Mobile Bulletin • Pledge for 2017  

This Fall, Plug In and Get Charged Up @FirstPres!

Be sure to plug in and connect with one or more of the many opportunities going on this fall… with more to come!

Tuesday Talks – October 31, 2017, marks the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Beginning Sept 12 we will look at the Reformation in Europe; what caused it to happen; and how the Reformation spread throughout Europe and into the United States. You can pick up your free book for the class in the church office. The class will be team taught by Brittany Heun and Don Brown, in the church parlor, beginning at 11:00am.

Adult Bible Study – “CIVILITY: AMERICAN POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSES” Come join the discussion. This group will meet on Sundays from 11:30am-12:15pm in the church parlor.

Music & Poetry
Twilight Zone, Spooky, Haunted,
On the second Sunday of each month, September–May, we offer beautiful music, performed live in our sanctuary, by an ensemble of world class musicians. Along with that, there are readings of poetry from famous poets, and even some original works from local artists. Each month the songs and readings point to a different theme. Come spend an hour basking in the beautiful! The event is open to everyone in the community, young and old, and starts at 3pm.

Meaning In Movies – is a spirituality discussion group disguised as watching movies together and having fun. In this program, launched through New Beginnings, we get together to watch a movie (or scenes from a movie) and to look for and discuss the spiritual imagery and messages we see in the film… whether or not they were intended by the movie makers themselves. It’s a spiritual act that can train us to be more able to become aware of the signs of God’s presence in all times and places in our lives, and in the lives of others. We meet on the third Sunday of each month following the 10am worship service.

5K Club – The Club has announced its next events. Make sure to sign up soon!

Advent Festival – Community residents are invited to participate in the annual Advent Festival at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell at 2:00 on Sunday, December 3. This free afternoon event offers the opportunity for both families and individuals to prepare for Christmas with a warm and welcoming congregation. Our festival falls on the first Sunday of Advent, the four-week season on the Christian calendar designed to get ready for celebrating Christmas. Fifteen different craft stations will offer a variety of choices. All supplies are provided at no cost, and volunteer helpers will be on hand at each table. The crafting sessions will end at 4:00 and will be followed by a brief devotional time noting the First Sunday of Advent, led by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Rick Sommers. The afternoon will conclude with a short carol sing.

Fall Blood Drive – The Deacons’ Fall blood drive has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th from 3:00PM–8:00PM

Interfaith Hospitality Network – The United Presbyterian Church in West Orange will be hosting 3-4 homeless families at the West Orange Presbyterian Center the week of September 17th. During the week volunteers are needed to act as Dinner Hosts, Activity Hosts, and Overnight Hosts. Details and sign up can be found at

Sandwich Night
– Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00PM in Fellowship Hall. We will be preparing over 400 bagged lunches to benefit St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark. We look forward to seeing you all there and joining in the fun and fellowship. For more information, you can contact Dave Johnson (973-364-0025) or Joyce McGrath (973-325-1891).

Fall Cabaret – “TEENAGE AMERICAN DREAM” presented by the Westminster Choir Join us September 24th for this year’s fall cabaret performance!
2pm and 7pm
$10 at the door

Vocal Choirs – all God’s children can have a voice in the Choir!
Chancel Choir: For adults, this choir meets Thursday evenings for 2 hours beginning at 8:00 pm. Chancel Choir members have occasional social events and are a fun-loving and caring fellowship.
Westminster Choir: For teens, Gr. 8-12, this choir participates in worship regularly and also performs a musical such as GodspellJesus Christ Superstar, or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat each year. These shows have been performed in host churches during weeklong trips to Chicago, San Francisco, Canada and Florida. Regular Choir rehearsal is Sunday at 6:00 pm. Please “Like” Westminster Choir’s Facebook page!

Handbell Choirs – hand-made music!
Chancel Handbell Choir for Adults: This choir rehearses Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 pm.
First Church Ringers: for Teens in Gr. 8-12, this choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:45 pm.
Chapel Bells: for youth in Gr. 5-7, this choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Sunday School – We are excited to announce our Rotation Sunday School program for this fall! In Workshop Rotation Sunday School, we teach the same Bible story for 4 weeks in a row to all our elementary and middle school students. (Preschool classes will rotate within their own class). Each week classes rotate into a new and unique workshop, however, teachers stay-put in the workshop of their strength, -repeating their lesson each week to a new group, while adapting and improving their lesson during the “rotation.” Our Rotations from September 11th through October 9th will be based on the story of Joseph and His Brothers – Art, Bible Games, Music and Science.

Fall BLAZE – an Inter-generational Midweek Program for families will begin on Wednesday, October 4th, 4:30PM-6:15PM, and will run for four weeks through the month of October! Families will fan the flame of faith through Recreation, Bible Study, Worship Skills and Family Time Dinner on October 25th. The cost is $25 for the month. Registration forms are available on the Christian Ed Desk.

Jr. High Youth Fellowship – Join us on Sundays! Handbells is from 4:00-4:45. Pilgrim Choir is 4:45-5:30. Dinner and Youth Group is from 5:30-7:00PM! Hope to see you there!

Confirmation Class – begins with an Orientation Breakfast in Fellowship Hall on September 17th at 9:00AM.

8:30am – Pleasantdale Campus, West Orange*
10:00am – Main Campus, Caldwell

*except for the first Sunday of each month, which is Family Sunday, when everyone meets for the 10am service at Caldwell