Absecon Presbyterian Church
SEPTEMBER IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED
Now that summer is nearly over let us challenge you to grow personally, spiritually, and in your Christian service. Our church has many programs that have been suspended for the last three months. In September they will all begin meeting again. This is the time to begin meeting with a new group, and we invite you to pick several from the categories below and get involved by showing up. This is the time to do so. (See articles for more information.)
Fall is just around the corner and that means that all of our CE programs will be ramping up again soon! We are looking forward to a great year with Sunday School as well as our youth programs and adult circles. We have a lot of exciting events planned (and some new ideas too), so make sure to look for upcoming announcements.
Reminder to all CE Committee Members - we have a meeting on Tuesday, August 31, at 7pm in Cobb Lounge. See you there!
In His Service,
Scott Sabo, CE Chair
SUNDAY SCHOOL TO KICK OFF WITH RALLY DAY SEPTEMBER 12
We’re ready to go! We have a wonderful staff of teachers and aides ready to share the Good News with our youth. We have two new teachers joining our Sunday School staff with plans to use technology in their Bible lessons. All class sizes are looking good with 8 or more students per class. Our theme for the year will be “Growing in God’s Love.”
On Rally Day, everyone should arrive by 9:15 am in the vestibule. All teachers, aides, and kids will get organized by their class sign and prepare to march into the sanctuary. We’ll be speaking from 1 Timothy 1:12-17 to kick off our theme. We’ll be presenting Bibles to our 4th graders at this time.
Our program, now in its sixth year with Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, continues to receive strong backing from the congregation. Sponsors have stepped forward to give their spiritual and financial support to the Sunday School. We have a staff of teachers and aides ready to teach and assist the Sunday School program throughout the year. Let us be sure to thank these leaders for their dedication to our youth.
The structure of our program remains the same. Tom Sooy will kick off the theme of the week with his Jr. Sermons in the sanctuary (The PreK-K class begins in their classroom with a music program at 9:30.) After the Jr. Sermon, all teachers, aides, and kids will head to their classes until church is out. Grades 1-6 will attend a closing ceremony in the game room from 10:20-10:30 for puppet shows and songs. Classes will continue to work on monthly Bible verses along with the congregation.
We’ll have three Family Worship Sundays, three Mission Projects, a Christmas play, a Christmas pageant, and an Easter play. We’ll hold several special events such as the Halloween party, Birthday party for Jesus, and Easter Egg Hunt. Classes and youth groups will take turns presenting the Calls to Worship. This year two of our classes, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12, will remain in the sanctuary on Communion Sundays and participate in the service.
We never turn away helping hands in the Sunday School. We encourage parents and other interested adults to get involved with us or to attend the Adult Sunday School Class held in the lounge at that time. Many people who are involved in Sunday School attend the 11 am worship.
A new Bible study will be offered on Wednesday evenings starting in October on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30- 7:30 with refreshments served at the end. Many teachers and aides expressed an interest in a mid week Bible study so that they too could grow spiritually. This Bible study will be taught by Scott Sabo and Barbara Morgan and is open to anyone interested in a midweek Bible study!
Let us grow closer to God this year, let us grow closer to each other, and let us grow in numbers. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20. Together we’ll have a great Sunday School experience!
In Christ’s love always,
LIONS AND LAMBS SET FOR NEW YEAR
A planning team met on August 8th and set the course for the year. We’ll be meeting as a group on the first Sunday of each month starting on October 3, 2010. Group members are in grades K-5. We do make allowances for siblings that may be one year younger or one year older than those grades for the convenience of the family. We meet from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and include numerous activities that tie in with the monthly theme. We will try to incorporate mission activities as often as possible, whether that means singing a song, saying grace, making a gift, or raising money for a cause.
So far our active leaders in this group include Karen and Ed Little, JoAnn and Scott Sabo, Linda Gillis, Jennifer Platt, and Priscilla Schultheis. All parents are encouraged to stay for our Lions and Lambs activities to build stronger bonds between families. You might find yourself dishing beans into soup containers or helping with a craft project. Some parents might like to come biking with us on the Ventnor boardwalk. Anyway, the more parents who stay the better.
This year we are planning to separate the group at times with some activities geared more for the K-2 kids and other activities geared more for the Grades 3-5 kids. There will be times when we are all together as well. All in all, everyone will have a wonderful time learning more about God’s love and how we can share that love.
