Lent Study Groups

Dear Friends,

I remind you of the opportunity you have this March to join a Lenten study group.  One of the ways we grow in our relationship with God is through fellowship with other believers.   You can join the group via our Zoom link, using either your computer or phone.  The links will be the same for the entire series, but I’ll be sending out a reminder every week in case your email gets misplaced.

TUESDAYS from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  Here’s the link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89146527929?pwd=L0hKNnZNK0x3U05TNnNWdHJlMnBZZz09

Meeting ID: 891 4652 7929
Passcode: 346717

Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 891 4652 7929
Passcode: 346717

WEDNESDAYS from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  Here’s the link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88200478976?pwd=TWF2WmdhZFJJbE85cXRocU9XNm5WUT09

Meeting ID: 882 0047 8976
Passcode: 493203


Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 882 0047 8976
Passcode: 493203

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 201-314-8442.

Blessings for a Holy Lent,

Rev. Jenn

Sunday Worship Link

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is our 2nd Sunday in Lent, and I pray that you’ll join us for worship, either live, using the link below, or by watching our recorded video available later in the day.  I also encourage you to share this link with your friends and family and “invite a friend to worship” with you.  It’s a wonderful way to connect with one another through the internet.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89713088855?pwd=QmhNeHVNNm9wbnptdEZFdURreEJjQT09

Meeting ID: 897 1308 8855
Passcode: 967052

Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 897 1308 8855
Passcode: 967052

Blessings for a Holy Lent,

Rev. Jenn

Lent Study Group Opportunities

Dear Friends,

One of the ways we grow in our relationship with God is through fellowship with other believers.  I encourage you during this season of Lent to grow deeper in your faith by joining one of our weekly study groups.  We will be looking at different spiritual practices and discovering what the Bible has to say about each of them.  You can join the group via our Zoom link, using either your computer or phone.

Beginning Tuesday, March 2nd we’ll have a 5 week study from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  Here’s the link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89146527929?pwd=L0hKNnZNK0x3U05TNnNWdHJlMnBZZz09

Meeting ID: 891 4652 7929
Passcode: 346717

Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 891 4652 7929
Passcode: 346717

Beginning Wednesday, March 3rd we’ll have a 5 week study from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  Here’s the link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88200478976?pwd=TWF2WmdhZFJJbE85cXRocU9XNm5WUT09

Meeting ID: 882 0047 8976
Passcode: 493203


Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 882 0047 8976
Passcode: 493203

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 201-314-8442.

Blessings for a Holy Lent,

Rev. Jenn

Special Charge Conference

Dear Friends,

This email is to notify you that UMC at Newfoundland will hold a Special Charge Conference via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm.  The purpose of the Special Charge Conference is to elect a new member to our Board of Trustees, and to vote on refinancing our current mortgage.

The Charge Conference is made up of the members of our Church Council and will be presided over by Rev. Jennifer Lovallo, an elder in Full Connection.  This Special Session has been approved by our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Eunice Vega-Perez.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me or the church office.

Blessings,

 Rev. Jenn

Free Children’s Winter Clothing

Dear Friends,

On Saturday, February 6 and February 13 our church will be hosting “Klothes for Kids” to the public from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  We have brand new children’s winter clothing, coats, and accessories donated from “The Children’s Place” available for FREE.  Sizes are from infant to Children’s size 16.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Please share this opportunity with friends and family.

Thank you and blessings,
Rev. Jenn






2021 contribution envelopes and Christmas ornaments

Please note that both the 2021 contribution envelopes and Christmas ornaments that were ordered are located in the narthex. Both may be picked up on days that the ACTS thrift shop is open. Please go to the ACTS entrance and ask a volunteer to get them for you. If you are uncomfortable going inside, please wait outside the ACTSW door while the envelopes and/or ornaments are brought to you. Prior to picking up your envelopes it is totally acceptable to send checks, including your envelope number and how you want the funds allocated in the Memo section.

Yvonne Albro, Finance Chair

Jennifer King

Church Secretary

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877

Prayer Request

Dear Friends,

January 6, the Day of the Epiphany of Our Lord, should have been a day of celebration in the life of the church.  Instead, we watched in fear and horror as our country’s Capital building was broken into, and our members of Congress sheltered in place in fear for their lives.

