Absecon Presbyterian Church
SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS JUNE 22
Our last Sunday of double services will be on Father’s Day, June 15. That will also be the last day of Sunday School, the choir singing, etc.
Starting June 22 there will be one service at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served outside (weather permitting) and there will be various special music selections during worship. 40 Minute Club will be offered instead of Sunday School.
Office hours may be reduced during the week. Youth groups, Bible study, Mayberry, women’s circles, Prime-Timers, etc. generally do not meet in July and August. Watch for announcements on special fellowship events that may be sponsored by these groups in the summer.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
Since you heard from me last, the Sunday School celebrated its final Family Worship Sunday and completed our final mission project of the year. We planted flowers and bushes in the front of the church and along the driveway behind the game room. I was amazed at how many people came out that day and how quickly the planting was completed. Once again God shows us how much we can accomplish when the body of Christ works together. We found time to make cards and set aside flowers for our mothers as well. It was a pleasure to hear Tom Sooy and the choir chimes ringers in their final performance of the year on Mother’s Day. Well done faithful ringers!
Highlights and Up Coming Events
May you enjoy the chance to rest and recharge your batteries in the upcoming summer months.
In Christ’s love always,
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET JUNE 7 AT 8:30 A.M.
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on June 7 for our last breakfast and meeting.
At 9:30 we will adjourn to help with the dismantling of the church kitchen if you are able. Wear old clothes, and bring screw guns and basic tools. The old kitchen cabinets will be given away so they need to be removed carefully.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY………………..by TOM SOOY
What a great turn out we had for our final get-together of the season. Almost forty “friends of Mayberry” gathered on May 16 to share our traditional, fantastic, delicious potluck supper and then screen the episode “Up in Barney’s Room.”
We will not be meeting again until September when the fall programs resume. I want to thank everyone who helped make this season in Mayberry such a success. So until we meet again, remember: the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold! See ya’ll in the fall!
A NOTE OF APPRECIATION FROM THE STEWARDSHIP CHAIR
In March I was approved by Session to be Chairman of the Stewardship Committee. Since assuming this position I have been working hard to identify what is expected from me by talking with Dianna Lease, who chaired this committee last year, and with Reverend Cobb in his roll as moderator of session. I also reviewed the handbooks that are available for each committee chairperson.
I found that this position is one of great responsibility with many complex tasks to perform. In addition, I found that a dedicated group of committee members and volunteers is needed - and fortunately exists - in order to complete our responsibilities successfully.
In the next several reports I make in the Good News I will feature some of these tasks and responsibilities and the people who perform them as I believe it is important that all of us are aware of what work has to go on behind the scenes for our church to function and thrive.
You may want to know what happens after you put your envelope or cash in the plate on Sunday morning or to the check you send to the office during the week. Each Sunday morning a dedicated team of counters receives the offering. This team opens each envelope and records how you want your contribution to be distributed. There are three categories: general operating fund; benevolence fund; capital fund. Any undesignated contributions are divided up between the three categories according to a formula adopted by session. In addition, there are numerous special contributions made each Sunday that have to be counted and assigned to the category indicated. Examples are such things as alter flowers, memorials, 2 cents a meal, fish banks, winter fund raiser, etc. The counters must also count donations made by the Sunday School children.
Since I became chairman of this committee I have counted three times and have a great appreciation for those members of our church who have volunteered to undertake this job. It generally takes anywhere from two to three hours to complete. When you see the following people in church please thank them for volunteering to be counters: Bob and Elaine Wilkenloh, Eric Newell, Dianna Lease, Barbara Miller, Sue Pantalone, Steve and Ginny Schwab and Betty Lloyd. A special thanks to Wes and Anne Leopold who were counters until Anne's recent illness. We are always seeking more counters. If you are available every couple months for one Sunday morning, please contact me or let the church office know and I will contact you.
One final note. Your contributions to the church this year have allowed us to pay all our bills to date. We also had a successful Winter Fundraiser for the kitchen. In spite of the economic condition of the nation, we are doing O.K. However from June 22 to August 30 we go to one service each Sunday. Many of you take vacations. Giving tends to decline. I encourage you to continue with your pledges and donations so we can meet all our summertime expenses. Unfortunately these financial obligations remain at the same level they were during the winter and spring.
Enjoy the summer and see you in church!
Gerald Hoenes, Stewardship Chairperson
MAY THANK YOUS
FATHERS TO RECEIVE SPECIAL KEYRING FLASHLIGHTS JUNE 15
The first 60 fathers in attendance on June 15 will receive a flashlight key ring with the words “Fathers Light the Way” on them.
Dads, we love you! Thank you for your spiritual leadership in our homes.