Lunch is served at 12:30 and is provided by the Agape Lunch crew led by Janice Piccirilli. It is optional, but most families choose to stay for a ready lunch along with more togetherness time. Plus the price is right! The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.
In October we will learn about being good stewards. We will also take our bikes to the Ventnor boardwalk and enjoy a picnic lunch. We will practice being good stewards while we are there. Bring your bikes to church on October 3rd along with a bag lunch, sunscreen, hat, etc. and enjoy the beautiful seaside that God has created. Hopefully new faces and familiar faces will join us for this fun filled event.
See you on October 3rd.
It's hard to believe it's almost that time again! The summer flew by, but we still crammed in many picnics at the Manse and our white water rafting adventure in the Poconos, as well as everything that other groups put on.
Leadership is staying the same within A2J, with the added benefit of much more parent involvement this year. We had a rockin' meeting a few weeks ago and came up with tons of good ideas for youth group meetings, mission work, and special events, adding to what we were already doing. Examples include Minute to Win It, a Halloween outing, and yoga. You'll have to come out regularly and stay updated to find out what else!
A2J meets every Sunday from 11:00 to 1:00, the same time as last year. There will be a different activity/mission project every week, lunch, and a lesson. Our first meeting will be on Sunday, September 19, the week after Rally Day. Our list of people to thank continues to grow longer. Thanks, Dawn Duran, for taking even more responsibility with cooking this year, and thanks to Naida Burgess for regular commitment, and other parents as well for taking on special events, mission projects, and Bible studies. There is always much more to a program than its leaders.
See you there! Parents are always welcome to stay.
Janna Beth Cobb
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
WOW what a great summer. To date I have made 3 trips to the food bank. There are pictures on the bulletin board of each harvest. The group has been busy over the summer. To date we have enjoyed surf lessons with AC Surf Club, a great weekend on the boat at the Cobb's cabin and a pool party at my house. Still to happen are Great Adventure Aug. 28th, another pool party Sept. 17th, and plenty more trips to the food bank.
Meetings will start back up Sept. 13th, one week after Labor Day, Monday nights 6-8pm in Madden Hall. Looking forward to another GREAT year! I feel truly blessed to be a part of this group.
As always all comments and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to contact me anytime. Besides posting in the Good News and updates on the bulletin board we are also on Facebook. Check it out!!
Karen Muldoon, co-director
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
by Dorothy Law Nolte
If children live with criticism they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with suppression they learn to hate.
If children live with neglect they learn to not care.
If children live with pain they learn to feel hurt.
Children learn patience if they live with tolerance.
Children learn confidence if they live with encouragement.
Children learn to appreciate if they live with praise.
Children learn justice if they live withfairness.
Children learn faith if they live with security.
Children learn to like themselves if they live with approval.
And children learn love if they live with acceptance and friendship.
Submitted by Louise Speitel
NEW MEMBERS CLASSES TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 12
Joining church is a very special step in life. It is not only a point of identity in your Christian walk, it is also a time to make new friends, discover your calling, and to grow within a Christian community, the church.
Joining church is not difficult. There are three classes – one on faith, one on Presbyterian history, and one about our church and its programs. The session will welcome and receive you at their meeting on October 5.
Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12. They last one hour. Come grow with us! You’ll be glad you did.
Call the office for details, or see the pastor, or just show up. We need you. We want you.
Pray about this. Pastors Cobb and Reedell will lead the class.
PASTORS COBB & REEDELL OFFER STUDY ON SUNDAY NIGHTS
A course taught by our pastors will begin on Sunday night, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. This new course by Ray Vander Laan is entitled “With All Your Heart” and is the tenth in this series. (We have already offered two courses by him.)
The format will feature a video segment of the travels of the Israelites through the desert to the fertile Promised Land. The Israelites receive God’s grace, but quickly forget Him. Discover what it means to remember the Lord on this one of a kind spiritual journey.
There will be a discussion after the video. Cost is $5.00. Call the pastors or office. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule.
NEWS FROM THE CHRISTIAN READERS’ BOOK CLUB
The book “Three Cups of Tea” chronicles the remarkable journey of Greg Mortenson. In 1993, Mortenson went to Pakistan to climb a mountain. His adventures brought him to a remote village where he experienced the kindness of the poor people who came to his aid. He was moved by their desire to see their children learn, yet they had no school. Children wrote by scratching in the dirt. His promise to these villagers that he would return and build them a school was the beginning of a movement that even Mortenson could not have foreseen.
