Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
September 6, 2020

Sunday Worship
Reservation and service links were sent on Wednesday.
The bulletin for those participating online is here.
The flowers this Sunday are given
in Loving Memory of Al and Lois Wisniewski Wedding Anniversary
by the Valenti Family
Prayer Concerns This Week
 
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, 
and thanksgiving be made for everyone, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity."  1 Timothy 2:1-2

The Prayer person for the week is Carol Bonebrake. Let us be prayerfully aware of Carol, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Pete Cowie; Karen Liebhauser; Michael Berry

Long term concerns: Katie Abrams; Katie Hoffmaster Barberi; Ed Jung; Jay Hiatt; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Jacob Mendelsohn; Josephine McKeon; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Linda Lee Smith; Millage Youenger; Ginny Zimmerman; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.

Military: Sarah Davis Brown; Morgan (Colberg) Sensing; Michael Fahey III; Robin Fiorentino; all those in our nation's service.

A Word from our Stated Supply Pastor
“I give you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you…” John 12:34
 
The great commandment to love one another is easy to understand and hard to follow. Love of neighbor is never easy but, it seems to me, even harder to keep in mind in the midst of a hotly contested presidential election. In our unfortunately bitterly divided nation it is often hard to maintain civility, let alone love, in the discussions around the elections. Now a scant two months away, election discussions often break down into mutual recriminations even within families. How do we, as Christians and as citizens, meet the challenge of both the commandment and our civic duty to be knowledgeable voters in a democracy?

Abraham Lincoln, who, of course, presided over the most fractious moment in American history offered good advice to his generation and ours. In his first Inaugural Address he said,
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Yes, the better angels of our nature are called for in this election season.

As we encounter one another we often simply sidestep the conversation especially with those with whom we are likely to disagree. This is sometimes the best course. When sharp encounters arise we might do well to remember our calling to love of neighbor. We must believe the best in one another and assume that those who disagree with our judgement are acting upon their own sense of integrity. Too, we must resist the temptation--strong though it may be--to deduce why our neighbors take the positions they do. There is no place for assuming that another is not paying attention, is only self-interested, is a hopeless liberal/conservative or simply watches the wrong news outlet. Repairing to Lincoln again, he once said, “I don’t like that man very much, I must get to know him better.”

Any hope of meeting America’s challenges in the future will depend on our capacity to address one another respectfully and patiently. It is a tall order but as Christians it is also our calling. We can all begin by urging everyone--of every political persuasion--to register and to vote. In doing so we communicate a respect for everyone’s place of importance in this land that we love. May God give us grace to show “malice toward none and charity toward all” in these days.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Eileen
Celebrating The Lord's Supper
This Sunday we will celebrate The Lord's Supper.

For those celebrating at home:
After the Words of Institution and Breaking of the Bread, you will be invited to partake of the elements at home. Beforehand, please prepare a slice or small piece of bread and a cup of juice or red wine (your choice).

For those worshiping in person:
Individually wrapped communion elements will be found on the pew in front of you.
The packet contains a wafer and grape juice. The first step involves carefully removing the top cover by pulling on the tab. Keep the top cover but place the open cup with the juice back in the pew holder. You will need both hands to separate the clear plastic from the foil part of the cover to expose the wafer. Dispose of the wrapping but keep the wafer. You can now partake of the wafer and the juice together.

The sacrament transcends circumstances. Whether at home or practicing distancing and caution in a church building, we are equal partners in the community of faith and share one communion of the table.

Welcome Guests This Sunday
This Sunday, as we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we will be joined (via Zoom) by some brothers and sisters from Old Bergen (Presbyterian) Church in Jersey City. Their pastor is on vacation this week and Pastor Eileen has a long and warm relationship with the congregation. Se we welcome our friends from Jersey City!

"Behold how beautiful it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity."

Deacon Offering
The Deacons' ministry assists people with utility bills and rent as well as providing gift and gas cards for those in need.

A donation to the Deacons can be made this Communion Sunday by using the envelope in your box or by making a donation online in the Deacon Fund line. As always thank you for your care and concern for others.
Sunday School ZOOM Coming Soon!
Sunday School Online Zoom Sessions for families of children in grades preschool (age 3+) through grade 5 continue in the new school year starting Sunday, September 13 at 9 a.m. Sessions will last approximately 35-40 minutes. Participating families will receive Zoom meeting login credentials directly.

During our sessions, we will chat about our theme, watch the Bible story videos, enjoy music, and experience some of the other media available through our curriculum. Engaging family follow-up ideas/materials will arrive via email for use during the week. 

