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September 11, 2009

This Sunday is Rally Day!  We will be going back to our regular schedule with worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.  Sunday School will be held at 9:30, and Lions & Lambs will have their first meeting of the new year at 11:00 a.m. 

Pastor will be speaking from Mark 8:27-38.

(Please see the September Good News for a full list of fall programs and events.)

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The Adult Sunday School class will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  They will begin a study on the Gospel of Luke.  Bob Jerue will be teaching the class during Norm Johnson’s recuperation.

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An Agape Lunch will be held following the 11:00 service Sunday.  The menu will feature strata, biscuits and fresh fruit salad all for only $5.  The program will be “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”.  Come and join us for a great time of good food and fellowship!

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Our monthly Cents-Ability Offering will be received this Sunday.  Please use the lunch containers at the entrances to the sanctuary for your donations.

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Our annual church-wide yard sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8-2.  (This runs in conjunction with the Absecon Fall Festival.)  Anyone interested in renting a table for $10 can sign up with Priscilla.

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Tom & Anita Brown are hosting a Garden Railroad Open House this Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at 1103 Seaside Avenue, Absecon.  Everyone is welcome! 

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Please remember in prayer ~

Grieving families

Peg Merrill

Norm Johnson

Bill Keener – appendix operation

Grace Gras – just getting out of hospital

Our Sunday School, youth workers, and fall program leaders

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The Way a Family of Canadian Geese Cross the Road

Several weeks ago, while I was in Streetsboro, Ohio, an associate of mine was driving us to the job site of an assisted living facility which was still under construction.  It's located near the Frost Road exit of Interstate 480.  On the west side of the exit is a lake which has a population of Canadian Geese.  And like so many of us humans, a Canada Goose seems to think that the grass is greener on the other side of the road, for several families of them were grazing in the grassy area between the Interstate and the local road that separated them from the lake.

By the time we arrived on the scene, these families had decided to return to the lake.  They were all gathered together on the east side of the Hudson Aurora Road waiting for an opportunity to cross over to the lake side.  During a short lull in the early morning traffic, just as we were arriving, a father stepped out onto the road and walked to the center with his wings spread out like a school crossing guard.  We stopped, as did the car heading in the opposite direction.  When this Canada Goose was convinced that it was safe for his family to cross the road, he signaled to his wife, while at the same time he dropped his wings and stood with his head held high.  Mom started to cross the road with her children close behind, or at least most of them. 

During this time Dad kept alternately looking at us and the driver of the other car to make sure that we weren't going to move until his family was safely across the road.  He didn't look at the cars.  Instead, he looked us squarely in the eyes, knowing that we would signal our intentions before our cars ever started to move.  Once Mom and most of the kids were safely on the other side, Dad left his sentinel position and hurried his straggling kids safely across the road.

As some of you may have noticed, I have not used human-derived "goose terms" (such as "gander" and "gosling" to describe this family, because these geese behaved as human families are supposed to behave.  I also referred to Mom as Dad's wife, for Canadian Geese mate for life, unlike 50% of us humans.

I believe that God shows us these things as a reminder of how we are to live.  If these geese can listen to God concerning how to raise and protect their families, shouldn't we do so, too, since we consider ourselves to be a "higher" form of life? 

As a "higher" form of life, we have been given a free will, as I believe these Canadian Geese also have.  However, some of us choose to destroy such loving families in the name of "sport", or to eliminate a supposed "problem".  Is this an example of a "higher" form of life?   I don't believe so.  To me, it only points out our defects. 

If we would only open our eyes and hearts to truly see and understand God's messages through such occurrences as these geese presented, we would have a much more loving, compassionate, and peaceful world.

Let us pray that we all become more attentive to God's messages of love and compassion.  Amen.

Frank L. Hoffman - 2 July 2000 from all-creatures.org

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Rally Day & Cents-Ability Offering

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & Lions & Lambs

            12:15 Agape Luncheon

              1:00 Open House at Tom & Anita Brown’s

              7:00 Christianity’s Family Tree


              1:15 Bible Study

              6:00 KFC & Senior Youth

              6:30 Visioning Team at Bob & Lucy Jerue’s



            10:30 Prime-Timers


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              6:00 “Back to Mayberry”



Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
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Absecon, New Jersey 08201