Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
February 11, 2018
This Sunday We Warmly Welcome:  

The Rev. Dr. Myrlene Hamilton Hess

Preaching:  "STARDUST"

I am a retired pastor, a member of Monmouth Presbytery, and formerly pastor of Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville. Originally from South Dakota, I have lived and served the church in a wide variety of places from Alaska to various points on the west coast, until moving to New Jersey in 1993. I am an author, photographer, gardener, fly fisher, sailor, and lover of animals. I am married to Eric Hess, Sr.

Sermon Notes:

In my children's message I will be asking the kids, "What are you made of?" 

How would YOU answer that question? 

There are lots of ways to go with that thought, but I'm going to answer it in one word that will take me about 15 minutes to define!. 

As we look at the familiar story of the transfiguration (Jesus meets Moses and Elijah on a mountaintop, with Peter, James and John looking on in amazement), I will also ask you to consider what it is that Peter got really right. 

Mostly we tend to look at what he messed up. But he got one thing superbly right on in this event and we would do well to emulate him. And I will challenge you to consider this in the context of the transition that you are just now beginning to experience. 

What is it that you really need to get right as you move from Carl's departure to the new place where God is leading you?

Prayer Concerns This Week
"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 Family for the week is the McSweeney family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Robert and Mary, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Bill Shoppell; Bob Bissey; Glen Thorson; (Jean DeMartino's son); Mary McSweeney

Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Cody MacPhearson; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Susan Robbins; Zack Russo; 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.

Join Us This Week:  Ash Wednesday

Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter, is to be a time of preparation, reflection and renewal. We invite you to begin your Lenten journey by joining with others from the church for the annual Ash Wednesday Soup Supper and Service.

We will gather on Wednesday, February 14 in the CE Annex with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to bring a pot of soup or a loaf of unsliced bread to share. If needed, runners will bring your soup upstairs to the annex before you park. 

Our service will be lead by the Rev. Dr. Myrlene Hamilton Hess.  Communion will be served and the music will be provided by the Chancel Choir.  

Sign-up sheets for soup donations are located by the Soup Pot in the Narthex; or send an e-mail to Kim in the church office. Please join us as we enter the 40 days of Lent together. Come together as a family; bring your friends.

The Big Cover Up Weekly Update

Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church has served the community since 1882.  It was on October 22, 1882 that our church was officially organized at the home of Dr. Knox, a retired Presbyterian minister and President of Bloomfield Theological Seminary.  Dr. Knox started a summer Sunday School on his lawn for his own children as well as for the children in the neighborhood.  Several Presbyterian families who recently moved into the area expressed an interest to organize a Presbyterian Church here in Point Pleasant Beach.  

The new church raised $875 by soliciting members and friends and decided to build.  A loan for $1,500 was made.  At that time the building roof was listed as $1000.  With two lots gifted, the church building came to a grand total of $2,480.  

For over 135 years we have hosted weddings, funerals, baptisms, Sunday School, as well as comfort and encouragement to those who have entered our church. We continue to serve the community by offering meeting space for young and old. As previously stated, the roof is a symbol of something much stronger than the physical roof. It has a much deeper meaning to all of us in many different ways. For generations a deep spirituality has been felt here under our roof. 

Have you considered making a donation to our roof and having your employer match your donation?  Many employers offer such a program for charitable contributions.  Please check with your employer and see if this may be something that you can do to help further support our church and the need for a new roof.  
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.

We also want to thank the over 50 people who have already made contributions towards the roof.

Join Other Presbyterian Women For Dinner - February 21

All Presbyterian Women are invited to nourish, refresh and refill your bodies, minds and spirits by joining other PW for dinner on Wednesday, February 21st at Frankie's on Rt. 35 S. right here in Pt. Pleasant at 6:30 p.m..

Make some new friends, share a good meal and give yourself a spiritual lift! This "dine around" is usually scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday, every other month, at different local restaurants.  However, this month the date has changed due to our Ash Wednesday service and Soup Supper on the 14th. 

If you know ahead that you can join us please call Maggie Giase at 732-295-0908 or Lynn Hahm at 732-920-7133 to let us know and we can reserve space, but if you don't know till the last minute just come anyway! We'll make room! Mark your calendar and we'll see you there.

