Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

September 2009


Verse of the Month: “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace” ~ Zechariah 8:16

By Chris Hughes



The Presbyterian Church at Absecon


208 New Jersey Avenue

Absecon, New Jersey 08201

Phone: 609-641-3759 Fax: 609-641-5125


Office email: absecon_presby@msn.com—Website: abseconpresby.org




September 6, Labor Day weekend, is our last summer schedule Sunday with one service.  The office will be closed on Labor Day, but starting that week we will be back on our regular schedule.  Session will meet Tuesday night, Sept. 8.  Bell Choir will begin that Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 and chancel choir will begin that same night at 7:45.

Sunday, Sept. 13, is Rally Day, and we will return to two services.  That is also the first day of Lions & Lambs which will meet for the first time at 11:00 a.m.  Our first Agape Luncheon will also be on that day, so come on out for a great fall kickoff event.

The schedule for Sundays starting on Sept. 13 is as follows:
              8:45 Breakfast is served (only $2)
              9:30 Worship and Sunday School
            10:40 Refreshments in Madden Hall
            11:00 Worship and Lions & Lambs
            12:15 Agape Luncheon (usually the first Sunday of the month)

Let’s hit the ground running!  See you there.


All of the winter and spring programs ran very smoothly due to the enthusiastic volunteers and teachers. Without Priscilla at the helm for Sunday School classes and the Church members support and attendance these vital Christian programs would not exist.

As we begin the new school year it is time to plan and prepare for our youth programs, adult education courses and other Christian Education programs. The 3 youth groups have a few changes this year which include days, times and leaders.   Priscilla has an article in the Good News regarding these changes.

We will keep you posted as to the dates of upcoming events and programs. Please plan to expand your spirituality by including yourself and your family members in our fine programs.

The next Christian Education Committee meeting is September 2nd at 7:00 pm.

Yours in Christ,
Gayle Ackerman


Our program is set to get back in full swing!  We have a wonderful staff of teachers and aides ready to share the Good News with our youth.  All class sizes are looking good with 8 or more students per class.  Our theme for the year will be “Seeking God’s justice and wisdom.”

On Rally Day everyone should arrive by 9:15 a.m. in the vestibule.  All teachers, aides, and kids will get organized by their class sign and prepare to march into the sanctuary.  We’ll be speaking from Zechariah 8:16, loudly, to kick off our theme, announce our presence, and glorify God. We’ll also be presenting Bibles to our 4th graders.

Our program continues to receive strong backing from the congregation. Sponsors have stepped forward to give their spiritual and financial support to the Sunday School.  Kay MacMillan went the extra mile and donated an incredible amount of school supplies for all the classrooms.  Furthermore, approximately twenty adults have stepped forward to teach, assist, and lead the Sunday School program and special events held throughout the year.  All these individuals have been extremely generous, and as a church we are extremely appreciative for their donation of time, talent, and treasure to work with the youth in His kingdom.

Our program structure remains the same.  Tom Sooy will continue to kick off the weekly lessons for all classes except Prek-K with his Jr. Sermons in the sanctuary.  (The Prek-K class begins in their classroom.)  After the Jr. Sermon all teachers, aides, and kids will head to their classes until church is out.  Grades 1-6 will attend a closing ceremony in the Game Room from 10:20-10:30 for puppet shows written Judy Stebbins and songs accompanied by guitar, keyboard, and drums.  On top of that, we’ll be trying to memorize five scripture verses this year beginning with Zechariah 8:16.  Yearly schedules will be sent home and posted.

There is plenty for all to do!  We are planning on having three Family Worship Sundays, five Mission Projects, a Christmas play, a Christmas pageant, and an Easter play.  There will be lots of Calls to Worship as each class is scheduled to appear at least two times during the year.  Rob Perry will be presenting special music with the 1st – 6th graders three times during the year.  Janna Beth Cobb will continue to accompany the Prek-K group on piano.  (I hear she’s hoping to have some of our young people play songs for our little ones as well.)  It’s wonderful to see so many people involved.

We never turn away helping hands in the Sunday School.  Classes take place from 9:30-10:30.  If you would like to help in any way, or if you would like to attend the Adult Sunday School Class please let me know.  You could help out or attend the class, eat refreshments from 10:30-11:00, and still attend the worship service from 11:00 to 12:00.          

