Verse of the Month: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6
Christmas Schedule to see Three Sundays with Single Services at 10:00a
Things are a little different this year with Christmas and New Years falling on Sundays. The session has voted to make those single service Sundays with one service at 10:00. There will also be no breakfast served those days, and Priscilla will offer something special for the children. We do encourage families to come out on these holidays, but we are reducing the extent of our schedule in order to give you more time at home and to give some of our helpers with breakfast, etc. some time off as well.
Also, our Christmas musical will be presented at a single service on Dec. 11 at 10:00a. There will be breakfast that day at 8:45, and our birthday party for Jesus follows the play. There will be games and Christmas events for the kids and we will be collecting wrapped gloves, mittens etc. for Sister Jean’s guests.
Please take note of these other important dates and events.
Annual Meeting to be on January 29
The session has called for the annual meeting on Sunday, January 29. There will be one service that day at 10:00. The meeting will follow, and the church will offer a free pizza lunch for everyone who attends the meeting.
Attention organization and committee chairs: your reports for the annual report are due in the office by January 5.
Christian Education Committee:
This is a busy time of the year for everyone, and Christian Education is no exception. There are a lot of great special events planned for the Christmas season - keep your eyes and ears open for announcements!
Note that the Weeknight Bible Study will be taking a short break over the holidays and will start again in January with another new study. Announcements to come - all are welcome!
CE Committee members - we will be having a "mid-term" meeting in January - time and date to be determined soon.
Thanks to all for your support and participation of our wide range of great programs!
In His Service,
Christian Education Chair
Sunday School and Related News for December
We’ve been busy between the Halloween party, first Family Worship Sunday, and first Mission Sunday of the year. All our events have been very well attended and the kids have done a great job! Lee Wolff taught us how to make origami Christmas decorations to send to our troops overseas. I was impressed with how well the kids did with folding the paper. I tried a few myself and noticed that I am Origami challenged! We were also able to send off 15 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Thanks to all who participated.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
May you be blessed and filled with God’s love this season.
Many thanks to Lucy Jerue for leading the adult Sunday School class in “A Purpose Driven Life”. This class met in Cobb Lounge for 6 weeks to explore Rick Warren’s amazing program. Thank you, Lucy, for a wonderful job leading this group.
Lions and Lambs to Receive New Leadership
Our Lions and Lambs elementary program continues to be blessed. JoAnn Sabo is stepping up into the leadership role and will begin this new role in January. God has given JoAnn so many talents! She will bring to our program incredible patience, energy, creativity, vision, and teaching methods that bring us all together. JoAnn is an amazing leader and we’ll be seeing wonderful things in the future from this program under her guidance.
Lions and Lambs will meet on December 4th from 10:30-11:00 am. The kids will watch “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” or some other Christmas movie. Parents will meet with JoAnn during that half hour and plan activities for the 2nd half of the year.
On December 11th Lions and Lambs will sponsor a cupcake fundraiser for Sr Jean’s Kitchen. We have already sent home boxes of cupcake mix and are expecting our Lions and Lambs families to bring in 2 dozen or more cupcakes for everyone to decorate during the birthday party. Please leave off the frosting so our decorators can choose their own flavors.
We will be playing lots of games at this Birthday Party for Jesus on December 11th. Karen Little and Dawn Houseworth are preparing many fun games and other activities. I believe there will be a piñata or two. The prizes are always great and there will be a craft to make and take home.
We can’t wait to see all our Lions and Lambs families on December 4th and on December 11th.
In November, A2J youth were kept very busy. In Bible Study, the youth participated in a three part series regarding Choices. Using the story of Esther, the youth discussed how to make Godly, healthy choices. With the parables of the prodigal son and unmerciful servant, the youth discussed forgiveness and how to incorporate forgiveness in their daily lives. The series concluded with examining the biggest choice of all, the choice to follow Jesus each and every day. Our service projects continued with cleaning Pitney Road, providing two shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, donating food items to the Deacons Food Drive, and donating a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need. Fundraising efforts began with a Thanksgiving Pie sale so the youth can raise money for their Johnsonburg Retreat trip scheduled in the spring. A2J welcomes new comer Maria Mejia-Izcoa to our group. With the addition of Shawn McHale and Elena Achamizo in November, A2J has grown to 10 active members.
