Join us for our regular service at 10:30 AM.
Rev. Joyce A. Phipps
SUPERSTORM SANDY AFFECTS US STILL!
Not only did our Sanctuary roof sustain serious damage from the storm, but there are still many people who are not back in their homes. For some, their homes will never be replaced. Recovery from the storm is more than opening a boardwalk or two. It means housing for those who still have no homes and help for those who need it.
We were warned. The Farmer's Almanac said this winter was going to be a hard one, a cold one, and full of snow. We were, of course, all fooled when November and early December seemed unusually mild for late fall moving into winter.
We dream spring and the new life it will bring. During the last weeks of winter we become anxious, waiting for spring to raise a lovely visage of green, that early spring green that tinges the tee bark and radiates when the sun touches it. We are still hearing the winter birds – the juncos, titmice, and cardinals – and we long for the sight or sound of a robin or finch. The grocery and hardware store racks all have spring gardening magazines and we look at them longingly and then look outside and sigh. Soon we will smell the skunk cabbage in the woods and see the trillium – this is God's promise to us. Let us rejoice in it.
MARCH ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
Sunday, March 16: Riotous Readers at 2 PM. This month we are discussing Close to Shore: A true Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo..This story of shark attacks on the Jersey Shore formed the basis of the movie “Jaws” with many of the same kind of characters as are in the film.
Sunday, April 6: Lenten Soup Luncheon and Bible Study: Matthew's Approach to the Passion. Join us for Communion at 10:30 and lunch as we discuss how this Gospel looks at the Passion and what this means for our faith.
MISSION IS TO THE CHURCH AS A FIRE IS TO BURNING
Help the Calico Cat Thrift Shop, a store for the community operated by the Community Outreach Group that sells gently used items to persons who cannot afford even discount prices. It also has a food pantry. If you have a few hours during the week, the Calico Cat could use your help. Call (732) 671-0550 if you would like to help in this important ministry.
Shop FAIR TRADE this Spring
As you think about shopping for wedding and birthday gifts, check out Ten Thousand Villages in Red Bank, a Fair Trade Store. Located at 69 Broad Street (close to the intersection of Monmouth Street). Beautiful things and the artisans get the money!
You can also find Fair Trade on the web at www.serrv.org and your money does a world of good.