I look forward to discovering how God will work with us this year.  Sometimes He works in mysterious ways, but He often works through us.  May God guide us and bless us as we work with our Sunday School this year.

In Christ’s love always,


On September 13th at the 9:30 service our 4th graders will receive gift Bibles from Absecon Presbyterian Church.  We are pleased to announce the following fourth graders will be receiving their Bibles. Congratulations to them all.

Alexis Mazzatta, Annie McManus, Kassie Little, Emma Cavage, Elena Achanizo

Programming 11:00-12:00
Lunch 12:00-12:30

Starting in September Lions and Lambs will be meeting from 11:00 to 12:00.  This is the youth program for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. 
The program will build from the Sunday School lesson taught earlier that day.  This program will reinforce the theme of the day with active games, craft projects, mission outreach, and music.  I guess you could call that “Fun and Games with a Purpose.”  We really will be having fun!

The program will be planned and operated by parents so the whole family gets involved.  The congregation will become acquainted with this group at the Agape lunches where we will probably lead the grace or perform a skit, or at the closing of the 11:00 am worship service.

While we are running our program for the elementary age kids we will open the nursery from 11:00-12:00 for younger siblings and infants.  That way the whole family can stay.  Preschoolers in the nursery will be able to play games and make a crafts too.  Everyone can gather for lunch in Madden Hall from 12:00-12:30.

We’re really excited about the good times and fun that we’ll be having while learning about God’s love and purpose for us.  We hope you’ll join us in this excitement and try something new.  See Priscilla about the registration forms available starting in August.  Come join our “Fun with a Purpose.”        


Our own Jim Wooding has led our Lions & Lambs and Kids for Christ for many years.  Starting this fall the Lions & Lambs program was to be moved to a group of parents under Priscilla so Jim’s position would only have been with Kids for Christ.  But on August 24 Jim resigned from all youth work.

The KFC program will now be included with the high school group under Karen Muldoon and Jack Cobb.

Jim had a pivotal role in the lives of our younger kids these last 11 years.  They loved him, and he will be sorely missed.

Jim, we thank you for your service to our youth and to our church.  You really made a difference.


What a great summer.  If you haven't seen the surfing pics yet they are on the bulletin board. 

We had a pool party at my house.  On the way Jack and the group stopped to visit with Jan Baker. 

Back in May we started our vegetable bed.  I'm sorry to announce I missed when the cucumbers were ready, but we did get a basket full of peppers over to the food bank.  We will probably have one more basketful to take in about a week. 

Our formal meetings will be starting up again September 14th 6-8 p.m. in Madden Hall.  Hope to see you there.  If you have questions or suggestions please call me @ 926-8440.



Jack Cobb and Karen Muldoon are excited about the merger of Kids For Christ and the Senior Youth groups this fall.  They will meet on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. beginning on September 14th.  They kick off each meeting with dinner.  Then they hold an organizational meeting, Bible study, and activity.  Jack and Karen keep this group hopping with their creativity, projects, and events.  All kids between 6th and 12th grade are eligible to come out to this new group.  Karen and Jack expect this to be a great arrangement and look forward to making many new friends.


The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, September 12, at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be eggs.

We haven’t met for three months, so come and join us.  It’s a time to start over.


The pastor’s Monday Bible study will begin September 14 at 1:15 in Cobb Lounge.  This is a great time to get involved in Bible study, make new friends and keep up with our prayer needs at the church.


The book for our discussion in September is “The Faith Club” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.  “The Faith Club” weaves the story of 3 women, their 3 religions, and their quest to understand one another.

After September 11 Ranya Idliby, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent, faced constant questions about Islam, god, and death from her children, the only Muslims in their classroom.  Ranya reached out to two other mothers to write an interfaith children’s book that would highlight the connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  After just a few meetings, however, the women realized that they themselves needed an honest and open environment where they could admit and discuss their concerns, stereotypes, and misunderstandings.  After hours of soul searching about the issues that divided them, they grew close enough to discover and explore what united them.

Please join us in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 23.


