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PAGE 18 - THE GAZETTE December 2009

overtaken by the coming of Santa Claus—who does not offer hope in a dark season, but fulfillment of greed, one of our darkest impulses. Reflections Perhaps this Advent, we should each take time out at least once, and look up into the night sky. Try to see a star—any star—in the night sky among the decorations and the lights of traffic and stores. Advent Rev. Kimberly Chastain, Pastor South Bergen Larger Parish And remember that the original meaning of the season and the holiday was this: that in the darkness, there is a light that never dies, and cannot be smothered by human selfish- ness. That light, Christians call Emanu-el: God With Us. ### Advent is the first month of the Christian calendar. The Christian calendar runs rough- ly on the solar year, as does the secular calendar. The solar year is the period of the earth’s travel around the sun, begin- ning after the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. moon, with an adjustment to keep it more or less aligned with the solar year. The secular calendar has been standard in the west for almost 1,000 years, and has been more or less a world-wide calendar for the last century. It’s odd, though—the secu- lar calendar has absorbed and almost swallowed up the Chris- tian year, even in the thinking of most Christians. Free Lunch at First Moonachie Continues on December 5 Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus around the winter solstice, to reinforce the idea that when human affairs seem the darkest, God comes to be with us. This program is an expan- sion of the Church’s ministry of feeding hungry bodies and hungry hearts, and will con- tinue on the first Saturday of every month throughout the coming year. If the economy’s got you down, or you want to share a meal with others, come and be a part of the fun! For most of us, the prepa- ration for Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving (a secular holiday) with the open- ing of the shopping season, and the celebration is structured around the giving of gifts to each other. The word “Advent” means beginning, or entry, and the month prior to Jesus’s birth is supposed to be a time of reflection and recognition of our need for God, so that Chris- tians can celebrate the gift that Christmas brings. Preparation to receive God’s gift to humanity has been replaced by shopping for material possessions. The next opportunity is December 5, 2009, beginning at 11:30 a.m. If you need a ride, please call Tina at 201-952- 9231. There is no charge and there are no strings attached! Everyone is welcome. ### But the Christian calendar has never been the same as the secular calendar. The secular The birth of Jesus has been calendar is a synthesis of the early pagan system, with its emphasis on the seasons and the changes in the world; and the Hebrew calendar, which is based on the cycles of the Pray for Peace Formerly Associated Gift Shop Same owners • New location Holiday Memorial Service Dec. 6 The Religious Shoppe

The Holiday season is not always easy. For many this is a season touched with special memories of loved ones who are no longer physically with us.

On Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 3:00 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church of Wood- Ridge will gather with mem- bers and friends of the Larger Parish to lift our hearts before God, trusting in his comfort and love.

220 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights 201-288-4373 • www.thereligiousshoppe.com

Religious Gifts for all Occasions

Baptism Communion Weddings Anniversaries Graduations Ordination

Confirmation Birthdays Holidays

A special feature of this year’s service will be the gift of memorial ornaments. Linda Van Kampen will be inscribing names and memorial dates on the ornaments for presentation during the service.

If you would like more information, or to receive an ornament, please call the parish office at 201-438-8966. ###

Costa Memorial Home

Boulevard & Central Avenue Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

People ignore God and then blame him for the chaos that results.

201-288-0234 www.costamemorialhome.com

Established 1975

Dignified Services For All Faiths

Joseph L. Costa, Manager-Director (NJ Lic. No. 2561) Joseph A. Costa, Director (NJ Lic. No. 3809) Vincent L. Costa, Director (NJ Lic. No. 3807) Members of the New Jersey Pre-Paid Funeral Trust Fund

Church Schedules: Hasbrouck Heights

BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH 31 Passaic, HH • 288-4139

www.biblebaptist.net Rev. Bill Hegedus, Pastor Sunday 8:00 a.m. Prayer Partners Meet 8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service (Traditional) 9:30 Discipleship Hour for all ages 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Service (Contemporary) Evening Service as announced

CORPUS CHRISTI R.C. CHURCH Boulevard & Kipp, HH • Offices: 288-4844 • School: 288-0614 Rev. Msgr. Lewis V. Papera, Pastor Rev. Raymond M. Holmes Rev. Jerzy R. Zaslona Rev. Msgr. Martin O’Brien Deacon Vincent DeFedele Sunday Obligation Masses: 5:00 p.m. Saturday (Chapel) 7:30 a.m. (Church), 9:00 a.m. (Chapel), 10:30 a.m. (Chapel), 12 noon (Chapel) and 6:00 p.m.(Chapel) Daily Masses: (Church) Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. • Sat. - 8:00 a.m. Reconciliation (Confession): Sat. 4-4:45 p.m. Corpus Christi Church/School Websites

Parish: www.rc.net/newark/corpuschristi/index.html School: www.corpuschristischool.net

CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE (EPISCOPAL) Terrace & Jefferson, HH • 288-0002 Rev. Joseph Pickard, Vicar Erik Soldwedel, Deacon www.saintjohnthedivine.com www.careonthecorner.org Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Adult Education and Bible Study

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II - Church School Monday - 7:30 p.m., N.A. Women’s Meeting Tuesday & Friday - 12 noon, N.A. Meeting

FIRST REFORMED CHURCH Burton & Washington Place, HH Church Office: 201-288-1122 Rev. Dianna L. Smith, Pastor www.churches.rca.org/firstrefhh/ Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service Fellowship Hour follows Worship Service. Child care provided

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 57 Burton Ave. at Division Ave. • Parsonage: 201-257-8773 Church and Nursery School Office: 288-4636 Pastor Iraida Ruiz de Porras Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Worship Service Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - Bible Study THE CROSS KOREAN UMC 57 Burton Avenue • 393-7890

HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 92 Burton Avenue, HH • 288-6889 Pastor Rev. Susan Nelson-Colaneri Sunday 9:00 a.m. - Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. - Sunday Church School/Adult Forum Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. - Bible Study

THE COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Boulevard & Charlton Ave., HH • 288-0622 Rev. Edward J. Glasser, Assoc. Minister

Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship Communion-- first Sunday of the month

Church Schedules: Little Ferry

EVANGEL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 165 Main Street • Office: 201-440-0470 Rev. Veronica M. Pearson, Pastor Sunday - 9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study • 10:30 Worship Children/Teens Sunday School meet during Worship Service Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Bible Study

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