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"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time"  also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

"I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life."

                                                Ecclesiastes 3: 11-12 

 

                                                                                        

     Well, there sure weren't too many April showers last month, but, nevertheless, it seemed like each day, when you opened your eyes in the morning, a lot of spring had sprung in the night.  As a consequence, there are trees blooming everywhere, there's a haze of green on the hills and many gardens are bright with colors from those bulbs so laboriously buried last autumn.

     Yes, we expect spring to progress steadily each year at this time, but rarely do we reflect on the whole process.  Yet all living things have very complex chemical and physical systems that control each step in the emergence, growth, liquid flow, with responses to sunlight and temperature changes.  In the continuity of all these changes each spring, there are all kinds of physical and chemical reactions which, if just one step goes wrong, create potential sources of malfunction.  And it's the same with we human beings.  Our responses, mentally and physically, to the return of warmth and lengthening daylight inspires new energy physically, with brainstorms of new plans and an outburst of happiness and optimism mentally.

     How wonderful, if only for a few moments, we could recognize that " I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."  [Psalm 139: 14.].    

     Our understanding of the complexity of a living creature - tree, flower, bird or squirrel - allows us an appreciation for the subtle shades of color in a daffodil, or the intricate structure of a pine cone, or the ability to recognize a robin's song, or to see the antics of the gray squirrel around your bird feeder which makes our part in the Creation all the more enjoyable.  Especially when you realize that all these marvels were created by the very God Who controls your life and in Whom you trust.

      Oh yes, spring does not fend off the occasional thorns, nor does it completely shield us against the challenges of life.  But it does seem to provide us with a time for reflection, moments to count our blessings, and an optimistic outlook.

     The real blessing comes, however, when we have the time to dig down below our surface happiness until we can get a real understanding of the truly awesome complexity and marvelous Wonder of His Creation.

      Enjoy the blessings of Spring 2016.                  

   

 

 

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

11 - 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 procedure possible. 

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 loneliness.

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.

Keep 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.
 

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Prayer Concerns
God 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.

 

            Pauline Search

            Dave Derbyshire

            Madeline Templeton

            Sandy Nauman

            Irene Nauman

 

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

walls to keep out the wind,

a roof to keep out the rain,

warm drinks by the fire,

laughter to cheer you

those you love near you,

and all that your heart may desire,

including the 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."                   St. Paul

 

"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."                 Martin Luther

 

"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."                 Max Lucado

  

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May     8
 
 
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,
not what I keep, but what I give away.
 
 
 
Church Memories

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.


 

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                       Scholarship news 
 
 2015-2016 Scholarships 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.
 
      Emily Wedderman, granddaughter of Bob and Arlene Wedderman;
        and a freshman at Northampton Community College, majoring in   
        Criminology.
 
      Alyssa More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine.  She is a freshman at
        Vassar College and will probably major in writing and
        communications, 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.

  


 

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Loose Change Sunday  
 
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.

 
 

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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 and would make memorable gifts! 
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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.