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SEPTEMBER 15

Bereavement

With sadness we share news of the recent death of Betty Thomas, daughter the Rev. Dr. Mutch of whom our Mutch Hall is named after, on Monday, September 13, 2021. We will share more details as they come in.


Hat Giveaway

In honor of Fall Kickoff, this Sunday, September 19th, we will be giving away our brand new PCM hats! Stop by the tables located in the Narthex at the Church on the Green, verify your contact info on file, and receive your free hat!


Parish House Parking Lot Update

Please note, on Saturday, September 18th, our neighbors at St. Peter’s Church have reserved the Parish House parking lot from 9:00am to 2:00pm for their parishioners as they celebrate the Institution of their new Rector, The Reverend Anne C. Thatcher. Please plan to park on the street on Saturday morning.


Outreach and Table of Hope Thanks You!

Above: Michele Oswald, Table of Hope Program Director and Volunteers

The Outreach Committee and Table of Hope thanks our congregants and our Vacation Bible School for your extremely generous donation of over 2,000 food serving items, 250 paper products and 260 cleaning products. We also thank our members for your very kind and heartfelt donations of $1,425. These generous donations will assist with the serving of food to individuals and families in need in Morris County. Together we are making a difference in people’s lives.

SEPTEMBER 14

NEW LIFE!

With joy we announce the birth of Hudson Dormer on July 27, 2021, son of Chelsea and Kevin Dormer and little brother to Madison and Zoe!


Blessing of the Backpacks

SEPTEMBER 8

Pastoral Update

Grace and peace to you!
This is the time when students return to school, and families settle in back at home after summer travels. Here at PCM we are starting back with fall scheduling, with appropriate safety precautions. The Nursery School begins tomorrow, so we are masking in the Parish House, and we continue to mask during worship at 10am. Director of Christian Education Alexandra Mead is enrolling children in Sunday school. Youth group and music rehearsals resume this week. We are live streaming our 10am worship services, but if you are comfortable, please come back to worship in person in the sanctuary. It is such a joy to witness people greeting one another in the narthex after so much time apart. It is a joy for me to be able to meet people in person, and not just on a zoom screen. It is so good to be together to praise God!
Blessings, Leslie


New Life

With joy, we announce the recent birth of Robert David Ness, son of Stephanie and Michael Ness and little brother to Rebecca!


Cats In Need of Loving Homes

Following the passing of Thelma Kay, the family is looking for homes for her two cherished 11-year old tabbies (both spayed). While these two are sisters, they are not bonded and would actually do better in separate homes.

Millie is a submissive and shy 11-year old tabby who would thrive in a quiet home where she is doted on and adored so that she can find her confidence. Having spent her life hiding from her sister, she is looking for someone to help her come out of her shell and will do better in a home where she is the only pet.

Darlie is a soulful 11-year old tabby who is friendly, outgoing and confident, and sometimes goes by the nick-name “Whitefoot”. She will likely do fine in any environment.

Those interested may contact Marilyn Kitchell at .


Annual Coat Drive

Outreach & Market Street Mission

On November 6, 2021, the Market Street Mission will sponsor its 31st annual Coat Drive held on the Morristown Green from 10am – 1pm. The coat drive provides hundreds of coats to those in need in our community. Please help by donating new and gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for men, women and children (please NO wind breakers, rain jackets or sweaters). There is always a need for more men’s coats and men’s and women’s sizes 2x-3x.
Drop off your donations beginning September 12th in the marked bins located on the porch of the Parish House, Monday through Thursday, 9am – 3pm or at Sunday service. Thank you for your participation!

SEPTEMBER 1

Fall Kickoff – All Committee Night including Deacons!

On Thursday, September 9th at 7pm via Zoom we will host the Fall Kickoff with all committees and Deacons. If you do not receive an email with the Zoom log in by Tuesday, September 7th, please contact your Committee Chair.


Share Your Summer Photos With Us!

Thank you all for your participation. We received some great summer photos. Check out these below and be on the lookout for more!

THE KARLS AND WILLIAMSES IN THE OUTER BANKS

THE KARLS IN CHICAGO


THE STEBBINS


THE FRAEBELS

After the last year and a half, we’ve all had to re-adjust… Now, in the fall of 2021, we want to see how you spent your summer days in a semi post-pandemic world. Submit your summer photos to us now through September 12. Be sure to include one to two lines about where you are, who you’re with, and –if applicable — what activity you are doing. Please limit to 2 photos per submission. Your images will appear in the October issue of Tower Tidings, in churchmail, on the PCM website, and maybe even on our Instagram and Facebook pages!
Send photos to Cali at by Sunday, September 12.

AUGUST 31

A New Issue of Tower Tidings is here!

