Join us for our regular service at 9:30 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.
SUMMER WORSHIP TIME WILL CHANGE TO 9:30 AM enabling us to worship together as a community and still enjoy a full summer Sunday.
In the film "1776" the character John Adams sings of the new nation that is to become our United States of America – “I see fireworks,” he sings as they get ready to put their names on the document that constituted treason against the Crown and spoke of a new hope that is our Nation. But there is a darker side to the new Nation – the issue of slavery. At that time, of course, those who wanted to end slavery had to give in and compromise on the issue to get the unanimity that was needed to secure “Independency.”
I thought about all of this as I watched “Freedom Summer,” the documentary about another kind of hope – enfranchising and empowering African-Americans – bringing a flood of college students into Mississippi in 1964. Although Freedom Summer was only 50 years ago, it is in many ways, light years away. But it is not as far away as we might think. We still need a society open to all regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, disability, or sexual orientation and identity. The God we worship and the Christ we follow call us to do justice and love kindness, and to open our hearts to all. That is the best way to honor the past and celebrate our future.
JULY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
Saturday, July 26: LifeLine Screening 9 AM to 3 PM: Old First will be the site of a preventive health screening program which will enable you to assess such potential health problems as stroke, irregular heart rhythm, aortic aneurysm, and osteoporosis. Call the church office for more information.
Sunday, July 27 at noon: People to People International will present our own David Leachman and “Incredible India,” a photographic journey he took this past spring. Learn more about this second largest nation in the world and enjoy the delicacies prepared for the program.
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 “Cardboard Box City” is coming! This September 26-27 event will help heighten our awareness of the problems of homelessness and raise much needed funds for the many who are still without a permanent place to live. Learn more at familypromisemc.org.
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.