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WINTER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2015
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First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown, New Jersey
Pa s t o r’s M e s s a g e
Many, many years ago I
participated in a small group
in the church that I was serving at that time. The focus of
that small group was threefold: prayer, study and eating. When we gathered, we
prayed. We studied. We
ate. Small groups offer fascinating outcomes, and many
pastors, this one included,
have said that a small group
is where faith and Christ interface the best.
Good things can happen in
small groups. In small groups
we learned the grace of caring, the art of sharing, and
the joy of tending to the care
of the soul. In the small
group I mentioned above, we
learned how to became more
Christ-like to and with and
for one another. We learned
the joy of vulnerability and
took advantages of opportunities to take risks, remove
masks, and discover in the
process the grace of seeking
first to understand rather than
be understood – to quote St.
Frances of Assisi (11811226).
In ancient days, secular Rome
became Christianized to no
small degree by the caring
and sharing employed from
our ancestors in the faith. Acts
2:42 reveals their behavior
well. In small groups, people
cared for and shared their
lives with one another. They
became Christ to and for one
another. In small groups, their
f aith matur ed, their
knowledge of Christ developed, their Christianity identity was formed.
I make a fuss of small groups,
because Lent will be upon us
shortly, beginning with Ash
Wednesday February 18th.
A community Ash Wednesday service, involving the
United Methodist congregations of the community is
being planned in our Sanctuary at 7:30 pm. Mark your
calendars and plan to attend!
Then, beginning Sunday, February 22, at 5:00 pm at the
Outreach Center, I will begin
a Lenten study, Pastor John
Ortberg’s study Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You! Learn to
reconnect with God or rather
discover and reclaim how
God is connected already to
you, loves you and cares for
you.
Each session will include soup
and salad with a DVD
presentation that explores
the following themes: 1)
What is the Soul; 2) The
Struggle of the Soul; 3) What
the Soul Needs; 4) The Practice of Grace; 5) The Practice
of Gratitude; and 6) The
Practice of Growth. The study
guide may be purchased on
Amazon for $9.29 or by calling the church office. We can
order copies, if need be. The
study will be more meaningful if the study guide is purchased.
In closing, my prayer for this
Lenten Season is that we not
grow more dis-eased by ignoring the most important
part of ourselves but rather
mature as disciples of Jesus,
rediscovering and reclaiming
that which is within us, the
most important part of ourselves.
See you in worship
Pastor David
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Inside this issue:
Session News
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Worship & Music Ministry
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Christian Ed Ministry
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Stewardship & Finance
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Other Bits of Interest
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Daily Prayer List
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
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Calendar of Events
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Join us Wednesday,
Feb. 18 at 7:30 PM
LENTEN STUDY
Begins Sunday, February 22
at 5:00 PM.
Discover and become a better
steward of your soul!
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Bible Quiz
Which Jericho woman hid the
two Israelite spies, and where
did she hide them?
A. Joanna, in her stable
B. Bathsheba, at her neighbor’s
house
C. Milkah, under a pile of
blankets
D. Rahab, on her roof
Session News
Excerpts from the Session
meeting held on January 15,
2015. Session approved the
following motions:
1) For our church to participate in a Christian unity
pulpit exchange on Sunday January 18. Pastor
David will exchange pulpits with Wen-Ling Lai,
pastor of the Walnut Valley United Methodist
Church.
2) Vacation time for Pastor
David on Tuesday February 3, 2015 and March
16 through April 1, 2015.
3) The Annual Congregational Meeting to be held in
Fellowship Hall after the
worship service on Sunday, February 1, 2015
and for the Youth Group
to hold a fundraising
breakfast before the service.
4) The renewal of the Children’s Center Contract for
2015–2016.
5) A request from the Ridge
& Valley Conservancy to
hold a TEDS Talk at the
Outreach Center on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00
AM to 6:00 PM.
6) A request from Newton
Presbytery to hold the
annual review of minutes
in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, April 18, 2015
from 9:00 AM to 11:00
AM.
7) The purchase and adoption of One Room Sunday
School curriculum published by Cokesbury for
the Faith Works Sunday
School class beginning
Spring 2015.
CALL OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and the Corporation of the First Presbyterian
Church, Blairstown, NJ has been called by Session, for Sunday, February 1, 2015 following
the service of worship.
Business of the meeting is as follows: to receive ministry and organization reports including
Terms of Call for Pastor, review of 2015 Budget and report of Auditors; nominations and
election of Officers (Session and Deacons), Auditors, Enduring Gifts Committee member;
nomination of four representatives from the congregation to the 2016 Nominating
Committee; and other business properly before this meeting.
Answer: See page 5.
