10-2016 Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News!

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

 A Note From Pastor Beth…

September was a busy month at Greenwich Presbyterian Church!  Volunteers finished painting the sanctuary and sprucing up everywhere inside and out and on Sept. 20 we hosted a meeting of the West Jersey Presbytery for the first-time in 40-50 some years! (I know that because a member told me she was in the confirmation class the last time Presbytery was here—but I don’t know for sure how old she is!) Anyway, what a thrill to have the sanctuary full and to hear so many voices singing!  Many thanks to everyone who helped with this event!

With no rest for the weary, four days later volunteers pitched our tent at the Greenwich Artisans and Craft Faire and sold soup, drinks and desserts to hungry Faire goers! Now some of those same volunteers are getting ready for our Chicken Pot Pie dinner (see details below), while others start to think about starting a youth group, others contemplate giving out food baskets at Thanksgiving and others get ready, for, dare I say it?  Christmas!  It is good to be busy and to see so many signs of life in our congregation but lest we forget—worship must always be our first priority. As we are reminded in our Westminster Shorter Catechism, our chief aim in life “is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever!”  Amen!  See you on Sunday!

Reception for Our Newlyweds, Oct. 9!

Everyone is invited to a special reception for Paige and Brandon Van Pelt, our new members and newlyweds, immediately after worship this coming Sunday, Oct. 9, in Fellowship Hall.  Stop by and help us congratulate them! Continue reading 10-2016 Greenwich Good News

The Story – Chapter 2

The Story: Chapter 2

 The casting agent enters the room with her top picks for the show’s leading man and woman. The new series will follow the spellbinding story of a [family] that builds a powerful, world-impacting family tree. It is crucial to make the right call when deciding who will fall in love and launch this family of influence and fame.

 Producers and writers alike have waited breathlessly for this moment when [the people] they have envisioned as the leading characters will be finally realized in an actor and actress. But when they turn to see who has been tapped for these most special roles, the thud of their collective jaws hitting the mahogany conference table muffles their mutual groans. There before their wide eyes, instead of the expected vibrant, young couple with gleaming white teeth and tanned and toned bodies, stand a 75-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman!

 Not what they had pictured for their production! And yet, this is what God has chosen. His screenplay called for a couple to launch a nation through whom “all the nations of the earth would be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

 Abram and Sarai stand there, adorned perhaps by dusty old robes and crowned with wispy white hair and loosely fitting skin and as befuddled as anyone else. God chose them to begin a nation. An unlikely pair, especially after factoring in the fact that Sarai was barren. How could God expect to start a nation with a woman who could not bear children?

 God picks people you and I wouldn’t necessarily select to take part in God’s story. Sometimes we are shocked at who plays the starring roles. For God searches for people who are open to being used. Since he uses only those who are willing to be used for his purposes, there is no doubt that it is he who does the wonder- working. Let there be no doubt, throughout history God is the one making things happen. That’s good news, isn’t it? You may not have a great pedigree or be a Rhodes Scholar, you may not have a lot of money and you may have average looks, but you may be sitting in a pretty good position to be a top pick for God’s work!

Join us on Sunday at 10 a.m. to hear more about The Story: How God Builds a Nation!

The Story

Dear Members and Friends of GPC,

As you may have heard we are excited to be starting ”The Story,” this coming Sunday, Sept. 25 in our worship service. It is a curriculum that presents the Bible in chronological order and reads like a novel.  We have copies of this amazing book for free just waiting for you at the church.

Each week the curriculum has some food for thought for pastors to send to their congregations.  This is the first of those 31 messages:

If you think Genesis is just a band from the ‘80’s….

If you think it was Dr. Doolittle who took two of each animal into a big boat…

If you think an epistle is a woman married to an apostle…

 …you may need to know more of “The Story.”

 You may be a bit intimidated by the Bible. You’re not alone; many people are.  And no wonder, its pages mention odd names like Jehoshaphat and Nebuchadnezzar.  It contains accounts from places you’ve probably never heard of and it seems to be made of of a lot of different, seemingly unrelated stories.  But it really is one big, exciting story.

 You can easily see it if you open your Bible to the beginning and then flip all the way to the end.

 The first words found in Genesis 1:1 read: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then, if you turn all the way to the back of the book, Revelation 21:1 you find, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

I think that’s pretty cool and I hope you will, too. So please think about joining us on Sunday mornings for 31 weeks (with breaks for Advent and Lent) as we explore this unique look into God’s story which is our story, too!


Pastor Beth

05-20-2016 Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner – Friday May 20

GPC will be hosting a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner for the community on Friday May 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, and can be purchased for eat-in or take-out. Tickets can be purchased from members of the congregation in advance or at the door. To reserve tickets, call the church office by Friday May 13 (856-451-3513) and leave a message on the answering machine telling us how many adult and/or children tickets you want held for you at the door.   GPC members are reminded that donations of spaghetti and plain sauce are appreciated.  For more information, contact Barbara Wheaton bwheaton7@juno.com or (856) 451-5795

05-2016 Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News!

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

 A Note from Pastor Beth Thomas                                                  May  2016

 In my opinion there is nothing more joyous than the sound of babies gurgling and toddlers talking during a worship service.  Crying is a good sound, too, and never annoying! That’s why two recent services at GPC have been so charming.  We celebrated two baptisms in two weeks!  Amazing! God is so good!

On Sunday April 24 we baptized Paige Everly Lyons, daughter of Thomas and Shelly Ridgway Lyons, who was born on July 22, 2015.  Big sister Payton Christine Lyons, age 3, was there to help out along with grandparents and a multitude of family and friends.

On Sunday May 1 we baptized Dakota Charlotte Coward, daughter of Sine Maili Buck and David Coward, who was born Dec. 30, 2015.  All of Dakota’s big sisters Cameron Agnesino,13; Catriona Glenning, 7 and Dahlia Glenning, 3 were there to help as was big brother, Josiah Glenning, who is almost two!  Dakota has lots of loving family and grandparents on both sides and also has strong connections to the GPC as the granddaughter of our organist Peggy Buck and the great-niece of Elder Barbara Wheaton and Deacon Bob Wheaton. Continue reading 05-2016 Greenwich Good News

04-22-2016 Speaker Series

Underground Railroad Talk on Friday April 22

GPC’s 2016 Speaker Series will conclude on Friday April 22 when Lisa Stewart Garrison will present a program on the story of the Underground Railroad in and around Greenwich.  Her talk, “Freedom Seekers, Free People of Color and the Communities of Faith: Investigating the Story of the Underground Railroad,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will follow.  Garrison is a storyteller and cultural historian who has organized Underground Railroad tours in the local area.  Her talk will examine the origins, actions and interactions of early communities of faith in Western Cumberland County in aiding and anchoring the settlement and safe passage of freedom seekers in their midst. Questions? Contact Laura Sadtler (lcsadtler@widener.edu).