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“When the Son of man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all nations will be gathered before him. … He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left.        Then the King will say to them on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father!  Come and possess the        kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the   creation of the world. … I tell you, whenever you did this  [fed me; gave me a drink; welcomed me in your homes;     clothed me; took care of me; visited me] for one of the       least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for      me!’”                                       Matthew 25: 31-40                                     

 

      We seem to vaguely recall having noted a lack of rain the last time (June) we visited this column.  Since then, God has provided.  To excess.  We're not complaining.  We're enjoying the return of the green foliage, not having to tote water to our plants; and, when, occasionally, the sun comes out, we especially enjoy the beauty of each droplet of water reflecting the bright and colorful scenery surrounding its sphere.

     We tend to think of July as the time of relaxation - the air is warm and comfortable, so we move at a leisurely pace; vacations are on our minds, and visions of far-away places replace the familiar; and since the days are long, our activities overflow into the evenings; ... in the end, there is a shift in our lifestyle and mindset.  We reject hurrying; and the radius of our thoughts and plans expands hugely. The obligations that weigh upon us during the rest of the year are pushed aside for a time.  We view the world with optimism and eagerly re-prioritize just how we'll spend our days.

     And yet, nothing, except the weather, has really changed.  All of the things that affect our schedule - from vacations to new projects, whom we see, and what we do, even to what we eat - have been the result of the weather.  Oh my, that's a lot of changes!

     And yet, some things remain constant - even through July.  Please note that one of them is that our church doors remain open every Sunday.  We even provide air conditioning!  And, as we worship, we're reminded of what we do as Christians, which leads to another constant:  do you know anyone who is in the hospital or who is confined to their home - even in July?

     The whole month of July, when we're having fun, will be ever so brief.  Vacation time, whether spent at home or far away, will fly past too quickly.  That respite from obligations, whether school or job or other work, will seem to evaporate.

     And so we encourage you to enjoy the benefits of July.  Slow down.  Relax.  Take time to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.  Refuel your energy level and refresh your mind.  But set aside some of that precious time to divert your attention back to your devotions.  Keep your prayer time alive, and worship with us on Sundays.  The rest and restoration will be the bonus and your focus will be the constant.



 

Our Church Family

While you have the picnic table ready for action, there will be quite a few occasions to decorate for birthdays and anniversaries.  We just hope your special day isn’t too hot and humid or features mighty thunderstorms.

1  - Charlie and Eileen Lippincott wedding anniversary.

2  - Paul and Marcelle Figlo wedding anniversary.

6  - Dale Apgar birthday.

8  - Bob Rainey birthday.

9  - Joslyn Hooper birthday.

16 – Harry Taylor birthday.

29 – Eric and Diana Cashman wedding anniversary.

We notice that the July brides are as numerous as the June brides within our church family.  Is this a trend?

We wish all of you a happy day and for lots of love swirling around you on your special day.  And perhaps some of your favorite foods!

 

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Prayers for healing – indeed, for a cause for her suffering – are needed for Marilyn Trippeda as she struggles with breathing difficulties and lung problems.  Pray for insight and wisdom for the medical people and for renewed strength and encouragement for Marilyn.
 

More prayers for healing are needed – for Bob Trippeda as he underwent a heart catheterization on June 29 after experiencing discomfort.  Praise for the skills of those who did the medical part and for strength and relief for Bob in the recovery process.

 

Keep Gloria Markle in prayer as she goes through the emotional roller coaster she is enduring with the chemo-therapy and radiation therapy decisions that are being made.  Pray that she will receive physical and spiritual strength through these days.

 

Give praise to the Lord as Arlene Wedderman continues to heal and gain strength and relief from pain after her serious injuries in a fall at work. 

 

Pray for success and victory as former organist, Letha Andrews Davis, undergoes her seventh back surgery on July 2.  This is a new surgeon and this will be her last surgery, she insists; so keep praying that all will be made right this time.

 

Give prayers of thanks for Letha’s husband, Jesse Davis, as he is now home and up and around after suffering a massive heart attack on June 23.  Praise the Lord for granting mankind the wisdom to invent little stents that can save lives and change everything.

 

More prayers of thanks after both Bob and Nettie Rainey went through a siege of coughing and sniffling and are now in far better condition.

 

Give thanks when little children attend our worship services and make us smile when they ignore our sometimes rigid behavior mode with their free and happy actions.

 

Give praise for the exhilarating expedition to Philadelphia by the Stanley family to tour the USS Olympia and watch the Tall Ships pass by.  Pastor Geoff donned his U.S. Navy hat and enjoyed some special moments while on board the Olympia.  Isaac is building a model of the Olympia, so it was a rare opportunity to see it up close.

 

Keep our military in prayer, as they engage in all kinds of missions, that they may be kept safe.  Especially ask for protection and wisdom for Paul Stofonak, Kyle Trippeda, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter.

 

Remember to keep Holland Church in your prayers.  Pray that everyone will catch the Spirit that helps keep us ‘Small but Mighty’ in doing the Lord’s work.

 

Keep our leadership – our pastor, our organist, our officers, and all our workers – in your prayers.  That just about includes everyone.  Give thanks for a church family that continues to labor in whatever way they are able.  We are all one body, working together for one purpose:  that the Word may be made known throughout the world.


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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

 

               The lone, wild bird in lofty flight

           Is still with Thee, nor leaves Thy

                 sight.

           And I am Thine!  I rest in Thee.

           Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

 

           The ends of earth are in Thy hand,

           The sea’s dark deep and far-off land.

           And I am Thine!  I rest in Thee.

           Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

 

              Persevering Faith

In the movie Monumental Kirk Cameron describes why the Pilgrims left England and Holland for America - as well as the conditions they faced along the way.  While on the cramped, storm-tossed Mayflower, they signed the Mayflower Compact, attesting that they came "for the glory of God and advancements of the Christian faith."

Within months in the new land, 47 of the original 121 Pilgrims had died.  Only six or seven could walk and care for the others and only four adult women were still alive for the first Thanksgiving.  But the Pilgrims persevered, thanks to their faith in God and help from Native Americans.

William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony for 30 years, experienced hardship firsthand; his wife was one of the first to die during the journey.  Yet Bradford's tomb bears the bold message that "Jehovah is our help."

Full many a blessing wears the guise

of worry or of trouble;

Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,

who knows the mask is double.

But he who has the faith and strength

to thank his God for sorrow

Has found a joy without alloy 

to gladden every morrow.

 

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When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2

  

 

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     Due to a lack of students and/or staff, Vacation Bible School will not be held at Holland this year.  However, VBS will be held at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, combined with Milford and Alexandria churches July 20-24 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

     There will also be VBS at the Grace Fellowship Evan-gelical Free Church in Milford August 3-7 from 9:00 to noon.  Grace Fellowship generously supported our Food Bank with food and money while it was operating.


             
 ~OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS~

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


Another graduate has come to light this June.  Emilie Wedderman received her High School diploma on June 6th and will now be heading to college.  Emilie is the granddaughter of Bob and Arlene Wedderman.

[We're so proud of the following who were listed last month, that we're keeping them on the list this month.]

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!



  Scholarship news 
 
Scholarship application forms are now available for the Holland Church Scholarship Fund awards from Paul Kuphal.  Please pick them up and fill them out as soon as possible.  The Session will make the awards at their meeting on August 16. 
 

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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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Don’t pray when you feel like it.  Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it.

 Children’s thought patterns ~

 James (age 4) was listening to a Bible story.  His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.’  Concerned, James asked: ‘What  happened to the flea?’

 

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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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 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.