Happy 4th and Sunday Worship

Dear Friends,

In honor of our Independence Day my husband Rich and my daughter Anna sang our National Anthem and I recorded it in front of our new flagpole (honoring our veterans).  You can watch the video on this link:  https://youtu.be/Hf5hful0xhg

Our Church Council is fine-tuning the re-opening plan for in-person worship.  We hope to be able to gather again safely in our sanctuary later this month.  Please keep your church leaders in prayer as we perfect our plan.

I thank all of you who continue to support the mission and ministry of Christ in the world through your generous giving to our church.  Checks can be mailed to UMC at Newfoundland at PO Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435; or if you prefer to make a donation with your credit or debit card you can go to gnjumc.org/onlinegiving and make your donation online.  Our church number is 2040 and we are in the Skylands District.

This Sunday’s Worship will be available for viewing at 10:00 am on Facebook and YouTube using the following link:  https://youtu.be/hiwI0MG0ERQ

For those of you who enjoy singing along with us at home, here are the lyrics for the hymns:

Opening Song              “This Land is Your Land”                by Woody Guthrie

          [Refrain]

          THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, THIS LAND IS MY LAND

          FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE NEW YORK ISLAND

          FROM THE REDWOOD FOREST TO THE GULF STREAM WATERS

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          AS I WENT WALKING THAT RIBBON OF HIGHWAY

          I SAW ABOVE ME THAT ENDLESS SKYWAY

          I SAW BELOW ME THAT GOLDEN VALLEY

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          I’VE ROAMED AND RAMBLED AND I’VE FOLLOWED MY FOOTSTEPS

          TO THE SPARKLING SANDS OF HER DIAMOND DESERTS

          AND ALL AROUND ME A VOICE WAS SOUNDING

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          WHEN THE SUN COMES SHINING AS I WAS STROLLING

          AND THE WHEAT FIELDS WAVING AND THE DUST CLOUDS ROLLING

          THE FOG WAS LIFTING A VOICE CAME CHANTING

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          IN THE SQUARES OF THE CITY – IN THE SHADOW OF THE STEEPLE

          NEAR THE RELIEF OFFICE – I SEE MY PEOPLE

          AND SOME ARE GRUMBLIN’ AND SOME ARE WONDERIN’

          IF THIS LAND’S STILL MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

Hymn of Preparation            “Stand By Me”                       UMH #512

          WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE ARE RAGING, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE ARE RAGING, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE WORLD IS TOSSING ME, LIKE A SHIP UPON THE SEA,

          THOU WHO RULEST WIND AND WATER, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF TRIBULATION, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF TRIBULATION, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE HOST OF HELL ASSAIL, AND MY STRENGTH BEGINS TO FAIL,

          THOU WHO NEVER LOST A BATTLE, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF FAULTS AND FAILURES, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF FAULTS AND FAILURES, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN I’VE DONE THE BEST I CAN, AND MY FRIENDS MISUNDERSTAND,

          THOU WHO KNOWEST ALL ABOUT ME, STAND BY ME.

Closing Hymn               “America the Beautiful”                           UMH #696

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES,

          FOR AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN;

          FOR PURPLE MOUTAIN MAJESTIES

          ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAIN!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA! 

          GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE,

          AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD

          FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR HEROES PROVED

          IN LIBERATING STRIFE,

          WHO MORE THAN SELF THEIR COUNTRY LOVED,

          AND MERCY MORE THAN LIFE!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA! 

          MAY GOD THY GOLD REFINE,

          TILL ALL SUCCESS BE NOBLENESS,

          AND EVERY GAIN DIVINE.

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR PATRIOT DREAM

          THAT SEES BEYOND THE YEARS

          THINE ALABASTER CITIES GLEAM,

          UNDIMMED BY HUMAN TEARS!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA!

          GOD MEND THINE EVERY FLAW,

          CONFIRM THY SOUL IN SELF CONTROL,

          THY LIBERTY IN LAW.

Blessings for a safe and happy holiday weekend,

Rev. Jenn

Sunday Worship Link for week of June 28th

Good morning everyone,

Below are the links for Sunday, June 28, 2020.

This a short prayer time with Barb

Sunday Prayer Time – https://youtu.be/N6oGfMea1X4

For a full Sunday worship service you can go to:

Butler UMC only through Facebook (just search for Butler United Methodist Church), so people may want to go to YouTube.com and search for Denville Community Church, Morrow Memorial Church, or Pearl River UMC NY. 

