Absecon Presbyterian Church
VERSE OF THE MONTH: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
LENTEN SCHEDULE THROUGH EASTER
Once again this year the churches of Absecon/Galloway will be leading us in a series of Lenten experiences designed to enhance our spiritual growth, bring us together in Christian unity, and help us to walk with our Savior through the trials of the season so we can also experience the full joy and victory of Easter morning.
Please note the dates of all these events and plan on attending as many as possible.
Unity Dinner Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. at Absecon Methodist Church – this is the only event requiring pre-registration and payment ($5 per person). Our church is providing the appetizer course. See Janice Piccirilli or Jean Delesantro to sign up. The theme is “Neighbors in Christ” and the program will be by Sharon Neff who has sung here many times in the past. The main course will be meatloaf.
Lenten Lunches Wednesdays at noon; worship and light lunch
March 11 – St Mark and All Saint’s Episcopal
March 18 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic
March 25 – Absecon Presbyterian Church
April 1 – Reformation Lutheran
The Lenten Lunches are an annual tradition among our churches. They begin with worship of prayers, scripture, music and a short message. This should last about thirty minutes followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon in the host church hall. Desserts are offered, but the meal is kept simple in keeping with the Lenten season of restraint. It is designed to take place in a one hour time frame. If you are a working person you can get in and out in one hour. Most employers are cooperative if you want to come.
Holy Week Services
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE FOR THIS MONTH
March 1- Call to Worship presented by Kids for Christ
March 8- Covenant Players present skits during service. Grades 1-12 stay in sanctuary.
March 15- Rob Perry does special music with kids grades 1-6.
March 22- TBA
March 29- Easter play and Easter Egg Hunt with luncheon. Single service at 10:00 a.m.
Boy, this month is going to fly!!
KFC TO COBB’S CABIN MARCH 6-8
As of the first of March there are 13 people (9 kids and 4 adults) who will travel to Cobb’s cabin for a retreat and skiing the first full weekend in March. We wish them safety and God’s blessing together. We also wish them luck as they replace the element in the water heater. The senior youth had no hot water when they went up last month.
WOMEN'S CIRCLE MEETINGS
As we continue our Bible study of Luke this month, we will focus on Luke 7:36 - 8:3. There is a lot going on in this Scripture. We will read about a Pharisee who invites Jesus for a meal but neglects to wash the dust from his feet, a woman who bathes his feet with her tears, and Jesus' parable of the two debtors meant to send a message to the Pharisee.
The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th. Because of the Unity Dinner, the Sarah Circle is postponed to Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the home of Ida Juhrs.
Please join us at any of the circles that fit into your time schedule.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP COMMUNION BREAKFAST SAT., MARCH 14
Every third month the Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship begins their meeting with a time of worship and communion. March 14 puts us into the Lenten season and reminds us of our spiritual walk with Jesus.
We will meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. Bill Downer will lead us in our devotions. We will gather for communion and then have a French toast breakfast.
CHRISTIAN READERS BOOK CLUB – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
Our book selection for March is The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. The Shack was a # 1 New York Times Bestseller for 8 months. Over 6 million people have read The Shack, the best selling novel of 2008.
Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, The Shack wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you as much as they did him. Some think this book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress did for his.
This book should create a lot of discussion. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at Cobb Lounge, Wednesday, March 18.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
What an amazing turnout at our last get-together. In February almost 50 people enjoyed fellowship and food and our episode of the night. Hopefully, we will have as big a gang at our next “town meeting” on Friday, March 20th at 6 p.m., when we will be joining together in Madden Hall for a POTLUCK SUPPER and a screening of “Ellie Saves a Female.” Ellie, from the drugstore, turns farm girl Frankie Flint into a beauty, all against her father’s strong objections. Andy, however, approaches the situation from a business perspective.
So, join us in Madden Hall at 6 p.m. on FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, for a wonderful night of food, entertainment and discussion.
Remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonadeis always cold.
News from the Stewardship Committee
Given the poor economic climate locally, statewide, nationally and around the world, many of us wondered how this would affect our ability to meet the financial obligations related to our 2009 budget. It is thus important that we track our income against our proposed budgetary expenditures so if cuts have to be made, we can do so in a judicious and timely manner. It is also important that we keep you informed of how things are going financially.
