Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

November 2009

Verse of the Month:“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” ~ Revelation 1:8

 

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

NOVEMBER IS STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT MONTH

As the year in which we celebrated our 150th birthday as a church in Absecon comes to an end, the time is once again upon us to reflect on the past…and consider the future.  This year we spent time Looking Back in Gratitude as we brought out old pictures, heard sermons from past ministers, renewed acquaintances with friends and former members of the congregation, and honored those members of the church who had been with us for 40 and 50 plus years.  And yes, we took the time to just have fun with dinners, a dessert reception and concerts.

Now it is time to consider the next 150 years in our mission and purpose as a church family.  It is time for us to begin the journey of Moving Forward in Faith.  It begins with 2010 and with Stewardship Commitment Month.

As we all know, but need to be occasionally reminded, stewardship is the giving of one’s Time and Talent as well as Treasure.  In spite of the economic situation we all faced in 2009, as your Stewardship Committee Chairperson I want to commend all who pledged last year and met those pledges.  Overall financially we have done o.k. even though the statistics I give each month indicate a budgetary deficit.  If history is a guide the gap will narrow during the remaining three months and we will succeed in meeting our financial obligations.  We encourage you to maintain the same pledge you made this year and take a Step Up if you are financially able.

However this year we are stressing that you give more of your Time and Talent.  The Nominating Committee might ask you to consider becoming a Deacon or an Elder or a Trustee.  You may be asked to volunteer to lead one of the committees.  You may be asked to become a member of a committee.  As much as money is needed to operate our church, we seriously need more of you to become actively involved as leaders and members of our many committees.  By doing so you become a servant of the Lord.  You will experience much joy and much satisfaction from your commitment.  Look through the Talent Bank questionnaire, check areas you can and will serve, and return it with your pledge card.

“And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability…” Matthew 25:15

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Chair

 

 

NEWS FROM THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Sunday School program has developed nicely this year.  The numbers range from 55 to 70 children and the teachers and aids continue to present a fine curriculum.

The Lions and Lambs program, under Priscilla's direction, began in September and meets from 11:00 to 12:30 the first Sunday of the month after Sunday School.  The parents of the children who attend are fully involved in teaching, and planning activities. 

The KFC program has been adopted by the Senior Youth Group with Karen Muldoon and Jack Cobb doing a fine job of including the children.

The Bible Study groups and Circles have been running smoothly with attendees very pleased.

Our next meeting is November 18th at 7:00 pm.

Yours in Christ,
Gayle Ackerman

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS

Wow! October really flew by but not without some noteworthy events.  Lions and Lambs came up with a change in format.  The Christmas musical got underway, and 7 kids between grades 6-8 hiked Rickett’s Glen in the Pocono Mountains accompanied by eight energetic adults.  A great time was had by all!  We also had some spooky fun at our Halloween Party on Saturday, October 24th.  Thanks to all who helped out.

Highlights and Up Coming Events

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll be talking about the season of Advent soon and working on our first mission project.  The holiday season gets busy between our Christmas musical, Birthday Party for Jesus, mission projects, and Christmas Eve Christmas pageant.  What ever we do, we want to grow closer to God and closer to each other in the process.

In Christ’s love always,
Priscilla

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET NOVEMBER 7 AT 8:30 A.M.

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet at 8:30 for breakfast on Saturday, November 7.  Breakfast will be eggs – just $3.00.  We should be done by 9:30.  Come to fellowship, share and enjoy breakfast.

BIBLE STUDY MOVES TO 1:30 ON MONDAYS

The Pastor’s Monday Bible study will meet at 1:30 p.m. instead of 1:15.  This will give us all a little more time to eat a healthy lunch.

WOMEN’S CIRCLES

Our November’s Bible Study takes up where we left off last month.  Jesus is still at the house of the Pharisee.  He has healed the man with dropsy and sent him home.  Now he is about to teach the Pharisee and his invited friends some manners as they all looked for the place of honor.  We will also look at the stark extremes in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  These lessons are found in Luke 14:7-24 and Luke 16:19-31.

