Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

October 2009

Verse of the Month:“And he said to humankind, ‘Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’” ~ Job 28:28

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

 

CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH

God bless our faithful pastors--they dedicate us, baptize us, marry us, bury us--and hold a special place in our hearts. We honor them, the sheep-watchers of the flock of God, and ask God's blessing and anointing on their lives and ministry. Many thanks to Pastor Cobb and Pastor Gerry

WORLD COMMUNION TO BE OBSERVED OCTOBER 5

Please plan on being with us at either service on October 5 as we gather at our Lord’s Table with believers around the world.

 

This is always special, even more so this year with so much going on in the world.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS

The Rally Day Kick off went well.  If you were there, you couldn’t miss the parade!  About 82 of us chanted “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 4:16”.  We gave out Bibles to our 4th graders, and recited Zechariah 8:16.  All classes met and grades 1-6 had their closing in the game room.

Highlights and Up Coming Events

 

Thank you all for coming out and supporting Rally Day.  Every year brings new challenges and discoveries.  May you find a way to make God your number #1 priority.  May you discover how much God loves you and how good it is to have Christian friends.

In Christ’s love always,
Priscilla

LIONS AND LAMBS KICKS OFF ON SEPTEMBER 13

Lions and Lambs met for the first time in the new configuration on Sunday, September 13th, from 11:00-12:00 with lunch to follow from 12:00-12:30.  The Agape Lunch was served on September 13th so the Lions and Lambs group which consisted of 12-13 kids and about 8 adults prepared a grace to sing before the meal.  The kids went out to the field behind Pastor Cobb’s house to play two games.  When they returned, the group prepared its first mission project which involved sharing the meaning of God’s justice through Isaiah 56:1 and 61: 7.  To show how God will give to you a double portion of the justice you will receive, we bagged a double portion of Kit Kats, Hershey’s Kisses, lollipops, and tootsie rolls and gave them along with the scripture to all who attended the Agape Lunch.

We’re off to a good start and will work to keep this program a fun extension of the teachings from Sunday School.  We call it Fun with a Purpose.  Hope to see you all next Sunday. 

In Christ’s love,
Priscilla

SENIOR YOUTH GROUP + KFC

If you haven't heard yet, we have temporarily merged the two groups.  We had our first meeting Monday.  I would like to thank the parents who stayed.  We touched on a lot of topics, dinners, rides etc.  If your child will be joining this group please let me know ASAP.  I need a head count so that I start organizing the dinner schedule.  The ages of the group are 11-18 (grades six thru twelve).  That is a big age difference.  In the past we have had guest speakers to teach us how to budget money or how to ace a job interview.  This isn't going to interest the 11-14 year olds.  If anyone has any suggestions on topics that would be of interest to ALL the kids please let me know.  I do have a few things in the works.  One is my friend, Amy, who has recently returned from Africa on a mission trip.  She will be coming to speak.  This will most likely be on a Sunday after church, as she also runs a youth program at her church on Monday nights.  Another will be a trip to Scullville's Haunted Junkyard in October. 

As always Jack and I are looking forward to the new year.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please call me at 926-8440. 

Thanks, 
Karen, co-director

 

DOUG JABLONSKI MEN’S FELLOWSHIP OCT. 3 COMMUNION BREAKFAST

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, for communion and a time of sharing.

Afterward we will move to Madden Hall for breakfast.

Come join us!

WOMEN’S CIRCLE MEETINGS

As we continue our Bible study of the Gospel of Like, our first reading (Luke 13:10-17) finds Jesus teaching in the synagogue.  While there, he sees a woman who has been crippled for 18 years.  Jesus calls her forward and heals her.  In our second reading (Luke 14:1-6) Jesus is invited to eat at the home of a prominent Pharisee.  Jesus sees a man with dropsy and heals him.  Both these healings take place on the Sabbath which was against the Jewish law.  In these controversial healings, Jesus shows that it is more important for this man and this woman to be liberated from bodies that have held them captive for years, and to be restored to wholeness even on the Sabbath.

The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 2.  The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 7th, in Cobb Lounge.  The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 8.

