Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

May 2010

Verse of the Month:“They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” ~ Acts 16:31

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


The Christian Education Committee has a meeting planned in May to continue working towards our vision and goals for 2010.  We are also working with other committees and teams in the church on a range of efforts to keep our children engaged in the life of the church.

Summer days are not too far away, and the Sunday School and Youth Groups are in the home stretch for the year.  But that doesn't mean that we don't still have some great activities and mission projects left on the calendar before we wind down for the summer.  And keep your eyes and ears open for some great summer events too - you won't want to miss them!

Thanks to all for your continued efforts to support and provide these wonderful opportunities for Christian Education to the members of our church!

Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo


By the time you read this, we will already have had our 3rd and final Family Worship Sunday of the year. Hopefully you enjoyed “The Sin Chair” as well as “Hallelu” and our favorite “Pharaoh, Pharaoh.” We just love acting these things out.  It is nice to have everyone involved in these special days and to enjoy worshipping God with our families. As the year winds down we will be having some very special events for you.

Up Coming Events






It certainly has been a fun and busy year. You’ve been a blessing to me. See you on Sunday. 



On April 11th Lions and Lambs went bowling and combined a really fun time with raising money for Sr. Jean’s Kitchen through a mission project called Pennies for Pins.  We had a terrific turnout.  Our 6 reserved lanes were packed.  This group of young bowlers and their parents raised approximately $150 dollars for their cause.  Way to go and special thanks to all who participated and sponsored these young people! 

We will meet on May 2nd from 11:00-1:30 to explore all there is to know about Mother’s Day, motherhood, and naturally, ways to honor our mothers.  Anyone between the grades of K-5 is welcome to join us, parents included.  Lunch follows if you’d like to stay.  The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.  Janice Piccirilli makes some awesome chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.

We are considering biking on the boardwalk for our June meeting.  We’d like to focus on some family fun and tie that in with a little beach walk, picnic lunch, and the opportunity to appreciate what God has made with his great ocean.  We’ll have a trailer to load up our bikes from the church and bring our bikes back again.  Scott Sabo’s family has a house in Ventnor where we can park our bikes while we take our beach walk and have our picnic.  The time frame from beginning to end would be approximately 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  We can carpool and caravan over to the Ventnor boardwalk together.  We are hoping to do this on May 23rd.



It's hard to believe that our first half-year of A2J is already coming to a close!  Our last official meeting will be Sunday, May 23.  We haven't fully decided on what our closing ceremony will look like yet; volunteers or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

A2J recently finished their study of the book of Genesis, so feel free to quiz them!  We attended Earth Day at ACUA on April 25 and hope to take a ride on Jim's friend's boat before the end of the year.  The spring weather allows our group to finally play more active, strategic games in the cemetery.  Our recent drama, "The Sin Chair," did a good job of illustrating our views on how easily sin can entangle us and how obedience to Christ sets us free.

Some junior highers would like to continue meeting during the summer, so less formal gatherings may take place in conjunction with the picnics at the Manse.  Co-directors are currently working with the Worship and Visioning committees to brainstorm ideas for next year.

In Christ,
Janna Beth Cobb (641-1102)
Jim McManus (204-0252)


The Christian Readers Book Club will be discussing “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.  When Pausch, a college professor, learned that he had terminal cancer, he wrote and delivered his final lecture.  This lecture, designed to be his words of wisdom to his three young children, has touched and inspired all those who heard it and those who have experienced it through his book.  

Our discussion will take place at 7 pm in the Cobb Lounge on Wednesday, May 19th.

Church membership is a privilege and an opportunity to make friends and stand for something meaningful in your life.  Joining church is not difficult, but there is a procedure.  There are three classes which will meet on Sunday afternoons (May 16, 23, & 30) at 4:00 p.m.  Then on June 1 we will meet with the church officers who will welcome and receive you as members.  You will receive your membership certificate in a worship service later in June.

The three classes will deal with faith issues, church history and government, and the programs and mission of our church here in Absecon.  You must attend at least one of these classes.

The session will assign you a sponsor who will help get you acclimated to church life.  We also want you to be part of our program.  So please pray about this.  You don’t need to sign up, just show up.  You’ll be glad you did.



