Absecon Presbyterian Church
Verse of the Month: “My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments” ~ Proverbs 3:1
Friday, June 3
$4 – adults $2 – kids
No advance sales - pay at the door
Entertainment by the
Albert Hall Pickin’ shed pickers
Summer Schedule to Begin June 26
Starting June 26 our regular schedule will end and there will be just one service at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served outside, weather permitting, and a number of activities will stop including Sunday School, Sunday breakfast, and indoor refreshments.
Also, the choir does not generally sing during the summer, and choir practice will end in a few weeks.
After Father’s Day we generally reduce church hours. The office may not be open every day or only open in the morning, and the cleaning staff will only be in twice a week to take care of essential cleaning.
Christian Education Committee
The end of the school year is coming and our Sunday School and Youth Groups will be wrapping up their regular schedules. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our leaders, teachers, aides, volunteers, parents, and sponsors for helping to make this such a great year and providing such wonderful opportunities for our children to grow on their journey with Christ. And don't forget the adults - we had successful Circles, Bible studies, and other programs for the young and not-so-young.
Remember that just because summer is coming doesn't mean that the programs stop. We will be planning some great events over the upcoming months and planning ahead for next fall - watch for announcements and be ready to join in.
Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo, CE Chair
Sunday School and Related News for June
May went by in the blink of an eye. It included making our moms a special gift and card. It also included planting flowers in front of the church and mission houses. Finally, we enjoyed a visit from our Camp Haluwasa representatives.
Summer quickly approaches and we have a lot of year end activities and exciting events to look forward to. Hopefully, you can join us for most of these. There will be sign ups in Madden Hall to help with 40 Minute Club, Field Day, and canoe trip.
Up Coming Events
Thank you all for such a wonderful year. It’s amazing to look back at all the special events that took place and all the special things we did together. Many thanks go out to the parents for bringing the kids to us each week and to the teachers, aides, substitutes, and sponsors for having a program in place for the kids when they get here. All our teachers are pretty amazing and I have to take my hat off to each one for how great they are with the kids. I would like to add a special thanks to Bob Gillis for bringing computer technology to the high school class and to our youth events, and I would like to thank Rob Perry and the Band for lifting our spirits through contemporary music. God’s love is like a mustard seed. Thank you for planting His seeds.
Lions and Lambs to finish year with a Cookout and Swimming
On Sunday, June 5, 2011, Lions and Lambs (grades K-5 and their parents) will meet for a final session until October. Everyone should wear a bathing suit under their clothes or change into one after church. We’ll head over to the field behind the manse and play some games while hotdogs and hamburgers are being cooked. We’ll be serving some ice cream treats as well. The pool will be open so bring those life jackets or swimmies if needed. Bring towels and sunscreen too. Parents are encouraged to jump in and make a splash. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Marco Polo will have never heard such a crowd. Bring your friends and neighbors. PreK friends are welcome too.
This will be my last Good News article, as I have resigned from my position as an A2J co-director. It is time for me to concentrate on some other things in my life. I will never forget the chill of horror that ran down my spine when I originally signed on, and everything I've learned since then and all the relationships formed. I'm not sure how many Bible facts my young adults will remember from my lectures, but I know that they had a safe place once a week with their friends, and it was worthwhile if they're beginning to realize that God thinks pretty highly of them.
I am blessed to be able to say that I am very confident that our youth will be in good hands next year. The vast majority of A2J-ers will be moving up into Senior High, which will most likely open up to all those in 8th to 12th grade. Jack and Karen have remained a strong team for several years now, giving individualized attention to everyone, and consistently adapting their programs to fit current wants and needs of their members. I also did a victory dance when I heard that Linda Gillis will be taking on A2J next year, as she was our first nominating choice in the Christian Ed committee. Linda has a lot of experience with this age range and is highly competent and creative with her lesson plans. The brainstorming meeting with parents was a big success. Jim McManus will be staying on as a co-director.
Speak to Jim McManus or John Harvey about any A2J activities this summer.
