Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
May 20, 2018

Day of Pentecost This Sunday
Please remember to wear red to mark the occasion
This Sunday 

The Rev. John A. Nolan, a New Jersey pastor for 30 years, will be the guest speaker this Pentecost Sunday.  His sermon is entitled  "THE BREATH OF GOD, THE FIRE OF GOD" and is based on Bible passages from  John 15: 26,27 - John 16:4b-15.

Mr. Nolan has been a hospice chaplain in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties.  He is a graduate of Drew University and its seminary.

In addition this Sunday is also Chancel Choir Recognition.  The Dove Choir will be joining in on the Chancel Choir's celebration.  

On the Day of Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church's proclamation of Christ's rising and to empower its mission and ministry to the world. 

It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wear red on the Feast of Pentecost as well. We wear red to remind us of the fire of the Spirit.
This Sunday We Celebrate "Chancel Choir Recognition" 

The Chancel Choir provides worship support through music for weekly Sunday worship services along with additional music during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. This year our recognition Sunday coincides with Pentecost so we will be celebrating through our choice of anthems.

To the members of the Chancel Choir I want to offer my sincere thanks for your dedication, your musical talents and the many hours of preparation you give. You continue to bless me with a very fine musical instrument. I especially appreciate your continued dedication during my medical leave. I would also like to thank the choir members who generously give of their time and talents with special music.

To Sara. After thirty-six years of being my right hand in so many musical endeavors, for the past four months, you have also been my left hand! You are the best; my musical "church wife"! Many thanks and much love to you and to each and every one in the Chancel Choir. To Kason, many thanks for stepping in to relieve Sara from conducting duties and to lead the choir. I am grateful for your enthusiastic leadership.

The Chancel Choir, Sara and I are most grateful, too, for the continued support we receive from Linda and from this congregation. Your prayerful and monetary support have always been most generous.

Remember, there is a folder, some music and a robe in the choir room waiting to be used by YOU. Will the Holy Spirit fill you with the desire to become part of our music family? I hope so.

Bill Shoppell

Chancel Choir Director

William R. Shoppell, Jr. (36) - Musical Director
Sara B. Hoey (36) - Organist
Kason Jackson - Interim Director

Soprano:                                                                        Alto:

Joan Auge (8)                                                               Peggy Bierach (36)+
Susan Beltran (3)+                                                       Jean Campbell (13)+
Marilyn Rice (13)+                                                        Sandra Grebel *
Sarah Sarbello (16)+                                                    Despina Koch (20)
Patricia Shoppell (43)+                                                Janice Lippincott (21)+
Susan Sutphin (17)+                                                    Morgan Sarbello (7)+
Arlene Wacha (28)+                                                     Jean Stoll (26)+
Donna Wittmann (12)+

Tenor:                                                                           Bass:

Douglas Clark *                                                            Mark Donley *
David Parkes *                                                             Peter Farwell (11)
Charlie Wilder *                                                            Kevin Jasaitis (3)+
Jonathan Yount (13)+                                                  George Koch (20)+
                                                                                     Keith Reilly (2)+
                                                                                     Christopher VanDuyn (20)
                                                                                     Ken Wasser *

+ = singing in today's service                                      * = guest/special music

Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer person for the week is Lynn Hahm. Let us be prayerfully aware of Lynn, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Clara Bops; Maryanne Leach; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Henry Stout; Millage Youenger.

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; 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.

Pentecost Flowers 

Thank you to everyone who bought flowers for Pentecost.  This week the Daisy and Brownie troops will be planting them around the church.  The flowers serve as a reminder of the Holy Spirit that dwells here with us.  

A complete list can be found online and in the bulletin. 

Thank you to Nancy Jalowski and Sue and Bob Hankins for decorating the sanctuary.  

Local Fundraiser
Pt Beach After Irene

This Sunday there is a celebration and benefit for Dennis Smalling Jr. a local fisherman lost at sea earlier this year.  The benefit will be for his 12 year old daughter Audrey.

