4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Celebrations
  • Raffle Sales: Please support the IDA by purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket. Drawing to be held July 3rd at 8pm at Borough Hall, during the Glen Rock POPS Concert. Tickets can be purchased at Kilroy’s, Mail n’ More, Creative Den, Suka Jewelry, Francesca’s Pizza, Giannella’s, Rock Ridge, Carrick Mor, & Wilkes Deli.
  • Glen Rock Pops (July 3rd): Keeping with tradition, the Glen Rock Pops will open the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday July 3 with a free concert on the lawn of Borough Hall at 7:00pm. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy music under the stars. In case of rain, the performance will take place on Sunday July 4 at 7:00pm.
  • 4th of July Parade: The Glen Rock IDA 4th of July Parade will be held Sunday, July 4th at 9:30am. The Parade will begin at Borough Hall and conclude at the Faber Field Sports Complex. Grand Marshalls to be announced!
Parade Details

Parade Info:

Dedication to the Grand Marshals will begin at 9:00am at the Steps of Borough Hall.

Start time: Step off is at 9:30am at the Glen Rock Borough Hall Harding Plaza, Glen Rock NJ

Route:

  • Leave Glen Rock Borough towards Rock Road
  • Left onto Rock Road.
  • Continuing on Rock Road through town, and right on Doremus Avenue.
  • Ending at the Glen Rock Municipal Pool.

Participants:

We have a wonderful variety of floats and participants in the parade. If your Block or organization would like to have a float or presence  in the parade please use the application button on top of this page.

Decorate your Kids Bike, Scooter or Wagon!

To end the parade we have our decorated bikes, scooters and wagons. Kids of ALL ages are invited to participate.  No sign up needed! Enter the parade at any time before the judges stand in front of Borough Hall so they can be judged for  best decorated.

Bring your canned and non – perishable food!

The Religious Communities of Glen Rock collect canned and non-perishable foods each year for different food banks in our area.

A Reflection on a Year of Service

This year I, Boyd Lowry, have had the honor of recording the church services and streaming them online to the Community Church of Glen Rock congregation.  I get to experience what so many of us had long for on Sunday morning.  Janet our Director of Music selects the music and performers that I was able to live streaming to your living rooms.  The spirit of God is with us on demand, what a glorious gift.  Music has always been the most moving and emotional way of praising God.  Janet glorifies the Holy Trinity in music, words, and grace.

The Holy Spirit is forever present to keep us safe.  He will be there always within our hearts.  When we accept God into our lives and release ourselves from burdens that weigh us down, the weight is lifted from mind, body, and soul.  What does it mean to accept the Holy Trinity; Father, Son & Holy Ghost in one’s life.  God our father is above us; Jesus Christ died for us; the Holy Ghost surround us as we live our lives together in faith.  This is a remarkable gift, a gift that is hard to image.  When I am lost and confused, I pray to God and worship the Cross in the sanctuary; when I am dealing with issues each day; trying to get through the weight of life, I know I am not alone.

Christian Songs are full of emotion, imagery, and faith.  Life is not easy, and we need to be filled up by something that is greater than ourselves; we must seek out something greater.  One who is close to our hearts, and ever present.  The Holy Spirit guides us through our trials and frustrations of life.  This year has been a hard one.  One full of great loss and despair.  We struggle with the news, the pandemic, the lack of food, housing, and attendance at our churches.  Some of us find peace when we view online services.  We mediate on the word, we fill ourselves up with the beauty of the stain glass windows, the order of worship and how it is familiar to us.

Pastor Terry delivers the word of Christ from the pulpit each week.  His sermons bring the word of God into our livings rooms screens where we are safe from an invisible threat.  Interpreting God’s word in his sermons each week; to experience and walk with God is an honorable sacrifice.  Sacrifice and Service to our lord and savior reminds us why we are here.  Honoring Pastor Terry service to our congregation while sharing his journey in Christ at the pulpit helps us all.

In Service to all, I brought this streamed service using care and patience.  Prepared by our church leaders and delivered to your living rooms, computers, and phones.  What we receive is the loving arms of the Holy Spirit all around us, filling us up.  My faith has grown this year, through my daily Bible study, Christian music, and weekly Church service recordings.   In service I honor all our music professionals and Pastors.  May we all feel the arms of the Holy Spirit among us and as we grieve those we have lost, and those dreams put on hold let us glorify all that is great around us.

