The Weekly Trumpet

March 1, 2013

The United Methodist Church of the Rockaways

“Growing together in faith, reaching out with God’s love.”



Last Sunday’s Attendance:  68             ~           Record Attendance: 135


Pastor Lyssette will be out of the office from 3/4-3/6 (clergy meeting). Rev. Amanda Hemenetz will be covering for pastoral emergencies while Pastor Lyssette is away; she can be reached at 973-978-5162.


Easter Lily Sale:  Easter lilies are available for $8.00/plant. They can be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones and will be placed in the sanctuary. The order form is attached and will be available in the bulletin. Orders are due no later than Sunday, March 17.  Please contact the church office if you need more information.


Church Council Retreat: The Church Council will have a retreat on Saturday, 3/9, from 8:30 AM to 3PM, here at the church.  The purpose of the retreat is to provide training and plan for the year. 


New Study Starts March 10th: A new Adult Sunday School class will begin on March 10th. This session will feature the book, The Bible—The Book That Bridges the Millennia: Part 2—Interpretation & Authority.  You need not have attended the study on Part I of this book to participate.  Come one, come all!


4th Annual Change the World at UMCR – SAVE THE DATE We will need our ENTIRE congregation to help make this meaningful to our community far and near. Saturday, May 4, 2013. We will need help from 9 AM to 6 PM.  More details will be shared in early April as we start to plan now.  Anyone interested in being on the CTW Planning Team  - next meeting is Wednesday, March 13th at the church at 7:30 PM. Future meetings: 3/21, 4/4, 4/17, & 4/24.  PLEASE COME  & SHARE YOUR GIFTS TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD!  Any questions see contact the church office.


Facebook Page: If you are on Facebook, please be sure to “like” us at We are planning to start using Facebook to promote events and need as many people involved as possible.


Lenten Activities:

· United Methodist Women Lenten Calendars: Lenten devotions calendars are available in the Narthex. Please take one and join in; it raises funds for UMW and is fun too!


· Ecumenical Lenten Lunches: the churches of Rockaway will be serving lunch every Friday during Lent at 12 noon at the First Presbyterian Church.  Everyone is invited to attend.  UMCR is responsible for making lunch on Friday, 3/15. Please contact the church office to assist with our lunch.


Holy Week Services:  Maundy Thursday: 3/28 at 7:00 PM. Good Friday: 3/29 at 12 PM. Easter Sunday, 3/31: Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM.


Maundy Thursday: Dramatic readers are needed for the Maundy Thursday service – 1 man and 6 women. Please contact the church office if interested.


Interested in a Prayer Pillow for a loved one?  Information can be found on the Connections Table in the Narthex or contact anyone from the Membership Care Team.


Spring Clean Up:  On April 20th there will be a Spring Clean up here at the church starting at 8 AM.  All hand are needed.  Please contact the church office  if you need more information.


Upcoming Events (in chronological order)


Technology & Communications Meeting March 3

The Technology and Communications team will meet on Sunday, 3/3, at 12 PM.  Topics will be inventory lists and website updates. Please contact the church office if you need more information.


United Methodist Women (UMW) Meeting March 5

The UMW will meet on Tuesday, 3/5, at 7:30 PM.  The topic will be Christian Financial Responsibility.


Membership Care Meeting March 10

The Membership Care team will meet on Sunday, 3/10, at 12:00 PM. 


Young at Heart March 11

The Young at Heart group will meet on Monday, 3/11, at 10:00 AM. The guest speaker will be Michelle Smith talking about Bears in NJ.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend!


Church Council Meeting March 12

The Church Council will meet on Tuesday, 3/9, at 7 PM.


Save the Date

April 6Spaghetti Dinner

April 20Family Day/Spring Play  

May 4Change the World

July 8-12Vacation Bible School