Announcements for April 22, 2018


Altar flowers are in memory of Milito
donated by the Sugar family

No Confirmation class tonight.

Bible study this Wednesday, April 25, at 10am and 7:30pm.

Choir rehearsal, Thursday, April 26 at 7:30pm.

A new directory is in the works!  We are currently planning a new 2018 church directory. You can sign up for a photo shoot with Neil Nilsen at or by contacting the church office. If you are willing to help with this great project please let Pastor Chris or the church office know and we will gratefully sign you up.
Photo Session Dates & Times
Tuesday, May 1… 6-9pm
Wednesday, May 2… 6-9pm

Jordan Fusco (Tarantino) will be performing with her string quartet at Holy Counselor THIS Saturday, April 28, at 1:00. This concert by the Vramensco String Quartet will feature works by Mendelssohn and Haydn. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fine music while supporting this superb quartet. Be sure to invite a friend! Free will donations will be accepted. 

It’s time to clean up the church grounds from the winter! May 5 starting at 9am & May 6 beginning after the 10:30 service we will have our Spring Clean Up days.  Join us on May 5, beginning at 5pm for a special TACO NIGHT fundraiser for camper ships. Tacos, nachos and entertainment! Free will donations accepted.

Wurffel Fund College Loan /Scholarship applications are now available. Please stop in the church office for your application. All applications are due back by June 10, 2018.

Special note when ordering flowers for the altar. Please print your request and include who is donating the flowers.

First Communion for 2018

Some things to remember:

•    First communion can and does happen at many different ages throughout congregations of the ELCA. The Use of the Means of Grace: A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament says, "There is no command from our Lord regarding the age at which people should be…first communed." As a result, the age at which baptized members of our congregations receive their first communion reflects a variety of practices and understandings.

•    Today there is a growing awareness that focus on one particular age group may not be the primary factor to determine when first communion is received. In fact, historical studies of the early church and the witness of other denominations in our day have led both congregations and members to ask about the possibility of communing of infants, a practice precluded by an earlier communion practices statement.**
Once again the time has arrived to ask yourself if you or your child is ‘ready’ to come to the Lord’s Table.  At Holy Counselor we practice an open table – which means that we invite all to come to the table that Christ has set for us.  Children of any age, in planning with their families and pastor are welcome too – and once a year we hold a class to help in that preparation.

This year, once again, we will have classes on communion for multiple age groups. We will have class, with breakfast, on April 28 beginning at 9am, parents or guardians are welcome to be a part of the class. The congregation will celebrate Holy Communion on Sunday, April 29, during whichever service your family attends. It is my hope that this will be a celebration for everyone, reminding us of all that we receive from the Lord’s Table.

If you or one of your children might be ready to begin preparation for receiving Holy Communion please contact me ( or 973-570-8084) and I will make sure that the class is structured in such a way to accommodate you.


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