Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
June 3, 2018
This Sunday 

This Sunday three young men will be making their profession of faith for their confirmation.  We will celebrate with John Liotta, Jack Muraglia, and Sam Muraglia as they continue to reach another faith milestone.

This Sunday we recognize the members of the Dove Choir under the direction of Rebecca Muraglia.  Since September they have practiced learning to read music and songs to share in worship.  We greatly appreciate their contributions to our worship services this past year. 

Communion will also be celebrated this first Sunday of the month.  

The celebration continues with the ten year anniversary of the Communion Brunch.  It will an uplifting Sunday.  
Dove Choir Recognition
T his Sunday we recognize the members of the Dove Choir under the direction of Rebecca Muraglia. We greatly appreciate their contributions to our worship services this past year. 

Evelyn Bober, Molly Duffy, Payton Giordano, Lily Johnson, Olivia Jones, Faythe Matullo, Maggie McGuire, Georgie Morris, Jordan Muraglia, Emma Scarpone, Henry Scott, Noah Steinert, Luke Steinert, Payton Stouffer-Ott.

Special thanks from Ms. Becky~

* To Ms. Sarah Hoey for your incredible talent and patience as our musical leader and accompanist!

* To Marian Blackford for dedicated assistance and aid with the children.

* To the parents and grandparents for your continued support that blessed your child to sing our praises for to the Holy Spirit! "From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised. Psalm 113:3"

* Thank you to the entire congregation for always making the DOVES feel great about each and every performance. To quote our most vocal supporters Mr. Geoff Reilly, "Now THAT'S what I'M talking ABOUT??" 
Prayer Concerns This Week
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity." 1 Timothy 2:1-2

The Prayer People for the week is the Confirmads and their families. Let us be prayerfully aware of Sam, Jack and John, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Jesse Bissey; Ginny Claeys; Geoff Reilly, Rod Smith,

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Maryanne Leach; Mary McSweeney; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Grace Philhower; Agnes Skowronek; Chad Suhoskey; 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.

Happy Anniversary to Communion Brunch - 10 Years

This Sunday will be the 10th Anniversary of the Communion Brunch.  Since June 1, 2008 the Kitchen Team has been preparing delicious food for us all to enjoy together.  The fun and fellowship over the years has strengthened us as a church.  

Since the beginning, a  free-will offering has been continually received, to cover expenses. Any money left over will support missions.  Back in 2008 the Communion Brunch supported the church's summer mission trip workers.   

Ten years later it will be no different.  Any money left over next Sunday will go to support both Karen Norby and Susan Beltran on their mission trips to Africa this Summer. 

Karen Norby will be going to Uganda on June 13-26, with the nonprofit organization, Sylvia's Children.  Following Karen's trip, Susan  Beltran will be heading to Nairobi on June 27-July 13 with the non profit Foundation for Peace.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported them all already.  Karen was able to collect many instruments and Susan will be bringing 100 bags made by Busy Hands!  

Plan on coming to this grand celebration next Sunday following church. On that Sunday the kitchen crew will be making a special Father's Day breakfast of steak and eggs and other special surprises.  Be sure to also thank the Kitchen team for their faithful service to our church.  

AMPED Vacation Bible School
Live Fully Alive!

Our new curriculum centers on faith and encourages hands-on learning and fun!

AMPED VBS will help children understand why God wants each of us to be FILLED with CONFIDENCE. He wants us to LIVE FULLY ALIVE, because we can believe that what He says is TRUE!

Each day we will worship, experience a new Bible story, watch a video, create a craft, enjoy snack, learn new songs with exciting dance moves, and play a game. Thursday night will be family night.

For our Mission Project, we will supply special items for backpacks (i.e. pajamas, pillow pets, pillow buddy, stuffed animal, blanket, child's book) to be given to temporarily homeless children who participate with their families in our Interfaith Hospitality Network throughout the year.

AMPED VBS is designed for children who have completed grades K-5 and for preschoolers 3 - 5 years old. Vacation Bible School begins on Monday, August 13 and continues through Friday, August 17, 2018. Hours are 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 for your first child, $5 for each additional child. You may download the online registration and return it, with your check, to the church office.

If you'd like to spark your child's enthusiasm to grow in faith over the summer, please register now for this exciting opportunity at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church!

Choral Bells Pizza Party

There Choral Bells end of the year pizza party will be June 4th at 6:15 p.m. at the home of Bill and Pat Shoppell.  The traditional end of the year party continues.  The address is  81 Woodshill Drive N, Lakewood.  

A Night Out at Blue Claws is Back! 

Once again tickets are on sale for the Friday, June 15th Blue Claws game at Energy Park.  Join other members and friends for a night out as the Blue Claws take on  the Hickory Crawdads, who are a  Texas Rangers Affiliate. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.

