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Joint Summer Worship with Park United Methodist Church

Continuing a tradition that dates back at least to the 1890s, this summer the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green will again be worshiping with our friends at Park United Methodist Church. Last summer's format was so successful we hope to repeat it this year. On June 29 we worshiped together outdoors on the Bloomfield Green in front of the church.

We will worship together for the four weeks of July at Park Methodist, with the pulpit filled with some familiar faces from Pulpit Supply of Newark Presbytery. During the next four weeks in August, we will worship together at Church on the Green, with Park Methodist’s pastor Wayne Plumstead preaching. All services will begin at 10 AM. We will celebrate communion on July 6 and August 3.

Music will be provided by a combined choir made up of members from both congregations – whoever shows up at 9:30 AM for rehearsal. Lay readers, child care, ushers, organ/piano music, and fellowship time afterwards will be provided by the host congregation, while the visiting congregation will provide the preaching pastor and help with greeting. There will be opportunities for people from both congregations to participate in these joint services. An offering will be taken at each service: pledge envelopes will be returned to the giver’s home church; undesignated amounts will be donated to a mission supported by both of our congregations.

Please join us during the summer to worship with our neighbors on the green. Here is the full summer schedule. All services begin at 10 AM (choir rehearsal at 9:30 AM).

June 29: kickoff service outside Church on the Green - see photos.
July 6 at Park Methodist (communion): Todd Shumpert, Bloomfield College Chaplain, preaching
July 13 at Park Methodist: Todd Shumpert
July 20 at Park Methodist: Ed Clydesdale, Mountainside Hospital Chaplain, preaching
July 27 at Park Methodist: Ed Clydesdale
August 3 at Church on the Green, Wayne Plumstead of Park Methodist preaching (communion)
August 10 at Church on the Green, Wayne Plumstead
August 17 at Church on the Green, Wayne Plumstead
August 24 at Church on the Green, Wayne Plumstead
August 31 outside Church on the Green (weather permitting) followed by our annual picnic.

A Family Holy Land Adventure July 14-18

Calling all children - teens - adults: become part of Bible history!

Find out first hand what it was like when Jesus walked the earth! This summer Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, Park United Methodist Church, Watchung Presbyterian Church, Christ Church, First Hopewell Baptist Church, and several other churches are all working together to offer an exciting Family Holy Land Adventure Program.

Date: July 14th – 18th

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Place: Watchung Presbyterian Church, 375 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield (Note location change)

Each night will begin with dinner and fellowship time, then we will travel to the Galilee-By-The-Sea village and the synagogue, set up in different rooms. Everyone will get to explore the culture of Jesus' world. Each day kids and adults will leave Galilee-By-The Sea with a fresh understanding and appreciation for what it was like to live when Jesus lived

We need teen & adult volunteers to dress up and participate with a tribe, run one of the ten village shops, play games, or serve dinner. Shop keepers are needed for the Carpentry Shop, Jewelry-Making Shop, Sandal-Making Shop, Stone-Carving Shop, Bakery, Toy-Making Shop, Fisherman's Hut, Rope-Making Shop, Barnyard, and Farmer's Market.

For more information, registration form, or to volunteer please call

DEBRA M. COOK - (973) 680-0254
KATHY MARTINEZ - (973) 429-7745
NANCY TARANTINO - (973) 338-7750
REV. ANNE KOEHLER - (973) 743-5911

Summer Bible Study in July

Come one, come all to a summer Bible Study! Led by Glenn Maciag, this study will be held on Tuesdays in July from 7:30 to 8:45 P.M. in the gym at the Church on The Green. We will meet on July 1, July 8, July 22, and July 29 (skipping July 15 to avoid conflicting with Vacation Bible School). After reviewing the prior verses, we will start with Romans Chapter 2, verse 6 and move on from there. Everyone in invited--so bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served.

A Special Event on the Atonement October 4

Can you feel the excitement growing as we get closer to October 4, 2008? Yes, we are getting ever closer to our special event on the atonement. Our speaker will be Rev. Rick Phillips, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, SC, author of many Christian books, and a frequent speaker at conferences. There will also be food (snacks and lunch) and music. If all goes well, this will be the first time our renovated organ will be heard in public. And all of it will be free (we will take a free will offering to defray the lunch costs). For more information, watch this space or send e-mail to

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