Absecon Presbyterian Church
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO ELECT OFFICERS NOVEMBER 30
Our By-laws call for a special meeting of the congregation at the end of November to elect officers who will begin their duties in January. This gives us time to orient new officers to the work of our church. The meeting will be held between services on November 30 at 10:45 a.m.
Our Nominating Chairperson, Kris Jenoriki, will be reading the slate of nominees two weeks ahead of time as part of our announcements.
The nominations the committee will be submitting are as follows:
Elder, Class of 2011 – Tom Sooy, Scott Sabo, Janice Bond
Trustee, Class of 2011 – Jan Jorgensen, Judy Stebbins
Deacon, Class of 2011 – Carol Thomas, Cathy Follensbee, Irene Hunter
Deacon, Class of 2009 (to fill an unexpired term) – Carol Kleiner
Kris would like to thank Roger Wolcott, Nancy Sooy, Mary Bew, Dawn Duran and Don Wong for their faithful service to the Nominating Committee. Job well done!
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
October was a whirlwind of activity between all our many events. Grades 1-6 did a great job performing “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” on October 12th and we saw our second puppet show performed by the 5th and 6th graders on October 19. We also CROP Walked, carved and painted pumpkins, and made upside down scarecrows on the 19th. (It was a busy day!) Our Halloween party took place on Saturday, October 25th. Many thanks go to all the people who donated food items and helped run the games. Jim McManus did a phenomenal amount of work setting up the party, and the clean up crew set a new 6 minute Guinness Book Record. Jack Cobb, Karen Muldoon, and the Senior Youth really outdid themselves on the haunted house. I think this year had even greater effects and was a bit scarier than last. They put a tremendous amount of work into it. If you have the chance, please tell Jack, Karen, and any of the senior youth how much you enjoyed it! We held our first Family Worship Sunday on October 26th. It was great to have so many kids and their families participating. Rita Abelson has done a terrific job filling in for our teacher, Carmela Thomas. We hope Carmela heals well and comes back to us soon.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
It is wonderful working with the enthusiasm of young people. It is contagious and often has a way of making us all feel young again. These young ones are the future. Let’s continue to support them.
In Christ’s love always,
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
WOW!! Once again they did an outstanding job with the Haunted House. I would like to thank Samantha who invited her friends to help. They did a great job as the doctor and victim.
We are going back to our Thursday night meetings this month.
November we are looking forward to Judy Stebbins getting us ready to interview for those holiday jobs. This is open to every high school student in our church. Even if you have not come to any meetings PLEASE do not miss this opportunity.
Grave blankets will be being built soon. This year we will be taking orders in advance.
PASTOR & GERRY REEDELL TO OFFER COURSE ON SUNDAY NIGHTS
Starting November 2 we will offer a course on church history from the time of Christ until Constantine (about the first three centuries). This course will explore the early persecutions, what happened to the disciples, and how the councils and early church finally won the favor of the emperor to become legal.
The title of the course is “From Christ to Constantine: The Trial and Testimony of the Early Church”. If you are in Norman’s Sunday School class on Acts this course would be particularly helpful because it picks up where the book of Acts ends.
We are asking everyone to contribute $5.00 for this course. As with the world religions course, this will last six weeks. We should finish up the beginning of December.
If all goes well, we will offer another course in January.
WOMEN'S CIRCLE MEETINGS
This month we will study chapter 3 in the Old Testament book of Ruth. In last month’s study we discovered the budding respect that was developing between Ruth and Boaz. Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, also noticed and decided to take matters in her own hand. She took Ruth aside and coached the younger woman in the customs of her land - how to look - and how to act - if she is to secure a marriage partner. Join us to see if Naomi's manipulative plan succeeds.
On Monday we mailed 21 Goodie Boxes to our college students. Many thanks to all the ladies who contributed to this project. Special thanks to the ladies who packed the boxes and those who baked the brownies. Also, a very big THANK YOU to the deacons for the money to mail them.
The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5th. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 7th, at the home of Betsy Cunius. The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs on Thursday, November 13th, at 10:00 a.m. All women of the church are encouraged to attend any of the circles that fit into your time schedule.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET FOR COMMUNION BREAKFAST NOVEMBER 8
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship invites any interested members to their November communion breakfast.
We will meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. for a time of sharing and communion. Breakfast will follow in Madden Hall. Cost is $5.00.
This is a time of Thanksgiving sharing at our Lord’s Table.
