Christian Education Newsletter  
May 23rd - Celebratory Confirmation Outdoor luncheon  
Celebratory luncheon for confirmands families and sponsors will be held on the church lawn.  It was a joy to celebrate with this group of young people as they reaffirmed their faith and joined the church on February 7th, 2021.   Since our traditional (indoor) Confirmation Breakfast could not be held at that date, the Education Team arranged this warmer-weather celebration.
June 6th - Church School Sunday
A Church School Sunday Service will be held in the church, in person, on Sunday June 6th   Church School  has been a challenge for all, so acknowledging everyone's commitment to faith formation is important.  The Education Team is looking forward to celebrating our children in person this year!  We hope our church family attends in person or via ZOOM for this important event in the lives of our children
June 5th - 10:00 AM - Bird Walk DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
A leisurely walk with a Director from  the Hackensack River Keeper program. Observe birds in varying habitats including open water, saltmarsh, mudflats and uplands.  Birds might include herons, egrets, waterfowl, ospreys, shorebirds, and resident songbirds.
Souper Bowl of Caring - 
Sunday, Jan 10th ~ Sunday, Feb. 7th

To continue our tradition of "Tackling Hunger", a soup collection box will be available in the Entryway beginning Sunday, Jan. 10th through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7th.  All canned soup donations will go to the Center for Food Action in Englewood and the food pantry at St. Peter's Church in River Edge.  We will not be collecting coins this year, but you may make a monetary donation to the national campaign at https://tacklehunger.org/#
Lighting the 2nd Candle of Advent
Chayse reading the Lesson
Anabelle explains this year's Chrismon symbol, the Anchor
Chrismon Tree, including donated gifts, 51 toys/books, 3 cots, 2 robes and 4 other clothing items.
Sock-tober was a big Sock-cess!
The drive to get socks to keep our neighbors warm was a rousing 
Sock-cess!  
 Contributions reached 136 pairs of socks! 
 Great job!
Pumpkin Carving 2020 - Lots of community participation!
Sunday, June 14th 10:00 am Service 
 Virtual Church School Sunday 
 Our church school youth led and performed for this memorable service!
A member of the Motoike family performs the Prelude, 
"Jubilate" by D. Bortniansky
A member of the Silane family reads the Call to Worship
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A member of the Kearns family does the Prayer of Confession
Two members of the Stark family reads the Old Testament Lesson
A member of the Babington family reads the NewTestament Lesson
A member of the Babington family does the Offering Call
Members of the Orendain family sings a duet, "How Can I Keep from Singing" by Robert Lowry
A member of the Van Wetering family does the Prayer of Dedication
A member of the Babington family is honored as a graduate
A member of the Silane family is honored as a graduate
Members of the Myers family gives us the Benediction
A member of the Cho family performs the Postlude:  "Invention #8" by J.S. Bach
Alleluia! Art
Alleluia! by Winnie!
Another one of the Winnie Easter art collection (with background support by Mae!)
Beautiful Alleluia! by one of the talented Stark family artists
Easter Alleluia! another of the  Stark family collection
More of the Alleluia! collection by the Stark family
Alleluia! with flowers by the Stark artists
Double-wide Alleluia! with illustrations
Alleluia! with crayons (circa 1950's) from the childhood treasures box (crayons still working!  Harmonica, not so much)
Feb 2nd - Souper Bowl Sunday
Our church school children collected 160 soup cans and over $125 for the
 Center for Food Action.

GREAT JOB ALL!
Chrismon Service 
Sunday, Dec. 8th  
Our children and youth  once again re-enacted the Nativity story to lead us in to the Christmas Season.
The final act, including the baby (yes, a real baby).  Note that one small sheep (with head in hand) has decided to stray, and is fleeing down the aisle toward family 
The full cast of the re-enacted the Nativity - except one sheep.
Note the cell phone on the left framing the Wise Man in red - a justifiably proud family member, without doubt! 
The line to place the Chrismon white cross on the tree, and to place the toys for the struggling families, under the tree
More of the long line
Some of the gifts, which are donated, under the tree.  Looks like one of the young donors is doing a final check ... or maybe looking for options to add to his list!
Church School Sunday - June 9th
It was WONDERFUL!
The children and youth did the readings  sang, played instruments and
 led a truly great service for all.
The Prelude 
with alto sax, tenor sax and clarinet
The Call to Worship
The Prayer of Confession
The Anthem
with the Carol and Nowell Choir
The Pastor
illustrating his sermon on the centripetal and centrifugal force of the Spirit and the church - It draws us in and draws us to go out in faith and service
The Pentecostal Red balloons, about to be released to go upward

The Journey Ringers
More Journey Ringers - yes, they can!

Church School Music Prentations
The Sunday Sundae Ice Cream Social in Fellowship Hall 
following the service
Some of those mischievous boys who were in Church School
...a while ago
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