Absecon Presbyterian Church
Verse of the Month: “I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” ~ Psalm 119:11
CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH
God bless our faithful pastors--they dedicate us, baptize us, marry us, bury us--and hold a special place in our hearts. We honor them, the sheep-watchers of the flock of God, and ask God's blessing and anointing on their lives and ministry. Many thanks to Pastors Cobb and Reedell.
WORLD COMMUNION TO BE OBSERVED OCTOBER 3
Please plan on being with us at either service on Sunday, October 3, as we gather at our Lord’s Table with believers around the world.
This is always special, even more so this year with so much going on in the world.
NEWS FROM CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
It is an exciting time of year, as all of our educational and youth programs are up and running. Keep checking the Good News and listening to the announcements to keep track of all the exciting things that we have planned.
I would also like to take a moment to thank all of the people who make these programs happen - there are too many to list here, but we all owe a great deal to the many volunteers, staff, sponsors, and participants who make all of our Circles, Bible Studies, Youth Groups, and our Sunday School so successful! Congratulations on a great start to an exciting new year!
The CE committee had a meeting on August 31, and has another scheduled for November 16th.
Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo, CE Chair
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
The Rally Day Kick off went well. If you were there, you couldn’t miss the parade! We’ll be watching to see how much we grow this year in size, in numbers, and spiritually within. We recognized Melissa Dischert and Annie McManus as our outstanding evangelists and encourage all others to bring out their friends to share in the events and grow as a church family. It was great to get everyone together now that we’re all back in school. We are looking ahead to some exciting events in October!
Highlights and Up Coming Events
Thank you to our teachers, aides, kids, parents, and sponsors for coming out and supporting Rally Day. Every year brings new challenges and discoveries. May you discover how much God loves you and how good it is to be part of our church family. Please bring your friends. Let us grow in God’s love together.
In Christ’s love always,
LIONS AND LAMBS TO HEAD FOR HAYRIDE
When was the last time you went on a hayride? The Lions and Lambs elementary youth group will kick off our new year by visiting a corn maze and going on a hayride on October 3rd. We will be practicing good stewardship all throughout the year beginning with this event. Everyone will need to pack a lunch as we head to the corn fields.
This youth group is designed for kids between the ages of kindergarten through 5th grade. All kids in this age group and their parents are encouraged to participate. We meet on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We’re planning to offer slightly different activities for our k-2 members and our Gr 3-Gr 5 members. Lunch is prepared by the Agape Lunch team at a cost of $5 for adults and $2 for kids.
Parent leaders take turns planning activities that tie in with a monthly theme. Extra parents are always welcome to lend a helping hand. You’d be surprised how fast the hour and a half goes. Kids make friends and parents make friends too during our monthly meetings. What fun!
We hope you will join us for the hayride. We’ll find out more details about the location and exactly what will be involved. We thought this event might have a bit more appeal than biking on the boardwalk. We’re hoping to present either a T-shirt or a visor to all our Lions and Lambs participants. Lions and Lambs make Good Stewards! Here’s to an exciting new year.
Please contact Priscilla at 641-4877 with any questions.
NEWS FROM A2J
A2J got off to a great start with reminiscences about the Leesburg mission trip and Camp Haluwasa, then reviewing the gospel of salvation. We enjoyed seeing our official Absecon Presbyterian Church Adopt-a-road signs as we cleaned up Pitney Road. There are two of them between the Methodist Church and the 5 Corners. Check them out!
Events for October include some kind of Halloween outing, the CROP walk, and a combined Ricketts Glen Poconos trip with Senior Youth. The trip will be Friday evening to Sunday evening, October 8 to 10, so everyone will be home for Columbus Day. Cost is $30 plus the cost of a fast food dinner on the drive up. Be prepared to hike and also to bundle up, as we'll be taking the last boat rides of the year and "putting the boat to sleep" before coming back home.
Since the church does not cover any of the cost of lunch, we are asking each family to pitch in $30 for food, with an additional $10 if there are any siblings in the family. Please come speak to one of us if this is a hardship. We will try our best to make it last the year.
See you every Sunday at 11:00!
Janna Beth Cobb
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP NEWS
We started our meetings September 13th.
The group rode bikes on the boardwalk Sept. 20th. Soon we will be jumping into our mission project. We threw around some ideas, they decided to continue to help the food bank but in a different way. We met earlier with Rose from the food bank. She suggested that we collect household items to donate to the Food Bank's thrift store. The store is in the Shore Mall. For every dollar the thrift store makes, the food bank can get 10 dollars worth of food. We will be collecting these goods throughout October. All donations are welcome. Also in October we will be going to the Haunted Junkyard. Always a scary fun night.