After taking the summer off the Women’s Circles will continue in September with the study of Luke.  Our Bible study this month will center on two very familiar stories.  The first lesson is perhaps Jesus most famous parable: “The Good Samaritan”.  Then we will look at the healing of the ten lepers – yet only one returns to thank Jesus.  If you want to read ahead you can find them in Luke 10:25-37 and Luke 17:11-19.

The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 2.  The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius Friday, September 4, at 1:00 P.M.  The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, September 10.  All women of the congregation are encouraged to come out to the circle that best fits your schedule.  Please join us for study and fellowship.


     A new State Inspector is coming to inspect the Mayberry jail and Barney arrests Otis to “dress up the place.”  During the inspection, misunderstanding and mishaps put our Mayberry force in jeopardy of impeachment!


     My, o my!  How will it all ever work out?  That question will be answered on Friday, SEPTEMBER 18th, at 6 pm.  This will be our first gathering of the 8th season.  A new record!  Come on out, bring a pot luck dish, and join us for a screening of “The Inspector.”

     So join us in Madden Hall at 6 pm on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, for a wonderful night of food, entertainment and discussion.

Remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonadeis always cold.


There is a sign up sheet on the lobby bulletin board for a course called “Christianity’s Family Tree”.  This will compare our similarities and differences with our sister churches in the reformed tradition – Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, etc.  There is a video, short lecture, and discussion group format.  The courses last year were well attended and enjoyable.  The pastor and Gerry will teach jointly.




Here we are, at the start of a whole new season in the life of the church.  Our 150th Anniversary Celebration seems like a distant memory, and yet several more activities have been planned for the remainder of the year.  If I may say so myself, I feel the Special Music has been wonderful this summer: our Men’s Chorus, Jim Commander, Sharon Neff, and the amazing Holland Family, to mention just a few.  Several times over the summer visitors have come up to me and said how amazing it is to hear a CONGREGATION SING as we do.  I, too, marvel week after week, year after year, at the willingness of our congregation to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

As we gear up for the Fall season I would like to extend the invitation to all those voices in the congregation to join in our Music Ministry and become part of the Choir.  Our first rehearsal will be Thursday, September 10, at 7:45 p.m.  I think back to a song “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir”.  It says some “sing low and some sing higher, some sing out loud on the telephone wire, some clap their hands or paws or anything they got now!”

If singing to the glory of God may not be enough of a motivation to join the choir, I offer these light-hearted Top Ten Reasons to join:
# 10   You’re running out of clean clothes and the robes offer a whole new wardrobe option.
#9     You’ve been called for jury duty and want to get used to sitting with a group.
#8     The church is so full you want to have a guaranteed seat.
#7     The collection plate is not passed to the choir.
#6     The clock is in the back of the sanctuary and you are the first to know when it is 12 o’clock.
#5     You get to hear Rev. Cobb, up close and personal.
#4     For years you wanted to know who sat behind you but were always afraid to turn around.
#3    You’ve been known to nod off during the sermon and do not want the preacher to catch you.
#2    The pews in the choir loft are the most comfortable seats in the church.

And the # 1 reason to join the choir:  Your favorite movie is Sister Act!

Until next time…..see you in the Choir Loft!



Many thanks to those who responded to our recent request for sponsors to replace much needed hymnals for our sanctuary.  Following is a partial list of dedications.  Once all have been received a full list will be included in a future Sunday bulletin.

In Memory Of:
            Ethan Dullea by The Sabo Family
            Edwin W. Brangenberg by Roger & Jinny Wolcott
            Philip & Margaret Anderson by Paul & Marjorie Hamer
            M. Evelyn Cashner by Donald & Debora Wong

In Honor Of:
            Barbara Morgan by Loretta Metz
            The Hamer Families by Paul & Marjorie Hamer



Earlier in the year we had learned of the upcoming retirement of Ted and Sue Wright, the Missionaries in Africa we have supported for a number of years.  We thank God for those years of sacrifice they gave in the mission field.

It is with joy we announce our sponsorship of a husband and wife mission team in Kenya.  Dr. Salvador de la Torre and his wife Irma serve the church and our Lord, working with HIV/AIDS victims in this poverty stricken country.  They run a clinic that treats over 9,000 people a month!  You can read more about the de la Torres and their work in a special spotlight report elsewhere in this issue.  We ask for your continued support and prayers for these dedicated people.  Updates on the work of the de la Torres will appear in future “Good News” articles.

