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April 6

Congregational Meeting

The session of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown calls a congregational meeting on Sunday, April 11, at 11am via Zoom for the purpose of electing an elder to serve an unexpired term. The nominating committee presents Elder Craig Barth to serve this unexpired term as a member of the class of 2024. This brief congregational meeting will be followed by a coffee hour. Please note that quorum for a congregational meeting is at least 75 active members. Please sign up below to receive the zoom link.


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

2021 Enrollment Is Open!

This year, VBS runs from August 16-21, from 9:15am – 12:15pm for children and youth ages 3-12. This will be a fun and exciting day program at the Parish House.

The cost is $40 per child (children must be potty trained).

The VBS Ambassador Program is also open to youth entering grades 6-7 who enjoy working with children.

April 2

Watch Good Friday Virtual Concert, Passion & Peace

Watch Good Friday, Stations of the Cross Meditation

Join us on Sunday!

March 28,2021

Palm Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour at 11am

RSVP NOT REQUIRED

Link to join.
Meeting ID: 829 8905 8015, Passcode: 457936.


Good Friday Stations of the Cross

This year our Good Friday Labyrinth Walk and Stations of the Cross will be located at the Church on the Green and will be open all day, from 9am to 7pm.

Click here to reserve a spot for yourself or for you and your family.

Can’t make it in person? The Stations of the Cross will also be available as a virtual meditation available at 9am on our website, pcmorristown.org.


March 18, 2021

Big Check Donation

On Tuesday, March 16, Board members of the Morris Educational Foundation came out to receive a big check donation on behalf of PCM in the amount of $70,687. The check was presented by Pastor Leslie, Christian Education Director Alexandra Mead, and the Stewardship Committee.

Read the full Press release here.


Virtual Adult Sunday Morning Seminar

Sunday, March 21 and 28 at 9am

The Reverend Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp and Dr. Matthew Webb will explore Bach’s St. John Passion. This oratorio sets poetry and texts from the Gospel of John to dramatic music to tell the story of the betrayal and suffering of Jesus.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your appreciation for Bach’s masterpiece and to deepen your connection to this central story of our faith.

Please note, if you registered for our last seminar, you do not need to register again. Thank you!

Register for Sunday Seminar here.


Spring Hills Cards

As a result of the pandemic alongside visitation restrictions and cancellation, our in-person ministry at Spring Hills recently initiated a card campaign in an effort to stay connected. We will be sending cards to all residents for select holidays and special days throughout the year.

We are currently working on Easter/Passover.

If you have any interest in lifting a spirit by sending a card, or in sharing your talents with others, please contact Helen Quinn at (973)538-7258 by Saturday, March 27. Thank you and God bless.

March 17, 2021

Good Friday Virtual Concert


Good Friday Labyrinth & Stations of the Cross at the Church on the Green

Click here to reserve a spot for yourself or for you and your family

The Stations of the Cross will also be available as a virtual meditation available via pcmorristown.org.

You must RSVP in advance. Masks and social-distancing also required.

March 6, 2021

COG Spring Cleanup Event

Saturday, March 13 an 20 at 9am

Join us for some outside work at the Church on the Green. We will be weeding, pruning, collecting leaves, spreading mulch, etc. Time to spruce up our grounds as we prepare for Easter.


Trivia Night Sunday, March 14 at 4pm

March 2, 2021

New Baby!!!

With joy we welcome little Everly Alexandra, born March 1 to Courtney Stanton and Glenn Nebesnak.  Congratulations to the happy parents and to grandparents Carol and Ed Stanton!


Thursday Night Monthly Committee Meetings

Thursday, March 4 at 7pm
Please contact your ministry leader for login info.


Multicultural Children’s Book Read

Sunday, March 7 at 4pm

Diversity Coalition of Morris County Presents:
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, by Joanna Ho, the story of an Asian American child that celebrates Asian eyes and demonstrates the deep bonds we hold with family and ancestors.

REGISTER HERE


Virtual Happy Hour

Friday, March 12 from 5-6pm

Connect for an hour and enjoy the company of your PCM friends and family. Sign up  below.

REGISTER HERE

February 25, 2021

What’s In A Name?

The Final Choice – Presbytery of Newton

The 7 current presbyteries in NJ are about to realign! Newton Presbytery will be receiving churches from the current Elizabeth, Palisades, and New Brunswick Presbyteries, thereby creating a new Presbytery entity in the northwest region of NJ. A new Presbytery means a new name! Read about the two finalist choices and cast your vote by 5pm on Friday, February 26.


Re-Entry Task Force Update

As part of our commitment to regular updates, here is the latest from the Re-Entry Task Force (RETF).

Members of the Staff and the Worship and Music Committee have come to the RETF with a proposed change in approach for our on-line presence as we continue to plan for our return to in-person worship. Originally we had planned to continue our pre-recorded virtual worship services with the goal of eventually transitioning to “live-streaming” on an on-going basis. The thought was that it would be too difficult to go directly to high-quality “live-streaming” that we’d want for those unable to attend in person. However, the pandemic has taught us that we can accomplish more than we might think!

At last week’s RETF meeting, Matt Webb and Sheldon Rajkumar reviewed a proposal that they had requested that would allow for a multi-camera system, covering all areas of the Chancel, Sanctuary and Narthex. Using this set-up, “live streaming” to our website, Facebook and other social media would be available for our worship services, weddings, memorial services, concerts and other events held in our sanctuary. The Task Force agreed that this is the direction that we want to go for our future – why not plan for it now rather than take a temporary approach.

With support from the RETF, Matt and Sheldon made the same presentation at last week’s Session meeting. Session agreed that requests for additional proposals and bids would be sent out over the next month with the goal of having a vote on a recommended proposal at the March Session meeting. A key factor in weighing each proposal will be the timing of a potential installation – our May goal to start in-person worship remains the same.

Questions? Contact one of the RETF members: Christy AllisonKen Clark (co-chairs), David DarcyWendy DoidgeLisa FraebelKevin HubbardJenny Tooley, or Sue Wood.


This Sunday – Virtual Sunday Morning Seminar

Please note, if you signed up for our January seminar you do not have to sign up again. Thank you.

Illuminating the Psalms: Images for the Faithful from Medieval Europe with Jean Sorabella, part 2.
Rich in poetic imagery but slim in story matter, the Psalms are not easy to illustrate. Yet medieval copies of psalm texts, lettered and embellished by hand, match words and pictures in surprising ways. This two-part series examines a handful of manuscripts that bear witness to the imagination and devotion of scribes, artists and the praying faithful from the 9th century to the eve of the Reformation.


Multicultural Children’s Book Read

Sunday, March 7 at 4pm

DIVERSITY COALITTION OF MORRIS COUNTY PRESENTS
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, by Joanna Ho, the story of an Asian American child that celebrates Asian eyes and demonstrates the deep bonds we hold with family and ancestors.

COG Spring Cleanup Event

March 13 and 20 at 9am

Join us for some outside work at the Church on the Green. We will be weeding, pruning, collecting leaves, spreading mulch, etc. Time to spruce up our grounds as we prepare for Easter.


Virtual Youth Trivia

Sunday, march 14 from 4-5pm


February 17 – Ash Wednesday

Join us as we begin Lent with prayer, scripture, and poetry.

