PCL at a Glance for March 30, 2021

Inspirational Thought: This week is the holiest week in Christendom. We – so to speak – mount our donkeys and follow Jesus from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the empty tomb of Easter morning. In the hustle and bustle of this week, dare we, could we, would we, pause and reflect on what this “Passion Week” means. May we “just be” in contemplation of how this week is different from all other weeks. May we pause in wonderment as we hear about the last supper, which Jesus shared with his disciples. May we stand beneath the cross of Jesus and have our guilt and shame released. May we have our empty void filled with the joy of the redemption won for us through Jesus Christ. Can we allow ourselves “just to be” as we hear of the women going to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body? Will this Easter be different for us because we allowed ourselves “just to be” and be filled with the sights, sounds, and presence of God’s grace and love? May we “just be” and let Easter happen. Dare we, could we, would we, allow ourselves to be in the moment and let each moment speak for itself. 

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: God of all, you gave your only-begotten Son to take the form of a servant, and to be obedient even to death on a cross. Give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, that, sharing in his humility, we may come to be with him in his glory; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Birthdays for April

Nicole Fenske – April 3

Lindsay Anderson – April 5

Anniversaries for April

George & Darlene Mikolay – April 3

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

April 4 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am 

The Great Easter Celebration in person, Zoom & Facebook live stream

“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,”

Holy Week at PCL

Tue. – Thu., Contemplative prayer in person (Sanctuary) at Noon, on Zoom & Facebook 

Thu. – Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:30p – in person, zoom (Use Sunday 

Worship Zoom), Facebook live stream Facebook

Fri. – Good Friday service – Noon (Ecumenical Service in person at Full Gospel Church) 

&  7:30 pm Tenebrae Service (PCL) in person, Zoom (Use Sunday Worship Zoom), & Facebook live stream 

Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom

No play rehearsal today

Upcoming Events

April 10 Play rehearsal 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

April 11 Easter play @ 6 pm on Zoom  (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

News & Notes

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at noon on Zoom

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656 

Contemplative Prayer Zoom

Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Bible & Bagels Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 942 655 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service Zoom

First Thursday of every month at 8 pm. / Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

March 28-April 3, 2021

Sun: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11

Mon: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

Tue: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

Wed: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70:1-5; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

Thu: Ex. 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14; Ps. 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Fri: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-31; Hebrews 10:16-25

Or alternate 2nd Reading Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42

Sat: (Easter Vigil Saturday) Genesis 1:1-2:4a Response Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

2nd Reading Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13; Response Psalm 46:1-11

3rd Reading Genesis 22:1-18 Response Psalm 16:1-11

4th Reading Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 Response Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18

5th Reading Isaiah 55:1-11 Response Isaiah 12:2-6

6th Reading Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6 Response Psalm 19:1-14

7th Reading Ezekiel 36:24-28 Response Psalm 42:1-11 & 43:1-5

8th Reading Ezekiel 37:1-14 Response Psalm 143:1-12

9th Reading Zephaniah 3:14-20 Response Psalm 98:1-9

10th Reading Romans 6:3-11 Psalm 114:1-8; Mark 16:1-8 

PCL at a Glance for March 23, 2021

Inspirational Thought: When I go to Israel we always walk the first parade route that Jesus took on that first Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem. Today it is much different than in Jesus’ day, but deep inside each soul, one can still capture the excitement of what it must have been like. You can get a sense of the throngs praising and shouting Hosanna – which means save, I pray – at the top of their voices. The entrance into Jerusalem was through the Golden Gate, which would have led Jesus to the temple. The masses were waving palm fronds as a symbol to the Roman soldiers, “Go home, this is our King who has come to save us from the Roman rule.” The religious leaders scoffed at this sight. I can imagine that they even tried to quiet the crowd – but it was useless. As told in scripture, “If my people remain quiet, the stones will shout out.” There is no keeping silent when Jesus came to town. However, the people wanted something different than Jesus was willing to give.

Jesus was about liberation

Jesus was about kingdom building

Jesus was about peace

But, look at the cues with which Jesus gave and this tells us what he was about. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem mounted on a donkey – a symbol of peace. Jesus is about kingdom building, but it is of the heart. Jesus is about restoration and reconciliation.

May our Palm Sunday celebration bring the same tension as when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and may it lead us looking toward the cross, from where, comes our liberation from sin.

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Lead on, O King eternal, till sin’s fierce war shall cease, and holiness shall whisper the sweet amen of peace; for not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums; with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes. Amen.