The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 4th, in Cobb Lounge.  The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 6th.  The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Ida Juhrs Thursday, November 12th, at 10:00 a.m.  All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best meets their time schedule for study and fellowship.

CHRISTIAN READER’S BOOK CLUB – WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, AT 7:00 P.M.

On December 10, 2003 an intruder waits inside the home of Kent and Tricia Whitaker.  The Whitakers and their two sons, Bart and Kevin, are returning from a dinner celebrating Bart’s college graduation.  Four shots ring out; the first two kill Tricia and Kevin, and the next two wound Kent and Bart, who is struck while struggling with the gunman.

Three days later, as investigators explore leads so they can secure justice for the victims, they find evidence that Bart has been leading a double life, and he becomes the chief suspect.  Kent thinks the police are allowing the real killer to escape while they focus on Bart, but when Bart disappears into the mountains of Mexico seven months later, even Kent has to face the possibility that his son was involved in the murder.  How can a father survive the anguish of what his son has done and forgive such betrayal?  Murder by Family is the true story of a father’s search to save his son, and the son’s long road toward reconnection with God.

Our book selection for November is Murder by Family by Kent Whitaker.  Please join us in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18th, for what promises to be a lively discussion.

NEWS FROM MAYBERRY

Lester Scobey, wife Helen, and young daughter, Mary, rent a house from mean-spirited Ben Weaver.  When Lester cannot come up with his monthly rent of $52.50 Ben demands in no uncertain terms that Andy serve an eviction order on the family.  This is one sheriff duty Andy can do without.  He visits the Scobeys and quizzes Lester about locating a job in order to pay the rent.  Lester explains that he recently lost his job, and although he has checked around with the local businesses, no one is hiring at this time.

To make matters worse Ben orders Andy to serve the foreclosure notice immediately, threatening him with removal from office if he refuses.

Sounds like 2009, not 1964!  How will it all turn out?  That question will be answered on Friday, NOVEMBER 20th at 6pm.  Bring a pot luck dish, and join us for a screening of “Andy Forecloses.”  Join us in Madden Hall at 6pm on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th 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 by Lucy Jerue

We Need Your Input at A.I. on Sat. Nov.14th.

The members of your Visioning Team have spent many months reading, discussing, and praying.  A few of us have attended seminars planned for us by the Presbytery.  We are now at the point in our work where we need you to help us.  We need to have your opinions.  We need to know your wishes and your dreams for our church. 

In order for the work of this upcoming event to be truly meaningful, we need to have a good turnout.  The more participation we have, the better.  We can’t just do it with a few people!  We need all of you.

Please be a part of this important A.I. (Appreciative Inquiry) event.  It will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Madden Hall on Saturday, Nov 14th.  Snacks and sandwiches will be provided.  There is no charge.  Just come out and enjoy the day.  Mark it on your calendar and sign up now.  It promises to be a day that celebrates all that is good about our church and our world.  Join in and be uplifted!

The Visioning Team members will be available to sign you up or you may use the tear-off you have already received in the bulletin.  Feel free also to call or email the church office to sign up. 

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 Wolff, John Harvey, Tina Brown 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. 

PASTOR TO ATTEND MODERATOR’S CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 19-21

This year our pastor is the Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery of West Jersey.  This means that he is the “moderator in training”, and the Presbytery is paying to send him to Louisville for training in Robert’s Rules and what moderators need to do.  He should be back for church services on November 22.

Next May Pastor Cobb will be installed as Moderator of West Jersey at a Presbytery meeting in our church.

 

 

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy

 

Where does the time go?  It seems like just yesterday it was summer, or at least what passes for summer anymore, and now we are heading full speed into the Christmas season.  Our sanctuary and Bell Choirs are staring to work to glorify the newborn King through music.

   

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.

 

I want to thank Austin Bond and Terri Villegas, two of our young members for playing the cello and piano, respectively, in recent services.  It is wonderful to have so many talented young people who are willing to give their talents for the Lord.

