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Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 30


March 25, 2022
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!  – Psalm 100:1-2 (NRSV)
Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
Each week we gather as Presbyterians in the Sanctuary, Miller Commons and via live stream to give “all glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving to the holy triune God” (W-1.0101). Worship is central to our identity as Presbyterians. Through the act of corporate worship, we respond to the love and grace bestowed upon us by God and as revealed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Worship is the heartbeat of our church!
Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the way we express our love of God in worship. After spending a year worshiping via live stream, we began gathering in person. This too looked different; we wore masks, practiced social distancing, greeted one another with fist bumps and elbows instead of hugs and handshakes, celebrated communion with pre-packaged wafers and juice, and did not sing. We remained resilient – we continued to worship – a pandemic could not stifle our heart for worship.
During this time, Session has remained vigilant, spending countless hours in prayer and conversation, in an effort to keep the members and guests of FPC Moorestown safe. More recently, Session established protocols for worship and facility usage corresponding to the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) and took into consideration the protocols enacted by the Moorestown Board of Education and surrounding school districts.
On March 24, the DOH released its most recent CALI score of MODERATE. With an overall decrease in COVID cases in recent weeks and a Burlington County vaccination rate of about 75%, we anticipate our region, South West, will continue to oscillate between LOW and MODERATE over the next few months.
With that said, it gives me great joy to announce the return of congregational singing at First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown – effective immediately! At its stated March meeting, Session approved two motions related to COVID-19 protocols:
  1. Temporarily amended MODERATE CALI score protocols to allow for maskless congregational and choral singing through April 26, 2022. Session will continue to consult the weekly CALI and Center for Disease Control reports to monitor the pandemic and re-evaluate this amendment at its next stated meeting, April 26th.
  2. Established LOW CALI score protocols. When the South West CALI region is LOW for two consecutive weeks there will be no restrictions — we are back to normal. This includes unmasked congregational and choral singing in worship, serving food and refreshments, signing Letters of Well Wishing, and how we celebrate and administer the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Please continue to pray for our church leadership in the coming weeks as we monitor the temporary amendment to our MODERATE protocols, and that the recent downward trend in COVID cases continues.
Thank you for your faithfulness and support in these complicated times. I look forward to worshiping with you and hearing your voices in song!
In Christ,
Wesley R. Allen; Associate Pastor



Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 29



February 25, 2022
Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
Today, we watch with the world the unsettling events taking place in Ukraine. The world is right to be shocked and concerned with what appears to be the opening of a ground war, launched by Russia.
Today, we pick up the powerful tool of intercessory prayer. Do not underestimate the unseen spiritual forces for healing and peace that are unleashed when God’s people pray with humility and perhaps with fasting. I share with you a model of such a prayer from our denomination’s Peace Fellowship:
We sigh.
We sigh because words cannot express our anguish, our hurt, our despair, knowing that siblings in Ukraine are fleeing their homes for their lives, that the cities and towns that hold memories and culture and history may be destroyed. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
And so we sigh. Let us breathe together. (take a deep breath)
May our sighs remind us
that we all share the same air;
that what impacts one of us impacts all of us;
that life is precious to God and war is never necessary.
May our sighs be a prayer
for every Ukrainian who worries about surviving today;
for those who will not survive this invasion;
for those who will survive and be forever changed by the trauma of war;
for those Russian soldiers who question their orders and refuse to use their weapons.
May our sighs be a prayer
for nuclear deproliferation.
May our sighs be a prayer for truth, peace, and solidarity to guide each of us;
May our sighs be a prayer for Ukraine [and for disciples in Ukraine] and the whole world.
May our sighs fill our bodies with air
to breathe through grief and fear and
fill us with courage and connection,
so that we are ready to act in solidarity with Ukraine,
for an end to this war
and all war.
I also want to share good news for us. The NJ CALI score has dropped to the MODERATE level for two weeks. At their stated January meeting, Session decided the following:
When we get a report of the score changing, the [COVID] protocols would automatically change without additional Session approval. Motion: COVID protocols for the church will automatically change with change in CALI score for our area. If the CALI lowers, there will be a 2-week waiting period to loosen protocols.
Here are the protocols for the MODERATE level. The protocols take effect this Sunday morning, February 27, 2022.

For INDOOR SUNDAY WORSHIP – Sanctuary and Miller Commons
1. Masks optional for vaccinated adults. Masks recommended for unvaccinated adults, with all those 18 years of age or younger required to wear masks.
2. All singers in worship will be masked.
There will continue to be no congregational singing.
3. The sanctuary will be open seating, with social distancing when possible. People will be free to sit where they are comfortable.
4. Check-in, communion and collection practices will remain as current policy indicates.

1. Masks optional for vaccinated adults, recommended for unvaccinated adults. If 1 or more participants are 18 years of age or under – ALL participants in the room will be required to wear masks (this includes Sunday School, youth group meetings).
2. Participants in any choir rehearsal/concert will be required to wear masks while singing.
3. No food will be served indoors.

We continue to hope for dropping CALI scores and more loosening of restrictions. I thank our Session and Staff for their tireless leadership.
I look forward to beginning our Lenten journey this week with you.
Sincerely and gratefully yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




Presbyterian Women are collecting socks for the homeless during Lent.

Cold, wet feet add to the misery of the homeless. Please help bring some relief!
Presbyterian Women are collecting white cotton socks for the Christian Caring Center. A collection box will be located in the Commons Lobby through Easter.



Join a Lenten Small Group Study

This year we embark on a spiritual journey as we read “The Way of a Pilgrim” by R.M. French,

a 19th-century novel about a Russian drifter’s quest to understand what it means to “pray without ceasing” as I Thessalonians 5:17 instructs. It is an engaging and easy-to-read story.
If you are interested in facilitating a Study Group, contact either Wes Allen or Alison Mackey in the church office at 856.235.1688. Let us know what day and time you plan to meet and if the group will meet virtually or in-person. We also have the capability of offering hybrid sessions using our Owl camera in the church. (This group would meet in the church and allow others to join virtually from their home or office).



We are planning three 2022 Inquirers’ Classes…

Are you interested in learning more about First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown?

Do you have questions about what being a member means, or what it means to be a Presbyterian? You are invited to our Inquirers’ Class to share your faith journey and learn what we’re all about. We can’t wait to meet you.
Individuals interested in learning more and possibly joining the congregation are invited to a series of informational gatherings led by our pastoral staff and Membership & Nurture Committee, designed to answer your questions and introduce you to the Presbyterian faith. A hybrid schedule is planned to allow flexibility and participant safety.

Winter 2022

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022; 7:00-8:30 pm via Zoom
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022; 9:00 am-1:00 pm (in person)
  • Sunday, February 27, 2022; 12:00-1:00 pm with Session, received into membership (in person)
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022 presented during worship

Sessions are designed to provide an opportunity to share and receive information on the meaning of membership in the Presbyterian Church, and introduce various ministries offered at FPC Moorestown. Those who complete the class and indicate their desire to join First Presbyterian Church will be welcomed as new members in March during morning worship service.





Based on CALI Score for our Area

Please note that when the CALI score lowers, there will be a 2 week interim period until the lower category protocols go into effect. A rise in the CALI score will initiate an immediate move to the appropriate category.


For INDOOR SUNDAY WORSHIP – Sanctuary and Miller Commons
  1. Masks optional for vaccinated adults. Masks recommended for unvaccinated adults, with all those 18 years of age or younger required to wear masks.
  2. All singers in worship will be masked.
    There will continue to be no congregational singing.
  3. The sanctuary will be open seating, with social distancing when possible. People will be free to sit where they are comfortable.
  4. Check-in, communion and collection practices will remain as current policy indicates.
  1. Masks optional for vaccinated adults, recommended for unvaccinated adults. If 1 or more participants are 18 years of age or under – ALL participants in the room will be required to wear masks (this includes Sunday School, youth group meetings).
  2. Participants in any choir rehearsal/concert will be required to wear masks while singing.
  3. No food will be served indoors.