(taken from the hymn, “Lead On, O King Eternal,” stanza 2)

Birthdays for March

Lauren Gibbon – March 23

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

March 28 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am (Palm Sunday)

(If you would like a palm from for Palm Sunday, please let Pastor Dan know now.)

“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,”

One Great hour of Sharing collection taken.

Seder Dinner on Zoom, 5 – 7pm

This Week at PCL

Tue. – Thu., Contemplative prayer in person (Sanctuary), on Zoom & Facebook (noon)

Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom

         Session Retreat 10:30 am on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

Play rehearsal, 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

Up Coming Events

April 1                 Maundy Thursday service – 7:30 pm, in person, on Zoom & Facebook

                           (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 2                 Good Friday service – noon (in person at Full Gospel Church) &

7:30 pm Tenebrae Service (PCL)in person, Zoom, & Facebook

 (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 3                 No play rehearsal today

April 4                 The Great Easter Celebration 10 am in person, Zoom & Facebook

April 10               Play rehearsal 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

April 11               Easter play @ 6 pm on Zoom  (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

News & Notes

One Great Hour of Sharing

Meet all the needs for which the world thirsts, O God.

May your spring of justice, compassion, and peace spring up quickly,

and may it spring up quickly in us. Amen.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Each gift to OGHOS helps improve the lives of the suffering and the vulnerable through three life-saving programs.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Restore streets to live in.

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Share your Bread with the Hungry

Self-Development of People

Loose the Bonds of Injustice

A collection will be taken today, Palm Sunday, March 28th.

Please give generously.

Seder Dinner on Zoom

March 28, 5 – 7pm

If you would like to take part in this year’s Passover Seder dinner, please let Pastor Dan know as soon as possible so we can send the information to you.

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at noon (Zoom)

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235         Password: 84 85 69       Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Contemplative Prayer Zoom

Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659     Password: 84 85 69        Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Bible & Bagels Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 942 655         Password: 84 85 69        Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service Zoom

First Thursday of every month at 8 pm. / Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

March 21-27, 2021

Sun: Psalm 84, 150 Jeremiah 23: 16-32; I Corin. 9: 19-27; Mark 8: 31-9: 1

Mon: Psalm 119: 73-80, 145; Jeremiah 24: 1-10; Rom.9: 19-33; John 9: 1-17

Tue: Psalms 34; 146; Jeremiah 25: 8-17; Romans 10: 1-13; John 9: 18-41

Wed: Psalms 5; 147:1-11; Jeremiah 25: 30-38; Rom. 10: 14-21; John 10: 1-18

Thu: Psalms 27; 147:12-20; Jeremiah 26: 1-16; Rom. 11” 1-12; John 10: 19-42

Fri: Psalms 22; 148; Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-14; Romans 11:13-24; John 11: 1-27

Sat: Psalms 43, 149 Jeremiah 31: 27-34; Romans 11: 25-36; John 11: 28-44

PCL at a Glance for March 16, 2021

Inspirational Thought: We had a hard and fast rule in our house when I was growing up, when Grandma is babysitting Grandma is in charge. I was told this over and over again – hard-headed I guess. One day Grandma told me that I can play outside, but not across the street. Well, I selectively didn’t hear the words, “across the street.” My friend and I went across the street and into the vacant lot by his house. We were having fun playing soldier with sticks and creating quite a dust storm with our feet. Unfortunately, we stumbled across a beehive in a mound of dirt. The bees were swarming all around us. I got scared and ran home as fast as I could. When I reached my house, I rushed in and went straight to my room. My Grandma followed and asked what was wrong. I didn’t want to tell her that I went across the street, but a pesky bee was in my coat and soon flew out into the room. My Grandma knew at once where I had been – bawled me out and soon the bee was no more. However, it did take many tries and sprays to conqueror the little adversary. Many times, we get into trouble with many pesky bees when we don’t follow God’s law. In a sense, we go across the street to see if the grass is greener. Often times it is not and we find ourselves in a heap of trouble. This waywardness happened to the Hebrew children so much that we lost count. However, in their disobedience, God never forgot them and always showed mercy. We are assured of this too in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Not even a bee sting would take away his love and grace. But, the consequence would hurt for a while. Thank God for the grace that is the balm that will calm our troubled spirit and make us whole. Possibly, those bees are meant for us to get back to the right path again. In my case, it was to get home. Thankfully, God’s grace can lead us back home to His loving arms.