Periodically in the Good News, we will present figures indicating average budget needs up to the time listed as well as income realized from several sources.
As mentioned during the Stewardship campaign in November, our Church relies on your giving, investment income and rental income. First, the following statistics for January 2009 list total giving for the four Sundays in the month. Secondly, we receive a check twice a year from the McMullin Fund. The check received in January was divided by 26, giving us a weekly average. This average multiplied by four (weeks) represents the amount listed as Investment Income. Thirdly, rental income paid in January on the two outside properties (19 School Street and the Stopfer preschool/childcare building) is listed as net rental income. Not included in rental income is anything received from use of the sanctuary, Madden Hall and the classroom building.
Budget for 2009
Budget through January 31
Our giving through January 31
Amount over budget
This is good news for our church. But this is only one month. Since we received the check from the McMullin Fund, the stock market has declined considerably and this will significantly affect our income in the July check. Rental income depends upon having a tenant. Giving may be affected by the personal financial circumstances of our members.
It is known that some other churches in the Presbytery and other denominations are being impacted by the poor economy. At least after the first month of 2009 we are holding our own. We should be thankful.
On another note, the responses to the Talent Bank questionnaire have been tallied and the results have been placed in the hands of the Committee leaders. Over time, the respective Committee Chair will be contacting you to take advantage of your skills and time. If you are not contacted and are eager to get started, do not hesitate to make
your own contact or see me.
Gerald W. Hoenes
THANK YOUS FOR FEBRUARY GO TO ~
COVENANT PLAYERS LEAD WORSHIP AT BOTH SERVICES MARCH 8
The Covenant Players, a college aged theatrical group that leads worship through skits, mime, drama and music, will lead us in worship the weekend the pastor is away at the Poconos.
It has been several years since the Covenant Players have been with us, so we welcome them back into our church. Their theme will be on our Lenten pilgrimage. A free will offering will be taken to help with their expenses. Our church does not give anything for this out of General Fund, so please give generously.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
What a wonderful family worship experience it was this past week. I may be biased, but I felt the Choir Chimes ringers did a magnificent job playing the Lenten hymn “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.” As always, I give thanks not only to these young people for playing, not at just one but BOTH worship services, but also to the parents and families who make sure they are here for our early morning rehearsals. We will be hearing more from this great group in the near future.
Our Sanctuary Choir is starting to prepare for our Palm Sunday and Easter worship celebrations. And like the chimes ringers, I am grateful that the Choir continues to stay and sing at BOTH worship services. The members of the Choir are truly committed Christians with a mission to sing praise to God. Thank you all! And, as always……..until next time…….see you in the Choir Loft!
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APRIL AGAPE LUNCH FEATURES SEDER MEAL TO BEGIN HOLY WEEK
Our April Agape meal on April 5 will follow the outline of a Seder or Passover meal. April 5 is also Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, and a time of joy. Passover is also a time of joy, and the Passover meal for Jews is a time of relaxful celebration of God’s deliverance from bondage. We want it to be the same thing, only in this case it is the deliverance from the bondage of our sin.
The main course is lamb (of course) and the Seder includes a lot of unusual food including unleavened bread, a hardboiled egg, charoset (a mixture of apples and nuts) parsley and bitter herbs. You don’t have to eat it all, but you should try it. You will get a souvenir placemat and a palm. Cost is still only $5.00.
Come as part of your religious pilgrimage this Lent. Come to learn about Jewish tradition. Come to fellowship as we enter Holy Week. And come for the food. Desserts will be served if the Seder doesn’t satisfy you.
MEET AND GREET OUR NEW MEMBERS
On February 15 we received six new members into our church. Be sure to welcome them to the Family! Their information is listed below for you to update your church directory.