For INDOOR SUNDAY WORSHIP – Sanctuary and Miller Commons
  1. Masks required for all persons
  2. No congregational singing
  3. All choir singers masked
  1. Meetings are mask optional for vaccinated adults, recommended for unvaccinated adults. If one or more participants are 18 years of age or younger, all participants are required to wear masks. This includes Sunday School and Youth Group meetings.
  2. Participants in choir rehearsals are required to wear masks.
  3. No food will be served indoors.


Any location on the FPC Campus
  1. Masks required for all persons
  2. No congregational singing
  3. All choir singers masked
  1. Masks are required for all persons.
  2. Participants in choir rehearsals are required to wear masks.
  3. No food will be served indoors.




March 3-April 7, 2022
Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. (Zoom only)
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

The Jesus Prayer (in bold above) is the centerpiece of our Lenten Study, “The Way of a Pilgrim.” The book describes the prayer and its many benefits. We also learn from the book how to pray this ancient, Biblical prayer.
For the Thursdays in Lent, Pastor Spencer offers a 30-minute Zoom seminar on the Jesus Prayer. He’ll provide additional background and teaching before leading participants in praying the prayer.
Please register through the Events Page on our website. There’s no cost; and friends outside the church are welcome.
To join us via Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 819 3431 2431
Passcode: 819740




Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
COVID has come home for many in our community and our congregation. The virus visited me on New Year’s Day. That morning I first thought I was getting a cold—my first since the start of the pandemic. I googled my symptoms and then took a home test that revealed a positive score. I got it. I’m grateful that I never felt awful other than a mildly painful sore throat. I probably infected our youngest son, Miles. Thankfully, Leslie and Sam have so far escaped. I know that many of you have your own stories.
Infection rates in New Jersey are soaring. Hospitals and other health services are near the point of becoming overwhelmed. Teachers, students and school administrators are struggling to find the best way forward. These are trying times for all of us.
Session met by Zoom on Wednesday evening, January 12th to reconsider our COVID protocols in light of the recent increase of the CALI (COVID Activity Level Index) score, which measures transmission risk. Currently, the CALI level is at VERY HIGH. Earlier this fall, Session decided that the CALI score will be the metric used to measure our COVID risk.
Dr. Steve Trzeciak, a long-time member and elder, joined Session for the first hour. Steve is the Chairman and Chief of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care. We listened as he described the latest information on the Omicron variant. He said that it spreads easily and rapidly.
Session approved the following on Wednesday evening, effective Sunday, January 16, 2022.
1) Masks required for all persons
2) Physical distancing will be encouraged in both worship spaces
3) No congregational singing. All who lead singing will continue to wear marks
1) Everyone who enters the building is required to mask, regardless of their vaccination status. Groups are welcome to meet at church, though some are moving to virtual meetings.
2) Our Annual Meeting, set for Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 12:15 p.m. will be offered virtually via Zoom.
3) No food will be served indoors.
These revised guidelines remain in effect until the CALI scores drop.
As exhausting and frustrating as life has been during the pandemic, I thank God for the opportunities COVID-19 brings us to care for and love one another and members of our community. Dr. Trzeciak reminded me the other day that wearing a mask helps limit the spread of the virus and is an important way we can support our medical personnel by keeping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
The best medical advice is that we try to wear a high-quality mask, observe physical distancing, limit touch with others and wash our hands often. Vaccines also appear to be effective in reducing impact of the virus.
Beyond all of the important safety precautions we’ve set in place, let these directions from Colossians 3 be the ultimate word for how we’re to clothe ourselves in these days:
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3: 12-14)
Steve began his comments by asserting that he’s optimistic that there will be an end to the pandemic. Resting in the Lord’s sovereign care and wearing the clothing of compassion, I’m certain that God will see us through.
Thank you for your understanding, your patience and your support.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor



The warmth of Blanket Sunday

Blanket Sunday, a special offering sponsored by our Deacons and Church World Service and traditionally collected on the last Sunday in January, is coming Sunday, January 30.

Your contributions to this annual offering enable Church World Service to help families around the world stay warm, recover from disasters and displacement, and help rebuild viable, sustainable lives and communities.
Simply select the ‘Blanket Sunday’ drop down from our secure online giving menu at Or you may mail checks made out to First Presbyterian Church with Blanket Sunday noted in the memo line. Special envelopes are in the pews as well.
Please note: NO donations of blankets, please. This offering is to give monetarily to Church World Service to support that organization’s disaster relief program.
Thank you from your Deacons.





MARCH 15 – 18, 2022

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen

When Henri Nouwen stumbled across a poster of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son, he began a spiritual journey that would help him understand the biblical parable as well as the story of his own life. Take this opportunity to join Henri as he leads the wayward prodigal and judgmental sibling who reside within each of us towards the open-handed, overwhelming compassion and eternal love of the Father. The Return of the Prodigal Son will transform your reading of the parable and the way you understand your life story.
“For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.
Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not ‘How am I to find God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not ‘How am I to know God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be known by God?’ And, finally, the question is not ‘How am I to love God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be loved by God?’ God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Your Invitation
Join a group of friends from a number of churches at Holy Cross Monastery, an Episcopalian Benedictine monastery for time away from the rush and crushing pace of life. This three- night, four day retreat affords the time to step away from the regular demands of our lives and to enjoy a place of rest and welcome. Our retreat begins on Tuesday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. and concludes on Friday, March 17 following the noon meal.
Pastor Stuart Spencer leads a study of the parable of two lost sons, best known as the parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15. Our retreat group meets together for sessions on the mornings and evenings of each day. Within those gatherings we learn, share, and pray together. The days of the Prayer Retreat offer the gift of time for personal prayer, meditation, conversations, reflection, exploring the bookstore, hiking, silence and rest.
Holy Cross Monastery
Located about an hour north of New York City and set high on the western bluffs of the Hudson River, Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine place of prayer of the Episcopal Church. The monks graciously welcome all who come. The monastery is a lovely setting with comfortable private rooms and simple yet exquisite meals. We join the monks in their five offices of prayer throughout the day. In the evening, starting at 9:00 p.m., we are invited to participate in the Greater Silence, a time for quiet that continues until the Eucharist.
For information on the monastery:
For specific information about the experience of retreat at the monastery:
What to bring? Pack comfortable clothes and shoes, toiletries, a Bible, pens, a journal.
Cost: $300 for three nights (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), study book included.
$285 for those who wish to purchase the book in advance. Registrations fees are not re-fundable unless approved by the Guesthouse.
Note: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the monastery. Rides can be shared.
Online registration is now available. 
Print our brochure, complete the registration form and return to the church office. Checks should be made out to “First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown.” In the memo line write: Holy Cross Prayer Retreat.
You may download our printable brochure here…
Registration forms and fees are due to the First Presbyterian Church Office by Sunday, February 13, 2022.
First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown
PO Box 868
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: (856) 235 – 1688



High School Lake Champion Trip


(President’s Day weekend)

HIGH SCHOOLERS: Get ready for one of the best weekends of the year to pull back from every day life and reconnect with God. This weekend has been a formative one for students from our Church for years. If you’ve never been with us on a wintercamp retreat, this is the year!
Don’t miss the chance to build some memories that will last a lifetime and to grow a relationship with a loving God. We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity for high schoolers in grades 9-12.
Price is $150 per person (campers and leaders) and covers two nights lodging, towels and linens, snacks on Friday night, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. You’ll receive more detailed information a few weeks before the trip. SIGN UP on this page.
No school Monday, February 17 for President’s Day too.
Questions? Contact Dave Fauvell at 609-980-7885 cell/text or

REGISTRATION IS UNDERWAY! Sign up by January 20, 2022




January 31, 2022, 7:30 pm

Save the date for the PW Winter Gathering!

