PAST EVENTS
FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHURCH MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO REMEMBER SOME OF THE PAST YEAR'S EVENTS, OR FOR OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ACTIVITIES OF OLD TENNENT CHURCH SINCE 9/99, THE ANNOUNCEMENTS BELOW ARE PROVIDED.


GEORGE WASINGTON TO VISIT
OLD TENNENT CHURCH
JUNE 27

On Friday, June 27th about 1 pm, General Washington will visit Old Tennent Church. This is part of the celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth.


On June 18, 1778, the British crossed the Delaware River at Philadelphia into New Jersey. General Washington and his troops, departing from Valley Forge, crossed the Delaware north of Trenton on June 21. The two armies battled their way from the Delaware to the Atlantic Qcean, meeting in Monmouth on June 27, 1778.

On Friday, June 27, 2003, as part of the living reenactment, George Washington will ride into Freehold on horseback. At about 10 am Carl Closs, of Kennett Square, PA, costumed in the full dress uniform of General Washington, will arrive on horseback at Englishtown’s Village Inn. The Inn will serve a light complimentary breakfast. Opening ceremonies will be conducted by Monmouth County Freeholder, Theodore J. Narozanick and the Rev. Dr. Hugh A. MacKenzie

Beginning about 11:00 am, Closs and other re-enactors dressed in Revolutionary War costume will begin the parade down Englishtown’s Main Street. The "troops" will stop for lunch at the Manalapan Arboretum before heading to Old Tennent Church, which served as a hospital during the original battle. In the sanctuary, General Washington will speak on the Freedoms of Religion in 1778. A hospital tent with additional period actors will be set up in the church’s cemetery. The next two stops will be Monmouth Battlefield State Park and Molly Pitcher’s well on Route 522.

"Anybody who wants to can join the parade of marchers," said Jane Carr, executive director of the Freehold Center Partnership.

Once General Washington and the marchers reach Freehold, they will be stopping at the Hall of Records on East Main Street for a ceremony to dedicate a new park that will be home to the recovered and restored 1884 Columbia Triumphant statue. Following the dedication of the statue in the park, the Monmouth County Hiistorical Association's Museum on Court Street will host a public reception. The Battle of Monmouth exhibit at the Museum will be on view starting the beginning of June and will conclude late In July.

Old Tennent needs help with the refreshments, as anywhere between 350 and 1000 people are expected. If you can help serve, supply lemonade, ice tea, water or bags of ice, please contact the church office--732-446-6299, MondayFriday--9:00 am--12 noon.

Additional volunteers can contact Jane Carr at the Partnership’s offices at 732-462-3584. More information on the Road to Monmouth Heritage Campaign can be found on the Web at www.roadtomonmouth .com.

There is a sign-up list in Old Scots Hall for donations and volunteers for the time the "parade" and General Washington are at Old Tennent. Please sign up and be a part of this historical commemoration of which Old Tennent was an integral part in this period in history.



 
 

"LIBERTY TRIUMPHANT" STATUE

A RECENTLY DISCOVERED PIECE OF MONMOUTH COUNTY’S HISTORY

The original "Liberty Triumphant’ statue, once mounted atop the Battle of Monmouth Monument on Court Street, is being returned to her hometown. The statue will be the centerpiece of a new park currently being developed by the County of Monmouth. The park will be located between the Monmouth County Hall of Records Annex and the new Community Bank on East Main Street in downtown Freehold Borough.

The cornerstone of the Battle of Monmouth Monument was laid on June 3,1878, the Centennial of the Battle of Monmouth. The monument was completed on November I3, 1684 when the original statue was set atop the monument. The event was marked by a glorious celebration attended by 15,000-20000 citizens, honorable dignitaries, and militia troops from around the state. On August 15, 1894, during a violent storm, the statue was struck by lightning causing damage to the lower half of the statue. The Monmouth Battle Monument Commission decided to remove the statue and have a duplicate made. In 1896, the duplicate was hoisted into place. The remaining bust of the original statue was to be sent back to Freehold and erected on a marble pedestal in the plaza in front of the Monmouth County Hall of Records, formerly Monmouth County Court House. The statue, however, was never erected and somehow it ended up abandoned and discarded in what is now known as McGackin Triangle Parking Lot. A private citizen found the statue buried in mud in the 1940s alongside the railroad tracks and removed it to his property where it was recently discovered. After nearly sixty years, the statue is being returned to its hometown.



 
 

THANK YOU FROM
THE ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE

Old Tennent Endowment Committee would like to extend a special note of thanks to you, your family and friends, for participation in our Old-Fashioned Family Picnic. While the weather wasn’t the most cooperative, your spirits were not dampened, and for that we are most appreciative. The opening act for the day was our own Joshua Sauer’s band, giving us a start to a wonderful musical event. This was followed by a local string band who had those attending tapping their feet and clap-ping their hands. Next on stage were Tom Chapin and Michael Mark who delighted eve-ryone with an Award Winning performance. The very young to the adults were singing and signing to tunes by Tom and Michael.

Staging special events like this require much hard work and dedication. They also require time to plan, organize, implement, and follow up. From our perspective, having you show interest and participate made the entire ef-fort worthwhile. This event showed the com-munity that we are an active and enthusiastic congregation. Those unable to attend missed a truly delightful day.

With two additional programs yet to be staged, we sincerely hope you will mark them both on your calendars and be sure to be a part of the fun. We have learned from experience that the “Old Tennent Presents ...“ Community Series will help us increase awareness about our church and its members. It will also educate the public regarding all the wonderful things this church has done, is now doing, and will be doing in the future. What you may not know is that the series is a great tool for getting all of us to work as the team we can and should be serving the Lord.

    Old Tennent Endowment Committee
    Bill and Linda Deeter


HERITAGE DAY
A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Sunday, October 27, 2002

Everyone Is invited to a special 10:55am Heritage Day Communion Worship Service at Old Scots Burying Ground located on Gordons Corner Road between Route 520 and Wyncrest Road In Marlboro.

Carpooling and caravanning will originate from Old Scots Hall, Tennent, after Sunday School. You are requested to park down the street in the development as there is no parking permitted on the street next to the cemetery. Heritage Day Service will include Holy Communion, traditional music played on the bagpipe and a special service. This is a beautiful outdoor worship service in the location where our church family began. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on as there are no chairs or seats there.

Heritage Day Communion Worship Service should conclude about 12:30 pm and everyone is invited back to Neff Chapel for a Colonial luncheon hosted by the Church Life Committee, which will include Heritage Day Stew.

Heritage Day is a celebration of our ancestry here at Old Tennent Church. The Old Scots Burying Ground is the site where, in 1692, a group of Scottish exiles built a small log church, on what was then known as "Free Hill." In December of 1706, the first recorded Presbytery meeting in North America took place on Free Hill, where the Rev. John Boyd was ordained as pastor, the first American Ordination. (The church was moved to its present location in 1731.) Old Scots Burying Ground remains a memorial to our ancestors who sought religious freedom in the New World, and is the final resting place for many of those who braved the wilderness to find that freedom.

In remembrance of our Colonial heritage, you are encouraged to "dress up" in Colonial outfits or facsimile for all of Sunday's activities. The dress in those days would have been white knee socks and knickers, black three cornered hats, white shirts with lace trim, and black jackets for the men and for the ladies, full-length skirts, blouses with lace at the collar and sleeves and a white "cap". Take a look in your closets, you may be amazed at what you find, or what you can put together.
 
 
 
 




 
 

OLD SCOTS BURYING GROUND
AND THE BOYD MONUMENT

Henry Goodwin Smith in his book The History of The Old Scots Church in 1895 writes:

“What relic of the primitive Presbyterianism of the land should be more prized, more jealously guarded, and more reverently preserved than this memorial of the first born of American Presbyterian ministers, who was the first also to fall from the ranks of the ministry, and find burial in the new continent?

In some place of protection from the storms that for well nigh one hundred and ninety years have been striving to efface its significance, in a spot where will be the recognition of its value as a historical and ecclesiastical monument, this weather-beaten but time-honored stone should rest, and in its place, should stand a replica of the original, joined with a suitable and stately memorial of the ‘First Presbyterianism of the continent first woke to conscious life.’

The place of protection of the original Boyd grave marker is the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia. The Boyd Monument at Old Scots Burying Ground is the 102-year-old replica that Smith was proposing.

On January 25, 2002, Lydia Wikoff called us to say that our request for a matching grant to restore the Boyd Monument had been approved by the Monmouth County Historical Commission at the maximum level of $5,000. We immediately contacted the monument company who will be doing the work to inform them of the approval. The timing could not have been better. On January 30, the stone cutter on the project was leaving for Ireland on personal business. While there, he will select the Irish limestone block that will become the missing spire and arrange for the export to the U.S.

By mid-summer we should have a completely restored Boyd Monument ready for dedication.

Cemetery Board of Trustees


OLD SCOTS BURYING GROUND UPDATE

Reassembly of the Boyd Monument at Old Scots Burying Ground took place on Thursday, October 17, 2002, after being delayed by the nor’easter on Wednesday. The monument, 102 years old, honoring the Rev. John Boyd, first Presbyterian minister trained and ordained in the New World, is now ready for another 100 years.

The restoration, originally projected for three months, took seven. Taking the monument apart was more difficult than expected, but the cleaning and reservation were completed. A representative of Abby Rose Monuments made two trips to Ireland before selecting the Irish limestone for the missing spire, which finally arrived in the United States three months late.

