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January 28, 2011

“We are standing on holy ground, and I know that there are angels all around.  Let us praise Jesus now; We are standing in his presence on holy ground.” ~ “Holy Ground” by Geron Davis (Hymn 654)

This Sunday is Family Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Join us as our young people lead us in worship.  Pastor will be speaking from Matthew 5:1-12.

The following officers will be ordained and/or installed as part of our service:

Elder (3 year term) - Dawn Duran, Jerry Hoenes, Melvin Washington (elder/trustee)         

Elder (2 year unexpired term) - Karen Muldoon, Joan Nale

Elder (1 year unexpired term) - Vic Abelson

Deacon (3 year term) - Mary Bew, Kris Jenoriki, Jinny Wolcott

Trustee (3 year term) - Melvin Washington (chairman), Lee Wolff

Our annual meeting will begin shortly following the worship service.  All who stay are invited to come to Madden Hall for pizza following the meeting.

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A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”  His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?”  The son replied, “I do know!”  “Okay,” said his father. “What does the Bible mean?”  “That's easy, Daddy...” the young boy replied excitedly, “It stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.’”

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Please remember in prayer ~

Rhonda Morgan – back in the hospital; begins chemo Monday

Pat Castle – hospitalized with pneumonia

Patty Morris – health concerns

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The Ant and the Contact Lens

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff.  She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb.  As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens.

“Great”, she thought.  “Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.”  She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge.  But it just wasn't there.  

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying.  She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she might find her contact lens.  When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found.  Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.  She thought of the bible verse “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains.  You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is.  Please help me.”

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff.  One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys!  Anybody lose a contact lens?”

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it?  An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn't end there.  Brenda's father is a cartoonist.  When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, “Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing.  I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy.  But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You.”  

I think it would do all of us some good to say, “God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load.  I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy.  But, if You want me to carry it, I will.”  

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

By Elisabeth Elliot from “Keep a Quite Heart” attributed to a first-person account sent to her by Brenda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              9:00 Coffee and Danish

            10:00 Family Worship

            11:15 Annual Meeting and A2J

            12:15 Lunch

              1:00 New Members Class

              7:00 “The Life and Ministry of the Messiah” 


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth   


              7:00 Session (Elders – check your email!)                 


            11:45 Lunch Bunch to Romanelli’s Garden Café

              7:00 Sarah Circle in Cobb Lounge                  


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal        

              8:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

              9:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry

            10:00 Deacons Reorganization Meeting

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
The Presbyterian Church at Absecon
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Absecon, New Jersey 08201