Join us for our regular service at 10:00 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.
WORSHIP TIME MOVES TO 10:00 AM Sunday September 7 Our summer schedule is over and Old First will begin worship at 10:00 AM. on Sunday, September 7.
Pastor's Message: Public Access is a Basic Right
God has entrusted us to care for the creation and to protect it from those who would use it only for private development. The first disciples Jesus called were fisherman, people who went to the sea, unfettered by the demands of private developers. Public access to the sea and waterways existed long before legal codification more than 1500 years ago. Learn more about public access at www.navesinkriverrowing.shuttlepod.org. .
SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Sunday, September 7 will include the Lord's Supper and a light lunch and discussion of how we experience the holy and sacred in our lives.
Sunday, September 14: Keep Navesink public access open! Recognizing that water is a basic right God has given us, creation care includes open and unfettered access to our rivers and waterways. Creation care means that we must protect our shorelines from private developers who would simply scavenge them for money. We are called by God to protect the world and its creatures. On September 14 Brian Zino and Marilyn Mandes-Zino will participate in “Paddle the Navesink,” a program dedicated to keeping our waterways open
Sunday, September 21: Riotous Readers returns after a summer break. This month we are discussing The Black Count: Glory, revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. Remember those wonderful novels by Alexander Dumas? This book looks at the historical background of Dumas' novels.
Friday, September 26: Cardboard Box City – a Fund-raiser for Family Promise
FAMILY PROMISE CARDBOARD BOX CITY
Family Promise helps the homeless and has been overwhelmed this past year with so many people still looking for affordable housing after “Superstorm” Sandy. Help sponsor “Joyce in a Box” Friday, September 26. You may send your check to Old First Church with Family Promise on the memo line.
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 Summer
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.
COMMUNITY LIFE TO OPEN YOUR MIND
Every Sunday, the congregation and the pastor engage in lively discussions – after a meal in which we share food and fun.