Amos Bhagwandeen Sherry Norton
112 Minnetonka Avenue 260 Magnolia Avenue
Absecon, New Jersey 08201 Galloway, New Jersey 08205
John & Dolores Heil Jose & Gloria Achanizo
121 Washington Drive 368 E. Cos Cob Drive
Brigantine, New Jersey 08203 Galloway, New Jersey 08205
Mission and Evangelism by Tom Sooy
With no offense meant, I will have big shoes to fill as I take over the Chair of M/E from the more than capable hands of Alice Smith. I look forward to the help and guidance of her experience as we move on as a church in Absecon and the world.
I hope all those who have served on the Committee in the past will continue to work together to accomplish the tasks set before us.
At our meeting in March, I will present my vision of the work of the committee and look forward to the input of all those who serve as well. So, as I begin this new chapter in my life in the church, I ask for your prayers that the work so ably handled in the past will continue with the help and grace of God.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING EMPHASIS BEGINS IN MARCH
Our Lenten offering is always our denomination’s One Great Hour of Sharing and Self Development of People fund. This is our opportunity to sacrificially give back to the needy as Christ has sacrificially given Himself for us. In this world-wide recession the need is indeed great.
Our Sunday School youth will get fish banks very soon, and there will be Minutes for Mission in worship.
Envelopes are in your pew racks and will be attached to the April Good News. A gift can be made any time during Lent.
A NOTE FROM THE WRIGHTS
16 February 2009
Dear Family and Friends,
When we returned from the States in October, I was asked would I teach a course on child abuse here at Justo Mwale for the students in the first three years of the bachelor of theology program. Nothing could have pleased me more than to be able to use my knowledge and experience as a social worker and therapist with children in the foster care system. Our unexpected trip home in November gave me an opportunity to do some research which yielded good material including studies done right here in southern Africa.
First term started in mid-January. The term is now more than halfway finished and it has been a tremendous experience. There are 37 students in the class including one of the two women enrolled in the college. Some are already ordained and bring rich insights from the congregational level. Many are married and understand the need for effective and loving parenting.
I thought I was covering all the kinds of abuse-physical, sexual, emotional and neglect-until one pastor wrote a reflection paper describing an incident of witchcraft involving a woman and some children from his church. It is hard for me to wrap my Western mind around this spiritual dimension that we try to rationalize away but his story was quite compelling and convincing.
We had a lively class discussion on corporal punishment. It is a much enmeshed part of African culture as I heard repeated stories of beatings. One student wrote that if he did not beat his children, the people in the village would accuse him of being a bad parent and raising spoiled children. Again, I had to weigh my Western values against this context but in the end, many of the students wrote in their reflection papers how they have come to believe corporal punishment of children is wrong. We now need to provide alternative ways of parenting and disciplining children.
Child abuse is a serious problem worldwide. Here, poverty and all the stresses it brings, lack of knowledge of appropriate child development, in addition to the HIV/ AIDS epidemic contribute to a growing crisis. We had to make the distinction between poverty and neglect. Traditional healers have told men that having intercourse with a virgin will cure them of AIDS or give them success in business. Children orphaned by AIDS often are taken in by relatives who do not always treat them well. Teenage girls are enticed by sugar daddies who pay for their school fees and promise them all kinds of special presents for sex. As a result, teenage pregnancy has been a growing problem and with it mothers too young to understand child development.
The good news is that these 37 students are now sensitized to the problem. One of their assignments is to develop practical programs both on the macro and micro level they can use as pastors. I keep telling them that my goal for this course is for it to be practical for them. This has created a bit of work for me not only as I prepare for class but reading two sets of reflection papers, preparing and correcting midterm and final exams and reading their project papers. But it is all worth it and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
As we have asked before, please continue to pray for Zimbabwe. We fear that the recent power sharing agreement is really a sham though only time will tell. It is now legal to use foreign currency and stores are well stocked but most people are unemployed and have no access to forex. Most of the public hospitals are closed and few schools are opened.
We also ask for prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). This denomination is primarily in Malawi but also Zambia and Zimbabwe. There has been a very serious schism between two of the synods in Malawi that has the potential of imploding the denomination. Please pray that historical and cultural wounds will be healed and God will be once again glorified through CCAP.
For us, we ask as always for traveling mercies as we visit the countries in our region and for good health. We just recovered from our first African colds. For the record, we perceived no difference from those we had in the States!
