Absecon Presbyterian Church
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
In April we welcomed visits from two summer camps, Camp Haluwasa from nearby Hammonton, and Camp Johnsonburg, owned by Presbyterian Churches in New Jersey, located near the Delaware Water Gap. Both camps weave fun and the importance of having Christ in your life. Both camps sounded really great. We also held our third and final Family Worship Sunday on April 27th.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
May God continue to bless you and your family.
In Jesus’ name,
Lions and Lambs ended with a final program on April 24th, 2008 with our Family Night Dinner. This was the conclusion of another successful season. The volunteers, which are the backbone of this program, continued to offer their time, talents, love and faith to ensure the spiritual growth of our youth. The program offers a wide variety of classes from Bible lessons, crafts, floor games, music and fun. Each month we take trips to different locations such as museums, ice skating, canoeing, camping and mission trips to Absecon Manor. Our Lions and Lambs benefit greatly each year from all the hard work and love that our volunteers continue to provide this program.
Once again I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make Lions and Lambs a success again this year.
Take care and God Bless!
KFC ended with a final "lunch out" on Sunday, April 27th. We had another successful year. I believe the best part of the program was the talk sessions we had each week. These young people have a lot to say. Once you get them started they could go all day. Several times we talked into our Rec. time without even realizing it. I always ended the sessions with “What does God say about it?” The Bible, the word of God, was our guide line on how to handle each situation. I believe with God’s help that these young people received guidance on many different situations. They walked away with some new perspectives in dealing with their daily lives.
We also completed two mission trips for the elderly where we raked leaves, mowed grass and helped them do some of the chores they have trouble doing any more. We also had trips each month such as paint ball competition, roller skating, etc., and two retreats to Cobb’s cabin. Thanks to all the parents who brought their children out week after week. You’re the parents who know what’s important in a child’s life and help push them in the right direction. I find too many parents today allow their children to decide what’s important in their lives.
Thanks again and God Bless!
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
We had a lot of fun with the bucket mission project. We were given a very exact list of items needed to help clean up flooded areas. Each bucket had a check list. Our first stop was Home Depot, a quick run thru Starn's, and then Jack rewarded the kids to McDonald's. We put the requested items into the buckets on Thursday. We must have done a great job because Jack took us to Dairy Queen. A big THANK YOU to Samantha's mom, Sue, for helping with the shopping!!
Thursday, April 24, was our last formal get together so all the teens jumped on a bike and we went to Joe and John's for dinner. Amanda and Samantha mastered the tandem bike. It was a little scary to watch but they did it.
We will be having a pool party (I'll contact everyone with the date when I have it) to honor our graduates. This year we will be honoring Maggie, Craig, Chelsea, and Kristen & Tatianna, who are friends of Maggie's from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I have learned a lot from this group and as always I am so grateful to be a part of the Senior Youth group. Thank you.
The Christian Education Committee will honor our graduates on Sunday, June 15, during the 9:30 a.m. service. If anyone from your family is a graduate of 8th grade, high school or college please complete the following form and return to Gayle Ackerman by June 1, 2008.
Name of Graduate ______________________________________________
Name of School ___________________________ Grade _______________
Degree __________________________ Honors _______________________
Please tell us something about your achievements, interests and plans for your future.
CONFIRMATION CLASS STILL BEING FORMED
We currently do not have sufficient numbers to begin a confirmation class. If you are 14 or over and are interested in joining church please call the office or the pastor.
Confirmation is a six week course to prepare a teenager to join church. Candidates are usually confirmed about the end of June.
WOMEN’S CIRCLE MEETINGS
This month we complete our Bible study of the Book of Jonah. If we were writing the Book of Jonah, how would we end the story? We’d probably have Jonah rejoicing over having been rescued from the belly of a great fish and then leading Nineveh to repent of its sin. But that’s not what happened. Jonah became so despondent and depressed over God’s gracious forgiveness of the citizens of Nineveh that he prayed for God to take his life. He could not understand that God’s love is extended not just to the Jews, but even to those that the Jews look at as enemies.
Please note that the Sarah and Martha Circles will not meet on their regular dates because of the church’s travel club trip to Atlanta and Savannah. The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge Wednesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15.
This will be your last opportunity to bring the new baby items to be sent to the Russian orphanage. There will be no circle meetings during the summer months. In September we will begin to study the Book of Ruth. All women of the church are encouraged to attend any of the circles for Bible study and fellowship.
CHRISTIAN READERS BOOK CLUB – WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 7:00 P.M.
