We Care! We Serve! We Believe!
From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! The Message – 1 Peter 4:7-11
As I get older, I have learned that when we are given the opportunity to take a few moments to breathe and enjoy the blessings of God, we need to do just that! Perhaps that is why when someone says “you want to go to the shore”, I am packed in 15 minutes.
“Life is indeed short” and in the blinking of a moment, it can change or even crash around us! Just ask anyone who was given a diagnosis of can-cer or other disease; lost a loved one; was abused; or loses a relationship, home, or a job. At that mo-ment, we realize life will never be the same but through the grace of God, and His angels He places in our life, we move forward; of course, not with-out scars and changes. Scripture says we should never take anything for granted; pray; love; serve; give; and let His light shine through each of us! Yet, sometimes we get caught up in a moment and miss the blessings waiting for us! What can we do?
It is hard to believe that almost three quarters of 2019 is gone already but I must share, this has been a year that has opened my heart and eyes in many new ways. I remember last year at this time I was asked to help go to the homeless in Hoboken once a month with another driver. I shared I would pray about it, regroup my schedule and if it was a yes, would make that commitment for January. Friends, it was probably one of the best deci-sions I made in years.
It has really made me “aware” of my blessings from God; the needs of others; how life can change in a moment; and that as a child of God we CAN love all His children. Never did I realize I would get a hug for a new pair of jeans or a container of powder; discover becoming homeless can happen to anyone; or watch a blind man come monthly for the simple things I take for granted. This shelter is open from 8 to 1, feeding over 100 people a day breakfast and lunch and giving them a safe haven for 5 hours from the heat, cold, or even others. I had to see this with my own eyes to fully under-stand the scripture and for that I will be forever thankful. Over these months I have put names to faces and they too, have welcomed me into their life.
In the coming two months, we will have the op-portunity to purchase supplies for the Blessing Bags that go to the homeless and also purchase pies and turkeys for those in need in Wayne. Whether you can give $1 or $20 does not matter but as a church family, what does matter is that together we can make the scriptures come alive! That is power-ful friends! Very powerful!
Like myself, I encourage you to not let the mo-ments pass you by and that you step out and make a difference each and every day. I also welcome you to JOIN ME and come to the homeless shelter in Hoboken on one given month. Friends, you will never be the same again, that I can guarantee you! Remember His love can change everything.
BLESSINGS! Pastor Jane
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Jerry Buonomo, Rich Rebecky, David P. Smith, Ethel Van Der Horn, Missy Lamkin, Brian Marshall, Ellie Dillon, Carol Natoli, Chona Lentini (Rose Belizario’s sister), Diane Buonomo, June Bierwas, Bar-bara Conklin, Kim Komarnicki, Sheila Zieger, Michele Van Gurt (Sheila Zieger’s grand-daughter), Herb Zieg-er, Jr., Sherrie Piroso (Bonnie Voellmy’s cousin), and Chris Masi
Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy
Lost Loved Ones: Carol Munch and family
Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Barbara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Haven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military
W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of
- Small or regular jars of jelly & peanut butter
- Pasta sauce
- Chef-Boyardee products & canned chili
- Canned fruit & vegetables (no corn or string beans)
- Canned meats & Condiments
- Hot cereals
- Coffee, instant coffee, & tea
- Paper goods
- Rice, rice mixes, & instant potatoes
- Dried milk, water & fruit juices
- Personal care products & cleaning supplies
The pantry does not need beans, soup, or pasta. Mon-etary donations and paper bags sleeved in plastic or bags with handles are always welcome.
Holy Grounds Café: The café is now open from 9:27 to 10:27 a.m. for a cup of coffee and fellowship. Come spend a few moments catching up with friends! If you would like to bring a treat to share one Sunday, please let Rose Belizario know. Thanks!
Joanne’s Joy: Our Apple Festival will be held on Sun-day morning, October 20th following morning wor-ship. Please join us for informal fellowship and a warm serving of apple crisp. (Ernie & Jason Counch will be with us that morning.) Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sunday of each month. (Gift card orders for Christmas will be due before you know it, so start to get your list ready.)
Ernie & Jason Couch: Mark your calendars for October 20th when Ernie & Jason Couch will join us during Morn-ing Worship with their special brand of music and testi-mony. You don’t want to miss this Sunday.
Young at Heart Our next program will be book reviews on November 5th. We will start at 11:00 a.m. and a light luncheon will be served.
Combined Board Special Meeting: Our Combined Board will be meeting on Wednesday evening, October 2nd, 7:00 p.m. to brainstorm ideas for the future of our church. Please keep them in your prayers.
Women’s Retreat: Please keep the 15 woman attending this year’s retreat, “Time in a Bottle,” in your prayers, the weekend of October 4th to 6th as they grow in faith and friendship together at St. Joseph by the Sea in south Mantoloking.
W.I.N. Thanksgiving: Our donation this year will be 40 pies and 2 turkeys. Envelopes will be in the narthex to assist with this wonderful community outreach.
