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Memorial Day Rememberances

Dear Members and Friends of Central Presbyterian Church,

Over the past 16 months, as a result of the pandemic, I believe we’ve learned a deeper appreciation for the many things we used to take for granted including:  especially the people in our lives, our family, our friends, our doctors and our front line workers who deliver mail, work in stores, care for the elderly, and teach our children.


We have also come to appreciate the critical importance of our faith community and our relationship with Jesus Christ and God all around. Consequently, this Memorial Day, I’ll be honoring my loved ones with a special donation to Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair and I hope you will do the same.

This is why: during these extraordinary times we have had the blessing of weekly Sunday services, and our church family’s support through: Coffee Hour, Walk and Talk, Bible Study, and special educational and social on-line and live events, thanks to our tireless staff and volunteers.


We also learned through our study together in part in response to our nation’s tragedies this year, that our nation and society has room for improvement and healing.  As a faith community member you know Christ calls us to be leaders of charity, change and justice. Once again, Central is responding strategically by acknowledging and embracing diversity which will only make us better as a whole church and community.

Thus, as we evolve as a congregation to carry through our mission to lift up those who are hungry, and experiencing housing insecurity, grief, and job loss, I invite you to honor those you’ve loved this Memorial Day 2021, with a gift to Central Presbyterian Church by mail or online at

Thank you for your generosity of spirit, comfort and support!

Warmest regards, 


Emma Justice

Stewardship Chair

p.s. Donors and honorees will be recognized in subsequent newsletters


One Great Hour of Sharing

You shall be called repairers of the breach. - Isaiah 58

On Easter Sunday, April 4th, and for several weeks following, we will be receiving the 2021 One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. This offering has a long history with Presbyterians and several other Christian denominations, but its purpose has always remained the same: to collect special gifts to assist those in need. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries.


As in past years this special offering will be used to support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working around the world right now to alleviate suffering, including in Kentucky where there was historic spring flooding and where initial response grants have been given. PDA has also spearheaded the Presbyterian response to COVID-19 by offering community grants totaling $3 million, providing coronavirus protocols for churches, and by strengthening Emotional and Spiritual Care programs, including Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency workshops.


One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help support women who are addressing issues of violence and trauma in their lives, assisting families in a remote area of Bolivia to address a critical water shortage, and engaging young Native Americans in new garden projects that put people in charge of their own food supply, nutrition, health and well-being. 


The One Great Hour of Sharing special offering is sent out into the world to make a difference in the lives of people in need and your contributions make a difference. Please consider giving generously to this offering as we seek to be faithful to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, support the weak, and comfort the afflicted. An envelope is enclosed for your use. Please make checks out to Central Presbyterian Church. 


Thank you for your support!




Your Mission Committee of Session

Lynn Selassie, Chairperson

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The Human Needs Food Pantry (HNFP) re-opened its doors to clients on a limited basis. Although the Pantry recently began accepting non-perishable food donations, due to pandemic safety precautions, we will continue to accept monetary donations - no food donations. If you would like to contribute, Central will be collecting money to donate to HNFP.

If you would like to help, please click "Give Now" and choose the Red Wagon fund. Or, mail a check payable to Central Presbyterian Church.  Write "Human Needs Food Pantry" in the lower left hand corner, and mail to:

Central Presbyterian Church
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042 

Thank you. Stay well and safe.

The Mission Committee 

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Youth Group Mission
June 27 - July 1

The youth group is now raising funds toward this summer’s mission trip. They will be staying at and working with Camp Johnsonburg, from June 27 to July 1 and they will be doing whatever is needed to prepare the camp for summer. The cost is $300 per youth- equally divided between the youth, the youth group budget, and fundraising within the congregation. 


The youth group plans to raise funds by selling shares in the mission trip. That means church members are invited to donate whatever amount they wish toward the mission trip and the donors will be thanked in a unique way—the youth group will be asking for a photo of each donor that will be printed on a banner that the group will display at each work site during the week. A photo of the group, the banner, and the worksite will then be distributed to the donors by email and to the congregation via our website as a way of saying, “thank you.” 


Donations can be sent to the church office, marked “Shares.” Or donations can be dropped off at Sunday outdoor afternoon worship services. You will be contacted for a photo. Thank you for your generosity! 

Central Presbyterian Church
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042