Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
March 11, 2018

This Sunday 

This morning we warmly welcome the Reverend John Milne

John Milne is the Pastor Emeritus at United Presbyterian Church of Yardville, NJ. He has been a member of the Presbytery of Monmouth for the past 17 years and serves on the Board of Trustees. He is also the chef for Abundant Grace Dinner Church in New Brunswick Presbytery. He is the Head Grounds Keeper at the Plainsboro Preserve. He lives in Plainsboro, NJ, where his wife Anita is pastor of the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church

This Sunday is Healing Prayers - You are welcome to come forward for prayers of Healing, Wholeness and Thanksgiving during the final hymns.

Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts

March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This week is the beginning of Girl Scout Week which is celebrated each March. There are three girls scout groups that meet here in the Church: Brownie Troop 360, Daisy Troop 443, and Girl Scout Troop 906.

Coffee Hour this Sunday is sponsored by the Daisy and Brownie Troops. Also in addition at coffee hour there will be Girl Scout Cookies for Sale. They are $4 and $5.50 a box.  You are welcome to  purchase cookies as a donation to IHN and St. Gregory's Food Pantry since everyone loves girl scout cookies. Stop on in to the Chittick Lounge for this special celebration.

In 1965 Nancy Cook attended the World Wide Girl Scout Round Up in Idaho. Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. If you would like to know more about Girl Scouts please speak with Beth McGuire who will be with her troops during coffee hour.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Akins family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Jennifer, Richard, Jack and Luke as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Zach Russo (Jill Watson's husband); the family of Edward Weber (Marilyn Coppolino's brother); the family of Mark Roth (friend of the Steinerts); Bill Shoppell; Maryann Leach; Bob Bissey; Mary McSweeney

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Susan Robbins; Agnes Skowronek; Nancy and Ralph Smith; Grace Philhower; 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.

Easter Flowers

Easter Lily We are now taking orders for Easter Flowers.  

NEW This Year - Easter arrangements will be purchased to decorate the Sanctuary and not individual flowers for each contributor.  

All who contribute in memory or honor of loved ones will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletin insert. Monies not used for the Easter Arrangement will be used for the Big Cover Up Roof fund. 

Donations are still $15 each.

Payment must be included with  the order form. Checks should be made payable to Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and please be sure to indicate "Easter 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.

The Big Cover Up Weekly Update

Several ideas are planned to help generate additional funds for our roof.  Please consider supporting the Big Cover Up through the purchase of Easter Flowers, a Roof Capsule as well as lunch or dinner at Simkos on the two dates offered.  Information on all these fundraisers can be found below.  To date we have raised $58,743.11

Gold envelopes are still 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 visit our website.

Another Chance To Sign The Roof This Sunday

This Sunday at the coffee hour in the Fellowship Roomt, look for Kyle Jones to s end a message,  memorialize someone and make a personal  remark that will be put on our new roof.  
In the Fellowship Room, there will be sheets of plywood that will actually be used on our new roof to create a "Roof Capsule" that you can write a personal message on. 

Sign your Family's name, draw a picture or send someone a message who is looking down on this new roof! Be creative!

He will give you an indelible marker and you use your creativity to put your signature message on the roof.  All it takes is a $20 donation and your creativity.  If Kyle gets 50 people we can raise another $1,000 toward the roof.

Come have some fun and help us down the home stretch.

THIS WEEK - Simko's Fundraiser to help the Big Cover Up

We have planned a fun - and delicious - way to raise a little money to help with the Big Cover Up. We have made arrangements with Simko's Restaurant in Brielle for two days, Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15 in which a percentage of your bill will be donated back to the Big Cover Up.   

If you eat lunch or dinner at Simko's on any one of those days - and   BRING THE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FLYER (in the bulletin this Sunday) with you - Simko's will donate 20% of your check to our cause. You MUST bring a copy of the flyer with you in order to participate. Copies will not be available at the restaurant!

Many people have expressed an interest in attending.  You will be sure to see your friends.  Still g rab a bunch of your friends, plan on taking a night (or two) off of cooking and come to Simko on March 13 and 15th for either lunch or dinner.  Take out is also included.  

