Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

June 2010

Good News    June 2010

Verse of the Month:“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

 

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

 

 

NEWS FROM THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Christian Education Committee has a meeting planned in June 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 wrapping up 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

GRADUATE SUNDAY

The Christian Education Committee will honor our graduates on Sunday, June 13, during the 9:30 a.m. service.  If anyone from your family is a graduate of 8th grade, high school or college please complete the following form and return to Scott Sabo by Monday, June 7.

Name of Graduate ______________________________________________

Name of School ___________________________ Grade _______________

Degree __________________________ Honors _______________________

Please tell us something about your achievements, interests and plans for your future.

 

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SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS

May was a blur, and a lot of things took place.  We made great Mother’s Day gifts and cards for our moms.  The choir chimes performed at both services on Mother’s Day under the leadership of Tom Sooy, and the Liturgical Dancers performed and held a bake sale on May 16th under the leadership of Jennifer Thomas.  The Sunday completed its final mission project of the year by planting flowers in front of the church, along the drive, and around the Bakely, Hodgson, and Leek houses on School Street. 

Summer quickly approaches and we have a lot of year end activities and exciting events to look forward to.  Hopefully, you can join us for most of these.  There will be sign ups in Madden Hall to help with 40 Minute Club, Field Day, and our Family and Friends event entitled “Fishers of Men.”  We’re hoping to schedule a beach day and a zoo trip during the course of the summer just to get everyone together.  Rally Day will take place on the first Sunday after Labor Day when regular Sunday School starts up again.

Up Coming Events

 

 

 

 

…and so another year comes to an end…so many memories...so many events.  It couldn’t have happened without the dedicated families of this church who bring their children and their friends and get involved in the programs we offer.  You are the Sunday School and I thank you.  We are planting mustard seeds, and someday there will be a harvest.  Our children have a solid foundation and wonderful friends.  May God bless you all. 

Love,
Priscilla

SUNDAY SCHOOL PHOTO
 
The Sunday School photo will be taken Sunday, June 13, at the close of the 9:30 service.  All Sunday School students (children and adults), aides, substitutes, and support personnel are wanted for this photo.  Pastor Dave Cobb and Parish Associate Gerry Reedell are also wanted for this photo.  Meet in front of the church.  Photographer: Debbie Wong.  This 2010 Sunday School Photo will be used for the soon to be published 2010 church picture directory.

LIONS AND LAMBS WRAP UP THE YEAR

Lions and Lambs just finished up a great year.  We hope to meet during the summer for a day at the beach and a trip to the zoo.  Hopefully, you can join us too.  (Sorry, couldn’t help the rhyming.)  Lions and Lambs will resume its regular schedule on the first Sunday in October after school and Sunday School have resumed.  We will have monthly themes and enjoy some trips mixed in our schedule as well.  Thanks again to all parents and adults for supporting the program.  May God bless you over the summer.

A2J NEWS

Greetings,

Our first half-year of A2J has reached its end!  Many thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this new program happen, especially Dawn Duran for cooking and Naida Burgess for coordinating mission work.  We had a great time on our biking trip.  It was a great last day.

Our closing ceremony will take place June 6th in conjunction with the final Agape Lunch.  This will be a casual event with group and individual table activities, concluding with certificates and, if all works out, surprise presents from Jim.  It shouldn't take more than a half hour, so attend the second service and plan to hang out just a little bit after lunch.  We will mail certificates to those unable to attend.

There are many activities planned for the summer, such as a Family and Friends event, canoeing, and picnics at the Manse, but the highlight we have planned is a white water rafting trip that we promised after the ski trip was cancelled.  We will leave in the morning on Friday, July 16, and return early evening on Sunday, July 18.  Cost will be comparable to the ski trip.  Expect more details in mid-June.  We hope to have at least 15 people so we can get the group rates.  Our church mission trip from July 18 to 23 currently has an age minimum of 14 for participants, which would preclude our junior highers, but an update will be mailed if that decision changes.

Have a terrific summer!  Hope to see you at events.

