Absecon Presbyterian Church
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
We are midway through the summer, and there’s still a lot going on. Programs, in their planning stages, are gearing up for an exciting fall. Our 40 Minute Club is doing well thanks to our teachers: Karen Little, Deb Wong, Sandy Seel, Tina Harvey, JoAnn Sabo, Dawn Duran, Dawn Lewis, Barbara Hughes, Barbara Hudak, Jan Baker, and Rita Abelson. We also thank our teen aides for the assistance they give the teachers and kids: Ally Hodgson, Amber Parker, Maggie McManus, Valerie Seel, Sam Adams, Kristin Hudak, and Kira Greenlee. The kids participate in a Bible lesson, craft project, and play games if time allows.
Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the surveys for feedback on our programs. We read every word and will take them into account as we put together our programs for the fall.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
More details are heading your way in the September Good News. Until then I hope to see you at a Surf Game, at the beach, or anywhere you are restored…especially in our air conditioned sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Dave’s sermons have been outstanding.
In Christ’s love always,
ABSECON COMMUNITY VBS – GOD’S BIG BACKYARD
The Absecon Community Vacation Bible School will take place August 4-8 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Absecon Methodist Church. The theme for the week is God’s Big Backyard where kids will learn they can have a blast serving Jesus.
Kids from the various churches in Absecon will all meet together for worship and grade appropriate class time each day. Several volunteer teachers and helpers along with students have signed up from our church. This year’s mission offering will benefit Lisa Whitaker.
Many thanks for all of your donations of juice, snacks, etc. They are greatly appreciated. Please pray for a great week!
ETHICAL ASPECTS OF CURRENT EVENTS:
Twice Monthly Meetings in Cobb Lounge
Administered by: Frank Loeb
Contact: Frank at: email@example.com or 404-0001
A discussion group will be forming to start meeting monthly in September (sooner if desired). We will be looking at one or two issues per meeting. It is hoped participants will select issues
facing us at every level and how they might be dealt with ethically or not so ethically. It is hoped
that the discussion of each issue will be selected and led by a different participant and selected
from The Atlantic City Press after forewarning each of us by e-mail which material was selected.
Would like to limit group size to six to eight.
Access to The Press of A.C. 7 days/wk
Internet e-mail connection
Because several of us will be on the cruise to Canada the first week of September, we have had to change the dates for some of the circle meetings. The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 27th, in Cobb Lounge. The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 11th. The Ruth Circle will meet 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 12th, at the home of Betsy Cunius. All women of the church are invited to come to the circle with the time that best fits your needs. You will be warmly welcomed as we begin our Bible study of the Book of Ruth.
There are several talented artists in the Ruth Circle. Several of the ladies entered their works in the Atlantic County Senior Citizens Art Show on the Garden Pier. Jill Williamson received 1st prize for her drawing, Old Man. Nancy Swank won 3rd prize for her acrylic piece, Potted Weasel. Billie Weinstein (Betsy’s neighbor) is also very artistic but did not enter her work this year. Betsy Cunius is another talented member of this circle, but her medium was not included in the show.
By the time you read this the infant clothes we collected for the orphanage in Russia are on their way. The things that were collected were: 46 onesie body suits, 30 pairs of socks, 24 cloth diapers, 8 pacifiers, 7 sleep ‘n play sets, 6 sippy cups, 5 play shirts, 4 cotton receiving blankets, 4 soft tip feeding spoons, 3 play pants, and 2 playsets with matching bibs. Thank you, everyone, for your generous contributions.
JULY THANK YOUS
FALL SCHEDULE TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 7
Our first Sunday back to regular schedule will be September 7. Worship services will be at 9:30 and 11:00. Sunday School will begin that day, and hopefully breakfast will be served out of our freshly renovated kitchen.
GUEST SPEAKERS AUGUST 17 & 24
The Cobb family will be away on vacation from Aug. 15-24. Speaking on August 17 will be Rev. Dick Ollinger, President/CEO of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia founded by Dr. Tony Campolo.
Our own Tom Sooy will preach August 24.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT…………………..by TOM SOOY
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
I know I have opened with this before, but it is something that bears repeating. Too often we dwell on our misfortunes or perceived misfortunes and fail to see the wonderful thing God does in our lives day in and day out. To share our bounty and blessings, we will be celebrating our 5th Annual HOMEGROWN SUNDAY on August 10th. As a special treat on that day, our Men’s Club Chorus will be returning, by popular demand! Also, on this day we ask all of you with green thumbs to bring in the excess of your gardens to be “purchased” by members and friends of the congregation, with all proceeds being sent to Sister Jean’s Kitchen.
Summer is more than half gone and already planning for the fall has begun. The time for summer recreation also becomes a time for re-creation; new ideas, new directions. And it is not too late to request your favorites for our hymn-sing of you have not already done so! Well……..
