Absecon Presbyterian Church
CHRISTMAS EVE SCHEDULE – 5:00 and 7:00 P.M.
Christmas Eve is Wednesday night, December 24. The Family Worship Service with the children’s pageant will be at 5:00 p.m. The traditional service with our choir, special music and the pastor’s Christmas message will be at 7:00. The candle lighting, live nativity and Silent Night closing will be at both services. We look forward to a moving and joyous celebration of the Savior’s birth.
The offering that evening will benefit the Community Food Bank. You may have read of the desperate need for help in the newspapers. The session has voted to give our Christmas Eve offering to alleviate this need. Hundreds of pounds of food were taken to the Food Bank on November 23 after our harvest Home Sunday and $300.00 was sent by the Absecon/Galloway Clergy Fellowship for the offering at the Thanksgiving service held in our church on November 26.
Let’s try to outdo ourselves on Christmas Eve to meet this great need that will likely get worse in the New Year.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
I came down with a 24 hour bug on November 2, the date of our first mission project, but Lee Wolff and all the aides did a terrific job of keeping things together and produced thirty care packages. Our delivery people were willing to help with short notice. What a relief it is to know how many helping hands there were willing to pitch in!
Up Coming Events
Many people have worked long and hard on this year’s Christmas musical. We have sixteen cast members in the play with sixteen sets of very busy lives and busy parents. Still, I was impressed by the level of commitment to get these kids to practice, take a turn with refreshments, and help out wherever needed. Roger Wolcott worked his magic on some of our props, Pastor Cobb built an incredible tiki hut, and Don Wong rigged the electrical work and attached our flashing sign. However, this play became possible due to the assistance of Jan Cobb as our music director, Ally Hodgson with the choreography, Jim McManus as our set technician, Deb and Don Wong for photography and videotaping, and Deb Wong and Dawn Duran for being both my right and left arms. Together, between the adults and the kids, we make quite a team. Together, we are the body of Christ.
In His love always,
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
We met on Thursdays, then moved to Monday's because of my son's schedule, then back to Thursdays. Then we decided we liked Mondays better. Starting Dec. 1st we are back to Mondays!!!!!!
The grave blanket sign up sheet is in the hall near Madden Hall entrance. They are $10.00 each. Thank you for your support.
The teens put together 7 stuffed and wrapped shoeboxes. We had fun doing the project together.
Judy Stebbins did a wonderful job with the teens teaching them to interview for jobs. The teens did a mock interview. They did well being put on the spot. Thank you, Judy!!!! We learned a lot.
Any one wishing to be part of the Senior Youth Group can just show up 6 pm on Monday nights.
Karen Muldoon, co-director
WOMEN’S CIRCLE MEETINGS
At our December meetings we come to the last chapter of our Bible study of Ruth. The book of Ruth is the story of God’s grace in the midst of difficult circumstances. When we first met Ruth in chapter one, she was a young widow living with her mother-in-law, Naomi, in Moab. She remained faithful to Naomi and followed her to Bethlehem. There Ruth gleaned the fields to provide for Naomi and herself and the kindness Boaz showed to Ruth. This month we will conclude our study as we learn of God’s wonderful blessing to Ruth and Boaz for their lives of faithfulness and kindness.
The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge Wednesday, December 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 5th, at the home of Jill Williamson, 113 Weymouth Ave., Egg Harbor Twp. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11th, at the home of Ida Juhrs.
Don’t forget to bring your warm hats, gloves, scarves and socks to the December meetings. We will deliver them to the Egg Harbor City grade school in the middle of the month.
COPIES OF MISSION YEARBOOK FOR DEVOTIONS AVAILABLE - $5.00 EACH
Every year the denomination publishes a daily devotional with a story about mission around the world. Our new missionaries, the Wrights, are featured in one of the devotionals.
These books make excellent guides for your daily devotions. Each day has a Bible reading and a prayer with the story.