Janna Beth (641-1102)
Jim (204-0252)

PASTOR’S MONDAY BIBLE STUDY TO CONCLUDE JUNE 14

The Pastor’s Monday Bible study has been looking at events in the book of Genesis all year.  We will leave off with Abraham and Isaac and pick up there in September.

On June 7 at 1:00 p.m. we will have our last Bible study before our summer break.  We will meet at 1:00 instead of 1:30 because the pastor needs to leave early for a Presbytery officers meeting.

On June 14 we will meet at the Phoenix Diner at noon for our closing lunch.  We will meet in the fall on September 13.

NEWS FROM THE CHRISTIAN READERS’ BOOK CLUB  by Lucy Jerue
                                               
Here is your summer reading list courtesy of the Christian Readers’ Book Club.  This is our lineup of titles for next season.  Plan ahead and be ready to join in when we discuss these books: 
September        Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson             
November         Dearest Dorothy, are We There Yet?, Baumbich      
January             The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Shaffer                        
March              Front of the Class, How Tourette’s made me Teacher of the Year, Cohen
May                 A Tale of Two Sons, MacArthur         

 DOUG JABLONSKI MEN’S FELLOWSHIP TO MEET JUNE 5

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, June 5, at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be eggs, sausage, toast, etc.  We will evaluate our Mother/Daughter/Friend event and plan for a summer barbeque.  See you there!

WOMEN’S CIRCLES

The battles recorded in the book of Joshua are sometimes referred to as the “Holy Wars of Israel”.  Joshua was commissioned by God to occupy the land of Canaan, the land God promised to give to Abraham and his descendents.  But that land was the home of the Canaanites.  It had to be taken by force.  In the book of Joshua, God is characterized as one who sanctions war.  What are we to make of the passages in the Bible that picture God as a “divine warrior”?  Can any war be holy?  In our June Bible study we will look at the Battle of Jericho and consider these questions.

The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2nd.  The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 10th, at the home of Carol Thomas.  The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 18th.  Every woman of the church is encouraged to attend the circle that best meets their time schedule for study and fellowship.

In March, the women of the circles packed goodie boxes for 22 college students.  Here are the thank you notes we received.

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
    Our last Mayberry get-together of the season was last week. Thanks for all the great food and conversation and fellowship over the last nine months.  We hope to see y’all back in September with new episodes of the Andy Griffith Show (well, new to us, as they have not filmed a new episode in 40 years!!).

    Take so time off, visit the fishin’ hole and as always…..

 the door is always unlocked and the lemonadeis always cold.

 

Absecon Community Vacation Bible School
Summer 2010

 

Dates:          July 26 thru 30, 2010
Time:           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages:           Age 4 by July 1, 2010 thru 8th grade
Location:     Absecon United Methodist Church
Fees:           Ages 4 thru 5th grade -- $10 each child
                   Grade 6 thru 8 -- $30 (includes field trips)

 

All registrations must be mailed.

Return completed form with stamped self-addressed business envelope, along with all fees (check made payable to Community Church School), to:

Elizabeth Sabath
526 West Herschel Street
Egg Harbor City, NJ  08215

For additional info, call 609-804-0068.

 

Register Early!  Classes close when filled.

Sponsored by Absecon United Methodist, Absecon Presbyterian, Reformation Lutheran and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Churches

See reverse for registration form.

Absecon Community Vacation Bible School
Registration Form

Please be certain to sign permission slip below.

                                                         Grade completed
Name of Child                                      by June 2010                Age                  Birth Date

1 ___________________________   ___________              _____              _________

2 ___________________________   ___________              _____              _________

3 ___________________________   ___________              _____              _________

4 ___________________________   ___________              _____              _________

Allergies/Medical Concerns/FYI for teachers and staff: ________________________________________________________________________

Church Affiliation: ________________________________________________________

Family Address: __________________________________________________________

Home phone: _____________  Work phone: _____________ Cell phone: ____________

Parent/Guardian (please print): ______________________________________________

Emergency name / number if different from above: ______________________________

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I give the above mentioned child/children permission to attend Absecon Community Vacation Bible School.

