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"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
 

 

  After complaining that Spring was really slow in arriving this year, the month of May did a quick change into Spring - briefly - and then, even more quickly, changed to Summer.
  While the warmth, beautiful flowers and breaking out our summer wardrobe were quite welcome, do we dare complain about the lack of rain?
  Although getting out and about without umbrellas and raincoats is a lot easier, we have noticed that the bright green lawns that we celebrated last month have turned noticeably tan; and our carefully planted flowers and veggies require frequent manual doses of water.
  On the other hand, we have watched the news as it carries the footage and dialogue about the awesome and tragic flooding in the southwest following monu-mental amounts of rain. Not long ago, that part of the country was experiencing severe drought.
  Sprinkled here and there throughout the Bible, we can read stories of God's hand intentionally causing floods, winds, famines or plagues, according to His will. Sometimes they're spoken of as punishment for the people's sinful lifestyle; other times bad things would seem to be allowed to happen to test His people's faith or to accomplish His plans far beyond our ability to see. The story of Joseph, son of Jacob, and the many changes in his circumstances makes fascinating reading, consuming the last thirteen chapters of the book of Genesis. Much of the story centers on the devastating 7-year drought throughout Egypt and Canaan. A very long amazing story to, in the end, fulfill God's plan to have the Hebrew people come up out of Egypt to the Promised Land.
  While some  tests are on a more individual basis, and others on a more wide-ranging basis, if we let Him, we'll find that each trial is God's working in our lives. Some of these tests will be resolved quickly, some can last for a challenging very long time. The difficult part of any bad thing that happens is the nagging question, Why? What did I/we do to deserve this? These questions are not ones we can answer. Most assuredly, none of us is sinless. Do we deserve to be bypassed by life's problems? When times are tough, nationally, locally, or individually, it is wisest for us to wait upon God. He is the one who will bring the rain or withhold it.
   
 

Our Church Family

The passage of time has caught up to some more members of the church family. We hope that all will consider these as achievements rather than regrets. Celebrate with enthusiasm and may you have many more in the future.

1 - Dale and Patti Apgar wedding anniversary.

4 - Susanna Potter birthday.

9 - Madeline Templeton birthday.

12 - Newton Levine birthday.

15 - Alicia Hooper birthday.

19 - John and Mary Potter wedding anniversary.

21 - Dave & Virginia Derbyshire wedding anniversary.

27 - Mary Potter birthday.

28 - Charlie Lippincott birthday.

It looks like June will be an almost continuous party time. We wish all a typical day-in-June weather-wise, and a day filled with love from family and friends.

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A birthday card shower would brighten the day of our celebrating shut-in:

Mrs. Madeline Templeton
1057 Milford-Warren Glen Road
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804-2025


This will be a big anniversary for John and Mary Potter as they were married 50 years ago. Congratulations, best wishes and blessings to both.

Lots of prayers are needed for a full recovery for Arlene Wedderman after a serious fall at their florist business left her with five broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as cuts and a chipped tooth. Pray for healing and freedom from pain as she recovers at home.

Keep Marilyn Trippeda in prayer as she battles a persistent respiratory problem and cough. Pray for wisdom for the doctors so that they can determine an effective treatment, and for strength for Marilyn.

Keep praying for Gloria Markle as she continues her chemo and radiation treatments. Give thanks for the solution to her transportation problems, but be persistent in asking for her full recovery and for courage.

Give thanks for a full recovery from a brief illness by Isaac Stanley. A nasty sore throat had him down for less than 48 hours, but he's back to full health now.

Pray for Pastor Geoff as he teaches, leads, encourages and comforts members of our church family. Pray for energy and inspiration as he shepherds our little flock.

Keep Amy Stanley in prayer as she teaches our Sunday School students and educates a new generation of God's people.

Pray for safe travel and for renewed health for our organist, Linda Scheurle. Give thanks for her talent and skill as she provides her music ministry.

Remember our military folks as they continue to serve our nation. Pray for physical and spiritual strength and for protection in dangerous circumstances. Especially pray for Paul Stofonak, Kyle Trippeda, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter.

Pray for peace among nations.


 

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Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Keep our shut-ins in your prayers. Isolation from our worship and fellowship can be discouraging. Let them know that they are in our thoughts by note or phone or visit.

            Pauline Search

            Madeline Templeton

            Sandy Nauman

            Irene Nauman

            Dave Derbyshire

            Gloria Markle


 
Email us with your prayer requests

Time
 

Time is

Too slow for those who Wait,

Too swift for those who Fear,

   Too long for those who Grieve,

     Too short for those who Rejoice,
But for those who love,
             Time is Eternity. 


