EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Please join us on Sunday evenings at 5PM in Bethel Sanctuary (facing Paramus Road) for a new event!
It's about 30 -40 minutes of casual and informative conversation with Pastor Scott as he leads us in
prayer, some singing, discussion, and benediction.
Some questions we have discussed...
1. Does God hear the prayers of unbelievers?
2. I don't think I understand enough about God's grace and what it means. Can you explain more about it?
3. Worship in church verses worship by myself. How do they differ?
Hey... Would you like to ask Pastor Scott some spiritual questions that you've hesitated to ask before?
Could it be that we have kept things to ourselves for way too long...?
Let's have some honest discussion and seek some answers together!
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of congregations, communities and the world.
Arcola United Methodist Church is an active Christian family of faith in Paramus, N.J.,
seeking a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ, one another, and
those in our communities and beyond...
You've found the right place and we're so excited that you're HERE!
Please join us for Sunday morning Divine Worship at 10Am.We also live stream most church services on our Facebook page. ALL are welcome and appreciated!
In 1838 Edward B. Force inherited from his father-in-law, Albert Westervelt, a mill and a farm at Red Mills. A barn was built by Edward Force a short distance south of the mill in 1840 and was outfitted with seats in 1842 for religious services.
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Pastor Scott Griffith is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith and was raised in New City, New York. Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and elementary education.
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Sometimes, in the months following Christmas, I hear people talk about
the ‘post-Christmas-blues’. It’s normal to feel a sense of let-down
after the anticipation and excitement of the Season. It made me think
about the month of January and its historical possibilities to see if we
could cull some new and helpful perspective for our lives.
As we know, January is named for the Roman god Janus; the god with two
faces. One looking forward and the other back. He was the god of
doorways and entrances and exits in city walls. Some scholars regard
Janus as the god of all beginnings, and ancient (pagan) liturgies invoke
him first among all the gods. By extension, January stands at the door
of the year; the old has gone and the new is before us. We can, like
Janus, look back to the past year with its memories and accomplishments,
and look forward to the coming year with the expectation of what God
will do in us.
On reflecting a little further, we find that if Janus holds the keys to
the door of years he has a functional relationship with one who holds
the keys to the Kingdom, Peter. Then we are not far to seeing it as our
doorway to God through Christ.
The important thing to remember here is that although we may feel blue
for various reasons, God is always doing something new and calling us
out of the old and into his ever-new Kingdom. The new comes not from
the best of the old, but from the death of the old. We may feel that we
have lost another year, but in God this is just the sign for us to
understand that something new and wonderful is coming the likes of which
we have neither yet seen nor imagined.
So the Bible says, in 2Cor.5:17, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come!
What will be filling the fireplace of Arcola UMC in this new year of 2019...?
Will it be loaded with dead wood - waiting for something to catch and burn briefly in our own image...?
Or will Holy Spirit kindling be carefully placed on the grate first to set the blaze afire and burn with the willingness to change...?
What do you have to add to the Arcola fire?
Sunday Divine Worship: 10AM
52 SOUTH PARAMUS RD, PARAMUS, NJ 07652