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Prayer of the Week: 

May the strength of God pilot us.

May the power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us.

May the way of God direct us.

May the shield of God defend us.

May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil 

and the temptations of the world.

Christ be with us,

Christ before us,

Christ in us,

Christ over us.

May your salvation, O Lord,

be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen. Patrick of Ireland (389)

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

March 21 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am (Fifth Sunday in Lent)

Installation Service for Rob DeFilippo and Edith Amoyaw

“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,” (every Sunday through Easter)

Confirmation class on Zoom 6:00 pm

This Week at PCL

Tue. – Thu., Contemplative prayer in person (Sanctuary), on Zoom & Facebook (noon)

Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom

Play rehearsal, 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

Upcoming Events

March 28 Palm Sunday

One Great hour of Sharing collection taken.

Seder Dinner on Zoom, March 28, 5 – 7pm

April 1 Maundy Thursday service – 7:30 pm, in person, on Zoom & Facebook

(Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 2 Good Friday service – noon (in person at Full Gospel Church) & 

7:30 pm Tenebrae Service (PCL)in person, Zoom, & Facebook

 (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 3 No play rehearsal today

April 4 The Great Easter Celebration 10 am in person, Zoom & Facebook

April 10 Play rehearsal 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

April 11 Easter play @ 6 pm on Zoom  (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

News & Notes

One Great Hour of Sharing

Meet all the needs for which the world thirsts, O God.

May your spring of justice, compassion, and peace spring up quickly, 

and may it spring up quickly in us. Amen.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Each gift to OGHOS helps improve the lives of the suffering and the vulnerable through three life-saving programs.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

Restore streets to live in.

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Share your Bread with the Hungry

Self-Development of People

Loose the Bonds of Injustice

A collection will be taken, Palm Sunday, March 28th.

Please give generously.

Seder Dinner on Zoom

March 28, 5 – 7pm

If you would like to take part in this year’s Passover Seder dinner, please let Pastor Dan know as soon as possible so we can send the information to you.

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at noon (Zoom)

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656 

Contemplative Prayer Zoom

Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Bible & Bagels Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 942 655 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service Zoom

First Thursday of every month at 8 pm. / Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

March 14-20, 2021

Sun: Psalm 84, 150 Jeremiah 14: 1-9; Galatians 4: 21-5:1; Mark 8: 11-21

Mon: Psalm 119: 73-80, 145; Jeremiah 16: 19-27; Rom. 7: 1-12; John 6: 1-15

Tue: Psalms 34; 146; Jeremiah 17: 19-27; Romans 7: 13-25; John 6: 16-27

Wed: Psalms 5; 147:1-11; Jeremiah 18: 1-11; Romans 8: 1-11; John 6: 27-40

Thu: Psalms 27; 147:12-20; Jeremiah 22: 13-23; Rom. 8: 12-27; John 6: 41-51

Fri: Psalms 22; 148; Jeremiah 23: 1-8; Romans 8: 28-39; John 6: 52-59

Sat: Psalms 43, 149 Jeremiah 23; 9-15; Romans 9: 1-18; John 6: 60-71 

PCL at a Glance for March 2, 2021

Inspirational Thought: Unfortunately, one of our congregants couldn’t quite hear the service on zoom. It was not coming through clearly and the words were intermittent. When I heard the problem, which I hope will be eliminated soon; it bought me another thought to ponder. How many times do we try to hear God’s word only to be distracted by the noise around us? I heard that on a daily basis we have over 60,000 messages that bombard our hearing, attention, and thoughts. No wonder we can’t hear God speak to us. However, one technique that I use to listen to God speaking to me is to sit quietly with a pen and paper and write down all the thoughts that I am thinking. Surprisingly, at the end of my time of meditation, I look at my paper and notice a pattern, a word or phrase that keeps appearing. The weaving of these words forms a certain thought that I believe is God sent. It is a word that I need to hear for the day. I invite you to give this technique a try and see what God is saying to you. You might be totally in awe. 

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen. 