TOUR OF BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE 11:00 A.M. NOVEMBER 18
There will be a tour of Beth Israel Synagogue on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Meet at the church at 10:30 or at Beth Israel at 11:00. We’ll have lunch after the tour if you would like.
CHRISTIAN READERS BOOK CLUB – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – 7:00 P.M.
Come to our Christian Readers Book Club on Wednesday, November 19th, as we discuss 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. We will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. 90 minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. 90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God's reality. This true experience dramatically changed Piper's life. Our own Jean Delesantro heard Don Piper speak while she was at her daughter’s last year. If you have never come to our book club before, please read the book and join us for what should be a very interesting discussion.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
We had a great first “town meeting” for our new season last month. An even bigger turnout is expected for our next get-together.
On Friday, November 21, we will meet in Madden Hall for a delicious pot-luck supper and then screen the episode of the Andy Griffith Show entitled “Quiet Sam.” Barney becomes suspicious of the strange habits of Sam Becker, a shy and secretive farmer living on the outskirts of Mayberry. Sam’s wife is about to give birth to their first child and they have no one to help them. The local doctor is unavailable, and Andy is forced to deliver the baby. What is Barney doing? Well join us on Friday, November 21 at 6 PM and find out! And remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold.
NOVEMBER IS STEWARDSHIP MONTH
Annually at this time of year, the Stewardship Committee reviews the current budget to determine if expenses were in the range planned last year at this time; if revenue was sufficient to meet expenses; and to review new mandates and requests as we create the 2009 budget.
Thankfully, we had a reasonably good year. Few accounts exceeded planned expenditures. Your giving as well as investment and rental income held up, allowing us to pay our bills.
That's the good news. Given the reality of the financial state of the nation, we will be challenged to meet our financial needs next year. Our budget will increase. We have employees to pay if we want to maintain our many programs. Our church is celebrating its 150th birthday next year and portions of the complex are historic and very old. We have found that some maintenance and operation issues have not been addressed, allowing the building to deteriorate. This requires an increase in the building maintenance line item.
In order to meet our needs revenue must increase. Our rental income is expected to remain stable, but our investment income is at the mercy of the value of the portfolio. Under present conditions it is hardly likely to increase in value and may very well decline providing us with less revenue to support our budget.
During November you will be asked to search your hearts and minds and do all within your power to take a step up in giving. You will receive a chart that can help guide you in making your decision. Pray about it, and God will help you make the best decision for both you and your church.
Gerald W. Hoenes, Stewardship Committee Chairperson
OCTOBER THANK YOUS – The List is Long!
NEWS FROM THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
I would like to thank everyone for your suggestions and comments. They are always appreciated and very helpful.
For anyone who wishes to serve as an Usher, and those already ushering, we will be reviewing the duties of an Usher. We ask that you all attend at least one of the three meetings. They will be held at 8:45a.m. on November 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
We will celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent Nov. 30 with the sacrament of communion.
Karen Muldoon, Worship Chairman
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE IN OUR CHURCH NOVEMBER 26
Once again this year, the Community Thanksgiving Service will be held in our church on the night before Thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m. Our choir will sing and Pastor Ed Davis of the Absecon Methodist Church will be speaking. Pies will be served in Madden Hall after the service. Come for a time of blessing, fellowship, and giving thanks. The offering will go to the Community Food Bank.
From the Choir Loft……………………………………by TOM SOOY
The leaves are turning those beautiful autumn colors and then starting to fall faster than they can be raked up! A chill is in the air, and the unmistakable signs of impended winter are fast closing in on us. Luckily, we are warm in our homes and in our hearts as we count down the days ‘til the holiday season.
As our church will be hosting the annual Community Thanksgiving Eve service, the choir is rehearsing music for that service as well as some wonderful pieces for Christmas. If you would like to sing with the choir, but are not looking for the long term commitment most choir members make, why not come out for a few Thursday rehearsals in the weeks before Christmas and join us to sing praises to the new-born King on Christmas Eve?
I want to commend our young chimers for their great performances for both worship services on October 26. A big thank you to the parents and families who come out so early to ensure that everyone gets to rehearsal on time. I look forward to the next time they get to add to your worship experience.
To me, this truly is “the most wonderful time of the year!” And, until next time…”see you in the choir loft.”
