This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Dr. Gary Wetzel.
Dr. Wetzel served as the pastor of the Garwood Presbyterian Church in Garwood, NJ, for 26 years. He now is a member of Monmouth Presbytery and lives with his wife Joan in The Fairways adult community in Lakewood. They lead two Bible studies in their home for that community each week.
He has also put on its own internet site at
a reference work for pastors that will enable them to quickly and easily find the best scriptures that they want to incorporate into their worship services.
Dr. Wetzel's sermon
"Who Are You?" will show you how to no longer have your past determine who you are, including the negative things that have happened to you. Instead, you will learn how to think and feel about yourself the way that God thinks and feels about you as one of his children if you are a Christian.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Fahey family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Donna and Michael, as well as all our members and friends.
Prayer Concerns: The family of Nancy Smith; the family of Cody MacPhearson; Harold Smalley (Carol Bonebrake's brother); Dillon Anderson; Richard Freeman; Henry Stout; Nancy Smith; Kathy Clark; Christine Urlaub; Gwen Whitworth; Mary McSweeney.
Long term concerns: Jacob Basilotto; Bill Birdsong; Despina Koch; Bruce Larsen; Maryanne Leach; Jim Millar; Edith Pula; Grace Philhower; Bill Shoppell; Agnes Skowronek; Chad Suhoskey; Ralph Smith; Jim Tabor and Baby Christian; those struggling with addictions and mental illness.
Military: Kyle Barker; Sarah Davis Brown; Morgan Daniels Colberg; Michael Fahey III; Jeffrey Hanrahan, Matthew Warren; all those in our nation's service.
For our Church: Wisdom, guidance and patience during this transitional time.
Choral Bell Recognition this Sunday
THANK YOU CHORAL BELLS AND CONGREGATION
It is with a mixture of regret, gratitude and pride that I write these words for Bell Recognition Sunday. The regret is that I am not yet medically well enough to be with you in person. The gratitude is, as always, for the dedication of the fine group of ringers Point Pleasant Presbyterian is fortunate to have.
In my absence the group has continued to practice every Monday from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. They continue today to ring at the fourth service in which the bells contribute to Sunday worship. I appreciate the substitute ringers who, when called upon, must be able to play any set of bells. I especially appreciate Sara Hoey and Alex Freer-Chilvers who have taken over the leadership of the group in my absence. I am so very proud of this group of ringers who praise God through this unique form of music. I extend my deepest thanks for their continued devotion and support of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian music program.
Members of the Choral Bells
Sue Hankins Jean Campbell
Sara Hoey Andrea Crate
Barbara Lund Cindy Kells
Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20. Red is the color of the day! Begonia's are the flower of the day! We will decorate the Sanctuary with begonias on Pentecost. Afterwards we will be planting them around the Church.
We invite you to purchase a begonia as a way to celebrate someone who the Holy Spirit has used in your life to inspire your faith. Begonias come in 4"pots and cost $5.00 each.
Please fill out the order form in the bulletin or online. Payment must be included with this order form. Checks should be made payable to PPPC, and please be sure to indicate "Pentecost Flowers" on the memo line of your check! Order form and payment may be placed in the offering plate or mailed/delivered to the church office.
Flowers orders are due Wednesday, May 13, 2018
IHN Volunteer Training Next Sunday - May 6
Our church will be hosting IHN training for both past volunteers and new volunteers. Anyone wanting to know more about IHN is also welcome to attend. Volunteers from other host churches will be participating in this training. Brunch will be provided. Please rsvp to IHN at email@example.com or 732-736-1550 or please contact Dee D'Amore at 732-552-9861 or email her at
Attention High School Seniors
Applications are now being accepted for the Griggs Scholarship. All applying applicants
must be a member of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church as well as a high school senior seeking further study.
Please submit an electronic synopsis of your church, community and school activities. All applications are due Monday, May 4. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with Griggs Scholarship in the subject matter.