December is guaranteed to keep the youth busy. In Bible study, the youth will explore the second half of the Old Testament and a new series entitled “I Want That” will begin. A2J will not meet the 11th due to the Christmas play and Jesus’ birthday party. Additionally, the group will not meet the 25th or January 1st. On December 10th the youth will Christmas Carol at a local facility and the A2J Christmas celebration is scheduled for December 18th including a grab bag.
Saturday, December 17th is our next fundraiser. A2J will host a Mother’s Day Out in Madden Hall. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children are invited. Our theme for the day is All Aboard the Polar Express! Lunch, a winter craft, movie and popcorn, of course, will be enjoyed by all from noon until 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and slippers for this event. Only pre-paid reservations will be accepted and A2J youth will be available December 4th and 11th accepting reservations after the first service.
May the blessings of Christmas be with you all through the coming year.
Yours in Christ,
Senior Youth News
Senior youth group is keeping BUSY!!!! We have spent 2 Saturdays and a Sunday at the Bakely House with another Saturday scheduled for November. We have been helping with spackling, sanding, taping, painting, washing windows, window sills and tops of cabinets and having a great time doing it!! We have also been very involved helping with the monthly brunches. The teens have been helping with serving, cleaning up and putting tables away. It was offered to the group to have tip jars put on the tables during the brunches as a fundraiser. This means that they have committed to being there every month and they agreed to take on more responsibilities. The monies collected will go to the group as a whole, not to the person who served your table. This is for the brunches ONLY.
Our dinner schedule is as follows:
12/5 dinner = Chris Harvey drinks/salad = Terry
12/12 “ = Mike “ “ = Justin
12/19 “ = Nick “ “ = Charity
1/9 dinner = Sam drinks/salad = Kristin
1/23 dinner = Chris Hughes drinks/salad = Chris Harvey
1/30 “ = Chris Gillis “ “ = Mike
If your night is not convenient for you call me and I will be glad to switch it. (Please note that there were changes made already.)
We will NOT be making grave blankets this year. Thank you to all of you who have purchased them over the years.
This is a great brunch of kids that have shown time and time again that they want to help. If there is something you need help with please bring it up to Jack or myself.
Karen Muldoon, Co-director
Advent Study Beginning in Lounge – Sundays at 6:30p
Would you like to enhance your Spiritual Journey this advent season? Then come out on Sunday nights to a study entitled “The Journey” which takes a close look at all the characters in the Christmas story and aligns them with our story. There is a video and then a discussion.
The course has five lessons and it started on Nov. 27, but it’s still a good time to join in. You’ll be glad you did. The cost is only $5.00. Call the pastor, or just show up.
Announcement from the Christian Readers’ Book Club , by Lucy Jerue
At our recent meeting, we selected our books for recommended reading over the Christmas holidays. Both are heartwarming stories by well-known authors in this genre. You may read either book or both. There are multiple copies of both books in the Atlantic County Library system.
The titles are Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, and A Christmas Visitor by Thomas Kincade and Katherine Spencer.
Our discussion of these books will take place on Wed., January 18, 2012, at 7pm in the Cobb Lounge. New members are always welcome.
This month marks the end of our year-long study of the Old Testament book of Esther. The last chapters of Esther recount the events of the month of Adar. On the 13th of Adar, the Jews defended themselves against their enemies. After their victory, Mordecai sends letters to the Jews throughout the Persian Empire instituting the annual holiday of Purim. The festival began in 473 B.C. and continues to be kept today among Jewish people around the world. Be sure to come to our December meetings as we celebrate our own version of Purim.
The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 2nd, at the home of Cathy Guenther (902 Morton Ave., Absecon). The Sarah Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7th, at Cobb Lounge. The Martha Circle will meet at the home of Carol Thomas at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 8th. All women of the church are encouraged to join us for study and fellowship at the circle that best meets your time schedule.