CHURCH TO BE OPEN FOR PRAYER UNTIL 1:00 P.M. ON NOVEMBER 2
This is a critical time in the life of our country, and we all need to seek God’s guidance for the future.
The session has voted to keep the church open for prayer after worship this Sunday, Nov. 2, until 1:00 p.m. We invite you to stay to meditate, reflect, and seek God’s guidance.
We all need to be in prayer about our decisions as Americans and as Christians.
On a beautiful fall day we had great participation from our church in the CROP Walk, and a big THANK YOU to all our supporters and, of course, our walkers. The totals aren’t tallied yet but we’re sure to have had a good result thanks to your generosity and response to Tom Sooy’s Minutes for Mission. Tina Brown, our Chair this year, did a great job of recruiting and organizing, besides walking. Thanks to all those who walked the walk and to Amber Parker who assisted with route signs. Walkers were Pastor Cobb, Tina Brown, Jan Jorgensen, Debbie Wong, Jeremy and Elisa Wong, Alice Smith, Brenda Sterling, Russ Adkisson and Julie, Dawn Duran and Terri Villegas, Priscilla Schultheis, and Maria Carreno.
Y’all come! Y’all are welcome!
We are Mississippi bound again on our 4th trip to the Gulf Coast area to aid in the restoration of homes there. We welcome anyone who wants to be the recipient of a wonderful experience of fellowship and working together to accomplish much to join the volunteer team! We will be staying at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, MS the week of January 25th. Some have already made flight reservations!! Registration forms may be picked up at the church office or by contacting Alice Smith or Loretta Metz.
This year we will be having a MS Mission trip fundraiser on Saturday night, January 3rd, so mark your calendars for a great evening. We will have a Post Holiday Plus concert by the Seasoned Singers preceded by a dinner in Madden Hall, with John Harvey heading up the planning committee. This promises to be a nice evening out to start the New Year. More info about this in weeks to come.
Coincidently, (or maybe not) just before writing this article I picked up a Reader’s Digest and opened it to a page with a picture of Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. While the article is titled “What I have Learned” I think it also could be applied to what mission and evangelism means and would like to share it with you.
“Each one of us can make a contribution. Too frequently we think we have to do spectacular things. Yet if we remember that the sea is actually made up of drops of water and each drop counts, each one of us can do our little bit where we are. Those little bits can come together and almost overwhelm the world. Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.
Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may seem like a “drop of water”, but to those hungry souls receiving it, it may mean the difference of surviving yet another day. We have dedicated members of our congregation that devotedly perform many tasks that go un-noted, never thinking of them as tasks but as doing the work that He leads us to do. They are making a difference “one drop at a time”! Let’s continue to have a vision such as Desmond Tutu of creating a sea of tiny gestures that create a more peaceful world and overwhelms!
In His service,
Alice Smith, Chair
FROM THE DEACONS
The Deacons have set Sunday, November 23rd, for our Harvest Home Sunday. We always do well with our collection of canned goods, boxed foods, flour, sugar, cereals, etc. This year it is so important to contribute all we can to our County Food Bank. They help supply food for Sister Jean’s Kitchen along with many, many families and charities that are finding hard times are upon them. LET US SHARE OUR LOVE AND SUPPORT WITH THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. Bring your canned goods on that Sunday. The Sunday School students will collect them and put them up on the altar. We will see that they are delivered to the Food Bank. If you would like to start bringing them before that, we will put a box out in the vestibule for you to use. That way maybe we will be ahead of the game. LET'S SEE HOW MUCH WE CAN COLLECT.
Our next Deacon's meeting will be Saturday, November 22nd, at 10 a.m. in Cobb Lounge. We need to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If for some reason you can't make the meeting, please let Carol Thomas know. This will be our last meeting for 2008 but we will get together to fill our fruit bags for Christmas giving.
NEWS FROM LISA
I wanted to thank you for your support of $1,000 I received in August. I appreciate your consideration and support of my ministry.
This year and the coming year continue to look a little different than previous years. In the past I have been concentrated on one nation, one school or group of schools with some international leadership as well. This last year as well as the coming year, I am leading and working on many individual projects which give me the freedom to be here in the States a little more and take shorter trips overseas. It is amazing how the Lord orchestrates our lives to meet the needs and seasons in which we find ourselves. I have set up an office in our basement and have recently done a week of staff training with one of our locations in Texas via Skype (an internet video conferencing program).