Many thanks for this opportunity,
Senior Youth Group
My friend, Amy Off, came out to speak to the senior youth and A2J. She was amazing. Amy has done mission work in Africa for the last 2 summers. The pictures and stories were inspiring, eye opening and even gross. I will never again take indoor plumbing for granted. Thanks to all those who came out.
We ended our formal meetings on May 16th. For the last 10 months our teens have been earning points for participation. Each act has a point value. For example going to church/Sunday School has a value, helping with a mission project has a value, serving dinner for a church concert has a value and so on. The point being the more active you are in the church the more points you rack up. On the 16th the awards were given and they were as follows:
4th place..270 pts. Chris Gillis
3rd...........334 pts Ally Hodges
2nd..........426 pts Chris Hughes
1st...........445 pts AMBER PARKER
Congratulations, it was a close race!!!
We will soon be putting our plants in the ground and getting that mission project on its way. I will be calling everyone to come to a pool party at my house, at that time we will be putting together our summer activity schedule.
It was another great year and we will be missing Ally and Amber next fall. We wish them all the best as they graduate High School and get ready to start college.
Karen Muldoon, Co-director
Weeknight Bible Study
We continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 in Cobb Lounge. Everyone is invited - there are no costs, no textbooks, no homework assignments, and no prerequisites. You can come any week without worrying about missing the week before - each week is a new theme and a new topic. Childcare is provided. Join us for an enriching "prayer and share" experience.
Monday Bible Study Wrap-Up on June 13
The Pastor’s Monday Bible study will meet to conclude the course “24 Hours that Changed the World” on June 6. On June 13 we will meet at the Phoenix diner at Noon from our concluding lunch.
Please join us then if you have been in attendance any time during the year.
Membership Classes to Begin June 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Joining church is special. It is a time to make some new friends as you explore your faith and God’s driving purpose in you. It’s also a time to discover what makes us Presbyterian and how to make our church work better.
Joining church is not difficult. There are three classes which will meet Sunday nights at 7:00 in the lounge. One is on our faith, one is on our history and government, and one is on our own church – its history, makeup, programs, and needs (where you might fit in!).
You will be received by session before the worship service on June 26 and introduced to the congregation that same day.
You must attend at least one of the classes to join, but you need all three to get a good picture.
So think about it, pray about it, and call the pastor to sign up. It may be one of the most important things you will ever do!
News from the Christian Readers Book Club
Below you will find the booklist for the Christian Readers Book Club for next year. Enjoy some summer reading and then join us next September for our first discussion. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month in Sept, Nov, Jan, Mar and May. We would love to have some new members.
September The Help by Kathryn Stockett
November The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin Malarkey or
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
January Christmas books (Gerry will recommend)
March The Noticer by Andy Andrews
May The Seventeen Second Miracle by Jason F. Wright
NEWS FROM MAYBERRY
Well, my fellow Mayberry-ites or is that Mayberry-ians? We wrapped up our tenth year of our monthly “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry” town meetings. “The Loaded Goat” was a very funny episode that sparked a lot of questions, answers and commentary.
Since this was our 10th anniversary year of “Mayberry,” I asked if we should discontinue the program. There was not one “nay” vote in the crowd, so we will be starting our 11th year in September.
So, Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, Gomer, Goober, Floyd the barber, Mayor Stoner and all the rest of the gang in Mayberry, thank you for a great season and look forward to our next year.
And remember, the door is always unlocked and the lemonade is always cold!
Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship to Meet June 4
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet at 8:30 on Saturday, June 4. We will sing in preparation for our summer appearance, and plan for a summer event for the church.
Breakfast will be French toast. Cost is only $3.00. Bring a friend!
Worship Committee News
May 22nd Dot Ryan filled in at the organ while Tom Sooy was on vacation. We also enjoyed the music of Bruce & Sherry Townsend.
Gerry Reedell will be preaching on July 10th, and Carol Holland will be sharing her music with us.
Bob Hunter has offered to take over the scheduling of ushers while Don Mills is recuperating.