SESSION RECEIVED 10 NEW MEMBERS
Session has received 10 new members who represent a wonderful diversity for our congregation. They also bring four small children with them. One family has been with us for many years, and one is from Nigeria. Be sure to greet these folks when you see them. Their pictures are on the bulletin board and their names, addresses and phone numbers are listed below. (Be sure to update your church directory!)
Scott & JoAnn M. Sabo Sherry Callahan
(Jacob & Nicholas) (Michael)
147 N Cologne Avenue 508 S. Seaview Avenue
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey 08215 Galloway, New Jersey 08205
David & Jennifer Sterling Linda Wallen
(Mathew) 526 Brook Lane
171 Rumson Drive Galloway, New Jersey 08205
Galloway, New Jersey 08205 609/652-8406
Russell I. Adkisson Jr Isaac B. & Georgina Umoren
Russell I. Adkisson III 225 W Leeds Ave #3
108 Holly Road Pleasantville, New Jersey
Absecon, New Jersey 08232
SEASONED SINGERS TO PRESENT CONCERT IN WORSHIP JULY 13
The Seasoned Singers have been practicing in our sanctuary on Fridays and will present a 30 minute concert the Sunday after Independence Weekend as part of our morning worship. Pastor and Mrs. Cobb will be away on vacation that day so this concert will take the place of a sermon.
Their music will be both patriotic and sacred. Bob Dye will direct and Dot Ryon will play the organ.
Please mark your calendar for this special time of inspiration, patriotism and worship.
Sunday evening services at the Ocean City Tabernacle will begin June 22. The van will run as needed. Featured for the first three services are:
June 22 NJ MasterChorale, 75-voice choir
June 29 For His Glory, male quartet
July 6 Tony Campolo
Also, John Taylor will present a concert on Wednesday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m.
DICK OLLINGER TO PREACH AUGUST 17
Rev. Dick Ollinger, who has spoken here in the past, will preach on August 17 when Pastor and Mrs. Cobb will be away on vacation.
Rev. Ollinger is affiliated with Tony Campolo and is President/CEO of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT…………………..by TOM SOOY
It is hard to believe that it is almost June. Summer is almost here, and the choir is looking forward to a well deserved rest for a few weeks during the summer. Special music for the summer is being lined up and will be announced in the bulletins.
I would like to thank Gay for enhancing the worship service with her musical gifts while I was away with the Travel Adventure Group. Also thanks to Dot Ryon for her willingness to fill in at the organ bench. I look forward to those hymn sings during the summer weeks. I hope that any of you who want to sing your favorite hymns will give me a list and I will see how we can fit them in.
Well, I am off to pick hymns and choir music, and line up special music for the summer, so…………until next time….SEE YOU IN THE CHOIR LOFT!
MEET TED AND SUE WRIGHT, PC(USA) MISSIONARIES!
The Wrights hail from Langhorne Pa. and the Philadelphia area and have been serving in southern Africa since 2005. Their programmatic focus is on the Evangelism and Church Growth Programs in that area. Ted had been the pastor and head of staff of the Langhorne Presbyterian Church for 22 years. Susan, a licensed social worker, has been a clinical therapist and social worker for children and adults. She is also a member of the Langhorne church. The Wrights are the parents of two adult children, Bethany and David. Some copies of their letters posted on the www.pcusa.org website under the Mission connections link will be in the atrium from time to time so that we can keep you informed about their work. We recently received an email from them expressing their gratitude and appreciation for our support.
The MS Mission Team held a reunion in Madden Hall on Sunday night, May 18. Most of our volunteers attended as well as their spouses. Pictures were shared as well as some wonderful desserts. Jim Maurer is still working on our latest DVD that we will share with the congregation in the future.
We are happy to welcome new elder Tom Sooy as a member of M & E!
In His Service,
Alice Smith, Chair
Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the delicious meatloaf dinner prepared by Nancy Sooy and company. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we have had many requests for a repeat dinner. A future date will be decided by our committee.
The Strawberry Festival will be held on Friday, June 6th from 6-8 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 per person over 12 years and $2 for anyone under 12 years. So come and join us for a great night of Fellowship and food!!
The annual dinner cruise will be held on Wednesday, August 6th. Dinner will be at The Flying Cloud at 5:30 pm with the cruise leaving Gardner's Basin at 7:30 pm and returning at 8:30 pm. Sign ups will be in July, so watch the bulletin and Presby Post for more information.
The kitchen will be cleaned out of all food, pots and pans, etc the week of June 1st. A table will be in Madden Hall for a couple of weeks for people to claim anything that they may have left in the kitchen. If by the end of two weeks there are items left, they will be donated to Good Will. So please come back and claim anything that may be yours.