This fall I will be speaking at several area church services, church groups, as well as civic organizations. I, along with 2 eighth grade teachers, have started a club for the junior high children at Attales school here in Absecon. The Ambassador Club is an opportunity for the children to learn about needs around the world and also to actively make an impact locally, nationally and internationally. We have already had the first meeting and the children are very enthusiastic. I also am involved in a project in New York City called the Hope Campaign. This initiative is a calling together of the Body of Christ to actively take part in addressing issues of justice, hunger, poverty, AIDS, malaria and more.
There are several major gatherings that I am leading and or co-leading next year and so I have a lot of preparation work for these projects. I have been given quite a bit of responsibility for our staff in several regions of the world (Europe, Central Asia, Muslim focused areas - are the main regions).
2009 - Proposed Schedule:
January - Staff training for our European staff - Amsterdam, Netherlands
February and March - The Hope Campaign takes place in New York City
February/March/May - I will train staff/teach in 2 Discipleship Training Schools in NYC
April - North American training meetings in Colorado/Speak at a women's retreat in Pa.
May - African staff training meetings in South Africa
June - Lead a 3 week seminar in Israel/Jordan for staff working in the Muslim world
July - Tentative plans to be with staff in Central Asia
August - Be a part of the VBS here in Absecon
September - Staff training conference in the Ukraine
I have also been asked to be a part of the following, but am waiting to fully commit to these initiatives:
October - International leadership training in Indonesia
November - International leadership training in India
So, as you can see - even though I am here in Absecon - there is so much going on throughout the year. I am always amazed how much God can accomplish and do in one year. Thank you for being a part of impacting nations and bringing the truth and love of Christ to so many.
If you have any questions or want to get together while I am here this fall, please give me a call or e-mail me - 233-6232, email@example.com
With Much Appreciation, Lisa Whitaker - Youth With A Mission
Cooking a meal for the crafters at African Hope Crafts Teaching at a leadership school in South Africa
Two of our staff from Azerbaijan Ambassador Club - Emma C. Attales School
THANKSGIVING TURKEYS FOR SISTER JEAN’S KITCHEN
The crowds of summer have gone and autumn has come but Jean’s guests still fill the dining room several times over for their one hot meal of the day. As her supporting board Friends of Jean Webster, Inc. help Jean and her staff as much as possible and one of the ways we can do this, other than asking for money (which unfortunately is a constant need!) is to ask for your help with Thanksgiving dinner.
Each year a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is prepared and served to over 1,000 people, and it is exhausting for Jean and her staff. A simple way to help alleviate some of their workload is by asking her supporters to roast turkeys.
If our church can provide 5 roasted turkeys, drippings and stuffing the work load for the kitchen staff is cut down dramatically. Everything can be prepared anytime before Thanksgiving. The whole turkey, along with drippings and stuffing, can be frozen because Jean likes to carve them at the kitchen. These can be brought to the church by Sunday, Nov. 23, in order to deliver them to the kitchen in time for Thanksgiving.
Your own Thanksgiving celebrations will be more meaningful knowing that you helped nourish the bodies and souls of many through your loving hands preparing their dinner.
Gay Channell, Secretary
The Friends of Jean Webster
The Visioning Team was formed to search out our church’s future with God’s help. A team of about 8 members have been meeting along with Pastor Cobb and Pastor Ellie Cowherd of the Presbytery of West Jersey on a monthly basis. Ellie has been very helpful in assisting us in a worship type workshop that has been a great source of providing unity in our group. We have spent time reflecting on our church’s needs and changes that we look forward to. Not because we don’t already love our church, but because we want to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Our focus has been on scripture and God’s direction in order to do this. Transformation takes time and with our ability to allow the Holy Spirit to work, we will be able to discern what God’s plan is for our church’s future.
On September 18 several of the team attended a workshop in Sicklerville hosted by Rev. Dr. N. Graham Standish. He shared how the Holy Spirit has worked in his church in Pittsburgh, Pa. Each church is unique, but God’s love is the same for all. It is just a matter of how far one will go to find it. Please be prayerful for this team, and if you are asked to help, pray that you will be willing to give a little so you will receive a lot. It is an exciting time in our growth. Let’s not let the Holy Spirit down.
Barbara Morgan, Chairperson
FINANCE COMMITTEE NEWS
Just to let you know that the Stopfer building has been rented and our new tenant is Ginny Reed. Ginny owns and operates The Little Learning Center that is currently located in the old Absecon library down the street. We wanted to make sure everything was in order and the lease had been signed before we notified the congregation. There were several things that have to be done before a nursery school can relocate. The state does not make things easy. We are very happy to have Ginny with us. Ginny will be moving in on November 1, 2008.
