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January 15, 2010

Our Junior Youth group, A2J, under the leadership of Janna Beth Cobb and Jim McManus will be leading our Call to Worship this Sunday.

Pastor will be speaking from John 2:1-11.

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This Sunday there will be a Minute for Mission on Haiti disaster relief.  Please use the special envelopes in your pew racks to donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  The Mission Committee of West Jersey Presbytery has designated a gift from the International portion of the Cents-Ability offering to this effort as well.  PDA has already sent funds from One Great Hour of Sharing donations and is working in cooperation with our ecumenical partners on the ground to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical supplies.  100% of your donations will go for relief as all administrative costs are covered under your Per Capita.

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The annual report booklets are available for pick up.  You can find them in your pew racks. 

The annual meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 24, following our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  (Please note the service time!)  Lunch will be provided following the meeting.

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Team members are still needed for our Gulfport mission trip Feb. 14-20.  If you are interested please call the office.

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Tickets are now on sale for two upcoming dinner events.

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will be hosting a Valentine’s steak dinner at 6:00 p.m. Feb. 6, to benefit The Atlantic City Rescue Mission.  Entertainment will be by John and friends.  Tickets are $10 each.  (Sorry, no children.)

The Fellowship Committee will have a Pot Pie dinner on Feb. 20 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  A talent show featuring members of our church family will follow.  Tickets are $5/$3.

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Please remember in prayer ~

The people of Haiti and those who are responding to assist

Eddie Haldeman, Roger Wolcott, Betty Minter, Al Smith, Frank Loeb, Tammy Suarez

Senior Youth ski trip

Kay McMillian’s father, Leonard Conrad – hospitalized with heart problems

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Looking for God – Read Jeremiah 31:10, 13

Because I'm a doctor, I had the privilege of leading a medical relief team to Kashmir where an earthquake had caused death and destruction. When I saw the devastation all around and the impact it had on the minds of people, I wondered how God would use this situation. The team went to different villages talking to people, consoling them, and sharing the good news of Christ whenever the opportunity arose. Gradually, as the team worked in the affected villages and spoke to the disheartened people, I began to see how God was at work.

The disaster had opened doors for Christian organizations to carry out relief work in those areas and to share God's love with the victims. Because of the devastation, the people realized that there was no security in possessions. Through the calamity, their hearts had been prepared to receive the gospel message in simple faith.

Jeremiah prophesied the forthcoming destruction of Jerusalem and exile to Babylon. Restoration and renewal would come after the devastation. God works in different situations and circumstances in ways we may never understand. Jeremiah saw something positive in the midst of the destruction and judgment of Jerusalem. He saw God's great plan of making new covenant with the people, Israel.

Ajit Barkataki (Uttar Pradesh, India) from The Upper Room, September 12, 2008

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & A2J

Monday           Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Office Closed

              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth


              7:00 Trustees Meeting

Wednesday     Good News Deadline

              7:00 Christian Readers Book Club


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal



              6:00 Prime-Timers

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