Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
April 19, 2020

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 Stoll. Let us be prayerfully aware of Jean as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns : Camie Tate, Mary McSweeney, Maggie Giase.

Long term concerns : Stephen Bardsley; Jacob Basilotto; Ed Jung; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Jacob Mendelsohn; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Tom Ploskonka; Owen Provencer, Geoff Reilly; Susan Robbins, Bill Shoppell; Linda Lee Smith; Millage Youenger; Lorraine Williams; Ginny Zimmerman; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.

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

How the Covid Stole Easter
Easter is forever


A free adaptation by Rev. Osy Nuesch, with apologies to Theodor Geisel

Every Pleaser down in Pleasantville Bay liked Easter a lot.
But the Covid who lived just north of Pleasantville Bay (in NYC, probably) did not!
The Covid-19 hated Easter! The whole Lent, Easter and Pentecost cycle! 
Now, please do not ask why. No one quite knows the reason. 
But staring down from its cave with an invisible, pandemic frown
at the homes shining with the reflection of the latest Netflix show,
19 knew every Pleaser down in Pleasantville Bay beneath
was bored having already cleared every closet and finished every puzzle.
“I must keep Easter from coming!” The Covid-19 said.
“For, tomorrow, I know is the first Sunday after the first full moon,
 after the Spring Equinox and all the Pleaser girls and boys
will wake up bright and early… and then! Oh, the noise!
Oh, the noise of Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 
And they’ll sing! And they’ll sing, sing, sing! 
They'll stand 6 feet apart, staring at their smart phones.
They'll stand with their hands freshly washed and those Pleasers will start singing!"
And the more 19 thought of this Easter sing,
the more the Covid-19 thought “I must stop this whole thing!”
 Then it slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
 around the whole country it went taking every piece that pleasers prized.
 "All those special services," it poisoned, "are the first things to go!"
 But it didn’t stop there: 
 it took the choirs and the trumpets,
 the Great Easter Vigil and the white lilies, 
 their Holy Communion and Coffee Hour, 
 their passing of the peace with their hugs and kisses. 
 But on Easter morning, there was a noise.  
and the Covid-19 put a capsid around its enclosed nucleic acid
and it did hear a sound rising over the ocean.
It started in low, then it started to grow.
But this sound wasn't sad!   Why, this sound sounded glad!
19 hadn't stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Covid-19 stood puzzling and puzzling. "How could it be so?
It came without rehearsals! It came without hymnals!
It came without family dinners, flowery dresses or Easter baskets!"
19 puzzled and puzzled till its puzzler was sore.
Then the Covid-19 thought of something it hadn't before.
Maybe Easter, it thought, doesn't come from flowering bulbs.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more!


Peace!
Pastor Osy
One Great Hour of Sharing
OGHS Logo
Thank you to everyone who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing. This year we are able to give $920 to this special offering, thanks to your generosity. Your donation will help support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Each of these serve individuals and communities in need in their individual way. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
New Bible Study Begins Next Week
“Paul: The Complex Apostle”
Paul and Silas in prison
During this four-week study we will take a closer look at the man who, aside from Jesus himself, was most instrumental in Christian thought and missionary expansion. A Jew and a Roman citizen, 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament are attributed to Saul/Paul. We will be asking who he was, what he did, his importance to historic Christianity and his relevance for today. We will meet 9:00-10:15 am on April 21, 28, May 5 and May 12 via Zoom call.

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to Kim in the office at kimgaydos@gmail.com. We will be sure to get you all the materials and meeting invitation before we start on Tuesday.
Highlights of Called Session Meeting (via ZOOM)
of April 15, 2020
Pastor Nominating Committee—Continues to meet via phone and Zoom to discuss possible prospective candidates for the Senior Pastor position. They will meet next week to formulate questions for potential candidates whom they decide to interview. Chairperson Jim McGuire requested prayers from all church members, asking for discernment and guidance in this process.

Worship Services via Zoom—Session commended Pastor Osy for the meaningful worship services that he led on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. Pastor Osy modestly described this new experience as a learning curve, and profusely thanked Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary, a fantastic “godsend”, for her help in all phases of the remote worship. In addition Peter Farwell has secured equipment to enhance the sound quality and eventually the video capabilities. Special thanks also go to the liturgists, as well as Jonathan Yount, Melanie Chambers, and of course, Sara Hoey for their gifts of music.
Congregation members are reminded that these virtual services last about 45 minutes and feature no more than 3 people in the Sanctuary at the same time. Up to 500 people can “attend” our worship services via Zoom, so invite your friends and share the meeting ID and password with them when you receive it each week!

Motion was approved to ask Elders and Deacons due to rotate off Session and Board of Deacons to consider staying in their positions for another three months. During this time of crisis in our country, it is preferable to have consistency of leadership. The Nominating Committee also needs time to meet in person in order to best fill vacancies.

