Dear CCGR Church Family,
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WORSHIP CONTINUES BEING STREAMED AT 10:00 A.M. ON SUNDAY MORNINGS (DUE TO RECENT COVID UPTICK), INCLUDING EASTER SUNDAY. Also, Service may be viewed anytime after that as well. https://
communitychurchgr.com/watch/. It can also be viewed on CCGR’s Facebook page or on You Tube
PALM SUNDAY SERVICE (TOMORROW, 3/28) WILL BE STREAMED.
PLEASE COME BY THE CHURCH TOMORROW TO PICK UP YOUR PALM (WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TABLE OUTSIDE EDUCATION BUILDING ENTRANCE THROUGHOUT THE DAY).
Worship Service March 14, 2021:
Pastor Terry’s sermon title, “No Shame On Us”
Gospel Reading Mark 8:34-38
Jo Ann Jennings
“He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Sermon Summary: “No Shame On Us”
In Pastor Terry’s sermon, he shared a story he experienced as a young boy that impacted him as he continued to mature. Getting into a boyhood “scuff” in which he followed the “egging on” of peers, which left him with regret, shame and disappointment that ate away at him. And although he was immediately sorry for the incident, it left him with a terrible memory of “shame” for what he had done. (Re-watch the sermon for Pastor Terry’s own words and message).
I’m sure we’ve all been disappointed in ourselves at one time or another for a choice we’ve made on how we treat others. Instead of reacting in a way Jesus would respond, we often submit to peer influence (i.e., sometimes sin or self-satisfaction.).
Jesus wants us to go to him to direct us, not to “humanly” control our own destiny. Avoiding Jesus in our lives will possibly temporarily help eliminate embarrassment and shame, but it will catch up to us even later. Shame and sin are closely related. Always remember: “WWJD?”
As always, thank you to Janet Montroy for her wonderful musical talents, as well as for those people she has brought to our services to share with our congregation!
Thank you for the return of Beth Valenti, sharing with us her beautiful Mezzo-Soprano of “Let Me Walk You Home” (Heather Sorenson) and “His Strength is Perfect” (Steven Curtis Chapman).
We are very grateful for Boyd Lowry for his video skills which allows our services to be seen by so many. Thank you, Boyd!
Worship Service March 21, 2021:
Pastor Terry’s sermon title, :“Pick Up Your Mat”
Gospel Reading John 5:1-15
“After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids —– blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin anymore, so nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. “
Sermon Summary: “Pick Up Your Mat”
In his sermon, Pastor Terry reminded us that everyone has their own problems in life, including each of us in our congregational family. Most people though, he said, tend not to talk about their problems in public, but rather conceal them under a mask.
Pastor Terry shared the story of an ill man who Jesus came upon in Jerusalem in a place where invalids gathered, including the blind, lame and paralyzed. After 38 years, the man’s problems had become a way of life—much like some problems do in our own lives. No one had ever offered to help the man until Jesus came upon him and learned of his plight.
Unlike the man in this parable, we cannot rely on Jesus to automatically intercede in our lives and cure our problems. Rather, as Pastor Terry offered, we must have the conviction to want to be healed, stop blaming others for our troubles, and go beyond our human existence to seek out God’s help through prayer.
Say a prayer today for someone who you know of who is experiencing problems or facing challenges such as an illness, job loss, or troubled relationship. Ask God to bring them strength and guidance and to walk by their side as they seek to overcome their difficulties through growing in their relationship with Christ.
We are so gifted to be blessed with the music Janet (Montroy) provides us with. And so blessed to have Jody Sinkway sharing her beautiful Mezzo Soprano solos: “Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God” ( Carl Mueller) and “I Must Walk That Lonesome Valley” (Clifford Shaw).
And once again, thank you to Boyd Lowry for his amazing technical abilities so we may be able to share worship together virtually.
PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER
“The value of persistent prayer is not that God will hear us, but that we will finally hear God.” William McGill
Please continue to pray for all of our church members and families. This is a difficult time for almost all of us. Some of us because of loss and grief, some for health issues and some for other types of challenges. Most of us are struggling and are comforted to know others are praying for them.
Please continue your special prayers for: the Mapes/Lange/Glass family; the Sinkway/Emery family; the Strickland family; Kim Briggs, Trudy Carhart, Debbie Azzarone, Anne Allen, Jean Franklin, Bob Freudenrich, Janice Roed, Beryl Ferrari, and Donna Nihen
CCGR PRAYER CHAIN
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org an
d Donna Nihen at email@example.com, and of course, Pastor Terry at pastor@communitychurchgr. com
~~Remembering a Loved One With a Flower~~
If you would like to honor someone for Easter, please contact the church office by MARCH 30th.with your check, made out to CCGR.
HOLY WEEK AT CCGR
– PALM SUNDAY (3/28): Live-streamed Service (10 a.m., or anytime thereafter via the CCGR website or via You Tube)
(Pick up your palms throughout the day available
Outside the Ed. Bldg. entrance.)
– MAUNDY THURSDAY (4/1): Virtual Service (7 p.m.)
– EASTER SUNDAY (4/4) : Live-streamed Service (10 a.m., or
anytime thereafter via the CCGR website or via You Tube)
** CELEBRATION OF LIFE OVER DEATH
REMEMBERING THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS**
~~Glorious music consisting of trumpet solos, soaring vocals, handbell choir, and our traditional Hallelujah Chorus~~
~~AT 4 P.M. on EASTER SUNDAY~~
The Church School Youth & their Families will be performing
a VIRTUAL EASTER PAGEANT (more details to follow).
IN ADDITION, DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR SECOND VIRTUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AND DECORATING CONTEST (details below):
We are looking for volunteers to participate in our second annual ‘virtual’ Easter Egg Hunt in Glen Rock & local vicinity. ANYONE & EVERYONE are invited to participate (to create and decorate an egg(s) – whatever size you wish – to fit in a window or at your front door (or on your lawn) — but large enough to be seen by someone driving by.
Participating families/homes must be within five (5) miles of the church. We will also be asking our youth to participate by taking pictures of the eggs that they are finding. Two prizes will be given. 1.) One for who found the most eggs, and 2.) the egg voted the favorite among participants. The winners will be announced sometime in the week following the event.
Please email Candy Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to participate. Candy will then send a list out to all participants (including addresses).
And remember …, this isn’t just for Kids; it’s for Everyone – Big Kids, too (i.e., Adults).
6 – Doris Van Ostenbridge
11 – Phil Gulmy
21 – Lila Healy
21 – Boyd Lowry
21 – Stan Willey
27 – Carolyn Weir
30 – Joanna Van Vliet
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.
Over the next few weeks, the team will continue to invite groups and individuals to share their ideas. We won’t stop until we hear from everyone. We hope that when you are contacted, you will be able to find the time to take part. After all, it is the Community Church or, Your Church. Now more than ever, your input will be helpful in shaping the future!
Ageless Grace Continues at 9am on Wednesday mornings.
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. To learn more about this program please go to agelessgrace.com
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.
A Blessed Easter to All~~~Candy & Donna