While a nice month
to celebrate a special date in one’s life, it’s best to get the celebrations over before everyone has Thanksgiving
on their minds. Hence, by the middle of this month, a lot of the festivities get crowded together within
our church family. After the 19th, we can all sit down and talk turkey.
1 - Bob Kulp birthday.
4 - Andrew Hooper birthday.
11 – Bob and Marilyn
Trippeda wedding anniversary.
– Jill Woodring birthday. 17 –
Bob and Arlene Wedderman wedding anniversary.
– Newton and Joan LeVine wedding anniversary.
19 – Nettie Rainey birthday.
We hope your special day is truly special and that you’ll feel the love
and hear the best wishes coming from your church family.
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Keep Gloria Markle
in prayer as she enters a new month of her epic battle against cancer and assorted medications. Pray for
increased strength and stamina and a continuation of her marvelous faith and trust in the Lord.
Keep praying for Marilyn Trippeda’s recovery; and give
thanks for her ability to be in her pew lately on several Sundays.
Give thanks for Linda Schuerle’s return to the organ after cataract surgery
and car replacement. Give thanks for her skills which are a much-appreciated part of our worship; and pray
for safe travel each week during her long commute to Holland Church.
Keep asking for safety and honor
for those who wear the uniform of our nation’s military services. Especially hold Kyle Trippeda,
Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter
up in prayer as they are dear to our church family. We have received a letter from John Potter, who will
be going to the Middle East as senior chaplain on his group of ships this month. Pray for him and Sara during his upcoming
Keep Dave Derbyshire
in prayer as he undergoes a surgical procedure on November 9, asking for a rapid and complete recovery.
Hears and Answers Prayer
While most of us are out and socializing with friends and strangers, some of our
church members are pretty much confined to home, engaged in their own battles with health issues. Let’s
ask for special prayers for these folks – as well as those mentioned above – and even keep in touch with them.
Sandy and Irene Nauman
Email us with your prayer requests
He who thanks but with the lips
thanks but in part;
full, the true Thanksgiving
comes from the heart.
Operation Christmas Child
Again this year, we invite you to prepare a shoe box full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child. Boxes
should be designated to go to a boy or a girl, age group 2-4, or 5-9, or 10-14. Items can include one big
“Wow” item (stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, puppet, musical instrument, etc.), or several small gifts (toy
cars, yo-yos, jump rope, balls, etc.), school supplies (pen, pencil, notebook, coloring books, solar calculators, etc.), non-liquid
hygiene items (toothbrush, bar soap, comb, washcloth, etc.), or accessories (T-shirt, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips,
jewelry, watches, flashlights with batteries, etc.). Boxes will be accepted at the church up to Thursday,
November 19. Pastor Geoff and Amy will deliver them to a drop-off collection site.
You may enclose a note with your name and address if you wish, even including
a photo of yourself or family if desired. Sometimes a child will respond!
Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelistic group which has been organizing Operation
Christmas Child for 45 years and delivers the shoe boxes to children all over the world in the name of Christ.
The organization is one of our Benevolence Budget items.
While traveling in Scotland,
the great evangelist Charles Spurgeon came across a very old, worn Bible at a wayside inn. As he examined
the book and held it up toward the light, he noticed a small hole where a worm had eaten from cover to cover.
“Lord, make me a bookworm like that,” Spurgeon
said. “From Genesis to Revelation, it has gone clear through the Bible.”
harvest is past,
the summer is
If you have some time on Saturday, November 14, we could use
some help at the Christian Education Center for our annual Cleaning Day. This will be primarily indoor
work, restoring the rooms to polished splendor after a year’s worth of meals and social events.
Come and stay as long as you want, prepared to offer your particular cleaning skills … and thank you.
2015 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.
of Bob and Arlene Wedderman;
and a freshman at Northampton Community College, majoring in
More, granddaughter of Joan
LeVine. She is a freshman at
Vassar College and will probably major in writing and
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.
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.
Winter Clothing Drive
Our deacons, in cooperation with the members of the Finesville Bible Church, are collecting warm clothing, especially children’s
coats, to meet the needs of the many people who are coming to their food pantry. There is a basket in the
Prayer Room where non-perishable food and clothing can be donated. During this upcoming cold weather, all
of us should feel our hearts warmed as we share from our abundance. See Joan LeVine for more info.
Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment
with the Lord and keep it.
Children’s thought patterns ~
During a lesson on 1 Kings 18, a Sunday school teacher explained
the confrontation between the prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal. He described how Elijah built
the altar, placed wood on it, prepared the bull, laid it on the altar and instructed God’s people to pour water over
“Now,” the teacher
asked, “can anyone tell me why they would’ve poured water over the animal?”
A girl eagerly raised her hand and answered, “To make the gravy!”
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 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.