Absecon Presbyterian Church
Verse of the Month: “O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.” ~ Psalm 105:1
NOVEMBER IS STEWARDSHIP COMMITTMENT MONTH
Strengthening Our Roots
Annually during this month we feature renewing our commitment to our church. We reflect on how, over the past year, we have met the pledges we made to support our church financially as well as with our time and talent. Overall we have been faithful and should be somewhat pleased with our efforts. We are meeting our budgetary needs, but only by relying more on our investment and rental income as well as our reserves. Compared to 2009, our financial support of the church has slipped a bit. We adopted a budget for this year that was $3,217 less than the one for 2009. Our giving at the Sunday services is running about $1,700 below last year. This means we are donating approximately $5,000 less this year compared to 2009.
There are reasons for this decline in giving; the main one being the economy. No one expected the economic doldrums to continue this long. It was expected that an economic recovery would have started long ago. It was expected that our unemployed members would have gotten a job by now; but instead church members are still losing their jobs. It was expected that incomes would begin to rebound; but instead, interest rates on CDs are still declining; dividends on stocks are stagnant or being reduced; and it was just announced that for those who rely on Social Security, there will be no increase for a second year in a row. Economic times are as tough – if not tougher – than last year.
As a result of the economic situation facing our members, the Stewardship Committee has found it difficult to recommend an increase in the budget for 2011. Where there are expected increases in expenditures, we will try to shift money from another line item rather than asking you for more. The Committee will have its final budget meeting after the deadline for this article. The 2011 budget will be presented to Session at its November 1 meeting. The results of these two meetings will be part of the Stewardship Committee’s presentation to you on the Sundays in November.
This year our theme is Strengthening Our Roots. This will consist of an appeal to maintain – or if you can – increase your pledge to support our church. It will also be an appeal to become more involved as a volunteer, in helping to run the many activities of the church. If our pledges and giving continue to decline, we will have to return to the past practice of having fundraisers if we are to continue offering the programs and services in the budget.
A number of events are planned for the four Sundays in November in support of Stewardship Month. Some will be reflective of the past year. You might even find your photo in them – so come to Church and see! On November 14 you will be able to pick up your pledge card packet. This card can be returned the following Sundays by being placed in the offering plate or you can mail it to the office. Packets not picked up on the 14th will be mailed. Please return your completed pledge card by the end of the month.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18)
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
SPECIAL MEETING OF CONGREGATION CALLED FOR NOV. 28
As required by our by-laws, there will be a meeting of the congregation between services on November 28 (approx. 10:45). This will be a special meeting to elect elders, deacons, and trustees. No other business may be introduced. The current slate is listed below. There are still two seats open. Please respond to the Nominating Committee if they call you!
Elders – 3 year term Trustees – 3 year term Deacons – 3 year term
Jerry Hoenes Melvin Washington, Chairman Mary Bew
Melvin Washington Lee Wolff Kris Jenoriki
(open) Jinny Wolcott
Elder - 2 year unexpired term
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
It is a busy time of year, as all of our educational and youth programs are in full swing. Keep checking the Good News and listening to the announcements to keep track of all the exciting things that are going on!
The CE Committee has a meeting scheduled for November 16th.
Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo, CE Chair
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND RELATED NEWS
Lots of fun things were happening in October for many different groups. Lions and Lambs went of to Butterhoff’s Farm for a hayride and pumpkin picking. The A2J group joined up and headed through the corn maze. The A2J Pocono trip was a huge success. The CROP Walk brought a lot of people together to fight world hunger. He held our Halloween party and first Family Worship Sunday.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
We’ll be talking about the season of Advent soon. The holiday season gets busy between our Christmas musical, Birthday Party for Jesus, mission projects, and Christmas Eve Christmas pageant. Let us grow closer to God in all that we do.