On Sunday, January 31 at 7:00 pm, Kelly Maxted will be our speaker in Miller Commons and also via live stream. The program, “When God says, ‘Go!'”, will tell about her faith journey. Kelly and her husband, Luke are currently Fellows at UrbanPromise Camden. They are preparing to answer God’s call to found UrbanPromise London with their two young sons Judah and Reuben.
Kelly’s undergraduate degree is in Theology from the London School of Theology and she is currently attaining her Masters’ Degree in Organizational Development from Cairn University, Philadelphia and working at UrbanPromise. Kelly and her husband, Luke Maxted — who is currently co-leading our middle school youth ministry — plan to start UrbanPromise London in June 2022. With a vision for long term youth development, as well as providing college preparation and workforce skills for 18-20 year olds, UrbanPromise London will be a beacon of hope in London’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. Currently one in four children raised in London grow up in poverty.
Come hear about Kelly’s s remarkable journey of faith and trust.
To watch the live stream, log on to at 7:00 pm.



Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 26


December 8, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Glory belongs to him both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3: 18, NIVR)
These are the last words of the book of 2 Peter, and the final recorded words of the great Apostle. As we near the end of 2021, I look back over a wonderful but at times a challenging twelve months with deep gratitude for the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Peter’s benediction is both a call to continue to nurture our understanding and experience of these gifts while also recounting how both have held and guided us through life and this year.
Let’s define our terms with help from Wikipedia. Grace is a spontaneous gift from God to people – generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved. Grace takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the divine life of God. Knowledge is the gift of the Holy Spirit to aid us in apprehending and grasping what God is doing. Throughout 2021, we’ve experienced these lavish gifts from God daily.
When I think of grace as generous, free, unexpected and undeserved, I picture our new associate pastor Wes Allen standing before us at the close of his installation service hands raised, wearing his black pulpit robe with an electric guitar slung over his shoulder. Wes is a gift of grace to us.
When I consider knowledge, I remember how the Holy Spirit brought help in understanding what God is doing as our staff and Session guided us through the ongoing, turbulent days of this pandemic. Every time when we needed guidance and wisdom, God provided it.
Peter knew that grace and knowledge are gifts to be savored thankfully while each also energizes us for what’s to come. Once more this year, you’ve financially supported the work of FPC Moorestown with unfailing faithfulness and gracious generosity. I thank you. It’s for this reason that we’re in a strong position financially as we approach the year’s end. Let’s keep going! Let’s keep giving as we grow together in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We see these gifts of our Lord Jesus on display in our 2021 stewardship season. At the time of this writing, we have received 194 pledges for a total of $1,501,200. Our 2022 operating budget is $2,123,060.
When we consider 2022, we anticipate hiring a full-time youth director. It will be wonderful to be fully staffed for the first time in a couple of years. We’ll need your continued support to keep us financially strong. There are great needs of every sort in our community. I want us to be ready to serve however, wherever and to whomever God intends.
Growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ keeps us robust. Here’s a few practical suggestions to help you grow with both.
  • One, join me in praying daily for God’s blessing and guidance for us. I’ve set aside Thursdays as a day for fasting and prayer. If your health permits you, consider joining me.
  • Two, be sure you’re current with your intentions for giving this year (2021).
  • Three, if you’re in a position to do so, consider making a year-end gift to help us meet our budget. A special envelope has been included for you and can also be found in boxed offering envelopes.
  • Finally, but significantly, if you haven’t yet completed an estimate of giving pledge for 2022, please do so. Please remember that you can begin giving offerings electronically by going to our church website and clicking on the “Give” link. If you need help, please contact the church office at (856) 235-1688.
Peter’s last words—all glory and honor belong to him now and forever—are at the center of my prayer for our congregation. May Jesus Christ alone be honored and praised through us and because of us.
Yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




The FPC Moorestown Prayer Team has been made aware of an intense need, and we are privileged to pray!

Dick and Lissa Herman, as well as Bill Walker, are friends of Dwight and Stephanie Castle. This couple have 7 month-old twin girls who are “Conjoined Twins” at CHOP. They have lived in the NICU since their birth. Little Susannah and Elizabeth will be separated this Friday, December 10th in a 12-hour surgery. Elizabeth also has a hole in her heart.


Join us in person on Friday, December 10 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in Miller Commons
Join the Prayer Vigil by choosing a time slot to pray on your own here:
Follow their story on their ‘Castle Conjoined Twins’ Facebook page:




This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD ’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” Mark 1:1-3



Longest Night Service

Sunday, December 12, 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve Eve Worship

Thursday, December 23
† 3:00 pm Outdoor Worship
† 7:00 pm Outdoor Worship

Christmas Eve Worship 

Friday, December 24
† 4:00 pm Family Service (masks required)
† 6:00 pm Family Service (masks optional)
† 8:30 pm Communion Service (masks optional)
† 11:00 pm Lessons and Carols (masks optional)
During each service we will be singing ‘Silent Night’ as a congregation, masks will be required during the song.


Throughout the four-week Season of Advent there are special, meaningful activities for all ages, some familiar and some new. This guide is a helpful resource for our worship services, programs and opportunities for giving.



Longest Night Service
Sunday, December 12, 2021 (7:00 pm)

This unique service provides peace to those dealing with grief, illness, anxiety or depression this holiday season who may not feel the joy or celebration seen in others — for many reasons. Princeton Seminary intern Paul Savage will be the featured preacher for this service.

This event will be held on Sunday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown and will follow current COVID-19 protocols in place at the time. The event will also be streamed live on the church’s website at so all may enjoy from the safety of their own homes or campuses.
The Longest Night includes elements from a Service of Remembrance, including the Lord’s Supper, special music and a time for prayer. All ages and faiths are welcome to partake in communion.
Please share this event with those you know who might need a quiet place in the rush of December, an authentic respite in the midst of busy holiday activities, or with those who have experienced a loss. If you know someone you would like us to invite to this service, wonderful! Please provide their name and address with Alison Mackey in the church office so we may send them an invitation letter. Contact Alison at or (856) 235-1688, Ext. 113.



A Message from Missions

We helped buy a house!

How $1500 stopped a liquor store from going next to Love Driven Ministries Malawi

“Can you help us buy a house?” the message from Love Driven Ministries founder, Ishmael Adam, read. “The owner of the house next to our ministry is going to sell it to someone who wants to open a liquor store. We can’t let this happen. We have raised $300.”
Ishmael explained that the house would cost $1,800 American dollars to purchase. In Malawi, anyone can buy liquor from the liquor stores. There is no There is no minimal age for purchase. This means that children can become addicted at a young age. Ishmael explained that the house is adjacent to the building they had purchased the previous week. “This would allow us to expand our work space and have meeting space with a community library,” he explained. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire team of Love Driven Ministries, I would like to thank you and the entire congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown for the continuous support toward the work we do in Malawi.
“Your prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated. In a special way, I would like to thank the church leadership, the Mission Committee and the entire members of the congregation for donating $1,500 that we used to purchase the building next to our property that was intended to be used as a liquor store. I have no words to describe how excited I am to see that building being turned into a safe space for the kids and youth in the community.” Love Driven Ministries exists to empower and provide opportunities to the children living in Juma village, one of the most isolated and poverty-stricken villages in Salima, Malawi. Their mission can be achieved by investing in children, inspiring them to be active leaders in the community, and preparing them to give back to the community.
50% of kids in the community drop out of school due to poverty and lack of role models.




