Packanack Community Church
June 2019
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A Note from our Interim Pastor
“In the Last Days,” God says,
“I will pour out my Spirit
   on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
   also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions,
   your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes,
   I’ll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me,
men and women both,
   and they’ll prophesy.

U nderstandably, the followers of Christ were in a state of despair and inactivity immediately following the crucifixion. However, the malaise seemed to linger on even though Christ appeared in their midst, and ate with them and taught them. For nearly two months, the disciples seemed to be moved very little by the appearances of Christ, although these were events of great spiritual significance. It was as if they were frozen perhaps, spiritually empty, unsure of themselves.

On Ascension Day, which we celebrated last Sunday, however, things took a different turn. Upon the ascension of Christ the disciples became physically and spiritually moved to action. The scriptures record that they began to worship again and with great joy returned to the temple in Jerusalem, where they stayed continually praising God and waiting.

Then, on the day of Pentecost , which we will celebrate this Sunday, June 9, they were so filled with God’s Spirit that they literally charged out from behind closed doors to boldly preach the Gospel of Christ. Not even the resurrection of Christ had this kind of effect on the early believers. It took the inflowing of the Holy Spirit to break them out of fear and timidity and two months of spiritual trill turned into a spiritual torrent.

In one day three thousand people, witnesses to these events, were changed forever.

What an amazing, crazy day it must have been when the Holy Spirit appeared on the day of Pentecost .

“The wind began to switch, the house to pitch, and suddenly the hinges started to unhitch.” Oh wait, that’s the tornado in The Wizard of Oz .

The wind starts blowing, tongues of fire start appearing on peoples’ mouths, and next thing you know everyone is speaking in languages they didn’t even know . . . and yet somehow people heard messages they could all understand.

The event was so spontaneous and unusual that onlookers thought they were crazy-drunk.

This must have been a wild- crazy experience. And yet out of this experience, Peter recognized that Joel’s prophetic promise was coming true: a new day of creation was beginning—a season of new visions and dreams. 

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland.” -God
New Member Reception this Sunday, June 9
at 10:00 AM
Join us this Sunday as we welcome new members into the congregation during worship. Joining the church this week:

Brian & Melissa Anderson
Jennifer & Neil Kelly
Becky & Dan Tierney

We will celebrate the occasion with cake after worship. Welcome!
Update on Senior Minister Search
We want to hear from you!

The Transition Team has been working on our church profile which will go out to prospective candidates for the Senior Minister position. It is important that we let these candidates know “Who we are” and “What is God calling us to be”. We need your input to answer these questions.

We have created a survey which we hope each and every member of the congregation will take the time to complete. There are three ways you can do this:

1)       CLICK HERE and complete the survey online. The results will automatically be collected by the Transition Team.

2)      Download the survey by clicking HERE, print it out and complete it.

3)      Pick up the survey on the table in the narthex or from the church office.

Use as many copies as you need per household.

If you complete a printed survey – please return it to the church office or bring with you on June 23 to church. 

We will have a special worship service on Sunday, June 23 which will include discussion groups to review the survey results and discuss these various topics. A member of the Transition Team will head each discussion group. PLEASE ATTEND these very important meetings to help shape the future of our church!

Any questions – contact Lauri Masur at 973-464-7330 or

Transition Team: Jennifer & Neil Kelly, Carey Lochridge, Lauri Masur, Steve & Karen Rusiniak, Bob Seela.
Members of Leisure Monday, June 10
at 12:00 noon
The MOL annual picnic will be, as usual, in the yard in front of the church at 12 noon, Monday, June 10. Food will be the same (hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.), and soda.

Donation will be $6 as usual. All are welcome.

Please bring your own chairs & small tables. In the event of rain, we will move into Simmons Hall. 

Please notify John Davis at of your attendance and the number in your party no later than noon on Friday, June 7.

This is the last event of the season. Members of Leisure will resume in the Fall.  

Interfaith Ramadan Dinner held on May 18th
Congregants who attended the Ramadan Iftar dinner on May 18 th were greeted at the entrance to Simmons Hall and asked to refrain from consuming food or drink until after the call for prayer, which on this evening, would occur precisely at 8:11p.m.  

We were about to share a meal with representatives from North Jersey chapter of the Peace Island Institute, (PII) an organization founded in 2003 by New Jersey Turkish American Muslims and whose purpose is to promote respect and mutual understanding among all faiths and cultures through organized educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences and discussion panels.

This well-attended gathering was one such event. The dinner was preceded by an overview introductory explanation by Dr. Nuray Yurt, President of PII New Jersey regarding Muslim beliefs and included a power point presentation describing Peace Island and its mission. The predinner program concluded moments before sundown but not until the Muslim evening “call to prayer” was explained and then shared.

