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January 7, 2011

For thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods. We exalt thee, we exalt thee, we exalt thee, O Lord.” ~ “We Exalt Thee” by Pete Sanchez, Jr (Hymn 47)

Scott Sabo will be speaking from Matthew 3:13-17 at our 9:30 service.  Tom Sooy will speak from Acts 10:34-43 at 11:00 a.m. 

May all who hear be blessed.

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

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Reports for the annual report are due in the office by 9:00 a.m. Monday.  (It’s always a big report and takes time to publish so please be prompt.) 

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Tickets are now on sale for the Men’s Fellowship Winter Wonderland steak dinner ($10 per adult) on Saturday, January 22.  See Bob Hunter, Jack Heil, Jim Maurer, Bill Downer, Norm Johnson, or call the office.

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Our bit of snow today didn’t amount to much so let’s make our own blizzard here!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Jim Maurer and Family

Margie Howlett and Family

Carol Thomas – hospital procedure Monday

Pastor & Mrs. Cobb – traveling mercies and a time of refreshment

Pat Castle

Jean Webster - still hospitalized

Eddie Haldeman – showing some improvement

Those suffering from colds and flu

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Unconditional Love

I don't remember the first time I walked, but I imagine it went something like this: I stood at one end of the room with my mother and my father was a full three steps away. Before that day I could probably do the kind of creative dangling that almost looks like walking, when somebody held me by the hands and shifted me from side to side as my feet barely touched the floor. But this is the day when I will try a real honest walk on my own - all holds barred - with just two eager parents, miles apart, there to cheer me on. So I set out, wobbling at first, stumbling at second, but unmistakably making it on my own from one set of arms to the other. And then I imagine that my father lifted me high in the air with an exultant shout as if no one in human history had ever walked before. Then, after numerous kisses and exclamations, I probably felt like the most loved, most marvelous boy in all the world.

After a time I could walk with more assurance but, for some reason, I didn't receive so much praise. In fact, I can't remember the last time that anyone praised me for walking across a room. So I had to do other things. Simply walking just wasn't good enough anymore. I had to strive to make a splash in other ways, just to get back to that feeling, that feeling of being noticed, of being picked up with a shout of delight, of being valued.

For the most part, we don't have much experience with unconditional love, so we try to create conditions in which we will feel worthy of love. We do not entirely trust love without reasons, so we strive to create reasons for the love received.

And in all that striving, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that my parents did not praise me because of my accomplishments. Rather, they praised my accomplishments because they loved me, and would have loved me if there were no accomplishments to praise.

If parents sometimes have something like unconditional love, a love without reasons, for their children, how much more so does God love God's children? All of our striving to try to win something that is ours already. God values you, not because you have distinguished yourself in some way, but because you are God's beloved.

Martin Copenhaver, Whispered in Your Ear

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Cents-Ability Offering                       

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & A2J      


  9:00 Annual Reports Due

              6:00 Senior Youth       




              9:00 PB & J Sandwiches

            10:00 Martha Circle at Carol Thomas’

            12:00 Serve at Sr. Jean’s Kitchen

              8:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday  Senior High Youth Ski Weekend


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