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Archive for 01, 2012

Youth Group update on Fall ’11 Activities

We had a fun and interesting set of Youth Group activities this fall, and are looking forward to more fun and spiritual growth at Youth Group this winter/spring. Thanks to Rev. Valerie and all of the youth, parents, and volunteers who participated in the fall activities.  The January 2012 Youth Group meetings will be on January 8 and January 22. A more detailed schedule will be published in a few weeks.

– Donna, Gerry, Steve, Tony, William

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The First Friday Book Club

We meet at 7:30 PM in the Bolmer Room each month. Participants usually gather at Confectionately Yours at 5:30 PM for dinner and fellowship beforehand. All are most welcome to join us. Please contact Monica Devanas or Carolyn Hales with any questions.

Here is what the Book Group has planned for the next few months:

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
The Dovekeepers: A Novel
The Dovekeepers: A Novel
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Food Handlers Course

The South Brunswick Health Department will present Basic Food Handlers Courses at the South Brunswick Municipal Complex for food handlers (all who help out with food in the StB kitchen) who have not previously attended or who have not attended within the past 5 years. The courses will be held from 2:30 – 5pm on the following dates: 1/3/12, 4/30/12 and 10/29/12. Please speak with Kitty to sign up.

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Confirmation 2012

If you or someone you know wants to be confirmed (i.e. take on personal responsibility for their baptismal covenant), that individual needs to write a letter to Rev. Valerie explaining why she or he wants to be confirmed. This letter should include a personal understanding of who Jesus is in his or her life, why she or he feels called to be confirmed at this point in her or his life, and what he or she would like to learn during the preparation classes. The letter should be received by Rev. Valerie by Sunday, February 12th. After she receives the letter, Rev. Valerie will review it and decide if the person is ready to participate in the Confirmation program.

Confirmation classes will begin during Lent and meet through May. Once the class is formed, the participants will work with Rev. Valerie to find convenient times to meet. There will be 10 sessions, with a retreat component on Good Friday into Holy Saturday (April 6 & 7, 2012). Participants may have 1 excused absence.

The Confirmation ceremony will be in June, either at Rahway or at the Cathedral in Trenton. Details for the specific time and place will be given as soon as they are established.

If you have any questions about this process, please talk with Rev. Valerie.

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January 2012 Newsletter

The January 2012 issue of the St. Barnabas Encourager has been published.  The calendar is on our web site at  This calendar gets updated frequently as events are added or changed.

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