Drive-Through Imposition of Ashes Today from 12-1pm & 5:30-6:30pm.

One Great Hour of Sharing Begins Today

“FOR YOU SHALL BE CALLED REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH…” ISAIAH 58:12

Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Oppressed
For over seventy years, the One Great Hour of Sharing offering has provided Presbyterians a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need, in this country, as well as those around the world. The three programs supported by OGHS—Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, (PDA), Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) and Self-Development of People (SDOP) all work in different ways to provide safety, sustenance and hope to countless individuals and communities in need. In other words, we are called to be “faithful repairers of the breach;” we are called to give generously and freely; and we are called on to work together to move mountains and build God’s Household. This has long been the tradition of us Presbyterians: in the first half of 2020, PDA granted $4.1 million to combat disaster within the U.S. and 57 other countries; in 2019, grants impacting 20 countries were given by PHP.

Please give generously: through our website pcmorristown.org (be sure to select One Great Hour of Sharing from the drop-down); by mailing a check to the Parish House (memo: OGHS); or texting OGHS to 91999. This offering will be dedicated on Palm Sunday.

February 16

Bereavement

With sadness we share news of the passing of Fred Figa on February 16, 2021 from COVID-19. Please keep his wife Jan and children Elise, Stefanie, and Paul in your prayers as they grieve.


Free Virtual Cooking Class- CHINESE STYLE!!!

Making Dumplings in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Each month the Diversity Coalition of Morris County will feature a different cultural recipe demonstrated by friends and members of the DCMC food committee.  The event will be about 45 minutes and there will be a moderator so that everyone can ask questions and follow along at home. 

After you RSVP, you will receive (1) a list of ingredients necessary for participation in the virtual cooking class and (2) a Zoom Link that will give you access to the live event on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4PM.  We encourage everyone to obtain the necessary ingredients beforehand and have them prepared in your kitchen before the class begins. 

February 14

Annual Congregational Meeting Today

The Session of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown held its Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom for: 
– Receiving the annual committee reports
– The presentation of the 2021 budget
– The review of the pastor’s terms of call
– The selection of a Nominating Committee
– Other business which may rightly come before the congregation

MEETING MATERIALS:

– Meeting Minutes (February 2020)
– Meeting Agenda
– 2020 Annual Report
– 2020 Finance Report
– 2021 Budget
Slate for Corporation Officers
– 2021 Proposed Terms of Call (Rev. Sarah Green)

February 11

Bereavement

With sadness we share news of the passing of Peg and George Ebel from COVID-19.  Peg passed away on February 3, 2021, and George followed her on February 7, 2021.  They were members here at PCM for 51 years.  Please be in prayer for their family.  A memorial service is on hold until conditions improve.



Annual Congregational Meeting!!

The Session of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown calls the Annual Congregational Meeting for Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom for the purpose of: 

  • Receiving the annual committee reports,
  • The presentation of the 2021 budget,
  • The review of the pastors’ terms of call
  • The selection of a Nominating Committee
  • Other business which may rightly come before the congregation.
  • The Zoom link and dial-in numbers will be sent a day or two ahead of the meeting to only those who have RSVP’d.

MATERIALS FOR THE MEETING:

RSVP Deadline Thursday, February 11 – RSVP HERE!


February 9

New Baby!!!

With joy we welcome Shane Meyer, born on January 15, 2021, to Ryan and Lahra Meyer and enthusiastic big brother Harrison.

February 2

Young Professionals Group Returns Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm.

Lent in Plain Sight: Duffield, Jill J.: 9780664265465: Amazon.com: Books

We’ll be studying Jill Duffield’s Lent in Plain Sight. I’ll be picking up a few copies, so please let me know if you’d be interested in one! This is a daily devotional series, so we’ll plan on reading the devotional daily (just 2-3 pages) and then discussing the two weeks worth of material that we’ll have in between each meeting. 

Excited to meet with you all again. As always, feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested. See and talk to you all soon! 

Contact Patrick to register at .

Check out the February 2021 Issue of Tower Tidings!

January 28

In-Person Worship: An Update from the Re-Entry Taskforce

When will we be able to worship in the Sanctuary? What will worship look like during the “new normal?”.  The Re-Entry Task Force (RETF) has created proposals for safe in-person worship and a date to begin worship, keeping in mind that all plans are still COVID dependent!

When we are able to return to the Sanctuary, worship will look and feel a bit different. We will use a registration system to make contract tracing easier should we need it. There will be a large screen and projector to project the previously recorded music and lay scripture reading, as well as the text of the scripture being read aloud during the service (in lieu of Bibles in the pews). The pastors will have masks and gloves and stand behind a Plexiglas shield, while we in the congregation will be socially distanced and wearing masks, of course! There will be some “behind the scenes” improvements to the Sanctuary, including MERV-13 filters and UV sterilization lamps installed in the existing ductwork. Doors, windows and ceiling vents will remain open for increased natural air circulation.
The RETF is currently planning for a “dry run” worship service on April 25. This will be a chance to test our registration system and the actual flow of people in the sanctuary. The service itself will consist of the pre-taped service projected onto the new screen. If all goes well (and COVID permitting!) Session has approved our first “live” service on May 9th or 16th. We will continue with one or two services a month over the summer and hope to return to our regular schedule in September. Please note that we will need many volunteers to make in-person worship a success. New volunteer roles will include people to take temperatures and check in members of the congregation who have pre-registered. Ushers will have expanded responsibilities. We hope you will prayerfully consider volunteering!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please contact one of the RETF members: Christy AllisonKen Clark (co-chairs), David DarcyWendy DoidgeLisa FraebelKevin HubbardJenny Tooley, or Sue Wood.


An Excerpt from ‘YSOP Connex’ engages small groups of teens and seniors during weekly virtual outreach

The Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP), a short-term mission program founded nearly 40 years ago by Edward Doty, is continuing its mission — virtually — during the pandemic.

In the Presbytery of Newton, Patrick Allred, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey, said that YSOP is the most talked-about experience of the youth he has worked with. He had a chance to meet Doty in January 2020 when his confirmation class volunteered at YSOP and was impressed with YSOP’s focus.

“I loved how centered their ministry was on hearing the stories of those that they helped who were experiencing hunger and poverty,” said Allred. His confirmation group will be participating for the first time in the virtual YSOP Connex program in February and March.

Read Entire Article


Presbyterian Church Nursey School Registration Open For the 2021/2022 School Year

We are ready to welcome new families for another school year. We have classes for 2.5, 3 and 4 year old children. Information can be found on our website and our registration form. Any questions, please contact Jeanne Mueller at .

January 26

A Message from Pastor Leslie

Grace and peace to you! I’m settling in here at PCM, and am glad to be here with you. Over the weekend I listened to the On Being podcast as Krista Tippet interviewed Katherine May, the author of Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. Ms. May is so engaging that I ordered the book immediately! We are in a “wintering time” in profound ways, aren’t we? Ms. May writes: “Winter is not the death of the life cycle, but its crucible…We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.” I wonder what new life is hibernating deep within us during this winter season of Covid?
Blessings,
Interim Pastor Leslie


A Brief Message From Morris Area Together -Mental Illness & Addiction

Are you or someone you love afflicted with mental illness or an addiction? 

