Verse of the Month: “And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:14
Happy New Year!
Annual Meeting to be Held Jan. 29 – One Service at 10 with Lunch Following
There will be just one service on January 29 in order to have time for our annual meeting which should begin about 11:15.
The meeting will receive all reports, elect members to the Nominating Committee, and discuss any and all old and new business. The corporation meeting will discuss our financial health.
After the meeting the session will host a pizza lunch in Madden Hall for all members who attended the meeting.
Please plan on being there. The annual reports will be in your pew racks about two weeks before the meeting.
Session & Men’s Club to hold Spiritual Life Conference January 22
The session has spent a lot of time looking at where we are and what we need, and nothing rates higher than Spiritual Life. We are good at Social Life (hospitality), Table Life (eating), and Material Life (taking care of our buildings and bills). What is not as clear is our spiritual health – what we believe, our walk with God, the way spirituality influences our behavior, etc.
Accordingly, the session has set aside a Sunday in January (the 22nd) for spiritual life emphasis. We encourage everyone over 12 to attend.
Our speaker and facilitator will be Dr. Gary Young, a noted conference speaker, dietician, Biblical teacher and scholar, TV show host/producer of the Healthworld Nutrition series, and martial arts instructor (among other things).
He is Don Mills' chiropractor, and Don has used him to address athlete teams and others on good nutrition and spiritual health. Don and Gary have been friends for years.
It has been many years since we have attempted anything like this, and it is overdue. The dead of winter is a great time to seek spiritual life and renewal. Dr. Young will be the speaker at the 11:00 a.m. service on January 22. Afterwards, we will break for light refreshments (remember, we already had brunch that day at 10:00!), and we will meet with him a second time for a talk on our spiritual lives as it relates to personal discipline, diet, exercise, and devotion. Dr. Young’s approach is a wholistic one, and he will have time to answer your questions.
Winter Fundraiser to go Towards Various Maintenance & Repair Projects
Last year we did not have a winter fundraiser. Prior to that we upgraded our sanctuary a/c in 2009 and WF-2010 helped us retire the loan taken to purchase the Leek House. The big project of 2011 was renovating and redecorating the lounge which was all paid for through donations and memorial funds. (It really came out well!)
But now we have several needs that come under the category of “maintenance and repairs” that must be addressed. These needs were two expensive to be paid through offering receipts, so the session voted in November to authorize a winter fundraiser to be able to complete these projects in the spring. Listed below are some of the needs.
The parking lots have not been seal coated since 2008. We are at the point where we cannot delay much longer or we will be looking at repaving the lots.
Second, the fire suppression system over the stove and grill is old and obsolete. The company that inspects and services it will no longer approve inspections (our buildings are evaluated and re-upped by the code enforcer every year), and if we do not have a current inspection sticker we could loose our C.O. or be fined. In short, we must replace the system.
Thirdly, our steeple is leaking and again needs work. This spring we will have it done professionally.
Lastly, there are many smaller repairs and projects that need attention from painting to water drainage problems, to lock and door repairs.
The winter fundraiser letters will be sent out the first week of January. Please return them with your contribution by February 26, the first Sunday in Lent.
As in the past, we are asking each family to contribute $100.00. If you can give more, please do so. If we can’t raise this money some things will again be delayed.
The budget for all this is $25,000. With your help we can reach this goal and make it happen. Pray about this, and know that this is not just a “wish list”. We need to take care of these issues. We have an old church, and maintenance is what keeps it looking so good. Our Stewardship chairman Gerry Hoenes addressed many of these issues in November’s stewardship drive. Now it’s time to pony up. You will get your letter in a week or two.
Christian Education Committee:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Be on the lookout for great events and activities coming up to keep everyone engaged on their walk with Christ - it's cold outside, but warm and inviting in our programs!
The youth groups are going strong, and we would like to welcome JoAnn Sabo as the new coordinator for the Lions and Lambs youth group. Adult programs are also doing well, and the Weeknight Bible Study will be starting again with a new course soon.
