Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
November 8, 2020

Sunday Worship
Reservation and service links were sent on Wednesday.
The bulletin for those participating online is here.
The flowers this Sunday are
in loving memory of Micheal Barry
by Eva and Micheal Welch
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 family for the week is the Jones family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Frank, Kerry, Madison and Kyle, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Lorraine Williams, the family of Michael Barry, the family of Katie Barbieri

Long term concerns: Katie Abrams; Jacob Bassalotto; Ed Jung; Jay Hiatt; Karen Liebhauser; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Millage Youenger; Ginny Zimmerman; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.

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

A Word from our Stated Supply Pastor

 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6


This Sunday marks our Commitment Sunday, the day we dedicate the financial pledges we have made for the coming year. The Stewardship Committee has chosen “Staying In, Reaching Out: Funding Our Future” the theme of this year’s stewardship campaign. Among the many disruptions of the year 2020 has been the disruption to the financial life of the church. Hardships, like the loss of employment added expenses and uncertainty have made it harder for some to make their regular contributions to the church. Because most of us are worshiping via Zoom, we are unable to place our envelopes in the offering plate. Moreover, the church has incurred substantial additional costs to acquire the technical capacity to provide Zoom worship while experiencing a loss of revenue from rental fees. Fortunately the faithfulness of members of this congregation, past and present, has allowed us to maintain our wonderful congregation even while we have been staying home we have been reaching out in a number of ways to help others in the community. This is the week that we need to secure our financial future by asking each member to submit an estimate of giving for 2021. These pledges will allow us to move forward in continuing our ministries and missions, call a new pastor, and continue our worship and Christian Education.

As of this writing approximately one third of our members have submitted a pledge card for 2021. If you are among them, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee, we thank you. Below you will find a link to a pledge card if you would like to make a pledge electronically. If you prefer to have a paper pledge card simply call the office and one will be sent to you. When we become members of the church we affirm that we will share our time, talent and treasure with the community of faith. One of the ways we make good on that promise is through our financial pledge.

In this year of chaotic changes and challenges we have control over very little in our lives. Through your pledge to the church you are able to exert some measure of control over how we continue to live our lives together in faithfulness to Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, those who sew generously will reap generously. So it is that we, out of a sense of gratitude, are motivated to give generously and helping in funding the future of our beloved community. Prayerfully consider your gift to the church and send in your pledge card- it wouldn’t be the same without you.

In faith,

Pastor Eileen
Receiving of New Members and
the Sacrament of Baptism This Sunday

This Sunday we will be receiving
Justin and Tracy Heald
into Membership by Letter of Transfer

Receiving the Sacrament of Baptism
Asher Bryce Heald

Born February 1, 2020 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
Son of Justin and Tracy Heald
Godson of Corey MacGregor

Sunday Reservations
The link to register for in person attendance was sent out on Wednesday. With a baptism planned, we are already full for in person worship. For those without an existing reservation, please join us online.
Services for Katie Barbieri
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the Hoffmaster Barbieri family for the death of Katie Barbieri, who passed away on October 30. The obituary with service details for Katie can be found online. Visitation for friends will be on Saturday, November 7 from 1:00 to 5:00 with a service at 4:30, Colonial Funeral Home Route 88, Brick, NJ. The service at the church is private and for family only. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Katie’s children payable to K. Hoffmaster at PO Box 3006 Point Pleasant, NJ 08742.

Deacon Holiday Food Drive
For most of us, the holiday season is heartwarming. It is a special time to celebrate with gratitude all the good things in our lives. But many in our local community can use help in putting food on the table this Thanksgiving.

From now and throughout the December holiday season, the Deacons are asking for holiday dinner donations. They are collecting items that would be used for both Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, canned yams, salad dressing, mayo, ground coffee, canned vegetables. Donated items will be given to St. Gregory's Pantry to distribute.

Donated items can be dropped off at the church in the Narthex or left in the breezeway when the church office is not open. The Deacons will also be glad to pick up your items at your home in a contact less manner. If you would like to donate items to be picked up please email or call (614-354-2962) Jonathan Yount. Please check your expiration dates and make sure it is a holiday dinner item.
Youth Discussion
Youth Discussion Group will be meeting on Zoom again this Sunday, November 8 at 6:30 pm. Youth from 6th grade and up are invited to attend. We will be discussing the scripture lesson of the day, meaning, and what it means to you. We all have questions and this a great opportunity to talk about those questions in a relaxed setting. Our meeting will be approximately 45 minutes.

Often in life, we try to find peace and comfort in all sorts of things, whether it’s in our friends, family, sports, technology, food, or popularity. But nothing will satisfy us and give us the kind of peace that Jesus promises.

Care Corner
As I sit down to write this Joe Biden has just pulled ahead in Pennsylvania in what appears to be one of the most contentious elections ever held. I look forward to hearing a final result but I fear that we are in for two months of legal battles and protests and flat out hatred before all is said and done. In the meantime, COVID is running amok in many areas of our country including an uptick in numbers here at home. Whew! Can we take any more stress?