In Christ’s love always,
WEEKNIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Our new Weeknight Bible Study is up and running as we learn about "Walking the Walk We Talk" and truly living our faith. Our first of six bi-weekly sessions was on October 13 and was well-attended; we had some great fellowship as we learned together how to listen to what the Bible is saying to us individually. Our next session is scheduled for November 10 at 6:30 in Cobb Lounge, and all are invited. Note that we will even have child care available so that parents with young children can attend. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
NEWS FROM A2J
The adults are still exhausted from our weekend trip to hike Rickett's Glen! In a bittersweet moment, we were able to take 11 junior highers with us and even needed to turn down 7 friends that wanted to come. There just wasn't enough space. We had a great time checking out the fall foliage, going on final boat rides, and learning about the importance of serving others even when we know we will get nothing in return. We also had a great time on the CROP Walk. Thanks to Courtney Gras for recruiting the most sponsors. The combined corn maze trip with Lions and Lambs was an adventure as well. Good thing the guys tied with the girls or we might have been hearing about it for awhile.
We're mostly going to stick with our usual routine for the next month. We'll try to keep our mission projects and our new "spiritual yoga" activities within the youth group time frame. Who knows, something special might be happening for Halloween. Parents will hear about additional activities a couple of days in advance by a phone call. Thanks again, Priscilla, for volunteering to be our PR Rep this year and get the word out for us.
Janna Beth & Jim
SENIOR YOUTH NEWS
The senior youth group would like to thank everyone for their donations. We made several trips over to the thrift store. They were grateful for all the items donated. They are looking for volunteers to help in the store so if anyone would be interested please let me know.
The Haunted Hayride is scheduled for October 22nd. In November we will be selling our GRAVE BLANKETS. Please let any one of the senior youth members know how many you would like. We will start building the blankets on the 22nd.
Thank you for all the support you have given our kids.
Karen Muldoon, Co-Director
As we near the end of our study of Joshua, we turn to an important theme in Joshua. That is the theme of rest. In the book of Joshua, rest means the cessation of warfare. Rest to Joshua and to Moses before him, meant occupying and possessing the land of promise and defeating all enemies. Rest and settling down was very important to a people who had endured many years of enslavement in Egypt and had spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness.
The Sarah Circle will meet Wednesday, November 3rd in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 5th. Please note that the Martha Circle will meet on a different day and at a different time than usual. The Martha Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16th at the home of Carol Thomas.
Twenty six boxes were prepared for our college students on Tuesday, October 11th. Many thanks to everyone who donated the goodies that were packed into the boxes. A great BIG special thanks to Barbara Maurer, who worked hard at organizing everything before hand so the packing could be done more quickly. We will be doing the college boxes again in March. In December the women's circles will be buying hats, gloves, scarves and socks for grade school children to deliver to a local grammar school in time for Christmas.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
On Friday, November 19th, we will meet in Madden Hall for a delicious pot-luck supper and then screen a classic episode from our first season of “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, Gomer, Goober and the rest of the gang first came into our homes. And in all that time, the show has NEVER been off the air. Andy Griffith said that even though the show was filmed in the 60’s, he wanted a feel of life in the 30’s, and he succeeded in that!
So join us on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, as we continue with our own 10th Anniversary of “Finding the way Back to Mayberry.”
And remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP COMMUNION BREAKFAST NOV. 6 AT 8:30 A.M.
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, November 6, at 8:30 in the sanctuary. This will be a time of renewal at our Lord’s Table.
Afterward we will meet for an egg breakfast in Madden Hall. Cost is $3.00. Come and join us for fellowship, worship, and good food.
NEWS FROM THE CHRISTIAN READERS’ BOOK CLUB
Our book for this month is “Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?” by Charlene Ann Baumbich.
Like a lot of sleepy towns across America, Partonville is decidedly behind the times. The old clock in the square has been stuck at 1:14 since anyone can remember, and everyone, it seems, is over the hill. What could Partonville possibly offer a young person?
Dorothy, our protagonist, is trying to decide whether or not to sell her ancestral home. A developer is breathing down her neck and needs a decision soon. With no clear answer in sight, Dorothy does what she does every single day --- talks to her Lord and asks for guidance.
But guidance comes in an odd package: one Ms. Katie Durbin, a businesswoman from Chicago, arrives in Partonville. As Dorothy becomes acquainted with Katie and her fifteen-year-old son, Josh, she realizes that The Big Guy can throw a mean curve ball.
