A Future With Hope – 4th Annual Lenten Devotional

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but Ash Wednesday is a month from today!

In preparation for Lent, we are launching our 4th annual Lenten Devotional. This is a daily Lenten guide written by members and friends of this faith community and has been not only a wonderful daily companion but a terrific tool for evangelism.

Last year we posted the devotional each day online, on both our website and Facebook pages and also printed over 250 for distribution! I pray you might feel called to again, or for the first time, write a devotion this year.

This year’s theme is ” A Future with Hope” from Jer 29. Since the Lenten theme is Hope we have already selected 12 texts that speak to Hope. We thought it might be interesting to see/read different perspectives on the same texts, so there are 12 texts (repeated 3 times each) along with some more specific ones for Holy week. You can use poetry, a story from your life or from someone else’s, you can offer artwork or photography as long as you speak to the connection to the scripture.

I have attached the texts along with a sample devotional. The word limit is 430. Please keep to that limit  (which includes the date chosen, assigned scripture and the prayer) The deadline for submission is Feb 17th.I hope you will consider being part of this devotional. You never know who might read your words and find HOPE.

Lent 2020

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26 with Ash Wednesday. Plan to join us as we explore Hope throughout the Lenten Season. We will be announcing services, bible study and more. Stay tuned!

Annual Coat Drive

As you begin to clean out your closets in preparation for the fall/winter months, the Board of Deacons is asking you to save your clean, lightly used coats and winter apparel (gloves, scarfs, hats) for our annual coat drive.  These items can be dropped off in the boxes on the bridge, near the library and by Reighart Hall. The items will be distributed to those in need during our annual coat drive on Nov. 23rd. Donation Deadline: Sun. Nov. 17th.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

The Deacons will be collecting monetary donations for the PCUSA Peace and Global Witness program from September 8 through October 6.  The Deacons will contribute 25 % of the total funds collected to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  You may use the designated envelopes provided in the pews on Sunday, or mail your donation to us:  (FPCB P.O. Box 157, Boonton, NJ 07005)  

One Great Hour of Sharing

This marks the 70th year anniversary the Presbyterian Church USA has participated in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). This offering is conducted during the Lent Season which begins on March 6th and concludes on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

OGHS contributions and gifts enables the Presbyterian Mission Agency to help a worldwide population affected by natural disasters, suffering from hunger, oppressed and in desperate need of humanitarian support.

The Deacons established a goal of $3,500 for our congregations 2019 offering and a large glass cylinder will be filled with colorful Easter Eggs to display our current offering.

Presbyterian USA will distribute 36% of the OGHS offerings to Hunger Programs, 32% to Disaster Assistance and 32% to Self-Development initiatives. Your offering will help to spread God’s word through Christian compassion, justice, education and peacemaking.

2019 Commitments

On November 18, we will dedicate our 2019 commitments to time, treasure and talent as well as our new mission with worship in Reighart Hall.  As part of that service, we will dedicate the pantry space.  this is an opportunity for you to “get in on the ground floor” as we answer God’s call to feed God’s sheep.  Bring your pledge card to worship on November 18, or mail or email your confidential pledge-card to the Financial Secretary, Lu Anne Rothrock, luannerothrock@optonline.net.

You may also opt for automatic monthly deductions from your checking account.  Go to www.fpcboonton.org and click on the green on-line giving button.

“Do you love me?  Then feed my sheep”

Annual Coat Drive

Please consider donating any new or slightly used coats and winter gear to the Deacons Annual Coat drive.  The donation bins are located throughout the church.  We are in great need of men’s coats (XL – 3XL) and children coats. The Deacons will be collecting coats and winter gear until November 11th.  Also on November 11th the Deacons will be hosting a church-wide event after worship to set up for the coat drive and luncheon to be held on November 17th.  All help will be greatly appreciated, so please mark your calendars.

Our Deacons Are Working Hard!

Firemen’s Home Service:  The Deacons would love to have folks help us with this monthly service.  First Sunday of every month at the New Jersey State Firemen’s Home.  Please reach out to Dave Scelba if you are interested in assisting.
Visiting Nurse Service – Speakers Bureau:  Please mark your calendars as the Visiting Nurse Service will be providing a presentation on “Diabetes and You” on Sunday, September 23rd, directly after worship, in Reighart Hall. All are welcome! 
Peace Making Offering:  The Deacons will be collecting monetary donations for the PCUSA Annual Peace Making Offering within the next month.  Please keep this in mind as 25% of this collection goes to a local charity.
Annual Coat Drive:  While it is still hot and humid out, before we know it, it will be cold and damp.  Please consider donating any new or slightly used coats and winter gear to the Deacons Annual Coat drive.  We will begin collecting by September 9th.
Monthly Deacons Donations:  Just a friendly reminder to all that the first Sunday of every month the Deacons rely on your monetary donations to keep our missions going.  Please use the GREEN envelopes in the pews to donate any extra funds you may have to help us.  We appreciate anything you can give.  THANK YOU!

Deacons Doings:  July/August 2018 InSpire Report

The First Presbyterian Church of Boonton Board of Deacons is always looking for extra hands to help with our missions.  If you have the time and the interest – we would love to have you join us!

Deacons Donations:  Just a friendly reminder that on the 1st Sunday of the month the Deacons collect monetary donations (whatever you can spare – big or small!) during the offering.  The Deacons envelopes, which are green, can be found in the pews.

Chancel Flowers:  There are still some remaining Sunday’s available to sign up for the chancel flowers on Sunday’s.  They are a beautiful way to honor a loved one or a celebration.  The cost is normally about $40.  If interested, please sign up on the flower chart which is located on the bridge.

Food Pantry:  Maybe you are new to the church or maybe you just need a reminder – but we are always looking for non-perishable food items and personal care items to be donated to the Town of Boonton food pantry (Boonton Social Services).  The next time you are out grocery shopping or browsing the isles at Walmart or Target – please grab a few extra items of food or especially personal care items and drop it off at the church (on the rack in the hallway of Reighart Hall).

New Jersey State Firemen’s Home worship services:  On the first Sunday of every month our Deacons and volunteers continue to provide worship services to the men of the firemen’s home.  If you have a musical talent or enjoy speaking to others, please consider volunteering to help us in the rewarding experience.  Future open Sundays include: August 5th and September 2nd.  Please contact Dave Scelba or Mike Stora if you are interested.

Meal Train:  The Deacons are continuing to organize getting meals for those within our congregation who are dealing with difficult times.  If you would like to be a part of the Meal Train (such as making meals for families and those in need), please reach the Sandy DeCarlo (Church Administrator) and she will put you on our Meal Train list.  Contact Kim Riter at 201-602-4924 if you have some computer skills and might be interested in helping to initiate the Meal Train as needed.  This requires a very small-time commitment.

SAVE THE DATE:  Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Northern NJ:  The VNA of Northern NJ Speakers Bureau will be returning to FPCB on September 23rd to present a presentation on “Diabetes and You” – Save the date!

And as always –  We appreciate your donations, continued support and assistance.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Love2Learn Celebration and Donation Info

We had a beautiful service and party as Love2Learn retired its last class on June 17th, 2018.

Would you like to donate to the bookshelf dedicated to Joyce and Carol for their good work with Love2Learn/BANS? This bookshelf is will house books for children in many languages, including Spanish, Farsi, Chinese and other languages that is needed within the community.

Send donations to:

Boonton Holmes Public Library
621 Main Street
Boonton, NJ 07005