Dear Members and Friends,

There is nothing we can do to inspire God to love us more. Likewise, there is nothing we can do to inspire God to love us less. This Promise brings me a tremendous amount of relief, and it frees me up to live a life of love in gratitude to God. I read this poem in worship in September, but I want to share it again here:

“God Says Yes to Me,” by Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes, God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

I hear God’s loving “yes” in the words of Jesus: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” On October 7th, we’ll celebrate World Communion Sunday, sharing Jesus’ words and the Sacrament of Communion in a special service around tables in the fellowship hall. And, on October 28th, we’ll celebrate the gift of Music, with an encore of Celebration of Music Sunday.

May you hear God’s loving voice this month, “Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Take care, friends,

Pastor Sarah


Dear Church Family,

We are in desperate need of the following items for our winter shelter meal:

50 lbs. of sugar (each month)

coffee (regular, regular size)

canned tomatoes (any size)

canned tomato sauce (any size)

kidney beans

creamy salad dressings (5 for each month)

large boxes of INSTANT RICE  (we feed about 65 people each month)

wafer cookies

chocolate syrup

powdered ice tea mix (or lemonade mix)

We will be making this meal for the next 8 months.

The meal at Homeless Solutions for Sunday, September 23 was prepared by Heather Rizzo, Christine Antico and her friends Corinne Manicone and Karen Sherowski.

Thanks for your support of the mission plus all your generous donations to the food box. Money can be donated to the cause by using the Deacons Envelope in the box with your offering envelopes and designating the donation for Homeless Solutions.  Any questions?  Talk to Sue Hartmann or Christine Antico.


The Board of Deacons


Circle 3 is meeting on Monday, October 1st at 7:00 PM in the church library.  We gather for fellowship and study the first Monday of each month.  All ladies of the church and community are welcome.

Circle 4 will have its 1st meeting of the season on November 12 at the church. We will pack boxes for our servicemen. 

Check church bulletin for further news and details.




Saturday, October 13, 8:30 am -- 9:45 am

For our OCTOBER GATHERING on Saturday, October 13, 8:30 am - 9:45, Don Kiddoo will offer the concluding Part II of one of the most important (but little known) stories from Hanover Township's long (298 years) history -----

Phebe of Beverwyck Plantation --- Born a Slave

The 2,000-acre Beverwyck Plantation at Troy was in Hanover Township's jurisdiction during the period 1757 to early 1800s (and until 1928) when it operated with more than 40 slaves.  Part II of slave Phebe's (1785-1849) life story tells of her service after emancipation as a laundress for students of Bowdoin College at Brunswick, Maine for 18 years, and about her devout religiosity, and her poignant death and funeral.  It explains how author Harriett Beecher Stowe came to Brunswick and learned of Phebe's life and character, and then wove aspects of her personality and behaviors artfully into the character of the tragic hero, Uncle Tom in her famous, Uncle Tom's Cabin, as Stowe was writing the most influential book of America's 19th century.

For our NOVEMBER GATHERING, on Saturday, November 10, Detective Hermans of the Hanover Township Police Department will advise us on ----


He will tell us about burglar alarms, security cameras, locking of houses and cars, reporting suspicious happenings, etc.    

Volunteers are invited to offer topics of general interest, and to arrange for guest speakers, and to facilitate future gatherings.

Please mark your calendars for our fellowship gatherings on 10/13 and 11/10.



Join us this fall for FPCW Book Club!

“An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Tayler

Sundays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, and 11, 6:00-7:00pm

Last spring we loved reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and getting together to talk about its intersections with our own lives. Join us this fall as we gather in the same spirit. We’ll talk about the week’s chapters, pray, and be strengthened for the days ahead. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. Please email Pastor Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.



Celebration of Music Sunday on October 28th: Seeking Musicians of all ages!

It was such a joy to celebrate musical gifts in worship in June! A huge thank you to everyone who prepared special pieces for worship! On October 28th, we're planning another Celebration of Music Sunday, and we invite members and friends of all ages to consider sharing their talents in worship. If you are interested, please contact Christie Ventura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



Hands & Hearts Recognition – November 4 during Coffee Hour

THANK YOU--two simple but powerful words that we say too infrequently.  The Mission Committee would like to start their new mission by saying “Thank you” to everyone for their faithful and joyful support of our church. If you have sent a get-well card, cooked or served a meal, sung in our church choir, served as a deacon or elder, pledged financial support, traveled to Mt. Top, prayed for ill members, or served in so many other ways, we invite you, all God’s volunteers, to our Hands and Hearts Recognition Event on November 4 immediately following church. Please join us as we kick off the work of our new Mission Committee by thanking everyone and highlighting the many, many ways you serve our church and our community.




