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May 29, 2009

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday – the coming of the Holy Spirit. 

(Remember to wear red!)

Pastor will be speaking from Ezekiel 37:1-14

(The Responsive Reading is Acts 2:1-13.  Practice up, there’s some “big words” and you’ll want to keep up!)

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Congratulations to David & Jennifer Sterling on the healthy birth of Zachary Owen yesterday.  Zachary’s very proud great-grandmother, Mae Sterling, called to let us know Zachary weighed in at 7lb 11oz and looks just like his big brother, Mathew.  All are doing well.

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There will be a short meeting for the parents of children in Kindergarten through 5th grade in Madden Hall after the 9:30 service this Sunday.  Scott Sabo, Priscilla Schultheis and Gayle Ackerman will introduce some exciting new changes for the youth program to begin in the fall.

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The Strawberry Festival is next Friday from 6-8 p.m.  Tickets will be sold at the door - $4/adults and $2/children.  Music will again be provided by several members of the Pickin’ Shed Jam from Albert Music Hall in Waretown.  They will be joined by a few friends you may recognize.  Come on out for a great time!

The van will leave Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to pick strawberries at Butterhof’s in Egg Harbor.  Please sign up in the vestibule if you can help!  Bakers are also needed.

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The Good News was mailed Wednesday afternoon.  If you’ve not yet received your copy it is available on our website.

Also on the site are links to the Graduate Sunday information form and the VBS registration. 

Thanks, Ken & Louise, for keeping us all up to date online!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Gerry Reedell – brother’s funeral was today

Jean Delesantro – back in Mainland; recovering from second heart surgery

Evelyn Cashner – in Linwood Convalescent Center

Russell Sooy (Tom’s brother) – stroke

Praise for the healthy birth of Zachary Owen

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The First Fruits of the Spirit

Do we have the first fruits of the Spirit? Can someone coming into our door to visit for the first time recognize these traits in us?

Love: ­ Do we love each other, and do we love those who are different from us? Do we love and welcome visitors, no matter who they are? Do we try to make their acquaintance, so that we can love them? Do we put their comfort above our own?

Goodness:  Peter tells us (2 Peter 1:5) to support our faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge. Our salvation is the result of God's goodness. Likewise, other persons should benefit as a result of our goodness. Our mission work should clearly show our faith in God's goodness.

Peace: Is there peace between us, and peace within us? Can someone tell by being with us, that we have a peaceful soul, based upon God as the source of all that we have?

Faithfulness: ­ Is our steadfastness to Christ's church based upon an enduring loyalty that is true to God, no matter how we feel about the pastor, the district, the conference, the women's group, the organist, or any other facet of our organization?

Gentleness: ­ Do we exhibit care and protection for all of God's creation? Are we gentle with the environment, with each other, and with ourselves?

Joy:  Do we look joyous to the outsider? Do we feel joy inside? True joy in being a child of God should be able to override all unhappiness and bitterness we feel, and should be reflected in our total involvement in our worship.

Kindness: ­ This action word can be directed outwardly or inwardly. Do we show compassion and generosity to others and ourselves?

Patience: ­ How many of us are willing to let others (and ourselves) come along at each one’s own pace? How many of us can forgive seven times seventy?

Self-Control: ­ This is one of the hardest, and may include all of the others. This requires an inner discipline only manageable with the grace of God's Spirit to sustain us in our trials. Do we constantly pray for help in this area, and constantly call on God to help us? If not, we should.

Jane Shepherd, Is The Spirit Here?

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship

              4:00 Confirmation Class


              1:15 Bible Study

              7:00 Travel Adventure Group Information Meeting




              9:00 Pick Strawberries


            6-8 Strawberry Festival


            10:00 Seasoned Singers Rehearsal in Sanctuary

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