We are also in the process of becoming a member of the Commerce Bank Affinity Program. If we can get at least 50 members and friends to sign up with the bank for the program we will be guaranteed at least $500.00 a year for our church. This would help to pay some of our bills. More information will be forthcoming.
Betty Lloyd, Finance Chairperson
FROM THE CEMETERY COMMITTEE
Well, the Cemetery finally has its first set of Rules & Regulations. They were approved by the Board of Trustees on October 1, 2008. We will post the important ones at each entrance of the cemetery. Also, we will be giving a copy to the Absecon Police Department. After the Rules & Regulations have been posted I would ask any member who sees anybody violating them to please notify the church office or the police. During the next few months I will list some of the Rules & Regulations in the Good News.
Rules & Regulations
If anyone wants a complete copy of all Rules & Regulations please ask at church office.
I hope everyone has taken notice of the 6 new trees that were planted in the cemetery. I’m sure everyone will be pleased next spring and summer when they are in full bloom. We do want to thank Eddie and the Kleiners for watering the trees several time a week since they were planted. As I mentioned last month we will accept sponsors for a tree. The Cemetery Committee is asking $150.00 per tree. We will place a plaque next to each tree with the sponsor’s name and the date. If you would like to sponsor a tree, please see me or the church office.
Jim Maurer, Chairman
SURVEY FOR REDUCING MAILING COSTS
In an ongoing effort to help the church go “green” and cut costs, the Board of Trustees and Session is considering offering a NEW program for decreasing the mailing and printing costs of the Good News, Annual Report, and October Stewardship and other mailings. Your input is needed for us to make a decision on this matter.
Please print your name and select option 1, option 2, OR option 3.
Please circle the option you would choose:
Please mail or place this survey in the offering plate, or leave in the church office.
Thanks to all who came out to the Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner which inaugurated our new kitchen. Eighty plus people attended and enjoyed a fun filled evening. A big thank you goes to Nancy Sooy and friends who cooked the delicious dinner, to those who helped set up and clean up, and to Tom Sooy who told some great "true stories".
Our next event is Sunday, Nov. 9th and 16th, when we will be selling cranberries, cranberry related baked goods and other autumn baked goods. So bring your wallets and buy some delicious tasty treats!
Saturday, December 13th, marks our next Congregational event which is the American Boychoir. The menu for this dinner is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes and dessert. Read more about this great holiday event in another part of the Good News.
In January and February we will be having soup sales so anyone who is interested in making soup, please let Kris Jenoriki know.
The next Fellowship Meeting will be Monday, November 3rd, at 7 p.m. in the Cobb Lounge.
Serving you through Christ,
FUND RAISER FOR OUR 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 2009
After many, many months of work and contacts with the company, we have received our Christmas Ornament of the church to sell for a Fund Raiser. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL and we are so pleased with them. We want to thank Louise Speitel and Kenny Marshall for all the expertise in designing the ornament. Without them it never would have happened. THANKS A MILLION to both of you.
Now we need everyone to see and purchase them. They are $15.00 and make great gifts for family and friends. We will be selling them on Sundays between services. We can also take your order if you aren't prepared to pay for them at the time. We also will make arrangements to mail them, (with a slight increase in price for postage), to ones who live away and send their order and money to the church. Checks should be made out to the Absecon Presbyterian Church.
We think you will be just as pleased with these ornaments as we are. Now you have to check them out and get your orders in for Christmas.
Carol Thomas, for the Anniversary Committee.
PRIME-TIMERS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 12 NOON
The Prime-Timers in November will gather together for a craft day. We will each make a decoration for our Christmas trees. Please bring a dollar to pay for the supplies. Plan to meet in Madden Hall at noon on Saturday, November 15th. Don't forget to bring a covered dish to share. We will not meet in December because there are already many church activities scheduled for that month.
We will meet again on Saturday, January 24th, at noon. BINGO will be back by popular demand. Please bring a wrapped white elephant gift from home for the prizes. If you are at least 45 years old, come join us for a few hours of fun, food and fellowship.
EVERGREENS: November 19, 12 Noon.
