Weekly Update – August 20

Dear CCGR Family,
 
We give thanks for having the gift of Reverend Phyllis Palsma and Pastor Tim Dunn as our visiting Pastors, leading our services on Sunday, August 9th and 16th respectively, while Pastor Terry was away on vacation. Below are the scripture readings and musical selections shared with us during those services.
Thank you, as well, to all who participated in these services, and to Boyd Lowry, for making them virtually available to us!
Community Church of Glen Rock Sunday Worship Service: August 9, 2020
Led by Reverend Phyllis Palsma   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW8kKLIpbyM
Scripture – 1 Kings 19: 4-15                                             Reader:      Candy Hall
Prelude – Toccata in Seven – John Rutter                        Organist:    Janet Montroy
Vocal solo – Safe Within Your Arms – Mark Hayes           Soloist:       Stephanie Beaudoin, Soprano
Piano solo – Be Still My Soul – Lloyd Larson                    Pianist:        Janet Montroy
Community Church of Glen Rock Sunday Worship Service: August 16, 2020
Led by Reverend Tim Dunn     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfiVSBpk-bA
 
Scripture – 1 Kings 19:11-12 & Mark 4:35-41                  Reader:      Joanna Van Vliet
Organ Prelude – Rise Up, Ye Saints of God                    Organist:     Janet Montroy
Piano Solo – In The Garden – Stan Pethel                       Pianist:        Janet Montroy
After sermon organ –                                                       Organist:      Janet Montroy
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought – Dale Wood
 CCGR PRAYER RESOURCES – 
 
Are you looking for a quite place to pray, or others to pray for you?
 
CCGR’s sanctuary continues to be open for prayer each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to come by anytime during those hours, for prayer in solitude and the peaceful surrounding of our church. Feel free to stay as long as you’d like. Know that all precautions have been taken to make our sanctuary a safe place. Please use the entrance/exit doors adjacent to the Memorial Garden.
 
For 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 for 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, please see the notation below under the ‘Praying for You’ section.
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As many of us continue to remain close to home during this time — or take precautions when we do venture out —  we ask that you continue to keep each other in prayer. 
Please continue to pray for our church members, families, and those close to us who have shared a special part of our lives — 
 
As Pastor Terry has shared with you, we mourn the loss of our dear friend and CCGR family member, Bob Van Ostenbridge, who peacefully passed away at home on Sunday evening, August 9, surrounded by Doris and all his family. 
A reminder that visitation hours to pay respect to Doris and family will be held this afternoon (Thursday, 8/20) in our sanctuary between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Please continue to hold Doris and her three sons, Rob, Eric, and Mark, and their families, in your prayers.
 
As Janet (Montroy) mentioned in her piano selection in honor of Bob during this past Sunday’s worship, “Bob treated everyone with both fairness and kindness. He lived his life with integrity and honesty, and will be very much missed.” Here are the words to this beautiful hymn Janet played in honor of Bob — “In The Garden”, one of his favorite. I am sure you can recall, as I do, singing this hymn from our church school days. You might want to listen again …, and follow along with the words below, as we hold Bob in our memory and prayers.
In the Garden 
By C. Austin Miles 1868-1946
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go—thru the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
An interesting brief  background on C. Austin Miles, and what prompted him to write the words to this hymn:
Miles’ hobby was photography, and he had managed to build his own “darkroom” for developing his film. He discovered one day that he could read his Bible in the special “red lighting” of the darkroom. He often read passages of scripture as he waited for the developing process to finish. Since he was a musician and a songwriter, he often found himself reading with the express purpose of getting ideas for Christian songs.
One day in March 1912, Miles, while developing film and waiting for the process to complete, picked up his Bible. It had fallen open to John, chapter 20. He found in that chapter the story of Mary’s coming to the garden to visit the tomb of Jesus. As she looked into the tomb her heart sank because he wasn’t there. He, standing nearby, spoke to her, and she recognized Him. Her heart leaped for joy!
Miles imagined that he was present with them in the garden on that glorious occasion, witnessing the wonderful event. When his thoughts returned to the business at hand in the darkroom, he was gripping his Bible. His muscles, according to his own recollection, were tense and vibrating. Reverently he thought, “This is not an experience limited to a happening almost 2,000 years ago. It is the daily companionship with the Lord that makes up the Christian’s life.”
In the inspiration of those moments, he wrote a poem. He later said the words and phrases came quickly. That same evening he composed a musical setting, and in doing so gave to the world a song that has now become extremely well-known, “In the Garden,” which became one of the most loved Gospel hymns of all time.
 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping . . . 
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? . . .
Jesus saith unto her, Mary.
She turned herself, and saith unto Him,
Rabboni, which is to say, Master.

