AN UPDATE ON THE MANSE KITCHEN PROJECT
The manse kitchen renovation is coming closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the quick and generous response of several of you. Our fundraising goal is $30K, and to date we’ve raised about $13,000, and while we’re grateful for what we’ve collected, we have to make more progress before we can order the cabinets and get the project underway.
In case you think the project isn’t needed, I think Michael’s response to my email request for donations is helpful:
I just wanted to ask you to extend my deepest gratitude to the Trustees for including the manse kitchen as part of their agenda for this year. I know that you have a number of challenges and church-wide projects that need to be addressed. Despite its size, the manse kitchen was not a very pleasant space for us. I know that the quality of life for whoever comes to reside at 5 Ward Drive—whether they know it or not—will drastically improve because of it. I believe that you—the Trustees—deserve to hear Zion and me, who know how very important this project is, say thank you. So here it is—THANK YOU!
So as you can see, it’s time to update that space and make it pleasant to be in and clean and functional before a new resident moves in. In fact, it would be wonderful to have the project finished before a prospective pastor sees it.
Contact me, Kaki Pierson (201) 230-5427 or Sue Browse (973) 229-2126 if you’d like to take a look at the state of the kitchen now, and help us make the manse as appealing and comfortable as possible with your donation. Send a check to the church office or drop it in the plate with “Manse Kitchen” written on the memo line.
Thanks for your cooperation. We’re all a part of the process of calling a new pastor, and this is an essential part of that process.
JOIN US ON FRIDAY, MAY 10 FOR “LUNCH BUNCH”
We will gather in Scialla Hall for lunch and fun from 12 – 1:30 pm. Hope to see you there! Please RSVP to Linda Fairchild at 973-943-8178. A $5.00 donation is appreciated.
INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY GATHERINGS
DE-STRESS LIKE A YOGI - NATURAL RELIEF FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY
WITH CHRISTIN SCARCELLO-MILLER
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 - 6:30-8:30PM
Come and join us on Wednesday evenings as we explore spiritual practices that can help center us and enrich our Christian faith. As people who strive for justice and seek to live a faith that is active, these spiritual practices can help us be more balanced in the health and well-being of our body, mind, and spirit. Join us on May 15 at 6:30pm for “De-Stress Like a Yogi - Natural Relief for Stress and Anxiety” with Christin Scarcello-Miller.
Living with anxiety and stress seems like the norm these days. But now more than ever, people are finding ancient practices and tools can help deal with our modern day overwhelm. Learn insider tips and practices to naturally de-stress and relieve anxiety from Ayurveda and essential oils educator and ISHTA yoga teacher Christin Scarcello. In this class you will:
Take away easy to implement practices you can do at home or on the go.
Learn about the benefits of the essential oils and herbal remedies she has found most effective.
Gain resources and references for the healing modalities she recommends most often.
Experience the practices that can be used on the mat to keep you calm through the day.
Christin Scarcello-Miller, is passionate about sharing tools to manage stress, stay in the present moment and make more natural choices for your family and home to live YOUR best life. She lives and teaches here in Mendham. For more info visit www.ChristinScarcello.com
SOUP KITCHEN HELP NEEDED
Our next soup kitchen will be held on Saturday, May 18th, and we are in need of additional servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.
THE UCC NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
SATURDAY, MAY 18
This meeting will be held at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ. There will be a business meeting, a keynote address of the state of the Central Atlantic Conference by The Rev. Freeman Palmer, Conference Minister, and a service of covenant for our 5 most recently welcomed UCC churches. Reports will be posted on the association website as they are received. Registration starts at 9:00 AM with the meeting beginning at 9:30 AM and the day will end around 1:00. Lunch will be served. The cost will be $10.00 a person, all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the NJA Office by Wednesday, May 8 via FAX 973-748-7779 or email@example.com Go to Christ Congregation's website for directions: www.ccprinceton.org
SUNDAY, MAY 19 DURING COFFEE HOUR
Greeting newcomers and visitors to the church is one of the most important roles you can play in the life of the church. So is certification really necessary? Absolutely not - but it does sound like fun! We'll take about 15 minutes during Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 19 to share real-life stories of greeting, and being greeted; best practices for "The Art of the Greeting," and more. There is no exam, but there will be certificates issued to those who take the Oath to Greet! The Community Outreach Committee is looking for participation from those with stories of the first time you visited Brookside, and stories and insights from experienced greeters. All you need to do is be there!
PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS
For Marc Behnke.
For Jack Miller’s parents.
For Linda Howe’s brother.
Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: firstname.lastname@example.org