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    Introducing Our New Mission Partner: Special Hope

    by Maureen Paterson

    “Special Hope Network is a faith-based, Christian organization called to bear witness to God’s glory through caring for children with intellectual disabilities in Zambia by equipping families and caregivers to provide these children with a loving home, holistic health, and exceptional education and therapies.” —from their website, specialhopenetwork.org

    Mission Report on La Union, Ecuador – 2018

    by Judith Pasnik

    Each day of our recent mission trip, when walking over the cracked, moonscape-like-ground of La Union, one could hear the taps and cracks of hammers from the three sites where our teams, alongside residents, were working in the baking sun to build new cane homes for families in need. Passing the school, children waved over […]

    We Warmly Welcome Our New Children and Family Ministry Director!

    by Gary Ingram

    The Children and Family Ministries Search Committee is overjoyed to announce Stacy Currie as our new Director of Ministries to Children and Their Families, effective July 16th. Stacy comes to us after 13 years as a Christian nursery school teacher at The Children’s Corner in Liberty Corner, NJ. She has been a pivotal member of […]

    We Welcome Rev. Pat Jackson as Guest Preacher

    by Gary Ingram

    We will warmly welcome the Rev. Pat Jackson as our guest preacher at both worship services on the weekend of June 30 – July 1. Pat has been serving as pastor of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church of Raytown, Missouri since 2009. A “second career” pastor, Rev. Jackson previously worked for a decade in work- force […]

    Ecuador Mission Trip

    by Gary Ingram

    Here are the volunteers who will travel to Ecuador on Sunday, July 7 for one week. Please pray for the following trip members as they go to spread God’s love to those greatly in need:

    Sunday School & Nursery Update for Summer

    by Susan Ward

    Please note that beginning today and for the duration of the summer, we will not have formal Sunday School classes. All children are welcome to stay in worship. Be sure to pick up an age-appropriate bulletin and activity sheet to make it easier for our youngest church family members to stay engaged. We realize that […]

    Our Beautiful Piano

    by Chris Fortin

    After serving many years as our rehearsal piano in the choir room, we’ve chosen to share our 1926 Steinway baby grand with you in the Sanctuary. Our hope is that this beautiful instrument will enhance our weekly worship together and create a richer music experience during our special events. It also gives our youth and […]

    Fall Block Party Planning Team Being Formed

    by Gary Ingram

    Though the summer has not quite arrived we are already beginning plans for a fresh and festive kick off of the new school year next September. Do you have ideas or energy to help plan our Fall Block Party Celebration which will be happening on Sunday, September 16? We’d love to hear from you.  Contact Allison […]

    An Update from Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta

    by Gary Ingram

    We help support Bernie and Farsijana, missionaries in Indonesia. You may recall them visiting here a couple of years ago. They recently sent us a newsletter highlighting some of their recent activities. Click to view the newsletter:

    Young Adult Scholarships Available, Applications Due May 25, 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    Each year, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Council offers scholarships for college juniors, seniors or graduate students. The scholarships are granted to aid education at an accredited college, university or seminary for individuals dedicated to working in “helping professions” such as the pastorate, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, law and social work. Church members and Somerset Hills residents are […]