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"The Link" November 2018

Sanctuary Repointing

A kick off meeting was held on July 12, 2018 with the contractor, Weathertest, and our architectural consultant, Lorraine Schnabel.  Lorraine presented a mortar analysis of the existing mortar and proposed the type of mortar to be used by the contractor.  A mock up or of the mortar was prepared by the contractor and will be sent to the consultant for approval.  Once approved, the contractor will prepare a mock up on the North wall of the church sometime this fall.  The work is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2019.  The project should take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

Search Committee

The Search Committee is working on finalizing the Church Profile.  The Church Profile is a document that is used to post the opening we have for a church pastor before we can begin to collect resumes.  The Holy Cow Survey is underway and we have received approximately a 50% response rate to date.  The results of the survey will be used to help complete the Church Profile.  The Church Profile is planned to be completed in November.

Youth Group

We had 7 walkers participate in this year’s CROP Walk representing NRC. It was held on October 14th at Blawenburg Reformed Church.  The beautiful 3 mile hike was enjoyed by all as we raised awareness for people affected by hunger worldwide.  This year, members and friends of Neshanic Reformed Church helped us raise $219.44 that will benefit both SHIP and the Somerset County Food Bank.  It was great to have our church represented this year, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support!

Adult Bible Study

Meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m., this is currently a self-led group. It’s taught by those who feel comfortable presenting a subject of their choosing. They discuss assorted topics,  learning to apply God’s word through relevant scripture reading.  Lessons to-date have included exploring stress, friendship and heaven.  For November: 7th- “Esther”, 14th- “Dealing with Worry”, 21st—no Bible study session, 28th- “Contending With Changing Values”. Great conversation and refreshments are provided.  Drop in and check it out as all are welcome!

Fall Cleanup

On Saturday, December 1st, starting at 9:00a.m, various outdoor items will be addressed including leaf cleanup and gutter cleaning.  Please contact Property Chairperson, Jeff Bevan, directly at (908) 208-1534 to let him know you will attend.


Hanging of the Greens

Join us at 9:00 a m. on Saturday, December 1st, as we decorate our sanctuary and church property for the Christmas season.  Many hands make light and quick work!  Contact Robin Kiefer with any questions.

November Mission– Visions & Pathways

Located in Bridgewater, Visions and Pathways has helped abused, neglected, homeless, missing and at-risk youth since 1970. These kids have broken lives. Some are shattered; some have just a small crack. Some show no physical signs of damage - the scars are on the inside.  Staff help them put the pieces back together, build their self-esteem and acquire the skills they need to thrive by providing; food, housing, counseling, education assistance, arts and recreation activities, career and employment counseling, scholarships and financial literacy instruction. This youth won't make it without the help of a caring community; people like you who are willing to contribute to their success. With your help, they will be able to put the past behind and build a brighter future. Visions and Pathways has helped more than 8,000 youth and their families find their inner strength and peace of mind.

College Care Packages

Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends the following youth were mailed some boxes of love in the middle of October:

Mallory Clark Elizabeth Dry  Rebecca Dry Alyssa Franchino           Ally Hill Christina LaRitz Kristen Maher Sydney Vanvourellis

Christian Nurturing Center

Our first Holiday Bazaar is going to be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13, from 11 am to 1 p.m.  All are welcome!  The bazaar will be packed with goods for sale by many of our parents that also  direct sales vendors such as 31, Osborne Books, Young Living, crafts made by the NRC women and more!!  A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the CNC Scholarship Program.  With the holidays just around the corner, stop in to see some fantastic gift ideas and get a start on holiday shopping. 

Just before our Thanksgiving break we'll also be hosting our own Thanksgiving Feast, dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans (costumes hand-crafted by the children!) and singing some fun songs of Thanksgiving for our families.

Looking for options for 2 year olds?  We've just opened up registration for our Winter Session of Fun for Two's that will begin in January.  If you or a friend have a two-year-old (with an adult) that would enjoy time meeting other little buddies, singing songs, making projects, reading stories and playing, let us know.  Classes meet on Tuesdays at 9 or 10:30 beginning January 8th.  Don't delay...this class fills up quickly!

Help us spread the word!!  We've also opened registration for a nursery class (minimum age 2 1/2) that will begin on January 3rd....great first-time school opportunity for little ones that are now ready to begin an independent class!  This class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 - 11:30...again, just send me an email if you're interested.   

For questions on any of our programs, please contact Rachel LaRitz, Director, Christian Nurturing Center, 908-369-5215 or 



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