NEW MEMBERS CLASS TO START OCTOBER 18

Church membership is a privilege and an opportunity to make friends, express faith, and be of service.  It is a point of identifying ourselves as members of the household of faith.

Joining church is not difficult, but there is a process of three classes on Sunday afternoons starting October 18 at 4:00 p.m.  We will discuss faith, church history, and the programs at our church, etc.

On Tuesday, November 3, you will be received by the elders.  (In a Presbyterian church only the elders can receive you as a member.) 

Pray about this.  Joining church may be one of the most significant things you will ever do.

Pastors Gerry Reedell and Dave Cobb will teach these classes.

NEWS FROM MAYBERRY

     Before Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Norman Bates, Chucky, Pinhead, Leatherface and other boogeymen, there was the ghost of Old Man Rimshaw’s hired hand.  Supposedly, he haunts an abandoned house in Mayberry. This story is about different kinds of “spirits” and how we handle our fears.  It also asks the question: “Do YOU believe in ghosts?”
     My, o my!   How will it all turn  out?  That question will be answered on Friday, OCTOBER 16th, at 6 pm.  This will be the second gathering of our 8th season.  A new record!  Come on out, bring a pot luck dish, and join us for a screening of “The Haunted House.”
     So, join us in Madden Hall at 6 pm on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th, for a wonderful night of food, entertainment and discussion.

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

NEWS FROM THE VISIONING TEAM - A.I. IS COMING SATURDAY, NOV. 14th

What is A.I. you might ask.  Wasn’t there a movie by that name? 

In the case of our upcoming event, A.I. stands for “Appreciative Inquiry.”

This will be an all-day event co-sponsored by our Visioning Team and the West Jersey Presbytery.   Your input at this event will help guide our Visioning Team as we go forward.

Want to know more? 

This promises to be a fun day of worshipful work.  It will celebrate all things positive about our church and our world.  We will be inquiring into what is best and most appreciated by all of you about our church.  Looking to the future means taking the good and making it better. 

Please be a part of this important event.  Everyone is invited. There is no charge. It will run from 8:30am until 4pm in Madden Hall.   Snacks and sandwiches will be provided.  Just come out and enjoy the day.  Mark it on your calendar and be prepared to sign up soon. 

The members of our Visioning Team will be coordinating this effort with 2 consultants from the Presbytery.  The members of our team are:  Bob and Lucy Jerue (moderators), Barbara Morgan, Lee Wolf, John Harvey, Tina Brown, Scott Sabo and Pastor Cobb.  Each of our meetings is also attended by Rev. Ellie Cowherd of the West Jersey Presbytery.  

See any of us for more information.   Your prayers for the work of this Visioning Team are appreciated. 

Lucy Jerue

 


REV. GERRY REEDELL TO PREACH AT BOTH SERVICES OCTOBER 11

Our own parish associate, Gerry Reedell, will speak on Columbus Weekend while the pastor is away with the youth. 

Gerry speaks every year, and her messages are always well received.

 

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy

Our Music Ministry is off to a great start this new season.  The Choir and Bell Choir are both rehearsing on Thursday evenings.  New music by each group will be a meaningful addition to our worship services.  Our young people’s Choir Chimes will be playing in a few weeks.  So, you can see, and HEAR that great things are happening here at Absecon Presbyterian Church.

 

And, if you have been attending worship in the last few weeks, you will also see and hear that we are learning new Doxologies and Benediction Responses. 

 

This past week I played for a funeral of a friend’s mother at another church and Nancy was with me.  After the service we both commented how weak and poor the congregational singing was.  Hymns like “There is a Balm in Gilead” and “The Old Rugged Cross” would have shaken the rafters at our church, but there – a mumbling at best.  Thank God for the Spirit-filled hearts of our congregation that allow us to truly make a JOYFUL NOISE each week!

 

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

TOM

 


MISSION AND EVANGELISM By Tom Sooy

I hope you read the profile of our new missionaries in the last edition of the Good News.  We hope to have some news from the De La Torre’s soon and we will keep you posted.

The committee will be meeting in October to develop and approve the new Mission Budget. 

