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

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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).

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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.

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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

2016 Lenten and Easter Events

2016 Lenten and Easter Events

Lenten and Easter Events at GPC

 

Soup Supper and Lenten Video Series Extended

“Who Is This Man” by John Ortberg continues on Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 and 23 (new date to make up for lost session on March 2). Please join us any time!

Upcoming topics include “A Revolution in Humanity” (March 2) “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..

 

Palm Sunday, March 20

Bring your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren to the narthex at 9:45 a.m. to line up for the Palm Sunday Processional. We will dress the children in Bible-time costumes and recreate Jesus’ historic arrival in Jerusalem.

 

Maundy Thursday Service, March 24

Please join us for a Pot Luck Supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by a moving Tenebrae Service with communion in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.  Tenebrae is the Latin word for shadows or darkness. The purpose of the Tenebrae gathering is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion, making it a solemn and thought-provoking service.

 

Egg Hunt: Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public, children 10 and under are invited to hunt for eggs, a symbol of new life, at GPC.  (Older youth and teens are invited to help with the event!) The hunt will be held rain or shine and will also feature a special guest and  some special activities.

 

 

 

 

Activities for Easter Sunday, March 27

 

Sunrise Service

Join us for the community Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at the end of Ye Greate Street, outside the old Friends Meeting.  Area pastors and musicians will provide worship as the sun comes up!

 

Breakfast at GPC

Join us after the sunrise service for a hearty breakfast prepared for you by the talented cooks at GPC.  Free and open to the public, all are welcome! You do not have to be Presbyterian or attended the sunrise service to come in and chow down!

 

Worship at GPC at 10 a.m.

Join us for our traditional Easter Service at 10 a.m. with familiar Easter hymns, a short message and the traditional and lovely “flowering of the cross,” where we fill a wooden cross with fresh flowers. There will be some flowers on hand and gardeners are also welcome to bring their own.