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CHURCH NEWS

Summer 2019
Throughout the weeks of summer, the Church turns its attention to the works, deeds, and teachings of Christ. The seasonal color of Green symbolizes growth; thus we endeavor to grow in our faith and understanding of Our Lord and savior and of his life and mission. All Christians are called to gather to praise and thank the Lord, especially as we revel in the beauty and splendor of God’s magnificent creation in the summer months.


June, 2019
The month of June finds the Altar Guild scurrying! We begin the month with the ending of the Easter Season, observing Christ’s Ascension. The liturgical color is White. Pentecost Sunday is next, 50 days after the Resurrection, the day the Church was officially inaugurated and its mission to all the nations in their own languages began. The liturgical color is red. Next up is Holy Trinity Sunday, the ONLY Sunday of the Church year devoted to a church doctrine. We recite the Athanasian Creed and speak carefully about One God in Three Persons! The Liturgical color is White. We then begin the “Green” Season of the Sundays after Pentecost, when we read and consider the life and times of Jesus and his earthly ministry, and what they teach us. The liturgical color for the season is green, for growth. May we experience a growth in our faith as we enjoy the wonders of God’s creation this summer!


May, 2019

Easter Season 2019

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! This is the ancient cry of triumph and victory shouted by the Church every Easter! Jesus descended into Hell, according to our statements of faith, and there did cosmic battle with Satan. But victory remained with life, and Christ rose from the dead, defeating the devil and all his legions. As followers of the resurrected Lord, we profess that we have been baptized into his resurrection, inheritors by grace of eternal life in paradise forever. This is the message that forms the heart of the Christian Gospel; that God has defeated death, and the innocent death of the sinless one has paid the ransom for our sinful souls. Death has lost its sting, and new life has replaced the hopelessness of the human condition. For this we shout and celebrate the entire season of Easter, a week of weeks, as we observe the Queen of Feasts!


March 26th, 2019

Lent 2019

The church pauses for 40 days to lament and grieve the necessity of the passion and death of Jesus. We begin on Ash Wednesday with the solemn ritual of receiving ashes on our foreheads, the very place where the waters of baptism were poured out upon us when we became a child of God. Each Sunday we hear the story of the growing tensions between the religious leaders and Jesus, culminating in his arrest on Maundy Thursday, his crucifixion on Good Friday. We participate in the sacrifice of Christ with the disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting, works of charity, and the giving of alms. We highlight a major theme of Lent as we urge all Christians to, “Come back to the Lord with all your heart.” Our Lenten verse continues this plea: Return to the Lord your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.


February 1st, 2019
In February we rock the rafters as we observe and celebrate Black History Month with our sisters and brothers of color! Each Sunday there will be special hymns and choir music to honor the faith traditions of our forebears. This year, we remain in the Epiphany Season for the entire month, as the date of Easter, determined by the Spring equinox is late this year. Ash Wednesday will fall on March 6 th . In the Epiphany season we hear and see Jesus revealed as God’s Son through miracles, preaching, healing and the calling of the disciples. We also observe St. Valentine’s Day. Valentine of Rome was martyred on Feb 14 th 269. There appear to be connections between him and birds and roses. In the Middle Ages, it was thought that birds paired in mid-February, giving the day a romantic and devotional character. It is always a good day to demonstrate the Agape, or selfless love that Jesus showed on the cross. Happy Valentine’s Day!


January 4th, 2019
The Church new year begins in Advent, but the world is thinking about new beginnings with the dawn of New Year’s Day, 2019. The Church also follows the 12 days of Christmas, ending on the Shakespearean “Twelfth Night,” with the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord, when the Magi visited Jesus with gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. These were symbolic gifts; gold for a king, incense burned only in the presence of God, and myrrh, an embalming lotion foreshadowing Jesus’ death. Epiphany means manifestation, and each Sunday in the Epiphany season we see God’s power being manifest in and through Jesus, such as turning water into wine, stilling the storm, and announcing the advent of the Messiah. Epiphany is also the season of light, as the days grow longer and longer. Wall sconces and window sill candles will grace the sanctuary to “enlighten the darkness.”


