Dear Members and Friends,

Grace and peace to you! I hope this finds you feeling fulfilled as summer draws to a close and a new fall season begins.

Moses leads God’s people through incredible ups and downs, and this fall in worship, we will walk beside him the whole way. We’ll discover God in the burning bush. Cross the parted sea. Listen to the Israelites complain in the wilderness. We’ll eat the daily bread of heaven, and look across to the promised land. Our kids will be learning about Moses, too.

Moses survives—thrives—and leads his people out from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, through the wilderness to freedom, because the people around him at his birth—the midwives, his mother, his sister, Pharaoh’s own daughter—each play their parts to save his life from Pharaoh who sought to end it, just because Moses was an Israelite. Like them, we are called to transform the square of earth around us to be a safe place for all people.

It is the work of the church to point, with all we’ve got, our whole lives, to the goodness, love, justice, and truth of Jesus Christ, and resist death-dealing ways.

Our fall church calendar is PACKED with wonderful opportunities to witness to the goodness and love of Jesus Christ. From stocking the food pantry shelves, to Hanover Township Day, to building friendships in Youth Group, to learning about baby Moses in Church School. And, from an outdoor movie night with Hanover Township churches, to an all-day VBS, to a church picnic, to Bible Studies, to an Anti-Racism Training, we are living fully in God’s love and carrying God’s love into our community.

I’ll see you on Sundays, and every opportunity in between!

With love and hope,

Pastor Sarah


On August 27th at the Homeless Solutions Shelter we served 54 meals. Our wonderful salad guru, Janet Nelms, prepared the salads for the meal which were gladly taken by our diners with only 5 left to be used for the guests who returned later from work. We also cut up a watermelon and added that to our summer meal of hot dogs on buns, macaroni salad, tossed salad, cheese, four bean salad, and pringle cups as a special treat.

We delivered 42 pairs of flip-flops. The shelter was glad to receive them and also welcomed us with plenty of "Thank-you, we're so glad you are here!" It's not too late if you want to participate. The collection runs until the end of September. All sizes, colors, and styles are gladly accepted. Look for SALES this time of year.

If you haven't volunteered yet, please consider joining the team. It's easy work with lots of laughter, plus you also get to know members of the church better. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside of Pastor Sarah's office. Think about it. It might be something you'd really enjoy.

A sincere thank you to all of the people in our congregation who have supported our mission so enthusiastically. It is because of your support we are able to make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling.

Stock our Food Pantry

Our Deacons ask that you bring food with you to church to share with our neighbors in need. The food pantry is currently in need of cereal, fruit, vegetables, tomato sauce, tuna, peanut butter, jam, rice, iced tea mix, paper towels, microwavable foods, toothpaste and soap. Thanks!

Choir Starts Back Up, and Seeks New Members!

The first choir rehearsal of the fall will be on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm, in the upstairs choir room. Anyone who would like to sing in worship with the choir is welcome to join! Singing is a wonderfully uplifting spiritual practice!

The Choir's Spring Concert is available to view online here:

Share the link with friends who missed the live concert! Great thanks to Steve Mednick who recorded it!

Hanover Township Day

Hanover Township Recreation invites everyone to celebrate Hanover Township Day on Saturday, September 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls. The rain date is Sunday, September 10 from 1 5 p.m. at Malapardis Park.

This Township-wide event is free to our residents and features, music, activities, demonstrations, exhibits, and food.

This is a great opportunity for REACHING OUT to our neighbors with our presence in the community. Plan to wear your church t-shirt and stop by the church tables to help us greet our neighbors in the welcoming Spirit of Christ. Better yet, help us create our interactive exhibits and/or volunteer to spend an hour at one of the tables. Email or call Nancy Willans, Barbara Kitchell or the church office to say you would like to participate!

CIRCLE 3.... First meeting September 11 .... Monday…. 7:00 pm in the church library .... Everyone welcome for fellowship and planning for the year….

Circle 4 will be meeting on Sept. 11 @ Beryl Schaaf 's home at 1:30 PM. All women of the church are welcome! Please let Beryl know if you will attend!

SEPTEMBER OVER COFFEE ---- Our September (after) breakfast gathering around our square table will be on Saturday morning, September 9, @ 8:30 am. It will feature a round table discussion aimed at sharing ----

What are you working on .... now ?

Ron Cattafi and Brian Carreira will moderate the open, informal discussion, 'round the table.

Please be thinking about your own current activities or planning or projects that are high on your own active list, and might interest us peers also, at least for 3 or 4 minutes. On things you're personally "...working on now...". Things like -------

Home improvement projects, local organization activities, volunteer services, medical treatments that the rest of us should know about, employment for pay, arts & crafts projects, current church projects, good books for reading, personal family history, cleaning out your attic, Bible chapters, useful internet web sites, finding your way through the new Wegman's supermarket, vacation trips being planning, organizing your personal records, improving your golf swing ....... WHATEVER is taking your personal attention now. Things you'd be willing to share informally, and possibly get some more ideas on ..... briefly .... of course.

