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June 24, 2011

Our summer worship schedule begins this Sunday with service at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a hymn sing beginning at 9:45 as we gather.  Special music will be provided by Ms. Paulette Solomon, and Pastor will be speaking on Matthew 10:40-42.

Refreshments will be served outside weather permitting. 

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We welcome four new members to our congregation.  Their names are Louise Lifka, Josh Howling, and Bonnie & Seth.  Be sure to introduce yourselves!

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Warren Smith went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22.  Our prayers are with Alice and her family at this difficult time.  Our parish associate, Rev. Gerry Reedell, will be leading the funeral services on Monday, June 27 at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield.  Interment will follow at Laurel Memorial Park in Pomona.

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The summer issue of our Good News will be mailed out next week.  Watch our website for updates. 

Many thanks to Ken Marshall who is managing our site temporarily for his mother, Louise Speitel.  Ken has been traveling since last September and is currently in Southeast Asia.  Check out his blog (with links) to follow some of his travels!

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The Bon Voyage picnic will begin at 11:30 Sunday at the manse.  Come on over and wish the Cobbs the best as they leave for Alaska. 

Next Sunday the Seasoned Singers with us to lead in a patriotic worship experience.  The following Sunday, July 10, our own Gerry Reedell will be speaking.

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We will be having a mission trip this summer from July 18-22 at the Port Norris Methodist Church.  We will be building a shed, framing up two toilet stalls, glazing windows, and doing repairs.  We will be having lunch there every day, but most people will travel home at night.  (We will go down on July 16 to measure, get materials, etc.)  We need workers, helpers, and lunch makers.  There is no cost for the trip, but you bring your own tools and buy your own gas.  The van will leave the church every day at 8:00 a.m. and return by 5:30 p.m.  There will be a meeting for anyone wanting to be a part of the team on Tuesday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel.  See the pastor, Russ Adkisson or call the office.

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The office will be open on reduced hours throughout the summer.  We will be checking voice and email messages regularly during the week.  Please call before you stop in.  Have a wonderful summer!   

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The FUNdraising Committee will hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in helping create some new events to benefit our General Fund see Dawn Duran or just come on out!

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The Mission/Evangelism Committee is selling church T-shirts $10 for adults and $6.00 for children.  Sizes are Adult Small thru 2XL.  See John Harvey to purchase.

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The VBS team is still in need of teachers and aides for August 1-5 (6-8:30 p.m.).  Contact Liz Sabath at 804-0068 or lizclark358@aol.com if you can help!

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Come and enjoy a night out in Ocean City at the OC Tabernacle on July 10.  Service begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring the King’s Brass in concert.  The van will leave Absecon at 6:00 p.m. if you would like a ride.  Sign up in the vestibule.  A van driver is also need for this event.  See Tina Brown if you would like to help out.  Thank you!

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We are currently in the process of painting and refurbishing Cobb Lounge.  We would like to showcase the many talents of our congregation.  If you would like to contribute a piece of art work, needlepoint, or any item that is handmade by you that we can exhibit on the walls of Cobb Lounge please contact Doris Wood at 646-1611.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Harry Williamson

Carol Thomas

Louise Speitel

Norma Suarez

Cathy Guenther – Lyme’s Disease

Alice Smith & Family

Our new members

Pastor & Mrs. Cobb – traveling to Alaska

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Seeing Backward – Read: Hebrews 11:13-16, 23-27

My husband and I rode the train backward from Grand Rapids to Chicago last summer. Sitting in seats that faced the rear of the train, all we could see was where we had been, not where we were going. Buildings, lakes, and trees flew by the window after we had passed them. I didn’t like it. I’d rather see where I’m going.

Sometimes we may feel that way about life too—wishing we could see ahead. We’d like to know how certain situations are going to turn out, how God is going to answer our prayers. But all we can know is where we’ve been. That is, if it were not for faith.

The “faith chapter” of the Bible, Hebrews 11, tells us about two realities that some people in Old Testament times could see by faith. It speaks of Noah, Abraham, and Sarah, who all died in faith, “having seen [the promises] afar off.” They “embraced them” and looked forward to “a better . . . heavenly country” (vv.13, 16). Besides the promise of heaven, verse 27 tells us that by faith Moses could also see “Him who is invisible,” meaning Christ.

While we don’t know the outcome of today’s struggles, believers in Jesus can by faith see forward to where we’re going: We will have a heavenly home where we will live with Jesus forever.

Anne Cetas from Our Daily Bread, September 25, 2010

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship

            11:15 Refreshments

            11:30 Bon Voyage Picnic at Manse

Monday           Office begins operating on reduced hours


              7:00 Mission Team Meeting 



              7:00 FUNdraising Committee



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