Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
August 23, 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 Robert M. Woodward
by Jane and Craig Lambie
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 Budrick family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Julie and Steve, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Joseph Robinson, Michael Berry; Geoff Reilly; Katie Hoffmaster Barberi

Long term concerns: Katie Abrams; Jacob Basilotto; Pete Cowie; Ed Jung; Jay Hiatt; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Jacob Mendelsohn; Josephine McKeon; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Susan Robbins; Joseph Robinson, Bill Shoppell; the Shum family; 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.

From Our Pulpit Supply Pastor
As a devoted reader of bumper stickers, I seldom miss a quick glimpse at a passing bit of wisdom on the highways. Sure, there are cheerful greetings, booster stickers for sports teams and sometimes even a slightly threatening message about following too closely. Every now and then there is a passing nugget of true insight. Recently seen: “Everyone is at an age at which they do not accept change well!” The year 2020 requires us to be more durable souls than that. Change seems to be the theme and rhythm of this peculiar and unpredictable year. The coronavirus pandemic has brought change in our health, our economy, our family relationships, our children’s schooling and our way of life. Change, it seems, is our companion this year.

This week, of course, marks a change in pastoral leadership as we say our goodbyes to Pastor Osy and Juli. Last week’s outpourings of love and gratitude are ample evidence of the deep and abiding relationships formed here and a recognition of Pastor Osy’s joyous, vibrant and quite splendid leadership as interim pastor. He came to a strong and dedicated church and is leaving it stronger, livelier, and every bit as dedicated. Now it is for us to express that gratitude in our time of waiting upon the PNC and God’s grace to bring to our pulpit a new pastor.

During this season, this interregnum, I will serve as our Stated Supply Pastor preaching on Sundays, in the office a few days each week and always available to individuals and committees with pastoral needs or guidance in carrying out the many missions and ministries of the congregation. I am delighted and honored to be in this role, having long since recognized this church as my spiritual home in retirement. I look forward to working, praying, laughing and if need be weeping with you. Together we have much to do. The buildings are largely closed but our hearts and our church are open! With patience and great confidence in God’s plan for our future, we will continue the work and witness of this congregation. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, …(Col.1:11)

Yours for the journey,

Pastor Eileen

Highlights of Virtual Stated Session Meeting
August 18, 2020
Motion to authorize up to $3000 to purchase a computer and other necessary supplies to continue to support the improvement of Zoom worship for the congregation was approved.

Each Sunday worship service is automatically uploaded to YouTube on Monday. To worship at a time other than Sunday morning, go on YouTube and type in Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, choosing the date of the service you would like to view.

More volunteers are needed to help with the broadcasting and filming of services. Call the Church Office if you would like to learn how you could participate in this vital ministry.

Finance Committee reported that PPPC has been able to pay its bills and is in pretty good shape financially. Next item on the agenda is preparing the Manse for the next Pastor (and family?).

Motion to call for a Congregational Meeting on September 27, 2020 immediately following the worship service (around 11:00 AM) for the purpose of electing officers and revising by-laws was approved.

Pastor Osy expressed his and Juli’s deep gratitude for the heartwarming and practical ways the congregation has overwhelmed them with their expressions of love through cards and gifts.

After a discussion about responsible practices for social distancing and protecting each other during in-person worship in the Sanctuary, Session concluded that a maximum of 25 seats could be reserved. The remaining people present will be those participating in the service as liturgists, cantor, technology, and clergy.

Christian Ed Committee reported that Sunday School classes via Zoom will begin on September 13th from 9:00-9:40 AM. A special thank you to Point Beach Prep Director, Devlin House, was expressed as she has worked during much of August to accommodate families who would like to send their children to PBP.

Personnel Committee will be advertising the opportunity to work as sexton at PPPC more widely in coming weeks. Kim Gaydos was thanked for the many ways she has responded to phone calls and coordinating technology for Zoom meetings and worship from her home, working seven days per week. She will be returning to her regular work schedule. Personnel thanked the congregation for their generosity for Pastor Osy and Juli. On behalf of the congregation, they provided “five days of fun” for them and gifted them with tickets to the Metropolitan Opera and the NY Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.

Pastor Osy recognized the importance of the articles in Care Column in Constant Contact, written by Elder Lynn O’Hara. They have given people ideas of how to cope during the pandemic and let them know that we all share the same concerns.

Pastor Nominating Committee continues to meet weekly. They are conducting second interviews with some, a third interview with one person. Please pray for them to find the person for PPPC whom God is calling.

After sharing prayer requests, Session was blessed by closing prayers by both Pastor Osy and Pastor Eileen Lindner, the Stated Supply Pastor, who will lead us in worship and administration after Pastor Osy’s departure.

A Note from Pastor Osy and Juli
Juli and I need to take a moment and stop the packing of books and china to acknowledge the many expressions of appreciation that we received from the congregation. Notes, emails, phone calls, cards, gift certificates, dinners, boat rides, flowers, dog treats, all conveyed your feelings in a very touching way.

Last Sunday was a very special day as many of you ventured out in the rain just to stand a few feet away to share a final face-to-masked-face conversation. Your kind words of farewell brightened the day and warmed our hearts. Thank you so much for the thoughtful, practical, and very generous gifts from the congregation that were totally unexpected and will provide great experiences in the future. We will think of you when the opera and the symphony resume their performances. But most of all, we will treasure the many memories acquired in the process of living out our faith and our shared commitment to the gospel. May God continue to bless your ministry and prosper your work under the leadership of your next pastor.

Peace!