We will be going to Gulfport again in February of 2010. So far, eighteen people have expressed interest in going and more volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

Speaking of being welcomed, it is the evangelism work of each member of the congregation to be sure to welcome visitors to our church.  Too often visitors are bypassed in the Sharing of the Peace and at other times, in favor of those we know.  If you sit near, or spot someone you do not recognize, introduce yourself, invite them to Coffee Hour, introduce them to the pastor and most importantly, introduce them to others in the congregation.  In general make them feel WELCOMED!

The annual CROP WALK for World Hunger is October 18th.  We need someone to coordinate our church’s participation in this worthwhile event.  If you would like out help out, see Rev. Cobb, Tom Sooy or any member of the Mission Committee.          

I wish to thank the Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship group for being the first to meet the $72 challenge for supplying emergency for to feed a family of five through Church World Service.  And a big thank you to Rev. Reedell for working with our Circle Groups to raise a second $72. It is amazing what God can do with so little and multiply it into so much!  The Mission work of the church never stops, so listen in church, read the Good News, but most of all listen to the voice of God as He directs each of us on our personal missions for His glory.

OUR FIFTH MISSION TRIP TO MISSISSIPPI!

We will return to Gulfport, MS the week of February 14, 2010 and will be staying at the Grace House, a home purchased by 3 churches for the purpose of housing volunteers, which it has done for over 4 years!  It is supported by donations and pledges.  This will be our final trip to Mississippi and will complete our congregation’s commitment to aid in the rebuilding of homes and lives affected by Katrina in 2005. 

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the church office or see Pastor Cobb.

 

Sunday, October 18
1:30 PM at the gazebo in Heritage Park
Walkers and Sponsors Needed!

CARE BOXES
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

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: __________________________________________

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR AUGUST

Even though August had five Sundays, collections were down, resulting in the lowest average weekly giving of any month this year:

                        Budget for 2009                                                $225,636.00
                        Budgetary needs through August 30                   $151,900.00

                        Our giving through August 30                             $106,993.60
                        Investment Income                                            $  11,831.72
                        Rental Income (net)                                           $  15,683.52
                                    Total                                                     $134,508.84

                        Amount under budget                                        $  17,391.16

Average weekly giving by month

                                                January             $3,689.44
                                                February           $3,150.85
                                                March              $3,055.65
                                                April                 $3,355.50
                                                May                 $2,950.76
                                                June                 $3,001.70
                                                July                  $2,941.21
                                                August              $2,481.40

In addition to a low month of giving, the net rental income was actually less in August than in July.  This was due to real estate taxes being paid as well as other necessary expenses.  The amount we are under budget rose from $9,529.95 as the end of July to $17,391.16 at the end of August.  Hopefully, we will reduce this deficit in the remaining four months of the year. Usually, the collections in September increase as members return after summer vacations and get their pledges up to date.

Each year we receive a report from the West Jersey Presbytery comparing financial receipts of the member churches in the Presbytery.  For your information, the 2007 report showed that among the 65 churches, Absecon ranked 8th from the bottom in the average amount given per member per week ($12.99).  The average for all 65 churches was $19.25.  The 2008 report showed Absecon to be 10th from the bottom of the 64 churches, with an average weekly amount for all 64 churches of $19.12. Our average weekly giving per member rose to $13.91.  Used to calculate these numbers is how many members we report; how much is received in offerings for the general fund; and how much is received for benevolence.  In 2008, total donations were $193,187 for a membership of 267; in 2007, total donations were $179,741 for a membership of 266.

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Chair

SEPTEMBER THANK YOU’S

Several projects demanded a lot of attention in September.  Properties at 19 and 23 School Street both needed extra attention.  It’s hard to thank all of our volunteers, but here is a try:

 

 


WORK DAY TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 17

Bring your Windex, rakes, and gloves at 9:00 a.m. on October 17 for our fall work day.  We will remove screens for the winter, wash windows, rake and fertilize the yard, clean gutters, etc.  If we are done before noon we all get to go home early.

There is a congregational event that night, so let’s try and make the place look presentable.

NOTICE TO ALL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN

Please pick up the evaluation packets for personnel from your mailbox.  The evaluations should be completed by October 26 and returned to the Personnel mailbox. 

