Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

April 2011

Verse of the Month: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” ~ John 1:29b

 

 

The Presbyterian Church at Absecon

208 New Jersey Avenue

Absecon, New Jersey 08201

Phone: 609-641-3759 Fax: 609-641-5125

 

Office email: absecon_presby@msn.com—Website: abseconpresby.org

 

 

Lenten Schedule

We are halfway through Lent as the Good News goes to press.  Our church provided the main course on March 16 at the Unity Dinner, and it went very well.

The rest of our Lenten observances are more serious for your spiritual walk.  We trust you are using the prayer cubes we gave you three weeks ago and that you are taking time out of your schedule for devotions such as The Upper Room.

The schedule for our remaining services is as follows:

            March 30 (Noon) Second Lenten Lunch at Absecon Presbyterian
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

Offerings from all services will benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. 

 


Christian Education Committee:

All of our programs are progressing well as spring rolls around.  We will be having our next meeting on Tuesday April 12 at 6:30pm.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo
CE Chair

 

Sunday School and Related News
                                                           
We had a busy March with several classes presenting the Calls to Worship, and our third Family Service took place on March 27th.  Rob Perry and the band were there as well as Jennifer Thomas and her liturgical dancers.  It was great having everyone involved.

Up Coming Events

Spring is here and so is God.

In His Name,
Priscilla

Happy Spring!

In the past month, A2J members cleaned their adopted road for the final time this school year, competed in Bible Family Feud, debated ethics, and congratulated Chris Harvey for winning the “Mother May I” Championships.  Thanks to Naida Burgess for spiritual yoga.

It’s hard to believe that we’re in our final couple of weeks of the season.  On April 2 we are meeting at 4:00 to help prepare, serve, and clean up from our Congregational Event dinner, then staying overnight at the church for a lock-in.  This event will be hosted by John Harvey, and A2J members may bring one guest for $10.  Graduation will be the same day as the Easter Play, April 10.  We will be saying goodbye to 5 members as they move on to high school.  Karen and Jack, you’re getting a good bunch for next year.  Our final event will take place Saturday, April 16th, as we do mission work around our church grounds.

Thanks so much to the many, many people who made this an enriching year for us.

Janna Beth

Lions and Lambs’ April Events

On Sunday, April 3rd, Lions and Lambs will meet from 11:00-12:30 to prepare for Easter.  We will talk about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and about his last supper.  We will learn what Jesus meant by the washing of the feet.  Wouldn’t it be fun to learn about what happened from different character’s points of view?  Come out and see how we do that!  Lunch always follows.  Hope to see you there.

Priscilla

 

Senior Youth Group

Our spring/summer mission project has begun.  We got together and planted tomato, green pepper and cucumber seeds.  Now we wait and watch them grow.  We will be putting them in the ground after Memorial Day.  Whatever grows will be taken to the Food Bank.  We have had great success with our garden over the years, and the food bank is always so grateful for all donations!

Our dinner schedule is as follows:
March 28....Val
April 4...Ally
April 11...Chris G
April 18..Karen
No meeting on the 24th, Easter break.

Karen Muldoon/ Co- director

Confirmation to begin in April

Confirmation is a six week course of study, preparation, and faith development leading to church membership in June.  Young people must be between the ages of 14-19 and be willing to attend church, classes, etc.  There are some assignments.

We hope our first class will be after the Easter play and party on April 10.  We will set up the schedule at that time.

Joining church is a time of spiritual development, faith building, values orientation, and discovering God’s will for your life.

See the pastor or call the office.

 

Weeknight Bible Study –

Our spring Weeknight Bible Study is underway.  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in Cobb Lounge.  All are welcome to this "prayer and share" group, and supervised childcare is provided. 


Women’s Circles

As we continue our Bible study of the Book of Esther, chapter 4 describes a turning point in the queen’s story.  Up to this point, Esther has deferred to the men in her life: Mordecai, Hegai, and the king.  So far, her roles as a Jewish woman and as a Persian queen have not conflicted.  Now suddenly Esther will learn that she is called on to disclose her identity and to do for her people what not ever her cousin Mordecai can do.  He saved the king’s life.  She must save the lives of the Jews in Persia.

The Ruth Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge Friday, April 1st, at 1:00 p.m.  The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th, in Cobb Lounge.  The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Carol Thomas at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 14th.  All women of the church are encouraged to attend the circle that best meets their time schedule for study and fellowship.