Decorating the Sanctuary: Mark your calendars for No-vember 17th, 6:00 p.m., to decorate our sanctuary for Christmas. We will begin with a light dinner at 6 p.m. and hopefully be done no later than 8:30 p.m. Please note we will be decorating one week earlier this year.
Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.
It’s Time to Pray! Come join us each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the back left corner of Kenyon Hall, for a time of community prayer. Prayer as a family is very im-portant and we hope you will be part of our gathering each week.
Movie Night: Please join us and tell your neighbors and friends about our Family Movie Night, October 25th, 7:00 p.m. The Sight and Sound presentation of “Jonah” will be shown on the big screen. Apple cider and donuts will be served. Admission is one non-perishable item for the W.I.N. pantry. Our own Uber transportation will be available for those who do not wish to drive at night.
The Homeless in Hoboken: Did you know how much the homeless in Hoboken appreciate the little things in life? Whether clothing, powder, sneakers, socks, or under-wear, they always say thank you even if we do not have what they need! If you can help with underwear, pow-ders, deodorants, or socks, please leave them in my of-fice with your name and how much it cost so we can credit your statement accordingly.
Blessing Bags for the Homeless: We are beginning to collect items for our 50 blessing bags this year. The fol-lowing is what we still need:
- 29 travel-size conditioners
- 32 travel-size mouthwash
- 16 travel-size shampoo
- 50 travel-size shaving gel
- 21 travel-size lotion
- 46 travel-size Gold Bond Medicated Powder
- 19 travel-size body wash
- 45 pocket packs of tissues
- 38 generic combs or small bushes
- 20 packs of hand warmers
- 50 Slim Jims
- 50 packets of snack crackers
- 47 small deodorants—generic scent
- 250 Bandaids
- 40 Chapsticks — non-flavored
- 50 travel packs of Q-tips
- 49 travel-size hand santitizer or pocket wipes
- 50 granola or protein bars
- 50 packs of gum or Life Savers
If you would prefer to make a donation, envelopes will be available in the narthex. This will assist us in purchasing in bulk, too.
New Addresses: The Lienhards’ new address is 3217 Ruby Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin 53402. Mary Lou Baisch’s new address is Sunrise Living, 184 Berdan Ave. Apt. 103, Wayne, NJ 07470. Laura & Owen Mur-phy’s address is 22-31 Rosalie Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. Please update your directories.
Healing Hands & Heart: Our October sessions will be on the 3rd and 17th, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Jane. We are studying Rick Warren’s series “Handling Difficult Questions.” Our November gath-erings will be 11/7 and 11/21. Al women welcome.
God Sighting: Bible Study: God Sighting will begin the fall season on Wednesday, October 9th, begin-ning at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Holy Grounds Café at church. Their other dates for the fall are: 10/23, 11/6, and 11/20. All welcome!
Holy Grounds Café: Study for Adults: Are you look-ing for answers to life’s difficult questions on han-dling stress, failure, crisis, being average, loneliness, and change? Then this study is for you. It will meet in our Holy Grounds Café this fall on the following Thursday nights: 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, and 11/21. Come join us. All welcome!
Out to Sort Club: We are beginning a new serving endeavor called “Out to Sort Club” to assist St. Timothy’s with sorting donated clothing monthly. We will meet the first Monday of each month at St. Timothy’s from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (10/7 11/4. & 12/2). Come from being “out of sorts” to “sort with us”! It will bring you a smile as you serve!
Where Is Pastor Jane? (WIPJ):
- 10/9—Anthony Franco’s by Trader Joes, Hamburg Tpk., 5:30 p.m.
- 10/17—Plaza 23 Diner, Rte. 23, Pompton Plains, 5:30 p.m.
- 10/23—YMCA Rustic Café, at noon
- 10/30—Thatcher’s Halloween Gathering, need RSVP by 10/15, cost about $20, contact Pastor Jane for more details.
Sanctuary Choir: Come, join our choir! We are so blessed with amazing talents at Preakness and yours might be one of them! The choir practices once a month and the next practice will be Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your gifts.
There will also be “His Christmas Story in Song” on December 15th. Special rehearsals will be on 11/13, 12/4, 12/8, and 12/14.
Come Stain With Us: Looking for a team to help stain the benches in the front and back of the church and our cross on the front lawn before the winter arrives! Please let Pastor Jane know if you can help! Please, Please Help!!!!
Memorial Garden Dedication: On Sunday, No-vember 17th, we will dedicate our newly renovat-ed memorial garden and Holy Grounds Café as part of our worship service. At the same time, we will remember those that have gone to be with the Lord. A time of fellowship and coffee and … will follow. Save the date!
Youth Ministry: How blessed we are to have an active youth ministry at Preakness that meets twice a month, attends a yearly mission trip, en-joys fun and fellowship, and also serves in various ways at the church.
This year they are planning to go on a Group Mis-sion trip in July to Kentucky to rebuild homes and lives of those in need. Registration is open to all until October 25th, so if you are interested please let Pastor Jane or David P. Smith know.