RECENT HAPPENINGS
April 22nd - Family watches the joyous occasion of Baptism
April 15th - Reception-of-New-Members Sunday
Welcome our New Members!

We welcomed our great New Members (of all ages!) at Fellowship Time

Multi-faith Study 

 

"Our Journey Toward Redemption" held on 
March 27th  At Temple Avodat Shalom 

It was a full house, a wonderful meal and a wonderful program.  

About 20 attended from First Congregational Church of River Edge.

Those in attendance shared a potluck meal, had an opportunity to hear three brief  presentations; then participants at each table spoke with each other and learned about their faith journeys.

New Jersey Devils Game against Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, March 24th
Lots of Fun  and the Devils won!
(the church only roots for Jersey hockey Devils...)

March 16th - Our St. Patrick's Celebration
A corned beef and cabbage (of course)  dinner
and the Pipers (of course!)
Everyone enjoyed the dinner
 The audience enjoyed the music and the children of the church enjoyed the dancing!
December 24th - Christmas Cookie Exchange 
Hosted by Christian Ed (of course!)
October 22nd - Pumpkin Carving!
Who is that little guy watching all the action?  Aha! 
The Carving Action
See all the serious faces at work
And do you see that Pumpkin-Cat?
The Playing Action 
September 17th - Installation Reception for
Rev. Dennis TeBeest 
Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Fish & Chips Dinner
Some of the "Runners"  - who worked hard as they brought the fish from the cooking area to the serving area
One of the tables of folks enjoying the always-delicious dinner and the fellowship and fun. 
It was almost a full house!
September 2nd - White Water Rafting 
Kids and grownups alike said it was wet and wild - and lots of fun!
All agreed, this was the 'First Annual' White Water Rafting event!
The Crew ... on dry land
Church Family Picnic
Sunday August 20th 
at River Edge Swim Club

Everyone had a great time!
Saturday, June 10th - Progressive Dinner
May 25th - Bells & Whistles XVII
Bells rang, people sang (even the audience rang and sang!) and everyone had a great time!

Above, the Pilgrim Ringers perform. 

Left, Bert (Schmitt) Stratford sings a solo.


March 17th - Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
A big success - Good food and good fun and good entertainment by the Irish dancers. 
Three generations of a family and friends having a great time together!
Enjoying the company (and the Irish Soda Bread) and waiting for that Corned Beef and Cabbage.
The Irish Dancers perform
Saturday, February 25th
Spaghetti Dinner
Benefit for   Haiti Hurricane Matthew Relief 
raised over $1,500!!!
The servers figure it out
Waiting for that first course
Sunday, January 22, 2017  
Winter Land - Church Picnic
Everyone, young and not-so-young, had a great family fellowship time 
and won some prizes as well!
September 30th - Fish and Chips Dinner
French Fries are Dee-licious! 
...and I have a mustache just like you, dad!
The Fish Runners who helped with bringing the fish from the cooking area to the serving area
 - and mustaches are the order of the evening!
August 25th - Concert "With Joy!"
If you missed it, you really missed a wonderful time!
OVER $2,300 RAISED!!!!

Our own Joy Lynn Jacobs gave an amazing, laughter-filled concert, with music ranging from Broadway tunes, to Motown to almost everything! A Bergenfield resident -- and church member -- Joy has performed on Broadway, national Broadway tours and as a soloist for symphonies in the US and around the world. She also appeared for many years as a guest star on the "Love Boats" of Princess Cruises.
Joy leads church choir members in soaring song
Joy and fellow choir member and soloist Signe Myhrens sing a duet
Audience recruit (and church member) Ron Phillips receives instructions on his role in "Steam Heat."  He rang the cow bell to simulate the clank of pipes, while the rest of the audience, in the role of steam,  hissed at the appropriate times. 
June 18th - Progressive Dinner

All 28 members of the church who joined the Progressive Dinner agreed - great fellowship, delicious food, warmth and laughter - a wonderful event! Thanks to all who hosted!
May 3rd - Women's Fellowship Sponsored Program on Decluttering  - "Keep This, Toss That" by author Jamie Novak
Shawl Ministry Sunday - January 10th
Shawls made during the year by members of the Shawl Ministry are dedicated on January 10th, 2016
May 17th- Church School Sunday
The Church School Children and Youth presented a musical selection.
For the Bell Anthem, the Journey Ringers put on their white gloves and presented "Jesus Loves Me", with the congregation singing along during part of the performance.
Reception of New Members - January 4, 2015
New Members were received into the life and fellowship of the First Congregational Church on January 4th, 2015
 The small fingers that pre-tested the decorations along the bottom  of the cake were just part of the warm welcome to the family of the First Congregational Church.