Prospectus Volume 70 Issue 4 April 2006 Prospect Presbyterian Church From the Pastor Dear Friends, new way of life. Although Jesus was Easter is a season for resur- raised, he did not remain physically present with them. This meant that rection and new life. We all look they assumed new roles as leaders forward to the joyful celebration. Inside this issue: We anticipate the joyous music af- and teachers. They grew into a new ter many weeks of music in minor life. Capital Campaign P.3 As we approach Easter I in- keys. We expect this time to be News vite you to take a chance on growth. filled with joy and bring us peace Take a risk by growing into the per- Pastor Gayle Taylor’s P.5 and comfort. visit son that God is challenging you to However, have you ever Music ministry P.5 considered the fact that growth and become. Schedule new life may also mean that we Rick Boyer have to stretch outside of our- Deacons’ Corner P.6 selves? If we are to grow in our faith, we may have to try something New Members P.7 that does not come easily. Learn- ing a new skill includes a time of Health Ministry P.8 awkwardness as we learn to do this new thing. Growing spiritually may Celebrations P.9 also mean that we learn new hab- its, give up old habits, or even try out new gifts. ? Spring Ahead on Growth and new life do not April 2nd. necessarily bring comfort. In fact, they may bring uneasiness as we ? Remember to set your grow into new creations in Christ. clocks ahead one There is a cost to growing. hour. Think about the story of the first Easter. There was fear and trembling when Jesus was raised from the dead, even while they e x- perienced amazement and excite- ment. The disciples also faced a Page 2 Prospectus One Great Hour of Sharing During Lent, Prospect joins with other Presbyte- tangible help that comes through experienced rian churches to receive an offering called “One workers who know how to provide the most impor- Great Hour of Sharing”. The offering is divided tant aid where needed. For example, disaster as- between three programs. The Presbyterian Hun- sistance workers continue to coordinate work ger Program provides food to people in local, na- camps throughout the Gulf Region, even re- tional and international programs. A second por- directing groups from New Orleans to areas of tion of the offering goes to the Presbyterian Dis- greater need but less publicity. The third program aster Assistance Program. The disasters can be is called the Self Development of People. The goal is to provide education, training and materials that anything that you may hear about in the news. will lead to self-sufficiency. It is the “teach some- There are also disasters that never make the one how to grow crops” program. Special enve- news but are known to us through mission work- lopes will be provided for this offering. ers around the world. It is impressive to see the Maundy Thursday The tradition of holding a service on the munion and Tennebrae Service. In the first half Thursday before Easter is rooted in the cele- of the service we will remember the last supper bration of the Last Supper that Jesus had with and celebrate communion. Then we will turn our his disciples. At Prospect, we hold a service eyes toward the cross. As each of the seven of communion and combine it with a Tenne- last words of Jesus is spoken, we will gradually brae Service. Tennebrae Services use light darken the church and remove all the colors and and darkness to help us experience the pain decorations from the church. The service ends and suffering of Jesus on the cross. in the darkness with the sound of nails. Please join us on Thursday, April 13th at 7:30 pm for the Maundy Thursday Com- Easter Morning The Memorial Garden provides a new op- in the garden as we remember that Mary met the portunity for Easter morning. At 8:00 am you are risen Jesus while she stood weeping in the gar- invited to gather in the garden for an early wo r- den. ship service. Spiritual Life has decided to try a There will be an Easter breakfast in Fel- worship service for Easter in the garden as part of our Holy Week Observance. This service will lowship Hall following the service. You can then be in place of the service which formerly started go to your regular Sunday school classes at 9:15 in darkness and moved into the light. am. The women who went to the tomb early on that first Easter met the angels and first heard the words, “He is not here, He is risen”. Come and join us as we remember this event