 

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

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE NOV. 25 AT REFORMATION LUTHERAN

The Absecon Clergy Fellowship will again sponsor a community Thanksgiving service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 (the evening before Thanksgiving Day).  This year the service will be held at Reformation Lutheran located at the corner of New York Road and Biscayne Avenue.  Rev. Heather Sugden will organize the service and Brian Conover will present special music.  Rev. Mantelle Bradley will bring the evening message.  All local clergy in attendance will have a part in the service. 

Refreshments will be served after the service.

BELL CHOIR PLAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS FALL

Our bell choir played their first performance of the fall at both services on October 25.  This is always a special musical treat.  We look forward to hearing them again soon.

SELTZER TWINS BAPTIZED OCTOBER 25

Devon Anne and Emily Mae Seltzer, twin daughters of Julie & Clint, were baptized at the 9:30 service on October 25.  We thank God for these adorable girls and this beautiful family.  They were born October 23, 2007.

Let us welcome Devon and Emily with joy into our covenantal community.

 

 

MISSION AND EVANGELISM By Tom Sooy

There are a lot of wonderful things happening in our church.  Our annual Community CROP Walk was last week and a great success in not only pledge support, but in helping to bring awareness of hunger in our world to a personal level.

Speaking of pledge support, we will soon be seeking sponsors for those intrepid individuals and couples who will be going on our mission trip to Gulfport in February.  During the announcements at a service a few weeks ago, I spoke of the cost of the van making the trip and a generous member of the church stepped forward to cover that cost.  The commitment of this congregation never seeks to astound me!
 
Our Emergency Food for a Family of Five program is still on-going with several groups as well as individuals stepping up the $72.00 challenge.
 
The one thing that really does bother me is our feeling of being a welcoming church and yet from my vantage point at the organ I see visitors and “occasional” worshipers virtually ignored.  It is the DUTY 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 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.

HARVEST SUNDAY

The Deacons have set Sunday, November 22nd, for Harvest Sunday for the church.  We do this collection of foods for our Community Food Bank in time for Thanksgiving.  Last year we donated over 1000 lbs. of canned foods.  That was the most we have ever collected.  See if we can do the same or more this year.  The NEED is there and this is one way we can help the less fortunate.  We will be in touch with the Food Bank to see if they have special foods they need.  A list will be put together and will be in our bulletins during the month of November.  If we find a storage place we may be able to bring canned food each week.  Will keep you posted.  You can start now.  Purchase extra when you shop and put it aside to bring to church.  Anything non perishable will be great.  If you have any questions just give me a call.

Carol Thomas, Moderator

 


FINANCIAL STATISTICS AS OF SEPTEMBER

Collections improved in September as reflected in the average weekly giving:

Budget for 2009

 $225,636.00

Budgetary needs through September 27

 $169,260.00

 

 

Our giving through September 27

 $119,463.39

Investment Income

 $  13,190.68

Rental Income (net)

 $  18,102.00

           Total

 $150,756.07

 

 

Amount under budget

 $  18,503.93

Average weekly giving by month

January

 

$3,689.44

 

July

 

$2,941.21

February

 

$3,150.85

 

August

 

$2,482.40

March

 

$3,055.65

 

September

 

$3,117.45

April

 

$3,355.50

 

 

 

 

May

 

$2,950.76

 

 

 

 

June

 

$3,001.70

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER THANKS YOUS

October was an incredibly busy month around our church.  Besides the final work that was done on the two houses on School Street, we had our fall clean up in the rain on October 17.  Special thanks are extended to the following:

 

 

CUSTODIAL HOURS TO BE INCREASED BY 3-4 HOURS PER WEEK

Starting in November Liboria Mendoza, our custodian, will increase her hours up to fifteen per week.  This is within budget and is needed to keep our buildings looking their best.  If you have a concern with custodial care please call the office or see Drew Malfi, the Property Chairman.

