Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
September 27, 2020

Sunday Worship
Reservation and service links were sent on Wednesday.
The bulletin for those participating online is here.
The flowers this Sunday are given
in Loving Memory of Scott Christoper McGuire
by Joanne and Jim McGuire
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 Bisseys. Let us be prayerfully aware of Bob and Jessie, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Alan, Jill, Brian and Amy Swain

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

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

A Word from our Stated Supply Pastor
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2

Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi suggests the kind of spirit and unity that best serves a congregation in its mission to the world. Our congregation often exhibits that kind of unity and oneness as we care for each other, pray for one another and join in worship together.

A distinctive part of our heritage as Reformed Christians is our practice of partnership in all the ministries and missions of the church. The Protestant reformers were determined to assert “the priesthood of all believers” by instituting the offices of Elder and Deacon to partner with Ministers of Word and Sacrament to carry out the calling of Christ’s church. This Sunday we will have a congregational meeting to elect officers for this congregation, living into our heritage of shared mission.

The Book of Order, the primary text of Presbyterian governance, describes the congregation this way. “The congregation is the church engaged in the mission of God in its particular context…Through the congregation God’s people carry out the ministries of proclamation, sharing the sacraments and living in covenant life with God and each other. In the life of the congregation, individual believers are equipped for the ministry of witness to the love and grace of God in and for the world. The congregation reaches out to people, to offer care and nurture to God's children, to speak for social justice and righteousness, to bear witness to the truth and to the reign of God that is coming to the world. …Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s misson.” (Book of Order G-1.01)

All of us, then are called to active participation in the life of the congregation so that together we proclaim the Good News that is in Jesus Christ. On Sunday, I hope all of you will plan to remain on the Zoom call for a short congregational meeting (or remain at the church if you are attending in person) as we pray together and vote to elect officers to leadership positions in the church. We will also hear an update from the Pastor Nominating Committee. May we, in all these matters, find ourselves in full accord and of one mind.

In faith,

Pastor Eileen
Congregational Meeting
The Session of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church calls for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation via Zoom (and on site participation) this Sunday, September 27, 2020 immediately following worship for the purpose of acting on the proposed amendments to the church bylaws, the election of Elders and Deacons and to receive reports.


PNC Update
How we embrace the process of calling a minister!

Presbyterians believe that God uses committees, papers, procedures, our polity, sprinkled with a generous measure of prayer, as well as Scripture, and worship, to help us discern who it is that God is calling to be our pastor. This call is confirmed as the pastor, the church, and the presbytery each say “yes” to the relationship.

The PNC has been meeting weekly by Zoom. We have reviewed over 70 candidate’s Personal Information Form. We have viewed countless numbers of sermons. We have interviewed many candidates by zoom. Some several times. We ask for your continued prayers. We feel those prayers, as the committee is united in this work.

Our PNC is following the guidelines from our Presbytery. We are using consensus for our decision making while discerning the direction God has chosen for our congregation. The following steps are used. Multiple candidates can be on any step as we proceed.

  • Our Ministry Information Form was approved by Session and the Presbytery. It is on file with the General Assembly’s Church Leadership Connection.

  • We read the Pastor Information Forms- evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step or not

  • Listen to online sermons- evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step or not

  •  Call the person to learn of his/her interest - yes, continue, no- go with other candidates

  • Interview the person long distance - evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step or not

  • Discuss at length multiple work of that person - evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step or not

  • Visit that person - evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step or not

  • Bring the person here

  • Meet with us and Committee on Ministry Representative ( Monmouth Presbytery) - evaluate and decide by consensus to go to the next step

  • Agree on Terms of Call

When all the steps are completed, we will have located the person God is calling to PPPC and they will come and lead a worship service followed by a congregational meeting. The congregation will then vote on the candidate.

The Psalms - Technical Issues Fixed
Did you try joining us this week for Bible Study this past week and had trouble? You were not alone.

