Verse of the Month: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12
Council to Meet October 11
Elders, take note that session (oops- we are now a council) will meet a little later – the second Tuesday. Our pastor and parish associate will both be in New England the first week of October on the “Inns of New England” trip from Oct. 3-8.
Christian Education Committee:
The CE Committee had a meeting in September to help kick off all of our programs for the school year. There is something for "kids" of all ages, from Sunday School and all three Youth Groups to the Adult Bible Studies and Women's Circles. These programs are successful due to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, as well as everyone who gives of themselves to support and participate in these activities. We thank you for your hard work and support, and encourage everyone to get involved and participate - there is sure to be something to help encourage you on your own walk with Christ. Keep your eyes and ears open for more announcements on specific events coming up this month.
In His Service,
Christian Education Chair
Sunday School and Related News for October
We can build the church together...to let the Son shine in. Rally Day was great! Everyone came back to kick off the new year. Together we built our church on the altar by stacking shoeboxes on top of each other. Then Jesus came forward to remind us that we must allow the light of Jesus to shine in. Roger Wolcott made these awesome construction company signs with the names of all kinds of things we could build such as a Highway to Heaven or The Rock Road. He brought in yellow construction hats to help us deliver the message. We were able to present Shawn McHale with his Bible and look forward to doing the same for Layla McIntosh soon.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
Olga Davies, Tina Brown, Janet Gee, Betty Lloyd, Mary Bew, Loretta Metz, Gerry Reedell, Jim Maurer, Marge and Paul Hamer, Betty Jerue, Carol Thomas, Marge McGuigan, Joanna Howell, Bob and Pat Hudak, JoAnn and Scott Sabo, Frank and Marge Loeb, Ruth Eberhard, Karen Muldoon, Georgina Umoren, Roger and Jinny Wolcott, and a sponsor who donated in memory of Harry and Jill Williamson.
I am so grateful for having such a wonderful church family. I can feel God’s energy all around us. Our classes are looking good. Our numbers are up. God continues to show us the way.
In Christ’s love always,
Lions and Lambs to Head for Hayride
When was the last time you went on a hayride? The Lions and Lambs elementary youth group will kick off our new year by visiting a corn maze, going on a hayride, and picking out a pumpkin on October 2nd. Pack a picnic lunch so we can break bread together around the picnic tables provided. The kids are always so excited to go!
This youth group is designed for kids between the ages of kindergarten through 4th grade. All kids in this age group and their parents are encouraged to participate. We meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10:30-11:30 am. (We thought we would meet on the 2nd Sunday, but in the end it seemed best to keep our meetings on the first Sunday of every month.) Everyone will be able to head home for lunch unless a picnic is planned.
Parent leaders take turns planning activities that tie in with a monthly theme. Extra parents are always welcome to lend a helping hand. You’d be surprised how fast the hour goes. Kids make friends and parents make friends during our monthly meetings. What fun!
We hope you will join us for the hayride. We’re planning to go to Butterhoff’s Farm on Route 30 in Egg Harbor City. We’re hoping to have an informal meeting with the parents at the picnic tables while the kids are playing close by. We’d like to make plans for the second half of the year. We are always looking for new ideas! Come join us on our hayride.
Please contact Priscilla at 641-4877 with any questions.
We kicked-off our Junior High Youth Program “Addicted2Jesus” (A2J) this month. As many of you know, A2J is a Four-Part Program where everyone can practice the theological concepts learned in Bible Study, through fellowship. The goal of A2J is to enable our Junior High Youth to experience God’s unconditional love, and to learn to share that love with their peers, adult leaders, their family, and their church family.
The four parts of A2J are each designed to reflect a different aspect of the life of the early church, as it was expressed in Acts 2:42. They include:
In September, the A2J youth began mission work during the Recreation Play part of the program. The youth participated in their first community service project with the Adopt-A-Road road cleanup of Pitney Road. A2J Youth will provide this service several times during the coming school year as one of our community mission projects. The youth also started a Bible study series on Service. This theme will continue throughout our year as we explore the importance of serving our Families, our Church and our Communities.
October will bring many new and exciting opportunities for our Young People. We will kick off the month on October 1st with our first lock in of the year with plenty of fun, fellowship and … yes … a little learning too! Of course, the highlight of this and all events at our church is the food. Dining in God’s fellowship will play an important role in our group, as it has for many millennia in the Christian community. After the young people recover from the lock-in (okay, I mean the adults…), A2J youth will participate in the Crop Walk on October 16th and will enjoy a Hayride and Corn Maze on October 29th. Further details and permission slips will be provided at our upcoming weekly meetings.