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AUGUST 24

Fall Kickoff Reminder

All Committee Night (including Deacons!) will be held Thursday, September 9th via Zoom. If you do not receive an email with the Zoom log in by Tuesday, September 7th, please contact your Committee Chair.


Vacation Bible School 2021 Video, Courtesy of Bruce Frazier


Outreach Table of Hope Donation Drive -Commercial-Sized

Table of Hope serves meals five nights a week to anyone in need of a “warm meal and a smile”. It has emerged to impact families throughout Morris County with over 100,000 meals served since 2013. Since the pandemic Table of Hope has delivered 220 tons of food to more than 9,000 families and expanded their operations to include a Mobile Food Pantry.

Help Table of Hope restock serving supplies they are greatly in need of.  Drop off donations at the Parish House or at Sunday service.  You can also donate through our Amazon Wish List, online through Breeze, or by mailing a check to the Parish House.  Please be sure to note “Table of Hope” in the memo line.  Thank you for your continued support of Outreach and Table of Hope.

List of items needed:

  • Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges or scouring pads
  • Foam Food Takeout Containers (3 compartments with lids)
  • Compostable Foil Roasting/Steam Pans (full or half sizes)
  • Food Storage Bags (snack, sandwich or quart size)
  • 8 oz. Coffee Paper Cups
  • 8 oz. Plastic Cups with Lids
  • 54 x 108 inch rectangle red plastic tablecloth
  • Paper towels
  • 65 Gallon trash bags
  • Compostable, Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags
  • 1000 Sq Feet Aluminum Foil
  • Box of Individually Wrapped Plastic Forks
  • Toilet Paper
  • 15 inch Plastic stretch wrap

AUGUST 18

Bereavement Notice

With sorrow, we share news of the passing of Ching-Mei Wang, wife of Benson Wang, on Friday, August 13, 2021. Please hold Benson and their daughter Cindy and son-in-law Jeff in your prayers. We will hold a memorial service for Ching-Mei on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 1:30pm in the sanctuary, following the same COVID protocols as Sunday worship. You may send condolences to Benson Wang at 6 Deborah Drive, Morristown, NJ 07960 or .


Farewell Dan

After four short years, our Director of Operations, Dan Keoppel is leaving us. Dan has accepted a role as Chief Operating Officer of the International Project, a mission organization based in NYC seeking to initiate church-planting within the diaspora: immigrant communities in the US and across the world. During his stay, Dan has fundamentally re-shaped PCM’s systems, processes, and technology to help staff and members better serve PCM’s mission and our surrounding community. We pray Dan much success in his new role. He will continue to worship with his family and serve as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Boonton. Dan’s last day in the office will be Friday, August 27th.


AUGUST 12

Bereavement Notice

With sadness we share news of the passing of Thelma Kay on August 8, 2021. Thelma was a member here for 73 years! Please keep her family in your prayers. Condolences can be sent to her daughter, Barbara Eames at 6 Cove Lane Road, Whippany, NJ, 07981 or .


Parish House Parking Update

Vacation Bible School kicks off on Monday, August 16 and will run through Friday, August 20. Parking at the Parish House will be limited. Should you need to visit the Parish House, please do not park in the middle aisle, please park in the parking spaces to the far left, near the library. Thank you.


Blood Drive

Join us on Thursday, August 26th from 11AM-4PM as we host another American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Parish House-South Street Hall. To register, go to redcrossblood.org and input our zip code (07960) or “pcmorristown” to locate us. You can also call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment. Please note, this is a free event but registration is required.


Free Virtual Cooking Class

Sunday, September 5th at 4PM. Register Now.

This is the 9th episode of our cooking party series sponsored by the Diversity Coalition of Morris County. This month’s recipe will be Kenyan Chicken Pilau! Class will be held on Zoom and lead by Esther Mwekali, who is visiting from Nairobi. The recipe is in our online cookbook if you would like to check out the ingredients. After you RSVP, you will receive a Zoom Link. Cooking is optional, please join us!

We encourage everyone to obtain the necessary ingredients beforehand and have them prepared in your kitchen before the class begins. See you there! Learn More! Visit the DCMC at Diversitydaymc.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/Diversitydaymc.

AUGUST 4

RISE High School Mission Trip

Our High Schoolers are the best! Check out their recent Mission Trip with RISE.
Photo Cr: Patrick Allred.


Submissions Reminder

Submit your articles and entries for the upcoming issue of Tower Tidings. Send submissions to the Lisa Fraebel at by Tuesday, August 10.

JULY 28

Pastoral Update

Interim Pastor Leslie will be on study leave and vacation from July 29-August 20th. She will not be reading her PCM email during her time away. Pastor Sarah will be preaching on August 1 and August 15th, and the Rev. Steve Huston will be preaching August 8th. Steve serves as the co-leader of the new Northeast NJ Presbytery, and also as Resource and Transition coordinator for Highlands Presbytery. Leslie will be back to preach on August 22nd.


