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December 10, 2010

“Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.” ~ “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” by Bob McGee (Hymn 178)

This Sunday the youth will be presenting “The Grumpy Shepherd” during our worship service at 10:00 a.m.  Lunch will follow in Madden Hall.  There will be fun and games for all!  Come join us.

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Our Cents-Ability offering will be received this Sunday.  Please use the containers at the entrances to the sanctuary for your donations.

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The Good News was mailed November 29.  We apologize for the delay in delivery.  Visit our website and follow the links for the calendar and the Good News to read online.

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Holiday cards for Jean Delesantro may be mailed to the following address:

Jean Delesantro

C/o Pat Fagon

PO Box 13605

Ft. Pierce, FL 34979

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Sunday is the deadline to order Christmas poinsettias and/or donate a Mission Bouquet.  Please use the form in your bulletin and return it with payment to the office via the offering plate.

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The 2011 Altar Flower chart is hanging in the vestibule.  If you would like to donate flowers for any Sunday service please reserve your date and fill in an order form (hanging next to the chart).  The order form and payment are due in the church office no later than the Monday before your reserved date.

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We regret to inform you that the Little Learning Center will be closing as of December 31, 2010.  We will begin looking for a new tenant for the Stopfer Building soon.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie Haldeman

Ruth Eberhard

Tammy Suarez

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May Christ Be Born In You

Sue Monk Kidd, in one of her books, recalls her youth and how she would prepare for Christmas. In early December, she would sit by the wooden nativity set clustered under their Christmas tree and think over the last year of her life. She would think deeply about Christmas and the coming of Jesus.

She remembers, one time, visiting a monastery. It was a couple of weeks before Christmas. As she passed a monk walking outside, she greeted him with, "Merry Christmas." The monk's response caught her off guard a bit. "May Christ be born in you," he replied.

His words seemed strange and peculiar at the time. What did he mean, "May Christ be born in you?" At the time she was unsure of what he meant, but now all these years later, sitting beside the Christmas tree, she felt the impact of his words. She discovered that Advent is a time of spiritual preparation. It is also a time of transformation. It is "discovering our soul and letting Christ be born from the waiting heart."

King Duncan, Collected Sermons

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              8:45 Continental Breakfast

            10:00 Worship with Christmas Play

            11:30 Lunch and Birthday Party for Jesus


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth



            12:00 Evergreens Christmas Lunch at Smithville Inn                  


            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s

              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal        

              8:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              6:00 “Back to Mayberry”


              5:00 & 6:00 Dinner Seatings

              7:00 Holland Family Concert


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