W o l f f
M e m o r i a l
P r e s b y t e r i a n
C h u r c h
The First 50 Years
1863 ~ 2013
In our last issue, the story
of WMPC was begun.
This new congre-
gation was soon organized
church was formed, orga-
as the St. Stephan’s Evan-
nized, received, and the
Stephan’s United Church of
Rev. Dr. George C. Siebert,
Christ located at the corner
of the German Reformed
of Ferry Street and Wilson
in the United States, Dr. Seibert was a graduate of Heidelburg
This split left a
1872, when he accepted a
bers without a pastor. On July 15, 1874, Julius H.
man Theological Seminary
Wolff was ordained as an
(now Bloomfield College).
Evangelist by the Presby-
Until his death in 1902, Dr.
tery of Newark. When the
congregation of Third Ger-
present personality shap-
man heard of Rev. Wolff,
ing the character of the
he had recently graduated
school. Seibert Hall on the
from the first class of Ger-
As the church grew it be-
Bloomfield College campus
man Theological Seminar
came possible to buy two
remains a testament to his
in 1874 and was temporar-
additional building lots for
dedication to the school
ily assisting the pastor at
the purpose of erecting a
and its students.
because the members were full of love and enthusiasm and labored untiringly—no service was too lowly.
school building. In 1987 a fair
completion of the Church schoolhouse.
of the church were asked to form a society to work for this event. The results were so successful that on January Frauen
veriens (Ladies and Young Ladies Society) became the first official organization of this young church.
group continued to serve the
only disbanding recently. Dr.
Inside this issue:
Wolff Thrift Shop
The First 50 Years, cont.
People We Know
small group of loyal mem-
chair in Theology at Ger-
Germany. Under his lead-
Rev. Oscar Kraft was invited by the Presbytery to sit as a corresponding member in 1872, and he served as the Pastor of Third German Presbyterian Church until March 2, 1874. was
pastorate that a mounting disunity
spite of efforts by the Presbytery of Newark to repair
Odds & Ends
He did, and they liked him very much and gave him an official call, which he declined.
But the congre-
gation was determined and they approached him again and again until finally their persistence
stood as a call to duty from above and he was persuaded to come.
the majority of members
service to Third German
from Third German Presby-
only 66 members remained
terian Church, began to
on the church rolls and a
hold services in a carpen-
good portion of them could
him to preach for them.
When Rev. Wolff began his
For Your Calendar
Church of New York City.
the rift, Rev. Kraft, with
Let Us Praise the Lord 3
Continued on page 2...
Special points of interest: Find prayer requests on page 3.
Discover another way to make your child feel special on page 2.
Update your calendar with the schedule of WMPC events listed on page 4. SAVE THE DATE: 150th ANNIVERSARY (see page 4)
Wolff Thrift Shop The Wolff Thrift Shop is open the first and
George Tinquist is willing to pick up your
third Saturday of every month between 10
items if you are unable to deliver them
AM and 1 PM. Additional hours of operation
yourself. Please call him at 973-239-3216
are dependent on staff availability.
to arrange for a mutually convenient time
We continue to accept your donations of new
for pick-up. The mission of the Thrift
“...suddenly from heaven there
and household items for selling at the shop.
came a sound like the rush of a
All items must be in good, clean condition.
beneficial outcome through
Items can be delivered to the church on
a new and exciting way of
Sundays between 12:00 and 12:30 PM or
during the shop’s operating hours.
same time helping the local
or gently used clothing, accessories, toys,
items of special need: household items
violent wind... Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of
them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...
The First 50 Years, cont. young pastor had a great challenge following the divisive split of the church.
efficient leadership the Church prospered, economizing wherever they could.
of their difficulties the church gradually grew and when Rev. Wolff was married in the fall of 1877 there was standing room only in the
second story was added in 1895. In 1905, some English services were instituted for evening services and also for special services
(Services in both lan-
guages continued until 1940 when German
services were abandoned altogether.) Also
In the winter of 1877, Rev. Wolff began to
and had installed, a bell in the belfry.
in 1905, the Ladies Aid Society purchased,
see the need for building a new sanctuary for the growing congregation.
gation that it was possible, and seeking fi-
tunately Rev. Wolff’s health soon began to
they were ready to build...but where? Rev. down on Hamburg Place on the Osborne lots, formerly Potter’s Field (now the corner of Ann Street and Wilson Avenue).
was purchased in 1882 and plans for the building were completed on May 14, 1883. On July 5, 1883, the cornerstone was laid, and on November 4, 1883, the edifice was
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deteriorate, and in 1918 he succumbed to a serious illness and was called to his eternal reward. The following words were inscribed on the bronze memorial tablet hung in the sanctuary: Honored as a Minister—Beloved as a Friend “The path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more until a perfect day.”
