Weekly Update – August 15 – August 21


Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

After stumbling around in the dark watering my yard last night, I was overjoyed to find a flashlight so I wouldn’t meet any unexpected “critters” as I reached into the shrubbery to turn my faucet on and off. My joy, however, is far greater at finding Jesus, who illuminates my heart on my darkest nights, illuminates my future with his coming glory, illuminates my path with his words of truth, and illuminates my hope with the dawning of each Sunday, my weekly reminder of his triumph over the grave.

My Prayer…

God, dear precious and holy God, how can I ever thank you enough for the light of my life? Until my face reflects the light of your glory, Jesus will light my way. Thank you. In the name of Jesus, the Light of the world, I praise and thank you. Amen.

Here is what’s happening at FRC this week:

Monday Aug 15
7:00PM Welcome Back Pastor & Susan!
Property Committee Meeting
Town Clock Dev. Team Meeting CANCELLED

Tuesday Aug 16
6:30PM Town Clock Dev. Team & Fundraising Team Meeting

Wednesday Aug 17
9:00AM City Market

Thursday Aug 18

Friday Aug 19

Saturday Aug 20
4:00PM Sherri’s Birthday Party @ Elk’s

Sunday Aug 21
9:30AM Worship Service – Eucharist Sunday
3:30PM Special Meeting CLASSIS- Highland Park

Donna Rice
Office Secretary

Weekly Prayer List

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Weekly Update – August 1 – 7

Dear Friends,
Today’s Illustration


Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

These two concepts seem to be contradictory, or at least unconnected. On the one hand, God’s name is majestic in this plain ol’ transitory space we call earth, but at the same time he is glorious and above the highest heavens. This collision of different worlds is played out in the life of Israel. It is made clear in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It will be made glorious in us, who will one day share in the glory of the heavens because we have boldly declared the majesty of our LORD God on earth!

My Prayer…

Thank you, dear God, for Jesus’ promise that if I honor you and confess him on this earth, you will gladly honor me and call my name in the presence of your angels when the time comes for me to stand before your throne. In Jesus’ name I thank you. Amen.

***Special Request: Recently, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper for the first time in the new sanctuary. Our servers discovered that we need more lockable storage space for the silver. The Property Committee has exhausted its budget for the year. Carpenter Paul has quoted additional costs of $555. We are looking for a group of very generous donors to help defray these costs. Thank you for considering!

Here is what’s happening at FRC this week:

Monday Aug 01
Pastor Hartmut & Susan on vacation

Tuesday Aug 02

Wednesday Aug 03

Thursday Aug 04

Friday Aug 05

Saturday Aug 06

Sunday Aug 07
9:30AM Worship Service

Weekly Prayer List
Donna Rice
Office Secretary

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From Pastor’s Desk

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Pastor’s Desk

The recent developments at General Synod, the highest assembly of our denomination in the United States and Canada, have startled many. At first glance, the bone of contention is Resolution R16-16. If adopted by 2/3 of our Classes, it would bring a change to our Book of Church Order. The change would hold consistories responsible that their pastors do not officiate at same-sex weddings.

At second glance, the proposition entails even more: Binding consistories in this way is a severe change in Reformed Church polity, because it limits the authority of consistories in an area where there used to be freedom. This is part of an increasing centralization that goes through our denomination.

But there is more. The General Synod debate on the issue made clear that a majority of delegates had little hermeneutical awareness in terms of understanding the Bible. Warnings and concerns raised from both our seminaries were disregarded and replaced by the simplistic concept that God’s Word in any Bible passage means the same in all periods of time. Starting with the oldest texts of the Bible, the wrong assumption would be that a text like the story of Sodom and Gomorra with roots in the late Bronze Age was understood then the same as we understand it now – only that none of us can really know what it means to belong to a bronze-age culture, because we live now and not back then. Continue reading

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Church Life Is Colorful

The accompanying pictures give you a glimpse how colorful and diverse our life together as a congregation really is. All of these photos were taken in the relatively short time since we’ve moved into the new sanctuary.

Start with the picture of child musician Robert Dorsey. Sometimes, it’s just amazing who makes some serious music here! Robert and his father Paul have delighted us now for quite some time with their beautiful Renaissance and Baroque music. The simplicity of their instruments paired with the incredible skill of the musicians has given many of us unrepeatable experiences.

Then there is the Friesian costume that our Vice President Lauren Bernhofer wore on the occasion of our sanctuary re-dedication. It was her way of upholding our Dutch tradition. It also added a very dignified touch to a beautiful day.

Heather and her son Andy stand for the young life in our congregation. We are not a church defined by only older semesters! Everybody is welcome here; and this brings smiles to our faces.

Finally, there was the bridal shower for Thakshila and Josh. I know, phrasing it like this contains an oxymoron. But Sherri and Lolly, who hosted the affair, made it quite clear that the event would be open to men as well. So should we call it a wedding shower, then? Whatever, the food and the atmosphere on June 19 were superb and gave us a glimpse of what it means to be a part of the people of God.

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Mid-Summer Recital


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August Benevolence — New Brunswick Domestic Violence Coalition

 The New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition seeks to increase community awareness of domestic violence, to help prevent violence, and to connect survivors to resources in their community. In October 2002, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, education and awareness raising activities were held in New Brunswick, culminating in a community march against domestic violence. The New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition led these activities and its mission continues today. The Coalition is comprised of numerous local human service agencies and each year, they host the Annual March and Rally against Domestic Violence that takes place in October.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-SAFE

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Save the Date

Plan ahead and save the date for the 3 rd annual Jazzin’ For Funds event that is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 5 – 9 pm at the Old Bay. Tickets: $45 (at the door $50) per person.

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