We are asking for people to sign up to ring the bells before each service. If you would like to do this please call me @ 926-8440.
Our next meeting will be July 30th @ 10:30 am.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve.
Karen Muldoon, chair
Confirmation Planned for June 12
We have four young people in this year’s Confirmation Class. They have already distinguished themselves at Holy Week services, ushering, and begin present in the 11:00 a.m. service.
We are very proud of them, and we hope to have Confirmation on Sunday, June 12.
Pastor & Mrs. Cobb to take 2-Week Alaskan Cruise Tour
Our pastor and his wife Jan will leave on Monday, June 27, on a two week Alaskan adventure. They will fly to Fairbanks, visit Denali (Mt McKinley), take a train down to Anchorage, and get on a cruise boat which will take them down to Vancouver. There will be many stops and adventures along the way.
They will be gone over two Sundays, July 3 & 10. Rev. Gerry Reedell will speak on July 10. We’re working on a patriotic service of music for July 3. There will be no communion in July.
Contemporary Worship Committee
We are excited to announce that we plan to have a "Contemporary" worship service each month this summer. Watch for the dates and be ready to experience some rich new ways to praise our Lord.
Sunday Van Pickups
The wheels on the van go round and round every Sunday to pick up grateful church members who may not be able to get to church if this service was not provided. I am so very thankful to the following drivers who dedicate one Sunday a month to help drive the van-- John Harvey, Barb Hughes, John Channell, Vic Abelson and Ed Little. If anyone is interested in helping out in this ministry, please contact me at 748-1214. Again, THANK YOU so much for a job well done!!
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT….by Tom Sooy
We are in the process of changing over to our Summer Worship services. The Choir is given a few weeks “reprieve” and we have some great Special Music for each Sunday, as well as the pre-service sing-a-long.
Now is the time to start thinking about joining us in September and this offer goes out to all men. You may notice fewer and fewer bodies in that last choir pew, so here are my Top 10 reasons for MEN to JOIN THE CHOIR!
10. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening. Which means that for those few hours, you will significantly reduce your risk of contracting tendinitis from nonstop operation of a television remote control or computer mouse.
9. Because you wear a choir robe every Sunday, you are liberated from a task many men find quite challenging: finding clothes that match properly.
8. From your special vantage point every Sunday, in which you look out at the entire congregation from the choir seats, you will develop interesting new hobbies. Among these is a little guessing game called "Who's Praying, Who's Sleeping?"
7. On the other hand, sitting in full view of 150 people on a weekly basis makes it much less likely that you yourself will give in to a chronic lack of sleep. Although it has been known to happen.
6. If you think your singing in the shower sounds good now, just wait till you've been singing with us for a few weeks.
5. Singing in a choir is one of the few activities for men that does not require electronic equipment or expensive power tools. This could be good for the family budget.
4. For the fitness buffs, singing in the Choir is not only heart healthy, it's soul healthy. But there are no monthly membership fees, and it's a lot easier on the knees than jogging.
3. If you think you've done everything there is to do, and there are no great challenges left in life, try singing with us guys and staying on pitch.
2. Choir rehearsal lasts half as long as a professional football game, but is at least twice as satisfying. (Don't worry, though, the rehearsals are on Thursday, not Monday Nights.)
AND THE NUMBER 1 REASON MEN SHOULD JOIN THE CHOIR:
When people ask you whether you've been behaving yourself, you can say with the utmost sincerity, "Hey, I'm a Choir Boy."
Until next time…….. see you in the choir loft. Tom
Fathers to be Honored on June 19
All of our dads will receive a special pen on Father’s Day as a token of our appreciation.
Dads, you are great!
Many thanks for your generous contributions for One Great Hour of Sharing. $1059.00 was collected which will provide self development of people and recovery efforts around the world. Also Easter mission bouquets equaled $450.00.
The Presbyterian Church of Pleasantville held a recent auction to raise $6,000 for the Mustard Seed Academy in Luakaya, Uganda. This money will be used to equip two classrooms and provide support for the school.