Today, let us be grateful that our democracy survived.  Let us be thankful to our Senators and Representatives who returned to work after having been evacuated, and who stayed until 4:00 am to fulfill their constitutional responsibility.  Let us be in prayer for the families of those who died, and let us pray for healing for the many who were injured.

Epiphany is a day celebrating the revelation of the incarnation of God in the human flesh of Jesus.  It commemorates the visit of the Wise Men and the gifts and homage they paid to a Jewish King.  It’s a significant event in the life of the Church because it reminds us that when God came to dwell with us in human form God’s love and presence was made known not just to the people of Israel, but to the gentiles as well.  Our Creator God is revealed as the God of all the people.

I pray we’ll take a lesson from Epiphany, and remember that when we think we’re divided, God’s love ultimately unites us.  When we think we have some unique claim to God’s grace, God’s manifestation becomes available for all people.  And when we find ourselves in the midst of darkness and despair, God’s presence in Jesus becomes a light for all the world.

Will you pray with me this 13th century prayer from Francis of Assisi, Italy?

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn

Wen Wen Van Der Wende Amazing Christmas Song

Good morning, church!
We wanted to share an audio file of a recording by Wen Wen Van Der Wende of “O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel” – She is singing all parts on this and it is just gorgeous!
May this brighten your day as you prepare for a different kind of Christmas this year!
Laurel Van Der Wende has done some wonderful research on this song, and here are her comments on what you are about to hear.
Enjoy!
The hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel takes its inspiration from the prophet Isaiah (chapter 7, verse 14) who said: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In the New Testament, we learn that Immanuel means God with us.
A Treasury of Christmas Songs and Carols (Simon) explains the history of how this song was used: “On December 17 in medieval monasteries, the abbot would intone the original first stanza at vespers, both before and after the Magnificat. On successive evenings, each of the principal officers of the monastery would take his turn with another of the stanzas, the whole series being known as the “Seven O’s.” Each O hailed the coming Saviour under a different epithet: O Sapientia, O Adonai, etc. After the service, the officer was expected to stand some sort of treat, usually edible, for all the monks. The prayer, despite the solemnity to modern ears that lies in the modal plain song, was rightly joyful.”

Giving Tree

This year many things are different, including our Giving Tree program.

The Headstart program at the Upper Greenwood Lake school has once again given us a list of children in need of support. This year we will condense the regular list to just be based on gift cards. Please support the program and the kids by providing gift cards, preferably to Wal-Mart, so that the parents can shop for themselves. You can review the list and dedicate your gift to a particular family or give it undedicated and the school will decide how to give them out. Generally they have an excellent understanding of the needs and do a great and fair job giving out the gift cards.

Cards can be for any amount, $10, $20, etc. Multiple simple denominations cards allow them to more readily be evenly distributed.

Please deliver or mail your gift cards to the church office. The office hours are Monday – Thursday 2:30pm – 4:30pm. The cards will be collected and delivered to the school in Upper Greenwood Lake. You could label your envelope “Attn: GT”.

The timing of many things is different this year. Normally we would try to complete our collection two Sundays before Christmas, Dec 13. I will ask the church office to make a first delivery when a significant number of cards have been received, perhaps Friday the 11th or Monday the 14th. A second delivery can be made later in the week of Dec 18.

Thanks again for your support of this program. So many families have been blessed over the years by the generosity of our members.

Jim Wallin

Giving Tree

Important Sunday Worship Info

Dear Friends,

Because of a sinus infection I will not be able to lead in-person worship on Sunday morning.  Our first priority is always to keep our parishioners safe and so this Sunday we will worship God online through Zoom at 10:00 am.  For those of you unfamiliar with Zoom you can use your telephone to call in and listen to the service.  Or if you have a computer or smart phone you can connect with those.  You do not have to have your image broadcast and you won’t appear on the recording.  Here is the link for the service:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9505351828?pwd=dmtQcTU0LzkyaCsyYlA1OTZyWnBUdz09

Meeting ID: 950 535 1828
Passcode: 2877

OR/ Dial by your location (Call the number below and then follow the prompts to enter the Meeting ID and Passcode, both listed below)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
       
Meeting ID: 950 535 1828
Passcode: 2877

The worship service will be live at 10:00 am and then the recorded video will be posted to Facebook.  And don’t forget to join us again at Noon for our virtual fellowship time!

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn

UMC @ Newfoundland

P.O. Box 288

65 La Rue Road

Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Office 973-697-2877