Through the generosity of donors, Mortenson was instrumental in building more than 60 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Despite death threats and a kidnapping, he continues to dedicate his life to building literacy and peace one child at a time.
Come out to the Christian Readers’ Book Club on Wed., Sept. 15, as we discuss “Three Cups of Tea.” The discussion will take place at 7pm in the Cobb Lounge.
DOUG JABLONSKI MEN’S FELLOWSHIP
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on September 11. Come for breakfast, fellowship, and to plan for the fall. Breakfast will be eggs.
WOMEN'S CIRCLE MEETINGS
As we continue our Bible study of the Book of Joshua, we will reflect on the fact that the book of Joshua, like most of the Old Testament scriptures is primarily directed to the males of the community. Much of Joshua is about war and conquest. Why, then, is one whole chapter concerned with the story of a prostitute? How did Rahab the Harlot's story find its way into the records? Why is it that the only name in this chapter, mentioned alongside the name of the great leader, Joshua, is the name of this woman, Rahab? Neither the name of the king nor the names of the two spies sent by Joshua found their way into the record. During our September Bible study we will read Joshua chapter two and look for the answers to these questions.
The Sarah Circle will meet at the church in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 1st. The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius on Friday, September 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9th, at the home of Carol Thomas.
All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best fits into your time schedule. You will be warmly welcomed. A lot of caring and fellowship happens there.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
Originally, “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry” was designed to be a 12 week Sunday School course. It is hard to believe, but we are heading into our 10th year of monthly get-togethers, complete with delicious meals! In honor of this landmark, we are reaching way back into the archives and pulling out some the most beloved episodes from the beginning of our quest.
We will kick off our 10th Anniversary at 6 p.m. Friday, September 17th, with a pot luck dinner in Madden Hall, followed by one of those Top 10 episodes. Be sure to join us for a wonderful night of food, fellowship, entertainment and discussion.
Gomer said to tell ya’ll that Goober says “Hey!”
MANY THANKS TO MANY VBS SPONSORS
Thank you, sponsors! What a tremendous response to our Christian Ed initiative. We were hoping to get our kids involved in the community Vacation Bible School especially since the program was attempting a new evening schedule. We were able to send 8 kids (grades prek-grade 5) at a cost of $10 each and 5 young teens (grades 6-8) at a cost of $30 each. Sponsors donated $10 each and in some cases even more. All told we raised $270 and sent 13 kids to Vacation Bible School. Great job!
I would like to recognize and thank our VBS sponsors. You made all the difference. Thank you from Priscilla and the Christian Ed Committee.
Betty Jerue Toshie Legg Alice and Warren Smith
May Clay Georgina Umoren Melvin and Ethel Washington
Betty Lloyd Mary Bew Jim and Barbara Maurer
Loretta Metz Gerry Reedell Roger and Ginny Wolcott
Shirley Smith Denise Ott Steve and Ginny Schwab
Jean Delesantro Gayle Ackerman Jill and Harry Williamson
Dick & June Waters Paul and Marjorie Hamer
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Our women’s circles will be making up care packages for all of our college students. We need profile information for each of our students so we can be sure to include everyone. Please return the following information to the church office through the offering plate or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as dorm assignments are received.
Please print clearly
Student Name: ______________________________________________________
Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________
Projected year of Graduation: __________________________________________
FALL PROGRAM BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12
We return to our regular schedule on September 12. Breakfast will be served at 8:45 (still $2.00), and there will be two worship services at 9:30 and 11:00. Refreshments will be served in Madden Hall between services, and our choir will be back at both services.
Rally Day is also September 12, and we will be celebrating the opening of our Sunday School with a parade and presentations at the 9:30 service.
See you there!
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
Where did it all go? It seems like only last week we were talking about what would happen this summer and now it is all behind us. We had some pretty extraordinary things in our worship over the last month and half or so. No one can deny that they were deeply moved on July 4th as Old Glory, surrounded by Revolutionary War Minutemen and soldiers (thank you Roger Wolcott!), was held high as we sang our National Anthem.
We heard cello music provided by Austin Bond, piano music by Aspen Mazzatta and Justin Hughes, Janna Beth Cobb playing solo hand bells, the Holland Family (with too many instruments and voices to name!), and the amazing vocal talent of Sharon Neff.
The congregation is to be commended on the selection and singing of hymns each week preceding the services.
Now we get back to weekly rehearsals for our Sanctuary Choir, new schedules for Choir Chimes and our Praise Team.
