"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require
of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
MICAH 6:8 NRSV
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Welcome to Old First Church

Join us for our regular service at 10:00 AM.

Rev. Joyce A. Phipps

 

  MARCH 2015
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.

Sunday worship Times have changed to 10:30 AM

Pastor's Message
March is a time for reflection during this time of Lent as we consider the Easter that is to come with its promise of new life and a deeper relationship with God. Let us use this time to listen for the signs not just of the spring that is to come but for the voice that is often inaudible giving us strength and serenity in our lives. This strength and serenity will even help us through March and the winter that just does not seem to go away. .

MARCH ACTIVITIES

Sunday, March 15: Riotous Readers This month we discuss a real classic: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, this novel is based on events that occurred in the rural Alabama town in 1936, a story of the courage and determination of Atticus Finch, a lawyer appointed to defend a black man against a charge of raping a white woman, a crime which even more than murder galvanized fear in the Southern white mind. The novel was made into a movie in 1962 starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Unfortunately, many of the issues are as salient today as they were then.

Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday Worship at 10:30 AM

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.


Family Promise

is a program that helps homeless people and their families right here in Monmouth County. Churches house guests on a rotating schedule and are helped by other churches that may not have the facilities to house people by supplying breakfast. Family Promise needs your help to continue serving our homeless neighbors.

SUPPORT WOMEN'S EDUCATION BY YOUR PURCHASE AT THE AAUW BOOKSTORE
The AAUW Book Store has great books at great prices. This bookstore is staffed by volunteers and has everything, including history, biography poetry, cookbooks, garden books (br-r-r – At this time of year? And children's books to Come and get your bargains! All funds from the Bookstore go to scholarships for women at local colleges.