Absecon Presbyterian Church
Verse of the Month: “We love because he first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19
Cover art by Chris Hughes
LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULE
Lent is a little later than usual this year, so hopefully we will have nicer weather for our luncheons and Holy Week services. Please plan on being with us for as many services as possible to make your Lenten Journey spiritually significant and memorable for you. We do encourage a daily quiet time with the Upper Room or similar devotional guide. Also, Lent is a time of year to pray more. You will be given a prayer cube during worship in March. Please keep a list of not only the needs of others, but your own spiritual goals such as patience, kindness, relationship building, service, prayer, worship attendance, etc. And complete this journey with other pilgrims of like mind. The schedule is below:
March 9 – Ash Wednesday, a day of personal reflection (no services)
March 16 – 6:30 p.m. Unity Dinner at Absecon Methodist Church
March 23 – Noon First Lenten Lunch at St. Mark and All Saints Church
March 30 – Noon Second Lenten Lunch at Absecon Presbyterian Church
April 6 – Noon Third Lenten Lunch at Reformation Lutheran Church
April 13 – Noon Fourth Lenten Lunch at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
April 21 – 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion at Absecon Presbyterian
April 22 – 8:30 a.m. Good Friday Breakfast at Absecon Presbyterian
Noon Good Friday Ecumenical Worship at St. Mark and All Saints
April 24 – 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise at Heritage Park, Absecon
Christian Education Committee:
With March come thoughts of spring, and we look ahead to activities that will take us back outside. The Sunday School and Youth Groups are keeping busy with a range of activities and projects, and the adult classes are continuing. Remember that Christian Ed isn't just for the kids - feel free to check out our many groups and activities to see how you can continue your walk with Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Christian Education Committee Chair
Sunday School and Related News
In February the Sunday School made snickerdoodle cookies, cornbread muffins, pizelles, and potato bacon soup. These were delivered to 30 homes along with a Valentine’s Day card and craft. Many thanks go to Lee Wolf and all the adult volunteers for getting the projects done and for Tina Harvey, Barbara Hughes, and the A2J youth group for delivering all those packages. No easy task. It was a labor of love…and on top of that Griffin, one of the teens, was able to relocate his cell phone which had accidentally slipped into one of the packages.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
I’m looking forward to an exciting Lenten season that will culminate on Easter Sunday. We will be very busy preparing ourselves between all our activities. I hope you can be part of it all. Hallelujah! He has risen indeed!
See you on Sunday,
Happy March to all!
We admit, A2J has been having a lot of fun recently. We dumped scooters, paddles, a Frisbee, chairs, cones, and a ball on the floor and told each A2J member to create an obstacle course for the group, with creative and hysterical results. We enjoyed taking posed pictures with a toilet on a curb of Pitney Road for the ACUA "weirdest object found" contest as we cleaned our adopted road. Thanks to Lions and Lambs for letting us join with them for the Pennies for Pins bowling, and we delivered another round of food after the latest Sunday School mission project. As long as we were out, we delivered leftover food for the Deacons as well.
Upcoming events include yoga with Naida Burgess, Family Feud hosted by Tina Harvey and Barbara Hughes, and a lock-in that John Harvey promised us. Bible studies will be focused on applying Biblical concepts to our lives. Senior Youth Co-Director Karen Muldoon will be coming one day to introduce her youth group, as (sadly but excitingly) 5 of our members will be moving up next year. As always, many, many thanks to our volunteers who make running this youth group a much easier experience.
Jim & Janna Beth
Lions and Lambs to Learn About Witnessing
First, Lions and Lambs would like to thank A2J for joining us for our bowling mission project. We would also like to thank everyone who supported us and helped us raise money through this Pennies for Pins project. Together we raised $205 for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Now that’s a real turkey!
On Sunday, March 6th, we will meet at church at 11:00 am to learn what it means to be a witness for Christ. We’ll learn what it means to plant seeds, like the sower, and we’ll be planting some flower seeds to watch them grow. We’ll be talking about trying new things just like Sam I Am from “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. We always have a great time, and I hope that all kids between the ages of Kindergarten through Grade 5 join us. All parents are welcome as well. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.
Senior Youth Group
The Seniors wanted to send Bob Wolff a "thinking of you" box. So we filled one with Girl Scout cookies and mailed it to Korea. Craig Thomas just left for basic training on Valentines day. We'll send Craig something once he gets settled.