There will be a game night with the Atlantic City Surf on Friday, July 25th. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and there will be fireworks after the game. The seats will be on the upper level and the price will be $7 for adults, $5 for adults over 60 years and $5 for children under 12 years. A sign up sheet will be hung on the bulletin board in the foyer at the end of June and into July. Money may be paid to Tina Brown, Shirley Smith, Anthony Melendez or Ally Hodgson.
Our annual church picnic at the Egg Harbor City Lake will be held in conjunction with Rally Day, September 7th. Watch for more on this later in the summer!
A big thank you goes out to my committee who do an awesome job of providing events for the congregation on a monthly basis. Your help is invaluable to me!!!
SUNDAY BREAKFAST TO MEET FOR THE LAST TIME JUNE 1
Our last Sunday breakfast will be June 1 at 8:45. This is ending earlier than past years, but the kitchen will be closed and disassembled starting Saturday, June 7.
Sunday School and other events will continue to meet until Father’s Day, June 15.
SUMMER PICNIC SCHEDULE
Once again this summer there will be a series of picnics behind the manse for church groups. Check the schedule and join us! More dates will follow in July and August.
June 8 – Sunday School and their staff; Field Day
June 15 – Church Staff and others
June 29 – Church musicians; choir and bell choir
July 5 – Happy 4th! Open to anyone who wants a picnic!
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO SPONSOR TRIP TO BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY
In addition to the Prime-Timers boat trip on the Maurice River June 13, the Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship invites everyone to join us on a trip to the Battleship New Jersey Friday, June 20. Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. or at the ship at 10:30. It has been many years since we toured this great vessel, so we are going again. Wear your walking shoes. The tour does go up and down steps and lasts about an hour and a half. The group rate for us is $12.00 per person. (Pay when we get there.) Sign up in the vestibule.
We will go out to lunch after the tour and should be home by 3:30.
EVERGREENS JUNE 25, 12:00 NOON
This will be our annual Springtime Luncheon, and the last Evergreens meeting of this season. The luncheon will be held at the Sweetwater Casino in Mullica Township right along the Mullica River. What a lovely spot that is! Menu selections are Chicken Supreme, Crab Cake or Petite Prime Rib of Beef. Cost is $15. Reservations should be made by June 16th. Call Marjorie McGuigan 965-3535, Jill Williamson 788-4867, or me, Marjorie Hamer 646-3152. I look forward to seeing all of you there.
LUNCH BUNCH TO DIXIE PICNIC JUNE 11
Lunch Bunch will be heading to Dixie Picnic, 819 8th Street, Ocean City, on June 11. Meet at the church at 11:30 or at the restaurant at noon.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
By TOM SOOY
Wow! What a trip we had to Atlanta and Savannah. 28 of us ventured to Dixie from May 3rd - 9th and got to experience that good ol’ Suth’en hospitality (and all that food and sweet tea) up close and personal! The weather was incredible and the magnolias were in full bloom. This was our first trip in the USA and hope we will be able to explore more regions of this great country in the future.
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). Insurance and identification forms (for Customs and Immigration) will be coming out in the next few weeks.
There are still 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 or trips, see Tom.
KIDS IN FREE/CHURCH BULLETIN NIGHT AT THE SURF!
The Atlantic City Surf is offering a special promo on certain Sundays throughout the summer according to the Promotion Schedule on their website (www.acsurf.com). All kids 12 and under get in free on June 1, 8 & 22, July 6 & 27 and August 10 & 31.
These same dates are also Church Bulletin Nights. Bring in your church bulletin for $2 off admission. Sounds like a great way to spend an evening with the family!
VISIONING TEAM BEING FORMED
Across the country mainline denominations have been in decline for decades. Our church has managed to hold steady in membership and attendance, but the task of building up the church is thoughtful and difficult. Churches that are growing are beginning new programs, directing their ministry, and defining their theology, market focus, and financial goals.
Sadly, there have been few new programs in our church in recent years. But the success of Dinner at 7 for 8, the meatloaf dinner May 17, and the expansion of the women’s circles indicate our people are interested in new directions.
But there are problems. We are now a regional church (most of you drive miles to get here, and gas is increasingly expensive. Also our neighborhood in Absecon is changing, and community involvement is problematic. While our recent new members were mostly young, the majority of those who worship regularly are seniors.
Session has voted to begin a revisioning process to assess our identity, mission focus, community involvement, and future direction. While our church looks healthy, the fact is these are challenging days. Our sister churches are starting to decline, and we don’t want to be in that number.
Please pray for this process. It will take a year or two. The session spent an hour selecting about a dozen names of those they felt are representative of the various age groups and natural divisions of our congregation. The Visioning Team will be composed of this hand selected group, so volunteers are not needed.
Some of this group will be attending a special orientation for this process called “Holy Hopes for Vital Congregations” in Sicklerville on June 1. The van will leave at 1:00 p.m. after gathering for lunch at the Phoenix at 12:15.
IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
PRESBYTERY INSTALLS NEW MODERATOR AND EXECUTIVE MAY 20
On May 20 the Presbytery of West Jersey (that’s us) installed Rev. Lynn Manila as the new moderator. This is a one year voluntary position, and we wish Rev. Manila God’s blessing as she begins her work.
The Presbytery also moved to hire Rev. Debbie Brincivalli as the new executive presbyter. This is a full time paid position with an office in Haddon Heights. Executives are responsible for the life and good functioning of the Presbytery, and Debbie is preeminently qualified for this work. She has been involved in this Presbytery as pastor of the Burlington Presbyterian Church since 1985 and is well known in Presbytery. She also served as moderator of synod and on national committees. She also was a school mate of our own Rev. Gerry Reedell when they both were at Princeton way back when.
We look forward to a grand new day of leadership from our Presbytery!
PRESBYTERY FORMS COMMITTEE TO EVALUATE ATL. CITY MINISTRIES
On May 20 the Presbytery formed two committees. One to assess the financial workings of Victory First Presbyterian Church and the other to assess the use of mission resources in the three Atlantic City churches.
On May 13 the Atlantic City Mission Council also took the first step towards dissolving the corporation status of the council. Our Mission Council will continue as an informal fellowship of churches.
THANK YOU, CHURCH FAMILY!
To All of My Special Church Friends ~
A heart felt thank you for the inspiring, uplifting cards, visits, calls and prayers while I have been recuperating from major surgery during May. All is well with a full life returning… new adventures and ways to serve our Lord await. Jerry and I feel completely blessed and cared for.
In Christ’s Love,
Wes and Anne Leopold along with Priscilla Schultheis wish to thank everyone for their cards, flowers, balloons, visits, and well wishes that have been given to Anne during these weeks of convalescence. Every gesture was greatly appreciated. Anne is home now and can continue healing in her favorite setting. There’s no place like home.
Mildred Felsberg wishes to extend her thanks to everyone for the cards, prayers and phone calls during her recent surgery and recovery.
IN OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
Alfred Crosson, father of Linda Wallen and grandfather of Sherry Callahan, died on May 14 and was buried in our cemetery on May 18 next to his first wife, Ruth. The Crossons operated a dry cleaning business in our area for many years, and they were involved in our church when their children were growing up.
Bill Juhrs, Jr., son of Bill & Ida Juhrs, passed away May 21. His services took place in our church Tuesday, May 27 and he was laid to rest in our cemetery. Let us keep Ida, Bill and Billy’s widow, Patricia, in our prayers at this difficult time.
Edna Davis, wife of former pastor Brad Davis, May 23.
A NEW BABY!
Rachael Olivia Platt (7 lbs 14 oz) was born to Tige & Jennifer May 23. All are doing well. Congratulations!
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Remember, Deadlines are Important!
“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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29 10:00 Frances Weir
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DEACONS GUEST BOOK
1 9:30 Barbara Miller
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22 Russell Jr & Russell III Adkisson
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
1 Set up – Carol Thomas
Cook – John Harvey
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A ROUGH SPRING IS GOOD FOR NATURE
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. ~ James 5:7b-8
I must admit that this spring has not been my favorite. Easter was early. It was cold. I really haven’t done much with my yard. The weather has discouraged me. Last week I finally got started because the nor’easter blew down a tree and damaged my picnic area. And it never stops raining!
But the real reason I can’t do much is the pollen. The car is green, and I stay indoors when mowers are going. This is the worst it’s been in ten years. And it’s not just around here. The heavy snow packs are causing floods as they melt out west, and the south has had record tornadoes.
What a lousy spring.
But not according to the weather bureau. Late snows and melt offs may indicate big crops in the heartland. Storms in the south have all but ended a devastating drought. And our Cemetery Committee doesn’t need to hire a tree man to clean out dead wood. Most of it blew down. God does have ways of cleaning out dead wood.
Fact is the coldest, rainiest spring in ten years has produced the greenest spring in ten years. A high pollen count is nature’s way of saying “We deal well with stormy weather. Bring it on.” I may not like cool rainy days, but Mother Nature does. The world is more lush and productive.
In God’s wisdom He brings a lot of “stormy weather” into our lives for a purpose. We would rather have calm, warm and lazy days, but we don’t grow well that way. Storms blow out dead wood and keep us on our toes. Rainy days make us more productive, and cool weather is ideal for working long hours outside.
As a matter of fact, the cool weather is a great time to plant flowers. I think I’ll put in my flower beds.
May we all learn from the storms and bad conditions of life how to do our best work. I read that great works of literature and science are produced in cold climates at a rate 5 times greater than productive work done in tropical climates.
So let’s not fret the storms of life. God uses them to produce His best work in us.
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