December 12st, 2018
In December the church eagerly anticipates the birth of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ! The scriptures record that Mary and Joseph were rejected sojourners forced to board with the animals in a stable. This Christ child will later be rejected by all the political and religious forces of the world, only to become that same world’s salvation. Our God is incarnate in human flesh! This mystery of the Christian message of Emmanuel, God with us, will be brought to completion through his glorious death, resurrection, and ascension. O, Come let us adore him!


October 1st, 2018

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God!

Each October we Lutherans remember the Protestant Reformation, inaugurated by our own Martin Luther. 2017 was the 500 th anniversary year, when we were reminded that Martin Luther, an Augustinian Monk, virtually single-handedly challenged the Roman Catholic Church, changing the course of Christendom forever. We will remember this exceptional man and the movement he inspired on Sunday, October 28 th.


September 4th, 2018

Fall Start-up!

We excited to be restarting our various ministries and missions this fall! Sunday School begins on Sept 16th. Confirmation will resume on Sept. 23rd, with an initial meeting on Sunday, Sept 16th at 11:45AM. Choir will begin on Sunday, Sept 16. Once again our halls will resound with the noises of activity, learning, and song! Please prioritize your spiritual and Christian communal life here at 153 Park Street, and outside of these four walls. Let us give thanks to the Lord, for God is good!


Christmas Services

CHRISTMAS EVE

Sunday, December 24th 10:15 AM, Advent IV Worship (no 8AM Service)

4:30 CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE

A shorter service especially suited for the youngest of toddlers through children of the age of ten. Highlights include the Little Drummer Boy parade and each child receiving a Christmas ornament to take home. Adults are always welcome. Bring your cameras!

7:30 PM Family Candlelight Communion Worship

In this service we will sing Christmas Carols for the liturgical parts of the Worship.

10:30 PM Late Service with Candlelight and Communion

The Lutheran version of Midnight Mass

CHRISTMAS DAY 10:15 AM Quiet Christmas with Communion

Held at the same hour as our Sunday Worship, this reverent service enables us to greet the new morn and reflect on the Incarnation of God.

NEW YEARS EVE Sunday, December 31st

10:15 Lessons and Carols (No 8 AM Service)


December 10, 2017

Baptism of Joslyn Raine Altamura!


October 21st, 2017

Haunted Hayride!

The Youth Club Haunted Hayride is scheduled for October 21st!

Meet at the church at 7pm.

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October 8th, 2017

FLYC

Our First Lutheran Youth Club (FLYC) will hold an organizational meeting on Sunday, October 8th at 5PM, followed by Pizza and ManHunt!  We hope to map out our Fall activities and Service Projects. The group is open to all Jr./Sr. High Youth. We're happy to have older youth attend as Jr. Advisors, as well.

We've tentatively scheduled our annual trip to a Haunted Hayride for Sunday, October 22nd at 7PM. Please mark your calendars and refrigerators, and plan to attend!

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October 21st, 2016

Junior & Senior High Haunted Hayride

The Youth Club Haunted Hayride is scheduled for THIS Friday, October 21st! This trip is for Junior/Senior High youth only. We will meet at the church for Pizza at 6:30pm, and then out to Flemington NJ to Schaefer Farms Fright Night, including a hayride, corn maze, cemetery walk and corridor of chaos!

The cost is $30 per person. There may be blood, mud, gore, and gook, so wear old shoes and jeans. See you Fright-day!

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October 16th

Welcome Melissa Foord!

Join First Lutheran Church as we welcome our new Sunday School Instructor, Melissa Foord
Register for Sunday School

Melissa graduated from New Jersey City University in 2004 with a Teacher of the Handicap certification (TOH). She began her career in education working for New Beginnings, a special needs school located in Fairfield, NJ, where she worked as an aide and head teacher. She later started up an Autistic Program in Lincoln Park, NJ working with preschool children. For the past seven years, she has been working as a first grade teacher in a special needs classroom in Wayne, NJ. Her experience has included working with Autism Spectrum Disorder individuals and individuals with various cognitive delays, communication impairments, and behavioral disorders.

Welcome, Melissa!


August 16th

First Lutheran Church is a Poke Stop!

NEWS FLASH! First Lutheran Church is a Poke-Stop! The hot spot is inside, and clues as to it's location will be given out after Worship on Sunday, 8AM or 10:15AM. Turn your icon from Purple to Blue multiple times!