Boyd Lowry

Weekly update – 5/31/2021

Dear CCGR Family,
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We are returning to meet in person at church for Sunday morning Worship Services beginning Sunday, May 30th, and each Sunday going forward.
We realize many of you have been vaccinated; but perhaps some have not. Please be comfortable in knowing that social distancing will remain in place, and ask that we take each other’s well being into consideration.  
We are most thankful to be able to gather in person going forward.
 
Please note that June 6th is Confirmation Sunday, when 3 of our young people will be receiving confirmation in-person during worship.
 
Additional Good News is that services will continue to be live streamed https://restream.io/for those who are unable to attend in person services, or prefer to watch from home.  https://communitychurchgr.com/watch/
Services will also continue to be available on our CCGR Facebook page.
As always, thank you to Boyd Lowry for his dedication to CCGR and technical expertise, enabling us to view our weekly services from home, and to Janet Montroy for providing us with her wonderful music, and bringing such talented vocalists and musicians to our church services.
 
DID YOU MISS ONE OF PASTOR TERRY’S RECENT SUNDAY MESSAGES?
 To reflect on recent Sunday messages Pastor Terry shared with us, please take a look at the below summaries, or take some time to view these services
 (if you missed them)  via Facebook or Youtube.
They convey some inspiring messages for us all, and include beautiful music for us all to hear.
Sunday, May 16th Service
Sermon: “What’s In A Window” – Pastor Terry
Music Director, Janet Montroy
Prelude: “Georgian Impression” – F. Guilmant
Duet: “You Are Mine” – David Haas, arranged by Mark Hayes, Melanie Lota and Stephanie Beaudoin – Sopranos
Gospel Reading: Genesis 28: 15-22, Gail Sternitzke
Duet: “You Are My All In All” – Lloyd Larson, Melanie Lota and Stephanie Beaudoin
Postlude: “Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah” – Wilbur Held
In his May 16th Sermon – “What’s In A Window” (based on Scripture Reading Genesis 28: 15-22), Pastor Terry reminded us of the occurrence of Ascension Thursday, one of the earliest Christian festivals, taking place the 40th day after the resurrection. On this day, it is believed that Jesus took his disciples to the Mt. of Olives where they watched Him ascend into Heaven. Jesus met with his disciples several times during these 40 days prior to Jesus’ ascension to instruct them how to carry out his teachings.
A key verse in this week’s scripture is Genesis 28:15 inwhen Jesus spoke to Jacob in a dream he had the night he stopped at Bethel: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” This verse is such a strong reminder that the spirit of God is always with each and every one of us.
Pastor Terry brought us back through the years of our Community Church. He reminded us that our current church family is just one of many others who have come before us, worshiping within the secure structure of our church’s beautiful home. Although our church has grown from originally meeting in the local small little red school 125 years ago, generations of families have worshipped together in different structures on the site where our church stands today — from the little white church house — to the stucco church building — to our current brick home we now worship in today, adorned with the beautiful stained glass windows.
Just imagine how many prayers that have been prayed in the peaceful presence of all these structures. We have been blessed for a century and a quarter to have this home to share our deepest prayers with God — prayers of joy and sorrow; our church walls have heard them all. But, they don’t stop there, as Pastor Terry points out. Through our current stained glass windows, God has heard — and will continue to hear — each and every one of our personal messages from deep inside us — our needs, our wants, our hopes, our dreams, our pleas for help, our thank you’s, and so much more.
God is not so far away from us way beyond the clouds that He only hears bits and pieces of our conversations with Him. He is always present, and hears us through every silent thought, every silent prayer, every spoken prayer — in our own homes, in the parks or the beach while walking, on the bus going to work, wherever we are — he hears. And each Sunday, while we gather together as a family in the comfort and quiet of our church home, we especially are reassured to know that whatever our conversation is with God just doesn’t stay within our church walls. As you gaze at the beauty of each colored glass that surrounds our sanctuary, know he’s right there listening — surrounding us, hearing every thought and every word of every prayer we each pray.
We all have trials, disappointments, broken relationships, deep hurt and losses to share with Him. We all stumble occasionally; we are not perfect; we are not flawless. God is the only perfect One.  And God does not judge when we do fall; He wants us to pick ourselves up and keep trying. All He wants is for each of us to have a relationship with Him — to grow to know Him better each day — to communicate with Him — to follow Him through all stages of our lives. He asks for nothing more.
And, the more we get to know God and have conversations with Him, the more we will find He IS there right beside us — always — everywhere we go. And, He will surely answer each of us — in His time; in His way — but He will answer.
Sunday, May 23rd Service