Simko's Grill - 403 Higgins Ave, Brielle, NJ

New Beginnings Groups Starting

Sign up continues for the small group meetings.  The purpose of these meetings is to discern the new mission and leadership of the church.  We are able to offer groups throughout the week at various times and locations.   The groups will meet for a total of four sessions and will cover specific information each week. Depending on discussion, each session will be an hour and a half to two hours. 
Look for the Sign up sheets in the Narthex.  The following groups are being offered:

Groups Starting this Upcoming Week:
Monday - March 12
  • 6:30 p.m. Lead by Marjorie Meklin and Lynn Hahm, and Hosted by Marilyn Rice - 41 Tennyson Road, Brick - 3 Openings Left
  • 6:30 p.m. Lead by Diane Manzo and Hosted by Karen Lucci - 2007 Old Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant8 Openings Left
Tuesday - March 13
  • 7:00 p.m. Lead by Peter Farwell and Hosted by TBD - Chittick Lounge at the Church - 10 Openings Left
Wednesday - March 14 
  • Time 6:30 p.m. Lead by Donna Wittmann and Hosted by Bette Hughes - 2119 Evergreen Lane, Point Pleasant, 8 Openings Left
  • 6:30 p.m. Lead by Kent Lorentzen and Hosted by Craig Lambie - 323 Tide Pond Road, Mantoloking,  8 Openings Left
  • 7:00 p.m. Lead by Frank Perkowski and Hosted by Sue Perkowski - 61 Theresa Court, Toms River, 6 Openings Left
Friday - March 16
  • 1:30 p.m.
     Lead by Nancy Stout and Hosted by: Karen Norby - Chittick Lounge At the Church  8 openings Lef t
Groups Starting the Following Week:
Sunday - March 18 
  • 11:30 a.m. Lead by Mary Beth Schroeder and Hosted by: TBD - Chittick Lounge at the Church     6 Openings Left
  • 5:00 p.m. Lead by Mandy Rauffer and Hosted by Sue Hankins - Chittick Lounge at the Church  Group is Full
Wednesday - March 21
  • 7:00 p.m. Lead by Henry Stout and Hosted by Kerry Jones - 416 Jarob Court, Point Pleasant - 9 Openings Left
Please make every effort to join a small group.  Being a part of a small group will open us to where God is calling us individually and collectively.  

"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Phillipians 2:13

Still Unsure Who You Will Go To Simkos With This Week?

Presbyterian Women will meet this month at Simko's in Brielle (see blue flyer insert in bulletin) for our "dine around" at  6:30 p.m. so that we can join forces for the Big Cover-Up fundraiser.  We'd love to fill at least a few tables!  If you know you will be there please call Maggie Giase at  732-295-0908 or Lynn Hahm at  732-920-7133 so we can call ahead to reserve space, or let us know if you need a ride.  And if your not sure you can be there till the last minute come anyway!  We'll make room!  Hope to see you  this Thursday.

Starting in April we will be moving our "dine around" time to the 4th  Wednesday of each month to accommodate as many PWs as we can!  It is great fun and very uplifting to meet and eat with our PPPC friends and get to know our 'pew partners' in a different environment.  
Mark the 4th Wednesdays on your calendars now!

Interfaith Hospitality Network Coming March 18

Our next week of IHN hosting starts next week, March 18. We are in need of people to help in all areas. Sign up sheets are in the Narthex for those who can provide help with Meals, Set-up, Evening Fellowship and Overnight Host. Please indicate where you can help. Thank you!

For those who are unable to help directly during the week - you are welcome to drop off lunch and snack items in the North Hall. As a host church, we provide breakfast and lunch items for the families to pack for the week.  

If you have never helped with IHN before, could the Lord be calling you to give of yourself in this way? If you feel that little nudge from the Lord then please call or speak with Dorothy Tolley (732-892-9306).  She will be glad to speak with you and find out what volunteer position you are most comfortable with. Sign up sheets are now in the Narthex.

Church World Service - Hygiene and School Kits CWS School Kit

Once again the Presbyterian Women will be collecting Hygiene Kits AND School Kits for Church World Service.

Hygiene Kits - In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. To assemble a Hygiene Kit you will need:
  • One hand towel measuring approximately 15x 28 to 16 x 2 inch (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
  • One toothbrush in the package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.

