Sunday Bulletin




April 5, 2020

Season of Lent 6A  ”Palm Sunday”


We’ve Got a Palm Branch for You!

Thanks to Faline Tyler, with help from Kim and Mark Dewey, palm branches can be picked up self-serve by the side door entrance to the church on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 10 am until 5:00 pm.  Take one palm branch for each family member. Call Kim Dewey (356-2256) if you would like palms delivered to your home.  There is also a Palm branch coloring project in the Sunday School packet being mailed to families with children.  You’ll be ready to wave your palm on camera during our Virtual Sunday Worship.  A Virtual Parade! Hosana!


9:15 a.m.


Time to check in and get acclimated to Zoom


Check in via Zoom (video and audio):

Go to

Click on “Join a Meeting”

Enter Meeting ID #:  773 728 758


Check in by telephone (audio only)


Meeting ID #:  773 728 758


9:45-10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

Send announcements to:

OR share then in the Chat window on the right side of the Zoom screen.  Because of limited time available for the service we are including most of our announcements in this Virtual Bulletin.


Opening Music

“Pueri Hebroeurum” by Vittorio

The Hebrew Children, bearing Olive branches, went forth to meet the Lord, singing “Hosanna in the Highest!”


Scripture Reading

Isaiah 62:10-12   “See, Your Salvation Comes!”


A Word to Children & Youth  (Rev. Shari Schuck)



“Himmelskonig (“Song of the Heavens”) by J.S.Bach


Message (Pastors James Renfrew & Pastor Dave Fish)

“Palm Sunday Without a Parade”


Prayers/Lord’s Prayer

Send prayer concerns to:, call him during the week, OR share prayer concerns in the Chat window on the right side of your Zoom screen.


Byron Presbyterian Church Virtual Choir

“In the Garden”   (thanks, Tamara Hillabush Walker)


God Speed, Be Safe, Look out for each other, and Wash your hands!


Following the service we will unmute all microphones and telephones for about 30 minutes to give people a chance to say hello, and to share a response to this question:  Please tell us about one of your special Easter memories?  With all of the microphones open, we need to be especially quiet during this time; even a soft whisper can sound like a shout!





Send prayer concerns to:

Rev. Jim Renfrew at OR

Elder Chrystal Britt will also post your prayer concerns on our Prayer Chain.



All Church Activities in the Building are Canceled

until further notice.  AA members, please be in close touch

with your sponsors.

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.

Matt. 26:17-30 “Can God Spread a Table in the Wilderness?”

Virtual Maundy Thursday Service via Zoom, sign-in beginning at 6:00 p.m. (same Zoom check-in as on Sundays)

Friday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.

John 18-19  “Physically Distant, Spiritually Connected.”

Virtual Good Friday Service via Zoom, sign-in beginning at 6:00 p.m. (same Zoom check-in as on Sundays)

Bible Study, Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 PM with Elder Ruth Andes on Zoom. (Use same Zoom check-in as on Sundays) 

Trustees – Tom Nesbitt offers a big thank you to those who helped clean up the church grounds on March 22, while maintaining physical distance.  Well done!


One Great Hour of Sharing

Contact Rev. Jim Renfrew (

if you’d like an OGHS offering envelope or Fish Bank.

We will receive your contributions far beyond the usual Easter deadline this year due to the virus.

Together, we become the household of God.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians join together to build God’s household to ease the burdens of the vulnerable and suffering around the world. Join with Presbyterians worldwide in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. This Lenten season, please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. Our gifts help to improve the lives of people in challenging situations through three impactful programs:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ~ Restorers of Streets to Live In –  Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters

Presbyterian Hunger Program ~ Share your Bread with the Hungry –  Takes action to alleviate hunger and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed

Self-Development of People ~ Loose the Bonds of Injustice –  Invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills.


Mission: Personal Hygiene Kits

Please contact Pam or Marc Kenward at:

for more information about how you can help.

Immediate Food Needs

The North Bergen Presbyterian Church has free

community food distribution.

It is set up as a drive-thru, so no need to exit the car.

3rd and 4th Wednesday evenings, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

3rd and 4th Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

They are in great need of food donations, as the demand

is growing fast.  Contact Pastor Dave Fish at 290-5487

to make arrangements or send monetary donations to

North Bergen Presbyterian Church,

7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen NY  14416

Pastor Dave Fish is willing to bring a box of food supplies to anyone receiving the Sunday bulletin who requests it

Backpack Project

We are NOT distributing Backpacks at this time because the school provides lunch to all children while classes are cancelled.

A New Mission Project that you can do at home

Faline has come up with a sewing project to make face masks for the VA facility in Batavia. This is a simple project.  The result is not surgery-quality masks, but ones for more general uses.  Please contact Faline for more information.

Children’s Activity Bags

Sunday School lessons and crafts are available each week

via US Mail. Contact Faline Tyler ( if you would like to be on her distribution list. The Sunday School mailing this week includes a palm branch coloring project.  You can wave that on camera, too.  We want to see it!

Offerings and Gifts

Please send weekly offerings and other contributions to:

First Presbyterian Church of Byron

PO Box 206

Byron, NY 14422-0206

(You can also arrange with your bank to make an automatic scheduled transfer to the church.  An on-line giving option coming soon!)


Virtual Worship Etiquette Tips

In our second effort to do our Sunday Service on-line we had a very smooth experience, so we are learning how to Zoom better.  The music quality was much improved.  So, please, keep joining us!  We are all learning how to do this, so please don’t worry if any mistakes are made.

  • Please keep your microphone muted. The Meeting Co-Hosts (Pastor Renfrew and Clerk of Session Shannon Thompson) will do that for you by “mute all”, but just in case, click on the microphone logo at the bottom left corner of the Zoom screen. You will then see a red slash mark over the microphone logo.
  • To mute your telephone please type “*6” and that

should take care of it.  Do it again and you will be


  • If you are in your jammies it is OK to turn off the video display of your beautiful face. Look for the “video” logo just to the right of the microphone logo, click and we will no longer see you, though you can see us, and we will still be able to hear you.
  • If your video feed stutters or freezes, it is best to turn video to “off”, while leaving the audio “on”.




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