Memorial Garden Interment

Sunday, August 1 at 11 AM, immediately following morning worship, we will inter Nancy Hetzel’s ashes in the Memorial Garden. All who wish are welcome to attend. The family will hold a full memorial service for Nancy sometime in the fall.


Purple Apron Meal Kits Update

Darnell Tillett, security guard at nourish.NJ received the donation of Purple Apron meal kits. Circle 5 provided 80 amazing dinners for families in need. Every meal kit was handed out the day it came in! Our guests are so appreciative of the healthy and delicious dinners, and that Presbyterian Women are continuing to support this effort. Learn More about Purple Apron.


Table of Hope Drive

Table of Hope Donation Drive – Think Commercial Sized
Runs from Sunday, August 8 to Sunday, August 29

Table of Hope was founded by the members of Bethel Church in Morristown and has been supported by our church since 2013. Table of Hope serves meals five nights a week to anyone in need of a warm meal and a smile. Every week they serve over 300 hot meals and distribute groceries to up to 2,000 families at their food pantries. The need for food has become so great since the pandemic that distribution increased tenfold in Morristown alone! Table of Hope expanded their operations with a Mobile Food Pantry serving our neighbors throughout Morris County and receives donations from the Community Food Bank of NJ to support these efforts.

Please donate “Commercial Sized” supplies and food items to help Table of Hope feed families and individuals in need in Morris County. Bulk amounts as opposed to household sizes can be found at stores such as Costco. Donations can be dropped at the Parish House Monday-Thursday, 9 AM – 3 PM, or at Sunday service. You can also donate through our Amazon Wish List below or online through Breeze. If mailing a check, please note “Table of Hope” in the memo line.

List of items needed:

  • Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges or scouring pads
  • Foam Food Takeout Containers (3 compartments with lids)
  • Compostable Foil Roasting/Steam Pans (full or half sizes)
  • Food Storage Bags (snack, sandwich or quart size)
  • 8 oz. Coffee Paper Cups
  • 8 oz. Plastic Cups with Lids
  • 54 x 108 inch rectangle red plastic tablecloth
  • Paper towels
  • 65 Gallon trash bags
  • Compostable, Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags
  • 1000 Sq Feet Aluminum Foil
  • Box of Individually Wrapped Plastic Forks
  • Toilet Paper
  • 15 inch Plastic stretch wrap

Questions? Contact Karen Griffith.


“Thinking of You” Cards

Bring joy to our Friends at Spring Hills Assisted Living-Morristown

During the month of August, you are invited to send “Thinking of You” cards to the residents of Spring Hills, Morristown. PCM provides lay services for the residents of Spring Hills and recently received approval to resume in-person services starting in October. Deacons and volunteers from the congregation provide a brief message, piano accompaniment for music, serve as greeters, and assist residents as needed. If you would like to send a card or learn more about getting involved, please contact Helen Quinn directly.
Cards deadline: Monday, August 16.


Saturday, August 12

Blood Drive

Register for Blood Drive Here

JULY 13

Bereavement Notice

With sadness we share news that Sandy Danforth passed away on June 3, 2021. Condolences may be sent to Sandy’s sister, Ann Burke, 28 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Brick, NJ 08724, or by visiting Norman Dean Funeral Services. A memorial service will be held in September.

Free Cooking Class!

Sunday, July 18 at 4 PM

The DCMC food committee has a variety of multicultural recipes that will be shared throughout the year via FREE virtual cooking classes, starting with a pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Pumpkin pie back in 2020 and this month’s recipe, Yellow Chickpea Lentils with Zucchini–Tarka Daal (Vegan) and Gobi Manchurian Cauliflower (Vegan).

The event will be about 45 minutes and there will be a moderator so that everyone can ask questions and follow along at home. The class encourages participation for adults, families and children.

Cooking is optional.
All recipes and ingredients will be sent out in advance only to those who have registered.

Register For Class Here

Bereavement Notice

With sadness we share news that Bob Sumner passed away on July 9, 2021. Please keep his wife Mary Ellen and their family in your prayers. Condolences may be sent to Mary Ellen Sumner, 13-19 Franklin Place, #6B, Morristown, NJ 07960.


Diversity Day 2021 – Watch Now via Facebook

JULY 8

Jan’s Closet Saturday, July 10


Diversity Day, Sunday, July 11


Free Cooking Class!

Sunday, July 18 at 4 PM

The DCMC food committee has a variety of multicultural recipes that will be shared throughout the year via FREE virtual cooking classes, starting with a pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Pumpkin pie back in 2020 and this month’s recipe, Yellow Chickpea Lentils with Zucchini–Tarka Daal (Vegan) and Gobi Manchurian Cauliflower (Vegan).

