The Reverend Alice Batcher graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan, and was originally ordained by the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. Her ordination standing is currently with the United Church of Christ. Alice enjoys visiting many different Presbyterian and UCC churches as a Pulpit Supply Pastor. After serving as Pastor in several congregations, Alice is currently training to be a Funeral Director.
The Church Brunch
That was moved from Easter Sunday will now be next Sunday,
April 15 in the Annex. Since "weather" was initially expected this weekend, it was moved to the following week in consideration for the shoppers and cooks who prepare ahead of time. Being that the "weather" is so fickle and forecast are all over the place, it was thought best to still keep it next week. See you then!
Church World Service - Hygiene and School Kits - Now Due
Kits are due this Sunday. Please include $2.00 for shipping or put a separate envelope marked "CWS Kits" Checks for shipping should be made out to "Presbyterian Women".
During Sunday's service they will be dedicated.
These kits are for disaster relief. Please do not add to or exchange listed items.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Lambie family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Craig and Jane, as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Cynthia Lombardo, Peter Dunn, Henry Stout; 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.
Join Us April 22 for PW Sunday
Once again the Presbyterian Women will lead the worship service. They will have us reflect on "Women Called to Lead with Love." A special coffee hour follows. Let us worship and glorify God every Sunday!
The Prayer Chain is a special ministry of our church, through which members engage in a ministry of intercessory prayer, praying for particular people who either refer themselves, or who are referred by church members and staff. Prayers are offered both for individuals by name, and anonymously. Requests can be kept strictly confidential for the prayer chain only.
To place a request on the Prayer Chain, please call the Church Office at (732) 899-0587 or call Frankie Kunz at 732-892-4223. You also may fill out a prayer card in the pew.
Members of the Prayer Chain make a commitment to faithfully pray and keep all requests confidential. They can receive messages over the phone or by email. If you would like to be a part of this special ministry please call Frankie Kunz.
Wilton Hall Dedication April 22
Please join us in the CE Annex on April 22 for the dedication of Wilton Hall in honor of the Rev. Dr. Carlos E. Wilton. The dedication ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a coffee and cake reception. Dr. Wilton, along with the Rev. Claire Pula, will be returning that afternoon as we recognized him for his outstanding work and devotion in establishing the Volunteer Village after Hurricane Sandy.
All are welcome to join us in this joyous dedication. All who participated in the mission of the Volunteer Village are especially encouraged to attend.
The Big Cover Up
Good news continues to grace us for the Big Cover Up. You will notice materials have been delivered in the parking lot, there is just one thing missing SUNSHINE!
We are hopeful that by the time you are reading this, the project will have begun of removing the old roof etc.
There is also good news in terms of the internal ceiling damage we have sustained. There have been several insulation contractors in to check things out and we got good news! They have gone up and lifted the insulation the damage areas and found they are nice and dry and there is no sign of any mold or bacteria we need to treat.
This is one of the benefits of having a large and airy attic space.
Many thanks to all who made this project possible with their donations and support of the fund raisers.
Keep your eyes peeled for the sun and the new roof!
God is Great.
Busy Hands for Mission
Busy Hands for Mission is a group of women who meet in the Fellowship Room on the first, fourth, and fifth Tuesday of each month to make items for others. We meet from 10 to 12 and enjoy having lunch together afterward.
Our projects include adult bibs, hospital gowns, and walker caddies which are given to the Visiting Nurses Association for their use. Baby hats and blankets are given to Jersey Shore Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center for newborn infants. Local nursing homes receive large and small walker caddies and lap robes. Dresses in various sizes are sent to Africa through the "Little Dresses for Africa" project. We also make the bags filled by our congregation with school supplies. Pillowcases are made and donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network and Crafty Fabrics, owned by Diane McColley. She distributes them to the children's units at hospitals. Teddy bears are given to children staying at our church through the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
If you would like to be a part of these projects, we need material, yarn, bias bindings, and other supplies. We are accepting gift cards to Micheal's and Joanne's, baby and medium weight yarn, cotton or cotton/polyester blend material of at least a yard in length, and large pieces of flannel for the teddy bears. In addition, we have had a Christmas Shoppe of handmade items the last two years which enabled us to donate $1000 to fixing the church roof.
However our financial cupboard is now bare. We would gladly accept financial donations to enable us to continue helping others.
To join our group, for more information, or to donate, please contact Marilyn Rice 732 202-1696 or Sue Hankins 732 458-3823 or stop by on the first, fourth, or fifth Tuesday in the Fellowship Room. We have something for you to do even if you don't sew, knit, or crochet!
These Days Devotional
The These Days Devotional for April, May and June are in the Narthex and office. 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.
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.
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
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 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
Tuesday, April 17 - Session Meeting
Sunday, May 6 - IHN Volunteer Training at PPPC from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 15 - Family Night at the Blue Claws
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
More information to follow on these events
Church Calendar For The Week
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
Monday, April 9
11:30 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle, Fellowship and Chittick Lounge
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells
6:30 p.m. -
Meklin/Hahm New Beginning Small Group, Brick
Tuesday, April 10
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
1:00 p.m - Lydia Daytime Circle, at the home of Marj Watson
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Bear/Tiger Den, Basement
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle, at the home of Marilyn Coppolino
Wednesday, April 11
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner
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, Mantoloking
6:30 p.m. - Wittmann/H. Stout New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, CE Annex
Thursday, April 12
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir
Friday, April 13
1:30 p.m - N. Stout New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
Saturday, April 14
Sunday, April 15
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Church Brunch (Moved from Easter Sunday).
Photo of the Week
He is Risen!