The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, for an egg and sausage breakfast after communion in the sanctuary.

We will put the final planning touches on our Mother/Daughter/Friend dinner on May 23.



None of the circles met in April because of Lenten services and the trip to Ireland.  It will be nice to get together again.  Our Scripture readings for May are Joshua 1:2-3, 10-15; 5:10-12 and Genesis 12:1-3.

The promise of land was first made to Abraham.  In Genesis 12:1-3, the Lord calls Abraham to leave his land and his father’s household and go to a land that God will show him.  God promised to “make you a great nation and make your name great”.  But did God give the ancient Israelites rights to the land of Canaan forever?  Is Canaan the land of promise, or the Promised Land?  How you answer these questions will make a difference in the way we see the problems we encounter today in Israel/Palestine.

The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5th, in Cobb Lounge.  Martha Circle will meet in the home of Carol Thomas at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 6th.  The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th.  All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best meets their time schedule for study and fellowship.


After missing a month due to scheduling difficulties, we will be back for our final get-together until the fall. We will meet in Madden Hall on FRIDAY, MAY 28th at 6 p.m. to savor a potluck supper and then screen an episode of the Andy Griffith Show.  As always, we hope for some insightful conversation about how we can see our own lives in a 40 year old television show.

So, join us on Friday, May 28th, at 6 pm in Madden Hall for a delicious potluck supper, a great show, and even better fellowship.

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



      After receiving so many great compliments on our Easter anthem, “Worthy is the Lamb,” I was reminded of a quote from a German opera house:
Bach gave us God’s Word,
Mozart gave us God’s Laughter,
Beethoven gave us God’s Fire,
God gave us Music that we might pray without words.

Martin Luther has written the following short essay which I think sums up the whole idea perfectly.
     “I, Doctor Martin Luther, wish all lovers of the unshackled art of music grace and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ! I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God.
     The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them.... In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits...
     Our dear fathers and prophets did not desire without reason that music be always used in the churches. Hence, we have so many songs and psalms.
     This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.
     However, when man’s natural musical ability is whetted and polished to the extent that it becomes an art, then do we note with great surprise the great and perfect wisdom of God in music, which is, after all, His product and His gift; we marvel when we hear music in which one voice sings a simple melody, while three, four, or five other voices play and trip lustily around the voice that sings its simple melody and adorn this simple melody wonderfully with artistic musical effects, thus reminding us of a heavenly dance, where all meet in a spirit of friendliness, caress and embrace.
     A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”

     So……until next time, have a great week knowing that we are not clodhoppers! Rather singers deeply blessed by God through his gift of music.    



As always we will be honoring our Moms with a special gift on Mother’s Day.  Moms, you know we love you!



Our pastor will be installed as the new moderator of West Jersey Presbytery on Tuesday night, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.  This will take place as part of the evening worship and our own bell choir will be the special music that night.

Melvin Washington is in charge of the committee on arrangements for parking, giving directions to people, etc.  If you would like to help, call Melvin at 748-3192.  If you are willing to make refreshments for the refreshment table call Tina Brown at 992-5968.


The bell choir will meet at 6:30 p.m. on May 6 and 13 to prepare to play as part of the worship service at Presbytery on May 18.  The chancel choir rehearsal time will be moved to its old time, 7:45, for those two weeks.




A mission team is forming to take part in a local mission project that involves assisting a struggling church in Leesburg, N.J. as well as some of the families that are struggling in that area, in which the unemployment rate is, at minimal, 20%.  The church is in need of assistance in refurbishing their church hall whose rental income helps to sustain the church itself. 

It is a congregation of mostly senior citizens that are unable to do the work that is much needed and that’s where we are hopeful that volunteers from our church can lend a hand.  Both the church and the hall that we will be working and staying in are air conditioned.

The dates for this trip are July 19-23, and we will be announcing a date in early June when volunteers will take a field trip to Leesburg to appraise the work we will be doing and the facilities for our housing.  This could be an intergenerational mission trip in which some of our teens can participate along with their parents.

Because this is a church sponsored event without the oversight of a group like Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, we have a great deal more latitude than we do with other mission trips such as the following:


Materials and construction items will be paid for by our church mission budget, but if you would like to contribute towards a special need, here are a couple of suggestions:


Watch the bulletin for additional information and contact Alice Smith, Carol Kleiner or Pastor Cobb to volunteer.


