View Bulletin - St. Paul's The Ocean Grove Church

Vol. 90
The Beacon
No. 51
St. Paul’s
United Methodist Church
80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ
Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 10:45 AM
4th Sunday of Advent
The Rev. John DiGiamberardino, Senior Pastor
CCLI License #478813
Know - Worship – Grow - Serve – Connect
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
-Isaiah 9:6
Mr. Alyn Heim, Organist
Pastor John DiGiamberardino
Chancel Choir
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Reader: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
People: those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light
has shined.
Reader: The lights that we have kindled each week light the way to
the coming Christ.
People: The candles of Hope, Preparation, and Joy glow
brilliantly. Today, we light the candle of Love.
Reader: The coming Lord is forever faithful. The never-ending
affection and tenderness the Christ has for us is a gift that
is unequalled.
People: Praising the God who cares so deeply for all creation, we
light this candle. Together, we will demonstrate and
share the love of Christ.
Mrs. Althea Deuchar, Lay Reader
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!
Almighty God,
to You all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from You no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love You,
and worthily magnify Your holy name,
through Christ our Lord.
*HYMN 234
Lay Reader
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Lay Reader
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World with out end. Amen. Amen.
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
The third day He rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty;
Lay Reader
From thence He shall come to judge
the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.
Chancel Choir
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Pastor John
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.
Lay Reader
Pastor John
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*HYMN 221
“In The Bleak Midwinter”
Christmas Is Not Your Birthday
Jesus’ Wish List
Pastor John
1 John 3:16-18
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life
for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and
sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or
sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be
in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth.
*HYMN 254
“We Three Kings”
*Congregation, please stand as you are able.
Pastor John
Mr. Heim
St. Paul’s Notes
Christmas Is Not Your Birthday
Jesus’ Wish List
December 21, 2014
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down
his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our
brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his
brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of
God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or
tongue but with actions and in truth.” I John 3:16-18
Feed the hungry.
Give a drink to the thirsty.
Provide shelter to everyone.
Provide Clothing to everyone.
Care for the sick.
Visit those who are in trouble.
“I'll tell you what it really means to worship the LORD.
Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly.
Free those who are abused!
Share your food with everyone who is hungry;
share your home with the poor and homeless.
Give clothes to those in need; don't turn away your
relatives.” Isaiah 58:6-7 (The Message)
“Then your light will shine
like the dawning sun,
and you
will quickly be healed.
Your honesty will protect you as you advance,
and the glory of the Lord will defend you from behind.
When you beg the Lord for help, he will answer,
“Here I am!”” Isaiah 58:8-9 CEV
“Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you
before the world was created.” Matthew 25:34 CEV
Creating New Traditions
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down
his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our
brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and
sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how
can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us
not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
I John 3:16-18
Do you struggle to come up with the perfect gifts each
Christmas for the special people in your life? It can be tough
but here’s an even more important question: What do you
give Jesus on his birthday? How can we change the
traditional focus of Christmas from materialistic self
indulgence to giving Jesus what he desires on his birthday?
And what can you possibly give the Lord of the universe?
Fortunately Jesus made his wish list unquestionably clear in
his last teaching in the book of Matthew concerning his
return and the day of final judgment.
Matthew 25:31-36: When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will
separate the people one from another as a shepherd
separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on
his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who
are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the
kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was
thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger
and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you
came to visit me.”
We serve God when we serve others. We give to Jesus
when we sacrifice our time, talents, and resources to meet
other’s needs in his name. The church is the body of Christ.
We are the only hands, feet, and wallets that Jesus has.
Many people ask the question “If God is all-loving and allpowerful then why doesn’t God do something about evil?”
The answer to this question is simple: you are the something
that God is sending to combat evil in this world.
You are the evidence that the Messiah of God’s Kingdom is
among you when everything that is broken around you is
being restored, when the oppressed and captive are being
set free, and when good news is being preached to the poor.
Everyone who recognizes Jesus as Messiah is a servant of
his mission and if that includes us, then we need to be
committed to live more simply so that others may simply live
- because that is what Jesus desires from his followers.
Can you imagine the birthday celebration if every Christian in
every church practiced the commitment of giving an equal
amount of what they spend on themselves to a specific
Jesus mission somewhere in the world? We can change the
world one place at a time, one person at a time, if we are
willing to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in a way that honors him.
