Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
February 23, 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 Family for the week is the Willson. Let us be prayerfully aware of Samantha, Adam and Finn as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Gwen Whitworth; the family of Jonathan Hofstetter, the family of Kayla Ullrich, Eileen O'Malley, Jacque Thornton, Connie Curtis.

Long term concerns: Joan Auge; Stephen Bardsley; Jacob Basilotto; Ed Jung; Despina Koch; Gwen McFaddan; Mary McSweeney; Jacob Mendelsohn; Leigh Millar; Melissa Millar; Dale Norby; Marilyn Powell; Geoff Reilly; Susan Robbins, Bill Shoppell; Linda Lee 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
We watched another episode of Father Brown last week. I am amazed how he gets to solve murders and other mysteries week after week while laboring as a parish priest. That may be possible in the minds of fictional writers that imagine that ministers work one hour a week. I didn’t solve some great mystery this week, but I experienced a range of activities in service to Christ’s church. I believe that God was honored in most of them and the Spirit was at work in all of them.
Monday: Meet with the PW Coordinating Council. Research 300 years of the Allentown Presbyterian Church and work on sermon for Tuesday evening. Plan Ash Wednesday service. Assist with the first Confirmation Class of the year. Rehearse with the Choral Bell Choir.
Tuesday: Proof-read Ash Wednesday service bulletin. Finish sermon. Attend the Presbytery meeting. Preach at the worship service of the Monmouth Presbytery.
Wednesday: Meet with daughters of long-time member to plan Memorial Service. Prepare for evening service. Lead the Ash Wednesday service.
Thursday: Meet with Point Beach Prep Preschool Board. Plan Sunday service. Finish reading book. Participate in Social Justice Group’s book discussion.
Friday: Proof-read Sunday’s bulletin and Constant Contact . Review Choir repertoire. Pastoral visit. Prepare for Sunday’s service (Children’s sermon, Communion Liturgy, Homily, etc.). 
Saturday: Remember the Sabbath Day.

I am grateful for the gift of ministry and that not two days are the same. But the greatest day is the our first day, resurrection day, the eighth day of creation. This is the day that the Lord has made! This Sunday is the first Sunday during the Lenten Season, when we begin by singing
“Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land...
Bread of Heaven: Feed me till I want no more.”

Let us be fed for life and ministry, that we may be ready for the good works that God is setting before us to do next week.


Pastor Osy 

Communion Brunch on Sunday
Bring the whole family and join us in Wilton Hall as as we hold our monthly brunch. We will meet following the Sunday service and enjoy great food and good conversation and hopefully the beginning of some new friendships.
Lenten Devotionals Available on Sunday
Starting this Sunday, a 40-day Lenten devotional will be emailed out at the start of each week during Lent. This Lenten devotional is an opportunity to imitate Christ and pattern our lives in the image of the One we follow.

The devotions, written by Presbyterian Outlook editor Jill Duffield, will explore Jesus’ earthly ministry and seek to discern how we are called to emulate it.

For those not on the email list or who desire a printed copy, look for the single sheet devotional for the week in the Narthex and office. A new sheet will be available each week.
Soup and Scripture Starts on Wednesday
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.

We have a nice size group signed up but there is always room for more.
Official Approval Given
This past Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Committee On Ministry reported to the Presbytery the following action taken:

"The Committee on Ministry, on behalf of the Presbytery of Monmouth, approve the Ministry Information Form of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and approve its uploading into the CLC system."

The Church Leadership Connection system gathers data of Presbyterian congregations seeking pastors and Presbyterian pastors looking for possible new calls for service. In the next weeks (and months), our Pastor Nominating Committee will be busy reviewing the qualifications of those pastors interested in serving at PPPC and selecting those from whom the Committee would like to get more information.
One Great Hour of Sharing
March 1 - April 5, 2020
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

Children will receive their offering boxes this week and the entire congregation is encouraged to start planning for the special offering to be received on Palm/Passion Sunday.  

PDA Opportunity-Casita Ebenezer
Volunteer Village, Aguada, Puerto Rico
A project of the First Presbyterian Church in Aguada to support long term recovery efforts after Hurricane María is now open. The Village is sponsored by Presbiterio del Noreste and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  More information on the village can be found on the Monmouth Presbytery link

Trouble the Waters
Thursdays through March at Hightstown
Conversations to Disrupt Racism and Dominance
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm

Led by Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly 
Adults and high school youth are invited

Cents-ability logo
Our presbytery will send $6,300 to the Presbyterian Hunger Program to support three international projects, each of which will receive $2,100. The projects were selected by the Cents-Ability Grants Committee, a group made up of representatives of each participating

The projects are: 1) Asociacion Fenix - Nicaragua - improved stoves to improve the health and environment conditions of the families of the El Espino Community. 
2) CHETHANA - India - campaign for sustainable nutrition through the conservation of native food crops.
3) Presbyerian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA) - South Sudan - Village Well Clubs for Pochalla, South Sudan. More info about the projects is on the Monmouth Presybery website.