– John 20:11,15,16
 
Please let us continue to pray for Anne Allen & Family (including Anne’s daughters, Liz & family and Sara & Boyd Lowry & Family); Ed Archbold; Rich Balch & family (on the recent passing of Rich’s Mother, Eleanor); Laura Bird-Bennett & Family; Okey Chenoweth & Family (on the recent passing of Jane); Rich Dethmers; Beryl Ferrari; Jean Franklin; Terry Gilligan & Family; Colleen Janssen & Family; Eric Lundquist & Family; Connie Sinkway and the Sinkway/Emery Family;  Rev. Jerry Wright and his family; Barbara Zucchino & Family; the Ruth Rankin Leaper Family.
 
 CCGR PRAYER RESOURCES – 
 
Are you looking for a quite place to pray, or others to pray for you?
 
CCGR’s sanctuary continues to beopen for prayer each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to come by anytime during those hours, for prayer in solitude and the peaceful surrounding of our church. Feel free to stay as long as you’d like. Know that all precautions have been taken to make our sanctuary a safe place. Please use the entrance/exit doors adjacent to the Memorial Garden.
 
It gives us comfort knowing our church has a small group ‘CCGR Prayer Chain’. We share prayer needs in confidence on a regular basis for 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 Candy Hall at candy.hallccgr@gmail.com and Donna Nihen at blackvelvet1299@aol.com, and of course, Pastor Terry at pastor@communitychurchgr.com
Please continue to show your support to CCGR —
Though we cannot be together in person, we continue to be together spiritually as we face this health crisis together.  We are gifted with our weekly virtual services and continue to pray for each other. If you’re able during this unprecedented time, please remember supporting Community Church in your time of giving. In addition to mailing contributions, you may access CCGR’s website and donate on-line, as well:  https://communitychurchgr.com
Community Thrift Shop
The Community Thrift Shop is now open — with limited hours — to receive donations of clothes, linens, and shoes. They are now beginning to receive fall and winter items, in addition to summer.
If you have any ‘bric-a-brac’, please call before you drop off, as the need for these items changes weekly.
 
Their current ‘limited’ hours are:
Monday: Drop-off Only (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Open for Sales (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Wednesday &  Friday: Closed
 
 (85 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park  — in the lower level behind Kings Shopping Center; 201-652-7661)
 
*Please remember to mention ‘Community Church’ (#3), as we will receive a percentage of any of our donated items.
God Bless!Pray
~Donna
P.S. —-
A Message from CCGR’s Office Staff — Josh Gottheimer’s Office Outreach of Support:
For your information only — Barbara Zucchino (from our church office)  suggested I share the following:
 “Katie (201-803-0560), from Josh Gottheimer’s office,  called our church office relaying that any members of our congregation having problems with social security, unemployment, grants, etc., can call her for help.”  (Gotheimer’s main office # is 201-389-1100.)

PLEASE NOTE:  (If you do end up calling, we suggest you do not provide any personal information, i.e., social security number, bank account number, etc.)

 

Weekly Update June 22

Dear CCGR Family,
This is an amendment to my recent CCGR Weekly Update (of 6/20/20).
It seems I inadvertently missed a couple of CCGR youth who are moving up to another school level this year. My sincerest apologies to them, as well as to their parents!
I’m forwarding an update to the ‘Church School News’ section of the ‘Update’ I had sent out last night. Please revisit this section (below), and take another look at all the CCGR children, youth, and young adults (and their parents) who have accomplished so much this year, particularly with the adversities brought on by COVID-19. God Bless All !

