Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

July/August 2011


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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

 

Happy Summertime – Note Schedule Changes!

Summer is a happy time of year to enjoy all the benefits of God’s creation.  Most church activities are suspended, and we take on a relaxed atmosphere until September when things heat up again.

Note the following:

  1. There is only one service at 10:00 a.m.
  1. Refreshments are outside, weather permitting.

 

  1. 40 Minute Club leaves during the service.  There is no Sunday School, choir, breakfast, etc.
  1. Office hours, custodial care, etc. are reduced in July and August.  Leave a message on the machine, and we will get back to you.

 

There is also a down side to the benefits of God’s creation.  The weeds, trimming and yard work needs of the church go up.  If you would like to help, come on out.  We currently need a lot of yard work done.

Remembering World War II

I am surprised that so many people have asked me about what I remember about World War II, and my experiences there. I was only 18 years old and working in Washington DC when Pearl Harbor was attacked. I decided to enlist but because of my age I had to have my father's permission. I went into the Navy and entered a program for new pilots. After completing my training I was sent to Honolulu and became one of the "Mariners". We flew PBM's. These were sea planes that could only land and take off from the water. My squadron was the VPB 26. Our mission was to patrol the seas for enemy ships, offer air support when ground troops were under fire, and rescue men from ships that had been torpedoed or damaged during battle. I was stationed in the South Pacific.
            Recently I took a trip to the World War II Memorial with a group called Honor Flights. I met a man that was stationed on one of the destroyers there. We had both been at Iwo Jima, the Mariana Islands, Wake Island and Okinawa. At Okinawa we had some of the most brutal fighting. His ship was hit hard and an evacuation was started. He remembers our planes coming in. What made our planes different from the fighters and bombers was that our planes landed at sea. Our planes were big, we had a 10 to 12 man crew, and our missions usually lasted 12 hours. This man said that when they saw our planes come in, they knew they were safe. We could use our planes as a floating island until a ship could come by for the rescue. He shook my hand and said "I'm so glad you were there." I told him "I'm glad I could help." We talked about the fighting on Okinawa. The Japanese fought as if their lives depended on it, and they did. As we talked we remembered the Kuril Islands. The Japanese told the villagers that the Americans would torture and kill the women and children. Some of us watched in horror as mothers threw their children off the cliffs and then jumped to their deaths after them. I remember flying over and seeing the corpses of the children floating in the sea. I still can't think of it with out getting choked up.
            I remember after Okinawa was taken we were told that all of our planes were grounded. They were going to drop the Atom Bomb on Nagasaki. I remember that day so well. We were miles away when the bomb was dropped. I could see the dark gray smoke of the mushroom cloud. It was huge. I never saw anything like it. It was like watching a hurricane or a tornado going in reverse, going from the ground up. It filled the sky. Later we flew over the area to record the devastation. The destruction was massive. There was a single brick wall still standing and everything else was completely flat. We found out a second bomb was planned and we were grounded for the second time for the bombing of Hiroshima. While this bomb was bigger, seeing it in the sky was not as shocking because we had already seen the magnitude of what these bombs would do. The same cloud started from the ground up. Again we flew over the destruction. It was just unbelievable to know that there was a city there one day and the next it was gone. Not one building was standing. It was just miles and miles of devastation.
            We were told that the Japanese refused to surrender and plans were being made to drop a third bomb on Tokyo. We got word that talks were starting again. Eight days later my squadron was sitting in Tokyo Bay. The air seemed charged that day as we waited. Tokyo Bay was full with planes and ships. We continued to wait and then we heard the air horns from the USS Missouri. Surrounding ships started their air horns. Every one was cheering, and all you could here was the sound of the cheers and the air horns all around. The surrender was signed! The war was over. We had seen so much. Each one of us was glad to get out alive. We lost several comrades that we will never forget, but our unit never lost a plane to enemy fire.
            On Memorial Day this year, I rode the VFW trolley with my daughter and grand daughter. I wore my World War II cap and my medals. After the parade, I was sitting and listening to the speakers. When the speeches were finished, a young man came up to me wearing his Marine dress uniform. His name was Matt Harrison, he is 19 years old and he was using crutches because he had just lost his leg in Iraq. He shook my hand and said "Sir, thank you for my freedom." I said "Sir, thank you for keeping me safe."