Worship & Music Ministry
Speak to Sandy Crisafulli or
any other committee member
if you would like to be part of
the 175th Anniversary
celebration team.
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First Presbyterian Church
rang in the New Year and
celebrated Epiphany with a
special family/communion
service on Jan. 4. Thanks to
everyone who contributed to
our Feast for a King!
Pastor Harvey and Wen-Ling
Lei from Walnut Valley
Methodist church exchanged
pulpits on a rather icy Sunday (January 18, to be exact). Despite the chill in the
air, Pastor Lei received a
warm welcome in our Sanctu-
ary. It was a rich experience
for everyone involved, as our
churches shared in a day
dedicated to community solidarity and partnership.
The Lent/Easter season will
begin on Ash Wednesday,
February 18. Mark your
calendars with these other
important dates:
 Palm Sunday: March 29
 Maundy Thursday: April 2
 Good Friday: April 3
 Easter: April 5
2015 marks our church’s
175th Anniversary. Are you
interested in helping the Ministry of Music and Worship
come up with a plan for
marking this milestone in
style? Speak to Sandy Crisafulli or any other committee
member if you would like to
be part of the 175th Anniversary celebration team.
Sandy Crisafulli, Chair
WINTER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2015
Christian Education Ministry
The Sunday School schedule
through June was approved
with Family Sundays set as:
 February 15
 March 29: Palm Sunday
All children will participate
with the Palms and do a
related craft after that
 April 5: Easter Sunday
 May 17
 June 14: Recognition Sunday
Youth Group will have a
Fund Raising Breakfast on
February 1 which is the Annual Meeting.
Vacation Bible School: Joan
Cameron is willing to co-chair
VBS. Anyone interested in
helping as the second cochair please notify Joan
Cameron at djcam@ptd.net.
Faith Works: Debra Albrecht
presented a new curriculum,
called One Room Sunday
(Cokesbury) which will be
begun in the spring.
Adult Education: Pastor
Harvey stated that different
studies are being explored
for the next adult education
program.
One potential
topic is women and the Bible.
Another would focus on the
tenets of Christianity.
Carol McLain, Chair
February 1 at 9AM!
Early seating for choir!
S t ew a rd s h i p & F i n a n ce M i n i s t r y
P e r C ap i t a ?
When you open your offering boxes one of the first
envelopes you find is a Per
Capita envelope .
What is it for?
Per Capita is the per member assessment that help
maintain the unique Presbyterian structure of governance and connectedness.
The money is divided
among the General Assembly, Synod and the Presbytery.
How is Per Capita Set?
Each governing body of the
PC(USA) sets its own per
capita. The governing bodies depend on local churches and their members to
help develop and monitor
responsible budgets.
Newton Presbytery has attempted to keep it’s share of
the per capita (and its budget) as low as possible in order to offset the increases at
the higher levels. Our presbytery pays the Synod and
general assembly portion for
all members of the presbytery even if local churches do
not honor that responsibility.
The monies are used for administrative, and salary costs
that permit the Presbytery to
purse its constitutionally required activities.
Per Capita for 2015 is $33.
Our church pays this for all
167 members.
Join us on Wednesday,
February 18 at 7:30 PM
for a Community
Ash Wednesday Service at
First Presbyterian Church
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Other Bits of Interest
Every year as a fundraiser,
Boy Scout Troop 140 sells
and makes fruit baskets
around Christmas time. So
when Life Scout Timothy Topolski from Troop 140 and a
member of our congregation
announced that he was selling fruit baskets this year, a
former Scoutmaster and
member of our congregation,
Doyle Frank, suggested that
people donate a fruit basket
to the food pantries around
town.
Several local churches, including our church, the United
Methodist Church, and the
Evangelical Free Church, run
these food pantries on different Saturdays. The congregation bought 33 fruit baskets this year, which were
assembled on December 13,
2014. The Scouts got up
extra early on that date, and
Pastor Harvey came and
helped deliver the 33 baskets.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to this
wonderful outreach to our
community’s neediest members!
Timothy Topolski
Assistant Scoutmaster Karen Lance,
Timothy Topolski, and Pastor Harvey
Assembly of the fruit baskets
Book
Club
The next meeting of the FPCB Book
Club will be Wednesday, February 4
at 7:00 PM at the home of Kaye
Evans. We will be discussing the
novel “Orphan Train” by Christina
Baker Kline. We welcome new
members whether you have read the
book or not. Please consider joining
us and find out our next reading
selection. Contact Ellen Nagy with
any questions at 362-7260.