again. Join us Volume 70 Issue 4 Page 3 News from Property Management on the Capital Campaign Bids for refinishing pews are being obtained. Bids for restoration of stained glass windows are being obtained as well. Bids for the work on the organ are being solic- ited. Outreach Ministries reports: Some of the funds for the World Vision Pro- Property Management reports: ject as well as Habitat for Humanity have The basement renovation is well under way . been disbursed. We have had one theologi- The little elevator lift has been installed. cal scholarship application and are about to Lighting in the Burnett room will be adjusted. disburse funds for that. Gene Zielinski reports that: Sanctuary and vestibule lighting is being negoti- ated. Capital Renovation Work Group Formed The Capital Renovation Work Group (CRWG) has been formed to coordinate the various projects that are ongoing as a part of our Capital renovation. Session has noted that the responsibilities for over- seeing the current projects had fallen to the Property Management Committee and to the Pastor. This was taking time away from their primary duties. The projects were not progressing at the pace that we wanted them to go. Session has agreed that what is needed is a focused Work Group that has the sole objective of overseeing these various projects, with the help of a professional to keep them on a reasonable timeta- ble. This will relieve the Pastor and Property Management Committee and allow them to concentrate on their primary functions. The CRWG will expedite the various projects and keep them from falling behind schedule. Session has selected William Slack of CTS Architects after reviewing several candidates. CTS has experience in church renovation projects. They will help with decision making and presenting ideas to CRWG, allowing us with ample discussion time and keeping the various projects on schedule. CRWG will begin with the projects starting this year. Those already under way, such as the base- ment classrooms and the Burnett room, will remain with the Property Management Committee until their completion. The projects the CRWG will be overseeing are: kitchen and windows in the manse, the kitchen in Fellowship hall, and the renovation of the sanctuary. The work in the sanctuary includes but is not limited to: the removal, refinishing, and reinstallation of pews; new lighting, wiring, and controls; refin- ishing the wood in the Sanctuary; work on the stained glass windows. Our target is to start by this summer and complete by Advent. During a good part of this period, services will be held in Fellowship Hall. Members of the CRWG are: Connie Cosgrove, LeRoy Lambert, Anne Love, Cindy Mondino, Andre Swygert, Kevin Thompson, Judy Zenowich, and Eugene Zielinski, who is also the moderator of the group. Our three objectives are: 1. To establish and maintain a realistic timeline for the completion of the ongoing projects, 2. To complete each project within budget or to make recommendations to Session with budget issues, 3. To increase communication to the congregation. This will be done via monthly announcements and notices in the Prospectus. Please feel free to approach any member with your questions. Page 4 Prospectus Women’s Bible Study Marvelous Monday In April the Women’s Monthly Bible Study will Children in grades K-5 are welcome to attend focus on Easter with a session titled “A Time to Marvelous Monday from 5-6:30 pm April 24. Weep and a Time to Laugh”. The morning ses- Following a meal, children will learn about Jonah sion will meet Monday, April 3rd from 10:00-11:30 through music, story, and creative activities. AM, and the evening session will meet Wednes- Please register children in advance so that ade- day, April 5th from 7:30-9:00 PM. Choose the quate preparations can be made. Sign-up op- time that suits your schedule best. The discus- portunities will be offered April 16 and 23 in Fel- sion will be based on the following Scripture: Mark lowship Hall following worship. You can also phone the church office or e-mail your reserva- 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; and John 20:1-18. All tion to firstname.lastname@example.org. An optional $2 women are welcome, even those who have not donation per child helps defray the cost of the attended previously. meal. Camp Johnsonburg Kreitler Scholarship Johnsonburg brochures are now available. A Kreitler scholarship fund applications are now wide variety of camping experiences are offered available