 


Tickets are on sale now for the pork and sauerkraut dinner on Saturday, October 17th, at 5 pm with a concert following the dinner in the sanctuary by Tom Sooy and Tom Piccirilli.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Come and join us for a fun and entertaining evening!!

Get your taste buds ready for our Applefest Friday, October 30th, in Madden Hall from 6 pm-8 pm.  John Channell and friends will again provide entertainment which will make for a great evening.  Come enjoy apple crisp, apple pie, etc.  If you are interested in making anything for the Applefest please sign up on the board between the bathrooms.  All Fellowship sign-ups are located there including the Coffee Hour sign-up board.  Please make a note to stop by and check it out.

Our cranberry sale will be held on two Sundays--November 8th and 15th.  We will be selling fresh cranberries and many baked items!!  Again, if you are interested in baking any items, please sign up on the Fellowship board between the bathrooms.

Thanks to all who support our endeavors!!  It is greatly appreciated!!

Yours in Christ,
Kris Jenoriki

EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 12 NOON

It was so nice getting to know all of you at our Evergreens meeting held last month.  We know you will enjoy the program for October.  Our own Rev. Gerry Reedell will be talking about her Hummel collection.  She will be bringing some of her figurines and explaining how the figures got started and where they were made.  We will also be told how to spot a genuine figure from a fake and much more information.  We would welcome seeing new faces at our meeting and extend a special invitation to each of you.

Bring a sandwich and a friend.  Dessert and a beverage will be served.

Praise for Him,
Joanna Howell

LUNCH BUNCH TO ALLEN’S CLAM BAR OCTOBER 7

Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 to travel to Allen’s in New Gretna on Rt. 9.  Or you may meet us there at noon.  Call for a ride.

AGAPE LUNCH HONORS LONG TERM MEMBERS AND DEDICATES LEEK HOUSE

October 4 is World Communion Sunday and a special day for all Christians.  It will be special for us not only because of communion but because it will be a special time to observe some milestones in our church which will be a part of our Agape Lunch.

Our 150th Anniversary Committee will be honoring all members serving 50 years or more to this Church.  We have invited these members, by letter, to be our guests.  This will be after the 11:00 AM service.  Come help us celebrate with these special members.

After we honor our members we will move to the front of Myrtle Leek’s house for the dedication and unveiling of the new sign which will read “The Leek House”.

Both the Leek House and the house at 19 School Street will be open for your inspection after the dedication.  This will be the only time the houses will be open as they are both being offered for rent and hopefully will be occupied by November.

The regular cost for lunch is $5.00/adults and $3/children.  Janice Piccirilli does a fantastic job planning and cooking these dinners each month.  Everyone is invited!

THE PRIME-TIMERS – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, AT 1:30 P.M.

The Prime-Timers will be traveling down Route 30 to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority to tour the Wastewater Treatment Facility Wind and Solar Farm.  It is the largest hybrid wind and solar powered treatment facility in the country.  The facility is home to the nation’s first coastal and urban setting wind farm and New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm.

The ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility operates 24 hours a day, everyday, to meet clean water standards and ensure the purity of the county’s marine and fresh water environments.

We will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10, and car-pool to the Wind Farm.  We will not have a covered dish meal, so please eat your lunch before you come.  This trip is open for any who are 45 years old or older.  If you would like to join us please call Gerry at 404-9271.
 
TRIP TO COBB’S CABIN OVER COLUMBUS WEEKEND

The van will depart at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and return sometime on Monday, October 12, when schools are closed for Columbus Day.

On Saturday we will hike nine miles at Ricketts Glen.  On Sunday we will worship and do other activities depending on weather and what is open.  Monday we will clean up and take our time coming home.

The cost of the trip is $20 per person (plus extra money for go-carts, snacks, etc.) assuming full participation.  We will cut it off at 12 people.  If fewer sign up the cost may be more.  

Leaders are Pastor Cobb, Priscilla and Leslie Harvey.  That means we have room for 10 kids from sixth grade on up.  Sign up with Priscilla or pastor Cobb.