Pastor Osy and Juli  

Sunday School ZOOM Coming Soon!
Sunday School Online Zoom Sessions for families of children in grades preschool (age 3+) through grade 5 continue in the new school year starting Sunday, September 13 at 9 a.m. Sessions will last approximately 35-40 minutes. Participating families will receive Zoom meeting login credentials directly.

During our sessions, we will chat about our theme, watch the Bible story videos, enjoy music, and experience some of the other media available through our curriculum. Engaging family follow-up ideas/materials will arrive via email for use during the week. 

In September we will concentrate on the theme of “Friendship."
Kindly fill in the 2020-2021 Online Sunday School Registration, so that we will know to send you weekly invitations with Zoom ID and password. Then, please scan the form, or snap a photo with your cell phone, and email it to pppcsundayschool@gmail.com.

Hope to see you soon!
Point Beach Prep Seeking Teachers
Job openings
Point Beach Prep is urgently seeking part time Preschool Teachers and Substitutes to begin our new school year in September. We are looking for caring individuals who love children and have a positive attitude. If you are interested , please email your resume to pointbeachprep@hotmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
This Week
A reminder that in response to the worldwide pandemic, Session ordered our buildings to remain closed and for the staff to work remotely as much as possible.

Office hours remain 9 to 12 and 1 to 4 Monday-Friday. Donna Ferry, our Financial Secretary, remains available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to answer any of your financial questions through phone or email.

Kim Gaydos, our Church Secretary will be on vacation this week. You can still call the church office for assistance. The personnel team will be glad to offer any assistance you may need. Upon her return, Kim will be in the office on Wednesdays during regular hours for any need that may come up that cannot be taken care of over the phone or email. Please make sure you call the office before you come.

As a reminder, masks are required when entering any of the buildings.

Attention Chancel Choir Members
This week you should be receiving a postcard announcing the kick off of the Fall season with the first virtual choir meeting of the year. It is a virtual Welcome Party.

We will be video-chatting to say hello and plan socially-distant worship music at PPPC! We will be getting together online on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 pm.

The link will be on the postcard or you can email Melanie for more information.

Care Corner
If the waning days of August have you feeling like, “what happened to my summer?” take heart. We still have September. Local summer!! Is there anything better? This year it looks a little different. Many people are extending their stays here at the beach so the crowds may not dissipate as in years past. But still, September is the most awesome month. Try to make the most of getting outside and enjoying the last of the warmth as we prepare for fall.

If you’re like me you might enjoy sitting outside and reading. If you like to read, I have a challenge for you. Pick a topic that you have little to no knowledge in and find a book on that subject and read up. Maybe it is history that intrigue you or politics. Both are very relevant right now. Maybe pick a topic you think you know a lot about and look at it from a different angle. Pick something that will stretch your brain. This summer I’ve been reading on racism in all it’s forms. I also would like to get to a book called, “These Truths: A History of the United States” by Jill Lepore. Another book staring at me that I am trying to get to is Malcolm Gladwell’s, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.” There is so much out there to stretch our thinking.

If you are looking for books on Christianity consider anything from Marcus Borg. That will really get you thinking. I’ve started his book, “Meeting Jesus Again for The First Time,” for information on the historical Jesus (thanks, Osy!). So many books, so little time! Reading is a great way to educate ourselves and also to escape into a different world for a little while. Enjoy! Until next time, eat healthy, be happy and wear your mask!

Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Week of Action
Friends,

Communities of faith and people across the nation are joining the movement to confront the sins of racism and white supremacy. They are coming together to demand that Black lives of every age, gender, gender identity and sexuality are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of our society. They are protesting the unlawful and unjust killings of innocent Black individuals.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirms that all Black Lives Matter.

The Presbyterian Week of Action, Aug. 24–30, is an endeavor to provide a public witness that facilitates education, visibility and action that reinforces our PC(USA) statements and policy that support eradicating racism and acknowledge that God loves all Black lives.

In “Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action,” the 224th General Assembly (2020) declared, “Our country’s most important institutions have been built to sustain white privilege, to protect white lives and white property at the expense of our siblings of color. The church through ignorance, denial, and in some cases deliberate action, has participated in this injustice. We have been slow to face the reality of systemic racism. We have been slow to acknowledge the pain of our fellow Presbyterians, of our fellow Christians, of our fellow citizens, and of those who have come to America for a better life, whose value has been judged by the color of their skin.” The Assembly called the Church to “actively confront and dismantle systemic racism in our church and in society at large, and to work for a more just, merciful, and peaceful country that allows all of God’s children to flourish.”

By joining together as national staff and the greater Church, we hope to provide faithful leadership in the area of justice, love and equality within our denomination and communities.

Join with us, the national office and PC(USA) churches across the nation, the week of Aug. 24–30. Events will include a town hall, film screening, a rally and a day of service to our communities. Act now by planning to participate in the daily schedule of events and share the news with our digital toolkit. 

While we recognize and honor the good work toward justice that has been ongoing in our denomination, we also realize that in this time it is not enough. Though the Presbyterian Week of Action hopes to meet the immediacy of our current context, it will not be the culmination of our work as a denomination, for we have a long way to go to eradicate systemic racism and white supremacy. Nonetheless, this week will empower us, challenge us and enliven the faith we follow.

Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Coming Up

Sunday, September 13 - 9:00 to 9:40 am Virtual Sunday School Begins
Sunday, September 27 - 11:00 a.m. Virtual Congregational Meeting
Updated Information
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
birthday blessing

Aug 23 Colin Obser
Aug 24
Aug 25 Sean McCrossan
Aug 26
Aug 27
Aug 28 Courtney Bixby, Erik Hums
Aug 29
Aug 30 Lynn Hahm, Addison Hums
Aug 31
Image of the Week
Confirmation Sunday

In him you also, When you had heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him,
were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13
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