Oak Leaves Blog


  • Video from Homeless Solutions

    by Gary Ingram

    Homeless Solutions, one of our mission partners, shared their new video with us:  A Journey Home We are excited to share our latest Homeless Solutions video with you. Hear from Megan and Rebecca. Single mothers who share their difficult journey from being homeless to having a place to call home for their families. We […]

    Opportunities to Serve…

    by Gary Ingram

    God’s Co-op Pantry Do you live close to Bernardsville? Would you be willing to help out twice a month in picking up baked goods from a local store and repackaging them prior to the Sunday evening pantry hours? This would be a perfect family project! Please contact Maureen Paterson for more information. Homeless Solutions Dinner […]

    Sanctuary Front Window Restoration Proceeding

    by Gary Ingram

    Now that spring has arrived, the Trustees are moving ahead with the restoration of the front Sanctuary window. A contractor recommended by our Historic Architects, Connelly and Hickey, expects to begin the project by the end of this week. The process will include remov-ing the window for restoration and temporarily closing the opening with plywood. […]

    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 […]

    Session Highlights-March 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    Session approved a motion from the Worship and Music Council Session to modify the summer worship schedule. Beginning on June 17 and running through Sunday, September 9, there will be a single Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The Oak Table Service remains at 5 p.m. on Saturdays in Westminster Hall. On Sunday, June 10, […]

    Introducing Our New Search Committee for CFM Director

    by Gary Ingram

    Personnel Council is grateful to seven church members for accepting the call to serve on the search committee for the position of Director of Ministry to Children and Their Families. The Committee is co-chaired by Kate Balboni and Dan Bliss. Other committee members are: Jen Asay, Patty Haines, Dan Healy, Bill Prins, and Joy Schmitt. […]

    Conversations with Chris – Spring Oratorio 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    If you missed the forum discussion with Chris Fortin about the music for the Spring Oratorio Concert on March 18, we recorded it!  Here it is, including the video of Dan Forest, the composer of the work Requiem for the Living. Conversations With Chris from BRPC on Vimeo.

    Reflection:Do You See?

    by Maureen Paterson

    Do you see? Do you see the hurt in the eyes, pain in the soul, fear in the heart? Do you see? Do you see the hunger for love, search for peace, ache to belong? Do you see? Do you see beyond sins of the past, judgements pronounced, anger and blame. Do you see? Do […]

    Lenten Mission Offering and Food Drive

    by Gary Ingram

    This year we are supporting two of our local mission partners throughout the Lenten season. Safe and Sound (formerly Women’s Resource Center) We will collect financial donations to support the Safe House Resident’s Fund which is used for emergency needs for residents. Safe and Sound continues to operate a women’s shelter in a property which […]

    Lenten Reflection: Come Follow Me

    by Maureen Paterson

    Come and follow, Come, you say. Not now, Lord, not today. Really Lord? You want me? Right now Lord? How can that be? Let me first make a plan, think it through, You understand? I’m not so sure it’s for the best, I’m not so sure I’ll pass the test. Lord, I think it would […]