Also Rev. Jenn had recommended the following video:

Move Mountains videos is at https://vimeo.com/423259393

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer King

Church Secretary

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Sunday Worship Links Week of June 21st

Good morning everyone,

Below you will find the links for Sunday Worship Services.

The Conference sermon series that Rev. Jenn recommended is at https://vimeo.com/showcase/6560262 – Move Mountains Week 3.

Sunday Prayer Time link: https://youtu.be/1xPRT7JI4EM

For other services:

You can access Butler UMC only through Facebook (just search for Butler United Methodist Church), or you may want to go to YouTube.com and search for Denville Community Church, Morrow Memorial Church, or Pearl River UMC NY. 

Happy Father’s Day!

Be well,

Jennifer King

Church Secretary

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Link for Sunday Online Worship

Dear Friends,

Below is the link for our Sunday morning worship. 

You can follow this link to the video which will be viewable 10:00 am on Sunday.  (You can also follow the link now and you will see the video on YouTube, but it won’t be playable until Sunday morning)

It will post to Facebook at 10:00 am on Sunday and play as if it’s a livestream, even though it’s been pre-recorded.

Please share this information with anyone you know who may not have received this email, or may be interested in joining us for worship.

Blessings and grace,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Church Updates

Dear Friends,

I’m so grateful for all of our church leaders who have been working to make difficult decisions in these uncertain and quickly changing times.

Our worship team went from canceling coffee hour to having to suspend all in-person worship in just a matter of days.  We’re currently figuring out how to provide a Sunday service that can be viewed online and are hoping by next week to offer the opportunity for parishioners to phone in to hear the service in case they don’t have access to computers. (A separate email will go out before Sunday to let you know how to watch the service through Facebook and YouTube)

Our Bright Beginnings Board has made the difficult decision to close and are working on a financial plan for our preschool families and teachers.

Our Backpack Bites ministry is able to continue operations thanks to the cooperation of the Principals at Paradise Knoll and Maple Road Elementary schools.  We are still providing nutritious meals for children over the weekends so that no child is hungry.

Our Thrift Shop closed on Thursday evening but we are hopeful that our Rummage Sale will still be held in May.

We’ve had to cancel Fish and Chips, Rise Against Hunger, and Book Club, but church is not canceled.  We’re reminded now more than ever that “the church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.”  Your church continues to serve God and others.  I’ve been offering an online Bible Study of the Book of Job through Facebook Live, I still have funerals to provide, and I’ve asked our church leaders to help me keep in touch with each of you through prayer, phone calls, cards, and/or emails.  Let us lift each other up, and remember one another in our prayers.

Please pray for our Finance Team and remember to send in your donation.  The pastor and the church are still working for you, and there are still expenses to be covered.

You can mail your contribution to PO Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435.  We will continue to pick up the mail and pay our bills.

Psalm 46 begins with these words: “God is our refuge and strength, a hope always near in times of great trouble.  That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart”.  As our world seems to fall apart around us I want you to remember the words of this Psalm, and consider the closing verse: “’Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!’ The Lord of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety.”  Truly I tell you, God is loving us, even now; and God is providing for us, even now; and God is with us, especially now.

If there’s anything you need, or any way I can help, please call my cell phone at 201-314-8442.

Blessings in Christ,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Sunday Worship Service

Dear Friends,

In response to the President’s and NJ Governor’s directives that there are to be no gatherings of more than 10 people, our Bishop has recommended that all in-person worship services be suspended.

We want to take every means possible to protect people’s health and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  We stand in solidarity with those communities which have been hit hard already, and we want to be a witness of what are appropriate behaviors and practices during a pandemic.  Therefore The United Methodist Church at Newfoundland will not be physically gathering in the sanctuary for worship for the next 2 Sundays.  Our worship team is working on how we can provide an online service through several options: Facebook Live allows us to stream the service, YouTube provides a link for anyone who has computer access, and Zoom offers the option of listening over the phone.  We will provide more information later this week.

Please know that we are pioneers together in uncharted waters.  None of us have had to navigate a pandemic before, but I believe that with the grace of God we will come through this struggle stronger.  These challenging times are calling us to be more intentional in our care for one another, more mindful of our impact in our community and beyond, and more prayerful in our spiritual life.  I trust that God will continue to provide, that Jesus will journey with us, and that the Holy Spirit will inspire us to greatness.

