April 5: Palm Sunday
Join us for the annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 from 8:30 AM to10:00 AM in the Parish House. Tickets will be sold at the door. Adult tickets are $5.00 and children’s tickets are $3.00. Proceeds will benefit Boy Scout Troop 2 and Heifer International. Won’t you come join us?
Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Since 1944, Heifer has helped 9.2 million families in 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through livestock, training and "passing on the gift." By providing animals and training, Heifer enables families to overcome poverty and make lasting improvements in their quality of life. Heifer's Program Information Services offers technical literature for field workers and planners that focuses on sustainable approaches to development; small-scale farming; animal husbandry; and planning, monitoring and evaluation techniques.
Our very own Boy Scout Troop 2 is the one of the oldest continually active scout troops in the state and country. Our history and lineage is long and storied. We continue to support an active and growing scout troop which offers many opportunities to build character and skills in the youth of today.
The Interim Pastor Search Committee announced during worship on February 15 that the Rev. Robert Foltz-Morrison has been named and approved as our Interim Pastor. His first Sunday with us will be March 29, 2009. He comes to us with over 25 years experience both in the pulpit and in other positions within the denomination. For more about Bob, please see his first message to the congregation.
On Sunday, February 8, 2009, the new pipe organ was dedicated during Sunday morning worship. An organ recital followed at 4:00 PM. The recital showcased the new three-manual and pedal pipe organ, with 48 ranks and 2,881 pipes, recently completed by the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of Paterson, NJ. Timothy R. Tarantino, director of music at the church, performed sacred and secular music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Verne, César Franck, Paul Manz, Henry Smart, Roberta Bitgood, and others. Dr. Bitgood, who died in 2007 at the age of 99, was a teacher at Bloomfield College and organist and choirmaster of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield during the 1930s and 1940s. She later served as the first female president of the American Guild of Organists.
For photos of the Peragallo organ being constructed and installed during 2008, please visit our photo album page.