The denomination first began publishing these books to heighten awareness of mission in our daily Christian Walk. If you want to become more mission minded, read this devotional for a year and you will have a whole new outlook on mission and a new awareness of what we, as Presbyterians, are doing around the world. Please call the office if you would like to purchase a copy.
PRESCHOOL MUSIC MINISTRY TO CHANGE HANDS
The Sunday School accepts the resignation of Frances Weir with regrets. Frances has been a faithful servant playing piano for our preschoolers for the last two and a half years. There comes a time to step down and Frances had decided it was time. We will miss her very much. Stepping in to replace her will be Janna Beth Cobb. We are grateful for how God provides. He has given us two special people in our young people's ministry: Frances Weir and Janna Beth Cobb.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET DEC. 13 AT 8:30 A.M.
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, December 13, at 8:30 a.m. We will have breakfast, meet, and then set up tables and chairs for the American Boychoir dinner/concert that night. Breakfast will be eggs - $3.00. Bill downer will bring a devotional.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
On Friday, December 19th, we will be celebrating our 7th Mayberry Christmas! In the eight years of the Andy Griffith Show, only one Christmas episode was filmed. This traditional "Christmas Carol" deals with store owner Ben Weaver’s transformation from a heartless Scrooge to a more humble man who realizes the true meaning of Christmas. Also notice Andy’s attitude - that no matter what our situation in life, the choice of happiness and good cheer is always ours to make.
This is a true favorite of our Mayberry gang, and we look forward to a great turnout.
So, join us in Madden Hall at 6pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19th, for a pot luck Christmas feast, and help us to celebrate Christmas in “Mayberry style!”
Remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonadeis always cold. Merry Christmas, y’all!
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY
Following my presentation on behalf of the Stewardship Committee, and the distribution of Estimate of Giving Cards at the two services on November 23, we have received 50 responses to date. At the end of the campaign last year we received 92 cards so we have a way to go – but we will get there! It would be wonderful if we surpassed last year’s returns! The good news is half of the responses indicated you were taking the challenge to step up or increase your giving next year. If this trend continues, we will be able to maintain our personnel, programs and the property as planned.
Please consider completing the Estimate of Giving Card and return it when you attend church. You may place it in the collection plate or the marked silver box in the sanctuary. Envelopes are available in the pews in which you can place your card or, if you wish, mail it to the office. Complete information on how the campaign went will be in the January Good News.
We have also received a number of the blue Talent Bank questionnaires. Continue returning them during December. These will be tallied and a report will be given to the Committee Chairs. The Stewardship Committee is positive that you can find something listed that meets your talents and time available for helping your church!
If you lost or did not receive an Estimate of Giving Card or Talent Bank questionnaire, they are available in the office during the week and in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
God has been good to us, and with your help, our church can do His work.
Gerald W. Hoenes
WINTER FUNDRAISER TO GO TOWARDS AIR CONDITIONING
As our Stewardship Chairman, Jerry Hoenes, mentioned in the Stewardship appeal we will be replacing the old sanctuary air conditioning with an efficient and slightly larger system as our capital project for 2009. The estimated cost is about $25,000. We need two new 5 ton units (120,000 BTU).
In mid-January you will receive a Winter Fundraiser appeal to go toward this project. Please think about this as you plan your winter spending. A new system will not only provide better cooling but will save us money on our electric bill.
NOVEMBER THANK YOU’S
NEWS FROM OUR WORSHIP COMMITTEE
I would like to thank all of those who participated in the Usher classes. I learned so much from everyone and appreciated the input. I will have the final duties list in the next week. All Ushers and Collectors will be given a copy. I would like to thank everyone for their phone calls. It is very important to get feed back from our church members. It made my job as chairperson easier when I went to the meetings and was able to share what the congregation was feeling about our services.