 

NEWS FROM MAYBERRY

     What a great evening we had on our last meeting. The food was incredible, and so was the discussion about our episode, “Deputy Otis.”
    
     Our next Mayberry get-together will be on Friday, April 15th, 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, APRIL 15th, as we continue our journey back to Mayberry.

And remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold!

      
    
Men’s Fellowship to Meet April 2

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on April 2 at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast (pancakes) and to put the final touches on our Good Friday service and breakfast.  We invite everyone to meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 on April 22 which is Good Friday.  This will be a sacred time as well as inspiring.

 


Worship Committee

Communion dates are as follows:
April 3rd, May 8th, June 5th, July 10th, Aug. 7th, Sept. 4th, Oct. 2nd, Nov. 6th, Dec. 4th, Jan 1, 2012, Feb. 5th, March 4th

April's Lay Assistants are:
4/3 @ 9:30 Janice Bond & @ 11 am Joanie Hoenes
4/10 @ 10 a.m. Gerry Reedell
4/17 @ 9:30 Scott Sabo & @ 11am Dawn Duran
4/24 @ 9:30 Louise Speitel & @ 11 am Priscilla Schultheis

In Christ,
Karen Muldoon


Men’s Fellowship Good Friday Breakfast at 8:30

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. on Good Friday to lead the congregation in a moving Good Friday worship experience.  The cross will be brought in and the men will sing under Tom Sooy’s direction.  Pastor will speak.

Breakfast will be home-made and good.  No fee, but we will take donations.  Make it a Good Friday to remember.  Come and bring a friend!

 

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy

     Christians will do some amazing things this month.  Some will make pilgrimages almost every day, whether to worship, pray, rehearse, decorate, clean, or even to help with all of the extra worship bulletins. Our daily routines of work, school, or family care will go on much as usual, but on top of these we still add additional tasks. We also anticipate Easter Sunday by planning for meals, company, clothing, and even decorating the eggs. But, rather than ignoring or working straight through these intervening weekdays, we plan to savor and struggle with them.
     Thousands of words will be spoken and heard in the course of these days, for there is so much to tell and express. But such wondrous things are encapsulated best in poetry from the church’s hymn writers.  James Montgomery bids us:
Go to dark Gethsemane,
All who feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see.
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his grief’s away;
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.
     On Holy Thursday we will again receive Jesus’ command to love each other, and he seals that command with his own gifts of bread and fruit of the vine.
     On a Friday that Christians dare to call “good” we contemplate the ultimate sacrifice, pray for ourselves and each other in the shadow of the cross, and adore the one crucified for the salvation of the world.  Bernard of Clairvaux, along with Paul Gerhardt and other translators, asks with us:
What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
Finally, on Easter, the climax is reached. The risen Christ is proclaimed as new light in the darkness, the history of God’s salvation is recounted, and we are all incorporated into the death and resurrection of Jesus. Surrounded by such richness, we can only rise up and proclaim in the splendid poetry of John Geyer:
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold,
And our despair he turned to blazing joy. Hallelujah!

Happy Easter and until next time…… see you in the choir loft.  ~  Tom

 

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.

 

 

EASTER FLOWER ORDER FORM

Once again we will have memorial Easter flowers in our church for Easter Sunday.  The plants will be delivered to the shut-ins of our church after the 11:00 a.m. service unless you indicate you will be taking them home.  Orders MUST be in the office by April 17 and may be submitted with payment by mail or in the offering plate. 

In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

I will be taking ______ plants with me after the 11:00 service.

Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________

Number of Plants at $6.00 each                                                                                                

Lilies _______            Tulips _______           Daffodils _______      Hydrangeas _______     
6” - 4+ blooms 8” - 10 blooms             8” - premium                6” - single bloom

Amount Enclosed $_____________

 

MISSION BOUQUET ORDER FORM

Mission Bouquets may also be given.  A plant will not be placed on the altar.  Instead, all funds donated will go to our Mission programs and projects of the church.  If you would like to give a Mission Bouquet, please fill in the following and return to the church office by April 17 with a check payable to the Absecon Presbyterian Church with “Mission Bouquet” on the memo line.

I would like to give $_________ in a Mission Bouquet to be dedicated as follows:

In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________

 

 

Mission/Evangelism News

On March 12th we held a mission trip meeting. Members from our church and several members from the John Wesley Methodist Church met to discuss some of their needs. They would like to have some windows repaired, bathrooms enlarged and a shed built. On March 27th we took an exploratory trip to the church in order to determine what we would be able to help them with.