Bible Study will be weekly throughout the year and, after completing the October series on Service; we’ll begin to explore the books of the first half of the Old Testament. A second series on Choices will begin and carry us through the end of the month and into November.
All Youth in 5th through 8th grade are invited to join us weekly at 10:30 am in the 7th/8th grade classroom for check in. Guests are encouraged and welcomed to try the program. If a parent did not attend the parent meeting, they need to speak to me about registration for the A2J Program. I can be reached on my cell 862-926-8964.
Yours in Christ,
We had our first Senior Youth group meeting September 12th. I would like to thank the parents for staying for the first part of the evening. We have a large group this year and there was a lot to cover. I should have the dinner/drinks schedule completed soon. It will be posted on the bulletin board and everyone will be given a copy. The date for our trip to the Haunted Junkyard has not yet been picked we will also post this on the bulletin board.
7 of the group volunteered to help out with the brunch. They did a great job and were truly appreciated!
I am looking forward to a great year!!
See you all Monday!!
Weeknight Bible Study:
We are meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the newly renovated Cobb Lounge. Feel free to join us for a guided study about Biblical principles for making decisions that impact our daily lives. There are no prerequisites to participate in this "prayer and share" group, and childcare is provided. New faces are encouraged to attend - hope to see you there!
In last month's Bible study the focus was on King Ahasuerus, Mordecai and Haman. In this month's lesson Queen Esther finally states her petition to the king. In order to gain approval of her plan, she has been carefully setting the scene. We will see that after all the planning, praying, and preparing, Esther finally proceeds toward her purpose of pleading for the lives of her people, the Jews. The king has patiently waited and is curious about her request. Haman, too, has arrived - but he has a sense of foreboding that all will not ago well for him. Come and find out if his feeling is correct.
Please notice that some of the circle dates have been changed to accommodate those who will be on the New England trip. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 13th at the home of Carol Thomas. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14th at the home of Ethel Washington (51 N. Pembrook Way, Galloway). The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. All women of the church are encouraged to join us at the circle that best meets your time schedule for study and fellowship.
Men’s Fellowship to Meet Oct. 1
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will have their monthly meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30. Breakfast will be pancakes. We will talk about fall activities and our involvement in brunch.
Worship Committee News
I would like to start with a thank you to Jan Cobb for volunteering to lead the choir while we are looking for a Director of Music Ministry. The choir will begin on October 2nd (World Communion Sunday). Dot Ryan will be away that Sunday, and we are so very pleased that Anna Mae Werner has agreed to play the organ for us. Vic Werner will be singing October 9th and his wife, Anna Mae Werner, will be accompanying him. We are blessed to have such talent right in our church. If you would like to share your musical talents please let me know.
Job search update: Gay Channell has made flyers and there is 1 presently posted at CLC, a Christian book store. If you have any other places for a flyer to be posted please let me know. Also with Gay’s help we now have an online posting at “christianjob.com”. This posting will be for 1 month. Please do NOT stop spreading the word that this position is available. As always I am open to your suggestions and comments. Thank you.
Have a Blessed month,
Karen Muldoon, Worship Chair
Mission / Evangelism News
"Port Norris Mission Trip": Mission Accomplished
Our mission team put in two days on the mission trip on July 18th and 19th. Our trip was postponed until September due to the extreme heat. Bill Miller continued to go down to Port Norris to paint and glaze windows on some of the cooler days. On September 9th our team members were able to go back for a full day of work. On September 16th we were able to finish our project. The windows got repaired and painted, a shed was built and yard work was done for an elderly member of the congregation. Gary Cressey from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church continued working with our team and his church made contributions to help cover some of the expenses of the mission trip.
The Crop Walk is scheduled for October 23rd. It will start at Heritage Park. See Greg Hamaty for details and sponsor forms.
Absecon Presbyterian t-shirts are still available. $10 for an adult shirt and $5 for a child’s shirt. They can be purchased between services. See John Harvey.
Thank you for your continued support,
Russ Adkisson Jr., Chair
Prayer Shawl/Blanket Mission
We are once again meeting the first Saturday of each month in the Chapel. If you knit, crochet or would like to learn how to make a no sew blanket, please join us Saturday October 1, 2011. We have had a very full first year, as of August 31, 2011 we have filled 114 shawls and blankets requests. The responses have been very heart warming to say the least. There are now request forms in the pew racks, if you have a request, please fill one out and place in the offering plates or return them to the church office.
