Advent and Christmas Schedule

December 2  -  Worship 5:00 p.m.

December 3  -  Worship 10:00 a.m.

December  9  -  Worship 5:00 p.m.

December 10  – Worship 10:00 a.m.

Cookie Exchange  -  4:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting & Carols  -  5:00 p.m.

Hot Chocolate & Finger Foods  to follow in PFC

December 16  – Lessons & Carols (with partial choir)  – 5:00 p.m.    

December 17  – Lessons & Carols (with full choir)  -  10:00 a.m.

December 23  – Worship 5:00 p.m.

December 24  – Worship 10:00 a.m.,

Candlelight Communion at 4:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.


Festival of Lessons & Carols


Saturday 16 December at 5:00 and Sunday 17 December at 10:00 a.m.

This traditional service of readings and carols will be presented at both the Saturday and Sunday services on 16 and 17 December.  The Saturday service will be led by a group of soloists and the Sunday morning service will include the choir with accompaniment by brass, organ and tympani.  Forms to make monetary donations to help support this will be available on the tables outside the church sanctuary and the church office.  While we may be well intentioned in wanting to support this program, it is easy at this busy time of year to forget and assume others will take care of it.  Make your donation before that hectic time arrives.  Remember, you don’t have to give a large amount of money.  A lot of small donations add up.  Your names will be listed in the bulletin that weekend.

FISH Hospitality

Fish Hospitality will be again joining us at BBPC on Sunday December 17th through Sunday December 24th. What a blessing to be able to host our guests so close to the holidays.  As always we will be out in the reception area after church on Sundays through the 17th with sheets to sign up to assist us in hosting our guests

We can use donations of food and other supplies that are listed on the sheets. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase items needed throughout the week.

Our most needed assistance is with spending time in the cave with our guests There are opportunities for 3 hosting shifts

Shifts      Some of the things to do on this shift

5pm-7:30 pm –  Enjoy dinner with guests and engage in conversation. Also assist with dinner clean up

7:30-10:00 pm – Spend time with guests, play games with children, help with homework if possible and necessary.

10:00 pm-7:00 am (our biggest need) Spend the night in the cave as a BBPC representative (2 required and if you are new to the program we will make sure you are paired with a coordinator or a veteran of the program).

If you want to learn more about Fish Hospitality you can visit the church webpage under the Mission heading and then FISH Hospitality. There you will find a link to Frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. I have also included the link below.

Christmas Joy Offering

 December 16 & 17

 “Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15.  The Christmas Joy Offering is given in gratitude for all God’s gifts to us.  Since 1930 this offering has provided support for 2 needs in the Presbyterian Church.  The gifts are divided equally between the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

The offering provides financial support for current and retired Presbyterian Church workers in time of need.  It assists people to stay in their homes, afford assisted living or long-term care.  The other half of the offering has supported racial ethnic schools of higher learning for nearly 140 years.  For example, the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX, has a 100% acceptance rate to college and university.

Please give generously again this year on December 16 or 17 .  “The gifts we give are from God, and they are multiplied by God as we give.”

Tree Lighting, Carols and Cookies

December 10th Christmas Fun for the Whole Family!

·      COOKIE EXCHANGE @ 4 PM. Sign up to bring 6 dozen cookies to the exchange and return home with a variety of cookies of all kinds! Please sign up on the sheet in the reception area or through the church office. Let us know what kind of cookie you plan to bring.

·      TREE LIGHTING & CAROL SING @ 5 PM. We have received a beautiful new blue spruce from Bartlett Tree Services which we will light for Christmas. Bundle up and join us on the front lawn of the PFC as we dedicate the tree and sing Christmas carols.

·      HOT CHOCOLATE & FINGER FOOD RECEPTION @ 5:45 PM. Following the tree lighting, we will gather in the PFC to warm up with simple finger foods and hot drinks. Please sign up for this event in the reception area or call the church office. Let us know what you plan to bring.



Operation St. Nick is a program of the Division of Youth and Family Services that provides a brighter Christmas for foster children living in our area.  We have participated with DYFS for many years and this year is no exception.  We will have a list of the names and ages of 75 foster children available from which to choose.  We ask that all gifts be returned by Sunday, December 17th; they will be picked up that afternoon by a staff member from DYFS.  When you select from the list, be sure that you pick up the instructions concerning how to prepare the gift and make sure the foster child’s name is attached.  These will be provided at the time you select the name of a foster child from the list.



Saturday, December 2 – 5:00 p.m.


Sunday December 3 – 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Brooks Smith, preaching

“The Fear of Christmas”

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Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 1:1-8

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            “Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice”       Henry Coleman

                        “E’en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come”        Paul Manz

The Adult Choir

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Sunday: There will be Church School for children ages 3-grade 5

following the children’s time in worship.

Junior High (grades 6-8) will meet in the Cave.


Adult Education Class


The group meets at 8:45 am Sunday in the pre-school room of the PFC.
COMING IN NOVEMBER  How to Read the Bible a discussion with Rev. Linda  – Sunday evenings … Nov 19 from 4-6PM.


We will gather at 8:45 a.m. in the PFC Preschool Room on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 to pray, meditate and study.  Our focus will be the Birth Stories. In addition to Scripture we will explore the play Green Pastures, and art depicting Madonna and Child, and Auden’s poems.   Brooks Smith is our class leader.


THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:  10:15AM in the Cemetery Chapel  -  Resuming December 7

Violence Divine: Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of Its Non-Violent God  …  Biblical scholar, John Dominic Crossen, will lead us (via dvd) through an eight week study that explores themes of violent retribution attributed to God in scripture. If you have ever been disturbed by the acts of violence directed by God in Bible, this study is for you.  We look more deeply at whole of the Biblical message to discover a God of peace, forgiveness and non-violent justice.



Gift and Task

The God whom we meet in Scripture is one who gives generous gifts in the wonder of creation, in the miracle of emancipation and reconciliation, and in the surprise of transformation. We are invited to receive those abundant gifts on a daily basis, with a posture of anticipation, awe, and gratitude. In response, we accept the worthy task of daily discipleship.

Gift and Task is an original collection of 365 devotions by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann, providing the opportunity to consider in critical ways the cost and joy of discipleship. Perfect for daily use, this book begins with the First Sunday of Advent and provides insightful reflection and thought-provoking commentary on the Scriptures for each day of the year. Brueggemann guides disciples with wisdom and encouragement for our never-ending walk along Gods challenging, grace-filled path throughout the Christian year.






Youth Group

During the School year:

JUNIOR HIGH SUNDAY SCHOOL will meet during worship in the Cave.  Junior High Sunday School is for students in grades 6-8.

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH are encouraged to participate in worship on Sunday mornings.










Presbyterian Women


Did you know that the Letter to the Hebrews is a significant book of the Bible and is also significantly different from every other book of the Bible?  It consists of 13 chapters, all of which are packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality.  This year’s study explores nine major themes, relates those themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and ties them together with the overarching motif of community.The After Hours Bible Study is a group of about 20-25 women some of whom have been meeting once a month on the fourth Monday (except for holiday conflicts) for over 30 years.  This year the study is “Cloud of Witness: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.”All women are welcome—our ages range from 20-80 years young.  Study guides have been ordered (10) and are due to arrive early September.  The study guides are $8.50.  Contact Jane Settle, 732-356-6313 for a copy.  First come, first served, or if you want to order your own through Horizons, the magazine of Presbyterian Women, please contact Jane.Our meeting time is 7:30 p.m.   Save the following dates for our meetings:  Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, May 21 and June 11 (picnic).