I would also like to take the time now to recognize all of the leaders and volunteers who work so hard to make these programs successful, and the sponsors that support them. Without everyone's hard work and dedication, we would not have such a wonderful range of programs to offer to the young and not-so-young members of our congregation. Group leaders and Sunday School teachers give much of themselves to prepare and present lessons each week - so much of their work is behind the scenes that we don't always realize how much they are contributing to these programs through their efforts. Thanks to all for the gifts of your time and talent!
A special "Thank You" to Priscilla Schultheis, the dynamo that keeps the Sunday School moving as well as so many other activities, programs, and events. She was kind enough to step in when Lions and Lambs needed a leader, and was instrumental in making that program the success that it is today. While she will be stepping down from leadership in Lions and Lambs, we will still see plenty of her as she continues to lead the Sunday School. Thank you, Priscilla!
Note to all Christian Education Committee members - our next scheduled meeting is on January 12 at 6:30pm in Cobb Lounge - see you there!
I look forward to a great second half of the year for all of our programs - and I am already
looking forward to spring!
In His Service,
Christian Education Chairperson
Sunday School and Related News for January
A cast of twenty performed A Lamb’s Tale on December 11th which was followed by our Birthday Party for Jesus. In addition to our donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, etc for Sr. Jean’s Kitchen, we raised $73 in a cupcake fundraiser sponsored by Lions and Lambs.
The Christmas Eve Christmas pageant was directed by Janna Beth Cobb, Dawn Lewis, and Dawn Houseworth. There were a host of other parents and adults who assisted such as Jason Imlay, Barbara Hughes, Linda Gillis, Fran Tanner, Kathy Cruz, Jacqueline Bhatti, Sheila Mazzatta, Dawn Duran, and others who joined in. We collected our advent books for Sr. Jean’s Kitchen on Christmas Eve as well.
We sang Silent Night on Christmas Day and watched a movie. What an amazing Christmas season! It was nice to catch our breath. Now here’s what’s coming in the New Year.
Highlights and Up Coming Events
I feel our church is so very blessed. I’m grateful for all the individuals who work with our youth. Sunday School and all youth groups are really thriving! May you all be blessed in the New Year.
Lions and Lambs
Lions and Lambs met in December in a "co-op" fashion to help organize Jesus' Birthday Party and the Cupcake Fundraiser, and to discuss leadership roles for the new year. Thanks to all members for your baking efforts. All proceeds from the Cupcake Fundraiser will be donated to Sister Jean's Kitchen, as we share the Christmas spirit of giving with our children. Thank you, everyone, for your support.
I am looking forward to leading our next Lions & Lambs meeting on January 8th with Jennifer Platt as we gather to play, create, sing, laugh, and learn about "when they saw the star".
Gratefully In His Service,
Lions & Lambs Leader
Happy New Year to all our church families. A2J will begin the New Year with a host of activities guaranteed to keep the youth busy! The youth will continue Bible study, provide service to the community, and continue fundraising efforts for their Johnsonburg retreat scheduled in the spring.
With Christmas behind us, what better time to explore “I Want That…” a four part Bible series exploring Jesus in our lives. We’ll begin with how not to let stuff rule our lives; we’ll relook at the Christmas story and discover how truly amazing is the birth of Christ; we’ll learn about how the shepherds focused on Jesus instead of themselves; and wrap the series with how anyone can know Jesus and receive his gift.
The youth will continue to serve the community with various projects during January. Our plans include learning about housing a food pantry, collecting food donations, and serving at a local pantry. We’ll create our first monthly care box for a soldier stationed in Afghanistan and weather permitting, clean up Pitney Road at the end of the month.
A2J will host two fundraising events during the month of January to raise funds for a Johnsonburg Retreat scheduled in the spring. The first event will be a Family Game Night which will include a buffet dinner for the whole family and the opportunity to play games with your children. All board games will be provided. The second event hosted by A2J youth will by Family Movie Night appropriate for children in second grade and younger accompanied by a parent. Movie snacks will be provided. Look for date and cost information in future Presby Posts for these events.