Don’t forget to bring your donations of caps, scarves, gloves/mittens, and socks for children K to 4th grades. They will be delivered to a local school the third week of December.
Men’s Fellowship to Meet December 10 at 8:30a
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet a week later than normal so that Jim Maurer can be with us.
One of our new members, Seth Putney, will be cooking an egg breakfast.
Come for a great time of food and fellowship.
Worship Committee News
Applications for the Director of Music Ministry position keep coming in and job descriptions are going out. Applicants are being scheduled to audition at the 9 am services only. Please continue to be patient with the process. We want to make sure we are getting the right person for this position. I would like to say thank you to Jan Cobb, the choir and Dot Ryan. You are wonderful.
The 3rd Sunday of the month is our Brunch Sunday between services. They have been a huge success, however the time is a little tight. It was passed at session that the 2nd service on those Sundays will begin at 11:00 am instead of 10:45. This will give people more time to enjoy the meal, and the extra 15 minutes should help with the parking situation.
We are still looking for Lay Assistants for both Christmas and New Year’s Day. Both holidays fall on a Sunday this year. ***Note there will be only one service on those days***
The Lay assistant schedule is as follows:
Dec. 4th @ 9 am Joan Nale @ 10:30_______________
11th @ 10 am Karen Muldoon
18th @ 9 Scott Sabo @ 11:00 Tina Brown ** brunch
25th @ 10 am______________________
Jan. 1st @ 10 am______________________
8th @ 9 am Joan Nale @10:30 Vic Abelson
15th @ 9 am Scott Sabo @11:00 Tina Brown **brunch
22nd @ 9 am Russ Adkisson @ 10:30 Karen Muldoon
29th @ 10 am___________________
Thank you all for your time, talents and patience.
Have a Blessed month,
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA ORDER FORM
We will once again be beautifying our sanctuary this Christmas season with poinsettias. To give a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one, please fill in the form below and return it to the church office by Wednesday, December 14. The cost is $6.00 each. Make checks payable to the Absecon Presbyterian Church and write “poinsettia” on the memo line. We ask that you would leave your poinsettia in the church through the Christmas Eve services.
I would like to order _________ poinsettia(s) to be dedicated as follows:
In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________
In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________
Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________
MISSION BOUQUET ORDER FORM
Mission Bouquets may also be given this year. A plant will not be placed on the altar. Instead, all funds donated will go to our Mission programs and projects of the church. If you would like to give a Mission Bouquet, please fill in the form and return to the church office by Sunday, December 18, with a check payable to the Absecon Presbyterian Church with “Mission Bouquet” on the memo line.
I would like to give $_________ in Mission Bouquet(s) to be dedicated as follows:
In Memory of: ___________________________________________________________
In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________
Given by: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________
Mission / Evangelism News
Our current mission project is the Blakely House on School Street. At this time the house is empty and volunteers have been working in the house cleaning, prepping and painting. Gary Cressey from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church installed a new kitchen sink and has done some plumbing work. The supplies for this work up to this date have been paid for by gifts given in memory of Betty Ann MacNaughton. Jack also donated a refrigerator. Any one who'd like to help with labor or would like to help financially is welcome to. Our goal is to have the project done by the end of the month.
T-shirts can be purchased between services. We have children’s sizes as well! See John Harvey.
This year’s Christmas Eve offering will be going to the Salvation Army.
Your support helps many in need.
Russ Adkisson Jr.
The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tags
The tree is up! The tags are waiting for you to choose one. Each tag represents a needy child's wish for a toy or game. Clothing sizes are also included.
Your help enables The Salvation Army to provide gifts to hundreds of children, making their holiday special and memorable.
Simply take a tag, shop for toys, games, and/or clothing. Wrap the gift and SECURELY attach the tag to the gift. All gifts must be returned by Dec. 11. The gifts will be taken to the Salvation Army on Dec. 14.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity on behalf of the many children you will help this Christmas.
The Mission Committee
News from the Deacons
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
What an amazing year this has been! We wish to thank everyone who has helped the Deacons make our church a welcome place for all. We are so very grateful for your time, talent and generous donations this past year.