This book is a reminder that basic human values remain, even when the times change. Meet the characters in Partonville in this enjoyable read.
The book will be discussed on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7pm in Cobb Lounge.
PASTORS COBB & REEDELL OFFER 5 WEEK COURSE STARTING NOV. 7
What better way to prepare yourself for the Advent season than a course entitled “In the Footsteps of the Rabbi”? Come and see the places Jesus walked and the real life human circumstances he encountered.
This course, like all the others, will meet Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. and will feature a 30 minute video followed by a Bible study and discussion guide.
We will begin November 7 and should end on December 5, the week we put up Christmas decorations.
Come for a spiritual journey you won’t forget. Cost is only $5.00.
The Worship Committee is looking for NEW members in the church to join the Worship Committee. Please inquire within the office or contact Janice Bond – Worship Chair at Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 335-1628 if you would be interested in joining. Come out and help mold and grow our church into the future.
A BIG Thank You to Barbara Morgan who will be scheduling acolytes for the worship services. Thank you for stepping up to this assignment. Also, I would like to thank Carol Thomas for always taking care of the acolytes in the past.
A BIG Thank You to Ginny Davenport who will now be scheduling our communion servers for our communion Sundays. Also, thank you Ilsa Smith for your past services and helping the Worship Committee schedule communion servers.
Our next Worship Meeting will be Saturday, November 13th, at 9:30 am. Please come out and join our meeting and help to see what you can provide in steering our church into the future. We need a few good men and women.
Janice Bond, Worship Chair
THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT ST. MARK AND ALL SAINTS NOV. 24, 7:00 P.M.
Once again the Absecon/Galloway Clergy Fellowship will sponsor a community Thanksgiving service for the churches of the Absecon and Galloway area. We will meet at the Episcopal Church on Pitney Road in Galloway. There will be special music and Rev. Heather Sugden of Reformation Lutheran Church will preach.
A pie social in the church hall will follow the service. The Episcopalians always make great refreshments!
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
It is great to have the Choir back in place. I am always amazed at how quickly they get back up to speed after a summer off! Our church is blessed to have a choir that is willing to sing at two services just about every Sunday. We welcome people who have a calling to sing in our choir and be a part of our music ministry.
Handbells will begin rehearsing soon and our Choir Chimes will be adding special music to our services in a few weeks.
The search is on for someone in our congregation who plays bass guitar. In fact, if you play any instrument, see me and we will find a way to make you a part of our worship.
It is only with your prayers and support that we can use all of our resources to the glory of God.
So until next time…..see you in the Choir Loft. ~ Tom
Knit one , Purl one!
“Dear God, I ask a blessing from all who have come before me, whose hands have been instruments of creation and beauty: who have picked up humble tools and homespun wool in order to provide cover and warmth for themselves and those they loved…
“Bless this yarn and these hooks. May this shawl be a sign of your healing presence: may it warm those who are weary, surround those who suffer and encircle those who are in pain. May Your gentle touch reach out to heal in the light of Christ. Amen”
The prayer above is adapted from meditations suggested by the creator of the Prayer Shawl Ministry and is used by many such groups across the country participating in this exciting tool of evangelism. Our Prayer Shawl project is off and running, and we have already filled some requests and are working on others. If you would like to be a part of this please join us on Saturday, November 6th, at 10:00 am in the Chapel. At that time we will be praying over completed shawls or quilts and readying them for delivery to the recipients.
If you have a special request for someone to receive a shawl or quilt, please give a written request to Loretta Metz including the name of the person, their address, and the reason you are requesting it. We don’t need details of their situation (it may be too personal) but just a general reason you believe they could use prayers and a shawl to express those prayers. We welcome everyone to be a part of this, whether it is actually creating the shawl or quilt, praying over them, or delivering them. This will be as successful as we make it. Also, if you have 3 or 4 like skeins of wool that you don’t know what to do with donations will be accepted and welcomed.