By all accounts from professionals who serve this population, these afflictions are on a steep rise in Morris County.  Sadly, many who desperately need help are unable to seek out the services they need due to problems such as stigma, cost, transportation, knowledge of available services, etc.  If you are facing any of the above issues, please share your story with us.  We want to hear your stories, work with those who provide services, and advocate for more support where needed.  Confidentiality and anonymity are strictly observed.


Rise and Shine Breakfast Bags

Seeking Donations To Fund 50 Breakfast Bags Monthly.

Our Outreach Committee has always supported the Soup Kitchen, now nourish.NJ, and we are committed to help them provide a nutritious start to every day for more than one hundred guests who visit the Morristown site for assistance.

We began our participation in January and continue on the 4th Thursday of every month. We welcome financial contributions through checks made out to the church and sent to the Parish House (please specify “Breakfast Bags” on memo line of check). You may also contribute to this program online via the church website. Be sure to select “Give to NNJ! Breakfast Bags” from the drop down menu. Your contributions may be in any amount; each bag costs less than $3.00 and a donation of $25.00 will provide 9 bags; $50.00, 18 bags, and so on…

We know the generosity of this church, and we thank you all in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Willson.

January 25

Parish House Parking Update

While our offices will be open, the parking lot at the Parish House will be rented out and closed on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.

Please consider visiting the Parish House on a different day. If you need immediate assistance, please email us at  or call (973)538-1776.


Virtual Annual Congregational Meeting

The Session of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown calls the Annual Congregational Meeting for Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.

The purpose of receiving the annual committee reports, the presentation of the 2021 budget, the review of the pastors’ terms of call, the selection of a Nominating Committee, and other business which may rightly come before the congregation.

The Zoom link and dial-in numbers will be sent a day or two ahead of the meeting to only those who have RSVP’d.


Young Professionals Bible Study


PCNS PRIORITY REGISTRATION

Online Registration Now Open! Go To Registration Page

January 24

Parish House Parking Update

While our offices will be open, the parking lot at the Parish House will be rented out and closed on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.

Please consider visiting the Parish House on a different day. If you need immediate assistance, please email us at or call (973)538-1776.


Ordination and Installation of Officers

This Sunday we ordain and install our new class of officers

DEACONS
Karen Crooks, Neill Hamilton, Jason Lawlor, Carole Ramsey, Nancy Shearer, and Christine Volinsky

RULING ELDERS
Liz Annis, Gretchen Cotnoir, Karen Griffith, Michael Karl, Ken Novitsky, Bob Spurr, and Janet Foster

Watch Now

January 19

BEREAVEMENT NOTICE

With sadness we share news of the passing of Norman Hayward on January 17, 2021. Please keep his wife Joyce and their family in your prayers. The memorial service will be private.


Today at 5:30pm, Church on the Green bells will ring in memory of those we lost to COVID-19.

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Elders, Deacons, Clerks of Session and Church Leaders Conversation

Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm

2020 was a year where we had to learn new things in ministry and we learned them quickly. Join us for a conversation and a time of sharing information and concerns.
  • What have we learned from ministry in 2020?
  • What resources and ideas can we share?
  • What resources do you need for 2021?
  • How will the New Jersey Transition affect our ministries moving forward?
You need to register in order to receive the Zoom login.

BLOOD DRIVE

Thursday, January 21 from 11am-4pm at the Parish House-South Street Hall, 65 South St. Morristown, NJ 07960.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “PCMorristown” to schedule an appointment.  While supplies last, get a $5 Dunkin Donuts card when you give blood.  RSVP Required.  


VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS -GERMAN STYLE!

Saturday, January 23 at 5pm via Zoom

Join us in a virtual cooking class and follow along with Chef Bill Leahy as he leads us in trying our hand at German cuisine in keeping with our theme of learning international techniques. You provide your own ingredients. Bill will provide the recipes and online demonstration.  The menu includes Schweinerschnitzel (pork), Spaetzle, Obatzda, and Gurkensalat.

The class is free but registration is required. 


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP

January 7

Facebook Livestream Today at 4pm

In response to yesterday’s events in Washington DC, Pastor Sarah will offer a special live prayer today at 4pm via our Facebook Livestream Join us.

Go to our Facebook page now.


A Special Prayer

As we reel from the violence that unfolded in Washington DC yesterday, let us pray together:

God of ages,
in your sight nations rise and fall,
and pass through times of peril.
Now when our land is troubled,
be near to judge and save.
May leaders be led by your wisdom;
may they search your will and see it clearly.
If we have turned from your way,
help us to reverse our ways and repent.
Give us your light and your truth to guide us;
through Jesus Christ,
Who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.
-The PC(USA) Book of Common Worship

January 4

NEW BABY

With joy we welcome Lucas Michael Psathas, born 1/3/21 to Addie and Mike Psathas.  Congratulations to the happy parents, big sister and brother Charlotte and Owen, and grandparents Hank and Donna Tomlinson!


VIRTUAL FELLOWSHIP HOURWelcoming Pastor Leslie!
Sunday, January 10 at 11am via Zoom

Grace And Peace To You!

I’m pleased to begin serving as your Interim Pastor and Head of Staff this week. This will be my 7th interim “gig”, and I look forward to meeting and serving with you, even if it is in the virtual world right now. It’s fitting to begin ministry together during the season of Epiphany, which begins with Jesus’ baptism and focuses on his incarnation and the beginning of his earthly ministry. Epiphany is the season of light, and the season of beginnings. As the leader of two presbyteries (Elizabeth and New Brunswick) I’ve been privileged to accompany 78 congregations as they have navigated these pandemic times. There is not a one size fits all pandemic response manual for churches! I assure you that you are not behind, and together we will continue to pursue faithful pandemic responses that honor God and care for neighbors. I hope you will call me Leslie or Pastor Leslie. I hope you will feel free to email or call me. In the meantime I’ll see you soon on Our Friend Zoom! 
Blessings,
Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

Be on the lookout for Zoom login info.

December 31

Available Now! January 2021 Issue of Tower Tidings – The Official Newsletter of The Presbyterian Church in Morristown.

Julie Hess, Editor.


December 27

Jan’s Closet Returns January 9

Jan’s Closet will be open to the public at the Parish House-Sheffield Hall (65 South St.) with an assortment of new and gently used winter clothing for men, women and children.

We are thrilled to be able to provide this important outreach support to our community.

Additional dates include Saturday, February 13 and March 13, 2021.

This is a free event. First come, first served.

Masks and Social-distancing Required. Please hold your clothing donations until further notice.

Blood Drive

In the Parish House – South Street Hall

65 South Street.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org and enter “PCMorristown” in the search box.

While supplies last, get a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card when you give blood.

VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS -GERMAN STYLE!

5pm, Saturday, January 23
Via Zoom

Join us in a virtual cooking class and follow along with Chef Bill Leahy as he leads us in trying our hand at German cuisine in keeping with our theme of learning international techniques.

You provide your own ingredients. Bill will provide the recipes and online demonstration.

This virtual cooking class is FREE, but registration is required.


Watch Virtual Christmas Eve Services Now!

Follow along with the bulletin.
Follow along with the bulletin.

