The practices are each Sunday morning, at 9:45am.
Our organists are a delight to work with and from time to time we feature a soloist for special music. We have 2 regular organists and a few guest organists.
Our historic Moller Pipe Organ, installed in June of 1912, was originally financed by church members, together with a matching gift from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.
At the First Church of Hanover, we like to connect with members of the community in a variety of ways. Some may remember our history of the “Chicken Barbecue Dinners” and country fairs.
These days, our ongoing Community Outreach Program is our Thrift Store, called Heavenly Treasures. Our members and friends volunteer to run the store weekly. We use the weekdays to sort, clean and price incoming items so that they are beautifully displayed for visitors on Saturdays.
We only accept donations on our sale days. We seek almost-new goods in excellent, ready to sell condition. We do not carry or accept clothing or old technology such as VHS tapes, and tube-TVs.
It is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. All forms of payment are accepted. There is NO haggling, as our prices are already carefully set as low as we can go. We have everything for you or your home, jewelry and accessories, plus a permanent Christmas Shop!
We distribute a portion of our proceeds to local charities. The rest of our revenue goes to maintaining and running our church and activities.
We welcomed 2 new members recently. The First Presbyterian Church of East Hanover is thrilled to give a warm welcome to Phyllis and Valerie.
If you are a current member of a church you no longer attend, and are within driving distance of East Hanover, perhaps you’re ready for something new?
We are a traditional Presbyterian Church, members of PC-USA. Our membership is small enough that we can welcome you individually and everyone gets to make new friends and look forward to seeing each other every week.
If you care to experience our church simply come to one of our services and see for yourself.
We are proud to support and sponsor East Hanover Boy Scout Troop # 128 at First Church! Their numbers are growing every year.
Recently some of the scouts achieved their Eagle Scout
projects by helping our church and accompanying manse with some major undertakings.
They meet on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9pm at our parish house and work on their projects and plan their outings.
Please visit their website and feel free to contact them directly if you would like information about joining this troop.
This Holiday Season, our troop will hold a fun Holiday Soup Contest on Sunday, December 4th, at our Parish House. The Contest will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7pm.
There is a cost of $7 per adult. Children 12 and under are admitted at no cost. The admission includes all the soup you can taste, Italian bread and butter, coffee and tea. There will be water, soda, baked goods and desserts for sale. At the conclusion, leftover soup will be sold in quart size containers for $2 each.
Teddy Bear Sunday
Everyone needs a Teddy Bear sometimes. They just seem to make things better, at least for a moment. This is the thought behind the “Joined in Remembrance” teddy bear program developed by Lori and John Donaldson. They have created this program to bring a bit of comfort to families faced with overwhelming grief.
The Donaldsons suffered a miscarriage of their first pregnancy in 1997. While working through their grief, the Donaldsons decided to find a way to bring a small bit of comfort to other families facing miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Donations of teddy bears will not replace what was lost, but lets families know that even though each situation is unique, there are others who have endured this pain.
One Sunday each spring, our church members gather and donate a variety of brand new Teddy Bears for the foundation. Lori Donaldson is on hand to receive the donation and distribute the bears to their new families.
Community Outreach – Annual Events
Our Annual Calendar of First Church Giving….
- In January, we have our “Souper Bowl”, a special collection for the Salvation Army.
- In March we bring in our huggable bears for Teddy Bear Sunday.
- In September the Deacons host a Welcome Back Lunch for those members who had been out of state for the summer.
- In November, we collect non-perishable food items for distribution to needy families so that they may have a nice Thanksgiving. We also collect coats and jackets to give to charitable organizations for those in need.
- In December we collect hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for local charities in our “Mitten Tree”. We also collect Gifts for Jesus, wrapped toys for children. Both our Mitten Tree and Gifts for Jesus collections are picked up by the Salvation Army. They are always impressed and grateful for our generous donations.
Our Parish Hall Partners: Jazzercise
If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to stay fit, you’ll want to contact our friends at Jazzercise! They host very convenient classes at our very own Parish Hall. Click here for more info!