The Trustees of the Synod of the Northeast, owner of the monument, have approved a $5,000 contribution from capital funds toward the restoration project. Also the Marlboro Township Historic Commission will be erecting a sign on the premises identifying the Cemetery’s origins and National Register of Historic Sites status.

Funding and volunteer time in the last two years for the various projects at Old Scots Burying Ground have been provided by the Monmouth County Historic Commission (grant of $5,000), Synod of the Northeast, Mingolo Precision Castings (grave ID caps), the BRAVO organization (radar and metal detection), Boy Scout Troop 180 (grave identification), Marlboro Township Commission, Gerard Scharfenberger (Ph.D. candidate) and Monmouth University students (archaeological digging), Neal Barton (surveyor) and the Old Tennent Cemetery Board of Trustees.

(A Special THANK YOU to Chuck Vastbinder

for all his time and effort in helping this project to a conclusion)


 
HOLIDAY SCRIPTURE CAKE

The fun starts with looking up the ingredients, which can be found in the NRSV version of the Bible. You won’t find a verse that says, "five eggs, separated, so all of the ingredients are listed in the baking instructions. ENJOY!!

314 cup of Psalms 55:22

1-12 cups of Jeremiah 6:20

3 cups of I Kings 4:22

3 tsp. of I Corinthians 5:6

3/4 tsp. of Leviticus 2:13

I tsp. each of 2 Corinthians 9:9

I tsp. of Exodus 30:23

1/2 cup of Judges 4:19

314 cup of Numbers 17:8

3/4 cup of Nahum 3:12

3/4 cup of I Samuel 30:12

Cream butter with sugar. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Blend into creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter. Fold in chopped almonds, figs, raisins. Pour into greased and floured pan. Bake 325 degrees for 70 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
 
   

 
 


 
 

HARVEST HOME 2002
 


 
 

OLD TENNENT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
presents its annual
Harvest Home
Turkey Dinner and Rummage Sale
Saturday
October 19,2002

History of Harvest Home Dinner at Old Tennent
 

Proceeds to benefit Local Food Banks:
Freehold Open Door & Samaritan Center of Englishtown
 

Family Style Serving Menu Includes

Fresh Baked Muffins, Hot Turkey and Gravy, Vegetables,
Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Home Made Cole Slaw,
Fresh Baked Apple Pie, Ice Cream and Assorted Beverages

SERVING TIMES: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30pm

COST: Adult-$8.00    4-16 yrs.-$4.00   3 & under-Free

TAKEOUTS $6.00 Available from 4-6:00pm

For Reservations, Takeout Orders or information Please Call
Church Office 446-6299 (9am-12 noon)
or see any member of Church Life Committee during coffee hour

























HANGING OF THE GREENS

This annual event has taken place for more than 25 years and marks the coming of the Christ Child. We will have a hot lunch following our worship service and then commence to decorate the church and grounds.

Bring wire cutters, gloves, and "dress for mess" as we trim our sanctuary tree with "Chrismons" (these are decorations with individual or family names, see upcoming coffee hours if you need to add yours), make wreaths and swags out of live greens and put up other heralds of the season through out Old Tennent.
 



 
 

CHURCH LIFE


 
 

THE PROGRESSIVE DINNER
is off and running so get ready for fun!  The date is
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2002
We need host homes to cook and serve either Lasagna or soup&salad and lots of folks to share an evening of special fellowship.

Here's how it works:
We all meet at one home for hor d'oeuvres, then break into small groups and drive to other homes for our next two courses, then conclude the evening with dessert as one large group.  You never know who you might be dining with or where.  You are asked to either open your house and serve soup & salad or  Lasagna or, you might just be asked to bring a special dessert or hor d'oeuvre to the designated house.

Either way you are sure to have a great time but you must contact Elaine Nash of Gloria Suydam to get in on this Special Old Tennent Event!
 
 
 
 
 

FAREWELL TO THE NORLANDERS

“As I said to Ed the other day, in a note, to say ‘Church Life’ is to say ‘The Norlanders’. They have been ‘Church Life’ since I joined them two years into their journey of fellowship-making events. Whatever the event may have been, ‘FELLOWSHIP was Ed's main goal. Sue and Ed made being on Church Life Committee an easy work task of love for this church. Their enthusiasm was contagious! Fellowship was defined in every thing they did.  They joined Church Life in 1992 and continued the events that preceded them without questioning the work load that it entailed: Heritage Sunday; Harvest Home; Progressive Dinner; June Church Picnic; decorating the church for Christmas and the de-greening ... to name a few of the church events.

The last time I took over as Elder of Church Life, I had Ed as my on-site mentor. When I needed to resign, Church Life went beck to Ed.  I promise to continue your dreams and plans for Old Tennent.

We wish all of the Norlanders the very best and much happiness in your new journey to Virginia.

On behalf of the Church Life Committee,
Suzanne Gaub, Elder Chair

Committee Members:
Linda and Tony Calcaterra, Elaine Nash, Jen and Glen Brenner, Beth Puskus, Laura Herczeg, Gloria Suydam and Steve Deak.

NEEDED: Members to sign-up for this committee.  We have fun and fellowship planning important
events for all to enjoy! Call or email Sue Gaub.
 
 
 




 
 

Henry Va. Dyke
Presbyterian Heritage
by James H. Smylie

Henry Van Dyke — pastor, writer, professor and diplomat - deserves notice on Nov. 10, his 150th birthday. In 1895, Henry Van

Dvke. pastor of the Brick church, New York City, wrote The Story of the Other Wise Man, which is still in print and still a favorite at Christmastime.

While a pastor, Van Dyke began to write and published a number of volumes, including The Gospel for an Age of Doubt (1899), his Yale Lyman Beecher Lectures, and The Gospel for an Age of Sin (1899). In these he attempted to address the distressing characteristics of his time. Everything nailed down seemed to be coming loose...

Presbyterians rewarded Van Dyke by electing him moderator of the denomination in 1902, in part for his doctrinal openness while remaining faithful... Van Dyke resisted efforts to reduce Christian doctrine to five "fundamentals," an effort, as he put it in a sermon, to trade Christ’s "living Spirit" for the "dead letter’ of dogma.




 
 

A NOTE FROM THE TRUSTEES

Have you ever wondered as you use the various buildings that make up our church complex, who sees to it that the buildings are warm in the winter, comfortable in the summer and available for use by the various groups of Old Tennent.   In this age of instant gratification, wanting what we want when we want it, the buildings are always there for us. It takes both time and money to keep them up and running. This is the responsibility of the trustees.

This past summer, the rooms of Old Scots were painted, the carpeting was cleaned and various other small jobs concerning the building were done. This past spring, the manse and garage were sided, the deck was replaced and the main bathroom was completely remodeled. We conscientiously try to provide repairs, as they are needed. There are many small things that are done and are not noticed by members of our congregation. The next time you come into the various buildings, look around and be aware of your surroundings.




 
 
 
 
 

NEWS FROM THE MISSION DESK

On October 24th, I attended a Mission luncheon at the Moorestown Presbyterian Church in Moorestown, NJ. The guests were the Exec. Director of EHA India (Emmanuel Hospital Association) Dr. Vinod Shah, Dr. Howard Searle, an American Medical Doctor who's been serving in India, and Rob McClelIand, Ambassador at-large for EHA in the USA,

EHA is a network of 19 hospitals and 26 community health centers in northern India that have been meeting the health needs of the poorest of the poor since 1969. These poor that are being reached are considered the "untouchables" in India.  Dr. Shah stated that this network of hospitals and community health centers were started to meet the needs of the poorest, because India historically does not have a culture of caring.

EHA has also been actively involved in the preaching of the Gospel through a parallel ministry. Dr. Vinod Shah believes that in the next decade there will be 1,000.000 home begun in northern India!  This in an area where in excess of 170.000.000 Indians live.

On November 13th, Rob McClelland came to Old Tennent to speak to the Mission Committee about the work of EHA.   We are excited that this Mission is not only helping people medically, but is also spreading the good news of Jesus Christ among the untouchables of India, and that thousands of Hindus each week are turning to Christ because they see that their own religion has kept them down.

The Mission Committee has voted to commit the EHA as an official Mission of Old Tennent Church.

Richard Wendt Mission Chair




 
 


SCOUT SUNDAY AND FLAG RETIREMENT

All members of the Boy ScoUt programs are invited to attend services at Old Tennent on Scout Sunday, February 3, 2002. Scout Sunday celebrates both the anniversary of Boy Scouts in America and the scout's fulfillment of the scout oath of duty to God. Any boy or adult is invited to participate. All should be in proper uniform. Any questions should be directed to Bill Sauer.

At the conclusion of services on that Sunday, Boy Scout Troop 180 will conduct a flag retirement  ceremony  in front of Old Soot's Hall. The flag to be retired is one that had flown on the pole in front of the church. The US Flag Code states that when a flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled it is to be retired with dignity and respect.

Any member of the congregation who has a flag that fits the description above may also wish to have their flag retired at this time.  After the first of the year, boxes will be placed in all three buildings. Flags to be retired must be placed in any of the boxes no later that Sunday, January 27, 2002 so they may be prepared for the ceremony.
 
 
 
 




 
 

TROOP 180 NEWS

The following composition was written by Life Scout, Steven Bennet. Steve is typical of the scouts that have gone though the scouting program offered at
Old Tennent Church. In the next few weeks, Steve will begin his Eagle Scout project at Old Scot's Burial Grounds. It is with his permission that the composition, written for his English Class at Manalapan High School, appears.