Sermon: “The Spirit: Bringing Unity in Diversity” – Pastor Terry

Music Director, Janet Montroy
Prelude: “Crown Him With Many Crowns” – Wilbur Held
Solo: “Wisdom, Come Softly” – Martin Barry, Melanie Lota, Soprano
Gospel Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-13, Gary Montroy
Solo: “Every Time I Feel The Spirit”- Mark Hayes, Melanie Lota
Postlude: “Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling” – Michael Burkhardt
 
In his sermon on Pentecost Sunday, marking the 50th day of the feast of the resurrection, Pastor Terry discussed the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other followers of Jesus, recognized by many Christians as the birth of the Church.
 
The Apostles and the others had been afraid and unsure of their future and the Holy Spirit came to comfort them. Pastor Terry describes how the Spirit provided spiritual gifts meant for individual Christians for the good of others but for the primary purpose of building up the entire church.  
 
What has become of this some 2,000 years later, Pastor Terry said, can be summed up in one phrase: “The Spirit bringing unity and diversity to the church.”
 
So why, Pastor Terry asks, do people seek out “cookie cutter” relationships (people just like them) when they say they want a diverse church?
 
Pastor Terry said there is no more helpful reading on this topic that today’s scripture in which Paul outlines to the Church of Corinth the gifts of the Spirit at the time, as he aims to convey a message of church unity — using the example of how the church is like the body whose every different part functions for the good of the whole.  In other words, while we are a diverse community of believers with a variety of gifts, all of which come from the Holy Spirit, we can provide unity through our diversity.  
 
Pastor Terry drew attention to the specific gifts outlined by Paul which include: wisdom, knowledge, faith, the gift of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues — gifts that are available to be used by all us.
 
Hence, when the Spirit descended on the Apostles on Pentecost, they followed instruction to share their love of Christ with the world by giving the gift of Baptism. And this instruction is the same 2,000 years later as we as flowers of Jesus are called upon to share God’s love with on another.  
 
Whether it is academic, musical, writing, ministering to others, we are a unity of believers.  Again, as the body has different parts – each serving a significant purpose — it is God’s desire for us to share our individual gifts as a unity of believers to make our church  whole.
 
Pastor Terry encourages us to seek out the voice of the Spirit who is calling us to use those gifts to help continue to build our church and serve God.
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“Praying for people not only has impact on their life since you are helping usher in the hand of God when it corresponds to His will, but praying for others also changes your heart towards that person. So, we should always pray for each other, because prayer creates unity,” and we are comforted to know others are praying for them.
 
Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can’t find the words to pray.
 
Please continue to pray for all of our church members and families. We  each are faced with challenging issues — some because of loss and grief, some for health issues, family conflict, loneliness,  or some other type of situation.
 
Special prayer requests continue for  the family of Doris Adler on Doris’ passing;
the Mapes/Lange/Glass family; the Sinkway/Emery family; the Strickland family;
 Anne Allen, Debbie Azzarone, Doris Adler, Kim Briggs, Trudy Carhart, Beryl Ferrari,
 Jean Franklin, Bob Freudenrich, and Janice Roed.
 
Stephanie Beaudoin has shared a special prayer request of us —
A 3rd grade student of Stephanie’s, Aidan D’Angelo of Fair Lawn, was hit by a car this weekend and remains in a coma.
Please keep Aidan and his family … and those who know him … in your prayers. 
Private Prayer ChainFor those more ‘private’ prayer requests, it gives us comfort knowing our church has a small group ‘CCGR Prayer Chain’. We share prayer needs in confidence on a regular basis those prayers shared with us that you would like to be kept private. If you have a need for prayer that you feel you would like us to share confidentially amongst the small group Prayer Chain, please email requests to:
Donna Nihen – blackvelvet1299@aol.com
and Pastor Terry – pastor@communitychurchgr.com
 
 
 
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PrayGod Bless,
~Donna & Bob
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To Our CCGR Family:  Thanks to all who attended our mother Connie’s 
 memorial service, either virtually or in person, last Saturday, 5/22/21.
  As this chapter in our lives comes to a close, we turn to our 
 current friendships and family connections to sustain us.  We look forward 
 to holding our cherished memories close and our new experiences even 
 closer and dearer.  It is in that light that your presence meant and means 
 so much to us.