LEEK HOUSE DEDICATED OCTOBER 4

A group of about 25 people headed over to Myrtle & Les Leek’s house for a service of dedication after the Agape Lunch on October 4.  A sign reading “The Leek House” was hung, and the house was opened for inspection.  The church installed new carpet and made some minor repairs.  The Leek House will be rented in the near future we hope.

COLUMBARIUM TO BE DEDICATED NOVEMBER 1

Following our next Agape Luncheon on November 1 there will be a short dedication of our new columbarium. 

 

 

A big thank you goes out to all the people who worked to make the Pork and Sauerkraut dinner a big success!  The meal was delicious thanks to Nancy Sooy, Janice Piccirilli, Doris Wood, and Sam Burgess.  Tom Sooy and Tom Piccirilli made great music together and $250 was raised for the Gulfport Mission trip.

Our next upcoming event is the Applefest on Friday, October 30th, from 6-8 pm.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for children.  John Channell and friends will be providing awesome entertainment so come out and join us for a fun filled evening.

On Sunday November 8th and 15th our committee will be selling fresh cranberries and many baked items with cranberries (pies, breads, etc.)  If you are interested in baking anything for these Sundays to sell, please sign up on the Fellowship Board by the bathrooms.

Mark you calendars for these future events:  our soup sales will be on Sunday, January 10th and Sunday, February 14th, and Christian concert pianist Bryan Popin will be returning to our church on Saturday, April 24th for a concert and dinner provided by the Fellowship Committee.

The next Fellowship meeting will be Tuesday, November 17th, at 7 pm in the Cobb Lounge.  Please note the change in date from the originally scheduled December date.

Also, the Nominating Committee is lining up our slate of officers for next year.  If you receive a call from any of the Nominating Committee members, please prayerfully consider becoming a leader in our church.    Thank you!

Yours in Christ,
Kris Jenoriki

AGAPE LUNCHEON NOVEMBER 1

Our Agape Luncheon following the 11:00 service on November 1 will feature Shepherd’s Pie, green beans, and dessert.  A representative from Tilton Fitness Center will be speaking about fitness for all age groups and how to get started.  After lunch we will all walk out to the columbarium in the cemetery for a short dedication service.

EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 12 NOON

Our meeting this month will be held on the 3rd week of November  Please mark your calendar regarding this change of week.  This month our own Jim Maurer will be showing pictures of how Gulfport looked before Katrina hit in August 2005, also during the hurricane and the aftermath of the devastation.  This will be an interesting comparison.

Please join us.  We welcome new faces and friends.  Bring a sandwich.  Desert and a beverage will be served.

Praise for Him,
Joanna Howell

LUNCH BUNCH TO VINCENZO’S ON NOVEMBER 4

Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. on November 4 to travel to Vincenzo’s on Rt. 9.  Meet at the church at 11:30 or at the restaurant at noon.

ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE ACKNOWLEDGES MEMBERS

On Sunday, October 4th, at the Agape Luncheon following the communion service, our 150th Anniversary Committee acknowledged the church members that had the longest memberships with our church.  For 50 years or more they were presented a certificate along with a “Cat’s Meow” replica of our church.  For 40-49 years we also presented them certificates.  They are the following members with dates they joined.

50 years or more:
Laura May St. John - 1940, Flora Hutchinson - 1942, Marge Conover - 1949, Mildred & Ted Felsberg - 1951, Roy Birkbeck - 1953, Edith Haviland - 1953, Ruth Champion - 1954, Ruth Bird - 1954, Carol & Sonny Kleiner - 1955, Dottie McCaffrey - 1957, Betsey Cunius - 1958, Olga Davies - 1959, Joe Wilson - 1959 

Members 40 - 49 years:
Kenneth Prescott - 1960, Barry Leek - 1961, Jean Delesantro - 1965, Gay Channell - 1966, Marjorie & Paul Hamer - 1966, Loretta Metz - 1966, Eddie Haldeman - 1968, Elaine Risley - 1969

Our committee wants to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for your loyal work and faithfulness to this church.  You are the backbone and foundation for the Christian love and growth we see today in this great church family we have all become.  May God bless you for your good stewardship and leadership through all these years.