Our participation in the Crop Walk was very good this year and was led by A2J youth group, with many adults joining in. Our Minutes for Mission were received well by the congregation as proved by your response to becoming a sponsor!
Check out the website www.woofi.org and see our own Tom & Janice Piccirilli with our new friend Woofi, the Missionary Puppy! We are participating in this program with Because We Care Ministries, which provides these plush little puppies to those in need of a hug. See our little friend in the atrium. We have them available: contact any member of our committee for more details.
ANNUAL HARVEST HOME FOOD COLLECTION
Our Deacons had a meeting last week to set dates for our Annual Harvest Home collection for the Community Food Bank. With the help of the Naida Burgess and her working with the A2J youth group, we are asking their help in making this food drive a great success. The dates to bring food will be Nov 7th, 14th and 21st. We will have a table set up in the vestibule for our Collection. This worked so well last year. You have 3 weeks before Thanksgiving to fill the table with anything that is NOT perishable. Please be generous as these are trying times for the Food Bank and we would like to show them that we care.
We are also collecting good used winter coats and jackets--all sizes from young to adults. Go through your closets - this is a good time to clean them of coats you can't wear or use anymore. We are also collecting BLANKETS. These will also go for distribution at the Food Bank. The A2J group will have a Minute for Mission on Sunday, Nov. 7th, at both services. Let’s see if we can top last years giving of over 1000 lbs.
GOD BLESS YOU!
Carol Thomas, Deacons Moderator
NEWS FROM LISA
It Really Is a SMALL World
We hear this phrase so often and most of us can at least hum along with the song. I dare say, many could sing it word for word. The truth is the world is getting smaller and smaller in many ways as the global community becomes more intertwined through the internet, media, travel, etc. Just in the last month I had 2 moments when this truth hit me smack in the face.
This month, November, a group of students and staff from a Discipleship Training School in Pennsylvania will come to Absecon for a week of teaching and outreach. I am really looking forward to them coming and the opportunity to invest in their lives. A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from the school leaders. They were telling me about the students and said that one student was very interested in meeting me. She is from Russia, they explained. Her name is Nadya. Her sister Jenya was in a school I staffed in Russia 17 years ago! The next day, I received a note from Jenya via Facebook. Jenya and her husband were living near Siberia church planting. She wrote to tell me that she was so excited that I was going to be teaching her sister. I could not believe it - I still have no idea how Nadya ended up in Pa. I am amazed at how the Body of Christ around the world is like one big extended family.
If that wasn’t enough - a few days after receiving that e-mail, I attended a church service in Istanbul, Turkey. This church service was unique in that almost everyone in the congregation is a refugee - from Iran. It was a wonderful time of worship and meeting brothers and sisters in the Lord from Iran. The pastor’s daughter spoke with me and made sure I had translation available to me.
Several days later I was in Kiev, Ukraine attending a conference for our mission. I was meeting with our leader from Armenia, Andre. We were talking about Iran and how God is at work among Iranians around the world. Andre’s wife is half Iranian, half Armenian. I shared with Andre that I had attended a church service in Istanbul. I asked Andre if he knew about the church or had heard of the pastor. His response was - of course, the pastor is my wife’s uncle! I turned to his wife and said your cousin made sure I understood the service - she smiled and said - oh, yes, she is a great girl!
I was in awe once again with the family of God. How does that work, that in 1994 a young Russian woman is in a school that I am staffing in Krasnodar, Russia and then 17 years later her sister comes to my hometown where I will be teaching in the exact same type of school - different country, different century, same God?
How is it that I can attend a church service for Iranians in Turkey and just a few days later meet up with relatives of those same people - but be sitting in a conference in the Ukraine? - different country, different ministries, same God.
It truly is a small world with God - He reaches across time, borders, nationalities and is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Now THAT is something to be thankful for . . . Happy Thanksgiving,
CROP WALK ENVELOPES NEED TO BE TURNED IN
It looks like our church has raised over $1,000 in the CROP Walk, but there are still several walkers who have not turned in money. Please pay your walkers if you haven’t done so. And walkers, please turn in all money to the office by November 7.
