PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER
UPCOMING EVENTS. . .

Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship

Communion served 1st Sunday of Month

Choir Practice 8:30-9:30AM

Adult Education 9:30-10:15AM (3/1/20)

Greeting 10:15 (3/1/20)

Worship 10:30-11:30AM (Starting 3/1/20)

Hospitality 11:30AM

Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM

Every Wednesday Bible Study with Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM

Bell Choir Practice 7:15PM 

Wed 2/26 Ash Wednesday 7:30PM

Thu 2/27 Session 7:30PM

Fri 2/28 HMPC Book Group 1:30PM

             Brass Factory Concert 7:30

Change in Worship Time

Beginning March 1, 2020, the start of worship at High Mountain will be 10:30AM. This change will be until further notice.  The reasons for changing the time from 10:00AM to 10:30AM are as follows:

And then again after worship there will be refreshments as usual starting at 11:30.

We believe this will add a dimension of learning and growing to our gatherings on Sunday.  The season of Lent is a good time for making commitments for change and welcoming the promise of God to be with us as we grow and change.  During Lent you will see the schedule of “classes” and topics for discussion and growth led by Pastor Lou.  Why not make a choice to be part of these classes during Lent.  We think that you will be glad you did. 

What are You Doing for Lent This Year?  How About Committing to This!?

Let’s get to know each other better and grow in faith.

Who? What? When? Where? How?

A Lenten Education and Discussion Event

9:30-10:15 AM Sunday Mornings (Worship at 10:30AM)

Classes will be led by Pastor Lou with other speakers assisting.

March 1   WHO are Presbyterians? What is Presbyterian about Lent?  Many members of our community have come from other faith traditions.  Perhaps you joined HMPC because of the friendliness of our community, or the music program, the sermons or even because a friend brought you.  But what does it mean to be a Presbyterian?  What do we believe?  Are we different, and in what ways?

March 8    WHAT does the Bible ACTUALLY say about homosexuality?  What has the Presbyterian Church said in the past, what does it say now? The topic of homosexuality and LGBTQ issues have historically been controversial issues for the worldwide church and its community, and many people point to the Bible to justify their prejudices.  This class will examine what the Bible ACTUALLY says, and how it has been used to support one side or another on this issue. What does the PCUSA as a denomination believe?

March 15   WHERE is Hell, anyway?  Most of us wonder or have ideas about Satan, Hell and Sin, as well as what happens after life on Earth is over.  We don’t always understand where those ideas came from, or how we got them to begin with.  This class will examine what the Bible actually says about Hell and who’ll be there.  Don’t miss it!

March 22   WHEN divorce, adoption, abortion occurs, what does the Bible say about it?  Many times, these issues are discussed in relationship to one or two verses from the bible or from the ideas and attitudes of what people think is the “Christian” thing to do.  We will examine the importance of context in order to understand what Jesus said – or didn’t — about these issues.

March 29   HOW does the church ensure it is a safe place? What makes it safe or not safe?  There are threats to the safety of church goers from both inside and outside the church.  What about the “me too” movement and the discovery that church communities do not often have nor enforce safe boundaries for women, children and men. How can we be open and available to each other in community without an understanding of what behavior is appropriate, and what to do when it is not. 

Paterson Habitat Women Build Days And Free Clinics

Women of all ages are invited to build homes, communities and hope. Register online for March 5 and/or March 6 from 7:45 to 3 pm.

Women build clinics are held Tuesday nights from April 7 – May 8

April 7 – basic tools & job safety

April 14 – framing

April 21 – basic electrical & plumbing

April 28 – drywall & spackle

May 5 – flooring

Clinics are held at Lowe’s, 1265 McLean Blvd. , Paterson for approximately 2-1/2 hours from 7 -9:30.

HMPC neighbor, architect Pam McBride, was instrumental in organizing the first Women Build in Paterson several years ago.

For registration or further information about Paterson habitat, go to www.patersonhabitat.org

Artist Pamela Leggate

Award winning artist Pamela Leggate will be exhibiting paintings in The Gallery through April 15th.  Pam’s travels have provided inspiration for her paintings.  Recent works include scenes from England, Scotland and Canada. Although Pam draws and paints in several media, much of her current work is done in transparent watercolor.

There is such joy in watercolors and all they can do.  They are full of surprises.  The pleasure of exploring ways to push brush and paint across paper or dropping a blossom in where it’s least expected. – Pamela Leggate

Prayers & Announcements

Announcements for the Sunday Worship

Service Prayer List: please email your request to the church office at office.manager@highmountainpres.org or call 201-891-0511 if you want the community to pray with you.

HMPC Book Group

The HMPC Book Group meets on the fourth Friday of every month, at 1:30-3:30PM.

Feb. 28 In the Bleak Midwinter Julia Spencer Fleming

Mar. 27 And After the Fire Lauren Belfer 


                                                                                Sunday Server Sign-Up Sheet; First Quarter 2020

  Greeter Reader Communion Hospitality Counters Faithworks Childcare
2/23 Need Help C. Meslink   M. Carbone S Aylward* B Jordan Rose Genau
3/1 New M. Marianni Worship Hours M. Marianni Begin 10:30AM S. Kroll End 11:30AM Ratleff Family P Castaldo* T O Shea Rose Genau
3/8 A. Cays J. Cays   Sandoval-Huntington W McColl* J. Cays Rose Genau
3/15 K. Reiter S. Kroll   Mariannis   S Dirringer* J. Watkins Rose Genau
3/22 G. Zachrone C. Rizzo   C. Meslink E Fernandez* R. Choussal Rose Genau
3/29 B. Jordan S. Singh   S. Kroll P. Hall C Meslink* M. Holt Rose Genau

*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.