The dinner schedule for March is as follows:
3/7 Chris Hughes, 3/14 Ally, 3/21 Amber, 3/28 Valerie
4/4 Ally, 4/11 Chris Gillis
Any questions please feel free to call
News From the Christian Readers Book Club - by Lucy Jerue
Can a disability challenge you and thereby make you a better person? That is the premise of this memoir by Brad Cohen. His is a true story. As a child with Tourette syndrome, Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. This same man defied the odds and went on to become a gifted teacher. Read his compelling story and join us for the discussion of this book on Wed., March 16, in the Cobb Lounge at 7pm.
Also at this meeting we will be selecting our list of books for next year. Please bring any suggestions you may have. New members are always welcome. Happy Reading!
Weeknight Bible Study News
We finally finished our study of “How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk” after many weather-related cancellations, and we are excited about starting a new study in March. Our next meetings will be on Wednesday, March 9th, and Wednesday, March 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Cobb Lounge. Childcare is provided! We will be discussing a variety of topics and Bible readings, and everyone is welcome to join in on this informal “prayer & share” group. We hope to see you there!
As we continue our study of the book of Esther in chapter 3, the plot turns sinister. Finally we meet the evil villain, Haman. Haman is introduced abruptly and immediately becomes a threat to Mordecai, Esther and the Jewish community. Haman’s lust for total control sets him over against the people whose full allegiance will only be given to God.
The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2nd. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 4th, at the home of Betsy Cunius. The Martha Circle will meet Thursday, March 10th, at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Carol Thomas. All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best meets their time schedule for study and fellowship.
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
After a rocky start to the new year, we are back on track with our “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry” series, we finally got back on schedule. Our featured episode for the evening, “Andy on Trial”, showed probably the most intense side of Barney in any show. Bumbling Barney became the hero without any help from Andy. It truly is one of the best of all episodes according to Mayberry fans from all around the world. Yes, Virginia, the Andy Griffith Show is still on the air in over 150 countries!
Our next Mayberry get-together will be on Friday, March 18th, at 6pm in Madden Hall. As usual, we start with a potluck supper and follow with a screening of another classic episode from our first year of “Back to Mayberry.”
So join us on FRIDAY, MARCH 18th, as we continue to celebrate another year in Mayberry.
And remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold!
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP COMMUNION BREAKFAST MARCH 5
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 for communion and to practice singing. Afterwards we will move to Madden Hall for breakfast. It will be eggs.
Men, we need to prepare for the Good Friday breakfast.
Worship Committee Update
The Worship Committee had our first meeting of the new year. This year’s communion schedule will be posted in the April Good News.
Our next meeting will be April 9th @ 10:30am.
Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments you may have.
REV. HENK VIGEVENO TO RETURN MAY 1 FOR BOTH SERVICES
One of our past ministers, who spoke at our 150th anniversary two years ago, Henk Vigeveno, will be with us the weekend after Easter to speak at both services that Sunday.
Pastor and Mrs. Cobb will be away that weekend.
Henk has always been an inspiring and enriching pastor (he still teaches preaching), and his message will be one you don’t want to miss.
Henk may also be able to do a program on April 29. We’ll keep you posted.
MEN’S CLUB TO HOST SERVICE/BREAKFAST ON GOOD FRIDAY
A new Lenten event this year will be a Good Friday service at 8:30 followed by a breakfast in Madden Hall.
This event is open to all of our church family. Ladies, please come. Bring a friend. The cross will be carried in and we will have music by the men and a message by the pastor.
Breakfast will be served in Madden Hall for a donation as you feel led. We will make it good.
Please join us as we remember our Savior’s love and sacrifice for us and participate in a fellowship He made possible with His life.
Registration/tickets are not needed, nor do you need to dress up. Just come.
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
The hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus” (#123 in our hymnal) is a favorite of many people, but you may be surprised to learn it has a somewhat elusive history. It is thought to have originated as early as 1607, possibly written by German Jesuits – it was called “Schoenster Herr Jesu.” It first appeared in print in 1677, in a German Roman Catholic publication, but with author unknown. The first three stanzas were translated into English by an unknown. The fourth stanza was added in English by Lutheran pastor and theologian, Joseph A. Seiss in 1873 (using “Beautiful Savior”).