Stewardship Committee Report
Good news! Two of our loyal church members answered the call in last month’s report for volunteers to help count the Sunday offerings. This will greatly help the counters who are already diligently working by lightening their work load. Still, anyone who thought about volunteering but didn’t can give me at call at 641-1839.
On the subject of giving, compared to last year at this time we are running a deficit that is about $1700 greater. This increase has stabilized at that level but still means we will have less money available to meet our budgetary projections.
Statistical Report for September
Budget for 2010 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through September 26, 2010 $166,842.00
Our giving through 9/26/10 $116,486.70
Investment Income $ 13,249.85
Rental Income (net) $ 16,897.52
Amount under budget $ 20,207.93
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
September $2969.84 $3117.45
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
OCTOBER THANK YOUS
October was a busy month both programmatically and functionally. Some spent many days here, and we thank them. If we missed you, we apologize.
In November of 2009, we dedicated our new columbarium. At that time, we offered anyone interested in buying a space in the columbarium a 10 percent discount on their purchase price. We had a number of people who expressed their interest in taking advantage of this offer. Since that time, only two couples have taken advantage of the discount and finalized their purchase of a columbarium space.
At our October meeting, the Cemetery Committee decided that people who expressed interest in taking advantage of the 10 percent discount must complete or start their closing on their purchase by December 31, 2010. After that date the discount offer will be withdrawn. As a reminder, the people who originally signed-up for the discount will be getting a letter from the church office.
If you signed-up for the discount and do not receive a letter, please contact the church office at your earliest convenience.
Jim Maurer, Chairman
JACK HEIL REBUILDS CEMETERY SHED
During October our cemetery storage shed received a new roof, new doors, a new locking system, a coat of paint, and various repairs.
Many thanks to Jack Heil who was hired to do this work. Jack saved us a lot of money, and we would have needed to replace the shed soon without this work.
The Applefest was a great success. I am sure that everyone enjoyed the great food and entertainment as much as I did. Thanks to all who helped provide the goodies for the evening. As always thank you, Fellowship Committee, for a great job of preparing for the event and to help make it the success that it was.
We are preparing to sell cranberries and baked goods on November 7 and 14, so please make sure to stop by our table and pick up your favorites!
AGAPE LUNCHEON NOVEMBER 7TH FOLLOWING WORSHIP
The November Agape Luncheon will be dedicated to Mission/Evangelism! Jesus taught us to reach out and help our brothers and sisters. The Mission Committee’s goal is that our church be known for good mission works. Join us and join in!
We will report on some of our current mission projects and our speaker will be Lisa Whitaker.
Enjoy a lunch of turkey and stuffing casserole, salad, and dessert, good company and good work. See you in Madden Hall!
A NOTE ON OUR DECEMBER 18TH CHRISTMAS CONGREGATIONAL EVENT!
Dinner tickets will be available for our church people, their families and friends for 2 full weeks starting Sunday, Nov. 7th. Then on Nov. 21 tickets will also be opened to all of our faithful supporters from outside the church. Efforts are always made to sit folks with individual requests in the sanctuary as well as giving you your preferred eating time.
Please see Joanie ASAP. Try to arrive 5-10 minutes early for your dinner seating so we can start serving promptly at 5:00 and 6:00!
Merrie Christmas one and all from the Fellowship Committee!
LUNCH BUNCH TO DINO’S IN SEAVILLE NOVEMBER 3
Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:15 on Wednesday, November 3, to travel to Dino’s Diner all the way down in Seaville. Please note the earlier departure time, but Dino’s is a good 45 minutes drive.
If you are driving yourself, be there by noon.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE GROUP NEWS
By Tom Sooy
Our December 11th “Christmas in Hershey” trip sold out in record time. I even explored the possibility of a second bus, but unfortunately, reservations for lunch at the Hotel Hershey could not be arranged. We are keeping a wait list in case anyone has to drop out for some reason or another.
We are looking at several possibilities for trips in the spring of 2011 so watch future issues of the “Good News”, and watch and listen for announcements in church so you will not be left out!
