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News and Events - April, 2012


New Saturday Hours for the Food Pantry The Food Pantry is now open the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information, please visit the Food Pantry page.


Designated Pastor Nominating Committee Formed

At its annual meeting on February 6, the congregation of the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green voted to create a Designated Pastor Nominating Committee for the purpose of filling our pastoral vacancy, currently occupied by interim pastor Rev. Bob Foltz-Morrison. The members of the committee are: Heather Arlett, William Dalzell, Glenn Maciag, Janis Sledge, Eve Space, Susan Turnbull, Nora Watson, and Desmond Wedderburn.

The Presbyterian Book of Order prescribes procedures for Designated Pastors. Here are key sections:

G-14.0520 Designated Pastoral Relations
"A designated pastoral relationship, full or part-time, is a call to a minister of the Word and Sacrament established by the presbytery for a term of not less than two nor more than four years. . . . The congregation’s pastoral nominating committee shall nominate to the congregation for its consideration and vote, only from among those ministers designated to it by the presbytery’s committee on ministry. . . . If there has been an open search process conducted by the committee on ministry and after at least two years of the designated pastor relationship, upon the concurrence of the committee on ministry, the designated pastor, and the session . . . a congregational meeting may be held to call the designated pastor as pastor."

The complete Presbyterian Book of Order is online at PCUSA. Find pertinent material about designated pastors by searching for "designated pastor" or for section G-14.0520.

Interested applicants should contact Kevin Yoho, General Presbyter of Newark Presbytery.


Sanctuary Repair Update: Phase Two Underway

The Project Team of Connolly and Hickey, Historical Architects was selected by the Session in September to begin sanctuary repairs. Their preliminary assessment identified five areas of concern: the coffered ceiling, the bowing east exterior wall, the existing eaves, the roof structure, and the trusses.

Phase One, engineering the project, has been underway this fall and winter. The first step for the Project Team has been the review of existing documentation and two day-visits to the site. The second step has begun: preparing schematic design documents that outline the basic scope of work for the repairs. This includes preparing probable costs and priorities. Once reviewed by our church board, the Project Team will proceed with the development of contract documents detailing aspects of the proposed work so that qualified contractors can bid and carry out the work. The church board will review all documents before entering the final step of this phase: bidding and contract administration.

The weather is warm, Phase Two—the repair phase—commenced. It is the hope of the architects and the Session that the repairs will be completed by the late fall.

BPCOG Repair
April 8 - Major structures are being repaired; the foundation has been repaired with new sidewalks. The steel beam supports were placed to protect the wall from collapsing, in preparing for the repairs of the sanctuary's east wall
BPCOG Repair2
April 22 - Scaffolding are erected outside of the Church & inside of the Sanctuary, to repair the ceilings & the east wall. The plaster will be removed & the blocks will be reseated. Most of the east wall will be rebuilt on the new foundation

BEEFSTEAK DINNER & FLEA MARKET - Fund Raising Events for Building Repair

Our 1st Beefsteak Dinner will be held June 1, at the Essex Manor. Prepared by Hap Nightingale Caterers, who have been running beefsteak dinners for decades, this evening promises to be great fun. Tickets are $50 per person.

To purchase tickets or for more info, Click Here

Flea Market will held on June 23, in front of the church, on the green. Vendors will be selling goods and food at this Flea Market, also BBQ with hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Come out and meet the neighbors and tell of the Good News!



Feed the World on the Green volunteers
Feed the World on the Green: Meeting the Hunger Needs of Our Neighbors

The Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green provides a full dinner at no cost once a month to those who come to us hungry. We serve with dignity all those who join us. Dinners are served on the third Monday of every month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in our Parish House, located at 147 Broad Street, Bloomfield (across from Bloomfield High School).

With all of the hardships facing many individuals and families we want to do our part in making others feel welcome and let them know we care. Please feel free to contact us by calling the church office at 973-743-1796 or e-mail endhunger@bpcog.org. This program is sponsored by the Women's Fellowship of the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green.

2012 Schedule - Every 3rd Monday of the month
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

Dinners are served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in our Parish House, located at 147 Broad Street, Bloomfield.

FTW P1
April Dinner, Kitchen and Server Volunteers

FTW P2


Friday Night Dinner is Back - June 8

The next Friday Night Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 8. The theme is “Upside Down and Backwards”. Tickets are $10 and will be sold after worship on Sundays, May 20 and 27, or at the church office during the week. Be prepared to see and do things just a little bit differently at this dinner. Please plan to join us for an evening of good food, warm fellowship and lots of fun


Collect hygiene kits for people in need

Once again, the Presbyterian Women are asking members of BPCOG to support the annual drive to collect hygiene kits for people in need. Supplies will be collected during the months of May and June. At the conclusion of the drive, kits will be forwarded to Church World Service for distribution. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the mission work of the Women’s Fellowship


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