We will have our designed t-shirts available during the month of June. They are blue, and we have several different sizes to choose from.
We are still looking for someone to lead the mission trip to the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Port Norris. If interested please call me at 641-8035. The windows, hand rail and outdoor sign all need to be repaired. We will be building a shed behind the church. They would also like an enlarged bathroom. We will need to decide if we can help them with that. The trip is scheduled for the third week of July.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry has distributed a total of 91 shawls and blankets.
I would also like to thank the Maurer family for a $1,000 donation in the memory of Barbara to be used for a mission trip.
Thank you for your support.
Russ Adkisson Jr., Committee Chair
LITTLE DRESSES FOR AFRICA
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit, Christian based organization which provides relief to the children of Africa. These simple dresses made out of pillow cases are distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa. To date, this organization has received dresses and donations from all 50 states across the USA and has received well over 130,000 little dresses that have been distributed in 22 countries of Africa. They have also been able to distribute dresses to countries in crisis, when requested, such as Honduras, Guatemala, Philippines, Mexico and Haiti as well as right here in the US in the Appalachian Mountains and South Dakota.
Many thanks have to go to Marge Hamer, Gayle Ackerman, Diane Lee, Sandy Shinsato and Nancy Conover who together were able to produce 45 beautiful little dresses that will be sent to Africa from our church. A special thank you to Toshie Legg who will be hand-delivering them to the distribution center in Michigan on our behalf.
Overcoming Obstacles - Can I get an AMEN?
I am attending a training conference in Central Asia right now. Last night I had a group of Discipleship Training School leaders gathered together discussing how we can reach out more in this region of the world. We were talking about the obstacles before them as they pray about planning new schools. Some of the obstacles mentioned are getting qualified teachers to come this far, or lack of communication between schools, another person expressed frustration with documents and finances to do the schools.
These concerns were expressed after several people gave testimonies as to how God changed their life through the Discipleship Training School. I was looking at this very diverse group sitting before me representing not only the 6 countries they work in, but also the 15 countries they come from. These precious friends have sacrificed much to lead these schools. Many have given up well paying jobs, further education, approval from family members and so much more.
Then, one of them said - “Why are we afraid to keep going? We know God is faithful. The police came and arrested us every year the first 5 years we had schools, but each time God was faithful!” I stood before them in wonder. These are people I call friend. These are people who are looking to me for encouragement. These are people who have a whole different standard of sacrifice than I do - and I am sure they have a much more accurate one.
As I stood there in the moment, realizing the privilege I had of championing these modern day heroes, God gave me a word of encouragement for them. I shared that God is able to go over obstacles, around obstacles, under obstacles and sometimes He blasts right through obstacles.
Later several of them came to me and said they needed to be reminded that God can handle obstacles. I was humbled as I thought - you are the ones who have been arrested for your faith, you are the ones who have been persevering. Yet God delights in using simple words of encouragement to build up His heroes. I don’t at all feel worthy of that honor, but I am so happy I have opportunities like this to encourage my friends.
So, I guess my question to you is - do you need to be reminded that God can handle obstacles? I’m certain none of you have been arrested lately for sharing your faith - but yet you still may be facing some pretty big obstacles. Remember your Father is more than able to handle anything - not always the way we want him to handle it - BUT
“He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever . . . “ - Eph. 3:20,21
Can I get an AMEN?
News from the Deacons
Deacons held their second meeting of the year and then reported our activities to the session on May 3. A big thank you to everyone who helped set up, clean up, and provide desserts for funeral and memorial services this month.
We recently have been blessed to receive generous donations from the family of Pat Castle and from Jim Maurer (in loving memory of Barbara). Our work in the church and in the community is solely funded by donations received from our congregation so we truly appreciate everyone’s generosity. Thank You!
Our next meeting is scheduled for October 22.
To quote from the Deacon handbook, “Together, with Christ we strive for the spiritual growth and to be a source of comfort for all”.
