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July 10, 2009

This Sunday the Seasoned Singers of Smithville will be presenting a patriotic concert during our worship service.  This is an annual tradition that is always well received.  Plan on being with us!

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The office reopened yesterday (obviously or you wouldn’t be reading this) and will remain open most mornings throughout the rest of July.  Afternoon hours will be reduced.

Pastor Cobb will be on vacation the next two weeks.  All pastoral needs will be referred to Rev. Gerry Reedell during that time.

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The Cents-Ability offering (formerly 2 Cents a Meal) will be received this Sunday.  Please use the lunch containers at the entrances to the sanctuary for your donations.  All money received goes to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, sponsors of Cents-Ability, with a portion sent directly to Friends of Jean Webster, Inc.  Tom Sooy, our Mission Chair, will be sharing a Minute for Mission on this project.

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Several donations have been received this week in response to the letter regarding the matching funds grant to reduce the amount needed for the Leek house loan.  We regret that those of you outside the 082 zip codes received envelopes without the information.  These letters will be remailed this week.

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Absecon Community VBS is August 3-7.  Registration forms are still available from the office or our website.  Donations of individual snacks and juice packs are still needed.  See Karen Little for details!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Marguerite Downer

Barbara Gras

Jan Baker

Jean Delesantro

Cobb’s on vacation

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The Bug Zoo ~ Read Proverbs 30:24-28

A bug zoo in Philadelphia with more than 100,000 live insects entertains 75,000 visitors a year.  The Insectarium’s founder and proprietor says, “I’ve got a million more bugs still in storage.”  He points to boxes, cookie tins and other containers piled floor-to-ceiling, filled with dead bugs from around the globe.  Movies, holograms, microscopes, and games keep people of all ages occupied.  There’s even a scale to weigh yourself in ladybugs, fireflies, and other creatures.

In Proverbs 30, a wise man named Agur also showcases insects and other small creatures.  He calls them small but very wise.

Look at the ant.  He’s weak, but his Creator has taught him to use whatever strength he has to prepare for the future.  Consider the locust.  He has no king, but when his numbers multiply, God has taught him how to line up and move as one.  Look at the spider.  He too is a lowly creature, but by using the ability God gives him, he rises to high places.

Do you sometimes feel small and insignificant like an insect?  When you do, remember that God showcases His wisdom and greatness through even the smallest things.  That’s because His “strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Mart DeHann – from Daily Word, August 29, 2007

(Visit www.myinsectarium.com for more information on the Insectarium)

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Cents-Ability Offering

              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship with Seasoned Singers

            11:15 Refreshments

Monday – Friday

            Pastor on vacation – reduced office hours    


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