We are so grateful for your partnership in this ministry and love to hear from you. Your prayers and financial support are tremendously appreciated. Know that we hold you in our hearts and prayers.
Sue (with Ted, of course!)
FROM OUR BOARD OF DEACONS
Our Deacons had a reorganization meeting Feb. 9th, and the following officers were elected: Moderator - Carol Thomas, Vice Moderator - Carol Kleiner, Secretary - Jinny Wolcott, Treasurer - Barbara Miller, Nursery - Jennifer Platt, Greeters - Carol Thomas & Jinny Wolcott. We will be making Easter bags for some of our older members on Saturday, April 4th, at 10:00 A.M. in Madden Hall.
If you know of families that would need our help, please let us know. We are here for you.
FINANCE COMMITTEE NEWS
This is my last plea. Enclosed in this issue of the Good News is the new flyer for the Affinity Program from the TD Bank. We have not reached our goal of 50 families to sign up for the program. Unless we get 50 families the bank will not donate any money to the church. Just ask neighbors, friends, people who might own businesses in the area, etc. This could mean a nice donation from the bank at the end of the year.
Again, it will cost you nothing. No work. Just a trip to the bank. We can do this. To those members who have already signed up, Thank You.
WINTER FUNDRAISER NEARS $25,000 GOAL
As the Good News goes to press we are happy to report that the amount in the air conditioning fund is now $ 23,937. Have we heard from you?
The Property Committee will meet on March 9 under the new chairman, Drew Malfi, and begin work immediately in securing a contractor. It is still our hope to have this work completed by may 17, the 150th anniversary of the church.
Our two soup sales were a big success, and a huge thank you goes out to all who made soup, bought the soup and sold it!! It is greatly appreciated.
Our kitchen was dedicated to Grace Gras at a dinner held Saturday, February 21st. Grace had 40+ family members present who were so appreciative for all she has done over her lifetime. Janice Piccirilli made a great chicken and wild rice dinner and many thanks go to all the people who made this dinner possible.
March 14th will be our next event which is the ham and cabbage dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the King’s Choraliers concert. Anyone interested in helping during this dinner please contact Kris Jenoriki.
Our church will be hosting the Lenten Lunch on Wednesday, March 25th. People are needed to make sandwiches (10) or make a dessert and have them to the church that day by 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in helping, please sign up on the sheet in the foyer or call Kris. Thank you in advance for your help!!
Mark your calendar now for Friday, June 5th, which will be when the Strawberry Festival will be held. The next Fellowship meeting will be Tuesday, April 7th, at 7 p.m. in the Cobb Lounge.
Serving you through Christ,
SECOND AGAPE LUNCH MARCH 1 – JANNA BETH COBB TO SPEAK
The first of march is communion, so it is also our Agape Lunch. Lunch will be two types of quiche. Cost is only $5.00 per person. Janna Beth’s talk will be on age-ism. She will be receiving her master degree in social work in two months. There is no sign up for this meal. Come on out and join us!
LUNCH BUNCH AND EVERGREENS CANCELLED FOR MARCH
As in past years, Lunch Bunch and Evergreens will not meet during the Lenten season. Both will resume meeting in April.
See you at the Lenten Lunches!
Absecon Presbyterian Church
150th Anniversary Celebration
May 16 and 17, 2009
"Looking back in gratitude - Moving forward in faith"
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
• Gourmet Dessert Reception to "Meet and Greet" with George
and Fred, our guest artists for the evening, Tickets are for either 6:00 - 6:30pm or 6:45-7:15pm.
• Concert by Wesner and Davies, Radio City Music Hall organists in the Sanctuary at 7:30pm.
(Please note that the Gourmet Dessert Reception and Concert tickets are limited to a total of 200)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009
• 150th Anniversary Worship Service at 10:00am with words of reflection by former pastors, Rev. Walter Dosch, Rev. Henk Vigivino, and Rev. David Hodgson. Special music will be provided by our choirs and other soloists.
• Anniversary Dinner at Renault Winery 12:45pm - Appetizers
l:30pm - Dinner in the Grand Ballroom with special music, words of welcome, reflections of the past, visions for the future, video history presentation, and historical (or is that hysterical?) dramatization.