As a country we have a lot of healing to do. It seems that fear, anger and hatred are running the show. How do we heal from this especially as we are supposed to be social distancing? Let’s start with just one thing. Can we try to imagine how another person feels? If we can find some compassion for others we will be on the path toward healing. Now I do not mean stay in conversation with someone who is acting abusively but as you walk away from that can you try to understand where that person might be coming from?

We are deeply divided. We have to bridge that gap. Kindness, care, understanding- are all needed. I have found reading and learning about our history to be very helpful in gaining perspective of the place we find ourselves in as a country. A great place to start is with the works of Jon Meacham. He has a wonderful book out titled, “The Soul of America.” It recounts the many times America has struggled as well as thrived. It is a fascinating foray into understanding what is happening today. For a quicker soundbite, listen to his podcasts or check out his show with Brene Brown on her “Dare to Lead” podcast. Check out the link to that show below. I find his writing and the podcasts so hopeful in this time of division and unrest.

 Until next time, stay well, wash your hands, and wear a mask!


Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Confirmation Information Meeting
Confirmation

Confirmation Classes for youth 7th grade and older will begin in the first of the year. This year's course of study will consist of 15 class meetings between January and May. Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for May 31, 2020.

Please plan to attend an informational meeting for parents and interested youth on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:15 on Zoom (a link will be sent to you). The meeting will be approximately 40 minutes.

Our classes are a time to learn different aspects of our Christian faith while giving you a chance to ask questions (no question is off-limits), and have a good time in the process.
Sunday School
Learning the Art of Gratitude
WAIT! Need a little gratitude “pick-me-up” right now? WATCH THIS FIRST!
Paul writes, “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIRV) In November we consider everything God has done for us: the world He made, the promises He’s kept, and the new life He offers through Jesus. When we remember all of that, we can always be thankful even when things don’t go our way! 

Gratitude—Letting others know you see how they've helped you
And we'll remember:
Point Beach Prep
This was a review week so we made a busy bag with ABC flashcards and our Pre-k sight words to practice at home. We practiced our songs for our upcoming (virtual) Thanksgiving Show. We learned about Election Day and how important everyone's vote is. We read 2 separate stories about characters running for President (Clifford and Buddy). The children then picked their favorite candidate and cast a ballot in our ballot box. We celebrated the winner with an election party!

We also held our Halloween parades since we were rained out last week. We saw lots of great costumes! See you next week with letter G!
Operation Christmas Child
Since 2004 every November our PW and church have been packing shoebox gifts bringing hope and joy to millions of children in 170 countries around the world along with many other churches and organizations. This year in the middle of a pandemic it is even more important to let these children know they are loved by continuing our pledge by building our shoebox gifts online using the following link:
In just a few clicks, you can select toys and other fun items to include as well as a letter and photo to delight the heart of a child. It only takes a few minutes to complete. No more labels, attaching shipping cost, or dropping boxes off at the church. Our church has a goal of making 50 boxes online. With an average of 75 boxes packed in the past, this is a very attainable goal you can help us reach. By using the link above your box will be counted towards our goal. Please share this PPPC link with family and friends to realize our goal knowing that our Christmas blessings will travel around the world even in the midst of a pandemic

All shoebox purchases are secure. Build online FAQ can answer any questions you may have.

St. Gregory's Pantry Christmas Distribution
There will be no big toy distribution in the CE Annex this year. Instead of purchasing toys, please consider purchasing gift cards for children and teens. Gift cards will be accepted from November 2nd through December 18th and given to the parents/families of those we serve in our community. This will enable them to purchase gifts for their children. Some suggestions are: Amazon, Target, Walmart, McDonalds, Wendy’s and local businesses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach. Gift cards can be dropped off of at the Church office or brought to St. Gregory's Pantry directly.
Coming Up Online
November 8 - Youth Discussion Group begins 6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 9 - Stewardship Committee Meeting - 2:00 pm.
Tuesday, November 17 - Session Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Coming Up In Person
Every Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner

Church Calendar
To view the church calendar online please visit our website or click on the link.
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Nov 8 Shirley Snyder
Nov 9 Cheyne Daniels, Morgan Sensing
Nov 10
Nov 11 Mia Rauffer
Nov 12
Nov 13 Bette Hughes
Nov 14 Luke Steinert
Nov 15
Nov 16
Nov 17
Nov 18 Michael Lappke
Nov 19
Nov 20
Nov 21 James McGuire, Amanda Shahady
Nov 22 Linda Chase
Nov 23 Kieran Hughes
Nov 24
Nov 25
Nov 26 Jacque Mendelsohn
Nov 27 Mandy Rauffer
Nov 28 Kathryn Nicholson
Nov 29
Nov 30 Ron Panuska
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With Joy and Thanksgiving

We celebrated the receiving of new members Kara and Ryan Barker
and the Sacrament of baptism for
Ella Rue Barker
God-daughter of Jason Sutton and Shelby Hadfield
and
Fia Rose Barker
God-daughter of Christoper Kiley and Nicole Crimmins
Born January 24, 2020 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ
Christoper Kiley and Nicole Crimmins

Welcoming and congratulation cards can be sent to the Barker family at
2313 Hollywood Road, Point Pleasant 08742
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