Once again we will be taking a special offering for Church World Service’s Blankets and Tools of Hope program. 

For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities in countries around the world (including the United States) to identify their needs and access the resources needed to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:

This offering will be received on Mother’s Day, May 11.  Please use the special envelopes provided in your pew racks.

Our One Great Hour of Sharing offering totaled $2,751.  Let’s see if we can top that!




The Deacons have set the date of Sunday, May 16th, for our Bereavement Luncheon.  This will be at 12:30 PM after the 11:00 Service in Madden Hall.  We will be sending invitations to all those who have lost a loved one in the last two years - April 2008 to the present.  This luncheon is by INVITATION only.  Please let us know if you are a part of this group and you haven't heard from us.  These invitations will be mailed sometime the week of May 3rd.  We will need to know how many will be able to participate.  Please call Carol Thomas (641-4089) or Jinny Wolcott (404-1215) when you receive your invitation.




Within our denomination Will Emphasis Sunday this year is May 2.  Over the years, our church has benefited significantly by being remembered in the wills of many of its members.  These remembrances have been used to address both facility and programmatic needs.  As you consider making a Will or as you get along in years and find that your Will needs to be updated, we ask that you remember the part your church has played in your life and designate a portion of your estate to ensure others coming after you are able to enjoy the same benefits.

An insert on this topic is included in the May 2 Sunday morning bulletin.  Please take a couple of minutes to read about how Florence Foote remembered her church in her will and what it meant to those who came after her.

If you need assistance in this endeavor, a toll free telephone number is listed at the bottom of the insert.  II Corinthians 4:7

Statistical Report for March and the First Quarter of 2010

                        Budget for 2010                                               $222,419.00
                        Budgetary needs through 3/28/10                      $  55,614.00

                        Our giving through 3/28/10                               $  41,211.19
                        Investment Income                                            $    4,416.62
                        Rental Income (net)                                          $    6,136.84
                                                Total                                        $  51,764.65

                        Amount under budget                                       $    3,849.35   


Quarterly Report

2009               2010
Giving for quarter                                              $42,639.39      $41,211.19
Investment Income for quarter               $  4,386.98      $  4,416.62
Rental Income (net) for quarter             $  6,798.78      $  6,136.84
                        Total                                        $53,825.15      $51,764.65

Amount under budget                                       $  2,594.85      $  3,849.35

Because we have experienced an unusual winter this year which caused several weather related disruptions to Sunday services, a quarterly report has more meaning than the monthly reports.  Each year had thirteen Sundays in the first quarter, so we are comparing apples with apples.  Income is down $2060.50 when compared to the same period last year reflecting a $1428.20 decline in giving.

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson                                       


We currently have a list of 5 drivers for the Sunday van run.  Additional drivers are always welcome to add as substitutes.  Please contact Kris Jenoriki at 748-1214 if you are willing to help.


April was a very busy month with Easter, Ireland, Jack’s wedding, Bryan Popin, and much more.  So it is difficult to thank everyone, but here goes a try.




Thank you, Fellowship Committee, once again for an outstanding effort in making the Bryan Popin concert/dinner a great success.

Thank you to Nancy Sooy and company for another wonderful meal.

Thank you to each and everyone who worked behind the scenes from setup of tables, decorating, serving of food, taking tickets and the clean-up crew.

It is such a blessing to have a committee that works so well together to ensure everyone attending enjoys themselves.

Thank you all, again!

Tina Brown


Once again this year the Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will sponsor a Mother/Daughter/Friend dinner for all the ladies of the church on Sunday, May 23, at 5:00 p.m.  The evening will feature a delicious boneless chicken breast dinner with mashed potatoes and green peas cooked to perfection by Melvin Washington and his helpers.  There will also be green salad, rolls, butter, beverages with carrot cake for dessert.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  This will be a special time of sharing, bonding and recognitions.

After dinner we will retire to the sanctuary for the outstanding music of the Holland Family.  This family is truly gifted, and by May 23 all those in college will be home to be a part of this.  Some of you may remember the Hollands did special music one Sunday last summer, and they were a huge hit.  Now they will be able to share music, stories and testimonies in a 45 minute concert.

