Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
July 12, 2020

Sunday Worship Invitation
The Worship Invitation email will be sent on Saturday morning.
Feel free to forward the invitation along to family and friends.
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 Marybeth Schroeder. Let us be prayerfully aware of Marybeth as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns : Katie Hoffmaster Barberi

Long term concerns : Katie Abrams; Stephen Bardsley; Jacob Basilotto; Ed Jung; Jay Hiatt; Despina Koch; Maryann Leach; Gwen McFaddan; Jacob Mendelsohn; Josephine McKeon; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Owen Provencer, Geoff Reilly; Susan Robbins, Joseph Robinson, 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
There has been much discussion this week about churches that had started offering in-person worship without taking the necessary precautions and dreadful consequences followed as a few individuals spread the virus to many unsuspecting participants. That has caused people to question why worshiping together in one place is necessary at all. The issues raised vary from the most speculative (“Isn’t God present everywhere? Why do I need to go to church?”) to the most practical (“How do we bless God’s name if we can’t even sing out loud?”). 

A comprehensive defense would take way too long. It’s good to remember that throughout these months, worship has not stopped; it has been adapted to meet the current challenges. The gospel has continued to be proclaimed. Ministries of care and compassion have demonstrated the values of the Kingdom of God. 

Something still feels like it’s missing when the Body of Christ is isolated and our voices distant. Reading the familiar words of Psalm 96 this week helped me to reflect on how much more than singing takes place when we gather together in worship. After the opening command: 
  “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 
   Sing to the LORD, bless his name,” 
there are several other imperatives: 
  “Tell of God’s salvation. Declare his glory. Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 
   Bring an offering. Come into his courts. Worship the LORD in holy splendor.” 

Corporate worship is a witness to the nations. It also affirms our participation in the life and sacrifice of our risen Lord in the here and now. As “guardians of the mysteries” our gatherings around the table and the baptismal font become a sharing in the real presence of Christ in communion with our Savior and in love for one another. We are gathered, strengthened, and then sent out to be light and bread and hope to others.  

There is a strong pull of the Spirit and a hunger that many of us feel these days, which was best expressed by the author of Psalm 42: 
  “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 
   My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
   When shall I come and behold the face of God?” 

The psalmist’s nostalgia is unmistakable and perhaps you share in some of those feelings: 
  “I remember…how I went with the throng and led them in procession
to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival. 
   Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted with me? 
   HOPE IN GOD! For I shall again praise him, my help and my God.” 

When the time is right, a remnant shall return and rejoice in retelling the sacred stories, remembering God’s work on the world’s behalf, and reestablishing a communion with the holy things that define a community and keeps alive the vision of the new heaven and the new earth that is surely coming.  

Peace!

Pastor Osy
Update from the PNC
The PNC is meeting regularly and is on schedule in the call for our next Pastor. As you may recall, outside the office is the list of "Our Journey during the time of transition" with items completed as well as what still needs to occur. The PNC has conducted and continues to conduct interviews with candidates over Zoom.

Your prayers for wisdom and discernment are especially appreciated during this time. We are grateful to the PNC for not allowing the pandemic to get them off task. May the Lord continue to faithfully lead and provide for our church.
A Few More Volunteers Still Need for Worship
Thank you to those who have volunteered thus far. We are still looking for one or two more people in each area.

Ushers Needed: We are looking for volunteers to serve as ushers once in-person worship services can resume. Special training will be provided to ensure everyone’s safety in compliance with CDC guidelines. Please review those recommendations to make sure you will not be putting yourself or others at risk before you volunteer to help. Contact Diane Manzo at 732-581-1882 or by email dmanzo.navesinkco@gmail.com if interested.

Technological Help Needed: In order to produce a competent service that allows for both in-person and remote participation, new equipment is being purchased and we will need several people to be trained to operate audio/visual equipment. We anticipate needing possibly up to 3 people per service to provide technical support ( one of which can be remote from home). Please contact Peter Farwell at 908-675-7287or by email pfarwell@aol.com (with subject line: PPPC Tech Team) if this is an area that interests you.
COVID Care Corner
I have to be honest. This week I’m struggling with what to write. I’m feeling sad and angry at what I see happening in our country. COVID cases are rising and many areas of the country look to be entering what we went through here in the spring. People are angry and cranky.

As the crowds swell here I’m encountering exchanges that show just how frayed people are right now. There’s anger and bad behavior on the streets, grocery stores, in the news and the list goes on. I feel helpless to protect myself from all the negative energy and I’ll admit it weighs very heavy on me. So what to do?

Well, last night I prayed. This is not unusual for me. I pray every night before I go to sleep usually about things I’m grateful for. Last night though, I asked for help in what to do. I let myself feel the sadness and despair and I asked for help. Despite this feeling like an overwhelmingly big situation, I was guided right back to myself. What can I do to make things better and be part of the love in the world rather than the anger? What can I do to promote justice rather than hate? We may not be able to change the world but if we put our best selves out there we can change something and that’s a start. That doesn’t feel so helpless.

Until next time, eat healthy, be happy and wash your hands!
Point Beach Prep has limited openings for September. Please call 732-701-9900 for more information.
Coming Up

Tuesday, July 28 - Session Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Upcoming Birthdays This Month

July 12 Tom "Bubba" D'Amore, Christine Conway
July 13 Laura Landre, Marjorie Watson
July 14
July 15 Doris Pennypacker, Lauren Rauffer
July 16
July 17 Kelly Hughes, Lauren Hughes
July 18
July 19
July 20 Emily Dunston, Scott Smith
July 21 Robert Conway Jr.
July 22 Erin McGuire, Sandra Pasola, Sarah Sarbello
July 23 J. Louis Couche, Bill Findlay Jr., Deborah McCrossan
July 24 Marion Search
July 25 Virginia Waldie
July 26 Janice Carter
July 27
July 28 Nancy Pazienza
July 29
July 30 Carol Bonebrake, George Koch, Jonathan Yount
July 31
Image of the Week
Point Beach Prep was glad to open this week for Summer Camp. All safety measures are being followed with great care. Point Beach Prep has limited openings for September. Please call 732-701-9900 for more information.

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