LT. Harry James Williamson
United States Navy

 

 

 

 

The Christian Education Committee would like to recognize and congratulate the following graduates for their hard work and achievements. 

Nick Hughes, Christopher Harvey, Michael McManus, Elisa Wong, Kevin Patrick Wolcott Sheahan - 8th grade

Aaron Kleiner, Carolyn Leigh Thomas, Colleen Nicole Wolcott Sheahan - High School

Jamie Lee Maurer - BS in Nursing

Andy Townley - BS and Masters in Electrical Engineering

 

Sunday School and Related News
Summer Edition 2011

Hello, Summer Vacation!  May we all have some fun adventures and recharge those batteries.  Let’s come back rejuvenated for Rally Day on September 11th.

A sincere round of thanks to all the people who made the Sunday School a success.  We could not have held all those classes, Mission Sundays, Family Worship Sundays, Calls to Worship, Special events, and drama productions without our teachers, aides, musical leaders, substitutes, sponsors, and parents who bring their kids week after week.  It was great to recognize our youth for their excellent attendance.

Our Youth Leadership Awards were given to Mike McManus, Nick Hughes, Justin Hughes, Chris Harvey, Courtney Gras, Bud Burgess, Terri Villegas, Elisa Wong, Bob Hudak, Sam Burgess, Jeremy Wong, Chris Hughes, and Chris Gillis.  Everyone here was active in Sunday School, Youth Groups, Drama productions, and served as acolytes. 

Our Youth Evangelist Awards went to Justin Hughes, Nick Hughes, Mike McManus, Annie McManus, and Terri Villegas. Our Adult Evangelist Award went to Dawn Houseworth. These people did a great job bringing friends to the church.

We recently enjoyed a field day and canoe trip. We also made gifts and cards for our fathers on Father’s Day. Graduates were also recognized on Father’s Day. We’ve been busy, and we’ve had fun fellowshipping together.

Upcoming Events

 

 

 

 
We will be looking for someone to play piano for our little ones in the PreK-K class to accompany their cherubic voices. Please let me know if you are interested.  Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you at the 40 Minute Club.

In His Name,   
Priscilla
                                                           
To all the Sunday School Teachers, Aides, and Supporters:

Thank you so much for the beautiful roses and gift card.  That was so thoughtful and kind of you to give me such a gift.
 
I am grateful for so many of you who are willing and able to help with the youth programming.  I know God is working with us and that together we are the church.  I look forward to days ahead with new ideas and faces mixed in with the tried and true.
 
I will remain your "rock" for the sake of Jesus, our Sunday School, and the wonderful relationships that come of it all.

Love,
Priscilla  

 

Announcement

I have stepped down from my various responsibilities so I can spend some time discerning my vocation at Episcopal Carmel of Saint Teresa in Maryland (website: http://www.ecst.ang-md.org/).  I will be there at least the next few months, with an option to then make a more serious commitment.  This is a contemplative monastery, located 2 hours away (in good traffic), with the mission statement of offering continual intercessory prayer on behalf of the world.  I would love to hear from you during this time!  My mailing address will be 123 Little New York Road, Rising Sun, MD, 21911.  There is a guest house available if you call in advance.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support during this time.  I know that my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with my home church and the people that have known and loved me for so long.

Love,
Janna Beth

 

Senior Youth Group

The Senior Youth group is having their pool party JULY 22.  The seniors would like to extend an invitation to all those who are graduating the 8th grade.  Please come out and join us.

The vegetable bed was planted last week.  It looks good.  Hopefully we will have a lot of tomatoes and peppers to donate to the food bank over the summer months.

If you have any questions about the group please call. 

