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August 13, 2010

“I cast all my cares upon you, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime that I don’t know what to do I will cast all my cares upon you.”  ~ Cares Chorus by Kelly Willard

We welcome our parish associate, Rev. Gerry Reedell, to the pulpit this Sunday.  Special music will be provided by Janna Beth Cobb on the hand bells.

Rev. Reedell will be speaking from Hebrews 11:29-12:2.

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Guest speakers for the next two Sundays will be:

August 22 – Rev. Dave Bailey, founder of Ranch Hope; special music by the Holland Family

August 29 – Rev. Dick Ollinger, President/CEO of Cornerstone Christian Academy; special music by Ms. Sharon Neff

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Our annual dinner/cruise has been tentatively set for Wednesday, Sept. 8.  Dinner is at Doc’s Place, Somers Point at 4:00 p.m. followed by a cruise on the Duke of Fluke party boat.  Cost is $35.00 per person.  Sign up in the vestibule (family and friends are welcome).  More information will be coming from Gayle Ackerman.

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The office will be open on reduced hours for the next two weeks.  It will be closed from August 30 through Labor Day, September 6.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Tammy Suarez

Frank Loeb

Edith Haviland – under hospice care

Carol Anderson – terminal cancer

Tom Brown – hospitalized

Al Smith

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Trouble Makers

Thank God for those free thinkers throughout Christendom who have brought fire upon the earth, the early Church and the Catholic Church which has prevailed for almost 2000 years holding the banner of Christ.

Martin Luther, who called the church back to a Gospel which emphasized grace rather than works. John Wyclif and William Tyndale, who against the wishes of church leadership produced the Bible in the language of the people. William Wilberforce, against the will of many within the church, fought the evil ravages of the institution of slavery. Hudson Taylor, who dared to adopt the customs and culture of the people to whom he was a missionary. He converted people to Jesus, not to Western culture. He changed the focus of foreign missions. Men like John and Charles Wesley, Charles Finney, and Spurgeon, who called upon their churches to reform. They woke the world with their fiery preaching.

These men were trouble makers. Thinkers. Applecart shakers. Men who muddied the water just like Jesus. Heroes of the faith, we now call them, because they were not afraid of division. They knew Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword. In other words: Truth. God's truth is like that. It is a double edged sword. What sounds like peace, the peace that Christ gives, really isn't peace as the world would have it. It is peace as God would have it. And what kind of peace is it that God wants? He wants the peace that exists between you and Him when the weight of your sins no longer are a snare and you can run with endurance the race set before you.

Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Rev. Gerry Reedell    

              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship

            11:15 Refreshments


              1:00 Cemetery Committee    


            Good News Deadline

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