A Surprise Visit From the AmeriCorps Student Members - March 10, 2013
Past Sunday's Church service, the Congregation was pleased and welcomed a group of six students who joined the AmeriCorps, where their program started in August 2012 in Vinton, Iowa. They were here in NY/NJ area working on recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The Students themselves are coming from various states. They came with open hearts and prayed with us, and they also brought food for our food pantry.
Starting from the left, Barbara, Pastor Ruth, the students, Charlotte and Fred.
INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR REV. Ruth BOLING
Congratulations to Rev. Ruth Boling, who was installed by the Presbytery of Newark as Designated Pastor of the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
The installation service with representative from the Newark Presbyterian Church (left), Parish House Choir (far center), residents, Guests and members of the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church
The installation service for Pastor Ruth Boling (Pictures by Debbie LeDoux)
Pastor Ruth Boling with family and friends
Members & guests enjoyed the Luncheon & Reception with cake after the installation
CLICK HERE >>> for Pastor Ruth installation Sermon by Teaching Elder Birda Ferguson
Click below for the two articles from the local newspaper. Reprinted with permission from the Feb. 7, 2013 issue of The Independent Press of Bloomfield
CLICK HERE >>> For Page 1 article on Pastor Ruth Boling's installation service, via the newspaper's Essex News Daily webpage
CLICK HERE >>> For the Page 5 article of the newspaper - A conversation with Ruth Boling
Congratulation to Eric Maciag!!!
On February 3, 2013, during the church service, Eric Maciag was awarded and presented with the God and Family emblem which is part of the God and Country Awards sponsored by PRAY (Programs of Religious Activity with Youth). Eric earned this award as one of his Cub Scout requirements for advancement by working with a counselor of his choice (Mr. Arlett) over a period of 6 weeks to complete a variety of activities and assignments revolving around family and faith and how they are the foundation of life.
Pastor Ruth Boling presented the award to Eric Maciag, with the proud parent, Scott and Dale, Sister Rebecca, Uncle Glenn and Bruce Arlett Sr.
Bruce Arlett Sr. and Eric Maciag during the service reading
Souper Bowl Sunday...A WINNER!!!
January 27 - More than 70 people enjoyed 16 delicious soups and raised $821.64 for the Building Fund at last Sunday’s Souper Bowl. Susan Turnbull and John Dye did a great job for getting the event organized, along with the Fund Raising Committee, 7 restaurants and 9 Members who contributed the soups, and help from various other church members, a great job was done and a great time was had by all.
Everyone is having a good time and enjoying their soups
John, Susan, Pastor Ruth and Bill on the podium
The band Narrow Escape, the soups, Eric and Susan present the prize to Rudy
Prize winner & Certificates to participants, Debbie, Carol, Barbie, Le, Sharon, Nora, Andrew
Prize winner & Certificates to participants, Heather, Dale, Rafael, Diane, Fran, Diann
Restaurant participants - Town Pub, Pandan, Bloomfield Steak& Seafood, Brookside Thai, Anthony's Cheesecake, Cousin's, Senorita
BUILDING AND GROUNDS UPDATE February 28, 2013
Recently, we received some good news from our engineers regarding the Sanctuary. After extensive research and measurement, it has been determined that we will not have to disassemble and rebuild the east wall. The design of the new trusses will stabilize and tie in the entire structure. This will save us nearly half of the cost of restoration as well as a tremendous amount of time. The engineers and builders are completing final plans for construction. Assuming that all goes according to schedule, we might be back in the sanctuary by Christmas this year.
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
Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Members, Family & Friends Condolences
Our Condolence to the Erickson family
The condolences of the congregation are extended to Lori Erickson and family on the death of the Rev. David Erickson, who served as Parish Associate here at the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green after his retirement from fulltime pastoral ministry. Rev. Erickson served churches in Paterson, East Orange and Newark, and was active in the Civil Rights Movement. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Hattiesburg, MS and Selma, AL, and chaired the Paterson Task Force in the War on Poverty. A lover of classical music and an avid gardener, Rev. Erickson is fondly remembered by many in our congregation who recall his gracious ministry of visitation. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. They rest from their labors and their works do follow them.".