Until next time, see you in the Choir Loft. Tom
The Ocean City Tabernacle features some of the finest Christian speakers and performers in the world. Their Sunday night schedule begins with a hymn sing at 6:45 p.m., and the service begins at 7:00. The schedule through August is:
August 3 – Fred Davies and George Wesner, Radio City Organists, piano & organ concert
August 10 – James Ward & Band, jazz piano concert
August 17 – Greg Buchanan, harp concert
August 24 – Burchfield Brothers, guitar & marimba concert
August 31 – John Howard Gospel Caravan, directed by Charles Lyles, gospel choir concert
Sunday morning worship is at 8:30 and 10:30. Call the Tabernacle for speaker information.
The following letter was received recently from Mrs. Cathy Wiseman, one of the homeowners aided by our MS Mission Team earlier this year, in response to her receipt of additional financial support from our mission team.
STAMPS FOR MISSIONS
Mrs. Peggy Reinhold from Harrisonburg, VA sent an update of the stamp collections.
The new smaller printing press arrived at IMPROKA (The Protestant Printing Press) the first week in February. Stamps for Missions was able to send them the $1,000 they lacked. This press will enable to print faster and cheaper any Christian education materials needed by the church. Altogether Stamps for Missions has sent $4,200.00 total to help with the payment of the printing press.
Another $1,500 went for a continuing education event for pastors and lay preachers in one of the most primitive sections of the Congo.
A thank you came from the Tshikaji Presbyterian Church in Tshikaji, Dem. Republic of The Congo for Stamps for Missions sending $200.00 for audio equipment for the church. There are so many attending the church that they have not been able to hear adequately. This will make it possible for those standing outside the windows to hear.
Your dedication and faithfulness in collecting stamps makes a difference in the spread of the gospel of God’s love. Mrs. Reinhold thanks you all.
For information on which stamps are needed and other instructions please contact Ilsa Smith.
SUMMER WORK GROUPS COMPLETE SEVERAL PROJECTS
The Mission council hosted three work teams this summer who worked in Pleasantville and Atlantic City. They power washed the Jethro manse and painted it, completed several painting and repair projects at the Jethro Church, seal coated the parking lot at Chelsea, and built new storage shelves at Sister Jean’s. All groups took turns serving at Sister Jean’s. Our pastor coordinated the work being done by these groups.
Next summer we hope to host a team or two in our own church.
A big thank you goes out to Sandy Shinsato for organizing the Surf Game evening out and to Shirley Brown and Ali Hodgson who also helped to sell tickets. It was a great game and all who went seemed to really enjoy themselves.
Another thank you goes to Gayle Ackerman for organizing the Dinner Cruise out of Gardner's Basin on Wednesday, August 6th. Hopefully everyone will enjoy themselves.
The picnic at Egg Harbor City Lake originally scheduled for September 7th has been canceled as the powers that be in Egg Harbor City have decided that the lake and picnic grounds will be closed to everyone after September 4th. So Rally Day will remain as scheduled and another picnic will possibly be scheduled for next summer.
Thanks to all who have signed up to bring refreshments during the summer months and to those who have been setting them up each Sunday. Your dedication is so greatly appreciated. Sign-ups will continue for the fall months so please sign up on the Coffee Hour board.
The next Fellowship Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th, at 7 pm where we will discuss the Yard Sale (Sept. 27th) and the Church Dinner (Oct 18th). I hope all members will be able to attend.
Serving you Through Christ,
SUMMER PICNICS AT THE MANSE
There are still two August picnics planned at the manse:
LUNCH BUNCH TO HARBOR DINER TUESDAY, AUG. 5
Lunch Bunch will meet at the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City on August 5. This is a Tuesday, but we felt it better to not go on the same day as the dinner cruise which is the following evening. Meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. if you need a ride.
PRIME-TIMERS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
The Prime-Timers will start up again in the fall with a special outing to the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven on Wednesday, September 10th, for the matinee performance of Swingtime Canteen. This star-spangled musical is about the nostalgic sounds of the 1940’s. Set in World War II England, five gal pals from a still glamorous movie legend to the girl next door, entertain the troops singing over 30 vintage classics such as Sentimental Journey; Don’t Fence Me In; Sing, Sing, Sing and a medley of the Andrews Sisters’ hits. Laughs, tears, emotional fireworks, air raids and a celebration of women during the war punctuate this hilarious sweet as apple pie story.
Lunch will be at the Bayberry Inn at 11:30 a.m. followed by the matinee at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $36.00 each, payable in advance. Even though I called to make these arrangements nearly 3 months in advance, this show is nearly sold out and only 29 seats are available for us. Don’t hesitate! Sign up right away if you plan to go!
As this issue goes to press all seats have been filled. Please call Gerry Reedell at 404-9271 to be put on a wait-list if you are interested.
JACK AND KENDALL ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT
On July 19 Jack Cobb took Kendall McBreaty (Jill and Harry Williamson’s granddaughter) on a boat ride on Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania. Half way along he presented her with a ring and they got engaged! No plans have been announced yet.
Congratulations to two wonderful people! Jack is the co-director of our Senior High Youth Group. Kendall just graduated from college and has a degree in special education.