Sincerely,
Karen Muldoon co-director

Weeknight Bible Study

Due to schedule conflicts, the Weeknight Bible Study of June 22 was cancelled.  The next session will be on Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

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              
                                               (your choice)

January                        Christmas books (Gerry will recommend)

March                          The Noticer by Andy Andrews                                                            

May                             The Seventeen Second Miracle by Jason F. Wright                        

 

 

 

 


Worship Committee News

I just got home from our first Blended Service.  Wow!  Thank you all for the great feedback.  Tom Sooy and the Praise Band worked hard and it showed.  We will be continuing with this worship format and the Praise Band on the 4th Sunday of each month.  The next Blended Service will be July 24th. 

I would also like to thank the Choir.  As always they have done a beautiful job.  How fortunate we are to have a church rich in tradition, yet open to new ways.  Whether you prefer traditional or blended, choir or praise band, early service or late, the message is always the same. 

July 3rd the Season Singers will be sharing their music with us.  July 10th Gerry Reedell will be preaching and Carolyn Holland will be performing.  August 7th the Holland family will be with us and Sharon Neff will be singing on August 21st.  There is a lot going on this summer, enjoy it!!

Please note – there will be no communion during the month of July. 

In His Love,
Karen Muldoon, Worship Chair

 

From the Choir Loft…by Tom Sooy

     It seems as if the past season has flown by so quickly.  We all need to take some time to kick back, relax and re-charge our batteries.  This time off could not apply more than to our Choir.  This devoted group, in addition to all of the rehearsals, sings at BOTH services almost every Sunday of the September – June schedule and have done that for more years than most can remember.  I am grateful to be able to rely upon their faithfulness.  Their contributions of time and talent would be good for all of us to emulate in our church lives.
     I would also like to thank all singers, ringers, dingers, musicians, technicians and all who help to make our Music Ministry a success, by the addition of their time and talents as well.
     May God bless us all with a summer filled with joy and happiness, and may He bring us all back safe and rested in September. 

     Until next time…….. see you in the choir loft.    Tom                             

 

Dedication Sunday July 17

Two items need to be dedicated the middle of July.

One is the plaque for Bill Downer’s painting – “The Coming of Jesus”, which was dedicated last fall.

The other is an AED machine given in loving memory of Jill Williamson (see Deacons article in this Good News).  Jill was a nurse, so this contribution in her memory is very appropriate.  The AED will be hung near the doors as you enter Madden Hall.  Take note of it.  The life you save may be your own.

Both of these will be displayed and dedicated on Sunday, July 17.

Pastor & Mrs. Cobb on Vacation Last 2 Sundays in August

The Cobbs will be away four Sundays over the summer.  The first two, June 26 and July 3, they will be in Alaska.  Then they will be back in Absecon for five Sundays.  They will be away again the last two Sundays in August (21 & 28).

They will be back for Labor Day weekend and the fall schedule which begins September 11.

Special Meeting of Session to Discuss Fall Schedule

The session of the church will have a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19, to discuss the fall schedule.

It is likely there will be some changes.  We had hoped to post them in this Good News, but the matter was referred to committee.  That means the session will not vote until July 19.

We will keep you posted.

 

 


Mission/Evangelism Updates

Our new t-shirts with the Presbyterian logo on the left front chest and a picture of our church on the back are now available. They are ten dollars for adult sizes and six dollars for children sizes. Proceeds will be used for either future mission work and/or disaster relief.  Any questions please call John Harvey at (609) 513-8528.

The mission trip is planned for July 18th through the 21st at the John Wesley Methodist Church in Port Norris. The sign up sheet is in the vestibule. Come out to join us for a day or for the week.

Thank you always for your support,
Russ Adkisson Jr. Chair

PB & J Needs…

Our peanut butter and jam supply is running low!!  If you can grab an extra jar or three while shopping that would be great.  Leave your donations marked “Sister Jean’s PB & J” in the kitchen.

Volunteers are also needed to make sandwiches on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Sign up in the vestibule!

Mission Trip to Port Norris to begin July 18

We will begin work at the John Wesley Methodist Church in Port Norris on July 18 at 9:00 a.m.  All are invited to go.  You may stay the night, but most will head home at 4:00 p.m. and return the next day by 9:00 a.m.

