The Old Stone Church – Historical Site!

500 East Saddle River Rd Upper Saddle River,NJ 201-327-5242

 

 

Sunday Worship

10:00 AM

 

Located at the corner of

East Saddle River Rd and

Old Stone Church Rd

Upper Saddle River, NJ

 

Offices at 500 East Saddle River Road

Office: 201-327-5242

Pastor Robert W. Fretz: 201-788-6601

 


Click here to to hear our church bells!

You are invited to the First Annual 

“English Tea”

 Saturday May 21, 2016

High Noon to 2:00PM

Minnick Education Building

Fellowship Hall

We will be serving Traditional Tea Fare.

If you have a favorite china tea pot

feel free to bring it

Please RSVP with:

 Church office 201-327-5242

Suggested donation $10.00 per person

This is a social event so bring a friend

Hope to see all of you Ladies there

                               Suzanne, Marilyn, Christine

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Memorial Day Convocation

9:00am Memorial Day – Monday, May 30

Old Stone Church

481 East Saddle River Road

Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

201-327-5242

When most people think of Memorial Day, visions of parades, VFW Posts, high school bands, and moving speeches at town halls come to mind. Our attention is directed to those who gave their lives in defense of our country, as it should be. It is also important to remember those who returned home, many wounded in body and spirit, attempting to rebuild new lives, families, and communities.

The cemetery at the Old Stone Church in Upper Saddle River stands as a witness to those who fought, served, and returned to our communities since the Revolutionary War. The history of our country can be seen in the American flags that identify our veterans of war who came home to make the peace we enjoy within our communities.

Join with community members as you begin Memorial Day (May 30 – 9:00am) in thanksgiving to God and to those who have served their country. A Book of Remembrance will be part of the ceremony. It includes deceased family and friends who were veterans, Merchant Marine, WASP, and other axillaries that served during war time. If you would like to have a person memorialized, please call the Church Office, no later than Friday, May 27 (noon) at 201-327-5242.

 

 

Reminder: Clocks move ahead 1 hour on March 13

YOUR JOURNEY WITH GOD

Sunday, March 6

After worship in Fellowship Hall join the Breakfast Conversation about the ways God has interacted with your life. Looking to the “Why” in your daily life.

Breakfast will be Continental in style.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Sunday, March 13

Irish music, Irish – American (Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, and more) Food and lots of fun after worship.

Why does a Reformed (Protestant) Church celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Long before the mass Irish migration that was instigated by the Potato Famine of 1845, Protestant Irish who supported King William (of Orange) and Queen Mary in the 1688 Glorious Revolution against King James II migrated in the 18th Century.  An example of this occurred after the siege of Londenderry (Derry, Ireland)  Defending against the Catholic Jacobites in 1688 many of the Protestant (Orange) Williamites were rewarded with land in the American Colonies.  These Protestant Irish settled wilderness areas of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and beyond. 13 American Presidents had Scots (Ulster) Irish roots.

 

Holy Week Worship at the Old Stone Church

Palm Sunday – March 20, 10:00 am “Where is the Power?”

Maundy Thursday – March 24, 7:30 pm “Where is the Victory?”

Good Friday – March 25 – Mid-day Meditation, 12:00-3:00 pm

                                                   Evening Vespers, 7:30pm

“Where is the Sacrifice?”

 

EASTER

SUNRISE SERVICE  7:00 AM 

The Sunrise Service begins at the north section (cruciform & benches) of the cemetery and processes to the sanctuary.  In the event of rain or you cannot follow the procession, the sanctuary will be open for worshippers to gather and join in the service.

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP 10:00 AM

“Where is the Body?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP

at THE OLD STONE CHURCH

FEBRUARY 10 – 7:30PM

“The Spiritual Disciplines: Our Secret Heart”

The blessing with ashes will be available after worship

 

 

VALENTINE’s DAY LUNCHEON

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (after worship)

Fellowship Hall (500 East Saddle River Road)

Free will offering to cover costs

Let us know you are coming   201-327-5242

Gluten Free meals available

 

 

Officers Installation

Sunday, Feb. 14

Saddle River Reformed Church will install the officers of the Class of 2017.

Neal Strohmeyer – Elder

Nancy Peet – Elder

Curt Baer – Deacon

Ken Parmelee – Deacon

Jan Feb Newsletter 2016 

 

ADVENT and CHRISTMAS 2015

 

at the Old Stone Church

Sunday, December 20 – 2:oo PM

Community Christmas Carol Sing

with reception following in Fellowship Hall

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

Thursday, December 24

Family Worship – 5:00 pm

Important, New Time for

Candlelight Communion – 8:00 pm

 

December Newsletter 2015

Pictures from the 2015 Christmas Pageant

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HOLIDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