Right over left, left over right, the key movement in tying a square knot. The square knot is the first knot that a Boy Scout must learn and is useful in joining pieces of rope. When you join Boy Scouts you become part of the Boy Scouts of America, and Boy Scouts become a part of you. You are "joined" with the Scouting organization like the two ropes are joined together beginning with the square knot. Scouting has become a part of my life since I joined Tiger Cubs in first grade. Six years ago I became a Boy Scout and met several friends after joining Troop 180. Most of my friends have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and I am currently finishing the requirements as well. The fact that I will finish my scouting experience earning the highest rank along with my friends is one of my greatest accomplishments thus far in life. The rope that my friends and I used to join the Boy Scouts has stayed intact and strong through all the years. We have encouraged, taught and led each other through difficult skills, challenges and moments in our lives. Scouting has introduced me to many different people, taught me skills, and given me experiences that have made me the person I am today.

One of my favorite experiences in Boy Scouts is a week long summer camp that I have attended almost every summer since age ten. I still remember my first year at summer camp. The beginning of the week was chaotic, but by the end of the week the six people in my patrol worked together like a well oiled machine. I learned so much that summer. Since then, I have had the desire to make every scout's first year at summer camp as great as mine. Once I became older and skilled enough to lead other scouts, I requested to have a patrol of new scouts. By the end of the week, I always saw a substantial change in the scouts' abilities to work and learn as individuals, as well as in cooperative group. It was always gratifying for me to see these changes and hope that what I have taught will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I know those skills have helped me to date and will continue throughout my own life.

My experiences throughout my many years of involvement in Scouting have provided me with many great skills and memories. I look on my last year as a scout with not only sadness that It is ending but also with great expectations of what I can accomplish in my last year. While completing the rank of Eagle I am still learning how to lead and accomplish tasks. I hope I have helped influence my fellow scouts as much as Scouting has influenced my own life. Through Scouting I have developed good values, directed work ethic, sociability, and an overall sense of well being.


"Shrove Tuesday"

PANCAKE DINNER
 

Sponsored by the Old Tennent Church Deacons will be held at Neff Chapel
on February 12, 2002.
Come out and have a Great Time!

 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, serving 5:30 - 7:30PM.  $4
per adult, $3 12 & under.  Age 3 & under are free.  Also an ice cream bar.
For more info check with your Deacons
 
 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

"MARDI GRAS or SHROVE TUESDAY is the day before Lent begins. In many European cultures and in parts of Louisiana this is a time to feast and party before the serious season of Lent. One way for a family to mark the fact that a different season is about to begin - a time of preparation for Easter - is celebrated in the British Isles by serving pancakes for the evening meal as a way to remember that something different is beginning.

In French, Mardis Gras means "Fat Tuesday" because during the Middle Ages, the severe Lenten fast forbade the use of oil, all dairy products and eggs. By Mardi Gras, these foods needed to be used up. Neither was meat eaten, hence Mardi Gras was time for a "farewell to meat," in Latin came vale, or carnival."

(from LENT AT HOME by Kathy & Mitch Finley)
 

"PANCAKES ... In years gone by, it was the custom to give up meats and also foods containing fats during Lent.  Therefore, on SHROVE TUESDAY, the day before Lent begins, people used up their fat by making pancakes. SHROVE TUESDAY is also known as FAT TUESDAY and FASTNACHT or eve of the fast."

(from WELCOME TO THE LENTEN FAIR by Jeanne C. Mueller)
 
 




 
 
 

FROM THE SEMINARIAN

Well, now, I knew that God had a reason for me to transfer from New Brunswick Theological Seminary to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary... but I certainly didn't know that it would be to find the love of my life!  My future husband, Hal--aka Harold R. Garlick, Jr. and I noticed each other on the first day of orientation in August.  Through the time we spent getting to know each other, getting to know our beliefs and values, we started dating, and realized that God had a plan for us to spend our lives together, sharing our ministry as well as our love for each other. Although Hal is a Methodist pastor in East Ohio, we have come to understand that we can have a joined ministry outside of our respective separate congregations. Hal is a proud father of two wonderful children, Nikki, 20 and Josh, 23. We will continue to be at PTS as students, myself until 2003 and Hal until 2005.  We will travel to and from school as classes require, spending our off time at his parsonage ... which, after June 1, will be our parsonage. Our plans are going smoothly for our wedding in North Carolina. We hope to be able to visit Old Tennent over the summer.

And, yes, classes continue to go well. Not easy, mind you. I am taking a class on Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion this term, and find it very thought-provoking. Hebrew is going well, we are beginning to seriously translate Old Testament passages. And my field education at the soup kitchen and food pantry continues to give me new insight on the plight of the urban poor ... not so very different from the plight of the suburban or rural poor, except in the concentration in the particular area.

Mom also continues to do well. She continues to recover from her surgery late last year, and is walking more and more. We are in touch by telephone often, and Hal and I will travel down to see her the end of Februarv. when he will meet the whole family.
 

Connie Wagner
 

 



 
 


OLD TENNENT
SELECT COMMITTEE ON ALIGNMENT
UPDATE

On behalf of the Select Committee on Alignment, I would like to give a brief update on our work in progress.

The committee has studied the issues that have created division within the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are engaged in a process whereby, should it become necessary to leave the denomination, we will have explored, if nothing else, how Old Tennent may continue to remain faithful and obedient to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through our understanding  of  scripture and our Confessions, and what our options may be.  We  have  arrived  at some understandings that govern how we as a Committee are proceeding.

1. We are comfortable with the Presbyterian style of governance.
2. We are comfortable with the Reformed beliefs as elucidated in The Westminister Book of Confessions.
3, We would like to remain Presbyterians.
4. We would like Old Tennent to be a part of a Presbyterian denomination.

Since we desire to remain Presbyterians, the question becomes what type of Presbyterians do we remain? To help answer that question, the Committee has been looking at other Presbyterian denominations. Yes, there are other Presbyterian denominations in this country.  We have spent time researching: The Presbyterian Church in America, The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Presbyterian Church in America, and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

As a Committee of Session, we shall submit a preliminary report with recommendations to Session by year's end, and the Session shall then determine whether the process shall continue moving forward.

Richard Wendt, Elder
 
 




 
 

DANCES OF SCOTLAND
 

Won't you join the dance?
Learn the traditional reels, jigs and strathspreys of Scotland.
From the Highlands to the Borders.

DECEMBER 16
CHRISTMAS PARTY
NEFF CHAPEL
7:30PM

EVERYONE INVITED

Please wear soft shoes.
For further  information please call Isobel Jackson.
















 
 

NEW - JUNIOR DEACONS

The newly established group will be meeting November 8th and November 15th at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in more information on this new group (ages, commitment, responsibilities, etc.) please get in touch with Laurie Nelson or Barbara Moorefield.



 
 
 

CHURCH LIFE














Hanging of the Greens - Thanks to all those who helped out with the Hanging of the Greens, especially the McLeans for cooking-up the great (as usual) lunch, and the Yoncaks for providing all the greens. Don't forget about our De-Greening on Saturday, January 5th -- 10:00 am - outside  of  Old  Scots  Hall (Confirmands... come get hours!)

The Christmas Drive-Thru
On behalf of Youth Ministry and Church Life, an enormous debt of gratitude goes out to the Ohuger Family for their work on the Drive-Through. The endeavor involved every level of our Church and gave each of us an opportunity to actually be a part of the real miracle, Christ's birth. From the youngest dancer at the Wedding Scene to Isaiah, this incredible undertaking is far larger than any of us can conceive.  Susan, Peter, Bob and Roberta, we thank you and ask God to bless you for your dedication to Old Tennent.

Thanks to those who came out to the Christmas Party. Thanks to Gloria and Steve for set-up, too!

Thanks to Ann Fans for video taping the evening at Barnes & Noble. The tape came out great!




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH
OLD TENNENT CHURCH'S
14TH ANNUAL DRIVE THROUGH

"Journey to Bethlehem"

DECEMBER 7,8, & 9, 2001
6:00PM TO 9:30PM

Congratulations to all who helped to make our
14th Annual Christmas Drive-Through
"Journey to Bethlehem" a great success!

To all those who dedicated their time to support
the Christmas Drive-Through this Year,
We are truly grateful!
















Our Drive-Through was shortened by one night this year when rain closed us down Saturday night, but it did not dampen our spirits.

A special thank you goes to all those Old Tennent members and friends who helped the set-up crew, the scene chairs, the striking" crew, those who worked on publicity and solicited sponsors and supporters, all those who donated food for the participants, and all the actor participants. Also, the Boy Scouts for their continued dedication to helping with the Drive-Through... it could not happen without you.

We are also thankful to have the people from St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church as two scene chairs and recruitlng actors from their church for this cooperative endeavor.

Most importantly, let us not forget to thank God for his ever guiding love and spirit.

As always, none of this could ever have happened without YOU, the church family of Old Tennent It is only through your support and prayers that we are able to bring the joyous news of our Lord's birth to the eyes and ears of the community.
 