MAGIC SHOW AT PLEASANTVILLE CHURCH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

Our friends at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church have extended an invitation for us to join them at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16.  Chad Juros, the 21 year old official magician for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Eagles Fly organization will be performing that evening.  Come on out for an evening of great fun and fellowship with our sister church.  Light refreshments will be served.                

 

RUTH CHAMPION RETIRES AS “CHEER PERSON”

After writing cards for the church for 18 years, Ruth Champion has retired as our official “Cheer Person”.  Jean Delesantro has graciously volunteered to write the cards for the next 18 years. 

Thank you, Ruth, for all you do.  And thank you, Jean, for taking on this mission project for the church.

CATHY FOLLANSBEE TO WED OCTOBER 3 AT 11:00 A.M.

In spite of open heart surgery just three weeks ago, our own Cathy Follansbee will be married to Rich Guenther on October 3 at 11:00 a.m. in our sanctuary.

Cathy is recovering well from her surgery, and we wish her and Rich the best future possible together.  They will reside in Absecon where Cathy has always lived at 902 Morton Avenue.

The reception will be in Madden Hall by invitation only.

FOUR CHURCH MEMBERS CALLED HOME

Last month the Good News highlighted five church members who died over the summer – Evelyn Cashner, Florence Musarra, Joan Birkbeck, Linda Wallen and Bill Bagot.

Unfortunately, additional members have been called to glory since the September Good News deadline on Aug. 20.  They are listed below.

Lester Hutchinson died August 27.  He had been a Sunday School teacher and an active member in the 1950’s but strayed from the church for forty years.  But the Hound of Heaven brought him back to us, and Lester’s faith in the Lord grew and blossomed in his final years.  He came to church up until two weeks before he died!  His sister is Ida Juhrs, and his widow is Flora.  We grieve with you, Flora.  He was a saint!

Jan Baker died August 31.  She had been a member, an elder, a Sunday School teacher, a yoga teacher, a guest preacher, and a long term teacher for Lions & Lambs.  She is probably the only teacher for whom the whole church and Sunday School offered a moment of silence when she died.  Jan’s funeral in our church was a joyful celebration of the traditions she loved.  It was very moving when Naida Burgess beat the drum and it faded silently away.  Jan, you are gone, but you will never be forgotten.

Barbara Gras died August 24 and was buried out of our church on August 28.  Barbara was a great supporter of our old softball team.  She beamed when Grace’s Kitchen was unveiled (Grace Gras is her mother.)  Amy is Barbara’s daughter.  Barbara loved church events like Strawberry Festivals and Halloween parties.  Grace, our prayers are with you at the loss of your daughter.

Elaine Wilkenloh died on August 31.  She was a life long Presbyterian and supported the church any way she could.  She was always with her husband of 55 years, Bob.  The two of them were regulars at Sunday breakfast, Prime-Timers, trips, worship, and just about anything.  Bob, our prayers are with you in your loss.

As this issue was being prepared the office received word that long-time friend, Lois Reed, passed away September 22.  Lois and her daughter, Jayne Haines, were both very active in our church for many years.  Lois moved to a retirement community in Belleville, Pennsylvania in the early 90’s.  She had been in the nursing home component of that community for the past 14 months.  Her condition began declining about three weeks ago.  In the end she was comfortable and at peace.  Jayne, your mother was a dear lady and will be missed. 

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.  That they may rest from their labors.  And their works do follow them.” ~ Revelation 14:13

 

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

GOOD DIE YOUNG
By Paul Gras III
In memory of his aunt, Barbara Gras

As I sit here and write
Yet another great woman lost the fight
It just isn’t fair
Leaving our family yet again in despair
Ripped from our lives too soon
Seems so unreal, like the man in the moon
A great mom to a great daughter
Why was life taken from her
She was an amazing mom, quite like my own
She worked so hard to give a stable home
She departed way ahead of time
She raised her daughter and grandkids just fine
If anyone doubts that one bit
I will tell you one thing, you better bite your lip
Aunt Barb, I will truly miss you
Your memories will be carried on, this is true
Now you are in a better place with my mom and your dad
Not one bone in your body was bad
You were a real person, never fake
Still in the moment, my head I shake
Still reeling in disbelief
How is it you are gone too, my mind and heart screaming for relief
As I sit here with my eye watering and head hung
Saying to myself, why do only the good die young

 

CHURCH FAMILY DIRECTORY UPDATES

Rev. & Mrs. Joel & Pam Kelly
4810 Main Street
Hodges, SC 29653
864/374-7784

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Do we have your email address?  If not, email the church office (absecon_presby@msn.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) – 20th 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.

