PCL at a Glance for April 27, 2021

Inspirational Thought: I opened up a fortune cookie and this is what the proverb said, “Better face danger than be always in fear.” What a wonderful piece of wisdom – I thought — and wondered what scripture might be best suited for this gem. The scripture that I found is from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

In this scripture, Paul is speaking to the church at Philippi. He is encouraging them to rise above the fray of fearful times to live a life filled with faith assurance. How many of us can learn from Paul’s words when we face our own fears? These fears could be in health issues, losses, a new direction in life, or concerns about tomorrow. Even the times of COVID have changed the way we live our lives. How have we adjusted? Through all times of trouble, we are reminded that we can do all things through Christ. For Christ will bring strength and encourage us through the valleys. We can do it because with Christ all things are possible; even when we can’t see how it will work out. I have a friend when faced with obstacles in her life says, “I can do this.” This statement exactly proclaims Philippians 4:13 and the fortune cookie proverb. May we learn that each step of the journey is a journey of I can, rather than I can’t.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Loving God, when life’s storms beat me down, I can rise with your steady hand to guide me gently along my way. Help me, through Your Holy Spirit, to be encouraged that you will give me strength to overcome and see me through to the other side. Amen.

Thought of the Week: How has God been faithful in your life?

Birthdays for May

Edith Young – May 2

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

May 2 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Confirmation Class at 6:00 pm on Zoom

This Week at PCL

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

Up Coming Events

May 4         7:30 pm Deacon’s meeting on Zoom

May 23       Day of Pentecost (Special Pentecost Offering Taken)

                  Confirmation Class Confirmed

May 30       Wreath laying ceremony in the Memorial Garden after the morning service

News & Notes

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235         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

A Special Invitation

The church is clean and very well ventilated. Surfaces have been sanitized. There is enough room in the sanctuary for everyone to social distance. We have masks available if you forget yours and plenty of hand sanitizer. It is very safe to come to church now, so come on back this Sunday. We miss you!

Pentecost Offering 2021

Please give generously to the Pentecost Offering. Your gifts will help transform the lives of more young adults as they work for change alongside communities around the world.

Your gift will help our church step up its efforts to reach at-risk children.

Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $11 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. We believe we are called to do even more to support and care for young people to build a strong foundation of faith. They are the future of our church and the world.

An Offering will be taken on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Please give generously.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Sunday May 30, 2021 @ 11:15 am

Karen Endres Memorial Garden

Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 West Northfield Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

Memorial Day is a day created to honor all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service to their country. It is a time for us to reflect and remember their bravery. Everyone is welcome to join our congregation in our Memorial Garden for the ceremony on May 30, 2021.

If you wish to make a donation toward the wreath, please make your checks out to PCL and designate wreath.

If you know someone who should be added to the list of honored veterans who have passed away, please contact the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

April 25-May 1, 2021

Sun: Acts 4:5-12; 23:1-6; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Mon: Psalms 97; 145; Jeremiah 30:1-9; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 6:1-11

Tue: Psalms 98; 146; Jeremiah 30:10-17; Colossians 1:15-23; Luke 6:12-26

Wed: Psalms 99; 147:1-11; Jeremiah 30:18-22; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Luke 6:27-38

Thu: Psalms 47; 147:12-20; Jeremiah 31:1-14 Colossians 2:8-23; Luke 6:39-49

Fri: Psalms 96; 148; Jeremiah 31:15-22; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 7:1-17

Sat: Psalms 92; 149; Jeremiah 32: 1-15; Colossians 3: 18-4:18; Luke 7: 18-28