Yours in Christ,
Senior Youth News
The senior youth group is looking forward to Christmas break. They have been busy. We have (for now) finished working on the Bakely House. We are continuing to work the brunches. The group is to set the tables, serve, bus, break down tables, and put tables and chairs away. By the time the 2nd service gets underway there is no longer any sign that there ever was a brunch.
Last night was our Christmas party. We had 16 teens, Kendal, Jack and myself. A great time was had by all.
Our ski trip is set for Jan. 13-15. There will NOT be a meeting on 12/26 or 1/2. We will meet again on the 9th. The next week is the ski trip and the following week, January 22nd will be the BRUNCH.
Dinner schedule is as follows:
1/9 dinner = Sam salad/ drinks=Kristin
1/23 “ =Chris Hughes “ “ =Chris Harvey
1/30 “ =Chris G “ “ =Mike
2/6 “ =Justin “ “ =Nick
2/13 “ =Courtney “ “ =Sam
If any one has any questions please call me @ 335-7927.
New Membership Classes Begin January 8
Church membership is a time to get in touch with our faith and the community of faith. It is a time to know you belong to a Christian group where you are accepted, supported, and respected for your contributions.
If you have been worshipping without benefit of membership we cordially invite you to be a part of us. The process is not difficult. There are three classes – one on faith, one on church history, and one on the history and programs of our church. This is a chance to understand what we believe and why we do what we do.
On February 7 we will meet with the session who will welcome you into fellowship with us.
So please give this prayerful consideration. Joining church may be one of the most meaningful things you will ever do.
The classes are all on Sunday at 12 Noon in the lounge. Join us after the second worship service.
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.
As we begin a new year, we will also begin a new Bible study. This year we will study the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are some of the most loved teachings of Jesus, yet they can also be a puzzle to modern readers. We will try to look at the cultural and historical context to understand what the original hearers might have heard when Jesus spoke them. The Beatitudes challenge us to change our thinking and our way of viewing the world. They invite us to put on a new pair of glasses and see the world as Jesus sees it. The Beatitudes reveal God's priorities.
The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 4th. The Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Betsy Cunius on Friday, January 6, at 1:00 p.m. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12th, at the home of Carol Thomas. All women of the church are encouraged to join us for study and fellowship at the circle that best meets your time schedule.
On Monday, December 19th, Carol Thomas, Cathy Guenther and Gerry delivered 5 big bags full of new hats, gloves, etc to the H. Ashton Marsh School in Absecon. As usual, the women were very generous with their giving. They contributed 41 hats, 63 pairs of gloves, 19 scarves, 64 pairs of socks, 17 hat & glove sets, and 9 hat & scarf sets. Special thanks to Kris Jenoriki, Ethel Washington and Ruth Bird for their hand knit scarves and hats.
In late October the Women's Circles prepared 27 "goodie" boxes for our college students. Here are the thank you notes that have been received:
To the Ladies of the Martha, Ruth, and Sarah Circles of the Absecon Presbyterian Church: Thanks so much for your mid-semester care package. It is always appreciated to receive a few snacks when I don't have enough time to go food shopping. Kind Regards, Colin Lehman (grandson of Jim Maurer)
Dear Ladies, Thank you so much for the recent care package you sent out. It is always great to see it when I come home from class and see that white box sitting on our doorstep. It is even greater to come home to see it not opened by my roommates as well. Your care packages are looked forward by everyone that lives with me because now they know what it is, and break into it before I can. Once again thank you so much for thinking and caring about us college students. Patrick Maurer (grandson of Jim Maurer)
Hi Reverend Gerry, Thank you for the care package from the Church last week. My roommate and I have enjoyed all of the snacks! Sincerely, Leigh Cunius (granddaughter of Betsy Cunius)
Dear Ladies of the Circles, (Martha, Ruth, and Sarah) I just wanted to thank you so much for the thoughtful Halloween care package. I absolutely loved it! The brownies were also very delicious and my roommates and I enjoyed them very muchJ You ladies really made my day and I really do appreciate all of the time and care you take in sending out those packages to other college students like myself. I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks again! Sincerely Kristin Hudak (daughter of Bob & Barbara Hudak and granddaughter of Bob & Pat Hudak)
