… So is the kingdom of God,
as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
and should sleep, and rise night and day,
and the seed should spring and grow up,
knoweth not how.
Carrie Edna (Scott) Shaffer
Our beloved Carrie passed away on April 11 with her family close by. She had been in failing
health for the last year and was ready to journey to Heaven at the last. Carrie joined Holland Church
in 1945 and was active in many aspects of our church life, including the Sunday School, where she served as Sunday School
Treasurer for many years, service on the Board of Deacons, helping in the kitchen and
as the church’s Financial Secretary. She and her late husband, John, were members of the Good Fellowship
Club and joined in their many projects, including the many years of putting on the Ham Supper. She was
especially enthusiastic about helping cook including, at least once to the writer’s knowledge, sneaking over and cleaning
all the stoves when no one was around. It was a great regret when she no longer had the stamina to bake
for a sale or help at a dinner. Outside the church she seemed always to have people to take care of during illness or old
age and many folks received loving and meticulous care from Carrie. The church family’s sincere sympathy
to her son, John R., and daughter, Diane Cashman and husband Tom, as well as grandchildren, Eric Cashman, and his wife Diana,
Jill Woodring and husband, William, and Keith Shaffer and his wife, Nicole. Five great-grandchildren, Cody
Cashman, and William III, Tyler, Cheyenne and Carrie-Ann Woodring also survive.
Congratulations to Cody
Cashman who will graduate from high school this month. It’s been a long journey to gain
all that knowledge, and his church family is very proud of this milestone. We wish him well in his future
endeavors and thank him for all that he has done for Holland Church. OUR LOCAL HEROES
One of the things we often take for granted is the presence of the fire company
in our community. On a dry day in April, Jamie Travers called Virginia Derbyshire to say that there was
a fire down at the church – she didn’t know any other details. Imagine the stress created by
that message! Virginia called Paul Kuphal, who had heard the fire engines go by. Paul
went down, Virginia went over. The thoughts that went through their minds before arriving were rather stressful
to say the least. What a joy to get to the church and find, although surrounded by fire engines and an
ambulance, the church was still standing and untouched. The woods on the east, across from the front of
the church, were on fire up at the top. God had sent a wind that sent the fire away from the church so
that there was not even the smell of smoke. It was
very reassuring to see a fire engine standing by in the church parking lot and other emergency vehicles nearby. Our
heartfelt thanks to those dedicated folks who answer the calls and bring all the equipment necessary to keep our township
and area safe. Let’s not take their presence for granted.
May is always a busy month in the Holland kitchen, and this year will be no different.
Lions Club will be served dinners on May 7th and 21st in the evenings. The Milford Seniors
will have their Spring Luncheon at noon on May 14, and the Holland Seniors will have their Spring Luncheon on May 29.
We hope that we will have some volunteers to help, either in the cooking or serving, especially for the luncheons.
See Virginia Derbyshire or Marilyn Trippeda if you can help.
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.
Soup Sale was held in the Christian Education Center on the 25th. The flavor of the month was Vegetable Beef.
Yum! There are still some quarts available for sale for $6:00 a quart. The date of the June sale has yet
to be determined. Keep tuned.
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.
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!
A prayer for Mom A young boy had been misbehaving, so his mother
sent him to his room. Sometime later, he came out and told his mom he’d prayed about the matter.
“That’s good,” she replied. “If you ask God for help to not misbehave, he’ll
help you.” “Oh,
I didn’t pray for help behaving,” said the boy. “I prayed for God to help you put up
one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.
To see God’s hand in everything makes life a great adventure.
A cartoon in the British publication Punch portrayed a man praying
at his bedside. He said to the Lord, “Is there some way you could help me, but make it look like
I did it all myself?”
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.