In modern times, the English word “fair” is used in several ways. A brief scan of Webster’s collegiate dictionary reveals this. Allowing for a summary of Webster’s second definition, the word “fair” here means pleasing to the mind due to fresh and flawless quality. Some commonly used synonyms for “fair” as it is used here are the words “beautiful” and “lovely”. In fact, Seiss’ translation of the song is entitled “Beautiful Savior”, and he consistently translates “fair” and “fairest” using the term “beautiful”.
No matter what the history, the song is expressing the fact that, in the spiritual sense, Jesus is the most lovely and most beautiful being man’s soul will ever encounter since He has appeared to bring deliverance from sins and eternal salvation to man (Acts 4:12).
And…..I think we will leave it at that!
Until next time…….. see you in the choir loft. Tom
We held our first meeting of the new year on February 11th. A warm welcome was extended to Vic Abelson as a new committee member.
Our church van will have a new look with an 18" by 12" van door magnet which will display a picture of our church. We are also working on a design to be displayed on t-shirts similar to the mission team t-shirts of 2010. These shirts should be available for purchase this spring.
We received two thank you letters for contributions: one from the Salvation Army of Atlantic City (Christmas Eve offering of $1409) and one from Lisa Whitaker. Lisa has provided us with a projected schedule for 2011 which is available for viewing on the bulletin board near the coat rack.
We are considering a local trip again this year. Our trip last year was a great success. A local summer mission trip gives opportunity to members that would like to participate but can not commit to an entire week away. Also it gives younger participants a chance to be involved. They did a great job last year. There will be a mission group team meeting March 12th. Come see we what we are doing and sign up!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry has given out over 50 prayer shawls so far. The bags for the blankets have been decorated by the Sunday School children.
One Great Hour of Sharing starts in March. Scheduled speakers include Alice Smith, Carol Kleiner and Norm Johnson.
Russ Adkisson Jr., Committee Chair
Coincidence or Kairos?
Have you ever felt like you were at the right place at the right time? Or, you had an opportune conversation just when you needed to have it? So many times our response is - what a coincidence! Maybe a more accurate response would be - What a KAIROS!
The word “KAIROS” is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment. It is used in the New Testament 81 times - describing the right time for healing, Jesus’ time on earth, seasons and times in history, etc. In the late 1980’s, Eastern Europe was facing a KAIROS moment, an opportune time for the nations held captive by Communism to break free. Stirrings occurred in many nations. People received courage to stand up and be counted. It was in the midst of that Kairos that I had the privilege to go to Russia and live for a time. It was obvious God was at work - and as we look back now, it is even more obvious what a unique and opportune time that was to share the truth of who God is and reach out to the peoples of the former Soviet Union.
Recently while teaching in England I had some interesting conversations about all that is going on across North Africa and the Middle East. We took several times to pray for Egypt and all that is happening there. The sense is that this is a KAIROS moment in the Muslim world.
Last November a team from Coatesville, Pa. came to Absecon for a week of their Discipleship Training School. I had the privilege of teaching them the subject of Biblical Worldview. They had been praying about where to go for their school’s outreach phase and believed the Lord was asking them to go to Egypt. How very interesting that a team in Pennsylvania prayed about where to go and share the love of Christ, and God placed on their heart a country about to enter a revolution. At the time of their prayers - nothing had happened there, yet the day they arrived, the bombing of a church in Alexandria took place. They ministered and reached out and the day they left the riots in Cairo escalated. God’s ways are amazing!
How important it is to keep in step with what God is doing. Listen to his still small voice, step out in faith - and in doing so, you may be a part of not just a coincidence - but you may be part of a KAIROS!
PS - Stay tuned next month for news of another place that is experiencing a KAIROS moment - Moldova. I would appreciate your prayers as I co-lead a small team into this nation the end of March.
"From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times (KAIROS) in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us."
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING TO BEGIN IN MARCH
Our Lenten offering is the One Great Hour of Sharing. Fish banks will be given out to the Sunday School children on March 13. Parents, please encourage your children to give sacrificially to them during Lent. They should be returned by Palm Sunday.
The One Great Hour of Sharing/Self-development of People offering helps farmers, women, entrepreneurial efforts, and recovery efforts around the world. It is done with sister denominations, and provides millions in relief and help. It’s a great offering for Lent. It’s ecumenical and does a lot of good.
