First Presbyterian Church of Sussex

Last updated 07/19/2017

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Deacons Fund for July will go to Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette.  Please give generously to our monthly Deacons Funds!

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).  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.

Summer Hours -- Mark Your Calendars!!Beginning Sunday,  July 2nd, our worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. through August 27th.

Summer Fun!Join us for summer fun at The Castles Fun Center in Chester, NY, and white water rafting in PA, or canoeing down the Delaware River!  The details are still being worked on.  If you are interested in any of these events, please contact Jason Touw.

The Boiler/Chimney Fund Drive —Donations Needed!:  We have a remaining balance of $9,221 that insurance did not cover for this project.  While enjoying the warmth of the beautiful summer ahead of us, please think cold, ice, and snow, and consider contributing as much as you can to help defray the balance that remains.  The goal is to not dip into Memorials and Reserves, which we may need for our Operating Budget.  The hope is that incoming donations to the Boiler/Chimney Fund will bring $9,221 to a zero balance due. Please prayerfully consider giving to this special cause.  The Boiler/Chimney Fund drive will end on Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

Your Help Is Needed—From Pastor Amy: Every summer, I like to try something new during worship.  This summer, we are going to take a closer look at our favorite hymns; the songs that have us praying twice.  I need your help in choosing the hymns and songs of praise we will be diving more deeply into.  Please email, text, message me on Facebook, or put in the box located in the fellowship room your favorite hymn.

Summer Music:  Summer music opportunities are available.  Please sign up to share your gifts this summer.  Sign-up sheet will be on the piano, or speak with Linda.

Sunday School Registration 2017-2018:  Sunday school starts September 10, 2017.  Click here for registration sheet.

Yard SaleThe Afternoon Women’s Group of our church will be having their Indoor Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st.  Please keep this in mind to put items aside for this fundraiser.  Thanks!

The Afternoon Women’s Group is looking for one (or more) people to coordinate an Open Air Flea Market to be held in our church parking lot.  This event would take place on Saturday, October 21st, at the same time as we are running our Indoor Yard Sale.  This would be an event where spaces in our church parking lot could be purchased by people from our church or outside of our church to sell new or used items.  If you are interested, please see or call Pastor Amy or Lois Wright.

Child Protection Policy: Session approved, after much research and consideration, a Child Protection Policy and Parent Consent Form (Waiver) for use by the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex effective January 1, 2017.  Session advises all parents with young children and or teenagers to read the policy carefully and ask any questions that you may have regarding its implications on your child or their church-related activities.  From time to time, parents may be asked to revisit the policy and respond to individual requests for the signing of the consent form, better know as a waiver form, when church activities call for such action.

2017 Church EnvelopesThe 2017 church offering envelopes are available in the Narthex.  Please take yours home with you when you come to church.  Also, if you see a neighbor’s envelopes, please take them and drop them off.

2017 CalendarsPinkel Funeral Home has generously donated scenic calendars with our church info on it.  Please feel free to take home as many as you’d like.  They are located in the Narthex.

Per Capita: Each 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 $35.00 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.

Prayer Chain:  The Prayer Chain for members of the congregation is being updated.  If anyone would like to receive notifications via text rather than a phone call, there is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship room for the next few weeks.  You may also contact Sharon Alheidt or Joanne Cosh

New DirectoryA new Church Directory is available on the table in the narthex.  Please don’t forget to take a copy home with you.  Updates will be published in the monthly newsletters.  Thank you!!          

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!

Clothing Collection Box:  Please remember to use the clothing collection box located in the back of our parking lot.  The company we use empties the box on a weekly basis, maintains insurance and permits, and cleans up any dumping that may occur.  They send the church a flat fee of $150.00 a month.  This is a great idea for continued monthly revenue.  Also, please tell your friends about it!

Ink Cartridge Recycling: WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING LASER CARTRIDGES as well as inkjet cartridges.  Ink cartridges that you throw away still have many poisonous chemicals inside them.  Recycle your ink cartridges and help the church and the environment!  Thank you to those who have brought in your ink cartridges.  Keep them coming!  The recycling company will send the church a check, which will be used toward church expenses.  To date, we have received $145.60!  A list of qualifying cartridges can be found on and empties4cash.

21 Unionville Avenue

Sussex, NJ 07461


(973) 875-4760


Worship Service: 9:30 am

Rev. Amy Lawrence Pastor

(973) 534-7479 - cell





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