Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
March 15, 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 Person for the week is Marj Watson. Let us be prayerfully aware of Marj as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns : Mary McSweeney, Lorraine Williams, Owen Provencer, Edward DeMartino, Jacque Thornton, Tom Ploskonka.

Long term concerns : 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
As we prepare these announcements, there are no known cases of people affected by COVID-19 in Ocean County. That, of course, can and probably will change at any moment.

For the time being, our worship services will be held as planned. We will continue with holding back from physical contact and keeping a little more distance from each other in the pews.

As we consider possible helpful measures, this Sunday will be our last Coffee Hour until further notice. After this week, we will be discontinuing the Coffee Hour following worship and the Brunch after worship the first Sunday of April has been cancelled.

The Girl Scouts will be selling their highly anticipated cookies this Sunday. So, take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on a product that is sure to make the next few weeks a little more comforting and bearable.

I share with you the prayer for the third week of Lent:
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Pastor Osy
Girl Scout Coffee Hour
Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts. March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

There are two girl scout troops that meet here in the Church: Brownie Troop 360 and Junior Troop 443. Coffee Hour this Sunday is sponsored by these Troops.

Also in addition at Coffee Hour there will be Girl Scout Cookies for Sale. They are $4 and $5.50 a box. You are welcome to purchase cookies as a donation to IHN and St. Gregory's Food Pantry since everyone loves girl scout cookies. Stop on in to the Chittick Lounge for this special celebration. 

If you would like to know more about Girl Scouts please speak with Beth McGuire who will be with her troops during Coffee Hour.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection
Giving thanks to God for the life of Constance "Connie" Curtis will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her honor to Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. 

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 have received their offering boxes 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. 

Now Taking Registration For the PW Retreat
Continued COVID-19 Precautions
Keeping vigilant especially in care and concern for our more susceptible members and those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions:

  • We are continuing our break from hugging, kissing and shaking hands.

  • We continue our Lenten discipline of 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.

  • Latex gloves and paper goods will be used as much as possible for Coffee Hour.

  • Surfaces like tables, light switches, doorknobs, pews, and even the offering plates continue to be disinfected.

  • Handsanitizer and tissues are available when you first come in and from the ushers. Disinfectant soap is used in all our bathrooms.

  • We ask that anyone who is sick (runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, struggling for breath) please stay home and call a physician.

During these changing times, please routinely check your email, our website and facebook page for any important announcements. You do not have to have a facebook account to view our public page.
Easter Distribution Volunteers Needed
St. Gregory's Pantry is in need of youth helpers for the Easter Distribution on Sunday, April 5 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Adult Volunteers are needed on the day of distribution, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as well as delivery day shoppers on Wednesday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers may directly go over to St. Gregory's Pantry, located at St. Mary's By the Sea to help.

Point Beach Prep
This week we introduced the letter U and had fun drawing and writing "under" the tables in our classroom. We made umbrellas, unicorns, and an under the sea craft. We sang The Unicorn Song, Ukulele songs, Letter U song and more. We read Up and Down, Under the City (book on tape), Uni the Unicorn,Flowers for Mami Unicorn and Umma Umgka's Unusual Umbrella. Our sight word and American Sign Language word was "up". During Show and tell we saw lots of unicorns, umbrellas, ukuleles, and even ultrasounds!

For Student of the Week, we had 2 parents who are physical therapists come in with equipment to do agility drills and obstacle courses. It was perfect for a rainy Friday!

Last week we enjoyed Cattus Island Educators, who brought in turtles and a snake to our classrooms and taught us so many new things!

Every day is unbelievably fun! If you would like to be part of our program, please call 732-701-9900.

Dine Around
Presbyterian Women and friends . . . Let’s beat the crowds to The Shrimp Box, (75 Inlet Dr., Pt. Pleasant) now reopened after winter break! 

Meet us there to celebrate Springtime at 6:00 pm on Wed., March 25 for fellowship with good friends, good food, good fun. 

If you will be joining us please call Lynn Hahm at 732-920-7133 so we can reserve enough room. If you find out at the last minute you’re able to join, come anyway and we will make room!! Hope to see you there.  
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 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 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

Monday, March 16
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Office
6:00 p.m. - Choral Bells Rehearsal, Fellowship Room

Tuesday, March 17
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall

Wednesday, March 18
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 19
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs, Point Pleasant
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 1443, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Junior Troop 360, Fellowship Room
5:30 p.m. - PNC, Chittick Lounge
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22 - Fourth Sunday During Lent
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chanel Choir/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge

Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Palm/Passion Sunday
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Maundy Thursday with Communion
Friday, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday Tenebrae
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 12, 2020 Resurrection of the Lord 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Image of the Week
Where are we in our journey of calling a new pastor?
Right outside the church office is a chart of what has been accomplished and what is still yet to be accomplished. Stop and take a look to see where the PNC is in the process.
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