Fireworks will follow the game. Adult tickets are $10, 60 years and over are $8, 5-12 yrs old are $8. 

There is a signup on the bulletin board outside the church office.  

We once again expect a nice turnout of families who enjoy this event each year.  

Please speak with Kyle Jones or Dee D'Amore (deedamore4@gmail.com or 732-552-9861) to get your tickets. 

Interfaith Hospitality Network Arriving on Sunday

Families in the IHN program will be arriving here on June 3. We are in need of IHN Trailer volunteers to help with setup and take down, provide dinner meals, visit with families in the evening, stay overnight in the Annex with the families, as well as launder bed linen at the end of the week. 

We still need more dinners especially.

Sign up sheets are in the back. Dorothy Tolley  would appreciate any help you can provide. Please speak with her if you have any questions.  We are glad to say our church has been a faithful host church for IHN for many years.  

Anniversary Sunday

Once again we will be recognizing those celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary Anniversary Celebration as well as membership milestones on Sunday, June 17, 2018. 

Are you having an anniversary 50 years or more, either a wedding or of church membership, that we may not be aware of? If so, please call the church office so we can be sure your name is included.

St. Gregory's Pantry New Website

For 35 years St. Gregory's Pantry has been making a difference in the community.  St. Gregory's has over 250 volunteers, is open five days a week, has three major holiday distributions and coordinates a monthly Friendship Dinner. 

The Pantry is run 100% by volunteers who come from all walks of life; they are the core of the pantry. There is no one person who makes the pantry run - it is a group effort that just seems to work.  

The Pantry has a newly designed website.  Ways you can help and more information on the Pantry is on their website  http://stgregoryspantry.org/

For the month of June the Pantry is seeking the following items:    Juice boxes, iced tea, water, children's snack packs.  Items can be dropped in the Narthex basket.  We will make sure they get over to St. Gregory's Pantry. 

Attention Class of 2018

PPPC would like to recognize all those students who will be graduating from college or high school this year. If you know of someone graduating from high school or college, please let us know. 

You can drop a note with their name and the school where they are graduating from in the offering plate, or call/email (mail@pointpresbyterian.org) the church office with the information.  Our graduates will be recognized in the bulletin on June 17.

Thank you for Helping

Thank you to everyone who came over to the church and helped with the bulk pickup.  Especially thank you to all the Session members who came to lead in the effort.   We were able to get many items out.   All ministries of the church are encouraged to keep clutter to a minimum.  We want our church to be attractive and inviting for all.  

Summer Bible Study - Changed Time

At the request of many of you there will be a Summer Bible study.  

By popular demand, we will use a book we have used before called "Embracing Forgiveness."  This is a 5 week study that will be held on each Monday during the month of July.  The first class will be July 2nd at 11: 3 0 a.m .  

You are welcome to bring a lunch or perhaps some would like to go out to lunch afterward.  

If you would like us to order a book for you for $10, please let Linda Chase know or you may order yours directly online.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, begins the study Embracing Forgiveness, with clarity that eases the guilt often associated with the lack of forgiveness by saying what it isn't. It is not a job or task; it is not a conditional act to earn God's love. It is, Crafton believes, a spiritual gift given freely by a God who simply wants to connect with us. 

Something to Pray About

Each year the congregation elects a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee seeks and presents to the congregation a slate of names to be elected to the office of Elder or Deacon

The Nominating Committee selects
* People to serve as the next year's class of ruling elders and deacons
* People to serve as ruling elders and deacons, filing vacancies left in unexpired terms
* People to serve on the next year's Nominating Committee

The presentation of the nominees is made at a Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 24 immediately following worship.

Perhaps you would like your name to be considered for nomination as either a Ruling elder or Deacon. Both Ruling Elders and Deacons serve for three-year terms. When a term is completed, the person is eligible to be re-nominated for one additional term.

Officer training for both Elders and Deacons will take place in July. Additional training is offered in January through Monmouth Presbytery "Equipping the Saints."

Ruling Elders should be persons of strong faith, dedicated disciples, and love Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Session meets on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Elders chairing committees also organize committee meetings. There are also occasional special called meetings of Session to receive new members and the confirmation class, usually on a Sunday morning, or, if needed, to deal with a major subject for which there is insufficient time at its regular meeting (e.g. the budget).

Deacons should be "Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgement should be chosen for this office." (G-6.0401). As persons demonstrating a ministry of sympathy and service on behalf of the church, deacons should have the time and inclination to reach out to members with particular needs, visiting them in their homes and otherwise extending the love of Christ to them. Deacons meet the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to be considered as a Ruling Elder or Deacon, please email or call the church office with your name and contact information.

