UPCOMING EVENTS. . .
Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship
Communion served 1st Sunday of Month
Choir Practice 8:30-9:30AM
Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in
Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM
Every Wednesday – Bible Study with Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM
Bell Choir Practice 7:15PM
Thu-Fri 11/28-29 Thanksgiving Office Closed
Sun 12/1 1st Sunday Advent
Sat 12/7 “Gather Gala” 6:30PM
Thu 12/19 Session 7:30PM
Sat 12/21 Longest Night Service 7PM
Tue 12/24 Christmas Eve Music 9PM Christmas Eve Service 9:30PM
THE GATHER CAMPAIGN
It is heartwarming and encouraging to see the response to these requests. As we enter the new pledge year starting this coming Sunday you will receive in the mail a summary of our campaign for your prayerful support in the coming year. Please consider what you may be able to do. When you get your pledge card please fill it in and return it in worship or send it by mail or email or text. We are also asking for your small valuable items as donations for the Gather Auction Gala on December 7th. Please consider inviting a friend, as you buy a ticket, and make your plan to attend. Please see the flyer for dates for donations. The Mission of our church is strong and is growing because so many of you believe in the calling to be a vital part of this community. Let’s make this the best year yet. Come to worship, bring your friends, support the work and be a part of something life changing. The High Mountain Presbyterian Church is your church.
The seasons are changing fast, and our church’s two Christmas projects are beginning. The Outreach Team has set up the Mitten Tree and Angel Tree in the narthex. The Mitten Tree benefits families served by the Center for Food Action. You can help keep a child or teen warm by decorating the Mitten Tree with new hats, scarves, mittens or gloves (purchased or handmade). The Angel Tree benefits low- to middle-income families who receive daycare vouchers through the Bergen County Office for Children. The county sponsors this program for children whose families lack sufficient resources to provide holiday gifts. Bring unwrapped toys or books for children up to age 13, or let the county staff shop for you by donating Target, Walmart, or VISA gift cards (put in an envelope that says “Angel Tree” and give to Chris Buckley or put in the offering plate). Both collections end on Thursday, Dec. 12 to allow time for the gifts to be distributed.
No Bible Study
Please note: there will be no Tuesday 7PM Bible Study today, November 26 and no Wednesday 10AM Bible Study tomorrow, November 27.
Save the Date
Friday, December 13 at 8PM, the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir will be performing again at Ridgewood United Methodist Church. They are located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood. Sometimes the anniversary of grief is the hardest time. As we enter the season where everyone is celebrating, it can be really lonely to be feeling loss and sadness. Come to a place just for you this season, December 21, 7PM on the longest night of the year. Music, poetry, prayers, to help you get through. There is a welcome here for the truth of how you really are. Open to everyone, all faith traditions… Come… bring a friend. 730 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ.
In our November 15th Stewardship Pledge Letter, 2020, we incorrectly announced the Gather Gala would occur on Saturday December 8th. The corrected date is Saturday, December 7th. Please make a note for your calendar. Thank you.
2019 Tax Planning
The Tax Reform Act of 2017 has significantly reduced the number of taxpayers who itemize their deductions versus utilize the IRS standard deduction. Depending upon your individual tax situation, “Bundling” charitable donations in a single year and/or timing the payment of medical expenses in a particular year can result in a higher itemized deduction than the IRS standard deduction, and thus, result in fewer income taxes to pay. Please consult with your tax advisor as to whether such a strategy of paying your 2020 pledge in 2019 would be tax beneficial for the 2019 tax year.
Good News in Immokalee
Located in collier county in southwest Florida, Immokalee is one of the poorest communities, although in the same county as Naples, one of the richest. Many of the residents are migrant workers living in deplorable conditions. In 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed many of the trailers that served as housing units which made conditions even worse. Habitat for Humanity has built 700 homes in Immokalee, which has made a difference for many families. However, with a population of 24,000, much more is needed.
A few years ago, HMPC hosted Rev. Noelle D’Amico, presenting the work of the coalition of Immokalee workers. This group was organized 25 years ago with funding from the Presbyterian denomination and other groups, to improve working conditions for tomato pickers. The group’s organizing philosophy is based on principles of popular education and leadership development. They have worked
tirelessly for better wages and working conditions and managed to form agreements with many growers in the area. CIW also formed alliances with many fast food companies and supermarkets who agree to purchase from farms in the fair food program, resulting in increased wages. CIW is still waging a boycott on Wendy’s and organized a march November 18 in New York city to protest inaction from that company. The model of CIW has spread worldwide and has resulted in many workers achieving better working conditions.
The organization is now working as part of the Immokalee fair housing alliance to build 128 apartments and to offer these new housing options at affordable rent rates for farmworkers and their families. They have raised funds to purchase the property and have endorsements from Presbyterian disaster assistance as well as other funding sources to make this project a reality. HMPC has funded CIW in the past through the Presbyterian hunger program and we celebrate the impact of CIW. The film “food chains” tells the amazing story of this incredible organization and is available through you tube, amazon prime and other sources. Further information can be found on www.ciw-online.org.
This Sunday we will working on our Christmas angels for the Christmas giving tree. We will be reminded of the blessing of giving since it is through giving that we receive abundantly from our Father in heaven. We will focus on 2 Corinthians 9:7 that states God loves a cheerful giver. We will make time to discuss our blessings from above and the numerous ways we can give back. I love the idea of the giving tree and am excited about this lesson and craft.
HMPC Book Group
The HMPC Book Group meets on the fourth Friday of every month, at 1:30-3:30PM.
December 27 The Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; Fourth Quarter 2019
|12/1||R Argenio||C Rizzo||Cays Family||S Argenio*
|12/8||D Loukos||C Meslink||S Aylward||J Watkins
|12/15||M Aylward||L Peterson Kilgore||C Meslink||S Kroll*
|12/22||J Watkins||L Smith||S Lehmann
|12/29M||M Holt||S Kroll||G Thornton||P Castaldo*
T O Shea
*Session Elder-Counter Captain
Assigned families can decide who will be reader. Please inform Chris who is reading one week before you are scheduled. Two or more people can share ushering and hospitality duties. If you cannot be available when assigned, please switch with someone else and inform the office of this change. Please check PM regularly to see the date of your assignment. We need a few more volunteers for the listed duties. If you can help in anyway, please call the office at 201-891-0511 and we can add you to the list. Thank you for kindness and generosity in assisting with the church service.