To the Installation of Rev. Wes Allen

The congregation and the community is warmly invited to the Installation of Rev. Wes Allen on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

The worship service will be held in the sanctuary. Afterward, please join us in the courtyard for s’mores around the firepits.



Evan’s Eagle Scout Project for FPC Moorestown, NJ

Hello Everyone,

My name is Evan Livingston, and I am a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 22 in Lumberton, New Jersey. I am beginning my Eagle Scout Project, which will allow me to earn the highest rank in Scouting; Eagle Scout.

My Eagle Scout Project revolves around my local church, The First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, NJ. I am planning to build a fire pit and seating area. This project will benefit the large youth groups at the church when the youth groups want to enjoy fellowship and talk about their faith. The fire pit area may also be used during other social and congregational activities at the church. Currently, the area where I will build the fire pit is a large grassy area between the parking lot and the church’s cemetery. My goal is to complete my project in the late fall of 2021.
My project will encompass the twelve points of the Scout Law. For example, the sixth point of the Scout Law is to be kind; this point is demonstrated by giving back to my community and helping the families of my congregation. The twelfth point of Scout Law is to be reverent. As a proud Christian, I am devoted to this project since it supports my church, youth groups, and congregation, which firmly guided my morals and faith.
While I will be the project leader, many other Scouts, family, and friends will volunteer to help build and complete my project. You can help me too; any donations will be greatly appreciated as my project would not be possible without you.
Thank you,
Evan Livingston
Life Scout, Lumberton Troop 22




Sunday, October 17, 2021

Worship Service, 9:30 am

Drive-Through Dedication, 11:30 am-12:00 pm

On Sunday, October 17 we celebrate the joy of living a generous Christ-centered life with our annual stewardship emphasis.
We will all be together (in-person or via live stream) for ONE 9:30 am service, where we will welcome Rev. Sam Massengill as our guest preacher. During worship, we will prayerfully dedicate our gifts. If you won’t be here that day, you may return by mail, fill out online, or swing through a Drive-Through Dedication from 11:30-Noon that day.
Our sermon series “Now Is The Time” provides a biblical framework for this emphasis highlighted by personal stories from church members. To assist with budget projections, we kindly ask that all estimates be turned in by October 31.




Help us celebrate the ministry of Rev. Stuart Spencer, Rev. Wes Allen, and our program staff this Sunday, October 10, by sending them a note of appreciation sharing your gratitude for their ministry and sharing kind words of appreciation.

And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
You may bring a card with you to either worship service, or fill in one of the blank thank you cards available in the Commons Lobby. Kids: they’d love to receive artwork or a picture from you too!
Baskets will be located in the Commons Lobby and in the Narthex to receive cards and notes for our clergy and senior staff:
  • Rev. Stuart Spencer
  • Rev. Wes Allen
  • Holly Asciutto
  • Martin Bass
  • Linda Jagiela
  • Joel Krott



12-Hour Prayer Vigil

Our ‘River of Prayer’ is widening and constantly flowing!

Saturday, October 16, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Consecration Sunday October 17 and The Church Has Left the Building October 24
Our “River of Prayer” is widening and constantly flowing! The Prayer Committee will hold its next “12-Hour Prayer Vigil” on Saturday, October 16th to provide our church family an opportunity to reflect on our stewardship emphasis for Consecration Sunday, October 17th: “Now Is The Time.” We will also focus on prayer for “The Church Has Left the Building” Sunday, October 24th.
Please SIGN UP online for a 30-minute time between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
A special Prayer Guide will be emailed to everyone who signs up and will also be available on the church website. For questions please contact Prayer Committee chair Pam Engle at 609-332-7513 or
Have an immediate prayer need?
The Prayer Team is ready and available to pray for your request. Simply text the wording to be shared to 609-923-4135 or 609-332-7513 and the team will be notified immediately. Updates and praises are appreciated!




Our young people share opportunities to learn about God and find community among their peers!

Starting Wednesday, October 6
  • Crossing Zone (grades 4-6), 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Kingdom Kids (grades k-3) – 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Starting Sunday, October 3
  • High School (grades 9-12), 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Starting Wednesday, October 6
  • Middle School (grades 7-8), 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm




Joan Van Camp,

a long time and faithful member of our church, left a generous legacy bequest to the church. Through Joan’s unparalleled generosity, the church has addressed numerous upgrades to God’s House over several years and donated sustaining gifts to our local and international mission partners. Her gift impacts not only the present, but generations of members and families to come.
On August 31 we held a ceremony to honor Joan’s generosity and dedicate the Van Camp Porch in her honor. Used by staff, committees and groups, this place is a comfortable outdoor space to meet and do God’s work.
We invite you to learn more about Legacy Giving.



Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering


On Monday, Sept. 20 at 10:00 am, we will be kicking off our program year with the Fall Gathering Presented by PW. We will meet in person in Fellowship Hall (masks required indoors). ALL women are invited – and encouraged to bring a friend or neighbor. Spacing in the room will be generous.
Ruth Stotsenburg will be introducing the group to the engaging new Presbyterian Women small group study “What my Grandmothers Taught Me-Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy.”
Circle Leaders will be present to offer a personal invitation to their particular group, which will begin in October. These small groups meet monthly with day and night times available. Leaders are Jean Kunkel, Barbara Lewis, Ginny Weber, and Debbie Heller. Gayle Payne leads a service group.
Register ONLINE to attend the Fall Gathering! All women of the church are welcome.




Adult Spiritual Formation (Room 3-4)
September 15 – November 17, 2021

The Engagement Project is a 10-week study which will meet Wednesday evenings at the church. When we draw near to God and contemplate His divine nature, it exposes us, as it did Isaiah. But it also awakens us to His Truth, which transforms us and calls us to engage the world around us. After we engage, we seek to restore the Truth of God in all areas of life.
Invite your friends from other churches to this video discussion series — all are welcome! No book is required.
NOTE: In previous years a meal has been served with similar studies, with meal costs shared among participants. Due to COVID restrictions, we are unsure if food or beverages will be permitted; watch this space for updated information and meeting times.




A Time to Scatter … Gather

As our church continues to gather together again for worship, we will plan to gather to kick off the 2021 program and school year with our Ministry Fair on Sunday, Sept. 12th. The Ministry Fair features table displays from church ministries to educate the congregation about specific goals and gain new participants. Watch for a companion August sermon series on gathering as well.
As in previous years, the Ministry Fair centers around four key practices that enliven our faith:
  • We connect in smaller groups to discover fellowship with God and one another
  • We devote regular time to deepen our relationship with God through Scripture and prayer
  • We serve the needs of others
  • We worship our Lord together
Our individual and collective faith flourishes when these practices are consistently embodied, so we’re highlighting how we can live them out together. For example, if you’re a newcomer or visitor, perhaps a good place to start is to connect with others and discover what it means to worship with the body of Christ. If you’ve been devoting time to God on your own and long for fellowship and rich dialogue, you might consider joining a small group. Maybe the Spirit is leading you to discover the gift of service as an usher or audio visual technician.
Our goal remains to encourage FPC Moorestown and the wider community to grow in love for God and one another; to encourage people of all ages and stages of faith to reflect on what it means to connect, devote, serve and worship. How is God calling you to take your next step of faith? What does it mean to listen to the Spirit as it guides you toward new opportunities to love God and your neighbor for the coming year?
We are grateful to be on this journey together and look forward to hearing how we can support you as we all seek to be Christ’s salt and light!
Your Church Staff


Don’t the areas overlap?
Yes. We worship through serving and meeting together and devoting our hearts to God, but in the interest of clarity, we have made what we think are meaningful separations between them. This is not intended to erase these connections, but to highlight areas for growth. As you engage in one step or expression of faith it will become clear how one expression of faith transforms your experiences in the other three.
Where is the Ministry Fair? When will it begin and end?
The Ministry Fair will be held in Fellowship Hall and Miller Commons lobby on Sunday, September 12th. It starts at 9:45 AM and ends at 10:45 AM. However, each area of the fair (Connect, Devote, Serve and Worship) will remain set up for the entire day on Sunday to give everyone a chance to explore and learn more about FPC Moorestown.
How does my ministry area reserve a table?
To reserve a table, contact Earl Gage at or (856) 235-1688, Ext. 106 by August 21st. Table space is limited so in some instances, groups will be asked to share tables.
What are the COVID protocols?
At this time, masks are optional, with the knowledge that most in the congregation are fully vaccinated. Hand sanitizer will be available.
When does set up begin?
Tables will be placed in all four areas of the Fair (Connect, Devote, Serve and Worship) on Thursday, September 9th. We kindly ask for all participants to leave their ministry information at their areas until Monday, Sept. 13th. This way, no matter whether you attend the Traditional or Contemporary worship service, you have time to explore and learn more about FPC Moorestown. Property staff will break down tables on Monday, Sept. 13th.