Church School News
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
We all have certainly had our share of adversities this year!  Hopefully, though, with focus on our faith, we can know that God has been carrying us through this, and we will come out stronger and closer to Him as a result.
Our CCGR children, youth, parents, and teachers have especially faced their share of adversities with how the world health crisis has impacted us all, and has changed our lives. We hope that in addition to being home schooled with their academics,  time being ‘home church-schooled’ has brought families closer together in our relationship with God, and with each other.
We have now reached the season for graduations and moving up from another class — for reflections on so much of our past year, for looking forward to the future, and of course, for celebrating the unofficial beginning of summer. ‘The season of Graduation and new beginnings can bring so many mixed emotions to many of us. Though it’s a time of celebration and fresh starts, the letting go process can bring some pain too. Yet parenting is often just about that – the letting go. And whether it’s letting go as they head to Kindergarten, or letting go as they head to college, or straight off into their first job, it can be difficult. No more so in these uncertain, fearful times we are currently in as a nation and as a world.’
At this time, we ask our church family to keep our Class of 2020 graduates in prayer, to include our elementary, middle, high school, and college graduates. If you feel inclined to share your words of encouragement and prayerful good wishes with them, we’re sure they’d love hearing from you. 
Praying that God will give these children, youth, and young adults wisdom and direction in making decisions, and in all situations as they move forward in a new and exciting chapter of their lives.
Moving Up from Elementary to Intermediate – Stephen Kazimir
Graduation from Elementary to Middle School – Jovie Kazimir, Alison Montgomery, Amelia Van Vliet
Graduation from Middle School to High School – Guilia Beaudoin, Logan Briggs, Alina Fogarty, Ava Montgomery
Graduation from Glen Rock High School – Caitlin O’Brien (will be attending University of Delaware); Angelina Monti (will be attending Richard Stockton University
College Graduates – Julian Bennett (University of Michigan); Colin Jones (Binghamton University); Matt Lange (Drew University); Kaitlin Stansel (Bucknell University)
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ON Father’s Day …AND EVERYDAY ~~
Praying for all Fathers, Grandfathers, Brothers, Uncles, Sons, Son-in-laws
 and fatherly-figures — 
those who we are blessed to be with us today,
 those who have gone before us, leaving a treasured legacy of loving memories, examples to follow & priceless values to pass down,
You are forever in our hearts!!
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WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY
Again .., It is with sadness that I share with you the news that longtime member of our CCGR family, our Office Staff Assistant, and dear friend to all, Carol Lundquist, passed away on Saturday, June 13th. She was a wise, bright and caring human being whose warmth, smile and prayerfulness blessed our community. She was always grateful for the gifts of a visit, a phone call, and a ride to worship.  A memorial service for Carol will take place at Community Church when indoor gatherings are allowed.
Meanwhile, please keep her son, Eric, and the rest of her family in your prayers. 
Sharing below Carol’s obituary with you that was in today’s ‘Record’ (6/21). As you can see, especially for many who didn’t know Carol in earlier years, she was an amazing educated woman, athlete, educator, and had a variety of interests. Most importantly, she had a beautiful heart and love for God and her Community Church.
Carol T. Lundquist

Glen Rock – Carol T. (Torrance) Lundquist, aged 84, of Glen Rock, NJ passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Born in Kearny, NJ, she resided in Glen Rock for 50 years. In 1957, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, where she was President of the Women’s Student Council. She was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame for her achievements in basketball and field hockey. Prior to retiring in 2006, Carol was a teacher with the New Jersey Board of Education for 33 years, most recently with the Borough of Glen Rock Board of Education. Mrs. Lundquist was an active member of the Community Church of Glen Rock. She enjoyed being the guardian of her cat, knitting, gardening, and competing with her son while watching Jeopardy.

Carol was the beloved wife of the late Andrew Lundquist and dear sister of the late Robert Torrance III. She is survived by her son Eric Lundquist and his wife, Gina Gambone, and her sister-in-law Carol Schade-Torrance. All services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Carol to The National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org). Arrangements by Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, Fair Lawn, vpfairlawn.com.
Wishing all a beautiful, blessed week!
PrayDonna
 

Weekly Update April 16

Dear CCGR Family,

As Pastor Terry shared in his Mother’s Day Sermon — “We were all brought into this world by a Mother; Mothers are blessed with a special inner strength and the capacity to love, unconditionally.” Mothers are our first friend, our first role model.
As Christians, we should always try to look to God as our role model — in good times, and in times of suffering. Peter (whose name means ‘rock’) was asked by Jesus to care for ‘the church’, and his mission became just that — to spread the word of Christianity, despite ridicule, rejection, and suffering.
Cheryl Wardrop’s scripture reading of 1st Peter 3:5-8 states that in order to serve God effectively, we should 1.) live in harmony with one another; 2.) be sympathetic towards others’ needs; 3.) love each other as brothers and sisters; 4.) be compassionate and caring; and 5.) be humble by encouraging and being happy for one another. If we lack in any of these character elements, we are disappointing God, offending Him, and sinning against Him.
Although we are tempted at times to get revenge if we’re hurt, scripture tells us we should do as Jesus did to those who hurt Him — to turn the other cheek, and to pray for our offenders. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are blessed to react with compassion and humility towards others, despite how they act towards us. And with this ‘unconditional’ love of and towards God, comes the center of Christian life — that we are ‘one’ with each other — that we are in ‘unity’ with each other.  And for this, we may inherit a blessing as we continue to serve God faithfully.
Click on the below link and listen once again to this very meaningful message of ‘suffering for doing good’. The musical piano accompaniment of Janet Montroy’s “My Faith Looks Up To Thee” (Prelude) and “I Surrender All” (Poslude) , and the joy of hearing Ava Montgomery’s beautiful solo comprised of three familiar favorites — “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children”, “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, and “Jesus Loves Me” made for a wonderful Mother’s Day Worship Service. Especially very heartwarming was Pastor Terry’s introductory words in which he shared the bittersweet remembrance of a very special and beautiful visit with his Mother.  Thank you for this, Pastor Terry.
And not to go unmentioned, is our sincerest thank you to Boyd Lowry for his amazing Videography gift!
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As we continue to remain in our homes during this pandemic, we ask that you continue to keep each other in prayer. 
Please continue to keep the Sinkway/Emery family in your prayers, praying for Connie, as she remains in Valley Hospital undergoing testing, after being admitted a little over a week ago due to a vertebrae fracture from a fall. In addition, prayers are requested for Connie’s brother-in-law, Jack Sinkway, who is also in Valley Hospital at this time. 
Additionally, please continue to pray for the Allen Family; the Bird-Bennett Family; Jeanne Franklin; the Janssen Family; the Gilligan Family (please note: the family requests that no phone calls be made at the present time to Terry G. at her home; however, sending notes and cards are appreciated); the Zucchino Family; & the Ruth Rankin Leaper Family; as well as for the Chadwick Family (for Tom’s Mother’s recuperation from the COVID virus); for Beryl Ferrari; for Bob & Doris Van Ostenbridge & for Rev. Wright and his family. 
At this time, we ask our church family to keep our upcoming high school and college graduates in prayer. Typically, this is a time of mixed emotions, but more than ever this year as we are faced with social isolation restrictions due to COVID-19, we realize the disappointment of not being able to experience the same level of celebration as others have in the past.  We hold all our graduates in our hearts in prayer.
 
