Dear Members and Friends,

On Easter Sunday, we wake early and walk quietly to the tomb. Arriving, we find that the tomb is empty. Jesus, who has died, is risen. And, our spirits, which on the early morning walk were still and sorrowful, are stirred into surprised celebration: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

The promises of our faith are alive. Jesus is alive! We are people who are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved tremendously, and we are sent into the world to live delivered, free, forgiven, and loved lives.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

How are you planning to celebrate Easter’s empty tomb? What is it—family, friends, meals lovingly prepared, new adventures, restful afternoons, a good book—that reminds you that you are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved? Because whatever that is—do more of that—this Easter season. Easter is not just a day, celebrated on Sunday, April 1st; Easter is a season stretching to the Day of Pentecost on May 20th, when the church welcomes the coming of the Holy Spirit.

I invite you to spend this Easter season connecting with Jesus, who is alive, by connecting with the people and activities that make you feel alive. Like the favorite children’s song goes, “Rise and shine and give God the glory!”

Sometime between April 1st and May 20th, my partner Brian and I will welcome our first child. And, we are so excited. But, we also feel unsure and a little afraid! For all the great joys and great unknowns in life, it sure is wonderful to be surrounded by a loving church family. So for that, and for you, we are overwhelmingly grateful.

Thank you for the beautiful baby shower on March 11th! Brian and I were overwhelmed by the wonderful food, decorations, and generous gifts that you lovingly prepared and offered. We are so thankful for the Elders who organized the shower and the gift, and for the church staff, Denise, Joanne, and Elisa who kept such a good secret. What a fantastic crowd gathered. It was a very special day and memory for us, and we feel very blessed to be starting a family with your loving support. Thank you.

If all goes according to plan, my last Sunday before leaving for Family Leave will be April 29th. The Presbytery Leader Jeanne Radak is preaching that day, and I hope to be leading worship with her. May 6th is Youth Sunday; May 20th is the Celebration of Pentecost, Communion, and Everyone’s Birthday; May 27th is a special Memorial Day service of scripture and songs; June 20th is Celebration of Music Sunday with our choir and new Choir Director Christie leading us. And, I’ll be back in worship on July 1st.

While I am away, we have invited a team of Elders and Deacons and members and preachers from around the Presbytery to work with our fantastic staff to continue pastoral care, worship, Bible study, and church programming. Please do not hesitate to call the church office when any need arises in your family or in the family of a friend.

You are the ones who remind me—and so many—that we are delivered, free, forgiven, and loved. Thank you.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Sarah



If anyone has prayer concerns during Pastor Sarah’s maternity leave from approximately April 29 through July 1 there are several people you can contact. We’d love to support you, if you or a loved one is sick or needs extra encouragement.

You can call the church office at 973-887-2197

or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also contact the following people:

Barbara & Dick Kitchell

Linda Gorman

Linda Martin

Nancy & Davey Willans


A meeting of the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Whippany is hereby called for Sunday, April 15, 2018, following the 10:15 AM worship service in the sanctuary.  The purpose of the meeting is to elect a Nominating Committee.


Deacon News:

On Sunday, March 25th our fantastic team of Ellen Bloemeke and Jean Sedillo prepared a meal of chili and rice for 53 residents of Homeless Solutions.  Everything went smoothly and the change to instant rice made a big difference in the preparation.  No burnt rice!!  Needed for next month's meal are kidney beans, canned tomatoes and instant rice. Thank you for your continued donations of sugar and creamy salad dressing for the Homeless Solutions Food Pantry. 

The regular food pantry is always glad for contributions of non-perishable food items like cereal, macs and cheese, tuna, chicken, spaghetti sauce and pasta.

Your food donations are greatly appreciated!



April 8 at 11:30 am

Celebration of Gratitude

 for Elisa Fries, Interim Choir Director


April 15 at 11:30 am

 Welcome Celebration for Christie Ventura

Circle 4 will meet Monday, April 2 at 1:30 PM

at the home of Beryl Schaaf.  Lesson 5, Speaking the Word of the Lord, will be led by Charlene Bodenhamer. Our regular monthly meetings consist of approximately 1 hour of study and discussion time.

All are welcome.

This is a time of good discussions, refreshments and fellowship.

We are open to planning other activities and adventures as our members suggest and agree upon!

We would love to have you join us.


women’s Circle 3

meeting Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm in the church library.

Everyone welcome for study and fellowship.


The April Men's (after) Breakfast

Gentlemen (usually) of First Presbyterian Church of Whippany,

For our Men's (after) Breakfast on March 10, 11 attended (including 3 guests) to participate in our discussion of ---



 starting from "Where did you come from?", "Who were you there?",

and "Are you somebody now?" ---  informally, of course

We had 100% participation in the lively round table revelations and discussion, as usual, with anecdotes that led to life stories and carried us well beyond our usual one hour of presentation and Q&A.  But all felt the extra time to be well spent and all understand each other a little better now.

