Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
January 26, 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 Wittmann family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Ryan, Olivia, Dawson and Maribelle as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of George Tinquist (Uncle of Marilyn Coppolino), Millage Youenger

Long term concerns: Joan Auge; Jacob Basilotto; Tim Carroll; Jonathan Hofstetter; Ed Jung; Brett Lambie; Mary Ann Leach; Despina Koch; Mary McSweeney; Jacob Mendelsohn; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Donna Monica; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Ed Shrum; Linda Lee Smith; Ralph Smith; 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 
We start every new year with high hopes and aspirations. For this congregation, 2020 could be the year to welcome the next installed pastor. The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is hard at work completing all the necessary forms that will allow a thorough search to take place. During times of transition, we are especially grateful for the connectional system from which we benefit as Presbyterians. Presbytery personnel will review and make recommendations to our church profile for maximum effectiveness. Then a Church Leadership Connection website will provide the platform that will grant hundreds (if not thousands) of ordained ministers contemplating a new call access to the details about this congregation that will make contacts possible. That’s how I found out about your search for an interim minister back in the summer of 2018. 

This is just one of the many advantages that our Presbyterian connectional system offers. 

There are too many benefits to mention, but it’s important to note here some of the helpful resources that we have available, such as publications, conferences, administrative and support staff at the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly levels, advocacy, representation, and missionary partners around the world, the Presbyterian Historical Society, etc. 

All this and more is made possible by every congregation making a contribution, being part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. Since 1734, Presbyterians have favored a contribution based on the number of active members of a congregation: a set amount per person, or “per head”, thus the Latin term Per Capita . In your box of offering envelopes, you will find one marked for this purpose so that every member can play a role in supporting our system of government, allowing for the coordinating and performing of all the functions necessary for the church’s witness. In order to support all the services of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the General Assembly, the Synod of the Northeast, and the Monmouth Presbytery levels, the assessment per member for our congregation this year will be $11,720, that is $40.00 for each of the 293 active members we reported at the end of 2018. While the actual amount may sound high to some people, it’s worth noting that some denominations require a percentage of a congregation’s gross receipts (10%, 15% and even 20% of all offerings and revenues), which for us would be double or triple that amount. And for comparison purposes, at the last congregation I served in central New Jersey as part of the Reformed Church in America, the per member assessment there two years ago was $110.00! 

We enter this new year grateful that God has called us to be part of this great denomination. Let us proudly support the many ministries God uses to fulfill God’s great plans for us and for the world. 

Pastor Osy

Noisy Offering

This Sunday, in addition to the presentation of God's tithes, our monetary gifts and pledges, we will be receiving the "Noisy Offering." Any loose change deposited in the metal containers will go to Cents-Ability - which supports ministries that relieve hunger locally, regionally, and globally.
Annual Congregational Meeting and Report
The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place this Sunday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. The Congregation will elect the Nominating Committee (for the election of officers), and conduct any other business that may properly come before the Congregation.

The 2019 Annual Report is now available in the Narthex or can be read online .

Parents may pick up their children from Sunday School after the meeting.  
Organ Choral Festival on Sunday
The American Guild of Organists, Ocean County Chapter, will be having their annual organ and choral festival this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The festival will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Toms River.
Souper Bowl of Caring Coming Next Week
Next week, we will be asking you to join us in helping fight hunger through the Souper Bowl of Caring. More than 30 years ago the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat." Since that day, more than $143 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving. 

Be part of this movement that is sharing God's love with those in need. Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. All canned goods and money collected will be donated to St. Gregory's Pantry which is the local food bank that serves our community. Please bring a canned good or donate to one of the two soup pots the youth will be holding at the doors as you leave worship.

Whether a San Francisco 49ers Fan or a Kansas City Chief's fan, everyone can make a positive difference in the world. 