School Kits - give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.
To assemble a School Kit you will need:
  • One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
  • Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
  • One 30-centimeter / 12" ruler
  • One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
  • One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
  • Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers, removed from the package
  • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
  • One 12"x14" to 14"x17" finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag (solid color or kid-friendly fabric) with cloth handles (no reusable shopping bags, backpacks, or bags with logos)
All items must be packed inside of the cloth bag. 

Kits can be placed in the bin, in the North Hall under the East Window. Please include $2.00 for shipping or put a separate envelope marked "CWS Kits" in the PW mailbox in the church office. Checks for shipping should be made out to "Presbyterian Women".  
Kits are due by April 8 - when they will be dedicated.  

These kits are for disaster relief. Please do not add to or exchange listed items.

PW Retreat - Next Month
Hosted by Point Pleasant Presbyterian Women

Saturday, March 17, 2018,
at the Brick Presbyterian Church
111 Drum Point Road, Brick, NJ
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us as we learn and practice a practical prayer method for nurturing an intimacy with God. Whether your interest is in relief from the stress of daily life, deepening an ongoing spiritual quest or practice, or you are simply curious about prayer, please join us as we focus on Prayer Is My Rock. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

The retreat will be lead by Amy Clarkson, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociodrama, and Group Psychotherapy. She has a private practice in Hillsborough, NJ, and is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University. For more than 15 years, Amy has been involved in teaching and facilitating Bibliodrama with adults, youth, and children in retreat, educational, and worship settings. She enjoys encouraging others to draw on creativity and imagination as pathways into a deepened and energized spiritual walk.

If that is not enough to pique your appetite, our day will include a simple breakfast, lunch and fellowship, sharing and caring, culminating in an interactive worship experience. All for just $20.00! **Make check payable to Presbyterian Women

For more information call PPPC at 732-899-0587.

To Register: Please fill out the form attached and mail/ bring to the church office.  Additional forms are available in the Narthex or office.  

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Presbyterian Women Busy Supporting our Church and Community

PW has been active during the last twelve (12) months supporting various initiatives through our generous donations. PW money is raised through our pledge, least coin, birthday and thanks offerings. In addition, we support various fundraisers throughout the year - for example, our cookie sales and Christmas Craft Boutique. The following is an accounting of money wisely donated.

Organization Donation
Presbytery of Monmouth                                                                             $1,135.89
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - Flooring for the Chittick Lounge                      $3,365.00
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - Pull-Down Stairs (partial payment)                      $79.00
Point Beach Prep                                                                                             $50.00
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - Computer System for the Office                      $1,236.50
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - Table Pads for the new table                              $250.00
Mary's Table                                                                                                   $230.05
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - New Roof (PW donation)                                 $1,000.00
Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian - New Roof (Busy Hands donation)                    $1,000.00
TOTAL                                                                                                          $8,346.44

Every woman in our Church is considered to be a PW member. However, if you have not joined a Circle or Busy Hands, think about joining and becoming an active participant in our organization. 

Susan Robbins, Moderator

Congregational Meeting
Congregational Meeting March 25

A meeting of the Congregation of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting will be to act on a report from the Finance Committee.

Altered Books Due Next Week

Beginning Palm Sunday, March 25, the artwork of Altered Books will be on display in and around the sanctuary.  Artwork can be dropped beginning on Monday, March 19 during office hours. Please have all your work in by Thursday, March 22.

Artwork must be displayed throughout the exhibition (March 25-May 20, 2018) Pickup
 date is Sunday, May 20, 2018 after worship.

Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month

Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or concerns. Sign-up sheet is in the Church Kitchen.
March 11 - Girl Scout Troops 360 and 443
March 18 - Barbara Reusch/Frankie Kunz
March 25 -  Lynn Hahm/Diane Legreide

This Week At Point Beach Prep

T is for turtle! The children enjoyed meeting Ms. Jess's pet turtle this week, who came for a classroom visit.

We read Tooth Trouble, The Giving Tree, Freight Train, Tumble Bumble,Where's My Teddy?, and Tug Boat. Some of our projects were toothbrush painting, triangle collages,turtles, traffic lights, and trees. We learned how to say "thank you" in Sign Language. During music and movement we sang many train songs and did the Tooty-Ta Song! We also played the triangle and did the twist.

