Absecon Presbyterian Church
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS FOR APRIL
The cast and crew did a terrific job performing The Verdict on March 9 th . The Easter egg hunt was fun even though we had to wear our hats and mittens. Thanks to everyone who helped to make that day a success. Many hands cooked food, brought food, set up tables, set up food, cleaned up after, stuffed eggs, hid eggs, found eggs, returned eggs, rehearsed lines, made props, hung drapes, performed a play, directed players, videotaped, touched lives, and in general came together as the body of Christ. Remember, Jesus died because of Judas, but he also died for Judas. Through Jesus we are all forgiven. Rise and see His face.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
Rob Perry will be leading the 1 st through 6 th graders on March 30 th in a song they wrote together. Rob put the music to the words. Kids should arrive between 9:00 and 9:15 to get ready.
On April 6 th we will have representatives from Camp Haluwasa talk with our kids and teens about camp and summer employment opportunities. They will also be available to talk with parents during coffee hour about the camp and program.
On April 20 th we will have a representative from Camp Johnsonburg talk to the kids and parents about camp opportunities. The camp is offering a free week to a first time camper. This can be shared between two people if they wanted to go together.
Our church continues to offer $100 camperships to any child or teen who is a member of our Sunday School that would like to attend a Christian camp this summer. Let me know if you are interested.
Our next Family Worship Sunday will take place on April 27 th . Teachers will be working with classes to prepare for that day.
Our next Mission Project will take place on May 4 th . We'll be sprucing up the church grounds with flowers and getting something ready for Mother's Day. Kids and teens should bring a smock, apron, or otherwise wear clothes that can handle getting a little dirty. Kids, teens, teachers, and aides can bring in their own trowels and gardening tools marked with their names, of course.
It was heartwarming to see so many families sitting together on Easter morning. Some of the kids and teens remained in the sanctuary to stay with their families knowing what a special day it was. That moved me tremendously! With every Easter I see again the love and purpose behind God's sacrifice of His only Son. In a sometimes crazy world where values can be so upside down, it is reassuring to know that people still need God in their lives, know right from wrong, and believe that good will overcome evil. It is reassuring to know that God continues to call His people and they listen. They come as families. They come to hear the word of God and learn to live as Children of God. May you enjoy the newness of spring and appreciate how God's love is working in our lives.
Happy Easter, Priscilla
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
Senior Youth group enjoyed a movie about Easter. I find I have more questions than the teens. We are very fortunate to have Jack teaching the Bible lessons.
I tried to get everyone thinking "green", what can we do to make less waste? We handed out some re-usable water bottles, re-usable shopping bags and even paper towels made from recycled paper. Every little bit helps.
Karen Muldoon/Co- director Senior Youth
WOMEN'S CIRCLE MEETINGS
Last month when we left our “hero”, Jonah, at the end of chapter 2, he was standing on the beach where the great fish deposited him. As we begin chapter 3 we see the word of the Lord comes to Jonah a second time. Jonah's assignment is basically the same: “Get up, go to Nineveh , that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” It's almost a word-for-word copy of God's first command to Jonah in 1:2. This time Jonah is ready to listen and obey the Lord. His three-day experience in the belly of the fish finally brought him to his senses.
The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 nd , in Cobb Lounge. The Ruth Circle will meet in the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 th . The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10 th , at the home of Ida Juhrs. All women of the church are encouraged to attend one of these meetings for Bible study and fellowship.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the “goodie boxes” for the college students.
NEW MEMBERS CLASSES BEGIN APRIL 13
The Easter season is a perfect time of year to renew our faith commitment to the risen Christ.
There is no better way to show our faith than to become one with Christ's body on earth which is His Church. Church is not only a place to worship but a place to serve, to meet new people, and to find our place in the community of faith.
Joining church is easy. There are three classes on Sunday afternoons – April 13, 20 & 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Cobb Lounge. The first will be about faith, the second will be on church history and the third will be about the life and programs of our church here in Absecon. On May 13 the elders of the church will receive you into membership and a Sunday soon after you will be publicly received during worship.
Many have reported that joining church was one of the most meaningful things they ever did so please think and pray about this. Then come – join us! You'll be glad you did. Call the office or just come to class!
Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
by Tom Sooy
It's a quiet Sunday morning and Malcolm Tucker, the owner of Tucker Enterprises in Charlotte , experiences car trouble two miles outside of Mayberry. Mr. Tucker is in a hurry to return to Charlotte for a big business meeting on Monday. Sunday is a day of rest in Mayberry - a fact that collides with Mr. Tucker's hectic lifestyle.
Wally, the filling station owner in Mayberry, prefers to sit on his porch and read the Sunday paper than be bothered by an out-of-town businessman with car problems. He assures Mr. Tucker that he will repair his car first thing in the morning. This doesn't satisfy Mr. Tucker, so he turns to Gomer Pyle for help. When Gomer proves to be no help at all, Mr. Tucker explodes and steals Gomer's truck. Andy catches him but, under the conditions, refuses to press charges. Instead, Andy takes Mr. Tucker home with him for Sunday dinner...
Speaking of supper, be sure to join us in Madden Hall on Friday, April 18 th at 6pm for a potluck supper and a screening of “Man in a Hurry.”
Remember, the door is always open and the lemonade is always cold!
MARCH THANK YOUS
With Easter being so early this year (it won't be this early again for 150 years!) there was a lot to be done a lot quicker than we normally do it. Special thanks are due to many people and groups:
The Handbell Choir played two Sundays in a row, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, at both services. It was a lot of work. They met early on Holy Thursday to practice before the communion at the Methodist Church ! And their music was great. Thank you so much.
The Chancel Choir sang twice at both services on Easter. Those who usually leave after the anthem stayed for half of the second service in order to sing the Offertory. Thank you for your commitment. The words of one of anthem (which were printed in the bulletin) were very moving.
The Deacons made fifteen Easter baskets on Good Friday and delivered them to many people in our church who have been having a tough year. They were greatly appreciated. And thank you, Barbara Morgan, for making the Deacons greeting cards with their picture on it. It looks great. Now we can see who is doing so much great stuff around the church.
The Fellowship Committee for a great job on the Lenten Lunch March 12. And this after doing the main course at the Unity Dinner way back on February 13!
Our Lenten play, “The Verdict”, directed by Priscilla Schultheis and Debbie Wong, was a big success March 9. Thanks for a great job. The photos of our “stars” are still in the vestibule area.
Thanks to everyone who stuffed plastic Easter eggs. Those kids made out like bandits!
Thank you to everyone who brought in live flowers for the cross out front. It still looked great the Tuesday after Easter. The cold weather helped keep the flowers looking good.
Pastor and Tom Sooy for taking the Korg keyboard for repairs. It will be good to have it back in service soon.
Dick Wood for repairing the church doors.
The pastor, Jim Wooding and Karen Loatwall for taking KFC on a ski trip March 14-16. They had to go all the way to Elk Mountain to find snow. The ski season in the Poconos is now over.
Elaine Risley for the artificial hydrangea on the table in the vestibule. It will be there all spring.
NEWS FROM THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
We would like to congratulate everyone on the "The Verdict". You all should be very proud of yourselves. It was GREAT!
It has been approved that church members may serve communion. You do not have to be an ordained Elder or Deacon. If you are looking to become more involved in the church service, maybe this is for you. Please talk to Loretta Metz.
The summer schedule has been set. The one service @ 10 a.m. will be from June 22 nd thru August 31 st .
If you have any comments regarding the worship in our church I'd like to hear from you.
Karen Muldoon, Worship Chairman
PASTOR TO BE AWAY MONDAY, APRIL 7, THRU THURSDAY, APRIL 10
Pastor and Mrs. Cobb will be in Washington , D.C. April 7-10 to attend the National Conference on Preaching. Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship and Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life”, will be keynote speakers.
This is part of our pastor's study leave provision. Please pray that he and Mrs. Cobb will have a time of spiritual and personal renewal.
Rev. Cobb will not be out of the pulpit any Sundays for this event.
PASTOR, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND PARISH ASSOCIATE AWAY SUNDAY, MAY 4
The Atlanta/Savannah bus trip leaves on May 3, and the Cobbs, Sooys and Gerry Reedell will be on that bus. But we are delighted to have excellent professionals here to lead in worship on May 4.
