Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church 
Weekly News For
Sunday Jan 14, 2018
Dear Friends,
This morning I watched a video provided me by the Christian Education committee about the importance of children in the church and to the church. The presenter maintained that children are the most important people in the church. He also said that a church's budget reflects how highly that church values children. Something to think about to be sure.

As I am writing this, there are two children playing under the tables in the fellowship room right outside my office door. I am listening to the great grandmother of these children explain what the narthex is in response to her asking her great grandson to take something and put it in the narthex.  His response? "What's a narthex?"

These children were here because their grandmother had a meeting in the lounge. As she provides much of the child care for her grandchildren, and by extension, her mother is back up child care provider, great grandmother, grandmother and three children (one an infant) were all here at the church for an extended period of time.

What struck me was how comfortable the children were here at the church. They feel at home here; they know they have a place here, that they belong here. There is so much learning, so much Christian Education that takes place outside the traditional Sunday school setting. What a joy it was to watch and listen to these children as their faith is being formed.

Please friends, bring your children, your grand and great grands to church. Bring the neighbors kids. We need them and they need us. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
Pastor Linda
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Rev. Linda Chase preaching:

9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Special Music
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Church  Brunch
11:15 a.m. - Deacon's Meeting, CE Annex Brunch

HEALING PRAYERS  You are welcome to come forward for prayers of Healing, Wholeness and Thanksgiving during our final hymns this Sunday.

Church Brunch

The Kitchen Crew has many delicious food items on the menu this Sunday.  Favorites include ham and cheese sliders, corned beef hash, and back by popular demand pantone bread pudding.  Stop on over for some special treats.

Poinsettia Anyone wishing to take home a Christmas Poinsettia can grab one at the brunch.

Check for Snow Cancellations 
In case of snow, please check the main page of the church website or the voice mail message about worship service times (732-899-0587) for the latest information about cancellations of church activities.
Prayerfully Consider
"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."  Philippians 4:6
The Prayer Person for the week is Nancy Davis. Let us be prayerfully aware of Nancy, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Connie Curtis, Jean DeMartino

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; George and Diantha Mathews Brown; Elsie Cason; Kevin Conheeney; Jean DeMartino; Don Destestafano; Audrey Kerber; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Gerda Mooney; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Jared Robbins; Susan Robbins; Zach Russo; Sarah Sarbello; Nancy and Ralph Smith; Jim Tabor; Les Thornton; Grace Philhower; Tim Vilardi; 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.

         PPPC NEWS

News and Notes

SPECIAL COFFEE HOUR - Join us on Sunday, January 21 for a coffee hour reception in the Chittick Lounge as we give thanks to the Rev. Dr. Carlos Wilton for his faithful ministry here at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  For anyone who wishes to contribute towards a gift, please call the office for more information).  Come and join us in saying goodbye to both Carl and Claire and thanking them for the significant role they have played in our lives.  Their last Sunday in Point Pleasant will be the following Sunday, January 28 (which is also the date of our annual congregational meeting.) 

2018 CHURCH DIRECTORIES NOW AVAILABLE - Directories can be found in the Narthex. Please call the church office if you would like a digital copy or with any updates to your information.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR THE NEXT MONTH - Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or concerns.  Sign up sheet is in the Church Kitchen.
January 14 - Donna Wittman
January 21 - Barb Reusch with Special Coffee Hour in honor of Dr. Wilton and the Rev. Claire Pula
January 28 - Bette Hughes
February 4 - Communion Breakfast
February 11 - Frank and Kerry Jones
February 18 - The McGuires
CHURCH ORGANIZATION LEADERS: Information for the Annual Reports is due by Friday, January 12, 2018. Please send your report in asap.  Thank you.  Reports will be ready for the congregation by January 21.
"EQUIPPING THE SAINTS" LEADERSHIP TRAINING DAY - Ruling elders, deacons, church leaders of all kinds: please hold the date of Saturday, January 20, 9:00 am 'til 3:45 pm, for a day of training workshops at Princeton Theological Seminary. Registration information is now available on the seminary website. 