A few Sundays ago we were blessed to have Lisa Whittaker speak at our worship service.  Lisa talked of the seemingly difficult aspects of ministry, and yet proved, by her personal experiences, that with God’s help, all things are possible.

As always I would like to thank our entire congregation family for the support it gives our committee in prayer, financial support and the hands on work of our committee members and friends.    


At this point we are scheduled to stay in Grace House the third or fourth week of February.  Grace House is a large mission house associated with the church in Gulfport where we stayed last year. 

This is the last year that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be doing work in the Gulfport area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Please call or email the church office if you are interested.  An organizational meeting will be held in the fall. This trip will follow the same one week time period and type of work projects as previous years.



Our women’s circles will be making up care packages for all of our college students.  We need profile information for each of our students so we can be sure to include everyone.  Please return the following information to the church office through the offering plate or email absecon_presby@msn.com as soon as dorm assignments are received.


Please print clearly
Student Name: ______________________________________________________

College/University: __________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________



E-mail: ___________________________________________________________

Birthday: __________________________________________________________

Major: ____________________________________________________________

Projected year of Graduation: __________________________________________
Photograph of Salvador and Irma de la Torre.MEET OUR NEW MISSIONARIES!

Dr. Salvador and Irma de la Torre    
PO. Box 857
Post Code 00606
Sarit Center
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: Salvador and Irma de la Torre
Email: Salvador and Irma de la Torre 2

Dr. Salvador and Irma de la Torre are a husband and wife doctor-nurse team who have extensive teaching and clinical experience at hospitals and universities in Mexico, Haiti, and Kenya.

Sal is a consultant to the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHOK), the overarching agency for all Christian hospitals, including three hospitals of PC(USA)’s partner church, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).  He helps medical institutions improve their management systems.

Sal is also the project manager for the U.S. government-sponsored aid program for people with HIV/AIDS, which is called PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  In this role, Salvador makes sure that the 9,000 patients with HIV get the drugs and the equipment necessary for anti-retroviral therapy for HIV.

Irma helps the PCEA set up primary schools and builds community leadership.

During their prior appointment the de la Torres were on staff at Kikuyu Hospital in Kikuyu, Kenya, a mission hospital of the PCEA.  Kikuyu Hospital is the oldest mission hospital in Kenya, established in 1908, and currently has three units: the General Hospital, the Eye Unit, and the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Unit.  It is located about 20 kilometers from Nairobi in an agricultural area.

The de la Torres have served in mission with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) previously, in Haiti from 1977 to 1982, and in Zambia from 1986 to 1996.

Salvador was born in Mexico and educated at the National University Autonomous of Mexico.  He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, and science from the Escuela Preparatoria; a medical and surgery degree from the Faculty of Medicine; and a degree as specialist in administration of institutions of higher education from the division of postgraduate studies at the Business Administration School.

Irma is also a native of Mexico, born in Yajalon, Chiapas.  She earned a nursing degree at La Luz Hospital in Morelia, Michoacan, which is associated with the University of Mexico.

Irma and Salvador have three adult children - Jesus Salvador, Ana Rosa, and Rodrigo.  The de la Torres are members of the Presbyterian Church of Yajalon, Chiapas, Mexico. 
Birthdays:    Irma - April 10    Salvador - January 15


Thank you for having me come and share in August.  It is always so good to see everyone and I appreciate all your encouraging words and support.

I did not have time to share all that took place on my last trip.  Before going to Afghanistan, I was in Kyrgystan where the staff held a reunion of those who had done a Discipleship Training School there.  They invited me to come and share, as I had led the first school back in 1996.  Our school was very international, so most of our students live around the world.  However we had one of our graduates that is still local, there in Bishkek, Kygystan.  He is now a pastor of a church and I had not seen him since graduation back in 1996.  It was a wonderful reunion and so encouraging to hear all God has done.  He kept telling all the others that I had "raised" him.  The truth of the matter is, he was a brand new Christian when he came to our school.  His life had been quite a wreck prior to that time and God did amazing things in his heart throughout the school.  He was changed so dramatically, that I actually saw a change in his countenance.  It was amazing to meet all the people who completed schools and to see a new wave of Christian workers being raised up in a country that just 20 years ago proclaimed atheism 
throughout it's educational system.