In His Service,
CROP Walk – Sunday, October 23, 1:30 Heritage Park (Step up! We need you!)
What are CROP Hunger Walks?
Where does the money go?
For sponsor forms or questions, please see Greg Hamaty or check the church office. (Our church can help change the world!)
News from the Deacons
The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) informational video was shown between services the last two Sundays in September. The video will continue to be available for viewing before or between services (just ask Kris Jenoriki or Naida Burgess). We hope to show this training video to Sunday school classes grades 7-12 within the next few months.
A sincere thank you to all who continue to help when called upon to set up, bring baked goods, serve, and clean up for memorial services and funerals. Thank You!
This is a busy time of the year as we get set up and organized for our Harvest Home Food Collection in November. Start saving some canned goods and non perishable food items now.
Our next Deacons Meeting will be Saturday, October 22, 10 am in Cobb Lounge.
In Christian Service and Love,
Naida Burgess, Moderator
Carol Thomas. Vice Moderator
Real Partners Uganda – “Christmas in September”
In the town of Lukaya, Uganda, where Mustard Seed Academy provides care and education for 355 children - most very poor and orphaned - Christmas is a difficult time. Schools are closed for nearly two months vacation and the children will not receive the meals that are provided by the school. Parents and guardians simply cannot provide the extra care and food in most households.
Two years ago, Real Partners Uganda began working with local leaders at Tree of Life Ministries to start a fund-raising program called "Christmas in September." At that time, in 2009, there were 150 students at Mustard Seed Academy and a goal was set to provide a gift package for each student. The packages contained beef, rice, beans, bread, margarine, sugar, salt and soap. This provided not just one meal but a few meals for each family. The town's people were so grateful that they were still buzzing about it when Joe and Elaine Griswold arrived in February.
This program began in the Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine. Last year the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church joined in the effort. This year our Absecon Presbyterian Church has been invited to assist in this project because there now are 355 children and 24 full-time staff members. Real Partners Uganda would like to provide packages for each of them.
The cost of each gift package is $9.00. A package will include beef, rice, beans, margarine, sugar, salt, bread, and soap. This is enough for a family Christmas celebration with some left over.A check for $45 provides a wonderful Christmas for five families and only $27 will feed three families, but any amount will be gratefully accepted. Our gifts alleviate hunger and are a powerful witness of God's love for the "least of these."
If you can help out with this wonderful project, we ask that checks be written to the Absecon Presbyterian Church and designated for Christmas Uganda on the memo line.October 23rd is the deadline to ensure that our donations arrive in time for the event to be organized in Uganda.
“Mission Day” for Fall Clean Up at Our Church October 15
Saturday, October 15th, will be our "Mission Day at Absecon Presbyterian Church" as we come together to clean and care for our church. A sign up sheet will be in the foyer so that we can all come together to accomplish many tasks such as raking leaves, trimming bushes, cleaning windows, weeding flower beds, cleaning ovens, the refrigerator, etc. Many hands are needed, so come join us from 9 am to 12 noon to help clean, polish and help our church shine!! If there are any questions, please see any Property Committee member, Jan Jorgenson, or Kris Jenoriki.
Stewardship Committee Report
The statistical report for the month of August was not a pretty one. On top of the continued drain on our income caused by the unrented Stopfer building, Hurricane Irene’s expected visit led to the closing of our Church on Sunday, August 28. Thus, our giving reflects that of three Sundays rather than the usual four. On top of that, the wind and rain from Hurricane Irene uncovered more leaks in the Stopfer roof that will have to be repaired, further raising the amount spent this year on remodeling/repairing the building.
The rental income on the two houses also does not reflect the month of August as it came in after the report was generated.
So while this report indicates that the amount of income we are under budget increased from $19,923.83 last month to $30,422.85 this month, hopefully a better accounting of rental income and your pledges coming in September will mitigate this shortfall when I report to you in November.
Statistical report for August
Budget for 2011 $222,419.00
Budgetary needs through August 28, 2011 $149,730.00
Our giving through 8/28/11 $108,781.56
Investment Income $ 14,592.60
Rental Income (net) $ (-4,067.01)
Amount under budget $ 30,422.85
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
May $2760.05 $2779.57
June $3301.79 $3208.85
July $2876.39 $2801.60
August $2202.63 (closed 8/28) $2835.95
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
What is Per Capita? Why should I pay it? Where does it go?