When we acknowledge Jesus as Lord we give him the rights
to define our lifestyles, our values, and yes, in the way we
celebrate his birth.
At Christmas, we celebrate a messiah, a deliverer who was
born to die. So we too are called to give ourselves
sacrificially with Christ for the world that God loves. Such
sacrifice is paradoxical because the more of ourselves that
we give away, the more abundant our faith and our
commitment will be with what we have.
Things to think about and discuss:
1. Who is the hardest person to shop for on your
Christmas shopping list? How much time and energy
do you have to spend finding a gift for him or her?
2. What would happen if you put as much time and
energy into Jesus wish list each Christmas as you put
into getting everyone the right gift?
3. What are some practical ways we can change the
traditional focus of Christmas from materialistic selfindulgence to giving Jesus what he desires?
4. Describe an event where you gave of your time, talent
and/or resources and were completely blessed beyond
what you expected.
5. Why do you think God uses people to bring restoration
and healing to a broken world instead of just stepping
in with almighty power? Has God ever used you?
6. What “big buts” are keeping you from giving
sacrificially of both time and money? What excuses do
you need to overcome this year to truly honor Jesus
with your life’s resources?
Get creative! What is one new tradition or family practice you
could start this year to make every Christmas a more
authentic celebration of Jesus?
Excerpts from Christmas is not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like
Jesus by Mike Slaughter Abingdon Press © 2011
Couples Study
An 8 week study to grow your marriage.
Saturday nights at 7 PM
Starting on January 17, 2015
For more info or to s ign up email
[email protected] or call
Book Price: $7 each
We recommend one book per person
The Gospel of
An inductive study on
the Gospel of Mark.
Join Us
Tuesdays January 6 – February 3
6 PM in the Parlor
Open to everyone
As preparation for the study, read
through the Gospel of Mark.
It will take you about 1½ hours.
Any questions or to s ign up:
call the church office 732 -775-1125
ext 10
Trusting God
Even When It Hurts
By Jerry Bridges
Starting January 13, 2015
At 76 Heck Avenue
Call Kathy for information
Men’s Bible Study
Wednesday – 7 PM
With Coffee and Cake
December 24
December 31
January 7
January 14
No meeting
No meeting
Mark chapters 15 & 16
Start Disciple Study
For information contact
Chuck Hendron 732 -614-1113
St. Paul’s Week At A Glance
Key:Chapel-C, FellowshipHall-FH, Jr.Room-JR, Kitchen-K,, MusicRoom-MR,Parlor-P,
Sanctuary-S,ThornleyChapelEast-TCE, ThornleyChapelWest-TCW, YouthRoom-YR,
9 AM Praise Worship Service – S
9:30 AM Children’s Sunday School
10 AM Choir - MR
10:30 AM Fellowship/Coffee - FH
Not meeting Confirmation Meeting - P
10:45 AM Worship Service – St. Paul’s Sanctuary
7- 8:50 PM CrossRoots Family Christmas Party
Not meeting Bible Study - P
6-8 PM Prayer Meeting – MR
10 AM Bible Study - FAM
7 PM HS Girls Book Club – Megan’s
12:30 PM Staff Meeting
Not meeting Bible Study - P
Not meeting Women’s Bible Study – Trusting God 76 Heck
Christmas Eve
4 PM Family Candlelight Worship
8 PM Traditional Candlelight Worship
11 PM Candlelight Worship with Communion
Merry Christmas
10 AM Student Sunday Worship Service
Not Meeting Children’s Sunday School
Not meeting CrossRoots
Not meeting Prayer Meeting – MR
Next Sunday – December 28
Student Sunday
Worship will be at 10 AM
St. Paul’s Students will be highlighted
through music and the giving of the morning’s message.
Please come and support our students.
Church Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9AM – Noon, 1-3 PM
St. Paul’s church office
will close for the Christmas Holiday December 23, at 3 PM
and reopen on January 5, at 9 AM
The Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God & in
honor of Dr. Richard & Florence Levine in recognition of their
50th wedding anniversary, from their children.
When leaving the sanctuary following worship, please use the
exits on the south side. The north stair well is needed for
those who need to use the lift. Thank you for your
Too much pie?
Join some Tender Care moms for exercise
in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday morning at 9:10 AM. Bring a yoga
mat and a freewill offering for the Angel Fund. The class will
be approximately 45 minutes.
Thank You
to all who submitted
their commitment card for 2015.
