News from Old First Church
Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
Good Day!

We think of the desert as a dry and lifeless place but it is full of all kinds of life. The Mojave in Nevada not only has between 1,750 and 2,000 species of plants, many of which only lie there, but is full of small animals as well. It is also home to Avi Kwa Ame, or Spirit Mountain, a place sacred to the Bishop Palute and Fort Mojave tribes.

They, among others, are hoping that Biden will name this area a National Monument. Such a designation gives it federal protection and support. Declaring Avi Kwa Ame a National Monument would prohibit people from removing certain kinds of plants such as the Joshua Tree or the Bear Cactus. These as well as small flowers that bloom where we least expect them would remain.

Scorching hot in the day, a desert becomes cold as the sun sets allowing many animals to come out of their hiding places and scurry about for food. Just as Jesus went into the wilderness to breathe in the Spirit of God, so did the ancients who live among such land search for the Spirit, an experience enhanced by the stark beauty of the desert.

Pastor Joyce
Historic Cemetery Program Set for Saturday, October 1 at 2:00PM

Who’s buried where? Come to the program and workshop on the Old First Church Historic Cemetery on Saturday, October 1, at 2 PM. This will not be just a talking heads program but will include a workshop on restoring old gravestones.

Bring a lawn chair for your comfort. Due to the size of the cemetery, reservations are required for this free event. Call the church at (732) 671-1905 or make your reservation by email at
Reminder for Sunday Worship

Sunday service begins promptly at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall, with coffee and homemade goodies following the service.

We look forward to worshiping with you!
Save the Date for for CROP WALK- October 16th, 2022
Apple Tart - Tis the Season!

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cups heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 partially prebaked and cooled flaky sweet pastry shell
  • 4 cooking apples, such as Jonathans

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with a fork. Add the cream and three tablespoons of the sugar. Mix until well blended and set aside.
Step 3: Peel and core the apples. Cut them in half. Cut each half into quarters. Starting just inside the edge of the pastry shell, neatly layer the apple slices - slightly overlapping them - in two or three concentric circles, working toward the center. Pour the cream mixture over the apples. Sprinkle with the remaining two tablespoons of sugar.
Step 4: Bake until the cream filling is set and the apples are very brown, even slightly blackened at the edges, about 45 minutes. Remove to a rack to cook. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Donation Request From
Calico Cat

August is the month that OFC typically donates food to the Calico Cat. This year they would prefer 10-15 gift cards of $20 each. The request to our congregation is to see if any would be willing to donate $20 or more. Please either mail the cards to the church or drop the cards off during service this Sunday. In addition to this request, they also would like OFC's participation at the quarterly meeting to be held September 13th at 7 pm at St. Leo's in Lincroft. Please email to participate or if you have questions.
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."
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 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.
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Shop Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page. Amazon donates a small percentage to OFC. Choose OFC as your charity.
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69 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-1905