The Consistory and pastoral leadership is committed to doing what we can to help make sure our congregation stays safe and well cared for to remain healthy.
Like you, we have watched event after event cancelled over the past week and have become increasingly and acutely aware of the potential impact of this infectious virus. While we realize that it would be wonderful to be together, we also know that meeting together can not only cause harm to people in our congregation, but also our communities, and our world. While we are called to "love one another...", that also means protecting one another.
Starting Sunday, March 22nd
Super Soulful Interactive Sunday Services
10 a.m. Livestream
It isn't ideal. It isn't what we want. But, it is vitally important to our spiritual lives. For the foreseeable future, we will meet together virtually on Sunday mornings with a 30-40 minute worship experience streaming at 10 a.m. instead of in-person.
Join us here through our website or our Facebook page on which you can interact with Pastor Kathleen and Dave during the service and we will respond after the brief message. You can ask questions, share comments, prayer requests, see other's responses, and give hope. In order to interact, you will need to 'like' our Facebook page. If you don't have a Facebook account, this may be a time to get one to stay connected.
Morning Devotion & Meditation
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. (15 minutes)
Pastor Kathleen and others will lead a short devotion and prayer/meditation experience every weekday morning. It will be an opportunity to check-in and interact in real time, to set the tone for your day, get centered, and remind each other that we will get through this physically separated but socially and spiritually together. This will be through Facebook Live. So again, 'like' the church's Facebook Page and tune in.
Bible and Topical Study and Discussion
7 - 8 p.m. Facebook Live
Pastor Kathleen and others will lead a study on topics that will lift our spirits and feed our souls. We will let our scriptures breathe new life into us and come out of all that we are going stronger. This will also be offered through the church's Facebook page - although we may change it to Zoom video conferencing at a future date, depending on the size of the group.
Children, Youth & Family Ministries
Middle School & High School Youth and Parents
- FUEL Youth Group has gone online for FUEL Live!! Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.
- FUSE and IGNITE Leaders will be connecting with the youth from their classes over the phone and through online check-ins.
- A daily devotional curriculum is being made available to the youth and parents.
- Parenting classes to support and equip you.
Children and Families
- Weekly email with an attached PDF filled with family activities.
- Articles emailed that we believe could be helpful for families in this unique time.
- Phone check-ins from the staff and children's ministry leaders.
Your Continued Support Matters
Our Ministry is Essential
Please Continue to Financially Support!
Our mission and ministry hasn't stopped. In fact, in some ways there are new opportunities in our local area and the world because of where we find ourselves. There are new needs in communities and people need the spiritual, social and mental support that the church can give at this time. Your continued financial support of First Reformed Church allows the work to continue in a tangible way and allows us to maintain our facilities and essential staff for a better time.
It's probably obvious, but the disruptions in our services on the weekends drastically affects the generosity necessary to function as a church. Please consider how God may prompt you to give to the ministry in the midst of this crisis. Will you please consider setting up online giving?
Contacting Staff & Church Office
The Office Hours & Staff Calls
Every governmental and medical person has told us continually - STAY HOME! While some office staff will be doing exactly that, some may be popping in and out of their offices this week to take care of business.
For this week, we will be leaving the front door of the Ministry Center building open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This will allow people to drop off items, mail, etc. However, know that staff may not be present.
However, Office Admin Manager, Vicky Werr will continue to answer the church phone (973) 835-1144 during business hours, whether from home or in the office. If for some reason, we are away from the phone, simply leave a message and we'll call you back.
Other contact information:
Pastor Kathleen (Lead Pastor) (973) 934-0939
Dave Sippel (Youth & Family Ministry) (863) 510-9341
Dolores Wagoner (Finance Manager) (973) 943-9007
Roland Petit (Pastoral Care Chaplain) (973) 464-8353
FIRST AND FINALLY - PRAY!
1 Corinthians 1:10-11 -
"God has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers ..."
Lord God, during Christ's ministry on Earth you showed your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.
Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from all of us, but especially from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease.
Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
We lift to you our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 - the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty.
Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. Inspire and invigorate people developing better tests to diagnose the virus, vaccines to prevent it, and protocols and communication to eliminate the disease's spread. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.
Be with those who work in service industries and those for whom working at home is not an option. Also, be with those who are or will be affected by the downturn in the economy and the virus' impact on businesses.
Finally, be with us as we sort through the information about this virus. We ask that you help us to respond effectively when we can and where we can. Keep us safe so that we can continue to be Christ to others in need.