 With love from Connie and her family, 

and the warmest of wishes for all of you,
 

 Robin Emery, Dave & Jody Sinkway and Diane Stenberg

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Vision Planning Update!  We want to hear from you!
Members of the Vision Planning Committee thank those who have shared their ideas about the church and our community through Zoom.
 
 We will continue to be reaching out to everyone because we really want to know what you think. Surveys have been sent out to those who weren’t able to participate in one of the Vision Planning Meetings. We hope that you will be able to find the time to take part. After all, it is Your Church. Now more than ever, your input will be helpful in shaping the future!
 
Your friends, the Vision Planning Committee:  Pastor Terry, Lynn Meyers, Boyd Lowry, Fran Milde, Reggie Aber, Kyle Breitweiser and Candy Hall.
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Our next book is “Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu.

We will be meeting on Friday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.
All Welcome!
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1 – Joseph Kaselow
2 – Bob Freudenrich
3 – Bob Croland
5 – Harry Horeisch
 
***Please let us know of any other celebrations we can include with those we might have missed.***
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Ageless Grace Continues at 9am on Wednesday morning
 Come to Fellowship Hall or via Zoom – 
 Join Sara Lowry for our weekly Ageless Grace class- a brain health fitness program.  The zoom link is sent to all members prior to Wednesday.
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Religious Communities of Glen Rock
Religious Communities of Glen Rock is continuing their weekly messages of hope, unity and healing each week on facebook.com/glenrockinterfaith.  Check it out for inspiration.
For other news around town: 
Don’t forget to check glenrocknj.net and glenrocklibrary.org for additional community news and updates 
And finally, please remember to support Community Church – your church:
You can donate on our website:     https://communitychurchgr.com , set up auto-pay through your bank or pay by mail.
 
 
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Weekly update – 5/17/2021

Dear CCGR Family,
Sunday morning Worship Service continue to be live-streamed at 10:00 a.m. https://communitychurchgr.com/watch/Services can also be viewed anytime on YouTube or accessed via the CCGR Facebook page. 
 
Please note: 
We are planning to return to in-person services after nearly 14 months without. May 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd will be live streamed only. On May 30th we will hold a 10:00 am social distanced outdoor service on the east side lawn of the church.
Then, barring any further outbreaks, the church will be holding in-person worship services in the sanctuary once again, beginning Sunday, June 6th at 10:00 am. We still intend, though, to adhere to all CDC recommendations. Precautionary measures such as social distancing, masks, no hymn singing, and open windows will all be followed.
We realize that many of you have been vaccinated at this point. Services will continue, though, to be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.
As always, thank you to Boyd Lowry for his dedication to CCGR and technical expertise, enabling us to view our weekly services from home, and to Janet Montroy for providing us with her wonderful music, and bringing such talented vocalists and musicians to our church services.
To reflect on recent Sunday messages Pastor Terry shared with us, please take a look at the below summaries.
Sunday, May 2nd Service
Sermon: “You’re Still The One” – Pastor Terry
Music Director, Janet Montroy
Prelude: “In Thee is Gladness” – Dale Wood
Piano Solo: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – Mary McDonald, Janet Montroy
Gospel Reading: John 17: 20-26, Nancy Walters
Piano Solo: “Spirit of God, Descent Upon My Heart” – Mark Hayes, Janet Montroy
Postlude: “March” – Henry Purcell
In his May 2nd Sermon – “You’re Still The One” (based on Scripture Reading John 17:20-26), Pastor Terry shared how — including him at earlier stages in his life prior to entering the ministry — prayer continues to be of an after-thought for many. It seems to create ‘vulnerability’ in some people. In our society, they think it is a sign of weakness or neediness and, therefore, avoid it altogether. But in ministry, Pastor Terry shared that this is not what he has found to be; people are willing to share their concerns and uncertainties, and welcome prayer. Ministry, as a result, has strengthened his prayer life.
Jesus, in His final discussion with His disciples, stressed how important prayer is — for them, as well as for all future believers.  He shared that prayer is for anyone who believes. Jesus prays for us that, as believers, we are invited to receive the ‘gift of prayer’.
Prayer requires no certain pattern to follow. It can be in solitude, with others, anyplace, or any time of day or night. It is a conversation with God, stemming from one’s own heart. God is there always for each of us. He always listens and hears us and will answer when He feels it’s the right time. His desire is for all believers to be ‘one’ – that ALL the world would come to know Him. Being ‘one’ means ‘unity’ in our ‘diversity’ — that each and every one of us has the opportunity to know Him and His Love. And through knowing Him, His desire is for ALL to share with Him.
As we develop our relationship with God, we also build our relationship with others. Prayer is the key to building these relationships. It guides us and strengthens us. We are reminded from this message with a beautiful act of love it is to pray for one another. And, our love for each other reflects our love for God.
As believers in our church family, we are ‘united’ in prayer, and how blessed are we to have this gift of ‘oneness’ to share. As diverse as we each are, we have the gift of ‘unity’ in our ‘diversity’. Praying for one another in our church family and extended family is an ‘act of Love’ that Jesus has passed down to us, binding us all together.
Sunday, May 9th Servic
Sermon: “Feminine Wisdom In The World” – Pastor Terry
 