The mission trip is tentatively scheduled for July 18th-22nd, mark your calendars! The church is located at 2523 Ogden Ave in Port Norris, New Jersey. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

Also, on Saturday, April 16th, from 9am to 12 noon, there will be a Mission Day work session to help clean our church to get ready for Spring/Summer and the Easter season. Whatever job you feel you would be able to do would be greatly appreciated…"Many hands make light work..." The sign-up sheet for this event can be found in the foyer. Some suggestions are listed for indoor and outdoor work, but you may sign up for whatever you'd like to do. Families are encouraged, but children must be supervised by their parents. Please bring whatever you need to complete your task. Donuts, danishes, juice and coffee will be provided throughout the morning.

So come be a steward for our church and share your time and talent to make our Lord's house shine!!! If you have any questions, please contact Kris Jenoriki at 748-1214.

As some of you may have already heard I have been recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. I've started chemotherapy and in a few months I'll spend two weeks in the hospital to have a bone marrow transplant. So far the treatment seems to be going well. I still feel pretty good. Your prayers and concerns are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, 
Russ Adkisson

P.S. Look for the sign up for this mission in the foyer.

 

Kairos Moment for Moldova

As I mentioned last month, the word “Kairos” is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment.  Over a year ago, I started hearing about the small country of Moldova, tucked in a corner between the Ukraine and Romania.  There is so much I could say about this country, and in a few weeks probably even more will be said as I return from visiting it.  However, what I wanted to share with you is the incredible way God highlights places and people that are on His heart. 

I have been told that Moldova is the one of the poorest nations in Europe and also has the highest rate of people trafficked out of the country.  A conservative statistic says that there are 35,000 children left behind without parents and close to 450,000 girls/women have gone missing in recent years!  Those are staggering statistics. 

As you read this, I will be co-leading a small group of 12 into Moldova.  The team is quite diverse, ranging in ages from 25-62, coming from USA, Canada, England and Russia, with missions experience ranging from 40+ years to one who just joined our mission last year.  We came together, I am convinced, because of this Kairos moment for Moldova.  My co-worker Aimee and I began planning this outreach over a year ago.  As we listened to the Lord and made plans, more and more people contacted us - both those wanting to join us as well as those within the country asking us to come help them.  It was as if God was saying, “Hey, look at this country, these people are hurting - go and share my love with them!”                      

“This is the opportune time!” 

I honestly do not know what to expect or what we will find.  What I do know, is that there is a nation that has been lost in the shuffle of super powers - lost to the average person - but not lost in the eyes of God.  He knows of every person in that nation and He is calling His sons and daughters to go - to reach out and love the people of Moldova.  He is asking us to be His hands, His feet, His touch, His love.  

Thank you for joining me in prayer for this nation - I look forward to reporting back to you all that happens as we step out in faith to love those forgot.

Lisa Whitaker

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING

Our Lenten offering is the One Great Hour of Sharing.  Fish banks have been distributed to the Sunday School children.  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.  Please use the special envelopes attached to this issue or found in your pew racks.

News from the Deacons

Deacons participated in a training session and luncheon held after services on February 27.  The guest speaker was Rev. Deb Brincivalli. Rev Brincivalli gave us some ideas for the future of our church and the important role it could play in the community. Carol Jorgenson and Naida Burgess attended a training session presented by the Presbytery of West Jersey in Woodbury on March 13. Speaker Rick Ufford-Chase challenged churches to think outside the box in receiving and retaining new members. We also have to meet with other Deacons from all over South Jersey and share what we were doing at Absecon.

Deacons will meet Saturday, April 16, at 10am to put together our annual Easter Bags.

Looking ahead, Deacons will meet on Tuesday, May 3, at 6pm and stay to report to the Session at 7pm.

In Christian love,
Carol Thomas Vice Moderator and
Naida Burgess Moderator

 


Stewardship Committee Report

            The good news is that for the second month in a row, Sunday collection was higher than the same month last year.  The bad news is net rental income is lower than last month.  This is due to the Stopfer building not being rented so far this year while utility, tax and repair bills still must be paid.