Our annual Harvest Home Collection for the Food Bank was a HUGE success and we can’t wait to get the results on how many “pounds” we donated. A big thank you to Lions & Lambs, A2J, and the Senior Youth for their muscle power in moving all the donated items to the back room. A special thank you to Carol Thomas for arranging the pick up these items. We truly appreciate everyone’s generosity during this season of giving thanks.
Next Deacons Meeting will be Saturday, December 3, 10 am in Cobb Lounge.
In Christian service and love,
Naida Burgess Moderator
Carol Thomas Vice Moderator
News from Lisa
As you read this, I will be in England teaching a group of 31 students on the topic of Missions.
I have lived this topic for the past 20 years, but this will be the first time I will be teaching for a whole week on just missions. I have been preparing my lessons the last few weeks and it has been so faith-building to me. Missions is such a huge topic and yet it is something that God calls ALL of us to do, whether we do it here or in a foreign context - the bottom line is we are to be ambassadors for Him.
Sometimes we may feel like that is a tall order to fill. Yet, as I read the gospels, I see that basically Jesus taught as He was going. He engaged in conversations with people on a daily basis, many of which were not planned, but just spontaneous conversations. Nicodemus stops by one night and Jesus talks with him about being born again. A Samaritan woman approaches Jesus by a well and He begins to talk with her about living water . . . and so the gospels go, encounter after encounter with individuals.
Jesus loved people. He took time for them, listened to them and spoke life to them. Is it really that easy? Is it really possible to just be aware of the people in my life, listen to them and then speak truth and words of encouragement? Well, that is what Jesus did and He tells us we will do what He did and even greater things than Him. (Jn 14:12)
As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, what a great opportunity to be missional in everything we do. Let’s keep in mind what His parting words on this earth were to His disciples. He could have said many things, but He chose to say - “Go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” - Matthew 28:19, 20.
Thank you for your on-going support as I GO and TEACH. It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to speak into the lives of individuals as well as nations. This coming year is almost completely booked as God continues to open doors and opportunities surface to teach in very unique situations. I look forward to sharing some of those with you in the coming months.
God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Bakely House to be Open December 11
The work on the Bakely House is progressing well. Many people in our church have never seen the house, so it will be open for inspection after worship on December 11. If you haven’t seen it we invite you to take a look. The house was build over 80 years ago, but it’s still in pretty good shape.
The Bakely House was secured from the Bakely family in the 1987 in a perpetual occupancy agreement which meant that Mrs. Bakely could continue to live there as long as she wanted even though the church held the deed. But Mrs. Bakely had problems that caused her to move out less than two years after the agreement was signed. The church used the house as a summer vacation spot for ministers (that’s how we were introduced to Gerry Reedell) and during the winter we had missionaries, foreign families in asylum, Rescue Mission workers, and needy families stay there. The church made many improvements including siding, replacement windows, kitchen cabinets, new roof, back deck, etc., but it was becoming increasingly difficult to run the house. In 2002 the house was turned over to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission as a 1-2 year transitional housing facility for men graduating from their “Overcomers Program”. Since that time dozens of men have used the house to get back on their feet. In September the last of the “Overcomers” moved out, and we have been painting and fixing it up since then.
The future of the house is still uncertain, but it is under the supervision of our Mission Committee and will continue to be used for mission purposes. Being empty right now gives us the opportunity to fix it up and for you all to see it while nobody is living there. Once somebody moves in it will be their home, so we won’t be able to show you around. In fact, the reason you don’t hear much abut it is we try to respect the privacy of those living there.
Over the years some of our church groups have taken an interest. The deacons give them fruit baskets, food items, and gift certificates for ShopRite. The Men’s Club gave a Christmas tree. Christmas cards, etc. are welcome. Every item of furniture was donated.
If you want to help with the project or house renovations, call the office.
