* To all who need comfort * To all who need rest * To all who need friendship * To all who
believe in God * To all who seek to serve the Lord * To all who want to grow in faith * To all who want to be inspired * To all who want their children to learn about God
Are you looking for a place where you can be yourself while you learn to follow Jesus? Are you looking for a progressive community where you can grow in faith, finding meaning and hope? If so, we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for our weekly gathering.
West Milford Presbyterian Church is a welcoming congregation in the mainline Protestant tradition. We are a Christ-centered church, with a commitment to worship, music, Christian education and mission. As disciples of Jesus Christ, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are transforming lives as we live out our faith.
West Milford Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 6 1452 Union Valley Road West Milford, NJ 07480 973-728-3081 firstname.lastname@example.org
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
The Dorcas Circle is participating in Operation Christmas Child, and invites our church family to join us in this mission. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan*s Purse, an international relief program by Franklin Graham. Shoeboxes are packed with small gifts, school supplies, socks, T-shirts, crayons. flashlights/batteries, toothbrushes/toothpaste, soap/washcloths and small toys. These shoeboxes are distributed to churches, orphanages, hospitals, refugee camps and schools. Each gift is a tangible expression to a child that they are loved and not forgotten. SHOEBOX.. Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox. You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required. BOY OR GIRL.. Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14. Use appropriate boy/girl label and add correct age category. Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoebox to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare*make check payable to Samaritan*s Purse (note *OCC* on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. Remember to send a prayer for the child that receives your shoebox. We have planned a packing Event on Saturday November 15th 10am to noon in Fellowship Hall*join us and share the Blessings that we share with others. GIFT SUGGESTIONS: Dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, pen, pencils and sharpeners, markers, notebooks, solar calculators, T-shirts, socks, hats, flipflops, hairclips, jewelry, combs etc. You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of you or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
Several Sundays ago during Joys and Concerns, Judy Spotto referenced the horrible suffering in West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak. It touched a cord with me because over the summer I watched a video I have not been able to forget called “The Burial Boys of Ebola.” (God willing, we’ll see it today!) Watching it, I was overwhelmed and awestruck by the raw courage of these boys in the face of unfathomable danger, fear and rejection. I shared the video with Judy and she sent me one to view, equally compelling. I'’ve discussed it with a few other people in our congregation and we talked about taking a special collection to aid West Africa with this crisis. But given our own church’s financial situation, it was suggested we wait till after the Fall Pledge Campaign to raise money, but pray for them in the meantime. My prayers were answered last week when one of the women I had been discussing it with urgently approached me with an idea, but wishing to remain anonymous. I’m honored to be her spokesperson today. She has decided to challenge this congregation to step up their commitment to our mission by adding an EXTRA donation THIS MORNING to our church’s General or Building fund. She will match this week’s ENTIRE collection, up to the maximum weekly collection we’ve had this year, so this congregation can send it to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief and World Mission, designated toward Ebola. She put it plainly: “This is a crisis NOW that simply can’t wait. And, likewise, why wait till our financial situation IS a crisis by just stepping up our pledge for 2015. Give more today and we can support our entire mission in Christ and maybe avoid our own church’s financial crisis later! In case you’re wondering, I checked. Our smallest Sunday collection this year was August 31st at $896. The largest was Sunday, April 27th at $7,273. I wanted her to know the window of possible giving she might be asked to match, but when I told her, she answered, “Sure, if they match an Easter Sunday collection it could cost me a lot of money but it’s hardly a sacrifice when I think of the Boys of Ebola…or what he did for me That Day!” I’m going to ask Rev. Janet to post today’s collection on our Facebook site and we’ll keep the collection open through the week, in case folks not in church want to add to it during the week.