Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
September 13, 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 of Joseph Fredrick DeRosa
by the DeRosa Family
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 Marian Blackford. Let us be prayerfully aware of Marian, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Pete Cowie; the family of Josephine McKeon, Jacob Bassalotto.

Long term concerns: Katie Abrams; Katie Hoffmaster Barberi; 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
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, thought the mountains shake…”

Nineteen years ago, on this very day, our lives changed appreciably as planes flew into buildings and as a nation, and as a people, we were shocked and horrified by the death and destruction before us. Most adults today remember just where they were when they heard the news of the 9/11 attacks. For those who are 25 years or younger that day, and its memories are as distant as the memories of the Pearl Harbor raid are to an earlier generation. Today’s young people will, no doubt, live their lives remembering the COVID pandemic of 2020 as a significant traumatic event.

Today, as we think back upon the events of that September morning with its bright hope and promise and its dreadful reality, what will we recall? Perhaps we will recall where we were or how we learned of the events. We may bring to mind persons we knew who were involved as victims or family to victims. Most of all we will remember what it felt like - the disbelief and shock, the unrelenting news coverage, the fear of what would happen next and our concern for friends and family. Perhaps we will hold in our memories a specific thought for the police, fire, EMTs and ordinary citizens who responded with courage and service to those in need. Perhaps we will recall too in the days following the attack that we became a more unified people, a more considerate tribe seeking to help one another in an uncertain time. We will remember with grateful hearts the hope and confidence we drew from the selfless example so many first responders and even ordinary neighbors.

As we face our own challenges of 2020 - and there are plenty - let us take heart from those who gave us strength nineteen years ago. Amid pandemic and wild fires, national discord and international turmoil may we find strength in the Psalmist’s contention that God is a very present help in trouble. Not a far distant God but a present, nearby God – just a prayer away. If we can remind ourselves of that presence we shall not be afraid of today or of tomorrow’s future. In such a confident hope we too can find the capacity to serve others, seek to support those who need help and to hold fast to a positive view of the future. May it be so in these days.

Every generation has its own traumatic events that, for the moment stop the world. And every generation has among it those whose faith and trust lead them forward into service and support. Generations are not judged by the traumas that befall them but by their response to those traumas. Let us, in this moment place our trust in God and fearlessly live into the future.

Yours for the journey,

Pastor Eileen
Service of the Remembrance for
 Joseph Fredrick DeRosa
Giving thanks to God for the life of Joseph Fredrick DeRosa will take place this Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. You are welcome to view the service on Zoom beginning at 11:45 a.m. The Meeting ID is 857 1027 4349. You must register in advance at Zoom.com or on the link found here.

This service is a separate link from our Sunday Worship Service.

Highlights of Virtual Session September 8, 2020
Congratulations to Harvey Mendelsohn and Jacque Mason Mendelsohn on their marriage on August 28, 2020.

Since congregational in-person worship has been working well, observing all the CDC and State guidelines for safety, the maximum number of registrations has been increased to 30 in-person worshippers, plus clergy, music, and tech staff for support.

The funeral of Joseph DeRosa will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 via Zoom at 12:00 noon.

The congregational meeting set for September 27, 2020 shall include two proposed changes to the Congregational Bylaws. These proposed changes can be found in the article below. A motion to present the two proposed changes at the congregational meeting was approved.

Finance Committee reports that we have moved through July and August with no immediate concerns. The Stewardship Campaign has chosen a theme, “Staying Home While Reaching Out—Funding Our Future.” Commitment Sunday for receiving pledges has been designated as November 8th.

Buildings & Grounds Committee reported that Pastor Osy and Juli have vacated the Manse, leaving it in great shape. They also left a priority list of projects that might be considered for completion before the new pastor and family moves into the Manse.

Personnel Committee announced a Church-Wide Talent Show on October 9th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Stay tuned to see how YOU might win a prize and even a trophy!