Congregational MeetingTHE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION AND CORPORATION of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. (Snow date: February 4).  The Congregation will elect officers, elect the Nominating Committee (for the election of officers), and conduct any other business that may properly come before the Congregation. The 2017 Annual Report will be available in the Narthex a week prior to the meeting. An extended program for Church School children will be available in the Education Annex, so parents may attend the Annual Meeting
DR. WILTON WILL BE AWAY ON STUDY LEAVE from the afternoon of Sunday, January 14 through Friday, January 19. In case of pastoral emergency, please call the church office or the Rev. Linda Chase. 
From the Financial Secretary

2017 Year End Donation Statements have been either emailed or mailed this past week. If you have not received yours or have any questions, please contact Donna Ferry, who is usually available in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

 If you are not already receiving your statements via e-mail, please consider helping by going green. Send a quick e-mail to donna@pointpresbyterian.org to sign-up. Thank you.

In addition please don't forget to pick up your new Offering Envelopes are in the Narthex.  Please feel free to pick up a friend's box if you know they won't make it to church to pick it up. If you cannot find your envelopes, please write your name on the pad provided. Using your numbered envelopes makes the counters' jobs easier and ensures proper contribution credit. Thank you for helping us by using them. Please note, your assigned envelope number may have changed.  
Blanket Sunday Offering This Week

Contributions to CWS Blankets mean Church World Service will be ready to help families around the world recover from disasters and displacement, and build viable, sustainable lives and communities.

CWS helps to provide primary health care for displaced and other families in need. In such far-flung places as Sudan, Pakistan and Nicaragua, CWS gives comfort and care to moms and babies, and helps children get the nutrition they need to grow up strong and healthy.

And here in the U.S., CWS Blankets provide comfort in many communities hit by disaster, and in shelters or agencies assisting those experiencing hard times.
Books in the Library Now Available
This Sunday be sure to stop by the Church Library and grab a few books.

Last Easter a vision was inspired from the sermon that was preached by Dr. Wilton. 

"The church has precious little to offer by way of tangible signs. Instead, the center of our worship is the word of God: airy, insubstantial, hard to hold onto.

This is especially true of us Protestants. The Eastern Orthodox have their icons, the Roman Catholics their crucifixes and saints' statues, but we've got just the fleeting breath of human speech: words voiced and carried away - we trust and pray - on the wind of the Spirit. Our hope is that such words - spoken in a sermon, inwardly digested in personal Bible reading, shared from person to person by way of testimony - will lodge in some fertile soil, as seeds. But so often, we never know, do we?"

The vision is for a small gallery for the congregation and friends to express their selves through the visual arts. Artist Karen Norby has been researching and developing a "Call for Art" which will be in the North Hall.  This "Call for Art" would give the congregation and friends the ability to exhibit and interact with the works of art throughout the year. This could eventually be expanded to the community. 

Session has approved the idea, and voted to retire the church library, which has had almost no users in recent years. A 2018 Eagle Scout project to convert the library space into a gallery is in the design stages. There is much excitement and work being put into this new idea.

Starting this Sunday, we are having a book giveaway to clear the space. Please help yourself to any of the books that are in the library. You will find a myriad of categories and genres. There is something for everyone. From recipe books, to biographies, stop in an take a look and feel free to take as many as you would like. Books are available for the taking at any time. All unclaimed volumes will be donated to charity. 

The Big Cover Up   
Last week we kicked off The Big Cover Up campaign. Thank you to those who contributed and got us off to a good start. We still have a way to go. A postcard mailing was sent out to make sure all of our members are aware of our need. The Session Meeting on Tuesday of this week was even affected by the leaks. We are grateful the roofing company did come over to help us contain the leaks but the need for the roof to be replaced is here. 

Our Sanctuary roof has outlived its useful life and it is overdue for replacement. This glorious structure has been in our community since 1882 and we are entrusted with its care. This is a major project and there is evidence of leaks in a number of interior ceilings in the building.