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WINTER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2015
Our Daily Prayer List
Those Suffering from Natural
Disaster: Individuals and
drought relief for people in
California, the island of Hawaii
Peaceful Resolution: Paris,
Syria, Ukraine, Nigerian girls,
Iraq, Gaza-Middle East, National Unity & Civility
Men and Women Serving Our
Country in the Armed
Forces:
Kelly Ashton Holleran, Jeremy
Britton, Michael Hudson, Matthew May, and Doug Swift
Our Sister Church: Mathare
North, Nairobi Kenya
Christians Who Live in Fear of
Persecution: Africa, Asia,
the Americas, Pakistan, Egypt,
and Iraq
Economic Hardship: The unemployed and those struggling
financially
Healing for Friends and Families with:
Cancer: Sue Bailey, Maria
Bartalota, Maren Bell, Pat
Belcher, Linda Caprario, Samantha Elwell, Dr. David,
Nancy Klock, Laura Mack,
Caitlyn McMorrow and her
family, Nathan Orsini, Ann
Porrovechio, Ernest Schuckert, Andrew Shan, Robert
Talmadge, and Barbara
VanderHart
Illness and Injuries: Mary
Artuso, Oscar Ballestero,
Isaiah Barlalotta, Rob Blankenhorn, Kyle Canonico, Mary
Chalito, Richard DeChiara,
Rev. Dick Gibbons, Don Fennell, Marian and Graham
Floyd, Alan Galentine and
Family, Anna Grace Hawk,
Dana Heidelberger, Deb Holsten, Marcia Kost, Erika
Ohland, Jay Ohland, Bob
Schmidt, Kelsey Shingledecker, Jim Sperduto, Mare Tripp,
Peggy Walters, Bryan Wilson,
David Wilson, Betty Zenock,
Audrey, Kathy Z., Monica, and
Tracy
“Those who wait for the
LORD shall renew their
strength” (Isaiah 40:31,
Prayers of Celebration for
the New Year’s day birth of
Cory Andrew Philyaw, son to
Crista and Chris Philyaw,
great grandson of Bobbie
Haebler
Prayers of Celebration
for the birth of Theodore
“Teddy” J. Chadwick (6lbs
3oz) on January 17, 2015 to
parents, Bill & Holly Chadwick
NRSV). O God, please
refresh all who need new
strength today. Amen.
Bible Quiz
Answer: D (See Joshua 2:3, 6.)
A n n i ve rs a ri e s & B i r t h d a y s
February Birthdays
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Erica Oelschlager
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Adriana Cowell
Trevor Orcutt
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Scott McLain
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Maria Bowditch
Kylie Orcutt
Sophia Scheer
7 Lola Szekula
8 Danny Haebler
John Sprague
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Marilyn Grandin
Greg Haebler
Doug Riley
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Teri Harvey
Cassandra Cheevers
Kelly McElroy
Judy Trigg
Mark Terwilleger
Steven Conrad
Linda Sprague
Emily McLain
Katie Smith
February Anniversaries
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Peggy & Mark Williard
12
Anna & Zsolt Nagyhetenyi
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Judy & Bob Colucci
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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF
BLAIRSTOWN, NEW JERSEY
Post Office Box 385, 1 Main Street
Blairstown, NJ 07825
Church Office: 35 Main Street
Phone: (908) 362-5254 Fax: (908) 362-8060
Food Pantry: (908) 362-5769
Children’s Center: (908) 362-7887
E-mail: fpcb@ptd.net
Website: fpbcnj.org
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Ca lenda r o f Eve nt s — Feb r ua ry 2 01 5
CE: Christian Ed Suite (35 Main St.)
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OC: Outreach Center (35 Main St.) FH:
Sun
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Mon
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Tue
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Wed
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9:00 AM FH-Pancake
Breakfast
9:45 AM OC Faith Works
10:00 AM -Worship/
5:30 PM OC-Girl Scouts
8:00 PM OC-AA
7:00 OC-W/CE
1:30 PM OC-Knitters
7:00 PM Book Club
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1:45 AM OC-Faith Works
10:00 AM -Worship
8:00 PM OC-AA
2:30 OC S&F
1:30 PM OC-Knitters
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16 Presidents’ Day
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10:00 AM –Family Worship
10:15 AM FH Deacon
5:30 PM OC-Girl Scouts
8:00 PM OC-AA
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9:45 AM OC Faith Works
10:00 AM -Worship
5:00 PM Lenten Study
8:00 PM OC-AA
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Fellowship Hall (1 Main St.)
Thu
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Fri
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Sat
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9:00 AM OC Girl Scouts
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18 Ash Wednesday
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1:30 PM OC-Knitters
7:30 PM Community
Ash Wed. Service
7:00 OC-Session
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1:30 PM OC-Knitters
9:30 AM Food Pantry
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9:00 AM OC Girl Scouts