First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 5/22/2016

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Deacons Fund for May: will go to DASI (Domestic Abuse Services Inc.).  DASI is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, established in 1984, providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families in Sussex County.  Services are free and confidential.  Services for:  Domestic Violence Victims/Survivors, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Abuse Survivors, Teens, and helping those concerned about someone they know.  Please give generously!

Deacon Visits: The Deacons are visiting with members of the church.  At your request, we will contact you to arrange a time and place (typically your home J).  We also encourage you to let us know of people who would appreciate a visit.  We look forward to a friendly visit with you!  Contact Phil Hardin at (201) 602-5445 for further information

New Member ClassA new member class will be starting on Sunday May 29th at 9:30am.  Please let Pastor Amy know if you are interested in joining our church family!

End-of-the-Year Program:  Another wonderful year of Sunday School is coming to an end.  The last day of Sunday School will be June 5th, and we will have our end-of-the-year program during worship that day.  The children will be participating in many ways during worship.    Please plan to attend this special service!  After worship, we will be having a church BBQ outside.  We hope you will be able to join us for some great food and fellowship.  A sign-up sheet for food for the BBQ is on the bulletin board in the fellowship room.

Skylands Outreach Depot:  The Skylands Outreach Depot is putting together cleaning buckets with area churches providing the supplies.  Our church is collecting air fresheners to put into these buckets.  Please bring in air fresheners and put them into the bin in the fellowship room.  Thank you!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Over the past week, the earth has shaken.  On April 16th, the coast of Ecuador was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.  This came on the heels of two separate earthquakes in Japan, the first measuring 6.2 on the scale; the second, 7.0.  As aftershocks continue to threaten, more than 500 lives have already been lost.  Thousands of other people have been injured, and communities lie in ruins. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working in collaboration with our partner the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance to respond to this crisis, providing support to those suffering in the aftermath.  As our immediate response takes shape, PDA is also preparing for long-term support for both Ecuador and Japan.  Long after the initial wave of relief recedes, PDA will remain to accompany the people of Ecuador and Japan as they rebuild their lives, walking the road out of this chaos with hope. The needs for the response are great.  God’s people are once again called on to stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) to help survivors. Donate now.  Learn more:  Get the PDA situation report. Give:  Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR999999 – Disaster Relief – International Disasters and Emergencies.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.  You can also text PDA to 20222 to donate $25.

Prayer BoxIn an effort to reach out to the community, a prayer box has been placed outside under the front sign.  Anonymous prayers are read/prayed for by the Ecumenical prayer group.  The box is open to church members also!!

From Newton PresbyteryThe Presbytery wants to include you in their database.  They send out a weekly newsletter that is full of information about the Presbytery and individual churches, and they don’t want you to miss anything!  Please sign up on the form in the narthex at the church, or go to the Presbytery’s webpage at: and give them your name and email address.

Faith Community Health PartnershipIn the event you are hospitalized in a hospital that is part of the Atlantic Health Care System (Newton, Morristown, Hackettstown, Chilton in Pompton Plains, or Overlook in Summit), one of the first questions asked is whether you would like your faith community to be notified.  If your answer would be yes, you can expedite the process by filling out a registration form that will be put into the Atlantic Health Care Database.  Thus, if you are hospitalized, the system would already be in place.  Pastor Amy or a deacon would be visiting or contacting you to render support to you and your family.  If you wish to participate in this optional program, please fill out the form at the link below and return it to Phil Hardin or the church office.  Click Here for Form

Your Church Family CaresIs there an impending surgery, a personal loss, or some issue or event that is troubling you?  Please know that your church family is available to help and support you with a phone call or a visit from a Deacon or Pastor, or just some company in a time of need.  We are just a phone call away!  Please leave a personal message for Pastor Amy (973-534-7479) or Deacon Phil Hardin (201-602-5445).

Plain Change MinistryPlease continue to empty your pockets/ purses to help our neighbors in need.  Thank you for your support!


21 Unionville Avenue

Sussex, NJ 07461


(973) 875-4760


Worship Service: 10:30 am

Rev. Amy Lawrence Pastor

(973) 534-7479 - cell





United in God’s love,  Dedicated to God’s service

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This Week’s Schedule











Tuesday,  May 24th

· 6:00 pm: Session Meeting


Sunday,  May 29th

· 9:15 am: Choir Rehearsal

· 9:15 am: Sunday School

· 9:30 am: New member class starts

· 10:30 am: Worship

 Purchase with Amazon and Donate to our church:  We participate with Amazon Smile which donates a percentage of your Amazon purchases to our church.  Go to Amazon Smile and select our church as the organization to donate to every time you shop online with Amazon. Quarterly Amazon sends the funds directly into the church account.

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Chancel Flowers:  Contact Joanne Cosh at (973) 875—2204

Need a ride to Church? Call the church office. Drivers needed.