We have discovered and fixed an issue that caused many to not be able to log on. We expect no issues this week.

Join us on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom for our second week of this four week study.

An email will go out this Monday with the link and study guide. Even if you are unable to attend, we encourage you to read the study guide as a way of looking into the beauty found in the psalms. The Meeting ID is 817 5808 7871 and the Passcode is 772829.
Care Corner
I had a moment last week where I felt such despair over the state of things in our country and the world. I admit I had been watching a lot of news; wildfires, racial unrest, political ridiculousness, voting concerns, climate issues… the list goes on. It all piled up and left me really feeling helpless and hopeless. Then I remembered Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Here was a man who found meaning for living while he was being held in a concentration camp. How did he do it? All it took was the reading of the introduction and I had a shift in perspective.

I may not be able to slow climate change or effect any change in race relations. I can’t make COVID go away and I can’t change the political situation. But what can I change? Where can I help the world? I can work on me. I can listen more and hold more compassion for others. I can do what I need to do to protect myself and others from COVID. I can do things that make me happy. I owe it to the world to do things that make me happy because that means I am putting that happier person out into the world. I don’t need to watch the news. Big meaningful information will find its way to me, that I trust. I don’t need to hear about all the information that I can’t change. I don’t need to hear all the pundits talk of doom and gloom. It was such a relief to remember that sometimes the best we can do in times of difficulty is put our best selves out there. What do you need in order to put your best self out there? If we all worked on this, all examined the areas of discomfort and unease that we carry, we’d be so much more likely to put goodness rather than anger or hate out there. And that will heal the world.

Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Learning About Friendship in
Zoom Sunday School
We've been having a party this month to celebrate FRIENDSHIP. We know that God wants us to BE good friends and HAVE good friends. We looked at examples of friendship through inspiring stories from scripture.

The Faces of Sunday School
Assistance to Offered to Get Your Flu Shot
With over 200,000 Americans hospitalized for flu-related complications each year, we encourage all our members and friends to get their flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by 40-60% for the overall population. The CDC also recommends that everyone over the age of six months old should be vaccinated.

This year it is more important than ever to be certain to get a flu shot and now is the time. Low and no cost flu shots are available through drug stores or from your own medical provider. If you need transportation to get a flu shot call the church office. Our deacons stand ready to help. You are precious to us- make plans to get a flu shot today!!!
Point Beach Prep
We started our alphabet adventures with letter A. We learned sign language for airplane and amazing. We read Ten Apples Up on Top, The Apple Pie Tree, Ants Go Marching, I Want to be an Astronaut, The Lady With the Alligator Purse and many other books. We made apple prints. an apple tree, an ant, and an all about me project. We marched to The Ants Go Marching One By One, went on a space walk with Astronauts in Space, became airplanes to Be An Airplane and sang Mr. Alligator. Our Yoga pose was an airplane. We brainstormed words that begin with A and looked for the letter a in our names. We sampled red, yellow and green apples and graphed which color apples the classes liked best. We learned about Johnny Appleseed planting trees across the country. It was an amazing week!
No Annex Access Allowed During School Hours
With Point Beach Prep now in session and extra state directives in place due to COVID, there is absolutely no access to the CE Annex during school hours.

No one, including church staff, is allowed into the building for any reason while the school is in session. This includes access to the kitchen, Wilton Hall and even the Point Beach Prep office. Access by church members and staff can only be after 3:15 pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or after 1:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is imperative that we follow all guidelines set by the state and not put any person or program in jeopardy.

Our church buildings still remain closed for all meetings. If your group would like help setting up a Zoom meeting please call the church office.

Show Us Your Talent
Join us for a little competition and a whole lot of laughs having fun with your family and friends. The Personnel Committee has been snooping around and learned that PPPC has talent!! But too often the talented stays hidden. They will be hidden no longer! We are giving every one a chance to show off the most creative, funniest, loveliest, and best of all.

