Dear Members and friends, I hope all is well. It seems that, sadly, summer camp at Johnsonburg has been canceled for this Summer. If there are any changes or updates we will keep you informed. Please be safe and please take care.
On behalf of the Boonton Holmes Library family, I hope this email finds everyone well and safe.
At the library, we are brainstorming daily and thinking of new ways to support and assist the Boonton community during these quarantine times. We have several online services, monthly programs, and activities scheduled for residents to join and to participate in every day.
I am reaching out to you to explore any ideas or suggestions the members of your organization may have how the Boonton Holmes Library can assist, support or entertain you better. We would love to hear from you!
Following is a list of services, programs and activities we are currently providing during quarantine:
Chat Room – Monday-Friday 10-2
Pre-made craft kits for all ages
Online library card registration
HOOPLA – online borrowing eBooks, audio books, comics, movies, music & more
CLOUD Library – online borrowing books
RB Digital – online borrowing magazines and comic books
Boonton Tales: We would love to hear your story!
Yoga, Fiber Arts Club, Book Club, Story Time, Movie Nights, Happy Hour
Online lessons for ZOOM, WEBEX, FACEBOOK LIVE and more!
Boonton Times – accepting donations for digitalizing copies of the BT
Please refer to our website Boontonholmeslibrary.org for more detailed information regarding the above services, programs and activities, just Reply to this email or join the Chat Room. Once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, we look forward to resuming full services in a manner that is safe for our community and staff alike.
Life has certainly taken an interesting twist with social distancing leading to postponing music rehearsals, ringing next to each other, and singing together in the loft and with the congregation.
Our annual spring Music Sunday was planned for May 17. Since we cannot be together in the sanctuary for this service, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize those who make our music ministry possible.
I truly appreciate the time and talent shared by the singers and ringers at FPC-Boonton and thoroughly enjoy making music with each and every one of you. The years of musical service within the church range from 1 year to 30+ years.
In addition to the faithful members of our choirs, we were blessed to add new singers to the Chancel Choir and new ringers to the Handbell Choir this year. We also welcomed local musicians from the community, as well as from our congregation, to enhance our worship services.
With the new format of worshipping from the comfort of your homes, I hope you continue to enjoy the musical offerings during the YouTube videos until we can all be together again to worship and enjoy playing, ringing, and singing a new song unto the Lord!
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 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!
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.
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)
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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”
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.