From Our Retiring Director of Chancel and Choral Bell Choirs
Thirty six years ago, in 1982, a woman named Muriel Smith approached me and asked
if I would be interested in becoming the choir director at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Since I had not heard of the church, I asked to hear the choir prior to my making a decision. Under the expert leadership of the retiring director, Loren Donley, the choir sang well and I accepted the position.
At one point during my tenure, we seriously discussed expanding the choir loft as there were 45 members in the group! For several years members of the choir sang in the annual Ocean Grove Choir Festival. In 1994 the choir sang in various venues during a tour of England, Scotland and Wales. In 1997 the choir sang again during a European tour of Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. In the course of the liturgical year the choir has not only sung for worship services but has learned and presented major inspirational works such as the Dvorak's
Stabat Mater, Puccini's
Messa di Gloria, Faure's
Christmas Oratorio, Rutter's
Requiem and Handel's
During my 35 year tenure at PPPC the bell choir had several different conductors and in 1999 I took over the leadership of that group as well. In addition to the bell choir playing during worship, the group also participated for many years in the annual Toms River Bell Festival.
Although I had not officially become a member of any church since my confirmation in St. John's German Lutheran Church in Reading, PA, I felt that my church family at PPPC had become such an integral part of my life that I wanted to become an official member. So in 1994 I became an active member of the PPPC congregation as well as its employee.
The Chancel Choir and the Choral Bells have not been simply music work; each and every member past and present became social friends as well as singing friends. One choir member, in particular, became such a close friend, that I married her! On January 3, 2018 Pat and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.
And then, there's Sara. We were hired as a team...she to play the organ and I to conduct. I affectionately call her my "church wife". She has done double duty so often when I have had surgery or become ill and I am so very grateful. As the choir moves forward under new leadership, Sara will be the link that holds the past and the present together.
Finally, to the church leaders, Pastors Chittick, Twigg, Wilton, Lostetter and Chase and especially to the congregation, I extend my thanks for your 35 years of support. Your acknowledgment of the music program, your financial support and your prayers have upheld me and the choirs. I am thankful and blessed.
William R. Shoppell, Jr.
Come Celebrate the retirement of
William R. Shoppell, Jr.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Followed by a reception
in Wilton Hall
Prayer Concerns This Week
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity."
1 Timothy 2:1-2
The Prayer Family for the week is the Shoppell family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Bill and Pat as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Irene Cash; Stephanie Stone (Sue and Bob Hankins' Granddaughter) Dale Norby, Diane Sikora
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Gerard Cosimo; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Jim Millar; Bill Shoppell; Agnes Skowronek; Chad Suhoskey; Ralph Smith; Jim Tabor and Baby Christian; Bill Williams; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.
Military: Kyle Barker; Sarah Davis Brown; Morgan Daniels Colberg; Michael Fahey III; Robin Fiorentino; all those in our nation's service.
Peace & Global Witness Offering This Sunday
This Sunday we will be receiving the Peace & Global Witness Offering during the celebration of World Communion Sunday.
By giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we work together to share Christ's peace with one another. We seek peace in a chaotic world, finding strength in knowing that God is always near.
As we support the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we share Christ's peace with one another, beyond the doors of this church, beyond the limits of this town and beyond borders that may feel very distant.
As we become active peacemakers, we join in the struggle for human rights and democracy with church partners around the world, like advocacy for sustainable development with sisters and brothers in Madagascar.
As we connect with all Presbyterians we help to bring an end to the scourge of human trafficking in all its forms through efforts like the Red Hands Campaign which encourages all countries to sign a protocol to forbid the use of child soldiers.
And as we give of ourselves, we are responding to those in need who make their homes among us as well as those who live in places far away. God is always near.
Please give generously. Envelopes can be found in the pews.
Thank you for your participation
Jersey Shore Remembers - Paying it Forward With Cleanup Supplies Over the Month of October
Kyle and Frank Jones are collecting items that will be sent down to Hurricane Florence survivors in affected areas in the Carolinas.
Throughout the month of October, look for Kyle and Frank after church on Sundays. Frank's black pickup will be by the CE Annex driveway. They will collect your items and load them into their black pickup truck or just put them in the bed of the truck. You can pull up your car by the driveway so there is no need for carrying items into church. Items can also be dropped off in the office at anytime in October.