December 22

Christmas Eve 2020. Available Thursday, December 24 at 12pm at pcmorristown.org.

Join Our Livestream!

We will have a 4pm Children’s Pageant and a 7pm Candlelight service. Both will be available via Livestream on Facebook and YouTube.

Facebook | YouTube

Share Christmas Eve with us!

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TRANSITIONS: A NEW JOURNEY

Has the pandemic left you furloughed, unemployed, or under-employed? Are you ready for a new opportunity but not sure where to start in this economy?

If there is sufficient interest, we will start a support group for those in career transition beginning in the new year. The group will combine both practical and emotional support to help you get through this challenging time. Interested?


Jan’s Closet Returns

Jan’s Closet will be open to the public at the Parish House-Sheffield Hall (65 South St.) with an assortment of new and gently used winter clothing for men, women and children.

We are thrilled to be able to provide this important outreach support to our community.

Additional dates include Saturday, February 13 and March 13, 2021.

This is a free event. First come, first served.

Masks and Social-distancing Required. Please hold your clothing donations until further notice.


In the Parish House – South Street Hall

65 South Street.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org and enter “PCMorristown” in the search box.

While supplies last, get a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card when you give blood.

December 20

Sunday Morning Seminar Returns this Sunday, December 20 at 9AM

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Prepare the Way of the Lord (Part 2),
Led by Rev. Joanne Miller

We find ourselves at this holy time of year in a type of wilderness, as we seek to mark advent and Christmas without our traditional gatherings and celebrations. In the midst of a pandemic when we are socially isolated,
how can we find meaning this year? Where is God in the wilderness? Come join us for understanding, sharing, and support as we seek to discover in new ways the true joy God offers us.

Rev. Joanne Miller has been a member of Newton Presbytery since 1985, and is the former Associate Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. She is a New Jersey State Certified Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Morristown, and serves as the Covenant Supply Pastor at First Church Hanover.

Register for Seminar

December 15

Midweek Canceled due to Inclement Weather

Due to inclement weather, Midweek has been canceled for this week.

Please note Midweek is also canceled for the next two weeks in preparation for Christmas and New Years. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!

Questions? Contact Alexandra Mead for K- 5th grade, or ">Patrick Allred for Middle Schoolers.


Sunday Morning Seminar Returns this Sunday, December 20 at 9AM

Prepare the Way of the Lord (Part 2),
Led by Rev. Joanne Miller

We find ourselves at this holy time of year in a type of wilderness, as we seek to mark advent and Christmas without our traditional gatherings and celebrations. In the midst of a pandemic when we are socially isolated,
how can we find meaning this year? Where is God in the wilderness? Come join us for understanding, sharing, and support as we seek to discover in new ways the true joy God offers us.

Rev. Joanne Miller has been a member of Newton Presbytery since 1985, and is the former Associate Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. She is a New Jersey State Certified Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Morristown, and serves as the Covenant Supply Pastor at First Church Hanover.

Register for Seminar


Join us on Thursday, December 24 at Noon

December 10

Community Clothing Bank Open This Weekend

Jan’s Closet will be open to the public at the Parish House-Sheffield Hall (65 South St.) with an assortment of new and gently used winter clothing for men, women and children.

We are thrilled to be able to provide this important outreach support to our community.

Additional dates include Saturday, January 9, February 13, and March 13, 2021.

This is a free event. First come, first served.

Masks and Social-distancing Required. Please hold your clothing donations until further notice.


FAREWELL SARAH GALO

Sarah and her cat Roary.

After three-and-a-half years at PCM, I am beginning my chaplaincy residency at Morristown Medical Center in January.

I will always be grateful for PCM and how it has allowed me the time and space to pursue my Master of Divinity. I have not only been supported by my co-workers, but by the congregation as well. I will dearly miss the PCM community.

Sarah’s last day at PCM will be Christmas Eve.


TRANSITIONS: A NEW JOURNEY

Coming In 2021

Has the pandemic left you furloughed, unemployed, or under-employed? Are you ready for a new opportunity but not sure where to start in this economy?

If there is sufficient interest, we will start a support group for those in career transition beginning in the new year. The group will combine both practical and emotional support to help you get through this challenging time. Interested? Contact Rev. Sarah Green.

December 4

Please note, the Monthly Luncheon Zoom Fellowship Dessert has been postponed from Dec 9 to a later date. 

The date is TBD.  Please be on the lookout for upcoming announcements on this event.

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December 3

Congregational Meeting -Sunday, December 6 at 11AM

The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11am via Zoom, for the purpose of approving electronic congregational meetings and electing new Elders and Deacons. 

We need attendance from a minimum of 75 members to transact our business. 

Please RSVP by December 3, 2020. 

The Zoom link will be sent only to those who have RSVP’d a day or two ahead of the meeting.


SUNDAY MORNING SEMINAR
Sunday, December 6 & 20 at 9AM via Zoom

Prepare the Way of the Lord
Advent begins with John the Baptist’s cry in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.“ We find ourselves at this holy time of year in a type of wilderness, as we seek to mark Advent and Christmas without our traditional gatherings and celebrations.  In the midst of a pandemic when we are socially isolated, how can we find meaning this year? Where is God in the wilderness? Come join us for understanding, sharing, and support as we seek to discover in new ways the true joy God offers us.

You must register for Sunday Morning Seminar to receive the login info.

Rev. Joanne Miller has been a member of Newton Presbytery since 1985, and is the former Associate Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. She is a New Jersey State Certified Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Morristown, and serves as the Covenant Supply Pastor at First Church Hanover.

RSVP Here.


Jan’s Closet Update

Please note, Jan’s Closet is not accepting donations at this time.  Please do not drop off clothing donations for Jan’s Closet until further notice. Thank you.

November 30

The Passing of Florence Andersen

With sadness, we share news of the passing of Florence Andersen in the early morning of November 29, 2020. Florence was a faithful member of PCM for over 30 years. Please keep her children Jean and Tim in your prayers.


It’s Not Too Late! Stewardship 2021.

Our Children. Our Community. Our Commitment.

You can still make your 2021 pledges online.

Program Overview

Stewardship Campaign: $900,000:
  • Will Help Fund our Church Programs
  • Consistent with last year’s goal but less than PCM total $1.6 Million 2020 budgeted spend
  • Shortfall covered primarily by Endowment withdrawals and outside revenues
Community Matching Gift Program: $45,000 + Lead Donor match = $90,000
  • Will provide 50 Scholarships to Summer Plus program
  • Administered through Morris Educational Foundation and Morris School District
  • To date, lead donors have committed $45,000; non-member has committed $10,000
  • Open to all Morris-area students
Community Matching Gift contribution is over and above PCM Pledge and is not intended to take away from it – we need both!

November 23

Congregational Meeting -December 6 at 11AM

The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11am via Zoom, for the purpose of approving electronic congregational meetings and electing new Elders and Deacons. 

We need attendance from a minimum of 75 members to transact our business. 

Please RSVP by December 3, 2020. 

The Zoom link will be sent to those who have RSVP’d a day or two ahead of the meeting.


Advent 2020 & Small Groups

The Names of Jesus

Our Advent sermon series will explore names given to Jesus from each of the four gospels. The music will reflect the joy of the season.

