Table of Hope Volunteer Opportunity: Help Feed the Hungry!

Table of Hope Volunteer Opportunity: Help Feed the Hungry!

The Table of Hope Outdoor Food Pantry relies on volunteers like you to help provide food to those facing hunger. In just one volunteer shift of two hours, you can help with feeding hundreds of people within our community by sorting food, filling bins with groceries and loading groceries into cars.

Join other PCM members for a rewarding experience at the Table of Hope Food Pantry located at Bethel Church in Morristown on February 9, from 12:15 to 2:15 pm. No experience is needed! Just those willing to serve and have some fun!

To sign up, email Karen Griffith at .

Volunteer Dianne Grenz

Serve Meals to Those in Need at Table of Hope!

Serve Meals to Those in Need at Table of Hope!

Help Make an Impact!

Four volunteers are needed to serve meals to-go on:

Tuesday, February 7 at the Bethel Church in Morristown
59 Spring Street
4:45 to 7:00 pm
 
Duties include boxing dinners, greeting and handing dinners to guests. Volunteers also help store leftover food and clean up. No experience is needed, everyone is welcome!

Email Karen to sign-up for February 7 at 

Picture features regular volunteer Karen Griffith.

New Bible Study Group for 2023!

New Bible Study Group for 2023!

Are you lonely or anxious? Do you feel burned-out and exhausted with life? In Developing Inner Strength by Charles Stanley, you will look first at Scripture, and then at yourself. You will be led through a variety of emotional issues—including fear, brokenness, abuse, guilt, and frustration—and learn what the Bible has to say about gaining victory over those areas of your life. Best of all, you will learn that God’s Holy Spirit is available to you—every day, in every situation—to bring you the peace and joy of God.

Please join us for a new bible study group which will be reading and working through this book.  Meetings will be held every Tuesday at 7:00 pm for one hour, starting on Tuesday, January 24 for 12 consecutive weeks.  We will meet at the Parish House. 

Please let Michael Karl know if you are interested in joining.  He may be reached at 973-479-4499 or.

Lisa Miller Presents The Spiritual Child

Lisa Miller Presents The Spiritual Child

How invaluable is spirituality to a child’s mental and physical health? On February 16, Dr. Lisa Miller visits the Presbyterian Church in Morristown to discuss a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth. Register for this free event today!

Thursday, February 16

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 E. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Register for this FREE EVENT today!

Can’t attend in person but don’t want to miss out? Request to livestream this event! ($5.00 fee)

Free childcare provided onsite for this event. Register here.


The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving

Free Event! | Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm | Presbyterian Church in Morristown | 57. East Park Place, Morristown

In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child’s mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children’s—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.


About Dr. Lisa Miller

www.lisamillerphd.com

Dr. Lisa Miller is Professor and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. A graduate of Yale and University of Pennsylvania, she is a leading national expert in spirituality, health and thriving in development.

Dr. Miller has authored 100 peer review articles on spirituality and mental health in youth and family.  She is a grant funded clinical scientist, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and former President of the APA Society of Psychology & Spirituality.  She is Editor of The Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology & Spirituality and Editor-in-Chief of Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journals).  Dr. Miller consults, conducts workshops and trainings, and speaks extensively in the Unites States and internationally.

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Childcare Consent Form

For the duration of the event, childcare is generously provided by the trained staff of counselors at Camp Johnsonburg. Any families making use of childcare for this event can look forward to silly games and fun activities. Camp Johnsonburg seeks to reach out and serve all persons in a manner which honors diversity and recognizes the worth of every individual as a child of God, and offer many programs for children, adolescents, and families. Please visit campjburg.org for more information.

Time to Pick Your 2023 Star Words

Time to Pick Your 2023 Star Words

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice” – T. S. Eliot

I must admit I love tangible things. Two of my favorite “tangible faith tools” we have here at PCM are our wonderful holding crosses and our prayer shawls, both of which are handmade by gifted members of our church. One of my other favorite “faith tools” is star words.