For more information on what's going on with the group please check out the bulletin board. There is a huge calendar to keep everyone on track. Also there is a master copy of our dinner schedule.
Karen Muldoon, Co-Director
YOUTH RECEIVE BIBLES ON RALLY DAY
How many of you remember receiving your first Bible? Several of our well known Sunday School members received gift Bibles on Rally Day. We typically give Bibles to our newest 4th graders. This year we were also able to give a Bible to a 5th grader who joined us in the middle of 4th grade last year. Bible recipients were: Libby Little, Ray Lewis, Madison McElwee, and Sarah Gillis. Congratulations to you all. May you each treasure your Bible throughout your life.
PASTORS COBB AND REEDELL TEACHING CLASS SUNDAY NIGHTS
It’s not too late to sign up for the course being taught by our pastors entitled “With All Your Heart” about our spiritual journey as it is reflected in the journey of the Jews across the desert.
We just began on September 19. Come and join us! Cost is only $5.00.
DOUG JABLONSKI MEN’S FELLOWSHIP OCTOBER 9 AT 8:30 A.M.
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, fellowship and devotions on Saturday, October 9. Bring a friend. Breakfast will be pancakes. Cost is $3.00 – cheap.
In ancient times injury or murder often was answered "in kind" by family members of the victims. Even today, there are families who try to seek revenge by taking the law into their own hands. As we continue our study of the Old Testament Book of Joshua, we learn that God instructs Joshua to set aside cities as places of refuge. These cities were to be cities of asylum where a person would be safe from any avenger until a fair trial could be conducted.
The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8th, at the home of Betsy Cunius. The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Carol Thomas at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 14th.
All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best fits your time schedule. You will be warmly welcomed. A lot of caring and fellowship happens there.
NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY BEGINS OCT. 13 AT 6:30 P.M.
In response to an idea that came out of a parents' meeting, there will be a new weeknight Bible Study & Prayer Group beginning in October. Barbara Morgan and JoAnn & Scott Sabo will be facilitating the group, and all are invited. This will be a six week course held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30, beginning on October 13 and running through December. We will be using the "40 Minute Bible Studies" curriculum to study the topic "How do you walk the walk you talk?", which will discuss what the Bible has to say about how we practice what we preach without hypocrisy in a way that lets others see the difference that genuine faith makes in our life. It promises to be focused, informal, and applicable to our daily lives - and there is no outside reading or homework required! Please contact Barbara or the Sabos if you are interested so we can make sure we have enough books for everyone by the first session. We hope to see you there for learning, sharing, and fellowship.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
What a great turnout for the opening of our 10th season of “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry.” No other church in the country can make that statement, so we are unique! After a delicious pot-luck supper we viewed and discussed “Opie’s Charity.” We saw Opie, supposedly not keeping up his obligations in the Children’s Charity Drive; only to find that he was saving his money to buy a warm winter coat for a classmate whose family could not afford to do so. The last lines are classics even to this day. Andy asks Opie, “Why didn’t you tell me?” Opie’s great reply: “You didn’t ask me.”
Well, we are asking you to join us on Friday, October 15th, for a pot-luck supper in Madden Hall at 6 p.m. and then the screening of another classic episode from the early days of the Andy Griffith Show; which is celebrating its 50th year on television, this year!
We’ll meet y’all down at the fishin’ hole.
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 email@example.com by October 10.
Please print clearly
Student Name: ______________________________________________________
Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________
Projected year of Graduation: __________________________________________
HOLLAND FAMILY TO LEAD CHURCH MUSIC OCTOBER 24
Our own Tom Sooy will be on vacation the week of October 24, and the Holland family will be here to provide special music and accompaniment for our hymns.
Five members of the family will be present that day – John & Vicki and their three sons, Timothy, Peter, and Mark.
It is always a pleasure to have this talented family with us. They will be with us again on December 18 for our Christmas dinner/concert.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
Our Music Ministry is back in full swing. It is nice to see the choir pews so full. Some great music is planned, and we look forward to sharing it with the congregation. Our Choir Chimes group (still in search of name for us) will be playing soon and Handbells start rehearsals at the end of this month. We look forward to a spiritually uplifting year of worship.
And another wonderful thing for our congregation - we give kudos to TOM PICCIRILLI, who was named Outstanding Jazz Artist of the Year (for the 3rd year in a row!) by Philadelphia Magazine. Congratulations to Tom on this achievement! I know more details of this award will be forthcoming, but it is wonderful to know we have such God-given talent right here in our congregation. I prayerfully thank the Holy Spirit for leading Tom and Janice to our congregational family. And be sure to look out for more from Tom and Tom in the near future.