outside the church office. This scholar- throughout the summer at our fine Presbyterian ship is granted to a student about to enter the camp. Brochures are located in the wall file just freshman year in college. It is renewable for four outside Rita’s office door. You can also find the years of undergraduate study, providing the ap- information online at www.campjburg.org. Fami- plicant continues to meet the selection criteria. lies with financial need may apply for scholarship There are four selection criteria: (1) participation assistance. Those forms are also located in the in the life and work of Prospect church, (2) fina n- wall rack, just below the camp brochures. cial need, (3) character and all-around ability, May 15th is the deadline for all scholarship appli- and (4) academic record at school and academic cations. potential. The deadline to submit a completed application is May 15th. Senior High P.Y.C. On Sunday, April 9, we will host PONY Community Food Bank of Hillside, leaving the (Presbyterian of Newark Youth) from 7-9 PM, fo- church at 9:30 AM. RSVP to Meredith no later cusing on “World Hunger” with a presentation than 9:00 PM Sunday, April 9 (our meeting with from the Community Food Bank of Hillside, NJ. PONY). Remember to bring a permission slip. Please bring a canned good to the meeting, a Additional permission slips can be found in the donation to the food bank. Snacks will be pro- file folder on the wall outside Rita’s office. Driv- vided. RSVP to Meredith by Sunday, April 2. ers/chaperones are needed. Please dress in warm, comfortable clothing, as parts of the ware- We will continue our focus on “World Hunger” house are not heated. with an opportunity to serve on Good Friday. Volunteers from PONY will join our own Sr. High PYC on April 14 as we volunteer at the Volume 70 Issue 4 Page 5 Rutgers University Chorus Coming to Prospect The Rutgers University Chorus (Newark Scotland the following day. It is this choir Campus) will appear in a concert at Prospect that performed in her parish church in on Sunday, April 30th at 4:00 pm. The Cho- Bishopton, Scotland last May and subse- rus, conducted by Dr. John Floreen, makes quently led to her forthcoming two -week visit frequent appearances in the North Jersey here. Tickets for the concert are $10 for gen- area and has toured extensively on the Euro- eral admission; $25 for preferred seating; pean continent and the UK. Their next tour is and $5 for students and senior citizens and scheduled for Wales in May 2007. The pro- will be available for purchase following gram will include both sacred and secular mu- church service the two Sundays prior to the sic and special arrangements of folksongs and concert. The Chorus’ fourth CD, newly re- spirituals. The concert will be followed by a leased, will also be available for purchase the reception in Fellowship Hall which will also day of the concert. Please call John Pearson serve as a farewell reception for Pastor Gayle at (973) 763-3712 or the church office for Taylor who will be leaving to return to more information. Music Ministry Schedules Pastor Gayle Taylor’s visit FESTIVAL CHOIR Each year Spiritual Life employs the funds from the Worship Enrichment Fund to invite a special guest This is a short term choral opportunity for sing- minister to speak at Prospect. This year Pastor ers. We meet at 9:30 Sunday morning with the Gayle Taylor, a minister from Bishopton, Scotland will option of attending rehearsal the Thursday pre- be staying with us from April 17-30. She will be ac- ceding from 7:30-8:15 PM. tive in a number of Prospect activities and events dur- April 9-Palm Sunday, April 16-Easter, ing that time. Among her interests are stewardship, May 21, and June 4-Pentecost inclusion of children and youth in the life of the church, theological implications for use of space in WESTMINSTER BELL CHOIR the sanctuary, and music. Here are a few of the Session V: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, things in which she will participate: May 21-Play in Worship Meet with the Capital Renovation Work Group that is overseeing the building renovations and with Ses- CHILDREN’S AND JUNIOR CHOIR sion. This will be an opportunity for her to hear about Children’s choir in- our work and for us to learn about the renovations un- cludes children in Kin- derway in her parish. dergarten through 3rd Meet with several groups of the church in informal To learn more about our grade, and Junior settings. These will be scattered throughout