Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
February 18, 2018
This Sunday We Warmly Welcome:  

The Rev. Christina Hindley

Preaching:   "WHERE IS THE GOOD NEWS?"

Rev. Christina Hindley is a retired minister member of Monmouth Presbytery. After studying music, finance and law, she attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. She served Presbyterian churches in NJ and NY, and started the pastoral care department at White Plains Hospital. She now serves as a volunteer advocate for the N.J. Ombudsman for the Elderly.

Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Person for the week is Claire Meany. Let us be prayerfully aware of Claire, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Bill Shoppell; Bob Bissey; Mary McSweeney

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Susan Robbins; Zack Russo; Agnes Skowronek; Nancy and Ralph Smith; Grace Philhower; 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.

The Church Office is Closed on Monday f or President's Day

The Big Cover Up Weekly Update

We are currently halfway through our three month campaign of the Big Cover Up.  We are also halfway to the amount that is needed.  With a strong initial start, contributions are beginning to slow.  For those who have broken their payment into three payments, we are grateful that you will see us through to completion.  

Warm weather is trying to make its way to our area.  We would love to begin work on the roof as soon as the weather cooperates.  An additional $20,000 will be required once work begins.  Will you help us complete the job by making a contribution?  

Many employers offer contribution match programs.   Employee matching gifts are donations a company makes to match its employees' charitable contribution. Employee matching gifts are typically at a dollar-for-dollar rate but some companies donate even more. Your contribution has the potential to be doubled through your employer.  

Gold envelopes are still available in the pews. A check made out to PPPC with a note "Roof" may be sent or placed in the offering plate. If you prefer electronic giving visit our website.

We also want to thank the over 50 people who have already made contributions towards the roof.

Dinner Plans This Week?

All Presbyterian Women are invited to nourish, refresh and refill your bodies, minds and spirits by joining other PW for dinner on Wednesday, February 21st at Frankie's on Rt. 35 S. right here in Pt. Pleasant at 6:30 p.m..

Make some new friends, share a good meal and give yourself a spiritual lift! This "dine around" is usually scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday, every other month, at different local restaurants.  However, this month the date has changed due to our Ash Wednesday service and Soup Supper on the 14th. 

If you know ahead that you can join us please call Maggie Giase at 732-295-0908 or Lynn Hahm at 732-920-7133 to let us know and we can reserve space, but if you don't know till the last minute just come anyway! We'll make room! Mark your calendar and we'll see you there.

Being Faithful during Cold and Flu Season

With cold and flu season in high gear, please keep in mind what your mother told you to do: cover your cough, stay home if you're sick, wash your hands. We want you to share the love of God, but not your cold or cough.  

During the Ritual of Friendship please respect those who have legitimate health concerns.  Why not consider using sign language for wishing Peace to your neighbor.  The ASL sign for peace is a very easy movement, kind of like a handshake with yourself. Plus you really are saying "Peace."  A big welcoming smile with your greeting is always appropriate.  

Hand sanitizer is available in the Narthex.  Please consider using the sanitizer upon entrance for worship.  Tissues are also available upon entrance and in the sanctuary.  An usher will gladly offer you assistance.  Please be sure to take your tissues with you when you leave.  

New Beginnings Next Weekend

Join us next Friday night and Saturday morning for New Beginning Leadership training.  This training is for those who have volunteered to be leaders and hosts, as well as for anyone who is interested in hearing what the New Beginnings staff envision for our church.   No prior registration is needed. 

During the training, the New Beginnings staff will make sure each leader is comfortable in the understanding and implementation of their roll.   It is our goal to offer the congregation a variety of times and locations for New Beginnings meetings, since they are key to our transition and future. The more leaders and hosts we have, the more successful the implementation of the program will be. 

A host conducts a New Beginning meeting either in their home or at the church. As a host you would be asked to provide a simple setup of space and refreshments.  Leaders of  small groups lead groups of less than 8 people in specific discussions. Both hosts and leaders cultivate a welcoming and friendly environment where people can feel free to share in the future vision for our church. New Beginnings meetings will tentatively begin in March.  

New Beginnings  training will take place in the Church Friday February 23 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 24 from 9 to 3:00 p.m.   Light refreshments and lunch on Saturday will be provided.  

This two day meeting is set up so that the Friday night meeting will be an overall orientation of the program, while  the Saturday meeting will provide leaders with all the details that are needed on how they can successfully conduct planned New Beginnings meetings.

2018 Camp Johnsonburg Summer Camp

It is time to  register for Summer Camp 2018,
At Johnsonburg, where your kids will run through fields of green!
We're excited for this year,
And cannot wait for the staff and campers to appear!

Pick your session or dates of choice,
Do it now and we'll all rejoice!
But wait, there's more to this rhyme-
A BIG incentive to be an early bird this time!

By February 28, register and get that deposit paid.
Of this decision, you need not be afraid.
If we draw your camper's name, your wallet will be filled with glee-

Because their week of camp will be FREE !!

 *Note: The free week of camp is for a standard one week session. If you have already made a payment, your account will be reimbursed.
Inquirers Group, Exploring Church Membership

An Inquirers Group, for those exploring membership in the church, will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. (just after the Communion Brunch) and will continue until 2:00 p.m. Child care can be made available upon prior request. New members will be received in worship on March 11. Please call the Church Office (732-899-0587) to sign up, or to find out more!  
Baptisms  To Take Place

Do you want to have your child baptized?  What a wonderful time in the life of your family. Baptism is not simply a festive ceremony Sacrament of Baptism . It is much more!  Baptism is a Sacrament in which the family reaffirms their faith in Christ as Savior, and promises to raise their child in the Christian faith.  The congregation here at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church also makes a promise to God that they will assist the parents in the raising of their children in the faith.  It is because of these promises, the  child being presented for Baptism, ordinarily has at least one parent that is an active member of the congregation.