Signed: _____________________________________________ Date: _______________

 

 


SUMMER SCHEDULE TO BEGIN JUNE 27

The last day of Sunday School will be on Father’s Day, June 20.  That will also be the last day of double services, Sunday breakfast, and coffee hour in Madden Hall.

Starting June 27 we will have one service at 10:00 a.m. followed by refreshments outside (weather permitting).  We will return to the double service schedule on Rally Day, the Sunday after Labor Day.

FATHERS TO RECEIVE SPECIAL GIFT JUNE 20

June 20 is Father’s Day and as always we will be honoring our fathers at both services.  This year the first 50 dads will receive a special gift of appreciation.  Thanks, Dad, for all you do!

(These recognition gifts are for fathers who are present at church that day.)

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy

      As we enter the weeks of summer I am always energized with the fact that the weekly schedule will be far less than what it is during the program year.  But will it?  God, who rested on the seventh day of creation, never sleeps or slumbers.  While God is unresting, when God the Creator came to earth as God the Son, this power was put aside. 
     While on earth, Jesus needed rest like any other human.  Now that Jesus has ascended and the presence of God is fully spiritual, we can look at God through one of my favorite hymns – “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.”  Stanza two says “unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting nor wasting, thou rulest in might.”  Though God never sleeps, God is not in a hurry, doesn’t make a lot of noise about work, and isn’t wasteful.  Yet, God rules in might.  These attributes point to rest for us.  How much extra energy do we use when we hurry to, through, and away from a task?  How much noise do we make in our complaining, to whoever will listen, about our overcrowded schedules and workloads?  How much do we waste in the consumption of fast, disposable, over-priced products?
     God calls us to rest.  Slow to the pace of meaningful conversation, care for the environment, healthy eating, and proper rest.  Friends, family, the earth, our bodies – these are gifts, but gifts with stewardship responsibilities built in.
     Having said all that, however, the greatest rest implied in this hymn is found in the phrase “and silent as light.”  Think about the noise related to busy schedules and the work necessary to maintain our lifestyles.  Our noisy efforts often produce a great deal of heat, but little light.  Light is silent.  Light is the environment of wisdom.  Silence is the prelude and the postlude of things profound.  Noise distracts and wastes.  Hurry damages, destroys, and wastes.  The immortal, invisible, God only wise calls us to rest and to a restful pace.  God calls us to rest from consuming ambition and waste.  There is a song here, a quieting song for all of our hearts.
     Until next time, see you in the choir loft.         Tom

LITURGICAL DANCE GROUP

Jennifer Thomas and the Liturgical Dancers would like to thank everyone who helped them with their bake sale on May 16th.  They wanted to defray the cost of the extra dresses and sashes they needed.  With your help, they made $170.00.  That was over the expense they had and the money was turned in to the church treasurer.  Many of the families, along with Jennifer, made goodies for them to sell.  It was a great success with all your help. 

The girls did a great job of dancing.  We have had lots of nice compliments.

 

JULY MISSION TRIP PLANNED TO LEESBURG

Our Mission trip this year will be to Leesburg, in Cumberland County, the week of July 19th.  There is much planning that goes into making a mission trip successful.  We need to know who is planning on going so that we can be sure this is going happen.  There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule, and we hope you will consider volunteering.  This is an opportunity for some of our skilled members who have been unable to travel to Mississippi the past 4 years to jump on board and help out.  Questions can be directed to Alice Smith, Loretta Metz, or Russ Adkisson, Jr., Mission Comm. Chair.  

We will be taking a trip to Leesburg after the 11 a.m. service on June 6th.  If you wish to go down on the van please contact one of the above or indicate on the sign up sheet in the vestibule!

NOTE OF APPRECIATION FROM THE SALVATION ARMY

I would like to take this time to thank you for all that you did to bring happiness to area families during the Christmas holiday.  They truly appreciated what you did for their family.

The Salvation Army helps hundreds of families and thousands of children during the holiday season.  Toys are given out, food is distributed and clothing is provided for many needy people. Without the help of people like you and groups like Absecon Presbyterian Church we would not be able to do all that we do.

Keep up the good work!  We look forward to partnering with you again this year.

