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July 8, 2011

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, 18

Tom Sooy will indeed be missed, but take heart in the knowledge that he has entered the Church Triumphant and is now resting in the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ.

Service is 11:00 a.m. tomorrow at the church with calling hours from 9-11.

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Pastor Gerry will be in the pulpit this Sunday and will be speaking from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.  Special music will be provided by Ms. Carolyn Holland.

Dorothy Ryon has graciously agreed to step in at the organ for the remainder of the summer.

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

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There will be a brief Mission Team meeting following the 10:00 service Sunday.  See Russ Adkisson.

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The FUNdraising Committee needs your recipes for our upcoming church cookbook.  Please submit all entries in writing to Dawn Duran, leobeauty74@verizon.net, or Nancy Conover, NConover@shoreagency.com.  Also, there is a contest for the kids to design the best cover for the cookbook.  Be creative, kids!

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The VBS Steering Committee is in desperate need of teachers and volunteers.  If you can help, please call Liz Sabath at 804-0068.  Registrations are still being received.  Forms are available on our website or in Sunday’s bulletin.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Nancy Sooy and family

Flora Hutchinson

Norma Suarez

Harry Williamson

Betsy Cunius

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Jesus Cried – Read John 11:21-35

A friend whose young daughter was killed in a car accident in May 2005 told me: “I cried easily before Natalie’s accident. . . . Now I am always crying. Sometimes the tears just slip out.”

Anyone who has suffered such intense personal tragedy understands what she is talking about.

Is there anything wrong with crying? Or do we have biblical evidence to suggest that it’s okay to cry?

Jesus gives us the answer. Lazarus, a close friend of His, had died. When Jesus arrived at the home of Lazarus’ sisters, they were surrounded by friends who had come to console them. Jesus saw Mary and Martha and their friends mourning, and He too was overcome. Sorrowing with them, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).

Sadness, tears, and mourning are familiar territory for everyone on this earth—even for Jesus. His tears tell us that it’s okay if tears “just slip out.” And they remind us that the reason tears of sorrow will be extinct in eternity is that “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain” (Rev. 21:4).

When God wipes out the effects of sin, He will wipe out the need for tears—one more reason to look forward to eternity.

David Branon from Our Daily Bread, March 8, 2007

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This Week in Our Church . . .


              9:45 Hymn sing

            10:00 Worship – Rev. Gerry Reedell

            11:15 Refreshments

              6:00 Van leaves for Ocean City Tabernacle


            11:30 Lunch Bunch to Harbor Diner

              2:00 Cabin Trip leaves Absecon

              6:30 Weeknight Bible Study


              9:00 PB & J (see John Harvey)

            11:30 Cemetery Committee

            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s

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