Faithfully, Susan Ohliger, 2001 Christmas Drive-hrough coordinator

UPDATE ON THE MEAD FAMILY

In June, Jane and I were able to visit Anne and Jim Mead, and Molly and Andrew in Orange City, Iowa. All are well and happy. Jim loves his teaching position - when I asked how he liked it, he said 'it is a blast!  We met several of Jim's colleagues, one of whom was very familiar with the history of Old Tennent: Jim fits right in and is well accepted. Anne is working in one of the college libraries - during the winter she fell and broke an ankle which slowed her down a bit. She is recovering, although still has occasional pain. Molly and Andrew are making friends - it has been a big change from their life in the Princeton-Manalapan area. During our visit, they gave us a tour of their interesting town and showed us the home they were purchasing.

Orange City is a very 'Dutch" community; most of the architecture has a Dutch motif and the first thing one sees on entering town is a large windmill. They are active in a Reform church which Anne has joined and where the children are involved in Sunday School programs. Jim occasionally preaches as pulpit supply in nearby churches.

Northwestern College is a small liberal arts college with quite a bit of emphasis on religious studies, All students are required to take basic religion courses. The religion department consists of four or five professors, housed in a suite of offices.

It was a joy for us to be with the four again. They continue to think fondly of their time at Old Tennent and send their love to each one of you. They would love to hear from anyone in our congregation. Their new address is:

Jim, Anne, Andrew, and Molly Mead
504 Olympia Ave., SE
Orange City, IA 51041
eMail: Mead@pionet.net






















Jack Lindenthal
 


FROM THE SEMINARIAN
(NOW IN PITTSBURGH)
Connie Wagner's EMAIL Address is: connie_ree@hotmail.com)



















Hello Old Tennent!

First, I just want to give you a personal update. I was able to visit with Mom in August for a couple of weeks. She is doing well, and getting around more and more. It was great to see the improvement that she had made since January. Must be that good Southern and Italian cooking she's been getting!

As for me, I have been getting settled in here in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  It is quite a change from Central New Jersey, adjusting to city life. I have been learning the bus routes and schedules and do quite well, thank you very much, for someone who only took a NJ Transit bus once in my life!

I have 5 classes this term - Hebrew, Ethics, Spiritual Formation, Global Christian  History (15th and 16th century), and a reflection group. I am working at a soup kitchen/ food pantry about 6 blocks from the school 10 hours a week for my field education this year.  In addition, I work in one of the offices for my work study job another 10 hours a week.  Classes are going well, As I write, we are finished with mid-terms.  I have a couple of papers to write, and a few exams. Then a break, Thanksgiving week, and we get to start all over again!

As much as I valued my time at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, I am very glad that I transferred here. It is an entirely new experience, living on campus, and being able to devote my time to school and ministry instead of a secular full-time job. The people here, from the faculty and staff, to the students, to our clients at my field ed, are helping me to better discern my call to ministry; which, I am finding, is NOT urban ministry.   The churches I have visited are wonderful, but TOO BIG for a country girl like me!   Give me small town or rural parish ministry any time!

So, that's it for now. I miss you all and keep you all in my prayers.

Take care, and be in touch!
 

In His service,
Connie Wagner

SPECIAL FOR CHRISTMAS 2001

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

The Christmas Eve Family Service with music led by the Norlanders, will
be at 7:30PM, Monday night, December 24th.  The service will end with those
attending joining together at the end of the path to light candles and sing
Silent Night at the scene of the Live Nativity.

At the December 24, 11PM Christmas Eve Service, the music will be
directed by Kevin Smith, with our own Carolyn Kaempffer, and Metropolitan
Opera tenor Euardo Villa as guest musicians assisting in the worship of our
Lord Jesus Christ.

PERFORMANCE AT BARNES AND NOBLE

Carolers & ringers representing Old Tennent Church will be performing at
Barnes & Noble on Friday, December 21 at 7:30PM.  Arrive early - there is
limited seating.

OLD TENNENT CHRISTMAS PARTY

After the concert, come to Neff Chapel for Old Tennent's
annual Christmas Party. Enjoy Christmas delicacies, and FELLOWSHIP.  Any
questions, call the Norlanders.

Remember the dates and times:  December 21 at 7:30PM, December 24 at 7:30PM
and at 11PM.

Have a blessed Christmas.



 
 


HARVEST HOME 2001
 



















SURPRISES OF HARVEST HOME 2001: This years dinner (see announcement below) was so amazing that it must be told. Every year our ticket sales usually come together the last week or so before the dinner with just takeouts available the day of Harvest Home. Not so this year. The weeks leading up had only 270 tickets sold out of 400 and 14 takeouts of 100. This made me a little nervous and, sad to say, doubtful that our dinner would be successful. Even up to the very day of Harvest Home, I had trouble being confident in the outcome and kept asking God to bring the community to our dinner. That's just what He did!  270 went to 372 and 14 went to more than 100!  What a dramatic day at Old Tennent.   Right down to the last turkey we came together with the help of our Lord to support the mission of humanity so evident in our country's spirit today. Let the records show that the 2001 Harvest Home dinner was not only successful but a testament to faith in congregation, community and to God.

Ed Norlander, Chairman


OLD TENNENT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
presents its annual
Harvest Home
Turkey Dinner and Craft Show
Saturday
October 13,2001

History of Harvest Home Dinner at Old tennent
 

Proceeds to Help Local Food Banks
Freehold Open Door & Samaritan Center of Englishtown
 

Family Style Serving Includes

Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Baked Muffins, Turkey, Vegetables,
Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cole Slaw,
Fresh Baked Apple Pie, Ice Cream and Beverages

CRAFT SHOW STARTS at 3:00

SERVING TIMES: 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, & 7:00 pm

COST: Adult-$8.00  4-16 yrs.-$4.00 3 & under-Free

TAKEOUTS $6.00 Available from 4-6:30pm

 Early Bird Special..... Save-A-Buck On Your Adult dinner
by reserving NOW! (4:00 seating only)

For Reservations, Takeout Orders or information Please Call
Church Office 446-6299 (9am-12 noon)
NEFF CHAPEL 462-6283 (leave message)

















HERITAGE DAY
A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Sunday, October 28, 2001

Everyone Is invited to a special 10:55am Heritage Day Communion Worship Service at Old Scots Burying Ground located on Gordons Corner Road between Route 520 and Wyncrest Road In Marlboro.

Carpooling and caravanning will originate from Old Scots Hall, Tennent, after Sunday School. You are requested to park down the street in the development as there is no parking permitted on the street next to the cemetery. Heritage Day Service will include Holy Communion, traditional music played on the bagpipe and a special service. This is a beautiful outdoor worship service in the location where our church family began. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on as there are no chairs or seats there.

Heritage Day Communion Worship Service should conclude about 12:30 pm and everyone is invited back to Neff Chapel for a Colonial luncheon hosted by the Church Life Committee, which will include Heritage Day Stew.

Heritage Day is a celebration of our ancestry here at Old Tennent Church. The Old Scots Burying Ground is the site where, in 1692, a group of Scottish exiles built a small log church, on what was then known as "Free Hill." In December of 1706, the first recorded Presbytery meeting in North America took place on Free Hill, where the Rev. John Boyd was ordained as pastor, the first American Ordination. (The church was moved to its present location in 1731.) Old Scots Burying Ground remains a memorial to our ancestors who sought religious freedom in the New World, and is the final resting place for many of those who braved the wilderness to find that freedom.

In remembrance of our Colonial heritage, you are encouraged to "dress up" in Colonial outfits or facsimile for all of Sunday's activities. The dress in those days would have been white knee socks and knickers, black three cornered hats, white shirts with lace trim, and black jackets for the men and for the ladies, full-length skirts, blouses with lace at the collar and sleeves and a white "cap". Take a look in
your closets, you may be amazed at what you find, or what you can put together.
 
 



 
 


 

Sunday, November 25
Hanging of the Greens

This  annual  event  has taken place for more than 25 years and marks the coming of the Christ Child.  We will have a hot lunch following worship service and then commence to decorate  the  church  and grounds. Bring wire cutters, gloves and dress for mess as we trim our sanctuary tree with "Chrismons" (these are decorations with individual or family names, see upcoming Coffee Hours if you need to add yours), make wreaths and swags out of live greens and put up other Heralds of the season throughout Old Tennent.
 
 
 



 
 

FALL 2000 MUSIC NEWS

Planning for this year's music program is fast and furious. See Sue Norlander's article about the changes in the God's Kids/Joyful Noise program this year. As for the other choirs, planning and programs are being completed as this article is being written.  First and foremost is that we will be using a standardized schedule this year as to when the choirs will be participating in worship.
 


All choirs are in need of participants. We have some holes to fill in the adults handbell choir (Ringers of White Oak Hill), and are in need of youth for the Master's Ringers choir, and all voice parts are needed. Remember that the definition of a choir is many voices (or people) sounding as one. We look for only one thing, and that is someone with a love of music willing to serve in a life changing ministry.

Some things to look for in 2000-2001... The Sanctuary Choir will be receiving new robes. We have spent the last part of May and June discussing colors, styles and such and will be finalizing the decision the early part of September. So - look for a new look Sanctuary Choir soon. The handbell program has added the fourth and fifth octaves of hand chimes. This is an exciting addition and will allow the choirs to offer a variety in the sounds of music it will offer. The ROWOH will be joining the Sanctuary Choir this year at Barnes & Noble during Christmas (December 15) and participating again in the upcoming Freehold Handbell Festival in March. We have also been talking with our sister church in Freehold about putting together a joint concert at Applewood Manor in Freehold sometime next May. The Master's Ringers have set their sights on next June by attending the AGEHR Area II Festival Conference at Hobart and Smith College in New York State.