So far we have received over 90 commitments to St. Paul’s
ministry in 2015. If you haven’t turned in your commitment
card yet, please do so by the end of the year. The cards can be
placed in the offering baskets or turned into the church office.
Anyone interested in being a part of a team of individuals reaching
out to encourage those in the St. Paul’s family through visitation or
written cards please contact Brian Schulte at 732-859-2538 or give
your name and phone number to Judith Hoffman in the church
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just
as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Paul’s Ministries
80 Embury Avenue, OG
Fall, Winter & Spring Schedule for Worship
Services Sundays 9 AM & 10:45 AM
Interpreter for the Deaf - Cindy Williams
Ushers Don Noll @ 9, Al Dawson 10:45
Visitation Pastor ,Mr. Brian Schulte
[email protected]
Director of Christian Education
Paula DiGiamberardino,
732-775-1125 ext. 127
Sunday School
9:30 AM Sundays, Bev Burns,
Tender Care Nursery School
(6mos-pre-K) Lisa Noll, Director
9AM – 2 PM M-F, 732-775-2265
CrossRoots Student Ministries –
Megan Faulkner, 732-775-1125 ext.123
College Angel Program –
Holly Heim, [email protected]
Women’s Bible Studies
2 PM Mon – Mary Winkler 732-673-2422
7-9 PM Mon – Judy Beth Soltis,
7-9 PM Tue – Kathleen Glickman,
Men’s Groups
Men’s Bible Study
7 PM Monday,
Brian Shulte, 732-859-2538
7 PM Wednesday, Chuck Hendron
Bible Studies (men & women)
6 PM Tues – Judith Hoffman,
Community Outreach
Food Pantry – 3-5 PM Thursday
Caring Friends (volunteers for neighborly
assistance) 732-775-1125 ext. 3
Hands & Feet Ministry in Motion –
[email protected]
Contemporary Worship Musicians –
George Robson, 732-775-1125x115
Organist / Choir Director –
Alyn Heim 732-775-1125 X116
Women’s Groups (UMW meet Sept.-May)
United Methodist Women –
2nd Tuesday, 2 PM, Fellowship Hall
Phyllis Truran, 732-801-0098
Edith Frederick’s Circle
3rd Monday 10 AM – Mona Everson,
Isabella Thoburn Circle
3rd Tuesday10 AM,
Elizabeth Brubaker Circle
3rd Tuesday 2 PM, Helen Stocum,
Anne Forrester Study Group
4th Tuesday 1 PM, Marie Carter,
Edna Bradley Circle
4th Tuesday 2 PM – Isobel McCutcheon,
H.E.A.R.T. Circle 2nd Sunday, 10:30 AM, Barbara Trouwborst
732-775-6098, Eileen Sokol 732-775-6088
St. Paul’s Auxiliary
Last Monday 2 PM ,
Marilyn Foote, 732-775-4979
Self-Help Groups
G.R.O.W. 6:45-8:45 PM Thursday
Church Committees
Church Council 3rd Tuesday – 7 PMLibby Raftery-Triolo
Lay Leader- Phyllis Truran 732-801-0098
Staff Parish Relations –Norman Harris
Stewardship – Victor Kuo
Trustees – Ron Carlucci
Missions – Borja Del Campo
Kitchen Committee – Damaris Adamo
Wedding Coordinator – Sharon McEwan
Prayer Requests
Please update your prayer requests.
Prayer requests not updated will be
removed Names may be used only
with permission of themselves or
their immediate family.
Prayers for:.
