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Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
March 8, 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 Family for the week is the Welch family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Eva and Michael as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Connie Curtis; Lorraine Williams, Owen Provencer, Edward DeMartino, Mary McSweeney; Jacque Thornton.

Long term concerns: Joan Auge; Stephen Bardsley; Jacob Basilotto; Ed Jung; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Jacob Mendelsohn; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Susan Robbins, Bill Shoppell; Linda Lee Smith; Millage Youenger; 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.

From Our Interim Pastor
It is evident that attempts at containment of the Coronavirus designated COVID-19 have failed as the number of cases in our country is growing and even a few people seemed to have contracted the virus in New Jersey.

We are not panicking and have no plans for cancelling services.

However, we recognize that a third of our members are over 70 years of age and apparently more susceptible to the disease (along with those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease). 

Here are some steps we can take at this point.  

1. Counter prejudice. Chinese people are no more likely to get the virus or to spread it than any other population. The virus knows no nationality, so let's not traffic in rumor or innuendo about that.

2. The best defense against the virus is good hygiene and reduced contact with others.
What we already know to do when suffering from a cold or the flu should be done now. 
  • Wash your hands in warm soapy water as often as possible (don't touch your face until you do!) 20 seconds (two rounds of Happy Birthday is recommended.) Use a paper towel to dry hands thoroughly and then use that towel to turn off the water faucet and open the restroom door.

  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content when you can't wash. Hand sanitizers are available at the entrance to the Sanctuary and will be available as you make your way to the Fellowship Room and Chittick Lounge for Coffee Hour.

  • Despite the touchy-feely, warm and friendly culture that we like to promote, we are going to take a break from hugging, kissing and shaking hands. You might be well, your friend might be well, but you can't be sure (the visible symptoms when first contracting the virus tend to be deceptively mild). 

  • On Sundays, we are adding a new Lenten discipline by avoiding physical contact during the passing of the peace. We will say the words, but limit the appropriate gesture to a wave, a bow or the peace sign (the Vulcan “live long and prosper” may suit some people, too). Yes, we'll miss the hugs and handshakes, but let's pause for the cause; this is how we love each other in a time of crisis.

  • During Coffee Hour, latex gloves will be available in the kitchen for those hosting the event, and paper goods will be used as much as possible (we’ll look for ways to make it up to the environment after these measures can be suspended). 

  • Our cleaning crew will be wiping down surfaces like tables, light switches, and doorknobs, and we suggest you do the same at home.

  • Don’t forget to wipe down surfaces on planes, trains and in public spaces where you sit with sanitary wipes or sanitizer and tissues.

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the fold of your arm (not in your hands!)

3. If you are sick (runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, struggling for breath) please stay home from work, school, church and public spaces, and call a physician. If you don't have a physician, call an urgent care facility. Isolating the virus disrupts the virus. We learned from cases in Washington and California that the virus spread quickly because folks did not quarantine.

With these extra precautions, we hope to remain a warm, welcoming and wholesome place where we can continue to praise God and be strengthened for faithful living during challenging days.


Pastor Osy 

Holy Week Planning
Last year’s observance of Holy Week included services on Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (Tenebrae), Great Vigil of Easter, and Resurrection of our Lord Sunday. As plans begin to develop for this year’s celebration, with special attention to The Three-Day Feast, Pastor Osy invites anyone interested in offering feedback or sharing impressions to meet in the Sanctuary this Sunday after Coffee Hour (approx.. 11:45 am). Suggestions as to how these services may be enhanced, improved upon, advertised, or “tightened” will be welcomed. 
Lenten Devotionals Available on Sunday
Week 2 of the Lenten devotional will be emailed on Sunday morning. This Lenten devotional is an opportunity to imitate Christ and pattern our lives in the image of the One we follow.

The devotions, written by Presbyterian Outlook editor Jill Duffield, will explore Jesus’ earthly ministry and seek to discern how we are called to emulate it.

