“Turning the Focus Back on God”
When you’re faced with enormously challenging circumstances, what is the first thing you do? Get overwhelmed? Question your abilities? Look for help? Lose sleep? Our Gospel lesson focuses on Mary when she first learned she would become the most important human in salvation history. Instead of becoming overwhelmed she focused primarily on the greatness of God! Join Pastor Jack this Sunday for his sermon, “Turning the Focus Back on God”…and let’s learn some valuable faith lessons from Mary, the mother of our Lord.
RALLY DAY PICNIC – on Sun., Sept. 12 at the conclusion of service. Nancy Wood is leading the event and has placed sign up sheets on the table in the narthex. She is in need of: salad/sides, desserts, folks to set up on Sat. 9/11 at 5 p.m., folks to clean up and grill masters. Please bring items for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry. If you are coming, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex or email the church office with the number attending by Sept. 5. Don’t miss the fun!
MASKS NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS–Unvaccinated are asked to wear masks. Click HERE to see all of the decisions made at the June 28 council meeting.
OUR BUILDING IS NOW OPEN
– to outside groups following the CDC guidelines
COFFEE HOUR has returned! We are looking for volunteers to host this fellowship time. Duties include: putting on coffee, serving beverages and providing an optional snack of your choice. In order to be better stewards of God’s creation, we are asking folks to bring their own re-usable coffee cup to use and take home. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED – Once again C4C is distributing school supplies and backpacks. They are currently in need of: spiral notebooks, index cards, and Elmers Glue Sticks. There will be a box in the narthex for your donations which are due by Aug. 18.
WWW.SOTHNJ.ORG – The church’s website is the place to look for upcoming events. Please consult the calendar there. The weekly email can be found under News at the bottom of the home page.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS – Nancy Wood has graciously volunteered to serve as the Sunday School Superintendent! Plans are taking shape for classes grades K – 5 to be held during worship starting on Rally Day, Sept. 12. Please contact the church office if you would like to help or register your child. Teachers and assistants are needed! No prior experience necessary!
HELP IS NEEDED IN OUR CONTROL ROOM – Sunday morning assistance is needed for audio, visual, and internet streaming…let’s proclaim the Gospel near and far. Training joyfully provided! Contact Patrick Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
#HATNOTHATE update: 87 hats were taken to Lion Brand Yarn Outlet last month. Thank you to all who contributed. The deadline has now been extended to September 13. So, we can still make blue hats, and they will be taken to Lion Brand on September 13. Questions? Call Diane Fitzpatrick.
GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS – September 12 is God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday and the Rally Day Picnic. This year we are collecting men’s socks for the residents of Andover Subacute & Rehab Center. There never seem to be enough, and the laundry is rough on them.
LOOKING FOR A SAFE FAMILY ACTIVITY? – Adopt a garden at church! Our property team, responsible for everything from broadcasting the service to keeping the building safe, could really use your help with the outside gardens. Call Pat W. (201-602-4219) to volunteer. Many thanks to all who volunteered at the recent clean up day.
STREAMING IS HERE!: We are excited to announce that you can now view our service live at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday. Click on this link to see the service and subscribe to our SOTH channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8w_r1Rb9HH7i6SD15Tu6w Don’t worry if you missed the live broadcast. All services are archived on our channel. We are no longer Zooming our weekly service. You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page. https://www.facebook.com/SOTHNJ/.
OFFICE HELP NEEDED – Please contact the church office if you would like to help with maintaining the church website, sending the weekly email or with general office duties. Many tasks can be performed from your home. Training gratefully provided!
HELP WANTED– Please prayerfully consider how you can help your church. Click here to see the link to the “Join our Team ad” which appeared in today’s bulletin. Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!