Church News


The Youth Group meets on Sundays at 12:15-2 p.m. twice a month, unless otherwise noted. Open to all youth, sixth grade and up. Upcoming meetings:

Walk the Labyrinth During Lent

"Prayer is none other than an expanding of our heart in the presence of God." - John Calvin

The labyrinth is prayer in motion. Physically the labyrinth is a large circle with a single path that winds back and forth, moving alternately toward and way from the center. The labyrinth is provided as a time of prayer and discernment and as an experiential metaphor for the spiritual journey. Throughout Lent, February 15-March 30, the labyrinth will be available the hours the church is in use.

Tenebrae Service

The word "Tenebrae" is Latin for "shadows" or "darkness." It is a service of extinguishing candles, one after the other, as the events of Holy Week unfold. The final candle is the Christ candle, which is not extinguished but instead is removed from the church until Easter Sunday.

The term "Maundy" comes from the Latin phrase "mandatum novum" which means "new commandment," and thus Maundy Thursday celebrates the new commandment that Jesus gave at the Last Supper, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Our Tenebrae service will be held on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

"The People of Christ's Passion"
2018 Lenten Daily Devotional

During the last week of Jesus' life, from his entry into Jerusalem to his resurrection, many people enter the scene from the disciples, to Pontius Pilot to the two thieves on the cross to the guards at the tomb and more. During Lent we will be taking a look at who these characters are and how they play a part in the story of Christ's passion.

The booklets will be available on February 11, 2018, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is February 14th.


The Cantata Choir of Connecticut Farms Church
under the direction of our Music Director, Dewey Moss,
will present its Easter Cantata
"There Stands A Cross"
on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Free Admission. A reception will follow*. Please join us!



The Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 9-11 am in the gym. Tickets will be on sale during coffee hour throughout March.

Buildings and Grounds

A note from your Buildings & Grounds Committee...

Dear Committee Chairs, Elders and Deacons,
Please remember that when having an event at the church, any setups and take downs need to be done by your committee members or your volunteer group.
The Facilities Committee will not be responsible for these duties. Thanks so much for your cooperation in this matter.


The Mission Committee is proud to report on our November-January activities and our upcoming Souper Bowl of Caring.

Food Pantry:
39 families served in February
The next food pantry is on March 17th.

Souper Bowl of Caring: February 4th

What a wonderful day! The special church service, which included hearing from 2 of our community partners, was so inspiring and it was great to end with the raising of hands during "Here I Am" to show our commitment to God.

The Luncheon afterwards, including homemade soups, salads, breads, and desserts was delicious and no one left hungry! Over 125 "thank you gifts" were distributed to the lucky winners.

It takes a village to create an event like the Souper Bowl of Caring. A BIG THANK YOU to:

I am happy to announce that thanks to your efforts:

Lenten Jars:
Lent is a time when many give something up. This year, we ask that instead you give something to God every day and put some money in your jar for 40 days. At the end of 40 days, we will collect the jars and bless them at a church service. The dollars will be used, as needed, to assist our church members and their families who may have hit a hard time and need a "little something" to get through a rough time.


The next meeting of the Ladies Book Club will be on March 22. Mark your calendars ladies. The last week of March is Holy Week so we will be meeting one week early. Our selection for this month is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Friedrich Backman.This charming, warmhearted novel is from the author of our previously read bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and a bit on the crazy side. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other... Join us for a lively discussion of this great book at 814 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park.

Food Pantry

Wow!! We have been so blessed this past month with some tremendous donations of food and money to our Food Pantry.

The Souper Bowl of Caring Event brought us over 1100 nonperishable food items. They filled our cabinets to overflow with vegetables and soups. This event also brought us over $500 in monetary donations to help with future needs. We were able to sell some items we received from Costco like shampoos, deodorants, hair conditioners, toothpaste, and laundry products for super low prices that brought us an extra $233! We are using those monies for supplies and food pantry extras. Thank you, thank you to all who helped in any way or participated in this event. We had a blast and hope you did too!

Two schools in Union did food drives for us recently. Franklin and Washington Schools collected soups and other food items for us and delivered them before our most recent Food Pantry. They both reflected caring and thoughtfulness on the parts of those who organized them as well as the teachers and parents who participated.

Our own Nursery School collected soup for us for "Souper Bowl of Caring" Sunday. It is never too early to teach our little ones to be kind and generous to others less fortunate. Thank you, Nursery School!!

A friend donated 300 cans of tuna so we are good on that for a while.

Despite all these generous donations, there are typically items which do not get donated. These are the items that we are currently in need of: juice, peanut butter, jelly, and pasta sauce.

