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    300th Anniversary Focus for September: Preparing for the Future

    by Jon Klippel

    Over the course of this year of celebration there have been many opportunities to reflect upon the rich and multifaceted history of our church and our community. In the past 300 years, this congregation has experienced challenges and opportunities ranging from unanticipated and extraordinarily positive and negative events that have required careful and prompt responses […]

    Historical Focus for August: Church Campus and Change

    by Kris Emmitt

    It all started with a log meeting house erected next to a majestic oak tree in 1717. In 1731, John Ayers, one of the very early settlers, deeded 1½ acres surrounding the meeting house to the Trustees of the church thus creating the property of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. This meeting house served the […]

    Monthly Historical Focus for July: A History of the Cemetery

    by Rudy Hyzer

    As the great oak lives in our memories, the removal uncovers another historic treasure of our church, the graveyard. As old as the church itself, with the first legible stone monument to Henry Haines in 1736, with folklore references to a marker dated 1719, the graveyard is the final resting place of members of this […]

    300th Anniversary Monthly Focus for April: Our Historic Oak Tree

    by Gary Ingram

    The life of our Great White Oak Tree has spanned some 600 years, first sprouting from an acorn around 1400. It was already a mature 300 years old when the founders of our church decided that alongside the oak was a perfect place to build the log cabin which would serve as the first house […]

    Mission Spotlight for March: Good News Home for Women, Flemington NJ

    by Gary Ingram

    The mission of the Good News Home is to provide a comprehensive long and short-term residential substance abuse treatment program that offers a professional, non-denominational, Christian approach, focusing on healing the total woman utilizing Christian 12-steps, addiction counseling, life skills and spiritual counseling to overcome drug addiction, with integrated treatment for clients who have been […]

    300th Anniversary Monthly Focus: Women’s Ministry—Women in the Church

    by Kris Emmitt

    Mention of women in our early history was limited, although we have a few interesting stories of special women of the time. On December 13, 1776 Basking Ridge became the center of attention in our War of Independence as General Charles Lee, second in command under George Washington, was arrested by the British at the […]

    300th Anniversary Monthly Focus: The Samuel Brown Society

    by Gary Ingram

    Planned Giving: THE SAMUEL BROWN SOCIETY The spirit of giving has been a foundation of our church from its very beginning. Over the years, we have gratefully given to fund the spiritual nourishment of our congregation, to give to the mission of helping others in communities around the world and to help secure to future generations […]