Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
October 4, 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 honor of Chris Cook's Installation as a Deacon
by Nancy Cook
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 Birdsong family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Bill, Gail, Emily and Blake, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Edna Soper, Jill 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
"To gather God’s people in united adoration is as necessary to Christian life as prayer”
Martin Luther

In many ways the now global celebration of World Communion Sunday is a gift from the American Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church. In 1930 the Reverend Hugh Thompson Kerr served as Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church nationally. His encounters with leaders of other denominations caused him to wonder how a united expression of Christian faith might be expressed. In 1933, as Pastor of the Shadyside Church in Pittsburgh he reached out to neighboring congregations suggesting that each might celebrate Communion on a given Sunday. The experiment helped to usher in a new degree of respect and fellowship among the congregations in Pittsburgh.

In 1936, the Federal Council of Churches called on its denominational members to join in in celebrating Communion on the first Sunday in October. The idea was slow to catch on among the national church bodies. During the Second World War, the horrors of modern warfare and the suffering of civilian populations led churches to reexamine the disunity among the church of Jesus Christ. The idea of a shared date for Communion took on a new relevance in a bitterly divided world. Following the war the emergence of the World Council of Churches in 1948 in Amsterdam signaled the strength of the desire for Christian unity embodied in the ecumenical movement. The idea of a World Wide Communion Sunday quickly caught on with churches in Europe, Africa and Asia joining in the cause. Following Vatican II in the 1960s, a new receptivity in Roman Catholic-Protestant dialogue further expanded the practice. 

Today, World Communion Sunday is celebrated across the face of the globe often virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, whether in person or via Zoom we celebrate our kinship in Christ this Sunday. I hope you will plan to be with us either here at the church or via Zoom. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

Blessings this day,

Pastor Eileen
Ordination and Installation
The following Deacons will be Installed and Ordained this Sunday as the Class of 2023
Ordained and Installed
Min Curtis and Sara Hoey
Installed
Chris Cook

Bell Ensemble This Sunday
Handbells
A special bell ensemble will be playing during our worship service this Sunday. Under the direction of Morgan Sarbello, ringers Karen Baron, Karen Norby and Susan Reilly will be performing with Sara Hoey joining them on the organ.

Since no singing or speaking is required, ringers can wear masks and gloves and make music together as they socially distance. Bell ringing is a wonderful example how working together can bring about such sweet sounds.
The Psalms Bible Study Week 3
An email will go out this Monday with the link and study guide for the week 3 Bible Study on the Psalms. The Meeting ID is 817 5808 7871 and the Passcode is 772829.
Talent Update
Since we have all decided to keep our talents hidden and we are already wearing masks; we would like to invite everyone to come together for a Zoom Halloween Costume Party on October 23 at 7:00 pm.

Prizes for the best family group costume, individual costume, best pet costume, best decorated front yard, best decorated inside of your house, and best decorated/carved pumpkin.

There will be a Halloween themed scavenger hunt and a pumpkin pie eating contest.

Let us all come together on Zoom to have some fun and laughs.
Care Corner
Ambiguous loss. Anyone know what that is? It’s loss we can’t really see. We may not even realize we are experiencing ambiguous loss but I can tell you we are all experiencing it right now.

This has been a tough year. We are in something like day 200 of social distancing and while some restrictions are lifting the COVID concern is not going away. Numbers are going up in NJ as was expected with the advent of fall and opening up of school. Anxiety is starting to creep back in for many and yet there are others who are so tired of all this they are not following any guidelines. Whew. This alone is a lot to handle but throw in the ambiguous loss and that makes for some real tough things to deal with emotionally.

So, what are these ambiguous losses I speak of? Well, how many of you feel you have any control over what is happening? Now control is a loaded word but most of us went along in life feeling fairly certain if we encountered a sticky or difficult situation, we would be able to have some agency in the outcome of the situation. Right now, other than wearing a mask and trying not to get sick we don’t have much control. That is an ambiguous loss. Worried about your kids well-being? Feel like you cannot protect them from the anxiety and strains of the social isolation and difficulties of remote learning? That’s an ambiguous loss. They are really, really tough to deal with and feel terrible. We are having to learn how to make peace with uncertainty. Wow!

Admitting that dealing with all this is difficult can be really helpful in actually dealing with it. When we can speak for our fears and concerns, we will find we aren’t alone. If you are experiencing grief and anxiety chances are great that others are too. It’s nice to know you aren’t alone and we can help each other through this. So, for now, talk about your concerns. Reach out to your friends and loved ones. Take comfort that we are all in this together and together we can get through it. And keep wearing those masks!

Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Join Us for
Zoom Sunday School!
You might ask, "Can I invite a friend, relative, or neighbor?" Answer: of course! Please ask them to email us at pppsundayschool@gmail.com, so they can register and receive login credentials.

We begin October with a brand new life application:

Integrity—Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do 

When we trust in God, we can be truthful in whatever we say and do. Who we are in private should match who we are in public.

You can download the Sunday School Registration Form online, snap a photo of it, and email it as an attachment to pppsundayschool@gmail.com. We’ll send you the Zoom login credentials, so you can join us Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Point Beach Prep
This week we learned about letter B. We ate bananas, blackberries and blueberries. We read Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? We made brown bears, butterflies, beans, buses, binoculars, bead projects and more. We read Blueberries for Sal, Bear's Bargain, Baa-choo, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and many more B books. We had fun bowling, playing basketball and walking on a balance beam. We sang We're Going on a Bear Hunt, If I Were a Butterfly, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Row Row Row Your Boat and the Gummy Bear Song. We learned sign language for b and boy. It was a busy week, but boy did we have a blast!
Young Presbyterian Scholarship
Westminster College
The Young Presbyterian Scholarship was established to provide an opportunity for outstanding Presbyterian students to apply to Westminster College, one of the nation's best liberal arts colleges. The scholarship of $84,000 for four years ($21,000 per year) is for qualified high school seniors entering college in the Fall of 2021.

Student qualifications for the Young Presbyterian Scholarship:
PC(USA) Church Membership
3.5 (or higher) cumulative High School GPA
Nomination by pastor/congregation

Scholarship Deadlines 
December 1 - Pastor/Congregation Nomination
December 15 - Student Application Due 

For more information please call the Church office at 732-899-0587

Coming Up Online


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
Tuesday, October 6 - 9:30 a.m. - Virtual Psalms Bible Study

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.

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
The Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.

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