Since our regular 4th Wednesday meeting day falls on the day before Thanksgiving, please make a special note that we will be meeting one week early this month. We will be taking reservations this month for the Christmas Holiday Luncheon. The lunch will be held at the Crab Trap in Somers Point (cost is $18) on Friday, December 19th. Please make a note of this date!! The menu will be Crab Cake, Grilled petit filet mignon, or herb grilled chicken. All church members and friends are most welcome to both the November meeting and the holiday luncheon. Come and enjoy the fellowship. Bring your sandwich - beverage and dessert served as usual.
LUNCH BUNCH TO ROMANELLI’S NOVEMBER 12
Lunch Bunch will be heading to Romanelli’s (New York Road, Galloway) on Wednesday, November 12. Meet at the church at 11:30 or the restaurant at noon.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
By TOM SOOY
As of this writing we have only a few seats left for our Nov. 29th trip to Mt. Hope Estate in Lancaster County for a “DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS.” Adding some time for “down home” shopping at Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market and our Pa. Dutch smorgasbord dinner, it will be a busy and fun-filled day. To save your seats (going fast!) call Tom at 965-1665.
Be sure to watch future editions of the Good News for info about our 2009 trips. Let’s keep on travelin’.
CHURCH HAS FANTASTIC HALLOWEEN PARTY
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday night Madden Hall doors opened to a scary scene of black lights, cob webs made out of lights, and many scary scenes in the shadows.
The apple bobbing, football toss, and many other activities continued for over an hour while refreshments were served continuously. The kids wore their costumes, and parents helped with activities.
The highlight of the evening was the haunted house built and run by the senior youth group. It was truly scary. The youth took groups in a few at a time for over an hour.
Many thanks to Jack, Karen, and the senior youth for a great job. Also, many thanks to Lee Wolff for organizing the games. And, of course, many thanks to Priscilla for organizing the whole thing.
To say it was a smashing success would be an understatement.
Happy Halloween to all!
GAME ROOM TO GET FACELIFT
The Victory First Presbyterian Deliverance Church received a contribution of five huge rolls of good quality carpet and donated enough to our church to do the game room. The old blue carpet has been there many years, so we are glad for an upgrade. Additional work will be done on the game room at a later date.
CHURCH SIGN PLEXIGLAS VANDALIZED
On October 23 our church sign was vandalized for the second time in three months. This time they broke the Plexiglas on both sides of the sign, probably in an attempt to take the letters (about a dozen are missing).
Our church sign will not be used again until the lighting is repaired and the Plexiglas replaced.
If you see suspicious activity around the church please call the office or the Absecon police.
The family of Harold Riley would like to thank:
My father-in-law was a gentleman and a gentle man. He is dearly missed by all of us.
Eleanor Spitler Elbertson
William, Dena (granddaughter), Will & Nicole Danz
Michael, Lori (granddaughter), Kyleigh and Michael Oberman
Frank & Judy (daughter) Wineland
HAVE YOU VISITED OUR WEBSITE RECENTLY?
Did you know that the Good News and monthly calendar is available each month on our website? Louise Speitel and Ken Marshall are great at updating our information. Check it out at absecon.presbychurch.org and follow the links to Good News and Calendar. Occasionally it has become necessary to edit articles to fit in the paper copy. With the “wonders of the internet” we are able to provide more information and even full color! If you would prefer to read and/or print it from the website while helping us save paper and postage please let the church office know. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 641-3759 if you would like to stop receiving a paper copy in the mail.
Do we have your email address? If not, email the church office (email@example.com) and ask to be added to our list of contacts to get weekly updates, announcements and information. You don’t know what you’re missing!
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
Articles and information should be in writing and emailed or left (photo ready preferred) in the office. Please keep in mind it may be necessary to edit due to space or other limitations.
That same day the Absecon Veterans Alliance will conduct their annual Veterans Day Services at the Absecon Veterans Park at 11 a.m. on Route 9. The park is located at the corner of Route 9 and Delaware Ave. in Absecon.
At 12:00 Noon the Absecon United Methodist Church Senior Center has invited local Veterans for lunch at the Great Hall at the Methodist Church. The church is located at the comer of W. Church St. and S. Pitney Road in Absecon. If you plan to attend the lunch please call the Senior Center at 645-0013.
If you have questions please call Jack Cesar at (609) 646-2783 for information.