Karen Muldoon, Chairperson
From the Choir Loft……………………………………by TOM SOOY
Probably the most loved carol of all is “Silent Night.” The words of Silent Night were written by a Priest called Fr. Joseph Mohr in Mariapfarr, Austria, in 1816 and the music was added by his school teacher friend, Franz Gruber, in 1818 for the Christmas service at St. Nicholas church in Oberndorf, Austria.
Fr. Mohr asked Franz Gruber to compose the melody with a guitar arrangement.
There is a legend associated with the carol that says Fr. Mohr wanted the carol to be sung by the children of the village at the midnight Christmas Eve service, as a surprise for their parents. But in the middle of practicing, the organ broke and not a note would come from it! So the children had to learn the carol only accompanied by a guitar. They learned the carol so well that they could sing it on its own without accompaniment.
However, there are no records to indicate that a children's choir was involved or that the organ was broken!
At Midnight Mass in 1818, Fr. Mohr and Franz Gruber sang each of the six verses with the church choir repeating the last two lines of each verse. The original words of the song were in German and translated into English went:
Silent night, holy night, Bethlehem sleeps, yet what light,
Floats around the heavenly pair; Songs of angels fills the air.
Strains of heavenly peace.
May the beauty and joy of this timeless carol live in our hearts all year long.
Merry Christmas and until next time...see you in the choir loft. TOM
CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN EGG HARBOR FEATURES TWO OF OUR MEMBERS
This Sunday, December 7th, at 4 pm Tom Sooy will be playing a concert of Christmas music at St. John's United Church of Christ, 200 London Avenue in Egg Harbor City. Tom will be playing the Moeller pipe organ and will be joined by Tom Piccirilli on flute as well!
The concert is free and open to the public with a free will offering that goes toward restoration of the organ. So, plan on coming out and celebrating the Christmas season with music and song.
This year’s Christmas Eve offering will go to the local Food Pantry where many local families are seeking help this year, more so than usual. It will be put to good use through the purchase of food supplies to help families in our area make ends meet.
We will be heading to Gulfport, MS on January 24th for a week of helping in the rebuilding of homes and sharing time with the homeowners. We have our cooks lined up and our bunkhouses are waiting. We’ll be staying at the Westminster Presbyterian Church and sharing some of our work days with the Amish. Who knew back in 2005 that we would make 4 trips down there? I guess Someone knew!
Our Mission team is planning a Holiday Steak Dinner and Concert by the Seasoned Singers on January 3rd. Tickets, $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under (Chicken strips), may be purchased by contacting our Pastor, Loretta Metz, or Alice Smith. We will also have a table set up in Madden Hall each Sunday between services.
As in the past, we are requested to give $100 per team member as part of our support for the purchase of materials and building supplies. We are seeking sponsors as we have in the past. At the present time we have 17 volunteers signed up to participate, with more still contemplating. We welcome you to join us as either a volunteer or as a Katrina Sponsor.
We are hoping to get a positive response from the congregation in joining in with our Sunday School project of collecting warm hats, gloves, scarves and socks that will be taken to Sister Jean’s to be given to her “guests” this Christmas. If 3 items could be placed in a small gift bag and brought to the church by Dec. 21st we’ll see that they are delivered. Our goal is to have 50 bags to take to Atlantic City. Can we meet it?
Our Angel Tree project is under the direction of Carol Kleiner. See the article elsewhere in the Good News.
As my term on Session comes to an end, I would like to express my appreciation to the committee for their support and dedication. They all responded positively when asked to help! Thanks to Tina Brown, Tom Sooy, Carol Thomas, Carol Kleiner, Ilsa Smith, Barbara Miller, John Harvey, Jan Jorgensen, Dottie McCaffrey and Rev. Cobb. My thanks to Gay for her help, and to the congregation for allowing me the opportunity to serve.
ANGEL TREE DONATIONS
The Angel Tree went up in the vestibule on November 30th. That afternoon all tags had been taken. Thank you for being angels and purchasing gifts for children less fortunate.