Confidential prayer requests that you would like the small group Prayer Chain to pray for may be emailed to Candy Hall at candy.hallccgr@gmail.com and Donna Nihen at blackvelvet1299@aol.com, and of course, Pastor Terry at pastor@communitychurchgr.com. (These requests will be shared only with the church small group Prayer Chain.)
 
Again,  please try to remember Pastor Terry’s “5 at 5” prayer suggestion — to stop what we are doing at 5:00 p.m., step outside on your porch if we are able to, and take 5 minutes to pray. And if you have children, encourage them to pray also, by writing or drawing prayers of their own, or have them use chalk to write a blessing or a special message on your sidewalk or driveway for those walking by to see.
 
 
Church School News (Reminder) ~~
Per Candy’s note in the May Currents, please be reminded regarding a couple of outreach projects the children (and their families) can participate in, if they so choose:
    1. Continue sending ‘thank you’s’ to anyone who they can think of that have been of essential help (including healthcare workers) to you/them/or someone they know, during this challenging time.
    2. Donating shelf-stable foods to Community Meals (which is based at CCGR). Drop-off collection site is 385 Bedford Road, Ridgewood, NJ. Community Meals (Inc.) is collecting shelf stable food items for the elderly, homebound, etc. to have on hand in the event CMI is forced to cancel a meal delivery during this time. CMI staff will use these foods to compile emergency bags of food and deliver to their clients who are homebound and most in need.
    3. Update on Mask Donations for Christian Health Care Center —
Some good news response shared by Candy:
We dropped off  20 masks to Madeleine Barry for the Christian Health Care Center last week. Please read Madeleine’s response:
“What a wonderful surprise to receive the bag of cloth masks from you today!
I will bring them up to the Christian Health Care Center on Monday.”….
“Thank you so much for organizing this project, and I am so grateful to receive all the masks for the workers at CHCC.”
And on Monday:  The masks were a hit!  They were almost all gone in an hour.  People said they were really well made and loved some of the designs and colors. Thanks again!
Madeleine Barry, who is working at Christian Health Care Center, has mentioned help could be made with making some cloth masks for the workers there. If you are gifted in this area, perhaps you might consider helping to make these makes as they are always appreciated and go quickly.
Thank You Notes to Essential Workers:  Some of our Church families wrote thank you notes to some of our Essential Workers in the area.   So far, the following groups received thank you notes from the Community Church families.
Glen Rock DPW
Valley Hospital ICU Workers
Glen Rock Police Department
GR Fire Department
Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corp
GR Library
Mail and More
Glenn Rock Teachers
Rock Ridge Pharmacy
Glen Rock Custodians
Glen Rock Post Office
GR Office of Emergency Management
Kilroys Wonder Market
Glen Rock Medical Pharmacy
Madeleine Barry
Diane Herlett
Phyllis Palsma
Barbara Zucchino
Valley Hospital Staff
Pastor Terry
Community Meals
There were also notes sent to Essential Workers in Hawthorne as well.  More to come on this!
Please reach out to Candy (candy.hallccgr@gmail.com) regarding Church School News.
Please continue to show your support to CCGR —
Though we cannot be together in person, we continue to be together spiritually as we face this health crisis together.  We are gifted with our weekly virtual services and continue to pray for each other. If you’re able during this unprecendented time, please remember supporting Community Church in your time of giving.
“LOVE ONE ANOTHER DEEPLY FROM THE HEART” (1st Peter 1:22)
 
~God Bless,
PrayDonna
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