KITCHEN AND MADDEN HALL UPDATE
The kitchen is coming along as scheduled. The wallpaper strip is being removed in Madden Hall and the walls are being prepared for paint which will be done by one of our members, Bill Gustin, a professional painter. New curtains are also being planned.
By the time you read this we hope that the cabinets will have been delivered and installed.
Also, Gallo Roofing has been awarded a contract to replace the roof over the kitchen. This should be completed in August as well.
CEMETERY SUSTAINS DAMAGE
Some time the week of July 21 nine grave markers were overturned in our cemetery. Some were broken off. The Pinnacle Club across School Street was vandalized about the same time.
A police report has been made and an investigation begun.
There should not be anyone in our cemetery late at night. If you see someone, please call the Absecon police.
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ABSECON
The Presbyterian Church of Absecon welcomes all
Spring, summer, winter and fall
To worship God as they try to show you the way
They try to reach out to so many every day.
Pastor Cobb speaks to you right from the aisle
When he gives his sermon he even makes you smile
All the words that he speaks are all so true
When he is finished you feel that God is with you.
His wife leads the bell choir and does so much more
When you speak to her you feel that you've met her before
They both work so hard for the Church each day
But they still have time for each other in work or in play.
Tom does the children's sermon with laughter and joy
He asks them questions about the bible, each girl and boy
He tells the children all the things that God has done
He also plays the organ so beautifully for everyone.
The people of the Church are so friendly to you
They want you to share in everything that they do
They all work together as God watches from above
He must be so glad that they share so much love.
It seems that whatever you do, they really do care
When the Pastor needs help so many are there
That's the way it should be, working together as one
God has given you the spirit to get everything done.
We have worked at so many Church's in the past
And have so many fond memories that will always last
But the Church of Absecon makes you feel that you belong
Through Pastor Cobb, God's words are so strong.
Dee and Jack Heil
OFFICE CLOSED FOR VACATION AUG. 18-22
Pastor & Mrs. Cobb will be away on vacation from Aug. 15-24. Most of that time will be spent in Disney World with their family. Gay and John Channell will also be traveling through Virginia with some of their family from Aug. 17-24. For pastoral needs during that time please call Rev. Gerry Reedell at 404-9271.
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24 Jim & Barbara Maurer
31 David & Judy Stebbins
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31 Alice Smith
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17 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
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31 Betty Lloyd & Mary Bew
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
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17 Dawn Lewis
24 Alice Malfi
31 Bob Hudak
40 MINUTE CLUB
3 Dawn Lewis, Valerie Seel
10 Barbara Hughes, Maggie McManus
17 Barbara Hudak, Kristin Hudak
24 Jan Baker, Ally Hodgson
31 Rita Abelson, Kira Greenlee
3 Sheila Mazzatta & Tina Brown
10 Dawn Lewis & Pat Hudak
17 Bernadette Frigen & JoAnn Sabo
24 Grace Gras & Dawn Duran
31 Carol Kleiner & Fellowship Committee
COVERING UP THE SCARS – SOMETIMES IT’S THE BEST WE CAN DO
“For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. For by a single offering Christ has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” – Hebrews 10:4, 14, 18
In the Old Testament worship centered around sacrifices. As the helpless lamb or goat died its blood was splattered on the one making the sacrifice in a gesture that asked God to accept the life of the animal in payment for the sins of the person making the sacrifice. But even this was just a superficial covering up of the sinner’s sin. There was no real cleansing because God still saw the sinner’s sin. Therefore the sacrifices were made over and over again in an attempt to refocus God’s wrath away from the sinner and onto the sacrificial animals. The whole thing looks grotesque and gruesome to us, but it was the best they could do to cover up their sins. They just weren’t able to cleanse themselves. It took the blood of Jesus to do the real job.
It reminds me of what we’ve been doing all summer around here. On July 26 our third and last mission team went home to Pittsburgh. I hope they had better luck removing the seal coating from their clothes and fingernails than I did. We spent most of a week cleaning, patching and seal coating the Chelsea church parking lot. The lot was cracked and deteriorated and really needed repaving, but they couldn’t afford it. We went through four buckets of asphalt patch and 28 buckets of seal coating in an attempt to cover up the problem. Unfortunately, since the lot is so far gone it probably won’t last more than a couple of years. But it was the best we could do.
We did much the same thing in the Jethro Church kitchen. They couldn’t afford new cabinets, so we took off the doors, stripped them, refinished the surface and doors, and put them back on. They came out looking like new. Until you open them. Same sagging and stained shelves inside.
We’ve been playing cover up in our own kitchen, too. Thank goodness the new back splash and cabinets will cover a lot of lath and plaster that has seen better days.
Sometimes covering up is the best we can do.
But thank God we serve a Savior who doesn’t just cover up. Jesus cleanses us from sin. His forgiveness isn’t just a splattering or a patch job. It enables us to start over – to live in newness of life. Our cleansing is not just skin deep – it goes to our very hearts. As the psalmist wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
The good news of the gospel is salvation, cleansing, and a whole new quality of life. Embrace it! Celebrate it! Live it! As the writer of Hebrews wrote, “Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” That’s because Jesus paid it all!
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