Wolff suggested that the best place would be
newsletter email group! Just send me an email and the next
In 1913, the church celebrated its 50th
years of hard work to convince the congrenancial assistance from all possible sources,
Going Green? Then join our
Help your child create some-
completed and dedicated to the service of
As we know, many years later the congre-
the Triune God.
gation elected to honor Rev. Wolff by re-
painted rock, a holiday orna-
naming the church: Wolff Memorial Presby-
ment) as a surprise gift for the
In 1884 the Ladies Aid Society and Sunday School paid for the pipe organ; and also in that year the manse at 100 Wilson Avenue was built.
In 1890, the first story of the
Sunday School wing was erected and the
thing unique (a clay sculpture, a
terian Church. With gratitude to those who wrote the church’s early history in English,
Elder Donna L.G. Fischer The story continues in the next issue...
(101 Ways to Make Your Child Fee Special by Vicki Lansky)
People We Know (Please keep these people and their families in your prayers. Also, please pray for those in need that you may know, but are not listed here.) Condolences
Clinton and temporarily staying with his
Condolences are extended to Bernice Litwitz on the recent passing of her sister-in-law Angie Frank who lived in Chicago.
Clinton, NJ 08809. Audrey Berger, our friend in Ohio, was hospitalized and in rehab from mid-
December until early February.
Kirk Woodward recently fell on the ice and hurt his ankle. He’s still limping a bit, but doing much better.
grateful that she is doing better and is at home. Please continue in prayer for the follow-
Elder Edward G. Orth was hospitalized in midMarch for a few days due to pneumonia and an infection.
daughter’s family at 162 Leigh Street,
He returned to Manor Care and is
doing much better.
John and Isabel Alves; Roger
Assimos; David Behar; Carol & Ed Clydesdale; Maria Cornelson; Sergio DeAlmeida;
Fischer; Ken Fischer; Phil Foreit; San-
Elder Jon Dolberg fell in mid-March. After a brief hospitalization he is temporarily staying at Newark Extended Care Facility, 65 Jay Street,
dra Franken; Felicia, Herbert, and Helmi Hernandez; Marlene Hirt; Gary Jenkins;
Newark, NJ 07103
Cathy Laufhutte; Nancy Locker; Ka-
Elder Dorothy Walch fell in mid-March and
Schick; Thomas Scholl; and their fami-
broke her wrist. After a brief hospitalization she
ren Mealy; Wayne Meimin; George
is temporarily staying at Clark Nursing & Rehab Center,
Also keep in prayer Helen Hess, Elder
Edward G. Orth, and Caroline Scholl
Florence Hand has a mini stroke in mid-March
and their families.
who reside in long term care facilities,
and has returned home after a brief stay in the hospital. John Hansen recently had surgery.
Mary are also in the process of relocating to
Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us, Come with Pentecostal power; Give the church a stronger vision, Help us face each crucial hour. Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone, Still the church is called to mission That God’s love shall be made known. We would raise our alleluias For the grace of yesteryears; For tomorrow’s unknown pathway, Hear, O Lord, our humble prayers. In the church’s pilgrim journey You have led us all the way. Still in presence move before us, Fire by night and cloud by day. Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; Give us words of fire and flame. Help our feeble lips to praise You, Glorify Your holy name. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in one: what mystery! We would sing our loud hosannas Now and through eternity. —Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us Lyrics: Janie Alford, 1979 Music: Thomas John Williams, 1890
Let Us Praise the Lord Let us praise the Lord for all He has done— He gifts us with butterflies and the sun, Blue skies and rainbows after the rain, Jewel drops reflected on each windowpane, Ribbons of rivers and oceans of might, Green hills and mountains awesome in height, Trees with arms lovingly reaching out To spread cool shade to all those about, Bouquets of flowers in colorful array, Loved ones and pets who brighten our day, The creatures of earth, sea, and the sky, And we who were made in his image on high.
Plan now to attend WMPC’s 150th anniversary worship on Sunday, November 3. More details By Eva Marie Ippolito
will be available in upcoming newsletters.
150 W o l f f N e w s
Save the Date
Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church 106 Ann Street Newark, New Jersey 07105
Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church’s
Check us out—WMPC is on FACEBOOK!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Special Guest Preacher: Rev. Bill North
We don’t change the message; the message changes us.
For Your Calendar... May 12:
events on your calendar
Mothers’ Day. All women worship at 11 AM.
Sunday Worship: 11 AM From an email forwarded by Elder Mary Hansen. Thanks, Mary!
The home worth living in is one where each lives for will be recognized during all, and all live for God.
Please put the following so you don’t miss them!
Please contact the church if you are interested in attending
School class. Wolff
Pentecost Sunday. Communion will be served during worship at 11 AM. May 26: Trinity Sunday.
hours: 10AM—1 PM;
1st and 3rd Saturday of
Odds & Ends
Is your home a place of rest and refreshment where God becomes more real to those who enter it? —Friends Book of Discipline
They who speak of heavenly things speak with new tongues. —Gregory One of the outcomes of a Spirit-filled life is a new illumination to understand God’s word. —F. E. Marsh