A new season means new beginnings and that is what I look forward to in our worship and music ministry. And as always, it is only with the support of you all and the help of God, that any of this can happen.
So until next time…..see you in the Choir Loft. Tom
CROP WALK TO BE HELD OCTOBER 17
Once again this year our church will help lead the CROP Walk. We will change the course a little, but it will still begin in Heritage Park. See the office or a youth director for a sponsor form. Many are hungry – do your part.
PRAYER MINISTRY TO ORGANIZE ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 25, 10:00 A.M.
We are ready to begin our Prayer Shawl/Quilt Ministry and welcome you to join in with us. Many hands will make light of the work so we are hoping you will consider using yours.
Our first gathering will be on Saturday morning, September 25th, in Madden Hall. At this time we will have all the materials there for us to begin making some prayer quilts. This will be an organizational one and a learning experience, but hopefully we can still complete some quilts. You don’t have to know how to sew.
Since it is our intention to fill requests for the quilts or shawls in a timely manner, we will need someone to keep a record of the requests, when they are completed, and the date they are delivered.
After a quilt or shawl is completed, and prayers are said for the recipient, it will given to them along with a personal note, which will include the name of our church.
Some of our congregation are already completing knitted or crocheted shawls or working at home on a quilt. By getting together we can share our ideas and experiences as we work to create a new tool of evangelism.
We hope you will consider being a part of this new endeavor to reach out to our members as well as others who may be facing difficult circumstances or just need to know that someone cares. At our first gathering, we will begin to take requests for shawls and quilts. We hope to see you there!!
Stewardship Committee Report
Since our last writing, two seemingly long and hot months have come and gone. Here is an update on our financial status for this budget year.
Statistical Report for June
Budget for 2010 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through June 27,2010 $111,228.00
Our giving through 6/27/10 $ 80,221.20
Investment Income $ 8,833.23
Rental Income (net) $ 13,531.08
Amount under budget $ 8,642.49
Statistical Report for July
Budget for 2010 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through July 25, 2010 $128,340.00
Our giving through 7/25/10 $ 91,427.58
Investment Income $ 10,192.19
Rental Income (net) $ 14,994.78
Amount under budget $ 11,725.45
Average weekly giving by month
January $3261.49 $3689.44
February $3059.14 $3150.85
March $3166.79 $3055.65
April $3069.19 $3355.50
May $2779.57 $2950.76
June $3208.85 $3001.70
July $2801.60 $2,941.21
Last year at this time we were under budget by $9,529.95. This year we are under a smaller budget by $11,725.45 - $2,195.50 more. If you haven’t kept up with your pledges this summer, please consider doing so as we return to our Fall schedule.
Also, at this time, many of you have made the per capita donation of $38.00. Last January, we were assessed $9,879 by the Presbytery based upon our membership. To date, you have collectively reimbursed the church a total of $4,345.84. Last year the figure was $4,348.00. If you overlooked this expense, you still have time to make a contribution.
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
BOB & LUCY JERUE STEP DOWN FROM VISIONING TEAM
It is with sadness that we received the resignation of Bob & Lucy Jerue as co-chairmen and members of our Visioning Team. Bob & Lucy have worked hard and faithfully on this process over the last year reading books, checking out what other churches are doing, and even feeding the team at their own home. (It was delicious!) Perhaps their biggest achievement was the Appreciative Inquiry event that was held in Madden Hall last October. Several recommendations from that event have been passed on to major committees of our church for implementation.
Bob & Lucy, we thank you for your help, leadership, and visioning for our church. You helped us see a better future than we had vision to see for ourselves. Thank you!
SUMMER THANK YOUS
There were several important projects completed over the summer, and a lot of people helped with church needs. A few special thanks are in order:
I hope everyone had a fun-filled summer. The committee has been on a well deserved break this summer but was still able to provide refreshments following summer church services. Thank you to everyone who helped supply the goodies as well as set up and clean up.
The dinner and boat cruise is tentative for September 8. See the article from Gayle for more information.
The committee is also getting ready for various fall events such as the Applefest, cranberry sales, as well as the Holland Family event for December. All these various events will be featured in their respective months in more detail so please read your Good News.
Looking forward to a wonderful fall season, and of course those great cool temps!!
PRIME-TIMERS SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 11, 6:00 P.M.