A special mailing will be coming soon. Please RSVP using the enclosed form.
The Sesquicentennial Committee
GRACE’S KITCHEN DEDICATED FEBRUARY 21
Our new kitchen was finally dedicated on Saturday, February 21. A crowd of 115 gathered for a delicious chicken dinner prepared by Janice Piccirilli.
The dedication service followed and included recognition of the Kitchen Committee, many words of praise for our honoree, Grace Gras, and an unveiling of the dedicatory plaque and sign. A plaque listing the many Memorial, In Honor Of, and general gifts was also hung.
Grace spoke to introduce her many family members and offer her thanks for this honor.
This culminates a two year effort and there were many words of thanks for volunteers and special help. Many fund raisers also took a lot of work. There was also special thanks to Lois Hainsselin, Joanie’s sister, who made the “Grace’s Kitchen” scroll sign over the kitchen opening.
We rejoice that we enter our 150th year with this fine addition to the church. The work included a “face lift” for Madden Hall as well.
Now let’s all show our gratitude by taking good care of it and keeping it clean!
Grace with her grandson, Brian
To a woman that has done so much with so little
Never once did she complain by playing that sad tiny fiddle
She has been a friend to many
Grandkids? She has 20
Mother of twelve, great grandmother of twenty-two
Oh so many, yet another grandchild due
Always at every church and family gathering
For each and every one of us, she tried to do everything
As my grandmom, I am lucky to have
Without her I wouldn't have my dad
She means so much to so many people
She was at this church back when it had the old steeple
And Grandmom that is why we are dedicating this kitchen
It can be yet another mark and memory of this church you can put a stitch in
So at every meal and gathering in this place
We will sit down and thank god for this "Kitchen of Grace"
By: Paul Gras 3rd
The King’s Choraliers in Full Concert
Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (Dinner Before)
AND they will worship with us at our 11:00 a.m. Sunday service (Mar. 15) and sing 3 special selections!!
We encourage as many folks as possible to attend with friends and family. (Our choir will only sing at the 9:30 service) . A small group from the Fellowship Committee will provide these gentlemen a “send-off” soup & sandwich luncheon following our service. Call Joanie (641-3759) for final details about Saturday’s event and especially if you must cancel.
PRIME-TIMERS SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - 6:00 P.M.
The Prime-Timers have experimented with meeting at noon on Saturdays to accommodate people who do not like to drive at night. We are finding that the noon hour isn't convenient for most people. Therefore we will go back to meeting at 6:00 p.m. from now on. Please change the time on your calendar.
This month the Prime-Timers will have their annual Lenten soup and bread meal. There will be several kinds of soup and different breads for us to enjoy. For our program, we will test your knowledge of the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord. Please join us in Madden Hall at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28th, for an evening of food and fellowship.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
BY TOM SOOY
It seems as if we will not be going to Boston and Vermont in May as we had planned. People were unable to travel with us for a variety of reasons, and most likely among them being the uncertainty of the economy. There are still those who want to go on the trip, but the small number of travelers would make the price prohibitive to them as well.
So perhaps until the volatile financial situation starts to correct itself, we will not take any extended trips in the foreseeable future. A few day trips are in the works, but for now that will be the extent of our roving this year.
I want to thank all of you for the many calls, cards, food, well-wishes and prayers these past few weeks. It means so much to me to know so many people care. God is good and he certainly has blessed us all with so many angels in our church. My therapy starts this week, so perhaps I can get back to church soon. I certainly do miss being there. Many thanks, again.
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George and I want to thank you for all the wonderful things you and your group did for us, too many to mention. The house is coming along pretty good; they plan to start painting today. They got the outside siding on the house and it really looks nice.
Thanks again for all of your help. We would have had a hard time if you all hadn’t helped us.
May God bless you and best wishes.
George & Betty Lou Reyer, Gulfport, MS
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It was such a pleasant surprise to get the beautiful Valentine gift bag with cards from the Sunday School children and teachers. You are all such a blessing. The cookies and cake were delicious and brightened our day.