her two music program or to join Choir includes any in- weeks with us. any of the groups terested children in Meet with a variety of pastors and leaders as part of mentioned, contact Jason 4th through 8th her study leave. Asbury, Director of grades. The choirs Music…(973)763-2090 or Touring several local educational institutions. rehearse every Sun- email@example.com day after worship until This promises to be an exciting exchange for us. noon. Page 6 Prospectus Deacon’s Corner This is my second term as an active deacon at are designed for active deacons, but there are Prospect church; needless to say I find the work numerous others that the entire congregation at I’m called to do through this ministry very re- Prospect Church can do to support us and share warding. It is not rewarding in that I am fulfilling in the blessings of this ministry: my assigned obligation, but that the emotional -Making a phone call or sending a card to some- gifts that I receive from others I have helped or one who is ill or grieving, celebrating a birthday served far outweighs what I do. It comes in the or anniversary, form of hugs, smiles, thank yous, old pictures I see from the elderly and “God bless yous”. -Joining the deacon’s Friendship circle and com- These gifts warm my heart and allow me to go mitting to looking out for a few other members of on. the congregation on a regular basis, I once heard a pastor of a large congregation -For ordained deacons or elders, volunteering to say that many times the members of his church serve extended communion to the sick or shut would complain that the pastor, deacon or elder in, did not visit or call when they were in difficulty or -Contacting the church office or an active dea- experiencing a joy. It’s all about what someone con and visiting the sick or shut in, else did not do. He went on to ask the question, -Supporting our fellowship activities, such as “As a layperson, who have you called or visited game night, picnic, etc. or shown a vested interested in, in your own church family lately?” Wow! What an eye -Considering being a deacon oneself and being opener. Most times we ourselves are the recipi- receptive to God’s call in one’s life when a call ents of what we give to others. We are responsi- comes to you from the Nominating Committee, ble for looking out for each other. The Bible -Keeping us in prayer. says that it is in giving that we ourselves receive, The items listed above are only a few ways that and with God’s hands in the mix it will multiply we as a church family can all be deacon-like and greatly. respond to Christ’s call for us to serve. Of course, some of the things we as deacons do -Elaine Sinclair-Thompson, Co-Moderator Church Picnic Middle High PYC Prospect’s church picnic will be on Saturday, Middle Highs meet Sunday, April 23 from June 17th at Oakdale Picnic Area (inside 6:30-8:00 pm to discuss “The Beginning of the South Orange Reservation). It will be a time End?” Best-selling books are getting people for fun and great fellowship, so please save talking about the “rapture” and the “Second the date. Details to follow. Coming of Christ”. What does the Bible say? Join us for a discussion and refreshments. Volume 70 Issue 4 Page 7 Please welcome the following new members into the Prospect Church Family: Carolyn Berry. Carolyn was born in El Paso, Texas but spent much of her young life in Baltimore, Maryland. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church. Carolyn met her husband, Courtney Sapping- ton, in New York City, and they have been married since 2001. Carolyn is an Associate Professor at New York University in the Wagner School of Service. She is involved in the study and research of urban problems. Carolyn and Courtney have a little boy, Wesley, who is almost three. They live at 25 Oberlin Street, Maplewood. Tel: 973-763-1240. Heidi Hovland and Jim Pickett. Heidi, born into a Lutheran family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Jim, raised a Roman Catholic in Cleveland, Ohio, have been married six years. They discovered Maplewood three years ago. Heidi, who has a public relations degree from St. John’s University in Minneapolis, is a Senior Partner and Director of Marketing Communications at Fleishman-Hillard in New York City. Jim, who graduated with a business degree from Penn State, is a sales manager for Eber-NGC, a wine and spirits distributor located in Port Chester, New York. (We’ll all seek your coun- sel, Jim!) Heidi and Jim’s little