The tag suggests the gift the child would really like to have and the clothing sizes are also shown if you would like to purchase clothing. The gifts may be wrapped and the tag securely attached to it. All gifts must be returned by DECEMBER 14.
This is our way of helping the Salvation Army spread Christmas cheer to those children who might not have a Merry Christmas.
Carol Kleiner for the Mission Committee
FROM THE DEACONS
We want to thank everyone who so graciously brought all the food in on Harvest Home Sunday. We had a truckload to go to the Food Bank. Karen Little's parents came and we made a parade to their truck. Her mother, Ruth, works at the Food Bank and was happy to deliver our supply for them.
We will put together our Fruit Bags on the 20th of December at 10:00 A.M. at the church. They are taken with the Carolers to the homes they carol to on the 21st. We will not meet again until sometime in February for our reorganization meeting for 2009.
A big Thank You to all our Deacons, and we will miss Barbara Morgan and Sue Pantalone who are going off the board. We will welcome our new members, Irene Hunter and Cathy Follansbee; also Carol Kleiner is filling an unexpired term for another year.
NEWS FROM THE MISSION FIELD
This note of thanks is long overdue. Please accept our apologies and explanations.
From April up until that day before we left for States in late July, we hosted a number of American groups in an almost nonstop procession. It has become a big part of our work here – exciting and exhausting.
Our 10 weeks in the States were filled with conferences, meetings and too few church visits. Vacation was spent camping out in our usually rented house near Albany, NY while Sue recovered from unexpected gall bladder surgery. Fortunately we were in the US when surgery was needed.
We arrived back in Lusaka almost a week ago and have been busy preparing for the annual Outreach Foundation trip we will meet next week in Malawi. The trip will include the northwest province of Mozambique and Harare, Zimbabwe also. After the group leaves, we’ll stay on a few days in Zimbabwe. Pray we will be able to be an encouragement to the Christians. The Zimbabwean are suffering under unconceivable hyperinflation and severe food shortages. Some pastors have been seriously harassed by the Zanu-PF thugs. Please keep them in your hearts and prayers.
Without your prayers and financial support we would not be able to do our work. We are grateful. May God bless your ministries in Absecon and throughout the world.
Ted & Sue Wright
FRIENDS OF JEAN WEBSTER’S NEW WEBSITE
Be sure to check out Sister Jean’s brand new website! There’s a great description of the work being done there and even a way to donate using PayPal. If you’re interested in statistics (as any Good Presbyterian should be) the 2008 Annual Report for the organization is supplied in PDF format. Check it out at
MEET OUR NEW OFFICERS
The congregation met at 10:50 on November 30 to elect the following to be church officers:
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
Below is some information about each of them. Please greet them and express your support.
Tom Sooy is our Director of Music Ministry. He also leads our Travel Adventure Group, Back to Mayberry, and is on the Sesquicentennial Committee. Tom is in our Commissioned Lay Pastor program of Presbytery. He is beginning his second term as an elder.
Janice Bond grew up in our church as part of the largest family that has ever been in our church. Grace Gras, for whom our kitchen is being named, is her mother, and Judy is her twin sister. Janice is married to Mark Bond and they have two children, Christina and Austin, who are in our Christmas play. The family lives in Egg Harbor Township, and all enjoy riding their two horses. They are also active with tennis, snow skiing, and family events. Janice holds an MBA degree in banking and financial management and works full time as a manager for Galaxy Technology which does a lot of government work. Janice loves her mom and enjoys being a part of the church that is such a big part of her mother’s life. We enjoy having her, too!
Scott Sabo and his wife JoAnn joined our church in May of this year and have been involved in many things. You may have seen them at Sunday Breakfast with their two boys, Jacob and Nicholas, or in worship as a family. Scott is a family man and enjoys trips with his boys and Lionel and Lego trains. JoAnn teaches with Russell Adkisson in our Sunday School. Scott works at the Tech Center as a computer specialist. He has a Masters in information systems management. He’s been a real worker for our church on work days and during our kitchen demolition last June. He hopes to continue his service around our church and has a special interest in mission. Scott, we look forward to your leadership!