Ten percent

  When the weather prediction is for a 10 percent chance of rain, do we sigh and grumble and stay indoors? Or do we go ahead and picnic, golf or hike because the chance of bad weather is so low?
  When doctors say our child has a 90 percent chance of full recovery from a deadly illness, don't we rejoice at the great prognosis?
  When a really tough exam comes back with a 90 percent grade, aren't we glad to have done well?
  When a politician runs for office, 90 percent of the vote would be considered an overwhelming mandate.
  Why then, when God gives us 100 percent of our material blessings, are we so horrified at the thought of giving Him 10 percent back?
 

Comparing your life with someone you see
Is not a fulfilling quest,
For Jesus' own words are "Follow Me."
And that's how to know life's best.
           

   

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 "People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
                                                              1 Samuel 16:7

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As predicted, May was a busy time in the kitchen for our Holland cooks. Thanks to all who continued to serve meals to the Milford Lions Club and to all those who got up early to prepare luncheons for the Milford Seniors' Bowling group and for the Holland Seniors. There continue to be rave reviews about the Holland cooking.

Bravely perched on a tall ladder, Bob Rainey prepared and painted the cross over the front entrance to the church building.

After much research into colors, lots of sanding, a prime coat and two finish coats of paint, Harry Taylor and Bob Rainey finished the front doors to the sanctuary. Our entry looks very welcoming now.

             
 ~OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS~

We have quite a few achievers in our church family lately:


Anna Lippincott was elected Woman of the Year by the Holland Township Women's Club.


Cody Cashman was chosen by the School Board as the Carpentry Student of the Month. As noted last month, Cody will be graduating from high school this month. Cody is the son of Eric and Diana Cashman.


Kaytlin, daughter of Diana Cashman, completing the 11th grade this year, has been named to the High Honor Roll for the year.


Hannah Rainey, granddaughter of Bob and Nettie, received First Place in her elementary school-wide "Design a Bookmark" contest. The Principle was so impressed that a copy was made and given to every student!


Brandin Trippeda, grandson of Bob and Marilyn, won First Place in the Javelin Toss in an inter-scholastic championship track meet that included the "Big schools", bringing glory to Palisades School as well as himself.


Joan and Newton LeVine traveled to Delaware to attend the high school graduation of her grand-daughter, Lisa. She graduated 8th in her class and was named the Most Valuable Player for her performance on the field hockey team. Lisa will be going to Vassar in the fall.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!



   
 
Keep our Scholarship students in prayer....

Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who will be a sophomore at Western Connecticut State College, studying Music.
 
Amanda Smith, granddaughter of our organist, Linda Schuerle, who will be a junior at Penn State, and is studying Elementary Education.
 

We’re happy to be able to assist these two in getting their education, and we wish them well through this coming year. 

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The last Soup Sale was held in the Christian Education Center for the season.  The flavor of the month was Vegetable Beef. There are still some quarts (frozen) available for sale for $6:00 a quart.
  
The first Sunday of each month is Loose Change Sunday.  What does that mean?  A large jar will be waiting as you enter the church.  This jar will have an opening just large enough to accept your loose change.  Where does it go?  When sufficient funds have accumulated, the deacons send it to an organization that converts the money into phone cards for our men and women serving in the military.  What a great idea!  So empty your pockets, pour out your loose change jar and clean off the bureau so that our servicemen and women can call home and let their loved ones hear their voices. 

 

 

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  Christian philosopher Paul Tillich said, "The first responsibility of love is to listen." Yet in our fast-paced culture, truly listening to someone has become a lost art.
The intricate Chinese written character for the verb ‘to listen' offers wise insight about how to listen to people so they feel heard. The symbol is actually a combination of characters for ears, eyes and an open heart. Basically, it reads, "I give you my ears, my eyes and my undivided attention." What a great image of being fully engaged during the act of communication!
James 1:19 offers two wise resolutions for us: Be "quick to listen" and "slow to speak." Practicing the skill of active listening is a much-needed way to minister to other people, serving as Jesus' "ears" in a hurting world.

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Holland Church note cards are now available.  Five notes with envelopes for $6.00.  Featuring a lovely painting of Holland Church, you’ll want to use them often.  See any deacon.  They’re really nice! 
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Priorities

Memories from a major league baseball player ~

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass."
"We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."

There is not a thing that God expects of a person but that God will give him or her the power to do.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Tears of joy are like the summer raindrops pierced by sunbeams.


Tammy (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"


 
 A message from Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon:

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in your area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908) 284-0735 to offer your time or for more information. Help us, help others. Many thanks.