New Beginnings Starts This Weekend
Group leaders and hosts are reminded that training begins this Friday from 7 to 9:00 p.m. for New Beginnings. The training will continue on Saturday, February 24 from 9 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday will primarily be for the group leaders, but all are welcome to attend.
This Sunday We Warmly Welcome:
"IS THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?"
The Reverend Dr. Byron E. Shafer
The Reverend Dr. Byron E. Shafer
is an emeritus professor of Biblical Studies at Fordham University in New York City and also the emeritus Pastor of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City. He taught full-time at Fordham from 1968 to 1996 and part-time from 1996 to the present, while serving the Rutgers Church as full-time pastor from 1996 to 2006.
In retirement, from 2007 through 2010 he spent four academic terms serving as a Visiting Professor of Old and New Testaments at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Shafer has been active in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on many levels. He was a member of the Committee of 15 that reviewed and edited that denomination's "Brief Statement of Faith," part of its Book of Confessions. And in 1993, he served as Moderator of the Presbytery of New York City.
Between 1985 and 2003, Dr. Shafer served as the Protestant host of "Religion on the Line," a three-hour Sunday-morning interfaith call-in program on WABC Radio in New York City.
Dr. Shafer received his B.A. in History from the College of Wooster in Ohio (1960), his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (1963), and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History, Religion, and Literature of Ancient Israel (1968).
Noisy Offering on Sunday
Each Fourth Sunday of the month, worshipers are given the opportunity to give their pocket change - and any spare folding money too - to our "Noisy Offering" which supports ministries to relieve hunger locally, regionally, and globally. Please join us in making a joyful noise as we pass the medal pails through the pews.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Hall family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Greg, Sherri, Londyn, and Jovie, as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Bill Shoppell; Maryann Leach; Bob Bissey; Mary McSweeney
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Susan Robbins; Zach 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.
We are now taking orders for Easter Flowers.
NEW This Year - Easter arrangements will be purchased to decorate the Sanctuary and not individual flowers for each contributor.
All who contribute in memory or honor of loved ones will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletin insert. Monies not used for the Easter Arrangement will be used for the Big Cover Up Roof fund.
Donations are still $15 each.
Payment must be included with
the order form.
Checks should be made payable to Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and please be sure to indicate "Easter Flowers" on the memo line of your check! Order form and payment may be placed in the offering plate or mailed/delivered to the church office.
This past Tuesday, the Session took the following actions.
Motion carried unanimously to rename the Great Hall in the CE Annex as Wilton Hall. An invitation will be extended to Rev. Dr. Wilton to return for a dedication ceremony during the interim period.
Motion passed to change the Benevolent Giving of 25% of the Centsability offering from St. Gregory's Pantry to Mary's Table, a weekly evening meal (Thursday night) prepared and served by members of St. Mary's. The meal is open to the community and there is no charge for it.
Heard a recommendation from the Sandy Committee that PPPC not book more groups for Volunteer Village in the future. With less demand at the Shore for work groups and less volunteers from the congregation, Volunteer Village will be closed.
Motion passed to close account 3101.832 Special Building/Grounds. The balance remaining, $1100, will be used to "do something special for the church".
The Big Cover Up Weekly Update
It will be a nice feeling when we do not have to worry about how the weather affects our damaged roof. The sun and 70 degree weather was nice but I do not think winter is over!! What else is not over is THE BIG COVERUP! Thanks to your generosity we are making great progress toward our goal for the new roof. Our current total is $$42,075.76
It is great to see that "roof thermometer" filling in, there is still room and time for additional donations.
Look for some new opportunities to help with this project too. We are working on some fun fund raising ideas that will help us reach our goal and also provide some fellowship opportunities.
Dig deep or deeper, think about any fund matching opportunities and if you have not committed yet please prayerfully consider this important opportunity. We can do this!!
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
Do You Need A Desk?
The Volunteer Village wants to give away the desk it has been using for the past 5+ years. I
t measures 60" L X 30" W X 29" H.
It's empty and ready to be taken away.
You must be able to remove it from the second floor of the annex.
If you're interested, contact Nancy Stout at
or call her at 318-436-9865 and leave a message.
Lunch At the Rainbow Diner This Monday
This Monday, February 26, members of our congregation will be meeting for Lunch at the Rainbow Diner in Brick. Lunch begins at 12 noon. Monday is expected to be warmer and sunnier. Perfect to s
top in and have lunch with some friends. All are welcome.
A meeting of the Congregation of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting will be to act on a report from the Finance Committee.
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!
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
and mail/ bring to the church office. Additional forms are available in the Narthex or office.
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 25 - Donna Wittmann
March 4 - Communion Breakfast
March 11 - Girl Scout Troops 360 and 443
Sunday School Update
Last week we talked about the time Jesus healed Jairus' daughter, found in Mark 5:21-24;35-43. We talked about the miracles Jesus performed and we also talked about the impact it must have had during biblical times when medicine was not what it is today. We talked about what it meant that Jesus took the time to heal a child. Children are so important to Jesus and He proves this over and over again in the bible.
This week, we will be continuing our study of the miracles performed by Jesus. We will be examining the time Jesus healed a blind man, found in Mark 8:22-26. We will also be talking about Lent and why this is the perfect time to be studying the miracles Jesus performed.
See you all on Sunday!
Peace and blessings,
This Week At Point Beach Prep
This week Dr. Mary Russo came in to teach us about good dental habits. We even had a visit from the Tooth Fairy!! One child exclaimed, "This is amazing, I can hardly breathe!" Everyone received new tooth brushes as well.
This was a review week. We reviewed all of the letters of the alphabet up to the letter R. We also did our Sign Language words and letters.
We set up a new dramatic play area "jewelry store" in the Nursery Class and it was a big hit!
See you next week when we begin Show and Tell, starting with letter S!
PW Clothing Drive
Mark your calendar for the PW Clothing Drive coming up April 21 from 8:00
-12:00 noon. Gently used clothing (no children's toys nor pots & pans) will be picked up and resold or re-donated. None of the clothing will be shredded. Shoes should be wrapped in pairs in separate bags. More information will follow.
2018 Camp Johnsonburg Summer Camp
It is time to
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.
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
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
Saturday, March 17
- Women's Retreat: Prayer is My Rock
Sunday, March 18 - IHN Arrives Again (Sooner than expected this time only)
Sunday, March 25 - Palm Sunday
Saturday, April 21
PW Clothing Drive 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Church Calendar For The Week
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
Monday, February 26
9:15 a.m. - PW Coordinating Team, Fellowship Room
12:00 p.m. - Lunch at the Rainbow Diner, All Welcome
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells, Fellowship Room
Tuesday, February 27
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands
Wednesday, February 28
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, March 1
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, March 2
6:30 p.m. - Girl Scout Troop 906
Saturday, March 3
Sunday, March 4
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Breakfast
11:15 a.m. - Inquirers Group
Photo of the Week
This week, the Session acted on two notable decisions
- The Great Hall in the CE Annex is now renamed Wilton Hall. A formal dedication is planned for April 22 at 3:00 p.m.
- The Sandy Committee, recommended that no more groups for the Volunteer Village be booked in the future. With less demand at the Shore for work groups and less volunteers from the congregation, the Volunteer Village will be closed.
Since December 2012, over 110 volunteer groups have come to Point Pleasant bringing 1,600 volunteers. Those volunteers have worked approximately 50,500 hours on 250 homes.
(From the 2017 Annual Report)
"Well done good and faithful servants!"