Good Friday Service - Communion with Service of Shadows
Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for this moving worship gathering as we follow Christ's Passion from his Last Supper in the Upper Room to his crucifixion. The Passion Story will be told through scripture and music. The gradual dimming of the lights until darkness is the perfect symbol of a world without Christ.
The dogwood tree has always been a favorite of mine. The street on which I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, NY had wild dogwoods growing in yards of our house and neighbors' homes as well. The blossoms on these trees were always white.
One year my father bought and planted two pink blossoming dogwoods. They seemed even more special to me. In the Spring dogwoods have beautiful blossoms and in the Fall the trees are dotted with bright red berries. Dogwoods hold a special place in my heart for they speak to me of my happy childhood years, growing up in a loving home and the privilege of living in a safe and magical neighborhood. When my husband and I bought our home in Brick over 10 years ago, we bought and planted 2 dogwood trees - one pink and one white.
All this is background to tell you why I selected this year's bulletin cover for Easter. As soon as I saw the dogwoods I knew that was the cover I wanted. However, I selected it not just because of my love of dogwood trees. I had remembered being told that the petals of the dogwood told a story about the cross. Of course, all I had to do was Google "dogwood"
to get the full story.
Below you have the legend of the dogwood. Was the cross really made out of wood from a dogwood tree? In all probability, no. There is no record anywhere telling what kind of wood was used. In my mind, however, that does not take away from the beautiful symbolism of the story the dogwood blossom can tell if we look at it through the eyes of faith.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Person for the week is Deborah Brendler. Let us be prayerfully aware of Deborah as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Gwen Whitworth; Jessie and Bob Bissey; Chad Suhoskey; Maryann O'Rourke; Maryanne Leach, Bill Shoppell; Mary McSweeney
Long term concerns:
Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Grace Philhower; Susan Robbins; Agnes Skowronek; Nancy and Ralph Smith; Jim Tabor and Baby Christian; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.
Military: Kyle Barker; Sarah Davis Brown; Morgan Daniels Colberg; Michael Fahey III; Jeffrey Hanrahan, Matthew Warren; all those in our nation's service.
For our Church: Wisdom, guidance and patience during this transitional time.
Thank you to everyone who purchased Easter flowers in memory and honor of loved ones. We were able to raise $1,065 for the roof.
Thank you to Jane and Craig Lambie for coordinating the arrangement of this year's flowers.
A complete list of donors can be found in the bulletin and
Accidentally omitted from last week's bulletin: The flower arrangement last Sunday was by Ron and Joan Panuska in loving memory of loved ones.
Big Update on the Big Cover
Between last week's energetic Palm Sunday Service and this Sunday's Easter
celebration service some good things are going on under our roof.
How great of a celebration it is this Easter to announce that we have met our total roof goal $75,000.
Through a generous donation by the Lappke family we are able to reach our goal. The total goal was also met through the money raised from this year's Easter Flowers ($1,065) as well as Kyle Jones's Message Board ($705).
We are expecting to start the roof installation this upcoming week. The interior work will start early Summer.
Thank you all who have in so many different ways contributed to our Big Cover Up. This has been a unified team effort and we all celebrate together. This three month campaign was first announce at church on January 7 was met on March 29, almost three months to the day. An answered prayer for sure!
A Joyous Easter to all!
Following the service on Sunday, the Rev. Linda Chase will be on vacation until April 9. Please call the church office for emergencies or Elder Jim McGuire (908-783-7193) for after hour emergencies.
In addition Donna Ferry will be out of the office until April 9.
The Church Office is closed this Monday and will reopen on Tuesday morning.
The Deacons will be meeting this Monday in the Chittick Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Please call Dee D'Amore if you 732-552-9861 are unable to attend.
These Days Devotional
The These Days Devotional for April, May and June are in the Narthex. T
hese daily meditations and devotions are wonderfully written by clergy and lay leaders. These Days continues to be a source of comfort and hope throughout the world for thirty-five years. Each devotional book is $5 each Money can be sent into the office or you can put a check in the offering plate with "These Days" in the memo line.