We have done our due diligence by selecting all the proper materials that are needed and working with several bids, to select the best roofer for the job.

The cost of this project is approximately $75,000. We need to pay a deposit of about $20,000 at the end of January.

How do you contribute? Gold envelopes are now 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 click HERE. If you prefer to spread out your giving over 3 months that is great. The campaign will run through the months of  January, February and March!!

These are tax deductible charitable contributions. Check with your financial adviser, but we understand that contributions from a qualified retirement account directly to the church are not considered taxable income.

We will be providing weekly updates and there will be messages delivered from congregation members with long histories under this roof.

We ask you to prayerfully consider making a contribution and think how good you will feel sitting under this NEW ROOF!! Look for updates and watch our "roof thermometer" grow.

A reminder.... it's Per Capita time again. Your contribution of $37 covers the annual assessment our church pays to Monmouth Presbytery, the Synod of the Northeast and the General Assembly to cover their administrative costs. (Please note that Point Pleasant Presbyterian must pay $37 for each active member, so please take into account how many active members there are in your household.) When you contribute your own per capita, that frees up money the church might otherwise have to pay for this purpose.

As Point Pleasant Presbyterian moves into a time of pastoral vacancy and eventually calls a new pastor, we are coming to appreciate as never before the resources offered to us by Monmouth Presbytery (whose Committee on Ministry will advise our Pastor Nominating Committee). The Synod's New Beginnings Program (see below) is offering valuable insights to inform our mission study process. The General Assembly maintains the Church Leadership Connection by which pastor candidates are matched with congregations. None of this help could be offered without the support of per capita giving!

Now is an excellent time to renew your commitment as a Presbyterian by contributing to this special offering.

Please indicate "per capita" on the memo line of your check, and/or use the special per capita envelope located toward the front of your offering envelope box. Or, use PPPC's convenient online giving option. Thank you!


New Beginnings Leader Training Postponed

As a congregation, we have entered the New Beginnings congregational-renewal program, sponsored by the Synod of the Northeast in coordination with Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.

Last month we had a visit from Peter Wells, our New Beginnings Assessor, who spent a day touring the church and community and meeting with congregational leaders. He will soon present us with a thorough report on our congregation, its strengths and weaknesses, with an eye to charting our course into the future.

Central to the New Beginnings process - but also to the Mission Study that will lead to the choice of a new pastor - is a series of four small-group meetings that will take place beginning in March. The small groups - which the Session hopes will involve as many church members as possible - will examine key insights from the New Beginnings Assessment. There will be an opportunity for everyone to express their views and ideas about the sort of Christian community our church should become.

Previously we had announced a Friday evening and Saturday training for New Beginnings small group leaders, but the Synod New Beginnings Network has asked us to postpone that. The new leader-training event will take place on:

Friday evening, February 23 and Saturday, February 24

We are looking to have the small-group leaders attend both the Friday evening and Saturday sessions. Please contact Jim McGuire, (908) 783-7193, if you are interested in either leading a small group or in hosting a small group in your home (leading and hosting are not the same thing: the leader facilitates the small-group discussion, while the host provides coffee and dessert and a comfortable place to meet).  Some small groups will meet at the church and others in members' homes.

Take a look at this brief video that describes the work of Hope Partnership through the New Beginnings process:


This Week in Sunday School
Hello everyone!  I hope you're all enjoying some of the warmer temperatures!

Last week, we took some time to talk about Mission work.  We talked about why it is so important to help others in need, especially those that do not have the resources to help themselves.  Then we talked about blankies.  Many of our Sunday School friends have a special blanket that they have had as long as they can remember.  We talked about the feelings we get when we hold our blankets.  Some of the words our friends used were "loved, safe, and warm."  This took us to our mission project for the week.  We came together as a team and together we made 4 beautiful, soft, warm, and cozy blankets for an organization called Project Linus.  Project Linus will take our blankets and distribute them to kids who are in need of some love, warmth, and security.  We made sure to put all the blankets on the table and made a prayer circle around the blankets, and we prayed for the children who would be recipients of these blankets. We prayed to bring them comfort and security in the situation they are facing and we prayed for God to take care of them.  It was a really awesome experience! (For more information on Project Linus, visit  projectlinus.org)

This week, we are back to our curriculum.  We are going to be exploring Mark 1:1-15.  We are going to learn all about baptisms, specifically, Jesus' Baptism.  