Dear Ladies of the Martha, Ruth & Sarah Circles, Thank you so much for the box of goodies. After a long weekend of traveling to & from New York, this box did just the thing to make me feel at home. I really appreciate it. Thanks Again! Sincerely Paige Pfeiffer (granddaughter of Ron & Joyce Pfeiffer)
Ladies, Thank you so much for my care package! It came at the perfect time! I was having a very hectic school & work week and the care package was exactly what I needed! It really brightens my day to know that I have people who care to send me care packages! Thank you so much! God Bless You, Sarah Krchnavek (granddaughter of Ron & Joyce Pfeiffer)
Dear Ladies, I just wanted to thank all of you for the care package. It could not have come at a better time. It was extremely helpful and not having to leave the room for food while studying for mid-terms. I shared with my roommates and a few floor mates and we all really appreciate it. With love and thanks, Daniel Krchnavek (grandson of Ron & Joyce Pfeiffer)
Ladies, Thank you so much for organizing the care packages for us college students! I always love getting mail & what is better than a package! I would just like to thank all that thought of me & who took the time to send me something. Thanks so muchJ Carolyn-Leigh Thomas (daughter of Jeff & Carmela Thomas & granddaughter of Carol Thomas)
To the ladies of the Martha, Ruth and Sarah Circles of the Absecon Presbyterian Church. Thank you so much for the care package. It is always appreciated. It also always comes in handy! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Thank you once again! Kelly McGlynn (granddaughter of Loretta Metz)
Dear Ladies of the Martha, Ruth & Sarah Circles, Thank you all very much for the lovely autumn card! I truly appreciate the card and box of snack items you send each semester. It is always a nice surprise to receive a "goodie-box" from you all in the mail. I love that you all include things like ramen noodles (a staple food for any college student), oatmeal, cereal bars, and my favorite hot chocolate in the box as I use these items often. I also like the chapstick and toothpaste as you never know when you're going to need items such as these. I appreciate that you all make these boxes for us college students. It means a lot to me so I know that it means a lot to everyone else as well. Thanks again, Erin Nassif (daughter of David & Naida Burgess)
Dear Ladies, Thank you so much for everything. Sorry this is so late. From Larry & Leah Dockery (grandchildren of Grace Gras)
Dear Women's Circles of Absecon Presbyterian Church, Thank you so much for the kind gift of goodies. I've been having a rough week between closes and being sick, so your generosity really brightened my day. I cannot express in words how nice it is to know that there is a group of amazing women out there who care enough to send a care package. I can't wait to dig in to the delicious goodies! Thank You and God Bless, Colleen Sheahan (granddaughter of Roger & Jinny Wolcott)
Men’s Fellowship to Meet January 7 at 8:30
The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will meet on Saturday, January 7, at 8:30. Breakfast will be pancakes.
We will talk about winter activities.
The Worship Committee has recommended a candidate for the position of Director of Music Ministry. There was a Session meeting called on 12/18/11. Session voted YES to hire Mr. Harold Hawkes. He requested time so that he could give his currant church sufficient notice of his leaving. He will start his position with us on January 15th.
We found Harold to be very personable and talented. He writes music, directs choir and bell choir, plays organ and piano. He and his wife live in Manahawkin.
Thank you all for being understanding and patient. Thanks to Dot Ryon and Jan Cobb. Because of you the committee never felt rushed, and we had the time we needed to find the right person. Thank you for that!
Have a Blessed month,
Mission / Evangelism News
Our latest mission project has been cleaning, repairing, painting and installing new carpet in the Bakely House. This project was made possible by all the volunteers. They are:
Gary Cresse, Courtney Gras, Karen Muldoon, Kirk Conover, Charity Hartwell, Vic Abelson, Dave Stebbins, Terri Villegas, Jan Jorgenson, Woody Duncan, Mike McManus, Russ Adkisson Jr, Jack Cobb, Chris Harvey, Russ Adkisson III, Seth Putney, Bonnie Putney, Chris Gillis, Rev. Dave Cobb, Chris Hughes, Bud Burgess, Melvin Washington, Nick Hughes, Justin Thomas, Shawn (Melvin's nephew), Kristin Flaherty.