THE PRIME-TIMERS – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – 6:00 P.M.

If a person near you suddenly collapsed would you know what to do?  If someone was having a heart attack how would you respond?  What symptoms would you notice if a person is having a stroke?  Have you ever done CPR?  The Prime-Timers will have the opportunity to practice CPR on “Mini Anne”, the inflatable manikin.  With just a little practice, you may be able to save a life.  Just bring a covered dish to share and join us in Madden Hall at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28th, and try your hand at CPR.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS STILL AVAILABLE

The beautiful hanging ornaments of our church are still available at a cost of $15.00 each.  If you haven’t gotten yours, now’s the time!  These also make lovely holiday gifts.  See Carol Thomas to make your purchase!

JETHRO CHURCH CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Our sister church in Atlantic City celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 24 with a dinner at the Chelsea Hotel.  Our church has partnered with Jethro in the past to conduct Bible School and help make church repairs.

We congratulate Jethro on this milestone celebration.  It’s not easy serving on the streets of Atlantic City, but you have done well.

PRINTER INK AVAILABLE

Due to the recent death of our office printer there is a supply of Epson ink cartridges # T044220 Cyan (1), T044320 Magenta (2) and T044420 Yellow (3) available for $13.00 each.  Also available are one HP 20 black cartridge and one HP 49 tri-color at $35.00 each.

If you can use any of these please call the church office!

 

CATHY FOLLANSBEE WEDS RICH GUENTHER

In a private ceremony at home Cathy Follansbee and Rich Guenther were married on October 17.  Clarence Hook, a good friend to Charlie and Cathy, gave the bride away.  There will be a public ceremony and celebration at a later date.

 

Thank you to the committee of the luncheon for 50 years or more with our church: Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley.

My compliments to the “chef” and kitchen help for the delicious sausage and pasta casserole.

I framed my certificate & placed it and the wooden Presbyterian Church from the Historical Society on my bookcase for all to see.

Thank you to everyone involved with the Agape Luncheon in Madden Hall.

May God Bless You,
Dottie McCaffrey

* * * * *
I would like to thank everyone for their cards, phone calls, prayers and good wishes during my recent illness.

Sonny Kleiner

 

Carole Porter, the wife of Chuck Porter, died of cancer in Florida last month.  She was cremated and a memorial service was held in Florida two weeks ago.  Chuck is bringing her ashes to Monmouth County for interment and a memorial service was held in our sanctuary on October 25.  Refreshments followed in Madden Hall.

Carole was a Prime-Timer and was active in many things.  She is well remembered by all of us.  Chuck misses her dearly.

Fred Parker Davies, the multi-talented organist and pianist at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, passed on to Glory on Thursday, September 24.  He was 74 and will long be remembered by 100’s of folks in our church and the neighboring communities.  He and George Wesner presented their final concert in our sanctuary on Saturday, May 16, as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our church.

For the past 16 years Fred has volunteered as the Director of Music and organist at the historic United Presbyterian Church in Paterson.  As a lasting memorial to the great service he provided this inner city congregation, a memorial fund has been established to provide a music scholarship in his name.  Many people have indicated a desire to contribute.  Contact Joanie Hoenes for details.  A DVD is being prepared of the inspiring May concert which has become so very meaningful to all who attended.  To God be the Glory.

“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

 

 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

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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

1     9:30 Ginny Davenport
     11:00 Ruth Eberhard
8     9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
     11:00 Dirk & Desiree Williamson
15   9:30 Edith Budd
     11:00 Mary Bew
22   9:30 Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Jean Delesantro
29   9:30 Grade 5-6
     11:00 Betty Lloyd

LAY ASSISTANTS

1     9:30 Gayle Ackerman
     11:00
8     9:30 Ron Pfeiffer
     11:00 Tina Brown
15   9:30 Janice Bond
     11:00
22   9:30 Scott Sabo
     11:00 Jerry Hoenes
29   9:30 Grade 7-8
     11:00

