The First Congregational Church of Verona
United Church of Christ
19 Church Street, Verona, NJ
Whoever you are, wherever you are in life's journey,
you're welcome here.
isnít just bricks and glass on Sunday.
As a community that cares for each other all the
not just now and again in a separate space,
invite you to our weekly sermon and prayer
so we might share a moment here and
Two Back to School Blessings
from the Rev.
1st Congregational UCC, South
Back to School Blessing
of all true wisdom and knowledge,
Bless the children as they return to school or
Take away any fear or apprehension.
Give them caring, creative, patient and
Open their hearts, minds, ears and eyes to the
miracle of everything in creation.
Engage their imaginations and souls to see
beyond written facts and figures.
Help them to see possibilities beyond what they
Help them to be disciplined in their studies.
May they find new abilities they did not know
Help them to be caring, cooperative and
compassionate with others.
May they find joy and laughter in the midst of
their school day.
Amid all of their learning this year, remind
them the teachings of Jesus are central to their
identity as disciples.
Let the presence of your Spirit guide them in
the year ahead.
In the name of our great teacher, we pray.
A Blessing for Teachers in the New School
Bless those who have heard and accepted the call
to be teachers.
May they find meaningful purpose in this high
Be their constant companion each and every day.
Surround them with supportive colleagues.
Let them use fully the gifts of creative
teaching you have given them.
When they are weary, lift them up, and restore
their bodies and souls.
When they feel discouraged let them know there
are those who deeply respect and care for them and
the work they do.
May they find moments of deep joy and
satisfaction in their teaching and with the children
In the seeds of knowledge and imagination they
sow, grant them the vision of what growth can come
in the future.
Give them hope, courage and patience when
Remind them of the teachings of Jesus which are
central to their identity as disciples.
Send your loving, empowering Spirit to guide
them in the year ahead.
We pray in the name of our great teacher and
Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Have you enrolled
yet in the Viridian Energy program to help save the
planet and earn money for the church?
To learn more,
contact the church office or Darryl Haffner.
God really love as profligately as the
father in the story of the Prodigal Son?
for some thoughts.
If you would like to add a
name to our prayer list, please contact me at
If you would like to be added to our weekly e-mailing or our
Bell Rope, please contact
Peace and joy to you this
Worship 10:00 a.m.
The. Rev. Dr. Barbara Ewton
Church office hours:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to Noon
Pond - Church Secretary
for our most recent BellRope.
We are located1/2 block north
of Bloomfield Avenue, east of Verona Park.
is one-way going toward Bloomfield Ave. Parking is
also available on Malvern St. (the next block), If you park on Malvern,
look for the Robin's Nest II Nursery sign and walk down the driveway to the rear
entrance. The church is handicap-accessible from the
Click here for more information about
who we are and a
brief history of our
for photos of our recent concert.
To read about our Bridge of Faith sales of recycled items,
and to see the schedule of upcoming Bridge of Faith sales, click
To read reports from
our 2013 Annual Meeting, click
To learn more about the United Church
of Christ and why we're proud to be a part of it, go to
Looking for a venue for your wedding?
We would be happy to speak with you about your special day.
Please call the pastor, Rev. Barbara Ewton, at 973-239-3212.