OLD PARAMUS REFORMED CHURCH
INFORMATION





Consistory Installation


The 2019 Consistory Installation took place on Sunday, January 27, during the morning worship service. The Consistory is the governing body of the church.


(l-r) Rev. Rob Miller, Scott VanderVliet, Barb Roberts, Arlene Berlamino, Scott Smith


The Greater Consistory - those who have served through the years
Picture 2 Credit: Patti Parent





Pot Luck/Games Night


The Pot Luck/Games Night is a twice annual event at OPRC. These events provide an opportunity to get out of the house during the cold weather season and enjoy the company of friends. A variety of food is brought in and shared with those who attend. Following the pot luck supper is a time to share in good conversation and table games. Cards, trivia, you name it. If it is fun people join in. The first of these events for 2019 took place on Friday, January 18. The pictures below capture the attendees enjoying the various games together.



Picture Credit: Cheryl Veli





Epiphany Sunday


Epiphany Sunday took place on January 6. Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. The feast commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. A reenactment of that visit took place during the morning worship service.


Picture Credit: Jeff Parent





The River Mission


This feeding of the homeless was a culmination of our 2018 Mission commitment to outreach took place on December 30. The congregation donated three cases of much needed clothing and supplies. Fourteen OPRC volunteers heated, prepared, plated and served food for Pastor Don McCracken’s congregation. Two of the four trays of ziti were donated by Park Wood Deli of Midland Park. We also supplied salad and holiday tableware along with forty specially wrapped bags of cookies.
We felt the Joy, good feeling, job well done, helping mankind, providing for others and feeding of body and soul.



The Group of Volunteers




Lots ol clothing and supplies
and the specially wrapped bags of cookies
Picture Credit: Jeff Parent





The Potter and Pot Luck for Advent


On Sunday, December 16, we were privileged to have Ray Boswell, the Potter, at OPRC. The Potter presented a wonderful program which included an opportunity to participate by completing a clay votive which Ray will take back to his studio to be fired. After the program we shared a pot luck meal. The program was sponsored by the Health Cabinet. The pictures below show the wheel and the artists at work.

Picture Credit: Arlene Berlamino





A Milestone for Stewart Holmes


On Sunday, December 2, Stewart Holmes celebrated 25 years as the Organist and Choir Director of Old Paramus Reformed Church. During that time he has made major contributions to the music program of the church. In addition to his work as organist and directing the choir he played a large part in having the present organ built and installed. A reception was held in his honor in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. A special cake was prepared to celebrate the occasion.

Thank you, Stewart, for your dedicated service to OPRC.


The Cake


Stewart Holmes with grandchildren
Looks like he is proud to share the occasion with them.


The Reception





Ramapo College Choir


On Sunday, December 2, we had the privilege of having the Ramapo College Chorale join us during our worship service. The group is directed by Anne Paynter.. The group joined with our choir for one selection, and performed a solo performance for another selection. The pictures below show both performances.


The Ramapo College Chorale

Ramapo College Chorale and the OPRC Choir





The Tree Lighting Celebration


The Annual Ridgewood Tree Lighting Celebration took place on Friday, November 30.

OPRC had a display in front of the Jekyll and Hyde Luggage Store. The pictures below show members of our congregation handing out little bags of candy with a fun version of The Christmas Story.

All photos are courtesy of Jeff Parent.


Patti showing the candy give-aways

Barb holding the bag of goodies

Chuck, Barb and Patti

The display table

Patti and Pastor Rob

Patti, Barb, Sue and Pastor Rob

Patti greeting a young family

Sue greeting a young mother and baby




Getting Ready for the Tree Lighting Celebration


Getting ready for the Ridgewood Tree Lighting is a team effort in preparing for our booth at the celebration. Those attending the event will be treated to a sweet treat and a card telling the Christmas Story in a fun way.


Our Christmas Elves (that's everybody) are busy at work assembling, packing,
wrapping and attaching a card to each bag of candy.


The assembly line makes the job
so much easier and more fun.

They enjoyed a lunch and then they worked.





Packathon


Future Forward for Haiti held a Packathon in Teaneck NJ on November 10, 2018. Eleven members of OPRC were represented. We helped to pack enough food to feed the children of Haiti for a year. The food provides the children with vitamins and nutrition that they don't receive daily. The event became very competitive. OPRC's team packed the most food boxes during our session.

(Not that we're bragging or anything - of course not!)



Our OPRC Team
Roberta Dawson, Deb Hopper, Henry Mah, Carolee & Bert Minerley, Patti & Jeff Parent, Diane & Rick VanderWende, Carla Van Duzer and Pat Yatsko

How did we look in our stylish hair nets which were required for handling the food?


Jeff Parent in center


Pat Yatsko (center) Henry Mah (white net) and
Rick VanderWende (orange net)

Jeff and Patti Parent with "stylish" hair nets

Carla Van Duzer at right

Nutrition Info of food stuffs

Packed and ready to go




Retirement Recognition


On Sunday, September 16, Kim Willson was honored for her years of service as Secretary of OPRC. A special cake was prepared to honor Kim for her dedicated work. Kim and Paul are relocating to their new home in Delaware. We wish them many happy years in their new location.


Kim and Paul Willson


The Cake

Picture Credit; Anne Banta






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.






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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