Parents may join our church around the time of their child's baptism. We encourage everyone to attend our new member classes, or inquirer's classes, which are held several times each year. These classes are an excellent way for newcomers to get to know our congregation, as well as our faith.

B aptisms will take place on Sunday, March 4 and on Sunday, May 27th at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. For more information, please call the Church Office. 

PW Retreat - Next Month
Hosted by Point Pleasant Presbyterian Women

Saturday, March 17, 2018,
at the Brick Presbyterian Church
111 Drum Point Road, Brick, NJ
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us as we learn and practice a practical prayer method for nurturing an intimacy with God. Whether your interest is in relief from the stress of daily life, deepening an ongoing spiritual quest or practice, or you are simply curious about prayer, please join us as we focus on Prayer Is My Rock. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

The retreat will be lead by Amy Clarkson, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociodrama, and Group Psychotherapy. She has a private practice in Hillsborough, NJ, and is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University. For more than 15 years, Amy has been involved in teaching and facilitating Bibliodrama with adults, youth, and children in retreat, educational, and worship settings. She enjoys encouraging others to draw on creativity and imagination as pathways into a deepened and energized spiritual walk.

If that is not enough to pique your appetite, our day will include a simple breakfast, lunch and fellowship, sharing and caring, culminating in an interactive worship experience. All for just $20.00! **Make check payable to Presbyterian Women

For more information call PPPC at 732-899-0587.

To Register: Please fill out the form attached and mail/ bring to the church office.  Additional forms are available in the Narthex or office.  
Last Call For Free Books From The Library

Time is running out on getting a free book from the library in the North Hall. The books are soon to be packed up and removed. Stop in and grab a few before it is too late.

Don't forget about our call for Altered Books.  We are excited to see the Altered Books that a few people have already planned.   

If you plan on submitting an Altered Book please speak with Karen Norby or Celisha Scarpone.  Drop off date for artwork is Monday, March 19, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Church.

Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month

Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or concerns. Sign-up sheet is in the Church Kitchen.
February 18 - The McGuires
February 25 - Donna Wittmann
March 4 - Communion Breakfast
March 11 - Girl Scout Troops 360 and 443

Share With Us Your Good News

We would love to be excited with you and share any good news you or your family has received. Call us and let us know of any special honors, births, big milestones, or anything you are happy to share.  We want to hear about it and get the word out in our weekly newsletter.  Please email or call the church office with your good news.  

Sunday School Update

Hello everyone!

Last week, we had a great time learning about love! We read through  1 Corinthinans 13:4-8 and talked about what the Bible says about love. After we learned all about love, we did a super fun craft. Our 1st-6th grade friends made a sun catcher and our Pre K/K friends made a sun catcher card for someone special. Then we had a great party where we were treated to Jersey Mike's Subs and chips from our church friend Mike Manzo! We are so grateful to Mr. Manzo for such a generous donation. The kids LOVED it!

This week, we will be continuing through our study of Mark. We are going to be looking through Mark 5:21-24;35-43. We will cover the time when Jesus healed Jairus' daughter in front of a crowd that assured Jesus that He was wasting His time because she was already dead. Much to everyone's shock, Jesus healed the girl and she arose. We will use this to discuss how valuable children are to Jesus and out congregation as a whole.

See you all this Sunday!  
Peace and Blessings,
Tricia Stoffers

This Week At Point Beach Prep

This week we were introduced to letter R.  We made red robots, rainy day crafts, and Valentine projects. We also made projects with our families who came in for student of the week. We celebrated 4 birthdays this week! We had special Valentine Parties and gave out Valentines to classmates. We read The Day it Rained Hearts, The Night Before Valentine's Day, Move Over Rover,One Rainy Day, and Minnie's Rainbow.  We sang the Row Row Row Your Boat,Number Rock,Drip Drop Rain, and Valentine songs.  Our sight word and American Sign Language word was run. It was a remarkable week!

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

Feb 18 Mary Wade, Kylee Kells
Feb 19 Harvey Mendelsohn
Feb 20 Cora Landers
Feb 21 Linda Smith
Feb 22
Feb 23 Terri Satterlee
Feb 24 Heidi Steinert, Jamie McGuire, Isabella Drescher
Feb 25 Kent Lorentzen
Feb 26 Allan Novick, Tyler Barbieri
Feb 27 Thomas D'Amore, Michael Torres
Feb 28 Eva Pula, Emily Birdsong

Up Coming Events

Tuesday, February 20 - Session Meeting

Friday February 23 and Saturday, February 24 - New Beginnings  Leader Training

Saturday, March 17 - Women's Retreat:  Prayer is My Rock

Sunday, March 18 - IHN Arrives Again  (Sooner than expected this time only)

Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, February 25
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting, Sunday School Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:30 a.m. - Sandy Team Meeting, CE Annex

Monday, February 19
Church Office Closed - President's Day
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells, Fellowship Room

Tuesday,   February 20
6:30 p.m. - Session Meeting

Wednesday,  February 21
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
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, CE Annex

Thursday, February 22
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 360, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop 443, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, February 23
7:00 p.m. - New Beginnings Training, Fellowship Room

Saturday, February 24
9:00 a.m. - New Beginnings Training, Fellowship Room

Sunday, February 25
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting, Sunday School Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Choral Bells/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
2:30 p.m. - Claremont Care Center
Photo of the Week - Ash Wednesday


Thank you to everyone who brought a soup or bread this past 
Ash Wednesday  
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