Once a year, each Presbyterian Church is asked to send a certain amount of money to its Presbytery. The total amount is based upon the membership of the church reported to the Presbytery at the end of the previous year. This year (2011) we were assessed $10,307.50 based upon our membership at the end of 2009 of 266. The per capital amount was $38.75. Thus 266 x $38.75 = $10.307.50.
If we paid the total amount by February, 2011 we would receive a discount of $1.75. We did that, meaning our bill was $9,842.00 instead of $10,307.50.
We ask you, the members of the church, to help defray this cost. If you pledge, you found an envelope at the beginning of your box labeled per capita with an amount printed on it. In addition to what you have pledged, we ask you to pay this fee. This is the only specific request for money we make.
Last year (2010) you reimbursed us $4537.84 which was 45.9% of what we paid. So far this year, you have reimbursed us $3659.00 which is 37.2% of the $9842.00 we paid. For those of you who did not pledge, you may be unaware of this church obligation as you did not receive envelopes. Whether you did or did not, we are making one last appeal that if you did not send in the $39.00 per capital assessment, please consider doing so before the end of the year. It is particularly important this year because of the financial burden on the budget caused by the unrented Stopfer building.
Where does it go? For three years, the Per Capita amount has not increased. Of the $37.00 you paid this year, $6.50 was sent to the General Assembly; $3.95 to the Synod and $26.55 to the West Jersey Presbytery to which we belong.
What is it used for? Each of the three levels (General Assembly, Synod and Presbytery) of the Presbyterian organization has a budget. The only sources of income they have are the per capita assessment sent to them from each congregation and income from investments. As written in literature from the General Assembly, “Per capita is part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. It exists to allow the whole church to share equitable in those things that make us Presbyterian. A large part of our per capita assessment goes to pay the salaries of the employees of the three groups and fund their meetings. A significant portion is devoted to maintaining the Presbyterian Historical Society. Without our contribution, we would not have a national and international voice in the issues facing us in this world.
If you want to do further research access on your computer: pcusa.org/percapita
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
I am very pleased and excited to inform you that we have submitted the cookbook to the publishing company. Thank you to all that have submitted recipes. We have collected about 200 recipes. I would like to thank Nancy Conover and Darlene Lombardos for typing in and proofing a lot of the recipes. And I would also like to thank Louise Speitel and Kirk Conover for their computer expertise. Thanks to Jacob and Nicholas Sabo, Madeline and Ray Lewis, and Chris Hughes for entering the cover contest. The pictures were all beautiful and unique, but after some deliberation, we had to choose the winning entry. Congratulations Chris!
There are pre-order vouchers available to reserve your cookbooks. At $10 a book, they make wonderful gifts to give away at the holidays. We expect to have them by early November.
Other plans are in the works as well. We are still planning a bus trip, bowling (sometime this winter), zumba, and a golf tournament. The committee decided to branch off a new committee just for the golf tournament. We are expecting this to be a huge FUNdraiser for the church. If you love golf and would like to help please contact Karen Muldoon at 926-8440.
Thanks again to my wonderful committee for all of their hard work and dedication!
In Christian Love and Fellowship,
Dawn Duran, Chair
September Thank Yous
A lot went on behind the scenes in September as well as a lot out front. Did you do your part?
The yard sale this year was a big success. Thanks to the many brave souls who came out at 6am and lasted until the very end, somewhere around 3pm. Your tireless efforts are sincerely appreciated, and we beat the rain! Also, thank you to everyone who helped serve breakfast, lunch and to those who brought items they created at home. Your talents are always tasty. Income from the sale came to a total of $716.30.
The Agape Brunch was a great success. Thank you to Leo and Sandy for all of your endless preparations, and to everyone who assisted with additional preparations, serving and clean up. Thank you to Karen Muldoon and her Senior Youth Group for all the help they provided.
The Applefest this year will be October 21, 6-8p. ($4/adults-$2/children; entertainment to be confirmed.) I will place a sign up sheet in the vestibule for anyone who would like to bring ice cream, Cool Whip, or baked goods. Hope to see you there.
Attention Church Groups:
If you have digital photos of your group or events, please send copies to Scott Sabo to be included in a slideshow before upcoming church services utilizing our new video projection system. You can give them to him on CD or send them by email to ScottandJoSabo@hotmail.com - thank you!
