We Care! We Serve! We Believe!
From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
I pray you had a blessed summer and did have some time to relax, reflect and sense a renewal of your mind, body and soul. I also pray you were able to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Although I must share my summer was somewhat of a whirlwind, it might have been one of my best ones yet! It was filled with time with my family; friends; serving Christ and others; reflecting on His word in study and also visual with my trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum; and yes growing in my faith. That coupled with moving my Mom this week and sensing God’s di-rection for her and my own life, brought many things to light. Although I started at the sea, I have not returned since but look forward to the fall and our women’s re-treat at St. Joseph by the Sea the first week of October.
As you can see by the newsletter and bulletin, we are about to build upon our vision: “We are the hands and feet of Jesus as we care, we serve and we believe!” I have tried to build programs around our busy sched-ules, yet allow us to care, serve and grow in our faith as one body in Christ. I believe the more we do as a family of God, we will experience His amazing grace, mercy and blessings! I hope you will join us!
I am very excited about our upcoming Rally Day wor-ship and fellowship time on September 22nd! My prayer is that not only YOU will come to share in this special day but also that our dear friend, Prime Minister Enele will be re-elected and he and First Lady Salilo and their delegates will be able to join us! I am also excited that our Praise Band will join us; Efren Belizario will share the message placed on his heart from Jesus; and that we will experience Believers Baptism that morning!
When I was eleven years old, the Lord had been nudg-ing at my heart to take the true leap of faith and accept Him as my personal Savior, followed by baptism. Did you know that the day I went forward down the aisle to accept Jesus, I was not in church but helping in the nursery that day. When I heard the invitation given by
the Pastor to come forward, as we heard the service over the speaker in each room, I truly RAN from one adjoining building to the church and down the LONG aisle. Out of breath, I told the Pastor, I had to come and that is how I truly felt! Talk about being nudged by Jesus. The decision I made that day, was the most im-portant one I ever made and one that I have cherished ever since.
I have shared this story with many over the years and especially with the young people this past summer. I KNOW there are several that have been sensing that same NUDGE from Jesus lately and although I know that is very personal, and yes, you do not need to be baptized to be a follower of Jesus, being baptized is an amazing experience that is life changing. Although I will be personally contacting those that have shown an interest, perhaps Jesus is nudging YOU! If so, I look for-ward to talking to you soon.
September 22nd is a new day, a day of revival! Let’s all come together and honor Our Lord as one Body in Christ.
BLESSINGS! Pastor Jane
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Rich Rebecky, Ethel Van Der Horn, Brian Marshall, Carol Natoli, Missy Lamkin, Chona Len-tini (Rose Belizarios’s sister), Debbie Lowe, Diane Buo-nomo, June Bierwas, Barbara Conklin, Trudy Ver-blaauw, John Rebecky, Kim Komarnicki, Sheila Zieger, Sherrie Piroso (Bonnie Voellmy’s cousin), and Chris Masi
Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy
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
Small or regular jars of jelly & peanut butter
Chef-Boyardee products & canned chili
Canned fruit & vegetables (no corn or string beans)
Canned meats & Condiments
Coffee, instant coffee, & tea
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 first meeting of the fall seasons will be on Sunday, September 8th, following morning worship. We will be planning our Apple Festival, which will be held on Sunday morning, October 20th follow-ing morning worship. Please join us for informal fel-lowship and a warm serving of apple crisp. (Ernie & Jason Counch will be with us that morning.) Remind-er: 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 Morning Worship with their special brand of music and testimony. You don’t want to miss this Sunday.
YAH Senior Shore Trip: Our YAH will be heading to the shore the week of September 23rd to 27th. All are wel-come. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the sea, stay at a wonderful hotel with a great package for breakfasts and dinners. Check with Nancy McDonnell for more information. You are welcome to go for just one night, or four.
Young at Heart Our fall season begins on October 1st at 11:00 a.m. Our program will be a visit from an attorney with information for seniors.