Special thanks from Session go to Kim Gaydos and Donna Ferry for working above and beyond expectations during the pandemic.

Christian Ed Committee announced that Zoom Bible Study of the Psalms under the leadership of Pastor Eileen will commence September 22, 2020 for 5 weeks. “Scripture Sans Soup” will be held 9:30-10:30 AM.

Sunday School classes are ready to welcome students and families on September 13th at 9:00 AM via Zoom.  

Point Beach Prep Board reported that enrollment is at capacity and teacher positions are filled, with the exception of one position. Orientation is September 11th and classes begin September 14th.

Blake Serafin, Troop 6, presented his plans to Session for an envisioned Eagle Scout project under the supervision of Frank Jones, Buildings and Grounds. Blake is hoping to build a teaching and storytelling area with benches, white board, chalk board and stools in the playground area on Atlantic Ave and Bay Ave. A motion was approved to proceed with plans that are in compliance with code and Point Beach Prep safety needs. Session thanks Blake for his enthusiasm, creativity and initiative in providing this interactive space that children of all ages can enjoy.

Pastor Nominating Committee continues their search, meeting weekly, conducting interviews via Zoom.

Barbara Reusch,
Clerk of Session

Congregational Meeting
The Session of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church calls for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation via Zoom (and on site participation) on Sunday, September 27, 2020 immediately following worship for the purpose of acting on the proposed amendments to the church bylaws, the election of Elders and Deacons and to receive reports.

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!
Care Corner
Well, many of us have sent our kids out into the crowded hallways of academia. It’s hard enough to let go whether we are sending our little ones off to their first kindergarten class or our budding adults off to college where for the first time they live under another roof. But to do it during a pandemic?! That’s another thing altogether. The anxiety of the unknown and the worry over our kids’ well-being is not atypical, right? It just seems all that more stressful right now. And guess what? It is! How do we weather this anxiety? How do we feel better? Good question.

As I was pondering how we can feel less anxious in this time of uncertainty and fear, I came across this reading for the day of September 9th in a book I have titled, A Year Without Fear, by Tama Kieves and it is remarkably on point. Here it is…

“Feeling anxiety? You are not in the present moment. Fear comes when we imagine a future that is not here or replay memories or upsets from the past. Slow your breathing down. Receive this moment as it is, not asking it to change. Receive its sustenance, surprises, companionship, and dimension. Spirit is here.”

So, try not to worry about what isn’t here. Focus on what is. Deal with what is here, not what might be. Breathe. Pray. Settle. Things are weird and different and we cannot change that but we can be with it as best we can. Be with what is, not what isn’t. Remember at the bottom of all this is love. Love for your kids and other family members, love for humanity, love for the teachers doing their best right now, for the students trying to get used to wearing masks all day and still learn, love for the college kids so eager to start their year off in a great way and facing something different than what they had dreamed of. We are all in this together. Let’s be in the moment in front of us with love and compassion for ourselves and everyone else doing their best each and every day. 

Elder Lynn 

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian
Point Beach Prep
Point Beach Prep has openings in our afternoon classes. We make learning fun, while building self-esteem! Please call 732-701-9900 to register.

We are also seeking a preschool teacher for our Tuesday/Thursday Pre-k class. The hours are 8:15am-1:15pm. Our teachers are well qualified, loving people, who provide a safe environment in which children can explore and learn. If you or someone you know may be interested, please send a resume to pointbeachprep@hotmail.com.

Show Us Your Talent
Join us for a little competition and a whole lot of laughs having fun with your family and friends. The Personnel Committee has been snooping around and learned that PPPC has talent!! But too often the talented stays hidden. They will be hidden no longer! We are giving every one a chance to show off the most creative, funniest, loveliest, and best of all.