For those not on the email list or who desire a printed copy, look for the single sheet devotional for the week in the Narthex and office. A new sheet will be available each week.
Soup and Scripture
Lenten Bible Study
Pastor Eileen began the "Behold, the Easter People" Lenten Bible Study last week. We are looking at the Passion Story through the eyes of those who participated in it. The study meets at 11:00 a.m. on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1. A soup lunch follows the study. All are welcome. Each week is a stand alone study so participants may come for the whole series or for any one week.
One Great Hour of Sharing
March 1 - April 5, 2020
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

Children went home with will offering boxes last week and the entire congregation is encouraged to start planning for the special offering to be received on Palm/Passion Sunday.  

Get Ready for the Clothing Drive
Mark your calendar for the PW Clothing Drive coming up April 18 from 8:00 -12:00 noon.  

Drop-off will once again take place on the side lawn of the church on April 18th.

Gently used clothing (no children's toys nor pots & pans) will be collected. Also being colleced are shoes, belts, handbags, briefcases, bedding, draperies, pillows, towels, stuffed animals and bicycles. Shoes should be wrapped in pairs in separate bag from clothes. None of the clothing will be shredded. 

"Fixing Things Up" in Sunday School
Put up with one another!  Really? Wow! You can tell, by the powerful verse translation above, that we’ll be considering some challenging concepts regarding forgiveness during March. Famous parables and teachings from the New Testament will guide us to understand God’s forgiveness and what that means for our behaviour toward others.

What are the most important things to remember about forgiveness?
  • Forgive others because God forgives you.
  • When you forgive others, it can change them.
  • Take the first step to forgive others.
  • Everyone needs to be forgiven.
  • When you don’t forgive, you miss out.

The Preview Video for March is outstanding and approved for all audiences!

Of course, our "Life App" this month is FORGIVENESS—Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
If your child hasn't visited us yet at Sunday School, any Sunday is a good time to start! You can download the Sunday School Registration Form Online and bring it to church this Sunday.
Now Taking Registration For the PW Retreat
Coffee Hour
The Coffee Host Schedule is posted in the Church Kitchen if you would like to sign up to host coffee hour. Thank you.

March 8 - Diane Manzo
March 15 - Hosted by the Girl Scouts
March 22 - Craig and Jane Lambie
March 29 - Ryan and Kim Carver
Easter Flowers
Easter Lily
We are now taking order for Easter Flowers. Flowers are $15 each. This year there will be all lilies.  Payment must be included with this order form. Checks should be made payable to Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and please be sure to indicate "Easter Plants" on the memo line of your check! 

The order form  and payment may be placed in the offering plate or mailed/delivered to the church office. Once the quantity of flowers needed for sanctuary decorations has been reached, additional gifts will be applied toward the purchase of sanctuary paraments and banners. 

Easter orders are due April 6, 2020
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
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 Carver, 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 Luicci
March 29 Susan Hess
March 30 Jordan Muraglia, Ken King
March 31 Gail Birdsong, Elizabeth McGuire
Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, March 8 - Second Sunday During Lent
Daylight Saving Time Begins
8:30 a.m. - CE Committee, Sunday School Classroom
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
11:30 a.m. - Break Out Group, Fellowship Office
11:45 a.m. - Holly Week Planning, Sanctuary

Monday, March 9
11:00 a.m. - EliSabeth Verdella Circle, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Office
6:00 p.m. - Choral Bells Rehearsal, Fellowship Room

Tuesday, March 10
10:00 a.m. - Eye Openers, Chittick Lounge
1:00 p.m. - Lydia Daytime Circle
7:00 p.m. - Lydia Evening Circle
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
11:00 a.m. - Lenten Bible Study with Soup Lunch, Fellowship Room
7:30 p.m. - Troop 6, Wilton Hall

Thursday, March 12
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs, Point Pleasant
6:30 p.m. - Tabitha Dorcas Circle
7:00 p.m. - Judith Rachel Circle

Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15 - Third Sunday During Lent
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Jonathan Yount, Vocal Soloist
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
11:45 a.m. - Transition Team

Upcoming Events
March 28 - PW Retreat

Image of the Week
You may have noticed that the Hebrew word equivalent to “Praise the Lord” has been absent from our worship.
It is under lock and key as part of our Lenten discipline, waiting to be let loose on Easter Sunday. 
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

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