Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
February 24, 2019
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 Jean Campbell. Let us be prayerfully aware of Jean, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Deb Brendler; the family of Bill Hoey; Ron Claeys.

Long term concerns: Joan Auge; Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Irene Cash; Gerard Cosimo; Despina Koch; Charlene Mendelsohn; Jim Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Susan Robbins; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Jean Stoll; Chad Suhoskey; Ralph Smith; Jacque Thornton; Bill Williams; Ginny Zimmerman; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.

Military: Kyle Barker; Sarah Davis Brown; Morgan Daniels Colberg; Michael Fahey III; Robin Fiorentino; all those in our nation's service.

Notice:  Please keep the office updated on any prayer concerns 
you may have, including ones previous submitted.
Noisy Offering

This Sunday, in addition to our usual tithes and offerings, we will accept contributions to Cents-Ability, a hunger ministry of the Presbytery of Monmouth. We drop our "spare change" into the Cents-Ability buckets and delight in the loud, joyful clinking of coins! Not only is being "Noisy" fun, it is also a small but significant first step in the battle against hunger and poverty.

February PW Dine Around - Coming Up this Week

PW will meet at Lo's Garden on Rte. 88 in Brick at 6:30 on Wednesday,  February 27th.  All Presbyterian Women are welcome to join us for food and fellowship.  It's always a fun evening out with God's girls!

Lo's Garden -    2132 NJ-88, Brick, NJ 08724  Menu
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection, giving thanks to God for the life of William Hoey, will take place Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. 
Soup and Scripture: A Lenten Bible Study of the Gospels

Join with others for a Bible study of the four Gospels on Wednesday mornings: March 13, 20, 27 and April 3. We will meet from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Room to look at each of the Gospels noting their similarities and differences. 

Homemade soup will be provided for lunch following our study. Bring a sandwich if you wish, a friend if you can, and whatever questions you have about the four Gospels' accounts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. No book purchase is necessary, please bring your Bible.  

Rev. Eileen Lindner will make the soup and facilitate the conversation. Make this a part of your Lenten preparation. All are welcome.  A sign up sheet is found in the Narthex.  
Sunday School

Fly on the wall views as we finish our February theme of Service--Lending a hand to help someone else. Note children growing in faith and having fun, led by adults who are good sports!

Session Highlights  

Maryellen Curtis reported that the books of the Presbyterian Women have been audited and found to be in good order. Treasurer Marj Watson is doing an excellent job.

A Mission Study Team of five members is being formed to begin meeting after the last meeting of the New Beginnings discernment group with facilitator, Jeanne Radak. The Mission Study Team will present a report to Session which will, in turn, present a report to Presbytery's Committee on Ministry.

Lenten Bible Study, Introduction to the Gospels, led by Rev. Eileen Lindner, will be held on four Wednesdays at 11:00 AM: March 13, 20, and 27 and April 3. Soup and bread will be provided for participants during a time of fellowship following the study.

A motion was made and seconded to offer plants for sale to celebrate Mothers' Day as a fundraiser for Christian Education activities. The motion was approved. Prices and forms to pre-order certain types and colors of plants will be available in advance of Mothers' Day.

Twenty-six letters were sent to families in our congregation to determine the number of youth interested in participating in Confirmation classes. Several have responded and plans are in place with curriculum and teachers.

Alissa Pazienza Hudak will be meeting with Personnel Committee members to finalize an agreement to work as Director of Youth Ministries. A motion was made and seconded to empower the Personnel Committee to offer Alissa a ten month contract and $500 seed money for program expenses. The motion was approved.

Session mourns the passing of Elder Deborah Brendler. At PPPC, she was an enthusiastic participant in Session as Chairperson of Worship, a beloved member of Lydia Circle, a Kitchen Crew member for Communion Brunch, a Vacation Bible School volunteer, and a dedicated follower of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In her many caring notes to fellow Presbyterians in our congregation, she signed her name after these words: IN HIS GRIP. Deb was an inspiration to all of us.
Diane Manzo has volunteered to assume the role of Worship Committee Chairperson.

The Annual Clothes Drive will be held April 13th. Donations of WEARABLE clothes suitable for any season, sheets, and other items are being accepted. Pairs of shoes should be bagged separately from other clothing. Questions? Contact Diane Manzo or Karen Norby.

Craig Lambie reported that offerings in February were off to a good start, but income is $2700 less than outflow.

Frank Jones reported that the CE Annex Door Upgrade has been made. Kim has the access codes and rules governing access in the Office for those with official business in the CE Annex.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, August 5-9. The theme is Powered Up.

A motion was made and seconded to allow Basking Ridge PC Middle Schoolers to sleep overnight from Wednesday through Sunday, August 7-11. Participants could be as few as five, or as many as 20. They will be out of the Annex by 8:00 AM, so there won't be a conflict with Vacation Bible School activities. The motion was approved.

A motion was made and seconded to allocate $500 for a hanger system that North Gallery Chairperson Karen Norby has requested. The motion was approved. The new system will allow exhibits to use different sizes of hardware and to change heights of displayed items from a stable track.

A special committee to administer the care and maintenance of the Memorial Garden has been formed. Members of the Memorial Garden Committee are Jacque Thornton, Lynn Hahm, Brian Potter, Dee D'Amore, and Ginny Claeys.

Beginning of Lent

Lent is to be a time of preparation, reflection and renewal. Everyone is invited to begin the Lenten journey at the annual Ash Wednesday Soup Supper and Service.

We will gather on Wednesday, March 6 in Wilton Hall for a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a worship service with imposition of ashes to begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Please plan to bring a pot of soup or a loaf of unsliced bread to share.  Sign-up sheets for soup donations are located by the Soup Pot in the narthex; or sign up by emailing 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. 

