September 2018 Newsletter

From the Laptop of Pastor Jane

Surprise! Surprise! As I write this, I wonder how many of you have experienced a “Surprise Party” given in your honor. I have been blessed to have a Baby Shower after Justin was born and was I sur-prised. My family said I must have been surprised as I arrived with Justin in a navy blue sweat suit instead of a typical baby blue outfit. I also was giv-en one when I was 50, which feels like just yester-day!

I remember enjoying both parties but what really touched my life was the effect of them afterwards. I felt very “special” and the memories of both those parties still impact my life today! I never re-alized how blessed I was by such amazing family and friends.

I also have had the privilege of giving surprise par-ties too and believe it or not, they too have impact-ed my life! What fun it was to make plans to make someone else feel special!

On Sunday, September 16th, Preakness will begin a new chapter in its life with many new surprises from the moment you drive in the parking lot, throughout the worship service, and yes even at lunch. Our theme “Stand Up and Be Counted” will not only honor Our Lord but also all those that are present! A new beginning, YES, but one that will have surprises each time we gather!

Yet, in order to share in the sur-prises, you need to be present and also be excited to share these surprises with others too! See you this Sunday and next as we prepare for September 16th! There is much to do! Company is coming! Are you ready?

Pastor Jane



On September 16th we will kick off our fall season with a unique and special service honoring our Lord, our church, and each of you. We need you to mark your calendar and come that morning to “stand up and be counted.” Our traditional quiche, homemade coffee cakes, and fruit luncheon will follow the service.


We Care!


Restored Health:

Alex Duva-Rosamilia, Claire Wallenburg, Bonnie Voellmy, David H. Smith, Jim Stelzen, Kim Komar-nicki, Ethel Van Der Horn, Casey Keepers, Joan Betsy, Kim Megnin, Paul Munch, Juliette Lagasi, Chris Masi, Sheila Zieger, Herb Zieger, Jr., Helen Nerder, Rich Rebecky

If you would like to send a note or card:

  • Joan Betsy, Lakeview Nursing Home, 130 Ter-hune Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470. Please indicate her name as resident.

Lost loved ones: The Flaker, Meyer, and Tarantino families.

Mission and military: Joan and Mike Vieira and the Good Shepherd Mission; Barbara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Ryan Wetherhead at City Church and Woody Valerio in the military.

W.I.N. The pantry is currently in need of toilet pa-per, paper towels, personal care items (especially shampoo), dry milk, canned fruit, instant potatoes, jelly, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, coffee. The pantry does NOT need canned beans, corn, green


We Serve!

Joanne’s Joy will not be meeting during the summer, but will resume on September. 30th when we plan our Apple Festival. Gift cards are available all sum-mer, orders are taken on the first Sunday of each month.

Young at Heart will start their fall season with “Let’s Do Lunch” on September 18th, 12 noon, at the church. Please keep this date open.

Save Toiletries: It is not too early to start to save the small individual toiletries as you travel. You might also like to check with the hotel to see if any of the following items are available: combs, disposable razors, shaving gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, powder, hand sanitizers, and deo-dorant.


We Believe!

Lunch Bunch: Our second Lunch Bunch will be on September 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to prepare for Sunday, September 16th. Signup sheets are on the table in the narthex. Chores that need to be done:

  • Set up Kenyon Hall for luncheon
  • Hang mirror
  • Set up outdoor decorations
  • Stain a bench or two outside
  • Sand benches in front before staining
  • Prepare salad for Sunday luncheon
  • Make coffee cake for Sunday luncheon
  • Repair and stain crosses on front lawn
  • Taping sanctuary carpeting

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Shredding truck in municipal parking lot (9/8)
  • Combined Board Meeting (9/10) Monday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sanctuary Choir Rehearsals begin (9/12)
  • Vision Meeting, 7 p.m. (9/12) in the lounge
  • Lunch Bunch Gathering, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (9/15)
  • “Stand Up and Be Counted”, 10:30 a.m. (9/16)
  • YAH Luncheon, 12 noon (9/18) at the church
  • “It’s a Shore

Healing Hands

Healing Hands will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th, and meet every other Thursday. We will begin a study of Women of the Bible! All women are welcome.

God Sightings

God Sightings will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th and meet every other Thursday. We will begin a study “Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God” by Max Lucado.

Ernie & Jason Couch

On Sunday morning, October 21st, Ernie and Jason Couch will be joining us at 10:30 a.m. for a Morning Worship Service filled with their special kind of music and testimony. Mark the date on your calen-dar now. Join us following the Service for our annu-al Fall Apple Festival sponsored by Joanne’s Joy. You won’t want to miss these two special events.

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