1. Buildings and Grounds will provide a report to ARC regarding expectations in cleaning
2. As an expression of appreciation, the Session is making arrangements for compensation for certain personnel who have taken on additional responsibilities the past few months
3. For the Fall, the 250 Kids Curriculum from Orange will be purchased for Sunday School.
4. Recent repairs to the boiler in the CE Annex are to be paid from the Summer Heat Fund.
5. A thank you to will be issued to TrueSpec Home Inspection for their superior job on the Manse inspection.
6. Discussion was had that the church doors should not be chained open to allow heating and cooling to escape both buildings during times of use. The CE door program times can be coordinated through the church office and the allen wrench can be used to open the church doors.
Don't forget to share with us your good news. We would like to get the word out how you and your family have been blessed. Whether in big things or little, we have so much to be thankful for. You can email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call. You never know how your good news may just encourage someone else.
New in the Pew
In the pews you will see a card that is new. This card offers specific ways of how you can
financially support Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
Our electronic giving services are now being provided through the Presbyterian Foundation. The card in the pew also includes a barcode that will directly link your giving to our church. As you know, online giving can also be done through your bank or our website. We are thankful for your faithful generosity.
This new card also replaces the electronic giving card we previously had in the pews. Please feel free to place the card in the offering plate to signify your financial support of the mission of this church.
If you are not already making your gifts online, please consider doing so. Did you know you can setup a recurring donation? Recurring gifts make it easy for you to contribute to our ministry, even when you cannot attend service.
Wish to Know More About Us?
We recently had several people check the box "Wish to join the Church" on the attendance pads. We are glad you wish to know more about our church. The Inquirers Class is the first step to membership. Our next Inquires Class is tentatively scheduled for the first Sunday in May. The Inquirers Class
includes information concerning the beliefs, history, worship, and practices of our church.
Please speak directly with the Rev. Linda Chase so that we schedule our Inquirers Group that works best for those interested.
In additional, we ask that everyone signs the attendance pads each week. We record the information to help us have a better understanding of our members, regular attenders and visitors. In addition any address, phone, and email updates can help us keep our records current. All new email address are added to our weekly email newsletter.
On Display in the Sanctuary Windows
Thank you to everyone who prepared an Altered Book. The books are in the sanctuary windows on both sides. Feel free to explore inside the books. They will be on display until Pentecost, May 20.
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
This Church sure has the gift of hospitality. We have coffee hosts from now until the end of June!!! Sincerely Thank you. Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or concerns. Sign-up sheet is in the Church Kitchen.
April 1 - Glen Gauer
April 8 - Communion Breakfast
April 15 - Deb Brendler/Ginny Claeys
April 22 - PW
April 29 - The Lorentzens
Before You Make Those Summer Vacation Plans...
Parents, please save the date.
Vacation Bible School is in the works!
Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17
Half Day morning program this year.
Stay tuned for more information!
This Week At Point Beach Prep
It was Letter "W" week. We washed baby dolls, walked in the jungle and found out Where the Wild Things Are. We made wrist watches that most of the kids wanted to wear all morning. We enjoyed watermelon for snack. During Show and Tell, we saw Wookies, Star Wars items, whales,wands, and many more W objects.
One of our Dads brought in his guitar and we sang for a Pre-k Student of the Week activity.
This week we also packed in a lot of Easter fun. We dyed eggs and also had an Easter egg hunt on the playground!
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from Point Beach Prep Preschool!
Last week, we had such a great time in Sunday School! I am so proud of all of our friends for doing such an awesome job during our "Waving of the palms" reenactment! Everyone sang their hearts out and did exactly what they needed to do. We received so many commendations from members of the congregation. Great job!
Last week, we learned all about the word Hosanna and what it means. We talked about
how everyone was cheering Hosanna when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, and we talked all about what Palm Sunday is and what happened on that day. We read the story from Mark 11:1-10. Then we made our own palm crafts to remind us to cheer for our Lord, Jesus Christ and to rejoice in him!
This week, we will be learning all about the miracle of Easter! We will be learning about what happened on that morning and then we will be doing a fun craft and enjoying some Easter treats.
Immediately following Sunday School will be the annual egg hunt! Our Pre K and Kindergarten friends will be hunting in the PBP playground area and out 1st-6th grade friends will be hunting on the church lawn. Students must be picked up from their Sunday School classroom by a parent or guardian before proceeding to their egg hunt area. The egg hunts will only begin once every single student has been picked up from Sunday School. In the case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be moved inside. Parent volunteers are still needed to hide eggs after the children go to Sunday School. If you would be available to help, please just shoot me a text or email.