September, I will again be teaching and training in 2 very different locations.  In the beginning of September, I will be in Kiev, Ukraine to teach at our University's staff conference.  Then later in the month I will be in Brazil to teach in a workshop specifically designed for school staff.

Lisa Whitaker (Youth With A Mission)




Budget for 2009                                                                                                      $225,636.00
Budgetary needs through June 28                                                $112,840.00

Our giving through June 28                                                                                    $ 82,822.05
Investment Income                                                                                                $    8,773.96
Rental Income (net)                                                                   $ 13,166.15
            Total                                                                                                            $104,762.16

Amount under budget                                                                                             $    8,077.84


Budget for 2009                                                                                                      $225,636.00
Budgetary needs through July 26                                                 $ 130,200.00

Our giving through July 26                                                                                    $ 94,586.88
Investment Income                                                                                               $ 10,133.02
Rental Income (net)                                                                  $ 15,950.15
            Total                                                                                                           $120,670.05

Amount under budget                                                                                            $9,529.95

Average weekly giving by month
















Our giving during July held up well when compared to the previous months even though giving usually drops off during the summer.  It is noteworthy that our investment income for all of 2009 from the McMullin Trust will be $4,777.55 less then we received in 2008 as reported in the Annual Report.  This will negatively impact the funding of the 2009 budget.

One final comment worthy of mentioning in this report: The figures above for June represent our financial status for half of 2009.  Most churches are heavily dependent on what their members pledge and give and proceeds generated as a result of fundraisers such as dinners, bazaars, cake, soup, cookie sales, etc.

We are in the unusual position of being able to fund a significant part of our budget with investment and rental income.  Because of this we have gotten away from adding to our giving by having these more traditional fundraisers.  If this investment and rental income were not forthcoming, we would be $30, 017.95 short of funding our $225,636.00 budget at the half year point instead of $8,077.84.

Gerald W. Hoenes, Stewardship Chairperson


The summer was a good one.  We had little vandalism and several people came and helped out in special ways:



Well, we finally have our new columbarium in place.  It was delivered on Tuesday, August 4, 2009.  We only had one little problem when the truck carrying the columbarium got stuck in the soft earth.  Otherwise, everything went as planned and the columbarium was set in place before noon.  This would not have happen without planning and a lot of hard work.  I want to thank Russell Atkinson and John Harvey for prepping the area.  They had to remove 25 feet of fence, cut low hanging tree branches, and haul a lot of dirt.  I was unable to be at the cemetery on Tuesday and want to thank Reverend Cobb, Jerry Hoenes, Carol Kleiner, Norm Johnson, and Ron Pfeiffer for supervising the installation.
We have set prices for niches in the columbarium as follows:
                        Single niche                               $600.00
                        Double niche                             $1000.00
                        Companion niche                       $1200.00

I want to take a moment to explain the difference between the three different types of niches.  A single niche will hold one urn containing the ashes of one person.  A double niche will hold two urns one behind the other, and contain the ashes of two people.  A companion niche will hold two urns side by side and contain the ashes of two people.  Also, a companion niche will have a larger face plate than a double niche.
At our last Cemetery meeting it was decided to continue the 10% discount until we dedicate the columbarium.  We would like to have a walkway completed before we dedicate the columbarium.  I think it will be a few months before the dedication.  So, if you are interested in saving some money, call the church office at your earliest convenience.

I will try to keep you abreast of any new developments.

God Bless,
Jim Maurer


As summer begins to wind down the Fellowship Committee is planning on some fun Fall activities.  Beginning on Saturday, September 26th, we will again have our Yard Sale from 8 am to 2 pm which runs in conjunction with Absecon Fall Festival.  Anyone who is interested in selling their "stuff" can purchase a table for $10 (there will be NO nearly new table).  See Priscilla Schultheis if you are interested in having a table at this event.  A light breakfast will be sold curbside from 8 am to 10 am and lunch will follow from 11 am to 1 pm.  Anyone interested in helping to set up tables at 6 am, work the breakfast shift or help to grill hamburgs and hot dogs, please see Kris Jenoriki.

