious beliefs.  The One Church Plan was voted down by the delegates by a simple majority.  The difference was 26 votes.  The delegates approved the “Traditional Plan” by 28 votes, with 85% of the votes coming from outside the US.  The Traditional Plan “puts teeth” on our Book of Discipline by taking a stand against the inclusion of LGBQI+ members in ministry and marriage.  On 2 different occasions our Judicial Council (the Supreme Court of the UMC) has ruled that about 60% of the Traditional Plan in its core aspect is unconstitutional.  This means that even though the Traditional Plan was passed by the delegates of General Conference it still needs to be sent to the Judicial Council for a third ruling. It will most likely take several months to receive those rulings, so in the mean time the denomination will continue in its current stand.

Here in the Greater NJ Annual Conference we recognize that we are all going on to perfection, and that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  God’s amazing grace is available for all people, and God calls us to serve the lost and the least, the marginalized and the outcast.  I’ve often said that the church is the only organization that exists for those who aren’t yet members.

In a letter to our churches this morning our GNJ Bishop, John Schol wrote these words:

  GNJ is clearly a model for our church for how to honor difference and in the midst of difference to respect one another. GNJ is a One Church Plan conference that recognizes that we are in ministry with LGBTQ people in different ways. I came away from this General Conference appreciating even more the rich diversity and different expressions of GNJ. Thank you for your continued example of Christ-like love and grace in the midst of difference. You make me proud to be your bishop.

I call upon all of our clergy and congregations to dedicate themselves to a season of prayer and to be the welcoming congregation that I have experienced you to be.

We are a One Church Conference where churches hold different beliefs and understandings and engage in different ministries with gays and lesbians. I will lead so that each of our congregations and clergy will have different expressions and ministries and yet serve one God, one Lord Jesus Christ and one mission – to transform the world as we make disciples and grow vital congregations.

I will be a bishop of the whole church and all of our people.

On March 16, 2019 we will meet in an annual conference special session to learn more about the actions of General Conference, how we will move together in mission and what we can do to work together and move forward.

These are challenging days for the church.  We are blessed to have creative, resourceful and whole leaders who will guide us through this time.

Thank you for your service and participation in The United Methodist Church. We need you.

Keep the faith!

John

John Schol, Bishop
The United Methodist Church
of Greater New Jersey

Thank you dear friends for taking the time to read this email and to continue in prayer for The United Methodist Church

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718

Donation for US Air Force Cadets

Dear Friends,

You’re invited to help support our US Air Force Cadets and promote this wonderful state of New Jersey!  The Air Force Academy Parents Association of NJ is planning their Annual New Jersey Day on March 11th at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  They’re looking for donations of food or souvenirs of NJ for gifts, raffles, or gift baskets.  100% of all donations are used for the cadets.  Vicky Hilario will be collecting donations, which can be dropped off at our church on Sundays or during church office hours (Mon – Thurs 9:30am-1:30pm).  Please contact the church office (973-697-2877) if you’d like to bring a donation at a different time.

Thank you and blessings!

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718

Special Concert Fundraiser by Jack Romano on November 25 at 2pm

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a Concert Fundraiser on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 pm.  Classic Country musician Jack Romano will be doing a farewell concert before he moves out to California .  Jack is grandson to Carol Perry and is the “Last of the Singing Cowboys”.  A freewill offering will support our Capital Campaign.

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718

Lay Servant Class

The Advanced Lay Servant Class for this fall is being offered at the Belvidere UMC (219 Hardwick Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823) on Sundays, November 4 and November 11 from 2-7pm with dinner provided.

 Instructor:  Rev Evan Rohrs-Dodge.

Here is the link to register:

 https://www.gnjumc.org/lay-servant-ministries/lay-servant-ministry-certification-and-recertification/fall-2018-advanced-lay-servant-classes/

 Sincerely,

 Cara Quick

Skylands Lay Servant Director

Bible Study

Join us as we Go Deeper into the Lenten Sermon Series: “24 Hours That Changed the World”.  There will be a video that takes us to the Holy Land sites where these events took place, and discussion around the significance of the events that shaped Christianity in the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life.

Wednesdays 6:30 pm with a Soup Supper

Thursdays 10:30 am

Sundays 11:30 pm with Lunch

Drop in anytime!

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718

“Hidden in Plain Sight” TO BE RESCHEDULED

Hidden in Plain Sight 2018 – UMC Newfoundland

United Methodist Church at Newfoundland is hosting “Hidden in Plain Sight” TO BE RESCHEDULED.  Presented by the Center for Prevention and Counseling, this exhibit and presentation to prevent youth drug misuse is suitable for parents and other adult community members who work with or care about young people.  An exhibit of a teenager’s bedroom will be on display for participants to browse, observe and become familiar with where and how teens might hide drugs or paraphernalia.  Seemingly innocent items commonly used by youth could actually indicate a substance use problem. This awareness event will allow adults to be more proactive in helping a young person who might be using alcohol or other drugs.

Hear from prevention specialists and law enforcement about local drug trends, how to prevent youth substance use disorders and resources available to help keep youth healthy.  Would you be able to recognize signs of use and intervene before they become impossible to ignore?  Don’t leave it to chance!  An attendee at a recent presentation commented: Being aware of what drugs are being misused by kids is helpful.  But, even more valuable was understanding how teen brains are so susceptible to addiction and that’s really important for me to talk to my kids about!” 

This “Hidden in Plain Sight” presentation is supported and funded by West Milford CASA, Reverend Jennifer Lovallo,  The Bressett Family and Stephen Townsend, CPA . For more information please contact Tina Aue at The Center for Prevention and Counseling at (973)383-4787 ext. 239 or email tina@centerforprevention.org

Thanksgiving Baskets

Turkey
It’s time for our annual Thanksgiving Baskets project. Thanks to those who signed up last Sunday.
Please do what you can this Sunday (November 12) to make sure we get everything we need for the 15 baskets.
If you don’t want to shop, you may donate cash and we’ll shop for you.
Here is the total of what we need between 9 am and 9:45 am on Sunday, November 19:
 
15      15 to 20 pound frozen turkey
15      Instant mashed potatoes
15      Can/jar/box of gravy (16 ounces)
30      Yams or Sweet Potatoes (16 ounces each)
30      Jellied cranberry sauce (16 ounces each)
30      Large bags of stuffing
45      Corn, green beans, and/or mixed veggies (16 ounces each)
15      Package of dinner rolls – no more than one-day old.
15      Butter (one pound) – be careful about refrigeration.
15      Fresh pie – one that does not have to be refrigerated.
45       Apples
45       Oranges 
15      Pudding snack packs
30      Reusable Shopping Bag (Best are at A&P, Christmas Shop)
Sunday, November 5 – the first day to sign up.
Sunday, November 12 – the last day to sign up.
Sunday, November 19 – Donations are due between 9 and 9:45 am.
If you can’t make it to church to sign up and want to help, you may email me or call (914) 714-5131.
CarlLa Horton

Church Directory Photo Session On-line Scheduling

Hi all,

Here is the link to schedule your photo session with the Lifetouch photographer for our new photo Church Directory during the weekend of June 23rd, 24th, 25th.  Click on the link and follow the instructions…

https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/9rlj7sce/

In addition, if you will be away during the scheduled weekend and would still like to be included in the directory, I have separate instructions for you.  Please send me an email request and I will send you directions on how you can be photographed at a nearby location on another day.

If you have any difficulties with on-line scheduling, please feel free to contact me at the church office via phone or email.   Thank you!

Julianne Walder

Church Secretary

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Fax 973-697-8718