Ken Orr
Paul Braneky, Shore Rehab, Brick
Kitty Mantell
Mark, laid off
Bill Steele,Optic neurophy, (Freddie
Castle’s brother)
Grant, age 6, brain surgery Monday
Amberlynn, age 11, badly burned
Betty Newman (Phyllis Downing’s sister)
Kathleen Keating (Timothy’s mother) fell
last weekend, had surgery – hip
Linda in TX
Sal Badalamenti
Julia Rinaolo, 17 year old, complications
from Lyme disease (Joan Brown’s
Analiese Grissman, for healing
Lizz, missionary in SE Asia
Jean Kelshaw, Nancy Doremus’ mother
Linda Morton
Heather Bray
Sean DenBraven
Emy’s hip, healing
Peace in Jerusalem, Israel, Mexico
Cheryl Benfer
Gloria Corbo
In Care Facilities:
Al Aanensen, FAM
Alba Brunetto, FAM
Rev. Gene Foote, MBTS
Marilyn Foote, FAM
Dorothy Glenn, MediCenter
Tom Nevas, Sloan Kettering
Helen Reaser, MBTS
Charles Robinson, FAM
Emy Lou Snyder, home
College Students:
Jessica Campbell
Daniel Badger
Mary Badger
Stephen Badger
Julia Cooper
Rick Cuttrell
Samantha Cuttrell
Amber Czesnolowicz
Christian DiLiberto
Gabriella DiLiberto
Sarah Ferrell
Katie Gannon
Matthew Gannon
Bailey Herr
Ryan Juliano
Emily Maier
Lauren McEwan
Alexandra McKeon
Maxwell McKeon
Nick Morrows
Victoria O'Brien
Elisabeth O'Brien
Alexandra O'Brien
Samantha Plewa
David Robson
Scott Shadle
Tori Timoney
Our Military:
Tyler Neff in Navy, home from the
Middle East (Glenn Neff’s son)
Rebekah Spedaliere in Air Force, home
from the Middle East
December Communion Offering will be for
"Jesus' Birthday Gift":
Stop Hunger Now
Water Filters for Haiti
Jersey Shore Rescue Mission
Saint's Prison Ministry
Thank You for making "Jesus' Birthday" so special!
Monthly Communion Sunday Offering
October 2014 - September 2015
Mission Ministry
Total Donated
Future With Hope
St. Paul's Thanksgiving Dinner
Jesus' Birthday Offering
Angel Fund
Asbury Soup Kitchen
UMC Aviation Ministry(Steve
& Gail Quigg)
(Easter) Haiti
Habitat “A Brush with
Food Pantry
Church - SPUMC" for updates and information!
Sanctuary is the First, Third, & Last Wednesday of every month,
6:30-7:30 PM, in Thornley Chapel East.
Within the framework of contemplative worship music and moments
of silence, this service is offered to those seeking a safe place to
come before the Lord, resting in His presence while developing a
deeper intimacy with Him.
Support St. Paul's Go Green!
St. Paul's is doing a unique fundraiser that doesn't cost you any
money! Just five minutes of your time. Did you know that you
choose what kind of energy you use? Go online
to and watch the two minute video. With
your electric and gas bills in hand, click on "Become a customer
now". Over time, you will SAVE money, SUPPORT St. Paul's, and
HELP the environment. All you have to do is pay your gas & electric
bills as you normally would.
If you have any questions, please talk to Jimmy McEwan or Matt
Gannon. Jimmy can help you sign up.
Picture Directory
If you did not have your picture taken but would like a directory, we
will be selling them for $5.00 in the church office. While supply
Men’s Basketball
All men 16 years old and up
Are invited to the Youth Temple
On Wednesday Nights from 6:30-8 PM
Will not meet Dec 24 or Dec 31
St. Paul’s Website & Online Newsletter
If you would like to receive St. Paul’s notices & newsletters
go to our website
& fill out the form on the “contact us” page.
The Food Pantry at St. Paul's
Isobel McCutcheon has made a donation
in Honor of Janet Reece's Birthday.
Fern and Kevin Cole have made a donation
in Honor of their grandchildren,
Connor, Aidan, Caroline, Meara, and Emily.
Thank you to our faithful donors who write checks
and bring food items every month.
This regular support allows us to distribute quality and
healthy food items to those who need assistance.
During the months of December and January,
we are asking for donations of Instant Oatmeal and Soup.
Donations can be left in the baskets at either entrance
to the Sanctuary.
Also, Toilet Paper is always needed.
