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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord  as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

                                         Colossians 3: 23-24


     Although we’ve had a few sparkling clear, low humidity days with noticeably cool evenings – just enough to hint of fall – we usually hang on to just a little more summer weather as we head into September.  But once we celebrate Labor Day, it seems like our minds slip into autumn mode no matter what the weather.  Kids fall into the school routine, vacations have become just a memory, and loads of organizations get busy planning and providing all kinds of activities and events.

     We’re no different at Holland Church:  right away in September we’ll be eating our way through the good food offered at the annual Church Picnic, and relaxing to good music right afterward.  In October, it’s our 74th annual Ham Supper; in November, it’s the Holiday Bazaar…  And on we go, through this busy time of the year.

     Almost every organization has a core group of folks who do most of the work, and we’re no different.  But we  hope that everyone will feel a desire to be a part of the core group for at least one of our activities, considering it an opportunity to share the Gospel with those we serve – if only by our friendliness, – and to support our fellow workers as we work side by side.

     Serving on a team which is serving others is almost guaranteed to bring joy and satisfaction.  Oh yes, it will probably leave you weary – but it’s a weariness that leaves you with enough energy to smile as you recall what you’ve accomplished.  And yes, it probably interfered with something you also had to do – but is there much you have to do that couldn’t wait?  Serving on a team which is serving others also provides opportunities to encourage one another, to share feelings, and to learn how much we all care about one another.

     And all of this should open our eyes to how much the Holy Spirit is working right along with us.  How often a timely opening comes to us, enabling us to help or comfort or lift someone up, when the Holy Spirit is present.  With that knowledge, it seems important that  we should approach, and carry out, each of our endeavors – with all our heart, as to the Lord.  For we serve the Lord Christ.


Our Church Family

Our church family will mark some important milestones during September.  We hope that all of those who are celebrating will have a wonderful day – decorated with cards, cake and beloved chums.


11 – Henry Marsteller birthday.


12 – Bob and Nettie Rainey 50th wedding anniversary!


14 – Pastor Geoff Stanley birthday.

       Cali Travers 2nd birthday.


17 – LaRue Hooper birthday.


24 – John F. Potter birthday.


28 – Diana Cashman birthday.


All of these are very special people to us.  We ask God to bless them in the coming year, and we thank God for making them a part of our church family.


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While we mention those having birthdays, we hang our head in shame at missing, not one, but two birthdays in August.  Belated good wishes for happiness and health to Bob Trippeda, (August 14) and Gloria Markle, (August 25).


Gloria Markle did her best to enjoy good health, but it all went in a flash when a German shepherd leaped onto her and bit her twice.  So far, she’s recovering with the help of antibiotics and band-aids, but awaiting the end of the dog’s quarantine period for the possibility of rabies.

Keep her in prayer as she struggles with other health issues, as well.


Pray for rapid healing and full recovery for Jean Willever who sustained a broken nose in a fall.  Fortunately, that was her only injury, but it was bad enough, and our prayers will help the recovery process.


Marcelle Figlo continues to struggle to recover from a serious illness this summer.  She has been able to return to church a couple of times and even resumed her post teaching and leading Sunday School, but she still needs to recover her strength and deal with medications.  Keep her in prayer as she tries to get back to full strength.


After a couple of weeks spent at summer camp, our Tammy Hall has returned, cheerfully greeting everyone.  Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for her presence in our midst.


Keep our service men and women in prayer, especially as disturbing and frightening headlines greet us each day.  Especially name Kyle Trippeda, now headed homeward after his long cruise, Paul Stofonak, now back in Afghanistan, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter.  Pray for encouragement during the trying times, and deep roots that will carry them through the temptation times.


Pray for peace.


Keep Holland Church in prayer, both for her leaders, and for her mission.  Give thanks for her musicians and for all her workers.  Pray for support and encouragement for our Sunday School teachers and students.  There is much we don’t know about personal struggles and concerns affecting individual members of our congregation – pray for spiritual strength for each person.


And when you’ve run out of things and people to pray for, give thanks.


Ask God’s blessing on all the students returning to their studies at the end of this month – that they would be safe and that they would realize the value of education.


Give thanks for those who serve the Lord – on foreign mission fields, in places of desperate living conditions, in our inner cities, and within this very church.  Pray for an ongoing sense of dedication, for inspiration and for a real sense of God’s presence in all of our lives.




Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Keep our shut-ins in prayer and also in contact.  Let them feel our concern and receive encouragement from we who are able to get out and about. 

Special prayers



Madeline Templeton
Pauline Search
Sandy and Irene Nauman
Carrie Shaffer

Email us with your prayer requests

We cannot change yesterday,
that is quite clear,
Nor start our tomorrow
until it is here,
But this is what all of us
surely can do -
Today we can trust Christ,
be faithful, be true.


                           Love makes our friends a little dearer.

                         Joy makes our hearts a little lighter.

                         Faith makes our paths a little clearer.

                         Hope makes our lives a little brighter.

                         Peace brings us all a little nearer.


   Vacation Bible School was a hoot this year.  There were stories from the Bible as told by a tall middle eastern rabbi in robe and sandles, adventures in chemistry, fun crafts, nature touch, smell and feel lessons.  Oh, and also great snacks – sometimes low in sugar and fat. 

   A HUGE Thank You to Laurie and Bill Hance for producing a well-organized week of WOW’s, to Pastor Geoff as storyteller and helper, to Amy who provided wonderful crafts, and to LaRue Hooper, Marilyn Trippeda and Nettie Rainey for making sure snack time was ready on time each evening.  We had four kids who attended every night and three others who made it some of the nights.  Although that seems like few kids, be assured that the adults had as much fun as the kids.


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! 

  After an evening filled with vigorous sibling disagreements, three children finally turned in for the night.  A few hours later, a major thunderstorm woke them all up.  When their father heard the children conversing upstairs, he called to see what was happening.   A small timid voice answered, “We’re all in the closet forgiving one another!”


We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.


 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.