See you all  on Sunday!

Peace and Blessings,
Tricia Stoffers

This Week at Point Beach Prep 
Point Beach Prep will be having their Open House on  Saturday, January 27, 10am-12pm.  Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church members may take advantage of a special early registration on  Friday January 26 during school hours, 8:30am-1 pm.  We anticipate a waiting list again this year: so please take advantage of the early registration! Please contact Director Devlin House at  732-701-9900 for more information.

IHN Arriving January 28 
Families from the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County will be staying with us in the new year. Families will arrive on Sunday, January 28 and stay for the week. 
Thank you to those who have already signed up!  Many of the dinners are still open, as well as help in all areas. Please sign up to help with a dinner, evening fellowship or overnight hosts from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. throughout the week. 
Over the past year, our church hosted sixteen families.  There were forty-one guests, with twenty-one children and twenty adults.  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.  
Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex for those who can provide help. Please indicate where you can help. Thank you!

Cub Scout Pack 6 Pinewood Derby this Saturday
Best wishes to everyone participating. 
May the best car win!


Some Pinewood Derby Trivia 
  • The first Pinewood Derby was held in 1953 in Manhattan Beach, CA.
  • It wasn't until 1955 that the Pinewood Derby become an officially recognized part of the Cub Scout program
  • According to the rules included with the car kit, the maximum amount the car may weigh when ready to race is 5 oz. and the
     maximum length of the car is 7 inches.
  • The Troop 6 track was built in 1991 by two volunteer parents who were Engineers.


Visit our Church website for a complete and up-to-date calendar

Sunday, January 14
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Special Music
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Church Breakfast/Brunch
11:15 a.m. - Deacon's Meeting, CE Annex Brunch

Monday, January 15
No School Point Beach Prep
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells, Fellowship Room

Tuesday,   January 16
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Daytime Circle
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle

Wednesday,  January 17
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

Thursday, January 18
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 360, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop 443, Fellowship Room
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, January 19
6:30 p.m. -  GS Troop 906

Saturday, January 20
9:00 a.m. - Equipping the Saints, Princeton Theological Seminary

Sunday, January 21
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Special Coffee Hour for Carl and Claire


Jan 15 Stephen Ferguson, Nicholas O'Hara, Calvin Potter
Jan 16 Chris Nelson
Jan 17 
Jan 18 Patricia Hewitt
Jan 19 Ann Lappke
Jan 20 Lauren Braaten, Mary Beth Schroeder
Jan 21
Jan 22 Michele Cleveland, Trevor Sellman, Londa Scarpone
Jan 23
Jan 24
Jan 25 Jason Braaten, Christopher Muraglia
Jan 26
Jan 27 Samantha Trainor
Jan 28 Connor Durante
Jan 29 Blake Birdsong
Jan 30 Michael Fanizzo
Jan 31 Donna Ferry

  January 19-20
New Beginning Leader Training at PPPC - February 23 and 24th
January 28 - Interfaith Hospitality Network Arrives




The Rev. Carl Wilton, Ph.D., Pastor

The Rev. Linda Chase, Associate Pastor


Office Staff 

Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary 

Donna Ferry, Financial Secretary


Music Staff

Sara Hoey, Organist

William Shoppell, Chancel Choir and Choral Bells Director

Rebecca Muraglia, Acting Dove Choir Director


Christian Education Staff

Tricia Stoffers, Sunday School Coordinator 

Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director

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Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church

 701 Forman Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

(Corner of Bay and Forman Avenues) 


Church Office: 732-899-0587 Fax: 732-899-2946

Visit us at http://www.pointpresbyterian.org

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