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“My soul, wait thou only upon God;

for my expectation is from him.”

                                                                          Psalm 62:5    

     Well, April kind of taunted us with days of sun and warmth followed by days of cold, clouds and wind.  As we turn the calendar to May, however, we feel reassured that spring is underway.  Over the last month, the grass has turned green, lots of trees are covered with bright white or delicate pink blossoms, and a few of our summer birds have returned.  Spring never runs a smooth course – perhaps because we are so anxious for its return.  Winter can be long, and spring’s arrival can be slow and tortuous.

     Life itself is a long series of yearning for, waiting for, and eventually getting something better than whatever  our present circumstances.  And each waiting period has its own set of emotions.  Infants’ only way to let you know how hungry they are, is by crying - stressful.  Young schoolchildren get unbelievably fidgety toward the end of the school day - restless.  Teenagers seriously yearn for that magic age when they can get a driver’s license - impatience.  Prom time and graduation loom large in a youth’s life - expectancy.  Most folks go through recovering from an illness, the arrival of a new baby, hoping for a vacation – anxiety.  As we experience multiple events during our journey through life, we find that all entail a period of waiting – enduring, as it were, a winter time of impatience and expectancy, Sometimes, that wait can be uncomfortable.  And, occasionally, what we were waiting for arrives in a different form; totally unlike what we had anticipated, assumed or dreamed of.  Sometimes it involves what is good and a pleasant surprise; sometimes bad and a disappointment.

     The accumulation of experiences in a lifetime will inevitably include a mixture of exciting achievements and draining disappointments.  All are preceded by a period of anticipation, occasionally even suffering, before the resolution.  The best way to cope with each and every one of these hills and valleys is to know that “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  [Proverbs 3:6]  even when the wait is long or the arrival isn’t what you expected.

     It would seem, in order to sail the smoothest path through a lifetime of plans and dreams that it would be best to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” [1 Peter 5:7].

Our Church Family

Almost everyone would agree that May is one of the most pleasant months of the year.  Schools arrange their proms and graduations in May.  Many couples schedule their weddings this month.  Interestingly, some couples arrange it so that we can celebrate their children’s birthdays in May. 

11 – Pauline Search birthday 

13 – Cody Cashman birthday 

18 – Jeanne Dalrymple birthday      
Sandy Nauman birthday

We hope each of you has a perfect birthday celebration surrounded by the love of relatives and your church family.

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A card shower would let Pauline Search know that her church members care and wish for her a happy birthday: 
Mrs. Pauline Search
Building 4000
           Country Meadows  
4035 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Keep Gloria Markle in plenty of your prayers as she goes through both chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  She has had to cope with the additional problem of having a stroke in one eye which has severely diminished her sight in that eye.  Gloria needs spiritual and physical strength and lots of encouragement as she fights this battle.  Pray that she can have a strong sense of the love and caring from her church family each day. 

er  prayers of thanksgiving for the slow but steady recovery of Marilyn Trippeda following an allergy attack that degenerated into a serious bout of asthma. 

Keep Holland Church, her pastor, her Sunday School, and her mission in your prayers.  Pray for the energy and inspiration to keep toiling and spreading the Word..

Give prayers of thanks for those in our congregation who work hard to keep our mission going through teaching, cooking, cleaning, maintaining and more.  

Keep all the folks in the military in prayer as they serve   in a world that has perverted or rejected God’s offering of unconditional love, but which rather has chosen violence and hatred.  Especially keep Kyle Trippeda, Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn, John W. Potter and Alex Falkner – all dear to our church family – in prayer for protection and for a strong faith, in a troubled world.

Pray for peace – in this world, in our homes and in our hearts and minds.


Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

In the springtime of the year, when many of us are outdoors and getting around, it’s especially important to keep our shut-ins in our prayers.  It’s also nice to let them know that we’re thinking of them by sending a note or making a visit or calling on the telephone.  We know they will appreciate knowing that we care – and you’ll feel good for making the contact.

            Pauline Search

            Madeline Templeton

            Sandy Nauman

            Irene Nauman

            Dave Derbyshire

            Gloria Markle

Email us with your prayer requests

Memorial Day

Is it enough to think today

Of all our brave, then put away

The thought until a year has sped?

Is this full honor for our dead?

Is it enough to sing a song
And deck a grave;
and all year long
Forget the brave who died that we
Might keep our great land proud and free? 

Full service needs a greater toll,
That we who live give heart and soul
To keep the land they died to save,
And be ourselves, in turn, the brave!


National Day of Prayer

     Although it does not seem to be officially observed in this “One nation under God” anymore, we urge you to be in prayer for this nation on May 7.  We no longer have a special service at Holland Church, but we invite each member of this congregation to spend some time in intense prayer for this land whose people seem to be straying so far from the dreams and hopes that the founding fathers aspired to, and so many of the subsequent generations have died for. 

          At the starting gate 

   There’s a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘commencement exercises,’” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch once said.  “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”  The same is true of baptism.  Both events are often approached as an end point reached with relief: “Well, at least that’s done!”  With the degree – or salvation – in hand, some people feel no further need for education – or spiritual growth.
   Just remember: You’re at the starting gate, not the finish line.  Well-wishers encourage new grads. “Don’t stop now; you’re on a roll.  Even greater things are ahead!”  And Hebrews 12:1 urges the baptized, “Run with perseverance the race that is set before you.”  While a diploma bears the seal of the graduate’s school, Christians themselves are sealed with the Holy Spirit and the cross of Christ.  To take full advantage of each, we must continue learning and growing.


… 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,

he knoweth not how.

                            Mark 4:26-27


              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.


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. 

           KITCHEN KREW

        May is always a busy month in the Holland kitchen, and this year will be no different.
he Milford 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. 


The March 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 with me.”

For happiness 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.