The merry month of May provides a perfect backdrop for
celebrations of all kinds. Within our church family there will be a few celebrations - all of achieving a higher age
bracket than most expected! We assume all the brides wanted to wait to be June brides
- Pauline Search birthday
13 - Cody Cashman birthday.
18 - Jeanne Dalrymple birthday.
Sandy Nauman birthday.
Congratulations to each of you and may God bless you as you
join the rest of us in marking the passage of the years.
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We ask for prayers for Anna Lippincott
as she goes through the pain and frustration of having broken her other wrist. Ask for healing and wisdom for her and
for the doctors as they work toward a complete and rapid recovery.
Give thanks for a successful surgery in removing
a cataract from Nettie Rainey's eye. Praise the Lord who has made this wonder-working surgical
Keep Gloria Markle in prayer as she works to regain her strength after
her chemo treatments.
Keep all of our shut-ins in prayer as they cope with the challenges of living with ill health and
Ask the Lord to watch over Holland Bible Church and keep the
leadership inspired and energetic, with special prayers of thanks for the hard-working folks who keep the church in good repair.
Keep our God-guided mission in your prayers that our service will show
the joy we have in serving the Lord.
Pray for our military folks, especially Paul Stofonak, John W. Potter,
Kyle Trippeda, Mark Washburn and Alex Falkner. Ask the Lord to keep
them safe and to help them to serve honorably.
our Holland Church in prayer. We are the church. Pray for wisdom and compassion for those in positions
of authority. Pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit within each heart. And ask for opportunities to carry the Light unto
those we encounter throughout the week.Pray for those in positions of leadership
in this country, that they would feel a sense of duty and honesty in carrying out their responsibilities for the welfare of
all of its citizens. And, as we think of those who are seeking election for the most important positions in our country,
ask for wisdom so that our selections are according to God's will.
Pray for all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones; for those who are facing serious challenges - with their
health, financially, with concerns about loved ones, or any one of the many worries that distract folks from feeling the blessings
and peace of knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pray for Peace.
Hears and Answers Prayer
Keep those of our church family who are homebound in prayer as they struggle with health and/or other issues that
make daily living a challenge.
Thanks to the members
of our Board of Deacons for keeping in touch with with our shut-ins by phone or note.
Email us with your prayer requests
May you have
to keep out the wind,
to keep out the rain,
drinks by the fire,
to cheer you
those you love
near you,and all that your heart
love of God within.
An Irish blessing
National Day of Prayer
Although our own government is trying to suppress anything Christian
in this nation, we invite you, as will many others on that day, to be in prayer on the National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2016.
We're pretty sure that this nation and her leadership can use all the prayers they can get.
"God put the wrong on [Christ] who never did anything
wrong, so we could be put right with God."
"Through this blessed exchange, in which Christ changes places
with us (something the heart can grasp only in faith), and through nothing else, are we freed from sin and death and given
his righteousness and life as our own."
"Nails didn't hold God to a cross. Love did. The sinless
one took on the face of a sinner so that we sinners could take on the face of a saint."
Not what I get, but what I give,
this the gauge by which I live.
Not merely joys that come my way,
but the help I give to those astray.
Not the rewards of money and fame,
but the loads I lift in mankind's name.
This be the pay
at the end of the day,
what I keep, but what I give away.
February 1962: The three boards of Session, Trustees and Deacons
all recommended that Holland Presbyterian Church purchase a plot of 4 acres located opposite the northwest corner of the church.
Neighbor Conrad Folk offered the land to the church for $8,000, - less 2% if cash. A Congregational Meeting was held
and voted to approve the purchase by a vote of 42 for, 18 against.
were awarded to four students for their college studies this year. Recipients were:
Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who is a junior
at Western Connecticut State, studying Music Education.
of Bob and Arlene Wedderman;
and a freshman at Northampton Community College, majoring in
More, granddaughter of Joan
LeVine. She is a freshman at
Vassar College and will probably major in writing and
although undecided at the moment.
Sara More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine, a junior
at Juniata College.
She is majoring in Professional Writing/Health Communications.
Each student received a $1,000
scholarship award to help defray the huge cost of getting an education.
Keep each of them in prayer as they experience the new world of opportunities,
but also of temptations.
Don’t forget the passing of the "Make a Joyful Noise"
jar at the end of the service on the first Sunday of the month. Another of the deacons’ outreach
projects, the loose coins accumulate until there are enough to send in to provide free phone cards to our men and women in
the service. One can only imagine the Joyful Noise when a lonely service person is
handed a free phone card to call home and hear a familiar voice.
Please note that the Deacons' meetings have been changed to the first Sunday
of each month. However it will revert to the third Sunday this month: May 15.
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 and would make memorable gifts!
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.