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness. We love you kids!
Roger & Jinny Wolcott
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What a delightful surprise – my Valentine bag of goodies. The art work was wonderful. The cookies were so good and the cake was delicious.
Keep up the wonderful work you all do. It is deeply appreciated.
Bob & Irene Hunter
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Thank you so much for the donation of books from Absecon Presbyterian Church. We thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Donna Sweitzer, Our Lady’s Residence
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A great big Thank You for such a surprise Valentine gift bag. The cookies were so good – nice and crisp. The cranberry nut bread was just delicious. The decorated Valentine card, heart, and cross were all so attractive. Thank you all. And thank you to Emma who delivered them to my door.
You all touched my heart with such a caring gift.
With Christian Love,
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED MARCH 18-24
The church office will be closed while our administrative assistant is visiting family in Tucson. Gay will be back in the office 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 25.
WE’RE BACK ON THE WEB!
Recently the host server for our website closed. For a short time we were offline and several of you noticed. Louise Speitel and her son, Ken Marshall, spent hours researching and pricing new servers and registering our domain name. Through their hard work we are now back online at abseconpresby.org.
Louise and Ken have already made a few updates and will continue posting the Good News, the monthly calendar and our weekly email blast, “The Presby Post”.
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!
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.
1 9:30 Toshie Legg
11:00 Norman Johnson
8 9:30 Bill, Christina & Emma Cavage
11:00 Barbara Miller
15 9:30 Edith Budd
11:00 Frank & Marge Loeb
22 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Tina Brown
29 10:00 Janice Bond
1 9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
11:00 Tina Brown, Alice Smith
8 9:30 Joe Marshall, Anita Brown
11:00 Tom & Janice Piccirilli
15 9:30 Elaine Risley, Carol Thomas
11:00 Olga Davies, Jean Delesantro
22 9:30 Joe Marshall, Joyce Pfeiffer
11:00 Mary Bew, Betty Lloyd
29 10:00 Al & Ilsa Smith
8 9:30 David & Judy Stebbins
15 9:30 Russell Adkisson, Jr. & Russell Adkisson III
22 9:30 Scott Sabo, Bob Hudak, Sr.
29 10:00 Russell Adkisson, Jr. & Russell Adkisson III
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
1 9:30 Irene Hunter
11:00 Jean Delesantro
8 9:30 Carol Kleiner
11:00 Jean Delesantro
15 9:30 Ginny Davenport
11:00 Jean Delesantro
22 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Mary Bew
29 10:00 Barbara Miller
1 9:30 Jennifer Platt
8 9:30 Kira Greenlee
15 9:30 Dawn Lewis
22 9:30 Alice Malfi
29 10:00 Bob Hudak
1 Toshie Legg
8 Pat Hudak
15 Loretta Metz
22 Roger & Jinny Wolcott
29 Dawn Duran
Kirk & Melissa Sutton
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
1 Set-up – Elaine Wilkenloh
Cook – Bob Wilkenloh, Jean Delesantro
Clean-up – Warren & Alice Smith
8 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – John Harvey, Ed Little
Clean-up – Paul & Marjorie Hamer
15 Set-up – (open)
Cook – Warren & Alice Smith
Clean-up – Scott Sabo
22 Set-up – Elaine Wilkenloh
Cook – Bob Wilkenloh, Jo-ann Weller
Clean-up – Janet Gee
29 Set-up – Scott Sabo
Cook – Dan Hughes
Clean-up – Rita Abelson
A SYMBOL OF OUR IDENTITY
“God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8
Every year we give out a symbol token for Lent. We have given out little crosses, stones, nails, etc. Last year we gave the “Somebody Loves You” pins. This year we are giving out metal coins in the shape of a fish. The verse on them, Romans 5:8 above, reminds us what Lent is all about – a God whose love reached down to us while we were yet sinners. On the reverse side is the word “fish” in Greek – Ichthus is the transliteration. These coins have a hole to fit your key/neck chain or you may just carry them in your pocket or purse. These symbols were very powerful in the early church, so look at them often and be reminded of our identity.
See you in church (unless I’m fishing).
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