The First Presbyterian Church

of Verona

a church of caring people

10 Fairview Avenue
Verona, New Jersey 07044

Telephone: (973) 239-3561



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

Children-Christian Education

  • Weekday Nursery School
  • 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 Summer


Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
         Sunday, July 6th: 9:30am
         Rev. Allyson Glass, guest preacher
Blessing of the Animals
         Sunday, July 13th: 9:30am
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
         Sunday, August 3rd: 9:30am
         Rev. Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson, guest preacher
Hymn Sing
         Sunday, August 31st: 9:30am      




Church Calendar for July & August

Thrift Shop-
              Summer Schedule:
                  open Tuesdays in July - 10:00-1:00
                  closed in August
Choir Rehearsal Schedule:  
     Praise Choir- Tuesdays- 4:45pm
     Senior Choir- Wednesdays- 7:30pm

July 6th
       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Rev. Allyson Glass, preaching  

July 12th

       Women's Breakfast- 9:00- Pilgrim Diner

July 13th

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am              
                Blessing of the Animals  

July 20th
      Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Dr. Richard Sommers, preaching
      First Pres. Church of Caldwell joining us for worship 

July 27th

      Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Rev. Donald Brown, preaching
      First Pres. Church of Caldwell joining us for worship 

August 3rd
       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson, preaching  

August 10th

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Joyce Cougan, preaching 

August 17th

       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Rev. Daniel Schroeder, preaching  

August 24th
        Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
                Stephen O'Neill, preaching 

August 31st
       Worship Service & Sunday School- 9:30am
               Hymn Sing 



Camp Johnsonburg Retreat- January, 2014


Church Board Members  2014


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


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


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



                           Church Financial Secretary: Doug Hathaway
                                    Acting Treasurer: Joyce Pressl




 Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson's  Message:
"Food for Thought"
August 3, 2014

Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 55: 6-13

New Testament Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21

In studying this very familiar miracle, I was transported back in time to our family home.  Most of our mother’s time was spent in the kitchen and it seemed as though she was not only feeding our family, but part of the community as well.  Her time cooking for relatives and friends was her greatest joy.  Then too if neighbors or church members were ill or grieving, mother’s famous vegetable soup, potato salad or one of her other specialties was transported to them.  If there was a plumber, painter, or other workman doing a repair he was invited to join us.  A regular in summer was the man who cut the lawn.  An extra meal was always sent home for his invalid wife. 

Our main meal of the day was at noon except on Sundays when it was around one o, clock.  Mother never stayed home from church.  Everything was prepared and scheduled around Sunday Worship.  Frequently our beloved pastor and his wife were guests.

On the evening when the crowds had followed Jesus as he went to a deserted place to pray, Jesus had compassion on them and cured their sick.  When the hour became late, the disciples wanted to send the people away to find a place to buy food. Jesus disagreed and directed them, “You give them something to eat.” 

Last week as I leafed through my newly arrived August copy of National Geographic, I was startled! There it was, stark and in very large print on a bright orange colored page, the words, “WHY ARE PEOPLE MALNOURISHED IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY ON EARTH?  And on the facing page, even larger print,  NEW FACE OF HUNGER and in slightly smaller print,  “Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”

Usually we perceive National Geographic to be a unique magazine with reports and amazing photographs of every geographical corner of land, water, sky on earth and beyond.    And here was something different and new.  Obviously this is serious, they wanted to catch our attention.

In the article that follows,  the pages are with photographs and these statistics,  “Of America’s 48 million ”food insecure”--the modern term for the hungry—more than half are white, and more than half live outside cities. Today hunger in the suburbs is growing faster than in cities, having more than doubled since 2007.”  

Do these figures surprise you? I have heard the same statistics recently from other sources.  I cannot imagine the terrible feeling of having children I could not feed.  Children who might often be put to bed, hungry.  In many of these families at least one parent is working.  Single working mothers, exhausted much of the time, grab not very nutritious “fast foods”.  Foods that often put on weight, that causes extra harm. 

Water and Food are necessary for life- life for humans, animals, plants and trees of all kinds.  Before creating life, God created land and water- land for vegetation, water to sustain.  I have never thought that God and science are opposites.  I believe they go hand in hand.  All of God’s workings are done scientifically.  God has always asked of people to share with one another.  And that is what we term, “the rub”, a problem for humans since the beginning of time. We want more than our share. 

Perhaps we cannot make much of an impact on a widespread, huge, situation, but we can make a contribution.  When many people help in small ways, many other people can be helped.  One of my favorite quotes was said by Margaret Mead, an amazing sociologist in the Twentieth Century, who studied people all around the globe.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  So what are we to do about this?

In this story about Jesus, we learn about the basics of life.  The fact is, it was past meal time and everyone was hungry.  As it was late, the disciples wanted to send the people to buy food somewhere, but Jesus saw a need and acted on it. 

This miracle by Jesus is the only one printed in all four of the gospels.  Matthew in his rendition mentions that the five thousand included only the count of the men.  Women and children accompanied them, so it is estimated that about 20,000 people were fed.  In Matthew, Jesus‘ words are emphatic and direct to the disciples, and to us. “You give them food to eat.” For us followers of Jesus the command is clear,  We must give the hungry, food to eat.”  We cannot rationalize a resistance to this command.  We may not be able to do much. But we can do something.

The Didache (did a ke) is one of the earliest manuscripts of church teachings.  It is called,  “The teaching of the Apostles.”  The following was adapted from that manuscript.
“As bread that was scattered on the hillside, was gathered together and made one, so too, we, your people, scattered throughout the world, are gathered together around your table and become one. 
As grapes grown in the field are gathered together and pressed into wine, so too are we drawn together and pressed by our times to share a common lot and are transformed into your life-blood for all."

So let us prepare to eat and drink as Jesus taught us:  inviting the stranger to our table and welcoming the poor.  May their absence serve to remind us of the divisions this Eucharist seeks to heal.  And may their presence help transform us into the Body of Christ we share.”  Thanks be to God. 

                                                          Julia Dawson



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