At last week's service I received a memorable and deeply meaningful welcome.
It was great to greet so many people after worship and I appreciate your willingness to repeat your names again (and again!).
I was delighted to deliver the morning sermon and later co-celebrate the Lord's Supper with our Associate Pastor. In my opening remarks at the presentation, I tried to express our sincere gratitude to all the people who have played a role in making the manse ready for occupancy. I also indicated that this transition period in which we find ourselves shares similar characteristics with raising teenagers or buying a car - the most notable being a guaranteed discomfort.
The good news is that, after it's over, you'll hardly remember it.
As we look at this Sunday, you'll get the first taste of discomfort as you notice some slight adjustments to the flow of worship. These are made necessary to accommodate the required time for our Sunday School staff to implement the wonderful curriculum they will be working with this year.
All the elements of worship you are accustomed to will be there, but they may be grouped in a slightly different way. For starters, let me encourage you to make sure to arrive a few minutes before 10 am in order to enjoy the full organ prelude in preparation of hearts and minds for worship.
Beyond the excitement of the start of Sunday School, this week we will welcome the return of our Chancel Choir, ably led for now by our expert organist, Sara Hoey. And as we ordinarily do on the second Sunday of the month, Healing Prayers will be lifted up towards the end of worship. We start this new season of the year with an openness to all that God has in store for us. Welcome home!
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 Smykowski family. Let us be prayerfully aware Bill, Karyn and Will, as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Dale Steinert; Jesse Bissey; Mary McSweeney; Diane Sikora; Jim Leasure..
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Maryanne Leach; Jim Millar; Dale Norby; Edith Pula; Grace Philhower; Geoff Reilly; 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.
Sunday School Starts This Sunday, Sept. 9
Still need to register? Download a Registration Form here and send it to email@example.com as a photo with your cell phone or PDF. Or, look for individuals handing out Registration Forms as you arrive in church this Sunday. Fill it out before the children leave to go to class. Thank you!
We are thrilled to begin Sunday School on
Sunday, September 9, 2018
with an exciting NEW curriculum! We will enjoy large and small group learning experiences, amazing Bible story videos, music, worship, dance, games, activities, crafts, and more, as we grow in our faith!
Please enjoy this Preview Video, so you will know what's happening in Sunday School during the month of September.
We invite children from Preschool (age 3+) through grade 6 to join us. Each Sunday morning, the children will enter the Sanctuary with their parents/guardians to experience the beginning of our 10:00 a.m. worship service. Then, they will leave, supervised by their teachers and Escort Shepherds, and walk across the street to Wilton Hall upstairs in the Education Annex. Following worship, we ask parents to enjoy fellowship at
e Hour, before they walk over to the Annex to gather their child(ren) from their classroom downstairs at 11:20 a.m.
So that we can prepare efficiently for your arrival, please download the online Sunday School Registration Form, fill-out both sides, and hand deliver or mail to the PPPC Church Office, 701 Forman Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 as soon as possible. May I suggest an even easier, quicker method? After filling out the form, take a photo with your cell phone of both sides and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will, at least, know quickly that you are coming! Then, return the original form with signature on the first day of Sunday School.
If you have questions, please email me directly or leave a message through the church office at (732) 899-0587.
With joy and anticipation,
Frank Perkowski (for the Sunday School Staff)
Sunday School Coordinator
"Anyone who welcomes a little child like this one in my name welcomes me."
Matthew 18:5 (NIRV)
Welcome Back Point Beach Prep Staff and Families
On Monday, Point Beach Prep will welcome 52 students under the loving direction of Director Devlin House, Co-Lead Pre-K Teachers Kerry Jones and Mandy Rauffer, Head Nursery Teacher Jessica Kaiafas, Group Nursery Teacher Abigail Davis, and Substitutes Robin Decker and Toni Palmerio. We pray blessings upon them this next school year especially as the school expands to an afternoon session this year.
God of knowledge and wisdom, bless all the students, as they begin a new school year. Help them discover and develop the gifts you have given. As they grow in knowledge, help them to also grow in kindness and compassion, learning respect for themselves and others.
We ask your blessing on both the teachers and parents, and all those who care for them. Strengthen all who surround these children with encouragement, support and love.
Remind these little ones that wherever they go, you are always with them. Fill them with the joy of learning so that they may be better equipped to be your servants. Amen.
Point Beach Prep Preschool is Seeking More Substitutes
Point Beach Prep is looking for a few substitutes to add to our team. Must love children, be flexible, dependable, eager to learn, and willing to work hard and have fun! If you are interested, please call
Director Devlin House at 732-701-9900 to apply.
First Day of School for Point Beach Prep is September 10th
Medical Equipment Available to Loan
Our church is happy to loan a variety of medical equipment such as walkers, crutches, canes, wheelchairs, shower and tub benches of different designs, shower chairs, and other specialized types of medical equipment to anyone in need. We also recently received an electric automated chair lift cushion that makes it easy for anyone to get in and out of chairs. If you would like to borrow any of the equipment it is in the basement or you can call the office. The church is currently well stocked in medical equipment. We are not taking anymore donations at this time.