HEAD USHERS

1     9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
     11:00 Olga Davies & Shirley Smith
8     9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
15   9:30 Elaine Risley & Carol Thomas
     11:00 Paul & Marjorie Hamer
22   9:30 Eric & Essie Newell
     11:00 Olga Davies & Shirley Smith
29   9:30 Dan & Barbara Hughes
     11:00 Loretta Metz & Tina Brown

COLLECTION (9:30)

1     Jeff & Carmela Thomas
8     Bill & Ginny Davenport
15   Richard & Doris Wood
22   Jack Heil & Amos Bhagwandeen
29   Grade 3-4

DEACONS GUEST BOOK

1     9:30 Pat Hudak
     11:00 Mary Bew
8     9:30 Mary Bew
     11:00 Mary Bew
15   9:30 Ginny Davenport
     11:00 Mary Bew
22   9:30 Carol Kleiner
     11:00 Mary Bew
29   9:30 Carol Thomas
     11:00 Mary Bew

NURSERY (9:30)

1     Jennifer Platt
8     Kira Greenlee
15   Dawn Lewis
22   Alice Malfi
29   Bob Hudak

REFRESHMENT HOSTS

1   Leslie Harvey
     Betty Jerue    
8   Karen Muldoon
     (open)
15 Dawn Duran
     Pat Hudak 
22 (open)
      
29 Jean Delesantro
     (open)

BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW

1   Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
8 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
15 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
22 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
29 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –

 

 


THEY’RE AT IT AGAIN (WE SHOULD BE, TOO)

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” ~ Malachi 3:10

I returned to the church office after a Presbytery function last week and decided it would be a good time to get some studying done.  The buildings were empty and there was a cold misty rain coming down. (Remember that monsoon?)  I assumed I was alone, and I was for a few minutes.

But then it started – the scurrying of little feet in the ceiling.  They seemed to be moving in a straight line between the joists, so I got up on my desk, pounded on the ceiling and yelled “go away!”  But it only stopped the scurrying for a minute.  I yelled again, but the little feet did not get discouraged for long.

I knew exactly what was going on.  The weather had turned cold and raw, and the squirrels that had been throwing chestnuts off the roof to break the shells (they can get quite noisy) were now ready to move their stash into the church attic for the winter.  They did the same thing last year, and I had to clean out acorns, chestnuts, grass, etc.  I also caught two of them in a have-a-heart trap (thanks, Sonny), but their relatives have decided to return for this winter bringing all their bedding, food, and furniture.  Their noisy antics have continued every time it gets quiet around here, and it’s fair to say they have invested everything they have in this church.  I heard them when I taught our New Members Class, but I’m not going to let them join.  November is harvest season.  It is the time of year that all of the created world takes stock of what it has and plans for the future.

November is also Stewardship Month, and we in the church do the same.  Next week the session will approve a budget for next year.  It will be a near zero growth budget, but even going on the same amounts as this year we will need to work hard to raise the support needed.  We need to count our acorns, and we need your help.  God has called us to plan for the future and bring the tithes into the storehouse so, as Malachi says, “there may be food in my house.”

Squirrels are not welcome in our church, and we will drive them out.  But we are all welcome in God’s house.  Squirrels have to gnaw through siding, but the doors are wide open for each of us in God’s house.  Squirrels have to bring their own food, but we feed you well.  Squirrels are glad to have any cold attic, but we heat the place and make it comfortable for you.  Squirrels are outside invaders who should be building their own nests in trees because this church belongs to us to take care of and use as we see fit.  Squirrels are happy just to survive, but we fellowship, worship, grow and serve God together here.  It really is fulfilling and a lot of fun.  (But squirrels are not welcome to our party.)

Our church is worth the investment.  We all know that nothing in life comes without cost.  It is the time of year to count the cost and make the commitment to pay the price.  Squirrels know that.  Do we?  If it is worth the investment, then let us commit to pay the price.

Our Commitment Sunday is November 22.  Our Stewardship Committee will be making presentations the Sundays preceding.  Let us prayerfully consider our part.

 

 

 


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