Dr. Yurt had explained that during Ramadan, Muslims fast by abstaining from water and food while the sun is out. Iftar – or fast breaking dinners take place each night once the sun sets. As we learned, this is an important time for those who participate in Ramadan because of their faith and because it’s equally important for them to share their tradition with friends from different backgrounds over delicious food and through lively conversation.

This, of course, was accomplished. The food was plentiful, the conversations-enlightening and the music provided by our Music Director Daniel Mullens was nothing less than awe-inspiring.
We’re looking forward to holding future events with their interfaith dining companions and friends
THANK YOU for Donating Diapers!!
The 2nd annual PCC Diaper Drive was a huge success thanks to your generous donations from all who love moms and babies! We would like to thank everyone at PCC, PCNS and the greater community who contributed. Here is what we collected:

 -27 boxes of diapers (1505 to be exact!)
-10 cans of formula
-9 boxes of pea crisps snacks
-4 multigrain cereals
-105 containers of baby food
-misc. baby items
All supplies will be delivered to the Fr. English Center in Paterson! THANK YOU!!! 
Sisters in Faith
Friday, June 21, 7:00-9:00 pm

The next social event will be a game night. Cost will be $5.00, bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Sign-ups will be in Simmons Hall or email Kim at
Liturgist and Coffee Host Schedule
Coffee Host needed for June 16
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to serve our congregation as a Liturgist or Coffee Host & Greeter on Sunday mornings. This is a valuable ministry of our church and your participation as a worship leader is greatly-appreciated. 

The schedule for the upcoming weeks is shown below. If you have volunteered, please check the list to make sure the information is accurate.

If there are any errors (or if you would like to volunteer), please contact the Office Manager, Kathy Swede, at 
June 9: Jill Tiger
June 16: Linda Baker
June 23: Kathy Schneider

Coffee Hosts & Greeters: 
June 9: Deacons
June 16 OPEN
June 23: Transition Team
Please Sign Up To Provide Flowers for the
Communion Table
Flowers are needed for June and July 

The 2019 Flower Chart is now posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Please sign up for a Sunday to provide flowers for the communion table.

Flower dedications should be emailed to at least one week in advance in order to appear on the Sunday announcement sheet. Thank you.

Upcoming flower signups: 
June 2- OPEN
June 9- OPEN
June 16- OPEN
June 23 - OPEN
June 30- OPEN

July 7- OPEN
July 14- OPEN
July 21- Elfriede Schneider
July 28- OPEN
Worship Calendar
Sunday, June 9
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am
Pentecost Sunday
Reception of New Members
Sunday, June 16
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am
Music Appreciation Sunday
Sunday, June 23
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am
Focus Groups
Sunday, June 30
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am

Memorial Gifts

We are grateful for the following gifts made in memory of Stella Almroth:

Bruce and Karen Haas
Ada and Tish Liggett and Family
Rosemarie and Chet Gala
Moyallan/William and Elizabeth Almroth
Lou and Dusty Peters
Lynne Lefelar
Emma Fettig
Fred and Maryann Maines
Judy Corvino
Broadway Arts Lab 2019 Season
Broadway Arts Lab has announced their 2019 Season.

Highlights include Into The Woods, Dance Classes, and even a Make Up Magic Workshop.

Please lick HERE to visit their website for more information.
Packanack Personals

Please send cards to Church Members Who Have Moved Away
Several church members have moved from our area to be closer to family members. The following individuals would greatly appreciate receiving cards and staying in touch with our congregation:

Judy Corvino, Arbor Terrace, 361 Speedwell Avenue, Unit 365A, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

973-694-8993 (they are keeping their same home telephone number)

Alva Breithaupt, 1275 Turnpike Street, Unit 203, North Andover, MA 01845
Alva turned 94 this past October. A recent letter from her family expressed how much she appreciates our cards and phone calls. Her phone number is 978-258-0604. She can best be reached in her apartment at the following times: 11am - 12noon, 3-5pm, and after 7pm.

Betty Fenyo, Bickford of Suffolk, 6860 Harbour View Blvd. #405, Suffolk, VA 23435

Jessie Goehner, 132 Warwick Road, Apt. 1-C, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

The Rev. Dick Batchelder, 9115 Warrens Way, Wanaque, NJ 07465
Our Prayer List

Cindy Clarke
Wilma Nydam
Bill and Trudy Leonhardt
Jim Klein
Laura Lefelar, Lynne Lefelar's daughter
Mike Barch, Lynne Lefelar’s son-in-law
Kathy Pallone, sister of Ginny Mullen
Bob Butler, Claire Butler's son
Kerry Babcott, Jessica De Haan’s friend                                    
Claire Butler
The Family of Stella Almroth
Patrick Bosma, Ray and Diane Bosma’s grandson
Regina Erwood                   
Helen Barton, Claire Butler’s sister
James Gould, Virginia Gould's son
Judy Corvino
Bridget Davis

Putting God's Love in Motion

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