Blessings and peace,

Rev. Jenn

Jennifer King

Church Secretary

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Day of Giving – March 23, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 23, 2020

On Day of Giving – March 23, 2020 – let us honor our fore-mothers by giving to the Legacy Fund to ensure United Methodist Women can continue to serving, women, children and youth around the world for the next 150 years.  Together, we are building our legacy!

Ways to give Online:   Unitedmethodistwomen.org/150

By Phone: (800)278-7771

Text:  41444 and enter Legacy 150

By Check to: Attn: Development, Legacy United Methodist Fund Women, 475 Riverside Drive 15th Floor, New York NY 10115

Write: “Day of Giving” in the memo section or in the message area.

Jennifer King, Church Secretary
UMC @ Newfoundland
P.O. Box 28865 La Rue Road
Newfoundland, NJ 07435
Office 973-697-2877

                                                                      

                              

District Day of Learning 01/25/2020

Dear Friends,

On Saturday, January 25 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sparta United Methodist Church (71 Sparta Ave.) the Skylands District of the Greater NJ Annual Conference invites you to join in a Day of Learning.

This Foundational Leadership Training is designed for church officers, committee and team leaders, and people engaged in various ministries of the church to provide foundational understanding and leadership skills.  Two workshop sessions provide the opportunity for participants to choose different options to learn about their area of ministry and general leadership skills. There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is requested.

Schedule

9:00 a.m. Registration and Fellowship Time
9:30 a.m. Workshop Session 1
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 p.m. Workshop Session 2
12:45 p.m. Adjourn

WORKSHOP CHOICES:

Dinner Church | Brendan Galvin & Trey Wince
Dinner churches are continuing to serve as welcome spaces for people who don’t normally find themselves in a worship setting. Take part in a dinner church experience that is simple, meaningful, and easy to do in your own church context.

The Work of the Staff Parish Relations Committee | Eunice Vega-Perez
Covers the responsibilities of the SPRC, guidelines for dealing with conflict, and outline the committee’s role in the appointment making process.

Church Finance and Stewardship 101 | Micháela Murray-Nolan
Assists new finance council and stewardship council members in learning the roles and responsibilities of their positions, as well as the resources and assistance available to them and their church.

The One Board Model for Congregational Leadership | Steven Bechtold
Explore how to develop a single board model for your church within the guidelines of the Book of Discipline for a more effective and streamlined lay leadership.

How to Become More Effective Trustees | Daniel Gepford
Learn how to approach the responsibility of caring for church property and assets. Effective trustees not only respond to facility repair issues but also help nourish a renewed spirit of cooperation and missional outreach throughout the congregation.

The Art of Digital Storytelling in Worship and Ministry | Myounghun Stephen Yun
Discover easy and effective tools and methods to create and relay the stories of faith and congregation in worship and to a wider audience digitally.

Building an Inclusive Church | Kaleigh Corbett & Amanda Hemenetz
Come learn the basics of building an LGBTQ-inclusive or Reconciling community and network with other like-minded United Methodists. Topics covered include LGBTQ 101 (sexual orientation and gender identity), intersectional justice, being an ally, and resources on how to build an inclusive church or community.

Small Group Ministry for Your Church Community | Amy Garrett & Debra De Vos
Learn how you can provide more ways for people to grow in faithful leadership and discipleship by the small group ministry of your church.

Spiritual Renewal for the Stressed Out Worker | Timothy Nicinski
There are spiritual practices and mindfulness strategies you can use to alleviate the discomfort of the workplace. Discover spiritual renewal and mindfulness techniques to restore your spiritual core, mind, body, and soul.

From Mission Gestures to Mission Engagement | Ashley Wilson
Explore ways to engage in hands-on mission that not only provides resources but also changes your life and the lives of people in your community.

Outreach & Witness | Luana Cook Scott
Focus on information and resources available to reach your community and start new programs of witness, as well as how to have a conversation with your congregation about starting new ministries. Laptops are encouraged.

Tilling the Ground for Youth Ministry | Kerwin Webb
Identify how to begin preparing churches for cultivating and growing youth ministry. Learn concepts and ideas that will be further explored during the Ministry Summit in February.

To register please use the following link: https://www.gnjumc.org/skyland-district-foundational-leadership-training-registration/

Blessings, Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877