Jack MacNaughton also donated a refrigerator and microwave. We are still in need of a mattress and box spring.
Thank you all.
Russ Adkisson Jr.
News from the Deacons
The Deacons are looking forward to an amazing New Year and wish to thank everyone for continuing to make our church a welcome place for all. A special thank you to Carol Thomas for her guidance during my first year as Moderator and to all the Deacons for working with me. I truly appreciate everyone’s help!
The Deacons also wish to thank each and every one who gave so generously during the past year. We had many needs and YOU made a difference for many families. Thank You!! Deacons also put together 16 fruit bags that were delivered during Christmas Caroling.
Next Deacons Meeting will be Saturday, February 4, 10 am in Cobb Lounge.
In Christian service and love,
Naida Burgess, Moderator
News from Lisa
Bakely House Ready for Use
While there are still a few loose ends to wrap up, we are proud to report that our mission house is ready for use.
Many thanks to all who donated hundreds of volunteer hours to repair, scrape, sand, insulate, paint, and rebuild many things. It came out really well.
The only thing still to be done is carpet installation.
Stewardship Committee Report
As of December 15 we have received 60 pledge cards totaling $114,466. Last year at this time we had received 81 pledge cards totaling $129,945. The year before at this time, 71 pledges were made totaling $123,382. Thus, the number of pledges and the amount being pledged to support the 2012 budget is not a good sign as to our financial health next year. If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible by placing it in the offering plate.
Several congregants have turned in the green Talent Bank Questionnaire. We will add these to the master list from last year. This updated list will be given to the Committee Chairmen so they know you have indicated a willingness to volunteer for their committee.
Additional pledge cards are available in the office and Talent Bank Questionnaire forms are available in the Narthex.
Please remember to pick up your box of envelopes in the mailbox outside Madden Hall.
The 2012 Budget was approved by Session on December 6. A detailed copy will be included in the Annual Report. It is also available upon request in the church office. A highlight of the budget is a slightly lower total amount: $220,771.00 for 2012 compared to 222,419.00 this year. Employees who worked in their position for the entire 2011 year were given a 2% raise for 2012 compared to no raise this year. Several line items were modified to allow for the raises and a reduced total budget.
A Winter Fund Raiser will be announced in January to allow the Property Committee to address a number of long needed projects to properly maintain the church buildings and grounds. The goal is to raise $15,000 to supplement the budgeted amount.
As we look to 2012 and financing our budget, it may be a challenging year. As of now, pledging is down and if this results in less giving, this will be a problem. Investment income from the McMullin Fund was at its highest level ever this year. Whether it remains the same in 2012 depends upon the performance of the stock market. In 2011, we essentially received no income from the three rental properties to support the General Fund; all rental income was consumed by expenses associated with the three properties. All three properties are in need of being rented. Hopefully tenants will be found. The amount of income we receive from the properties will have a major effect on our ability to finance the budget without dipping into our reserves.
So pray that giving in 2012 will be at least at the level of this year and we are successful in finding tenants for our rental properties.
Statistical Report for November
Budget for 2011 $222,419.00
Budgetary Needs through November 27, 2011 $205,344.00
Our giving through 11/27/11 $150,667.20
Investment Income $ 22,911.69
Rental Income (net) $( - 484.37)
Amount under budget $ 32,249.48
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 November $3220.38 $3472.90
June $3301.79 $3208.85 *closed 8/28
Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson
There are still a few cookbooks left for sale at only $10 each.
Zumba is tentatively set for Feb. 4th from 4-5 PM. The cost is $5 and children 12 and under are free. This event will take place at the church in Madden Hall.
The bus trip to Longwood Gardens will take place Saturday, March 3rd. Cost is $45 for adults and $35 for children. This includes your transportation for the day as well as admission into Longwood Gardens. We will depart from the church at 9AM and arrive in Longwood at 10:30AM. There will be kids’ activities and a free concert at 12 noon and 2PM. We would depart from Longwood Gardens at 3:30PM and arrive back at the church at 5PM. There will be tickets available for purchase in advance; see either Dawn Duran or Scott Sabo if you are interested in going. We would really like to have a full bus!