Here's a list of items that are needed now, mainly cleaning, muck-out supplies:
Cleaning supplies, bleach , 5-gallon buckets, contractor garbage bags, flashlights, batteries, soap, hand sanitizer, baby/adult wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, plastic silverware, solar chargers, solar/battery fans, solar lights, ax, generators, work gloves, masks, wheel barrels, hand saws, rakes, shovels, plastic zip bags all sizes, rubber work boots, dehumidifiers, crowbars, hammers, utility knives, sledge hammer, chainsaws, rope, safety glasses, moldicides, large candles, air circulators, extension cords, ground fault protectors, pop-up canopies, dish soap, first-aid kits, collars and leashes, collapsible dog crates, dog bowls, dog beds, cat litter, dog/cat food, Ensure, aspirin, pain relief, nonperishable food (not expired), canned meat (vienna sausage, tuna, spam, chicken, ham, beef stew, soup, peanut butter, beans (can and dry), vegetables/fruits in a can, spaghetti, beef jerky, Slim Jim's, CAN OPENERS - NO GLASS
You can also make monetary donations thru Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
IHN Training Happening this Sunday
For those interested in learning more about IHN, there will be a training event on October 7th. In addition, their Annual Gift Auction will take place November 2, 2018 from 5 to 9 p.m. More information will follow.
New Chancel Choir Director to Start Later this Month
The Personnel Committee concluded its search for a new Chancel Choir Director. The candidate has been approved by the Session and has agreed to start later this month. Let us prepare to welcome a new addition to our outstanding staff.
New Month = New Theme in Sunday School!
Check this bulletin board as you enter the foyer of Wilton Hall this Sunday.
We study the theme of Contentment in October--Deciding to be okay with what you have. We will explore what the Bible says about possessions, being content in the face of difficulty, wanting what others have, and celebrating what God has given us right now.
If your child hasn't visited us yet at Sunday School, October brings an opportunity for a fresh start! You can download the Sunday School Registration Form online and bring it to church on Sunday. Meanwhile, take a moment to watch our preview video for October.
This Week at Point Beach Prep
We are in our second month of school and it is starting to feel like fall. We are talking about the cooler weather and the changing leaves. We will learn a song about the 5 little pumpkins. This week we learned letter C.
The Nursery read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and Pete the Cat. Some of their activities were painting with cars, chalk painting, collages, and counting.
The Pre-K also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, along with Clifford the Big Red Dog,Click Clack Moo,and The Duckling Gets a Cookie. Some of their projects were a cute cupcake,cow cups,chalk handwriting and a Columbus Day craft. They used chopsticks to pick up cottonballs to work on fine motor skills. They sang the Color Train, Alice the Camel,I know a Chicken, and Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar.
We are learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly. Everyone has been intently watching our class caterpillars. When we first met them, they were eating lots of plants. Now they have climbed to the top of the habitat and are getting ready to form a chrysalis. This is very exciting! We have to very careful not to touch them. We are patient to wait for them to become butterflies.
Celebrating C was fun!
Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Monmouth Presbytery PW Fall Gathering on October 27th from 9 to 4 p.m. Lisa Gray PW Synod Moderator of the Northeast will be the guest speaker speaking on the theme of Knitting the Unity Together. Attendees are to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea plus other things will be provided.
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions
October 7 - Retirement Reception for Bill Shoppell
October 14 - Open House at the Manse
October 21 - Church Anniversary Brunch
October 28 -
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
Oct 8 Min Curtis
Oct 9 Bruce Larsen, Keith Reilly Jr
Oct 10 Bob Martin, Steven McDermitt
Oct 12 Ginger Decker
Oct 15 Jacquelin Woods
Oct 18 Kevin McCrossan, Zachary Paulus
Oct 19 Marjorie McGhee
Oct 20 Randy Crate, Phyllis King, Carol Reid
Oct 22 Mike Aiello, Bill Nicholson, William Smykowski
Oct 24 W N Smith
Oct 25 Riley Fiorentino
Oct 27 Joan Reitmeyer
Oct 28 Cynthia Kells
Oct 30 Claude Hurley, John Pasola, Frank Perkowski, Lisa Simpson
Up Coming Events
October 14 - New Beginnings Report to Congregation with Coffee hour and Manse Open House
October 21 - 136th Church Anniversary Brunch, Wilton Hall
- Monmouth Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering at PPPC Theme: Knitting the Unity Together
More information to follow on these events
Church Calendar For The Week
Sunday, October 7
10:00 a.m. - Worship/World Communion Sunday/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in worship
11:00 a.m. - Retirement Reception for Bill Shoppell, Wilton Hall
11:00 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle, Fellowship Room
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bell Rehearsal, Fellowship Room
Tuesday, October 9
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Day Circle at the home of Jane Millar
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle at the home of Marilyn Coppolino
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
Wednesday, October 10
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
7:00 p.m. - BS Troop 6
Thursday, October 11
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Troop 360 Brownies, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Troop 1443 Daisies, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - Judith Rachel Circle
7:30 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
Sunday, October 14
8:45 a.m. - CE Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in worship
11:30 a.m. - Sarah Hope Circle, Chittick Lounge
Photo of the Week
For the past 36 years William R. Shoppell, Jr. has been
directing the Chancel Choir. Please join us this Sunday as we
honor Bill for his many years of dedicated service to our
Chancel and Choral Bell choirs.