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Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church welcomes a new pastor!
The Reverend Jan Willem Van der Werff starts as Dutch Neck’s Designated Pastor on December 1, 2013, the First Sunday of Advent. We invite you to come welcome him and his family!
About Rev. Jan Willem Van der Werff
Jan Willem (pronounced “yahn villem”) was born, raised, and educated in the Netherlands. He has been living in the United States since 1996 with his wife AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University. They have four children, Kees (13), Erik (8) and Annabel and Rosemarie (10 months).
Prior to coming to Dutch Neck he served Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ, and as an interim at Boehm’s United Church of Christ in Blue Bell, PA. Before that, he was pastor of the Allin Congregational Church (UCC) in Dedham, Mass, and Montvale Congregational Church (UCC) in Woburn, Mass. He also has served as a port chaplain for Seafarer’s Friend in Boston, a religious reporter for Dutch Public Radio, and Public Relations Manager for the Amsterdam Council of Churches. Rev. Van der Werff is looking forward to being in ministry together at Dutch Neck to explore the Vision Statement “to be a dynamic, interactive, innovative church,” and he hopes to see everyone in church soon as you can read in his message below.
I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ Ps. 122: 1
My first day at Dutch Neck will be Sunday, December 1st. One of the lectionary readings on that day happens to be Psalm 122. When I was growing up, my father read this psalm every Sunday morning at the breakfast table. I treasure its jubilant opening: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
I strongly believe it is our calling to make people glad to come to the house of the Lord. Church is a place where we can bring our joys and sorrows. A place where we get re-energized, rejuvenated and invigorated for a new week with its happiness and challenges. We are called to create a worshipping atmosphere where we become spiritually filled so we brim over with energy to go out and work in the world in Christ’s name.
December 1st is also the first Sunday of Advent and therefore the beginning of a new liturgical church year. The Advent season challenges us to become aware of something new, to embrace transformation, sometimes discover the unthinkable, even come across the impossible. December 1 is quite an appropriate (Sun)day to start something new! The entire Advent and Christmas season reiterates the message that in Christ all things are possible. I feel blessed and motivated to begin our ministry together.
December is full of celebrative worship services. Mark your calendars: you can’t miss a Sunday! Therefore, let us live up to the word of the psalmist and together proclaim: “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
The Rev. Jan Willem van der Werff
November 3 Elizabeth Niehoff
November 10 Elizabeth Niehoff
November 17 Nancy Lammers-Gross
November 24 Nancy Lammers-Gross
October 6 Ben Johnson
October 13 Ann Schoonover Brown
October 20 Dr. Aaron Sizer
October 27 Jake Willard-Crist
Sunday School starts this Sunday, September 15th! Children sit with their families at the beginning of the 9:30 AM Worship Service.
Following the “Word with Children” message, children age 4 to 5th grade are invited to Sunday School. They will be escorted by adult shepherds to the Christian Education building, where our new curriculum, Feasting on the Word, will be taught along with music and activities.
At the end of service, before Fellowship Hour, parents are requested to come directly to the classroom upstairs to claim their children.
Exciting plans for Confirmation are underway! 8th graders and above are welcome to join this year’s Confirmation class. You may register by calling the church office or by signing-up at the Ministry Fair on Sept. 8. A kick off information session will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 11:00 in the youth room. Come and find out the details of the program and meet our new youth leader, Ben Johnson. If you have any questions, please call the office at 799-0712.
Thanks to church member Skip Williams, you can now listen to sermons and music from the past weeks. Go to our audio page to hear the good news.
Or on your smart phone, download the app SoundCloud, search for “dnpc” and hit follow. Now how cool is that?
You are also welcome to call the church office and ask for a CD.