If you have clothing or household items to donate, we are begging you to call Jane or Sheila before bringing to church. We are not being mean, but... there are reasons for this. We are coming onto a busy season of events at the church and we try very, very hard to keep our food pantry area neat. In addition, we have little storage space to keep these items until we set up for food pantry day. We will accept donations after hearing from you and during the week just preceding food pantry which is typically the 3rd Saturday of the month. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Our March Food Pantry is March 17th.


Do you, or someone you know, need in-home services? The Caring, Sharing Network may be able to help. Once again, Presbyterian Women is sponsoring a meeting with representatives from this organization. They'll be with us at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in Westminster Hall to discuss these services. With us will be:

This organization has given us excellent information in past visits, so we look forward to their presentations once again. Come, bring a friend. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Speak to Laurie Glaser.


We recently had 2 new children register, we now have 67 registered students! Registration for the 2018/2019 school year has begun! We will be having an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, March 3rd from 11:00 to 12:30pm. If you know of anyone who may be interested in registering their child next year, please have them call the school at 908-964-8544 and please, invite them to attend the Open House.

The families here contributed 75 cans of soup to the Food Pantry in celebration of the Super Bowl!

Here are our Themes for March: Authors, Dinosaurs, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter!

Mad Science Enrichment Program will be coming this month and the children will have fun exploring and doing experiments with colors in this presentation called "Color Lab"!

Upcoming Event: Read Across America will be held on March 1st and 2nd to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday! On these 2 days the children will wear their Pajamas and the parents will come read to the children. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


The Christian Education update is here


ConnectOne Bank will no longer accept checks made out to "CFC" or "Connecticut Farms". You must write "Connecticut Farms Church" or "Conn. Farms Church" on your checks.

Thank you.
The Counting Committee

The Elevator

At its regular stated meeting on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, the Session voted to establish a special Elevator Fund utilizing the gift given in memory of Vera Drzik and any further dedicated donations. Those of you who are very observant no doubt have seen the pictures of an elevator on each wall as you come in the door off the parking lot. Accompanying the picture are the words "Thank you, God, for the elevator." Jesus told us to be persistent in our prayer without ceasing... Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive... For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there", and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you...So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours...All things can be done for the one who believes..and the list goes on. "Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours..." Often when we pray we do not think God will grant our request. Christ says, in essence, that we must believe to receive. We need an elevator so many who cannot climb the stairs are able to attend worship and our fellowship opportunities. If we want that elevator we must pray with faith - faith that God will grant us the means and the way. Do not ask - "Well what will it cost," or "when will it happen" or where will it go" - just pray in faith for God to bring the elevator and all that will fall into place. So when you enter the building, look at the pictures and pray with deep faith and belief, "Thank you, God, for the elevator." Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours...

If want to donate to the Elevator Fund, please make the check out to Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, marking that it is for the Elevator fund. Thank you. And THANK YOU GOD FOR THE ELEVATOR!


The Per Capita payment for 2018 is $38.50 per member. Our church is required to pay this amount to the Presbytery for each member. It is separate from your regular pledge amount.

Using GoodSearch as your Internet search engine can earn Connecticut Farms money!

What if Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting your favorite cause.

And if you download the GoodSearch - Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church toolbar, our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Add the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church toolbar at There are two other easy ways to use GoodSearch: one is a link on our home page to follow; the other is to use the following address:

Don't get overzealous though. Abuse will cause more harm than good. Simply use GoodSearch in place of and in the same way you use your favorite search engine.

Spread the word to friends and family too!


In preparation for worship, take the opportunity to speak to God, respecting each other's desire to meditate. During worship be mindful of others and the worship leaders and do not move around the sanctuary. At the close of the service, greet one another with joy. Thank you.


Dewey is putting out a request for at least 4 - 5 men to join the Sanctuary Choir. Many men believe they simply can't sing, but Dewey says "if you can speak, you can sing - and I can teach you how!"

Men of all ages are welcome, no prior music experience is necessary, and there is no need to be able to read music. There is one rehearsal each week on Sundays at 9:00 a.m., with flexibility for those involved in other church activities; such as, Sunday School (occasional additional rehearsals for cantatas are minimal and TBD).

Come try it out next Sunday - just bring an open mind and heart, and discover what a joy spirit-led singing can be! Alternatively, if you know someone in the community who enjoys singing? Invite them to come and speak to Dewey.

Remembering First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms in Your Estate Planning

Bequests for the benefit of the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms should be made to the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms, which accepts, manages and distributes gifts on behalf of the Congregation. The following sample bequest language will ensure that your gift directly benefits the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms for the purpose you specify.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms, a nonprofit congregation headquartered in Union, NJ, the (sum of $____________or (_____percent of my estate) or (the property described herein) or (the remainder of my estate)."


Simply add First Presbyterian Congregation of Connecticut Farms as a beneficiary to your IRA, 401K, deferred annuity or other retirement plan assets.