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November 25, 2009

Come, give thanks to the Lord for He is Good!  This Sunday begins the season of Advent!  Jackson Harvey will be lighting the candle of Preparation on our Advent wreath.  Our Sunday School youth will be leading Family Worship at 9:30.  Pastor will be speaking from 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13.

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The Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at Reformation Lutheran Church on Shore Road this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m.  Rev. Mantelle Bradley of St. Mark and All Saints will be speaking.  Special music will be provided by Brian Conover.  Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.

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The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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There will be a short meeting of the congregation between services this Sunday for the sole purpose of electing new officers.  All members are encouraged to attend.

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The Angel Tree should be up and full of tags this weekend.  Please take a tag to make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas.

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The December Good News will be mailed Monday.  If you’d like a sneak peek check our church website for updates to the Good News and Calendar links.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Frank Loeb

Eddie Haldeman – drug induced coma

Betsy Cunius – pneumonia

Ida Juhrs – in hospital

Families/Friends/Traveling Mercies

Those who are alone and/or in need this holiday season

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In 1990, Robertson McQuilkin resigned as president of Columbia International University. He was 57 years old, but his son recently had died in a diving accident and his wife had advanced Alzheimer's disease. He left his position to be her full-time caregiver.

He recalls: "I was numb. Not bitter, let alone angry. Why should I be? That's the way life is, life in a broken world. But the passion in my love for God had evaporated; leaving a residue of resignation where once had been vibrant faith.

I knew I was in trouble, and I did the only thing I knew to do -- I went away to a mountain hideaway for prayer and fasting. It took about 24 hours to shake free of preoccupation with my own wounds and to focus on the excellencies of God. As I did, slowly love began to be rekindled. And with love came joy.

I wrote God a love letter, naming 41 of his marvelous gifts to me, spotlighting eleven of his grandest acts in history, and exulting in ten of his characteristics that exceed my imagination. Surely he enjoyed my gratitude -- who doesn't appreciate gratitude?

But I discovered something else. Something happened to me. I call it the reflex action of thanksgiving. My love flamed up from the dying embers, and my spirit soared. I discovered that ingratitude impoverishes -- but that a heavy heart lifts on the wings of praise."

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              7:00 Community Thanksgiving Service at Reformation Lutheran    

Thursday         Thanksgiving

Friday              Office Closed


              9:30 Worship/Visioning Team Joint Meeting

              6:00 Prime-Timers

Sunday            First Sunday in Advent                       

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Family Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

                      Special Meeting to Elect Officers

            11:00 Worship

              1:00 Christmas Musical Rehearsal


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 KFC/Senior Youth


              7:00 Session


            11:30 Lunch Bunch to Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light

              7:00 Sarah Circle


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal



              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

            10:00 Deacons

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