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Worship Time is 10:30 AM every Sunday

 


ALL AGES are encouraged to attend SENSATIONAL SUNDAY in Fellowship Hall  at 9:15 AM on April 29th! Together we will explore the morning's Bible reading that speaks of Jesus as a vine to which we are connected. We will also look at the ways in which we as people of the Reformed faith practice the sacrament of communion as it relates to our reading.

 

 


 

 

The Prospect Book Club will be reading from the genre Autobiography/biography for the next three meetings. The meetings will run from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in the Burnett Room.  See selections and dates below. Remember all are welcome and it does not matter how you "read" the book, yes, audio books are also acceptable. If you have any questions please contact Jackie Hume, Anne Love, Elaine Thompson or Allison Reid.

May 20th- Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Review: Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

July 22nd Helen Keller: Story of My Life

 

September 23rdEleanor: A Spiritual Biography by Harold Ivan Smith

 


Young Adults (20's-early 30's) will gather at the Boyer's home for dinner at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 6th. RSVP to Rita by May 3rd.

 


 

 

STEWARDSHIP 2018-2019

This year's stewardship campaign has a theme of

Love Leads the Way: Investing in Community
You can hear James Jones' Minute for Stewardship by

clicking here.

 


 

 

Camp Johnsonburg offers many options for the summer! You can find brochures on the second floor wall file outside the conference room near Rita’s office.You can also find the information online at http://www.campjburg.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/Summer-2018-Brochure.pdf. Many Prospect children and youth will be attending Week 7, August 5-11; but there are plenty of opportunities, including shorter beginner camps for those who are not quite ready for a full week away. Prospect scholarships are available to those who have financial need and who attend ConnectEd regularly (defined as at least 50% of Sundays). Scholarships are for 20% of the camp fee, not to exceed $80 per camper per year. See Rita if you have questions.

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MISSION SOUP is available now! Chef Alex Biggs and our Sr. Highs made chicken noodle soup, beef chili, and vegetarian corn chowder. The soup is offered in appreciation for donations to the Sr. High Mission Trip. A $10 donation receives a pint of soup, while a $20 donation receives a quart of the soup of your choice. Our Sr. Highs will be going to Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Please plan now to support their trip and enjoy some tasty soup in return! There is a very limited supply remaining... so stop by the Mission Soup table in Fellowship Hall after worship or contact the church office to pick some up during the week.

 


Kreitler Scholarship Applications are due May 15. This small scholarship ($300 in past years) is granted to a confirmed member of Prospect Church, about to enter the freshman year in college and is renewable for three more years of undergraduate school. There are four selection criteria: 1- participation in the life and work of Prospect Church, 2- financial need, 3- character and all-around ability and 4- academic record at school and academic potential. Applications are in the second floor wall file near Rita's 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 2018.

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.

 


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 2018 is $30 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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Interfaith Hospitality Network Hosting Week: Prospect will be hosting IHN families during the week of May 6th - 13th. Signups will begin on Sunday, April 15th, and will continue through May 6th. If you would like to see the current volunteer schedule, click here. Contact the church office or an IHN coordinator to volunteer.

During recent hostings, many families were not here in time for dinner, due to the parents’ work schedules. That resulted in many hosts not being able to serve as intended. We coordinators feel it’s important that volunteers’ time is spent efficiently, so that it continues to be a positive experience. To address this problem, we’re trying a different approach - merging Early and Kitchen Hosts into one “Early Evening Hosts” group, and reducing the number of hosts from 4 to 3 people. Hopefully this will enable efficient use of volunteers’ time, giving everyone an opportunity to work together in preparing the meal, setting up for dinner and extending hospitality to the guests. No changes will be made at present to the Late Evening and Children’s Helpers schedules, however, we’ll continue to monitor for improving efficiency in managing Prospect’s IHN program. We encourage all volunteers to give us their feedback after the May hosting week, as we want to be sure that volunteers feel valued in serving the program.  Many thanks to all for your services to the IHN program.

 


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. 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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