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!

 Chicken Pot Pie Rolling Parties!

Our church ladies labor long and hard to make their famous Chicken Pot Pie, which will be sold at an eat-in and take-out dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the church (see below).  If you are interested in learning their secrets you are invited to join them on Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, for “Rolling Parties” in the church kitchen.  The parties begin at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome!

Eat Chicken Pot Pie on Oct. 22!

The results of all those “Rolling Parties” can be tasted at our annual Chicken Pot Pie Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22.  Adult tickets are $10 and children 12 and under $5.  Take-outs can be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. and eat-in dinners will be served at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.  Please contact Barbara Wheaton at bwheaton7@juno.com for reserved tickets and further information.

Oct. 23–What to do With the Manse?

The Property Committee has scheduled an informational meeting directly after worship on Sunday, Oct. 23, to discuss the future of the Manse. This will be an educational meeting and not a meeting where any votes are taken or decisions are made. We will meet in Fellowship Hall immediately after the worship service. Join us and voice your opinion. See Pat McAllister for more information.

Canned Goods Collection

The Outreach Committee is starting to collect canned goods and other non-perishable items for our Thanksgiving baskets.  They hope to use the shelves in the former food pantry on the second floor to organize all donated supplies.  You can leave items there or put them in the box that will be in foyer.  See Mary Bowen or Laura Sadtler if you have questions or if you have suggestions for families in need.

 The Story Continues!

We are using “The Story” as the basis for our worship, and a Wednesday-evening small group (open to all) this fall.  “The Story” is a compilation of selected verses from the Bible organized chronologically and written in the form of a novel from Genesis to Revelation.  Churches and small groups across the country have seen enhanced comprehension of the Bible, newfound confidence to share the Word, unified community, and naturally increased community outreach by using this program.  A limited number of books and participants’ guides are still available for each family who wants one. See you Sunday mornings and, if you want to go deeper, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for the small group meetings, now through Nov. 16.

 Secretary/Administrative Assistant Search

Our Personnel Committee and Pastor Beth are in the process of interviewing five candidates who have applied for the position of Secretary/Administrative Assistant at GPC.  We hope to be able to present a candidate’s name to session at its meeting this month.  Meantime, we have had a lovely thank you note from our former secretary Carrie Werely to all of you who have remembered her with cards and prayers.

Sankta Lucia Update

It is with some sadness that we bid farewell to the Sankta Lucia pageant that has been held at GPC for several generations.  Pageant organizers were not able to embrace our suggestion that they forego lighted candles in favor of battery-operated ones and they have elected to move the pageant elsewhere.  We pray that God will continue to protect them with all safety and bring them continued joy.

Event Suggestions Welcomed for ‘Christmas in Greenwich’

With the loss of the Sankta Lucia Pageant our sanctuary will be available to host another event during the annual Christmas in Greenwich  Celebration—something to supplement the Soup Sale we host downstairs.  Suggestions range from a display of historic church clothes through the years, to a community Christmas pageant to an (outdoor) live nativity or a community carol sing.  Other possibilities for downstairs include a rummage sale or a special Christmas shop for children to purchase gently used gifts for mom and dad.  What do you think?  What do you want to do? Who wants to take this opportunity and run with it?!

Remember Our Wish List!

Session recently voted to start an Equipment Fund to help supply various needs around the church—and as soon as the word got out someone graciously agreed to fund updates to our sound system!  Yes! God is good!  Session also is interested in getting better computers for the church offices and starting an air conditioning fund!  If you would like to make a donation for either of these projects please place the words “Equipment Fund” (specifying air conditioning or computers) on the memo line of your check.

Upcoming Events

Keep these events in mind and watch for details!

 Saturday, Oct. 22–Chicken Pot Pie Dinner! Yummm!

Sunday, Oct. 23— Meeting to discuss the future of the Manse.

Saturday, Nov. 12—Annual dinner meeting of the Cumberland County Historical Society @ GPC.

Saturday, Nov. 26—Hanging of the Greens, decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas Season

Friday, Dec. 9—GPC Christmas caroling to shut-ins

Sunday, Dec. 11—GPC soup sale as part of the annual Christmas in Greenwich program.

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

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