The benefit will take place Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Moose, 706 River Ave., Point Pleasant Boro. Adult tickets are $20 at the door and include food, beer and wine.  There will be live music as well as a 50/50 and gift auction. 

Welcome New Member

Last week we welcomed Corey MacGregor into membership.  Corey lives here in the Beach and is the owner of MacGregor Training and Fitness Center on Arnold Ave.  

Corey was confirmed at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Lakewood and grew up in Manchester Township.  Corey has a three year old son Constantine.

His hobbies include graphic arts, photography, and outside activities.  He also participated in many charity events and runs.

Welcome Corey and Constantine.  We are so glad you to have you a member of our church!

A Night Out at Blue Claws is Back! 

Once again tickets are on sale for the Friday, June 15th Blue Claws game at Energy Park.  Join other members and friends for a night out as the Blue Claws take on  the Hickory Crawdads, who are a  Texas Rangers Affiliate. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.

Fireworks will follow the game. Adult tickets are $10, 60 years and over are $8, 5-12 yrs old are $8. 

There is a signup on the bulletin board outside the church office.  

We once again expect a nice turnout of families who enjoy this event each year.  

Please speak with Kyle Jones or Dee D'Amore (deedamore4@gmail.com or 732-552-9861) to get your tickets. 

Interfaith Hospitality Network Arriving June 3

* A mother loses her job.
* A father cannot work because of an injury.
* A family loses its home by fire or natural disaster.
* A family must choose between medical costs and rent or mortgage payments.
* Public transportation is unavailable or too expensive.
* Affordable housing is scarce in Ocean County.

T hese are a few examples of why families now make up 40 percent of our homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless persons is a child. In response to this crisis, the Interfaith Hospitality Network brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. 

Families in the IHN program will be arriving here on June 3. We are in need of volunteers to help with setup and take down, provide dinner meals, visit with families in the evening, stay overnight in the Annex with the families, as well as launder bed linen at the end of the week.

Sign up sheets are in the back. Dorothy Tolley  would appreciate any help you can provide. Please speak with her if you have any questions. Our church has been a host church for IHN for many years. We are reminded in the book of Galatians to "not grow weary of doing good." Thank you to everyone who has volunteered over the years. 

Session Highlights This Week

The following is a recap of the May Session meeting held this past week.
  • Session met with the three confirmands, Jack Muraglia, John Liotta, and Sam Muraglia. Confirmation will take place June 3rd
  • A same-sex marriage inquiry will be further discussed in greater depth at the next Session meeting.
  • A Congregational Meeting is called for acting on the Nominating Committee's report on June 24, 2018.Ordination and installation of Deacons and Elders is scheduled for July 1, 2018. Officer Training will be scheduled during the first two weeks of July.
  • The Sunday School Fundraiser earned $215 from the geranium sale, to be used toward purchase of computers and projection of videos for VBS and Sunday School.
  • Point Beach Prep has filled all their openings for 2018-19 school year.
  • Interim Pastor Committee has been meeting faithfully and has narrowed applicants to six. They are preparing to interview prospective candidates.
  • Coffee Hour-needs volunteers for July & August
  • Troop 6.will be celebrating a 90th Anniversary with party in September. They are now called Scouts of America.  Cub Scouts (K-5th grade) have combined activities and leaders.  Scouts (boys and girls grade 6 through age 18) have separate leaders and activities (e.g. Camping).
  • New Beginnings is compiling a report to be received by the congregation at a regular church service; no formal congregational meeting is necessary
  • PPPC will renew the cleaning contract with ARC for three months. The contract renewal will be based on subsequent performance.
  • Bulk Pick Up is May 30th. Volunteers are need to help remove items from Manse and CE Annex on May 29th after 3:00 p.m.
  • The Moderator recommended that a decision be made by next month regarding the future of the Manse.
  • Kason Jackson was approved to be hired to be Interim Music Director for five weeks
  • The Rev. Linda Chase's vacation request was approved for June 18-24, 2018.

Anniversary Sunday

Once again we will be recognizing those celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary Anniversary Celebration as well as membership milestones on Sunday, June 17, 2018. 

