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FPC Focus

March 31, 2021

Maundy Thursday, Apr. 1st, 7pm

It's Holy Week! Can you believe it? 
Join us as we team up with the Fairmount and Cokesbury United Methodists for Maundy Thursday Worship at 7pm. Be sure to have some hand-cleanser handy to join in the symbolic Jesus foot-washing ritual. And, you'll want bread or crackers and juice or water to join in celebration of the Last Supper, the Lord's Supper where all are welcome, all who come in the name of the Lord! Use either of the links below to join on Facebook Live! or Zoom.
Maundy Thursday on Facebook Live!
Maundy Thursday Zoom Link

Easter Flowers

Alleluia! It's almost Easter Sunday
and you can still support the flowers in our worship!
Download the form and/or give support using the buttons below.
Flower Form
Flower Donation

Deacons Offer Vaccine Help

If you or someone you know is having challenges with the technology and website interfaces to register for COVID-19 Vaccine appointments, the Deacons want to help! Contact Deacon Moderator, Kelly Brakewood, to get connected with someone who can help you get your appointment. Email Kelly here
Easter Sunday @ 10am 
Since we can't come in person,  join us virtually for our live worship broadcast Sundays at 10am via Facebook Live or recorded posting both on Facebook and our website. If you'd like to support flowers in our worship email the office or call 908.832.2154 for details. See more about flowers below. Easter Sunday/Resurrection of the Lord scriptures this week: Psalm 118; Isaiah 25:6-9; Mark 16:1-8.
Facebook       Website

Flowers in Worship! Yes you can!

You can help brighten our virtual Sunday worship service! Please donate flowers for the third Sunday of each month. Email the church at: fpcoffice@gmail.com  or call 908-832-2154 and choose your date. The flowers will be delivered to a church family by a Deacon unless otherwise requested. Flowers are ordered from Stony Hill Gardens and the cost is $37.50 payable to Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Please note— flowers are ordered once a month. Requests are due by the first of each month.

FPC Mission Coordinator?

Fairmount is looking for our new Mission Coordinator/Mission Chair! Is it you? You don't have to be a session member or the "doer" of all missions. We simply need someone to coordinate and help promote our mission projects like soup collections, or promoting cooperative projects with other area churches like the Appalachian Service Project. This volunteer job really isn't hard and the rewards are huge! Contact any session member or Scott for more details.

Mission - Bring soup Sat. Apr. 17!

The Ecumenical Mission Group thanks you for your support of the soup drive this winter. The next and last soup collection is Saturday April 17 from 10-12 at the Community House. Bring your best homemade soup cooled to a temp suitable for plastic container distribution. Be sure to know your ingredients to alert for food allergies so we can get your soup safely to those in need. Thank you for cooking! Grab the flyer for more details.
Soup Flyer

Mission - Shoe Drive

Let's join with Cokesbury United Methodist to provide Soles 4 Souls...shoes for people in need across the US and around the world. Drop all shoes at the North Hunterdon Thrift Shop, 51 CR 635, Hampton. Or, you can order directly from Zappos through the Soles4Souls website. 
Shoe Flyer

Connect - Monday Bible Talk

Real. Life. Every Monday night at 7pm, jump on Zoom with us to cover the scriptures from Sunday's worship. What does it say about us today? What does it say about God today? What does it say about our relationship with God? How does it speak to our community? Get the link.

Connect - New Bible Study

The Wednesday study is on haitus this week, returning on April 7 and it's not too late to join! This Ecclesiastes study is amazing! It is one of five Old Testament books of wisdom literature, “…a flowing meditation on the business of living.” Marg Peterson hosts an amazing new deep-dive study into Ecclesiastes every Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom. The whole world is invited! 

Learn more and sign up

Connect - Men's Bible Study

Good coffee, good company, and current events. Come have breakfast, solve the world's problems, and eventually we get around to talking Bible. Everybody invited! Wednesdays at 8am at Oscar's Deli in Califon. 

Haiku by Cheryl

Cheryl writes Haiku poetry every week based on Sunday's worship and the Monday night Bible Talk. This week: 

On Mark 11:1-11
Jesus from the East
Victory resistance both
Pilate from the West 

Jesus riding colt
Branches coats paving the road
Shouts of Hosanna 

On Isaiah 50:4-9a

Who will condemn me
I will not be put to shame
God vindicates me

On Philippians 2:5-11
Name above all names
Every knee bow tongue confess
Jesus Christ is Lord 

On Mark 14:17-72
Collapse in tears Pray
Woe to those who bail on Christ
Stay alert keep watch 

On Fist Pumping sermon

Jesus superstar
Fist pumping palm waving Lord
Hosanna on high 

Why do I do this
What does Christ want me to do
What part do I play


(c)2021, Cheryl Slegers, All rights reserved.
Used by permission.
Bless you, Cheryl! Do you write poetry, prose, or reflections? Submit your offerings to the Focus at this mailbox

Pastor Blog

Beginning or End?

Every Palm Sunday I preach one of the longer sermons I preach. We follow the 3-year lectionary cycle and Palm Sunday always has the most readings of the year. Mark’s version of the passion this year is no exception. I hope you don’t mind that I read it all from The Message, the plain-English translation of the Bible. It’s just so awesome, and even though it’s long—such a great story! Thank you for indulging me. 
Read more

In our prayers:

  • Our Asian sisters and brothers as the world mourns over hate violence against them
  • Victims and their families—of recent gun violence in Boulder, Colorado
  • The grieving family of Harry Bowman who passed this week
  • Nancy M. asks for prayers for her cousin Ruthie in the hospital and for Shirley C.
  • Jim in ICU recovering from stroke
  • All those seeking vaccination appointments
  • All workers and medical professionals administering vaccines
  • Students and families traveling for Spring Break
  • Job seekers and those suffering financially due to COVID
  • All armed service people, deployed and stateside
  • Thanksgiving for the snow melt
  • Everyone connecting to Fairmount on Facebook Live!
How can we be praying for you? If we're sharing names, please be sure it's okay with the person to share your prayer joys or concerns here or on Sunday mornings via Facebook Live. email them anytime

Stewardship - Commitment Cards Due Now and Per Capita 

Fairmount Stewardship Commitment cards for 2021 are now due in the church office. Please consider helping offset our per capita support to the missions of the new Presbytery of the Highlands (New Jersey) and the PC(USA) General Assembly. You can help reduce this annual line-item expense in our church's budget with a $40-per-member one time gift. There are designated categories in our online giving form. Click below to give. Thank you! 
Give Now

Manse is Occupied!


Just so you're in the loop—session has leased our manse to a family that is moving in this week! We just want our Fairmount family to know and be aware as you will no doubt notice the activity as they get settled into their new home. Welcome!
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