So as you can see the choirs will have a busy year ahead of them. And there's plenty of room in the music family of God for all.

We meet in Neff are as follows:
 
Ringers of White Oak Hill Wednesdays from 8:00-9:30 pm
Master's Ringers Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm
Sanctuary Chair Thursdays from 8:00-9:30 pm

Anyone with questions can contact Bill Sauer.



 
 


 

STEPHEN MINISTRY

"...And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, ..." Acts 6:5b

Thus was the beginning of what we call the deaconate, the office of deacon or deaconess. Deaconate comes from the Greek word, "diakoneo" which means serve. Our Deacons are very active serving our congregation, especially in working with our older members. Most of the Deacons work, however, outside the home leaving less time to be able to truly take on the full responsibility of beginning a Stephen Ministry at Old Tennent. They do believe that Stephen Ministry is a vital ministry in which members of our congregation can be involved. Pastor MacKenzie, Rev. Thomson and the Deacons will, therefore, encourage and support the program with prayer. We will need hands-on people - those who sense they are being called to help others in our congregation in a confidential one-on-one basis. What is Stephen Ministry? Watch for flyers on the bulletin boards. Our sister church in Englishtown has already started - one training session completed, and another beginning in January 2001. Questions? Contact Rev. Thomson.
 
 

STEPHEN MINISTRY  SUPPLEMENT

A definition: "Compassion - The deep feeling of sharing the suffering of another, together with the inclination to give aid or support." The above introduced a short article in the newsletter of First Presbyterian Church in Englishtown. Since the Englishtown Church has already begun the Stephen Ministry program, it is fitting that I add a few more sentences from their article:

"As we look to Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, we observe the ultimate example of compassion. He now calls us to follow His example of compassion and to be deeply concerned for one another. This caring ministry belongs to each member of the congregation. Please allow God to minister to others through you."

Are YOU interested? Do you have questions about the Stephen Ministry? Do you feel God calling you to a life of compassion? Would you be interested in attending an introductory Workshop that will give you an overview of the Stephen Ministry program? Check with our Parish Associate for more information. "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."


DEACONS DOINGS
 

The Samaritan Center is always in need of toiletries and non-perishable food items. Please bring an item each Sunday and place it on the shelves as you enter Old Scots Hall.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE DEACONS
SEPTEMBER 16, 2001 - KITCHEN SHOWER
(watch for details)
SEPTEMBER 18, 20O1 6-8:3O PM BLOOD DRIVE
Old Scots Hall
In Appreciation of the Deacons

On behalf of the Youth Club, we would like to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Deacons of OTC for the delicious dinner they provided for us in April. In addition to their many, tireless efforts, they always remember our children. In particular, Deacon Miracle Torregrossa juggled a rigorous schedule to assist us that evening; she is truly a blessing!

Many thanks again, Francine Faith Piscopo



 

OLD TENNENT SENIOR LUNCHEON
Wednesday
May 9, 2001
11:30am
Old Scots Hall

Calling all citizens of the congregation who have been seasoned by the years and carry the distinguished appearance of experience.

Old Tennent Church esteems our older brothers and sisters. A part of our mission is to honor those who have contributed to the life of the Church, and have in general now passed the torch to the next generation to continue running the race.

Come, that we may honor you and serve you with this luncheon.

Guest sign-up sheet is located on the Mission Board in Old Scots Hall. (Helpers are needed in all areas, also).  Any questions, call Richard Wendt.



 
 


 
 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 280 AWARDS

Seven members of Old Tennent's Boy Scout Troop 180 received Certificates of Appreciation from Freehold Township's Mayor, Dorothy Avaltone at their Council Meeting on May 22, 2001. The certificates were awarded in recognition of their help in planting 41 trees
at the Freehold Township's Memorial Arboretum at Durand Park.

Editorial Note: congratulations! Many Boy Scout activities are to be commended. We are proud to have you as a part of Old Tennent church.
 



 
 


Bible Study

Rev. Dr. Hugh MacKenzie holds bible study sessions in Old Scots Hall,  Friday, June 1, at 10:00.

The sessions include active group discussion, aided by his insights into any ideas or questions that the group attending may suggest.  Currently, these sessions mostly focus on the new testament gospels and should reach the chapter of Revelation in the next two months.  However, any items raised for discussion will be welcome.

The group usually consists of  people whose knowledge of the bible and the Presbyterian Church varies from very limited to more long term experience.  Anybody who wants to attend a session is welcome to come at 10:00.



 
 

PASTOR COMMISSIONED

Your Pastor has been honored to receive a gubernatorial commission by Christine Todd Whitman to serve on the 225th Anniversary Commission of the American Revolution.  This Commission will be exploring ways to celebrate our Nation's birth and the vital part New Jersey played in its establishment.

This is an ongoing program of the State's   "Crossroad of the American Revolution"  theme.



 
 

SESSION NOTES -  MARCH 2001

A copy of the minutes of the March 20, 2001 meeting of the Session are available for any member in good standing to review. They are located in a folder in the church office. Please direct any questions, concerns or comments to Rev. Dr. Mackenzie, or Susan Oligher, Clerk of Session.

Archeological research at Old Scots Burial Ground has recently revealed the possible foundation of the original meeting house, as well as over 150 unmarked graves. Included in the find is a piece of a bottle dating from the 1690s, which is believed to be consistent with the original structure's date.
 

Finance & Administration: It was reported that as of the end of the church year the current Nursery Attendant will be leaving, and candidates for this vacancy are being sought.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in this position.

Worship - Summer worship services will be held primarily in the sanctuary on the hill unless it is a super hot and humid day under which circumstance the service will be held in Old Scots Hall in the air-conditioned great room.  Summer 9:30 am worship services will start July 1, 2001 and continue to Labor Day.

Membership & Outreach: Anyone available to assist with the compiling of the new church directory, please contact George Nelson. The committee expects the directory to be completed and ready for release on or about April 29, 2001.

Youth Ministries: Plans are in the works for the Sr. High youth to attend Odyssey 2001 in Ocean City, MD March 30-April 1,2001.

Christian Education: Fish banks (collection for One Great Hour of Sharing) will be collected April 8, 2001.  CE Committee is planning a Seder during Sunday School, Palm Sunday April 8, 2001. Dr. Mackenzie will be officiating and all are welcome to come out and learn more about the Seder.

Mission: NEW POLICY  - " Any mission fund-raisers for organizations representing Old Tennent Church must be cleared through the Mission  Committee prior to requesting session approval."

Church Life:  Karaoke/Talent Show-Pot Luck Dinner is planned for April 28, 2001. Sign-ups now posted for church-wide camping week-end-Memorial Day Weekend, all are welcome!

Amendment "0,' Update: Rev. Dr. Mackenzie reported that Amendment 0 was defeated. The Session has approved the formation of a committee to study the possIbilIty of realignment of Old Tennent Church denominationally.  Richard Wendt appointed by the Moderator as Chair. The committee will consist of representatives from each board as well as an equal number of congregation members selected from the congregation at large. The committee Is tasked with researching this proposal In depth and reporting back to the Session with a suggestion by November or December 2001.
 



 
 


 

OPEN DOOR AFTER-SCHOOL
PROGRAM

The Open Door After-School Program needs volunteers to help children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades from the Freehold Borough Schools, who have been referred by their teachers, with their homework. We meet Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:25 to 4:30 pm at St. Peter's Church parish house on Throckmorton Street. Volunteers set their own schedules as to the day and frequency.  The program starts in early October and ends in May.

We provide a safe supportive environment along with snacks, educational games and books when they have finished their homework. It's rewarding to see the children progress and gain confidence. You don't need a teaching background to answer their questions.

If you have a little TLC and time to help, call Joan Vastbinder.



 
 

"Shrove Tuesday"

DINNER
 

Sponsored by the Old Tennent Church Deacons will be held at Neff Chapel on February 27, 2001.
Come out and have a Great Time!
 
 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

"MARDI GRAS or SHROVE TUESDAY is the day before Lent begins. In many European cultures and in parts of Louisiana this is a time to feast and party before the serious season of Lent. One way for a family to mark the fact that a different season is about to begin - a time of preparation for Easter - is celebrated in the British Isles by serving pancakes for the evening meal as a way to remember that something different is beginning.

In French, Mardis Gras means "Fat Tuesday" because during the Middle Ages, the severe Lenten fast forbade the use of oil, all dairy products and eggs. By Mardi Gras, these foods needed to be used up. Neither was meat eaten, hence Mardi Gras was time for a "farewell to meat," in Latin came vale, or carnival."

(from LENT AT HOME by Kathy & Mitch Finley)
 

"PANCAKES ... In years gone by, it was the custom to give up meats and also foods containing fats during Lent.  Therefore, on SHROVE TUESDAY, the day before Lent begins, people used up their fat by making pancakes. SHROVE TUESDAY is also known as FAT TUESDAY and FASTNACHT or eve of the fast."

(from WELCOME TO THE LENTEN FAIR by Jeanne C. Mueller)
 



 
 


 

NEW MEMBER CLASSES
Sunday, March 25 & Sunday, April 1
12:15 pm - Old Scots Hall

Twice a year classes (informal talks) are held for those people interested in uniting with our church family. At these classes Dr. MacKenzie will sketch the outlines of the Reformed faith. We find this a necessity because 85% of our recent members have come from backgrounds other than Presbyterian.

If you are interested in membership or in learning more about Old Tennent, please plan to join Dr. MacKenzie on Sunday, March 25.

