From Your Interim Pastor
The testimonies given and the questions discussed at this past Thursday's confirmation
hearings received intense media coverage. How two people can be 100% sure that each has the absolute truth gave me reason to pause and reflect on one of the six Great Ends of the Church as found in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order (F-1.0304). The fourth one is "the preservation of the truth." One could take a cynical view, like Pontius Pilate did, with the dismissive question "What is truth?" (John 18:38). One legal analysist gave the most concise post-modern assessment: "Who you believe depends on who you are and what you bring to the issue." If that is remotely true, then it is essential that we should be intentional about what we allow to form us, our views, and our consciences. We believe that the Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures, worship, and the community of faith to transform us by renewing our minds, so that we "may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2).
This week I was struck by two truths. 1) Needy people are found everywhere and the Church responds to their need. A host of volunteers went out of their way to minister in practical ways to needy families this week through the outreach of Interfaith Hospitality Network. We are grateful to the many people who, with sacrifice and joy, accepted this challenge. 2) God still calls individuals to ministries of the church and people respond with their lives.
This Sunday, if the way be clear, we will participate in the ordination and installation service for two deacons, whom God has called through the voice of this congregation. Their commitment and enthusiasm are energizing. So join us this Sunday as we celebrate God's gracious call, Christ's ministry among us, the Holy Spirit's work of renewal and transformation.
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 Smith family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Scott and Carole as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Dale Norby, George Kaifas; Gerard Cosimo; Diane Sikora
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Jim Millar; Dale Norby; 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 Next Sunday
Next Sunday we will be celebrating Peace & Global Witness Offering during World Communion Sunday. Our Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and across the world.
Blessed are the Peace makers
Your gifts will help more people experience the freedom and dignity that Christ wants for everyone. Let us offer the peace of Christ at all times and all ways.
50% of this Peace & Global Witness Offering will stay with our community and our region for ministries of peacemaking and reconciliation.
50% of this offering will unite Presbyterians who are working actively for peacemaking efforts around the globe.
Please give generously. Envelopes can be found in the pews this week and next.
Come Celebrate the retirement of
William Shoppell, Jr.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Followed by a reception
in Wilton Hall
Those who wish to sing should try to attend
Thursday evening rehearsal at 7:30 pm,on the 4th of October
or come to rehearsal at 9:15 AM
on Sunday, October 7th.
A Month in Sunday School
We wrap-up our study of the Book of Nehemiah this Sunday. We learned that Nehemiah, a cup bearer who guarded the king's drink from poison, was an individual on the lookout for what needs to be done. When he saw a need, he didn't wait for someone else to act. While rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, he stayed focused and showed us that people matter more than things! This Sunday we celebrate what God has done, as they did in Jerusalem after rebuilding the wall.
Our weekly lessons build upon one another as we explore our theme for the month. That is why October brings new opportunities! If your child has not yet started Sunday School, now is the time. You can download the
Sunday School Registration Form and bring it to church on Sunday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In your family, do you sometimes worry about outside influences promoting the endless accumulation of more possessions? Then take a look at our Preview Video for October.
Last Monday and Tuesday, a group from church headed to Lancaster, PA to attend the Orange Tour "We Can Do More Together" to help us implement our curriculum for children and support parents more effectively. So much to be excited about!
Left to Right: Frank Perkowski (Sunday School Coordinator), members of the Christian Education Committee - Sue Perkowski, Marjorie Meklin (Chair), and Clerk of Session Barbara Reusch
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)
Meetings This Week
Deacons are reminded there is a meeting on Monday at 7:00 p.m. and the
Prayer Chain will be having a meeting this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Both meetings will be in the Chittick Lounge.
Thank You From Linda Chase
Thank you to all you wonderful people of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. My last
Sunday with you was so uplifting and a fantastic way to end my 42 years in ministry. A special thanks goes to the choir for the uplifting music.
A special thanks goes out to all the women of PW for making HOME MADE cookies and delicious sandwiches. The kitchen crew outdid itself with putting the reception together which was beautiful.
I was touched by the generous gift of money and all the kind words you spoke to me. I could not have asked for a better group of people than all of you to walk with me in our faith journey together.
This Week at Point Beach Prep
What better book to read for "B" week than "Brown Bear Brown Bear"? Most of the children know the book already but our Nursery friends added a twist by placing beautiful felt pieces made by the church onto a board to go with each animal in the story. They also loved going on a bear hunt. They read the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", by Michael Rosen, and pretended to hunt for a bear. Some of their crafts were making blue birds, butterflies and bugs. They also enjoyed bowling!
Our Pre-K had fun bowling, bouncing balls and walking on the balance beam! They brainstormed B words and looked for the letter b in their books. They looked for things in the classroom that were blue. They rolled balls from play-dough and had fun playing in their new bug center. They talked about the life cycle of a butterfly. Their sight word is "be" and ASL is "boy". Their projects included making butterflies, bead bracelets, bears and a bean craft. Their stories included Blueberries for Sal and Bear's Bargain. During Music and Movement they sang The Gummy Bear Song, If I were a Butterfly, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Row Row Row Your Boat.
See you next week with letter C.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with IHN this past week. We had a full house and are very grateful for so many of you volunteering in different ways. Clean laundry can be returned to the Fellowship Room. 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.
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions
September 30 - Hosted by
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
Sept 30 Donna Fahey, Dalton Garner
Oct 1 Michael Iadarola
Oct 3 Gail Watson, Bill Shoppell
Oct 4 John Liotta
Oct 5 Kerry Jones
Oct 6 James Liotta
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
- World Communion Sunday with Peace and Global Witness Offering
- 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 30
9:00 a.m. - Called Session Meeting, Fellowship Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Special Music/Deacon Ordination
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bell Rehearsal, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - Deaon's Meeting, Chittick Lounge
Tuesday, October 2
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
Wednesday, October 3
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
10:00 a.m. - Prayer Chain Meeting, Chittick Lounge
7:00 p.m. - BS Troop 6
Thursday, October 4
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
7:30 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, October 5
Saturday, October 6
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
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
Photo of the Week
The Autumn decorations at the entrance to the sanctuary are given by Leigh and Jane Millar in loving memory of their grandson
Taylor Grant Cowan who loved the Fall.