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October 31, 2010

“Our God is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power and love – Our God is an awesome God!” ~ “Awesome God” by Rich Mullins (Hymn #658)

Our Sunday School classes will lead us in a Family Worship at 9:30 this Sunday.  There will be a regular service at 11:00.  Pastor will be speaking from Luke 19:1-10.

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Tomorrow night is our annual Halloween Party at 7:00 p.m.  Come on out for some family fun (including a haunted hayride).

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All CROP Walk money must be turned in to the office by November 7.  Sponsors, if you have not paid your walkers please do so this week.  Walkers, be sure to see your sponsors.

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Due to a billing error, the Upper Room devotions (regular edition) for November/December have not arrived.  We ask that you leave the large print edition for those who need it.  Alive Now devotions are available in the pew racks.  We appreciate your patience and will let you know when they arrive.

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The Good News was mailed October 28.  Our website will be updated soon.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Essie Newell – in Atlantic City Hospital

Eddie Haldeman – now in Galloway Healthcare Center

Greg Hamaty – recuperating from heart catheterization

Cathy Guenther – new pacemaker

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Hallowing Halloween – Read 2 Timothy 2:19-26

The word hallow isn’t used much anymore, and when it is, the uses have a broad range of meaning. Christians use the word when we say the Lord’s prayer, as in “Hallowed be Thy name.” Often the word is associated with the last day of October, which we in the US refer to as Halloween, a shortened form of All Hallows’ Eve.

In Scripture, the word hallow is a synonym for the word sanctify. When we hallow or sanctify something, we set it apart as being holy.

The name of God is not the only thing that we are to hallow. We too are to be hallowed. Paul urged Timothy to be a vessel sanctified and useful for God by pursuing “righteousness, faith, love, [and] peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” and by avoiding “foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2 Tim. 2:21-23).

On this last day of October, children in the US will be carrying bags filled with sweets. Thinking of them can remind us to ask: “What is filling the vessel of my life? Is it a bitter attitude that leads to foolish disputes and strife, or is it a sweet spirit that leads to righteousness, faith, love, and peace?”

We can hallow today, and every day, by setting ourselves apart for God to be used by Him.

By Julie Ackerman Link from Our Daily Bread, October 31, 2009

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Reformation Sunday

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Family Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & A2J      

Monday           All Saints Day

              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth     

Tuesday           Election Day

              7:00 Session             


            11:15 Lunch Bunch to Dino’s Diner

              7:00 Sarah Circle         


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal        

              8:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

            10:00 Prayer Shawl/Quilt Ministry


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