Are you having an anniversary 50 years or more, either a wedding or of church membership, that we may not be aware of? If so, please call the church office so we can be sure your name is included.

Attention Class of 2018

PPPC would like to recognize all those students who will be graduating from college or high school this year. If you know of someone graduating from high school or college, please let us know. 

You can drop a note with their name and the school where they are graduating from in the offering plate, or call/email (mail@pointpresbyterian.org) the church office with the information.  Our graduates will be recognized in the bulletin on June 17.

Can you help us on May 29th?

Point Beach will be having bulk pickup on May 30.  The day before, on Tuesday, May 29 several people have volunteered to help put items out from our buildings.  We still can use more volunteers beginning after 3:00 p.m.   There will be large and smaller items that we need help with moving.

Point Beach is wonderful in taking all kinds of items at no cost to the church.  Through New Beginnings it was suggested that decluttering our buildings would be a great benefit to our church.  This is a great opportunity for us to get these items out of the way and work together.  All ministries of the church are encouraged to go through their items and purge any unused items.  

This Week at Point Beach Prep

High 5 everyone! We had a great week! We are learning about things that are 5 and 6 . We have five fingers on one hand and five toes on one foot. We remembered all about our five senses, too! We found five and six everywhere! We sang lots of songs about five and six plus read stories about them, too. We made jellyfish with five tentacles and also six little ducks, just like the song. We also stacked blocks by 5 and 6, rolled the dice and found the number on our paper plus used "counters" to see how many items make five and six. We learned that 5 and 6 in Spanish are cinco and seis.

Some of our Projects: Summer fish, Jellyfish with 5 tentacles, Six Little Ducks craft, Six dots on a ladybug
Some of the books we read: It's Hard to Be Five,5 Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea,Six Crows,Five For A Little One (5 Senses)
Music and Movement: 5 Speckled Frogs,5 Little Monkeys,5 Little Chickadees,6 Little Ducks

We have been celebrating a lot of birthdays and will soon be acknowledging summer birthdays as well. A huge thank you to the Elizabeth Verdella Circle for providing a birthday card and gifts for all of the Point Beach Prep Preschool children. Special thanks to Marion Search for organizing, purchasing and delivering all of the birthday bags each month! Our students love them!
Instruments Needed Extended to May 25th

Karen Norby will be going on a 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, 25th

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 25th so they can be packed up.  Get your instruments in.  How great it will be for those old instruments to be used again.

If you have an instrument that needs to be picked up,  please contact Karen Norby directly 732-295-8174 or cell# 908-915-2301

Congratulations to Becky Muraglia

On May 9 the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee recognized Becky Muraglia for her commitment to fostering an inclusive theater program that embrace all  students .  

Becky was commended for making a difference in all the lives of children of all capabilities.  We are blessed to have Becky do the same here at our church.  The complete article is found on the hallway bulletin board.  

Be sure to join us Sunday June 3 as Becky leads the Dove Choir in their Dove Choir Recognition.

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 20 - Diane Manzo
May 27 - Carol Bonebrake
June 3 - 10 Year Anniversary of Communion Brunch
June 10- Bette Hughes
June 17 - The McGuires
June 24 - Marilyn Coppolino

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

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
May 30

Up Coming Events

Sunday, June 3 Dove Choir Recognition/Confirmation
Special 10th Anniversary of the Communion Brunch with Mission support
Sunday, June 24 - Congregational Meeting to elect new officers following worship
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School

More information to follow on these events

Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, May 20 Day of Pentecost
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Recognition
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:30 a.m. - CE Committee

Monday,   May 21
9:15 a.m. - PW Coordinating Team

Tuesday,   May 22
10:00 a.m. -Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
6:30 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Room

Wednesday,  May 23
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 24
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 360
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop 443
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
6:00 p.m. - New Beginings Report Committee, Chittick Lounge
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, May 25
 6:30 p.m. - Pack Night, Wilton Hall
6:30 p.m.- GS Troop 906

Saturday, May 26

Sunday, May 27
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
2:30 p.m. - Claremont Care Center

Photo of the Week 

"Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord"
Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli
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