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August 26, 2011

NOTICE:  Sunday worship has been canceled due to the severe weather predictions.  Please take all necessary precautions to remain safe.

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September 4 is our last Sunday of single services and a communion Sunday.  Let’s plan to all be together at our Lord’s Table for this last Sunday of Summer Schedule.

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Our regular schedule and Rally Day will be September 11.  There will be two services beginning that day, and basically everything is being moved 30 minutes earlier.  Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15, and our first worship service will be at 9:00 a.m.  Coffee hour is at 10:00 and the second worship begins at 10:30.

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The Cobbs will have an end of summer/Labor Day weekend picnic September 4 following our communion worship.  Come for good food, the water slide, and a great end of summer time of fellowship.

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Our Port Norris Mission will resume Friday and Saturday, September 9-10.  Remaining tasks include painting window frames, cleaning windows, and putting storm sashes back in.  A sign-up sheet for these two days is in the vestibule.

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Church t-shirts are available for sale - Adults/$10, Children/$5.  See John Harvey in Madden Hall on Sunday mornings.  If he doesn’t have your size available let him know!

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Deacons have counted up their supplies and found that NO MORE PEANUT BUTTER OR JAM IS NEEDED AT THIS TIME.  They will send out a request when they run low.  But we DO NEED volunteers to help make sandwiches on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Sign up in the vestibule!

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The Ruth Circle will hold their first meeting at 1:00 Friday, September 2, at the home of Essie Newell.  The Sarah and Martha Circles will begin the following week.

Fellowship Committee meets Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7:00p

FUNdraising Committee meets Thursday, Sept.1, at 6:30p

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The September Good News is not quite ready for mailing but should be out sometime next week.  In the mean time check our website for an update which should be made in the next few days.

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Please remember in prayer ~

  • Betty Ann MacNaughton
  • The Suarez Family
  • Harry Williamson
  • June Waters – fell and broke her hip, surgery to put in a pin went well
  • Paul Hamer – came home Thursday (praise the Lord!)
  • Dot Ryon – in auto accident last Sunday; ruptured a small artery in abdominal wall and was in ICU City Division
  • Betsy Cunius – surgery on September 2
  • Please remember all emergency and medical personnel who will be assisting/on call throughout the storm.

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Weathering the Storm

“He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.” ~ Psalm 135:7

Lightning cracked and our house groaned with the intense pressure of the wind. We’d not had a tornado touch down in our valley since I was a child. A tornado is devastating in the plains of the mid-west, but let one form in the valley between two mountain ranges and it bounces around like a pinball in a machine. That’s what happened here.

Our phone rang and it was the emergency broadcast system. “A tornado has been sighted. Seek immediate shelter.” My husband grabbed the flashlights and a radio while I snatched up wallets, credit cards, and what little cash we had in the house. We headed to the basement. Within minutes, a loud pop and the lights were history.

Our tiny family huddled in the corner by the crawlspace, shivering. Outside, trees flew past like shrapnel in a war zone. I pulled my canvas bag close and slipped my hand inside. My fingers walked through the bag…a computer, cord, a wallet, tissue, and extra batteries. I gasped.

“My Bible. I don’t have my Bible.” I rolled to my knees and started up the stairs.

“You’re going to get it now, Mom?” Chase shouted.

“You bet I am.” I bounded up the stairs and grabbed the leather encased Bible from the table. Glancing out the window, the pitch-black night had turned an eery orange. Thick sheets of rain washed across the house and hail pelted the new siding (figures…brand new siding). In an instant, I saw the mighty power of God. I was awed.

Sometimes our faith teeters when we cannot see the hand of an invisible God. We leave His word behind, forgetting how accessible He is. It becomes harder and harder to grasp hold of what we cannot touch. Yet in an instant I stood, clinging to my faith, watching the power of a mighty God rake the earth and I’d gathered everything of value in a bag except Him.

The realization of the presence of God pressed me to my knees and His majesty exploded before me, allowing me, if only for a moment, to grasp the sovereignty of a righteous God. That’s the moment faith became a reality. That’s the moment I grabbed hold of His hand. “Protect us Lord.” I made my way back to the basement, Bible snugged tight against my chest, completely unafraid.

Much in our world is frightening—terrorists, storms, tsunamis and war. We get caught up in the swirling funnel that sucks us into fear and devastation and we forget to stop and reach out to a sovereign Lord who waits on us.

When the wind and rain gush from the heavens and the lightning crashes at your feet, grasp the hands that are invisible to the eye but fully visible to the heart. He is with us. He who owns the cattle on a thousand hills will help you weather every storm.

From christiandevotions.us, May 6, 2011

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Worship Canceled

                        Stay Safe



              7:00 Fellowship Committee



              6:30 FUNdraising Committee


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Essie Newell’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