Still Have Questions About New Beginnings?

In less than two weeks, the people from New Beginnings will be here to provide us with leadership training for the New Beginnings program. We are still seeking leaders and hosts that will be facilitators for future New Beginnings meetings.

Leaders and hosts will be fully supported through the training that will take place here at the Church on February 23 and 24th. During the training, the New Beginnings staff will make sure each leader is comfortable in the understanding and implementation of their roll.

It is our goal to offer the congregation a variety of times and locations for New Beginnings meetings, since they are key to our transition and future. The more leaders and hosts we have, the more successful the implementation of the program will be.

Hosts are needed to conduct a meeting either in their home or at the church. As a host you would be asked to provide a simple setup of space and refreshments. As a leader of a small group you would lead a group of less than 8 people in specific discussions. Both hosts and leaders cultivate a welcoming and friendly environment where people can feel free to share in the future vision for our church. New Beginnings meetings will tentatively begin in March.  

Even if you are unsure if you would like to host or lead a small group, please consider joining us on Friday evening, February 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 24 from 9 to 3 p.m. to hear what the New Beginnings staff envision for our church.

This two day meeting is set up so that the Friday night meeting will be an overall orientation of the program, while  the Saturday meeting will provide leaders with all the details that are needed on how they can successfully conduct planned New Beginnings meetings.

Since New Beginnings will be here in a week or so, please sign up today by contacting Jim McGuire at (908) 783-7193.  If you are unable to attend the training but still would consider being a leader or host please let Jim know. 
Inquirers Group, Exploring Church Membership

An Inquirers Group, for those exploring membership in the church, will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. (just after the Communion Brunch) and will continue until 2:00 p.m. Child care can be made available upon prior request. New members will be received in worship on March 11. Please call the Church Office (732-899-0587) to sign up, or to find out more!  
Baptisms  To Take Place

Do you want to have your child baptized?  What a wonderful time in the life of your family. Baptism is not simply a festive ceremony Sacrament of Baptism . It is much more!  Baptism is a Sacrament in which the family reaffirms their faith in Christ as Savior, and promises to raise their child in the Christian faith.  The congregation here at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church also makes a promise to God that they will assist the parents in the raising of their children in the faith.  It is because of these promises, the  child being presented for Baptism, ordinarily has at least one parent that is an active member of the congregation.

Parents may join our church around the time of their child's baptism. We encourage everyone to attend our new member classes, or inquirer's classes, which are held several times each year. These classes are an excellent way for newcomers to get to know our congregation, as well as our faith.

B aptisms will take place on Sunday, March 4 and on Sunday, May 27th at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. For more information, please call the Church Office. 

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 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.  

Lenten Devotionals

Instead of giving something up for Lent why not take something on?  This year we will be emailing a daily Lenten devotion to those on our email list. This 40 day devotion is a free resource offered through the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Why not commit to the daily reading of God's word for Lent.   

" So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17

If you are not on our the Church's email list, please call the church office at 732-899-0587 and we will be glad to add you.

Last Call For Free Books From The Library

Time is running out on getting a free book from the library in the North Hall. The books are soon to be packed up and removed. Stop in and grab a few before it is too late.

Don't forget about our call for Altered Books.

Do you feel funny changing a book or completely altering it? Some simple facts to consider (i n the United States alone.)

* More than 2 billion books are published each year
* 40 million tons of paper that could be recycled is thrown away each year
* 2 billion pounds of books are wasted each year
(Source discoverbooks.com)

Books can be re-sold or donated; but many books have outlived their usefulness in their current form and can be recycled, giving them a new story to tell -- this being what altered books accomplishes!  

If you plan on submitting an Altered Book please speak with Karen Norby or Celisha Scarpone.  Drop off date for artwork is Monday, March 19, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Church.

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.
February 11 - Frank and Kerry Jones
February 18 - The McGuires
February 25 - Donna Wittmann
March 4 - Communion Breakfast
March 11 - *** Open - Host Needed **

Souper Bowl Of Caring Last Sunday

Thank you to everyone who donated to Souper Bowl of Caring last Sunday.  A total of $169.75 was collected.  The Philadelphia Eagles team were able to top the New England Patriots in our own little Souper Bowl competition last Sunday.  