Rev. Ellie Cowherd, the Presbytery's Transitional Task Force Coordinator who led our officers on March 2, will be speaking at both services. Dorothy Ryon, who has played here many times, will also be present at both services and will lead the choir. Priscilla Schultheis will do the children's sermon at the 9:30 service. Plan on being present for a great worship experience!
LENTEN OFFERINGS FROM ECUMENICAL SERVICES IS $1,443.00
The Atlantic City Rescue Mission has been sent a check for $1,500. This represents the combined special offerings from all the special services of Lent – Unity Dinner, Lenten Lunches, Holy Week and Sunrise services.
This is an impressive amount, and we thank you for your support.
In Christ alone
The anthem the choir sang on Easter was written by two I rish composers and artists Keith and Kristyn Getty. Thirty-two-year-old Keith Getty grew up in Belfast , Ireland , where his father was the church organist and his mother a piano teacher. He loved singing hymns, and he began playing the piano and writing songs by the age of 10.
"In Christ Alone," has been recorded more than 200 times, by top artists, as well as large cathedral choirs.
Keith says he is amazed at the response to the song. "A pastor in Belfast challenged me to bring to the contemporary church some of what the old hymns of the faith brought to congregations through the centuries," he says. "I didn't set out to create the modern hymn. I wanted to write songs that contemporary, traditional, and liturgical churches could all use."
The Gettys strongly believe that hymns should be cross-generational. "My understanding of a hymn is when the whole congregation can sing and worship together ," says Keith. "We long to bring that dimension back to the church.”
A U.S. soldier serving in Iraq says he prayed through each verse of "In Christ Alone" every day. The promises of God's protection and grace sustained him through the enormous pressures of war.
The song, “In Christ Alone” was incredibly moving to the choir as we rehearsed and finally presented it to the congregation on Easter. I think I speak for all the choir members in saying that we have all been set on a new journey in our worship. Praise God for His gift of music!
UNTIL NEXT TIME….SEE YOU IN THE CHOIR LOFT TOM
EVERGREENS: Wednesday, April 30, 12 Noon
There is no program scheduled for this month, so we will just have some fun, play a game and enjoy each other's fellowship. Bring your own sandwich; dessert and beverage will be served as usual. Let's all have a good time together.
LUNCH BUNCH TO ALLEN'S CLAM BAR IN NEW GRETNA
On April 16 Lunch Bunch will meet at Allen's Clam Bar at noon. The van will leave the church at 11:30 a.m. Come and rejoin us for a great time of food and fellowship after the Lenten season when we were not meeting.
Coming Saturday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Roast Pork Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
(Please call Joanie at 641-1839 up until 1:00 p.m. Saturday if you must cancel)
Once again, we thank our youth for their cheerful help in serving these dinners – and the Many additional hands that work together making these events possible.
This concert is dedicated to Myrtle Leek who passed on to glory February 12, 2008 - - on her 92 nd birthday. For 18 years “Our Myrtle” faithfully sold tickets for every dinner preceding each concert. Her devotion to our church's Handbell Choir made her its longest standing member. Her family members attending are our honored guests.
Hosted by The Fellowship Committee, Kris Jenoriki, Chairman.
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP COMMUNION BREAKFAST APRIL 12
The Doug Jablonski Men's Fellowship will meet on Saturday, April 12, at 8:30 in the sanctuary for the sacrament of communion to be led by the pastor. Devotions will be led by Bill Downer. Breakfast will be served as usual after the communion. Everyone is welcome.
After breakfast we will go over the details of the Mother/Daughter dinner to be held on Sunday, April 27.
PRIME-TIMERS SATURDAY, APRIL 5 th AT 12:00 NOON
The Prime-Timers are pleased to have Annmarie O'Neill of Senior Seminar Services as a speaker at our next get-together. Ms O'Neill is a certified senior advisor who can answer such questions as “Are you paying too much for your medication?” “Are your prescription drug bills draining your monthly budget?” “How can you save up to 80% on over 1,700 prescription drugs?” Let Ms O'Neill help you find out if your medications qualify for savings.
