Oak Leaves Blog

  • Weekly Reflection: Out of the Boat

    by Maureen Paterson

    From the shadows of night You call “Come.” From the storms of life You call “Come.” From the center of fear You call “Come.” From the safety of comfort You call “Come.” When we are overwhelmed by darkness Your hand saves. When we are engulfed by terror Your hand saves. When we are submerged by […]

    Looking for Commissioner to Presbytery Meetings—Can You Help?

    by Tina Bramel

    The Session of BRPC is in need of your assistance! Would you be interested in serving as BRPC’s regular commissioner to Presbytery meetings? Our church is entitled to have two commissioners present at each Presbytery meeting for the purposes of acting on the current issues of our denomination. Any ordained elder is eligible to serve […]

    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 […]

    Free Books!

    by Gary Ingram

    FREE BOOKS! A newly formed Library committee to help manage the book collection has placed a cart in Fellowship Hall with books free for the taking prior to their being offered to Princeton Theological Seminary. Please help yourself.

    Weekly Reflection: You Know Me Lord

    by Maureen Paterson

    You know me Lord. My faults and failings, hopes and dreams, worries and concerns. You know me Lord, My past regrets and future fears, my present need. You know me Lord, no thought is hidden, no action unnoticed, no desire unseen. You know me Lord, more than I wish, so I try to hide, run […]

    Lemonade Servers Needed

    by Gary Ingram

    We are serving Lemonade in Westminster Hall after each Sunday Summer Service through July and August. Please consider volunteering to host a Sunday and share this hospitality with other Sunday worshippers. To volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Jean Wadsworth, 908-766-0620 or send an email to jeansdonj@aol.com.

    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 […]

    Our Summer Challenge

    by Maureen Paterson

    This Pentecost, Rev. Maureen challenged us to remain open for the Holy Spirit around us in the world this summer. As we did a few years ago we invite you to make note of these moments when you become aware of the signs and wonders of God – write them on a card and place […]

    Weekly Reflection: Freely You Have Received

    by Maureen Paterson

    Lord, you call to us, to send us out in your name. Your voice stirs our hearts, yet our mind stops us, calling us instead, to plan, prepare, strategize, be sure. We forget you are the one who parts the sea, calms the storm, sends manna from heaven, water from a stone. Lord, you call […]

    New Members

    by Gary Ingram

    On May 28, we welcomed our latest class of new members.  Give these folks a warm welcome as you see them around!