In 1896 a Norwegian immigrant, and mother of eight children, named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to any woman who would walk across America.
Hoping to win the wager and save her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter, Clara, armed with little more than a compass, red pepper spray, a revolver and Clara’s curling iron, set out on foot from Eastern Washington. Their route would pass through 14 states but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. Along the way they visited Indian reservations, western boom towns, remote ranches and local civic leaders. They also confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves and mountain lions.
Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged notions of femininity of the day and captured public imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that their achievement was hidden in silence until nearly a century later.
Please join us Wednesday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Cobb Lounge as we discuss this extraordinary story.
FINDING THE WAY
BACK TO MAYBERRY
By TOM SOOY
Even with quite a few of our ‘regulars’ away, we had a great turnout for our last Mayberry “town meeting.” The evening was a great chance to share a potluck supper and view an episode of the “Opie, the Birdman.”
Our final get-together of the season will be on Friday, May 16th at 6 p.m. in Madden Hall. We will have our usual (or NOT so usual) potluck supper and will screen another episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.”
So, for good food, good fellowship and more, see you at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16th.
And remember – the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold!
APRIL THANK YOUS
NEWS FROM THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Our communion schedule will be as follows, please mark your calendars:
May 11th communion will be offered at the 11am service only to allow time for special meeting between services, June 1, July 6 (10:00), August 3 (10:00), September 14, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, 2009, February 1, March 1, April 5, and Maundy Thursday, April 9.
All communions are served at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services unless noted here or announced prior to the date.
Rev. Eloise Cowherd will be preaching both services on May 4th. She will be speaking on "Transformation". This will be a service you do not want to miss. Dot Ryon will be our organist for the services and Gay Channell will be providing special music.
Please let me know any questions or comments you may have.
Karen Muldoon, Chairman
MOTHERS TO RECEIVE SUN CATCHERS ON MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 11
The first 100 moms in attendance on Mother’s Day will receive a Christian themed sun catcher with the words “A Mother’s Love Never Ends”. Thanks for all you do in our lives, Mom!
Altar flowers are now being purchased from Lilies Floral located in Risley Square in Galloway. The cost for a single urn is $25.00 or two for $40. Please sign up on the flower chart in the vestibule to reserve your date. Forms are available by the chart to be filled in and returned to the church office with your payment. This will help the secretary know what you would like printed in the Sunday bulletin.
ATLANTA TRIP TO TAKE PROFESSIONAL STAFF AWAY MAY 3-9
The pastor, Tom Sooy and Gerry Reedell will all be away from May 3-9. The office will be open mornings of that week. Please call if you have a personal or pastoral need. We will do our best to attend to your need through one of our sister churches.
PASTOR ATTENDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PREACHING
Pastor and Mrs. Cobb left for Washington, D.C. immediately after Ethelind’s funeral service on April 7. They stayed in a Best Western Hotel with several hundred other clergy from around the country. Some of the speakers were Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship, and Rick Warren who wrote The Purpose Driven Life. It was a great week for the pastor as he boned up on the latest trends of the church in this culture.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT………………………………… by Tom Sooy
Rev. Cobb and I worry about how worship will go when we are not here, but it is so wonderful to know that no matter what, our worship life is in good hands: God’s hands. Thanks to Gay Channell and Dot Ryon for being there to fill in while the gang was traveling down South.
It has been good to hear so many compliments about how the choir is sounding. All the members work hard and are diligent in rehearsals and in their desire to bring their best as a musical offering to the Lord.
Our CHOIR CHIMES will be playing on Mother’s Day at the beginning of BOTH services. I want to thank the ringers and especially their families for being at church so early on Sunday morning for rehearsal.
I was very happy to be nominated to fill a position on Session and to be able to announce my plans to enter into the Commissioned Lay Pastor program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I know the congregation and friends will support me with prayers and good will as I study for a new phase of service to the church.
Until next time….see you in the choir loft! TOM
“Pray for us and don’t forget us!”
Some members of our M & E Committee, accompanied by Rev. Cobb, recently traveled to the First Presbyterian Church in Woodbury to attend a presentation of “The Soul of Sudan” where we were all reminded how blessed we are to live in America. In the Sudan and Darfur, a region in Africa that is the poorest nation in the world with the poorest people of the world, living in the poorest conditions of the world, the men are in danger of losing their lives if they leave their village. Therefore, the women must walk 45 minutes to get water and 45 minutes to return with it. During their journey it’s almost a given that they will be raped. Upon returning to their village they have no one to whom they can turn to seek comfort but must continue their daily tasks as usual. The children that result from these attacks by Muslim military are seen as outcasts, which only adds to the many problems faced by those living in the area.
