January 2017 – Happy New Year

History of the Hopper African American Cemetery In Upper Saddle River

January 24 @ 7:00 PM8:30 PM

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Did you know that New Jersey was the last state to abolish slavery in the North? Would you have guessed that experts say there may be more than 100 people buried in the Hopper African American Cemetery? And it is just one of many private cemeteries for African Americans that existed in Upper Saddle River.

Join the USR Historical Society on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at the USR Library as The Rev. Robert Fretz shares the history of the Hopper African American Cemetery. Rev. Fretz began a project to restore the cemetery in 2008. It was delayed when severe damage was done by Hurricane Sandy and was finally completed this year with the help of Daniel Hynes who chose it as his Eagle Scout project.

Come learn some facts about the enslaved African Americans and their descendants who helped to settle the Saddle River Valley — and about the little cemetery on a hill that speaks to the part they played. All are welcome




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The Old Stone Church will be open every Sunday Morning at 10:00AM  for Worship – including Christmas Day.  Christmas Eve Family Worship is at 5:00PM. The traditional Candlelight Worship Service is at 8:00PM.  I hope you will join us in celebrating the Advent and Christmas Season in our early American sanctuary.  We are an open and affirming congregation sharing the Good News of Jesus.   to live our lives as Jesus would live our lives in our community.  If you have any questions about worship, who we are, and what we do, please call me, Pastor Bob Fretz at 201-788-6601.  If you see me around town at Elmer’s, Fresh Market, or Home Depot – feel free to say hi.  You will know it’s me driving around in my red pick-up truck or my tan motorcycle.

Peace and Blessings at Christmas

Pastor Bob Fretz

Holiday Events


Community Christmas Carol Sing and Pageant

Sunday, December 11 – 10:00am

Followed by Christmas Brunch in Fellowship Hall


Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

Family Worship – 5:00pm

The Nativity, Carols and traditional Dutch Gifts (oranges and guilders – chocolate coins) are part of the evening celebration.  Even the story of St. Nicholas comes to life as a Christian Saint sharing the Good News.

Traditional Candlelight Communion – 8:00PM

This traditional service within the setting of an early American church shares the history of faith and the celebration of Christmas as God’s gift to us.  We receive grace and love that is best shared to all.  The Lord’s Supper is open to all baptized Christians. 

Christmas Day

Sunday Worship – 10:00 AM





Christmas Eve 2012 at the Old Stone Church

Christmas Eve 2012 at the Old Stone Church



Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant


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