Bruce is attending NJ City University, and majoring in Psychology & National security
Duncan is attending Essex County Community College, and majoring in Criminal Justice
Sanctuary Repair Update: The Buildings & Grounds Team shared this report with Session at its September meeting.
As of now, the coffered ceiling has been removed in preparation for restoration and repair. The sanctuary is scaffolded and prepped for work to begin. At this time, we are awaiting a final plan from the engineers as to how to proceed. There needs to be concurrence between the engineers and contractors as to what process needs to be implemented so that we do not have to revisit this in another 25 years. Unfortunately, this is an involved process and takes a lot of time behind the scenes. Charlie Sasso and Jack Leigh expect to be meeting with the engineers (Goldstein), contractor (Imhoff) and the grant writer (Mark Hewitt) shortly. At that time we expect to have a plan and a timetable for completion. The Buildings & Grounds Team is pushing to get this work underway as fast as possible with an eye to returning to the sanctuary in the spring. Once the final plans are in place, the grant writer can begin crafting the proposal for presentation to various funding sources. Insurance claims are still being pursued. The insurance company reimbursed us for the remediation work required to prevent collapse.
In terms of safety, a new fence was erected to keep people away from the building as it became obvious that the existing barrier was not a deterrent to keeping people out. And, with the opening of school, it just became too tempting. In addition, the Team wants to make it clear that under no circumstances should any officer, staff member or member enter the sanctuary for any reason whatsoever. This is an active construction site and the only people authorized to enter are those actively engaged in the construction process. If someone feels it is important to go into the sanctuary, please contact Charlie Sasso or Jack Leigh and they will escort you.
June 17 - More Scaffolding are erected inside & outside of the Church. The East Wall is being repaired, with most of the sanctuary's ceilings were removed & being replaced
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
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
2012 GRADUATES - Congratulations to All the High school and College graduates
Ashley Space graduated from Saint Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Duncan Arlett graduated from Bloomfield High school, and planned to attend college. Duncan and his Mom, Sharon, celebrate at the Church
Ignacia Watson & Anthony Fried graduated from Bloomfield High school, and planned to attend college.
BEEFSTEAK DINNER & FLEA MARKET - Fund Raising Events for Building Repair
THE DINNER WAS A SUCCESS!!! - Our 1st Beefsteak Dinner was held on the evening of June 1, at the Essex Manor. Close to 120 peoples attended.
John, Kathy and Ethelyn speaking
Bill, Kathy and Janice, and Bloomfield Councilman & Assemblyman Ralph Caputo attended
Everyone is having a good time!!!
FLEA MARKET Fund raising event was held on July 21, in front of the church, on the green. Members of the church and Vendors will be selling goods and food at this Flea Market
A successful Day!!!
Church Members Participated in the 145th Annual Bloomfield Memorial Parade, May 28, 2012
May 28 - Members of the Church participated in the Bloomfield's 145th Memorial Parade -- Pictures By Debbie LeDoux
May 28 - Participated Members in front of the Church -- Picture By Debbie LeDoux
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.
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
Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Members, Family & Friends Condolences