This Sunday we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Terranova
In 2007 Mark was ordained as a deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East
Brunswick, NJ, the only church to which he has belonged for fifty years. This was the beginning of the current journey although it was not so clear at that time. Through increasing participation in various church ministries, Mark was unexpectedly asked to present the sermon for one of the annual Deacon Sunday services. To his surprise it was well received and soon his pastor started a conversation about considering seminary. After about a year of soul searching, prayer, and considering every reason why he should not, Mark enrolled at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and was taken under care by Monmouth Presbytery. Now after completing an eight month field education residency with the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar and four hundred hours of Clinical Pastoral Education at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Mark has fulfilled his seminary education requirements, was graduated on May 20, 2017, and has just concluded his PC(USA) ordination exams.
About the Message this Sunday
Scholarship is in agreement that John's is the latest of the gospels to be written based upon its theological development and consciousness of historical events. One such event that weighs heavily is the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE.
This catastrophic event carried out by the occupying Roman forces produced a situation that called for immediate action by the temple authorities as the seat of their worship and their very lives as Jews was suddenly gone. The answer in the face of such a life changing event was a strict defining of what it meant to be a Jew and of an ingathering of the faithful in an attempt to insulate themselves from further desecration.
This action of pulling in toward the center left little room for divergent religious practices and the Johannine community found themselves increasingly barred from the fellowship of those with whom they had previously sought inclusion. Using Jesus' words John speaks not to those living during Jesus' time but to those of his own time assuring them that although the pain of change may seem unbearable, God's purpose never changes and will triumph in the end. In following Jesus we are offered to lose our lives, to live fully into the gospel message rather than to hate our lives, do nothing, and remain untransformed.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Sarbello family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Sarah and Morgan as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: Maryanne Leach, Bill Shoppell; 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.
Confirmation Classes To Begin
We'll soon be starting up the Confirmation Class, which will meet on Sunday mornings from 11:20 am till 12:30 pm. Young people 7th grade and older are most welcome to attend!
There will be 6 meetings of the class altogether between now and Pentecost, May 20th (which is the actual date Confirmation will take place in our morning worship service). Confirmation will meet on the following dates:
Information meeting, Mar. 18, 11:20 am - informational meeting for parents and youth (Fellowship Room)
Palm Sunday, Mar. 25, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #1
Easter Sunday, Apr. 1., No meeting
Sunday, Apr. 8, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #2
Sunday, Apr. 15, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #3
Sunday, Apr. 22, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #4
Sunday, Apr. 29, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #5
Sunday, May 6, 11:20 am till 12:30 pm - Class meeting #6
Sunday, May 13, No meeting - Mother's Day
Tuesday , May 15, 6:30 pm - class meets with Session
Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 10:00 am - Confirmation
We'll be starting out with an informational meeting for parents and young people: on Sunday, March 18th at 11:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Room (right after coffee hour is over). Please contact Marjorie Meklin to for more information at 908-433-3957
Interfaith Hospitality Network Starts This Sunday
- And They Need You Now
IHN arrives this Sunday - March 18 and we still especially need
dinners and overnight hosts.
Dinners are needed for Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th.
Overnight hosts are needed for Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23rd.
Evening hosts are also needed for Sunday, March 18th and Saturday, March 24th
Please extend hospitality to our IHN Guests. Look for the sign up sheet and fill in where you can. Please call
Dorothy Tolley (732-892-9306) if you can help.
Sign up sheets are also in the Narthex.
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
Well the weather did it to us again, the start of the New Roof has been delayed again
due to weather. It was out of our control, but the things in our control have been working well! We have gone over $60,000 in our collections THANK YOU! There is another Noreaster next week too.
Kyle Jones will be doing his roof message option again this week at Coffee Hour with a $20 "time capsule " message on the roof. Say Hi to someone looking down on us etc.
Thanks to all who ate at Simkos. It was nice seeing everyone come out and support the project. Apologies to the Lydia Circle and those who went for lunch on Tuesday. There was confusion over the weather and they did not open on time or communicate properly. Mike Simko was embarrassed and is still going to donate an amount equal to the missed meals for us that lunch.
We are still open for any and all donations as we get closer to our goal and minimize the amount we will have to borrow.
Many, many THANKS.
Last Chance To Sign The Roof This Sunday
This Sunday at the coffee hour in the Fellowship Room, 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. Too date Kyle has raised $400 with his idea for the roof campaign. Don't miss out in helping him raise more!
New Beginnings Group Off and Running - Still Time To Join
Some small groups have begun meeting this past week but it not to late to sign up. There are groups that are just beginning this upcoming week.
