Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
February 16, 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 Jean Wilson. Let us be prayerfully aware of Jean as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Ralph Smith, Jonathan Cucci, Susan Robbins, Jonathan Hofstetter.

Long term concerns: Joan Auge; Stephen Bardsley; Jacob Basilotto; Tim Carroll; Connie Curtis; Jonathan Hofstetter; Ed Jung; Brett Lambie; Mary Ann Leach; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Mary McSweeney; Jacob Mendelsohn; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Donna Monica; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Bill Shoppell; Ed Shrum; Linda Lee Smith; Ralph 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
England’s first Poet Laureate (1668), John Dryden, died in the year 1700. His body of work, as the monarchy was being restored, was so influential that the period was known to many as the Age of Dryden. In act 5 of his semi-opera King Arthur, with music by Henry Purcell, published in 1691, Venus, the goddess of love, chooses the isle of Britain over her native Cyprus, as she sings: 

Fairest Isle, all Isles Excelling,
Seat of Pleasures, and of Loves;
Venus here, will chuse her Dwelling,
And forsake her Cyprian Groves.

Even though Dryden had been dead for 7 years by the time Charles Wesley was born, his work would have been well known to the language scholar who spent 13 years at Westminster School and another 9 at Oxford before receiving his master’s degree. I suppose even a prolific poet like Charles Wesley needed to find inspiration from many sources to be able to write some 6,500 hymns during his lifetime (some claim he wrote almost 9,000!). We have 13 of Charles Wesley’s hymns in our Glory to God hymnal. On the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day, I look forward to singing one of his hymns that has become one of our family’s favorite. It is not hard to see how Dryden’s text may have provided a starting point for what has become one of Wesley’s most beloved hymns, the first stanza of which reads: 

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.

In this hymn, the trajectory of Divine Love is traced from the heavenly abode to this world and ultimately to every human heart. Join us this Sunday as we sing about the love that surpasses all others and may our Savior’s love inspire us to be more loving, humble, and faithful until the day we cast our crowns before our God, lost in wonder, love, and praise. 

Peace!

Pastor Osy

Ash Wednesday February 26
Lent is to be a time of preparation, reflection and renewal. Everyone is invited to begin the Lenten journey at the annual Ash Wednesday Soup Supper and Service. 

We will gather on Wednesday, February 26 in Wilton Hall for a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a worship service with imposition of ashes to begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Please plan to bring a pot of soup or a loaf of unsliced bread to share. Sign-up sheets for soup donations are located by the Soup Pot in the narthex; or sign up by emailing Kim in the church office.  Please join us as we enter the 40 days of Lent together. Come together as a family; bring your friends. 
Soup and Scripture is back for Lent
Come join with others as we explore "Behold, the Easter People" during five Wednesdays in March. Pastor Eileen will lead the group and provide soup each week as we consider the disciples Judas and Peter, the High Priests, the Council, Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, the women of Easter (Mary of Bethany, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene), Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus. We will look at the Passion Story through the eyes of those who participated in it.

The study will meet at 11:00 a.m. on March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1. A soup lunch will follow the study. All are welcome for the whole series or for any one week.

A sign up sheet is in the Narthex.
IHN Arriving Next Sunday
Only one week away until IHN arrives. Our current needs are as follows

Dinners dropped off by 5:45 p.m .
Monday, February 24
Thursday, February 27
Saturday, February 29

Hospitality Hosts between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m
Monday, February 24
Tuesday, February 25
Saturday, February 29

Ovenight Hosts from 8:45 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 23
Thursday, February 27
Friday, February 28

Thank you to those who have already signed up. Even though the number of people in the program can always change, we are expecting a full house. The maxium amount of families in the program at one time is 15. Families will be arriving on Sunday, February 23 for the week.

Please note: Ash Wednesday Supper and Service will still be held in Wilton Hall while IHN is here.
Now Taking Registration For the PW Retreat
Interfaith Event
Join others from Monmouth Presbytery for
"Seeing Human" an Interfaith Panel on Combating Hate.

What can today's society learn about interfaith collaboration, friendship, and understanding from the three Abrahamic faith traditions and their holy texts - the Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur'an?

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and St. George's by the River Episcopal Church invite you to join clergy from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith traditions to learn what the faiths teach us about conquering hate and building community. 

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3pm - 5pm 
St. George's by the River | 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson, NJ 

Rabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple and Chair of JCRC Interfaith Initiatives
Reverend Jeffrey Roy of St. George's By the Sea Episcopal Church, Rumson
Susan Antman, Executive Director, Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ 
  
This event is free of charge - PRE-REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED
February Playlist for Sunday School
This month we want our children to know the great truth that Jesus loves them. When they understand how much Jesus loves them, they can see how important it is to share that love with others and point them to Jesus. We’ll look at key passages in the New Testament where Jesus’ teachings and actions illustrate how we are to love God, our neighbors, and even our enemies. 

If you’d rather watch than read further 😉, please click our Preview Video for February!

We’ll concentrate on one “bottom line” idea each week:
  • Love others because Jesus loves you.
  • Love others with your time.
  • Love others because they matter to God.
  • Love God with everything you’ve got.

Our "Life App" this month is, of course, LOVE—Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
If your child hasn't visited us yet at Sunday School, any Sunday is a good time to start! You can download the Sunday School Registration Form Online and bring it to church this Sunday. See you soon!
Coffee Hour
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The Coffee Host Schedule is posted in the Church Kitchen if you would like to sign up to host coffee hour. Thank you.

February 16 - Liz Ploskonka
February 23 - Bette Hughes
March 1- Communion Brunch
March 8 - **Host Needed**
March 15 - Hosted by the Girl Scouts
March 22 - **Host Needed**
March 29 - **Host Needed**
News From Point Beach Prep
We are so excited to welcome our new teacher, Kristen Leto, to our Nursery classroom.  We are very grateful to have been blessed with the 7 years of hard work and dedication from former Nursery teacher Abigail Davis! Please wish the best of luck to both women!

Our letter this week is Q. Our sign language word is quiet. We also made "quilts", and painted with Q-tips. We celebrated Valentine's Day on both Thursday and Friday with stories, projects, songs, cards and parties!

Please call 732-701-9900 to register your child at Point Beach Prep and be part of the fun! Your child's future begins here!
Upcoming Birthdays This Month
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Feb 16 Virginia Zimmerman, Julie Budrick, Emma Scarpone
Feb 17 Warren Carver, Sue Hankins, Morgan Sarbello, Henry Scott, Ryan Wittmann
Feb 18 Kylee Kells
Feb 19 Harvey Mendelsohn
Feb 20 Olive Shahady
Feb 21 Linda Smith
Feb 22
Feb 23 Terri Satterlee, Maribelle Wittmann
Feb 24 Heidi Steinert, Jamie McGuire
Feb 25 Kent Lorentzen
Feb 26 Allan Novick
Feb 27 Thomas D'Amore
Feb 28 Eva Pula, Emily Birdsong
Church Calendar For The Week

Visit our full Church Calendar on our website for a complete and up-to-date  calendar.

Sunday, February 16
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
11:45 a.m. - I Support the Girls Packing, Fellowship Room

Monday, February 17
Office Closed - Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 18
10:00 a.m. Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
6:30 p.m. - Session Meeting, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall

Wednesday, February 19
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
7:30 p.m. - Troop 6

Thursday, February 20
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 
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22

Sunday, February 23
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
2:30 p.m. - Creste Point Nursing Home
IHN Arrives

Upcoming Events
February 26 - Ash Wednesday
March 1 - First Sunday During Lent
March 8 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 28 - PW Retreat


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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