In Christian service and love,
Naida Burgess Moderator
Carol Thomas Vice Moderator
Stewardship Committee Report
With this report, we have completed the first four months of 2011. This represents one third of the year. Our financial status has some positives and some negatives. Our biggest negative is the Stopfer building being unrented. The loss of income from this property will probably continue until at least September. In addition, repairs to the building have amounted to over $7,000. These repairs were needed in order to make the property rentable. As you will note in the statistical report below, our deficit from March to April increased from $5,897.22 to $7,427.30 because of the loss of income from the Stopfer building.
On the positive side, income from the other two rental properties (19 and 23 School Street) has remained constant and expenses have been minimal. This has helped keep the net rental income positive.
The most positive financial statistic at the end of the first third of 2011 is that your giving is up by 9.5% compared to the same period of 2010. This is reflected in the fact that for each month (see below) the average weekly giving increased over 2010. This increase in giving has also impacted positively on our ability to maintain the 2011 budget. The Committee thanks you for your financial loyalty to our church.
Statistical Report for April
Budget for 2011 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through April 24, 2011 $ 72,726.00
Our giving through 4/24/11 $ 58,581.67
Investment Income $ 5,775.58
Rental Income (net) $ 941.45
Total $ 65,290.70
Amount under budget $ 7,427.30
Average weekly giving by month
January $3665.34 $3261.49
February $3126.90 $3059.14
March $3391.40 $3166.79
April $3545.45 $3069.19
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
May Thank Yous
Some special events took place in May, and we thank all our helpers. We had two funeral luncheons in Madden Hall, one for Lesa Keener and one for Pat Castle. We thank the deacons who set up, served, and tore down those special events. We continue to pray for our families in bereavement.
There were many helpers around the church:
Amendment 10-A Passes May 10 – Will Go into Effect July 10
Amendment 10-A is about ordination standards. The Book of Order used to be clear that gay and lesbian individuals could not apply for ordination. The new wording is not specific. Many feel it opens the door for people of differing life styles. Some people find this inclusivity a good thing. Others are greatly distressed that Biblical standards are not being strictly adhered to.
It will take some time before the implications of this change are clear. The presbytery may choose to not offer ordination to gay people, even though other presbyteries do. One thing is certain; no church is ever forced to take a candidate as their pastor if they don’t want to. Under no circumstances would we be coerced to take any particular person as pastor.
Included below are some questions and answers that should help clarify the situation. The presbytery will also offer some question and answer conferences if you want to attend. Many questions remain unanswered.
Clearly, this action will cause controversy and perhaps division in our denomination. So we ask you to pray and reflect. God continues to work in our world, and we seek His wisdom as we chart the road ahead. Our session will discuss the matter in June.
Frequently Asked Questions
Amendment 10-A and ordination standards
Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
What has happened?
In July 2010, the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a proposed amendment (10-A) to the Book of Order, part of the PC(USA) Constitution, regarding ordination standards. As with all constitutional changes, Amendment 10-A required ratification by a majority (87) of the PC(USA)’s 173 presbyteries (regional bodies) for it to become part of the Book of Order. While the Office of the General Assembly awaits official tallies, it appears that the minimum number of 87 presbyteries will be reached the week of May 9.
What will change?
The following provision that is currently in the Book of Order (G-6.0106b) will be changed:
Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church. Among these standards is the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman (W-4.9001), or chastity in singleness. Persons refusing to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call sin shall not be ordained and/or installed as deacons, elders, or ministers of the Word and Sacrament.
The new language (Amendment 10-A) will read:
Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.
What does this mean?
• Ordaining bodies continue to retain the right and responsibility to determine their own memberships. A congregation continues to elect their deacons and elders and the session examines them for suitability of office. Likewise, presbyteries examine individuals for suitability to be ordained as ministers of the Word and Sacrament.
• A person in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination as deacon, elder, or Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
• All other churchwide standards for ordination remain unchanged. (There was never a prohibition against a person being ordained based on sexual orientation, as long as that person was celibate.)
