2-24-17 Bob HoffmanSpeaker Series for February
ADVENTURES IN CUBA: EXPLORING THE ECOLOGY AND LIFESTYLES OF RURAL CUBA TODAY
Mr. Robert Hoffman, co-owner of Fairweather Gardens, a nationally known rare-plant nursery in Greenwich, will speak at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church Speaker’s Series on Friday, February 24, 7-8pm at the church, located at 630 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich. His presentation, ADVENTURES IN CUBA: EXPLORING THE ECOLOGY AND LIFESTYLES OF RURAL CUBA TODAY will be interesting to hear and to see his photos of his recent trip to this country. Please us for this exciting event. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
2017 Community Speaker Series
Greenwich Presbyterian Church is sponsoring its’ third annual Speaker’s Series during the winter months to bring the community together to explore local history and topics of interest affecting our community today. Our GPC Speaker’s Series this year will be held on Friday, January 27, February 24 and March 24, 2017 from 7-8pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Please come and bring your neighbor to enjoy the first presentation followed by light refreshments. All events are free and open to the public.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN WITH NATIVE PLANTS
Ms. Susan McKenna, Master Gardener of Cumberland County, Cooperative Extension, will speak at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church Speaker’s Series on FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 7-8PM in the Fellowship Hall. Her presentation on LANDSCAPE DESIGN WITH NATIVE PLANTS and employing money- saving tips will help you plan your garden for the spring. Ms. McKenna has presented on a range of gardening topics and will have a wealth of information and ideas for us. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Please come and join us for an interesting and informative evening.
For more information please contact the Greenwich Presbyterian Church at 856 451-3513 and view our websitewww.greenwichpresnj.org
Greenwich Good News!
A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church
Celebrating God’s love since 1707…
A Note From Pastor Beth…
I am thrilled to tell you that recently GPC has made some changes to its schedule and programming that just may make us a little more family friendly! Beginning in November, Sunday School for all ages moved from 11:15 a.m. to a new time of 9 a.m. It is our prayer that families will find it more convenient to get an early start to their day. Please think about bringing the whole family to Sunday School!
Also in November we had the first of what we hope will be many wonderful, wacky and worshipful Youth Group gatherings. Four youth in grades 6-8 gathered for pizza and a pumpkin toss. We hope to be sending word soon of more gatherings in the New Year.
As many of you may have heard by now, I am leaving GPC to assume a pastoral position at a church just three miles from my home in Newark, DE. It was not a decision I made lightly. I have loved being at GPC; I just did not love the long ride to get here! I see Greenwich Pres. as a congregation just bursting with good things for even more good people. The church is lead by some very well-meaning elders and deacons and has a wonderful music program. It is less self-centered than I have heard it used to be and cautiously open to trying new things. The congregation is also developing an ever-increasing interest in community outreach and missions. The future is bright and I hope you will consider coming and being a part of it all. A pastor may help guide a church, but the congregation IS the church. Come and see for yourself.
Upcoming Events for Advent and Christmas: Open to All! Join Us!
Friday Dec. 9 Christmas caroling to shut-ins – has been cancelled
Sunday Dec. 11 Christmas in Greenwich Soup Sale, Tours, Antique Fashion Show, noon-5 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 17—Wreaths Across America, old cemetery, noon.
Sunday Dec. 18—Children’s Christmas Program, 9:45 a.m.
Saturday Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 25—Worship: Christmas Carols and a Short Meditation, 10 a.m.
Christmas in Greenwich
Lots will be happening at GPC on Sunday, Dec. 11 as the community celebrates Christmas in Greenwich, from noon-5 p.m. The sanctuary will be open for historic tours and at times there will be live music to help set the mood! There will be an exhibit of dress clothes from days gone by titled, “Remember Your Church Clothes!” And in the kitchen, our chefs will be cooking up our famous homemade soups and chicken potpie, just $4 for a generous mug, with quart take-outs; also available beverages and desserts.
Calling All Angels, Shepherds, and Wise-People!
If you have a cute child or teen or an even cuter grandchild, please consider bringing them to church on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9:45 a.m. to participate in our Children’s Christmas program. This will be a no-fuss, no-muss, no-rehearsal extravaganza that is always heart-warming and uplifting. Participants can gather in the vestibule to get into costume to participate in non-speaking walk-on parts in the nativity story. Come join us and dress up like Mary, Joseph, an angel, a shepherd, a wise-person, a cow, or a sheep! If you know a family with a young baby, we would love to have them all appear as the holy family! Please see Barbara Wheaton or Pastor Beth if you have any questions.
Christmas Basket Collection
The Outreach Committee is collecting canned goods, other non-perishable items, and monetary donations for our Christmas baskets. You can put items in the box in the vestibule and put monetary donations in the collection plate or give directly to Mary Bowen or Laura Sadtler. Many thanks to all who donated to our Thanksgiving basket project. With your help and support we could help seven families, nearly double the number we helped last year! Supplies are now depleted and we need a quick turn-around for the Christmas baskets. Please see Mary or Laura if you can donate a turkey or a ham.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project this year. Your individual donations totaled up to 14 boxes brimming with special Christmas treats for needy children across the globe. Thank you for your generosity and for making their Christmases a little brighter! Special thanks to Ken Miller who coordinates this project!
Wreaths Across America
The Daughters of the American Revolution will have their annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17 at noon. Sarah Tarpine from the DAR and Jim Woodside VFW unit, will perform the ceremony of laying wreaths on the graves of the Revolutionary War, Tea Burner, and Civil War Veterans in the old cemetery across from the church. Hope to see you there!
Christmas Joy Offering
This is a special offering that supports past, present and future leaders. Fifty percent of undesignated receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers, their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges through the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Please consider giving to this worthy cause.
It’s that time of year when we do our annual updating of the church directory. If your name, address, phone number or e-mail has changed since the last directory was published this past January, please let Rose Pillsbury know. E-mail her at email@example.com by the end of the year.
Information Due for Annual Report
Any information that needs to be included in the Annual Report should be submitted to Rose Pillsbury as soon as possible after the end of the year. Please e-mail your information to firstname.lastname@example.org..
Annual Officers Retreat Jan. 7
All elders and deacons are cordially invited to our annual Officers Retreat to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the home of Helen and Bill Reinhart. All current deacons and elders as well as those who will begin terms in January are invited. Watch for more details!
All incoming elders and deacons will be installed at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Jan. 8. Please see Pastor Beth or Helen Reinhart if you will be unable to attend.
Pastor Beth is in the office on Wednesdays. To contact her, in the meantime, about matters large or small, email her at email@example.com or call (302) 454-8874 (home) or (302) 379-2084 (cell). Please also use these contacts if you would like to be removed from this newsletter e-mail list.
Sunday School Moves to 9 a.m.
Beginning on Sunday, Nov. 13 Greenwich Presbyterian Church will offer Sunday School for children and adults starting at 9 a.m. It is hoped that moving to an earlier time will make it easier for young families to attend. Yes! It means getting up and out of the house earlier! Yes! We promise it will be worth it! Yes! Can you join us? Free coffee and relaxed discussion for adults; loving teachers with extensive Biblical knowledge and fun activities for children of all ages!
Organizational Meeting for Youth Group
Greenwich Presbyterian Church will hold an organizational meeting for any and all youth, in grades 6 and up, who would be interested in attending a youth group once a month! Interested? Please join us for pizza at 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 in Fellowship Hall. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!
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 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!
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!