Guests and visitors are welcome. Bring a friend

AND FOR OUR OCTOBER GATHERING on October 14, Dale Cowley will tell us about local emergency response units that are operating around here and available when we may need them, some manned by volunteers.

Please mark your calendar now for both Saturday mornings, 09/09 and 10/14; 8:30 am to 9:45.

Volunteers make our monthly gatherings happen ----- to propose, facilitate, and lead topics, and to recruit discussion leaders for these monthly hours of thoughtful talk, listening, learning, coffee, Christian fellowship, and fun.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Every Wednesday, starting September 13th, at 10:00am

For decades women (mostly) have been gathering at our church for morning Bible Study. It is a long and wonderful tradition, and still, every month we get new members! Start the year with us! We share our lives, pray, and study the passages of scripture we read the following week in worship. See you there!

Anti-Racism Training! Join a group from our church for a day of learning and discussion. Saturday, September 30th, 9:00am- 3:30pm Presbyterian Church of Madison, 19 Green Ave, Madison, NJ

We'll develop deeper language to talk about systemic racism and how it operates in our country, and we'll learn tools for interrupting the racism we see in people (including ourselves!) and in organizations. There will be many people there who have never been to such an event before, so if that's you, you will not be alone!

For more information and to register online, click this link to the Presbytery's website:

Artists, Makers, Seamstresses, and Writers of all ages!

We'd love to see what you're working on! We're thinking about forming a group in which artists can share your work and possibly create pieces for worship. We'd love to plan a Creator's Fair to kick off the group. During one coffee hour in the late fall, we will display church members' work in the fellowship hall. Interested? Intrigued and want to talk with others? Contact Nancy Willans, Barbara Kitchell or Pastor Sarah.

October newsletter deadline

is September 15.

Please email your newsletter articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Evening Bible Study Series: Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

Wednesdays, September 27th, October 4th, and October 11th, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew is the largest collection of Jesus' teachings in the New Testament. Within the teachings are the beloved Beatitudes, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God," the call to be salt and light in the world, and counsel about anger, almsgiving, prayer, materialism, worrying, judging others, and the golden rule. We'll read together, pray together, and consider concrete ways to integrate Jesus' teachings into our everyday lives. Join us in the church's library!


On Sunday, September 24

we will celebrate our 50-year members

Debbie Gibbons and Rosalie Hackman and 60-year member Jane Kohaut!

After worship, we will continue our celebration

with a church picnic!

We'll gather on the front lawn with church friends new and old,

as we all return to our fall routines.

Sign-up on the board outside the church office,

and let us know if you can bring a salad, side, or dessert.

Kick off to the

2017-2018 School Year!

Sunday, September 10th

Bring in your backpack

for a special blessing

and school prayer!

Sunday School Registration is now in full swing. You may fill out the form below or stop by our CE table in Parish Hall to sign up for the 2017-2018 school year. We are planning yet another fantastic year with our youth ~ through Scripture, drama, crafts, games, computers and so much more we hope to inspire our youth and set their faith on fire. We hope some of you would like to join the fun as we could always use Sunday School teachers, assistants and substitutes.

Ages Birth till they can walk on their own!

Toddler till age 5

Elementary School Junior High

Morning Joe with Jesus High School

Our Youth will begin their Church School year by taking a trip down the Nile with the infant Moses as he begins his journey with the Lord. Throughout the fall we will continue to walk with the Prophet Moses and learn how he freed his people and delivered the most important laws we have today to all the people of the world.

We also will look forward to worshipping as a church family during World Communion in October.

Sunday School Registration

2017-2018 Sunday School Registration

Name of Parent(s) or Guardian______________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________________ E-Mail:_________________________________

List Child(ran) attending Sunday School

Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________


Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________


Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________


Child’s Name:____________________________________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth: ___________________________

Age:________________ School Grade (if applicable):_________________________

Any child(Ren) have special need(s) or heath considerations:





Promotional Consent:

_____I agree to allow my child(ren)’s image to be used by The First Presbyterian Church of Whippany for promotional use. These may include for posters used in our church or used to recruit at other recruitment locations, for informational brochures, websites, newspaper advertisements, flyers or promotional videos. Children will not be identified by name.

Signature of parent or guardian:______________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________

Club 3:16

A Junior High Experience

Sunday September 17th

Club 3:16 Youth Group Kick-Off

Dinner and Messy Fun!


Sunday September 24th

Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM

"Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like a Somebody"

~Kid President

Club 3:16 is a group of Junior High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship! They discuss pre-teen issues that they face each and every day and how to deal with them. Most of all they learn what true friendship is and that they were made to be awesome. This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!! Some activities include: Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Lock-Ins, Mini-Golf, Bowling, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, Stupid-Games, movie nights, a Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816.

