First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 4/19/2016

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Deacons Fund for April: will go to Harvest House, our local soup kitchen, located in the First Baptist Church of Sussex.  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

Presby Seniors NewsOur Spring Luncheon will be held at the church on Thursday, April 21st, at 12:00 noon.  Ann Cosh and Niki Lepes have offered to be hostesses.  We will need volunteers to set up tables at the church.  Please RSVP to Niki (973-875-1024).  New seniors are welcome!!

Food Drive Volunteers Needed!:  A Food Drive is planned for Saturday, April 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Anyone wanting to volunteer to stand outside the Vernon and Sussex ACME, please see/email Cindy O’Donnell.

Community Bible StudyThe ecumenical Bible Study that was held through Lent was such fun, the group wants to keep the fun going.  The next series will meet each Tuesday through May 10th.  The Church of the Good Shepherd in Wantage will host this study:  Speculative Theology.  We will present new, different, and perhaps startling explanations of things related to God.  Come for a light meal at 6:00 p.m. with the lesson starting at 7:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Amy.

Clean Out Your Closets!!!:  The Indoor Yard Sale will be held  Thursday, May 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, May 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Yard Sale items may be dropped off Sunday, May 1st, after worship; Monday, May 2nd through Wednesday, May 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please, no clothing, typewriters, or elderly TV sets.  Thanks!

Buildings & Grounds:  Our Spring Clean-up Day will be held Saturday, May 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Please plan to help to make our church and grounds ready for the summer!  Also, there is a sign-up sheet in the narthex with a lawn mowing schedule.  Don’t forget that we do have a ride-on lawn mower to help make the job easier!  Please sign up!!  Remember, many hands make light work!

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.

2016 Per CapitaEach Presbyterian Church (USA) is billed a yearly assessment to pay the operating costs of the General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery.  This year, the assessment is $34.00 for each member.  To ease the burden on the church, we are again asking that each member who is able to do so, pay his/her assessment.  The special blue envelope in your offering envelopes box may be used for this contribution.  Please make checks payable to “First Presbyterian Church of Sussex” and put “Per Capita” on the memo line.  You may mail it to the Depositing Treasurer, Janet Hayzler, 96 Holland Road, Wantage, NJ 07461, or place it in the offering plate on any Sunday.

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,  April 19th

· 6:00 pm: Session Meeting

· 6:00 pm; Bible Study at Church of Good Shepherd


Thursday,  April 21st

· Noon: Presby Seniors Luncheon


Sunday,  April 24th

· 9:15 am: Choir Rehearsal

· 9:15 am: Sunday School

· 10:30 am: Worship  with Baptism

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

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