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Dear Members and Friends,

Last Sunday we all enjoyed a spirited rendition of Go Tell it on the Mountain by our own 3 Chords and the Truth.

After worship many attended the pot-luck luncheon followed by the Annual Congregational Meeting. All annual reports were discussed and received, and new elders and deacons were nominated and approved.

At the January Presbytery meeting, Elder Commissioner Carol Barry and Pastor Peter heard from the new Director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Rev. Edwin Gonzalez-Castillo. They also voted on several proposed amendments to the Book of Order, and were introduced to this year’s worship theme, “rekindle the gift of God that is within you,” from II Timothy 1:6.

Choir practice for the Lenten Cantata, Once Upon A Tree, will begin this Wednesday at 6:30 in the sanctuary, and continue on Sundays after worship.

This coming Sunday we will celebrate The Lord’s Supper. We’ll also welcome our congregation’s newest member, Karen Hartman. Karen was received by the Session at its meeting on January 23rd, by Letter of Transfer from the Community Presbyterian Church of Ringwood.

Deacons will be meeting after worship so they will not be hosting the fellowship hour this month.

We look forward to Ordaining and Installing our new Elders and Deacons on Sunday, February 12th.

If you would like to watch the 9:30am service live, please use the following link: www.facebook.com/107154024348613

-> Please check Church Phone & Website every week for updates 


-> GIVING is greatly needed at this time to pay for on-going expenses. PLEASE CONTINUE in your generous spirit.  To give - Go to the Tab "On-Line Giving" on our Website http://www.fpcstanhope.org/     Or MAIL IN Pledges.

If you have a pastoral emergency, leave a message at the church office (973.347.5142)

Other announcements -- of on-going ministry and mission:

Our website fpcstanhope.org has current church information on the life of the church. On-line giving is available – click the tab on the left and follow the directions to a secure website managed by the Presbyterian Foundation.

If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain, then contact Barbara Frank – 973.398.3154 / bschimpf13@hotmail.com

The flowers on Sunday morning are now $15.00 / one arrangement or $25.00 / two arrangements. Please sign up on the flower calendar and fill out a form on the vestibule table. Questions? Call the church office, 973.347.5142

We go to Manna House on the fourth Mondays to help serve the homeless and hungry in the Newton area. If you can help, contact Carol Barry or Lisa Davenport.

PW is knitting blankets for those in need. Contact Carol Barry for guidelines about participating. Knitting or crocheting is required. Carol’s contact info is 973.347.4551 or lakefront70@aol.com

If you buy gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Program, the church earns money from each card you purchase. The amount you buy is the amount you get to spend. You may buy cards for prominent retailers by writing a check to the church and giving it to Cris Bream or by signing up at www.shopwithscrip.com Our church’s code is FC1C2471398L8