On Saturday, October 17th, we will be  having a pork and sauerkraut dinner prepared by Nancy Sooy and company at 5 pm with a concert to follow in the sanctuary by Tom Sooy and Tom Piccirilli.  Tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 20th, for $5/adult and $3/child.  Make sure to save this date for an entertaining evening.

Our Applefest will be held Friday, October 30th, from 6-8 pm.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $4/adult and $2/child (under 6 years of age).  Entertainment is being planned for the evening and will be announced at a later date.  Anyone interested in making pies, breads, etc. can sign up on the board in the foyer in September or contact Kris Jenoriki or Tina Brown.

The Fellowship Committee will be selling cranberries and various related baked items, sauces, etc. on Sunday, November 8th, and Sunday, November 15th, from 8:30 through 11:00 am in Madden Hall.  Anyone interested in baking anything, please see Kris Jenoriki or Tina Brown.

Mark your calendars for our Soup Sale on Sunday, January 10th, and Sunday, February 14th.  More details will be in a future Good News.

The next meeting for this committee will be Tuesday, December 1st, at 7 pm in Cobb Lounge.  Thanks to all who support our work.

Yours in Christ,
Kris Jenoriki


Gayle Ackerman again wishes to thank all of the helpers who cooked, set-up and cleaned up for the Sunday Breakfasts.

At 8:45 a.m. on September 13 we will begin serving Sunday breakfast again.  Bacon and eggs are on the menu.  We are pleased to have Jo-Ann Weller as the new "Chief of the Breakfast Club”.  Jo-ann was recently ordained as a deacon and has helped out with breakfast in the past.  There is a sign up list in the lobby for cooks, helpers, and clean up.  We need your help.

WHAT A BARGAIN - $2.00 for a full breakfast every Sunday at 8:45 am. YOU CAN'T BEAT IT!!


I hope all of you have had good summer vacations, visits, and good times, etc, and are ready to start a new season.  The program for this next meeting will be given by Mrs. Trudy Imlay about her German-Russian heritage, and should be interesting.  Also at this meeting I will be passing the gavel on to Joanna Howell, who will be the new Evergreens leader.  Being your leader for almost six years has been a wonderful experience for me as I have come to know you all better.  I thank all of you for your support and assistance.  I know Joanna will bring some fresh ideas to the group, so let's keep Evergreens growing!!  Don't forget to bring your sandwich and a friend.  Dessert and beverage will be served.


Lunch Bunch will meet at th' Pirates’s Cove restaurant in Brigantine at high tide (noon) on Septembree 9. Th' restaurant be all th' way t' th' north o' th' isle, arrr on th' ocean side.

If ye need a ride meet at th' church at 11:30.  Aye, me parrot concurs.  Gar.


Agape Luncheons will begin again starting September 13 following the 11:00 worship service.  We will be serving a brunch of strata, biscuits, and fresh fruit salad ($5/$3).

The theme will be “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”.  Anyone attending the luncheon who spent time traveling/vacationing this summer is welcome to share.  Bring your stories, pictures, videos, etc.  We’d love to hear about your summer!

See you in Madden Hall!

Our first event this season will be a favorite, a trip to the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ to see the musical comedy “1940s Radio Hour” on Wednesday, September 16.  As we did last year, we will have lunch at 11:30 A.M. at the Bayberry Inn in Ship Bottom, NJ proceeding the 2:00 P.M. performance.

We will assemble at the church at 10:30 A.M. to arrange rides for everyone.  We will be leaving the church at 10:40 A.M. promptly, so please don’t be late.

If you signed up for this event and have not ordered your entrée and/or not paid, please contact Gerry Reedell or Barbara Maurer.


The Fellowship Committee is hosting a Holiday Festival and Craft Show on Saturday, November 21, from 10:00 – 5:00.  Aside from many crafters and vendors, including “Pampered Chef”, there will be food, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Clause, a bake sale, and door prizes.

We will need donated baked goods and volunteers to help set up, decorate, clean up and man the kitchen.  Anyone interested in helping please call Janice Piccirilli at 652-2850.


