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February 12, 2010

This Sunday is Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday.  Come as we share the love of God this Valentine’s Day. 

There will be a time during the service when couples can renew their marriage vows if they choose to do so. 

Pastor will be speaking from Luke 9:28-43.

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Our celebration of love will continue with our Agape Luncheon following the 11:00 service.  We will be serving beef stew, rice, rolls and dessert.  Come learn about the meaning of Agape and the history of St. Valentine’s Day.

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This is a Mission Sunday for our Sunday School classes.  They will be making hearts for the Red Cross as well as baking brownies.  The brownies will be for sale during refreshment time and the Agape Lunch with proceeds to benefit disaster relief in Haiti.

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

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We have been invited to attend the Ash Wednesday service at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Cobb will help lead the service.  Ashes will be available.  The van will leave Absecon at 6:30.

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The church office will be closed Monday for Presidents’ Day.

The March Good News deadline is February 20.

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The Fellowship Committee will be having a Soup Sale this Sunday morning.  Soup will be available by the quart for $5 each.  The selection includes Chicken, Sweet & Sour, and Chili.

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Reservations for the annual Unity Dinner Feb. 24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church can be made with Janice Piccirilli.  Cost is $5.  Dinner begins at 6:30 and will include roast pork, stuffing, and string beans.  Our church will provide bread pudding for dessert.  The theme is “God’s Helping Hands”, and all attending will have the opportunity to donate toward disaster relief for Haiti.  The program after dinner will feature the music ministry of William Stokley, a music teacher and Minister of Music at a church in Williamstown.

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Please remember in prayer ~

·         Continued prayers for Eddie Haldeman, Roger Wolcott, Betty Minter, Al Smith, Frank Loeb

·         Those suffering from the weather

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A Word About Shrove Tuesday

The "Shrove" of Shrove Tuesday most properly refers to "being shriven", an archaic term for confessing one's sins. It was the custom for many centuries - and still is in many places - to have personal and/or corporate Confession (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) on Shrove Tuesday as a way of preparing for the Season of Lent, which begins the following day - with 'Ash Wednesday'.

Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called 'Fat Tuesday' or 'Greasy Tuesday'. This latter is the literal meaning of 'Mardi Gras'.

This peculiar name for Shrove Tuesday arose out of the fact that the Season of Lent is a season of fasting. Therefore the day before Ash Wednesday, the fat of the land - things like eggs and butter and rich sauces and dairy products - were consumed in a kind of last chance to enjoy oneself personal and/or corporate feast.

In North America among religious and non-religious alike it has been a custom to have communal Pancake Suppers on Shrove Tuesday. The consumption of pancakes or 'blini' (crepes) just before Lent begins is also found in the European and Eastern Orthodox traditions. Pancakes or blini, of course, tend to use up all those products forbidden during fasting.

There is a connection between this clearing of the home of all products that might prove to be a temptation during the season of fasting and the Old Testament pre-Passover cleansing of houses/kitchens from leaven.

The true cleansing, of course, happens not when people gather to eat pancakes with melting butter and maple syrup from Canada - but when the faithful confess their sins, admit that they are but dust and ashes, and in humility, are ready to receive the word of God's love and forgiveness.

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday                        Cents-Ability Offering

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship, Lions & Lambs, A2J

            12:15 Agape Lunch

  7:00 “God Heard Their Cry” Study  


Monday           Presidents’ Day

            Office Closed

              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth


              7:00 Christian Education Committee

Wednesday      Ash Wednesday

              7:00 Worship at Pleasantville Presbyterian


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              1:00 Ruth Circle (postponed from Feb. 5)

              6:00 “Back to Mayberry”

Saturday          Good News Deadline

              9:30 Worship Committee

              5:00 Pot Pie Dinner and Talent Show           

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