We expect the evening to conclude by 7:00 p.m.  You will get home in daylight.  See the pastor, Bob Hunter, or Jim Maurer for tickets.


May celebrates Mom!  And we are celebrating her at our next Agape Luncheon.  Take your mom or your sweetie to a Mother’s Day celebration lunch on May 2 in Madden Hall after the second service.  The menu will consist of Shepherd’s Pie, mixed vegetables, rolls, and dessert. 

The Visioning Team will be joining us for an update on their research and findings about our church’s future endeavors.  See you in Madden Hall!


Come one.  Come all to the great event to take place on the field behind Pastor Cobb’s house on Sunday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

We will become fishers of men and practice our fishing skills.  Some fish can only be caught by children up to 6 years old.  Other fish can only be caught by kids between the ages of 7 and 11 years.  The last group of fish can only be caught by kids 12 years and older.  That way everyone can contribute to the group’s total catch.  The group that catches the most fish with their trusty fishing poles (supplied by us) will win prizes.

We are also encouraging everyone to wear their favorite “fishing” hat.  The crazier the better!  We will have some prizes for the most outstanding hats we see.  It is possible that we will have the infamous fish flop relay so come prepared for some fun.

We can’t have an event like this without ending with a campfire and s’mores.  This usually ends up being the grand finale for our evening even if you only have one marshmallow or one s’more…and it’s a nice way for everyone to come together at the end.  Love that melted chocolate!

Hope to see you out on the field at 6:30 on June 6.



Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 on Wednesday, May 5, to travel to the Pirate’s Den in Brigantine.  After lunch we can walk on the sea walk if you want.  It should be a beautiful time of year.



Menu Choices -- Choose one                                                               Cost:  $l9.00

            Famous Crab Cake
            Lemon-Sage Chicken
            Prime Rib


Menu Choice______________________________________________________

Number of People:                                   Paid

Reservation Deadline:  May 21st
Call:  Joanna Howell  383 9423 OR  Marjorie McGuigan  965 3535




May 9th is the last Sunday you will be able to sign up for family portraits to appear in our 2010 church pictorial directory. If you still have not reserved your time for photography, please do so between Sunday services in Madden Hall. If you don’t sign up by May 9th, Olan Mills will call you for an appointment. We want our church picture directory to include everyone in our church family, including members, nonmembers, occasional churchgoers, Sunday School families and church staff.

Our goal is 100% participation.  We want you and your family to appear in a complete directory, one that includes everyone. We need your full participation to reach our goal. Our directory will not be complete without you.

Please sign up for an up-to-date color portrait. Be sure to select a day and time which is convenient for you. Olan Mills does not allow us to use portraits taken from the previous directories.

Photography Dates and Times:




May 21

2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


May 22

9:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.


June 8

2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


June 9

2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


June 24

2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


There is no charge to be photographed. Each family photographed will receive a free 8 x 10 custom color portrait and a complimentary picture directory from Olan Mills Church Directories. The free portrait can be different from the portrait you select for the directory (e.g. Children only, parents only, grown child with friend). Of course, if you have additional portrait needs, you will be able to choose from a variety of specially priced packages.  Note: if you choose not to be photographed, directories will be available for $6.00 each.

This church directory will be a valuable tool for our church. You’ll use your directory over and over as a source for faces, names, addresses and telephone numbers. We will all use the directory as an outreach for future growth and friendships.

Invite your friends and extended family. Our church is a convenient place to have family portraits taken in a comfortable setting. Reserve an additional time slot for each family group and multi-generation photo. They will, of course, not be included in the picture directory unless they indicate they wish to. Our church gets credits for each family photographed. These credits are applied to obtain church brochures and church postcards.

Because of the Digital Image Proofing System, you will make only one trip to the church. Plan forty-five minutes to one hour for the entire session.

This directory will also include a separate section honoring our military men and women. If a member of your immediate family is currently serving in the military, including National Guard, we want their photo included in the Military Pages. They can either bring their uniform with them on photo day, take an additional photo in full military uniform (with or without their spouse) or the family can send me any size color portrait of their family member in full military uniform by Sunday, June 13th.  Mark the envelope for me, place it in the offering plate or church office, or mail to my home address. Include your name and contact information. If the photo was taken professionally, let me know so I can obtain the required permission to print.