While the situation may seem hopeless to us, there are many who are working on a daily basis to help these people. One of their goals is to supply each village with a grinder to mill the grain into flour and thereby help address the dietary needs. Another is to provide a treadle sewing machine to each village so that a family will have a means to provide the inhabitants with clothing and have an income. Interestingly, the first thing the people ask of outsiders is to “pray for us and don’t forget us”. Please remember them in your prayers.
The Bucket Brigade
On a happier note, just one phone call and our High School Youth group recently got involved in a mission project sponsored by Church World Service to aid flood victims. Because of the floods in Arkansas in past weeks, 5 gallon buckets with cleaning supplies are being provided to the people of that area. Our youth group, led by Karen and Jack, purchased the supplies then assembled the buckets. They will be delivered to the warehouse in Maryland from which they will be sent to the needed areas. Thanks guys and gals – your efforts will make a difference!
We are happy to welcome members Dottie McCaffrey, John Harvey, Norm Johnson and Jan Jorgensen as members of the M & E Committee!
In His Service,
Alice Smith, M&E Chair
PRAYER CHAIN IN NEED OF A FEW GOOD LINKS
Can you use a telephone? Check your email? Pray? Then you qualify! Anyone interested in becoming part of our current telephone prayer chain or a new email prayer group may call Gay Channell at 652-1260 to be added to the list of contacts.
RATTLINGS FROM THE CEMETERY COMMITTEE
The Cemetery Committee held its first meeting of 2008 on April 24th. Even though I spent the last three months in Florida, committee members have been busy. I am very excited about the future of our cemetery and must relay three items to everyone.
Jim Maurer, Cemetery Committee Chairman
Thank you to all the hard working volunteers who made our roast pork dinner and handbell concert a huge success. Joan Hoenes continues to provide unequalled entertainment to our area for the enjoyment of so many people. Nancy Sooy and friends prepared a delicious meal and our teenagers did an awesome job of waiting tables. Thanks to Anthony and Jenaro Melendez, Maggie McManus, Valerie Seel, Samantha Adams, Ally Hodgson, Amanda Grafilo, and Bridget Doelp for a job well done.
Our next event is a Good Ol’ Fashioned Home Cooked Dinner by Nancy Sooy and company on Saturday, May 17th, at 5:30 p.m. The menu will be meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, and make your own sundaes. Tom Sooy will be providing some after dinner entertainment which, of course, will be enjoyable. Please see Ginny Wolcott, Tina Brown or Kris Jenoriki to sign up for the dinner by May 11th. The cost is adult/$5, children 6-12 years/$3, and children under 6 are free.
On Friday, June 6th, our Strawberry Festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Madden Hall. Proceeds from this event will go to the repainting of Madden Hall and the purchase of new curtains. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the vestibule if you would like to provide any baked goods or ice cream. Come and join us for a nice social event!!
People are needed to sign up for Refreshment Hour for May and June as all weeks are open. The sign up board is always hung across from the Cobb Lounge entrance or on Sundays may be found in Madden Hall on one of the tables. Please support this social function so that it may continue in the future.
Future events will be 1-2 Surf games during the summer (dates TBA), our annual dinner cruise, picnic and yard sale. Watch in June's Good News for more information.
The next Fellowship meeting will be May 20th at 7 p.m. in Cobb Lounge.
Kris Jenoriki, Chairman
EVERGREENS May 28th, 12:00 NOON
This will be the last meeting before our Spring Luncheon, so come on out and get the details. Nancy Swank will be our featured program for this meeting and I think she has a story that she would like to read for us. Bring your sandwich, and as usual, beverages and desserts will be served. See you all there.
LUNCH BUNCH TO PIRATE’S DEN RESTAURANT MAY 21
The pastor has conflicts on the first two Wednesdays of May so we will be going to the Pirate’s Den in Brigantine the third Wednesday, May 21. Meet at the church at 11:30 or at the restaurant at noon. Last time we spent some time walking the sea wall and beach after lunch. Hopefully it will be a nice day this year, too!
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET MAY 10 AT 8:30 A.M.
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, May 10, for breakfast in Madden Hall. Cost is $3.00.
We did a great job with the Mother/Daughter dinner. Come help us plan for summer events.