For those who have not received one before, the premise of star words is that the Magi followed the star to find baby Jesus, bringing their gifts to him. We are also looking for Jesus, and hoping for God to give us signs to guide us closer to the holy.

On Epiphany Sunday (January 8), everyone will be invited to take a star during worship. On each of the stars is a word. In some sense, the star chooses you instead of you that chooses the word (however if a word really doesn’t work for you, you are free to trade in your word). You are then invited to carry that word with you and take notice when it comes up in conversation, in your reading, and in all that you do throughout the year. Keep your star nearby – put it on your desk, your wallet, or your refrigerator so you can be reminded to have it be your guide as you trust God to hold you this coming year.

I cannot wait to receive our star words together this year as we let God be our guide this coming year!

Audrey

Unable to pick up your 2023 Star Word in person on Sunday? Fill out the form below and we will mail it to you!

Table of Hope Volunteer Opportunity

Table of Hope Volunteer Opportunity: Help Feed the Hungry

A New Year, More Opportunities to Serve!

The Table of Hope Outdoor Food Pantry relies on volunteers like you to help provide food to those facing hunger.

In just one volunteer shift of two hours, you can help with feeding hundreds of people within our community by sorting food, filling bins with groceries, and loading groceries into cars.

Join other PCM members for a rewarding experience at the Table of Hope Food Pantry located at Bethel Church in Morristown on January 12 from 12:15 to 2:15 pm. No experience is needed! Just those willing to serve and have some fun!

To sign up, email Karen Griffith at 

Volunteers Dianne Grenz and Karen Griffith

Thank You for MCCF Christmas Gift Bag Donations!

Thank You for MCCF Christmas Gift Bag Donations!

A  heartfelt thanks from the Outreach Committee for your generous donations of basic necessities for Christmas Gift Bags for inmates at the Morris County Correctional Facility.  This year, more donations were received than ever before that will impact the lives of inmates at a lonely time.  We also thank the Circle Groups, the PEO, and youth groups for making an abundance of cookies for the gift bags (an inmate favorite).  

Inmate Charlie B. says, “I have been an inmate for 8 months and it is a hard life living in this facility and very humbling.  I was pleasantly surprised the other day to receive a Christmas Bag!  How wonderful, praise God for your kindness and generosity.  I greatly appreciate it!  The chocolate chip + cranberry cookies is the best food I’ve have eaten in my 8 months in jail.  On behalf of all the inmates at the jail I would like to thank everyone who helped to gather + collect all the Christmas Bags.  They are awesome!  God Bless All of You”.  

Operation Love Thanks You!

Operation Love Thanks You!

The Outreach Committee and Church of God in Christ (COGIC) thank you for the generosity you have shown towards Operation Love and for making the program a huge success!  Over $5,200 in money and gift cards was donated to ensure families and seniors in need in our community celebrate this season with food and gifts.  We also thank our volunteers who graciously offered their time to wrap and deliver gift cards to recipients. 

Jean Johnson, Program Director of Operation Love, at COGIC says: We would like to thank the Pastor and congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown for their generous giving to Operation Love 2022.

With your support, we were able to help 122 families and 90 seniors for a total of 212 recipients. We could not have done this without your help!

Your Outreach Committee and individuals that donate, provide at least 95% of our total budget and we are thankful that you continue to partner with us in ministry.

Thank you and may God bless each of you and your families to have a blessed Christmas and hopes for a wonderful 2023!

 With Love, Jean Johnson

Christmas – A Home in Our Heart

Christmas – A Home in Our Heart

Rev. Audrey Webber

Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Join us for our Christmas Services

December 24 | 4:00 pm | The Sanctuary
Family-friendly service with Christmas Pageant!

December 24 | 8:00 pm | The Sanctuary
Experience glorious beauty of candlelight service!

