Upcoming at FPCB

Upcoming at FPC!

Sunday, October 7thWORLD 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 babbleon247@yahoo.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.

Sunday, November 11th – Second Sunday Adult Group meets in the Library 4-6pm

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 revjenvanzandt@gmail.com or the church office office@fpcboonton.org / 973-334-3535.



19 Things To Give Up for Lent That Are Not Chocolate

We are embarking on a wonderful season in the church, and one thing many do for lent is give something up to bring us closer to God.  We’d like to encourage you to do something different than give up food, and try fasting as an act of love by picking out one or more of the following, and then join us on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss your experience.  Fast from (in bold):

Fear: “God is on my side. In God I am more than a conqueror.”

The need to please everyone: “I can’t please everyone anyway. God is the  only one I need to strive to please.”

Envy: “I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my God.”

Impatience: “God’s timing is the perfect timing”.

Sense of entitlement: “The world does not owe me anything. I seek to live in humility and grace”.

Bitterness and Resentment: “The only person I am hurting by holding onto these, is myself”.

Blame“ I will take responsibility for my actions.”

Gossip and Negativity: “I will treat everyone with the highest positive regard.”  

Comparison: I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me”.

Fear of failure: “I won’t succeed without experiencing failure. will seek to fall forward.”

A spirit of poverty:  “God gives us abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine” (Eph 2)

Feelings of unworthiness: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made by my Creator.” (Ps 139)

Doubt:  “God’s future for me is beyond anything I could imagine; brighter than I could ever realize.”

Self-pity: “God comforts me in my sorrow so that I can comfort others”.

Retirement:  “As long as I am still breathing, I am here for a purpose; to influence others for Christ.”

Excuses“If you need an excuse, any excuse will do.”

Lack of counsel: “Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.”

Pride: Blessed are the are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. (Matt 5:8)

Worry: “I know the plans I have for you, for peace, not disaster to give you a future with hope.” (Jer 29:11)


Quilt of Valor

We are proud of those who service our country, and this quilt of valor was given to 1st Lt. Gabe Crimson just before Christmas.

From left to right – Sue Danilack, Robin Gershaw, Diane Kearney, 1st Lt Gabe Crismon and Evelyn Thiel.

Thank you, ladies, for creating this beautiful quilt and thank you Lt. Gabe for your continued service.

Exodus – An Adult Forum


… led by Rev. Sherm Skinner
Come explore the scriptures
that are preached on each week,
and delve deeper into your faith.
Grab a cup of coffee and join us in the Library!

Musicians, Artists, and Art Lovers Wanted

If you happen to play a musical instrument or would like to share any other type of creative arts with the congregation during a Sunday morning service, please contact Sarah (Organist/Choir Director 570-947-6330, babbleon247@yahoo.com), with your availability
or to make rehearsal arrangements.

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 2017 ($50 per anthem). Please contact Sarah Berta if interested.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The fall season for the music ministry at First Presbyterian will soon begin! Chancel Choir rehearsals will be resuming this month and all are welcome, veterans and newcomers, to join in making joyful music together. Special thanks to those vocalists and instrumentalists
who shared their musical gifts and talents this summer during morning worship. Your musical contribution truly enhanced the worship experience.

Fall 2017 Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Chancel Choir ~ RESUMES Sunday, September 17th (11:30am-1pm in choir room)
  • Weekly 9:00am Sunday morning rehearsals are in the church sanctuary
  • Hand Bell Choir ~RESUMES October 2017
    …stay ‘tuned’ for rehearsal dates. ♥

The Deacons would especially like to mention . . .

Terry & Lloyd Charlton!

Many of you may not realize, but every month for the past four years Terry and Lloyd have organized the Deacons and others within our church family to provide a communion service at the NJ Firemen’s Home in Boonton. It is the only licensed health care facility in the State of NJ dedicated exclusively to all firefighters of the NJ Fire Service.

Terry and Lloyd have lined people up each month to give a sermon, be a worship leader, and to serve of the Holy Sacraments. Many times, with the exception of serving the sacraments, they’ve stepped into these other roles!

It’s amazing how they’ve made this so easy for others to participate, by preparing folders for presenters, as well as for those attending the service. The hymns were changed and customized each month; music was recorded and played, sometimes with guest piano
players/singers from our church.

Terry and Lloyd have been instrumental in keeping this fabulous mission alive, one that is obviously near and dear to their hearts. They
have quietly been living out God’s word.

It is very heartwarming to see the peace and love they have brought to so many.

As they retire from this particular mission, we thank you very much for your many years of service.

Water All Around the World UPDATE!!

A small but energetic, group of children participated in our Vacation Bible School June 26-30. Our theme, Water All Around the World, was well received by parents, children, adult and teen volunteers as well as by all of you in the congregation. Children “traveled” to a different country each day to discover how many children suffer from disease because of lack of access to clean, drinkable water, something we take for granted each time we turn on the faucet. And they discovered that Living Waters of the World is providing simple, sustainable and affordable water filtration systems.

We tried a different format this year in order to complement the other churches who also offer VBS. We made a shift from morning to afternoon making it possible for most children to eat lunch and play together before the program started. Each day a different Bible story enhanced our theme which was then enriched through recreation, crafts, science projects and snacks, all made possible by an imaginative, enthusiastic group of volunteers.

One could sense God’s spirit at work throughout the week and we are indeed grateful to all who made it possible. ♥

Deacon’s Doins

The Deacons have had a very busy summer with organizing the delivery of, and preparing/delivering of meals to families who have had members recuperating from surgeries and/or other events. A huge thank you to Kim Riter, Leslie Smith, and Robin Gershaw for organizing and setting up the deliveries. The Deacons also wish to thank all who have volunteered and participated in providing and delivering these meals in a time when some relief and assistance was needed and greatly appreciated. These meals were a small way of easing another’s burdens.

Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ

The Deacons also continued to provide a monthly worship service to the members of the NJ State Firemen’s Home on the first Sunday of the month. Worship service, including a sermon and communion, are provided to the men of the home, as well as the care givers who work there. If interested in participating in this program, please feel free to reach out to one of the Deacons.

And as always, thank you to all who continue to donate and support all of our missions. It is with your help and assistance that the above services continue to happen and grow. We appreciate your donations and continued support. Many blessings. ♥