The event will be about 45 minutes and there will be a moderator so that everyone can ask questions and follow along at home. The class encourages participation for adults, families and children.

Cooking is optional.
All recipes and ingredients will be sent out in advance only to those who have registered.

Register For Class Here


Sanctuary Flowers

Enjoying the beautiful flowers on Sunday? We need your help to keep our Sanctuary decorated! Please contact Lynne Harmen for information about flower donations.


Memorial Service Save-the-Dates

Joyce Zelmer: Wednesday, July 21 at 3:30 PM
George and Peg Ebel: Saturday, July 24 at 10 AM

Both services will be in the sanctuary. Pre-registration isn’t necessary, but we will follow the same protocols as for Sunday worship. Please join us as we celebrate the lives of these saints of our congregation who have died this year.


Bereavement Notice

With sadness we share news that Shirley Scott passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021. Please keep her husband Ed and their family in your prayers. Shirley and Ed have been members of PCM since 1962.


Matthew 25

As a Matthew 25 church and a member of Morris Area Together, PCM has renewed our long-standing commitment to eradicating poverty and improving quality of life for all in our community.  The Morris Area Together Housing Team identified the establishment of a Morris County Homeless Trust Fund as an important step in addressing housing insecurity in our area.  Learn more about this fund and sign the petition to encourage our County Commissioners to take this valuable action.

JULY 1

Office Closure

In recognition of Independence Day, PCM Offices will be closed on Monday, July 5.


Bereavement Notice

With sadness, we share that Nancy Hetzel passed away on June 30, 2021 at the age of 93. Please keep her daughters Sandy and Margot and their families in your prayers. We will share news of arrangements once they are made.


New Tower Tidings Newsletter

An all new issue of Tower Tidings is here. Click image below to view now

JUNE 30

Pastoral Update – Storytelling Meetings

The Discernment Team is hosting a series of “Storytelling Meetings” as the next step in the presbytery’s required Discernment Process. These will be 90 minute small group gatherings in Sheffield Hall. Please sign up for one of these Storytelling Meetings and come and share your experience of life at PCM! Storytelling Meeting dates are Monday July 19th at 7pm, Wednesday July 21 at 10am, Monday July 26th at 7pm, Wednesday July 28th at 10am. If your schedule did not permit attendance at one of the Timeline Events, please sign up for a Storytelling Meeting. The Discernment Team is hoping to include as many voices as possible in the Discernment Process.
Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp
Peace…Grace…Hope

JUNE 29

Pastoral Update – Identifying Session and Deacon Members

The Nominating Committee has begun its work identifying potential leaders to serve on the Session, the Board of Deacons, and eventually, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). While the Pastor Nominating Committee will not be elected by the congregation for several months yet, the Nominating Committee wants to consider potential names for that important committee as they are identifying names for the Session and the Deacons. If you have ideas or suggestions for Ruling Elder, Deacon, or PNC member, please send an email to Elder Wayne Rush, chair of the Nominating Committee.
Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp
Peace…Grace…Hope


Bereavement Notice

The church mourns the passing of longtime member Charles Graydon “Gray” Rogers. Gray was an Elder and member of the Finance Committee, and he was on the Pastor Nominating Committee that called the Reverend Thomas Sheffield. Gray was predeceased by his wife, Mollie, in 2016. Services will be private.


Volunteer, Make A Difference!

For the past 15 months, due to COVID, many of our volunteer opportunities were put on hold. Despite the challenges, our church members continued to support our community and we are truly grateful for that. As we move out of the pandemic, we’re excited to announce some volunteer experiences once again! If you and/or any of your family members are interested, we’d love to have you! Please read below for project offerings. We have both remote and in-person opportunities. NOTE: Our organizations are making sure to take safety precautions for all volunteer opportunities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES

JUNE 23

Building Update

Openpath access to church buildings has been restored.  Building entry and schedules have been reset to pre-pandemic permissions. Questions?  Contact the office:  or call 973-538-1776.


Sunday Media Volunteers Needed


Celebration of Life

Former member Sally Coulson’s family invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, July 10th at 10:30 am at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19803. A picnic lunch will follow at the Pavilion at Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807 at Noon (a 10 minute drive from the church).

Please contact Sally’s daughter Sandy by Monday, July 5th, if you plan to attend the picnic so they can plan accordingly. Sally was confirmed at PCM in 1952 and remained an active member for much of her life.