This Week at Point Beach Prep
Wow, we made it all the way through the alphabet already! This week we learned letter Z. Our sight word was zoo. Our American Sign Language word was zebra. We did a zoo and zebra craft. We also did some zigzag cutting. We wrote a going to the zoo story. We played zoo charades and guessed the animals the classmates were acting out. During music and movement we sang Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, We're Going to the Zoo, and walked zigzags. We read Zoo-Be-Doo,The Z Was Zapped, A Plane Goes Ka-zoom, and zoo stories.
We also read a book called Michael Recycle, which teaches us about taking care of planet Earth. We planted an Earth Day garden with lettuce, squash, pumpkin and cucumbers. We can't wait to watch it grow! See you next week with numbers 1 and 2!
More Good News - Can You Help?
On June 13-26, 2018 our very own Karen Norby will be going on a mission trip
to Uganda. She is going with a 501(c)3 organization, Sylvia's Children, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, Holmdel, NJ.(
There are five going on the trip, one of them being 81 year old Sylvia Allen.
Karen and the others will be going to the Mbririizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School. At the school there are 1,024 students, of which 250 are orphans who's parents have died of AIDS. Many of the students live at the school because they live a distance into the bush. Karen will be teaching art "American Style." In addition, a clinic will be open during their visit.
The school has a brass band, conductor and teacher, and is in need of playable instruments. If any one has any unused, playable instruments in their attic or closet such as trumpets, horns (French, British, German), bugles, clarinets and flutes. Instruments can be dropped off in the office.
Inquirers Group Next Sunday
For all those interested in learning more about church membership, please be our guest
for the next Inquirers Group that will take place on:
Sunday, May 6,
from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.,
immediately following church brunch.
It's a laid-back, friendly, informal time.
You may ask if it really matters if you are a member or not or even ask why you have to take the Inquirers class to become a member?
Membership classes help everyone in the church enter "on the same page." Prospective members should know what the church believes, how a church works, and how it makes decisions.
While we'll address such topics as personal faith, basic Christian beliefs and traditions of Presbyterianism, the group's goal, for the hour we're together, will be to journey together as we get to know one another
The Rev. Linda Chase will communicate the church's vision, core values, and explain its ministry philosophy. Child care can be provided if needed. Please speak with Linda if you are interested in attending or you can call the church office at 732-899-0587. Hope to see you then.
Another Successful Clothing Drive
Again the Presbyterian Women (PW) conducted another successful clothing drive this year. Thank you to everyone who donated items as well as helped with the event. The money raised from the clothing drive allows PW to continue being generous in so many ways.
The Presbyterian Women have and continue to support many initiatives here at the church. Saturday's clothing drive and Sunday's PW Worship Service is just an example of the ways these women continue to serve our church with love and generosity. We very much appreciate all the women of the PW.
Every woman in our Church is considered to be a PW member. However, if you have not joined a circle or Busy Hands, think about joining them and becoming an active participant in PW.
Sunday School Fundraiser
Geraniums for Mother's Day, May 13
$5 for a 4 ½" pot
Variety of colors
Buy plants and pick up pre-orders during coffee hour
on May 13th
All proceeds will go toward the purchase
of 3 TVs and 3 laptops for our educational curriculum.
To pre-order large quantities call Marjorie Meklin 908-433-3957 or the church office.
New Beginnings Update
The New Beginning groups have been consistently meeting since March. Close to 60
people have actively participated in one of the seven groups that were offered. Towards the end of the month, each group will have met for a total of four times.
In these groups, the New Beginning process is helping our congregation clarity decisions that need to be made in terms of the use of our assets/resources and mission. The group meetings have allowed people to exchange thoughts, impressions, and ideas before rushing to solutions. Based on feedback so far, we hear many have enjoyed and been encouraged by their small group discussions.
A recap meeting of the group leaders will take place on May 10 at 6:00 p.m. with a lite supper. A consensus from the leaders will form the basis of a report to the congregation. From this point we will begin to solidify decisions about our church's future. We look forward to our church having a healthy-and holy-conversation that engages all interested members in creating a New Beginning together.