Music Director, Janet Montroy
Prelude: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” – Wilbur Held
Solo: “Home” – Heather Sorenson, Beth Valenti – Mezzo Soprano
Gospel Reading: Proverbs 31: 10-12 & 25-31, Chris Montgomery
Solo: “We Shall See Jesus” – Diane Wilkinson, Beth Valenti
Postlude: “Ye Servants of God” – Robert Hobby
In his Mother’s Day sermon, Pastor Terry spotlights the seven traits of a motherly woman of God, drawing from Proverbs 31: 10-12 & 25-31.
 
He reminds us that Proverbs is part of the wisdom literature of the Bible that is concerned with the realities of the human experience and how it relates to God. 
 
In the passage, which brings the Book of Proverbs to a close, the focus is on wisdom in the form of a feminine figure, which is seen as a source of order and success in life. Here we are shown the many gifts of a motherly follower of Christ. Nowhere in the Bible, says pastor Terry, are these gifts more clearly and thoroughly outlined than in this text.
 
Summarizing the traits, Pastor Terry says this woman of God possesses moral excellence, integrity and character; is trustworthy and faithful; is diligent, energetic and hardworking—managing her household well; and is one who demonstrates compassion toward others, especially those in need. She is also productive and successful—taking the initiative to get things done; instructive, wise and strong; and mentally, physically and spiritually engaged—instructing her family regularly in faith.
 
The woman we encounter in the passage is not a woman of perfection, Pastor Terry points out, noting that a woman who possesses any of the qualities and seeks to attain more should be praised. He also asks us to keep in mind that all of the traits would be of benefit to not only women but to all who believe.
 
What is the key to unlocking these traits? Pastor Terry reminds us that if we absorb God’s words, call on God in prayer and seek God passionately, God will give us the reward we have earned.
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“Praying for people not only has impact on their life since you are helping usher in the hand of God when it corresponds to His will, but praying for others also changes your heart towards that person. So, we should always pray for each other, because prayer creates unity,” and we are comforted to know others are praying for them.
 
Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can’t find the words to pray.
 
Please continue to pray for all of our church members and families. We  each are faced with challenging issues — some because of loss and grief, some for health issues, family conflict, loneliness,  or some other type of situation.
 