Thank you! See you all this Sunday!
Peace and blessings,
Church World Service - Hygiene and School Kits - Due Next Sunday
Once again the Presbyterian Women will be collecting Hygiene Kits AND School Kits for Church World Service.
Hygiene Kits - In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. To assemble a Hygiene Kit you will need:
- One hand towel measuring approximately 15x 28 to 16 x 2 inch (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
- One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
- One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
- One toothbrush in the package
- Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing.
Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.
School Kits - give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.
To assemble a School Kit you will need:
- One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
- Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
- One 30-centimeter / 12" ruler
- One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
- One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
- Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers, removed from the package
- One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
- One 12"x14" to 14"x17" finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag (solid color or kid-friendly fabric) with cloth handles (no reusable shopping bags, backpacks, or bags with logos)
All items must be packed inside of the cloth bag.
Kits can be placed in the bin, in the North Hall under the East Window. Please include $2.00 for shipping or put a separate envelope marked "CWS Kits" in the PW mailbox in the church office. Checks for shipping should be made out to "Presbyterian Women".
Kits are due by April 8 - when they will be dedicated.
These kits are for disaster relief. Please do not add to or exchange listed items.
PW Clothing Drive
Mark your calendar for the PW Clothing Drive coming up April 21 from 8:00
-12:00 noon. Gently used clothing (no children's toys nor pots & pans) will be picked up and resold or re-donated. None of the clothing will be shredded. Shoes should be wrapped in pairs in separate bags.
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
April 1 Ed Havranek, Richard Leonhard
April 2 Maddy D'Amore, Matt McDermitt
April 4 Maria O'Connor, Kelly Satterlee
April 5 Susan Robbins
April 8 Frank Scarpone
April 9 Nancy Stout, Greg Hall
April 10 Susan Beltran, Howard Gilbert, Brent Rogers
April 11 Sean O'Connor
April 12 Jean DeMartino, Ania Wilton
April 13 Joseph Decker, James Liotta, Kaitlyn Marshall, Kimberly Scott, Janet Smith, Henry Stout
April 14 Kaitlyn Potter
April 16 Christian Fiorentino, Kelsey Fiorentino, Joseph Paradise; Marilyn Rice, Regina Stoffers-Reinhold
April 17 Alice Brzyski
April 18 Betty Gilbert
April 19 Marian Blackford, Robert Bissey
April 21 Will Landre
April 22 John Pasola, David Satterlee, Ralph Smith
April 23 Taylor Lappke, Kelsey Norton
April 24 Brian McCrossan, Austin Simpson
April 26 Edward King, Henry Shapiro
April 27 Audrey Stolfe-Legreide
April 28 Evangeline Reid
April 29 Diantha Mathews-Brown
Up Coming Events
Saturday, April 21
PW Clothing Drive 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Sunday, April 22 - Wilton Hall Dedication at 3:00 p.m
Friday, June 15 - Family Night at the Blue Claws
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
Church Calendar For The Week
Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday
6:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service, Jenkinson's Boardwalk
9:00 a.m. - Easter Worship Service with the Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School
10:15 a.m. - Children's Egg Hunt
11:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service with the Chancel Choir
Monday, April 2
No Choral Bells This Week
6:30 p.m. -
Manzo New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant
7:00 p.m. - Deacon's Meeting
Tuesday, April 3
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
Wednesday, April 4
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner
10:30 a.m. - Prayer Chain, Chittick Lounge
4:30 p.m. - Webelos
5:00 p.m. - Dove Choir
6:30 p.m. - Wolf Pack
6:30 p.m - Lorentzen New Beginning Small Group, Bay Head
7:00 p.m - Perkowski New Beginning Small Group, Toms River
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, CE Annex
Thursday, April 5
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
No Chancel Choir This Week
Friday, April 6
1:30 p.m - N. Stout New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
6:30 p.m. - Girl Scout Troop 906, Fellowship Room
Saturday, April 7
Sunday, April 8
8:45 a.m. - CE Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Special Music/CWS Kits Dedicated
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Breakfast (Moved from last week).
Following last week's expert Scribe reporting Elders Jim McGuire and Sue Hankins have decided to come out of retirement and take their act on the road. They leave for the Sea of Galilee next week.
Photo of the Week
Palm Sunday 2018