Are you not sure if you want to join at this time? Why not attend the first class, then decide.  Please call the church office Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-12 noon (446-6299) should you plan to attend or have any questions. Prospective members meet with Session on Tuesday, April 17-7:00 pm in Old Scots Hall.

New Member Sunday-April 22, 2001



 
 

AREA HANDBELL FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED

The Ringers of White Oak Hill will join choirs from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church of Freehold and Carteret Presbyterian Church in the second annual "A-Pealing Bells HandI bell Festival." The concert will feature over fifty ringers in six massed rung selections. These six compositions will follow the liturgical year from Advent through Easter. Conducting the massed selections will be Janos Major of St. Rose of Lima and Susan Croft of Freehold Presbyterian. \ln addition, each choir will present a solo rung composition. The concert has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 22 and will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be held in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, on the comer of Main Street and Brinkerhoff Avenue.   There is no admission price, however, a freewill offering will be taken.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE
FOR A WONDERFUL MUSICAL EVENING



 

DRAMATIC READERS
NEEDED FOR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

This year's Good Friday Service will take place on Friday evening, April 13, in the sanctuary of Old Tennent Church. The theme of the service is "VOICES FROM THE CROWD" and centers around six monologues by characters that met Jesus as he passed-by on his way to Calvary.  Music will include special anthems by the Sanctuary Choir and congregational hymns. The service will begin at 8:00 pm. The sanctuary will be open during the day for those wishing meditation and prayer, and will continue to remain open following the service.

Needed are six individuals, four men and two women (one woman and one young girl) to do the monologues.  The monologues will be dramatic readings, therefore they do not have to be memorized, nor will costuming be used. However, interested people should realize that they will be taking on the characters of the monologues and dramatic effect is important.

Anyone interested should see Bill Sauer, or e-mail Bigbill299®yahoo.com
 
 
 



 

HALLELUJAH CHORUS


















Come one, come all to join us for the annual singing of the Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel's "Messiah", on Sunday, January 7 during morning worship. Many voices are needed in order to make a majestic sound. It's a wonderful time to be had by all. Practice in on Thursday, January 4 at 8:00 pm up in the Sanctuary., followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in Neff Chapel. For all those who are interested, please see Bill Sauer for info. or sign-up at coffee hour.



 
 

The Presbytery of Monmouth's

GRACE
(Growth and Renewal in Adult Christian Education)
(formerly COLT)

Presents "The Art of Christian Care Giving"
A training for deacons and others in care giving ministry.

  Workshops, round table discussions, and case studies on compassionate member care, shepherding, homebound rninistry, and community outreach.
Saturday, March 24, 2001
Neff Chapel 9:00 am-12 noon - Registratioa begins at 8:30 am
 

For additional information contact the Presbytery Office (446-7605).



 
 

CHURCH LIFE


 
 

Come One!!! Come All!!! ...to the Annual Church Picnic!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, melon.  And all the fixin's!  Great games, too.
 

Want to help flip hamburgers?  Donate a watermelon?   How about make a tray of baked beans?  Maybe just use your muscle to move barbecue pits, set up or clean up. Call Ed Norlander  to help out on Youth Sunday, June 10th.


YOUTH CLUB OPEN HOUSE

On Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Neff, Youth Club will hold its annual Open House. All Children presently in second through fifth grades are welcome to join us. It will be an introduction to our program which will begin again in the Fall for third through sixth graders. Youth Club is a weekly Ministry of Bible Study, dinner (provided by Club parents) fellowship and fun! Join us!

We thank Rev. Mack and Jeanne White for another incredible  year! Thanks to all of the Youth Club parents for providing  great meals and support,  and  to Church Life and the Deacons for leftovers  (you, Gloria...).

Youth Ministry welcomes Arnaldo and Cindy Cruz to our staff!

The Youth Choir also welcomes prospective members. Our group just loves to sing praises! Check us out at our Open House, Wednesday,  June  6 - upstairs in Neff. The kid's choir is open to ALL youth from Kindergarten on up.  To our Choir Kids... Ed and I want to thank each and every  one who sang praises with us this year. It has been one of the greatest experiences for both of us, especially on Mother's Day and Christmas (and "Emmanuel," and "Amen" and "He's Got the Whole World" and "Joy!" and "Reverend,
Row Your Boat"). Your Young Voices have touched many hearts. We hope to see all of you in the Fall.
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Youth of Old Tennent,

Thank you so much for your collection on "Souper Bowl" Sunday.  You did a "Souper" Job!
 

Carol Puro
Director, Samaritan Center



 
 
 
 
The Session of
Old tennent Presbyterian Church
Cordially Invites You to the Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
of Ministry to Old Tennent Church by

The Rev. Dr. High A. Mackenzie

as the Twentieth Minister of the Gospel to Old Tennent Church
at the Special Worship Service on
Sunday, May 6, 2001
at Ten Fifty-Five in the Sanctuary

A Reception/Luncheon
Immediately Following the Service in Neff Chapel

Please R.S.V.P. by April 28, 2001



GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT NEEDS INSTRUMENTS

Melissa Rubin's Gold Award Project could use your help. If you have any used musical instruments that you are willing to donate for distribution to Freehold area grammar schools, for use by students who cannot afford to purchase their own instruments, please call Melissa at (732) 780-5456 for information and to offer your assistance.

Thank you for your support.

Melissa Rubin


MONMOUTH PRESBYTERY

On Tuesday, May 9th, Monmouth Presbytery hosted a luncheon for four delegates who were visiting our area from Cuba.  How pleased we were to have the privilege of translating conversations and getting to know these representatives of the Central Presbytery of Cuba.  The luncheon was followed by an extremely interesting and informative historical tour of our church by Lydia Wikoff.  That evening, we shared dinner with our new friends.  There was a fellowship among us as if we'd known each other for ages, not just hours, on that hot May afternoon.

The next day, the Presbytery Council hosted a luncheon at Battleground Country Club where we were again honored to translate.  Our new friends, Gustavo, Yolanda, Ruth and Xiomara presented the Council with some of the needs of the Presbyterian churches in Central Cuba.  The development of a Christian Education program as well as a Senior Citizen assistance program were at the top of their list.

After visiting other churches throughout the Presbytery, the delegation was scheduled to return to Cuba. We will be maintaining contact with them not only through the Presbytery, but with cards and letters as well.  It is our hope to keep you updated on their progress monthly.  Please help support their endeavors through your prayers.

 Faithfully,
 Sue Norlander and Miracle Torregrossa
 


Weigh Down Workshop

Weigh Down Workshop seminars teach people on a daily basis how God can transform their hearts and minds so that they can rise above the magnetic pull of the refrigerator!

Years of dieting has only strengthened the chains of slavery to food. Years of focusing on food and giving all our boredom, distress, and troubles to a pan of brownies has only increased our stress. Dieting has drained us emotionally, if not financially, and has exacerbated rather than solved our problems.

Through a series of specially designed classes incorporating videos, audio cassette tapes, workbooks, and Bible lessons, you will learn how to be delivered from the slavery of overweight God can change your desire so that you do not want to eat the second half of a candy bar if you are not truly hungry.

This series teaches people that head hunger (the urge to eat when the body is not calling for it) is not true physiological hunger, but rather is spiritual hunger. You learn how to replace head hunger with the will of God so that you can transforrn this desire for a pan of brownies to that of hungering and thirsting after righteousness. And you will learn how to eat regular food with control. In other words, the food content does not change, but the person does.

No matter what your age or gender, no matter what your size, no matter what your means of control is -- whether it is dieting, exercising to keep the weight off, bulimia, anorexia, or whether you have just given up self control, this program is for you. Don't need to lose weight? We are all slaves to something. This program will help you focus on God and your relationship with Him. Come, and be set free!

Orientation - Monday, September 18, 2000 7:30 pm in Old Scots Hall

First Class - Monday, October 2, 2000 7:30 pm in Old Scots Hall

Information - Bettsy Szabocsik


BIKE*A*THON

This year the Bike*A*Thon will be held in the fall as we begin an exciting new Sunday School year.  The date is Saturday, September 30th from noon until 3:00 pm on the grounds outside Old Scots. This Mission project is sponsored by the Christian Education Committee to support our Compassion International Child, Natan Mola. Our goal is to raise $350. Participants are given pledge sheets, get sponsored through their network of friends and relatives, bike, walk, or blade the course on our grounds, and help give hope to a child in another part of the world. Your participation is cmcial.  Please plan to join us for this incredible fun event as you make a difference in the life of another. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


CHURCH LIFE

November, 2000

We’ve done it again! We’ve broken our own record for another incredible Harvest Home. Every seating was sold out with over 100 people at each. Over 100 take-outs were sold. 400 pounds of turkey, 160 pounds of sweet potatoes, 175 pounds of mashed potatoes, 65 pies, gallons of cider, trays of stuffings, all nearly gone by the end of the night. And so many people from our church and community saying how well organized and efficient everything went. How did it all come together? The answer is simple: we work together, Deacons, Elders and Trustees, employees, members, old, new and prospective, scouts, youth, confirmands, young adults, crafters, grounds workers, and the many people who’s spirits are moved just by being on the grounds of this blessed place. And you are all part of it, too. Whether you cooked turkeys, sliced it, ate it, or cleaned it off plates when it was done, you are a part of the whole picture. We ate, so that we could feed others. After expenses of under $1000 - we will donate over $2600 - to local Mission projects. We reached hundreds at our dinner…now prepare to reach thousands! The Christmas Drive-Through is coming in just a few weeks. Let’s show how alive we are once again by working together for the glory of God and proving to all that "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us".