Special prayer requests continue for:   the Mapes/Lange/Glass family; the Sinkway/Emery family; the Strickland family;
 Anne Allen, Debbie Azzarone, Doris Adler, Kim Briggs, Trudy Carhart, Beryl Ferrari,
 Jean Franklin, Bob Freudenrich, Donna Nihen, and Janice Roed.
Private Prayer ChainFor those more ‘private’ prayer requests, it gives us comfort knowing our church has a small group ‘CCGR Prayer Chain’. We share prayer needs in confidence on a regular basis those prayers shared with us that you would like to be kept private. If you have a need for prayer that you feel you would like us to share confidentially amongst the small group Prayer Chain, please email requests to:
Donna Nihen – blackvelvet1299@aol.com
and Pastor Terry – pastor@communitychurchgr.com
 
 
 
 
PrayGod Bless,
~Donna & Bob
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for Connie Sinkway – Saturday, May 22nd
A worship service to celebrate the life of Connie Sinkway will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday May 22, 2021 at 2 PM with festive prelude music beginning at 1:45 PM. Connie’s faith and commitment to Community church was strong and her friends and her church family sustained her. We are grateful to you all for caring for us over the last few years and welcome you to join us in the sanctuary. Our family recognizes the need to be cautious about indoor gatherings and strict protocols will be followed; limited and spaced seating, masks, hand sanitizing, and if you are not in good health, the choice to join us from your home. The service will be live streamed and/or recorded and those links will be available on the church website or Facebook page. We look forward to honoring our mom’s life with all of you.
With gratitude and friendship from Connie’s family:
Dave and his wife Gabrielle and their children Lily and Adam.Robin and her daughter Meg, son Zach and his wife Katie and their children Parker and Avery.
Jody, along with Diane and her husband Don and their children Garret and Trevor.

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Vision Planning Update!  We want to hear from you!
Members of the Vision Planning Committee thank those who have shared their ideas about the church and our community through Zoom.
 
 We will be reaching out to everyone because we really want to know what you think. We hope that when you are contacted, you will be able to find the time to take part. After all, it is Your Church. Now more than ever, your input will be helpful in shaping the future!
 
Your friends, the Vision Planning Committee:  Pastor Terry, Lynn Meyers, Boyd Lowry, Fran Milde, Reggie Aber, Kyle Breitweiser and Candy Hall

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Our next book selection is “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents”, by Isabel Wilkerson

We will be meeting on Friday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m.
All Welcome!
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1 – Cheryl Wardrop
4 – Matthew Bieszard
14 – Jodi Stewart
19 – Jack Fogarty
Ageless Grace Continues at 9am on Wednesday morning
 Come to Fellowship Hall or via Zoom – 
 Join Sara Lowry for our weekly Ageless Grace class- a brain health fitness program.  The zoom link is sent to all members prior to Wednesday.
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Religious Communities of Glen Rock
Religious Communities of Glen Rock is continuing their weekly messages of hope, unity and healing each week on facebook.com/glenrockinterfaith.  Check it out for inspiration.
For other news around town: 
Don’t forget to check glenrocknj.net and glenrocklibrary.org for additional community news and updates 
And finally, please remember to support Community Church – your church:
You can donate on our website:     https://communitychurchgr.com , set up auto-pay through your bank or pay by mail.
 
 
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Mark the Passing of a Year

There are many ways to mark the passing of a year. The cycle of the seasons, each beautiful in its own way, is the common backdrop of our lives. Businesses are run on the fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30. And no matter how long we have been out of school, the start of the academic year in September brings a sense of new beginnings, and its end in June makes us all feel a little giddy with thoughts of leisure and vacation.

The liturgical year is another way to note the passing of time. It begins in Advent, moves through the great festivals of Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, and ends on Christ the King Sunday at the end of November. It begins again the following week with Advent, in an endless cycle of celebration and remembrance. Each liturgical season has its own color: blue for Advent, white for Christmas and Easter, purple for Lent, red for Pentecost. But what happens between the special festivals of the church? That season is “ordinary time”, and this year it begins on June 6.

Normally there isn’t much to say about ordinary time. There is nothing dramatic or exciting happening, it just is. But how glad I am to be approaching ordinary time now! After a most un-ordinary year, I’m taking great pleasure in the simple unfolding of small pleasures: hugging my children and grandchildren, getting together with friends, eating in a restaurant. What a joy it is to be slowly returning to everyday rhythms. This last year has taught me that such ordinary events are the infinitely rewarding core of life. How appropriate it is, then, that the liturgical color for ordinary time is the green of nature itself!

I am reminded of the Shaker song “Simple Gifts” Although it was written to reflect particular Shaker theology, there is also a universality to the text that speaks to me strongly:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when you find yourself in the place just right
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight

May we all find ourselves in that valley!

Janet Montroy

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