Point Beach Prep Pre-School—Kent Lorentzen announced that thanks to Craig Lambie’s diligence, we were granted a small business loan of $28,500.12 so that we can continue to pay the director and staff of PBP Preschool for the rest of this school year while they are still actively engaged remotely with students and parents. The loan may become a grant if the correct procedures are followed.
The Board has accepted the resignation of Liz Ploskonka, Chair and Sue Perkowski, Treasurer. Deep gratitude was expressed to them for their contribution of time and talent for many years. Upon their resignations, Diane Manzo has agreed to serve as interim treasurer and Kent Lorentzen as Chairperson.

Resource Committee—Craig Lambie reported that he was “pleasantly surprised” by the continued faithfulness of the congregation in keeping up with their financial pledges of support as gifts and offerings continued to be received during March and early April. An installment of interest contribution from the Emergency and Endowment Fund during this period was a great help, too.

Buildings and Grounds—Frank Jones continues to do building walk-throughs to check on any possible problems. He is exploring campus security camera use, as well as CE Annex Wi-Fi for expanded use there of phone, cable and internet.
Frank announced that due to Covid 19, no reservations are being accepted now at the Park for the proposed Church Picnic tentatively scheduled for August 9.

Christian Education—Lessons and videos continue to be sent from Sunday School to students. Confirmation class is still doing lessons by email, but hope to start Zoom classes next week to keep up with the curriculum.

Outreach—Our Interfaith Hospitality Host Week begins May 17th. While families are sheltered in place at the Day Center in Toms River, meals need to be delivered there. Volunteers will not host dinners nor stay overnight with families for the foreseeable future. While Dorothy Tolley is recovering from a fall, she has asked for help in coordinating the meals and shopping needs of the family for May. Bette Hughes, Chairperson of Outreach, and Barbara Reusch will be the points of contact. The needs will be listed in upcoming Constant Contact.

PW Clothing Drive—was rescheduled for May 16th but that date may also be postponed pending new directives. Keep going through your closets!

Elder Barbara Reusch, Clerk of Session
Faithful Stewardship during a Pandemic
We are glad to report on the generosity of the congregation specially during these days when we have to remain apart.

The gifts for One Great Hour of Sharing have reached $920.00 so far and Cents-a-bility brought in $44.73 for hunger projects.
We are grateful for those who have taken advantage of our on-line giving options. One of the servers has just cut fees in half for one month starting April 13, so our processing fee for a $100.00 contribution will amount to just $1.00. The convenience is definitely worth it.

Go to http://www.pointpresbyterian.org and clicking on the "Make Donation" button on the very bottom right of the home page under the heading "Online Donations."
Or, use our on-line-giving company, Vanco, which now takes donations over the phone. Dial Client Services at 800-675-7430, Option #1 and speak directly to a team member. Just give them our Church's client ID#: PF-315470 and your payment method.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.

St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project
Food Pantry Basket
A message from St. Mary's By-The Sea

For Grocery Deliveries Call: 973-652-0852. Deliveries will be scheduled primarily on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

For Mary’s Table Meal Deliveries Call: 732-600-5454. Once you’ve signed up, you will continue to have meals delivered between the hours of 4-6 p.m. each Thursday until the crisis has passed. If you no longer want meals delivered, please call this number to cancel.

We will deliver to the Greater Point Pleasant Area and Addresses will be Confidential.

Petey’s U.S. Subs located at 642 Route 88 (Ocean Rd.), across from the Dollar Tree, will be providing a free sub for anyone who would like one. All you need to do is to go in and say you’d like the St. Mary’s Sub and you will be provided with a sub, a drink, and some chips. If you have a family at home, tell them how many you need. No questions will be asked.


Point Beach Prep
Thank you to the Deacons for purchasing Easter activity packs for each Point Beach Prep student. Kerry Jones mailed each one out individually, and the children were so happy to receive them before Easter. The following video was posted on Facebook last week so our Point Beach Prep students could hear the Easter story of Jesus. Thank you to Kerry for reading it!

These Days Devotionals
These Days Devotional for April is now available for free online. You can download this daily inspiration by clicking the link.

"Mysterious God, thank you for being with me in my distress, in my pain, and in my suffering. Help me to know that when you feel far away you are as close to me as my breath. Amen." —a prayer by Kate S. Forer in These Days
Clothing Drive Postponed
Postponed
The PW Clothing Drive has been postponed to May 16th. Having the clothing drive as planned would be in violation of the Governor's order of only essential travel. Thank you for understanding.
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
birthday

April 18 Betty Gilbert
April 19 Marian Blackford, Robert Bissey
April 20
April 21 Will Landre
April 22 David Satterlee
April 23 Taylor Lappke
April 24 Austin Simpson
April 25
April 26 Edward King, Henry Shapiro
April 27
April 28
April 29 Diantha Mathews-Brown
Image of the Week
Since things are quiet on the church property, we need your help for our image of the week. E mail the office (mail@pointpresbyterian.org) or text 732-915-9540 any picture you would like to share with us! We miss seeing you!
Easter Service Online
If you have not been able to join us online and would still like to try, please call the office and we will gladly walk you through the process.
Contact Us

Pastoral Staff
The Rev. Mr. Osvaldo Nuesch, Interim Pastor - Email
The Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, Parish Associate - 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