8:30AM  TO  NOON

An time for the whole family

Join us for WORSHIP at  10am  in OLD STONE CHURCH

481 East Saddle River Road

Free Will Offering

COLLECTING FOR THE JOY!STORE

Every Christmas season, members and friends of the Old Stone Church collect toys for the families participating in the People to People Food Pantry in Rockland County, NY.  The Joy!Store needs new toys for boys and girls ages 2-14.  Please purchase soft toys, dolls, sports games, scrapbooks, art and craft kits, action figures, toy trucks, building games, musical and educational toys, and children’s books.  Joy!Store donations can be delivered to the Old Stone Church on Sunday mornings or the Church Office Monday through Friday (500 East Saddle River Road) between now and Dec. 6 (St. Nicholas Day) Please call the office to insure someone will be there to accept your gift.  (201-327-5242)

 

 

NOVEMBER – PLEDGE FOR 2016

A TIME OF THANKSGIVING

    November is the time of year, the Saddle River Reformed Church looks to our members and friends to make a pledge of support for the upcoming year.  Located in the November Newsletter, the pledge form is simple to fill in.  We will officially collect your pledge during worship on Sunday, November 22rd.  In the event you cannot be in worship, please fill in the form and mail it to the Church Office.

   Why is this important?  The Consistory is beginning the process of planning the 2016 budget.  While the budget is filled with numbers (dollars) it is really filled with plans for worship, membership care, education, and the care of our facilities which serve our members and community.

   In addition, the first Sunday of Advent begins November 29.  In preparation of the Christmas Season, the Annual Christmas Card and Flower Memorial signup forms are on the next page.  This is an opportunity to save time (and postage) to make your 2016 Pledge and send in your Christmas support for 2015.  To borrow a famous phrase, “Send it and forget it.”  Thank you for your support.

 

   The Annual Christmas Card and Sanctuary Christmas Flowers Dedication Forms are located in the November Newsletter 2015  

(Click to access)

  

 

Community Harvest Dinner

(bring a friend or two!)

Saturday, October 17 – 5pm to 8pm

$10 Adults $3 Children

Fellowship Hall

500 East Saddle River Road

Traditional German-Dutch Menu

Byo – beer or wine

ALSO 

Handmade Quilt Raffle

Tickets at Door

$5 per ticket – 3 for $10

 

 

Reformation Sunday

OCTOBER 25 – 10AM – Old Stone Church

“The Work of a Priest”

 

What Happened in September?

October Newsletter 2015

 

IN MEMORIAM

Esko Koskinen

Esko Koskinen

Long time member and friend of the congregation, Esko passed to the closer Glory of God on Sunday, July 12 surrounded by the love of his family.  There will be a funeral service on July 18 – 11:00AM at the Old Stone Church, 481 East Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ.  If you have any questions regarding the service, please call 201-327-5242. 


SUMMER WORSHIP SERVICES

EVERY SUNDAY – 10:00 AM

“GRATITUDE: SIGNS OF A LIFE WORTH LIVING”

What is your motivation for being Christian?


Worship At The Lake

Sunday, July 26 – 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

A time of worship, fellowship, and fun.  Sign up will be in the church or call the church office.  Need a ride – call the office or talk to Pastor Bob on Sunday. 

Picnic at Lake 4

July and August Newsletter 2015

TIME TO CELEBRATE

FELLOWSHIP HALL CONSTRUCTION DEDICATION

Sunday, June 14 – 10:00am

 

Join with the congregation,  the Koskinen family, and many invited guests to dedicate the completed construction in Fellowship Hall.

The day will begin in worship at the Old Stone Church where the congregation will receive the presentation from the Koskinen family in memory of Miriam, along with recognition and thanks to those who helped make our dream a reality.

From worship, we will move to Fellowship Hall.  ‘Miriam’s’ kitchen and the accessible restrooms will be dedicated and a catered luncheon will follow.

 

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Sunday – June 21

8:30am to 12pm

Ring in Father’s Day with our unlimited breakfast table of pancakes (plain, chocolate, and blueberry), Texas and cinnamon French toast, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and more. Gluten Free items available. The cooks are ready!

 

More in June Issue of Newsletter…

Click below

 June 2015 Newsletter PDF

WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY – 10:00 am

OLD STONE CHURCH

481 East Saddle River Road

Upper Saddle River, NJ

 

MOTHER’S DAY

SUNDAY – MAY 10

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 am to Noon

Fellowship Hall

500 East Saddle River Road, USR

 

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY CONVOCATION

Monday – May 25 – 9:00am

 

See the rest of the Old Stone Church News – click on May Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter PDF

 

 

 

Easter Sunrise OSC

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday – March 29

 

Maundy Thursday – April 2, 7:30pm

Communion

All believing Christians are invited to share in this sacrament

 

Good Friday

Meditation 12pm to 3pm

Vespers 7:30pm

Featuring soloist Justyna Giermola in the “7 Last Words of Jesus”

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EASTER  APRIL 5

SUNRISE SERVICE  7AM

(beginning in cemetery weather permitting)

EASTER COMMUNION – 10AM

All believing Christians are invited to share in this sacrament

 

SPRING CRAFT SHOW AND FAIR

April 25 – 10am to 4pm

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Handmade Quilt Raffle – $5.00 per ticket

 

FRIENDS TO FRIENDS

20th ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE

May 1 – 5:30pm to 9:00pm

 

Read more about these events and more in the Newsletter

Click Below

April 2015 Newsletter PDF