If the weather permits, the Prime-Timers will begin our new year with a Graveyard Scavenger Hunt. Teams will be given maps and then sent out to the cemetery to locate the items listed for the Scavenger Hunt. Prizes will be given to those who are able to find everything. We will have the Scavenger Hunt first while it is still light, and then we will eat our covered dish meal in Madden Hall. If it rains or the ground is too wet, we will substitute with a Craft Night and make Indian Dream Catchers. The Graveyard Scavenger Hunt will then be postponed until May 14th.
Everyone who is 45 or older is invited to join us for some food, fun and fellowship. Just bring a covered dish to share and join us at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, September 11th.
All of our Prime-Timer events this year will be held on the 2nd Saturday at 6 p.m. every month except December, so mark your calendar now.
EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 12 NOON
At this month’s meeting our own Jim Maurer will be showing us slides of his collection of Covered Bridges, taken during travel.
It will be great to see all of our members out after this hot summer. Bring a sandwich and a friend. Desert and a beverage will be served.
Praise for Him.
AGAPE LUNCH SEPTEMBER 19
Our first Agape Lunch for this season will be on September 19th in Madden Hall and, as always, will follow the 11:00 service. The lunch menu will consist of a brunch strata, fresh fruit, and cornbread.
We have invited the founders of “Because We Care Ministries” to do a presentation of the work they do. They spread the word of God and the love and hope of our Savior Jesus to orphans and other unfortunate children, and needy or sick adults, through a stuffed dog named “Woofi”. Woofi himself will be here to meet you and to meet the children in our youth group! Sue Geiss, Woofi’s mom, will do a story time with our kids as well.
Please join us for this special Agape Luncheon.
See you in Madden Hall!
LUNCH BUNCH TO OLIVE GARDEN SEPTEMBER 8
Lunch Bunch will meet on September 8 to travel to the Olive Garden at the Hamilton Mall. Meet at the church at 11:30 or at the restaurant at noon.
ANNUAL DINNER AND CRUISE EVENING
Plans are being made for our Dinner and Cruise evening. We have tentatively set the date for Wednesday, September 8th. Dinner will be at Doc’s Place on Bay Avenue in Somers Point at 4:00 p.m. The cruise will be after dinner on the Duke of Fluke party boat which is down the street from the restaurant.
The cost is $35.00 per person. Friends and family are welcomed to join us.
I will have more specific information after I know how many people will be attending. Please sign up on the bulletin board and I will be back in touch with you.
Sure hope many of you will join us for this special event.
Thanking you in advance,
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
BY TOM SOOY
It is hard to imagine that less than a month after the announcement of our 2011 trip, The Inns of New England Fall Foliage Tour, we are totally sold out and at the waiting list stage. If you had planned to travel with us, but did not get your reservation in yet, please see Tom, as people may drop out along the way.
Stay tuned for information about a full day Christmas-themed trip that we have in the works.
Well, I am off to see what other adventures are out there in store for us. Let’s keep on travellin’! Tom
CHURCH’S OLDEST MEMBER DIES AT 99 ½
On August 13 our oldest member, Edith Haviland, went home to glory. Her end was peaceful, and she was ready.
Edith had been active over 50 years, and her husband, Bob, served on the Building Committee, under Henk Vigeveno, that built Madden Hall in 1955.
Edith had spent several years in Seashore Gardens where she died. Her last time with us in worship was Christmas Eve. She was our senior member by many years. Sadly, all of her contemporaries in our church died years ago. She is back with them today!
Her services were private at her request.
“Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord...for their deeds follow them.” ~ Revelation 14:13
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE
506 Falcon Drive
Absecon, NJ 08201
The new church picture directory is expected to be published in mid October.
JACK HEIL WRITES POEM FOR PASTOR’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY BLESSING
The Sunday before the pastor left for General Assembly Jack Heil presented the pastor with a very moving tribute in a poem. He was touched by it, and submits it for this issue of the Good News. Thank you, Jack, for caring enough to send your very best for our pastor!
Dave, we know you'll only be gone for a week, it's true
But next Sunday you can believe that everyone will miss you
Every sermon that you preach comes right from your heart
It is always a surprise to know where you will start.
Dave, we know that Jan will miss you most of all
But we believe that every night you will give her a call
Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder they say
But you'll both miss each other everyday.
Dave, you can believe that Tom will do his best
So you can just put your mind at rest
He is good with the children and the choir as well
Everyone enjoys each story that he has to tell.
Dave, the Church will go on but it won't be the same
Everyday we know that someone will mention your name
They'll say "if Dave were here everything will be done right"
But everyone will do their best until you're back in our sight.