Stewardship Committee Report
By this time, our annual Stewardship Commitment Campaign is well underway. As you are aware, our theme this year is Believe in Tomorrow, Our 2012 Journey of Faith. Each of you have been asked to consider taking A Forward Step or A Step of Faith when you plan your personal budget and what you will contribute to your church next year. Please consult the chart in your Faith Packet. By this time, you have either picked up your personal packet on Sunday or it has been mailed to you. It is most important that you return your pledge card. The total of what is pledged by the congregation is used by the Stewardship Committee as a guide when planning 2012 finances.
Additional pledge cards are available in the Church Office if you misplaced yours.
Copies of the green Talent Bank Questionnaire, which lists the many opportunities available to you, are in the narthex as you enter the Church. Please pick one up and see what areas you have the time and talent to engage in. The more the members of the congregation participate, the easier it is for all. We need your time and talent if we are to continue offering the many programs we have in our church.
Statistical Report for October
Budget for 2011 $222,419.00
Budgetary Needs through October 30, 2011 $188,232.00
Our giving through 10/20/11 $137,785.70
Investment Income $ 20,351.97
Rental Income (net) $ 2,996.54
Amount under budget $ 27,097.79
Average weekly giving by month
2011 2010 2011 2010
January $3665.34 $3261.49 July $2876.39 $2801.60
February $3126.90 $3059.14 August $2202.63* $2835.95
March $3391.40 $3166.79 September $3594.00 $2969.84
April $3545.45 $3069.19 October $2924.83 $2980.55
May $2760.05 $2779.57
June $3301.79 $3208.85 *closed 8/28
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
Cookbooks are still on sale for $10. They make excellent gifts for the Holidays and are going fast so get them while supplies last. Also anybody who purchased the cookbook prior to Nov. 20th please note that on page 62 there should be 2 C. of flour added to the Easy Banana Bread Recipe. This was overlooked during our proofing and we apologize for any inconvenience. There are tiny labels available to insert in the book. The rest of the cookbooks have already been adjusted.
Save the dates of March 3rd for our Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens and May 20th for the Golf Tournament. The Zumba is still to be announced. Please come out and support the church at these various FUNdraisers.
Our next FUNdraising committee meeting is Dec 1st at 6:30. Be on the lookout for more information regarding our events, they are sure to be FUN!
In Christian love and Fellowship,
Dawn Duran, Chairperson
November Thank Yous
Unbeknown to many of you, November had a major mission project in our Bakely Mission House. Our residents moved out two months ago, and since then we cleaned out a truck load of debris, scraped, spackled and painted most of the house, rebuilt the kitchen, laundry room, and bath room, and made scores of repairs. The “thank you” list is for dozens of people, so please forgive if we missed any of you:
There is still more work to be done as the Good News goes to press, but we rejoice that much has been accomplished and there is light at the end of the tunnel. There will be an open house after church on December 11. Come see your mission house.
Around the church we also want to thank the following:
What a truly spectacular evening the Dean Shostak Dinner/Concert was. Dean’s performance on the glass armonica was a wonderful display of musical talent that was brought to our congregation by a personal experience of Tom and Nancy Sooy. Thank you to Nancy and in memory of Tom for a truly blessed event.
Thank you to the many hands that helped Nancy prepare the meal for the above event as well as everyone else who helped decorate, serve, and clean up. Your tireless efforts are ALWAYS and sincerely appreciated. Thank you!
The Cranberry Sales were a big hit despite the poor crops this year. Thank you to all who volunteered to bake their special treats for these sales as our net profit was $386.00. Great job!
As the days grow shorter and the weather colder, Fellowship will be planning for our soup sales, so those who would like too make soup or purchase soup please keep us in mind. Dates will be determined soon and you will be advised.
Starting with December’s Agape Brunch, there will be no breakfast served the morning of the brunch. It seems attendance is down on this morning and the congregation is saving their appetite for the Brunch. (Van riders will still arrive by 8:45 on this morning.
Christmas Brunch to be Held Sunday before Christmas (Dec. 18)
December’s Agape Brunch will be a pre-Christmas celebration between services on December 18. The buffet will feature carved meat specialties such as traditional spiced beef, smoked turkey breast, and Virginia country ham, all accompanied by assorted chutneys, salads, and relishes. We’ll also serve made to order waffles, sliced fruits, pastries, and homemade biscuits.
