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Worship Time is 10:30 AM every Sunday.

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MIDDLE/SENIOR HIGH BIKE RIDE through Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail will take place Saturday, October 14. Cars carrying passengers and bikes will depart Prospect at 10:30 AM and return around 1 PM. Lunch will be provided. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Invite a friend! RSVP to Winston Watson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Rita Boyer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Thursday, October 12.

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THE PROTESTANT REFORMATIONS is a 3-week adult elective that will be taught by Rita Boyer from 9:15-10:15 AM October 8, 15, and 22. Together we will reflect on what it means to be Presbyterian Christians in today’s world. How does our history inform our faith and practice? How can we celebrate the blessing of who we are and grow into who we are being called to be? In other words, what does it mean to be “Reformed and Always Reforming?” Please plan to join us in the Burnett Room. Pre-registration by October 1 is helpful but not required. If you are unable to attend on Sunday morning but would be interested in an evening session, please contact Rita.

 

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HELP WANTED: Your help is needed to help Prospect be the welcoming place we know it to be. Could you greet the people who walk in the door each Sunday? How about help with the worship service as a liturgist or an usher? Maybe you'd like to make and serve coffee after the service. Now you can sign up for helping out right from home. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/mqxkd68 or just CLICK HERE to be taken to a Sign Up Genius page. You just enter your email then click the spot you'd be willing to help out with and you will receive a reminder email a few days before. Calls to the office, notes on the yellow bulletin inserts and signing up on the clipboard in fellowship hall will also work.

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Hospitality on Sunday: Prospect is in need of 4-5 people who can help to organize hospitality for Sunday mornings.  This revitalized ministry team would coordinate with the pastor and office to recruit, schedule, and train ushers, greeters and fellowship hour hosts.  We hope to gather this group after worship in fellowship hall one Sunday before the end of August.  This group of 4-5 or more would not be doing these things every week, but ensuring that people are in place to create and warm and inviting atmosphere on Sunday mornings.  If interested, email or call the office.

 


 

ConnectEd is the new name for Prospect's educational ministry! The name comes as the result of a year of discussion and reflection on how the name "Sunday school" is perceived by those inside and outside the church.  For some, it creates images of something for young children only or something academically-oriented.  We learned that Sunday school began in the 1700's as a movement that sought to teach the poor boys of London how to read.  It was truly school on Sunday.  In truth, not many of us want to go to school on Sunday!  But we do want to come to Sunday morning education at Prospect where we find community, joy, fun, family, and learning!  It is our hope that ConnectEd is a name that better captures what all ages will find in Prospect's educational ministry!  Classes are held each Sunday morning from 9:15 - 10:15 for ages two through and including adults. Childcare is available to those under age two.  Speak to Rita if you have questions about how you can get connected.

 

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Liturgists Needed

Liturgists are the people who help to lead worship on Sunday mornings.

There are openings for the rest of 2017.

Please sign up today after worship, by using the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall

or contacting the church office.


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Good Neighbor Coffee

Prospect's Good Neighbor Coffee meets every Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Meet us at the sidewalk in front of the church, weather permitting, Inside in front of Fellowship Hall, if not.

Get your cup of coffee, and meet some of your neighbors!


There are many times when church members are in need, or when church members can offer their help to others. Below are some suggestions of when to call the church office:

*When you or a family member is sick or in the hospital;

*When there is a death in the family; when there is a birth in the family;

*When you need prayers or counseling or spiritual care;

*When you are planning a marriage;

*When you are moving or you get a new neighbor;

*When you would like communion served at home.

You can reach the church office at 973-763-2090 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Prospect Hunger Program

Each month the Prospect Hunger Program brings bagged lunches to Newark to feed the homeless living in and around Penn Station. The lunches are bagged assembly line style during Fellowship Hour.

Please join us on the third Sunday of each month after worship for both fellowship and lending a hand to create the lunches.

 

Prospect Hunger Program will also be hosting a food donation collection point on November 18th from 9:00 - noon. To see a list of the most needed items, Click Here.


Per Capita

In January of each year, Prospect asks members to contribute to the church's per capita payment to the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Per capita is the church's per member share in the basic operating costs of being a local, regional and national denomination.  It helps to pay for staff that offer support and ministry to congregations as they seek pastors and other staff.  It provides for the cost of maintaining offices. It covers the cost of holding meetings for the participatory government of our denomination. The cost  for 2017 is $28 per member. There is a blue envelope in your offering envelopes for this offering, or, write "per capita" in the memo line of your check.

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IHN Hosting: We will be hosting Interfaith Hospitality Network families during the week of November 26- December 3, 2017. The hosting schedule will be updated and posted on the church’s website on Mondays.  If you would like to volunteer, contact the church office or one of the coordinators. Hopefully these alternative options will make it easier for volunteers to sign up at their convenience, to help our congregation fulfill this vital mission to families in Essex County.

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Save the date! The Deacons host a blood drive each year and this year it will be on October 21, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Blood donors can donate blood (whole blood not platelets or other type of donation) every 56 days. So, if you are intending to donate at Prospect in October, don’t go to another donation location before then. (We are now just within those 56 days!) Teens - sixteen and seventeen years old, can give as long as they have parental consent and can prove their age. All donors are asked to bring a picture ID.  Remember to eat breakfast before arriving. All donors must also be over 110 pounds. If you have any questions about eligibility to donate, please call Community Blood Services at (201) 444-3900.


Special Needs Parking

Please make a note that our Special Needs Parking on Sunday mornings has been expanded from the front of the church near Tuscan Rd. up to and including the front of the manse.


Prospect Nursery

Just a reminder that the nursery is available during the Sunday school and worship hours for children up to age five (Pre-K).  We hope to have many children using the nursery this school year.  Please check the sign-in list by the door and volunteer to be a helping parent occasionally.  Even if you are signed up for a particular day, you will only be asked to stay and help if the nursery if very full.  Holly Evans is the nursery coordinator.  Please contact her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions or to sign up to help.


Camp Prospect

Camp Prospect is a play-based program that helps build friendships and a sense of community.  The unique mixed-age environment and engaging themes allow children to learn and explore through arts & crafts, music, movement, water play and more. Camp Prospect is open to preschoolers and kindergartners. The 2017-2018 school year camps are as follows:

November 9 & 10 (to the moon and beyond)

February 16 & 17 (Winter Olympics)

April 9-13 (Author Study- Laura Numeroff)

Camp Prospect offers these daily camp sessions during select school vacations

as well as weekly summer camp in June, July and August.

For more information go to www.campprospect.org,

or email Peggy Tobin This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
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