daughter, Lena Sophie, 3, is expecting to have a brother in May. The Hovland/Pickett household is located at 27 North Terrace, Maplewood. Tel: 973-313-2773. Tracy and Heath Hudson. Tracy, originally from Sparta NJ, and Heath, a native of New Hampshire, have been married a little over four years. Before they came to Maplewood last September they lived in New Hope, PA. Tracy is Director, Resource Management, Clinical Operations for Schering-Plough in Kenilworth, and Heath is a stay-at-home dad. They have two small children, Jack, who is two, and Charlotte, who is just eleven months old. The Hudsons make their home at 29 North Crescent, Maple- wood. Tel: 973-313-0470. Charles Romano. Charles and his wife Tammy are hoping to move to Maplewood soon. They have been married for eight years and have two children. Charles was raised in Ramsey, NJ. He received an undergraduate degree at Rutgers and did his graduate work - an MBA - at New York University. Charles is a banker; he works for BNP-Paribas, a French Bank, in New York City. The Romano chil- dren are Natasha, who is four, and Alessandra, who is two years old. The Romanos reside at 118 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ. Tel: 201-683-3133. Allison Reid. Allison has a Presbyterian background and comes to us by Letter of Transfer. She and her husband Phillip McKinnie hail from Washington D.C. Allison actually grew up in Jamaica, enter- ing the US in 1985. Allison has a law degree from Fordham University and she is Director of Interna- tional Education and Training for NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers - the agency that regulates brokerage firms that conduct the investing business with the public.) Allison and Phillip, an accountant, met in Washington and have been married for three years. In her spare time Allison en- joys reading and writing poetry. She is also a reader for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Allison lives at 10 Plymouth Place, Maplewood; Tel: 973-762-0839. Lauren & Milo Pacheco. Lauren and Milo have been Maplewood residents since 2002. Lauren comes from a Presbyterian background and was raised in Westchester, New York. Milo hails from Las Vegas where he was raised in a Roman Catholic/Methodist household. The Pachecos have been married for nine years. Lauren is a TV producer for E! Entertainment/Style Network/New Harbor En- tertainment, a field she prepared for at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London (BA from Colgate University). Milo is a Senior Director of Marketing for Island Records in New York City. He graduated from the New School in New York (BA from Franklin and Marshall). Milo spends his spare time with music and sports, and Lauren likes to refinish furniture. Lauren and Milo have two children: Carina, who is five and Carson, who is just two years old. They reside at 50 South Pierson Road, Maplewood. Tel: 973-761-4471. Page 8 Prospectus Health Ministry News Dear Prospect Family and Friends: For example, symptoms of the early onset of dia- A very wise man named Abraham Lincoln betes often first appear in the once said, “When my feet hurt, I can’t think.” I’m feet. A quarter of all diabetic pa- sure most of us have felt this way at one time or tients develop foot problems, another, and it is to this issue that I’d like us to one of which is a condition focus our attention this month. known as diabetic neuropathy, April is recognized as Foot Health Aware- that can lead to amputation. Arthritis, nerve and ness month. Our feet are something that we circulatory disorders can also show their initial tend to take for granted until they bother us and symptoms in your feet. Because your feet tend call negative attention to themselves. Every day to mirror your general health, it is important to the average person logs between 5000 and pay attention to any changes in feet or ankles, 10,000 footsteps on what is a complex combina- such as swelling, numbness, tingling, and bur n- tion of 26 bones, 33 joints and 107 ligaments, all ing. It is crucial to remember that self-treatment linked by a network of muscles, nerves, blood can often turn a minor problem into a major one vessels and skin. There are times during walk- very quickly. A podiatric physician should al- ing when the pressure on your feet actually e x- ways be consulted if there is any cause for con- ceeds your body weight, and this pressure can cern with your foot health. rise to 3-4 times your body weight when you run! We average about 115,000 