Lenten Poem by Ann Weems

Lent is a time to take time to let the power
of our faith story take hold of us,
a time to let the events get up
and walk around in us,
a time to intensify our living unto Christ,
a time to hover over the thoughts of our hearts,
a time to place our feet in the streets of
Jerusalem or to walk along the sea and
listen to his Word,
a time to touch his robe
and feel the healing surge through us,
a time to ponder and a time to wonder....
Lent is a time to allow
a fresh new taste of God!
Perhaps we're afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we're afraid to face our future
knowing our past.
Give us courage, O God,
to hear your Word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we're forgiven
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk.

Come to the Table
Our Lord invites us to dine with Him.

On Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the E3 and 11 AM Services we will celebrate the Lord's Supper. Plan to stay after the early service or come early to the late service so that you can enjoy the Coffee Hour hosted by the Stewardship Ministry Team's Finances Committee.

 
UPW March Meeting
Is God's Will So Mysterious?

United Presbyterian Women will have their meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. A discussion of Chapter 3 entitled, "Is God's Will So Mysterious?" of the new book Discovering God's Will For Your Life by Sheila Walsh will take place during this meeting. There will also be a Birthday offering to support the mission of Presbyterian Women. All women of the church are cordially invited to join! After the meeting, that is done at noon, those women who would like to go for lunch are invited to go to a local restaurant.

 
UPW
March Mission
 -TASK AND ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
In the past six months, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has seen a 15% rise in the number of meals they have served. With proposed cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, aka "food stamps"), TASK anticipates even greater need in the near future. Our contributions, combined with those of others in the community, enable TASK to continue their mission to feed the hungry in our midst. Please give generously!


 
Palm Sunday, March 25 is our denomination's annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering to support our three mission programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self-Development of People. This is a special offering taken once a year. If you would like to contribute, please mark your check OGHS and/or place it in on of the One Great Hour of Sharing Envelopes found in the pews.
 
Youth Group Pasta Dinner March 10, 5-7 pm
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$7 for Adults; $5 Children

The Youth Group Annual Pasta Dinner will be held in Fellowship Hall at UPC on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 5-7 pm. Tickets for Adults are $7.00 and for Children $5.00. All proceeds from the Pasta Dinner will support UPC's Youth Program. Please see Megan Gadsby, UPC Youth Leader or inquire/see Mike Mraz in the church office for tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door on March 10.

 
Survivors Outing To Homestead at Hamilton
March 14, 2018 at 10:30

The Survivors Senior Group will MEET AT HOMESTEAD IN HAMILTON (retirement community), 2560 Kuser Road, Hamilton on March 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. for a tour of their facility. Following our tour we will enjoy lunch at Padrino's, 2452 Kuser Road, Hamilton. If you plan to attend please make your reservation with Rita Peterson 259-7256 or email ritapete@optonline.net. All seniors of the church and their friends are welcome to join the Survivors for a very interesting tour, great lunch, and fellowship.
United Presbyterian Men
UPMen's Breakfast
Breakfast at Golden Dawn, March 17th at 9 a.m.

The United Presbyterian Men will be meeting Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at the Golden Dawn Diner at 9:00 a.m. The diner is located on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton Twp., NJ. Any questios, please contact Jim Dixon, phone (609) 298-3398 or email jdixonsr@comcast.net . Come on out and meet several leprechauns - if you can see them! It will be a most jolly breakfast. Enjoy the Christian fellowship with the men of UPC!!!

 

Women's Book Club.

The Women's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in the Bertolet Lounge to discuss WHAT WAS MINE by Helen Klein Ross. It is a novel about a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore  and gets away with it for 21 years. It's a stor y of grief and hope.
 
All women of the church and their friends who enjoy books and good fellowship are encouraged to join us. Our April selection is LUNCHEON of the BOAT PARTY BY Susan Vreeland.
 

 
Easter Flowers
EasterFlowers
Order Between Now and March 18

Flowers are available to be placed in church for Easter Sunday, April 1st. If you wish to order flowers, please fill out the form below or one found in your bulletin at church. Put your order form along with your check in the offering plate in an envelope marked "Easter Flowers" or give or mail it to Camille Nami, 38 Bear Meade Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691. The final date for orders is Sunday, March 18th.