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
I'd like to thank everyone that worked and contributed time to the Leesburg mission trip. 33 members of our congregation participated, 8 of which were young people. Also four teens from the Leesburg church helped.
Some of the work done was reconstructing the handicap ramp at the church, and at the hall a kitchen window was replaced, the inside was painted, a wooden area was cleared, a storage shed was put up and some outside lighting was installed.
We will be better able to show what was done when the pictures are put on a DVD.
A lot was accomplished, and this was time well spent among friends.
Please remember the CROP Walk is scheduled for October 17th. See the office or a youth director for a sponsor form.
Russ Adkisson, Chairman
CROP WALK TO BE HELD OCTOBER 17
Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the gazebo in Heritage Park for the annual CROP Walk for hunger. Did you know 1 in 7 Americans lives below the poverty level, and we enjoy one of the wealthiest societies in the world. CROP money is used to dig wells, upgrade agricultural methods, and provide food to starving people around the world. The need is greater than ever, and CROP works in Haiti, Pakistan, and areas most ravaged by disaster.
Stop in the office for a sponsor form. If you can’t walk, sponsor one (or several) of our walkers. Their names will be published in the bulletin. The pastor was the first to sign up.
Stewardship Committee Report
Calling all church volunteers! We are in need of at least two church members to step up and become counters to replace two that we lost. You will be assigned to count approximately every six weeks. Counters follow a set procedure to record the Sunday morning offertory. This task is performed by a two member team which meets in the office and counts the offering for the two services; thus, while you can attend the first service and begin counting and recording that offertory after that service, you must also plan to remain and count the offertory from the second service.
If interested, please contact the church office or me at 641-1839. Remember: Many hands make light work!
Statistical Report for August
Budget for 2010 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through August 29, 2010 $149,730.00
Our giving through 8/29/10 $105,607.34
Investment Income $ 11,890.89
Rental Income (net) $ 15,580.65
Amount under budget $ 16,651.12
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 $3779.57 $2950.76
June $3208.85 $3001.70
July $2801.60 $2941.21
August $2835.95 $2481.40
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
SEPTEMBER THANK YOUS
This is the time of year there are many people to thank as we begin our fall program. We thank the choir, Sunday School teachers and aides, youth workers, Sunday breakfast helpers and many more. The fall has gotten off to a great start because of you. We also thank some special helpers for service above and beyond the call of duty:
I would like to thank Gayle Ackerman for all the time and effort she put in to make the Dinner Cruise a wonderful event. Great job!
Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner set for Saturday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. Adults/$5 – Child/$3
The Applefest has been moved to Friday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m. Adults/$4 – Child/$2. There will be entertainment by John Channell and friends. Hope to see you there!
PRIME-TIMERS SATURDAY. OCTOBER 9 - 6:00 P.M.
Our October gathering should be fun as we take our turns playing Bible Jeopardy. Roger Wolcott, our clever gadget maker, has rigged up lights and buzzers just like the real Jeopardy Game. Come and test your knowledge of the Bible. Just be sure to phrase your answer in the form of a question.
Please join us at 6:00 p.m. in Madden Hall on Saturday, October 9th. Just bring a dish to pass at the covered dish meal and join us for fun, fellowship and food.
EVERGREENS TO MEET WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, AT NOON
We will be meeting at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20, one week earlier than usual. Everyone who attends our lunch is asked to share with the group their favorite Bible verse or hymn (you don’t have to sing) and tell us why it means something special to them.
So bring a sandwich and a friend for a special time of fellowship and sharing. As always, beverages and dessert will be provided.
See you in Madden Hall on Wednesday, October 20!
Praise for Him,
Agape Lunches are now planned for every other month. Our next lunch will be November 7. Look for more information in bulletin announcements and the November Good News.
AYE, LUNCH BUNCH T’ PIRATE’S DEN OCTOBER 6
Lunch Bunch will tra'el t' Brigantine t' enjoy the fall ocean weather and lunch at the Pirate’s Den. Gar.
Aye, in No'ember we will tra'el t' Dino’s Diner in Sea'ille. Aye, me parrot concurs. Ahoy, the van will lea'e at 11:15 on No'ember 3. Aye.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
BY TOM SOOY
Our Christmas trip has been finalized. On Saturday, December 11th we will leave Absecon and head to National Christmas Museum in Lancaster, and then to the Bird-In-Hand Farmer’s Market for a bit of shopping (I can smell that Shoo-Fly pie and those sticky buns already!) The off to a spectacular lunch in the Circular Dining Room of the elegant Hotel Hershey. Christmas in Hershey is a magical time and after a tour and time to explore, we board our bus for a drive through Hershey Sweet Lights, where we will view over 600 lighted exhibits and more than a million lights on a 2 mile drive through wooded trails!
