Tenebrae – “Shadows” or “Darkness”
Each year the church holds a Tenebrae Service during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
This deeply meaningful candle light service of the shadows is highlighted by a short drama that follows Jesus’ last hours. Between each of the scenes, there are music selections that set the tone as we walk alongside Jesus on his way to the cross. This poignant re-enactment, also known as the service of the shadows, is performed much like a radio drama as the lighting progressively dims until all we are left with is the light of the Christ candle. In this process we are taken back to the depth and magnitude of this solemn occasion.
The retelling of this story is directed by former Broadway actor Jeanne Jones O’Brien and includes a group of veteran Broadway actors from New York who work side by side with members of the congregation.
Music, which is a vital part of the evening, encompasses a wide variety of styles, including classical, spirituals, folk and contemporary Christian. Join us for this powerful and deeply moving service.
The church holds a spring fundraiser as a means to help cover operating expenses. Recently, that event has taken shape in the form of an annual Comedy Night. Fellowship Hall is transformed into a dinner theatre comedy club. Entertainment is provided by a professional stand-up comedian who is brought in from New York City to entertain guests. The amazingly successful evening has become a community favorite. The wonderful night includes a half hour of hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a full course buffet dinner, dessert, and the auctioning off of gifts and vacation homes. This year’s Comedy Night takes place on Saturday, April 25th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are available through the church office: 201-444-4625.
PICNIC WITH THE POPS
The current church fall fundraiser is Picnic with the Pops. This delightful September event features an outdoor picnic on the green from 5:00 – 7:00 pm followed by a concert featuring the Glen Rock Pops Orchestra in the glorious acoustics of the church sanctuary. Guests can bring their own picnic or purchase food when they arrive. Music lovers are serenaded by strolling musicians throughout the late afternoon and are given the opportunity to purchase tickets for raffle prizes donated by area merchants and restaurants. The outdoor activities then move inside, into the beautiful sanctuary where the 50-piece Glen Rock Pops Orchestra under the music direction of Anthony LaGruth, treats concert goers to an evening of melodious and entertaining music.