December 25 | 10:00 am | The Parish House
Merry Christmas to one and all! Pajamas optional!

As is the case with most people, I have lived in a number of different houses and apartments. I believe my count at this point is eleven. Each place I have loved in different ways, some because of the reasons for moving to that home: a new job, school, etc., but other times because of the actual space or neighborhood. My favorite homes, though, are those homes away from my physical home. My churches, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yankees Stadium, my schools, and my favorite parks to name a few. Really, though, those places, too, all revolve around the “internal home” – the memories I have shared with my family and friends, the moments that have been so meaningful, and the particular feeling I felt in each of those spaces.

In Jesus’ birth story, it is difficult to imagine how Mary must have felt in her momentary home where she delivered her baby, and she meets these shepherds who tell her that they heard these voices saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” After Mary and Joseph have gone through all of their travels to essentially do paperwork, they then can’t even find a place to deliver the baby. Once they do, they then get these strange visitors who they don’t know, telling them these beings from heaven have told them these things. At this point, I have a strong feeling that both Mary and Joseph aren’t surprised after their angel visits, nevertheless, Mary knows these visits are not something to be dismissed. She chooses instead to have one of the most intimate, quiet moments in Scripture: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” It is at this moment that Mary is packaging up this memory, and keeping it for when she needs a home again – the home in her heart.

It is this home in our hearts that we carry with us into the Christmas season. Even as we light candles this Christmas Eve, as we open presents, as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday and the incarnation of God in all of our lives, we treasure the words of God in each of our hearts and come home to God again and again.

Activity

Christmas! This is the day! Likely you have many traditions which you follow every year. If you don’t have a tradition of your own, pick something to make a new tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Write a birthday card to Jesus, listen to hymns in the morning while you eat cookies, give Jesus a stocking (shoutout to a favorite film of mine: The Bishop’s Wife), read the suggested text together, especially if you weren’t able to make it to one of the Christmas Eve services, or create your own nativity.

Midweek Reading and Prayer

Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7

Incarnate God, indeed you are with us! You have given us the ultimate gift of your son this Christmas and always. We are so grateful that despite our shortcomings and our constant failing, you cover us with this love you have sent to us through your Son Jesus and through the Spirit. Teach us to live into a place of peace, and help us to be doers of justice in a world which is in such need of your unbridled love. Increase our joy so that it might overflow to all those we meet. In your Son Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Session Highlights: December 2022

Session Highlights: December 2022

Changes in Church Register

New Members by Transfer: Linda & Sam Fairchild- #9947 & #9948; James Collins-#9949.

Baptisms: Infant baptism on December 11, 2022 – the Rev. Audrey Webber officiating.   

Deaths: Ruth Nicolas, DOD 12/3/2022. Ruth joined PCM in 1999. She was 93 years old. (#9179). Gail Jacobus, DOD 9/3/2022.

Dropped from Roll: None                 

Marriages: None

Presbytery News

Our Youth Director, Patrick Allred was nominated and elected to a second, three-term on the Youth Leader Formation Committee.

Meetings 2023

  • January 28, Saturday, 10:00 am via Zoom
  • March 14, Tuesday, 7:00 pm via Zoom
  • May 9, Tuesday, Evening – TBD, Hybrid Meeting at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
  • September 12, Tuesday, TBD, Hybrid Meeting at Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center
  • November 14, Tuesday, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Session Actions

Session received and approved the Budget for 2023 to be presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2, 2023.

The Nominating Committee has a full slate of candidates to present to the congregation at the annual meeting for approval as our new Class of Elders and Deacons for 2026. Single vacancies were also filled for the Class of 2024. Starting with the Class of 2026, session approved that there be five (5) deacons per each class – eventually the Board will consist of 15 members, not 18.

Elders and Deacons will participate in a training session on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Respectfully submitted,
Wendy M Doidge
Clerk of Session

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