This exciting, fun-filled day is only $80.00 per person, including all gratuities for drivers and guides. See Tom, call 965-1665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you have your seat reserved for CHRISTMAS IN HERSHEY, the sweetest place on earth!
Well, I am off to see what other adventures are out there in store for us. Let’s keep on travellin’! Tom
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Coming – Saturday, December 18 – 7:00 p.m.
The 8-Member Holland Family
Nancy’s Traditional Christmas Roast Beef Dinner
(served before in 2 seatings)
Complete details in November’s Good News
Planned by your Fellowship Committee – Tina Brown, Chair
CATHY AND RICH GUENTHER OBSERVE WEDDING ON OCTOBER 16
While Cathy and Rich were married in a private ceremony a year ago, they have never had a public ceremony or reception. That will all change on October 16 at 2:00 p.m. when they are joyfully married in our church. A reception by invitation only will follow in Madden Hall.
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” (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.
The Margate Community Church invites all to attend a flute/piano/piccolo concert featuring Beverly Pugh and Nicolas Mastripolito on Sunday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. A love offering will be received. Refreshments will be available.
This concert is part of their new concert series in memory of local physician Dr. Donald Davidson.
3 9:30 Loretta Metz
11:00 Joanna Howell
10 9:30 Pat & Bob Hudak
11:00 Jean Delesantro
17 9:30 Dottie McCaffrey
24 9:30 Eric & Essie Newell
11:00 Tom & Anita Brown
31 9:30 Grade 1-2
11:00 Desiree & Dirk Willilamson
3 9:30 Louise Speitel
10 9:30 Bob Hunter
11:00 Priscilla Schultheis
17 9:30 Melvin Washington
11:00 Gerry Reedell
24 9:30 Scott Sabo
11:00 Tina Brown
31 9:30 Grades 5-6 & 7-8
11:00 Alice Smith
3 9:30 Eric Newell & Bob Wilkenloh
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
10 9:30 Bill & Dorie Keener
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
17 9:30 Vic & Rita Abelson
11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
24 9:30 Greg Hamaty & John Harvey
11:00 Jean Delesantro & Leslie Harvey
31 9:30 Melvin & Ethel Washington
11:00 Olga Davies & Joanna Howell
3 Joe Marshall & Roy Birkbeck
10 Roger & Jinny Wolcott
17 Tammy Suarez & Marjorie McGuigan
24 Gloria Achamizo & Barbara Miller
31 Grade 3-4
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
3 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Mary Bew
10 9:30 Jinny Wolcott
11:00 Mary Bew
17 9:30 Pat Hudak
11:00 Mary Bew
24 9:30 Ginny Davenport
11:00 Mary Bew
31 9:30 Naida Burgess
11:00 Mary Bew
3 Alice Malfi
10 Bob Hudak
17 Jennifer Platt
24 Dawn Lewis
31 Alice Malfi
3 John Harvey
10 Barbara Hughes
17 John Channell
24 Vic Abelson
31 Ed Little
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
3 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – Ed Little
Clean-up – McManus Family
10 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – Richard & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Bill & Ginny Davenport
17 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
24 Set-up – Dee Heil
Cook – Jack Heil
Clean-up – Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
31 Set-up – Linda Adkisson
Cook – Russ Adkisson
Clean-up – Gayle Ackerman
DO WE REALLY WANT TO GROW?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20
A study book I am asked to discuss with Presbytery officers reports that the number one goal of churches is “reaching new people and getting new members”. Indeed, our own congregation identified that goal at Appreciative Inquiry last year and the session spent 30 minutes discussing it at our September meeting. It certainly seems a worthy goal considering there were only 22 people at the second service on our first day of double services, and we have lost members through death and relocation.
Nationally, churches are loosing members. So are Sunday Schools. Those that are growing work very hard at it and make big sacrifices. Most of these sacrifices cost little or no money, just a change in priorities, some inconvenience, and a little reaching out of their comfort zone. Hopefully you’re responding, “Just tell me what to do – I’ll do it.” I guarantee these simple steps will bring new people to our church:
In short, the growing churches of the future will have some similarity to ours but will also have a lot of differences. Those that don’t keep up will be left behind.
Ultimately, the question is not “Do you want to grow?” but “Are you ready to pay the price of growth?” If we are not, let’s not hurt our credibility by saying our church is about growth when we are not willing to pay the price. If we are, it doesn’t take an act of session for you to invite an unchurched person to church and introduce them to your friends. Indeed, that is what we want you to do.
As they say at Nike, “Just do it!”
And be sure to introduce your new friends to me, too.
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