Judy Stebbins has been on mission trips and has helped with special programs in Sunday School and Youth Group. She works in the area of personnel which is very good for us as she is beginning her second term on our board of Trustees as Personnel Chairman.
Jan Jorgensen and his wife, Carol, live in Four Seasons in Smithville and are well known around our church. They are involved with Prime-Timers, Back to Mayberry, and the Travel Adventure Group. They also serve in many ways around the church as ushers and with church events. Jan has already distinguished himself with Trustee work around the church. His name is frequently on the “Thank You” list of the Good News and he has been here for work days and special jobs like putting up the new outdoor security lights behind the game room and fixing doors in the Christian Ed. Wing. Most notable is his work on our steeple. After years of leaking he was able to patch it last summer. Jan was a printer most of his life, but has been retired now for five years. He is a member of our mission team, and he loves hiking and kayaking. Jan, we are delighted to have you on the Trustees where your talents are desperately needed!
Cathy Follansbee grew up in Brigantine where she was confirmed in the Community Presbyterian Church. She has been part of our congregation since the family moved here in the 1980’s. Cathy took care of her mother until she died in 1993 and her father until his passing earlier this year. She was always the devoted daughter, putting aside her own needs for the needs of others. That’s why she will make a great Deacon. Cathy is a teller at Cape Bank and still lives in Absecon. She likes to travel, read and walk her dog, Cocoa. She served as an elder for a while years ago but had to step down because of her mother’s illness. She is a member of the Sarah Circle with Gerry Reedell. She has also taken courses like Kerygma and the current church history course, “From Christ to Constantine”. Cathy, we are so glad to have you as a Deacon!
Irene Hunter is the wife of Bob Hunter. They have lived at four Seasons 9½ years and are well known in many church circles. They attend Prime-Timers, Back to Mayberry, and all church programs. Irene and Bob have been ushers for years. Irene is a member of the Sarah Circle with Gerry Reedell. She has two children, James and Joann. Her sole grandchild lives in Australia. Her hobbies include cooking, playing canasta, and being a homemaker and wife. She and Bob are volunteers at Four Seasons. Bob serves as a trustee and Irene is a Village Rep. Coordinator. Irene had a career as a secretary. Irene is known around our church for her smiling face and friendly personality. She enjoys meeting and greeting people in church. She and Bob always come early. Welcome to our board of Deacons, Irene!
Carol Thomas has been moderator of the Deacons and is well known for her help with dozens of church projects. She comes into the office every week to help with the Home Touch mailing and postcards. She makes sure the altar candles are in good shape, keeps the nursery picked up, and is a great church worker. Carol is re-upping for another three years. Carol, we are so glad you are willing to stay on. You are irreplaceable!
Carol Kleiner is re-upping to fulfill a one year unexpired term as a Deacon. She has served on the board many times. Carol is very active with the Mission Committee. She just handled the tags for the Angel Tree project. Carol, we know you will be a great Deacon because you have been a great deacon in the past!
FROM THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE
Just a follow up on my announcement in church about the fundraiser that TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank) is offering to our church. This is very easy. We need at least 50 people to sign up. It doesn’t have to be members only. It can be relatives, friends, neighbors, etc. We are guaranteed $500.00 per year minimum.
The only thing you need to do if you or your friends have an account with TD Bank is to go to any person working at a desk and tell them you want to be a member of the Affinity Program for the Absecon Presbyterian Church. It will cost you nothing. The bank will make an annual donation to us based on the average balance in all the members’ accounts. Everything is kept private. The only thing our contact person at the bank and the church will know is how many people signed up and how much we can expect the bank to donate to us at the end of the year. Please make your commitment today. The great thing about this fundraiser is that there is no work. How great is that? This money will be used for our General Fund account to help pay some expenses.