On Friday, students and siblings enjoyed a themed concert of "Friends Around the World" from children's entertainer Yosi. It was a multicultural, interactive and educational concert with songs, humor,dances and musical instruments from around the world. There was hands on exploration of various instruments from India, Australia,Peru,Egypt and many other countries. We learned to say hello and count in various languages. We participated in dances from other cultures. There was a special lesson in using rhythm and melody to produce music the way kids and adults do around the planet. We learned about friendship, respect and honor of other countries. It was terrific!
One Great Hour of Sharing 

On Palm Sunday March 25, we will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.  A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. 

Join with Presbyterians Worldwide in sharing God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. This Lenten season, please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing.

PW Clothing Drive 

Mark your calendar for the PW Clothing Drive coming up April 21 from 8:00 -12:00 noon.  Gently used clothing (no children's toys nor pots & pans) will be picked up and resold or re-donated.  None of the clothing will be shredded.  Shoes should be wrapped in pairs in separate bags.

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

March 11
March 12 Payton Stoffers-Ott
March 13
March 14
March 15 
March 16 Maggie McGuire, Marilyn Powell,
March 17 Kerri Hurley
March 18 Jean Campbell, Wendy Childers
March 19
March 20 Stephanie Smith, Alexa Wright
March 21 Carole Adamo, Shane Smith
March 22
March 23 Layla Brian
March 24 Madailin Phillips, Nancy Smith,
March 25 Kathryn Ebner
March 26 Lauren Hums, Weston Johnson, Carl Lappke, Dana Perry
March 27 Addison Reinwald, Brian Satterlee
March 28 Karen Dunham Luicci
March 29 Susan Hess
March 30 Jordan Muraglia
March 31 Gail Birdsong, Elizabeth McGuire

Up Coming Events

Tuesday, March 20 - Session Meeting at 6:30 p.m
Saturday, April 21  PW Clothing Drive 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Sunday, April 22 - Wilton Hall Dedication at 3:00 p.m
Friday, June 15 - Family Night at the Blue Claws
Church Calendar For The Week

Visit our full Church Calendar on our website for a complete and up-to-date  calendar.

Sunday, March 11 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship

Monday, March 12
11:30 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells, Fellowship Room
6:30 p.m. - Meklin/Hahm New Beginning Small Group, Brick 
6:30 p.m - Manzo New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant

Tuesday,   March 13 - Simkos Fundraiser
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openners
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Daytime Circle - Meeting at Simkos
6:00 p.m. - Bear/Tiger Den
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle
7:00 p.m - Farwell New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge

Wednesday,  March 14
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
6:30 p.m - Lorentzen New Beginning Small Group, Mantoloking
7:00 p.m - Perkowski New Beginning Small Group, Toms River
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, CE Annex

Thursday, March 15 - Simkos Fundraiser
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, March 16
1:30 p.m - N. Stout New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
6:30 p.m. - Pack Night
6:30 p.m. - Girl Scout Troop 906

Saturday, March 17

Sunday, March 18
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Special Music/
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:30 a.m. - CE Committee Meeting
11:30 a.m. - Schroeder New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
5:00 p.m. - Rauffer New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
IHN Arrives

Photo of the Week 

Look for the Sign Up for the New Beginning Small Groups this Sunday.  These small groups will help us determine what all our members and friends would like to see in their church. The New Beginning program has proven very effective in helping churches in situations just like ours.

Leaders and Hosts don't forget to pickup the handouts, that are needed the first week,  from Jim McGuire, after worship this Sunday.  
Contact Us

The Rev.  Linda Chase , Associate Pastor -Email 

Office Staff 
Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary  -  Email
Donna Ferry, Financial Secretary - Email
Music Staff
Sara Hoey, Organist - Email
William Shoppell, Chancel Choir and Choral Bells Director - Email 
Rebecca Muraglia, Acting Dove Choir Director - Email 
Christian Education Staff
Tricia Stoffers , Sunday School Coordinator - Email
Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director -  Email

701 Forman Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(Corner of Bay and Forman Avenues) 
Church Office: 732-899-0587 Fax: 732-899-2946