United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

❄ HOLIDAY MISSION 

 

1) “Christmas Mission Project for “IHN”/the Houseless” Donate: gift cards (Shoprite, Kohl’s, Target, Lyft, and Gas) or $ (please mark as Christmas Gift Card Project, or email Ozzie if you give online).  There are ornaments on a tree in the narthex to help you remember.  The donations are due back no later than Dec. 12th.  


2) This is the season when we collect one of the national offerings--Christmas Joy.  PC(USA) uses the money collected here to fund two important ministries--(a)supporting schools and colleges equipping communities of color and (b) supplementing retired pastor's incomes if need be.  Schools receiving funds include: Menaul School, Presbyterian Pan American School, and Stillman College.  If you want to give through give+ please email us that it is to go to Christmas Joy.

 

3) Afghan refugees.  I had no idea that NJ is housing the largest group of those who got out of Afghanistan until they find a forever home (11,000 at Ft. Dix!).  There are many needs of our newest immigrants.  If you would like to purchase something, you can go to teamrubiconusa.org/resettlement.  There you can choose from wish lists (created on Amazon) for sites across the USA.  The Ft. Dix encampment is first on the list.  They have listed what is highest priority and how many items they are looking for.




❄ Holiday Celebrations—

    Advent Calendars, Christmas Eve, and Kwanzaa ❄


Advent Calendars—Rev. Becca is offering electronic Advent Calendars (from Jacquie Lawson) to all.  They are interactive, and help “count down” the days from Dec. 1 to the 25th (and can be downloaded onto a phone, tablet or PC/Mac).   If you would like one, send an email to Rev. Becca –beccamigliore20@gmail.com.

 

Christmas Eve Service (in person and on Zoom/Facebook)—is scheduled for 8pm this year.  We will try to get it onto Youtube quickly so that if this time is not convenient you can watch later.  We are planning a service of lessons and carols and candles (and maybe even communion).   

 

Kwanzaa Celebration—Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture held the last week of the year (Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st).  This year we are planning on basing our Dec. 26th worship service on the interaction between the Kwanzaa principles and our religious faith.  We will also celebrate the New Year and all we have learned on Jan. 2nd.  We hope to involve dance and music and YOU.  Ozzie Gerald and Lynn Riker have spear-headed this work group.



Our Next Blood Platelet Donation:  Thursday, December 9th, 2-9pm (Fellowship Hall).  Please contact Vitalant Blood Services (www.vitalant.org or call 1-877-258-4825) to schedule an appointment.  Please consider giving as the blood reserve is very low due to Covid.


Please see the link below that can be used to advertise the blood drive on social media. You can view it through the link, put in the blood drive information, and send to the sites at no cost to you. You can view the Digital Asset Library for the drive at:


https://content.vitapublicity.com/Content/Orders/8522



COME JOIN US!


   Although we are suspending church services at this time,

         we are pleased to announce we have gone VIRTUAL!



   Each Sunday, we will be celebrating worship at 9:30 am:



 ~~  Find us (live) on Facebook “United Presbyterian Church of West Orange”


                 AND


   ~~ We are also on ZOOM

https://zoom.us/j/672951538?pwd=MnpjT2xTVkUwR2tNZi9FR3hKc2xaZz09 


   Call or text Karen @ 973-997-1088 for log in info or call in numbers.

        Call the church office @ 973-731-1868 for additional information.


                  AND


  ~~   Please check out our YouTube Channel:


     United Presbyterian Church of West Orange - YouTube




 


Worship (Sanctuary and Virtual)—@ 9:30am,  Dec. 12th      

                Rev, Rebecca Migliore preaching   -   Lectionary is (Luke 3:7–18)


     John is preparing the people for a new reality. The gospels place John’s ministry in the wilderness. Recall that wilderness had been the setting of Israel’s sojourn between exodus from Egypt and entry into their new homeland. Wilderness meant preparation and discovery. Also, John’s wilderness is far from Jerusalem’s temple and Herodian palace. John provides an alternative voice to those places and persons of power. From the outside, to outsiders, John evokes repentance.


 


    Ecumenical Prayer Calendar:


          Week of December 5th:       Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia


          Week of December 12th:     Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam


                    🙏    Ecumenical Prayer Cycle    🙏


 

Sunday Morning Worship
(in normal times)

8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

20 Old Indian Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
973.731.1868
info@upcwo.org
The United Presbyterian Church of West Orange is handicapped-accessible.