Weekly News For
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
April 22, 2018
This Saturday - PW Clothing Drive 

This Saturday is the PW Clothing Drive from 8:00 clothing drive -12:00 noon. 
Simply drive up to the fence on Forman Avenue and unload your bags.  Gently used clothing (no children's toys nor pots & pans) will be picked up and resold or re-donated.  None of the clothing will be shredded.  Shoes should be wrapped in pairs in separate bags.  Please make sure everything is tightly secured.  See you Saturday
This Sunday 

Once again the Presbyterian Women will lead the worship service this Sunday.  They will have us reflect on "Women Called to Lead with Love."  

One of the ways these women lead with love is through the gift of hospitality.   These women serve as role models for the rest of us.  

The service will include the Installation of the PW Coordinating Team Officers and a special coffee hour will follow.  

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the gifts of these women and glorify God! 

NOISY OFFERING for Cents-Ability will be received this Sunday to support ministries to relieve hunger locally, regionally, and globally.

COFFEE HOUR  - Everyone is welcome to join us in the Chittick Lounge for a special coffee hour following the service. Come and enjoy a time of warm hospitality and fellowship.
Prayer Concerns This Week
The Prayer Family for the week is the Chase family. Let us be prayerfully aware of Linda, Doug and Faythe, as well as all our members and friends.

Prayer Concerns: The family of Deb Contopoulos; 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; Cody MacPhearson; 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.

From The Associate Pastor

Dear Friends,

There are questions circulating around the church as to whether or not I am retiring. My husband, Doug, is retiring September 1st after 27 years as pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church. That has led many to wonder about my plans.

Some months ago I spoke to Carl about my future plans. At that time I told him I intended to retire sometime in 2018. When I told him, I had no idea that he would be relocating in the near future. When Carl announced he had been called to a new position, this caused me to rethink my plans. I did so because I knew I would not leave you without pastoral leadership. I felt that even though I would still be working part-time, I could be available to provide continuity and a sense of stability. My thoughts were that I could also be present for pastoral care, especially in times of death, illness and emergencies.

Once an interim is settled on the scene, I do plan to retire. At this time, I cannot give you a date.  My retirement date will depend on when the interim is hired and begins to work. My hope is that it will be sometime this Summer. 

Friends, I have been working as an ordained minister of the PCUSA for 42 years come October, 2018. I am ready to retire. I am ready to find out what God has in store of me in the next stage of my life. 

It has been a pleasure to be in ministry with you here at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. By the way, I am not gone yet so you will still be hearing from me!



Wilton Hall Dedication This Sunday

Please join this Sunday for the dedication of Wilton Hall in the CE Annex in honor of the Rev. Dr. Carlos E. Wilton.  The dedication ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a coffee and cake reception. Dr. Wilton, along with the Rev. Claire Pula, will be returning for the dedication as we recognized him for his outstanding work and devotion in establishing the Volunteer Village after Hurricane Sandy.  

All are welcome to join us in this joyous dedication.  All who participated in the mission of the Volunteer Village are especially encouraged to attend.

Giving Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing.  We  collected $1,308.65.  One Great Hour of Sharing allows us all, young and old, the opportunity to share our gifts and resources with our brothers and sisters in need around the world. Through this offering, we participate in the many ministries that serve the hungry, the poor, the distressed, the refugee.

In addition there were 55 school and hygiene kits that were shipped out this week to Church World Services.  

Lunch at the Rainbow Diner

How is your memory?  Three things to remember

1.  This Monday, April 23, all are welcome to join friends from our congregation for
     Lunch at the Rainbow Diner in Brick.
2.   Lunch begins at 12 noon. 
3.  It is always a fun time.  

"Dine" Around

Once again we're calling all Presbyterian women who would like to join us this month for "Dine Around".  The fourth  Wednesday of each month is our time to join for food, fellowship and fun.  This month, on  Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 p.m . will be a special treat!  

Jacque Thorton has invited all Presbyterian women to her home for dinner!!! She will cook and we're asked just to bring whatever we would prefer to drink. Jacque is very happy to be settled into her condo and would like to share her joy with us.  Next month we will be back to meeting local restaurants.

If you can join us on the 25th please call Jacque and let her know so she can prepare accordingly.  Her number is 732-644-8186 and her address is  101 Clipper Court, Toms River (Silverton area).  Hope to see you there.

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.  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.

Pentecost Flowers

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

Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church - Session

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us."   Romans 12:4-6

Left to right around the table; Deborah Brendler, Barbara Reusch, Diane Manzo, Nancy Jalowski, Nancy Stout, Kent Lorentzen, Jim McGuire, Marjorie Meklin, Craig Lambie, Brian Potter, Bette Hughes, Lynn Hahm, Diane Legriede, Donna Wittmann.  (Missing: Frank Jones, Diane Sikora, Hannah Ploskonka and Frank Perkowski).  Photo credits:  Frank Perkowski

The Session is the governing body of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  Those elected by the congregation to the Session are called Ruling Elders.  Ruling Elders, together with Teaching Elders (Ministers) exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline while also having responsibility for the life and well being of the whole church.  

