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March 19, 2010

This Sunday our youth will be presenting their Easter drama, “Jesus Was, Jesus Is” during worship.  There will be one service at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch and our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m. 

A2J will not meet this week.

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The deadline to order Easter flowers to decorate our sanctuary is Sunday, March 28.  Please use the order form found in your bulletin or download it from our website.  Mission Bouquet forms are available there as well.

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Envelopes for our One Great Hour of Sharing offering can be found in the pew racks.  One will also be attached to the April Good News.  Please give generously.

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Tickets for the April 24 Pot Pye Dinner/Concert are going fast.  Joanie will be away most of early April so call her now!

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The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, directed by Sandra Miller, will close its 21st season with a free concert at the Absecon Methodist Church tonight at 7:00 p.m.  (Carolyn Thomas plays with this orchestra.)  All are welcome.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie Haldeman – still in ICU

Bret Castle – moved to Absecon Manor

Edna Brown – in Galloway Healthcare

Mario Suarez – recovering from knee surgery

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How Much to Spend on The Poor? – Read John 12:1-8

What happened at Jesus’ anointing in Bethany has plagued the followers of Jesus from then until now. How much do we spend on ourselves and how much do we give to missions? Couldn't we do more good by giving all this money to the poor instead of spending it on, say, a new building?

In partial response to this question, my mind goes back to an experience of William Willimon, chaplain at Duke University. Willimon tells of the time the faculty of Duke was discussing a proposal to renovate the seminary chapel. They had received a modest proposal from the architect. But, would the chapel be renovated? No. "With all
the poverty and hunger in the world," said one faculty member, "how can we as Christians justify spending $50,000 to pretty-up our chapel?" Of course, this person failed to offer similar objections when faculty salaries were raised each year, (a figure that collectively exceeds $50,000) nor does he question the morality of the luxurious faculty lounge. Obviously the man was posturing, just as Judas was posturing. Even so, the problem is tough. How much should we give to others and how much should we reserve for ourselves?

Richard Meyer, Break a Vase

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              9:15 Breakfast

            10:00 Worship

            11:30 Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt

              1:00 Dance Rehearsal

              7:00 “Walk as Jesus Walked”


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth


              7:00 Christian Education


            12:00 Lenten Lunch


            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s   

              7:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              7:00 Finance Committee


            10:00 Deacons make gift baskets

              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