Our 150th Anniversary Committee is planning to celebrate and acknowledge our current, 50 yrs or more, members of this Church.  This will take place after the monthly luncheon on Oct. 4, right after the 11:00 AM service, in Madden Hall.  We will be sending invitations to these people.  If you DO  NOT  receive an invitation and you would be one of these members,  please contact Carol Thomas (641-4089) or Elaine Risley (646-2859).  We do not want to overlook anyone who has been a member 50 years or more.


     The response to our 2010 trip to “THE OTHER IRELAND” has been a huge success.   As of today, we only have 5 seats left.  The tour company had said that getting a group together anymore is almost impossible; well I guess we again prove that with God, all things are possible.  This is the youngest and most diverse group we have ever had on an extended trip.

      If you have ever dreamed of traveling to the Emerald Isle, this is your opportunity, but time is running out! 

    For more information or reservation, see Tom or call him at 965-1665 or even email at tomsooy2004@yahoo.com.

     So let’s keep on travelin’.              





Our own Joel Kelly will be ordained and installed at the Hodges Presbyterian Church in Hodges, South Carolina on September 27.  Joel and Pam have asked our pastor to speak at this service.  The Cobb’s will be away from September 24-30.

Our own Tom Sooy will speak here at both services while Pastor is away.

We rejoice that someone from our church has achieved this milestone in Christian Service.  Joel and Pam thank everyone for their help and support over the years.  Joel was sponsored by our church and his liaison to Presbytery was our clerk of session, Gay Channell.


We extend our condolences and gratitude for the lives of five of our members who went home to be with the Lord in July and August.  They are listed below in order of their funeral dates.  Most were buried in our cemetery.

Evelyn Cashner, July 25 – Evelyn was buried out of our church after being a member for 13 years.  Her daughter, Patti, and granddaughter, Devon, are well known.  Evelyn helped with congregational events, was part of Bible studies and book studies, and will be remembered for her cheerful smile and determined spirit.

Florence Musarra, July 27 – Florence joined our church 13 years ago, but suffered from Alzheimer’s disease the last few years of her life.  She had a captivating smile and was an elegant dresser.  She was well remembered at her funeral which was packed.

Joan Birkbeck, July 30 – Joan was a member here for 55 years.  She, too, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and her husband, Roy, cared for her at home for 20 years.  Joan was known for many things in our church including square dancing, crafts, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, etc.  She was one of our most successful bazaar chairmen.  She was a worker, a teacher, a great mother and wife, and wonderful Christian woman.  Even after all the years she was out of touch, the church was still filled.  People remembered.

Linda Wallen, August 6 – Linda had been a member only two years when she died.  She was a great teacher, decorator, mother, wife, and business woman.  She died young (61) and the funeral home was packed.  Her daughter, Sherri Callahan, is also a member.

Bill Bagot, August 6 – Bill had been a member for 19 years, and a member of Pleasantville Presbyterian for a long time before that.  Bill spent 20 years caring for Wanda, his wife, who died in 2006.  After that he was consumed with his own health needs.  Bill was an editor and designer at the FAA.  He has three children, Keith, Stephanie, and Karen.  Karen is an active member of our church and one of our senior youth directors.  Bill had many friends in our church who truly mourn his loss.  He raised orchids and would give them away to many of us.

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.” ~ Revelation 14:13


At the recent Atlantic County Senior Art Show Reception held at Atlantic County Library System in Ventnor, those who won awards are:

Nancy Swank ~ 3rd in acrylic, nonprofessional
Jill Williamson - 2nd in mixed media, nonprofessional
William Downer - 1st in pastel, professional
Ruth Bird - 1st in drawing, nonprofessional and Best of Show

First place winners in nine categories advance to the New Jersey State Seniors exhibit and competition held later this year, date and location not yet announced.


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My deepest appreciation to all my fellow deacons for that beautiful fruit basket and get well prayers.

Love you all!
Jan Baker

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Many thanks to all my church friends for your thoughtful cards, visits, calls and prayers. Special thanks to the deacons for the fruit basket.

It is so good to be back worshipping with you in church!

Jean Delesantro

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We would like to thank Rev. Cobb, Tom Sooy and Gay Channell for their part in Mom’s funeral.  It meant a lot to have you be a part of it.

Also thanks go to Carol Thomas and the Deacons for helping out with the luncheon after the service.

