Volume 53 - July 03, 2024

Church News and Updates

Where Grace Happens

This newsletter includes a letter from Pastor Arlene, photos from our Family Pride celebration last week, a reminder about the upcoming hike, an invitation to join a New Member class and a 'thank you' message from Reverend Milligan. Please remember to update all your 'Realm' information and add a photo!

Our next newsletter is due on July 17th - please let Sue or Christine know if you have items you would like to share

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A letter from Pastor Arlene

In the world of Pastoral Counseling, often the most common issues congregants seek counseling for have to do with boundaries. Setting, maintaining, respecting, and practicing good boundaries is an ongoing, essential aspect of good mental health. But we often think that the Christian faith and its mandate to compassionate love means that boundaries are invisible, penetrable, or non-existent. Yet, nothing could be farther from the truth!

For instance, first and foremost we find our Creator setting firm boundaries, and as a result God creates order out of chaos. God separates darkness from light, day from night, water from land, etc. God sets the planets in their courses and creates a beginning and an ending. God also sets boundaries for humanity, so that we would love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. 

Human love also includes good boundaries. Without boundaries, trouble begins, confusion sets in, and resentment festers. Without good boundaries, we have a hard time letting go and moving on. We lose our sense of self, which is the very foundation for “treating others as you would like to be treated.” (Luke 6:31) Without proper boundaries it becomes harder to know what does and does not belong to us. 

In the world of psychology this is known as self-differentiation. Self-differentiation is essential for maintaining proper boundaries, knowing when we’ve overstepped them, and recognizing when others are overstepping ours. Self-differentiation allows us to maintain our boundaries without “owning” what does not belong to us, such as anger, fear, or uncertainty, or any other damaging emotion of those around us.

Jesus knew how to do this well! It is the reason Jesus was able to remain the non-anxious presence, even while standing in the midst of those who attack him. It is the reason Jesus is so easily able to forgive and move on, even when the words or actions of others hurt him. 

How are you at maintaining your boundaries? Need some help recognizing what they are? Want to work on your self-differentiation? I can help with that! Just schedule some time to meet and we can begin by having these kinds of important conversations.

Tuesday Night Bible Study

7:00-8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, starting on July 8th.

Bring your Bible and join Pastor Arlene and her husband Ron for a study on the Gospel of Mark.

Family Pride Event

Last Sunday's Family Pride Event took place after the 10:00am service and was well supported by the congregation and visitors. A beautiful sunny day, "robust" Coffee Hour with delicious treats and a wide variety of games and activities for the children all contributed to a very successful celebration of Family Pride. Our thanks to all the organizers for making this happen!

Church Hiking Group

A quick reminder that our next hike will be on SATURDAY JULY 13th, so mark your calendars. This hike will be of the more challenging variety, weather permitting, and at this time of the year, that means if it is too hot, we won't go. 

Any questions or suggestions - call or text Colin at 201-741-6090

New Member Class

Have you been waiting to join the church until "the new minister arrives"? Well....she's HERE!

Pastor Arlene is forming a new members' class now, and you are invited to join. Just email her your interest at rev.arleneromaine@gmail.com and she will find the best day and time for everyone.

Don't Forget to Update Your Realm Account!

Many members of the congregation already have a 'realm account'. You can go to https://onrealm.org/CommunityPresby/ to sign in - or to sign up for a new account. 

  1. Sign into your account - or create a new one.
  2. Follow the instructions on the 'Info' page to upload a current photo to your account and to update your contact information

Thank you from Reverend Milligan

I wanted to drop you a note of thanks to pass along to the congregation for the theatre vouchers that enabled Agata and me to see the award winning musical, Moulin Rouge, and with the cash left over, to enjoy a delicious meal at the Kitchen 46 restaurant just around the corner.

It was truly a thoughtful gift for these two theatre lovers!

Prayers for many blessings on the congregation as you begin your journey in the coming days. 

Presbytery Update

GA226 for Observers

A great deal of information is available for the training and preparation of commissioners and advisory delegates to the 226th General Assembly (2024).

In an effort to engage other Presbyterians and friends who may or may not be attending the meeting in person, a new web page has been launched in order to provide education and information.

Resources curated from PC(USA) podcasts, webinars, and documents on being Presbyterian, how the Assembly works, and equity and inclusion are available.

Read more

Youth Ministry Design Workshop

Sunday, August 25, 2024

2 pm – 6:30 pm

(Dinner Included)

Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center

Facilitated by Liz Moore,

Assistant Director, IYM, Princeton Theological Seminary

Sponsored by the Young Leader Formation Team, Presbytery of the Highlands

Read more and register