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February 26, 2010

Join us this Sunday as we continue on our Lenten Journey.  Pastor will be speaking from Philippians 3:10-4:1.

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The schedule for our Lenten Lunches is as follows.  We begin at noon meeting in the sanctuary of the host church for worship followed by a soup and sandwich lunch.

March 3 – United Methodist Church at Absecon

            March 10 – Reformation Lutheran Church

            March 17 – St Mark’s and All Saints Episcopal Church

            March 24 – Presbyterian Church at Absecon

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There will be a brief meeting of the congregation at 10:45 a.m. Sunday for the sole purpose of electing an elder to fill a one year unexpired term.  The name of Melvin Washington has been placed in nomination.

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The April 24th “Savory Nancy & Friends Chicken-Pot-Pye with Many Trimmings Dinner” tickets are available from Joanie (641-1839).  Select 5-5:45 or 6:6:45 seating (+ sanctuary seats).  Bryan Popin’s Piano concert follows at 7 p.m.  This spring congregational event has been planned by your Fellowship Committee – Tina Brown, chairperson.

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The March Good News will be mailed Monday.  For a sneak peek check our website.

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Please remember in prayer ~

            Eddie Haldeman

            Ruth Bird

            Ruth Champion

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Through the Eyes of Jesus – Read Matthew 9:35-38

Actor Bruce Marchiano wanted to see the world through the eyes of the character he was playing. So as he prepared for the role of Jesus in a presentation of Matthew's Gospel, he prayed, "Lord, show me what it all looks like through Your eyes."

That prayer was answered one day while Marchiano was filming the Lord's heartbroken denunciation of the unrepentant cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida (Mt. 11:20-22). The actor began to weep uncontrollably as he looked at the people around him. He said that he "saw people living their lives in ways that God didn't plan." He likened his reaction to what parents might feel if they saw their toddler walking into the street as a truck was coming. Marchiano realized that compassion is not just feeling sorry for people; it's a heartache so intense that it moves us to action.

As Jesus walked among people, He saw them as shepherdless sheep--spiritually ignorant, without hope, eternally lost. Moved with compassion, He taught them and used His supernatural power to meet their needs (Mt. 9:35).

Do we see people through the eyes of Jesus? Are we moved with compassion, not with just a passing twinge of pity but a profound reaction that motivates action?  

Vernon C. Grounds from Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1998

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:35 Refreshments

            10:45 Special Meeting of the Congregation

            11:00 Worship & A2J

              4:00 New Members Class

              7:00 “God Heard Their Cry” Study


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth

              6:30 Visioning Team at Jerues’


              7:00 Session


            12:00 Lenten Lunch at Absecon Methodist

              7:00 Sarah Circle


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

              9:30 Mission/Evangelism Committee

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