Cost is still only $5.00, and there will be some Christmas music. Don’t forget, the second service begins at 11:00 on Brunch Sundays.
Watch for further details in your Presby Post as the date draws closer.
Evergreens 2011 Christmas Luncheon
Monday, December 12th, 12 Noon
Smithville Inn, Smithville, NJ
Menu Choices -- Choose one
Maryland Crab Cake $24.00
Chicken Cordon Bleu $23.00
Grilled Steak $26.00
Menu Choice: _________________________________________________
Number of People: __________________ Paid: __________________
Reservation Deadline: December 5th
Call: Joanna Howell (383-9423) OR Marjorie McGuigan (965-3535)
Church gets New Christmas Tree for Altar
A new Christmas tree will grace our sanctuary this December. Thanks to Elaine for picking it out and setting it up.
Church Calendars to be Given Out in December
The church has received a supply of calendars with our name, address, and contact information. They are provided by Parsels Funeral Home (contact info also listed).
They will be given out until they are gone. Enjoy them. They are free courtesy of Parsels.
Mailbox System to be in Place by December 4
The mailbox system will be up and operating by the first Sunday of December. Use them to exchange greetings, etc. Your 2012 offering envelopes and updated Church Directories will be in them during the month.
The box system will be in place until mid January so you can get your year end financial report.
Dear Church Friends,
I wish to thank you for your prayers, visits, calls and the many ”Get Well” wishes.
I am doing so much better with my “new” shoulder and am now in Out-Patient therapy.
I’ve been told this will take a long time in healing, so—if you will please, keep me in your prayers.
In Christian Love,
* * * * * * *
A Special Thank You ~
Thanks so much for your prayers, cards, and phone calls during my recent shoulder surgery.
A special thanks to Kris Jenoriki and the Wolcott’s for their delicious meals, also to Elaine Risley for her cheerful visits, and to Dave for his special prayers.
We have been blessed to be a part of a caring and supportive church family.
God Bless You,
* * * * * * *
I wish to thank everybody for the cards (get well) sent to me for my recent illness.
* * * * * * *
Grace Gras would like to express her deep and sincere thanks to the A2J youth group for the big food basket they delivered the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It was great!
Grace also got about 15 get well cards, visits and calls that helped her hospital stay go better. We are a great church, and our thoughtfulness was very encouraging.
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Dear, Friends And Family,
My school is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are the little pink "coupons" that you can find on General Mills cereals, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and lots of other products. They are even on Kleenex, Cottonelle, Progresso Soups, Butter Grand’s Biscuits, Ziploc, Saran Wrap and Viva! I'll bet you have some at your house right now!
My school is also collecting the Labels for Education UPC labels. These are brownish red and can also be found on many everyday items. Some items they can be found on are Campbell’s soup, Pop Secret popcorn, Post cereal. We do need the entire UPC and where it says the amount of points. Collecting these items helps us earn new equipment like computers and software.
Each Box Top is worth 10¢. During the 2010-11 year our school earned over $900.00 from Box Tops, and we'd like to do it again in the coming school year. Can you believe our school can make money on something that is normally thrown in the trash? Please don't throw away any Box Tops you have. I would really appreciate it if you can save them for me. It will help me and my classroom to win Box Top Prizes, and the money we earn from Box Tops helps the FSA to provide great programs for Smithville students!
Attached is a product listing of all of the items that Box Tops can be found on.
I really hope you can save me some Box Tops!
PS: You don't have to rip up your food boxes to send me Box Tops. If you take an exactor knife and gently cut around the Box Top, you can peel it right off. It also makes the Box Top light and very easy to mail!
We collect throughout the year so please save them for us. When you cut them please stay along the doted line for Labels for Education. With the pink box tops labels we need to see date for them to be valid.
FLOWER CALENDAR HANGING IN VESTIBULE
Our 2012 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.