This year, our Ministry Fair happens to fall on our birthday! Let’s make September 12th special this year!

September 12th marks the 133rd Birthday of our church. In honor of the church’s celebration of its founding on September 12, 1888, members are encouraged to donate to the future of FPC Moorestown by giving to the September 12 endowment fund. The fund is invested to earn income which helps to support the needs of our church.
How can you send your birthday gift to the church? Bring your envelope to the Sept. 12 Ministry Fair, mail your gift to the church, give online, or drop in the offering plate. Gifts may be donated through December.
See our flyer ..SEPTEMBER 12 FLYER
This fund began in 1993, when our Interim Pastor at that time, Dr. Bryant Kirkland, and Dr. James Honan, conceived of creating a special fund to celebrate our past and invest in our future. The September 12th Fund serves as a long-term endowment for our church. Financial contributions to the September 12th Fund are held and invested for the care and protection of our church over time. A designated portion of the earnings are distributed each year for current church needs.
It is the invested gifts of those who came before us that have grown over time to create financial stability for FPC even in uncertain times. It is our gifts that will provide that same stability for future generations to weather the storms that will come.
This is especially important for us at times like this COVID-19 pandemic. We can only be ready for these situations if we faithfully prepare, save and invest for times like these.
There is no better way to protect the future and make a lasting difference financially for our beloved First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown. So, in this our 133rd year, please consider a gift of $13.30, $133.00, $1,330 or $13,300.
READ a letter from the pastor about a special opportunity to support this legacy …  PASTOR SPENCER’S LETTER




On Saturday September 11, 2021 at 8:30 am, we gather at the cross in the First Presbyterian Church cemetery for a service of remembrance, prayer and resurrection as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in world history. This will be a solemn time for reflection, prayer, scripture reading, and song as we remember the 2,977 lives tragically taken from this world and the 20-year war that ensued.
For those unable to attend, you may use this prayer guide to find prayers and scripture readings to coincide with the times the planes struck the World Trade Center towers, Pentagon, and field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.



Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 23


Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown:
On this gorgeous morning, two days after heavy storms battered our region, I bring you an update. I’m always amazed how a fierce downpour often clears the air and results in a string of lovely weather. I pray that the storms we’re facing together may soon bring the beauty of God’s purposes.
At a specially called meeting September 2nd, Session approved the following COVID-19 protocols. These protocols take effect immediately and will remain in place through October. Session and staff will monitor the pandemic and make changes to these guidelines as warranted.
  • Masks will be mandatory for everyone when gathering indoors (including both vaccinated and unvaccinated) when Burlington County is deemed to have high or substantial community spread. This applies to worship and all indoor meetings. Masking is encouraged but not required for outdoor meetings or gatherings on our property.
  • Beginning Sunday, Sept. 5th, congregational singing will be discontinued, singers will be masked, and those who attend in-person will be distanced.
  • We’ll continue to serve the Lord’s Supper as we have through the pandemic in pre-packaged units.
  • We will not serve or eat food indoors. Pre-made or prepared food may be served and eaten outside.
We’re learning how to live with a pandemic that appears to have no end in sight. I’m certain that some from our congregation will be discouraged or disheartened by the return of masking to our indoor gatherings. In light of the rising transmission risk for Burlington County, Session felt that our protocols needed revision. Throughout the pandemic, your Session has always sought to ensure the safety of our members and friends — from the youngest to the oldest.
I am deeply grateful for the members of our Session. Amid busy lives, our elders give freely and often of their time. Throughout the course of the pandemic, Session members have met, beyond our monthly stated and committee meetings, to tackle the wide range of unprecedented issues and concerns that no one has faced before.
I happened to read a portion of the New Testament book of James this week in my daily quiet time. James was a straight shooter. In chapter 3, James pens a clear call for God’s people to seek “heavenly wisdom” or God’s wisdom as we live together facing all the challenges we face. Notice his assurance of something beautiful blooming as we seek God’s guidance. It’s as beautiful as the stunning late summer weather that follows a hurricane.
13 Who in your community is understanding and wise? Let her or his example, which is marked by wisdom and gentleness, blaze a trail for others. 17 Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy, and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy. 18 The seed that flowers into righteousness will always be planted in peace by those who embrace peace. (James 3: 12, 17 – 18, The Voice)
Thank you for patient support and unfailing kindness to me, our staff and our lay leaders.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




Let’s go back twenty years to three days in September 2001 that changed everything. I refer to September 10, September 11, and September 12, 2001.
September 10 was the last ordinary day that our nation experienced for a long time. September 11 brought the loss and sorrow of the terrorist attacks. September 12 ushered in a new way of life.
While the September 12th Fund began eight years before those difficult days, the vision that then Interim Pastor Bryant Kirkland, and Dr. James Honan had in 1993 created a crucial form of preparedness for First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown. As we have learned then and now, we’ll never see the momentous challenges coming before they arrive. We simply have to be ready to respond to those unanticipated needs with courage and resolve. Twenty years after 2001, we face another challenge of a worldwide pandemic. We must continue our readiness and resolve for the needs of the moment. That’s why I am so grateful for the September 12th Fund, a special account to celebrate our past and invest in our future.
The September 12th Fund serves as a long-term endowment for our church. Financial contributions to the September 12th Fund are held and invested for the care and protection of our church over time. A designated portion of the earnings are distributed each year for current church needs.
It is the invested gifts of those who came before us that have grown over time to create financial stability for FPC Moorestown even in uncertain times. It is our gifts that will provide that same stability for future generations to weather the storms that will come.
This is especially important for us at times like this COVID-19 pandemic. We can only be ready for these situations if we faithfully prepare, save, and invest for times like these.
There is no better way to protect the future and make a lasting difference financially for our beloved First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown.
This year, September 12th, the birthday of our church, falls on a Sunday. Make it a special year! Celebrate the 133rd Birthday of FPC Moorestown with a special gift. Please consider a gift of $13.30, $133.00, $1,330 or $13,300. Enclosed is a pre-addressed envelope for your convenience, or you may also easily give online.
THANK YOU for your incredible and consistent generosity, especially in these uncertain times. I’m so blessed by you and I thank God for you!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




Rev. Wesley Allen is no stranger to FPC Moorestown!

He is the candidate our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) has presented to fill the long empty ‘office in the corner’. As Pastor Spencer says in his letter, “the Spirit of God faithfully and wonderfully answered our prayers for an Associate Pastor.”
Our thanks to the APNC, Kevin Fauvell, Chair, Carole Wehn, Adrienne Barr, Jane Murphy and Marsha Booker, who have published a beautiful brochure to tell us all about our candidate.