New Jersey Chamber Singers - 40th Anniversary
The New Jersey Chamber Singers are celebrating 40 years of dedication to providing
New Jersey audiences with exceptional choral experiences. They are also celebrating a decade of artistic growth, which has led to larger audiences, a heightened presence in the community and the support of their patrons. They will display these exciting accomplishments in a festive concert featuring Bach's Ein Feste Burg, Haydn's Te Deum, and Mozart's Requiem. This historically-informed concert will be performed in the Baroque style, and will seek to convey the profound artistic expression of these 17th-century masterworks to our modern audience. Join them on Sunday May, 6 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Catholics Church in Spring Lake. Tickets are being sold on their website
Coffee Hour Hosts For The Month
This Church sure has the gift of hospitality. We have coffee hosts from now until the end of June!!! Sincerely Thank you. Please call Marge Meklin at 908-433-3957 for questions or
April 29 - Deb Brendler and Ginny Claeys
May 6 - Communion Brunch
May 13 - Marion Blackford/Donna Wittmann
May 20 - Diane Manzo
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends
April 29 Diantha Mathews-Brown
May 1 Peyton Giordano, Jason Paulus, Summer Smith
May 3 Bridget Lukacs, Geoff Reilly
May 5 Elizabeth Pula
May 6 Lauren Findlay, Robin Purtell
May 7 Jack Akins, Madison Jones, Connor Philipps
May 8 Margaret Havanki
May 9 Jennifer Akins
May 10 Sean Cleveland, Lydia Pokler
May 13 Donna Sellman
May 14 Lillian Pokler
May 15 Susan Zimny
May 16 Kevin Legreide, Faythe Matullo, Charlene Mendelsohn
May 17 Nancy Jalowski, Ashley Wilson
May 18 Andrea Crate, Frank Jones, Naomi Lappke, Celishia Scarpone
May 20 Kimberlee Trainor
May 21 Peggy Bierach, Lois Fischer Geene, Cynthia Lombardo
May 22 Gerard Jalowski, Calvin Rice, Daniel Scarpone Jr.
May 23 Jacob Freer Balko, Reina Santos, Catherine Walker, Jack Whitman
May 24 Hannah Davison
May 25 Deirdre D'Amore, Diane Legreide, Hannah Ploskonka, Kathryn Reinstadler
May 26 Jane Lambie
May 27 Alexander Grebel, Rylan Parrott
May 28 Diane Manzo
May 29 Ryan Pasola
Up Coming Events
Sunday, May 6 -
IHN Volunteer Training at PPPC from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20 - Pentecost, Chancel Choir Recognition
Sunday, June 3 Dove Choir Recognition/Confirmation
Friday, June 15 - Family Night at the Blue Claws
August 13-17 - Amped Vacation Bible School
More information to follow on these events
Church Calendar For The Week
Sunday, April 29
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Choral Bell Recognition
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
Monday, April 30
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells
Tuesday, May 1
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Room
7:00 p.m. - Personnel Team, Chittick Lounge
Wednesday, May 2
9:00 a.m. - Women's Breakfast at the Rainbow Diner
4:30 p.m. - Webelos
5:00 p.m. - Dove Choir
6:30 p.m. - Wolf Pack
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, Wilton Hall
Thursday, May 3
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Webelos, Wilton Hall
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir
Friday, May 4
Saturday, May 5
12:00 p.m. - Stephen Blake Court of Honor Eagle Scout, Sanctuary/Wilton Hall
Sunday, May 6
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Communion
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
11:00 a.m. - Communion Brunch, Wilton Hall
11:30 a.m. - Inquirers Group, Wilton Hall
11:30 a.m. - IHN Training, Fellowship Room
Photo of the Week
Wilton Hall Dedication
Last Sunday, Wilton Hall became official. It was nice to have Bill Bauer and Jim and Deb Davis from the Lend A Hand organization drive out from Central Pennsylvania to mark the occasion. We look forward to true hospitality continuing in Wilton Hall!
An invitation is also extended to all for the Service of Installation for Dr. Wilton at the Lamington Presbyterian Church. The service will be held on May 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. A jazz concert by Bill Carter and the
Presbybop Jazz Quintet
will follow. The invitation can be