News from Our Deacons
Our Deacons had their reorganization Feb 5th. Our new officers are Naida Burgess-Moderator, Carol Thomas-Vice Moderator, Secretary-Irene Hunter, Treasurer-Carol Jorgensen, Greeters-Mary Bew, Nursery-Jennifer Platt. We welcomed Kris Jenoriki as our new Deacon for 3yrs. Mary Bew and Jinny Wolcott are back for their 2nd term.
Our Deacons are very active in the life of our Church. We planned for our Easter Baskets to be put together April 16th. We did a luncheon for two funerals for our family members in January and February.
There will be an officers’ luncheon after the 11AM service on February 27th. We would urge everyone to try and attend.
I am still on the Board for another year but Naida is now our new Moderator. We have always had a great group of Deacons. I have been very pleased and grateful for all their help and support. This will be another busy year.
Carol Thomas, Vice Moderator
MANY THANKS FROM THE SALVATION ARMY
Greetings! With Christmas and New Year’s and all the celebration that goes on with those holidays behind us, I would like to take this time to thank you and your fellow parishioners for all you did to brighten up the holidays for your Angel Tree children.
For years all of you have taken time and resources to bring happiness and holiday cheer to children who would otherwise not be able to have toys and gifts at Christmas. You don’t have to do this, yet you do. And I applaud you and your efforts.
Enclosed is a Certificate of Appreciation for you to share with those who participated in the Angel Tree Program this year. This is a small token of my appreciation for all you do to make a difference in the life of others.
I trust and pray that 2011 will be a year filled with joy and peace for you, your brothers and sisters in Christ and your families.
I look forward to working with you again next Christmas. Blessings!
Major Kathleen Calvo
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
A few words about that Per Capita envelope you receive every year in January.
Every year, you are asked to make a special contribution to cover the cost of being a part of the Presbyterian Church. There are various groups that make up our Church: General Assembly, Synod and Presbytery. Each needs funds to operate. They receive their financial support from us, the membership. In our Presbytery (West Jersey), which involves about 66 churches in Southern New Jersey, we were assessed $38.75 for 2011. Each church in the Presbytery is told how much it owes based upon its reported membership as of the end of the previous year. In our case, it was 266. Multiply $38.75 times 266 and that is what we are asked to pay.
Of the $38.75, $6.50 is sent to the General Assembly; $3.95 to the Synod; and $28.30 to the Presbytery. We take advantage of the special discount by paying the total amount by February. The discount reduces our Presbytery per capita by $1.75 to $26.55.
The total Per Capita for 2011 is the same as it was for 2010. It is expected to remain the same for 2012 in recognition of the economic climate.
Last year, we budgeted $9879.00 to cover our Per Capita assessment. By sending in your Per Capita envelope, we recovered $4,537.84. The same amount is budgeted for 2011. To date, those of you who have sent in your Per Capita envelope have reimbursed the Church a total of $3594. We ask that if at all possible, you send in your envelope with the $39 per member. If it is difficult to pay the total amount, consider a partial payment. Our budget for 2011 is the same as last year and is already proving to be very tight.
Statistical Report for January
Budget for 2011 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through January 30, 2011 $ 21,390.00
Our giving through 1/30/11 $ 18,326.70
Investment Income $ 1,698.70
Rental Income (net) $ 1,980.56
Total $ 22,005.96
Amount over budget $ 615.96
Average weekly giving by month
January $3665.34 $3261.49
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
I would like to thank everyone who helped make the February soup sale a great success. Our net profit was $406. See you next year.
Once again, John Channell and friends entertained us with their wonderful musical talents. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. They are always a crowd pleaser. Thank you to all who helped prepare for the evening, as it takes many hands to plan these events. You are priceless!
We are preparing for two events this month, the first one being the Unity Dinner on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church. Please see me if you wish to attend this event. Cost is $5.00 per person. Our second event is the Lenten Lunch on March 30. Please see me if you can provide sandwiches or desserts.
A big thank you to the Breakfast Club helpers. You folks help make our day with a great meal.
OUR CHURCH TO PROVIDE MAIN COURSE AT UNITY DINNER
The theme of the Unity Dinner on March 16 is The Shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day – the 17th. The event will take place at the Absecon Methodist Church and they will provide a program in their sanctuary after dinner. Each of the churches will bring a course (appetizers, desserts, etc.) but our church is given the task of providing the main course this year.
We are blessed to have the professional services f Jason Arrom and Steve Irish to help prepare this meal which will consist of ham, cabbage and boiled potatoes.