And What Else (AWE): In a few weeks our session will meet to discuss ways forward as a congregation. At this session retreat, we will brainstorm on ways to move forward as a congregation. We got a sense of this at the congregational meeting with the repurposing of our building. This has been part of a long-range plan that begun with the New Beginnings campaign and fine-tuned with the Revitalization Initiative. My dream for our congregation has always been for our building to be a beehive of activity seven days a week, and it seems that this dream is now a reality with the advent of Our House and Wushu Karate school. As the session looks forward to a new ministry and mission possibilities, I would like to hear from you. What is your dream for our church? In what ways can we enhance our worship, mission, and fellowship opportunities. Please be as concrete as you possibly can as you think outside the box. You may email them to me at dlmartian1@aol.com. With your permission, I would like to share them at the session retreat. The following poem is – in a sense – a covenant between you and your church. Will you take this pledge with me? 

THIS IS MY CHURCH

It is composed of people like me.

We make it what it is.

It will be friendly if I am.

Its pews will be filled if I help to fill them.

It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver.

It will bring other people to worship and fellowship if I bring them.

It will be a church of loyalty and love,

Of fearlessness and faith, and a church

with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what 

it is, am filled with those qualities.

Therefore,

With the help of God, I shall 

Dedicate myself to the task of being all

Things that I want my church to be.

Birthdays for February

Bill Parks – March 3

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

March 7, Sunday Worship Service 10 am (Third Sunday in Lent)

“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,” every Sunday through Easter

Confirmation class on Zoom 6:00 pm

This Week at PCL

Tue. Through Thu. – Contemplative prayer in person (Sanctuary), on Zoom & Facebook (noon)

Thu. – Taizé at 8 pm in person (Sanctuary), on Zoom & Facebook

Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom

Upcoming Events

March 9 Deacon Meeting @ 7:30 on Zoom (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

March 13 Bistro 10:30 am

March 28 Palm Sunday

One Great hour of Sharing collection taken.

April 1 Maundy Thursday service – 7:30 pm, in person, on Zoom & Facebook

(Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 2 Good Friday service – noon & 7:30 pm (Tenebrae) in person or on 

Zoom & Facebook (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 4 The Great Easter Celebration 10 am in person, Zoom & Facebook

News & Notes

COVID-19 Vaccine Help for Seniors

Due to the lack of technology tools or computer knowledge, senior citizens find themselves having some difficulty scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are one of these seniors, please contact our SYLS office and we will pair you with a volunteer who will help you schedule a vaccine appointment.

Please note the volunteers will do their best however an appointment is not guaranteed. In order to schedule an appointment, volunteers will ask you for personal information which you must be willing to provide (such as: Medical Insurance, address, date of birth etc.).

Call SYLS office at 973-535-7925, press 8 or ext. 260, Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Meet all the needs for which the world thirsts, O God.

May your spring of justice, compassion, and peace spring up quickly, 

and may it spring up quickly in us. Amen.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Each gift to OGHOS helps improve the lives of the suffering and the vulnerable through three life-saving programs.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

Restore streets to live in.

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Share your Bread with the Hungry

Self-Development of People

Loose the Bonds of Injustice

A collection will be taken, Palm Sunday, March 28th.

Please give generously.

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at noon (Zoom)

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656 

Contemplative Prayer Zoom

Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Bible & Bagels Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 942 655 Password: 84 85 69 Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service Zoom

First Thursday of every month at 8 pm. / Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

February 28 – March 6, 2021

Sun: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Mon: Psalms 119:73-80; 145; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27-42

Tue: Psalms 34; 146; Jeremiah 2:1-13, 29-32; Romans 1:16-25; John 4:43-54

Wed: Psalms 5; 147:1-11; Jer. 3:6-18; Romans 1:(26-27) 28-2:11; John 5:1-18

Thu: Psalms 27; 147:12-20; Jer. 4:9-10, 19-28; Romans 2:12-24; John 5:19-29

Fri: Psalms 22; 148; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47

Sat: Psalms 34; 146; Deut. 9:(1-3) 4-12; Hebrews 3:1-11; John 2:13-22 

CASA Gift Card Drive

Last year more than 1,500 children were placed in foster care in Essex County alone. These children, ranging in age from birth to 21 years old, were removed from their homes as a result of abuse, abandonment or neglect. CASA of Essex County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) promotes the welfare of these children by providing a safety net of support, advocacy and mentorship. One of the areas where there is a great need of support is amongst the youth ages 16+. At this age, they are often learning to live on their own.

To address this need, the Community Ministries Team is partnering with CASA Essex County to sponsor a gift card drive for foster youth in our local area. Gift cards would help fill the gaps to purchase necessities such as food, clothing and personal items. 

Click here to contribute to this cause. (Checks may also be mailed to the Presbytery Office – please email hello@newarkpresbytery.org to let us know to expect the donation.)