2022 PCNS Mum Sale

Mums the Word!

Presbyterian Church Nursery School 2022 Mum Sale Returns!

Add some beautiful fall colors to your garden: Mums from our partner Country Mile Gardens! Mums will be available to purchase in 8 inch or 12 inch containers. Orders must be received by Friday, September 30th.

Please complete the attached order form and drop it off with your payment (check made out to Presbyterian Church Nursery School in the school office).

Prices:

  • 8 Inch Mum – $8.00
  • 12 Inch Mum – $20.00

Mums will be available for pick up on October 4th at the Parish House parking lot.

Thanks for supporting this fundraising initiative!

Questions? Email Sarah O’Connor () or Sara Tirpak ()

Fall Kick Off at PCM

Fall Kick Off at PCM

What a joyous Sunday! Thank you to everyone who was able to be there in person or in spirit! Scroll down to see Rev. Daniel’s first service, the parade to the Parish House (even in the rain!), the bounce house (probably enjoyed more by the grown ups!) and all the wonderful fun and fellowship as we celebrated together. See what programs are launching this week and next:

A Gathering for Youth Ministry

A Gathering for Youth Ministry

Youth leaders and supporters from the Presbytery of the Highlands met this past Sunday at Camp Johnsonburg to dream about new ways for our middle and high school students to become better connected to their church and community. The group spent their time discussing teaching resources, fresh ideas for engaging youth, and how to create spaces that are inclusive for all students.

The Young Leader Formation committee of the Presbytery of the Highlands hosted the retreat. Our Youth and Young Adult Director, Patrick Allred, serves on this committee and is grateful for the opportunity to help and work alongside those who serve adolescents in the church.

Read more here or contact Patrick for more exciting opportunities in our Youth Ministry!

Table of Hope Donation Drive: Sept 4 – 25

Table of Hope Donation Drive: September 4 – 25

Table of Hope was founded by members of the Bethel Church of Morristown and has been supported by PCM since September 2013.  After Hurricane Irene flooded the church, community members, and a donor, rebuilt the fellowship hall and a new commercial kitchen.  This generosity spurred members of Bethel Church to do more for the community, thus Table of Hope was born.  Now a trusted community soup kitchen, they serve dinner five nights a week to anyone in need of a “warm meal and a smile”.

Every week Table of Hope serves hundreds of hot meals-to-go from their soup kitchen and distributes groceries to thousands of local families at their food pantries.  In 2021, they served over 18,500 soup kitchen meals and provided groceries to over 39,000 families in Morris County.  They also expanded operations to include a Mobile Food Pantry and to provide COVID vaccinations for free.

PCM has been one of Table of Hope’s strongest financial supporters since 2019.  Many PCM members volunteer at Table of Hope to serve meals or help at their Morristown food pantry. 

As a non-profit organization, Table of Hope relies on donations to keep their community soup kitchen running.  Please consider donating commercial or household sized serving items most needed (see below list).  Bulk items can be found at stores such as Costco and BJ’s.  Look for sales at ShopRite!

Fall Adult Education Programs Begin Soon!

Adult Education

It is with great joy to say that we are bringing back adult education in full force this fall! In addition to bringing back the Sunday morning adult education hour (now called Doughnuts and Theology!), we will also be having a time of prayer and reflection on a weekly basis called Real Prayer. And, last but not least, Faith on Film returns this September! We can already see that it’s going to be a great fall. I hope that you will join us.

Kicking Off Fall Children’s Programs

Sunday School

Fall children’s programs begin on September 11th with Sunday School from 9:00 – 9:40 a.m. Drop off is between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. The children will have some play time, then lessons begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday school is for children ages 2 years-5th grade. Please register on-line to help to determine class size.

Midweek

Our Wednesday midweek program begins on September 14th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Parish House and is for children in Kindergarten – 5th grade. The children are greeted with a healthy snack and then go on to enjoy a bible lesson, recreation and crafts with Alexandra Mead, as well as choir and handbell instruction with Ignacio Angulo-Pizarro (Mr. A-P). It is a wonderful program and I encourage you to register on-line or come and visit if your child would like to give it a try.

Please contact Alexandra Mead at with any questions about our children’s programs.

The Youth and Music Ministries are excited to launch “Sunday Funday”

Coming Sunday September 18!

All events for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers will take place on Sundays at the Parish House. An overwhelming number of Middle School families expressed their preference for Sunday activities and we look forward to seeing you there at the new day and time!

High School

Ringers on the Green – 11:30am-12:30pm

High School Lunch – 12:30-1:00pm

High School Youth Group – 1:00-2:15pm

Middle School

Middle School Music – 3:00-4:00pm

Middle School Youth Group – 4:00-5:15pm

Middle School Dinner – 5:15-5:45pm

Confirmation – 5:45-6:30pm

All are welcome in our Youth and Music programs!

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick () or Matt ().

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A Farewell from Interim Pastor Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

Grace and peace to you!

I am so grateful to have been your pastor these 19 months. Thank you for trusting me with your hearts and your lives, even when Covid made it difficult for us to know each other as well as we would have liked. Dave Smazik left exactly two years ago, and so much has happened in these two years! You were able to enjoy having Bridge Pastor Ed Halldorson, who is such a calm and steady presence. I began here at PCM in Jan 2021. We returned to in person worship that Mother’s Day, we reentered the sanctuary in June, and we got live streaming up and running in July. We were able to complete the presbytery’s required Discernment Process in 5 months. We brought on board Paul Koski, Kay Smith, and now Amanda Tufts. We elected a PNC in Nov 2021, and you called Pastor Daniel in June of this year. Concurrently we had the unexpected opportunity to hire Covenant Supply Associate Pastor Audrey Webber AND ordain her in July.

The session has been steadfast throughout this pandemic, making measured decisions to preserve the health of the body of Christ. The children’s and youth programs have continued, the Outreach Committee has never stopped serving the community, the PCNS has continued to be a lifeline for families.

You did all that and more within 2 years, during a pandemic, which is remarkable. You are unstoppable! I will miss you all. I will miss your profound engagement with preaching, your service to your community, and learning important life skills like Mah Jongg. It has been an honor to serve with this supremely talented church staff. I will keep an eye on you from afar, and I look forward to seeing what unfolds here at PCM as your new pastors settle into their calls. As Julian of Norwich wrote a long time ago: “…all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

Thank you for your kind gifts and your good wishes. Keep me in your prayers as I seek the next opportunity to serve. You will always be in mine.

Blessings,

Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

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