We encourage you to create a sacred space in your home around an Advent wreath to help you mark the season. We will provide you with a simple liturgy you can use to light the candles each week, and you can have your wreath lit beside you as you engage with virtual worship.

  • Sunday, November 29: First Sunday in Advent “Immanuel”
  • Sunday, December 6: Second Sunday in Advent “Messiah” and The Sacrament of Communion
  • Sunday, December 13: Third Sunday in Advent “The Light”
  • Sunday, December 20: Fourth Sunday in Advent “Savior”
  • Thursday, December 24: Children’s Program Candlelight Service “Gifts of the Magi

NEW: Spiritual Practices for the Season, a book by Kathleen Long Bostrom via Zoom

Mondays:

  • 1:30 p.m. with Alexandra Mead
  • 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Sarah Green

Wednesdays:

  • 7:30pm with Vern Verhoef.

All sessions meet via Zoom.

Check out the book

View Advent 2020 Liturgy


Fellowship Dessert -Postponed

Please note, the Monthly Luncheon Zoom dessert has been postponed from Dec 9 to a later date. 

The date is TBD.  Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements on this event.


Re-Entry Task Force Update

Get ready for an Advent like none you’ve experienced before! Although we won’t be able to celebrate in the sanctuary for at least the rest of this year, the staff and Worship and Music have been working hard to plan virtual Christmas Eve services that will be meaningful and memorable! We have much to be thankful for, including our new Interim Minister, Leslie Dobbs Allsopp, who will be joining us the first week of the new year!

In the meantime, the Re-Entry Task Force is continuing to meet to develop the plans and procedures to re-open as soon, and as safely as possible. One thing has become clear – it will take a larger than normal team of volunteers to make this happen! The exact roles and numbers are still under development, but the setup and operation of in-person worship will be a team effort. Please prayerfully consider whether you would be willing and able to serve when we have more details.

The Re-Entry Task Force is committed to providing updates on at least a monthly basis. As Ed Halldorson said at our meeting this week, “We haven’t been down this road before!” Let’s look forward to a time when we can worship together, and be mindful of new opportunities that will undoubtedly emerge as we move ahead.

-Jenny Tooley, Member

November 17

VIRTUAL COOKING PARTY

4PM, Sunday, November 22 via Zoom.

This virtual cooking class is FREE, but registration is required.

Welcome Friends. This is the 1st episode of our cooking party series sponsored by the Diversity Coalition of Morris County. This month’s Recipe will be PUMPKIN PIE – Vegan and Gluten Free!

This recipe will be demonstrated by Jennifer Kurucz, a friend of the DCMC and a plant-based nutrition & fitness coach. The event will be about 45 minutes and there will be a moderated by Franz “Cash” Owens so that everyone can ask questions and follow along at home.

Cooking Is Optional.

After you RSVP, you will receive (1) a list of ingredients necessary for participation in the virtual cooking class and (2) a Zoom Link that will give you access to the live event.

We encourage everyone to obtain the necessary ingredients beforehand and have them prepared in your kitchen before the class begins.

See you there!

Visit our website at Diversitydaymc.org. | Follow us on Facebook.

November 16

Zoom Coffee Hour – Sunday, November 22 at 11AM

Join Us For Another Spirit-filled Virtual Experience.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 896 0326 0507 | Passcode: 364652

November 13

Festival Sunday is coming – November 22!

Join us on on Sunday, November 22 as we praise God in preparation for Thanksgiving. 

WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!!!

For our Thanksgiving Festival Service, we will be putting together a collage of photos of you and your loved ones.

It can be a solo photo, a photo with your family, a photo with pets, anything that shows lives of Thanksgiving. These photos can be current or from the past.

Be sure to clearly label your photo and the names of individuals in the photos.

Submit your photos to Matt at , by Wednesday, November 18.

Thank you for being a part of our Thanksgiving service!

November 9

Bereavement Notice

Beverly Foight

With sadness, we share news of the passing of Beverly Foight on November, 8, 2020.  Beverly and her husband Lloyd have been members of PCM for 29 years.  Please keep her family in your prayers.


LESLIE DOBBS-ALLSOPP
Official Interim Senior Pastor

2019 Leadership of Our Presbytery

On Friday, November 6, an official Interim Senior Pastor joining PCM. Here’s a word from Management & Administration member Brian Delle Donne:

“PCM is happy to announce the Call of The Reverend Leslie Dobbs- Allsopp to be Interim Pastor. She will start in the position during the first week of January.  Leslie has been serving in transitional and interim ministries since 2008. She has served as the Interim/Transitional Pastor for congregations in Madison, New Brunswick, Woodbridge, and Abington PA. 
She is concluding her current role as the Interim Leader for Elizabeth Presbytery which she has held since 2017.  During the pandemic she has also assumed leadership responsibilities for New Brunswick Presbytery. She is excited about this opportunity to return to the rhythms of congregational ministry, and to serve with the Morristown church during this time of our transition.

Leslie received her Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and has her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Religion / Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Leslie resides in Princeton, NJ with her husband Chip who is a professor of Old Testament Studies at Princeton Seminary. They have a second home in NC where they have been enjoying some time during the pandemic. They have two young adult sons, Will living in Washington, DC and Henry finishing college in NC. 

Please join us in welcoming Leslie to the PCM.

A socially distanced welcoming reception event is being planned and we will share those details as they become available.


November 5

Sunday Morning Seminar Returns

On Sunday, November 15, Sunday Morning Seminar Returns with “What has Solomon to do with Google? Old Testament Wisdom and our Culture,” led by Anne Stewart.

How do we measure success? How should we love? How should we live? What is wise? Join us for an introduction to the Book of Proverbs and a conversation led by Anne Stewart, about what biblical wisdom has to do with life in the 21st century.

Anne Stewart is Vice President for External Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a Presbyterian minister and the author of Poetic Ethics in Proverbs: Wisdom Literature and the Shaping of the Moral Self. She is a graduate of Smith College, Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University (PhD, Old Testament).


Operation Love Sign Up

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It is time to join our friends at the Church of God in Christ in providing Christmas gifts and food to families and seniors in need in Morris County.  Due to COVID, this year Operation Love will be giving ShopRite and Walmart gift cards and children/teenagers will receive hats, gloves, scarves and socks.

How To Get Involved

Donate Winter Wear for Children and Teenagers.

  • Drop off donations to the Operation Love Bin located on the front porch of the Parish House, Monday – Thursday, 9AM-3PM.  Unwrapped hats, gloves, scarves and socks will be accepted.
  • Go to the PCM Amazon Wish List to purchase winter clothing items.  All item will be delivered to PCM.

Please note, donations will be accepted November 16 thru December 12.

Gift Wrapping Event

  • Sign up to join other volunteers at the Church of God in Christ to wrap and pack gift bags on Wednesday, December 16 and/or Thursday, December 17, from 7-9PM.

Sign Up

Deliver Gift Bags

  • Sign up to deliver gift bags on Saturday, December 19, from 8:45AM-12PM. We will meet at the Church of God in Christ in Morristown.

Masks and social-distancing guidelines will be followed at all in-person events.