Our Fellowship Committee will have a sign-up table in Madden Hall starting February 27. Cost is $5.00 per person.
THE PRIME-TIMERS SATURDAY, MARCH 12TH, 6:00 P.M.
The Prime-Timers will take part in a Game Night on Saturday, March 12th, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is expected to play the Hot Potato game. I know several will want to try their hand at Chip & Putt Golf. And finally, we will play A Minute To Win It. Please bring a covered dish to share and join us for this fun evening.
LUNCH BUNCH TO TRAVEL TO ALLEN’S IN NEW GRETNA MARCH 2
Lunch Bunch will travel to Allen’s Clam Bar in New Gretna on March 2. Meet at the church at 11:30 to take the van or at the restaurant at noon.
Please take note that there will be no Lunch Bunch in April. We will meet at the Lutheran Church at noon that day for the third Lenten Lunch. We will resume in May.
AGAPE LUNCH TO BE HELD MARCH 6
Our next Agape Lunch will be immediately after the second service of communion on March 6. Lunch will be pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, etc. Dessert will be ice cream with a fruit topping.
The program will be a variety of Irish music with the humor of Tom Sooy. You’re going to like it!
The Evergreens will not meet in March due to the Lenten Lunch schedule. Their next meeting will be April 20 at noon.
Our own Gayle Ackerman will be inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony on March 22.
Gayle has been known around the area for her work with the Miss America Pageant, Child Federation, work with inoculations, Skate America, Field of Dreams, Special Olympics, and of course she is a faithful worker in our church and has chaired Fellowship, Decorating and Christian Education Committees.
Gayle, we are all very proud of you!
Craig Thomas left for USMC boot camp at Parris Island, SC on Monday, February 14. He is expected to be there until sometime around the middle of May.
We’re so proud of you, Craig! God bless.
Laurie McManus was awarded a Circle of Honor Award and a Platinum Level Million Dollar Club Award at The Shore Builders Association of Central Jersey’s FAME Awards on February 17 in Point Pleasant. Congratulations, Laurie!
In Our Father’s House
Betty Minter – February 8
Betty Minter was a long time member of our church who was known for her cheery smile, abundant handcrafts, and sense of humor.
She suffered a stroke and spent the last year of her life in the Absecon Manor. Her daughter, Betty Price, is also a long time member. Betty, our prayers are with you at this time.
Our pastor performed the funeral and a luncheon was served in Madden Hall following the service on February 12.
Dean Probst, son of Eleanor Schneider and long term resident of Absecon, died February 9. Our prayers are with Jane, his widow.
Thank You, Church Family
We would both like to thank everyone for all the wonderful prayers, call, cards and prayer shawls that have given us comfort during a very difficult time. Rhonda is under going more testing and more treatments to try and control the problem she is having with her blood. Having support from people that care is so helpful. Thank you all for being there when we needed you.
Barbara and Rhonda Morgan
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Thank you to all the young folks involved with the Youth Groups. The aromas coming from the kitchen on Sunday, Feb. 13 were sooo tantalizing. After we returned home from church that day, we were delighted and pleased to be the recipients of a Valentine gift basket containing cookies, muffins, pizzelles and soup, and a hand-crafted Valentine, delivered by Barbara Hughes and two very nice young fellows. You put a smile on our faces.
Thank you again,
Paul and Marjorie Hamer
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Dear Sunday School Classes,
What a surprise!! Rev. Reedell brought me the bag you prepared for we “Stuck at Home” people. Thank you very much for the Valentine treats. You sure are learning your way around the kitchen. Being under the weather, the soup is just what I have needed, along with the muffins and cookies.
Thanks again. (You too, Priscilla.)
Your friend in Jesus name,
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On behalf of our Northeast Chapter of Compassionate Friends we gratefully thank The Doug Jablonski Men's Fellowship for their love donation which we received from the Men's Winter Wonderland dinner on January 22nd.
The love and generosity is greatly appreciated in memory of our beloved children.
Dee and Jack Heil, Chapter Leaders
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What a wonderful surprise when the doorbell rang last Sunday t have soup, muffins, and cookies delivered for Valentine’s Day. Thank you!!
Al and Ilsa
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We would like to express our appreciation for the delicious and unexpected lunch prepared and delivered by our Sunday School Kids. Thank you for thinking of us.
Frank & Marge Loeb
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Thanks so much for remembering me on Valentine’s Day. The soup, cookies and muffins were delicious.