Thanking you all in advance,
Betty Lloyd, Finance Chairperson
Our treasurer will be on vacation from December 24 to Monday, January 5. All 2008 receipts, voucher reimbursements and other financial transactions must be in the office no later than December 15!
PLANNING ON BORROWING ITEMS FROM THE CHURCH?
Please keep in mind we do have a sign-out sheet in the church office for anyone wishing to borrow tables, chairs, etc. Sign-outs must be done through the church secretary so please call or stop in during office hours Mon.-Fri. 9-2. Items may be picked up at your convenience once they have been signed out. When returning items (in a timely manner, of course) be sure to notify the office!
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.
With the holiday upon us I would like to thank everyone who helps the Fellowship Committee throughout the year. From members who set up for events, to cooks, cleanup, bakers, soup makers, etc. -- our committee could not do what it does without you!!! Again a million thanks!!
Our next event is the first in a series of concerts to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary. How blessed we are to have the American Boychoir return to our sanctuary on Saturday, December 13th, for our Christmas concert. I am sure all who attend this concert and dinner will be in for a truly memorable evening.
On Sunday, December 21st, the Fellowship Committee will be sponsoring a Pie Sale in time for the holidays. Members of the congregation are donating pies (apple, pumpkin, peach, apple-cranberry, cherry, etc.), so if you are interested in helping out with any baking, please contact Kris at 748-1214.
We still have 15 "Life of Christ" bracelets left and will be selling them this month for $20. These bracelets will not be available again so if you are interested in purchasing one see Doris Wood or Kris Jenoriki. The proceeds from the pie and bracelet sale will benefit the General Fund.
The Cranberry Sale in November was very successful with $612 made for the 150th anniversary fund. Thanks to all who baked and bought -- we couldn't have done it without you!
On January 11th and February 22nd we will be having our soup sales. Anyone interested in helping out with making soup can contact Kris.
Refreshment Hour is in jeopardy of being canceled as congregation members have not been signing up to provide refreshments. In the past six weeks only two Sundays have been covered by congregation members with the others being covered by the Fellowship Committee. So if you are interested in keeping refreshment hour viable, please sign up to bring cookies, donut holes, pudding cakes, etc. and a gallon of juice. A postcard will be sent out as a reminder to you!!
Gayle Ackerman and crew have been doing a great job with breakfast this year. A reminder that breakfast is sold between 8:45-9:00 a.m. promptly so that the kitchen crew can eat and clean up the kitchen in time to get to church. Thank you for your consideration!
To all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!
Serving you through Christ,
Everyone with a dinner ticket has a Reserved Seat in the sanctuary. Please call Joanie ASAP if you must cancel…..by noon on the day of the concert at the very latest.
Folks without dinner tickets are welcome to come at 6:30. If there are “no shows” you will be given sanctuary seating by our 2 ushers – Tina and Betsy. Otherwise, you may sit in our foyer, as available, with good sound but “obstructed view”’. Please give either lady your name upon arrival.
The Fellowship Committee deeply appreciates the generous support of these church families who will house the Boychoir Saturday evening:
Ackerman Jerue McManus Bond
Jorgensen Morgan Hamer Kleiner
Thomas Hughes Maurer Wolff
Special Thank You’s to “Gayle Ackerman & Cooks” for preparing Sunday morning’s church breakfast (served 8:30-9:15) for the boys and their Host Families (plus our many regular breakfast goers). Do call her to offer more helping hands at 652-1028.
ADDITIONAL HOSTS NEEDED FOR AMERICAN BOYCHOIR
On November 21 the American Boychoir phoned to say they will have 32 boys instead of 28. Thus, we need 2 more Host Families and 1-2 backups. Please call Joanie at 641-1839 ASAP if you can help. It’s a very brief time: approx. 9 p.m. Saturday ‘til 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning when you can bring them to our Sunday breakfast (or feed them at home and have them at church by 9:45). If you are already a Host and are able to house one more please call Joanie.
