On Wednesday I was going through some of the bookshelves in my office and I
discovered a batch of books I did not even know I had. They were all books on children's sermons that had somehow gotten pushed behind other books.
One in particular caught my eye. It goes by the rather dull sounding title of "A Children's Guide to Worship". In flipping through the pages I discovered it really is a well written guide on why we gather for worship and what purpose the various parts of worship serve. This Sunday I will begin using this book to shape the children's sermon using it as a teaching tool for the children.
In the front of the book there is a message to parents and I would add grandparents and anyone else who is involved in helping to educate the children in your lives. In part it says,
"The Sunday service is a community activity during which all God's people gather as one to worship...Children belong in our worship services simply by virtue of their baptisms. However, children need help in understanding the service so they can worship God meaningfully. At home, children learn appropriate table manners by eating together with family, night after night. Eventually the family reaps the benefits - mealtimes become more meaningful...In the same way, children learn to worship by worshiping. This will happen over time, through regular attendance and strong, parental support."
Come to worship this Sunday for the sake of your children as well as your own. Let us be the body of Christ together as we celebrate the sacrament of Communion.
Join us for Communion Brunch this Sunday - Bring the whole family and join us in Wilton Hall as as we hold our monthly brunch. We will meet following the Sunday service and enjoy great food and good conversation and hopefully the beginning of some new friendships. The inquirers group will be there!
Prayer Concerns This Week
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: William Hutton (Friend of Craig Lambie); Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Henry Stout.
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Maryanne Leach; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Grace Philhower; Agnes Skowronek; Chad Suhoskey; Ralph Smith; Jim Tabor and Baby Christian; 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.
Attention High School Seniors - Due Now
Applications are now being accepted for the Griggs Scholarship. All applying applicants
must be a member of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church as well as a high school senior seeking further study.
Please submit an electronic synopsis of your church, community and school activities. All applications are due Friday, May 4. Applications should be submitted to email@example.com with Griggs Scholarship in the subject matter.
Inquirers Group on Sunday
For all those interested in learning more about church membership, please be our guest
for the next Inquirers Group that will take place on:
Sunday, May 6,
from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.,
immediately following church brunch.
It's a laid-back, friendly, informal time.
You may ask if it really matters if you are a member or not or even ask why you have to take the Inquirers class to become a member?
Membership classes help everyone in the church enter "on the same page." Prospective members should know what the church believes, how a church works, and how it makes decisions.
While we'll address such topics as personal faith, basic Christian beliefs and traditions of Presbyterianism, the group's goal, for the hour we're together, will be to journey together as we get to know one another
The Rev. Linda Chase will communicate the church's vision, core values, and explain its ministry philosophy. Child care will be provided. Please speak with Linda if you are interested in attending. Hope to see you then.
IHN Volunteer Training This Weekend - May 6
Our church will be hosting IHN training for both past volunteers and new volunteers. Anyone wanting to know more about IHN is also welcome to attend. Volunteers from other host churches will be participating in this training. Brunch will be provided. Please rsvp to IHN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-736-1550 or please contact Dee D'Amore at 732-552-9861 or email her at
Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20. Red is the color of the day! Begonia's are the flower of the day! We will decorate the Sanctuary with begonias on Pentecost. Afterwards we will be planting them around the Church.
We invite you to purchase a begonia as a way to celebrate someone who the Holy Spirit has used in your life to inspire your faith. Begonias come in 4"pots and cost $10.00 each.
Please fill out the order form in the bulletin or online. Payment must be included with this order form. Checks should be made payable to PPPC, and please be sure to indicate "Pentecost 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.
Flowers orders are due Wednesday, May 13, 2018
Sunday School News
I hope you all have been able to take advantage of some of this beautiful weather we
have been blessed with!
Last week we talked about "wearing our faith." Part of being Christian is being open and honest about faith. We can say that we believe in God, but that only part of what makes us Christian. We also have to act on our faith. We have to live our faith. Last week's unit centered around a letter from Paul that likened all of this to wearing clothes made of kindness, caring , and gentleness (found in
). As life has its ups and downs, we all have to remember to live a life of love.
This week, we are talking about another letter from Paul, found in 1 Corinthians 12. People were arguing over who was the best follower of Jesus. Paul wrote a letter explaining that everyone was important because everyone had a different job to do, and all of these jobs were necessary. Some taught, some traveled with the good news of Jesus, some healed- but all worked in the name of Jesus, so all were important. Just as our body has different parts- life would be difficult with only one arm, or no nose, or 4 fingers- we need the body as a whole to function at our best- the church needs everyone to function at its best. We will be exploring these concepts and creating some fun crafts.
Hope to see you all on Sunday!
Peace and Blessings,
New Beginnings Leader's Meeting
A reminder that there is a recap meeting of the group leaders this Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. Please be prepared to discuss your individual group results as outlined on the agenda on page 42 of the Leaders Guide. A light supper with desert will be provided.