The Deacons are collecting Thanksgiving food for the special dinner baskets for the families we support from Samaritan Center. Please bring your non-perishable Thanksgiving items and place them on the shelves in Old Scots Hall. We need 12 turkeys (fresh or frozen), anyone interested in donating, please call Barbara Moorefield (732-446-7429).

On November 26, 2000 the Deacons will have our Love Offering Christmas Tree docorated with tags indicating sizes and items needed by our sponsored families. Please help to make the coming holidays special for those in need of our help. Our Love Offering will be presented in church on Sunday, December 10, 2000 during worship service.

The Deacons thank you for your support.


HANGING OF THE GREENS

This annual event has taken place for more than 25 years and marks the coming of the Christ Child. We will have a hot lunch following our worship service and then commence to decorate the church and grounds.

Bring wire cutters, gloves, and "dress for mess" as we trim our sanctuary tree with "Chrismons" (these are decorations with individual or family names, see upcoming coffee hours if you need to add yours), make wreaths and swags out of live greens and put up other heralds of the season through out Old Tennent.

Don’t miss . . The Adult Christmas Party - Friday, December 15, 2000.
 
 


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NEW MEMBER CLASS

. . . will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2000

If you or someone you know is interested in uniting with our church family, please feel free to attend. The New Member Class is to inform prospective members of our Reformed dogma/history and the local working of Old Tennent Church. We find this time to be a time of lively discussion and wonderful fellowship. Planning to attend ... have any questions about our New Member Classes ... call the church office Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 12 noon.
 


HERITAGE DAY COMMUNION SERVICE

A Service of Remembrance

Sunday, November 5th, 2000

















 Everyone is invited to a special 10: 55AM Heritage Day Communion Worship Service at Old Scots Burying Ground located on Gordons Corner Road between 520 and Wyncrest Rd. in Marlboro.
Carpooling and caravan from Old Scots, Tennent after Sunday School.
Heritage Day Service will include Holy Communion, traditional music played on the bagpipe and a special service. At Old Scots Burying Ground everyone is asked to park down the street in the development as there is no parking permitted on the street next to the cemetery. If you would like to bring a chair, please feel free to.

 At the conclusion of the Heritage Day Service, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend a Colonial luncheon in Neff Chapel. The Church Life Committee will be hosting the luncheon, and the menu will include Heritage Day Stew.

 Heritage Day is a celebration of our ancestry here at Old Tennent Church. The Old Scots Burying Ground is the site where, in 1692, a group of Scottish exiles built a small log church, on what was then known as "Free Hill."  In December of 1706, the first recorded Presbytery meeting in North America took place on Free Hill, where the Rev. John Boyd was ordained as pastor, the first American Ordination. (The church was moved to its present location in 1731.) Old Scots Burying Ground remains a memorial to our ancestors who sought religious freedom in the New World, and is the final resting place for many of those who braved the wilderness to find that freedom.

 In remembrance of our Colonial heritage, you are encouraged to "dress up" in colonial outfits or facsimile for all of Sunday's activities.
The dress in those days would have been, white knee socks and knickers, white three-cornered hats, shirts with lace trim, and black jackets for the men and or the ladies, full-length skirts, blouses with lace at the collar and sleeves. Take a look in your closets, you may he amazed at what you find. or what you can put together.



 
 

13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH

"A Journey to Bethlehem"

Mark your calendar and plan to be at Old Tennent Presbyterian Church

December 1, 2 and 3, 2000 from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Volunteers are desperately needed in all areas of the Drive-Through:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Scene Chair needed for the Campfire Scene.
  • Assistant Coordinator
  • Refreshment and Kitchen Staff Chairperson
  • Scene Dressers Coordinator
  • Solicitations Assistants
  • Property Master
  • Seamstresses
  • Set-up / Clean-up Crew Members
  • Electric’s Crew Members

  • Luminaries Repair Crew

Please contact Susan Ohliger or Dr. MacKenzie, (732) 446-6299, if you are able to help out.

Sign-ups for scene participants will be October 29, 2000, November 5, 2000, and November 26, 2000 during coffee hours at Old Tennent Church. Please sign-up to participate.
 

Sign-ups for donations of refreshments and hot food dishes will also be available during coffee hours during the month of November. If you are able to contribute please sign-up or contact Susan or Roberta Ohliger. Your donations are always greatly appreciated by all our Dirve-Through participants.

This year Baby-sitting will NOT be provided during the Drive-Through unless a volunteer is found to oversee the nursery during the three nights of the Drive-Through from 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm. If you are able to help out in any way please contact Susan Ohliger.

Scene set-up and construction crews are forming to prepare for this year’s Drive-Through, if you are interested in helping out, or if there are any services or supplies you could donate, please contact Dr. MacKenzie.

The Drive-Through Committee asks your help in publicizing this year’s Drive-Through by sharing the news of our annual Drive-Through with all your friends and co-workers. Please help distribute the Drive-Through posters and flyers located in the narthex of the church and on the counter of the library in Old Scots Hall, and plan to come out and be a part of this very great community outreach project. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Neff December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

 
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Ohliger, Christmas Drive-Through Committee Coordinator
YOUTH MlNISTRY FOR FEBRUARY

Thanks to those who supported Mission by coming out to see The Prince of Egypt. Special thanks to Judy Weisinger for all her help with set-up and clean-up.

Friday Nights in February:

February 4 - YMCA Night - 7:00-9:30 PM
February 25 - Ice Skating - Wall Township Arena - 7:00-10:00 PM

A minimum cost for each event. Permission slips will go Out through the Sunday School.  Brunch Prep - Saturday, February 12 - 7:00-9:00 pm - Neff Confirmands - Let's Go! - Earn Hours!

MISSION - 30 HOUR FAMINE
Well, it's February again, and you know what that means - time for the 30 Hour Famine. This Mission project helps to raise funds for World Vision, and helps to raise awareness for our teens. For 30 hours, from Friday night, February 18, through Sunday morning, February 20, a group will gather at Old Scots Hall. We will consume nothing but water and clear fruit juice for this time, so that we can experience first-hand what it is like to be hungry. Our teens will be asking for sponsors for this event or pledge a "per-hour amount. Ask our teens that have been through this experience what it's like - and all are welcome! Fasters must be 12 years old or older. lnformation has gone out with the appropriate Sunday School classes. If you'd like further information, see Connie Wagner or e-mail her at connie.wagner@cte.net

We hold up in prayer the family of Pastor Greg Howard, who leads the Hoonan Presbyterian Church in Hoonan, Alaska. For the last few years, our congregation has helped to support this church. Pastor Greg and his wife recently lost their 33-year-old son. Steven. This loss follows close on the heels of the loss of their daughter, Darlene, in May of 1998. Please keep Pastor and Mrs. Howard and their sole surviving son in prayers during this difficult time.



 
 

March 31st to April 2nd
Monmouth Presbytery Senior High Retreat



















Senior Highs and College kids are welcome to attend the Presbytery Retreat, Friday, March 31st to Sunday April 2nd. We will depart from our grounds on busses and go to Paradise Lakes in the Poconos with youth from throughout the Presbytery. You don't want to miss this event !


Camp Bernie Retreat

The Camp Bernie Retreat was a huge success. Nine students and two enthusiastic adults reveled in the brisk mountain air, had a great time snow tubing, climbed towers, traversed a rope course and generally had a great time. Mrs. Cruz's Bible studies were inspirational, and the fellowship (and snowball fights) were enjoyed by all.


March 3rd and 4th - Rock*a*thon

Please support the Youth with your pledges. Even a single dollar is not too little. What is a Rock*a*thon? Well, from Friday, March 3rd at 8:00 pm until Saturday, March 4th at 8:00 am, the youth will rock in rocking chairs to support Mission. Who can rock? Anyone from 4th grade up. We play games, watch videos, eat and have a great time. All youth in these are groups are encouraged to participate. Adults ... Please Pledge! If you can't find a kid to sponsor, contact Sue Norlander.


Valentine's Day Brunch

Thanks to all who helped support Mission by attending the Valentine's Day Brunch. We served about 100 people and raised over $250! We also had a lot of fun cooking and serving. Thanks to adults who helped out: Ken, Ed, Ann, Beth and Gloria. Great job, everyone!



Get Ready Gals! because Church Life presents:

WOMEN OF OLD TENNENT
BAKE-OFF!
Sunday, April 30, 2000 at Coffee Hour.

Bake your delicious entries at home and bring to this special Coffee Hour. Awards will be given. Sign-up on the sheet in Old Scots


During Lent, Dr. Mead will be offering a series of Bible Studies each Thursday, beginning on March 9 and concluding with Maundy Thursday service on April 20th:

"The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross."
To Be Held  in Old Scots Hall
(March 9 through April 20)

For Your Convenience There Are  Two Sessions:

Morning Session - 10:00am
or
Evening Session - 7:30 pm


Samaritan Center, Inc.
A Ministry of St. Thomas More Catholic & Old Tennent Presbyterian Churches
3 Harrison Avenue, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Phone (732) 446-1142 Fax (732)792-0959

Samaritan Center is a confidential Christian Ministry of Old Tennent and St. Thomas More Churches. It provides food, referrals, client advocacy, crisis services, and homelessness prevention. All the services are provided free of charge. We are in the process of building 86 low and moderate income detached homes for sale in Manalapan, NJ.