Well, I am off to see what other adventures are out there in store for us. Let’s keep on travellin’! ~ Tom
EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 12 NOON
We are going to learn the basics of flower arrangement at this meeting. Our own Laura May St John will be demonstrating “how to”. Laura May has won several ribbons for her expertise at The Garden Club Exhibit held at the Music Pier in Ocean City and also The Convention Center in Atlantic City, now Boardwalk Hall.
Come out and enjoy the presentation. Bring a sandwich and a friend. Desert and a beverage will be served.
Praise for Him,
EDDIE HALDEMAN TO BE MOVED TO GALLOWAY HEALTHCARE CENTER
Eddie is starting to make a come back. His respirator has been unhooked, and he finds his own channels with the remote for the TV.
Ruby, his sister, is arranging to have him moved to Galloway Healthcare Center across from Mainland Hospital. We will keep you posted.
BILL DOWNER PREPARES FOR “THE COMING OF JESUS”
One of our church family, Bill Downer, is a professional artist whose work is proudly displayed in his and Marguerite’s last church.
Bill presented a copy of one of his original works, Jesus and the Disciples, to our church, and it appropriately hangs by the fish tank since most of the disciples were fishermen.
Bill is preparing a much larger work entitled “The Coming of Jesus” which shows Jesus in the clouds giving final orders to the angels Michael and Gabriel who are holding trumpets ready for the end of the age.
This 4’x6’ life-size painting will be unveiled when it is finished and framed. We will have a special ceremony! The church is delighted to have this masterpiece, and it will be a real signature artwork of our church for decades to come.
Thank you, Bill, for the eight months of labor that has gone into this work of art. We can’t wait to unveil it!
LAURA MAY St JOHN PREPARES TO MOVE
Laura May St John’s daughter is building an addition on her house where Laura May will live in a few months. This represents a big move in her life, and we wish her the best as she packs up a lifetime of memories.
For your information, Laura May currently lives in a 14’x72’ (900 square feet) mobile home in Shady Pines (#128) across from Nancy Swank. She is selling it privately for $67,000 and would love to sell to a church related person. Call her at 609/748-6428 for a look see.
YOUR 2010 PAPER AND ONLINE CHURCH DIRECTORY
The church directories will be distributed in Madden Hall between Sunday services on October 24, October 31, November 7 and November 14. Every family photographed is entitled to one free directory. Additional directories are available for $5.00 each.
Please stop by between services to pick up your directories. The online directory will be accessible from the church web page.
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE
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Somers Point, New Jersey 08244
PASTOR AND MRS. COBB SAY “THANK YOU”
Over the last month we have received dozens of sympathy cards, gifts, plants, food, etc. Thank you so much! We know you truly care.
Jan’s mother went home to be with the Lord on September 25. We thank you all for your prayers. Life is starting to return to normal.
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To: Prayer Shawl and Quilt Ministry
From: Marge & Frank Loeb
Sincere thanks to “The Group” for the most beautiful and soft prayer shawl and gorgeous patchwork quilt. We were overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity. They both have found a loving home here.
Thank you and God Bless You All!
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.
On Thursday, November 11th, the Absecon VFW Post 9462, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 9462 and American Legion Post 28 will be having a special Veterans Day presentation at 8:30 AM for the students of the Emma C. Attales School and the H. Ashton Marsh School. This program will be at the Marsh School. Refreshment will be served prior to the program starting at 7:45 AM. All Veterans are encouraged to attend and the public is invited. November 11th is a federal holiday but the school will be open.
That same day the Absecon Veterans Alliance will conduct their annual Veterans Day Services at the Absecon Veterans Park at 11:00 AM on Route 9.
At 11:30 AM the Absecon United Methodist Church at their Senior Center has invited local Veterans and members of the VFW Auxiliary for Lunch at the Great Hall at the Methodist Church. If you plan to attend the Lunch please call the Senior Center at 645-0013.
If your have questions please call Jack Cesar at (609) 646-2783 for information.
