Oak Leaves Blog

  • New Stephen Ministers Commissioned

    by Gary Ingram

    On January 22, the following Stephen Ministers were commissioned during the 10:15 am service. They have each completed 50 hours of training: Bonnie Diehl Marilou Howe Kate Prins Pat Haines Jeanne Poehner Cynthia Wynant We are grateful for their commitment to this caring ministry and their willingness to walk alongside those facing challenging times in […]

    Interfaith Hospitality Network Annual Report

    by Gary Ingram

    The Interfaith Hospitality Network is one of the local missions that BRPC supports with lots of hands-on help and energy. If you are curious about their wider mission and how our support fits in, you can review their annual report which they recently sent to us:

    Weekly Reflection: Our Love / God’s Love

    by Maureen Paterson

    Love, our love; a love of red hearts and candy; a love of fleeting choice and desire; a love of broken promises and dashed hopes. Love, our love; a litany of apologies and forgiveness; hurts and healing; second chances and new tomorrows. Love, our love; often so inadequate, so inept, so inconsistent. Your love, Lord. […]

    300th Anniversary Monthly Focus: The Samuel Brown Society

    by Gary Ingram

    Planned Giving:┬áTHE 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 […]

    January 29 Kicks Off our Official Celebration of our 300th Anniversary

    by Judith Pasnik

    This Sunday, January 29th, Rev. Dennis Jones will be preaching in the role of Dr. Robert Finley, beloved 5th pastor of Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church from 1795 – 1817. You are invited to come and enjoy a historic worship service to kick off the 300th Anniversary celebration! Robert Finley was born at Princeton, N.J. in […]

    Weekly Reflection: Come and See

    by Maureen Paterson

    Come and See You say. Come and See where I am staying. Come and See, where I live. You invite us, to come, to enter, to join, to see. Come and See. You call us to see your presence in the face of others. You call us to meet You in the needs of the […]

    Weekly Reflection: You Name Me Beloved

    by Maureen Paterson

    You call me your child, your Son, your daughter, your beloved. You give me your blessing, your love, your acceptance. You name me beloved. Yet I hear the names the world gives. I wear the name fear, regret, shame, failure. My own voice speaks words of condemnation and judgement, Naming myself not good enough. Declaring […]

    Call for Annual Meeting of the Congregation

    by Tina Bramel

    The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Part I (Statistical and Financial), will be held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 29, 2017, immediately following the 10:15 a.m. service, for the purpose of receiving the Statistical and Financial reports for 2016; for consideration of the Local and […]

    Session Highlights—January

    by Tina Bramel

    Session members engaged in a study period focused on the definition of trust and how trust can be earned. Session Councils are still reviewing the draft of the Child Protection Policy which has recently been re-written by the Children and Family Ministries Council. The revised policy will be voted upon at a future Session meeting. […]

    Weekly Reflection: Beautiful Feet Bring Good News

    by Maureen Paterson

    Oh how we long for beautiful feet. A word of good news amidst the never ending bad. A proclamation of peace, in the face of division and fear. A shout of joy louder than the din of complaint. A song of salvation, rising above the lament of doom. Oh how we long, for beautiful feet, […]