Bell Ringers Wanted
Rehearsals for the Choral Bells begin
Monday, September 10
from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
We have lost a few ringers this past year and are in need of a few people to join in on this fun choir. Potential ringers must have the ability to read music. Beginners are VERY WELCOME, even if you've never picked up a handbell before. There are lots of experienced ringers who can teach you. Both men and women are welcome! There's great camaraderie among the Choral Bells members. The Choral Bells ring at several worship services through the year. For more information, please contact Morgan Sarbello at 732-948-9205
September Dine Around
Attention all Presbyterian Women! On the fourth Sunday of this month, September 26th, we will meet at Frankie's on Rt. 35 N, Pt. Pleasant, at 6:30 p.m. for our "dine around".
We would love to have all of our women and their friends join us for good fellowship and good food, but we need a phone call to Maggie at 732-295-0908, or Lynn at 732-920-7133, in order to call ahead to reserve space for our group. (Last time we had to change location at the last minute because we had no idea how many would be there. So if you don't remember those numbers you can call the church in a pinch!) See you all on the fourth Wednesday!!
From Our Friends at Lend A Hand
Our friends at Lend A Hand have been working on homes in North Carolina effected by flooding. They have been installing drywall, mudding, painting, tearing out and replacing subfloor, installing door and windows, to framing
Their next trip to Tarboro, N.C. will be Sept. 24-29. They have 19 people signed on for this trip, with volunteers coming from New York, the Pittsburgh area, and Maryland (Nelson). This trip is supported by a donation from Camp Hill Presbyterian Church.
They are happy to announce that they have been able to schedule another trip to N.C. for the week of Nov. 4-9. The trip will cost applicants $50 . This trip is being supported through a donation from Christ Presbyterian in Camp Hill.
Once again they are teaming up with Elizabethtown College. A group of students from the school will be joined by a group of "aunts and uncles" from LAH.
If you are interested in joining Lend A Hand on a trip please email their office with your contact information at
These Days Daily Devotional Now Available
The October, November and December These Days Daily Devotional is now available in the Narthex or Church office. They are now $6 each. Money can be sent into the office or placed in the offering plate marked "These Days"
Each quarterly issue of These Days features:
- Approximately ninety devotions, one for each day of three months
- An action step for each daily entry that enables readers to apply what they've read to their lives
- Colorful seasonal art on the outside covers with poems, prayers, and songs pertinent to the issue's theme
- Information about the writers
- Suggestions for using the devotions
- Space for creating individual prayer lists
- "These Moments," a brief segment on contemporary issues, opening each issue
- "These Times," the concluding section that includes questions for reflection and discussion
Sign Up for IHN in September
||Family Promise 25th Anniversary Retrospective - "Sharing Our Dream, Keeping Our Promise"
Interfaith Hospitality Network will be here for the week starting on Sunday, September 23. Th IHN signup sheet is now posted in the Narthex.
We are in need of dinners, hosting from 7 to 9:00 p.m. as well as people willing to stay overnight as a chaperone.
Last year our church hosted forty-one guests, with twenty-one children and twenty adults throughout the year.
The need for services to help shelter homeless families continues. Even making a dinner for a night allows you to put your faith into action.
Please stop by the sign-up sheets in the Narthex and let us know where you can help. Thank you!
You are Invited To
With us as we honor t
he retirement of
The Reverend Linda Chase
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Followed by a reception
in Wilton Hall
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions
September 9 - Coffee Hour
September 16 - PW Membership Coffee Hour
September 23 - Reception for the Rev. Linda Chase
September 30 -
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
Sept 9 Shirley Young-Callari, Juli Nuesch
Sept 10 Lois Lang
Sept 11 Kiera King
Sept 12 Virginia Claeys
Sept 13 Thomas Crawley, Marjorie Meklin, James Scott
Sept 14 Suzanne Perkowski
Sept 16 Susan Reilly
Sept 18 Jack Tolley
Sept 20 Paula Pennypacker
Sept 26 John Brzyski Jr., Katherine Durante, Robin Fiorentino
Sept 28 Pam Cole
Sept 29 Leigh Reinwald
Sept 30 Donna Fahey, Dalton Garner
Up Coming Events
September 9 - Sunday School Begins
September 10 - Choral Bell Rehearsals Begin
September 16 - PW Membership Sunday/Church Brunch
September 18 - Session Meeting
September 23 - IHN Arrives
October 7 - Retirement Reception for William Shoppell, following worship
October 27 - 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, September 9
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
First Day of School for Point Beach Prep
11:00 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle, Fellowship Room
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bell Rehearsal, Fellowship Room
Tuesday, September 11
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Day Circle
6:00 p.m. - New
Group Leaders, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle
Wednesday, September 12
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
Thursday, September 13
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
7:00 p.m. - Judith Rachel Circle
7:30 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, September 14
Saturday, September 15
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
Sunday, September 16
8:45 a.m. - CE Committee Meeting, Sunday School Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in worship
11:00 a.m.- PW Sponsored Coffee Hour
Photo of the Week