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12-01-2016 Greenwich Good News for December

Greenwich Good News!

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

 December 2016

 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.

Blessings,

Pastor Beth

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

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.

Directory Update

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 rose.pillsbury@yahoo.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 rose.pillsbury@yahoo.com..

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!

Officer Installation

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 bethomas2@comcast.net 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.

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

04-2016 Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News!

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

A Note from Pastor Beth Thomas                                         April 2016

Well, dear members and friends, I would say we had some lovely times together during Lent, Holy Week and on Easter.  Our special services, the Lenten study group, the Egg Hunt and the Easter Breakfast were all well attended.  Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the season bright!

April, by contrast, looks pretty calm—and I’m thinking that’s a good thing! Both of our special events—the last presentation in our speaker series and our hosting of the Blood Bank take place on April 22 so mark your calendars now!  If you heard rumors that we had a spaghetti dinner planned this month, the Congregational Life Committee has decided to postpone that, probably until sometime in May, keep watching for an update.

In other good news, a wonderful young couple has started visiting us and are interested in becoming members, another young family has scheduled a baptism with us and—thanks to some talented public relations types—all of our worship and community outreach events have been consistently listed in our two local newspapers!  Hooray for all the ways God blesses us! He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

News from the Deacons

The Deacons are on fire and doing so much work for our congregation that congratulations are in order for all!  They have assembled visitor bags, set up prayer request cards, and are keeping in touch with members who have lost loved ones, suffered from illness or been out of touch for a while.  It is a joy to watch them serve! If you know anyone who could use a card, call or visit, please let Dana Kuntz (danakuntz@gmail.com) know. If you would like to be included in their next project, an e­mail prayer chain, please talk to Linda Gerhard (linda_gerhard@aol.com).

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).

Community Blood Drive

Greenwich Presbyterian has been hosting Red Cross Blood Drives since April, 2010 and statistics show that 1,785 people have been helped by blood collected here! The next blood drive is scheduled on Friday April 22 from 1:30­6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Thanks to Pat and Joan McAllister for coordinating this valuable community service. For more information, email (patmc42@earthlink.net).

Keep in touch

Greenwich Presbyterian Church website: www.greenwichpresnj.org

 

 

Pastor Beth is in the office on most Wednesdays.

To contact her in the meantime, about matters large or small, email her at bethomas2@comcast.net or call (302) 454­8874 (home) or (302) 379­2084 (cell). Please also use these contacts if you would like to be removed from this newsletter e­mail list.

03-2016 Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News for March 2016

Greenwich Good News!

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

A Note from Pastor Beth Thomas                                                                               March, 2016

When it comes to writing a note about Easter I am almost at a loss for words. What can anyone say about the biggest day of the Christian year? About the world-changing event of Christ’s resurrection!  About how this is the reason we believe!

 Without Easter we wouldn’t be believers or Christians or people of faith…at the most we would be nice people trying to live good lives, but believing in…what? Very early in my life I heard a sermon about the difference between Christians and “nice people.”  It was about the seriousness of going that extra mile to let people know what you believe. It may be one of the reasons God called me to be a pastor—it is easier for me to share my faith with a title attached to my name!

 What about you?  How do you share your faith?  You might want to consider inviting a friend or family member to come to church.  Many of our members have been doing that recently and two weeks ago we had a record turn-out (for the new millennium) of 45 people! If inviting someone to Sunday service is too much—how about an egg hunt—just one of the many special things GPC is offering for this celebratory time of the year. Check out our schedule of events, below.  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

 Lenten and Easter Events at GPC

Soup Supper and Lenten Video Series Extended

“Who Is This Man” by John Ortberg continues on Wednesdays, March 9, 16 and 23 (new date to make up for lost session on March 2). Please join us any time! Upcoming topics include “The Power of Forgiveness” (March 9) “Why It’s a Small World After All”

(March 16) and “Three Days That Changed the World” (March 23.) A wonderful Soup Supper begins at 6 p.m. each evening and the video series begins about 6:45 p.m.

**New Event: Sunday  March 13 Gifts of Women Sunday!

On Sunday, March 13 GPC will celebrate Gifts of Women Sunday.  Jeane Coleman and Linda Falcone will speak on the wonderful ways God has touched their lives.  We are also hoping to feature a special selection by the women of the choir.

 Easter Food Baskets

GCP will be providing small Easter dinners to local individuals and families in need.  To Continue reading 03-2016 Greenwich Good News

Greenwich Good News for December 2015

Greenwich Good News!
A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church
Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

December 2015

A Note From Pastor Beth…

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11King James Version

My Christmas wish, in addition to Peace on Earth of course, is that the love and wisdom God showed in coming to earth as a baby might be reflected in all of our hearts as we work together to strengthen Greenwich Presbyterian Church. Everyone loves a baby and babies don’t have to do anything to earn our love—they just have to “be.” Babies smile and eat and sleep and burp and let us know when their diapers need a change. Yet we are delighted to care for them because, well, just because. Just because we love them. Is there room in your heart for baby Jesus and all the love that he brings or are you like the Grinch with a heart that is a few sizes too small? Do you speak and act in love or in Ginchy-ness? Come and worship with us in this Advent/Christmas season as we help one another’s hearts grow! Continue reading Greenwich Good News for December 2015

Greenwich Good News for November 2015

Greenwich Good News!

 

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

 November 2015

 A Note From Pastor Beth…

 Prior to our Chicken Pot Pie Supper on Saturday, Oct. 23, we were a little like those Hebrews wandering in the desert. There was some grumbling and some doubt expressed over whether or not we could successfully navigate this new territory.  After the Chicken Pot Pie Supper, we are not exactly in the Promised Land, but there is a noticeable new spirit in the air — one that helps us believe that when we all work together and trust God to provide, well, then, it’s true —
“With God All Things Are Possible!” (Matthew 19:26). Continue reading Greenwich Good News for November 2015

Greenwich Good News for October 2015

Greenwich Good News!

 

A Newsletter from Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Celebrating God’s love since 1707…

 October, 2015

 A Note From Pastor Beth…

 When our attendance was low on the Sunday of the Greenwich Crafts Faire I was reminded of a lady who once told me she would be missing church to travel. “I don’t preach, play the organ or sing in the choir so you can get along without me,” she said.

The answer I wanted to shout at her, that I am shouting now from this page (and may even shout from the pulpit sometime) is “No we can’t!” We can’t get along without you whomever you are! The people who sit in the pews aren’t just the most important people in the church—they are the church! Churches would all close their doors if everyone decided we could get along without them!

Missing church once in a while is totally understandable, but there is a great ministry in “presence” in “being there.” Being there is what builds community, reinforces our faith and strengthens our bonds. We see that at funerals.  When we go to a funeral we don’t necessarily participate “up front” in the service but we attend to support each other through our presence. When we take the time to attend Sunday worship we give each other (not to mention God—a duh!) the gift of our presence. That is reason to celebrate! Worship is central to our life as Christians. In worship we experience the body of Christ, we find support for our beliefs, acceptance and forgiveness for our weaknesses and challenges to get outside ourselves and care for others.

Hopefully our Sunday worship is a little livelier than your run-of-the-mill funeral and hopefully it Continue reading Greenwich Good News for October 2015