Yours in Christ,
Louise Speitel
2010 Picture Directory Coordinator


     God truly is good.  42 intrepid travelers returned from the Emerald Isle with nary a scratch and a day ahead of the volcano!  Seeing Northern Ireland gave a new perspective to most about the separation of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
     It was interesting to note that we were the largest group to have traveled to Ireland so far this year.  Our tour guide, Michael said that getting a large group together anymore is almost impossible; well I guess we again prove that with God, all things are possible.  This was also the youngest and most diverse group we have ever had on an extended trip.
      There are lots of pictures and probably even more stories out there about the trip. 
     Well, I am off to see what other adventures are out there in store for us in the future!  Let’s keep on travellin’!                 


On May 20 a vehicle will pick up our pastor and take him to Renault Winery where he will be held for “ransom”.  MDA provides funding for research cures for 40 muscular diseases.  It also provides summer camp and enriching activities for thousands of “Jerry’s Kids”.

In recent years our pastor has pushed for many church related projects from the Leek House to the new kitchen.  He feels it is time to also take a stand for a humanitarian and health care need that needs our support.  Please help with his “bail” before May 20.  Please respond when asked.


Our pastor’s son was married on April 17 by the pastor in our church.  The wedding was beautiful and about half of the 180 plus congregation were from our church.

The reception was at the Clarion on the Black Horse Pike, and Jack and Kendal returned from their Poconos honeymoon on Wednesday, April 21.  They now reside in The Landings apartments in Absecon.  See their new address under “Church Directory Updates”.


Our own Alex Wolff was one of 21 Absegami students named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars.  This designation recognized students who were in the top 10% of their class at the end of their junior year and who achieved a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1260 or higher during their junior year. 

This program is administered by The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority through the Garden State Scholarship Program. 

Congratulations, Alex!








Jim & Patty Morris
549 Launch Avenue, Apt. 1
Somers Point, New Jersey 08244

Jack & Kendal Cobb
1514 Falcon Drive
Absecon, NJ 08201

Edna Brown
C/o Seacrest Village
1001 Center Street, 3rd Floor
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087



A National Moment of Remembrance On Memorial Day

That poem about where “poppies blow”
And, “the crosses, row on row”
Still rings true, these ninety years
After written, still brings tears.

We still have Dead, “amid the guns”
And lose our young and our loved ones
Those who lived, “short days ago”
Who, “felt dawn, saw sunset glow”.

In Flanders Fields, “the poppy red”
Still grow near where the blood was bled
They, “Take up our quarrel with the foe”
And still die for Freedoms that we know.

They pass, “The torch” to, “hold it high”
And not, “break the faith with us who die”
For they, “shall not sleep, though poppies grow”
Beneath all those, “crosses, row on row”
In Flanders Fields.

Del “Abe” Jones, White Bluff, TN, April 25, 2005





Our 2010 flower calendar is now hanging in the vestibule.  If you would like to purchase altar flowers for any particular Sunday of the year please sign up to reserve your date!  The cost for a single urn is $25.00 or $40.00 or two for $40.  Order forms are available in an envelope next to the chart to be filled in and returned to the church office with your payment.  This will help the secretary know what you would like printed in the Sunday bulletin.


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 are to be in writing and submitted to the office (via email preferred) by that day.  Please keep in mind it may be necessary to edit due to space limitations.




2     9:30 Toshie Legg
     11:00 Joanna Howell
9     9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
     11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
16   9:30 Bob & Pat Hudak
     11:00 Dianna Lease
23   9:30 Roger & Jinny Wolcott
     11:00 Dirk & Desiree Williamson
30   9:30 Barbara Miller
     11:00 Carol Thomas


2     9:30 Scott Sabo
     11:00 Tina Brown
9     9:30 Janice Bond
     11:00 Louise Speitel
16   9:30 Russ Adkisson Jr
     11:00 Janice Piccirilli
23   9:30 Walter Hunter
30   9:30 Ilsa Smith