In September we will concentrate on the theme of “Friendship."
Kindly fill in the 2020-2021 Online Sunday School Registration, so that we will know to send you weekly invitations with Zoom ID and password. Then, please scan the form, or snap a photo with your cell phone, and email it to pppcsundayschool@gmail.com.

Hope to see you soon!
Care Corner
Another week has gone by in pandemic world. The good news is that more things are opening up. The bad news is that maybe you, like me, are hesitant to put yourself out there just yet. What an interesting space to be in, bored, lonely, a bit anxious and yet hesitant to get back out there. It feels like the emotional effects of this pandemic may be pretty long lasting. Again, I’m reminded that we have to honor our own needs around putting ourselves back out into the world. Is the risk worth it? After all this time being alone, for many the risk is worth it. For others it isn’t. My introverted parts are content not going anywhere but oh my, my bored and lonely parts want things to go back to normal. What the heck is normal anymore? In the very least wouldn’t it be nice to know how this is going to pan out? There is so much uncertainty right now that it is difficult to tolerate.Between COVID, it being an election year and a contentious one at that, unsettled race relations, crazy weather, school concerns…. What else shall we throw into the mix? So, what can we do?

Turns out there’s plenty we can do. Let’s start with a reminder about contemplative prayer. What a great way to start the day. The meditative state of contemplative prayer will help put you in touch with your emotions that may be swirling around all over the place right now. It will help you find some solid footing on which to start your day. Finding gratitude is another great way to improve one’s mood. Ending your day finding five things to be grateful for that you encountered in your day is a lovely way to drift off to sleep and has been found to improve mood. Keep connecting with people in any way you feel safe. Even on Zoom or Facetime connecting with loved ones and friends is so important. Have deep meaningful conversations. Don’t let your introverted parts run the show. It can be easy to do right now with all the uncertainty. It can feel easier to just hide away and pull the shades down. Wake me up when 2020 is over. Resist the urge to hide away. Connection is needed right now for each of us and for the greater good. Too much division on top of isolation makes for some toxic stuff. Put yourself out there in person or virtually. We all need a little love. Until next time, eat healthy, be happy and wash your hands!
 
Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Point Beach Prep
Point Beach Prep has openings in our afternoon classes. We make learning fun, while building self-esteem! Please call 732-701-9900 to register.

We are also seeking a preschool teacher for our Tuesday/Thursday Pre-k class. The hours are 8:15am-1:15pm. Our teachers are well qualified, loving people, who provide a safe environment in which children can explore and learn. If you or someone you know may be interested, please send a resume to pointbeachprep@hotmail.com.

Rainbow Ladies are Coming Back
For those ladies who feel comfortable dining out, a small group of women are once again meeting every Wednesday at the Rainbow Diner, Route 70 in Brick, for some breakfast and in-person conversation. They gather starting at 9:00 a.m.
Coming Up

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day - The office is closed.
Tuesday, September 8 - 6:30 pm - Session Meeting
Sunday, September 13 - 9:00 to 9:40 am Virtual Sunday School Begins
Monday, September 17 - 7:15 pm - Deacon's Virtual Meeting
Sunday, September 27 - 11:00 a.m. Virtual Congregational Meeting
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
birthday blessing

Sept 6
Sept 7 Glenavie Gauer, Connor Kells, Mark McDermitt
Sept 8 Claire Meany
Sept 9 Shirley Young-Callari
Sept 10
Sept 11 Kiera King
Sept 12 Virginia Claeys
Sept 13 Thomas Crawley, Marjorie Meklin, James Scott
Sept 14 Suzanne Perkowski
Sept 15 
Sept 16 Susan Reilly
Sept 17 
Sept 18 Jack Tolley
Sept 19 
Sept 20 Paula Pennypacker
Sept 21 Corey MacGregor
Sept 22 
Sept 23 
Sept 24 
Sept 25
Sept 26 John Brzyski Jr., Katherine Durante, Robin Fiorentino
Sept 27 
Sept 28 Pam Cole
Sept 29 Leigh Reinwald
Sept 30 Donna Fahey
Image of the Week
Congratulations to our very own Jacque (Thornton) and Harvey Mendelsohn
who were married in the church last week.
Contact Us

Pastoral Staff
The Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, Stated Supply Pastor - Email
 
Office Staff 
Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary - Email
Donna Ferry, Financial Secretary -Email
 
Music Staff
Sara Hoey, Organist - Email
Melanie Chambers, Chancel Choir Director - Email
Morgan Sarbello, Choral Bell Director - Email
William R. Shoppell, Jr., Music Director, Emeritus
 
Christian Education Staff
Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director - Email
Frank Perkowski, Sunday School Coordinator - Email

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


Church Office: mail@pointpresbyterian.org