Diversity Day A Time For Healing

JUNE 15

Senior Recognition Sunday

This Sunday, June 20th!
Don’t miss our Senior Recognition service this Sunday, June 20th! Our seniors this year are Henry Annis, Mekhi Lawrence, Danielle Redgate, Thomas Stark, and Nathan Wood. Join us as they help lead us in worship and are recognized in front of the congregation. Our families will also have tables set-up in the Narthex with memories from their adolescent years. These tables will also be a perfect spot to drop-off graduation cards for our seniors. See you then! View Grads Here: A New Churchmail Is Here (mailchi.mp).

JUNE 8

Pastoral Announcement

“… If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together
with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.” (Paul, I Corinthians 12:26-27)
“Let the little children come to me…” (Jesus, in Mark 10)

Grace and peace to you!

I am delighted to share information about what to expect when we return to worship in the sanctuary this
Sunday, June 13th, at 10am. It will be glorious to be together in our historic space. We will continue to
pre-record worship services until live-streaming is available. We want to stay connected to the community
that finds grace and solace in worshiping with us online.

What to Expect as we Return to the Sanctuary

The Safety Team and the Re-Entry Task Force are capping worship attendance at 140 for now, per spacing
guidelines laid out last fall. The Safety Team has discontinued use of the COVID Questionnaire (hallelujah!),
however we still need to collect information for contact tracing, should it be necessary. We must have a daily
record of who has entered our buildings, including Sundays. Therefore, if you plan to come to worship in the
sanctuary, please reserve your spots ahead of time at rsvp.church, or by calling the church office. On Sunday mornings, the Greeters will welcome you and check you in. There will be a few bulletins printed out, but our hope is that you will continue to download the bulletin onto your tablet/phone ahead of time. Bulletins will be available each week by Thursday afternoon.

As you walk into the sanctuary it will be clear which pews are available for seating. There will be offering
plates available in the narthex, but there will not be a collection taken during the worship service. After the
benediction and postlude, the ushers will dismiss us a pew at a time, beginning with the rear of the sanctuary,
to limit crowding the aisles. The ushers will encourage folks to step outside to enjoy catching up with their
friends.

For now, we ask that everyone continue wearing masks inside all of our buildings, including the sanctuary. As
you know, children are not yet eligible for vaccination, and we want to keep them safe. As the Apostle Paul
writes in I Corinthians 12, we are all members of the body of Christ, and “the members of the body that seem
to be weaker are indispensable” (v. 22). It would be strange and a little scary for our children to be the only
ones wearing masks in our buildings. By wearing our masks indoors we continue to incarnate “community
that matters” as we protect children and immunocompromised members.

For now, there will be no congregational singing, though the hymns will be available at the back of the online
bulletin for you to read and hum along. Our gifted keyboardists, singers, and instrumentalists will share music
with us throughout the summer. The Safety Team is working with members of the music staff to review
current data regarding singing and safety. There is a lot of data, and it is not always clear. The plan is to begin
with masked soloists singing from the chancel. I look forward to the time when we can all sing together.
I have missed that so much!

We have implemented these protocols to keep our community as safe as possible. When an issue is somewhat
muddied or unclear, we want to err on the side of protection. COVID has taught us to be patient, to take
things a step at a time, and to revisit protocols regularly.

Thank you for your patience and your commitment to this community. Let us worship God together!

Blessings,
Interim Pastor Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

Peace…Grace…Hope


MAY 27

In-person worship returns to the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 13 at 10 AM! Please be on the lookout for additional updates as we move closer to the date.

MAY 25

Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) Donation Drive

GIVING HOPE AND HELP! JBWS provides safety, support and solutions for abuse. Domestic abuse impacts 1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men and 1 in 3 children. During COVID, victims have been trapped with their abusers. Loss of jobs and 24/7 parenting has increased stress levels. Even now, victims still need safety, goods and resources. JBWS is helping victims through its shelter, transitional housing and helpline. However, due to increased expenses from COVID and an economic downturn JBWS can use your help!

Outreach is running a donation drive from June 1st to June 27th to provide JBWS with basic items they are in need of:

Please consider donating basic items that JBWS is in need of, including:

  • Assorted Cereals
  • 24oz. Jars of Pasta Sauce
  • 2 lb. bags of White or Brown Rice
  • 16 oz. Bags of Dry Beans
  • Sunscreen Lotion or Spray
  • SPF 50
  • Bubble Kit and/or Solution
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Windex
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Lysol Cleaning Spray
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins
  • $25 gift card: Shop Rite, Visa, Walmart

Here’s How to Donate!

Donation of Goods:

  • Drop off items in the JBWS donation bin at in-person worship or on the Parish House porch Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Click on the PCM Amazon Wish List link https://a.co/9royBmk to purchase an item(s). Item(s) will be delivered to the Parish House for delivery to JBWS.