Monetary Donations for Gift Cards:

  • Give online.  Go to pcmorristown.org/give and select “Operation Love” from the drop down menu.
  • Mail a check to the PCM Parish House with “Operation Love” in the memo line.
    • 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ  07960

Questions? Contact Karen Griffith.

Thank you for your participation.

November 3

Write a Letter To Our Heroes!
Letter writing to military service members and/or first responders will take place in November (1st-25th).
Our church has enthusiastically taken part in this letter writing campaign in past years, and this is one activity we can still safely do during COVID.

You Can Send Letters Two Ways:
1. Write a postcard online.
The postcards will be printed and sent. 
2. Write letters and mail them to the church:
PCM, 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ.

Please write ‘Operation Gratitude’ on the envelope. The letters will be compiled and sent to Operation Gratitude.
View Letter-Writing Tips Here.

Thank you for your participation… In thanking our nation’s heroes. 

Questions? Contact Donna Here.


The month of November marks our second food drive of the year for Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Interfaith Food Pantry continues to see a very high need for food from families in the area.
Food donations can be dropped off in a bin on the Parish House porch Monday through Thursday from 9AM – 3PM, or at the IFP headquarters:

2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains.
Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 4:30PM.

Monetary donations can also be given online or by sending a check to the church with “Interfaith Food Pantry” written on the memo line.  Click below to see current food needs or to make an online donation.

See Food Pantry Needs Here.

October 28, 2020

SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

On Sunday, November 1 at 9AM, Sunday School will return to the Parish House for youth ages 2 years to 7th grade.  Each week we submerge into our faith journey through community, teaching and discussion. Tap below to contact Alexandra Mead with questions or to register.

October 27, 2020

INTRODUCING THE RE-ENTRY TASKFORCE

We are members of Session representing multiple committees, meeting regularly to organize and safely launch in-person worship at PCM.

Our desire is to start live in-person worship as soon as possible, but not before the new Interim is in place.

We expect to continue with our virtual, pre-recorded worship services as currently produced even after we begin in-person worship.

Our goal is to have the structure and procedures for in-person worship defined and to the greatest extent possible, tested, so that in-person worship is “ready to go” when that Interim is available.

We will be communicating our plans and status to the congregation on at least a monthly basis via letter, email, website and “Moments for Mission”.

Task Force Members
Christy Allison – Co-chair, Ken Clark – Co-chair, David Darcy, Wendy Doidge, Lisa Fraebel, Ed Halldorson, Kevin Hubbard, Jenny Tooley, and Susan Wood.

October 23, 2020

You can now complete the health questionnaire form online.

October 20, 2020

Zoom Coffee Hour Sunday, October 25 at 11AM.

Join Us For Another Spirit-filled Virtual Experience.

Meeting ID: 828 7775 9444 | Passcode: 922604


October 13

Sunday School Returns

On Sunday, November 1, Sunday School Returns to the Parish House for ages 2 years to 7th grade. Each week we submerge into our faith journey through community, teaching and discussion.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HAL CROSTHWAITE (UPDATED)

Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 2pm

It is with great sadness, we share the news of the passing of Hal Crosthwaite in the early morning of September 30, 2020. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 2pm. Due to COVID restrictions, sanctuary attendance is by invitation only, but please join us via livestream at YouTube.com/PCMorristown.

Please keep his wife Carolyn Crosthwaite and stepdaughter, Rev. Sarah Green in your prays.

READ HAL’S OBITUARY

October 9

Confirmation 2021

8th grade and up (for those who may have missed in years past).

Contact Patrick for more information on what’s required of the program and how to sign up.

October 5

Attend An Affinity Zoom Meeting.

Sunday, October 18 from 5-6PM.
RSVP by Friday October 16.

VIRTUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
OCTOBER 5TH-18TH 

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!

This year we are creating a convenient shopping experience for you.
All items purchased will be sent directly to your home. 
(Note – shipping is free after $25 purchase of books).

If you want to support your child’s classroom library,
his or her teacher will share a “Wish List” for the classroom library with you. 

You can easily share the wish list link with family and friends – they can all shop on the fair link.  Each sale supports our school – we earn scholastic dollars with each item purchased.

Scholastic dollars help us purchase items for our school – classroom furniture, books, playground equipment and more.

We thank you for your support!

Jeanne Mueller, Director
Presbyterian Church Nursery School
973-540-1114

September 30

BEREAVEMENT NOTICE

Hal Crosthwaite

It is with great sadness, we share the news of the passing of Hal Crosthwaite in the early morning of September 30, 2020. Please keep his wife Carolyn Crosthwaite and stepdaughter, Rev. Sarah Green in your prays. Proceedings of his memorial service are forthcoming.

September 29

September 23

NEW BABY! Sharon and Mark Lee welcomed their daughter, Maggie Paige Lee, born September 4, 2020.  Maggie joins her big brother Brendan and big sister Logan.

BUILDING OPENING UPDATE

The session in conjunction with input from the Safety Ministry team has re-opened some of the PCM facilities with limited access to staff, members and outside groups. A phased, incremental approach is being implemented that will allow us to understand the demand for access to the buildings and the procedures needed to keep visitors safe.

Meetings will be restricted to Sheffield, Erdman, & South Street Hall rooms – they may be used only once per week. Up to 10 persons may attend a meeting. The meeting coordinator will provide a health questionnaire and a full copy of the building guidelines to each attendee. Meeting requests should be made to administrative assistants or to the Director of Operations.

In brief, those guidelines are: While in the building, all visitors must keep on a face mask and maintain good social distancing. So no hugging, handshakes, holding hands. No food or drinks will be allowed by visitors in the Parish House. Bathroom use should be spaced out to a single person at a time.

Specialized disinfection equipment has been ordered to disinfect the PH & HH on a nightly basis. But until it arrives, room use is limited to ensure safe use by others following a meeting.

Individuals needing access to the PH should contact the Director of Operations.

We recommend that if you have a need for a meeting, you do it outside where convenient. Current data suggests COVID-19 is 20 times less infectious outside than inside a building. Even outside, social distancing should be practiced and masks worn.

Howard House has already re-opened to the tenants on the 2nd floor (it never closed for the Allreds on the 3rd floor!). We are in the process of securing a weekday tenant for the first floor.

September 22

Young Professionals Book/Bible Study Returns tonight at 7PM.

September 14

Join Us For Our Fall Kickoff Events

Today at 1:30PM
Small Group Bible Study – Open To All
Contact Alexandra Mead for more info or to sign up.

Wednesday, September 15 at 4:15PM
Midweek Programs Return!
K – 5th grade – Contact Alexandra Mead for more info. 
Middle School – Contact Patrick Allred for more info.

Every Friday at 1PM
Family Caregiver Group – For those caring for a loved-one
Contact Pastor Sarah for more info.

Saturday, September 19 at 10AM
Jan’s Closet – Outdoor Clothing Bank.
No clothing donations will be accepted at this time
Contact Susan Palmer for more information or to volunteer.

Sunday, September 20 at 11AM
 Zoom Coffee Hour
Be on the lookout for login info this week.

Sunday, September 20 at 1:30PM
All Youth Ministry Kickoff
Contact Patrick Allred for more info.

Tuesday, September 22 at 7PM
Young Professionals Bible Study Returns!
Contact Patrick Allred for more info or sign up here.