A Note from Our Missionaries
Hello and blessing in the New Year from Mzuzu, Malawi. We wanted to thank you for your support of our ministries in Malawi, Africa over the past year and especially lifting up our family after Tyler’s recent bicycle accident. Please continue to pray in the New Year for Tyler’s work in theological education and Rochelle’s work in water and sanitation. Thank you! To follow our weekly family blog please visit: http://www.holminafrica.blogspot.com/

In Case of Snow
Please check the main page of the church website ( www.pointpresbyterian.org ) or our Facebook page for the latest information about cancellations of church activities.
2020 Church Directory
The 2020 Church Directory is now available in the Narthex and church office. If you would like a digital version, please call or email the office and we will gladly email you one. Please also inform the office of any changes to your information.
Confirmation Meeting February 9th
Confirmation Classes for youth 7th grade and older will begin in February. This year's course of study will consist of 12 class meetings between February and May. Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for May 31, 2020. The full class schedule will be determined when leaders, parents and interested youth get together on February 9 after worship. 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. Please call the church office 732-899-0587 if you plan on attending the Feb 9th meeting. 
Coffee Hour
Following the service and Congregational Meeting this Sunday everyone is welcome to join us for coffee hour in the Chittick Lounge.

The Coffee Host Schedule is posted in the Church Kitchen if you would like to sign up to host coffee hour. Thank you.
January 26 - Bette Hughes
February 2 - Communion Brunch
February 9 - Scouts for Scout Sunday
February 16 - **Host Needed**
February 23 - **Host Needed**
Note the Date of the Book Club
We are sorry for any confusion but the book Club discussion on " White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism ,” by Robin Diangelo in on Thursday, February 27th at 7 p. m. at the home of Lynn O'Hara.

If you are interested in attending please speak or email Lynn O'Hara. Please read the book prior to the meeting.

Prayer Chain
Prayer is a way for us to reach out of ourselves, to put aside our loneliness or pain for the sake of another. A prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious and pressing problem. It is also a way for any person to act on God's command to love one another.

We, who are pray-ers for our church's Prayer Chain, invite you to join our Telephone Prayer Chain or our E-mail Prayer Chain and become a vital part of our church's prayer ministry. Do pray your prayers in your own way and in your own time. Always respect their confidentiality. When you receive a request, you pray and then pass the prayer concern onto the next person on the Telephone Chain. If you are using E-mail, you pray for that request. Call Frankie Kunz, 732-892-4223, learn more about being a prayer partner and decide if you'd like to join us. We'd love to have you.

Winter Carnival Family Fun Night
On January 31, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. come join other families and friends in the Education Annex for a great night of family fun.

The Personnel Committee is sponsoring a Winter Carnival Family Fun Night with face painting, cake walk, crafts, carnival games and food including a hot dog bar, music and contests.

Fight the winter blues by joining in the fun and games. Be sure to invite your neighbors and friends to join us. Never underestimate the power of inviting someone to church.

News From Point Beach Prep
The Point Beach Prep Open House to register for the 2020/2021 school year will be this Saturday, January 25th, 9 am - 11 am. 

Church members listed in the Directory may register in advance on Friday, January 24th 9-12. There is half off the registration fee of $100 if you register on this day or at the Open House. Point Beach Prep is an early learning center for children 2 1/2- 6 years old where children are encouraged to play, create, imagine and solve problems. We promote kindergarten readiness. We make learning fun, while building self esteem and a positive attitude toward learning! Point Beach Prep Preschool offers morning and Pre-K afternoon programs, along with an optional extended lunch hour. Please call Director Devlin House at 732-701-9900 or email pointbeachprep@hotmail.com with questions!

Be sure to stop by the North Hall Gallery to see the Point Beach Prep Art Show which has art projects from all of our students. The show runs until January 29th.

Upcoming Birthdays This Month

Jan 26
Jan 27
Jan 28 Connor Durante
Jan 29 Blake Birdsong
Jan 30 Michael Fanizzo
Jan 31 Donna Ferry, Charlie Paradise
Feb 1 Jean Findlay

Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, January 26
8:45 a.m. - Called Session Meeting, Fellowship Office
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary
2:30 p.m. - Creste Point Rehabilitation Service

Monday, January 27
9:15 a.m. - PW Coordinating Team, Fellowship Room
12:00 p.m. - Lunch at the Rainbow Diner, all welcome
6:00 p.m. - Choral Bell Choir, Fellowship Room

Tuesday, January 28
10:00 a.m. Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall

Wednesday, January 29
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
7:30 p.m. - Troop 6

Thursday, January 30
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs, Point Pleasant
10:00 a.m. - Point Beach Prep Board Meeting, Wilton Hall
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 31

Saturday, February 1

Sunday, February 2
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion/Special Music
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Brunch, Wilton Hall

Upcoming Events
IHN Arriving for the week - February 23
Image of the Week
This Saturday
Contact Us

The Rev. Osvaldo Nuesch, Interim 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