FLOWER ORDER FORM

                                                                 NUMBER             TOTAL

6 BULB TULIPS                 $6.00             ________             _______

6" POT OF DAFFODILS    $6.00             ________             _______

POT OF LILIES                  $6.75             ________             _______


PLACED BY ____________________________________________

IN MEMORY OF _________________________________________

IN HONOR OF __________________________________________
 
EASTER CANTATA ON PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 25
No E3 Service that Day.

The choir is working hard on an Easter cantata by Robert Lau entitled, "The Cross." It is an artful and sensitive creation commemorating Christ's last week on earth from his triumphal Jerusalem entry and last meal with his disciples, to his agony on the cross and glorious resurrection. The familiar scriptural narration and simply designed hymn settings are woven into a seamless choral cantata, adding heightened meaning and understanding to Jesus' final journey. There is a chair for any and all who love to make music! Dress Rehearsal will be Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Performance will be Sunday, March 25th during the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service. THERE WILL BE NO E3 SERVICE ON MARCH 25! Please come to learn, listen, and enjoy!
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Maundy Thursday Service, March 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Commemorate the Last Supper

We will celebrate the Lord's Supper by intinction as we gather to remember the last time Jesus ate with his disciples before his crucifixion. The name "Maundy" is derived from the Latin word, "mandatum," which means "commandment." On the first Holy Thursday, Jesus said to his disciples, "A new commandment I give to you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another" (John 13:34). Join your fellow Christians in a community of Christ's love as we journey together toward the cross.
UPC to Host Hamilton Ecumenical Good Friday Service
We Will Gather Friday, March 30, at Noon

The Hamilton Ecumenical Service will take place in the United Presbyterian Church Sanctuary beginning at noon on Friday, March 30, 2018. Members of the clergy from the Hamilton area will participate in the hour long service. Come to remember and thank God for Jesus' gift of his life on the cross, an atoning sacrifice for sin and a demonstration of the depth of God's love for us.
Birthdays March 2018
 
    
Birthday greetings to the members and friends whose birthdays are in March:
 
   2  Elle Gurlavich
                          
   5  Matthew Oravsky
   6  Robert Kilby
   7  Katieann Carbone
   8  Janine Bates, Judy Sheehan
   9  Jordan Bates
  10  Guy Hendrickson, Jr.                          
  15  Amir Chhedi, Frank Thewes
  17  Carol Conner               
  25  Dennis Morolda
  27  Margaret Archibald
  31  Owen Wagner
                 
 
"Prayer should be the key of the day Nov Prayer Requests
 and the l
ock of the night."
George Herbert


We Pray for:
 
Healing - for all those ill with cancer, undergoing surgery as well as treatment for cancer including Livia - diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer; Carol & Al D'Amico; John Demeter; Lenny; Dan Rose; Mathew Johnson; Pam Rose; Scott Rose; John Borak; Sue Fleming; Bud; Margaret Archibald's niece, Fiona, suffering from rectal cancer; a family member of the LaCrosse family suffering from Chrohn's Disease, her children's needs as well as help with insurance coverage for treatment; Mike McHugh; for those awaiting test results; Linda Ramos; for those in hospital, or, having surgery and in recuperation - including Matt Machin; Colton Thibodeau - continued healing; Fred - heart issues & recuperation; Crystal Purvis; Dave Carle - in rehab for hip; Nancy Dykas - knee replacement; Sarah Preston - hip replacement; Edith Owens; Jack & wife Pat Rich; Mike & wife Joyce Hatala; Karen Machin's niece Donna; Pat Anthony; for those in need of improved health including Frank & Marilyn Kostar; Karen & Keith Ezzo; Tom and Gloria Gardecki (healing) - and Family; Susan Anthony; Dot Brocaloni; Walt; Danny 
& Emily; Lin; Tony; Mary Jane - recuperating from a heart attack as well as strength for her family who are caring for her; friends of the LaCrosse family suffering from depression; those having personal problems like Carly Mauer; James Shedrick; French family - reconciliation.

Thanksgiving - for successful STEM cell treatment for Jenna Ciambelluca & continued healing; for safe travel of Karen Machin, and Chris McHugh moving to NYC.

Comfort - for the bereaved families and friends of Glenna Ward, William Bohram, Ron Fouse (brother of Rev. Terry Fouse), Trudi Staab, Dot Forconi, and Andre Bohy. Comfort also for all the families and friends of the victims of the Parkside School shooting in Florida and for Michelle Parker on the loss of her cat, Serenity. 
 



Calendar
March, 2018

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