Growing in FAITH, Growing in LOVE, Growing in COMMUNITY.
A place where you can be yourself! Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway, NJ
We hope you will check out our website and then come be our guest for worship, Bible study, service to those in need, choir or bell choir, and more. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Worship Service starts at 10:30 and Sunday School for children and adults starts at 9:15! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Scroll down to see slide shows of some of the activities in our church. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PASTORAL CARE AND VISITATION Pastor Ryon Herin has started and is in his office in the church! If you have any pastoral concerns, please contact Ryon at 765-650-9404 or email@example.com. Pastor Ryon has open office hours every Tuesday (1-4), Wednesday (9-12), and Thursday (9-12). Stop by and say hello!
Elders 2023 Rich Basile—Finance Committee Chair Lillian Blair—Treasurer & Finance Committee Debbie Harrington Carol Lutcza - Personnel Committe Chair & Christian Education Joe Martinoni—Worship Committee Chair & Personnel Committe Laurie Morse—Outreach Committee Barbie Restaino Kathy Shuey - Congregational Care Kathy Siegrist - Christian Education Donna VanDuyne—Christian Education Chair, Nominating Committee Chair Karen Basile—Clerk of Session
Find the Revolutionary War Veterans Interred in FPC Cemetery: CLICK HERE
Rockaway Food Closet Our monthly food distributions are continuing. This wouldn't happen without broad community support and thankfully we have that. The need has increased during this pandemic. Items needed most are: cereal, peanut butter, tuna, macaroni & cheese, soup, canned beans, crackers, coffee, tea and hot cocoa. All non-perishable items are grate fully excepted. The Food Closet is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Thank you in advance for any help that you can give. If you have any questions please contact Linda Kirby at 973-316-0598
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Please be patient with us. There are pictures from Christmas time, but we are still active. Just working on upgrading our website so nothing new has been posted.
Preparing the Christmas Eve Community Breakfast
December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 9 - Ecumenical Progressive Advent Service
We began at Rockaway United Methodist Church, then we caroled to First Presbyterian Church and ended the service at St. Cecilia with refreshments
December 4 - Christmas Luncheon
November 27 - The Greening of Christmas!
November 20 - Confirmation! Congratulation Jack, Luke and Stella
November 6 - Pastor Ryon is Installed
October 29, FPC hosts a table at Dark Lake Spooktactular
October 29, the Community Breakfast with Rise Up, Rockaway
October 16, Stephen Ministry Sunday
October 12th- New Carpet in the church! Thank you to all who gave to the Capital Funds Drive.
October 9th - Rev. Unzu Lee is a member of our presbytery and the regional Liaison for East Asia for the PCUSA. She works out of South Korea. She shared information about her work during worship and after worship in the BK Room.
Community Blood Drive July 2022
Larry the Door Fixer has finished two of the front doors, July 8. Doors installed Also the Playground Area was cleaned and repaired!
Vacation Bible School 2022 Day Five, July 1. Give Us LORD Our Daily Bread! Food Truck Party
Vacation Bible School 2022 Day Four, June 29. By GOD's Hands We All Are Fed! Food Truck Party
Vacation Bible School 2022 Day Three, June 29. Let Us Thank GOD For Our Food! Food Truck Party
Vacation Bible School 2022 Day Two, June 28. God is Great! Food Truck Party
Vacation Bible School 2022 Day One, June 27. God is Good! Food Truck Party
June 19, Music Appreciation Sunday
May 30, Memorial Day Parade The Rockaway Memorial Day Parade marched on Monday, May30th and once again we participated as the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway. The memorial service took place beside the Civil War monument in our cemetery. First Presbyterian Church is probably the oldest organization to be represented in the parade!
May 29th, - the Ascension of The LordSunday Pastor Ryon's family helps with the service and the congregation gives Pastor Ryon gifts to honor his walking for graduation at Princeton Seminary. Masks are back - Morris County is over our COVID limit.
Work Day Saturday May 21. A lot of wok was done. Thanks to all who came out to help.
Larry the Door Fixer has added crash bars to our front doors. Now he is at work repairing and restoring our tired worn front doors. Thank you, Larry.
April 17th, Easter Sunday - Hallelujah! Masks are now optional - As long a Morris County remains under our COVID limit.
April 10th, Palm Sunday - A very Busy Day The Kids do Palms Masks are now optional - As long a Morris County remains under our COVID limit. Pastor Ryon's First time to lead us in communion. Hot Crossed Buns for our first Coffee Hour in over two years.
Report From Our Pastor Nominating Committee
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, after a year long search, the pastor nominating committee presented its candidate for pastor, Ryon Herin, to the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway. Following the service which was led by Mr. Herin, the congregation unanimously voted him in as the 22nd pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway.
Ryon was born and raised in rural Indiana. He is the son of two pastors; his father is a hospice chaplain and his mother is a retired music minister. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology from Ball State University and has completed his Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. While in seminary, he sang in two choirs and also received the Earl F. Palmer Award for Excellence in Expository Preaching and Teaching of the Bible.
Ryon’s passion for ministry includes preaching, pastoral care and community outreach. In his free time, Ryon enjoys running, hiking, genealogy and exploring new places. Ryon will begin his ministry with us on Sunday February 20, 2022. We are so elated to welcome Ryon and can’t wait to see what great things are in store for us here at First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway and in our community.