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Margaret Hsiao Scholarship

As a tribute to the dedication of our Director of Music and the many hours of service she has given to the music program at First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, we are pleased to be offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans on majoring in music.

The Margaret Hsiao Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior who is graduating in June, 2016.  This senior should fall into one of the following categories,

    1} be a resident of Rutherford, 
2)    be a member of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church
    3) be associated with a member of the Northern New Jersey American Guild of Organists.

Download a copy of the application here. Completed applications must be returned to the church not later than Sunday, February 28th.   All applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted during the first two weeks of April.  The recipient of the Margaret Hsiao Scholarship will be notified not later than May 1st and will be recognized during a church service.




Holy Week - Worship Services

Passion/Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (pet our guest horse before the service - click here for details)

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Good Friday
Friday, March 25, 2016
7:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Resurrection of the Lord/Easter
Sunday, March 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

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On Sunday, March 6th at 11:20 am, there will be an opportunity for people who are interested in becoming members at First Presbyterian Church to meet.

During this gathering, we hope the following will take place:
● You will meet others who might be interested in joining the church
● You will meet members of the leadership team of the church (our Session)
● You will learn about the church (the Presbyterian Church and
    First Presbyterian Church
● You will learn about our hopes for people who join us

We will gather in the Guild Room of the Karen Kaiser Parish House (the building across the street).  We will provide light refreshments.  If you have children, they will be welcome.  We can provide someone to be present with them if this would be helpful. 

We will have other opportunities throughout the year for people to join the church.  If you are curious and would like to find out more, meet others who are interested in participating at our church, along with meeting members of our leadership team, please come and join us.  We are excited that you are around and find this this place to be a place where you may connect to God and others.  There is no obligation to join.  We hope to provide you a sense of community with Christ and others.

If you have any questions, please feel to contact me via email.

-Pete Wilkinson, Pastor



Brent te Velde, a fifth generation, prize-winning young organist, will play an organ recital on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford.  His recital continues a fine tradition of recitals in the Karen Kaiser Memorial Concert Series, featuring the church’s 3-manual Möller pipe organ.  The program will include works by German, English, and French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Brent te Velde is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He holds degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and from Yale University with a Certificate in Sacred Music.  In April, 2015 he received first prize of $10,000 in the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition held in Ridgewood NJ, and in September 2015, he competed in the semi-final round of the Mikael Tarivrdiev International Organ Competition, held in Kalingrad, Russia. He received national recognition by the American Guild of Organists when he played a recital at the 2012 National Convention.    Brent te Velde has served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, and Indiana, most recently as Music Intern at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington IN, under the direction of noted organist and teacher Marilyn Keiser.

The concert is free and open to all.  A freewill donation will be taken and there will be a reception to meet and greet the artist afterward.  For more information, please call the church office 201-438-3569.