Jim, Patti and Devon Morris


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6   10:00 Carol Thomas
13   9:30 Dan & Barbara Hughes
     11:00 Joanna Howell
20   9:30 Bob & Lucy Jerue
     11:00 Frances Weir
27   9:30 Carmela Thomas
     11:00 Frances Weir


6   10:00 Scott Sabo
13   9:30 Janice Bond
     11:00 Jerry Hoenes
20   9:30 Louise Speitel
     11:00 Karen Muldoon
27   9:30 Scott Sabo
     11:00 Alice Smith


6   10:00 Bob & Irene Hunter
13   9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
20   9:30 Elaine Risley & Carol Thomas
     11:00 Olga Davies & Tina Brown
27   9:30 Bob & Lucy Jerue
     11:00 Paul & Marjorie Hamer


6   Bob Hudak & Eddie Haldeman
13 Bill & Ginny Davenport
20 Richard & Doris Wood
27 Jack & Dottie Hanlon


6   10:00 Mary Bew
13   9:30 Ginny Davenport
     11:00 Jean Delesantro
20   9:30 Carol Kleiner
     11:00 Mary Bew
27   9:30 Carol Thomas
     11:00 Jean Delesantro


6 Jaynie Perry, Jacob Perry


6   Dawn Lewis
13 Alice Malfi
20 Bob Hudak
27 Jennifer Platt


6   Dawn Lewis
13 Dawn Duran
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27 open




“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:4, 6-7

This has been a great summer for me – Hawaii, Pocono Mountains, family trips to Massachusetts, etc.  But I must admit that events of the summer have been a contrast that is unnerving.  For instance, every time I planned to go away someone died.  There have been so many funerals I almost fear coming home to perhaps more bad news.  But the congregation has supported our grieving families.  Some who haven’t been to church in a while are returning.  We do have the ability to comfort one another, and that is a strength.  People tell me they come to church for peace, comfort, and support.

Another area that is unnerving is transition.  Two of our strongest groups, Evergreens and Sunday breakfast, have had the same good leaders for years.  This spring the leadership stepped down.  But Joanna Howell has agreed to lead Evergreens and Jo-ann Weller has agreed to lead Sunday breakfast.  Not only that, when Jim Wooding stepped down as youth director in August Karen and Jack agreed to absorb KFC kids into their youth group.  God does provide as we wait on Him.  We have a new course on denominations starting soon and we expect to have a sharing group up and running very soon.  Lions and Lambs has a whole new look as the parents have agreed to run the program under Priscilla.  Three months ago I was afraid programs would fall apart, and now we have new programs and new leadership.  God always has something new up His sleeve for us, and He will continue to surprise us.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the summer was the Leek House.  The committee struggled with this decision, but the session was unanimous that the house was a good investment and our best hope of increasing our parking, building and income base.  Many of you disagreed, and the motion passed by only two votes.  But what happened next was the shocker.  The Presbytery, which was going to loan us the money, said they wanted it paid back in five years.  We needed $80,000 and a fifteen year loan because that was the only way to keep the house paying for itself as the expected rent would only cover the fifteen year monthly payments.  The Presbytery had asked us to run a special fundraiser, and the session approved.  The only way the house could pay for itself was if we reduced the loan from $80,000 to $40,000.  We had never raised that kind of money in a special appeal, and summer fundraisers had always been so poor we stopped doing them, but the Leek House raised enough to reduce the principle to $40,000 plus pay the closing costs.  Not only that, a casino warehouse donated new carpeting and volunteers are fixing the electrical problems.  We have already had people inquire about renting the house.  God is always in charge, isn’t He?

I don’t know why, but I find myself getting more anxious as I grow older.  I get tense just planning a Sunday picnic.  God keeps reminding me that I serve a God who is in control.  He has a plan.

On September 27 I will be speaking at Joel Kelly’s ordination.  Joel took nearly two years to get a call, but he is ecstatic over this one.  The manse in Hodges has a garden and layout that Joel and Pam love.  They are both southern so South Carolina is home country.  The church loves them, and they love the church.  The happy Joel is back.  I know what I’m going to tell him when I see him - “Yes, Joel, there is a God.”  God’s been telling me that all summer.  I just didn’t listen.  I’m so glad He is patiently getting through to many of us.



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