In the Community 

Beginning on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 the Little Point Bookshop will host a monthly book discussion group focusing on Finding Faith Expressions in popular graphic novels. The discussions will be led by Rev. Donald Stevens, the Senior Pastor of Central United Methodist Church on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach.

The first book that we will read and discuss is American Gods Vol. 1: Shadows, written by Neil Gaiman with art by P. Craig Russel and Scott Hampton. This graphic novel is based on the award winning fiction novel by the same author, and is intended for mature audiences only. 

All are welcome to join us for what promises to be a lively and engaging group. So pick up your copy at the Little Point Bookshop and join us there on April 23rd to be a part of the discussion!
This Week at Point Beach Prep

Dramatic play helps children explore different roles and situations as children play with items and tools adults use in everyday life. Role play also helps children learn about their community, their surrounding environment, and a variety of careers. Our Dramatic Play Area this week was a construction site. Through the staging of materials, the children used their imaginations to paint, hammer and use other tools to build.  During this pretend play, they also built thinking skills and developed social, emotional and language skills! Our dramatic play areas change with the children's interests.  We have had bakeries, Veteranarian's offices, post offices, fishing boats, grocery stores, pizza shops, puppet areas, flower shops, along with many others. No matter which themes and materials we include, this dramatic play learning center is entertaining and educational for the children!

North Hall Gallery

Jeff Childers "Glimpses Around the World" exhibit will continue until the end of March.   All photos are available for purchase with 50% of the proceeds going to our Church. 

Matted, Framed 5x7 Photos - $50
Matted, Framed 8x10 Photos - $60
Matted, Framed 11x14 Photos - $75

Photos are available in any size by request.

After Jeff graduated from college, he packed up and headed to China. He accepted a position teaching English to elementary school students which ended up being a year full of adventure, phenomenal food, silly confusion, abundant hospitality, and lots & lots of laughs. Throughout the year in Ningbo and for many months thereafter, Jeff continued to seek out new places and experiences which led him overland throughout most of China, Mongolia, and throughout countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, & Thailand. His display of photography illustrates the beauty of the people he met along the way, and the incredible landscapes he encountered.

In Case of Snow....

Please check the main page of the church website (www.pointpresbyterian.org) or our Facebook page for the latest information about cancellations of church activities.  

Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month

Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 to volunteer
February 24 -  Craig and Jane Lambie
March 3 - Communion Brunch
March 10 - Girl Scouts
March 15- Cathy Walker
March 24 - Diane Legriede and Karyn Smykowski
March 31 - Bette Hughes and the Outreach Committee

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

Feb 24 Heidi Steinert, Jamie McGuire
Feb 25 Kent Lorentzen
Feb 26 Allan Novick
Feb 27 Thomas D'Amore
Feb 28 Eva Pula, Emily Birdsong
March 1 Evelyn Hazard
March 2 Jill Watson
March 3 Justin Hurley, Max Rauffer, Barbara Reusch,
March 4 Londyn Hall, Kellen O'Hara, Michael Welch
March 5 
March 6 Jessie Bissey
March 7
March 8 Charles Woodruff
March 9 Michael McGuire
March 10 Robert Dunston
March 11
March 12 
March 13
March 14
March 15
March 16 Maggie McGuire, Marilyn Powell,
March 17 Ryan Carter, Kerri Hurley
March 18 Jean Campbell, Wendy Childers
March 19
March 20 Stephanie Smith
March 21 Carole Adamo, Shane Smith
March 22
March 23 Layla Brian
March 24 Madailin Phillips
March 25 Kathryn Ebner
March 26 Lauren Hums, Carl Lappke, Dana Perry
March 27 Addison Reinwald, Brian Satterlee
March 28 Karen Dunham Luicci
March 29 Susan Hess
March 30 Jordan Muraglia, Ken King
March 31 Gail Birdsong, Elizabeth McGuire

Up Coming Events

March 6 -  6:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Soup and Service at 7:00 p.m. 
March 13 - 11:00 a.m. - Soup and Scripture: A Lenten Bible Study of the Gospels on Wednesdays during Lent
April 13 - PW Clothing Sale, Drop-off Side Lawn of Church

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, February 24
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
2:30 p.m. - Claremont Care Center

Monday,  February 25
9:15 a.m. - PW Coordinating Team, Fellowship Room
12:00 p.m. - Lunch at the Rainbow Diner, all welcome
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells Rehearsal, Fellowship Room

Tuesday,   February 26
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
6:00 p.m. - Webelos, Basement
7:00 p.m. - NA, Fellowship Room

Wednesday, February 27
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
6:00 p.m. - Bear Den, Basement
6:30 p.m. - PW Dine Around at Lo's Garden in Brick
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scout Troop 6, Wilton Hall

Thursday, February 28
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs, Point Pleasant
10:00 a.m. - Point Beach Prep Board Meeting, Wilton Hall
7:30 p.m. -  Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Friday, March 1

Saturday, March 2
11:00 a.m. - A Service of Witness to the Resurrection, for the life of William Hoey
7:00 p.m. - NA, Fellowship Room

Sunday, March 3
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir/Communion
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Brunch, Wilton Hall
11:45 a.m. - New Beginning Coaching Session, Fellowship Room
Images of the Week

Six years ago this past week,  February 17-22, 2013 we welcomed our first volunteer guests as an official Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Volunteer Village.  That week we  welcomed Lend A Hand and a group from Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville, PA.  

This week the Session voted to welcome a youth group from Basking Ridge PC to use the annex for overnight accommodations  during the Summer. PPPC continually seeks to be good stewards of all our gifts and use them to serve one another.
Volunteer Village seating

Contact Us

The Rev. Osvaldo Nuesch, Interim 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

Christian Education Staff
Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director -  Email
Frank Perkowski, Church 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