And yes, the pastor will be back from Georgia by then. He will tell you all about the trip.
PRIME-TIMERS FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 11:45 A.M.
Arrangements have been made for the Prime-Timers to enjoy a two hour river cruise on the Maurice River. The Maurice River has been included in the “National Rivers and Scenic Rivers” program due to its extremely high quality of water. Many osprey, otters, bald eagles and heron make the marshes surrounding the Maurice River their homes.
The van will leave the church at 11:45 a.m. Those who are driving themselves need to be at the public dock next to the Route 49/Main bridge in Millville by 1:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00 each, paid in advance. If at least 25 people sign up for the cruise we can have the boat for ourselves. There will be a sign up paper in the vestibule. If you are 50 years or older and have never been to the Prime-Timers before, please sign up and join us on this relaxing trip.
There will not be a covered dish meal, so please eat your lunch before we leave.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
By TOM SOOY
By the time the Good News arrives, we should be somewhere between Atlanta and Savannah, soaking up all that “Sut’hen hospitality. This is our first extended trip in the good ol’ USA and hope we will be able to explore more regions of this great country in the future. We will be able to tell you all about our experiences when we return and ask for your prayers for a safe trip for us all.
The CRUISE to CANADA (Sept. 1-6) is filling up. There are still a few rooms in each category available. The cost is $650 - $850 per person (double occupancy). If you have already reserved your spot, the next payment of $150.00 per person is now due.
There are several day trips in the works for the summer, fall and winter months and information on those will be out as soon as plans are finalized.
For information about any of our trips see Tom.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO ELECT ELDER 10:40 A.M. MAY 11
There will be a special meeting of the congregation on May 11, Mother’s Day, at 10:40 a.m. to elect Tom Sooy to fulfill the unexpired term of Gloria Steelman who resigned.
ALICE MALFI HONORED FOR CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
Alice Malfi received a Workplace Safety Award from the American Red Cross Atlantic-Cumberland Chapter at their March 26 Community Achievement Awards ceremony at Harrah’s.
Alice was recognized for her part in aiding a colleague who was having a heart attack two years ago. Alice is clinical director of nursing at Mainland.
Way to go, Alice!
ERIN NASSIF INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Erin Nassif was inducted into the National Honor Society during April. This is a great honor! Congratulations, Erin. We are all proud of you!
Once again we are opening to you the opportunity to purchase personalized bricks for our front walk. These colonial bricks can be inscribed with family names or the names of loved ones. Bricks can be given in honor of or in memory of special people in our lives.
These personalized bricks will be sold for $50.00 each and can hold 3 lines of script with 13 characters per line including spaces.
These memorial bricks offer families an opportunity to establish meaningful and lasting gifts to family members and loved ones as well as the church.
To order your personalized bricks please complete the form below providing the requested information. Please write what you would like inscribed on the brick(s) in the spaces provided within the brick outline. Remember to calculate blank spaces as well. Completed forms are to be returned with payment to the church office. (We must have at least ten bricks to place an order with the engraver!)
NAME _______________________________ PHONE # _______________
Total # bricks _________________ Total Cost @ $50 each _____________
Inscription (one character per line inc. spaces and symbols):
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A NOTE FROM OUR TREASURER
Due to rising costs the Finance Committee recently passed a motion that individual reimbursement checks will only be issued once a month.
GET YOUR HATS AND COATS!
There are several coats on the coat rack that have been there for months. If they are not gone by Mother’s Day we will give them away.
The Session and Kitchen Committee are so pleased and thankful for the most generous donation by Janice Bond which was matched by her employer, Dr. James Yoh of Galaxy Technology, toward the renovation of our kitchen. The kitchen will be named “Grace's Kitchen” in honor of Grace Gras, Janice's mother, who has been a faithful church member and tireless steward in our church. A plaque will be made and hung in the new kitchen area and we will also add names of any other members or friends who would like to donate $500 or more. Please see any of the Kitchen Committee members (Drew Malfi, Roger Wolcott, Nancy Sooy or Kris Jenoriki) or drop your check with the form below in the offering plate or church office.
Thank you so much for your generosity.
In Honor of ___________________________________________________
In Memory of _________________________________________________
IN OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
Ethelind Randall – April 4, 2008
Ethelind attended just about everything around our church. She loved Lunch Bunch, yoga, Evergreens, Bible study, dinners (but she brought her own food!) and worship. She loved life and the testimonials at her funeral went on for over 30 minutes. Everybody has an Ethelind story. A light lunch (mostly “Ethelind food”) was served after the service in Madden Hall. She is buried in our cemetery.