Look for the Sign up sheets in the Narthex. The following groups are starting this week:
Sunday - March 18
- 11:30 a.m. Led by Mary Beth Schroeder and Hosted by: TBD - Chittick Lounge at the Church 6 Openings Left
- 5:00 p.m. Led by Mandy Rauffer and Hosted by Sue Hankins - Chittick Lounge at the Church Group is Full
Wednesday - March 21
- 6:30 p.m. Led by Donna Wittmann and Henry Stout and Hosted by Kerry Jones - 416 Jarob Court, Point Pleasant - 6 Openings Left
For information on joining another group that has already met, please call the church office or speak with Jim McGuire (732)783-7193
Church World Service - Hygiene and School Kits
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.
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.
Won't You Engage With Us on Facebook?
We have been actively posting on our the
church facebook page
the many things our church has to offer. Please consider liking our page, following our page, as well as sharing some of our posts with your friends. Our facebook page is just another way we can share community with one another.
We are also looking for reviews. Many people today that are considering a church go online and see what they offer and what others have to say first. Please consider letting others know how you feel about your church. To write a review please
click on the review link
on our page. See you online!
Altered Books Due This 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
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 concerns. Sign-up sheet is in the Church Kitchen.
March 18 - Barbara Reusch/Frankie Kunz
March 25 - Lynn Hahm/Diane Legreide
April 1 - Marjorie Meklin and Glen Gauer
April 8 - Communion Breakfast
April 15 - The Lorentzens
April 22 - PW
April 29 - Deb Brendler
In Sunday School This Week
Last week, we talked about what Jesus considered to be the two most important laws of God. His first response included loving God with all of your heart and soul, and the second said to love your neighbor as thyself. Jesus believed that by doing these two laws were more important than remembering things like what to wear and which foods to eat. He believed loving one another was the best way to, in turn, love God. We talked about the different ways we love people and how it makes our lives better. Then we did some fun crafts.
This week, we will be talking about the Last Supper. The time leading up to Easter is a somber time and can be a little difficult to understand. We will be doing our best to help them understand what happened and why God made the sacrifices he did for us. After our lessons, our older friends will be helping make palm crosses. There will be a craft for those who do not want to help, but participation is encouraged!
See you all on Sunday!
Peace and blessings,
Before You Make Those Summer Vacation Plans...
Parents, please save the date.
Vacation Bible School is in the works!
Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17
Half Day morning program this year.
Stay tuned for more information!
This Week At Point Beach Prep
The Point Pleasant Beach High School Child Development Class has begun coming over to our school as part of their curriculum. They will be here 2 times a week for 1 month. They will be doing various activities with us.
they performed 4 puppet shows each day for us. The High School students wrote the scripts and made the puppets themselves. They were terrific!
St. Gregory's Pantry Easter Volunteers Needed and More
March 25 Youth needed to carry food from
2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday March 27, adults are need for as much time as possible to help with Distribution from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM. (Volunteer arrival at 8:45 ) A
ny amount of time that y
ou can give is appreciated.
In addition filled Easter baskets
will be accepted until March 22. They may be filled with candy, games, books or any age appropriate items for children ages 1-15.
Please note it would be helpful to attach a label stating the age and gender of the child receiving the basket.
hank you for your previous generosity with these baskets. This year it is especially important to carry on the tradition for the children. The pantry is open
daily Monday thru Friday from 10 AM - Noon for receiving.
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.
|One Great Hour of Sharing: Minute for Mission (Presbyterian Hunger)
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.
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
March 18 Jean Campbell, Wendy Childers
March 20 Stephanie Smith, Alexa Wright
March 21 Carole Adamo, Shane Smith
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
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
Church Calendar For The Week
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
11:20 a.m. - Confirmation Informational Meeting for Parents and Youth
11:30 a.m. - Schroeder New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
5:00 p.m. - Rauffer New Beginning Small Group, Chittick Lounge
Monday, March 19 - IHN
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells
Tuesday, March 20 - IHN
6:30 p.m. - Session Meeting, Fellowship Room
Wednesday, March 21 - IHN
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 - Wittmann/H. Stout New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant
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 22 - IHN
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
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir
Friday, March 23 - IHN
Saturday, March 24 - IHN
Sunday, March 25 - IHN - Palm Sunday - One Great Hour of Sharing
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Dove and Chancel/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:15 a.m. - Congregational Meeting
2:30 p.m. - Claremont Care Center
Photo of the Week
The Presbyterian Women "Dine Around" group went to Simko's this past week in support of the roof campaign. Around the table from left to right is Lynn Hahm, Jacque Thornton, Carol Bonebrake, Deb Brendler, Ginger Decker, Margie Meklin, Marilyn Rice, Maggie Giase and Susan Reilly. Photo credits to Dee D'Amore who is missing from the picture.
The next time the ladies will meet will be Wednesday April 25 (the 4th Wednesday of each month). Place and location will be announced in the bulletin a week or two beforehand. 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.