The First Presbyterian Church

of Verona

a church of caring people

10 Fairview Avenue
Verona, New Jersey 07044

Telephone: (973) 239-3561
Email: veronapreschurch@verizon.net

 

 

Rev. Dan Martian- Temporary Session moderator
Charlotte Cunningham- Minister of Music
Christina Turkington- Christian Education Facilitator

 

 

Mission Statement: We are a caring and welcoming church fully engaged in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we live and worship in joyful fellowship with God, proclaiming the Good News through an active program of christian education and music for children, families and individuals of all ages.  We are committed to sharing our gifts and talents to implement God's will and to assume leadership in our community, guided by the principals of Christian love.

 

 

Sunday Morning Schedule

10:15- Worship in the Sanctuary
Sunday School
Child Care

(Handicapped Accessible)

 

 

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Programs

 

Music
  
Choirs:

  • Praise Choir: for grades 2-Middle School: Tuesday- 4:30pm
    Senior Choir: Wednesday- 7:30pm
    Senior Handbell Choir: Tuesday- 7:30pm

Children-Christian Education

  • Sunday School Program
  • Confirmation Class
  • Choirs
  • Rainbows
  • Weekly Evening Fellowship
  • Youth Fellowship Program

Women's & Men's Organizations

  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Women's Bible Study Group
  • Men's Bible Breakfast
  • Senior Fellowship Luncheons
  • Single Parents
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network

Montessori Nursery School
   

 

Special Events for September

 


Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
         Sunday, September 7th: 10:15am
         Rev. Allyson Glass, guest preacher
         First day of Sunday School

Picnic and Ice Cream Social
         Sunday, Sept. 14th, following Worship

Pumpkin & Apple Picking
         Sunday, Sept. 28th, following Worship
        
 


         
   

 

Church Calendar for September

Thrift Shop-     
          Open Tuesdays & Saturdays- 10:00-1:00
                
 
Choir Rehearsal Schedule:  
     Praise Choir- Tuesdays- 4:45pm
     Senior Choir- Wednesdays- 7:30pm

Wed.
Sept. 3rd
     Care Giver Support Group- 10:00am

Sun.
Sept. 7th

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 10:15am
                      Communion
 
                Rev. Allyson Glass, preaching
        First day of Sunday School


Wed.
Sept. 10th

       Senior Choir Rehearsals begin- 7:30pm


Thurs.
Sept. 11th
      Session mtg. 7:30pm

Sat.
Sept. 13th

       Thrift Shop- Opening Day- 10am-1pm


Sun.
Sept. 14th
       Worship Service & Sunday School- 10:15am
 
                Eric Burgos, preaching 
       
Picnic & Ice Cream Social following Worship 

Sun.
Sept. 21st

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 10:15am
 
                Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson, preaching
                    Baptism


Sun.
Sept. 28th

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
 
                Rev. Bob Pryor, preaching
     
Apple and Pumpkin Picking- following Worship

 
   
 
   
 
   
   

 

         
   

Camp Johnsonburg Retreat- January, 2014
 

 

Church Board Members  2014

    

 Session:
     Barbara Haimann
     Donna Kiel
     Joanne Kim
     Eileen Kuhn
     Deborah Michelsen
     Marilyn O'Neill
     Jim Primavera
     Janice Tierney
     Margaret Whiting
    Dorman Craig- Clerk

   

 Deacons:
     Felicita Burgos
     David Haimann
     Alex Karpinski
     Matt Koroluk
     Eileen Kuhn
     Michael McGough
     Marcos Mercado
     Jacqueline Mescia
     Jennifer Quade
     Marion Shine
     Beverly Winkler
     Zachary Winkler

    

 Trustees:
    Sue Betcher
    Michael Duhaney
    Douglas Hathaway
    Donna Lauckner
    Bob McNinch
    Joyce Pressler
    
   
  

 

     

                           Church Financial Secretary: Doug Hathaway
                                    Acting Treasurer: Joyce Pressl

    


 

 Rev. Allyson Glass's Message
"Putting On Our Sunday Best"
                               
September 7, 2014

 

 

      Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 149
      New Testament Lesson: Romans 13: 8-14

As a child getting ready for church was a big deal, we got to wear our “Sunday Best”.  I still can’t look at a pair of black patent leather shoes without thinking about going to church.  Our clothes defined our day and our actions.  When we woke up during the week we put on our school clothes reminding us that we were to spend the day as students which meant trying our best to learn what we were taught and being respectful of the teacher and our friends.  Upon arrival home we immediately changed into our play clothes which for me meant I was off duty and allowed to spend time with friends and my family.  What I wore most definitely defined my actions and in some ways my interactions with people.

