Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
June 28, 2020

The Sunday Worship Invitation email is sent out separately on Saturday mornings. 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 Marion Search. Let us be prayerfully aware of Marion, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns : Eric Dorio; 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, J oseph 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
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The Nuesch family ate out this past week for the first time in 3 months! Not long ago, that would not have been worthy of any note. Now, it’s a significant announcement. The picture of smiling friends taking pictures of their dinner plates while at their favorite restaurants sitting outside with face coverings hanging from their necks brought us back to Pre-Covid-19 days.

Maybe it’s true that “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I’ve been thinking about many things that once didn’t command much attention, didn’t take much thought, or were pretty much taken for granted. Life is changing before our eyes and we are gaining new appreciation for small gestures and familiar activities.

One of the main activities churches are known for is the maintenance of divine worship. There was a time when you knew that any one of a dozen churches in your neighborhood would have a service you could attend sometime between 8 and 11 am. Doors would be open and a friendly face would greet you with a warm handshake, offer you a bulletin with the order of worship, and invite you to take a seat wherever you wanted. Things will be changing. Gone are the comfy cushions, the pew Bibles and hymnals (along with that tiresome pad that the pastor made us sign each week), the choir, and so many other things that we used to take for granted. But just as the dinning out experience has changed, so we are experiencing how the followers of Jesus find new ways to praise God, offer prayers, nurture faith, sustain hope, grow in love and compassion, and remain joyful and grateful. I suspect that in just a couple of weeks, someone will be overjoyed as they share their selfie entering the sanctuary for in-person worship. Something that really should not command that much attention, but that will gain new appreciation.
Until then, it’s virtual worship on Sunday at 10 am!

Peace!

Pastor Osy
COVID Care Corner
I am exhausted. I really am. How about you all? At our session meeting Tuesday night, Pastor Osy read a passage describing one author’s exhaustion. The writer couldn’t understand what was making her so exhausted since she was working from home. She realized that it was grief. She went on to describe cumulative grief. That is what we are experiencing now: cumulative grief. All of the losses that we are experiencing from COVID-19, the changes in routine, loss of social connection, loss of church in person, no parties, dining out (although that is starting to change now), the loss of safety and confidence in our health. Add to that the social justice issues, the current political environment, the fact it is an election year and the current huge polarization of Americans. All of these things are cumulative. One does not cancel out any of the others. Dealing with all the emotions around this is tough. Many I speak with feel guilty that they are blessed. One can be grateful and still suffer. It is not a binary equation.

How do we ground ourselves in a time of such uncertainty and grief?
We were reminded to try a contemplative prayer. Take some time to sit in silence before God. No need to think, ask or do anything. Don’t try to impress or earn or say the right thing. Just be with God. Be present in the love of God. This is one of the best ways to start your day. It is grounding and calming. It takes some practice to quiet our minds and nervous systems but just being with God and in God’s love is a healing experience. We could all use some healing about now. Until next time, eat healthy, be happy and wash your hands!

Elder Lynn  

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Virginia Griggs Education Award
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church offers a College Scholarship to a graduating high school senior committed to our church and community. Funding for the scholarship was started in 1966. This year we have 2 recipients we would like to recognize. The following is a bio from each recipient.

Kyle Jones is a graduate of Point Boro High School with a weighted GPA of 98.3 and a member of the National Honor Society, Class Officer, four year Varsity Hockey player and Captain his senior year, three year member of the Varsity Golf Team, voted Class Genius for the Class of 2020 and participated in Performing Arts. He also enjoys fishing and is a Mate on several different fishing boats. Kyle was baptized at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church and has participated in Sunday school, Youth Mission Trips and Youth Connection. He made his Profession of Faith on May 31, 2015. His church involvement includes being an Ordained Deacon and an active volunteer with IHN. Kyle has volunteered and ran a couple of fund-raisers for the church including a Sign the Roof Campaign as well as collecting and delivering supplies for Hurricane Florence disaster relief. In addition to being the Sunday Sexton for opening and closing the church; he has helped with many projects at Point Beach Prep school; he has assisted with the annual church picnic; and is a member of the Kitchen Committee. Kyle plans to attend the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and major in Marine Transportation this fall.

Mark McDermitt is a graduate of Brick Memorial High School with a weighted GPA of 94, a member of the Rotary Club, and the Captain of Varsity Hockey team. He was nominated for Peer Leadership his sophomore year. Mark assisted incoming freshmen transition from Middle school and guided them in the right direction for a bright future. Mark was baptized here at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, participated in Sunday school, and made his Profession of Faith on May 31, 2015. His church involvement was serving meals on Christmas Day to those that did not have a place to go. His community involvement includes collecting and delivering dog and cat food, towels, and toys to the Jersey Shore Animal Center; setup and cleanup for the Bobby Buecker Foundation Dinner Dance; played pool and Bingo with senior citizens at The Chelsea in Brick; played games with youngsters at Brick Fall Feast; and volunteered at Learned to Skate on Monday nights for the Brick Hockey Club. Mark plans to attend Ocean County College. He is considering a career in Mechanical/Civil Engineering or Law Enforcement.

Best of luck to both of you in your continued education.