Amendment 10-A will take effect on July 10, 2011 (one year after the adjournment of the last assembly). Already, the change has energized many conversations at all levels across the PC(USA) about how we can best enable the gifts of those called to service in Christ’s church and have mutual respect for each other’s integrity. In addition, sessions and presbyteries will review their processes for examination.
For more detailed information and additional resources: http://oga.pcusa.org
Includes links to: Pastoral letter to congregations of the PC(USA)
Advisory Opinion #24
Various video podcasts
Sunday Breakfast Club
As Spring is winding down, I would like to gratefully thank all the hard workers that make Sunday breakfast a success!!! It is these people who selflessly donate their time and talents to make this event a success. A HUGE thank you goes out to the cooks-- Ed Little, Richard and Doris Wood, John Harvey, Jack Heil and Russ Adkisson; the people who set up-- Edith Budd, Bob Wilkenloh, Roger and Ginny Wolcott, Dee Heil and Linda Adkisson; and the people who clean up-- Bill and Ginny Davenport, Jim McManus, Joe Marshall, Olga Davies and Jean Delesantro. Also a BIG thank you goes out to Harry Ackerman who does all the shopping for the year and to Kassie, Libby, Jack and Will Little who come to help the week their Dad comes to cook. If anyone is interested in helping out in any capacity next year (beginning in September) please call me at 748-1214. Again, THANK YOU for being excellent stewards for our church!!
Lunch Bunch to Eat at Gilchrist’s in Gardner’s Basin June 8
Lunch Bunch will travel to Atlantic City to eat at the new Gilchrist’s Restaurant at Gardner’s Basin.
This should be a great new adventure for us, so meet at the church at 11:30 or at the restaurant at noon.
Bon Voyage Picnic to be Held June 26
Pastor and Mrs. Cobb will leave for Alaska on Monday, June 27. They would like to invite you all to a picnic on June 26 after church.
Come, wish them a great trip, enjoy good food, and visit with friends. The pool will be open.
The Cobbs will return on July 11.
Stopfer Building Still Vacant
While a lot of work has continued in the Stopfer building, we are sad to report that Rachael’s Kids, Too has not yet moved in. This may take some time. A daycare license is still needed. The building is currently being tested for mold.
Sam Mitchell Ordained as Assemblies of God Pastor
The pastor of our Gypsy congregation was recently ordained as the pastor of the Sunday night group that meets in our church.
Sam has been pastoring this group for 2½ years and has been pursuing his ordination with the Assemblies Church for two years.
Our pastor has been taking communion to our Sunday night group during this time so they could receive the sacraments. Now the group will receive the sacrament from the hand of their own pastor.
We wish this group God’s best as they continue to seek their own identity and worship under their own leadership.
Pat Castle – April 25
Lesa Keener – April 29
Pat Castle went into the Church Triumphant on April 25 after a lengthy illness. She died at home.
Pat was married to Bret, and she had two children, Alice & Jack. She was a chemist and was well educated. She enjoyed church, church trips, and congregational events.
Her ashes were buried in our cemetery.
Lesa Keener was the daughter of Anita Brown and sister of Bill Keener. She was a reference librarian in Brigantine and was well loved by staff and children there. She also volunteered with the ARC, and actually died while babysitting a girl named Rachael that she had cared for for years.
Lesa was 51. She was buried in our cemetery beneath where her mother will be buried. Let us be in prayer for this family as they recuperate from this sudden loss.
Thanks Church Family
My family and I wish to thank the Deacons and my church family for their prayers, cards and fruit basket in our time of loss. Your thoughtfulness and expressions of caring was very important in keeping us uplifted.
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Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your prayers, cards and support during a difficult time for our family. Our daughter, sister & aunt, Lesa Ann Keener, passed away suddenly April 29th. Rev. Cobb, Gerry Reedell & Tom Sooy gave us the courage we needed to say goodbye. Also, thank you Deacons for making a sad occasion go smoothly.