Here’s how it works: Each family, or group of friends, or individual, plans and practices for a 5 minute performance in our PPPC Family Talent Show! You may sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, read, juggle or what ever you do best. You will perform in your own living room (or where ever you keep your computer). You must register to perform by Monday, October 5th. Each performing group will register (see below for directions), and will then be assigned a number. Everyone will receive a Zoom Invite on October 9th and can join to perform or just watch. When your number is called you will get up in the comfort of your own home in front of your computer and . . . SHOW US YOUR TALENT!

All who are not performing will be invited to connect via Zoom to be entertained by our own PPPC talent. The panel of judges will be watching each performance and will announce the lucky winner/s that night for the BEST, FUNNIEST, and MOST CREATIVE performances! The lucky winner will receive . . . well, you will have to win to find out just what you’ll receive, but you’ll be very HAPPY and FAMOUS in PPPC.  Start planning now, and contact Diane Sikora at 732-598-1320 dlsikora2001@yahoo.com to register to be on our Zoom stage.

The talent show will be Friday, October 9th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. but we need a full roster of entertainers, (we will need at least 10 - 12 in order for the show to go on!). Come one and all, as it is all in FUN.

These Days Now Available
The October, November and December These Days Daily Devotional is now available in the Narthex or Church office. They are $6 each. Money can be sent into the office or placed in the offering plate marked "These Days" If you would like one mailed to your home please call the church office.

Each quarterly issue of These Days features:
  • Approximately ninety devotions, one for each day of the three months
  • An action step for each daily entry that enables readers to apply what they've read to their lives
  • Colorful seasonal art on the outside covers with poems, prayers, and songs pertinent to the issue's theme
  • Information about the writers
  • Suggestions for using the devotions
  • Space for creating individual prayer lists
  • "These Moments," a brief segment on contemporary issues, opening each issue
  • "These Times," the concluding section that includes questions for reflection and discussion

Coming Up Online

Sunday, September 13 - 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. Virtual Sunday School Begins
Monday, September 17 - 7:15 p.m. - Deacon's Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, September 22 - 9:30 a.m. - Virtual Bible Study with Pastor Eileen
Sunday, September 27 - 11:00 a.m. Virtual Congregational Meeting

Coming Up In Person
Wednesday, September 16 - 9:00 a.m. Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner

Church Calendar
We are glad to announce that the church calendar is starting to be filled once again. To view the church calendar online please visit our website or click on the link.
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
birthday blessing

Sept 13 Thomas Crawley, Marjorie Meklin, James Scott
Sept 14 Suzanne Perkowski
Sept 15 
Sept 16 Susan Reilly
Sept 17 
Sept 18 Jack Tolley
Sept 19 
Sept 20 Paula Pennypacker
Sept 21 Corey MacGregor
Sept 22 
Sept 23 
Sept 24 
Sept 25
Sept 26 John Brzyski Jr., Katherine Durante, Robin Fiorentino
Sept 27 
Sept 28 Pam Cole
Sept 29 Leigh Reinwald
Sept 30 Donna Fahey
Image of the Week
On Monday, Point Beach Prep will welcome students under the loving direction of Director Devlin House, Pre-K Teachers: Kerry Jones and Dawn Connolly, Nursery Teachers: Jessica Kaiafas and Allie Ipsaro. Lunch aide: Margie Meklin. Substitutes include: Rhonda Angelucci, Cathryn Chitick, Ginger Decker, Elizabeth MccLaughlin, Danielle Thompson, Robin Decker, Madelyn Richiuso, Anne Cook. Join us in praying for them this next school year.

Holy Spirit, Lord of love,
Join us in our school this year.
Work with us and play with us
And hear us when we pray.
Show us how to love,
In all we think and say and do.
For Jesus was once a child like us,
And all our cares and joys he knew.

It is not too late to join us. Point Beach Prep has availability in our afternoon programs. Our program includes Circle Time, Story Time, Daily Art Projects, Snack, Music and Outdoor Recess. We follow strict CDC protocols and guidelines to keep everyone safe. For more information, please call 732-701-9900 to speak to Director Devlin House. 

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