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At First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford we are here to serve God and serve our community. We take this to heart as we offer activities and education that are enriching to Spirit, Mind, and Body. We love to sing and share in music. Our children love to play in our spacious gymnasium as the parents and grandparents visit and share in each others lives. We are heavily involved in giving to and caring for others as well as providing top-notch entertainment for the surrounding area. Our Labor Day involvement has been a hit in the neighborhood, and we love to meet the people we share our streets with. So, take a look at our events and consider attending or even volunteering. It takes all of our gifts and talents to celebrate oneness!  We can't wait to meet you or see you again. 


Upcoming Events

You are welcome to all events below.  Please see individual pages throughout our website for past events.  Thank you!

  • The Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet Performance

    friday, april 27, 7:30pm

    in the chapel

    They will be playing their unique jazz takes on classical melodies from their album Sea Changes, as well as brand new jazz arrangements of classical favorites and original compositions. The ReVision Quartet features Eric Olsen on piano and keyboards, Don Braden on saxophones, Ratzo Harris on bass and Tim Horner on drums. There will be a free will offering. Light refreshments will be served following the performance. For more information, please visit Eric’s website at www.ericolsenmusic.com.

  • Study of Mary Magdalene

    february 25 through april 29

    Sundays at 11:30am

    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will hold a study of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene beginning Feb. 25. Two books will be discussed in hour-long book groups: "Unveiling Mary Magdalene" by Liz Curtis Higgs and "The Gospel of Mary Magdala" by Karen King.


    Discover the truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Higgs, best-selling author of "Bad Girls of the Bible," combines heartfelt contemporary fiction with extensive biblical research to bring to life the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible. In King's book, she tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel lost for more than 1,500 years, and offers a new translation. King's brief narrative presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge.


    The book group discussions will take place Feb. 25 through April 22, 11:30 a.m., (off March 25 and April 1 for Palm Sunday and Easter and April 15for a visiting lecturer series on Mary Magdalene) and held at the Karen Kaiser Parish House located on Ridge Road in Rutherford. Books will be provided. All are welcome to join this fascinating study of a remarkable woman of the Bible. Please register for the free class at 201-438-3569 or at http://fpcrutherford.org/ under adult education. 


  • Sip and Paint Night

    Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm

    Karen kaiser parish house

    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will hold a Sip and Paint Night on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. Artist Steve Adubato will lead participants through a nature-based, acrylic art painting project. Participants are welcome to bring wine and snacks. The cost is $20 and all materials will be supplied. Participants must register before and the cut off is at 20 people. Please register by May 8 by calling the church at (201) 438-3569. Checks can be dropped off at the church at 1 E. Passaic Avenue or paid the night of the event. The event will take place in the Guild Room of the Karen Kaiser Parish House, 32 Ridge Road

  • Discover the Tabernacle of Moses

    May 20 THROUGH JUly 1 (no class on may 27)

    SUNDAYS AT 11:45AM

    Beginning Sunday, May 20, the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will embark on a 6-week study of the Tabernacle, the sacred place where God chose to meet His people, the Israelites, during the 40 years they wandered in the desert under Moses’ leadership. It was the place where the leaders and people of the 12 tribes came together to worship and offer sacrifices. The Book of Exodus describes an inner shrine, which housed the Ark of Covenant and held up under the veil of coverings suspended by four pillars and an outer chamber (the "Holy Place"). It also housed the Bronze Laver, the alter of Burnt Offering, the veil and items made from the gold, silver, brass, furs, jewels, and other valuable materials taken out of Egypt. The sessions include: The Tabernacle; The Altar of Burnt Offering; The Bronze Laver; The Lampstand; The Table of Bread and the Altar of Incense and The Veil, Ark, and Mercy Seat. The study is open to all and is free, but please register for the study at 201-438-3569. Classes will be at 11:45 a.m. and last about an hour. The church is located at 1 East Passaic Ave. Rutherford.


  • HINDU TEMPLE COMPLEX TOUR

    SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2:00PM

    On Sunday May 27, the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will sponsor a field trip to The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey. It is considered one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. The awe-inspiring marble mandir resides within a larger visitor’s center, which protects the intricate place of worship from the elements. Measuring 42 feet tall, 133 feet long, and 87 feet wide, the temple is made entirely of Carrara marble imported from Italy to Rajasthan, India, where hundreds of artisans hand-carved the 13,499 pieces. The finished mandir, which opened in 2014, is an awe-inspiring work of craftsmanship that took a total of 4.7 million man hours—from craftsmen to volunteers—to complete. Among the thousands of elaborate carvings are 98 sthambhas (or carved pillars), 66 peacock-style arches, 144 sacred figures, and 91 elephants with various musical instruments and flowers. Our private tour will take place at 2 p.m. with expected time of arrival at 1:45 p.m. Travel is on your own. Sarong/wraps will be provided to cover arms if needed and no shoes can be worn on the tour, which is expected to take two hours. Registration is required. Please call the church at 201-438-3569 to register. 


  • Coffee with the pastor

    check back soon for date in MAY


    10:30am at Ara coffee shop

    7:30pm at Park tavern

    Pastor Rev. Pete Wilkinson welcomes all to sit down with him at the Ara Cafe on Ames Avenue at in Rutherford at 10:30 am and at The New Park Tavern in East Rutherford at 7:30pm. "I will be at a table or a booth enjoying the opportunity to meet and talk with anyone who would join me. I have no agenda for these gatherings. I simply want to make myself available. If you would like for me to meet you (and a friend) please come and join me," says Rev. Pete.


    Click here for Pastor Pete's bio.


  • Mission Committee is collecting clothes for oasis

    Our new endeavor is collecting ladies work attire for offices. Oasis trains women for jobs to get them and their children out of poverty. Once they complete training, the women need clothes to go on an interview and then for work once they obtain a position. We are seeking gently-used suits, slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, shoes, purses and accessories. They keep these items separate just for this purpose. Please contact Diane DeSantis at 551-404-3698. I will deliver the items.