I have worn the necklace all week to show the faith of our children to everyone.
God bless all of you.
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What a pleasant surprise we had Sunday afternoon in finding on our front porch bench a very pretty valentine decorated bag full of delicious home made goodies!
We are proud of you and your Sunday School teachers.
God bless you all,
Roger & Jinny Wolcott
FLOWER CALENDAR HANGING IN VESTIBULE
Our 2011 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 (email preferred) by that day. Please keep in mind it may be necessary to edit due to space limitations.
6 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Olga Davies
13 9:30 Pat & Bob Hudak
11:00 Barbara Miller
20 9:30 Irene & Bob Hunter
11:00 Joanna Howell
27 9:30 Grade 3-4
11:00 Mary Bew
6 9:30 Janice Bond
13 9:30 Bob Hunter
11:00 Gerry Reedell
20 9:30 Louise Speitel
11:00 Dawn Duran
27 9:30 Grades 7-8 & 9-12
11:00 Priscilla Schultheis
6 9:30 Edith Budd & Joan Nale
11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
13 9:30 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
11:00 Joanna Howell & Jean Delesantro
20 9:30 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
27 9:30 Joan Pattky & Don Mills
11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
6 Joan Pattky & Don Mills
13 Bill & Ginny Davenport
20 Dee & Jack Heil
27 Grade 1-2
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
6 9:30 Pat Hudak
11:00 Mary Bew
13 9:30 Irene Hunter
11:00 Mary Bew
20 9:30 Jo-ann Weller
11:00 Mary Bew
27 9:30 Carl Jorgensen
11:00 Mary Bew
6 Jennifer Platt
13 Gloria Achamizo
20 Alice Malfi
27 Jennifer Platt
6 John Harvey
13 Barbara Hughes
20 John Channell
27 Vic Abelson
27 John Harvey
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
6 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – Ed Little
Clean-up – McManus Family
13 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – Richard & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Ginny & Bill Davenport
20 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
27 Set-up – Dee Heil
Cook – Jack Heil
Clean-up – Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
FEED ON THE BREAD
“‘For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always’.” ~ John 6:33:34
My grandson celebrated his sixth birthday last week. In keeping with her total-grandma character, Jan offered to make the cupcakes for the school party. She mixed up several batches of colored icing and prepared to create a webbed Spiderman design on the icing. After all the icing preparation work I was surprised to see she was going to make the cupcakes out of a cake mix.
“Aren’t you going to bake something special?”
“The teacher says the cake part doesn’t really matter that much.”
“The kids just want to eat the icing.”
Most of us had grandparents from the depression who were glad to get bread. Things were a little better when I grew up. As Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.” So we did. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that today’s kids just want the icing on the cake, except that our changing eating habits are destroying us. Most Americans are overweight (too much cake), and our children are not only obese, but not as healthy as their parents at that age. Clearly, diet and exercise have a lot to do with it.
While cake and icing were known in Jesus’ day, He never compared himself to them – “I am the bread of life” He said. And the yeast He sometimes used in a very positive way – “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour.” The Kingdom is not cake with icing; it is a loaf of bread. It meets our need. As we say in communion “This bread is My body, broken for you. Take, eat and be thankful.” In the Lord’s Prayer we say “Give us this day our daily bread.” Sadly, some of us aren’t too thankful. We want cake and icing.
In two weeks we begin the season of Lent. It is a season of prayer, abstinence, and reflection. It is a time to be satisfied with bread. And the Bible says we are the yeast – we make the Kingdom grow and have body and character.
Historically, Lent is a time of prayer and fasting. I would recommend fasting for those physically able and spiritually motivated. (Please don’t do it out of guilt.) Fasting may not be something you are able to do, but prayer is always something we are all able to do. We will be giving out prayer cubes in March. If you have a big pocket, carry it with you and pray the prayers often. If it is not convenient to carry it, put it on the bed stand or dinner table. You can roll it like dice and pray whatever prayer comes up. But our goal is not t get you to pray rote prayers this Lent. Our goal is for you to get a prayer life. Don’t pray for cake and icing. Pray to be satisfied with bread. Don’t pray for material blessings. Pray for the things that are not material – loving relationships, kindness, peace, and spirituality. Don’t pray that God would judge the world. Pray that God would make you less sinful.
And when Easter arrives, we will not only have a resurrected Savior, but we will be a resurrection people. Let’s discipline ourselves to be a healthy people!
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