"Fixing Things Up" in Sunday School
Put up with one another!  Really? Wow! You can tell, by the powerful verse translation above, that we’ll be considering some challenging concepts regarding forgiveness during March. Famous parables and teachings from the New Testament will guide us to understand God’s forgiveness and what that means for our behaviour toward others.

What are the most important things to remember about forgiveness?
  • Forgive others because God forgives you.
  • When you forgive others, it can change them.
  • Take the first step to forgive others.
  • Everyone needs to be forgiven.
  • When you don’t forgive, you miss out.

The Preview Video for March is outstanding and approved for all audiences!

Of course, our "Life App" this month is FORGIVENESS—Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
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.
Now Taking Registration For the PW Retreat
Coffee Hour
The Coffee Host Schedule is posted in the Church Kitchen if you would like to sign up to host coffee hour. Thank you.

March 1- Communion Brunch
March 8 - Diane Manzo
March 15 - Hosted by the Girl Scouts
March 22 - **Host Needed**
March 29 - Ryan and Kim Carver
News From Point Beach Prep
This week we were introduced to letter S. Both classes started Show and Tell. It was super fun! We learned to speak in front of our peers and listen as our friends shared their items that started with S. Our sight word and sign language word was sit. We learned about our 5 senses and played games to learn about each of them. We played Simon Says. We made shadows with our hands. We rolled snakes with play-dough. We pretended to be snakes and seals. We had sailboat races, did spin art, made sand art, made stars and snakes, and even made slime! During music we played with scarves, sang baby shark, sang Stand Up Turn Around, and brought our music sticks for the Stick Song. It was a spectacular week!

Point Beach Prep has openings in our afternoon classes for this year and limited spaces remaining for next year. For more information, please call 732-701-9900 to join in on the learning and fun!

A Big Thank You
The gals of Busy Hands for Mission thank the congregation for their loyal support of the November/December Christmas Shoppe. Busy Hands has donated to the Buildings and Grounds Committee $500 from their 2019 funds. This donation will cover the outstanding balance that was needed for the furnace repair which was previously completed.

Upcoming Birthdays This Month

March 1 Evelyn Hazard
March 2 Jill Watson
March 3 Justin Hurley, Max Rauffer, Barbara Reusch, Kellen O'Hara
March 4 Michael Welch
March 5 
March 6 Jessie Bissey
March 7
March 8 Charles Woodruff
March 9 Michael McGuire
March 10 Robert Dunston
March 11
March 12 
March 13
March 14
March 15 
March 16 Maggie McGuire, Marilyn Powell 
March 17 Ryan Carver, Kerri Hurley
March 18 Jean Campbell, Wendy Childers
March 19
March 20 Stephanie Smith
March 21 Carole Adamo, Shane Smith
March 22
March 23 Layla Brian
March 24 Madailin Phillips
March 25 Kathryn Ebner
March 26 Lauren Hums, Carl Lappke, Dana Perry
March 27 Addison Reinwald, Brian Satterlee 
March 28 Karen Luicci
March 29 Susan Hess
March 30 Jordan Muraglia, Ken King
March 31 Gail Birdsong, Elizabeth McGuire
Church Calendar For The Week

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

Sunday, March 1 - First Sunday During Lent
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Brunch, Wilton Hall

Monday, March 2
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Office
6:00 p.m. - Choral Bells Rehearsal, Fellowship Room
7:15 p.m. - Deacon's Meeting

Tuesday, March 3
10:00 a.m. Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - NA, Wilton Hall
7:00 p.m. - Social Justice Group

Wednesday, March 4
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast, Rainbow Diner
11:00 a.m. - Lenten Bible Study with Soup Lunch, Fellowship Room

Thursday, March 5
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
5:30 p.m. - PNC, Chittick Lounge 
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8 - Second Sunday During Lent
Daylight Saving Time Begins
8:30 a.m. - CE Committee, Sunday School Classroom
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Chancel Choir
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School Begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour, Chittick Lounge
11:30 a.m. - Break Out Group, Fellowship Office

Upcoming Events

March 8 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 28 - PW Retreat

Image of the Week
Have you ever happened to take notice of this painting
in one of our buildings?
This painting was giving in loving memory of
long time members Preston and Loretta Van Note.
For those heading over the the Communion Brunch stop and take a look to your right as you enter the Annex front doors.
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