In our reading this morning, the Apostle Paul instructs us to love one another and to achieve this love we must “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”.  Paul is urging us to “clothe ourselves in Christ” so that we will be fully attentive to the moment and to what is happening around us.  We are asked not to worry about what we put on but who we put on when we wake up each morning.  When we “clothe ourselves in Christ” we need to get dressed from the inside out.

One might ask, what does the well dressed Christian wear?  The book of Colossians, chapter 3, verses 12 – 14 tell us exactly what to put on each morning so that we might be clothed in Christ.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive in perfect harmony.

If we want to grow as disciples, Paul says we shouldn’t “put on airs”, or “put on the Ritz”, we have to put on Christ.  Clothing ourselves in Christ is not about the Red Carpet or worrying about the Fashion Police.  This is not an outward display of our Christian goodness. It is about growing our relationship with Christ. Our growing relationship with Christ means to wrap our hearts in His love and let others see Christ in the way we live.  “Clothing ourselves in Christ” is more than putting on our Sunday Best and attending church, it is putting on our grubbies and getting involved in the messiness of daily life.

Once “clothed in Christ” we are challenged to forsake our own interests and live lives of gratitude to God.  We are actively following Christ’s example of loving our neighbor.  The action of clothing ourselves in Christ awakens us to opportunities to give our love to others so that the world will see us as Christ’s disciples. 

We are taught to love our neighbor as ourselves, for love does not wrong a neighbor.  But who is our neighbor?  We are all familiar with the Good Samaritan and thus realize that our neighbor is not always the one easiest to love.  Yes, our neighbor is the one who lives near us, the person who sits next to us in church, the people we meet in our daily lives. But our neighbor is often not the neighbor we chose but rather the person given to us, the one who crosses our path whether we like it or not.  Our neighbor is an unexpected appearance in our midst.  Thus truly our neighbor is Christ.  By clothing ourselves in Christ the Apostle Paul invites us to wake-up to the radical work of the Holy Spirit in our midst that takes us to unexpected places and to unexpected encounters.  It is in these places and encounters that God’s love is poured out and the world is changed.

Jesus loved people and was willing to put his hands on a loathsome leper to heal him and even eat dinner with sinners to forgive them.  He treated everyone as an equal and reached into the lives of a lost woman and a drunkard to speak a healing word.  If we have Jesus in our hearts, we have the power of love within us. We don’t have to ask for love, we’ve just got it.  With this love we are asked to walk the extra mile beside our fellow Christians to lift them up.  Through our loving actions people are inspired as they are opened to God’s spirit.  Through Jesus’ love and light, Zacchaeus was transformed from a despised tax collector who made his living by cheating people into a generous man who not only gave back what he had taken but he gave back four fold.  Jesus saw possibilities in each person he met and transformed them with love and forgiveness.  Let what we do inspire the best in those we love and in those we meet who are in need.  When we put on Christ we take on Christ’s mission to bring out of others what is good.  

I am inspired and humbled by the stories of medical missionaries who put their lives at risk for people in dire need due to disease.  Over the past few weeks we have prayed for the doctors and nurses who contracted Ebola while serving those in need in Nigeria.  These are Christians who surely demonstrate what it means to clothe ourselves in Christ and love thy neighbor no matter how far away that neighbor may be.  While few of us will ever be called to serve in such a dramatic way, it does not diminish our work here in our community. For you see, when we consciously “clothe ourselves in Christ” we are more aware of the opportunities to serve that are right there in our daily lives.  We do not have to put on a hazmat suit to be Christ’s hands here on earth; we just need a heart filled with love.

A prayer from St Teresa of Avila speaks eloquently of the need for us to “clothe ourselves in Christ” and to be ever vigilant for opportunities to serve:

                                   Christ has no body but yours,
                                   No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
                                   Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,
                                   Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
                                   Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
                                   Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
                                   Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
                                   Christ has no body now but yours,
                                   No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
                                   Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.
                                   Christ has no body now on earth but yours

By answering the call to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” we are invited to remember our baptism, for it is at our baptism that we are first clothed in Christ and clothed in a robe of forgiveness.  Christian life is the daily practice of our own baptism.  For us baptism is a continual beginning and is renewed through our time at worship, in partaking of the bread and cup of communion and through being alert to what God is doing in the world and in our lives.

By loving our neighbor as ourselves we become agents of light and healing.  Paul instructs us to put on the armor of love. Clothed with this armor of love we want to pray to God, to really talk to God.  We want read the Bible and try to put what we learn into practice in our lives.  We want to worship God, to praise God for the blessings in our lives. As Christians we want to be in fellowship with each other so we can grow in God’s love together.  We want to serve God and others in actions of love and compassion for in serving our community and the world with love we show Christ’s love in us.

 

 

 

 

 
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