“When we lift our voices in song, we join a cosmic affirmation of God’s glory.” Joel Krott

We will begin rehearsals again in September and welcome you to join us! All who enjoy singing and who have a passion for worship are encouraged to join us. Young people are welcome to participate, regardless of prior singing experience or music reading ability. Our programs encourage growth and offer instruction in a nurturing style. And don’t forget our Contemporary Worship Band, it may be just the place for you!




Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown,
After nearly 30 months of a nationwide search, our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) gratefully presents a candidate who lives exactly one mile from the front doors of our sanctuary. A brief glance at the enclosed brochure tells you that the Spirit of God faithfully and wonderfully answered our prayers for an Associate Pastor in the person of someone who is no stranger to many of us: Reverend Wesley “Wes” Allen. I praise God for sending a gifted friend who is clearly called to this position. We’re incredibly blessed to welcome Wes and his family, Jen, and Vivian and Jacob into our midst.
When Kelly LePenske announced her plans to conclude her ministry, the Personnel Team and I started seeking someone who could help me while the search for an Associate Pastor continued. I reached out to Wes to discover if he had any interest in filling that interim role. He did not but he did tell me that he was attracted to the called position for Associate Pastor.
We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our APNC. Kevin Fauvell was the chair of the committee. The other members were Carole Wehn, Adrienne Barr, Jane Murphy and Marsha Booker. Dave Adams was a member until he resigned last year. These servants reviewed 184 Personnel Information Forms. They had deeper conversations with about 30 candidates. You’ll recall at the time of their election in February 2019 they were asked to seek a Pastor who would oversee our discipleship and adult spiritual formation ministries, guide our congregational care, including Stephen Ministries, participate in worship leadership and preach regularly. A year into their work, Session re-directed their search to find a candidate who would lead our youth ministries. Early this year, Session asked the Committee to return to their original mandate. All along, they met regularly, often weekly, and for most of the time, via Zoom. They encouraged each other like weary runners in a marathon. They prayed constantly. They once told me that the acronym, APNC changed meaning for them from Associate Pastor Nominating Committee to Always Praying, Never Conceding. I thank the Committee for persevering on behalf of our congregation and Presbytery.
Session has called a special meeting of the congregation for Sunday, August 29, 2021 for the purpose of voting on the call of Rev. Wes Allen as our Associate Pastor. It’s a Fifth Sunday, so we’ll gather in our Sanctuary for one service at 9:30 a.m. when Wes will preach. The meeting begins at the close of worship. The worship service and the meeting will be live streamed. We’ll provide a Zoom link with an option to vote for church members who’d prefer to stay at home.
In addition to considering the terms of call for Wes, we’ll also act on a request from Session to amend our By-Laws to allow virtual meetings. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve held four such meetings, including our Annual Meeting in February of this year. When we meet in a few weeks, it will be the first time we’ve done so since February of 2020, which means we can properly make this amendment. After we’ve worshipped and voted, we’re planning a reception for the Allens outside. Do plan to join us for this momentous morning!
Since and Wes and Jen and their children already live in Moorestown, once elected, he can begin his ministry with us on Monday, August 30, the next day. That’s one additional blessing from calling a Pastor who lives around the corner. There will be, I’m certain, many more to follow in the years to come.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




Join us on MONDAY, July 26 at 6:00 pm for the Missions Book Club via Zoom.

NOTE: Moved from Friday, July 30.

We will be discussing The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth.
Celebrate the release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks with an inside look on Mr. Rogers’ spiritual legacy.
It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words.”
Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn’t need to.”
Eight years before his death, Fred Rogers met author, educator, and speaker Amy Hollingsworth. What started as a television interview turned into a wonderful friendship spanning dozens of letters detailing the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? Psychologist? Minister? Here is an intimate portrait of the real Mister Rogers.
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If you have not read or finished the book, please feel free to still join the discussion! We’d love to have you.
For information contact Linda Jagiela at The Book Club will meet by Zoom on the third Monday of each month. (Note some dates are different due to holidays)
Want to read ahead?
See our summaries of upcoming books for 2021:Remaining Schedule:
August 23, 2021: Father to the Fatherless: The Charles Mulli Story by Paul H. Boge and Bruce Wilkinson




Community is such a gift!

It is a true strength for FPC Moorestown. The better we grow our community – more loving, kind and merciful – the more inline we are with our greater message; the message of our faith.

Pastor Spencer shares with us how, using our 25 WAYS as a guide, we create a culture that knows how to go out into the local and global community to give and invest.

Thank you to Rolando Vega and CultureWise for this video production.



Steve Margerum, Property Manager


Would you like to contact a member of our day time Property Crew? JUST CALL FOR STEVE!

Steve Purdy, Property Team

Yes, three members of our property staff have the first name of Steve. Our new Property Manager is Steve Margerium, having taken the role just last month. Steve Purdy was added to the team just this week joining Steve Cashmer and Fausto de la Cruz. When you see our newest team members please be sure to say… ‘Hello Steve!’



Color Wars! (grades 4th-6th)

Join us on Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30 pm 

Color Wars AKA Paint Wars for grades 4th-6th only (this includes those going into 4th grade in the fall and those entering 7th grade in the fall are invited back for the summer for one last hurrah!)
  • When: Wednesday, July 21st
  • Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Where: First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown
  • What to bring: Wear a white tee shirt, old sneakers, shorts (these will get stained!!) and hair ties if you want your hair up and out of the way. Bring a pair of goggles if you have them (I will try to have spares for those that do not) and TWO OLD TOWELS … one to dry off with and one to use to cover the car seat on the way home! No need to bring a change of clothes.
Because of the nature of this event, no one will be permitted to enter the building once the event begins. (Can’t get paint all over the church)
This will be a FUN event BUT messy!! We will have hoses available to rinse off at the end of our time together.
Questions? Contact Holly Asciutto at 609-273-7465 cell/text or





Right at this point in June, in the longest days of the year and summer nearly arrived; I fondly remember playing outside as a child with the kids of my neighborhood. My favorite game was Kick the Can, the reverse of Hide and Go Seek. One kid guarded an old tin coffee can while the rest of us hid by the houses, trees and shrubs of our neighborhood. The goal was to kick the can — though if the guard tagged you, you had to sit in jail until someone successfully booted the can. If the game went too long or the hour was too late, the person guarding the can shouted: Ollie! Ollie in come free! According to Wikipedia, the phrase my friends and I yelled is a variant of “Olly olly oxen free.” The term is a truce term used in children’s games such as hide and seek, capture the flag, and kick the can. Hearing it indicates that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game; or, that the game is entirely over.
I’m calling: Ollie, Ollie in come free today. Though the COVID pandemic isn’t completely over, we see the right signs moving in both directions. Infection rates in Burlington County are dropping while the vaccine rates are rising. At FPC Moorestown, this means that we’re loosening more of our restrictions and easing into a number of changes. I invite, welcome and encourage you to join us Sunday for worship at 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and 11:00 a.m. in Miller Commons. The coast is clear. Come on in!
At its stated meeting Tuesday, June 22, Session approved the following guidelines for our worship services and meeting (see our event page for details).
  • Effective Sunday, June 27, masks will be optional. Some people may decide to wear a mask for a number of reasons. As disciples, we honor and love one another without judgment. NOTE: These mask guidelines will not apply to participants of our Vacation Bible School. Children will need to mask next week because of mandates for day camps in the State of New Jersey.
  • Starting Sunday, July 4th, our Independence Day, congregational singing will be permitted at both services. We’ll start slowly, meaning that the congregation will sing a couple of times in each worship service. Beginning this Sunday, singers at both services won’t have to wear masks as they offer their praise to God.
  • The collection practice continues with emphasis on electronic giving and mailing checks to church. The offering box will be available at both services.
  • All entry remains through the Commons Lobby.
  • Check-ins will be for attendance purposes only and will shift to self-check only (no QR code). We won’t be asking people to complete release forms, health forms or have temperatures taken, effective immediately.
  • Please continue to check in on the Church Center app on your smart phone when arriving or when viewing the live stream from home.
  • Handicapped entry remains through the narthex.
  • Restrictions on seating capacity are fully lifted.
  • We’ll continue using individual communion serving units when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • If you’re not feeling well or have any COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • These same protocols are in effect for all FPC Moorestown groups, though groups won’t have to check in before meeting. Please consult the Church Office when planning an event or a meeting.
  • For the present, no food will be served inside our facilities. We won’t offer a Sunday Coffee Hour for the time being, though we hope to in the coming months.
  • Both Sunday morning services will be available by live stream.
I have more pleasant news to share with you. At Tuesday’s Session meeting, our elders approved the recommendation of our Personnel Team to hire Steve Margerum as our new Property Supervisor and Steve Purdy as a full-time member of our Property Team. Identifying the members of our Property Team is now simple but confusing. Just call Steve!
I like to conclude all of our Congregational Updates with a request for your prayers. Please hold Holly Asciutto and her staff in prayer in the final days before Vacation Bible School and each morning next week. Remember regularly our search committees for an Associate Pastor and Youth Director.
Please continue to support the mission and work of our church financially. Our staff and lay leaders are eager to serve our community and congregation as the pandemic recedes.
Ollie! Ollie in come free! See you in worship!
Fondly yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor



FPC Moorestown Welcomes New Young Members

The congregation accepts new members with open arms and prayer.

Pastor Stuart Spencer led the CREDO confirmation class for those young people looking to become members of the church. Students who began CREDO last year were also invited to complete the course this year. Each student is assigned a mentor from the congregation to walk this journey with them.
The class met Sunday afternoons on the Van Camp Porch. Members were examined by Session at an outdoor dinner on Sunday, June 6 where the students presented their Statements of Faith.
Those who wished to join First Presbyterian Church were welcomed during worship on Sunday, June 13 at the Traditional Worship service.

2021 CREDO Participants and Mentors

  • Ava Callahan ~ Holly Asciutto
  • Caroline Cristella ~ Jenna Cole
  • Luke Eagles ~ Dave Fauvell
  • Evan Livingston ~ Mike Baker
  • Will McNeil ~ Lorenzo Eagles
  • Alivia Nawrocki ~ Holly Asciutto
  • Max Nicklas ~ Jason Rose

Welcome CREDO class 2021



Presbyterian Women Host Spring Gathering

Monday, June 21, 7:00 pm

Via live stream and in person
Dr. Jenny Legath presents “Grace and God’s ‘Will’: Living and Loving in a Special Needs Family.”

Jenny Wiley Legath and her husband Jeff joined the church in 2004. They have three active sons: Jack, Will, and Cole. Jenny served as an elder from 2009-2012 and is a devoted member of the Thursday morning Moms Group. In 2008 Jenny earned her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University, where she works as the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion. She teaches and advises graduate students, and in the fall she will teach her first undergraduate class at Princeton: “Religion and the Public Conversation.” She is the author of Sanctified Sisters: A History of Protestant Deaconesses (New York University Press 2019). Jenny will speak about relying on God while raising a family that includes a special needs child.
For those attending in person, masks are required and please distance comfortably. There is no cost to attend and guests are always welcome!
To watch the live stream, simply log on to the church website at 7:00 pm, Monday, June 21 for the live event: Please forward the website link to any of your friends you’d like to invite to the event. There is no registration required to view the event.



Legacy Giving Sunday – June 6, 2021

Live Forward. Give Forward.

Legacy Giving Sunday, observed May 3 in the PC(USA) and June 6 this year at First Presbyterian Church, is an invitation to consider how you can share the blessings God has given to you beyond your lifetime.
On this Sunday, we recognize and honor those who have created a legacy here at First Presbyterian Church through bequests, both large and small. These important donations benefit our programs and services, ministries, beautiful grounds and property, and our impact in the world, and make an enduring statement of faith for God’s work here on earth.
A legacy speaks not about how we died, but how we lived. It speaks about the things that move us in life, the things that matter to us. A legacy is an expression of gratitude and thanks to God for all that has been given and enjoyed in life.
In creating a legacy, the dream is to keep our church caring and working here after our lifetime.. The Presbyterian Foundation offers many resources to begin this conversation.
Including a gift to the church in your will or estate can make a lasting difference for our church family and faith community. It’s a simple process and we can help. If you feel called to include the church in your legacy giving plan, please contact Norman Vandergrift in the church office at (856) 235-1688, Ext. 112 or

Over the years, special gifts and bequests have allowed our church to “live forward” and provide for our future as we do the work of the Lord. Just some of the growth opportunities that were realized because members made a plan to “give forward” have been:
  • Renovation of Main Kitchen
  • Replacement of Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary roofs
  • Yearly scholarships to high school seniors
  • Construction of Prayer Room and development of prayer team ministry
  • Installation of high efficiency boilers
  • Fire code upgrades for boiler rooms
  • Energy upgrade of HVAC/lighting for cost efficiency
  • Restoration of carillon bell tower
  • Purchase of pick-up truck for property use
  • uild out of Miller Commons stage
  • Way of the Week Showcase and artwork
  • Upgrade of church office computer system network
  • Repair and resurfacing of all parking lots
  • Installation of improved drainage
  • Beautification of cemetery, cross, hardscaping, landscaping, entry
  • Creation of Spencer Powell Fund for pastoral housing
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)



West Jersey Chamber Music Society

Closes its 2020–21 season with Journeying Together, a free live stream concert on Sunday, May 23 at 7:30 pm.

The West Jersey Chamber Chorale pairs spirituals from the African-American and European-American traditions of the 1860s. We explore the commonalities that led both communities on a journey to heaven.
The program includes arrangements by composers Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Hall Johnson, and Jester Hairston, among others. The talented WJCMS singers, plus host Ivan Woods, will contrast the roots, characteristics, and themes shared among these musical traditions. Journey through mankind’s earthly struggles to the divine aspirations that unite us.
The Performers:
  • West Jersey Chamber Chorale
  • Ivan Woods, narrator
This program includes:
Such traditional spirituals as “Walk Together, Children,” “Let the Church Roll On,” and “Hark, I Hear the Harp’s Eternal,” among others.
We thank our sponsors:
  • This concert is generously sponsored by DJK Roofing LLC.
  • WJCMS is grateful to Cigna for its support.
  • Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Burlington County Board of Commissioners.





MAY 15, 2021

The wedding worship was held at an estate in San Ynez, California with family and friends sharing in the happiness; all praying for God’s blessings on this wonderful couple!
Joey and Kelly are now husband and wife. God made a beautiful day in a gorgeous setting.

Ready for the wedding worship.

Kelly is stunningly gorgeous and Joey is handsome in his purple suit.

And some pictures from the rehearsal rehearsal dinner held at a winery.

Kelly was excited to be escorted down the aisle by her parents, Tom and Terry LePenske.





Our first ever virtual mission fair!

Your Mission team is excited to bring you The Great Commission: Missionopoly — our first ever virtual mission fair based loosely on the game Monopoly.

Watch the videos, play the game, pray the devotions, compete in trivia night (May 21st at 7 pm) and join our missionaries live on May 23rd throughout the day for zoom panel discussions and Q&A meet the missionaries.

With this event we will be celebrating our mission partners; bringing to you their stories and giving a firsthand opportunity to travel across the globe to see God’s good deeds in action from the comfort of your sofa.



