News from Old First Church
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Good Afternoon,

One would have thought that we learned our lesson from Hurricanes Sandy and Ida. Nonetheless, a developer in Brick Township is proceeding with a plan to tear up Breton Woods, a 31-acre piece of pristine woods, to build 59 units that will create serious flooding problems. The owner, the Roman Catholic diocese of Trenton, has signed a contract to sell the property to D.R. Horton, a large New Jersey construction company. Community leaders and environmentalists oppose the project.

Even the Brick Township planner is concerned about storm water management. The Church did not follow up with the State’s Green Acres program but signed a contract with Horton for the land, also rejecting efforts to meet with township officials to preserve the space. Nothing like a lack of creation care. Money must rule.

The question is, of course, whether there is any way to save this land from the kind of development that has caused so many flooding problems. Who can forget that iconic image of the house floating in Barnegat Bay? But why should Horton care? The company will make its money. What was it Jesus said about moth and rust? Where is the soul of the Church in this matter?

Pastor Joyce
2023 Financial Stewardship

Greetings to the Old First Congregation,
Our planning for the new year and for the missions of the Church starts now. You will be receiving the stewardship letter and the response form soon. Please return via email, or print and mail a copy to the financial secretary. 
Please prayerfully dig into your pockets for our funding of Christ’s business, for our building, and for the community missions for which we've been famous. Bless You!
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Peter Ahern
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Winter Three-Grain Soup

  • 3 medium leeks, white parts only, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Fine sea salt
  • One 14-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes, crushed, juices reserved
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 head of garlic, separated into peeled cloves
  • 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 1/3 cup dark green lentils
  • 1/3 cup wheat berries
  • Freshly ground pepper

In a 4-quart enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the leeks, carrots, olive oil, bay leaves, thyme and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the tomatoes with their juices, the water and garlic and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Add the rice, lentils and wheat berries, cover and simmer over low heat until the grains are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Thin with water if needed. Discard the bay leaves, season with salt and pepper and serve.
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.
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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Middletown, NJ 07748
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