We are blessed to have a Session that is so invested in our church.  At their meeting this week the Session discussed the following:
  • The Griggs Scholarship is to be awarded again this year to a deserving high school senior who applies.
  • Discussed possible changes to Holy Week services based on comparison of attendance figures from the past few years. Recommendation to refer to Worship Committee who will make the decision when the Interim Pastor arrives.
  • Worship Committee will be seeking volunteers from the congregation to be members of the committee when it reorganizes in June. Christian Education Committee, as well as other committees, will also be inviting new members to join present members after the conclusion of the New Beginnings meetings.
  • Christian Ed Committee will be selling flowers for Mothers' Day to earn money for purchase of media equipment for use at Vacation Bible School and Church School.
  • Resources Committee thanked all who responded to the roof campaign with their generous gifts. The roof looks beautiful, and even with all the precipitation recently, we are dry!
  • Confirmation classes, lasting 8 weeks, will be completed by June 3rd when Rev. Linda Chase is preaching and Confirmation is scheduled. 

Good News!

Congratulations to Ruling Elder Frank Jones who was recently awarded the Hitachi Services Sales Rep of the Year for all the Americas and Top Services Deal of the Year!  Frank received  his award this week in Las Vegas. Way to go Frank!
IHN Volunteer Training

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 oceanihn@gmail.com or 732-736-1550 or please contact Dee D'Amore at 732-552-9861 or email her at  deedamore4@gmail.com

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 mail@pointpresbyterian.org with Griggs Scholarship in the subject matter.

Attention Facebook Users

With all the recent concerns about Facebook, it's understandable that people's first instinct is to delete their Facebook accounts. 

But if you want to continue to use Facebook Monmouth Presbytery recommends 6 easy ways to protect your privacy.  You can view the article at  http://monmouthpresbytery.com/2018/6-easy-steps-to-protecting-your-privacy-on-facebook

Please note our Church Facebook page will never share or sell your personal information.

This Week at Point Beach Prep

This was the last week the Child Development Class will be visiting us this school year. They read us the story Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle. We then made pancakes in the shape of their first initial! We also followed a rebus recipe and each child made a fruit kabob with strawberries and blueberries. The children sequenced the book with pictures and then made a project, gluing pictures from the story. It was a lot of fun and a great last prepared lesson. We are pleased and thankful for the collaboration between the High School and the preschool, it has been a beneficial partnership!

Our letter of the week was Y. Our sign language word and sight word was yes. We read Yes Day, Yay, Who Are You? Yertle the Turtle,The Yellow Kayak, and Good Morning Yoga. During Show and Tell we saw lots of yellow items, yarn, yo-yos, Yankees' caps, and even yeast!

We also worked on an Earth Day project. We talked about reducing, reusing, recycling and doing our part to protect our planet.

See you next week with our final letter of the alphabet!

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 http://njchambersingers.org/spring-2018

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 22 - PW Sponsored Coffee Hour
April 29 - Deb Brendler and Ginny Claeys
May 6 - Communion Brunch
May 13 - Marion Blackford/Donna Wittmann
May 20 - Diane Manzo

birthday blessing
Happy Birthday To Our Members And Friends

April 22 John Pasola, David Satterlee, Ralph Smith
April 23 Taylor Lappke, Kelsey Norton
April 24 Brian McCrossan, Austin Simpson
April 25
April 26 Edward King, Henry Shapiro
April 27 Audrey Stolfe-Legreide
April 28 Evangeline Reid
April 29 Diantha Mathews-Brown
April 30

Up Coming Events

Sunday, April 29 - Choral Bell Recognition - Next Sunday
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

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

Sunday, April 22
10:00 a.m. - Worship/PW Sunday/Noisy Offering
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship
3:00 p.m. - Wilton Hall Dedication

Monday, April 23
9:15 a.m. - PW Coordinating Team
12:00 p.m. - Lunch at the Rainbow Diner
6:15 p.m. - Choral Bells
6:30 p.m. -  Meklin/Hahm New Beginning Small Group, Brick

Tuesday,   April 24
10:00 a.m. - Busy Hands, Fellowship Room
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation Class, Fellowship Room

Wednesday,  April 25
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
6:30 p.m. - Wittmann New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant
6:30 p.m. - Manzo New Beginning Small Group, Point Pleasant
7:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts, CE Annex

Thursday, April 26
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast, US Subs
4:00 p.m. - Brownie Troop 360
5:00 p.m.- Daisy Troop 443
7:30 p.m. - Chancel Choir

Friday, April 27
6:30 p.m. - GS Troop 906 
6:30 p.m. - Troop Night
Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 29
10:00 a.m. - Worship/Choral Bell Recognition
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School begins in Worship

Photo of the Week 

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Classes have begun.  Confirmation Classes under the direction of Marjorie Meklin and Ryan Wittmann, meet every Tuesday.  Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018.  This year's class consists of M acky (John) Liotta, Jack Muraglia, and Sam Muraglia.  
Contact Us

The Rev.  Linda Chase , Associate Pastor -Email 

Office Staff 
Kim Gaydos, Church Secretary  -  Email
Donna Ferry, Financial Secretary - Email
Music Staff
Sara Hoey, Organist - Email
William Shoppell, Chancel Choir and Choral Bells Director - Email 
Rebecca Muraglia, Acting Dove Choir Director - Email 
Christian Education Staff
Tricia Stoffers , Sunday School Coordinator - Email
Devlin House, Point Beach Prep Preschool Director -  Email

701 Forman Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(Corner of Bay and Forman Avenues) 
Church Office: 732-899-0587 Fax: 732-899-2946