Pastor’s Corner

Corn Roast

Join us September 15th at 4:00 pm for the annual Corn Roast. Sign-up sheets are located on the board in Fields Hall. We need helpers, so contact Emily Rochotte to help, or for questions at [email protected]


Property Update

The Historic Preservation Committee and the Property Team are investigating the condition of a section of the church property around the foundation. You may see cones and boards – that means stay away from those areas!  Please do not park in the exit drive or on the grass next to the church. Thank you for your patience!

We still need some help painting the Parish Center! Please contact Bill Howell at [email protected] or Laura in the office if you can help paint some small rooms. They aren’t huge and are partially painted. We’ll furnish the supplies, and you can paint at a time that’s convenient for you!


Adult Bible Study

The Tuesday Bible Study group will meet again on September 11th at 1:00 PM in the Adult Forum Room.  We will continue our tradition of meeting at Pezzo’s in Long Valley to share lunch (“Dutch Treat”) at 12:00 PM before heading over to the church.  All are welcome and we hope you can join us and bring a friend!

Opportunity for Sunday School Parents

Christian Conversation and Coffee (CCC) will resume again at 9:20 AM on Rally Day, Sunday, September 9th in  Faith Hall. We will be discussing two books by the authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish through December. The books are “Siblings Without Rivalry” and “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk”. If you have questions, please contact Marcia Horner by text at (908) 887-7085.

Adult Forum

Adult Forum will begin again on Rally Day, Sunday, September 9th at 9:20 AM in the Adult Forum Room with an exploration into the book of Revelation. Revelation is probably the most mis-used, misquoted, mis-represented book of the Bible. We will delve into the original purpose of the writing, its author, and very importantly its symbolism. Led by Pastor Dan, Adult Forum is a class for teens who have been confirmed and adults of all ages. There is always lively discussion and often a good bit of laughter as well. Grab a cup of coffee and please come and join us! New folks are always welcome to the discussion.

Rally Day Is this Sunday!

Sunday School will resume on Rally Day, September 9th. Parents and students should meet at 9:15 AM for the opening in the Sanctuary. We will be installing all Sunday school teachers and helpers (at the end of the 8 am service and at the beginning of the 10:30 am service). We will also be offering a blessing on backpacks for all our school-aged children. Students – bring your school backpack and be ready to bring it up front for a blessing. Finally, will be offering a blessing upon our confirmation program students. Again, we ask the confirmation students to be present at the end of the first service and the beginning of the second service so that the congregation can see you and bless you as you begin the program!

Between the two services you will head for Mr. Humcke’s middle school class, an important part of your confirmation experience. Finally, we will show all our Sunday school students where they need to head for their new Sunday school classes. There will be special activities, including a fun mission activity! We hope to see you there! If you haven’t registered your child for Sunday school, please do so as soon as possible.


God’w Work. Our Hands

God’s Work. Our Hands.

 For several years now, the ELCA has promoted a program known as “God’s Work. Our Hands.”, a single day of volunteer labor in local communities by Lutheran Congregations.  Each individual congregation chooses a mission project in the community.  Projects take place on the Sunday after Labor Day, Sunday, September 9, a day usually designated as “Rally Day” or “Homecoming” in the church. There is an excellent opportunity for our members to participate in the ELCA’s day of service while spending some time on projects at our own Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center. Come to Cross Roads after church and stay for lunch and an afternoon work time. Projects are available for all skill levels!

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