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W o l f f

News

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

Sesquicentennial

The First 50 Years

1863 ~ 2013

In our last issue, the story

Street.

of WMPC was begun.

This new congre-

The

gation was soon organized

church was formed, orga-

as the St. Stephan’s Evan-

nized, received, and the

gelical

first

called:

Stephan’s United Church of

Rev. Dr. George C. Siebert,

Christ located at the corner

of the German Reformed

of Ferry Street and Wilson

Church.

Avenue).

pastor

was

Recently arrived

in the United States, Dr. Seibert was a graduate of Heidelburg

University

in

Church

(now

St.

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

Seibert

ever-

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.

the

ership

the

became

congregation

self-supporting

because the members were full of love and enthusiasm and labored untiringly—no service was too lowly.

manse

and

a

Sunday

school building. In 1987 a fair

was

held

upon

the

completion of the Church schoolhouse.

The women

of the church were asked to form a society to work for this event. The results were so successful that on January Frauen

12, und

1870,

the

Jungfrauen-

veriens (Ladies and Young Ladies Society) became the first official organization of this young church.

This

group continued to serve the

church

for

decades,

only disbanding recently. Dr.

Seibert

church

until

served October

the of

Inside this issue:

Wolff Thrift Shop

2

The First 50 Years, cont.

2

Kid’s Corner

2

People We Know

3

small group of loyal mem-

chair in Theology at Ger-

Germany. Under his lead-

April/May 2013

Following

was

an

his

departure,

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

during

Rev.

It

Kraft’s

pastorate that a mounting disunity

in

reached

its

the

church

climax.

In

spite of efforts by the Presbytery of Newark to repair

First

Presbyterian

The

congregation

Odds & Ends

4

invited

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

was

under-

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

ter’s

not

Jackson

4

him to preach for them.

When Rev. Wolff began his

on

For Your Calendar

Church of New York City.

the rift, Rev. Kraft, with

shop

Let Us Praise the Lord 3

be

located.

This

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)


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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.

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

fundraising

during the shop’s operating hours.

same time helping the local

or gently used clothing, accessories, toys,

Some

items of special need: household items

is

to

obtain

while

at

a

violent wind... Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of

the

them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...

Ironbound community.

[Acts 2:2-4]

The First 50 Years, cont. young pastor had a great challenge following the divisive split of the church.

Under his

efficient leadership the Church prospered, economizing wherever they could.

In spite

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

to

duplicate the

language services.

German-

(Services in both lan-

guages continued until 1940 when German

crowded church.

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.

After several

Goldenes Jubiläum.

anniversary—a

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).

The land

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

issue will be in your in-box... instead of your mail box!

dlgfischer@optonline.net

Unfor-

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.”

KID’S KORNER

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

other parent.

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)


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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-

Prayer Requests

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.

We are

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.

ing:

John and Isabel Alves; Roger

Assimos; David Behar; Carol & Ed Clydesdale; Maria Cornelson; Sergio DeAlmeida;

Mayme

Ellis;

Gerald

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;

Al

Krayl;

Marilyn

Krock;

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

lies.

ren Mealy; Wayne Meimin; George

is temporarily staying at Clark Nursing & Rehab Center,

1213

Westfield

Avenue,

Clark,

NJ

Also keep in prayer Helen Hess, Elder

07066.

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.

He and

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

973-589-7339

150th Anniversary

Check us out—WMPC is on FACEBOOK!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 Special Guest Preacher: Rev. Bill North

Welcome, Spring!

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!

May 19:

Sunday

School:

Please contact the church if you are interested in attending

a

Sunday

School class. Wolff

Thrift

Pentecost Sunday. Communion will be served during worship at 11 AM. May 26: Trinity Sunday.

Shop

hours: 10AM—1 PM;

May 27:

1st and 3rd Saturday of

Memorial Day.

every month

Odds & Ends

—Unknown

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


Wolff News Apr-May 2013