Fred Daugherty, Pastor ♦ Pat Ballard, Editor
Up Coming Events Past Events and Thank You
Gossip is such a pervasive thing in our society. Hardly anyone of us is exempt. Yet the Bible speaks very clearly about this SIN. A recent article from Rick Warren speaks clearly about this issue. I am sharing it with you this month.
When somebody angers you or does something that frustrates you, it’s really tempting to call someone else or send a text and say, “You won’t believe what they just did!” It may feel good to do that, but it’s unloving.
The Bible says we must love people who offend us. Gossiping about them is anything but loving. Proverbs 17:9 says, “You will keep your friends if you forgive them, but you will lose your friends if you keep talking about what they did wrong” (CEV). If you gossip about that other person, you’re just adding fuel to the fire of any frustrations you feel.
What is gossip? One definition of gossip is “sharing information with somebody who is not part of the problem or part of the solution,” The person might not have had anything to do with it, but you bring them into it so you can feel better about yourself.
Let’s just be honest about it. Gossip, in its essence, is a form of retaliation. You’re trying to get back at the person who offended you by talking about them behind their back.
God hates it.
In Romans 1:29, God puts gossip in the same category as murder. Gossip is incredibly destructive. It’s destructive to churches. It is destructive to families. It’s destructive to businesses and gossip just perpetuates the pain.
That’s why God says we should “encourage one another and build each other up”, looking for “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” in others (1 Thessalonians 5:11 Philippians 4:8 NIV).
As a congregation you continue to surprise me with your gracious and generous spirit. As I celebrated another birthday you surprised me with many cards and a generous gift. Thank you and God for the privilege of serving as your Interim Pastor.
Congratulations to the Graduates of 2017
Emrah Cengiz from BTHS –
George & Irene White - Grandson
Samantha White from Toms River South –
George & Irene White - granddaughter
Jennifer Ballard from Kean University -
Steve & Pat Ballard - daughter
Apologies for any we did not know and missed
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On April 7 some of our members helped bag 10,000 bags of food to be sent around the world.
Thank you for your gift of Rise Against Hunger (a 501©(3) organization), formerly Stop Hunger Now, received April 7, 2017. You have changed lives with your contribution, and we are truly grateful. Your gift helps build a firm foundation of support for children like Anderson in Zambia.
Anderson, who lost both of his parents, lives with his grandmother in the Chainda Compound Lusaka West, which is characterized by high levels of illiteracy and unemployment. He has made great progress since he began receiving Rise Against Hunger meals distributed to the school by Mercy Ministries International. Once a child with very little energy who rarely interacted with his classmates, Anderson is now cheerful and attentive in his classes and enjoys interacting with other children at school.
“From the time Anderson started receiving (Rise Against Hunger) meals, his health has tremendously improved and he has been frequently coming to school,” said Levinson Mwale, Anderson’s teacher. “I am proud of Anderson, knowing him for more than 4 years now, that he has a very big dream to achieve what he wants to. I am hoping that he continues to dream big and that he will be able to give back in the community.”
Anderson’s life has changed because of you. With your support, Anderson and thousands of children like him around the world have a chance. And because of you, they can break the cycle of poverty that so many of our global neighbors fight on a daily basis.
We had a movie night on May 20th, the name of the movie was God’s not Dead 2. We had about 16 people attend and the movie was great. Water and popcorn was served.
The Silver Linings went to the Flaming Grill for a luncheon and honored Pastor’s birthday.
Our bowlers had their bowling banquet Jun 1, very well attended and the food was great. They will be stopping for the summer and will resume in September.
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June 11th, will be Children’s Day. This is when the entire service is done by the children. Following the service we will have a picnic here on the side lawn. Open to everyone, the boards of Deacons/Deaconess and Sunday School will be supplying everything so there is no need to bring anything just come and enjoy.
June 18th is when our summer hours begin. We have no Sunday School and morning worship starts at 10:00 am. This is also when the office starts summer hours closed Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
meet Thursday evenings at Ocean Lanes on Rt 88, in Lakewood, at 6:00 pm. They have ended bowling nights for the season. They will regroup in September.
Children’s choir group
meets on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm here at the church. Open to all so if you have children, grand children and even friends or neighbors it is a great time for the children. Their last night will be June 8th and they will pick up again in September.
The Silver Linings
meet on the first Saturday of the month at 12:00 pm. They also enjoy going to different restaurants and doing different activities on the third Saturday of the month. They are the 50 and up group and they seem to be doing and having a lot of fun. Come and join in. For information call 732-477-0324.
continue to have their Fellowship Breakfast; they meet at the Brick Diner, on the second Saturday of the month at 8 am. The ladies are now joining the men so come have some breakfast and great fellowship.
VBS will be August 7th through the 11th, 6 to 8 pm.
For questions speak with Kate Mcloughlin 732-814-6196.
A Hymns Long Journey:
The beloved hymn “How Great Thou Art” came together across many years and miles. In 1885, when Swedish preacher Carl Boberg wrote a poem titled “O, Great God,” he probably never dreamed he’d hear it performed years later to an old Swedish tune. Or that a Russian version would impact Stuart Hine, an English missionary to Poland, several decades later. Hine penned his own English version, resulting in the now-familiar lyrics.
From “the rolling thunder” echoing off the Carpathian Mountains, to the “woods and forest glades” of Romania, to powerful conversions to Christianity, Hine was inspired to craft each verse. Sometimes the Holy Spirit takes time to complete a work, and that journey is as important as the destination.
The Best Father:
Unlike an earthly prince, God didn’t take a high-and-mighty title, notes 17th-century British preacher Thomas Watson. Instead, God calls himself Father to encourage us to pray to him.
But God isn’t just any father. Watson offers these reasons why God is “the best Father”:
• He is the most ancient (Daniel 7:9).
• He is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
• He is the wisest (Romans 16:27).
• He is the most loving (Zephaniah 3:17; 1 John 4:16).
• He has unsearchable riches (Ephesians 3:8).
• He can reform his children (Acts 9:11).
• He never dies (1 Timothy 6:16; Revelation 1:8).
Strength for life’s bites:
The day was fresh, and I jumped into my work with an attitude of praise. Then those bothersome mosquito bites started itching again. I rubbed lotion on them and tried to cope with the pain and distraction.
Most days are like that. We intend to honor God in all things, but irritating itches or overwhelming problems develop. Worry leads our minds away from God’s love and promises.
We can’t avoid life’s little — or big — “bites.” Yet we look to Jesus as our salve and salvation. He covers us and empowers us for each day’s tasks. As Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”