Congratulations to our Graduates
Our High School Graduates
Jack Akins from Point Pleasant Beach High School.
He will be attending Montclair State University.

Riley Fiorentino from Point Pleasant Boro High School.
She will be attending Montclair University.

Kyle Jones from Point Pleasant Boro High School.
He will be attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Mark McDermitt from Brick Memorial High School.
He will be attending Ocean County College.

Our College Graduates
Max Rauffer from DigiPen Institute of Technology
with a degree in Computer Science on Real Time Interactive Simulation.

Kaitlyn Potter from UCLA with a degree in Psychology.

And I am sure that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Let's Make A Deal Tonight
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church's own version of Monty Hall and Wayne Brady is ready to make a deal with you tonight.

Log on to the zoom meeting wearing your hat and have some items on hand to "Make a Deal." The link was sent out on Thursday.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the night.
Highlights of Virtual Session Meeting
June 23, 2020
Our next Host Week of Interfaith Hospitality families for Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church is August 9-15th.
A new line and router have been installed in the Christian Ed Annex to enhance speed and coverage of phone/wifi service in that building.
The recommendation from the Christian Education Committee for this year’s recipients of the Griggs Scholarship was approved.
Point Pleasant Beach will give guidelines for outdoor gatherings in the coming week. Frank Jones will research availability for the Annual Church Picnic in August.
The Resources Committee is grateful to announce that the PPPC congregation is making it a priority to support our church financially during this time of the pandemic. Thanks to your dedication of resources, we are able to operate very close to our projected budget.
Two Eagle Scout projects are moving forward; one will improve our playground by the CE Annex, the other will enhance the church campus signage.
After reading and watching presentations on racial bias, the Social Justice Group will meet outside at Elder Lynn O’Hara’s home to share their understandings of racial bias on July 16th.
A motion for the Personnel Committee to begin a search for a part-time position of sexton was approved unanimously.
On behalf of the Session, the Personnel Committee thanks all of the staff for their ongoing hard work to keep the congregation informed and lovingly connected. Both Kim Gaydos and Donna Ferry are able to work from home; Kim is in the church office one day per week. A productive discussion with our Chancel Choir Director, Melanie Chambers, helped to clarify duties and expectations for the fall.
Session reviewed the plans of the Task Force preparing for how to offer worship both in person and via Zoom. State Guidelines limit the number allowed to gather in the sanctuary to approximately 49 people. Pending the formation of technology and ushers teams and the implementation of various important safety measures being considered, it may be possible to start gathering by the beginning of August.
Point Beach Prep Summer Camp has been accepting reservations for two classes of 10 children in each, meeting from July 6th through July 31st, 8:30 to noon, in compliance with NJ State directives and plans that Session approved.
Pastor Osy will be on vacation the 2nd and 3rd weeks of July. Pastor Eileen Lindner has graciously agreed to preach and lead worship in his absence.
Pastor Nominating Committee continues to meet weekly and is now scheduling second interviews with selected candidates in July. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide both the PNC and those being interviewed.
The next stated session meeting is scheduled for July 28.

Barbara Reusch, Clerk of Session
Volunteers Need for Worship
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. 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.
News from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project
St. Gregory's Pantry
Thanks to your support, St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project has accomplished its mission of providing food for the community during the absence of St. Gregory’s Pantry.

St. Gregory’s Pantry will be reopening on Monday July 6, so the Emergency Food Project will make its last scheduled food deliveries on Wednesday July 1, with emergency deliveries as needed until St. Gregory’s reopens (732 892-8105). The Emergency Food Project will continue to accept food donations until Sunday June 28. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel at the outpouring of support this community has shown. Without your generous donations, both monetary and in nonperishable items, we would not have been able to feed families and individuals who desperately needed help during this terrible pandemic. Together we will have provided three months of continuous service to those struggling with food insecurity in our neighborhoods. St. Mary’s will continue to deliver over 200 hot meals weekly through its Mary’s Table feeding ministry. The number of meals served has doubled during the pandemic, and donations to Mary’s Table are always much appreciated.
Point Beach Prep has very limited openings for fall. If you would like more information,
please contact Devlin House at 732-701-9900.
Upcoming Virtual Meeting
Coming Up
Friday, June 26 - Church Wide Let's Make a Deal Game Night
Sunday, June 28 - Virginia Griggs Education Award
Friday, July 3 - Office Closed for 4th of July
Upcoming Birthdays This Month

June 26 Bryan Smith
June 27 Caitlyn Cook
June 28 Aidian McGuire
July 1 Amy Wisniewski
July 2 Thomas D'Amore
July 3 Lorraine Williams
July 4
July 5 Jane Millar
July 6 Emily O'Connor
July 7 Robert McSweeney
July 8 Ronald Claeys, Kyle Jones, Sara Hoey
July 9 Kelly Iadarola
July 10
July 11 Carol Eckenfelder
July 12 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
Bingo Night

Bingo Night was a great success. Congratulations to our winners
Sue Perkowski,
Maddie D'Amore
Connor Phillipps
Sue Hankins
Jane Lambie

Thank you to the personnel team for putting the night together. We look forward to Let's Make a deal tonight! You won't want to miss out on the fun!

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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