“THE “DISPATCH

First Presbyterian Church In Orange, NJ

 

 

Volume LXVII No. 7                                                           March 2009

The Rest of the Story

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Long time radio commentator Paul Harvey, who passed on at the age of 90 this February, made a career of delivering 60 second radio spots depicting little known aspects of otherwise iconographic elements of American Life.  Those pithy audio vignettes invariably concluded with the tag line, “Now you know the rest of the story.”

 

And so it is with us, at least in one sense, as we journey through this Lenten season:  We have heard the story of Christ tempted by Satan in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).  We have read about how He turns His face to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51).  In another two weeks we will hear how He is betrayed, beaten and ultimately executed for the sake of sinful humanity.  (Matthew 26:14-27:66).  Of course, praise be to God, we know the rest of the Story:  We know that Christ was victorious over death.  We know how He appeared to the faithful women; we know how He came into the midst of His frightened, discouraged friends and renewed their hope in ways their hearts had hitherto been incapable of believing. We know that He is the firstborn from the dead; (Colossians 1:18) that He has paid the price for the sins of the world, (1st John 2:2) and that ultimately we shall be with Him in God’s kingdom forever. (John 3:16)

 

There are however circumstances in this life where we cannot know the rest of the story.  One such circumstance is the story of First Presbyterian Church of Orange, New Jersey.  We know the first part of the story.  Many of us are well aware of the long and fascinating history of our church, reaching back to the earliest days of the great nation in which we live.  The story is full of nearly, or in some cases truly legendary men and women of faith. We also know how our lives intersect with what becomes our part of the story.  Our minds and hearts are filled with the fond remembrance of things past.  But we cannot know the rest of the story simply because THE STORY IS NOT OVER! 

 

When people speak of First Presbyterian Church these days it is often with an air of thinly veiled worry or even mournful regret.  And while the reasons for such sentiments are perhaps all too clear, I believe that because we are a people of the Resurrection; because we believe that Christ’s tomb is empty; because He proclaims good news to the captives and He appoints and anoints us to do the same, our story – the story of First Presbyterian Church – that still unknown ‘rest of the story’ is inextricably connected to Christ’s resurrection story. 

 

Although scripture would have us know that there have been those to whom is given the gift of prophecy, (1st Corinthians 12) mercifully (or so I am usually convinced!) this does not apply to most of us and I know it doesn’t apply to me!  As such, I absolutely cannot tell you any of the particulars of what will transpire in the next year, or going forward from that point.  But I am convinced that so long as we trust in our eternal Savior, there will be new life and there will be a new day.

 

Wishing you every blessing throughout this season,  

Anthony Mark LaMort, Minister of Music

 

 

One Great Hour of Sharing – 60 Years!

            Sixty years ago, as World War II was coming to a close, the major church denominations in America joined together to create a program of reaching out to people around the world who were struggling with the post-war problems of hunger,  loss of lives and homes, and major displacement.  Unfortunately, this “was to end all wars” did not become a reality, and the needs of people continue.

            Since 1949, congregations, including our own, have continued to offer a wide variety of assistance to people around the world.  Our giving is distributed to three on-going Presbyterian programs – Disaster Relief, Hunger, and Self-Development of People.  Newspaper headlines and television keep us aware of the never-ending disasters which can strike anywhere, at any time, and our donated Disaster Funds are available for immediate assistance.  The Hunger Program and Self-Development of People do not make the Evening News headlines, but are equally in need of on-going help. 

            Our gifts to this 60th Anniversary One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering . . . large or small . . . will be appreciated by people we will never meet, but whose lives will be forever changed.  Our lives will also be enriched, knowing that we are following the call of Jesus Christ to ”love our neighbors as ourselves”.

 

 

 

University of Orange Place Making Conference To be held at First Presbyterian Church

 April 4, 2009 9 AM

 

What is the University of Orange?

            Something new and exciting is happening in the town of Orange!  The newly chartered University of Orange, which began offering free classes in the fall of 2008, is a collaborative learning effort founded on the belief that Orange, NJ has the potential to become a model urban village of the 21st century.  The University of Orange draws on the city’s assets:  its remarkable history, its historic habitat and its talented citizens.

The leaders of the University are offering First Presbyterian Church of Orange the opportunity to partner with them as they begin to make plans for an exciting future in our community.

            From now until May, the University will be holding “place making” sessions with key constituents in local government, business, and all interested parties in and around Orange.  Session approved the kick-off luncheon, held on February 25th at First Presbyterian.  There will be a conference the weekend of April 3rd.  The main event will be held at our church on April 4, 2009 from 9am to 6pm.  Renowned Urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart will be the featured speaker.  

            Members of First Presbyterian Church are heartily encouraged to attend the event on April 4th to learn more about the University of Orange, it’s initiatives and how we might possibly play a significant role in this new community development.

Tia Aery, Clerk of Session

 

Next Slated Session Meeting

April 7, 2009 7:30 PM

Esty Room

Representatives from the Board of Trustees of Presbytery will be presenting options for the future of First Presbyterian Church of Orange.

 

All interested Church Members are encouraged to observe this important Session Meeting on April 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Esty Room.

Tia Aery - Clerk of Session

 

New Members

If you are interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church of Orange, notify Tia Aery, Clerk of Session.  Moderator of Session, Rev. Daniel Martian will be holding a new member class this spring.