A Letter from Kelly LePenske

May 2, 2021

THREE YEARS AGO this month, I moved from Princeton to the historic town of Riverton where the Delaware River glistened just beyond the windows of my new apartment. Before I could unpack my boxes, I dove into full-time ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown and met many of you for the first time. Early on, it became clear to me that FPC was a cherished home for multiple generations, a place where people came to connect with God and each other not just on Sundays, but practically every day of the week. It was easy to feel God’s welcome as I learned the names of preschoolers, teens, adults and lifelong members in their 90s.
I also learned some serious life lessons as a South Jersey resident. Lesson #1: Don’t ever order an ice cream cone with sprinkles; only jimmies. Lesson #2: If anyone asks what you did over the weekend, just say “I went down the shore” even if you drove north to get to the beach. As important as these lessons are for a West Coaster, my favorite memories don’t revolve around ice cream but you, the body of Christ at FPC. The greatest thing I’ll carry with me across the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn is the gift of your friendship and generosity.
Thank you for inviting me into your lives, in good times and in hard times, and sharing so much with me––delicious meals, laughter, honest conversations, brilliant questions, prayers next to beeping hospital machines, volunteer projects at the shore, Spirit-led meetings that help our church grow spiritually for the short and long term… and the list goes on. Your stories have enabled me to see the Gospel at work in some truly unforgettable ways. Christ is much closer and available to us in the daily rhythms of our lives than we often believe. Don’t forget to pay attention to the ordinary!
I’m proud of the way FPC Moorestown has embraced cultural change through The 25 Ways, which encourage us to grow from the inside out so that we might become more authentic, committed disciples. I’m praying for our APNC and Youth Director Search Committee, and will celebrate with you all when we know their names as God already does. You will undoubtedly bless them the way you’ve blessed me, with the gracious love and joy of Christ. So, in true English major form, I’m giving my last words to Mary Oliver, a favorite poet who knows how to say thank you best:

“Be slow if you must, but let the heart still play its true part. Love still as once you loved, deeply and without patience. Let God and the world know you are grateful. That the gift has been given.”
– Kelly

Farewell Drive-by Photo Gallery

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Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
I borrow and paraphrase a line from A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, “How lucky I am to have [someone] that makes saying goodbye so hard.” How lucky, how fortunate, how blessed I am and we are to have someone like Kelly LePenske. She makes saying goodbye so hard.
This coming Sunday, May 2, we say goodbye and thank you to Kelly as she concludes three years of exceptional ministry. Thirteen days later, she marries Joey Sponseller in California. Kelly preaches at both services on this communion Sunday. After the second service, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kelly and Joey return to the Main Parking lot for a Drive-Through Farewell Reception. I hope you’ll worship with us and then come to bless this couple.
Kelly’s departure marks a new time of waiting and prayer for us. I share news about some help that’s on the way and other help that will arrive.
  • Meet Peter Jonescu: At its stated meeting on Tuesday evening, April 27, Session voted to hire Peter Jonescu to serve as part-time Interim Director of Congregational Ministries. Peter is about to graduate with a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He’s a candidate for ordination under care of the Los Ranchos Presbytery in southern California. Peter believes that God has called him to serve in both academia and the local church. He plans to do doctoral studies in theology at Princeton Seminary in another year. Peter comes from southern California. He earned a degree from Baylor University before coming to Princeton. He loves dogs and he has a great beard. Peter begins his 25-hour a week, part-time position in early May.
  • APNC Update: Our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) has redirected its efforts once again in its task of finding a candidate to serve as Associate Pastor. This faithful, praying group has lost no energy or focus since they began their work two years ago. They are now receiving Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from interested pastors. We can’t say when we’ll have an Associate Pastor here; we only know that God will deliver to us the person we need in His perfect time. APNC Members: Kevin Fauvell, chair; Carole Wehn, Adrienne Barr, Jane Murphy and Marsha Booker.
  • Youth Director Search Committee: We’re seeking a full-time non-ordained Youth Director to lead our youth program. I know that many of our young people feel disconnected to our church right now. It’s been a tough year for our students. Under the excellent leadership of Dave Fauvell, members of the High School and Middle School Youth Groups have had opportunities to “be together” virtually and occasionally, in person. Dave has organized events and stayed in touch with our young people, while doing his full-time job and planning his June wedding. I look forward to the day when we have a full-time Youth Director who can pour herself or himself into the lives of our youth. The Youth Director Search Committee has received many strong resumes thus far. They’ve started interviewing a few. Please pray regularly for this wonderful committee in this crucial moment. Youth Director Search Committee Members: Michael Hock, chair, Gwen Wilkie, Tamara Trzeciak, Carl Krott, Izzy Delgado and Christian Trzeciak (Izzy and Christian are members of the Youth Group.) Dave Fauvell serves in an advisory role without a vote.
Several of you have expressed your worries for me as we await the day when we’re fully staffed. Thank you for your concern. I know that you pray for me regularly and that’s the most important gift you can give. I’ll ask for your patience in these days. I may not respond as quickly to email or texts but I’ll do my best.
I promise you that I’m seeking daily the strength and wisdom that I need from God. I give glory to God because he has provided both, faithfully and abundantly throughout the pandemic and, really, every day of my life. The fourth petition of the Lord ’s Prayer, “Give us today our daily bread,” reminds me that each day I am to ask for all I need, certain that God will generously provide. That’s also true for us as we wait for God’s good provision of those who will soon serve us.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




The Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, New Jersey, in accordance with the Church Bylaws, has called a Special Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation for Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Elders, Deacons and Trustees to a term of office beginning June 1, 2021
No other business may be brought before the congregation other than the preceding item.
PLEASE NOTE there will be no children’s Sunday School that day due to the Special Meeting.
Read biographical sketches of the candidates …  2021 CANDIDATES BIOS



We bid loving and prayerful farewell to Kelly LePenske

Kelly is now concluding her ministry among us.

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown,
Months before I started my ministry here I made a few decisions with support from our Session. The biggest decision was to hire Kelly LePenske. I’m sure I haven’t made a better decision. I knew Kelly from the year she served with me as a Seminary Intern at my previous congregation. When I realized that Dick Herman would be retiring shortly after I began, I knew I was going to need some help. I called Kelly and asked her if she had any interest in coming to Moorestown.
The Personnel Team then interviewed Kelly for a full-time position as a pastoral associate. They were impressed with Kelly. Once she started her ministry here, the rest of you discovered how gifted, wise and grace-filled Kelly LePenske is. Someone once wrote a book about people who either fill or empty buckets. The image suggests that we’re either regularly building up others or tearing them down. Kelly is a bucket filler and she never fails to fill the buckets of others with grace.
Kelly will soon marry Joey Sponseller. After the wedding, Joey and Kelly will settle in Brooklyn to begin their married lives. Kelly is now concluding her ministry among us. I’m so grateful for all the support and help Kelly has given our Staff, our whole congregation and me. My bucket is fuller because of her and I will dearly miss my friend and colleague.
Kelly’s last Sunday with us is May 2 when she will preach at both services. After the 11:00 a.m. Contemporary service, we’re planning a Drive-Through Farewell for Kelly in the Main Parking lot from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. You’re invited to drive to church to say farewell to her. We also want Kelly to know how much we appreciate her years of ministry with us. Monetary gifts should go directly to Kelly. Use the enclosed envelope to forward your love gift. NOTE: This contribution will not be included as part of your 2021 giving to the church and is not tax-deductible.
Please pray with me for Kelly and Joey for their new marriage and their future. Thank her for her ministry. Like all good gifts, Kelly has come to FPC Moorestown through the generous open-handedness of our gracious God. We thank him for Kelly!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor




The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May.

We invite you to participate in our National Day of Prayer
This year’s theme is: LORD Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty
This day of observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people to turn to God in repentance and prayer. The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning. This year’s theme is “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life, Liberty” based on 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17