Upcoming at FPC!
Sunday, October 7th – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY – “Create a World of Peace” – Please make sure to attend this special worship service. AND… COMMUNION TRAINING – after church in the sanctuary for all children in grades Pre-K – 12. It will last about 20 min and will teach students the meaning of communion and how to participate.
PEACE-MAKING OFFERING will be received on Sunday, October 7th– Please consider making a donation which will help the Educational Foundation of Boonton Township in funding materials for anti-bullying. You may use the designated envelopes provided in the pews, ask an usher for one, or mail your donation to us (FPCB P.O. Box 157, Boonton, NJ 07005)
SPONSOR AN ANTHEM – Ever wonder how to share your ‘treasures’ in a musical way without singing or playing an instrument at First Church-Boonton?? ISO – interested person(s) who would like to share their ‘treasures’ by sponsoring new anthems for fall 2018 ($50 per anthem) or the NEW 2018 Cantata ($200). Please contact Sarah Berta via 570-947-6330, e-mail email@example.com, or in-person if interested.
ANNUAL WINTER COAT DRIVE – The board of deacons needs your clean, lightly used coats, scarves, gloves and hats! Especially for children! Please place items in the box on the bridge or down by the kitchen by November 11th. Help the Deacons with coat-sorting, set-up and display on the 11th after church to be ready for St. John’s Luncheon, Saturday, November 17th.
Second Sunday Adult Group meets in the Library 4-6pm every Second Sunday of the month.
JOIN THE CHOIR! You’ll be glad you did! Rehearsal times are Sundays from 9:15am-9:40am to prepare for service and 11:30am-1pm for learning future music.
INTERESTED IN JOINING FIRST CHURCH? There is another new members’ class forming soon! If you are interested please contact Rev. Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office email@example.com / 973-334-3535.
31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
A few years back, I watched a TV crime show on the serial killer Gary Ridgway, the “Green River Killer,” who had slain more than 60 women in Washington State. During the trial, the families of the victims were allowed to come forward and confront Mr. Ridgway, who sat at the defense table stone-faced as each victim’s family members faced him. One after another, they screamed at him and cursed him—how he had murdered their sister or their daughter. How he will rot in hell. How he is a monster and deserves to die a slow and painful death. Mr. Ridgway showed no emotion as family members came forward and berated him.
Then, an elderly gentleman came forward. He shared how Mr. Ridgway had murdered his daughter, and that, while many others may feel differently, he had decided to forgive this monster who killed his daughter—and nearly 60 other women. And with that, Mr. Ridgway broke down into tears and continued weeping at the defense table. I was completely blown away by this father’s courageous act and the impact it had on Mr. Ridgway. How can someone forgive such a person? Would I be able to do the same if I was in this father’s shoes? It had brought me to tears as well.
Forgiveness is powerful. I often reflect on how this father had the courage to face the man who murdered his daughter and that he was able to forgive him. Since watching this show, I have had numerous moments in my life where I have had my heart severely broken or have had my dreams shattered. And with each heart breaking, difficult moment, I dig deep and forgive. Life is too short and I often need to remind myself to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Continue to provide me with the strength to forgive those who hurt me, who break my heart, and who disappoint me. Remind us that we need to move on and not dwell on the past—that we need to love and not hate. For life is too short; we need to spend that short time in good spirits and not in anger. Amen.