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August 8, 2008

Please join us on this Home Grown Sunday!  We ask that those of you with green thumbs bring the excess of your gardens.  This can then be purchased by those in attendance with proceeds benefitting Friends of Jean Webster, Inc. 

Our Mission Team will be showing a DVD of their February mission trip put together by Jim Maurer.  Plans for the 2009 trip will be announced sometime in the near future.

Lunch containers will be at the entrances of the sanctuary for your 2 Cents a Meal offerings.  Please give.    

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will provide our Special Music, and Pastor’s message will be from Matthew 14:22-33.

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Many thanks to all who helped with the Community VBS.  They had a great week!

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The church office will be closed for vacation August 17-22.  All bulletin information for August 17 & 24 must be in the office by Wednesday, August 13.

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The Emmaus UMC of Smithville will be having a dinner (choice of roast pork or meat loaf) on Thursday, August 14.  A concert by the Blackwood Gospel Quartet will follow.  Cost is $12 Adult, $6 Youth (12 & under) and includes concert seat reservation.  To purchase tickets call 609-748-1917 or 609-722-2463 OR email emmaus.umc@comcast.net

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The Oakcrest and Absegami Summer Theater will present Godspell, a retelling of the Gospel according to Matthew, at Oakcrest High School Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10, at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a dessert social on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. prior to the performance.  Cost is $10 adults and $8 students/seniors.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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Please remember in prayer –

            Anne Leopold

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A Talent to Care – ODB RADIO:  |  Download
READ: 1 John 3:10-18

I'm not a talented guy," says John Haggai. "I don't sing, I don't preach. I don't teach. I guess I'm just here to help people."

For Kirk Porter, that's enough. For the past 25 years, through the Big Brother program, John has been faithfully helping Kirk make it through life. Kirk, who is now in his early thirties but has the mental capacity of an 11-year-old, calls John "the best dad in the whole world." The countless hours they have spent together have forged a bond of friendship that supports Kirk as he battles a brain tumor.

John Haggai is wrong. He is a talented guy. He has the talent of helping the helpless--which is a sign of true religion (Jas. 1:27). He is giving the kind of love that Jesus calls us to give (1 Jn. 3:17). He has the talent to give of himself, to share his life, and to make life easier for someone who has nothing but love to give in return.

The talent to care is the most underrated talent God gives. Caring and loving and nurturing have value that transcends the high-profile talents that put people in the spotlight.

As Kirk faces life in hospice care, awaiting the inevitable results of his disease, he says with confidence, "I'm not scared now. I have Jesus on my side." He has John Haggai too. That's an unbeatable combination.  

Dave Branon – from Our Daily Bread, September 28, 1998

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Home Grown Sunday & 2 Cents a Meal

              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship

            11:15 Refreshments

            11:30 Men’s Fellowship picnic at manse  




              1:00 Lions & Lambs leave for Wading Pines                            


              9:00 PB & J               


              1:00 Lions & Lambs return           


            1-6 Open House at Tom & Anita Brown’s


Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7


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