Sunday Brunch a Big Success – Next One Oct. 16
Thanks to Leo, Sandy, Melvin, Ed, John Harvey, Kris, the Senior Youth, Men’s Club, and various volunteers to work the stations, our first Sunday Brunch was a big success. Over a dozen items were offered, and one was completely consumed. Nearly 100 people attended, and we look forward to our next brunch on Oct. 16. Most selections will be offered again, but some will change every month. Nobody ate cold cereal, so that will not be offered again, for instance. Some of our bakers, like Sam and Ferd, may do something else.
We do need more volunteers to be here by 8:30a to set tables, cut up fresh fruit, prep work, etc. If you are willing to help call the office or pastor. The only way we can offer this for $5.00 is by doing the work ourselves.
Evergreens Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12 Noon
Our own Lucy Jerue will be showing us her photograph collection of the Murals of Philadelphia. These murals, done by local artists, create works using the city’s architecture to beautify the City of Brotherly Love. This is the largest public art program in the United States.
You are invited to join us for an entertaining event. Bring a sandwich and a friend. Dessert and a beverage will be served.
Praise for Him!
Lunch Bunch to Northfield Diner Oct. 12
Lunch Bunch will meet a week later because of the “Inns of New England” trip. We will gather at 11:30 or meet at the diner at noon. The Northfield Diner is located at 1515 New Road, Northfield. (It used to be the Athena.)
Men’s Fellowship to Offer “Hayride” and Campfire for Adults Oct. 28
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will sponsor a “hayride” behind the church van on Friday, Oct. 28. We will meet at the end lot, ride around town, and conclude with singing, marshmallows, etc. on the end lot around a campfire. (Park in the field if you like.) Bring a jacket and flashlight. If you can’t ride on the wagon, you can ride in the van.
This is not an event for children. They will have their own Halloween event the following night.
Cost is only $2.50 per person - $5 per couple.
Coming Saturday, Nov. 5
Our Fall Congregational Event
Roast Beef Dinner – 5p and 6p seatings
$15/Adults - $5/12 & Under
(includes dinner and program)
Featuring Historic Williamsburg, Virginia’s
Dean Shostak, in concert!
This evening is dedicated to Tom & Nancy Sooy!
(full details were in Sept.’s Good News)
See Joanie for tickets and reserved seats (641-1839)
Sponsored by your Fellowship Committee - Tina Brown, Chair.
(Concert begins at 7pm - overflow seating in the Keill Vestibule)
I’m looking for someone to help me with my yard and flower beds – 2 hours a week. I am not able to do this right now. Samantha Adams had been working for me all summer. Now she is back in college.
If you would like to help me, please call 641-4089.
Thank you! Your help is much appreciated.
252 Coolidge Avenue
In Our Father’s House
Harry Williamson went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 18. He had lived 88 years and been married to Jill, who died five months ago, for 58 years.
Services were held in our church on Thursday, Sept. 22. He was buried in our cemetery, and a luncheon was served in Madden Hall (similar to when Jill died).
Harry had served our country in the Pacific, and he and his brothers will be honored at the WWII memorial in Washington. A video of his Air Force career was shown at the service.
Harry loved our church and was a regular at Evergreens, Lunch Bunch, Mayberry, Tom’s Travel Club, Monday Bible study, and just about anything we did.
We miss you, Harry. We’re glad your illness is over and you are with Jill. But we will never be the same.
Emilio Suarez went home to be with the Lord on September 3. Mario was Tammy Suarez’s father and had a distinguished career as a cook, cop, military officer, and gas station operator.
Tammy, her brother Mario, and her sister Blanch are in grieving as is Norma, his widow who is currently in Royal Suites nursing home.
Please be in prayer for this family at this time of painful adjustment. Mario had gone into the hospital for routine knee replacement surgery. He had been expecting a full recovery until complications took his life.
Betty Ann MacNaughton went home to be with the Lord on August 30.
Betty was a regular at our second service and had done volunteer work for the Rescue Mission, Red Cross, and others.
She is clearly missed by her husband, Jack, who will be moving south to be near their two sons, Kevin and Robert.
Betty loved to sing, and the Seasoned Singers sang at her services on Sept. 3. The last time she had sung with them was at the Fourth of July service in our church. A luncheon was served in Madden Hall after services. It was a full house.
FEMA Provides Emergency Contact
Parts of our area are considered emergency disaster areas and are eligible for Federal assistance.
