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February 25, 2011

“I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. I will call upon the Lord. The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock, and let the God of my salvation be exalted. The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock, and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” ~ “I Will Call upon the Lord” by Michael O’Shields; para. Psalm 18 (Hymn 653)

Our guest speaker this Sunday is Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli, the executive director of West Jersey Presbytery.  Rev. Brincivalli will be speaking from 1 Corinthians 4:1-5.

Our bell choir will be providing music at both services.

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Registrations for the Unity Dinner at the Absecon Methodist Church March 16 begin this Sunday.  Cost is $5.00.  See Joan Nale.

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After several weather related cancellations, the Weeknight Bible Study finally finished their study of “How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk”.  A new six-week study will begin on Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 in Cobb Lounge.  Childcare is provided.  All are welcome to join in on this informal “prayer and share” group.

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Tickets go on sale Sunday for the April 2 Roast Pork Dinner.  Cost is $10-Adults/$5-Children.  A concert by the Philadelphia English Handbell Ensemble follows at 7:00 p.m.  See Joanie Hoenes. 


You can read about the Ensemble and watch clips of their performances here.

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The March Good News was mailed today.  Our website should be updated soon for you to get a sneak peek.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie – doing better

Essie – at Seashore Gardens

Ida Juhrs – now in Meadowview

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The Missionary Question- Romans 10:11-15

At every missions conference hosted by my church, I give God the same message I've been repeating since my early 20s: "I'm available, Lord. I'll go to foreign fields if you say so." Until He tells me to pack my bags, I'm going to keep on sending others to work among unbelievers in distant and even remote lands.

Paul asked a series of rhetorical questions in Romans 10 that can be summed up like this: How will the world hear about Jesus if you do nothing? God uses Christians to spread the word that His salvation plan is available to all. He put us in families and communities and nations so we will mingle and share what we know. But some believers are called to carry the gospel farther than others. Those who stay behind are to offer prayer and resources for those who travel. 

If you're shaking your head and thinking, Mission work isn't where my heart is, I have news for you: Every believer is called to missions as either a goer or a sender. That call comes in dramatic ways for some, but for most of us, it is simply a biblical principle to be followed (Matt. 28:19). What's missing for those who don't have a "heart" for such work is passion. Christians who share and go and send are often excited about God's message for unbelievers—and it's possible for you to become more enthusiastic too.

I challenge you to ask the Lord, "Am I open to going anywhere You send me?" Our roots in a community should be sunk only as deep as God wills. If you aren't called to go, then choose to be a sender. Offer your prayers, your money, and anything else that will help to put others on the mission field.  

Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries

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This Week in Our Church . . .


Sunday            Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli             

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & A2J

            12:15 Officer Lunch and Visioning

              1:00 Easter Play Rehearsal

              2:00 Liturgical Dance Rehearsal

              7:00 Pastors’ Study


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth


              7:00 Session


            11:30 Lunch Bunch to Allen’s Clam Bar

              7:00 Sarah Circle in Cobb Lounge


              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal        

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday              World Day of Prayer

              1:00 Ruth Circle at Betsy Cunius’


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

              9:30 Prayer Shawl 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