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,
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 email@example.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.
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
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
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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to expect the donation.)