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October 7, 2011

Come, worship the Lord!

Pastor will be speaking this Sunday from Philippians 4:1-13.  Anna Mae Werner will be at the organ, and special music will be provided by Vic Werner.

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Sunday is our Cents-Ability Offering. Please use the containers at the entrances to the sanctuary for your donations.

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The third session of our “Why? Making Sense of God’s Will” course is Sunday night at 6:30. Our next course, “Seeing Gray – Where Faith and Politics Meet”, will begin on October 23.

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Next Sunday, October 16, is our second monthly brunch at 10:00 am. The first one was very well received and nearly 100 people attended. Cost is only $5.00. Don’t forget the second service will begin fifteen minutes later (10:45) to give everyone time to eat. Our youth will help serve.

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Lunch Bunch will travel to the Northfield Diner this Wednesday. Meet at the church at 11:30 or at the diner at noon.

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There will be a fall “Mission Day at Our Church” Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9-Noon. A sign up sheet will be in the vestibule with jobs such as yard work, cleaning windows, kitchen chores, etc. Many hands are needed to make our church shine! See Jan Jorgensen, Kris Jenoriki, or any member of the Property Committee.

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The CROP Walk is October 23. Registration begins at 1:00 for the Walk at 1:30. See Greg Hamaty for a sponsor form.

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Real Partners Uganda – “Christmas in September”

In the town of Lukaya, Uganda, where Mustard Seed Academy provides care and education for 355 children - most very poor and orphaned - Christmas is a difficult time. Schools are closed for nearly two months vacation and the children will not receive the meals that are provided by the school. Parents and guardians simply cannot provide the extra care and food in most households.

Two years ago, Real Partners Uganda began working with local leaders at Tree of Life Ministries to start a fund-raising program called "Christmas in September." At that time, in 2009, there were 150 students at Mustard Seed Academy and a goal was set to provide a gift package for each student. The packages contained beef, rice, beans, bread, margarine, sugar, salt and soap. This provided not just one meal but a few meals for each family. The town's people were so grateful that they were still buzzing about it when Joe and Elaine Griswold arrived in February.

This program began in the Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine. Last year the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church joined in the effort. This year our Absecon Presbyterian Church has been invited to assist in this project because there now are 355 children and 24 full-time staff members. Real Partners Uganda would like to provide packages for each of them.

The cost of each gift package is $9.00. A package will include beef, rice, beans, margarine, sugar, salt, bread, and soap. This is enough for a family Christmas celebration with some left over.A check for $45 provides a wonderful Christmas for five families and only $27 will feed three families, but any amount will be gratefully accepted. Our gifts alleviate hunger and are a powerful witness of God's love for the "least of these."

If you can help out with this wonderful project, we ask that checks be written to the Absecon Presbyterian Church and designated for Christmas Uganda on the memo line.October 23rd is the deadline to ensure that our donations arrive in time for the event to be organized in Uganda.

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Is God calling you to play in the bell choir? We need at least one more person. Rehearsals are Mondays at 6:30 pm. Please call Jan Cobb at 641-1102 today!

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Addicted2Jesus (A2J)

A heartfelt thank you to those who purchased our caramel apples last week!  A2J exceeded our goal and raised $27 for Christmas in September – enough to provide for three families.

Mrs. Gillis completed both the application on behalf of A2J as well as the interview verification process for Adopt-A-Platoon.  The first campaign that A2J is participating is Halloween Treats…For the TROOPS.  Our first assignment is a Chaplain in Afghanistan.  He will receive our packages and distribute the treat bags as well as letters to individual soldiers.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  There are two ways you can assist A2J:

  1. 1.    Donate bag(s) of individually wrapped candy, gum, and chocolate.  Did I mention chocolate? There will be a collection box in Madden Hall on Sunday. The troops have been without chocolate since April as a ban was in effect until Oct. 1 due to the excessive heat in the country.
  2. 2.    Write a letter, note or card to a soldier.  Some soldiers receive little to no mail from the states so we would like to include as many letters in the boxes as possible.  You may identify yourself and provide an address or email for a reply, but realize where we are supporting; they may not be able to reply.  If you would like to include an addressed envelope for the reply, do not include a stamp as it is not needed from APO addresses.

Each A2J member is donating 2 bags of candy and a letter.  The boxes are being provided for free from the USPS and The Law Office of Borden Gillis is donating the packing material and cost of postage for our packages.  A big Thank You from A2J to Mr. Gillis.

The A2J October schedule has changed and is noted below:



10:30 – 11:15 am

(10:45 – 11:30 am)1


11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

(11:30 – 12:15 p.m.)1


Oct 9

Adopt-A-Platoon Treats

Serving Series 2


Oct 16

Game w/ Jim McManus

What’s in the Bible 1

Church Brunch

Oct 22

Scullville Vol. Fire Dept. Haunted Hayride and Maze

Arrive at church @ 6 p.m.

Oct 23

Crop Walk

Choices Series 1


Oct 29

Halloween Party

Church Event

Oct 30

Halloween Craft

Choices Series 2


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Purpose Driven Life Study Offered in late October

Have you ever wondered “What on earth am I here for?”  Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life uses scripture to help us make sense of this question and to challenge us to discover our true path in this life. 

Beginning Sunday, October 23, we will offer a 6 week study of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.   This will take place during the Sunday school hour, between 9-10am in the Cobb Lounge and is open to all.   It will be a video-based study narrated by Warren himself, along with discussion questions.  Reading the book is suggested, but not required.    Lucy Jerue will be the facilitator for this study.  There is no charge, but those interested are asked to sign up on the sheet provided in the hallway area.   Plan on joining us as we embark on this journey of discovery! 

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Update: Call Joanie (641-1839) ASAP for Nov. 5 Congregational Event tickets. We’ve had an overwhelming response for this inspiring event dedicated to Tom Sooy! (Tho’ the Hoenes have had unexpected Oct. commitments out of town, reservations are easily arranged.)

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Please Remember in Prayer

June Waters

Russ Adkisson, Jr

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This Week in Our Church . . .


Sunday            Cents-Ability

              8:15 Breakfast

              9:00 Sunday School & Worship

            10:00 Refreshments

            10:30 Worship & A2J

              6:30 Pastors’ Study


              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth

              6:30 Handbell Rehearsal

              7:00 Stewardship Committee

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              7:00 Session Council (Elders check your email for docket info)


            11:30 Lunch Bunch to Northfield Diner

              6:30 Weeknight Bible Study


              9:00 PB & J

            10:00 Martha Circle at Carol Thomas’

            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s


              1:00 Ruth Circle at Ethel Washington’s


              9-12 Mission Day

            10:00 Mission/Evangelism Committee

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