Packanack Community Church
March 2019
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A Message from Pastor Bernie
Yo Listen Up!  
Then a cloud appeared and covered them [Peter, James & John], and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” -At Jesus’ transfiguration  

When it comes to Jesus, in all three Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, God is really emphatic with the disciples: “Listen to him!”
No subtlety of message here from the divine. God must have known that they were not always good listeners and emphasized the point by enveloping them in a cloud before speaking. Enveloped in a mysterious cloud the disciples became attentive. 
Are we good listeners? With many competing voices coming at us from all directions, it can be difficult to tune into what’s important. We unconsciously filter the information we process. We may try to convince ourselves of the effectiveness of our attentive powers but that is more bark than bite. Research shows that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency. A lot actually goes in one ear and right out the other... most of what we hear. 
Like anyone else the disciples are human after all and so here in the Transfiguration story, God gives advice we all need: “Listen to Jesus!”
I once took a call from a person who was in distress with many demanding voices rolling around in their head. I quickly realized that it was vital for me to listen intently so I could understand. It was also important for the person to know that I was listening. At the end of the conversation my caller was less distressed and more hopeful than at the beginning. 
God says listen to my beloved. God has a stake in us listening to Jesus. So how do we get to know what God wants us to know…we engage our active listening skills? We can dedicate some time, find a quite space, reduce distractions, engage our heart and try this…
Reflect on Jesus as a character in a Bible story of your choosing: what does he do or not do, what does he say or not say, what motivates him, what is he doing to move the action around him, how is he assisting or keeping others from getting what they want, is he dynamic (does he grow and change) or is he static (the same from beginning to end), is he a stereotype (easy to describe), how does he compare to and interact with others around him, what do they suggest to you about Jesus, what questions do they ask about him? 
If not reflection, try something else for there are many ways to listen—not just with our ears, but with our memories, with our reflection, with our reading, with our conversations, with our own stories.
Join us as we meet Jesus on the mountain top this Sunday and move into the season of Lent this month beginning with Ash Wed March 6 at 6:30 PM…a season of listening. 
“Listen to him!” ~God
Ash Wednesday-March 6th
Day of Atonement, Imposition of Ashes, and the Sounding of the Shofar
Ash Wednesday cross

Service at 6:30pm followed by Soup Supper. 

Come for ashes - stay for soup. We're changing things up! Service begins at 6:30 for imposition of ashes. Stay for soup supper following the service.
Baked Ziti Benefit Luncheon-Sunday, March 10

The Community Outreach Team of PCC will hold a benefit Baked Ziti Luncheon and sale on Sunday, March 10th, between 11am and 2pm in Simmons Hall. Proceeds will benefit church mission programs and the Father English Center in Paterson-a multi service community center that provides food, meals and other services to thousands of needy children and families monthly.
The cost is $10 per person, with children under 10 served for free. "Heat and eat" takeout orders are $10 per medium pan (serving-2-3) or $25 for a larger pan (servings-4-6) and can be placed in advance. If you are able, please consider DONATING A LARGE PAN for a family in Paterson.
For further information, to buy tickets, or to place an advance order, contact Lisa Seela, 908-337-8061, or by email: . Tickets will be sold in church each Sunday until the luncheon.
Shredding Fundraiser-Saturday, April 6 9:00am-Noon
Saturday, April 6 is the Shredding Fundraiser! Start gathering up all your old tax returns, bills, and other outdated but important personal papers. 
Security Shredding is returning to Packanack Church on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot, rain or shine. For a donation of $8 per standard sized box or $40 for all the paper you've got , just drive up and volunteers will help unload your car. 
If you like, you can even watch on a small video screen as your papers are safely disposed of in the shredding truck. All proceeds will benefit the church and its programs.  
For further information contact Jim Ritter  973-694-6648 or e-mail
Save the Dates!
Holy Week 2019
Palm Sunday- April 14 at 10:00am
Maundy Thursday- April 18 at 6:30pm
Good Friday- April 19 at 7:00pm
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service- April 21 at 6:30am
Easter Sunday Service of Resurrection- April 21 at 10:00am
Broadway Arts Lab 2019 Season
Broadway Arts Lab has announced their 2019 Season.

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

Please lick HERE to visit their website for more information.
March Worship Calendar

Sunday, March 3
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Monthly Food Collection: Pasta Sauce and Canned Tomatoes

Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday, 6:30pm
Day of Atonement, Imposition of Ashes, and the Sounding of the Shofar

Sunday, March 10
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am

Sunday, March 17
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am

Sunday, March 24
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am

Sunday, March 31
Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:00am
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 will turn 94 on October 20. 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

Wilma Nydam
Bill and Trudy Leonhardt
Jim Klein
Laura Lefelar, Lynne Lefelar's daughter
Mike Barch, Lynne Lefelar’s son-in-law
Joey Bulger, friend of Jody Smith
Zola Cassanova, friend of Jody Smith
Kathy Pallone, sister of Ginny Mullen
Bob Butler, Claire Butler's son
Kerry Babcott, Jessica De Haan’s friend                                    
Claire Butler
Stella Almroth
Patrick Bosma, Ray and Diane Bosma’s grandson
Regina Erwood                   
Helen Barton, Claire Butler’s sister
Putting God's Love in Motion

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