7 9:30 Dorothy Loos & Jean Nell
11:00 Jean Delesantro
14 9:30 Karen Muldoon
11:00 Barbara Miller
21 9:30 Ginny Davenport
11:00 Mary Bew
28 9:30 Fran Tanner
11:00 Tina Brown
7 9:30 Scott Sabo
11:00 Tina Brown
14 9:30 Gerry Reedell
11:00 Betty Lloyd
21 9:30 Bob Hunter
11:00 Priscilla Schultheis
28 9:30 Louise Speitel
11:00 Jim Maurer
7 9:30 Russ & Linda Adkisson
11:00 Jean Delesantro & Olga Davies
14 9:30 Jack & Dee Heil
11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
21 9:30 Drew & Alice Malfi
11:00 Joanna Howell & Leslie Harvey
28 9:30 David & Naida Burgess
11:00 Olga Davies & Shirley Smith
7 Cathy Guenther & Joan Nale
14 Bob & Irene Hunter
21 Don Mills & Joan Pattky
28 Amos Bhagwandeen & Bob Hudak
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
7 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Mary Bew
14 9:30 Carol Jorgensen
11:00 Mary Bew
21 9:30 Irene Hunter
11:00 Mary Bew
28 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Mary Bew
7 Bob Hudak
14 Jennifer Platt
21 Gloria Achamizo
28 Alice Malfi
7 John Harvey
14 Barbara Hughes
21 John Channell
28 Vic Abelson
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
7 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – Ed Little
Clean-up – McManus Family
14 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – Richard & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Bill & Ginny Davenport
21 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
28 Set-up – Dee Heil
Cook – Jack Heil
Clean-up – Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN? I DON’T THINK SO
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. ~ 1 Peter 4:10
One of the films getting a lot of attention is the David Guggenheim film “Waiting for Superman”. The author was a ghetto kid whose mother led him to believe that he didn’t need to worry – no matter how bad things got “Superman” would come and save the day. (I guess “Mighty Mouse” filled that role for me.” Of course, Superman never appeared, and the neighborhood, schools, etc. just got worse.
These days I think the whole country is delusional in a “Waiting for Superman” mentality. The public demands a strong army, police protection, and vital services, etc. yet everyone wants lower taxes. Don’t expect Superman to come and pay for this.
As a country our productivity is going down, obesity is going up, and racial/ethnic/religious tension is increasing. Don’t expect Superman to make us work harder, eat better foods, or get along with people of very different backgrounds.
We all know there is no Superman. If we want a strong military, safe streets, and vital services, we have to pay for them. If we want a stronger economy everyone needs to be more productive. If we want to lose weight we all need to exercise and eat healthier. If we want racial/ethnic/religious tensions to end we all need to reach out to people who are different.
We are responsible for “truth, justice and the American Way”. There is no Superman to help us. He’s just an excuse for not helping ourselves – “Superman will save the day” – I don’t think so.
Yet I’m afraid I hear some of the same wishful or magical thinking around our church. “Don’t worry about the budget – God will provide.” I’ve seen thousands of checks made out to the church and God’s name wasn’t on any of them. “God will bless our church – He will provide the teachers, choir members, and volunteers we need.” Friends, I’ve made thousands of calls asking for help, and the Nominating Committee is calling people right now. God provides people through us. And here is my favorite “waiting for Superman” statement – “We don’t need a plan for the future. If we need sharing groups, contemporary worship, or any other changes God will do it, not us. It’s His church, not ours.” When churches that say that end up closing they blame God. It’s not His fault! He is counting on us!
God provides through people. The checks in the offering plate have your signature on them. The inspired leadership for the future comes through us. Our workers are you.
God is looking down. He is waiting, watching, inspiring us. He answers prayer through us. He builds His Kingdom through us. This is Stewardship Month, and it’s time to recognize that God’s plan doesn’t include Superman. His plans are for us, about us, and dependent on us. There is no free ride, no easy solutions, no growth without sacrifice.
To think otherwise is to believe in Superman.
God’s answer is not Superman. It’s our time, talent and treasure set aside for Him. Pray about it. There will be stewardship presentations throughout the month.
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