CHURCH CHRISTMAS CAROLING SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 5:30 P.M.
Our Christmas Caroling night will be the Sunday before Christmas. Our deacons will supply about fifteen fruit bags for us to deliver as we travel around the area. Plan on being with us as we share the love of the Christ Child this Holy Season.
EVERGREENS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
It's not too late to make your reservation for the Evergreens Christmas Luncheon at the Crab Trap in Somers Point. Date: Friday, December 19th, 12 Noon. Cost: $18. Lisa Whitaker will be our guest speaker once again this year. Deadline for reservations is December 12. See me in church or call me at 646-3152. Join us for this Christmas festivity. You are welcome to bring along a friend.
LUNCH BUNCH TO SHORE DINER DECEMBER 10
For many years Lunch Bunch has traveled to Sweetwater Casino for our December outing. Last summer it burned down, so we will be heading to the Shore Diner on Tilton Road instead. Meet at the church at 11:30 for a ride or at the restaurant at noon.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
By TOM SOOY
“A good time was had by all” as the saying goes, is the best way to describe our last trip of the year. Our “DICKENS of a CHRISTMAS” was just that! The Christmas season was kicked off by our trip to Lancaster County where we saw the show, spent time at a farmer’s market and left dinner more stuffed than the Thanksgiving turkey!
Thanks to all who joined us on any of our trips this past year: Atlanta and Savannah, the cruise to Canada and this last day trip to Mt Hope. Be sure to watch future editions of the Good News for info about our 2009 trips. Merry Christmas to you all and let’s keep on travelin’!
DIRECTORY UPDATE – New Members
Richard & June D. Waters Joan B. Nale Ms Robbie Krause
Sunrise D-8 4701 Brigantine Blvd. 900 Seaside Ave.
46 W. Jimmie Leeds Road Brigantine, NJ 08203 Absecon, NJ 08201
Galloway, NJ 08205 266-3441 569-9006
Bill & Christina Cavage Mario Suarez
807 Katie Ct. 45 W. Church St.
Absecon, NJ 08201 Absecon, NJ 08201
FUNDRAISER FOR OUR 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 2009
Many people have bought or ordered our beautiful Christmas Ornaments. They cost $15.00. We will mail them to anyone that would like to receive one and is in another area. There will be a $2.00 extra fee for mailing. Contact Carol Thomas, 641-4089, if you would like one mailed or the Church Office--641-3759. Checks get made out to Absecon Presbyterian Church. We will continue to have them available on Sunday mornings before and between services in Madden Hall.
They make great Christmas gifts. Make sure you get yours as a keepsake of our church.
Carol Thomas, for the Anniversary Committee
MAILBOX SYSTEM TO BE IN PLACE BY DECEMBER 7
Once again this year we will have a Christmas mailbox system in place for you to exchange cards, greetings, etc. We will also have your offering envelopes in them by mid-month and a new church directory listing by Christmas. Our pastor will also be leaving his annual Christmas letter in your box. (Note – this will be in place of his monthly message in this issue of the Good News.)
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS GOING UP NOW
We started decorating on December 1, but there is still much to do indoors and out. Call the office to let us know when you can help. We need to be decorated by December 7 which is our Christmas play and Birthday Party for Jesus.
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA ORDER FORM
We will once again be beautifying our sanctuary this Christmas season with poinsettias. To give a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one, please fill in the form below and return it to the church office by Wednesday, December 17. The cost is $8.00 each. Make checks payable to the Absecon Presbyterian Church and write “poinsettia” on the memo line. We ask that you would leave your poinsettia in the church through the Christmas Eve services.