Love to all,
Tom & Anita Brown, Robert Keener, Bill, Dorie, Chris & Patrick Keener.
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Thank you to the Prayer Shawl Ministry for the lovely prayer shawl. Your kindness will be remembered each time I use this special gift.
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.
Remember, Deadlines are Important!
“Good Morning” (Sunday bulletin announcements) – Noon Thursday
“The Presby Post” (Friday email) – Noon Thursday
“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.
5 9:30 Dottie McCaffrey
11:00 Frances Weir
12 9:30 Pat & Bob Hudak
11:00 Olga Davies
19 9:30 Ginny Davenport
11:00 Jean Delesantro
26 10:00 Loretta Metz
5 9:30 Bob Hunter
11:00 Vic Abelson
12 9:30 Scott Sabo
11:00 Tina Brown
11:00 Dawn Duran
5 9:30 Greg Hamaty & David Burgess
11:00 Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
12 9:30 Bob Wilkenloh & Eric Newell
11:00 Joanna Howell & Leslie Harvey
19 9:30 Elaine Risley & Carol Thomas
11:00 Jean Delesantro & Olga Davies
26 10:00 Joan Nale & Jo-ann Weller
5 Bill & Ginny Davenport
12 Barbara Miller & Jo-ann Weller
19 Roger & Jinny Wolcott
26 10:00 Mae Sterling & Edith Budd
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
5 9:30 Naida Burgess
11:00 Mary Bew
12 9:30 Jinny Wolcott
11:00 Mary Bew
19 9:30 Carol Thomas
11:00 Mary Bew
26 10:00 Carol Jorgensen
5 Jennifer Platt
12 Gloria Achamizo
19 Alice Malfi
26 10:00 Fran Tanner
5 John Harvey
12 Barbara Hughes
19 John Channell
26 10:00 Vic Abelson
5 JoAnn Sabo
12 Dawn Lewis
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
5 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – Ed Little
Clean-up – McManus Family
12 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – Richard & Doris Wood
Clean-up – Ginny & Bill Davenport
19 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
26 No breakfast – see you in the fall!
Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20
This past Saturday, May 21, the world was supposed to end according to Dr. Harold Camping, a speaker on Family Radio and California pastor (but he was certain the world would end on Eastern Standard Time). While most scoffed, thousands sold all they had to get the message out. Many traveled around the country telling people to prepare for the end.
This week Dr. Camping is recalculating, and those who cashed in their IRA’s are having second thoughts. But what interests me the most are the Christians who wanted the world to end. Why? Of course they said they just wanted to be with Jesus, but when we die we will get to be with Jesus for eternity anyway.
I wonder if there isn’t something more obvious going on. Maybe they don’t like their lives. Maybe they are bored. Maybe they can’t find a purpose in life so they think they will find fulfillment in the hereafter. Maybe they will have better self esteem in heaven. Maybe they will be more important in heaven than on earth because they were among the few who could see it coming.
Or maybe the reasons are even more basic. Like the farmer along the Mississippi said when told about the coming flood – “At least I won’t have to plant and harvest this year. That was a lot of work!” Life is full of chores, jobs to be done, planning for the future, and problems to be solved. I must admit, when I first heard the end is coming I thought, “Now the church doesn’t need to find new members, start new programs, raise more money, or rewrite our mission statement. I don’t even need to work on the Good News or prepare any sermons.”
We all love escapism. Sometimes we travel to far away places just to get away from where we are. We invent “projects” to keep us from facing what really needs to be done. And if we really can’t face our future and its challenges here, it’s a convenient escape to believe the world is going to end anyway. Well it didn’t, and the best thing we can do is continue with the call God has given us in the Great Commission. When the world will end is God’s business, not mine.
So this week it’s back to planning, working, writing, and flossing my teeth. I’d really rather take the day off and wait for Jesus to return, but I don’t have that option. Jesus doesn’t want us to wait and do nothing. To the contrary, He’s watching to see how we redeem the time and bring about His Kingdom on earth. So stop reading this and get to work.
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