What’s new! – September 2019

The Prayer Shawl Ministry has made the world’s best (really!) potholders and are selling them to church members for $10/pair! They make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, etc., and, of course you’ll need a pair for yourself, too! We have lots of colors to choose from. Proceeds will go toward supplies and anything leftover to local mission work (tbd).

Fall Faith in Action will be held on November 2. The day starts with breakfast at the Almond Branch in West Milford, then teams go out to do yardwork. Work 1 hour or several, whatever you can give. For more information, please see Pastor Chris or Sue Elam. The larger spring Faith in Action will be on May 17, 2020, so mark your calendars for a great day of fellowship with area churches!

Consecration Sunday will be November 24! Pledge cards will be available in early November and be dedicated that day. If you miss the 24th and need a pledge card, please see Georgia Stephens or Martha Cook.

Hearts for Honduras is a mission of the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church that is supported by many churches in the area. It is a successful mission and is growing every day. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The Hearts for Honduras School was opened in 2000 to support the at-risk youth of the city of La Entrada. The first class had 23 students in 1st grade, from the poorest families in La Entrada. The school now has more than 190 students through 6th grade and a full curriculum, including Christian education. They’ve been able to change the attitudes and outlook of this community over the course of a generation of educated individuals. This year, they added another grade so that students can stay in school another year. Several students have gone on to high school and college during the last 20 years and then returned to the community to pay it forward. Families are required to contribute to the cost of their children’s education and are involved in the school government, so they have something at stake. The remaining cost per student is $400/year. The money goes toward books, uniforms, and supplies as well as a nutritious daily meal, vitamins, health checkups, and teacher/staff salaries.

 The ORPC would like to sponsor one student for 2019/2020. We’re asking you to add a dollar or two to the jar in the narthex every time you leave church and we should have $400 in no time! Last year, a teacher and student came to the US and we met them at a Liberty Church member’s home. When we talked with the student and asked him his favorite subject, he truly couldn’t decide. When we asked his favorite place to be, he said, “SCHOOL!”

This mission is truly changing the world, one child at a time. More information is available at https://www.friendsofheartsforhonduras.org/.

Are you interested in giving to global mission projects? The Nurturing-Global Mission Committee will be bringing you more information on the many offerings collected by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The first one is One Great Hour of Sharing, which we participate in every year. Our goal is to increase our contribution! This money provides relief to victims of natural disasters (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), feeds the hungry (Presbyterian Hunger Program), and helps empower the poor and oppressed (Self-Development of People). The ORPC  participates in many additional offerings.. The Pentecost Offering, which is collected in June. This goes to support ministries with youth and young adults as well as child advocacy programs. 40% will stay here to help local children at risk.

The committee is looking at Hearts for Honduras (H4H), a mission that is led by the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, the Berkshire Valley Presbyterian Church is also involved with this mission. H4H started a school about 20 years ago and has helped change the community there in so many ways. This mission continues to grow!
We also have programs to support people in need in developing countries through the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Giving Catalog. The catalog is available in the church narthex. You can buy a chicken or a pig, or even a bicycle for a pastor! A little goes a long way! 
 
We also participate in Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child. This begins in October.  Fill a shoe box with school supplies, or personal care items and maybe a special toy for a child who needs a little love, you can even add your contact information and some envelopes and stamps so the child who receives your gift can send you a note. Just think of the child who receives your show box and the joy on his or her face!
 
The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to bless the knitters and crocheters as well as the recipients. If you feel called to join this wonderful ministry, we have willing teachers, so come join us to learn a new skill and get to know some new friends! Should you have a need for a prayer shawl reach out to any of our members for assistance.  Prayer Shawls can be for any need, prayers are always a blessing to those who receive a prayer shawl! 

There is no commitment on our part, so please give as much or little as you want. You’ll be hearing more about each offering during worship and in PresNotes. The Presbyterian Mission Agency has great programs and a solid reputation, so we’re confident your contribution will get to the people who need it., If you’d like to give to global mission in a different way, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Giving Catalog has been placed in the Narthex for anyone who would like to participate. You can give a small gift that makes a big impact. Here’s where you can buy a cow, a pig, or a chicken, provide heat for refugees, support tutoring, purchase bus passes and school uniforms, and lots more. You can send your gift through the mail or go online at https://presbyteriangifts.org. If you have any questions, please see a member of the committee (Sue Elam, Rich and Donna Barry, Martha Cook, Chuck Flynn, Laura and Ray Woody) or Pastor Chris.

Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the community. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as praying for each other to making quilts, blankets and shawls for people in need.

 

Mission Outreach

ORPC is thrilled to be a part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in community service, including events such as Faith in Action where we join with other local churches to help our communities. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they help in a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

 

Music

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music ministry. Some play their instruments. Others are involved in the choir. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you knit or crochet, sew or quilt? If so, consider sharing your talent by joining our Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls are a symbol of God’s unconditional love and wrap the receiver in a warm embrace. Our finished projects (shawls, blankets, etc.) will be blessed and given away to those experiencing sad or happy events in their lives. Since 2010, we’ve made more than 100 items and we’ve had a great response from those who have received them. If you’d like to learn this form of creative expression, we have willing teachers. We meet once a month to stitch and pray together. Please contact for more information:
Sue Elam 973-208-0673 sue.elam@mccann.com
Nancy Harm 973-903-2869 nsharm@optonline.net
 

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning service, we share prayer requests and any joys or concerns that the congregation may have.  We believe in the power of prayer!