If you or someone you know experienced uninsured damage related to Hurricane Irene, call 1-800-621-FEMA.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
2 9:00 Karen Muldoon
10:30 Bob Hunter
10:30 Bob Hunter
16 9:00 Scott Sabo
10:45 Tina Brown
23 9:00 Gerry Reedell
10:30 Karen Muldoon
30 9:00 Grades 5-6 & 7-8
10:30 Dawn Duran
2 9:00 Vic & Rita Abelson
10:30 Jean Delesantro, Joanna Howell
9 9:00 Deb & Don Wong
10:30 Shirley Smith, Denise Ott
16 9:00 Carol & Jan Jorgensen
10:45 Mary Bew, Betty Lloyd
30 9:00 Jan & Carol Jorgensen
2 Edith Budd, Dawn Lewis
9 Elaine Risley
16 Ginny & Bill Davenport
23 Don Mills, Joan Pattky
30 Grade 3-4
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
2 9:00 Jinny Wolcott
10:30 Mary Bew
9 9:00 Carol Thomas
10:30 Mary Bew
16 9:00 Carol Jorgensen
10:45 Mary Bew
23 9:00 Irene Hunter
10:30 Mary Bew
10:30 Mary Bew
2 Bud Burgess
2 Gloria Achamizo
9 Alice Malfi
16 Fran Tanner
23 Jennifer Platt
30 Gloria Achamizo
2 John Channell
9 Barbara Hughes
16 John Harvey
23 Vic Abelson
30 Ed Little
2 Burgess Family
9 JoAnn Sabo
16 Join us for Brunch
23 Dawn Duran
30 Bonnie Putney
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
2 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
9 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – John Channell
Clean-up – Bill & Ginny Davenport
16 Continental Breakfast
23 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
Cook – Ed Little
Clean-up – Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro
30 Set-up – Linda Adkisson
Cook – Russ Adkisson
Clean-up – Gayle Ackerman
Evaluate One by One
“Behold, I make all things new” ~ Revelations 21:5
The changes in our church are happening more rapidly these days. That happens in autumn. At times it can be scary, but mostly it is renewing and invigorating. Change also gives opportunities to volunteer and develop new systems. Every time we change something we find new faces getting involved. This is how God works. There are three ways we need to see change:
Out with the Old
If you go up in our attic you will be amazed. Junk that had been in storage for generations is now gone. The dumpster behind the game room is filling up and suddenly we can organize what is left. It’s good to see the open space, but the stuff in the dumpster carries memories.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s more than stuff that is gone. Some programs like Mayberry and Prime Timers are probably gone as well. Some of our older members are gone. As I remember programs and members we used to have I am overwhelmed with a sense of loss, but losses are a constant part of life.
In with the New
If you want to see something “new”, just look at our newly renovated lounge. Over a dozen members contributed “original” art, and the décor is more contemporary. We are moving ahead. We serve a God who says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Did you go to our brunch Sept. 18? It was a big success, and our youth group and new volunteers did a great job. Or have you noticed the projector and screen in the sanctuary? Soon we will have announcements, readings, photos, etc. projected where all can see them. We have a new fundraising committee (don’t forget to buy a cookbook), new staff (Linda Gillis), new equipment (copy machine & computer) and new activities – come to the hayride, apple fest, and cranberry fest. Or sign up for the pastors’ new course “Why? – Making Sense of God’s Will”. These are all in addition to circles, Christian Readers, etc.
What is God Doing Here?
On July 6 much of our church’s life ground to a halt when Tom Sooy died. Who will make us laugh? Who will take us around the world on trips? Who will get us together at Mayberry? And who will lead our choir and music? This has been a struggle, and certain new trends are beginning to emerge. We need your prayers as we look for a new director of music. Sadly, many of the things Tom did are now over. We are trusting God to give us a future. We ask, “What is God doing here?”
That is also true financially. Our nation’s economy is struggling, and that affects our bottom line. The continued vacancy of the Stopfer Building is a real problem. We put thousands into repairs only to have the roof leak again. We need to rent this facility to meet liquidity, but the market is bad for commercial rentals. We are trusting God to give us a future, but it has been nearly a year since the church received any income from that building.
This year we have seen some of our strongest members die. We can’t help but ask, “What is God doing here?” Other churches don’t have these same problems, so why do we?
Last Tuesday’s newspaper had an article on the problem of police lineups. It said when we compare one thing with another we tend to get a distorted view. People, programs, and things need to be evaluated sequentially or “one at a time”. That is what we are doing. So thanks for your help and input. Together we move ahead as we discern the leading of God. Let us not be lost in hand wringing, looking around, or nostalgia. We can trust God to be working for us in His timing in new ways.
Let’s come expecting to see His newness.
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