If you have never attended a Prime-Timers gathering, please plan to attend this very informative program. Just bring a covered dish to share, and join us at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 5 th . Door prizes will be awarded.
MOTHER'S DAY EVENT– Plans are well underway.
The ladies and men are planning a special luncheon event. This year the theme will be your heritage. It will be super fun if you all plan on wearing something that will mark what country your ancestors came from. Food will be served to represent many of those countries as well. Sunday afternoon, April 27, starting at 5:30. $8.00 ADULT, $4.00 CHILD. Don't miss it. Tickets will go on sale April 6 th .
WORK DAY TO BE HELD APRIL 26
Our spring work day will be on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 – noon. We will rake leaves, wash windows, fertilize the front yard, clean gutters and change air filters.
Please come and help our church look its best for spring.
BILL DOWNER'S “HEAD OF CHRIST” ON DISPLAY NEXT TO FISH TANK
Our church has been favored with some original prints by Bill Downer which have been displayed in the vestibule area. During the last few weeks of Lent his painting of Christ on the cross has been on display and will continue to be on display through April.
This very moving painting of Jesus catches not only the anguish of the cross, but also Jesus' gaze into heaven in loving dependence on His heavenly Father who in love would make things right.
Take a few minutes to gaze at this painting and appreciate our Savior's sufferings for us.
We also appreciate Bill's willingness to share his artistic talents with us. Great job, Bill!
CAROLYN THOMAS PLAYS IN TABERNACLE ORCHESTRA FOR EASTER SUNRISE
Our very own Carolyn Thomas was invited to be a part of the orchestra at the Ocean City Tabernacle for their Easter Sunrise Service. Carolyn is a talented trombonist and has been invited to play with local orchestras for special occasions many times over the past few years. She is currently studying the cello.
We are very proud of you, Carolyn!
CHURCH GETS NEW RISOGRAPH DUPLICATOR
In recent years the service maintenance contract on the Risograph in our church office has grown steadily. The old machine was 12 years old and had 1,152,625 copies on it. The bill for a service contract had been raised to $1,095.00 for 2008 so it was time to get a new one.
Our new machine, delivered March 13, has a few features the old one did not such as enlargement and reducing. The company was running a big sale, so we paid $3,552.00 which included the first year maintenance contract. This is a good price.
This purchase was completed through the Capital Improvement part of our budget. We hope the new machine lasts as long as the old one. All your bulletins, Good News, Annual Reports, etc. are run off on the Risograph.
THANK YOU, CHURCH FAMILY!
A double Thank You for the Sympathy and New Home Cards.
Dottie & Jack Hanlon
Many thanks to the Deacons for the lovely gift basket and to all of you for your cards and prayers since the loss of my sister. It's been rough but knowing I have a caring, supportive Church Family is a blessing.
Dear Mrs. Schultheis and Cast of The Verdict ~
Truly, your presentation yesterday morning will never be forgotten by the people present in our sanctuary.
Never doubt that the time and effort you put into that drama touched many lives. Every word and each special effect came across loud and clear.
You honored Christ's message of love and forgiveness throughout – and with sincerity and dignity.
I know the lines you each memorized will stay in your hearts – even as the years go by. Always do your very best no matter what part you play as life goes on.
Christ was right there with you – each one of you – every word along the way.
The Real Story of Easter
By Jack Heil and Dee Heil
The real story of Easter is a sad one, it's true
But remember that Jesus died to help save me and you
He was sentenced to death and put on a cross
The devil had taken some people over, they thought he was the boss.
But Jesus asked His father in heaven above
To forgive everyone and show them His love
They know not what they do on this sad day
But you are truly their God who will show them the way.
There were so many people who loved Him so much
For He had helped to heal so many just with His touch
It must have been sad to see Jesus hanging up there
On the cross with a robe and His body half bare.
When God had taken His son, there was thunder and rain
God knew that He suffered enough with so much pain
They had taken the body to a tomb and sealed it tight
But on the third day He arose and was not in sight.
God had prepared a kingdom for His son to come home
And for all that believe in Him you will never be alone
They say when you die that you'll see the light
That you will be at peace every day and night.