September 8

Questions? 
Contact Karen Griffith.

September 2

Introducing PCM’s New Bridge Interim PastorThe Rev. Dr. Ed Halldorson, former senior pastor of the Chatham Township Presbyterian Church for 29 years, will serve as the interim bridge minister beginning September 1.

The Reverend Dr. Edward Halldorson is the Pastor Emeritus of The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, NJ. Born and raised on Long Island, Ed was educated at Lafayette College and Princeton Theological
Seminary. He has served as the Associate Pastor of the Penfield Presbyterian Church near Rochester, NY, and as Senior Pastor at the First United Church (Presbyterian), Silver Creek, NY, before accepting the call to Chatham Township as Head of Staff in 1988. He retired from the Chatham Township church in 2019 after serving for over thirty years.

Ed and his wife, Linda, have four grown children: David, Christopher, Steve, and Emily; three daughters-in-law (Janine, Susan, and Chrissy), a son-in-law (Ebube Bakosi); nine granddaughters and three grandsons. Ed enjoys writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. While we are sad to see Dave leave, we welcome Ed as our Bridge Interim Pastor. Session is currently searching for an Interim Pastor and Ed will be with us until that Interim is found.

August 27

Red Cross Blood Drive Returns October 1, 2020

The Red Cross will return to South Street Hall on Thursday, October 1st from 11AM-4PM. An appointment is required.

August 20

BEREAVEMENT

With sadness, we report the passing of member Donna Kowalski on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  Please hold in prayer her husband Ed, grandchildren Caleigh and Liam Lawlor, son-in-law Jason, her daughters and the rest of their family.  The family is not planning a memorial service at this time, but hopes to hold one at some point in the future.

BUILDING OPENING UPDATE

The session in conjunction with input from the Safety Ministry team has re-opened some of the PCM facilities with limited access to staff, members and outside groups. A phased, incremental approach is being implemented that will allow us to understand the demand for access to the buildings and the procedures needed to keep visitors safe.

Meetings will be restricted to Sheffield, Erdman, & South Street Hall rooms – they may be used only once per week. Up to 10 persons may attend a meeting. The meeting coordinator will provide a health questionnaire and a full copy of the building guidelines to each attendee. Meeting requests should be made to administrative assistants or to the Director of Operations.

In brief, those guidelines are: While in the building, all visitors must keep on a face mask and maintain good social distancing. So no hugging, handshakes, holding hands. No food or drinks will be allowed by visitors in the Parish House. Bathroom use should be spaced out to a single person at a time.

Specialized disinfection equipment has been ordered to disinfect the PH & HH on a nightly basis. But until it arrives, room use is limited to ensure safe use by others following a meeting.

Individuals needing access to the PH should contact the Director of Operations.

We recommend that if you have a need for a meeting, you do it outside where convenient. Current data suggests COVID-19 is 20 times less infectious outside than inside a building. Even outside, social distancing should be practiced and masks worn.

Howard House has already re-opened to the tenants on the 2nd floor (it never closed for the Allreds on the 3rd floor!). We are in the process of securing a weekday tenant for the first floor.

August 13

Linda Gaden’s Livestream Ordination via YouTube.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 AT 10AM.
Go to youtube.com/pcmorristown.

Linda Gaden will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown.

Because of the Pandemic seating is limited and is by invitation only. Linda is so very thankful for all who have supported her through the years and regrets that many will not be able to be present with for this important moment. The Service will be live streamed at YouTube.com/pcmorristown.

Linda has been called as the pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Pittstown, NJ in Elizabeth Presbytery.

Notes and cards can be sent to Linda at 21 Malcolm St. Morristown, NJ 07960.

August 5

New Virtual Group: How to Be An Antiracist

Dr. Matt Webb will lead a weekly virtual book group on Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist.

Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

Registration is now open! 

Amazon.com: How To Be an Antiracist eBook: Kendi, Ibram X.: Kindle ...

August 3

August 21 and 23 – Dave and Ann’s Farewell Drive-In

Join us in a final farewell for Dave and Ann in the parking lot of the Parish House (65 South Street). Members will be asked to pull into a parking space and stay in their car.  Dave and Ann will visit from car to car and give out some goodies and fun items we will have on hand.

You may choose from the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 21 from 1PM-3PM
  • Sunday, August 23 from 11AM-1PM
  • Sunday, August 23 from 3:30-5:30PM

Please note, rsvp required.

July 30

Pastor Dave Resigns – Read letter:

Dear Members and Friends of PCM,

In a year that unfolded in ways we never anticipated, PCM has remained strong in the hope that God is at work in, among, and through us. This church has been a beacon of Christ’s love and presence and will continue to be as it faithfully responds to God’s call, as individuals and a congregation.

I have prayerfully sought God’s heart, and searched my own, regarding God’s call for me in ministry. I’ve contemplated retirement since I can “officially” do so, but decided I am not quite ready for that. However, it became evident that different leadership will be necessary for PCM to effectively answer God’s call for its next steps in ministry and mission.

In order for this to happen, it was necessary for me to inquire about other ministry opportunities. After the first of the year, I was asked to consider different interim pastor positions. One situation, in particular, transitioned quickly and I committed to serve as Transitional/Interim Senior Pastor for the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. And then the reality of COVID-19 unfolded. It was incumbent to delay both my announcement and departure date for some months. I will now be completing my work at PCM on August 23.

In ministry together, we have made decisions big and small, and celebrated Christ’s transforming work in and through us. Ann and I count it a privilege to have walked alongside you these past (almost) ten years in times of both joy and sorrow. As we remain cognizant of God-with-us, we can be assured that our journeys will continue to unfold in new and fresh ways. My prayer will remain steadfast that the ministry we shared during this season together will be brought to completion by God at the day of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and keep you.

In Christ’s love,

Dave

Dave’s Final Devotion

Thursday, July 30

Hope for the Journey – Benediction

Today we conclude our look at the non-Pauline letters in the New Testament with Jude’s benediction. This message will also conclude the devotional journey we have taken over the past four and a half months. I am sure most who are reading this have received a letter which announced my resignation from the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. (A link to the letter follows this devotion.) Shortly, I will begin work as an interim pastor in Indianapolis, IN, a step I initiated as I discerned God’s will for my next chapter in ministry. A particular blessing of the IN church’s location is that it brings us closer to extended family.

I have been personally encouraged by our discipline of glimpsing into scripture as we have experienced renewed calls for racial justice while navigating the unknown path of a pandemic. My initial prayer was that we would recognize avenues of hope for our journeys in the passages we read together. My ongoing prayer is that we, and the whole of the PCM community, will continue to be renewed through daily spiritual disciplines that keep us faithfully seeking God-with-us for the days ahead. I join with Jude to share this benediction:

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

Read past devotions from Dave.

July 22

JAN’S CLOSET – OUTDOOR CLOTHING BANK

In need of some new or gently used clothes for the summer?  Stop by for Jan’s Closet – Outdoors, on Tuesday, July 28 from 10AM-11:30AM in the parking lot of the Parish House at 65 South Street, and choose from our best selection of in-season apparel for men, women and children. Please note, this event is free and open to the public, and all items are first come first serve. 

Social-distancing and face masks required.