Statistical Report for February

Budget for 2011                                                                       $222,419.00

Budgetary needs through February 27, 2011                             $  38,502.00

Our giving through 2/27/11                                                       $  30,834.28
Investment Income                                                                    $    3,057.66
Rental Income (net)                                                                  $    1,260.16
            Total                                                                            $  35,152.10

Amount under budget                                                               $    3,349.90

 

Average weekly giving by month

                                         2011                            2010
            January $3665.34                     $3261.49
            February          $3126.90                     $3059.14

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson               

 

March Thank Yous go to the following:

 

 
                                                                      
           

             

           

Fellowship Committee

I would like to thank everyone who helped with the Unity Dinner.  It was well attended and an enjoyable event where all came to share the Lord’s love as one.

Thank you for everyone’s effort in making the Lenten Lunch a success - for the people who supplied sandwiches, soups, and desserts.  A great big thank you to the committee for set up, serving and clean up.  Your endless efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Our upcoming Congregational Event on April 2, The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, will undoubtedly be a spectacular evening.  Hope to see you there!  More information on this event in detail was provided in the March Good News.

Sincerely,
Tina Brown

 

Lunch Bunch to Skip April

There will be no Lunch Bunch until the second week of May.

Be sure to attend as many Lenten Lunches as possible.

 

EVERGREENS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20th, 12 NOON

Our Evergreens meeting will be the THIRD WEDNESDAY of this month, rather than the usual fourth Wednesday.  At this meeting we will have Rev. Gerry Reedell speaking to us about a well know sculptress, Isabel Bloom, who studied under American master painter,
Grant Wood.  We will be looking forward to a most interesting subject.

We invite you to join us; bring a friend and a sandwich.  Desert and a beverage will be served.

Praise for Him!
Joanna Howell

 

Leek House Gets New Coat of Paint

Over the winter Wayne Hoffman, one of our residents at the Bakely House, painted the Leek House white.  It now matches the other two houses.

Looks great, Wayne!

Cobb Lounge Renovations

A very big thank you to all who donated to the Cobb Lounge renovation fund.  We are now close enough to start, but our estimates were below what is actually needed.  If anyone would like to add to this fund, we could use your help.

After we have sufficient funds, we will begin to order items and proceed to set up dates for helpers and contractors to start.  We are planning to have the project completed by the end of June.

Thank you so much to all.

Pastor Has Health Scare

On March 17 our pastor went to the emergency room with multiple swelling of his hands, feet, lips and tongue.  It was getting hard to breathe.

After three days in the hospital and multiple doses of steroids, Pepsid, Benadryl, etc, he seems to be okay, but is being treated by an allergist.

Unfortunately, the cause of it all is still not known.  He thanks all of you for offering up your suggestions.  If he ever gets a diagnosis he will let you know.

The pastor would like to express special thanks to Dr. Jeff Mazzatta, a podiatrist in our congregation, who prescribed a topical cream for his feet.  It fixed him right up.

Rachael’s Kids, Too to Open in April

After months of preparations, roof work, etc. it looks like Rachael’s Kids, Too will be opening soon.  We welcome Rachael back into our church family of activities in our building.  Information about the center is posted on our church bulletin boards.

 

In Our Father’s House – Al Smith

On Sunday night, March 20, Al Smith went home to be with the Lord.  His condition had deteriorated while he was in Mainland Hospital.  There was no more they could do for him.

Al had been in the US Army Signal Corp, an accountant, and a church elder at his old church.  His two children, Leslie and Greg, spoke at his service as did our own Rev. Gerry Reedell.  His wife, Ilsa, is in our prayers.

 

Thanks Church Family

Dear Friends of the Presbyterian Church,

Thank you so much for the Valentine’s Day bag of goodies.  I so enjoyed it all.

I must say the potato soup was the best I ever had.  The rolls and cookies were wonderful, also.

Thank you.

God bless you all,
Peggy Merill

 

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 (absecon_presby@msn.com) and ask to be added to our list of contacts to get weekly updates, announcements and information.  You don’t know what you’re missing!  

 

Remember, Deadlines are Important!

