February 2019 Newsletter

We Care! We Serve! We Believe! 

As the temperature continues to drop tonight, I cannot think of a better time for each of us to find a “Nook with His Book” and sense the warmth of Jesus with a favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. 

Each day I am privileged to not only read His word but enjoy 9 different devotions. What amazes me often is that many devotions are around the same topic on one given day. Perhaps it is God’s way of directing my path because often the words are speaking directly to me. How about you? 

What books of the Bible are your favorites? Which ones speak directly to your heart? Do you have a few special scriptures that you can recite at any given moment to sense His presence? Where is your special “Nook” in your home? 

Whether the weather is cold outside or not, it is my prayer you take the time to be with Jesus each and every day. Find that special corner in your home and make it your sacred place with Our Lord. I promise Jesus will be waiting for you with open arms, ready to spend every moment with you. 

Stay warm dear friends!!! 

Pastor Jane 

We Care! 

WE PRAY FOR 

Restored Health: Trudy Verblaauw, Pastor Jane, Herb Zieger, Barbara Conklin, Chad Michel, Dennis Noonan, Janet Styles, Donna Michel, Nancy McDonnell, Rich Re-becky, Kim Komarnicki, Ethel Van Der Horn, David H. Smith, Sheila Zieger, Herb Zieger, Jr., Kim Megnin, Paul Munch, Chris Masi, and Don Wetherhead 

Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy 

Lost loved ones: The Michel, Tanis, Paterson, Marchant, Bailey and Flaker families 

Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Bar-bara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Ha-ven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military 

W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of canned fruit, jelly, peanut butter, and pasta sauce (canned or bot-tled). The pantry does not need canned beans, canned corn, canned green beans, pasta or soup. Monetary donations are always welcome. 

We Serve! 

Joanne’s Joy: Our first meeting of the year will be on February 17th following Morning Worship. Please join us as we plan our activities for the spring. 

Thank you to everyone who purchased gift cards in 2018, we were able to provide gifts to the families at Hilltop Haven as well as provide funds for our other mission projects. 

Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sun-day of each month. 

Young at Heart will be holding their annual Valentine Luncheon on Sunday, February 10th, following Morning Worship. Our regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 11 a.m. 

We Believe! 

Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. 

Healing Hands 

Healing Hands will be meeting on February 7th and 21st this month, 1:30 p.m. at the home of Pastor Jane. They are continuing their study of Women of the Bible. 

God Sightings 

God Sightings will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. on February 7th and 21st. We will be studying on “Heaven Bound” followed by “Forgiveness” for the Lenten Season. All are welcome to join us. 

Coffee and … 

Please watch for our schedule of Coffee ands… in the bulletin and subsequent newsletters. 

Care Packages 

We are collecting goodies for our Care packages to go to our college students. We need 15 of each item. All food items should be individually wrapped. A basket is in the narthex for these items. 

Soup for the Soul 

Before you know it, the Lenten Season will be here and time for our annual “Soup for the Soul.” Our first pro-gram will be on March 19th and for the four weeks following. Please mark you calendars and come join us for a warm bowl of soup, and a heart-warming mes-sage. 

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner 

Our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 16th, starting at 6 p.m. The donations from this event will go to sponsor our Mis-sion Team as they travel to Maryland this summer. Once again we will be asking for cupcake bakers. Mark the date on your calendar now. A signup sheet will be posted in the narthex shortly. 

Valentine Luncheon … 

The annual Young at Heart Valentine’s Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday morning, February 10th follow-ing morning worship. A great meal is being prepared by Nancy McDonnel and a “new” Jane Game is ready! 

Thank You … 

A special thank you to each and every one of you who donated to all our holiday programs. We provided 

  • 50 blessing bags for the homeless, 
  • 60 pies and 5 turkeys for W.I.N.’s Thanksgiving baskets; and 
  • Gifts for the women and children at Hilltop Haven. 

How wonderful that we were able to share the gifts of the holidays with so many in our area. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Combined Board meeting , February 24th follow-ing morning worship. 
  • YAH Valentine Luncheon, February 10th. 
  • Joanne’s Joy, February 17th following morning worship. 
  • Young at Heart meeting, 11:00 a.m. March 5th. 
  • Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, March 16th. 
  • Soup for the Soul, March 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th. 
  • Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 20th. 
  • Easter Cantata, April 14th. 

Could Use Your Help! 

As part of the Heart ‘n Hands ministry for the homeless, they could use the items listed below in Hoboken. I per-sonally will bring them on February 25th, so please leave these items in my office — 

  • L, XL, and XXL mens’ underwear 
  • Any small women’s clothing 
  • Any XXL or XXXL men’s pants or shirts 

Flower Chart 

Please sign up on the chart in the narthex if you would like to put flowers in the church to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special event, or to remember a special loved one. Flower arrangements in a vase are still $15.00 each. 

Holy Grounds 

Our Holy Grounds Café is now open each Sunday morn-ing from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. Thank you to Rose Belizario for her help in setting this up. Please join us for a time of casual fellowship with fellow members of the congrega-tion. 

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