The soup and the money collected will be split between St. Gregory's Pantry and Mary's Table which are only supported through donations.  Thank you for helping us tackle hunger!

Share With Us Your Good News

We would love to be excited with you and share any good news you or your family has received. Call us and let us know of any special honors, births, big milestones, or anything you are happy to share.  We want to hear about it and get the word out in our weekly newsletter.  Please email or call the church office with your good news.  

Sunday Worship Leaders Needed

Worship Leaders give their assistance during the Sunday worship by helping with the liturgy in the bulletin. We are always seeking additional readers, especially during this time of transition. Volunteers typically lead the congregation in the Prayer of Confession, Assurance of God's Pardon, Prayer for Illumination, as well as reading one of the scripture lessons. All of the needed information and final bulletin is emailed on Fridays for you to prepare. If interested please contact Nancy Jalowski at njalowski@aol.com or 732-223-9828.

This Week At Point Beach Prep

This week we had a few special guests.  

On Monday, Dr. Merkler's Dental Office came in to teach us dental awareness. Some students volunteered to dress up in tooth costumes and pretend to get brushed and flossed! We talked about healthy food choices as well. Everyone was happy to leave with a new toothbrush.

Each class also enjoyed the Student of the Week family visitors, who came in and made special projects with their class.

On Thursday, we enjoyed the entertainment of children's singer Yosi Levin!  He did a special interactive show called Love and Friendship.  The children and teachers danced, jumped around, sang songs and laughed! It was a ton of fun!

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

Feb 11 Karyn Smykowski, Ryder Lucich
Feb 12 Elizabeth Havranek
Feb 13
Feb 14
Feb 15 Samuel Muraglia
Feb 16 Virginia Zimmerman, Julie Budrick, Emma Scarpone
Feb 17 Sue Hankins, Ryan Wittmann, Morgan Sarbello, Henry Scott
Feb 18 Mary Wade, Kylee Kells
Feb 19 Harvey Mendelsohn
Feb 20 Cora Landers
Feb 21 Linda Smith
Feb 22
Feb 23 Terri Satterlee
Feb 24 Heidi Steinert, Jamie McGuire, Isabella Drescher
Feb 25 Kent Lorentzen
Feb 26 Allan Novick, Tyler Barbieri
Feb 27 Thomas D'Amore, Michael Torres
Feb 28 Eva Pula, Emily Birdsong

Check Our Website 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.

Up Coming Events

Wednesday, February 14 - Ash  Wednesday
6:30 p.m. Supper and 7:00 p.m. Service

Tuesday, February 20 - Session Meeting

Friday February 23 and Saturday, February 24 - New Beginnings  Leader Training

Saturday, March 17 - Women's Retreat:  Prayer is My Rock

Sunday, March 18 - IHN Arrives Again  (Sooner than expected this time only)

Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, February 11
8:45 a.m. - CE Committee Meeting, Sunday School
9:10 a.m. - Dove Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers/Dove Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship

Monday, February 12
11:30 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle, Fellowship Room
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells, Fellowship Room

Tuesday,   February 13
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Daytime Circle
6:00 p.m. - Bear Tiger Den
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Eveneing Circle

Wednesday,  February 14 - Ash Wednesday
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. - Ash Wednesday Soup Supper
7:00 p.m. - Ash Wednesday Service, CE Annex

Thursday, February 15
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 360, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Daisy Troop 443, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Webelos
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, February 16

Saturday, February 17
12:00 p.m. - Blue and Gold Dinner, CE Annex

Sunday, February 18
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School Staff Meeting, Sunday School Room
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Healing Prayers/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. Sunday School begins in Worship
11:30 a.m. - Sandy Team Meeting, CE Annex
Photo of the Week

Every Wednesday at the Rainbow Diner you are bound to find the ladies of our church meeting for breakfast.  Recently the group has been having a good turnout.  Join them every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Rainbow Diner in Brick. 

From left to right:  Marion Search, Peggy Bierach, Barbara Reusch, Linda Lee Smith, Ginny Claeys, Carol Bonebrake and Linda Chase.  
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