Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
November 1, 2020

This Saturday Night
Sunday Worship
Reservation and service links were sent on Wednesday.
The bulletin for those participating online is here.
The flowers this Sunday are
in loving memory of all the Saints
being recognized this Sunday.
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 Jalowski family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Nick and Nancy, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: Ron Claeys, Dan Farwell, Morgan and Hunter Sensing, Katie Barberi, The family of Jane Fredericks.

Long term concerns: Katie Abrams; 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 Sensing; Michael Fahey III; Robin Fiorentino; all those in our nation's service.

A Word from our Stated Supply Pastor
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13

This Sunday we observe Remembrance Sunday or, as it is more broadly known, All Saints Day. As the Christian year draws to a close (the liturgical year actually begins with Advent starting November 29) Christians take a moment to reflect and give thanks for the lives of those who have made their journey home to God in the past year. This year in this congregation we remember with gratitude the lives of

Fred Lockenmeyer
Ralph Smith
Gwendolyn Whitworth
Constance Curtis
Diantha Matthews Brown
Alie Carpe
Joseph DeRosa
Maryanne Leach
Edna Soper

The loss of these dear ones is immediate and personal. We especially think of their families on this Remembrance Sunday and, like the apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica, we remind them that “we do not grieve as those who have no hope”. Our corporate witness is that we believe: heart, soul and mind in Christ’s sure promise that nothing in life or even in death can separate us from God’s love.

Yet this All Saints Day is like no other in our lives. In the wake of a global pandemic more than 230,000 Americans have died. Globally well over 1 million souls have perished as a consequence of COVID 19. Absent any national day of mourning, let us remember in prayer all those families who are burdened by grief and sorrow. Let us too give thanks for the lives of those now gone from our midst whether accomplished and celebrated or just ordinary folk with ordinary lives. In our remembrance let us lift up in thanksgiving all those who eased the passing of those who have died this year. First responders, medical personnel, clergy of every sort, and kindly neighbors and friends who have stepped into lives of sorrow to comfort and sustain.

Yes, on this Remembrance Day we have much to recall of this year 2020. May we continue to find both the compassion and the courage to give thanks and extend support, comfort and most of all hope- hope born of the One who said, “lo, I am with you always”.
In hope,


Pastor Eileen
Receiving of New Members and
the Sacrament of Baptism This Sunday

This Sunday we will be receiving
Ryan and Kara Barker
into Membership by Reaffirmation of Faith

Receiving the Sacrament of Baptism are
Ella Rue Barker
Born January 24, 2020 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ
Daughter of Ryan and Kara Barker
Goddaughter of Jason Sutton and Shelby Hadfield

Fia Rose Barker
Born January 24, 2020 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ
Daughter of Ryan and Kara Barker
Goddaughter of Christoper Kiley and Nicole Crimmins

Sunday Reservations
The link to register for in person attendance was sent out on Wednesday. With a baptism planned, we are already full for in person worship. For those without an existing reservation, please join us online.
IHN Meal Volunteers Needed November 1-8

Our week to support IHN has arrived. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to prepare and drop off dinner meals at the day center.

For planning purposes it looks as if there are currently 2 adults and 4 kids in the program. We will inform you of any changes.

Please speak with Donna Wittmann (732-948-8934) if you have any questions.
The day center is located at 407 Lexington Ave., Toms River (just past St. Joseph R.C. Church on Hooper Ave., going south). Thank you for always faithfully supporting IHN for the past eighteen years.

Thinking ahead for Christmas - As part of the IHN network we will be providing gifts and groceries to a family for Christmas. Due to the time crunch Barbara Reusch and Donna Wittmann will take care of the shopping. Anyone interested in offering financial support for this mission can make a donation to the church. Please indicate IHN Christmas in the memo line of your check or in the description box under Special Giving online. Your contribution will then be used for the IHN families.
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
  OF OCEAN COUNTY
  For your enjoyment!  Come join our
  SILENT AUCTION
  over 100 gifts
Bidding begins Oct 30 ends Nov 13 at 7:00 pm
  Major credit or debit cards accepted
  Presented by RSINJ for the benefit of IHNOC 
  pick up of gifts in Toms River Nov 18 – 21
  9:00 am to 6:00 pm  
  A Community Response for Homeless Families
Youth Discussion
Youth Discussion Group will be meeting on Zoom Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 pm. Youth from 6th grade and up are invited to attend. We will be discussing the scripture lesson of the day, meaning, and what it means to you. We all have questions and this a great opportunity to talk about those questions in a relaxed setting. Our meeting will be approximately 45 minutes.

Often in life, we try to find peace and comfort in all sorts of things, whether it’s in our friends, family, sports, technology, food, or popularity. But nothing will satisfy us and give us the kind of peace that Jesus promises.

Staying In - Reaching Out - Funding our Future
Our Stewardship Campaign continues. We were delighted that several of you have already submitted pledges for 2021! On the other hand, three quarters of those who pledged last year have not yet told us of your plans for 2021. Please respond as soon as possible.

If you have not already, please fill out and submit your confidential e-pledge card today by clicking the link below. Pledge cards are also available in the Narthex. All e-pledges will automatically be received and recorded by the Financial Secretary. No account or passwords are required to submit your e-pledge.
Care Corner
Activism. It’s a triggering word for some. I see activism as a desire to change the world and make it a fairer and just place for all humans. A kinder place for everyone. We do lots of kind and charitable things as a church. One could say we play an activist role in many areas. This is wonderful and feels really good. I am going to suggest that we all take the opportunity to look at how we may be activists but also more importantly how we can be innervists.