***"Life’s most urgent question…What are you doing for others?***



Senior High Youth Fellowship

Sunday September 10th


Games -Dinner - & Year Planning

Sunday September 17th

Dinner and Messy Fun!


Sunday September 24

Meeting 7:00PM-8:30PM

"If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" -Ecclesiastes 4:10

SHYF is a group of High School students who meet together weekly for Fun, Faith & Fellowship! Most importantly we learn what it means to just get along. We discuss issues that teens are dealing with on a weekly basis and we build a support system to help each other get through the rough times. Our youth believe in giving a helping hand whenever it is possible so we are a very service orientated youth group with monthly service projects going on there is always something for everyone! This group is open to the community -all are welcome!!! Some activities include: Fall Flashlight Corn Maze, Youth Group Olympics, Souper Bowl of Caring, 30 Hour Famine, Spring Break Retreat, Youth Conference, movie nights, Mountain T.O.P. Summer Mission Trip, Shelter Meal Assistance, Midnight Run, Sunrise Service, Spaghetti Suppers, and so much more!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to call/text Joanne at 973-885-6816

No School Again?…Let Us Help!

a one day/ all-day VBS

Puppet shows, crafts, games, lunch (you pack) & snack (we provide), and so much more!!

THURsday September 21, 2017


Register Here:

You must RSVP by September 16th to secure a spot.

Hope to see you there!!!

There is no fee for this program you may give a free will donation and all money will go directly towards our youth group summer mission trips

Questions? Contact Joanne Willans at 973-885-6816

Faith Family Outdoor Movie Night!

Friday ~ September 15th 7:00PM

Feature Presentation:

Evan Almighty

Bring your lawn chairs and join members from many other Hanover Township churches for an outdoor movie!

We’ll watch the Hilarious, modern Noah’s Ark story "Evan Almighty" (PG) and enjoy snacks. Bring friends!

We’ll gather in the church parking lot!

Everyone is invited!

The 3rd Sunday of every month a mission team heads to a small park outside of Penn Station, Newark to hand out food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless.

Our weekend begins by sorting the clothing, preparing the sandwiches and bagging the snacks for 150-200 people.

We are always in need of:

Ziploc Bags: Sandwich & Snack Size

Juice boxes/pouches

Fruit / Vegetables

Toiletries (**Deodorant)

Socks & Shoes (men & women)


Backpacks / Tote bags

School supplies

If you have any questions about Project Kind please contact Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-885-6816. Thank you for your support and for giving the world a reason to dance!

THE CHURCH DOES NOT HAVE A MISSION. GOD’S MISSION HAS A CHURCH: The Session invites you to give to the Mission Budget of the Presbytery of Newton. The Presbytery of Newton came into existence 200 years ago in November 1817. This is so far back that it predates our church’s formation in 1834. The Newton Presbytery’s mission is to serve our congregations in our calling to further God’s Kingdom as disciples of Christ. At one time our church was the most generous congregation in support of the basic mission program of the Presbytery. Our church has not made a contribution to this basic mission program since 2007. The session would like to collect a free will offering from the congregation in support of the Presbytery of Newton’s basic mission program from September 17th through October 8th. If you feel moved to make a contribution, please put your contribution in a plain envelope marked Newton Presbytery Mission with your envelope number and the amount. Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. The Presbytery supports the local churches (including ours!) by:

-guiding churches in pastoral transitions

-aiding churches with financial needs

-providing educational resources for congregations. Pastor Sarah, Francesco and two choir members attended worship music workshops recently. And, a group is going to an Anti-Racism Training on September 30th.

-connecting churches to do mission work together

-supporting pastors

To read more about our Presbytery, look it up online:

Then, email, call, or text Pastor Sarah to tell her you're coming! Please bring your questions to Pastor Sarah who will enjoy talking with you! Sunday







Auguust 27

10:15 am Worship /Summer Send Out





September 1



10:15 am Worship/Communion/

Summer Send Out




10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!


7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal



8:30 am Men’s After Breakfast


11:00 am Memorial Service for Eddie Luoma

1:00 pm –

5:00 pm Hanover Township Day


10:15 am Worship/Blessing of the Backpacks/

Summer Send Out

4:00 pm SHYF


1:30 pm Circle 4 at Beryl’s House

7:00 pm Circle 3 in the church library



10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!


7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal


Newsletter Deadline

7:00 pm Family Movie Night



10:15 am Worship/

Sunday School

Project Kind

6:00 pm Youth Groups


7:30 pm Session



10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!


8:30 am 3:30 pm

All-Day VBS

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal




10:15 am


Sunday School

Church Picnic &

50 & 60 Year Members Celebration

4:30 pm Homeless Solutions

6:00 pm Club 3:16

7:00 pm SHYF


7:30 pm Deacons



10:00 am Bible Study

10:30 am Senior Fitness Class – All invited!

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm Bible Study




9:30 am Anti -Racism Training @ PC of Madison