“Good Morning” (Sunday bulletin announcements) – Noon Thursday
“The Presby Post” (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.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

 


GREETERS

3     9:30 Rita & Vic Abelson
     11:00 Shirley Smith
10 10:00 Naida & David Burgess
17   9:30 Marjorie McGuigan & Norm Johnson
     11:00 Denise Ott
24   9:30 Carol & Jan Jorgensen
     11:00 Tina Brown

LAY ASSISTANTS

3     9:30 Janice Bond
     11:00 Joanie Hoenes
10 10:00 Gerry Reedell
17   9:30 Scott Sabo
     11:00 Dawn Duran
24   9:30 Louise Speitel
     11:00 Priscilla Schultheis

HEAD USHERS

3     9:30 Joan Pattky & Don Mills
     11:00 Shirley Smith & Denise Ott
10 10:00 Carol & Jan Jorgensen
17   9:30 Carol Thomas & Elaine Risley
     11:00 Joanna Howell & Jean Delesantro
24   9:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
     11:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd

COLLECTION (9:30)

3   Edith Budd & Joan Nale
10 10:00 Bill & Ginny Davenport
17 Bob Wilkenloh & Eric Newell
24 Vic & Rita Abelson

DEACONS GUEST BOOK

3     9:30 Kris Jenoriki
     11:00 Mary Bew
10 10:00 Naida Burgess
17   9:30 Jinny Wolcott
     11:00 Mary Bew
24   9:30 Carol Thomas
     11:00 Mary Bew

ACOLYTE (9:30)

3  
10 10:00
17
24
                             
NURSERY (9:30)

3   Gloria Achamizo
10 10:00 Alice Malfi
17 Melissa Dischert
24 Fran Tanner

VAN DRIVERS

3   Barbara Hughes
10 John Harvey
17 John Channell
24 Vic Abelson

REFRESHMENT HOSTS

3   Robbie Krause
10 Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt
17
24 Dawn Lewis

BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW

3   Set-up – Edith Budd
     Cook – Ed Little
     Clean-up – McManus Family
10 Continental Breakfast
17 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
     Cook – John Harvey
     Clean-up – Joe Marshall
24 No Breakfast – Happy Easter!

 

We are God’s New Creation – Happy Easter

“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a

When I woke up last Thursday with swollen hands and feet and was barely able to swallow I had a choice: to go about my business or to get help.  My first two attempts to reach my general practitioner were not successful, and I sat on my sofa at home thinking foolishly, “Maybe I should just go to work and hope this all goes away shortly!”  Fortunately, I am married to a person with more sense.  Jan drove me to the doctor’s office, and no doctor was there so she drove me to the emergency room.  After getting steroids and other drugs for three days I was released Saturday afternoon and did services without a problem Sunday.

Well, almost.  I never realized that so many of you were amateur physicians.  I got dozens of suggestions as to my problem.  “Don’t eat shellfish.”  “It’s your lymph nodes.”  “You have a traveling virus.”  “It’s an infection.”  “Did you change laundry detergents?”  I had no idea you were such creative medical people.  (I do have an appointment to see an allergist, so I’ll keep you posted.)

Interestingly, none of you said, “Well, if you weren’t in any pain, why not just live with it?”  Or, “If your feet were too swollen to get your shoes on, why didn’t you just buy a bigger pair of shoes?”  Clearly, nobody thought that acceptance of things as they were was acceptable.

Believe it or not, I find your concern, suggestions, and belief that a diagnosis and cure can certainly be found to be a very encouraging thing.  It tells me that better days are certainly ahead.  Hope springs eternal!

Sadly, we don’t always have that same optimism about other things like church growth.  Indeed, sometimes there is a resignation to the status quo, or even negativism.  When we try and build up declining attendance the response is often, “Isn’t the church big enough the way it is?  Besides, churches don’t grow these days.”  The degree of “status quo” thinking is amazing.  Maybe you have responded to challenges to our church’s future with “status quo” thinking.  Let me give you some examples of how we sometimes think:

Statement

Response

We should try contemporary worship.

“I like worship the way it is.”

We need to attract new members.

“New people have to take us as we are.”

We need new music.

“New music chases people away as well as attract.”

We should have PowerPoint.
           

“What’s that?  Don’t need it.”

We need to prepare for the next
generation’s needs.

“But we are the church now.  Let’s just satisfy ourselves.”

We need to grow spiritually.

“Are you suggesting there is something wrong with us spiritually?”

And so it goes.  Any industry from casinos to hospitals rewards innovation and risk taking.  They know the future belongs to those who keep up with change.  In churches we are as likely to punish as reward innovation.

As we move closer to the joy of Easter let us remember that the promise of Easter is becoming a “new creation”.  Let’s become a “new church” as well.  Jesus didn’t die on a cross to keep things the same.

Happy Easter,

 

 

The Presbyterian Church at Absecon

208 New Jersey Avenue

Absecon, New Jersey 08201

Phone: 609-641-3759 Fax: 609-641-5125

 

Office email: absecon_presby@msn.com—Website: abseconpresby.org

 


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