It takes an entire congregation to nurture a church
By Janet Koehler
A car drives by on Elm Avenue, and the driver sees a well-tended church property and people entering in groups of two or three. There’s an older woman slowly approaching the doors, and a teen stands ready to open the large door for her to enter.
She pauses to admire the newly planted mums. The doors are also dressed for fall with wreaths of leaves and fall flowers. The chimes ring, and all are invited to come and worship. It matters!
The Narthex is busy as friends meet and greet. "Oh, look, they put new pictures up. There are our 50-year members,” someone says. The restroom, welcome area and new walls, painted so beautifully, make this area the perfect middle ground between the outside world and the sanctuary!
The ushers seem pleased to see you and shake hands. They give everyone a bulletin full of notices, stewardship news, a new mission or, perhaps, an upcoming music event -- the highlights of another busy week. Someone makes sure all these papers are removed from the pews before the next Sunday.
The newsletter provides more information, and the website is frequently updated. The church has a continuing presence on Facebook. It matters!
The windows in the stairwell are decorated. Every bulletin board proclaims God's love and says, “Welcome. Join us. Come be a part of our church family.”
The children rush out of their classrooms, waving at each other and shouting goodbyes to their teachers as they pass by. This Sunday School is the best place to come with their friends on Sunday morning. God knows, it matters.
Signs of love and care for a building, of devotion to worship, of the efforts of the many who help to make First Presbyterian a friendly church. It takes a congregation to nurture a church. We all matter!
A Community and Family Fellowship Event
Help support our great music program! How?
Just come to the annual Sanctuary/Bell Choir
Sunday, November 5, 2017
5 to 6:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall
First Presbyterian Church
335 Elm Ave., Woodbury Heights, N.J.
Tickets: $12 for Adults, $8 for Children
Takeout meals are welcomed
Accessible seating available via our new chairlift.
Meal includes pasta and meatballs,
salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.
For information, call 845-0616
This dinner provides the only funding for our music program.