I would like to order _________ poinsettia(s) to be dedicated as follows:
In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________
In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________
Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________
MISSION BOUQUET ORDER FORM
Mission Bouquets may also be given this year. A plant will not be placed on the altar. Instead, all funds donated will go to our Mission programs and projects of the church. If you would like to give a Mission Bouquet, please fill in the form and return to the church office with a check payable to the Absecon Presbyterian Church with “Mission Bouquet” on the memo line.
I would like to give $_________ in Mission Bouquet(s) to be dedicated as follows:
In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________
In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________
Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________
First semester in Naval Academy
Southaven, MS – Jacqui Wengler, a 2008 graduate of Southern Baptist Educational Center in Southaven, received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She is currently attending the academy, where she is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. Jacqui is the daughter of Matt and Suk Hui Wengler of Olive Branch.
Congratulations, Jacqui, from all your friends in Absecon!
Many thanks to my church family for all your concerns and prayers. All went well with my recent hip revision surgery and am now on the physical therapy road to recovery.
May God be with each and every one of you.
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Priscilla and the Sunday School Classes that made the pies did a great job. They brought love and happiness to all, I'm sure. I want to thank them one and all. My family enjoyed the pie with me and were surprised that the "kids" made them. So, thanks "Kids".
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I want to thank the Sunday School for my “treat” for Halloween. It was a wonderful gift – God bless the children for doing this and of course the leaders who teach them to care. Tell “Mike” thanks again for bringing it.
God bless you,
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A note of thanks to you and whomever was responsible for my having received a nice pumpkin pie yesterday.
It is very heart-warming to be remembered when one reaches my age, as I’ll be 91 just before Christmas.
Have a great season.
Thanks again and blessings to all.
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Thank you so much for the pie that you sent to me. I really appreciate the time and effort you spent on my behalf. You really brightened my day.
Thank you again and God bless you,
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Thank you for the wonderful pie and for thinking of me.
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A warm heartfelt thanks for your participation in Operation Christmas child. It is truly a labor of love to send gifts to children we will never meet. I strongly recommend everyone watch the “special features” on the DVD. Truly amazing! We have so much to be thankful for – Praise God!
I want to thank you for helping our Relay Center send 1915 shoeboxes. I hope you will consider doing it again next year and TELL A FRIEND!
Remember: the gift is simple – the reward is eternal! God’s blessings and may you and yours have a special love filled Christmas.
OCC Relay Center
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.
7 10:00 Edith Budd
14 9:30 David & Judy Stebbins
11:00 Grace Gras
21 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Barbara Miller
24 5:00 Sabo Family
7:00 Tom & Janice Piccirilli
28 9:30 Dottie McCaffrey
11:00 Ruth Eberhard
14 9:30 Karen Muldoon
11:00 Jerry Hoenes
21 9:30 Gayle Ackerman
11:00 Tina Brown
7 10:00 Bob & Irene Hunter
14 9:30 Eric & Essie Newell
11:00 Paul & Marjorie Hamer
21 9:30 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
28 9:30 Drew & Alice Malfi
11:00 Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
7 10:00 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
14 9:30 Dick & Doris Wood
21 9:30 Melvin & Ethel Washington
28 9:30 Bill & Ginny Davenport
7 Erin Nassif
14 Ally Hodgson
21 Samantha Adams
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
7 9:30 Barbara Miller
11:00 Jean Delesantro
11:00 Mary Bew
21 9:30 Jinny Wolcott
11:00 Jean Delesantro
28 9:30 Mary Bew
11:00 Mary Bew
7 Alice Malfi
14 Bob Hudak
21 Jennifer Platt
28 Kira Greenlee
7 Birthday Party for Jesus
14 Russ Adkisson
21 Robbie Krause
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
7 Set-up – Carol Thomas
Cook – Jean Delesantro
Clean-up – Paul & Marjorie Hamer
14 Set-up – Edith Budd, Julie Seltzer
Cook – Rob Perry, Dan Hughes
Clean-up – Sandy Venafro, Barbara Miller
21 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – Dick & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Joanna Howell
28 Set-up –
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