miles of walk- It is not surprising then that 46% of Americans ing in our lifetime, which is roughly four times the complain of foot or ankle pain. circumference of the globe! This month let’s While most of this discomfort can be alle- give credit and special recognition, plus some viated by investing in a well-fitting shoe appropri- extra TLC, to these wonderful appendages that ate for the task at hand, painful feet can also be get us where we need to go day after day. a sign that something far more serious is afoot. Cindy Thompson, Deacon’s Health Ministry Remember in your prayers... Dorothy Allen (Sandy Karriem’s aunt), Carmen Jim Stinnett (brother-in-law of Wayne and Bancroft (Jennifer DaSilva’s mother), Arthur Joady Anderson), Sylvia Styles, Ann Teets Borchert and family, A.T., Bob Brodo, Colin G. (Elizabeth Chalk’s mother), Evelyn Watson Brothers (Lillian Moss’ brother), Elwood and (Winston Watson’s mother), and families Helen Carwell, Irene Conrad (David Conrad’s facing difficulties. mother), CD, Ginna Dietz, Jane Erickson, Ann Garratt (Frank Hendricks’ cousin), Ann Gero, Kathleen Huemer, Maud Hylton (Pat Bullock’s mother), Carol Johnson, Laura Nelson (Jeff Smith’s sister), Norm (friend of many in the congregation), Pasficus Omariba (Margaret Motachwa’s father), Patrick Park, Teresal Pinckney, Judy and Mel Podinker, George and Norma Sinclair (relatives of Elaine Thompson), Volume 70 Issue 4 Page 9 Celebrations in April Celebrating a birthday in April are: Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary in April are: April Liturgists April 2 Ed Bolden 4 Jeff Latz 10 Catriona & Frederic Turlier April 9 Chip Thomson 7 Christine Lassiter April 13 Connie Cosgrove 8 Julia Thomson 18 Don & Connie Guida April 16 Rick Noll 10 Sue D'Addario April 23 John Pearson 12 Tara Yablonsky 19 John & Jacque Lindstrom April 30 Jomo Morris 13 LeRoy Lambert 14 EJ Wightman Communion Servers 21 Ian & Jacqueline Hume Milly Young April 2nd 15 Gabriella Pollard 30 Frank & Monique Hendricks Henry Voorhees 18 Sydney Veloso Harry Lorenzo, Stu Spraggins, 20 Allene Johnson Sara & Jeff Smith, 21 Herbert Roemmele Meg & Don Richardson, 23 Frederick Berghaus April Deacon of the Ute & Roy Tellini, Sunshine Sanchez Month is Bonnie (Balcony-James Lambert) 25 Ron King Mountain 26 Vanessa Fortier (973) 378-9414. 27 Doug Walsh Thomas Casazza Please call the D.O.M. if you know of a Maundy Thursday Colin Walsh member in need. Mary Murphy, Betty Brodo, 28 Brooke Smith Ellen Williams, Sandy Barnett, 29 Patrick Park Margaret Motachwa, West Cosgrove, Rick Noll, and Dave Tuck Please note that Elizabeth Chalk (973) 763-2985 will fill in for Bonnie Mountain the week of April 9th to 15th. Volunteers in April Have a happy day! Ushers: Greeters: April 2: Ed Bolden, Mike Ritterbusch April 2: April 9: Pete Reader, Margaret Motachwa April 9: April 13: Jennifer Bazilio, Willie Mae Charles April 13: April 16: Bela Gajary, Willie Mae Charles, April 16: Connie & Don Guida, Audrey Rowe April 23: April 23: Ian Hume, Elaine Thompson April 30: April 30: Connie & Don Guida n Prospect Presbyteria Church 646 Prospect Street Maplewood NJ 07040 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Phone: (973)763- 2090 Fax: (973)763-0950 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mission Statement of Prospect Presbyterian Church: To be a family in Mailing Address Line 1 Christ reaching out to all with love, Mailing Address Line 2 prayer and service. Through worship, Mailing Address Line 3 education, mission and fellowship, we Mailing Address Line 4 experience God's love, forgiveness, grace Mailing Address Line 5 and call. We’re on the Web!! www.prospectchurch.org Congregation Pot Luck Dinner Mark your calendars! Join us on Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 for a congregational Pot-luck dinner to celebrate the start of our 2006 Stewardship Campaign, “Growing Our Faith, Growing Our Giving”. This year our special guest, Gayle Taylor of Bishopton, Scotland will join us at dinner. Being good stewards is a part of our faith; it is our responsibility. The Stewardship campaign is the time for you to give thanks to God and to celebrate the blessings you have received this past year. It is the time for you to show your continued financial support for Prospect’s unique programs that you like and enjoy, such as the youth, music, and educational programs, and the externa l programs like IHN and Babyland Nurseries. Look for more information on this important time of the year.