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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!
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.
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’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)
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.
ZOOM COFFEE HOUR – Sunday, 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
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 16 at 7PM
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.
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
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.
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!
Lament, Repent, Resolve: A Call to Action
Morris Area Interfaith Clergy Council Gathering and Virtual Vigil this Sunday at 7pm. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
New Book Group: Once Upon a River led by Sarah Galo.
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.
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.