Innervist is a term coined by Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute in New York State and author of the new book, Cassandra Speaks. Lesser says that we have to look at our own inner beliefs in order for change to really occur. She quotes Nietzsche when she says, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” How many times have we listened to sermons or scripture that asks us to really delve into our own feelings? When we are asked to treat all humans with respect, to help those in poverty, to see others as we see ourselves, do we really do that? As we fight for what we believe is right do we dehumanize the other side, other people?

This is something I have been asking myself for the past four years. I see so much hate in the world and especially our country and it breaks my heart. But how do I really feel toward those I feel are spewing the hate? Can I say I have compassion for them? I don’t mean that we should tolerate injustice and hate but if we hate back aren’t we making the problem worse?

No matter which way the election goes I am certain our nation cannot take four more years of hate and fear. I know I can’t take it. So, I’m going to look deep inside and continue work with my “shadow” parts, those dark parts of myself that Carl Jung so famously named. I’ll leave you with a quote from Jung to ponder. “The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without serious moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” We all have shadow parts of ourselves. It’s normal and human. In order for there to be real growth toward love in our world we all need to understand our own shadow parts. It’s not easy work but becoming an innervist is essential to helping heal the world. Until next time, wash your hands, wear a mask and VOTE!!

Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Confirmation Information Meeting
Confirmation

Confirmation Classes for youth 7th grade and older will begin in the first of the year. This year's course of study will consist of 15 class meetings between January and May. Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for May 31, 2020.

Please plan to attend an informational meeting for parents and interested youth on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:15 on Zoom (a link will be sent to you). The meeting will be approximately 40 minutes.

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.
Sunday School
Learning the Art of Gratitude
WAIT! Need a little gratitude “pick-me-up” right now? WATCH THIS FIRST!
Paul writes, “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIRV) In November we consider everything God has done for us: the world He made, the promises He’s kept, and the new life He offers through Jesus. When we remember all of that, we can always be thankful even when things don’t go our way! 

Gratitude—Letting others know you see how they've helped you
And we'll remember:
Point Beach Prep
Our letter of the week was F. Our sign language was fish. Our Yoga pose is frog. We read Let's Get Froggy, The Foot Book, The Fly Flew In, Rainbow Fish, Frances Frog's Forever Friend, and many more. Some of our activities were finger painting, making fish, painting flowers, and decorating our Halloween bags. We had fun finding ways to be a good friend. We talked about work that takes place on a farm. We practiced throwing a frisbee. We pretended to hop like frogs, fly like fairies, move like a freight train, and go fishing. We did the Freeze Dance and sang Five Green and Speckled Frogs. Our science experiment was "Fireworks in a Jar". We learned about varying liquid densities. After mixing food coloring, water and oil, we saw food coloring shooting down like fireworks until all the droplets fell from the oil!

We celebrated Halloween with parties but our parades had to be moved to next week due to the inclement weather. We sang Halloween songs, made a toilet paper mummy and enjoyed special treats. We wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!
Operation Christmas Child
Since 2004 every November our PW and church have been packing shoebox gifts bringing hope and joy to millions of children in 170 countries around the world along with many other churches and organizations. This year in the middle of a pandemic it is even more important to let these children know they are loved by continuing our pledge by building our shoebox gifts online using the following link:
In just a few clicks, you can select toys and other fun items to include as well as a letter and photo to delight the heart of a child. It only takes a few minutes to complete. No more labels, attaching shipping cost, or dropping boxes off at the church. Our church has a goal of making 50 boxes online. With an average of 75 boxes packed in the past, this is a very attainable goal you can help us reach. By using the link above your box will be counted towards our goal. Please share this PPPC link with family and friends to realize our goal knowing that our Christmas blessings will travel around the world even in the midst of a pandemic

All shoebox purchases are secure. Build online FAQ can answer any questions you may have.


November 1 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Coming Up Online
November 1 - Youth Discussion Group begins 6:30 p.m.
Week of November 1-8 - Host IHN at the Day Center with Meals
November 5-6 - Point Beach Prep Closed
Sunday, November 8 - Commitment Sunday
Monday, November 9 - Stewardship Committee Meeting - 2:00 pm.

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

Church Calendar
To view the church calendar online please visit our website or click on the link.
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Nov 1 Greg Perry
Nov 2
Nov 3 Kristen Lombardi
Nov 4 Ted Durante
Nov 5
Nov 6
Nov 7 Barbara VieBrock
Nov 8 Shirley Snyder
Nov 9 Cheyne Daniels, Morgan Sensing
Nov 10
Nov 11 Mia Rauffer
Nov 12
Nov 13 Bette Hughes
Nov 14 Luke Steinert
Nov 15
Nov 16
Nov 17
Nov 18 Michael Lappke
Nov 19
Nov 20
Nov 21 James McGuire, Amanda Shahady
Nov 22 Linda Chase
Nov 23 Kieran Hughes
Nov 24
Nov 25
Nov 26 Jacque Mendelsohn
Nov 27 Mandy Rauffer
Nov 28 Kathryn Nicholson
Nov 29
Nov 30 Ron Panuska
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With Joy and Thanksgiving

We celebrated the receiving of new members Nicholas and Amanda Pape
and the Sacrament of baptism for
Oliver Nicholas Pape
Born February 10, 2020 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ
God-son of Patrick Pape and Ashley Gahr

Welcoming and congratulation cards can be sent to the Pape family at
1218 Polhemus Street Point Pleasant 08742.
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