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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!

  • Partners in Ministry 2019

    We are inviting you to partner with us in 2019, by financially supporting the church. Your financial gifts provide ways for us to worship God, engage in mission projects, participate in the faith development of people young and old, and keeps our facilities in good shape. We appreciate how you have financially supported us in the past, and we are seeking people to complete Estimates of Giving Cards so we can anticipate how to financially plan for our future. If you have questions, please contact Rev Pete or Bill Rood (fpcorfa@gmail.com).


    sundays at 11:50am

    february 24 - march 31

    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will explore Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel's Messiah. The six-week program will cover the music of The Messiah Sundays beginning Feb. 24 through April 5. We will explore some of the key Scripture passages about the Messiah.These passages have had a profound effect on the imagination and worship of Christians for two thousand years, leading George Frederic Handel to write one of the greatest expressions of worship and adoration―his oratorio, the Messiah. We hear parts of it sung every year during the Christmas season, but what many listeners fail to realize is that the second part of Handel's Messiah is drawn from New Testament Scripture on the life and preachings of Christ and his death and resurrection. While listening to Handel's Messiah, we will be guided through Scripture passages used in Handel's work that highlight who Jesus is and what he came to do w. It might change the way you listen to the Messiah. The study will take place directly across the street in the Karen Kaiser Parish House at 11:50 a.m. and will last an hour. The study is free and open to all but registration is required by calling 201-438-3569 so we can put a book aside for you.

  • **SAVE THE DATE ** April 6th

    Spring Spruce-Up Day at Camp Johnsonburg

    Camp Johnsonburg Summer Opportunities for young people: Did you know that there are wonderful opportunities for young people to have a rich, summer experience that would aid them in their Christian journey? Camp Johnsonburg is a Presbyterian Camp located in Frelinghuysen Township, N.J. Among the many opportunities offered in this wonderful setting is a Summer Camp experience. Each week offers a variety of program options for each age group. Every camper participates in daily worship, all-camp games, small and large group activities, and time at the lake and pool. If you are interested in more information, please see March Tidings or you may go to Camp Johnsonburg’s website: http://www.campjburg.org/. Please also feel contact Rev. Pete, fpcorpastor@gmail.com.

    SAVE THE DATE! April 6th is Spring Spruce-Up Day at Camp Johnsonburg. We will be welcoming Elise Russell Bates, Director, on March 17th who will talk about what is needed at the camp in order to get the grounds and cabins ready for the children this summer. Ms. Bates will also meet with the children and talk about the summer camp programs being offered and the great experiences they could enjoy. Spruce-up Day is for all ages. Please mark this date on your calendar (rain date of April 13th) and more information will follow.



    Beginning on Sunday, April 7 and April 14, Rev. Pete will be leading

    a Bible Study on the events of Holy Week. As this season of Lent

    continues, this may provide an opportunity to reflect upon the

    meaning of this powerful journey of Jesus.

  • Holy Week Worship Services

    Passion/Palm Sunday ~ April 14, 2019

    Holy Communion

    8:00 a.m. in the Chapel

    10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

    Maundy Thursday ~ April 18, 2019

    Holy Communion

    7:00 p.m. in the Chapel

    Good Friday ~ April 19, 2019

    Tenebrae Service

    7:00 p.m. in the Chapel

    Resurrection of the Lord/Easter ~ April 21, 2019

    Holy Communion

    8:00 a.m. in the Chapel

    10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

    *Easter Offering and One Great Hour of Sharing

    Offering Will Be Received*

  • Vince Carr Organ Concert

    sunday may 5, 2019, 3:00pm

    As part of the Karen Kaiser Concert Series, we are pleased to announce that Vince Carr, world-renowned organist, conductor and composer, will perform an Organ Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3pm.

    Mr. Carr is an Associate Professor of Music in Organ at The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His program will include pieces by many American composers, including the Suite for Organ by Florence Price. He will, also, perform works by Fischer, Walker and Debussy.

    Please join us in welcoming Vince to our church. A reception will follow in the Chapel.

  • Coffee with the pastor


    10:00am 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 10:00 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.