You may come for one day or every day of the week.  If work is not completed, you may continue the next week on a voluntary basis to finish up.

The jobs we are doing include the following:

 

 

 

 

News from the Deacons

Recently at session, deacons brought up a suggestion that we should have an AED here in our church, and session supported this idea. An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machine makes it possible for anyone to offer immediate help to someone suffering from cardiac arrest…a heart attack. Since we have other groups meeting here and using our facilities we feel that everyone would benefit.  Kris Jenoriki suggested a model that would be perfect for our church, and it even has a training video (more details will follow on training times and dates).   

Also recently, we were blessed with a generous donation from the family of Jill Williamson.  It is the wish of the family that their gift be used towards the cost of the AED.  These machines are expensive and can cost up to $2,000.  We still need about $400 to cover the total cost.  We need your help and are inviting you to make a donation so we can purchase this life saving machine!  Please mark on your envelope or in the memo line of your check “AED donation”.  Your contribution could save a life.  We plan on having a dedication service for this sometime later this month or in August. 

There is no communion the month of July.

We truly appreciate everyone’s generosity. Thank You!   

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

 

 


            Stewardship Committee Report

            At the end of May our income was under budget by $16,879.07.  Last year at the end of May we were under budget by $9,123.19.  Our rental income went into the negative for the first time this year.  Our financial shortfall is due solely to the lack of rental income from the Stopfer Building along with the substantial cost of renovating that building.  We expect our deficit to grow significantly over the summer.
            The only bright spot is that your giving increased for the first four months of this year and was the same this May as last May.  In order for us to pay our bills, it is very important that we all try to keep up with our pledges during the summer months of single services.

Statistical report for May

Budget for 2011                                                                     $222,419.00

Budgetary needs through May 29, 2011                                $  94,116.00

Our giving through 5/29/11                                                    $  72,381.93
Investment Income                                                                 $    7,474.28
Rental Income (net)                                                                $   (2,619.25)
            Total                                                                            $  77,236.93

Amount under budget                                                                        $  (16,879.07)

Average weekly giving by month

                                        2011                                        2010           
            January            $3665.34                                 $3261.49
            February          $3126.90                                 $3059.14
            March              $3391.40                                 $3166.79
            April                $3545.45                                 $3069.19
            May                 $2760.05                                 $2779.57

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson

 

FUNdraiser Committee

It is with much enthusiasm that I lead this much-needed committee.  As you may have read in the last newsletter, despite our giving being up (which we are extremely grateful for) there is becoming quite a deficit due to the Stopfer Building being currently unrented and in need of repair.  This is why this new committee is necessary.  The money raised will benefit the General Fund.

Our first planning meeting was on Thursday, June 30th.  It’s never too late to join this committee so please give me a call, (609) 965-6706, if interested in being a part.  We are also always open to new ideas so be creative and let’s put the FUN in FUNdraising!

In Christian Love,
Dawn Duran, Chair

 

June Thank Yous

June saw some of our programs stop for the summer, but volunteer work went on as much as ever.  Thank you to all our helpers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Welcome Summer!

There is a night out in Ocean City at the OC Tabernacle on July 10 planned.  Services begin at 7:00 p.m. with The King’s Brass in concert.  The van will leave Absecon at 6:00 p.m.  If you need a ride, please sign up in the vestibule.  I also need a van driver for this event, so contact me at 992-5968 if you can help.

We are also looking into having a picnic possibly in the Port Republic area.  More information will be provided once details are confirmed.

Once again we are planning a dinner cruise (tentative date is August 10) and are considering several possibilities.  When the place is confirmed sign ups will be taken.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Sincerely,
Tina Brown

Lunch Bunch to Egg Harbor Diner July 13 and Mays Landing Diner August 3

Lunch Bunch will meet at the church at 11:30 or at the Egg Harbor Diner on the White Horse Pike at noon on Wednesday, July 13.

The August destination is the Mays Landing Diner on Route 40.  Again, meet at the church at 11:30 or at the diner at noon.