Monetary Donations for Gift Cards:

  • Mail a check to the Parish House at PCM – 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. Specify “JBWS” on the memo line.
  • Give online. Go to pcmorristown.org/give and select “JBWS” from the drop down menu.

Thank you for your generous support of JBWS and victims of abuse! Questions? Contact Karen Griffith.


IFPN FOOD DRIVE—WE DID IT!!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our congregation, Sunday and Wednesday school families, the Nursery School, youth, staff and everyone who stepped up and contributed to the International Food Pantry Network. Outreach has collected over 750 pounds of food in these last two weeks, and we and IFPN are so grateful.

MAY 20

Pentecost Sunday, May 23

Join us this Sunday Virtually and In-person.
Scripture Readings: Romans 8:22-27 Acts 2:1-21
Sermon: “Rushing Wind” by Rev. Sarah Green.
Virtual Sunday Worship will be available at 8 AM on our website and 10 AM on our Facebook Live.

View Past Services


IFPN Food Drive

You Can Make A Difference

Raid your pantry, pick up a non-perishable food item at the grocery store or make a monetary donation now through Sunday, May 23!
Thanks to your generosity, the food drive has received 311 pounds of food for IFPN – on pace to collect more than last year! This is our last week for the food drive and Outreach still needs YOUR HELP.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Donate Food:

  • Drop off food in IFPN Bins at outdoor worship in the Parish House Parking Lot on Sunday, May 23.
  • Drop off food in the IFPN Bin located on the front porch of the Parish House, now thru Sunday.
  • Go to the Amazon Wish List to purchase food items. Food will be delivered to PCM Parish House.

Monetary Donations for Food:

  • Mail a check to the PCM Parish House at 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. Write “IFPN” in the memo line.
  • Give online through Breeze. Select “Interfaith Food Pantry” from the drop-down menu.
    Thank You!!!

Sunday Morning Seminar

Sunday, May 23 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM via Zoom

Please note, this session will run 30 minutes earlier so participants have plenty of time to make it to 10 AM in-person worship at the Parish House.
Sunday Morning Seminar welcomes Rev. Paula Cooper, mission co-worker in Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia and PC(USA) regional liaison for East Central Africa. As regional liaison for East Central Africa, Paula 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.

Learn More or Register for Seminar


Thinking of you cards

Bring A Smile To Our Friends at Spring Hills Assisted Living-Morristown

Particularly during COVID visitation may remain limited, consider sending a greeting card to let them know they are in your thoughts. During the month of June, PCM members are invited to send “Thinking of You” cards to the residents of Spring Hills, Morristown. If you would like to send a card please contact Helen Quinn directly by June 16.
PCM provides lay services for the residents of Spring Hill Assisted Living in Morristown. Deacons and volunteers from the congregation provide a brief message, piano accompaniment for hymns, special music at times, serve as greeters and assist residents as needed. Contact Helen.

May 13

The Parish House parking lot will be unavailable on Saturday, May 15.


Join us This Sunday Online & In-Person

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 and John 17:6-19
SERMON: “All Mine are Yours” by Youth & Young Adult Director, Patrick Allred.
We will have an Affirmation of Faith that is inspired from our Confirmand’s affirmations, and the Baptism of Daniella Jane Geary (in-person service only).

NEW LIFE!

With joy, we welcome the newest member of the PCM family, Abigail Elizabeth Monahan, born May 10, 2021. Congratulations to parents Kate and Dave Monahan, big brothers Eli and Hank, and grandparents Carol and Ed Gilbert!

May 11

On Monday, May 10, Morris Area Together publicly launched with over 650 people in virtual attendance, including at least 75 members of PCM! Thank you for helping make this launch so successful, and stay tuned for next steps!


Send Us Your Best Shot

The Community and Membership and the Communications Committees are co-sponsoring a “Give Us Your Best Shot” drive to update Breeze. We encourage each member to send individual and/or family photos (landscape view preferably) to Jenny Tooley () so the photos can be added to your Breeze profile. You can also access Breeze here and add your photos yourself!


Tai Chi Returns May 18 at 10 AM

Join us in the Parish House-Erdman Room as we kick-off the return of Tai Chi for fun!  We’ll be using Dr. Lam’s video to do Tai Chi exercises.  This group will meet weekly and is open to men and women 21 and over.  Contact Shirley Mutchler for more info.

COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. Learn More.


May 5

Pastoral Update

Grace and peace to you!
I write with some updates about in person worship, the session’s plans for live-streaming, and the Presbytery’s Discernment Process.

Parish House Parking Lot Worship Services!
The session has voted to begin in person worship outdoors at 10:00am in the Parish House parking lot May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30. Chairs will be provided; masks and social distancing will be required. Please call the office to request special needs parking or a chair with arms. June plans have yet to be set. Please know that it is our aim to return to worship in the sanctuary as soon as possible. The worship and program staff will continue with pre-recording worship services until live streaming equipment (see below) is installed and operational. We are committed to continuing an online worship presence.