Sincerely,
Major Kathleen Calvo
Commanding Officer
Christmas Coordinator

NEWS FROM THE DEACONS

Our Bereavement Luncheon on May 16th was beautiful.  We served 33 people.  The service was done by all the Deacons and Clergy with a welcome, blessing, readings and songs.  Tom Sooy played for us.  After the luncheon, names were read of the deceased while a candle was lit and given to a family member.  The names of the deceased whose families could not attend were also read.  Each person received a butterfly, made by Dottie Hanlon, and a plant to take home.  May God Bless all these families. 

 


STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT

Income for the month of April improved a bit since our last report.  While we are still under budget, the deficit is less than last month.  Average weekly giving is lower for three of the four months this year when compared to last year.

Statistical Report for April

                        Budget for 2010                                               $222,419.00
                        Budgetary needs through 4/25/10                      $  72,726.00

                        Our giving through 4/25/10                               $  53,487.93
                        Investment Income                                            $    5,775.58
                        Rental Income (net)                                          $    9,910.08
                                    Total                                                    $  69,173.59

                        Amount under budget                                       $    3,552.41

Average weekly giving by month

                                                   2010                                         2009                                   
January $3,261.49                                $3,689.44
February          $3,059.14                                $3,150.85
March              $3,166.79                                $3,055.65
April                 $3,069.19                                $3,355.50

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson

MAY THANK YOUS

May turned out to be an incredibly busy month for a lot of reasons, so we want to recognize as many as possible.  Sorry if your aren’t mentioned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER PROJECTS

The Trustees and Property Committee are planning for some work to be done around the church this summer.  Please bear with us:

  1. An awning overhang will be built over the lounge entranceway off the playground.  This is to deflect rainwater away from this entrance.  We have been getting water on the carpet and entranceway.

 

  1. The playground will be dug up and the cistern cleaned out and reseated.  This is also to handle excess rainwater.
  1. The cemetery shed will get a new roof and repairs.  Jack Heil is doing the work.

 

  1. A new fence will be placed along the end of the cemetery separating the end lot and cemetery.  It will match the old fence along New Jersey Avenue.
  1. The central entrance off New Jersey Avenue to the cemetery will be removed and walled up in preparation for the new brick walkway that will be installed by the city this summer.  This entranceway is really too narrow for vehicles to enter easily, and there have been too many people walking through this entrance late at night.

 

 


THANKS FROM FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

I would like to thank everyone who baked or brought refreshments for the Presbytery meeting on May 18.  Everyone who attended enjoyed your treats!

Thank you to Kris Jenoriki, Elaine Risley and Carol Thomas for setting up and cleaning up for the event as well.  Your help was greatly appreciated.

Also, thank you to Melvin Washington for your Foodtown support.

Tina Brown, Chair

HELP NEEDED!

Signups are sorely needed for Sunday Breakfast Club this month!  If you are able to help set up, cook, or clean up PLEASE SIGN UP.  (There are only a few weeks left before we break for the summer.)

Also, we will be in need of someone to organize this weekly event when breakfast resumes in the fall.  Contact Jo-ann Weller or Tina Brown if you are interested.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL JUNE 4, 6-8 P.M.

Our annual Strawberry Festival will be held Friday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Adults/$4 and Child/$2.

Entertainment will be provided by John Channell and other musicians from the Pickin’Shed at Albert Hall in Waretown, NJ.

EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23rd, 12 NOON

This will be our last official meeting until September.  At this meeting we will have Elaine Steil, Community Service Representative from Home Instead-Senior Care.  She will be speaking to us about personalized care for seniors at home and the care givers who are trained and reliable.  She will also mention employment opportunities for anyone interested in this endeavor.

See you there!  Bring a sandwich and a friend.  Desert and a beverage will be served.

Praise for Him,
Joanna Howell

STRAWBERRY PICKING TO BE ON JUNE 3

We will meet at the church on June 3 at 9:00 a.m. to pick strawberries for the Strawberry Festival on June 4.  Please come and help us.  Last year four of us picked them, and it took a long time.  Many hands make light work.