Women’s Retreat: “Time in a Bottle” (October 4th to 6th.) At the present time we have 19 women signed up
for our annual retreat at St. Joseph by the Sea. Since our space is limited to 22, please let me know if interest as soon as possible. (The cost is $225 which covers lodging Friday and Saturday in a single room, 5 meals, and a wonderful retreat by the sea.)
Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.
It’s Time to Pray! In reading the countless books on building our relationship with Jesus Christ each day and the growth of His Kingdom on earth through His church, PRAYER is the constant empha-sis! Yes there are times we do not sense the pres-ence of the Lord through continued prayer or see answered prayer; yet, it is the one way we can build a personal relationship with Jesus and sense His di-rection, wisdom, strength and guidance!
As the Combined Board gathers in October to con-tinue to seek His guidance and vision for this His church and His people at Preakness, we as a family must come together weekly to pray. As one Body in Christ, each part is needed and that includes YOU!
Beginning September 8th, I will be in the back (left side) corner of Kenyon Hall from 9:30 to 9:50 each Sunday morning for prayer. The partition will be closed with one opening and you are welcome to join me. Please do not feel you have to pray aloud but there will be an opportunity to do that, if you wish.
Friends, with all that is happening around us, let us now gather to pray as one! I cannot wait to see where the Lord will lead us next. Pastor Jane
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Please join us and tell your neighbors and friends about our Family Movie Night, September 20th, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Sight and Sound presentation of “Samson” will be shown on the big screen. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks available. 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. Thank you to the many that attended. We were able to share over 100 items to the W.I.N. Food Pantry!
THE HOMELESS IN HOBOKEN
Did you know how much the homeless in Hoboken ap-preciate the little things in life? Whether clothing, pow-der, sneakers, socks, or underwear, they always say thank you even if we do not have what they need! One week since my visit, all their needs are again met for Au-gust. Thank you for the powders, sneakers, underwear, and reading glasses. You are amazing!
BLESSING BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS
We are beginning to collect items for our 50 blessing bags this year. The following is what we still need:
27 travel-size conditioners
19 travel-size toothpaste
38 travel-size mouthwash
16 travel-size shampoo
50 travel-size shaving gel
34 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
50 disposable razors
49 chapsticks — non-flavored
50 travel packs of Q-tps
1 small dental floss
49 travel-size hand santitizer or pocket wipes
50 granola or protein bars
50 packs of gum or Life Savers
13 Christmas cards
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. Please update your directories
Healing Hands & Heart: The fall season will begin on September 19th, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Jane. The study will be a new series entitled “Laughing in the Dark” by Chonda Pierce. It is a study on handling the challenges of life through humor! Other upcoming dates are 10/17, 10/31, 11/7, 11/31.
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: 9/19, 10/17, 10/31, 11/7 , 11/21 and 12/5. Come join us.
Out to Sort Club: We are beginning a new serving endeavor called “Out to Sort Club” to assist St. Timo-thy 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!
Choir: Come join our choir this fall! We are so blessed with amazing talents at Preakness and yours might be one of them! The choir will practice once a month beginning September 11th and sing two Sundays each month. Don’t miss the oppor-tunity to share your gifts.
Christmas Cantata Rehearsals will be starting shortly. Dates will be announced in the bulletin and October newsletter.
WHERE IS PASTOR JANE? Did you know the era of someone dropping in the see the Pastor at church, other than Sunday mornings, is gone? Yet it is im-portant to “hang out” with your Pastor, even to chit-chat by yourself or with a few friends. So be-ginning in September, I will be available to break bread with you. Each Sunday I will announce where I will be that week and also share it on our weekly email. It could be for breakfast, lunch, or early dinner. Of course it is “dutch treat” but what a nice way to catch up and perhaps not dine alone. You are welcome to let me know ahead or just appear! Surprises are good, too! Watch for WIPJ in the bulletin.
WIPJ: First stop is Bensi’s on Berdan Avenue in Wayne on Friday, September 6th, 5:30 p.m. (Love the pizza—and even lunch-portion meals.) See you there!