Dave, we've known a lot of Pastors but none like you
Who not only give us faith but works like you do
We would like to thank you for being there all of the time
You care about everyone, they are always on your mind.
So Dave enjoy this day with family and friends
We know when you're having fun you wish that it never ends
Before you know it you'll be back home once more
We know that you will have more stories then you did before.
Dee and Jack Heil
Thanks to Congregation - Franklin X. Loeb, M.D.
Taken from Hebrews 11:
As life progresses we begin to realize how profoundly the Bible predicts and, on occasion, directs the course of our lives. I have never been accused of being a fundamentalist but as I grow older I interpret what I am taught with an eye towards how life is lived as a participant and not so much as a spectator. Obviously, the more I am taught the more I appreciate the wisdom of the words contained in “The Book”.
Last Sunday Gerry preached a sermon of the host of witnesses each of us has ever present to help and mentor us. Until the past three months or so I would have perceived that passage as an antiseptic litany of meaningless verbiage having neither meaning nor effect upon my life. I would have been wrong.
In the future, when you become seriously ill, you will realize how powerful a cadre of witnesses can be. I am convinced that the lions share of credit for my recovery go to God working through my host of witnesses whose thoughts and prayers gave me the strength and determination to prevail. Please never discount the power and importance of your efforts and please never miss the opportunity to lend your support to someone engaged in such a struggle in the future.
Thank you all for your concern.
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Thanks to everyone for visiting my mother, Betty Minter, and sending cards. She really enjoys having company. Also a bit thanks to Joe and Louise for coming to Absecon Manor to take our picture for the directory. It was really great of them.
Thanks so much,
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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 (email@example.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” (The Friday email) – 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.
ABSECON FIRE CO #1 MURAL WALL DEDICATION SEPTEMBER 11
Hear Ye & Welcome to the dedication of the Absecon Volunteer Fire Co. #1 mural wall on Saturday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m. A parade of fire engines and marching organizations will follow. There will be a patriotic bike decorating contest (for kids ages 4-12) joining the parade as it passes. Registration for the contest is at the First National Bank of Absecon from 10:30-11:30. There will be music, food and beverages at the firehouse to complete this Happy Day.
For more information call Cindy Smith (646-2927).
5 10:00 Ruth Champion
12 9:30 Norman Johnson & Marjorie McGuigan
11:00 Betty Lloyd
11:00 Frances Weir
26 9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
11:00 Dianna Lease
5 10:00 Janice Bond
12 9:30 Bob Hunter
11:00 Alice Malfi
19 9:30 Gerry Reedell
11:00 Betty Lloyd
26 9:30 Scott Sabo
11:00 Jerry Hoenes
5 10:00 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
12 9:30 Irene Hunter & Edith Budd
11:00 Jean Delesantro & Leslie Harvey
19 9:30 Elaine Risley & Carol Thomas
11:00 Joanna Howell & Olga Davies
26 9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
5 Jack & Dottie Hanlon
12 Bill & Ginny Davenport
19 Richard & Doris Wood
26 David & Judy Stebbins
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
5 10:00 Naida Burgess
12 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Mary Bew
19 9:30 Carol Jorgensen
11:00 Mary Bew
26 9:30 Irene Hunter
11:00 Mary Bew
40 MINUTE CLUB
5 K-3 Amy Gras & Courtney Gras
4-7 Karen & Ed Little
5 Bob Hudak
12 Jennifer Platt
19 Kira Greenlee
26 Dawn Lewis
5 John Harvey
12 Jose Achamizo
19 John Channell
26 Vic Abelson
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
12 Set-up –
19 Set-up –
26 Set-up –
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” ~ Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
After several years of guidance from our Visioning Team, we go into September with no active team. While some have been suspicious of the process since it first began, the fact is we desperately need this process for several important reasons:
When I was at General Assembly the clerk, Gradye Parsons, was asked where the real leadership comes from in a Presbyterian church – the pastor, the session, or someplace else? Without hesitating, he replied, “The leadership must come from the elders on session. Everything depends on that.” But he sadly added, “Most of our elders are managers, maintenance people, money managers, and administrators. People don’t come for that. They come for a vital Christian experience in a turned on community.”
The above statement is not to blame our session, but to point out that the real spiritual leadership must come from our session. Now that our Visioning Team is in dry dock, that role of session is more important than ever.
We can all begin by praying for our officers and me, the moderator. Our future is what we make it.
I’ll be back in the pulpit on September 5, and there will be one final picnic that day. Then it’s back to work. That includes all of us!
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