WELCOME… to the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, NJ
We’re excited about the ministry and mission of FPC, and would love to have you be part of it. If you are looking for a church home, please come look at us!
As the first season of the church year, Advent is rich in meaning. It is both a time of giving thanks for the gift of Jesus in a manger in past time, but also waiting for the fulfillment of God’s plans for creation in the future. Thus it is a season of expectant waiting, and waiting is something with which many of us struggle. Henri Nouwen, in his Advent daily devotional booklet writes: “In our personal lives, waiting is not a very popular pastime. Waiting is not something we anticipate or experience with great joy and gladness! In fact, most of us consider waiting a waste of time. Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, ‘Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just sit there and wait!’ So, for us and for many people, waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be. We do not enjoy such a place. We want to move out of it and do something worthwhile.”
Friends, sometimes waiting is just what we need, as being forced to wait can be a great teacher. In times of waiting we learn about ourselves, and sometimes we might find that what we learn we don’t like! Yet this can be an occasion for exploration and growth, as we seek to discover the intersection in our lives with the “One on whom we are waiting,” Jesus Christ.
You are invited to take advantage of many of the opportunities for worship and fellowship which FPC provides during this time of year. They are found on the pages of this website!