Yet Another Missionary
Church member Susan Beltran will also be traveling this Summer on a missionary trip to Nairobi, Kenya. Susan will be traveling
June 27th thru July 13
Foundation for Peace
During her time in Nairobi the group will to be holding vacation bible school, a medical
||Hundreds waiting in line for the medical clinic
clinic for HIV and AIDS patients as well as providing lectures to the staff on medical issues such as first aid, wound care, and CPR. They will be handing out needed medications for patients in their home that cannot travel to our mobile clinic. In addition they will be holding children's
school, playing games with the kids and enjoying spending time with them.
Susan would like to extend a BIG Thank you to the Busy Hands for making cloth bags for her to take to Kenya.
On Sunday, June 3 - There will be a special Communion Brunch in which the proceeds from the Communion Brunch will be donated to both Karen Norby's and Susan Beltran's mission trips to Africa. Please join us on June 3 as we encourage and support them to be the hand and feet of Christ across the globe.
"You didn't choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. I give you these commandments so that you can love each other." John 15:16-17
Last week we learned of Karen Norby's mission trip to Uganda with the non-profit
organization, Sylvia's Children. (www.sylviaschildren.org.)
The school they will be visiting has a brass band, conductor and teacher. They are in need of playable instruments. If any one has any unused, playable instruments in their attic or closet such as trumpets, horns (French, British, German), bugles, clarinets and flutes, donations would be appreciated. Instruments can be dropped off in the office by Friday May, 18th
The group going will be meeting to pack the supplies for the orphanage in a few weeks. Each is allowed to bring up to 150 lbs. Instruments need to be into the Church by Friday, May 18th so they can be packed up.
If you have an instrument that needs to be picked up, please contact Karen Norby directly 732-295-8174 or cell# 908-915-2301
Sunday School Fundraiser
Geraniums for Mother's Day, May 13
$5 for a 4 ½" pot
Variety of colors
Buy plants and pick up pre-orders during coffee hour
on May 13th
All proceeds will go toward the purchase
of 3 TVs and 3 laptops for our educational curriculum.
To pre-order large quantities call Marjorie Meklin 908-433-3957 or the church office.
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
This Church sure has the gift of hospitality. We have coffee hosts from now until the end of June!!! Sincerely Thank you. Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or
May 6 - Communion Brunch
May 13 - Marion Blackford/Donna Wittmann
May 20 - Diane Manzo
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
May 6 Lauren Findlay, Robin Purtell
May 7 Jack Akins, Madison Jones, Connor Philipps
May 8 Margaret Havanki
May 9 Jennifer Akins
May 10 Sean Cleveland, Lydia Pokler
May 13 Donna Sellman
May 14 Lillian Pokler
May 15 Susan Zimny
May 16 Kevin Legreide, Faythe Matullo, Charlene Mendelsohn
May 17 Nancy Jalowski, Ashley Wilson
May 18 Andrea Crate, Frank Jones, Naomi Lappke, Celishia Scarpone
May 20 Kimberlee Trainor
May 21 Peggy Bierach, Lois Fischer Geene, Cynthia Lombardo
May 22 Gerard Jalowski, Calvin Rice, Daniel Scarpone Jr.
May 23 Jacob Freer Balko, Reina Santos, Catherine Walker, Jack Whitman
May 24 Hannah Davison
May 25 Deirdre D'Amore, Diane Legreide, Hannah Ploskonka, Kathryn Reinstadler
May 26 Jane Lambie
May 27 Alexander Grebel, Rylan Parrott
May 28 Diane Manzo
May 29 Ryan Pasola
Up Coming Events
Sunday, May 20
- Pentecost, Chancel Choir Recognition
Sunday, June 3 Dove Choir Recognition/Confirmation
Special Communion Brunch to support Missions
Friday, June 15 - Family Night at the Blue Claws
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
More information to follow on these events
Church Calendar For The Week
Sunday, May 6
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Brunch, Wilton Hall
11:30 a.m. - Inquirers Group, Wilton Hall
11:30 a.m. - IHN Training, Fellowship Room
Monday, May 7
7:00 p.m. - Deacons Meeting
Tuesday, May 8
10:00 a.m. -Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Daytime Circle at the home of Sharon Hock
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Bear/Tiger Den
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle at the home of Susan Robbins
Wednesday, May 9
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, Wilton Hall
Thursday, May 10
Point Beach Prep Mothers Day Tea - Wilton Hall
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - New Beginning Leader Recap Meeting
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir
Friday, May 11
Point Beach Prep Mothers Day Tea - Wilton Hall
Saturday, May 12
Sunday, May 13 - Mother's Day
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Dove and Chancel/Healing Prayers
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
Photo of the Week
Sunshine and Stories
Ms. Mandy and the Pre-K class from Point Beach Prep enjoyed their story outside with the beautiful weather on Wednesday.