 

Pastoral Emergency

If a pastoral emergency should arise, please contact Tia Aery, Clerk of Session who will notify Moderator of Session, Rev. Daniel Martian. Rev. Dan Martian will respond to all pastoral emergencies.

                Tia Aery, Clerk of Session

                  (973) 228-5664 (home)

                 (973)313-0011 (work)

                  (973)954-6372 (cell)

                    tia@ihnessexnj.org

 

 

Sing to the Lord a New Song

In an effort to reach out to the community and as always, to continually praise our great and glorious God with His good gift of music and song, the Concert series at Presbyterian Church continues on Sunday, April 26th at 3:30 pm with a program offered by jazz Guitarist Peter Biederman.  Mr. Biederman is an excellent performer with a unique, truly dynamic style.  His music is full of depth while remaining accessible.  Please make every effort to support your church’s concert series.  Please consider inviting your friends and neighbors.  This can be a great way to introduce people to First Presbyterian Church who might not otherwise connect with us.  As always, the concert is free.  A reception, with light refreshments will follow the recital.

            In addition to our Sunday afternoon concerts, we have added a series of informal organ recitals immediately following Sunday worship generally every second and fourth Sunday. These brief ‘drop-by recitals’ will be no more than 30 minutes in length and will follow a particular theme for the day.   Upcoming programs are scheduled as followed:

 

March 22 “You Can’t Play That on the Organ” music you never thought you’d hear played on a pipe organ including works by Scott Joplin, Paul Simon, John Lennon and Thelonious Monk.

 

April 5 “Hymnnodic Episodes” pieces based on familiar and not so familiar hymn tunes.  Please note that this date is a ‘first Sunday’ as the ‘second Sunday’ in April is Easter.

 

April 26 “Maker of Organists:  The Music of Sweelinck” hear the often challenging (for both performer and listener!) music of 16th /17th  century composer Jan Pieterszwoon Sweelinck.

 

May 3 “With a French Accent  Organ music from France spanning three centuries.

 

May 24 “Stylus Phantasticus:  The Music of Buxtehude” Organ music of Danish born composer Dietrich Buxtehude.

 

 

Lenten Worship

During the season of Lent we have added a Wednesday evening devotion and scripture study group to our schedule.  We meet in the Esty room each Wednesday at 6pm.  We are currently studying the way in which God restores community and communion to a world broken by sin. 

 

Good Friday is April 10th.  We will commemorate Christ’s all availing sacrifice with a service of prayer and devotion beginning at 12 noon, in the main sanctuary.

 

 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday April 5th

Maundy Thursday, April 9th-  7:30 p.m. at      

    Livingston Presbyterian Church,

    271 W. Northfield Ave., Livingston,

    Rev. Daniel Martian, Minister

Good Friday, April 10th

    A service of prayer and devotion at 12 noon

    in the main sanctuary at First Church.

Easter Sunday, April 12th

    Festive Service at 11 a.m.

    Special Easter Music

    Holy Communion

Easter Flowers

This year at Easter the sanctuary will be decorated with Easter lilies and tulips.  The Deadline for ordering is Palm Sunday April 5th.  The cost for the lilies - $6.00,  for the tulips - $5.00 and for the Daffodils - $5.00.  Orders may be placed in the offering plate or left in the church office attention- May D. Smith or Joan B. Daly.  Names will be printed in the Easter bulletin as they appear on the form.  Please designate your choice on the form below.  One order blank for each memorial flower, please.

The firm deadline for orders is Palm Sunday April 5th.

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Donor(s)_____________________________                                                                     

 

In Memory of _________________________                                                              

 

Enclosed $____________

 

Lilies _______________________

 

Tulips_______________________

 

Daffodils _____________________

 

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Easter Flowers

This year at Easter the sanctuary will be decorated with Easter lilies and tulips.  The Deadline for ordering is Palm Sunday April 5th.  The cost for the lilies - $6.00 , for the tulips - $5.00 and for the Daffodils - $5.00.  Orders may be placed in the offering plate or left in the church office attention- May D. Smith or Joan B. Daly.  Names will be printed in the Easter bulletin as they appear on the form.  Please designate your choice on the form below.  One order blank for each memorial flower, please.

The firm deadline for orders is Palm Sunday April 5th.

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Donor(s)_____________________________                                                                     

 

In Memory of _________________________                                                              

 

Enclosed $____________

 

Lilies _______________________

 

Tulips_______________________

 

Daffodils _____________________

 

 

Our deepest thanks to John Hammel – long time section leader and soloist with our choir, for his outstanding years of service to the music ministry of this church.  John has gone on to share his considerable talents with another Presbyterian church, and while we are delighted that he has an opportunity to share his gifts with a broader audience, he will be sorely missed in Orange.   Some of you had an opportunity to hear John in concert in the House of Prayer with his ensemble, “Serious Fun’.  Thanks also to all who helped make the concert and the reception that followed a success.

 

 

 

Prayer Concerns

Abiding Peace Throughout the World.

This month we seem to have a need for special

   prayers.

Roosevelt Jr. and family –Toni’s son

Ida Douglas (mother of Beverly Douglas)

Phoebe Nwangw (mother of Elizabeth Achebe)

Chiemezie Okobi

The Okani Family

The Pierce Family

Emmanuel Shu (Joan Shu-Osobo’s brother)

Barbara Zeevalk