Live Streaming is coming!
The session has signed a contract with Somerset Media Group for purchase and installation of equipment for live streaming worship in the sanctuary. This past year our reach has extended far and wide via our recorded worship services. We don’t want to lose touch with the people who have found grace and comfort with us online. Those who cannot be with us in person will be able to worship with us via live stream at 10:00am, which will also be recorded. We expect live streaming to begin sometime this summer.

Presbytery Discernment Process:
The Presbytery of the Highlands of NJ (our Presbytery’s new name) requires that congregations in interim times engage in the Presbytery’s Discernment Process, called Turn the Page. “Turn the Page is a discernment process intentionally designed to assist congregations and their leaders to discover those places where God is calling them in mission and ministry in this time and place.” (from the manual) You may remember participating in Mission Studies during previous interim times. This work is similar. The session has appointed a Discernment Team to lead us through the process: Chris Cotnoir, Craig Dodd, Marilynn Harris, Rodney Lawrence and Molly Rauter. The Discernment Team will be leading a series of congregational events over summer. The first gatherings are the “Timeline Events” to be held in Sheffield Hall May 9, May 16, and May 23 at 11:00am. You may sign up via Church Mail, or call the church office.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the session, the staff, the Re-Entry Task Force, and the Safety Team for their dedication this year. Thanks to those who have agreed to serve on the Discernment Team. The promise of new life is before us. We will keep you informed as events unfold over the summer. 
 
Blessings,
Interim Pastor Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

May 4

Interfaith Food Pantry Network – Food Drive – May 9 – May 23

“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, you shall open wide your hand to your brother and sister, to the needy, and to the poor…” (Deuteronomy 15:11)

The Interfaith Food Pantry Network serves Morris County residents by providing access to nutritious food, education and many wrap around resources, despite a decreased volunteer workforce and the inability to hold their usual fundraisers last year. Yet, thanks to help from local churches such as PCM, as well as from individual donors, IFPN has been able to reach new milestones in combating hunger during the pandemic. A grateful recipient writes,

“I came home, took everything out of the bags and was just blown away by the amount and quality of food…thanks to all the donors who were kind enough to help me…I hope to repay you someday by giving back!”

Outreach needs YOU and YOUR HELP with either non-perishable food or monetary donations for our IFPN food drive, May 9-23.

Some of the most needed items are canned fruits, vegetables and soups; low salt and low sugar items are in demand as well. You can go to the Amazon Wish List to purchase food items.  Food will be delivered to PCM Parish House. Bins will also be available for your donations during the open air worship services on May 16 and May 23 in the Parish House parking lot. Monetary donations may be made online, using Breeze (be sure to select IFPN from the dropdown menu).  You can also mail a check to the Parish House: 65 South St. Morristown, NJ 07960 (please write IFPN in the memo).

We are so grateful for your support. Together we can make a difference.

Current Food Needs of IFPN:

  • Dry Milk (1 qt pkg.), Evaporated Milk
  • Soups (hearty, low sodium & condensed)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cereal (low sugar, high fiber)
  • Hamburger Helper, Rice-a Roni/Pasta-Roni, Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta & Tomato Sauce/Tomato products
  • Canned Vegetables & Beans (all types but green)
  • Canned Meats/Meals, Ravioli, Hash, Stew, Chili, & Tuna
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly in plastic jars
  • Boost, Boost Glucose Control, Ensure or Glucerna
  • Baby Food-Stage 1, 2 & 3 Fruits, Vegetables, Meats & Meals
  • *Consider low-salt, low-sugar and gluten-free items as well as regular.

Questions, contact Vicky Willson

April 27

BEREAVEMENT

With sadness we share the passing of Eileen Clare Kenny, mother of PCNS Director, Jeanne Mueller. Please keep Jeanne and her family in your prayer as they grieve.


Outdoor In-Person Worship In The Parish House Parking Lot

10 AM Sunday, May 9, 16, 23, and 30. 

Chairs provided. Bulletins via QR code.  We will continue to mask and social-distance outdoors. 

SIGN UP HERE


Conversation & Timeline Event

The Discernment Team invites you to join us in Sheffield Hall for a Conversation and Timeline Event! This is part of the Presbytery’s Discernment Process during the interim time.

Please join us for an on Sunday May 23rd at 11 AM to share your “timeline” with this congregation. No preparation is necessary. Your conversations will be in small groups properly social distanced. Limited spots per Covid space guidelines. Masks and Covid questionnaire will be required!

If you have questions, please email Interim Pastor Leslie at .