AGAPE LUNCH JUNE 6 FOLLOWING 11:00 SERVICE

Our next Agape Lunch celebrates Dad and will feature the ending ceremony for our youth group.  We will present certificates of recognition to our kids for their hard work throughout the year.  It also marks the last Agape Lunch for the summer.  We will resume in September.  The menu will consist of baked ham, corn casserole, and cole slaw.  See you in Madden hall after second service.

LUNCH BUNCH TO TRAVEL TO COUSIN MARIO’S JUNE 2

The van will leave Absecon at 11:30 on June 2 for Cousin Mario’s on Route 40 in Mays Landing.

If you wish to drive meet us at the restaurant at noon.

 


BRET CASTLE SERVICE HELD IN OUR CHURCH ON MAY 27

On May 22 a great worker in our church went home to be with the Lord.  Bred Castle had been a member for over 33 years, and during that time he sang in our choir many years under Joe Kelly, Renee Tobias, Dave Vigue, and Tom Sooy.  He was very close to Fred Keill and George Howell, other choir men now gone to be with the Lord.

But Bret is also remembered for his service as an elder and as head of the Property Committee for many years.  He was an electrical engineer, and he could figure out how to fix a lot of engineering problems.  He will be missed.

Bret was married to Pat who also joined our church a few years back.  They raised two children, Alice and Jack.

Bret’s memorial service was held in our church on Thursday, May 27.  His ashes were buried in our cemetery.  A luncheon followed in Madden Hall.

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

JENNIFER THOMAS INDUCTED INTO ACCC HONOR SOCIETY

Twenty Atlantic Cape Community College students were inducted April 27 into Sigma Kappa Delta, an English honor society for two-year colleges.  Among them was our own Jennifer Thomas.

To qualify, students must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours, a 3.5 average in at least two English courses and a 3.5 overall grade point average.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

DAWN HOUSEWORTH AWARDED TRIP

One of our new members, Dawn Houseworth, won a free trip to Miami for a week.

Dawn is recognized for her flower arranging skill and was selected out of a lot of contestants.  She works in Toms River.

Dawn will be received as a member with her husband, Steve, on June 13.  They have two children, Matthew and Mikayla.

Congratulations!

PASTOR THANKS SUPPORTERS FOR BAIL RAISING FOR MDA LOCKUP

On May 20 our pastor was hauled off to Renault Winery as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Lockup in Atlantic County.  Over 30 members helped raise “bail” for his return. (Although some said they would have paid even more to keep him there!)

 


I would like to thank all for their prayers, calls, cards and visits during the course of my recent illness. I wonder if people appreciate how helpful these supportive lifelines are until they themselves experience the need for them.

Thanks again,
Frank Loeb

* * * * *

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and expressions of sympathy on the passing of my sister.

Louise Speitel

 

 

2010 FLOWER CALENDAR HANGING IN VESTIBULE

Our 2010 flower calendar is 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.

 

 

BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER

AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care is having a Volunteer Training on Saturday, June 19, from 8:30-2:30 at their office in the Airport Commerce Center, 6550 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Twp.  A volunteer’s schedule is flexible; therefore, summer residents, travelers, employees, students 18 and older, and year round residents are welcome.  Some ways a volunteer helps is to provide patient/caregiver companionship, stay with patients to give the caregiver a break, or run errands.  Volunteers also help in the office and with annual memorial and fundraising events.  To register or for more information, please call Maureen Hope, Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator at 407-2002.

GOSPEL CONCERT AT MARGATE COMMUNITY CHURCH JUNE 12

Rev. Charles Lyles and the John Howard Gospel Caravan will be performing in concert at the Margate Community Church Saturday, June 12, at 4:00 p.m.  A reception will follow.  Cost is $15.00.