Calling all Visual Artists! Artists Needed for Advent!

On the four Sundays of Advent, we'd like to incorporate original art from our church members in worship! We'll project the pieces you make on the PowerPoint during worship, and we can hang the originals in the fellowship hall for the season. Please contact Pastor Sarah, if you'd like to know more. She will give you Advent scripture verses to use as inspiration. Children and youth are especially encouraged to contribute!!



Calling all youth/young adults in grades 9 and up, if you have not been confirmed yet and wish to do so we would love to have you join us!

We will be beginning our Confirmation Journey this November and it will conclude on Pentecost - Sunday June 9, 2019.

There will be a parent/student meeting on October 21st to fill you in on more of the details and to allow you to sign up for classes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 973-885-6816.

Hope to see you Sunday October 21st 9:30AM in Room 202.




Club 3:16

A Junior High Experience

 Saturday October 6th

Dorney Park Halloween Haunt

Meet at Church 1:00PM

Sunday October 7th

Outdoor Movie Night 7:00-9:30

                                                                   Sunday October 14th

Stand Firm

Meeting 6:00PM -7:30PM


Sunday October 21st

Flashlight Corn Maze

Meet at the Church 5:00PM

Sunday October 29th

Game Night

Meet at the Church 6:00PM-8:30PM



Saturday October 6th

Dorney Park Halloween Haunt

Meet at Church 1:00PM

                                                                                                                     Sunday October 7th

Outdoor Movie Night 7:00-9:30

                                                                                                                   Sunday October 14th

Stand Firm

Meeting 7:00PM -8:30PM

Sunday October 21st

Flashlight Corn Maze

Meet at the Church 5:00PM

Sunday October 29th

Game Night

Meet at the Church 6:00PM-8:30PM



    Our Church School youth will kick off October by celebrating World Communion by worshipping with their families on Sunday October 7th for family worship, special music and of course – communion. (Child care will be available for our Infants (Little Lambs) and Pre-school children). On Sunday October 14th we will return to the classrooms and continue our Curriculum about what it means to put on our Armor of God and wear it every day!

Sunday School Teachers Needed 

We are looking for people who would love to spread God’s love to the next Generation.  Teach for a week, for two weeks, you let us know what you are able to do and we will work around your schedule.  We offer different kinds of classes – if you love to cook then you can teach our cooking class, or do you love to play games and do puzzles? We have a class for that too!!  There is so much to do – all the prep work is done for you – you just have to show up with a smile and willingness to share the Lords Love with our Little Ones!


Sunday School Wish List:

New White Pillow Cases

 Measuring Cups (2 sets)

 Measuring Spoons (2 sets)

  Can Openers (2)

 Vegetable Peelers (4)

 Oven Mitts - Long (2 pair)

 Cup Cake Tins –Mini & Regular



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 people.

We are always in need of:

Ziploc Bags: Sandwich & Snack Size

Juice Pouches

Fruit / Vegetables

Toiletries (**Deodorant)

Socks & Shoes (men & women)


Backpacks / Tote bags

School supplies



You too can make a difference –

join us one Sunday to help the Homeless!

See Joanne Willans or Joyce Schuckmann.















Want homemade pies for Thanksgiving,

but just don’t have the time? 


Order your pie today & pick it up Wednesday, November 21!



Name  __________________________________ 

Email or phone #  ________________________

______ Apple $15           _____ Cherry $12

______ Blueberry $12     _____ Pumpkin $12

______ Chocolate Cream Pie $10


**Pies will be ready for pick up

Wednesday, November 21st 4:30-5:30 pm.


If you need to arrange for another pick up time just let us know!




The First Presbyterian Church of Whippany invites you to a

Saturday ~ November 24, 2018

10:00AM – 4:00PM

Get your Holiday Shopping done early!

Vendors - Crafters - Food

Silent Auctions - Holiday Spirit!

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Whippany

494 Route 10 - Whippany, NJ   07981

Hosted by the FPCW Youth Groups and Mission Teams.

Free Admission and Parking

Enjoy holiday treats and a light lunch from Momma Jo’s Café.

More info at