St. P aul’s United
Ch u rch
80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ
Poinsettias & Decorations
In Memoriam
Al Aanensen
Wife, Glady Aanensen
Ted & Gayle Aanensen
Glady Aanensen
Spencer & Linda Baba
Loved Ones
Bill & Barbara Bailey
Ruth Bailey
Bill & Barbara Bailey
Wayne & Helen Miller
Robert & Joan Bender (decorations)
Loved Ones
Beling-Badger Family
Donald Beling
Shirley & Cory Boss
Michael Boss (son of Shirley, brother of Cory)
Richard & Gail Cuttrell
Herbert & Catherine Cuttrell
Richard & Gail Cuttrell
William & Estella Wegge
Linda Dousis
Walter Davidson
Linda Dousis
George Dousis
Bernice Dudak
Joseph & Stephen Dudak
Jeannine Eisner
Parent, Frederick Cobb
Jeannine Eisner
Parent, Helen Cobb
Ruth Egner
Andy Egner
Janice Flay
Family & Friends
Rev. Eugene & Marilyn Foote
Sister Shirley Lee Hill
Parents, Mr. & Mrs. F. Foote & Mr. & Mrs. G. Sauer
Bonnie Graham
Aunt, Nellie Freeman
Bonnie Graham
Lyman & Betty Graham
Herbert & Norma Herbst
August & Marie Herbst
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Fred & Edward Herbst
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Herman, Florence & John Koehne
Herbert & Norma Herbst
August & Martha Zybas
Norm & Marty Huseland
Parents, Olaf & Agnes Huseland
Norm & Marty Huseland
Parents, Bill & Evelyn Thompson
Katie Kepler
Casey Patrick
Gene & Nancy Lewis
James & Alice McEwan
Bob & Sharon McEwan (decorations)
Bob & Sharon McEwan (decorations)
Bob & Sharon McEwan (decorations)
Bob & Sharon McEwan (decorations)
David, Sandi, Lauren & Chris McEwan
David, Sandi, Lauren & Chris McEwan
Don & Lisa Noll
Don & Lisa Noll
Constance J. Ogden
John & Kathy Pfersich
Dolores Preacher
Betty Reynolds
The Stockdales
The Stockdales
The Stockdales
Mom, Dad, & Casie
Barbara, Gary, Becky, & Scott Trouwborst
The Family
Betty Den Braven
Matthew Carrera
Anna McHale
James & Alice McEwan
James & Alice McEwan
Our grandparents
Alvin Hoffmann
Eric Wesselman
Millicent & George Ogden Sr
& George Ogden Jr
Our Beloved Dad, Géza DePekary
Jack Preacher
Husband, Ray Reynolds
Tom & Anne Child
Jeremy DeVoid
Barry Stockdale
Trevor “TJ” Stockdale
Ella & Ted Trouwborst
Jack E. Williamson
In Honor
Ted & Gayle Aanensen
Al Aanensen
Bill & Barbara Bailey
Forman Bailey
Suzanne Boan (2)
Marie Niedrach
Norm & Sally Harris (2)
Our families
Charles & Marcia Hendron
Pastor John DiGiamberardino
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Brendan & Paige Kelley
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Ian & Caitlin Kelley
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Melinda Kelley & Elinor Koehne
Herbert & Norma Herbst
Dr. Stephen, Janet & David Rothstein
Timothy & Holly Keating
Our Parents
David, Sandi, Lauren & Chris McEwan (decorations)
Our Loving Family
Raymond & Ruth Olson
Our Loving Parents
Carol Wilson
St. Paul’s family
Eileen Forestal & Cindy Williams (2)
D. A. Wilson
Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s
December 24, 2014
4 PM Family/Children Christmas Eve
Candlelight Service
8 PM Traditional Candlelight Service
11 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight /
Communion Service
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Staff
The Rev. John DiGiamberardino, Senior Pastor –ext. 112 – [email protected]
The Rev. Walter A. Quigg, Pastor Emeritus – [email protected]
Mr. George Robson – Worship Director – ext. 115 [email protected]
Mr. Brian Schulte, Visitation Pastor, [email protected]
Mr. Alyn Heim Jr., Organist/Choir Director – ext. 116 [email protected]
Miss Megan Faulkner, Director of CrossRoots Student Ministries ext. 123
Mrs. Paula DiGiamberardino, Director of Christian Education, ext.127
[email protected]
Mrs. Lisa Noll, Director of Tender Care Nursery 732-775-2265
Ms. Judith Hoffman, Church Office Administrator – ext. 110 [email protected]
Mr. Ben Benfer, Church Sexton – ext.125 [email protected]
Mr. Neil DenBraven- Evening & Weekend Host
Mr. Arnold Newman - Evening & Weekend Host
Ms. MJ Shaughnessy - Evening & Weekend Host
Mr. Michael Mindnich - Evening & Weekend Host, Weekend Sexton
Mrs. Phyllis Truran, Lay Leader – 732-801-0098 – [email protected]
Church: 732-775-1125 Fax: 732-775-4540 Parsonage I: 732-361-5564
St. Paul’s church office hours: M-F 9-noon, 1-3