May 20th is our golf tournament at the Mays Landing Country Club. We need to get hole sponsors and donations for the silent auction as well as golfers. Hole sponsors are $100 for a hole or $250 for a premium spot. The cost for golfers is $100 (golfers eat twice, before and after they golf). Registration will begin at 12 noon with tee off beginning at 1PM. If you are not a golfer that's okay, there will be a dinner and silent auction starting at 6PM for a fraction of the cost.
We hope to see you at these events because we need you to help put the FUN in FUNdraising! Our next FUNdraising meeting will be Thursday, January 19th, at 6:30PM at the church.
In Christian Love and Fellowship,
Dawn Duran, Chair
December Thank Yous
December was filled with many activities around the church for which we are thankful. We hardly know where to begin, and please forgive us if we missed your name.
Jan Jorgensen for many repairs, especially to the bathroom fixtures
Woody Duncan for fixing the front walls on the porch which were rotting away
Russ Adkisson for repairs to the front screen doors and keeping tabs on things
Rich Guenther for painting the porch ceiling
Church Seeks Renter for 19 School Street
The lease on the middle house on School Street expired on December 15. It is available for immediate rental. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has central air, dishwasher, yard, parking, first floor laundry, and many amenities.
The church is asking $1,000/month plus one month security and background check.
Call the office if you know anyone who may be interested.
Fellowship Committee ~
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The new year brings lots of events that we organize, our first being the January Soup Sale scheduled for the 29th. Please consider making a favorite of yours to be sold. I will have a sign up sheet in the vestibule, and our committee will provide both quart and pint containers as in the past.
Looking forward to a great year.
January 22, 2012
stuffed with Crab Meat
Chicken Breast Piccatta
served over Whole Wheat Fettuccini
Grilled Vegetable Array
Potato with Parmesan Cheese
Crispy French Toast
with Strawberry Sour Cream Sauce
Grilled Pineapple Spears
with Vanilla Cream Sauce
Evergreens Wednesday, January 25th, 12 Noon
The Evergreens will be presenting it’s first matinee movie: The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their lives to the fullest. Let’s watch it together. Best Part….it’s FREE!
Come out and join us!! Bring a sandwich and a friend; we provide beverage and desert.
Praise for Him!
Winter Closings – Call the Office
The past two winters have been terrible, and we have had to close the church several times. Our church does not advertise on the radio, but we do make every effort to put information on the answering machine and in The Presby Post. Please note the following:
And please use your own judgment. If you are unstable on your feet or nervous about driving, please stay home even if church is open. (You can bring your offering envelopes the following week.)
Note from our Administrative Assistant
Beginning this month I will be picking up my granddaughter two days a week (currently Tuesday and Wednesday) and bringing her to Alphabet Alley. This means the office will open at 9:30 those days.
Also, the office will be closing those days promptly at 2:00 p.m. as we must be home by nap time. (Not sayin’ who’s.)
In Our Father’s House
Isaac James Cobb – December 9, 2011
Tom and I would like to sincerely thank the Carolers and the Deacons for bringing Christmas cheer to our house. We had a very tough year in 2011 and appreciate our church family for their caring.
* * * * *
Rev. Cobb & Board of Deacons,
Thank you for the lovely assortment of fruit and “goodies”. It was indeed thoughtful of you to remember me in a difficult time of my life.
With love and appreciation,
Celebrating a Birth
Timothy Mohr – December 20, 8 lb. 12 oz.
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.