July 20

ZOOM COFFEE HOURSunday, August 2nd and 16th at 11AM

Save the date for Sunday coffee hour! Meeting info coming soon. Be sure to sign up for churchmail to receive the latest news and updates from PCM.

BIBLE STUDY, COFFEE AND REV. PAULA COOPER: A Special 4-Week Series

July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11
Join our PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Rev. Paula Cooper, for a special summer Bible study!  Rev. Cooper is regional liaison for East Central Africa and facilitates PC(USA) relationships with partner churches and institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia, where the church is growing rapidly and pastoral training and leadership development are of major concern.  She describes her leadership style as one that “deliberately works toward developing a culture that values a collaboration of God’s people and their gifts for ministry.”  Register now to receive the Zoom log-in.

Young Professionals Bible Study

Contact Patrick Allred for more info.

July 13

RENT RELIEF FUND TO BEGIN COLLECTING APPLICATIONS!
We are still collecting donations here, but thanks to your generosity & the generosity of many of our congregations, Wind of the Spirit will begin collecting applications for the rent relief fund in the coming days. An application is available here for download. 

July 9

July 16 at 7PM

Tap to view entire image.

The Morris County Human Relations Commission is sponsoring an online Webinar in regard to “trauma” and the ensuing effect it can have. 
“The ABC’s of Trauma”  led by Kristin Miller:

  • Clinical Director at Mosaic Counseling & Consulting
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall – Teaches Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the Zoom Meeting via computer or phone.
REGISTER HERE.

July 6

BUILDING OPENING UPDATE

The session in conjunction with input from the Safety Ministry team has re-opened some of the PCM facilities with limited access to staff, members and outside groups. A phased, incremental approach is being implemented that will allow us to understand the demand for access to the buildings and the procedures needed to keep visitors safe.

Meetings will be restricted to Sheffield, Erdman, & South Street Hall rooms – they may be used only once per week. Up to 10 persons may attend a meeting. The meeting coordinator will provide a health questionnaire and a full copy of the building guidelines to each attendee. Meeting requests should be made to administrative assistants or to the Director of Operations.

In brief, those guidelines are: While in the building, all visitors must keep on a face mask and maintain good social distancing. So no hugging, handshakes, holding hands. No food or drinks will be allowed by visitors in the Parish House. Bathroom use should be spaced out to a single person at a time.

Specialized disinfection equipment has been ordered to disinfect the PH & HH on a nightly basis. But until it arrives, room use is limited to ensure safe use by others following a meeting.

Individuals needing access to the PH should contact the Director of Operations.

We recommend that if you have a need for a meeting, you do it outside where convenient. Current data suggests COVID-19 is 20 times less infectious outside than inside a building. Even outside, social distancing should be practiced and masks worn.

Howard House has already re-opened to the tenants on the 2nd floor (it never closed for the Allreds on the 3rd floor!). We are in the process of securing a weekday tenant for the first floor.

‘United in Crisis’: Morris Diversity Day 2020 Invitation

Diversity Day Online is Sunday, July 12

June 29

Rocky Railway will be rolling into the parking lot of the Parish House August 17-21. We will learn how Jesus’ power helps us to do hard things, gives us hope and helps us to be bold.

We have very limited openings for children in 1st—5th grade. Register below. Contact Alexandra Mead with any questions including safety precautions.

June 16

June 15

Contact:

June 11

The Community and Membership Committee would like to invite those who attended the Monthly Fellowship Luncheons to join them for a Zoom Dessert on Thursday, June 25th at 12:30pm.   For those interested in participating, a dessert will be delivered to your house so that you could have a cup of coffee or tea and dessert as we meet together on line.  Indicate your interest by filling out this form.   Please respond by Thursday, June 18.  Hope to see you on June 25!

June 6

Lament, Repent, Resolve: A Call to Action
Morris Area Interfaith Clergy Council Gathering and Virtual Vigil this Sunday at 7pm. Learn more.

June 4

The Annual Electronics Recycling Event Is Coming

On Sunday, June 28 from 9am to 12 noon in the PCM Parish House Parking Lot, join us in discarding unwanted/unneeded/out-of-date electronics responsibly. Be sure to carefully read which items will be accepted. Feel free to contact Tom Guthrie or Ann Smazik with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE:  Anyone dropping off items for this event is asked to wear a face mask and gloves.

June 2

Help Our Neighbors in Need Due to COVID-19
MORRIS AREA RENT RELIEF FUND

In response to COVID-19, Morris Area NJ Together leaders, the Morris Area Clergy Council, Wind of the Spirit, and their allies at Cornerstone Family Programs / Morristown Neighborhood House have been working to address rent insecurity in Morris County. As part of this work and with the help of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, they have set up a rent relief fund that is hosted by Cornerstone Family Programs / Morristown Neighborhood House.

You may also mail checks directly to Cornerstone at:

Cornerstone Family Programs, 80 Washington St.  Morristown, NJ.  07960.   It is very important that Morris Area Rent Relief is on the memo line. Learn more.

May 30

TONIGHT (5/30) 7:00 pm – WE Stand in Solidarity car processional and physically distanced candlelight vigil beginning at Morristown High School. This in tribute to those who recently have lost their lives to acts of racism.

Sunday, 6/7, an on-line vigil will be sponsored by the Morris Area Clergy Council. Details to follow.

May 26

Presbyterian Women Scholarship

Each year Presbyterian Women awards a scholarship to someone desiring to continue their education post-high school. The scholarship is available to all members (age 17 and older) actively involved in the life of this church. Applications must be returned by June 5, 2020. The scholarship will be awarded on Recognition Sunday, June 28, 2020. Apply here or view additional scholarships.

Young Professionals Bible Study

Resumes tonight at 7pm with a special game night. Contact Patrick for login info and to be added to the YP Bible Study contact list at .

May 18

Bereavement

With sorrow, we share the passing of long-time member John Whittemore on Saturday, May 16, 2020.  Please keep his wife Beth and their children and grandchildren in your prayers.

Midweek Prayer Call with Pastor Sarah Green

Wednesdays at 1pm
Call (929) 205-6099. When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 890 0734 1586.

May 12

New Book Group: Once Upon a River led by Sarah Galo.

Learn more or register here.

May 11

May 4

Breeze Account Updates by June 30, 2020

We are quickly finding that staying connected is more than just being physically together.  Having correct and current contact information is important for PCM to keep you informed. Breeze allows us to email, text, or call our church family, and stay connected when we cannot be together.

We need you to:

  • Log into pcm.breezechms.com
  • Confirm you have uploaded a picture?
  • Is my mailing address correct?
  • Is the correct “head of household” listed?
  • Is the email listed the one I want my church emails going to?
  • Do I have the correct cell phone listed so I can get text alerts from the church with important or time sensitive information?

How to update your profile:

  • Log into pcm.breezechms.com
  • Click on “People”
  • Type in your name
  • Click the gray header over the section you wish to edit.
  • Make the desired changes.
  • Click the blue save button on the gray header to complete your changes.

Need Help?

If you need help or don’t recall how to log into Breeze, contact Director of Operations, Dan Keoppel at .

We hope all of our members can update their profile by June 30 so we can be sure to include you in the latest communications.

COVID19/Coronavius updates can be found here.