This Week at Point Beach Prep

We learned numbers 9 and 10 this week.  Our Nursery class focused on the author Laura Numeroff.  They read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and If You Take a Mouse to School. They counted spots and went on number hunts. They had fun making a craft and tye dying shirts with parents for their Student of the week activities!

Our Pre-K learned to count to 10 in English and Spanish. They can also write the numbers and count on their fingers. They read 10 Apples Up On Top and sang There Were 10 in the Bed. 

Next week is color week. We will all be wearing the same color in part of our outfits each day!

We are so excited to see our vegetables growing in the garden! This week for snack we were able to eat the lettuce. It was delicious!

Sunday School News

Last week, we talked about sharing. We talked about all of the different things we share and all of the different ways we can do it. Then we talked about sharing the spirit. We talked about how sharing the spirit helped the church grow. The more people learned about Jesus and all of the amazing things He did, the more they wanted to be a part of the church. The church grew and grew!

As Sunday School is winding down, we will be having our last lesson this week. The following week will be our annual potluck End of Year party! We will be talking about the new disciple, Matthias. After Judas passed away, a new disciple was to be chosen to help lead and spread the word of Jesus. We will be learning about how Matthias was selected and what he was like.

On a slightly sadder note, I am formally announcing my resignation from the Sunday School program. As many of you know, I have been working very hard over the years to obtain my teaching certificate. After many twists, turns, and roadblocks, I am finally in a position to start applying for jobs! I am afraid that I will no longer be able to dedicate the same amount of time and energy that this program deserves. This was not an easy decision for me. I have absolutely loved my position and I have treasured the time spent educating the youth of this church. I am so thankful that you all have entrusted the care of your children to me, and I feel so blessed to have been able to get to know these amazing, smart, funny, bright little people over the last 5 years. I am not yet sure who will be taking over my position, but I will be available to try to ensure the smoothest transition possible for our Sunday School friends.

Hope to see you all this Sunday!
Peace and Blessings,

Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month

We have coffee hosts from now until the end of June but are looking for hosts during the Summer.  Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or 
June 3 - 10 Year Anniversary of Communion Brunch
June 10- Bette Hughes
June 17 - The McGuires
June 24 - Marilyn Coppolino

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

June 3
June 4
June 5 Diane Sikora
June 6
June 7 Olivia Shapiro
June 9
June 10
June 11 Susan Leasure
June 12
June 13 William Birdsong
June 14 Cecilia Collins, Jason Parrott
June 15
June 16 Cameron Durante, Brady Graham
June 19
June 20 Trudy Pedersen, Jack Satterlee, Donna Wittmann
June 21 Nicholas Jalowski
June 22 Mary McSweeney, Andrea Purtell, Virginia Welch
June 23
June 24
June 25 Gayle Ferry
June 26 Bryan Smith
June 27 Caitlyn Cook
June 28 Aidian McGuire

Up Coming Events

Sunday, June 24 - Congregational Meeting to elect new officers following worship
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
October 27 - Monmouth Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering at PPPC Theme:  Knitting the Unity Together 

More information to follow on these events
Church Calendar For The Week

Visit our full Church Calendar on our website for a complete and up-to-date  calendar.

Sunday, June 3 - IHN Arrives
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion/Confirmation/Dove Recognition
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:15 a.m. - Ten Year Anniversary of the Communion Brunch

Monday,   June 4 
6:00 p.m. - Deacon's Meeting at the DeRosa home
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bell Pizza Party at the Shoppell home

Tuesday,   June 5
10:00 a.m. -Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Interim Committee, Chittick Lounge

Wednesday,  June 6
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner
4:30 p.m. - Webelos
6:30 p.m. - Wolf Pack
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, Wilton Hall
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir - Wednesday this week only

Thursday, June 7
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
6:00 p.m. Webelos

Friday, June 8
6:30 p.m. - Girl Scout Troop 906

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship

Photo of the Week

This week Margie Meklin asked the confirmation class to illustrate examples that "God is everywhere" 

Just as the Muraglia boys stepped outside the car nearly stumbling into the bulk trash on the church's curbside they noticed the very beautiful shadow. 

God is everywhere, even where you least expect to see Him.  And just like in the heap of trash, He is especially in the broken and disregarded places in this life.

"They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them." Romans 1:19
Contact Us

The Rev.  Linda Chase , Associate Pastor -Email 

Office Staff 
Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary  -  Email
Donna Ferry, Financial Secretary - Email
Music Staff
Sara Hoey, Organist - Email
William Shoppell, Chancel Choir and Choral Bells Director - Email 
Rebecca Muraglia, Acting Dove Choir Director - Email 
Christian Education Staff
Tricia Stoffers , Sunday School Coordinator - Email
Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director -  Email

701 Forman Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(Corner of Bay and Forman Avenues) 
Church Office: 732-899-0587 Fax: 732-899-2946