1 10:00 Ruth Champion
8 9:00 Pat & Bob Hudak
10:30 Denise Ott
15 9:00 Roy Birkbeck
10:30 Dorothy Loos, Jean Nell
22 9:00 Elaine Risley
11:00 Joanna Howell
29 10:00 Grade 3-4
1 10:00 Russ Adkisson
8 9:00 Joan Nale
10:30 Vic Abelson
15 9:00 Scott Sabo
10:30 Tina Brown
22 9:00 Russ Adkisson
11:00 Karen Muldoon
29 10:00 Grade 5-6, Grade 9-12
1 10:00 Ginny Davenport
10:30 Denise Ott, Shirley Smith
15 9:00 Don & Deborah Wong
10:30 Joan Pattky, Don Mills
22 9:00 Vic & Rita Abelson
11:00 Mary Bew, Betty Lloyd
15 9:00 Joan Nale, Elaine Risley
29 10:00 Grade 1-2
Deacons Guest Book
1 10:00 JoAnn Weller
8 9:00 Pat Hudak
10:30 Mary Bew
15 9:00 Kris Jenoriki
10:30 Mary Bew
22 9:00 Naida Burgess
11:00 Mary Bew
29 10:00 Jinny Wolcott
1 10:00 Alice Malfi
8 9:00 Fran Tanner
15 9:00 Jennifer Platt
22 9:00 Gloria Achamizo
29 10:00 Alice Malfi
1 No Van
8 Barbara Hughes
15 John Channell
22 Vic Abelson
29 Ed Little
1 No Refreshments
8 JoAnn Sabo
15 Carol Kleiner
22 Join us for Brunch
29 Pat Hudak
Breakfast Club Kitchen Crew
1 No Breakfast
8 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
Cook – John Channell
Clean-up – Bill & Ginny Davenport
15 Set-up –
Cook – John Harvey
22 No Breakfast – Join us for Brunch
29 Continental Breakfast
The Challenge of a New Year in a Time of Rapid Change
“Behold, I make all things new.” ~ Revelation 21:5
Last week I watched American soldiers cross the border into Kuwait. The last truck had “Last vehicle to leave Iraq” written in the dust. Soldiers who had spent two or three tours of duty cried as the personal impact of it all hit them. They did not know what the future would be for Iraq, but the question of their future was even bigger. They weren’t just going home to the family Christmas tree, they were going home to a new identity. Many had defined themselves as soldiers – disciplined killers and bearers of our nation’s will to the world. Now many would have to find a new life, a new career, new relationships, etc. Some would learn what serious business parenting is and how to re-up in their marriage. Transitions of this magnitude can lead to basic questions of “Who am I?” “Where do I fit in now?” and “Where do I find my meaning and role in life now?” From our perspective it seems pretty easy – just enjoy being home and a “normal” person. For soldiers, the past will always be with them.
There are a lot of crying people in the news these days. Women cry at the passing of Kim Jung Il of North Korea. But the world wonders if they are tears of anxiety and hope more than grief. And thousands cry in the Philippines after floods. And millions of protestors cry as camps are broken up and protestors in Cairo and the Arab world are beaten and sent home.
The world struggles with mixed feelings of hope and despair as we end an old year and begin a new one. Will the European union survive? Will there be peace in Afghanistan? Will Obama lose in November? Will the world settle down or get worse? I wish I could say more than “Who knows?” We believe God is working still.
I must admit to a similar feeling of ambiguity as we finish one year and embrace another. My family was saddened by the loss of a child, but then gladdened by the birth of another. Our church saw members we love pass into the church triumphant, but new members are making a big difference in the choir, brunch, youth work, etc. Old programs like our Bakely House mission and child care in the Stopfer Building have changed radically in use. Probably no church loss hit me harder than the death of Tom Sooy. In January we will welcome a new director of music, Harold Hawkes, who never knew Tom and who will put his own mark on our music ministry. When I look at our sanctuary what stands out are speakers, a drop down screen, and projector that were not there a year ago. Indeed, we serve a God who makes all things new. What happens next is up to God as we seek His leading.
In times of change we don’t really know what the future holds – we only know that God holds the future. As an older congregation we know there will be times of sadness. But we also know God is working to make all things new. We struggle to keep up.
At my house there are still flowers and sympathy cards for Isaac James Cobb, Jack and Kendal’s baby who died Dec. 9. But there are new flowers and pictures of Timothy Mohr, Laura Kay and Frank’s baby born Dec. 20. This Christmas we cry and then we rejoice. Life is like that.
Then we go on.
We will have a great new year because we have decided to.
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