 

Evergreens Picnic at Manse Monday, July 25

If all goes well and the weather cooperates the Evergreens and anyone who would like to join them will meet at the manse at noon.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be provided.  You may bring a salad, dessert, etc. if you would like, but let the pastor know so we don’t duplicate.

Manse Picnics July 17, 24 & 31, Aug. 7 & 14, Sept. 4

There will be Sunday picnics behind the manse from time to time all summer.  You are welcome to come.  If you want to bring something let Pastor Cobb know.  Salads and desserts are welcome.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverage will always be provided.

Church gets out at 11.  Refreshments usually run 20-25 minutes.  Picnics start when you get there.  (Pastor doesn’t usually get there until 11:30 or later.)

If you can help barbeque, serve, etc. let him know.  You may change clothes in the manse.

The pool, horseshoes, badminton are always available.  The water slide, waterslide house and go cart are available weather permitting and when Jack is available.  Picnics will be cancelled if it rains.

The church is working on an all church picnic.  There will be no manse picnic the weekend of the church picnic.  There are no picnics when Pastor is on vacation.  (The picnic for the Evergreens on July 25 is private.)

Cabin Trips Open to Church

There will be three trips to Cobb’s Cabin this summer.  Check dates and availability for your family/self if interested.

 

 

Everyone must contribute $20 towards the cost of the trip.  Spending money for go-carts, miniature golf, snacks, etc. is extra.  Plan accordingly.  Under 18 must have medical cards or a valid copy.

Trips are limited to about 10, including staff.  Bring your own towels, sheets, etc.  This is not the Marriott.

 


PLANNING AHEAD - - - - - - - - - MARK - - - - - - - - -

Saturday – November 5, 2011
For: Our Fall Congregational Event!!!

A “Nancy and Friends Dinner” followed by Williamsburg, VA’s renowned Armonica Player in concert!

All details in September’s Good News!

 

 

Cobb Lounge to Showcase Talents

We are currently in the process of painting and refurbishing Cobb Lounge and would like to showcase the many talents of our congregation. 

If you would like to contribute a piece of art work, needlepoint, or any item that is hand made by you that we can exhibit on the walls of Cobb Lounge please contact Doris Wood at 646-1611.

 

Ida Juhrs
Meadowview Nursing Home, Rm 59A
235 Dolphin Avenue
Northfield, NJ 08225
645-5955, Ext. 4572

Dottie McCaffrey
47 Heavenly Valley Court
Galloway, NJ 08205
404-4227

Shirley Smith
323 Oregon Avenue
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
377-5214

 


Warren Smith went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22.  Our prayers are with Alice and her family at this difficult time.  Our parish associate, Rev. Gerry Reedell, will be leading the funeral services on Monday, June 27 at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield.  Interment will follow at Laurel Memorial Park in Pomona.

 

Thanks Church Family

I want to thank everyone for all the cards, food and visits while I have been battling the Arthritis in my back, right hip and leg.  It sure is great having so many friends and family praying for me and helping me in so many ways.  I have missed being at Church and doing all the things I love to do.  Hopefully I will be back shortly.  I did get to Church Sunday with my family.  I sure appreciate all the support.

Carol Thomas


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. 

 

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.

 

 

JULY SUNDAY SERVANTS

Greeters

3   Dawn Duran
10 Maria Correno
17 Dorothy Loos & Jean Nell
24 Roy Birkbeck
31 Carol & Sonny Kleiner
    
Lay Assistants

3   Gerry Reedell
10 Scott Sabo
17 Dawn Duran
24 Russ Adkisson
31 Bob Hunter

Head Ushers

3   Bob & Irene Hunter
10 Russ & Linda Adkisson
17 Jack & Dee Heil
24 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
31 Steve & Ginny Schwab

Collection

3   Vic & Rita Abelson
10 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
17 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
24 Joe Marshall & Bob Wilkenloh
31

