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July 18, 2008

Join us Sunday as we celebrate the sacrament of baptism of Matthew David Sterling, son of David & Jennifer Sterling. 

Special Music will be provided by Ms Sharon Neff.  Pastor will be preaching on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.

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Reservations for the Men’s Fellowship trip to Lakehurst must be made by Sunday!  Please sign up in the vestibule.  The Navy requires the Social Security numbers of all who are going.  Please contact the office by Monday morning with this information if you have not yet done so.

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Sunday is the last day to purchase tickets for the July 25 AC Surf game.  Cost is $7/adults, $5/seniors 60+ and kids 12 and under.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks.

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Vacation Bible School will be held August 4-8 from 9:00 a.m. till noon.  Donations of individually wrapped snacks (pretzels, Rice Krispie treats, chips...), juice bags or boxes, paper towels, baby wipes and craft glue can be left in the box in the vestibule.  We’re looking forward to a great week!

The registration deadline for VBS is this Sunday (July 20).  VBS registration forms are available from the church website at:  http://www.abseconumc.com/download-forms.htm

Please remember to mail your registration to the address indicated on the form.

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It’s not too late to sign up for the trip to Historic Cold Springs Village next Tuesday.  The van leaves Absecon at 9:30 a.m.  Admission is $8/adults, $7/seniors 62+, $6/children 3-12.  Additional costs are lunch and $3 for van expenses.

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The Evergreens picnic at the manse has been changed to Monday, July 21, at noon!

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Pastor and Mrs. Cobb invite all families and others connected with the Sunday School to another picnic at the manse on Sunday, July 27, at noon.  Sign up in the vestibule.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Carol Kleiner – recovering from eye surgery last Wednesday

Those suffering from excessive heat

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Our Family - Read Ephesians 4:1-6

I find family reunions to be eye-opening. Amid the eating, looking at pictures, playing games, and catching up, I'm struck by how people from the same family can be so different. We differ in size, shape, personality, perspective, vocations, interests, opinions, and a host of other characteristics. But what we share as a family binds us together -- name, heritage, shared history and experiences, and years of life together.

The church -- the family of God -- is much the same. We are a diverse group of people. We don't all worship the same way. Our personalities are different. Some of us are outgoing, and some of us are more reserved. We all serve Christ in different ways, with different circles of influence. But what binds us together as the family of God is what Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all." Even with all of our different shapes and sizes, we all belong to the same family through Christ. Do we recognize that? Are we "making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace"? (See Eph. 4:3.)

Larry W. Snyder, Jr. from Upper Room, July 4, 2004


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This Week in Our Church . . .


Sunday            Baptism Sunday

              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship

            11:15 Refreshments               


            12:00 Evergreens picnic at the manse  


              9:30 Trip to Cold Springs Village                    

Wednesday     KFC to Cobb’s Cabin                         



              7:05 AC Surf game               


            Senior High to Great Adventure


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