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January 8, 2010

Join us Sunday as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord! 

Pastor will be speaking from Luke 3:15-22.

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The Sr. High youth are having a bake sale in Madden Hall this Sunday to help with the cost of their ski trip in two weeks.   Check out the goodies and support our teens!

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The Fellowship Committee is having their first Soup Sale of the season Sunday in Madden Hall from 8:45-11:00 a.m.  Various soups are available for $5 per quart. 

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Our next church dinner will be Saturday, February 20, from 5-6 p.m. with a Talent Showcase featuring members of our church family to follow.  Pot pies are on the menu.  Tickets will go on sale January 17 for $5-adults and $3 children

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There will be one service on January 24 at 10:00 a.m.  The annual meeting will begin at 11:15 a.m.  Lunch will be served in Madden Hall following the meeting.

The Annual Report booklets will be available next week for pick-up. 

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Please remember in prayer ~

Betty Minter

Roger Wolcott

Frank Loeb

Tammy Suarez

Eddie Haldeman

The homeless and those in need

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A Lesson from the Oak Tree

Have you ever noticed that in winter some oak trees retain their crisp, dry leaves long after the maples, the elms, and the walnuts have become bare skeletons? Even the strong winter winds and the early spring rains do not completely strip the oak branches of all their old leaves. But as springtime progresses, warmer winds blow and something wonderful begins to happen. Tiny buds start appearing at the tips of the twigs, and the dried remnants of the preceding season fall off. New life replaces the old.

At times, old habits cling to our lives with the same tenacity as those oak leaves. Even the winds of adversity do not remove all the lifeless leftovers of our fallen human nature.

But Christ, who dwells in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, is at work. His life within us continually seeks to push off the old habits—renewing us when we confess our sins, steadying us when we falter, and strengthening us to do His will.

When every effort to cast off an old sinful habit ends in failure, remember the mighty oak. Thank God for His Spirit who lives in you. Keep saying yes to His gentle urging to be kind, loving, compassionate, honest, and faithful. Those “lifeless old leaves” will eventually drop off. 

Dennis J. De Haan from Our Daily Bread, Feb. 13, 2006

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Baptism of the Lord Sunday 

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & Jr. Youth Group

            12:15 New Officer Orientation


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth




              7:00 Sarah Circle in Cobb Lounge


              9:00 PB & J (See John Harvey)

            10:00 Martha Circle at Carol Thomas’

            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s

              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’

              6:00 “Back to Mayberry”


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