Deacons Guest Book

3   Irene Hunter
10 Carol Jorgensen
17 Pat Hudak
24 Kris Jenoriki
31 Naida Burgess

40 Minute Club

3   K-3 Jacqueline Bhatti, Melvin Washington
     4-7 Dawn Lewis, Lucy Jerue
10 K-3 JoAnn Sabo, Chris Gillis
     4-7 Diane Lee, Linda Adkisson
17 K-3 Rita & Vic Abelson
     4-7 JoAnn Sabo, Linda Gillis
24 K-3 Fran Tanner, Melissa Dischert
     4-7 Jim McManus, Jack Cobb
31 K-3 Karen Little, Kassie & Libby
     4-7 Barbara Hughes, Tammy Suarez

Nursery

3   Jennifer Platt
10 Gloria Achamizo
17 Alice Malfi
24 Fran Tanner
31 Jennifer Platt

Van Drivers

3   John Harvey
10 Barbara Hughes
17 John Channell
24 Vic Abelson
31 Ed Little

Refreshment Hosts

3
10
17
24
31

 

AUGUST SUNDAY SERVANTS

Greeters

7   Dee & Jack Heil
14 Lynn Adkisson 
21 Carol & Jan Jorgensen
28 Dawn Lewis

Lay Assistants

7   Karen Muldoon
14  
21 Scott Sabo
28

Head Ushers

7
14  
21
28

Collection

7
14  
21
28

Deacons Guest Book

7   Jinny Wolcott
14 Carol Thomas   
21 Carol Jorgensen
28 Irene Hunter

40 Minute Club

7   K-3 Chris Hughes, Tina Brown
     4-7 Maggie McManus, Barbara Hughes
14 K-3 Desiree & Dirk Williamson
     4-7 Karen Little, Lucy Jerue
21 K-3 Linda & Bob Gillis
     4-7 Sheila Mazzatta, Jim McManus
28 K-3 Dawn Houseworth, Kathy Cruz
     4-7 Amy & Courtney Gras

Nursery

7   Gloria Achamizo
14 Alice Malfi
21 Fran Tanner
28 Jennifer Platt

Van Drivers

7   John Harvey
14 Barbara Hughes
21 John Channell
28 Vic Abelson

Refreshment Hosts

7
14  
21
28

 

                                                                                     

Why Alaska? Because You Can’t Improve on God’s Handiwork

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…and it was very good” ~ Genesis 1:1

As I write this Jan and I are preparing for our trip to chilly Alaska.  It will be the trip of a lifetime, and totally unlike most of the trips we’ve taken.  “What’s different?” you ask.  We usually go to see what people have built.  From Disney World to Colonial Williamsburg to Busch Gardens we have seen some impressive stuff.  We’ve been to Waikiki in Hawaii, resorts in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, etc. and a cruise ship the size of a city.  People build impressive things.

We’re going to Alaska because it has none of them.  Even the cities are small by east coast standards.  Alaska is one of the few places we think of as being “pristine” – in its natural state.  Mountains, glaciers, forests and streams are pretty much the way they’ve been forever – the way God intended them to be.  Mt McKinley is truly spectacular, and that’s because it has evolved over millions of years.  And because it’s the way God intended, it changes very slowly.  If you start cutting away with a bulldozer, erosion, rockslides and pollution will follow.  God’s handwork evolves slowly, looks better than man made art, and changes slower than human creations.  That’s the way God works.

He works that way in us, too.  He takes His time to refine and develop us.  Indeed, it takes a lifetime.  We’d like Him to finish working in us, but He is always interested in making us more than what we are.  Discipleship is following the path in Jesus’ footsteps and letting God shape us up.  It requires our attention, our patience, and our willingness to accept the divine sculptor’s work.

In Alaska we may be bothered by jagged rocks and hard trails to climb, but there is nothing more beautiful than God’s created world, and the world will continue to be bless by God’s handiwork.  Let’s hope people don’t decide they can improve on what God has done.

And let’s hope we don’t think that our workmanship can improve on God’s.  The first sin in the seven deadly sins is pride.  Pride is thinking we can improve on what God has done, or that our way is better.

Why Alaska?  It’s a place to relax and soak up God’s beautiful handiwork.  He wants to display His handiwork in us, too.  It’s too bad we often think we can improve on what God has done.

 

“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” ~ Isaiah 64:8

 


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