As time goes on so many people don't seem to remember
The real story of Easter that all started one day in December
With the birth of Jesus who laid in a manger of hay
And how it all ended and He rose on Easter Day.
ABSECON SCHOOL COMPLEX: Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 A.M. - 11:45 AM.
Once again, seniors have been invited to the Absecon Senior Gathering at the School Cafetorium for the Spring Gathering (concert) by the music students. Luncheon will be served after the concert. If you would like to attend it is not necessary to RSVP. However, they do appreciate knowing approximately how many to expect, so if you could let me know by April 16th I will let them know.
Marjorie Hamer, 646-3152.
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13 9:30 Mae Sterling
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20 9:30 Susan Ohnemuller
11:00 Roger & Marti Milley
27 9:30 Janice Bond
11:00 Loretta Metz
6 9:30 Louise Speitel
11:00 Alice Smith
13 9:30 Karen Muldoon
20 9:30 Kris Jenoriki
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27 9:30 Louise Speitel
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6 9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
11:00 Jerry & Joan Hoenes
13 9:30 Warren & Alice Smith
11:00 Betty Lloyd & Mary Bew
20 9:30 Edith Budd & Judy Stebbins
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27 9:30 Steve & Ginny Schwab
11:00 Ron & Joyce Pfeiffer
6 Jake Perry
13 Craig Thomas
20 Anthony Melendez
27 Samantha Adams
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
6 9:30 Sue Pantalone
11:00 Mary Bew
13 9:30 Jinny Wolcott
11:00 Mary Bew
20 9:30 Mary Bew
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27 9:30 Pat Hudak
11:00 Mary Bew
6 Bob Hudak
13 Jennifer Platt
20 Kira Greenlee
27 Sheila Mazzatta
6 Hilda Melendez
13 Pat Hudak
20 Sheila Mazzatta
27 Karen Muldoon
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
6 Set-up –
Cook – Dick & Doris Wood
13 Set-up – Carol Thomas
Cook – Jo-ann Weller, Bob Wilkenloh
Clean-up – Paul & Marjorie Hamer
20 Set-up – Barbara Morgan
27 Set-up – Edith Budd
HOW TO BE A RESURRECTION PEOPLE – YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” ~ Hebrews 11:6
“How do they do it?” Jim and I kept asking each other as we road up the chair lift at Elk Mountain . Below us were little kids skiing their hearts out at incredible speed. We knew they were going fast because they would ski rings around us while we carefully skied under control at a much slower speed.
“Don't they realize they could get hurt?” “Don't they know that ski injuries can go with you the rest of your life?”
No matter. They were having a blast. No fear. No doubt. No worries.
I finally came to a religious conclusion that I should have recognized from the start – their faith and confidence was so great that nothing could hold them back. They believed they could ski well, so they did. Jim and I complained about the weather, the equipment, the artificial snow, and the conditions. Just excuses. They believed and skied like this is what they were born to do.
There is a real estate consultant on Channel 40 named Vince. He has been quoting from a real estate investment book that claims the only obstacles to making money in real estate are fear and doubt. Those who can overcome them will do well no matter how bad the market. I wonder.
Maybe all of life has that principle – we ski as well as we believe. We invest as we believe. We live only as well as we believe. Our success isn't related to markets and conditions so much as it is to us. Believing is seeing. We live and perform as we believe.
The Easter crosses and decorations are down and away. What remains is deep down inside of us – a faith to move us to greater spiritual vitality, joyful living, renewed stewardship, and a presence of the resurrected Christ going before us in mission, outreach, and fellowship.
If you didn't get it don't sit and complain. Pray for it. Work on it. Practice the Presence of the Holy. Live in the knowledge that the One whose love was so great He went to a cross is expecting a new quality of spiritual vitality. If you don't have it, then fear and doubt are winning.
The first thing you need to ski well is the belief that you can do it. That is true of most things in life, but it's especially true of our spiritual lives. If you want to experience the fullness and victory of being a resurrection person you've got to believe. So pray for faith. I do. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”
Happy Season of Easter!
An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember."
The Good News