2     9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
     11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
9     9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
16   9:30 Elaine Risley & Carol Thomas
     11:00 Joanna Howell & Olga Davies
23   9:30 Melvin & Ethel Washington
     11:00 Jean Delesantro & Loretta Metz
30   9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
     11:00 Tina Brown & Joanna Howell


2   Mae Sterling & Edith Budd
9   Bill & Ginny Davenport
16 David & Judy Stebbins
23 Jack & Dottie Hanlon
30 David & Naida Burgess


2     9:30 Pat Hudak
     11:00 Mary Bew
9     9:30 Ginny Davenport
     11:00 Mary Bew
16   9:30 Naida Burgess
     11:00 Mary Bew
23   9:30 Carol Thomas
     11:00 Mary Bew
30   9:30 Carol Jorgensen
     11:00 Mary Bew

NURSERY (9:30)

2   Kira Greenlee
9   Dawn Lewis
16 Alice Malfi
23 Bob Hudak
30 Jennifer Platt


2   Russ Adkisson III
9   Jose Achamizo
16 Russ Adkisson III
23 Vic Abelson
30 Ed Little


2   Robbie Kraus
9   (open)
16 (open)
23 (open)
30 (open)


  2 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
     Cook – John Harvey
     Clean-up –
  9 Set-up – Carol Thomas
     Cook – Russell Adkisson & Rob Perry
     Clean-up – Lynn Adkisson
16 Set-up – Karen Little
     Cook – Ed Little
     Clean-up – Joe Marshall & Betty Jerue
23 Set-up –
     Cook – John Harvey
     Clean-up –
30 Set-up – Carol Thomas
     Cook –
     Clean-up –



“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~ Luke 11:13

It felt good to get up Monday morning after a busy weekend.  Jack was married and off on his honeymoon, and the house was quiet.  The reality of his departure was impressed upon me by many little signs – nobody running up and down the stairs, no dirty dishes in the sink, and best of all, plenty of hot water for my shower.

But when I came down for breakfast, Jan was wiping away tears.  “My Jack is gone”, she sobbed.  “I’m so used to him being here.”

Indeed, Jack has lived in the manse since he was five.  It’s really the only home he has ever known.  And everybody in the neighborhood knows him.  He knows every blade of grass in the yard, every nook and cranny in the house, and every neighbor within two blocks.  By the time you read this he will be living in an apartment at The Landings with hundreds of people he doesn’t know, paying rent and utilities for the first time, and adjusting to a lifestyle he certainly will find confining – no garage, yard, extra parking, etc.

I do wonder how he will adjust to married life and more responsibilities than he has ever known.  I wish him the best.  His momma won’t be there for him any more.

When I took child growth and development years ago the professor told us, “The biggest test and proof of effective parenting is how the child functions when he becomes a mature, independent adult.  There’s really no way to know how effective your parenting skills are until that happens.  Indeed, it’s not until the parents move away or die that we really know how successful they were.”

In this Easter season as we prepare for the Ascension of our Lord on May 13, I now understand that God himself has the same issues.  Jesus was sent as the perfect parent model to teach love, morals and God’s ways.  His death and resurrection sealed the perfect love and perfect parenting example.  The real test of how well it worked is now us.  What kind of resurrection people are we?  Loving, helping, and ready to carry out the Great Commission, or something else?  The first test of the disciples didn’t go so well.  If you remember last Sunday’s sermon, instead of getting to work they all went fishing!  Jesus returned to remind them to “Feed my Sheep” and “Follow Me”.  Eventually, most of them carried out their son-ship well.  But some didn’t.

Now that Jack is out of the house, the kind of parenting Jan and I did is on the line.  Our role is about over.  But this is also a test for Jack – What kind of son is he?  Jan and I know we must have done something right with Laura Kay because she has done so well with Lydia, Frank and her home.  (I’m proud of her!)  Now it’s Jack’s turn to make it on his own.  It’s up to him to respond to what he has been raised to be.

And that is true for us spiritually.  It’s up to us to respond to what God has raised us to be.  When we fail we not only make ourselves look bad, we make the family look bad.  God doesn’t just shed a tear for us.  He’s eagerly watching and waiting to see what kind of resurrection sons and daughters we will become.

Let’s not let Him down.


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