Jean Smith, mother of Warren Smith – April 21, 2008
Jean was a great saint, had a wonderful sense of humor, and left an indelible mark on her family and the residents of Mey House where she lived. She was 94. The funeral home was packed!
THANK YOU, CHURCH FAMILY!
To Our Church Family,
Thank you so much for all of the prayers and expressions of sympathy since the passing of Warren’s mother. It is a blessing to have such a caring “family”.
Warren & Alice Smith
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“Good Morning” (Sunday bulletin announcements) – Noon Thursday
“The Presby Post” (That Friday email thing) – 9:00 a.m. Friday
“Good News” (Monthly newsletter) – 9:00 a.m. 4th Monday of the month
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4 9:30 Ruth Champion
11:00 Frank & Marge Loeb
11 9:30 Barbara Miller
11:00 Tom & Anita Brown
18 9:30 Dianna Lease
11:00 Joanna Howell
25 9:30 Susan Ohnemuller
11:00 Tina Brown
4 9:30 Alice Malfi
11 9:30 Carol Kleiner
11:00 Jerry Hoenes
18 9:30 Gayle Ackerman
11:00 Tina Brown
25 9:30 Louise Speitel
11:00 Louise Speitel
4 9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
11:00 Paul & Marjorie Hamer
11 9:30 Steve Schwab & Jinny Wolcott
11:00 Betty Lloyd & Mary Bew
18 9:30 Richard & Doris Wood
11:00 Tina Brown & Joyce Pfeiffer
25 9:30 Joe Marshall & Ginny Davenport
11:00 Jerry & Joan Hoenes
4 Eric & Essie Newell
11 Melvin & Ethel Washington
18 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
25 Bob & Elaine Wilkenloh
4 Ally Hodgson
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
4 9:30 Barbara Morgan
11:00 Mary Bew
11 9:30 Carol Kleiner
11:00 Mary Bew
18 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Mary Bew
25 9:30 Pat Hudak
11:00 Mary Bew
4 Dawn Lewis
11 Bob Hudak
18 Jennifer Platt
25 Kira Greenlee
4 Maria Carreno
11 Priscilla Schultheis
25 Dawn Duran
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
4 Set-up – Open
Cook – Bob Wilkenloh
Clean-up – Paul & Marjorie Hamer
11 Set-up – Open
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Sandy Venafro
18 Set-up – Barbara Morgan
Cook – Open
Clean-up – Barbara Miller
25 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – Bob Wilkenloh
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
HOW MANY HEARTS HAVE YOU TOUCHED?
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:5
In the Bible there is nothing closer to the essence of our being than the heart. It is the source of understanding, love, courage and pleasure. It is also the seat of honesty, morality, holiness and good or evil thinking. And as much as it directs our goodness, it can also be impure or evil. The psalmist wrote that the heart is “desperately wicked – who can know it?” We are warned to guard our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”
Thus it could be argued that the whole goal of life is to get our hearts right with God. We need to guard our hearts, develop our hearts, and give our hearts only to those who can be trusted. People like our mothers are cherished and honored on Mother’s Day because they have touched our hearts. We love them for that.
And if we really want to help someone, love someone, be close to someone, or lead someone to know Jesus we must first be able to touch their heart. That involves a lot of trust and relationship building.
On April 23 the Congressional Gold Medal was given to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey for his pioneering work on heart surgery. He has operated on over 60,000 people and trained 1,000’s of others to do open heart surgery. It is fair to say he has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people. Their hearts were repaired, restored, and rebuilt by him. President Bush said he knew of no one who was more deserving of the Congressional Gold Medal. You can’t walk through a mall without passing people who have been affected by his heart touching work.
So what about us? We are not surgeons, but we are still given power to touch hearts. But do we? Or do we keep our relationships guarded and superficial? In this resurrection season God calls us not only to open our hearts but to touch others with the power of the gospel. We touch hearts as well.
The cost and investment in heart surgery is tremendous. It also takes a big investment of ourselves to touch someone’s heart. Nothing superficial here. But the meaningful touches in life are those that reach our hearts.
Churches don’t grow with advertising signs and new furniture. They grow when hearts are changed. That is our calling. You don’t need a medical degree. You and the Holy Spirit can do it. Chances are you won’t touch 60,000, but we can all touch a few. It’s a great experience. When we touch others hearts our own hearts are changed.
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