The Community Church of Mountain Lakes will kick off the program year with their annual Homecoming event. This year’s event has been expanded to include the dedication of a major capital renovations project as well as a Homecoming Community Street Festival. In celebration of returning to church and being together again after the separations of the past year and a half, the congregation invites the community to the Homecoming Community Festival on Sunday, September 12th.
This community event begins with Celebrative Worship that welcomes all at 10:00 am. Following Worship, there will be a Parker Foundation Renovations Dedication Ceremony recognizing the generosity of the Edith and Edward Parker Foundation which made the renovation work possible. Edith and Edward Parker were long-time members of the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, joining in 1951 and rearing their children in the congregation. Edward served on the Board of Trustees of the congregation for many years, including during the years when the congregation resigned from the Reformed Church of America to become Congregational and then quickly a congregation of the United Church of Christ. The Parkers lived in Mountain Lakes, Boonton Township and Denville, where they were generous community supporters. Edward Parker predeceased Edith who lived to be 102, dying just this past November. In addition to members of the Parker family, Mountain Lakes Mayor, Tom Menard; Deputy Mayor, Lauren Barnett; Al Whitman of Lewis-Graham, Inc. which performed most of the work; and John Kohut of Kohut Landscaping which refreshed the Memorial Garden, will all be present at the Dedication.
The Homecoming Street Festival will begin immediately after the Dedication Ceremony and run until 1:00 pm. There will be delicious food, games, raffles, a bounce house, cotton candy, snow cones and more! Bubble poppers will be given away to the first 30 kids. This is a free, community event for all ages, children and adults alike.
The Homecoming Community Festival is the first fall event in the congregation’s Better Together series. On Sunday, September 19th, at 4:00 pm, the community is invited to another event in the Better Together series, Silent Movie Shorts, featuring two comedic silent films with live accompaniment on the organ by Ms. Hazel Eaton, the church’s Director of Music. The Better Together Series includes events for all ages including S’mores and More, an author book talk, Oktoberfest and several ‘paying-it-forward’ or community service opportunities.
The Community Church of Mountain Lakes is located at 48 Briarcliff Road in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey and is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. People of any faith tradition or none at all are invited to explore their spirituality in this Open and Affirming to All community. For more information, contact the Church Office at 973-334-6500 or email@example.com or visit the church website at www.comchurchmtlakes.org.