For our APRIL gathering on Saturday, 04/14, 8:30 am to 9:45, Elders Chuck Parr and Ron Cattafi of the Session's Property Committee will offer a summary of ---

Maintaining our beautiful 1834 sanctuary

and other facilities of our church property

Chuck and Ron will explain the Property Committee's current projects and it's future needs, especially the never ending maintenance of our beautiful sanctuary.  It is one of the oldest and finest large wooden structures still standing in Morris County, but it's only standing and continuing to serve because of the tender loving care that volunteers have been providing for nearly two centuries.

For our MAY gathering on Saturday, May 12, Hanover Township's Director of Parks and Recreation Department, Denise Brennen will tell us about ---


As always, the floor of our Men's (after) Breakfast gatherings is open to VOLUNTEERS to share topics of common interest, and to facilitate our informal monthly gatherings, and to recruit speakers who might have interesting topics for our second-Saturday morning discussions 'round the square table.


Guests and visitors are welcome and are frequent at our gatherings which feature adult education, spiritual sharing, community activities, fun, coffee, and informal 'round-the-square-table talk.  So bring a friend or neighbor along to share the good news and the Christian fellowship.

Please mark your calendar now for our April 14 and May 12 gatherings.



SHYF & Club 3:16

                                                                                                                        Easter Sunday - April 1st

  Sunrise Service 7:00AM

Pancake Breakfast 7:45-9:45AM

Worship & Easter Egg-stravaganza 10:15AM

No Evening Meeting

Sunday April 8th

Who needs a vacation?

Meeting 6:30-8:00


Sunday April 15th

Put Super on your Natural!

The Kindness Project 12:00

Meeting 6:30-8:00PM


Sunday April 22nd

Need a time out?!

Meeting 7:00-8:30PM

***Mission Team Training 6:00-7:00PM***


Sunday April 29th

Youth Sunday Rehearsal 5:30-6:30

Youth Group Movie Night 6:00-8:30





With pancakes, Easter Eggs and Resurrection Rolls behind us our youth are still Living Lent as they are challenged to continue to do Random Acts of Kindness for the remainder of the school year with hopes of it becoming a good habit they cannot break.

We will continue with our “I AM” lessons where we will learn to recognize the seven “I AM” statements, know the scripture of each statement and absorb their meanings through drama, games, crafts and cooking.



Please help our two mission teams reach their destinations and return home this summer!

There is a poster of needs outside the Church School Office.

Please help us raise the funds we need so our youth can spread the love of Christ and help others in need this summer.

**We have a few youth who are in need of sponsors to make their

summer trip a reality.  If you are interested in sponsoring a youth

either fully or partially please see Joanne. Thank you so very much.”



Hanover Township School District

Faculty and Friends Concert

A benefit concert for the Kathryn Moser Endowment Fund

Wednesday April 25, 2018


Memorial Junior School

Featuring a Faculty Jazz Band, Community Choir

and our very own

Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

performing “Hallelujah” from the motion picture Shrek!!!

Ticket information to be announced.


Come Shop till you drop!

The youth group is having a

Yard Sale Fundraiser

April 14th & 15th


27 East Lincoln Avenue ~ Rockaway

Need more information? Please see

Joanne Willans or Joyce Schuckmann

April 13, Friday from 9 – 2 congregational members will have the opportunity to shop before the public.



Hanover Township invites you to start a garden of your own

in the NEW community garden!

Information is below, and our members Dick Kitchell and Brian Carreira can answer additional questions.

Time to pick out your own little slice of heaven in Stoney Brook Community & Garden! Spots cost $25 and are 4ft. x 16ft. and in full sun. Residents can select a maximum of two spots. Garden spots are available for residents of Hanover Township only. The Garden opening has been delayed due to the weather. A new opening date is to be determined.


For more information, please call the Hanover Township Recreation (p) 973-428-2463.









April 1  EASTER

7:00 am

Sunrise Service


7:45 am – 9:45 am Pancake Breakfast


10:15 am Worship/








1:30 pm Circle 4 at the home of Beryl Schaaf


7:00 pm Circle 3 in church library








10:00 am Bible Study


1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Whippany Rotary – Blood Drive – Parish Hall












9:30 am Session Meeting


10:15 am Worship/Church School/New Members


11:30 am Celebration for Elisa Fries


6:30 pm Youth Groups





7:30 pm Session





10:00 am Bible Study








9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Yard Sale at Schuckmann’s


8:00 am – 4:00 pm Yard Sale at Schuckmann’s


8:30 am Men’s After Breakfast Gathering






10:15 am Worship/ Church School/

Congregational Meeting


11:30 am Celebration for Christie Ventura


12:00 pm Project Kind


6:30 PM Youth Groups







7:30 pm Session Meeting





10:00 am Bible Study










10:15 am Worship/

Church School


4:30 pm Homeless Solutions


6:00 PM Mission Team Training


7:00 PM Youth Groups




7:30 pm Deacons Meeting





10:00 am Bible Study


7:00 pm Faculty & Friends Concert at MJS














10:15 am Worship/Church School



5:30 pm Youth Sunday Rehearsal


6:00 pm Youth Groups Movie Night











May 1

10:00 am Bible Study