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Febrary 27, 2009

Join us this Sunday as we begin our Lenten journey at our Lord’s Table.  Pastor will be speaking from Romans 5:1-11.

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Our March Agape Lunch will follow the 11:00 a.m. service.  Janna Beth Cobb will be speaking on age-ism.  We will celebrate birthdays and anniversaries along with St. Patrick’s Day.  Wear your green, and come join us!  Cost is $5/adults and $3/children.

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Our 2 Cents a Meal offering will be received this Sunday.  Please use the containers at the entrances to the sanctuary for your donations.

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The March Good News was mailed Thursday.  View it online now at abseconpresby.org, and follow the links to the Good News and Calendar!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Our Lenten Journey

Those in daily struggles

Our nation and economic crisis

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True Self-DenialRead Luke 9:18-25

Lent is a period of 40 days prior to Easter (excluding Sundays). For many people it commemorates Jesus' fasting in the wilderness. They "give up something" for Lent every year, like sweets or TV. This can yield spiritual benefits, but denying yourself things and denying yourself aren't the same. In Luke 9:23, Jesus taught the latter.

This verse can be broken down into three parts. In the statement "If anyone desires to come after Me," the word desires indicates that this is for sincere disciples only. In the phrase "let him deny himself," the words let and deny himself imply a willingness to renounce one's selfish will and ways. And in the statement "take up his cross daily," the word daily emphasizes a continual dying to self-will.

It's easier to give things than to give ourselves. Yet Jesus gave Himself, and so must we. To those who deny themselves in obedient service, He has promised, "Whoever loses his life for My sake will save it" (v.24). And to His question, "What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed?" we are called to answer, "There is no profit!" We show that we believe this when we deny ourselves and follow Christ.  

Joanie Yoder – from Our Daily Bread, February 28, 2001

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Communion and 2 Cents a Meal

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & KFC

            12:15 Agape Luncheon

              7:00 History of Christianity

Monday

              1:15 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth

Tuesday

Wednesday    

              6:30 Unity Dinner at Absecon Methodist

Thursday        

              4:30 Lions & Lambs

              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday              World Day of Prayer

              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’

            KFC to Ski/Retreat Weekend

Saturday

            Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour!

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Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
 
The Presbyterian Church at Absecon
208 New Jersey Avenue
Absecon, New Jersey 08201