2 9:30 Ruth Champion
11:00 May Clay
9 9:30 Pat Hudak
11:00 Betty Lloyd
16 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Tina Brown
23 9:30 Janice Bond
11:00 Norman Johnson
30 9:30 David & Naida Burgess
11:00 Dirk & Desiree Williamson
11:00 Tina Brown
16 9:30 Kris Jenoriki
11:00 Ginny Davenport
23 9:30 Jinny Wolcott
2 9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
11:00 Alice Smith & Joyce Pfeiffer
9 9:30 Drew & Alice Malfi
11:00 Paul & Marjorie Hamer
16 9:30 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
11:00 Loretta Metz & Joyce Pfeiffer
23 9:30 Gayle Ackerman & Jeff Mazzatta
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
30 9:30 Tom & Janice Piccirilli
11:00 Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
2 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
9 Bill & Ginny Davenport
16 Al & Ilsa Smith
23 Bob Hudak & Jinny Wolcott
30 Jeff Mazzatta & Bill Downer
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
2 9:30 Ginny Davenport
11:00 Mary Bew
9 9:30 Barbara Morgan
11:00 Jean Delesantro
16 9:30 Carol Kleiner
11:00 Mary Bew
23 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Jean Delesantro
11:00 Mary Bew
2 Alice Malfi
9 Bob Hudak
16 Jennifer Platt
23 Kira Greenlee
30 Dawn Lewis
2 Dawn Duran
9 Vic & Rita Abelson
16 Fellowship Committee
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
2 Set-up – Carol Thomas
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Melissa Wooding
9 Set-up – Bob & Pat Hudak
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
16 Set-up – Elaine Wilkenloh
Cook – Jean Delesantro & Bob Wilkenloh
Clean-up – Barbara Miller
23 Set-up – Carol Thomas
Cook – Bill Keener
Clean-up – Mae Sterling
30 Set-up – Bob & Pat Hudak
Cook – Dick & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
TAKE THE RISK
“For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into outer darkness…” ~ Matthew 25:29-30a
The above passage is from the parable of the talents. You remember it, I hope. The two servants who had invested their talents were rewarded with new challenges and being told they are now entering the “joy of their master”. And what did they do to deserve such praise? They “went off and traded” until they doubled their investment. Apparently there was some form of first century stock market where you could bet on the future market, etc. Jesus is commending them for the risk they took. Indeed, the “joy of the master” they are promised seems to come because of their risk taking with the master’s money!
The servant who buries his talent, on the other hand, is cast into “outer darkness”. His protest that he was “afraid” and knew the master to be a “harsh man” seems to only anger the master all the more. The master had expected him to invest and trade wisely in spite of market conditions.
An investment banker on the Today Show warned that the worst thing to be done with money now is “put it under your mattress”. Not only does inflation eat at it, the money can’t do anything. For an economy to work money must trade hands often. If everyone hoarded money our economy would collapse overnight. The more money is “invested” or put at risk the more everyone is likely to benefit.
But risk taking is controversial. Most of us look down on those who have overextended; purchased houses they can’t afford, and invested in bad stocks. We blame them for our current financial mess.
But those who don’t take any risks with their assets hurt the economy even more! The economy can’t work until we reach out and take “reasonable risk”.
When it comes down to it, everything we do in life is risky. The biggest risk is marriage. Fifty percent fail. Having kids, buying a house, changing jobs, etc. are all risky. If you want to doom your life, take too many risks. If you want to doom your life, don’t take any.
Probably the wealthiest Presbyterian was Sam Walton. During the recession of 1992 reporters waited anxiously for him to come out of a development meeting. When asked what he was going to do about the recession he replied, “We do not choose to participate.” While Bradley’s, Sears, Montgomery Ward, etc. chose to stop development, Walton went on to build a series of Super Wal-Marts – some of the biggest stores in the country.
Jesus would say, “Well done, enter into my joy.” But as for Bradley’s and Montgomery Ward – they got tossed into outer darkness. Fear of the future destroyed them just as the non-risking servant was condemned for being afraid.
Our Stewardship Committee is not planning on ending any programs next year. The ten people who work for our church are all expecting to be here in 2009. We are not burying our talents. We are investing them. We are not living in fear. We are trusting God. As for as the recession and curtailing church programs are concerned, “We have chosen not to participate.”
But the ultimate decision depends on all of us. Do you live by faith or fear? Do you bury your talent or invest in God’s Kingdom? On November 23, Pledge Sunday, we will find out.
Take the risk. It’s God’s call.
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