News from Old First Church
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

It’s definitely spring. I did start clearing out the leaves several weeks ago late on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon into the early evening, leaving enough small twigs and leftover flower stems for birds to build nests. Now it’s nice enough this time of morning to work on tidying up the herb garden.
The organic fertilizers in the garage, derived from plant or animal sources, are healthier for the critters and birds that inhabit the yard, not to mention for all of us humans. Why use chemical fertilizers that leave residual waste manufacturers have to store?
The process of manufacturing phosphate fertilizers actually leaves radioactive waste, stored in large open piles. In fact, Mosaic, the largest manufacturer in Florida, wants to use this material for road beds in spite of health hazards. Perhaps if we all boycotted chemical fertilizers and switched to organic, we and the environment would be healthier.
Pastor Joyce
Only a Few Copies Left!
Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase the Middletown volume of Early Baptists in North America by the Rev. Dr. John Inscore-Essick, Professor of Church History at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. This volume contains pages from the "Great Book," the records of the early Middletown Baptist Church, which were reproduced for this volume. We are offering this invaluable resource at a discounted price. Contact the church office for details.
A 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Walt Disney Studio
Saturday, August 19th - 7:30 PM
Old First Church
Refreshments are included!

With Broadway Performers
Jeanne Montanto, Linda Moshier, James Patterson and Robert Cioffi at the piano. Click here to reserve your ticket.
Save the Date for Shore Voices
August 13th, 2023, 2:00pm 3:00pm

Performance is here at Old First Church
Refreshments and Bake Sale After
Greetings from the AAUW Bookstore

Visit the AAUW Bookstore for your prefect Spring read. Click here for more information and hours of operation. Please click here to see our DONATION POLICY.
English-Style Breaded Flounder Fillets
Recipe by Roy Jacques
• 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 Tbsp. water
• 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tsp. vegetable oil
• 3/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
• 2 Tbsp. plus one tsp. vegetable oil
• 1 tsp. finely chopped thyme
• 4 large skinless flounder fillets (about 1/2 lbs. each)
• 3 Tbsp. butter
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Scatter the flour over the bottom of a large pan. In a bowl, beat the egg with 1 tsp. of oil, the water, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. In a shallow pan, blend the bread crumbs and thyme well. Dredge the fish pieces through the flour. Shake off the excess. Then dip into the egg mixture and let the excess drip off, then coat them bread crumb mixture on all sides. Make sure they are evenly coated.
In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Adda few pieces of the fish at a time in a single layer. Cook over high heat for about 30 seconds or until they are golden brown on one side. Turn the pieces carefully and cook on the second side over medium high heat for 1 minute or until golden brown. Carefully transfer the fillets to a platter and keep warm. Cook the remaining fish in the same manner, adding the remaining oil. When all the fillets are cooked, wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the butter. Cook over medium high heat until it begins to brown. Add the lemon juice and blend well. Pour the mixture over the fish and serve immediately.
Address Book Updates
Elaine Lent is working to update our current contact files. If you have moved, changed phone numbers or email address of late, please let us know - even if you are unsure of what we have on file, your most current info is appreciated. Please submit the information to the church office at Once completed, electronic copies of the address book will be emailed out. Hard copies will be available on request and at the church. Thank you in advance.
Thoughts and Prayers

 Julie J. now at home.

Prayers for Eleojhilda Martines, mother of Rebecca Kapsis.

Sandy K., Margaret B., and Gretchen & Jim H. -- "Housebound and caring for themselves and others."
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69 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-1905