July 4th Recognition

On Sunday, July 1, our guest preacher was the Rev. John Norton. His sermon title was, "Live in Hope". The first hymn was "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" which was appropriate for the beginning of Independence Week. At the close of the worship service, in recognition of July 4th, the congregation gathered outside our historic sanctuary and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner", our National Anthem.

Recognition of Graduates

The high school and college graduates of OPRC families were recognized during the morning worship service on June 24. Rev. Rob Miller told about the accomplishments and aspirations of each one and presented a prayer quilt to each of the high school graduates. Ruth Mayer, representing the Women's Guild, presented to each of them a book which contained inspiration messages. She read a quote from the book which would serve to inspire them as they pursued their further education.

(l-r) Rev. Rob Miller, Nicholas Sharps, John Walker, and Ruth Mayer

Central College A Cappella Choir

On Thursday, May 24, OPRC welcomed the Central College A Cappella Choir from Pella, Iowa for a dinner and concert. Members of the congregation who were able to provide housing volunteered to do so following the concert. The approximately 60 young people stayed at various homes for the night. A breakfast was served to them in Fellowship Hall the following morning as they prepared to leave for their next venue.

Dinner was served at 5;30 in Fellowship Hall. The students and adults of Old Paramus were scattered among the tables so that we could have an opportunity to make the young people them feel welcome. The Concert followed at 7:30 in the sanctuary. The Choir is directed by Mark A. Babcock. The concert was a magnificent performance by a very talented group of young people.

Choir members and the OPRC congregation enjoying dinner

The Central College Choir Concert

New Members

On Sunday, March 18, we welcomed four new members to OPRC. The installation ceremony took place during the morning worship service. A reception and luncheon was held in Fellowship Hall following the service. The new members are Scott VanderVliet, Sue VanderVliet, Jeff Spang and Janet Wallendal. We extend a warm welcome to all.

(l-r) Scott VanderVliet, Sue VanderVliet, Jeff Spang, Janet Wallendal,
Elder Don Walby and Rev. Rob Miller

2018 Lay Recognition Dinner and Reception

The OPRC Consistory selected three people to be honored at the 2018 Lay Recognition Dinner for the Synod of the Mid Atlantics. The dinner was held on March 9. The recipients were Betty and the late Ray Wells and Roberta Dawson. There was a reception in Fellowship Hall honoring these servants of God following the worship service on March 11. The following pictures were taken at the events.

Recognition Dinner

(l-r)Roberta Dawson, Rev. Rob Miller, Betty Wells

Roberta Dawson and family

Betty Wells and family

Fellowship Hall Reception

Roberta and Betty

Picture Credits:
Sally Brandes
Cathi Dawson
Danielle Miller

Installation of Consistory

On Sunday, January 7, we ordained and installed three members of our Consistory for 2018. Rev. Miller conducted the ceremony during the morning worship service. The three people are Don Walby as Elder and Barb Roberts and Jeff Parent as Deacons. The Consistory is our governing body of the church.

(l-r) Rev. Rob Miller, Don Walby, Barb Roberts and Jeff Parent

Combined Worship Service

On Sunday, August 27, we had a combined outdoor worship at the Stable in Ridgewood, NJ. It was a joint service with the Metropolitan AME Zion Church and Old Paramus Reformed Church. Mack Brandon, Minister at AME Zion, and Rob Miller, Minister at Old Paramus both shared in the sermon. Rob preached from 1 Cor. 12 and Mack preached from 1 Cor. 13.
Shown below are pictures of the event.

   Pictures Courtesy: Cathi Dawson

July Fourth Recognition

Gathering for the Ceremony

Celebrating the 4th

Pat Yatsko

Following our Worship Service on July 2, 2017, we recognized and celebrated Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy in our great nation. The congregation gathered in front of the church where Rev. Miller gave recognition to what the Fourth of July means in the history of America. We saluted the Flag and prayed for our country. Those in attendance sang "America the Beautiful" and Pat Yatsko sang "God Bless America" at the conclusion of the ceremony.

A Memorial Day Recognition

Following our Worship Service on May 28, 2017, which featured a stirring rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by our Choir, we participated in a tribute to Memorial Day. The congregation gathered in front of the church where Rev. Miller paid recognition to those who have served in our armed forces as well as those who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms. He had those in attendance raise their hands if they served, recognized the family members of those who served, and thanked all for their service to our country. The Flag Salute was lead by Peter who was dressed in his Boy Scout uniform. Stewart Holmes, Music director, led the group in singing "My Country Tis of Thee", and Taps was played.

The Lutz Family Memorial Garden

Ed Lutz loved Old Paramus. And Ed loved his garden, complete with hot houses for certain plants. He was an avid gardener and wanted his flowering plants to live on after he passed on. He planned for this and made sure it was a part of his will. Little by little, many plants have been lovingly transplanted to a location in front of our sanctuary. The result is The Lutz Family Memorial Garden where people will enjoy his meticulous gardening expertise for many years to come. Just look at the pictures below to catch a glimpse of the most fitting tribute to the Lutz Family. Better yet, come visit our church and see the garden in person. Join us for worship each Sunday at 10 AM.

Thank you, Ed, for your friendship and generous legacy to Old Paramus Reformed Church.

Pictures Courtesy: Tom Marsden

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