News from Old First Church
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Good Afternoon!

A new month and a delightfully cool morning after the heat of yesterday. The forsythia leaves are still wet from the overnight rain as I brush against them to fill the bird feeder. The birds chirp anxiously waiting for their morning treat. Every once in a while I wonder what this patch of land was like two hundred years ago before the land was cleared to construct this house.
 
The small brooks and rivers ran free through the towns that now exist, down to the bogs and peatlands. We may only think of the Pinelands or the old cranberry bogs as we consider peatlands in New Jersey, but they ran all the way down the interior of the coast south into North Carolina and north into New Hampshire and Vermont.
 
Repositories of regenerating life, they also hold down carbon emission and are essential to our survival as a planet. We used to buy sphagnum peat at garden centers and still can but there are better moisture retainers which are healthier for the planet. Peatlands hold a third of the world’s carbon and the practice of harvesting releases that carbon, so at the local garden center I consider the life in a bog as I look for alternatives.

Peace,
Pastor Joyce
Spirit Soundings Daily Meditations & Sermon

All of the Spirit Soundings meditations are available here and on the Old First Church website. Click below to access a few of the latest posts from Old First:

OLD FIRST CHURCH ARTS INITIATIVES
TICKETS FOR PURE IMAGINATION ARE NOW ON SALE!

You're invited to Pure Imagination - The Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley Songbook! Join us Sunday, June 26th at 3:00 PM for an afternoon of musical entertainment.
Memorial Service for Ruth M. Jacques

The memorial service date for Ruth is June 25th at 1:00pm. A teacher, an artist, a Christian extraordinaire, we will celebrate her life and share in the love she gave us all. 

Bring your memories of Ruth to share with all of us.

Click here to read Ruth's obituary.
Thoughts and Prayers

Prayers for Eleojhilda Martines, mother of Rebecca Kapsis.

Sandy K., Margaret B., and Gretchen & Jim H. -- "Housebound and caring for themselves and others."
English-Style Breaded Flounder Fillets - by Roy Jacques

Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/2 c. fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 large skinless flounder fillets
  •  3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation
  1. Scatter the flour over the bottom of a large pan. In a bowl, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon of oil, water, Worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow pan, blend the bread crumbs and thyme well.
  3. Dredge the fish pieces through the flour. Shake off excess. Then dredge into the egg mixture mixture and then coat with bread crumb mixture on all sides. Make sure they are coated evenly.
  4. In a non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add a few pieves of fish at a time in a single layer, without crowding. Cook over high heat until they are golden brown on one side. Turn the pieces carefully and cook the second side over medium heat for about one minute or until golden brown. Transfer the fillets to a platter and keep warm Cook the remaining fish pieces in the same manner adding remaining oil.
  5. When all the fillets are cooked, wipe out the pan with a paper towe 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.
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Visit the AAUW Bookstore and Stock Up for Summer!

The AAUW Bookstore is open on Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm. If you have questions, the book sale voicemail is 732-275-2237.


OpenSaturday from 9:00 to 1:00pm. Donations Accepted: Saturday 9:00 to 1:00pm; Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00pm. Remember - If you wouldn't buy it, we can't sell it! Click here to see our Donation Policy.
Free, At Home COVID Tests

The state of New Jersey is providing FREE, at-home Covid tests. All you need to do is provide some basic information and the tests will be sent to your door. Please click here for more information.

MEDICARE RECIPIENTS: Did you know that Medicare now covers up to 8 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests each calendar month, at no cost to you? Click here for more information.

TEST KITS ARE ALSO BEING OFFERED VIA THE USPS AT NO CHARGE
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from the United States Post Office. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January
Click here to order your free tests.
Address Book Updates
Elaine Lent and I are 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 office@oldfirstchurchnj.org. 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.
Reminder for Sunday Worship

Sunday service begins promptly at 10:30am.
We look forward to worshiping with you!
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69 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-1905