 

 

 

 

GREETERS

4     9:30 Dawn Lewis
     11:00 Leslie Harvey
11   9:30 Toshie Legg
     11:00 Loretta Metz
18   9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Joanna Howell
25   9:30 David & Judy Stebbins
     11:00 Tom & Anita Brown

LAY ASSISTANTS

4     9:30
     11:00
11   9:30
     11:00
18   9:30
     11:00
25   9:30
     11:00

HEAD USHERS

4     9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
     11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
11   9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Jerry & Joan Hoenes
18   9:30 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
     11:00 Olga Davies & Shirley Smith
25   9:30 Scott Sabo & Kirk Sutton
     11:00 Mae Sterling & Tina Brown

COLLECTION

4   Greg & Felisa Hamaty
11 Bill & Ginny Davenport
18 Richard & Doris Wood
25 Vic & Rita Abelson

DEACONS GUEST BOOK

4     9:30 Barbara Miller
     11:00 Mary Bew
11   9:30 Irene Hunter
     11:00 Mary Bew
18   9:30 Jo-ann Weller
     11:00 Mary Bew
25   9:30 Jinny Wolcott
     11:00 Mary Bew

NURSERY

4   Kira Greenlee
11 Dawn Lewis
18 Alice Malfi
25 Bob Hudak

REFRESHMENT HOSTS

4   Fellowship Committee
11 Carol Kleiner
     (open)
18 (open)
25 Dawn Lewis
     (open)

BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW

1   Set-up –
     Cook – Ed Little
     Clean-up – Joe Marshall
8 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
15 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
22 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –

 

 

MEASURING OUR VITALITY ON NOVEMBER 14

“I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” ~ John 10:10
                                                
The last three days have been busy for me.  Lucy and Bob Jerue and I have been at a Congregational Transformation event in Cherry Hill called “Transformation and Christian Practice”.  The presenter, Diana Butler Bass, made quite a name for herself through a book she authored entitled “Christianity for the Rest of Us”.  It turns out that the key to church renewal is within us.  The experts don’t know what makes us tick.  Deep down inside only we do.  Her study of fifty active churches revealed three areas of church life that are in the chart circles below.

  1. Church practices are not programs but are reflected in programs.  If a church practices friendship or fellowship, its programs will reflect that.  If it practices evangelism its programs will reflect that.  We need to find and identify our core practices to better understand what programs we need.

 

  1. Tradition is our experience and insight over time.  Church traditions can include a pioneer spirit, great music, mission emphasis, Bible knowledge, etc.  Churches that move away from their traditions loose a part of their identity.
  1. Wisdom goes beyond knowledge.  It is actionable knowledge.  It enables us to make far sighted decisions that are prudent, just and compassionate.  Wisdom tells us that we are going where we need to go.  There are no solid policy or program decisions if they don’t have wisdom behind them.

 

So one of our tasks is to identify our Christian practices, our sense of tradition, and our depth of wisdom.

How do we do that?  One of the ways is a process of evaluation called affirmative inquiry.  We look at who we are, what we value, and what we like to do.  It can be fun to celebrate what we are and like to do.  We also bond and build relationships in this process.  But when the day is done we should be able to list what Christian Practices we engage in as a church, what traditions are valuable to us, and where our wisdom is coming from and is leading us.

The church is all of us, and it will take as many of us as possible to complete an affirmative inquiry.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m. and not get out until mid-afternoon.  Will you care enough to join us?

We have lots of vitality as a congregation, but we could have even more if we move in the right direction.  Please join us on November 14 in Madden Hall.  Snacks and lunch are included.  No fee to you.

Our future is as great as we make it!

 

 


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