 

 

GREETERS

6     9:30 Ruth Champion
     11:00 Jean Delesantro
13   9:30 Loretta Metz
     11:00 Dirk & Desiree Williamson
20   9:30 Diane Kleiner
     11:00 Frank & Marge Loeb
27 10:00 Bob & Lucy Jerue

LAY ASSISTANTS

6     9:30 Janice Bond
     11:00 Louise Speitel
13   9:30 Gerry Reedell
     11:00 Joanie Hoenes
20   9:30 Bob Hunter
     11:00 Tina Brown
27 10:00 Bob Hunter

HEAD USHERS

6     9:30 Vic & Rita Abelson
     11:00 David & Bud Burgess
13   9:30 Scott Sabo & Joe Marshall
     11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
20   9:30 Eric Newell & Bob Wilkenloh
     11:00 Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
27 10:00 Betty Lloyd & Mary Bew

COLLECTION

6   Joan Nale & Tammy Suarez
13 Richard & Doris Wood
20 Edith Budd & Toshi Legg
27 Kay McMillan & Laurie McManus

DEACONS GUEST BOOK

6     9:30 Irene Hunter
     11:00 Mary Bew
13   9:30 Jo-ann Weller
     11:00 Mary Bew
20   9:30 Jinny Wolcott
     11:00 Mary Bew
27 10:00 Pat Hudak

NURSERY (9:30)

6   Kira Greenlee
13 Dawn Lewis
20 Alice Malfi
27 10:00 Bob Hudak

VAN DRIVERS

6   John Harvey
13 Jose Achamizo
20
27 Vic Abelson

REFRESHMENT HOSTS

6  
13
20
27

BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW

  6 Set-up –
     Cook –
     Clean-up –
13 Set-up –
     Cook – John Harvey
     Clean-up –
20 Set-up – Carol Thomas
     Cook – Jean Delesantro & Olga Davies
     Clean-up –
27 No Breakfast till September
 

 

WHAT NOW, MR. MODERATOR?

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26-28

Now that all the hoopla is over and even all the food is eaten (we finished the cheese trays at the Mother/Daughter/Friend dinner), my year as moderator begins.  Our Presbytery and our denomination are facing issues across the board – declining membership, financial needs, Sunday Schools closing, and a culture that looks with skepticism at the institutional church.  (Who needs it?)

It’s easy to get caught up in the negativism, but as moderator I’m called to a new mindset.  In this age of economic uncertainty, fractured families, and superficial relationships the church is the best answer going for our personal and cultural needs.  Where else can you feel peace, make friends, feel God’s forgiveness and love, and eternal purpose?  That’s priceless!  Church is a place of spiritual awareness and strength like no place on earth.  As moderator I need to remind the Presbytery that we not only have the answer, we are the answer!  America’s greatest needs are spiritual, and the church is the greatest resource for those needs.

When I was in Louisville last November for moderator training they told us the most significant things moderators can do are spiritual.  We open and close meetings with prayer, lead in worship, and head up the commissions to install and ordain clergy.  The only way these events have meaning is when we make them a sign of God’s presence and grace.  Moderators are supposed to make that happen.

Our role as spiritual guide is also peacemaker.  They told us when tempers flair, when the house is divided, or when the members are clearly upset about something, it is our job to stop the business meeting, offer a prayer or a Bible verse, and get the Presbytery spiritually centered.  We are a religious based organization, and our strength comes from our spirituality.

Besides being a spiritual leader, I am also called upon to be representative of the Presbytery and to speak for them.  As such they accept my views as being mainstream enough to be representative of the Presbytery.  This July I will spend a week in Minneapolis at General Assembly where I will vote on issues such as the definition of marriage, the Middle East situation, the form of government, financial considerations, etc.  I get to vote my conscience, but as moderator I am also a representative of every church member in this Presbytery, including all of you.

Lastly, as moderator I am expected to take good care of myself, to find time for reading, prayer and Bible study.  I am expected to find time for personal rest and reflection and to read about the significant issues facing our denomination.  It’s out of my own spiritual condition that I will be able to lead.

So I need your prayers, your encouragement and your understanding.  This year I will need our officers to take over more leadership like our Men’s Fellowship did for the Mother/Daughter/Friend dinner.  (This year I didn’t help set up, clean up, cook, or decorate – the men did it all!)  Because we are all called upon to be moderators in our own world – to be spiritual leaders, to be peacemakers, to take care of ourselves, and to help wherever we are needed.

That’s God’s call to all of us.  Let’s work together for His Kingdom!

 


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