Here’s how it works: Each family, or group of friends, or individual, plans and practices for a 5 minute performance in our PPPC Family Talent Show! You may sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, read, juggle or what ever you do best. You will perform in your own living room (or where ever you keep your computer). You must register to perform by Monday, October 5th. Each performing group will register (see below for directions), and will then be assigned a number. Everyone will receive a Zoom Invite on October 9th and can join to perform or just watch. When your number is called you will get up in the comfort of your own home in front of your computer and . . . SHOW US YOUR TALENT!

All who are not performing will be invited to connect via Zoom to be entertained by our own PPPC talent. The panel of judges will be watching each performance and will announce the lucky winner/s that night for the BEST, FUNNIEST, and MOST CREATIVE performances! The lucky winner will receive . . . well, you will have to win to find out just what you’ll receive, but you’ll be very HAPPY and FAMOUS in PPPC.  Start planning now, and contact Diane Sikora at 732-598-1320 dlsikora2001@yahoo.com to register to be on our Zoom stage.

The talent show will be Friday, October 9th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. but we need a full roster of entertainers, (we will need at least 10 - 12 in order for the show to go on!). Come one and all, as it is all in FUN.

Special Offering Peace and Global Witness
Peacemaking is active not passive, doing not waiting.

Let’s let that sink in for a moment: peacemaking is active, not passive; doing, not waiting.

And this is A Season of Peace when we, the church together, are focused on seeking peace and reconciliation. Together we are building God’s house of peace where all are welcome, where all can find compassion, peace and justice.

We are the peacemakers.

Our work is supported by your gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering. These gifts also unite us with Presbyterian peacemakers across the country and the world who are active, not passive; who are doing, not waiting.

On October 4, 2020 World Communion Sunday, there will be no bulletin insert or special envelopes in the pews but there is an offering envelope designated for Peace and Global Witness in your offering box. If giving online, please be sure to indicate your gift is for Peace and Global Witness.

Thank you for being a peacemaker! We are the church, together. We are peacemakers, together. We are the builders of God’s household of peace. Together. And when, together, we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.
Coming Up Online

Sunday, September 27 - 11:00 a.m. Virtual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, September 29 - 9:30 a.m. - Virtual Psalms Bible Study
Monday, October 5 - 2:00 p.m. - Virtual Stewardship Meeting
Monday, October 5 - 7:15 p.m. - Virtual Deacon Monthly Meeting

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

Church Calendar
We are glad to announce that the church calendar is starting to be filled once again. To view the church calendar online please visit our website or click on the link.

Sept 27 
Sept 28 Pam Cole
Sept 29 Leigh Reinwald
Sept 30 Donna Fahey
Oct 1 Eileen Lindner
Oct 2
Oct 3 Gail Watson, Bill Shoppell
Oct 4 John Liotta
Oct 5 Kerry Jones
Oct 6 James Liotta
Oct 7
Oct 8 Min Curtis
Oct 9 Keith Reilly Jr
Oct 10 Bob Martin, Steven McDermitt
Oct 11 Bridget Cleveland
Oct 12 Ginger Decker
Oct 13
Oct 14
Oct 15 Jacquelin Woods
Oct 16 Aida Jones, Sarah Obser
Oct 17
Oct 18
Oct 19 Marjorie McGhee
Oct 20 Randy Crate, Phyllis King, Carol Reid
Oct 21
Oct 22 Mike Aiello, Bill Nicholson, William Smykowski
Oct 23
Oct 24 W N Smith
Oct 25 Riley Fiorentino, Constantine MacGregor
Oct 26
Oct 27 Joan Reitmeyer
Oct 28 Sydney Hurley, Cynthia Kells
Oct 29
Oct 30 Claude Hurley, John Pasola, Frank Perkowski, Lisa Simpson
Oct 31

Image of the Week
Lead on, O King eternal:
we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning
where'er your face appears;
your cross is lifted o'er us;
we journey in its light.
The crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might!

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