4 9:00 Naida Burgess
10:30 Denise Ott
11 10:00 Joyce & Ron Pfeiffer
18 9:00 Marge McGuigan & Norm Johnson
11:00 Jean Delesantro
24 5:00 Sabo Family
7:00 Rita & Vic Abelson
25 10:00 Olga Davies
4 9:00 Joan Nale
11 10:00 Karen
18 9:00 Scott Sabo
11:00 Tina Brown
4 9:00 Don & Deborah Wong
10:30 Shirley Smith, Denise Ott
11 10:00 Mary Bew & Betty Lloyd
18 9:00 Rita & Vic Abelson
11:00 Joanna Howell, Ron Pfeiffer
7:00 Irene & Bob Hunter
4 9:00 Edith Budd, Ginny Davenport
11 10:00 Joan Nale & Elaine Risley
18 9:00 Joan Pattky & Don Mills
DEACONS GUEST BOOK
4 9:00 Jinny Wolcott
10:30 Mary Bew
11 10:00 Carol Thomas
18 9:00 Carol Jorgensen
11:00 Mary Bew
25 10:00 Irene Hunter
4 9:00 Alice Malfi
11 10:00 Fran Tanner
18 9:00 Jennifer Platt
25 10:00 Gloria Achamizo
11 Barbara Hughes
18 John Harvey
25 Vic Abelson
11 Join us for Lunch and Birthday Party for Jesus
18 Join us for Brunch
BREAKFAST CLUB KITCHEN CREW
4 Set-up – Edith Budd
Cook – John Harvey
Clean-up – Joe Marshall
11 Continental Breakfast
20 No Breakfast
25 No Breakfast
Avoiding the Cultural Decline
“What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.” ~ Psalm 116:12-14, 17
I was at first amused and then shocked at an Audi commercial about a couple my age decorating for Christmas while their son pulls up out front in his new car. They stop decorating and their faces light up as they look outside. One would naturally expect a warm Christmas embrace scene to follow, but when the son comes through the front door calling “Mom? Dad?” the older couple is sneaking out the back door. The ad closes with the couple joy riding in their son’s new car with other Audi owners. The father pauses a moment to reassure his wife – “He’ll be fine”, as they speed off in the new car. I’m not so sure.
Whatever happened to the holidays being about relationships, catching up on family gossip, kids getting reacquainted with their cousins, and the good feelings of unity, security, acceptance, and love that are the hallmark of Thanksgiving and Christmas? Has it degenerated into materialism, consumerism, and “stuff”?
There is something dangerously empty about our culture. Have you noticed that most of the big department stores will be open on Thanksgiving? And restaurants are booked solid with families that say, “We’re not cooking anymore.” When I was a kid the family all helped with the meal. Then as time when on everybody brought something from pies to sweet potatoes, to Harvard Beets. The meal was a group effort. But now fewer families want any part of the effort – “Let’s just go out – then there’s no cooking, no mess, no hours cleaning up and putting all the china and silverware away.” So now we have time to visit – but not in the restaurant, they have to set up for the next people. The stores have taken notice – you can now go from the restaurant to the mall. Let the real feeding frenzy begin! Forget about making small talk or yelling at the TV during football. Forget about Uncle Billy’s new job or the baby on the way. If nobody comes to the house, we don’t even need to clean it up.
I truly believe that future sociologists will look at our holiday period as an indication of America’s cultural decline. Instead of fellowship we shop. Instead of working together we pay somebody else to cook and clean up. Instead of pursuing relationships we shop till we drop.
But it’s not the first time this has happened. A generation after the Pilgrims sat down with their Indian friends their descendants began to look with envy at the Indians land and possessions. In 100 years the “friendly” Indians had been branded “savages” and “pagans” and were either killed or driven off their land. The few remaining were practically slaves of the English. Without relationship building we degenerate into suspicion, mistrust, envy and conflict.
We need to get back to the basics – giving thanks, expressing love, worshipping in gratitude, and finding ways to focus on others’ needs besides our own.
It’s not just “quaint” or “sentimental” to do so. It’s the only way to avoid cultural decline into materialism. Don’t let it happen to you.
See you in church. Thanksgiving begins with worship.
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