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December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve! 

Tonight at 5:00 will be our Family Worship with the Sunday School Christmas pageant.  At 7:00 our traditional service will feature our Chancel and Handbell Choirs.  Both services will end with a live nativity and candlelight.

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We will be following our regular schedule on Sunday with breakfast at 8:45, Sunday School and worship.  Pastor will be speaking from Philippians 2:5-11.

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Gifts for the pastor using the envelopes in the pew racks can be left in the offering plate or sent to the office through next week. 

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The office will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.  We wish you a yours a joy-filled Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas! ~ Gay

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Louise still has DVDs of our anniversary celebration and the musical, Ebenezer, Jr.  The church ornament and Sunday School group photo are also available.  See Louise or Carol Thomas in Madden Hall on Sunday.

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Please note - only tithes and gifts received or postmarked by December 31, 2009 can be counted as deductions for your 2009 taxes.  Any received in January (even if checks are dated for December) will be recorded as 2010 giving.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie Haldeman

Ida Juhrs

Roger Wolcott

Frank Loeb

Those who are alone, in need, or suffering this holiday season

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Pick Up the Baby

Sam Levenson tells a wonderful story about the birth of his first child.  The first night home the baby would not stop crying. His wife frantically flipped through the pages of Dr. Spock to find out why babies cry and what to do about it. Since Spock's book is rather long, the baby cried a long time. Grandma was in the house, but since she had not read the books on childrearing, she was not consulted. The baby continued to cry. Finally,
Grandma could be silent no longer. "Put down the book," she told her children, "and pick up the baby."

Good advice. Put down the book and pick up the baby. Spend time with your children. Particularly at Christmastime. We have the mistaken notion that good parents give their children lots of things. Wrong.

In a survey done of fifteen thousand schoolchildren the question was asked, "What do you think makes a happy family?" When the kids answered, they didn't list a big house, fancy cars, or new video games as the source of happiness. The most frequently given answer was "doing things together." Notice the joy with which Mary and Elizabeth greeted the news of their pregnancy.

King Duncan, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Thursday         Christmas Eve

              5:00 Family Worship

              7:00 Traditional Worship


Friday              Merry Christmas!



              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship





Friday  Happy New Year!

            Office Closed



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