(Link to new Samaritan Center Web Page to be Provided, Soon)


The First Lunch & Liturgy Lenten Program of the New Century
Sponsored by Samaritan Center
March 13 through April 10

Samaritan Center's Ecumenical Lenten Program will start on Monday, March 13 and continue on Monday, March 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. This year's service will close on April 17 with a Christian Seder to be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

At noon each Monday during Lent, we will have an area clergy person share the "Word" with us followed by a luncheon. The entire program takes one hour. Why not take this Lenten Journey with us, hear our wonderful clergy share God's Word, enjoy the fellowship of fellow Christians and have a free lunch! It's a great way to do something positive for the year 2000.

If you would like to bake a cake, help set the tables, clean up or do "whatever," please call us at (732) 446-1142.

We hope you will come - bring a friend and your singing voice! We look forward to seeing you there and God Bless!

Carol Puorro, Director
Samaritan Center

(732) 446-1142

MOTHERS' DAY LUNCHEON
May 14
 



















Everyone is invited to attend a special brunch on Mother's Day in honor of Dr. Mead and his family for all his hard work and dedication during Dr. Mackenzie's leave.  Jim's mother from Florida will be attending.

Menu will include baked ham, hot buttered peas, glazed carrots, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, tossed salad, rolls and butter, and much more.

Before you make any other reservations for Mother's Day - remember the best food and fellowship will be at Neff Chapel on May 14th.
 


MISSION

Thanks to all who participated in and donated to the 30-hour Famine We were able to raise over $1878.00. Twelve of our young people from 12-20 years old, and some of our adults (who aren't telling their age!) gathered in Old Scots Hall for a weekend of fasting, fellowship, learning, and fun. We learned about how hunger affects us for a short period of time, and how poverty affects those in the world around us. The funds raised will go to World Vision, where they will be distributed throughout the world for hunger and medical relief projects, education, and spreading the Gospel.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Freehold Area Habitat for Humanity chapter will hold its annual 5 mile walk on Sunday, June 4, at 1:30 pm at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell. The walk will be held rain or shine, but they are hoping for their 9th sunny day. This is an enjoyable, healthy way to support housing for families in our area. If you cannot walk, consider sponsoring someone who can or volunteering to work the day of the walk. You may also send a contribution to the Habitat office. If you have questions, contact the Freehold Area Habitat office, 732-308-3400 or the walk chairperson, Charlie Roden. Sponsor sheets are located on the Mission board in Old Scots Hall.


CHURCH LIFE
 

The Women's Bake Off was held on April 30th with 12 entries - all receiving certificates of award.  The three winners, Carolyn Faris, Renee Naden and Lorraine Yoncak, received award plaques.

The special Mother's Day lunch was well attended with approximately 125 people attending. The Church Life committee did the set-up and co-ordination.  The Deacons prepared the food under the direction of Barbara Moorefield.  The centerpieces were made by Lorraine Yoncak.
 
 


Coming June 4 ...

YOUTH SUNDAY, ANNUAL PICNIC
& VBS KICKOFF
 
 

The Annual Old Tennent Church Picnic will be held on June 4th - Youth Sunday - following the worship service.  mediately following Worship on the grounds of Old Scots Hall.

Enjoy . .  hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and all the fixins!

Volleyball, races and games for everyone!

Join us as we welcome back Rev. MacKenzie


Also Coming in June - See Sunday School Page for New Additions:

Awards Sunday - June 11 (during Sunday School hour)
The Sunday School staff would like to recognize the students who have had great attendance.  Join us at 9:30 am  for awards and refreshments.

Confirmand Sunday - June 11
Be sure to welcome our confirmand class.  Your support is instrumental in the growth and development of our young members.  Our class of 5 confirmands is moving along; most have completed their requirements up to this point.  They will be having their last class, final and pizza lunch on Saturday, May 13th.  Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the last step in becoming full members of Old Tennent Church.  Session will meet with the Confirmands Tuesday, June 6, to inquire as to their preparedness as members-to-be of Old Tennent Church.  Pentecost Sunday, June 11, also will be Confirmand Sunday when they join Old Tennent.  There will be a special recognition for them after Worship.  Please encourage, and congratulate, the following Confirmands: Stephen Gorombey, Danny Marter, Bobby Radcliffe, Rachael Sauer and Kenny Widmer.



 

FROM THE SEMINARIAN:

Just to keep everyone updated on my progress at New Brunswick Theological Seminary ... I have entered the last trimester of my second year. After this term, I will officially be a "middler". I have gotten through half of my Greek studies, and am enjoying learning the language. Even taught the 30-Hour Famine participants how to say "We are fasting" in Greek!! I have just had my annual review with the Presbytery, and have been renewed as an Enquirer for ministry. I have also just secured a position for supervised ministry at the Presbyterian Church in Perrineville with Pastor Greg Pike. I thank you all for the support I have received from Old Tennent, both with prayers and with financial help. It is greatly appreciated.

Connie Wagner



MEMBERSHIP & OUTREACH PHOTOS

The Directory Committee is nearing the last phase of completing our pictorial directory. You will receive a call or be sent a postcard notifying you of your photo session. Ron Karpin, our in-house photographer, will be helping us to complete this part of our directory. Thank you, Ron, for your help. Please make every effort to come in as soon as possible as we are trying to complete the photo sessions in a two-week time frame.
 

 

 The Sunday School Halloween Party !

 Friday, October 29, 1999

 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Neff Chapel

 Join us for a ghostly good time!

 Costumes are a must!

 There will be dancing, games, and prizes!!!

If you can help with refreshments, set-up or clean-up, please contact Judy W.

Please remember to bring in non-perishable food/grocery items for the Samaritan Center!


Heritage Day
A Service of Remembrance
Next Sunday. October 31

 

Everyone is invited to a special 10: 55 A.M Heritage Day Communion Worship Service at Old Scots Burying Ground located on Gordons Corner Road between 520 and Wyncrest Rd. in Marlboro. Remember the change from Daylight to Eastern Standard Time is this weekend! (Carpooling and caravan from Old Scots, Tennent.) Heritage Day Service will include Holy Communion, traditional music played on the bagpipe and a special service.

At the conclusion of the Heritage Day Service, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend a Colonial luncheon in Neff Chapel. The Church Life Committee will be hosting the luncheon, menu will include Heritage Day Stew.Heritage Day is a celebration of our ancestry here at Old Tennent Church. The Old Scots Burying Ground is the site where, in 1692, a group of Scottish exiles built a small log church, on what was then known as "Free Hill". In December of 1706, the first recorded Presbytery meeting in North America took place on Free Hill, where the Rev. John Boyd was ordained as pastor, the first American Ordination.  (The church was moved to its present location in 1731.) Old Scots Burying Ground remains a memorial to our ancestors who sought religious freedom in the New World, and is the final resting place for many of those who braved the wilderness to find that freedom.

In remembrance of our Colonial heritage, you are encouraged to "dress up" in colonial outfits or facsimile for all of Sunday's activities. The dress in those days would have been, white knee socks and knickers, white three-cornered hats, shirts with lace trim, and black jackets for the men and or the ladies, full-length skirts, blouses with lace at the collar and sleeves. Take a look in your closets, you may be amazed at what you find, or what you can put together.
 
 
 
 


Thanksgiving Baskets
It is that time of year when the Deacons ask the congregation for their support as they begin collecting food for Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets for less fortunate families in the area.

Items should be food your family would enjoy at your Thanksgiving dinner. Nonperishable items should be placed on the shelves in Old Scots Hall. If anyone is interested in donating a turkey (or ham) please call Linda S. or any Deacon.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Wednesday, November 24th, 8:OO PM
at Old Tennent Church

Old Tennent Church and St. Thomas More Catholic Church will unite in worship for a joint Thanksgiving Eve Service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.


First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 28th
Communion Worship Service - 10:55 A.M.
Luncheon at noon in Neff
followed by our annual Hanging of the Greens

Bring wire cutters, gloves, and dress for mess as we trim our sanctuary tree with Chrismons, make wreaths and swags out of live greens. Come - and enjoy the fellowship as we prepare ourselves and the grounds for Christmas.

If your family has not selected a Chrismon, please do so during upcoming coffee hour. There is a list of families that have selected Chrismons in the past located in Old Scois Hall, check to see if your family is on the list, if not choose a Chrismon and write your family name on the back.


OLD TENNENT CHURCH'S
12TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH
"JOURNEY TO BETHELHEM"
DECEMBER 3,4, & 5, 1999

Please plan to help support Old Tennent Church in this vital community outreach.   Drive-through Scene starting sign-ups will be November 7th and 14th at Old Tennent Church. Please sign-up during coffee hour to participate in a scene... or two... or three... or more.
Please signup and volunteer to be a part of this year's Christmas Drive Through!

VIEW PICTURES OF THE DRIVE THRU FROM 1999
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Christmas Drive-Through Committee is in need of volunteers to "lend-a-hand" in preparing for and assisting in this grand undertaking. If you could help us out, your time will be greatly appreciated!

REFRESHMENTS NEEDED
The Christmas Drive-Through is in need of donations of baked goods (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.), hot food dishes (you name it, we'll love it!), and drinks (soda. juice. hot chocolate. coffee, milk. etc.) for all three nights of the Drive-Through. If you are able to donate any food or drink items please sign-up at coffee hours during the month of November or contact Sue O. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by all Drive-Through participants!