Appalachia Service Project

Our ASP CELEBRATION  was on July 12, 2017

ASP (Appalachia Service Project) Celebration! We were just days back from our Summer Youth ASP trip and we wanted to thank you for your continued support of this mission project by offering you dessert, stories and slides of our youth ASP adventure! We gatheed in the reception area for dessert, followed by a program in the sanctuary.

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Appalachia Service Project Summer ‘17:  On Saturday, July 1, 70 youth, young adults and adults left the church parking lot for Rainelle, WV.   You can check out our ASP trip at http://bbpc-asp.blogspot.com.

Thank you to all who have already so generously given to make this trip and the repairing of homes in Central Appalachia possible.  There is no way we could do this trip year after year without you. If you have not yet donated and would like to you can send a check, give online at bbpc.org (under mission/ASP).

SPRING ASP ADULT TRIP is already scheduled!

April 8 –15, 2018  Guyan Valley, West Va.

Anyone interested should contact John Almendinger.

 

 

Adult Education Class

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION

The Sunday Morning Adult Education opportunity is starting up on October 1.  All are welcome to join.  Over a four week period we will be reading and discussing the book “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving.  The book is a personal account on facing issues of race

The group meets at 8:45 am Sunday in the pre-school room of the PFC.

If you have questions or would like a copy of the book, please contact Sal Lalama at 908-963-9286 or sal.lalama@gmail.com.

 

THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:  Begins  October 12 @ 10:15AM in the Cemetery Chapel

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.

 

COMING IN NOVEMBER  How to Read the Bible a discussion with Rev. Linda  – Sunday evenings … Nov 3,10, 17 from 4-6PM.

 

YEAR-LONG DEVOTION WITH WALTER BRUEGGMANN:

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.

 

 

 

 


					

New Member Orientation

BECOME A MEMBER OR LEARN MORE ABOUT BBPC

Do you like what you have seen or heard about BBPC?  Are you interested in finding out more about us? Perhaps, you are interested in becoming a member.

If so, we will be having an Inquirer’s Gathering January 14 & 21, 2018 and April 15 & 22, 2018 at the Freeman Chapel in the cemetery, across from the church, following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

If interested, please contact Kathy Hobbs,

kathyahobbs6@gmail.com or 908-380-0307.

 

The Church Has Left the Building

“Don’t just GO to church, BE the church!”

 

October 7 & 8

The Mission and Outreach Commission will once again be sponsoring The Church has Left the Building.  Thanks to the generous leadership of our church members, there are a variety of projects you can join.  We are so thankful to Pastor Nancy for creating this outreach to our own communities and for her leadership over the past 3 years of the project.   In September we will have signup sheets for you to choose a project and commit to work from 5-6 on Saturday night or from 9-12 on Sunday morning.

Projects this year will include sewing infant caps, assembling health kits for the VA Hospital, cleanup at Oak Spring Camp, craft time with children at the Agape House (homeless shelter in Somerville), yard cleanup at the Agape House, Sunday school craft for veterans, painting at Learning Gate pre-school.  We may also be helping at a home for developmentally challenged young adults.

One new project is making personal care kits for veterans at the VA Hospital in Basking Ridge, NJ.  We will start collecting supplies in August through September.  Items needed are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, shampoo and deodorant. Please leave these items in the box marked VA Hospital in Fellowship Hall.

There will be one more opportunity to serve this Sunday October 8 for The Church Has Left The Building.  Gail Smith will be organizing a group for gardening activities around the church grounds.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please arrive on Sunday with gloves and (optionally) tools such as rakes, clippers, and shovels.

A sign-up sheet is in the Reception area.

 

 

Presbyterian Women

 AFTER HOURS BIBLE STUDY  

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: Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, May 21 and June 11 (picnic).

 

 

 

 

 

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.

It’s finally time to get youth group crankin’!

October 8: Bonfire, Dinner & Games @ Oak Spring Camp, 4-7PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT WORSHIP

 THE CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

Saturday, October 7 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday October 8 – 10:00 a.m.

 “Don’t just GO to church, BE the church!” October 7 & 8

The Mission and Outreach Commission will once again be sponsoring The Church has Left the Building.  Thanks to the generous leadership of our church members, there are a variety of projects you can join.

Projects this year will include sewing infant caps, assembling health kits for the VA Hospital, cleanup at Oak Spring Camp, craft time with children at the Agape House (homeless shelter in Somerville), yard cleanup at the Agape House, Sunday school craft for veterans, painting at Learning Gate pre-school.  We may also be helping at a home for developmentally challenged young adults.

 

One new project is making personal care kits for veterans at the VA Hospital in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Items needed are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, shampoo and deodorant. Please leave these items in the box marked VA Hospital in Fellowship Hall.

 

There will be one more opportunity to serve this Sunday October 8 for The Church Has Left The Building.  Gail Smith will be organizing a group for gardening activities around the church grounds.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please arrive on Sunday with gloves and (optionally) tools such as rakes, clippers, and shovels.

Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Earth

Middle Earth is a nonprofit organization that has been working with children and youth in the Bound Brook area for 40 years.  Their “caring staff builds trusting relationships with youth to help them make positive decisions, obtain marketable skills for employment, volunteer, improve academics, learn respect, and connect with more services, if needed.  We strive to ensure that youth receive the support they deserve to be successful in life.”

After the adult class considered issues of Mass Incarceration and began to investigate how we could move from study to action, we contacted Maria Strada at Middle Earth to see if there were volunteer opportunities that would enable us to be participants in some ways to intervene in the “school to prison pipeline,” – to help students stay in school and graduate from high school. Such intervention, we found, now begins as early as 2nd grade. This past summer, during the month of July, church members volunteered with the Middle Earth program for 2nd & 3rd graders.

During the coming year, there are many different volunteer opportunities for which you can see a description in the reception area. The Mission Commission will also have a sign-up sheet available beginning in September. If you have an interest in volunteering or in finding out more about the volunteer opportunities, please sign up.  We will have a meeting with Maria Strada, Director of the Program, before arranging any volunteer assignments. This way you can find out more about the opportunities and the commitment involved and then decide how you want to volunteer.

 

Mission/Service Project: “Kid’s Connection”

Kid’s Connection Mission Project     

Kid’s Connection (K.C.) is a FREE program offered once a month for 4th  through 6th grade  children in the Bound Brook area in the hope of offering a safe, positive environment for them.  We provide a meal along with the opportunity for socialization, physical activity and creative development.  In a world where there can be challenging life circumstances, we hope to empower children to make healthy, good choices in their lives, to feel affirmed and to believe in themselves.

Our Mission is to provide a safe, positive option once a month for 4th through 6th grade children in the Bound Brook area who are potentially at-risk for encountering challenging life circumstances either now or in the future.  Some children may live in poverty and not have enough food, some may have difficult family situations and others may eventually be targeted by drugs or gangs in their neighborhoods or at school.  Some may simply be lonely.  We will provide a meal along with the opportunity for socialization, physical activity and creative development in a safe environment.  We hope to empower children to make healthy, positive choices in their lives, to feel affirmed and to believe in themselves.

The Program: 1st Wednesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm  

The fall program will begin October 4, 2017.