Launch Event

April 20

Parents Event

Parents, mark April 21 from 7:00-8:15 PM on your calendars for a class entitled “Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World” taught by Connie Palmer, LCSW.
Connie will talk to us about the short and long-term effects that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on children, ways that we can foster resilience in our children, and explore how our faith impacts our parenting. Let Patrick know if have any questions – this will be a great night!

Link to join. Meeting ID: 853 7407 1262 | Passcode: 564980.


Interfaith Food Pantry Food Drive

May 9 to May 23

More than 1.2 million pounds of food were given by the Interfaith Food Pantry Network (IFPN), to families in need in 2020, as well as help in many areas: development of skills, education, nutrition and health, long term programs, and access to medical care. Yet, according to Carolyn Lake, the Executive Director of IFPN, “There is much work to do and we need your help!”

This is where you, our congregation, come in. Since its inception, the Presbyterian Church in Morristown has been a faithful supporter of IFPN. One of the ways we contribute to the well-being of our neighbors in need is through our annual May Food Drive for IFPN, sponsored by the Outreach Committee. This year our Food Drive for IFPN will run from Sunday, May 9 to Sunday, May 23rd. Collection bins for food will be available on the Parish House porch during these two weeks: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We also welcome financial donations: checks, noted for IFPN, can be sent to the Parish House; credit cards can be used on Breeze which will have a drop down menu for IFPN. There will also be an Amazon Wish List for ordering food to be sent to the Parish House.

Current Food Needs of IFPN:

  • Dry Milk (1 qt pkg.), Evaporated Milk
  • Soups (hearty, low sodium & condensed)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cereal (low sugar, high fiber)
  • Hamburger Helper, Rice-a Roni/Pasta-Roni, Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta & Tomato Sauce/Tomato products
  • Canned Vegetables & Beans (all types but green)
  • Canned Meats/Meals, Ravioli, Hash, Stew, Chili, & Tuna
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly in plastic jars
  • Boost, Boost Glucose Control, Ensure or Glucerna
  • Baby Food-Stage 1, 2 & 3 Fruits, Vegetables, Meats & Meals
  • *Consider low-salt, low-sugar and gluten-free items as well as regular.

Questions, contact Vicky Willson


Per Capita

Grace and peace to you!
It’s that time of year when we ask you to participate in paying Per Capita. Per Capita is a tangible expression of shared mission and ministry across the PC(USA). The Per Capita rate in 2021 is $40 per church member, and it is our practice to encourage every active member to donate their own Per Capita expense. The breakdown is as follows: the General Assembly portion is $8.98, the Synod portion is $4.10, and the Presbytery portion is $26.92.
The Presbytery of the Highlands‘ mission is “to support and resource congregations and presbytery partners in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.” PCM’s total Per Capita remittance for 2021 is expected to be $35,240, based on the membership at the end of 2019. Please help by donating your $40 Per Capita to PCM. Thank you!
-Pastor Leslie


Let’s Make Empanadas Together

Sunday, April 25 at 4 PM via Zoom

This Virtual Class is FREE, but registration is required.
This month’s Recipe will be Empanadas!
This recipe will be demonstrated by Carolina Smith, a friend of the Diversity Coalition of Morris County who has volunteered to prepare this recipe for others to enjoy. The event will be about 45 minutes and there will be a moderator so that everyone can ask questions and follow along at home.
Cooking is optional, please join us.


Grace and peace to you this Eastertide!

I want to take a moment to thank the PCM staff for their leadership during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. From Ash Wednesday and onward throughout Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday, we were able to provide meaningful worship, program, educational, and devotional opportunities. Thank you to the steadfast volunteers who keep this congregation humming along, even during Covid-tide. It is a blessing to serve with so many gifted volunteer and staff colleagues. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed.
Thanks be to God!
Interim Pastor Leslie

April 13

Inquirer’s Class

Our next Inquirer’s Class will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 1 PM via Zoom. To register, please contact the main office at or call (973) 538-1776.


Vacation Bible School

This year, VBS runs from August 16-21, from 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM for ages 3-12.  The VBS Ambassador Program is also open to youth entering grades 6-7 who enjoy working with children.


Sign up now for our next Blood Drive hosted by the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 15 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Parish House-South Street Hall. COVID precautions will be in effect. RSVP required. Sign up on the Red Cross website. Enter zip 07960.


Parents Event

Parents, mark April 21 from 7:00-8:15 PM on your calendars for a class entitled “Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World” taught by Connie Palmer, LCSW.
Connie will talk to us about the short and long-term effects that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on children, ways that we can foster resilience in our children, and explore how our faith impacts our parenting. Let Patrick know if have any questions – this will be a great night! Link to join. Meeting ID: 853 7407 1262 | Passcode: 564980.

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