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"...seek first his kingdom and his righteousness ...do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."

                                                                                           Matthew 6:33-34


     We enter the month of October with mixed emotions.  It is surely one of the most beautiful months of the year – the air is no longer humid, our sylvan surroundings will be changing into glorious landscapes, and ... there's the Ham Supper to look forward to!  

     Too many folks with whom we’ve discussed the arrival of autumn and October groan and say “But look what follows – ice and snow and cold.”  And we agree that’s not what we look forward to, either.  But, such an outlook is rather sad.  It tends to distract one from enjoying the here and now. 

     We certainly have no idea, no matter how prognosticators tryof what lies ahead.  The weather can be horrendous while we are enjoying good health, good friends and happy experiences; or, the weather can be glorious while we are enduring health disasters, heartbreak or great disappointments.     There seems to be a latent dread-of-what-lies-ahead embedded in most humans.  Depending on what life has handed them, most people don’t really notice this until adulthood.  With each passing year, however, we become more aware of the possibilities for experiences that don’t turn out well.  On the other hand, the operative word is possibility.  For all the worry and dread, most of our imaginings fail to become reality.  And most of our experiences, good and bad, arise unexpectedly and unpredictably.

     With all that, we can only say enjoy and remember the good days, and muddle through and forget the bad days.

     Welcome, October!


A lot of the celebrating in October will be taking place at a distance as some of the members of the Shaffer clan advance a year, all of them in Pennsylvania.  We hope two of our celebrants will be among us to mark their special day.


8  - Cheyenne Woodring birthday.


13 – Billy Woodring birthday.


26 – Diane Cashman birthday.


29 – Harry and Rae Taylor wedding anniversary.


May each of you have a glorious October day in which even the trees put on a special display for the parties.


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We give prayers of thanks for Pat Kadelock’s  willingness to fill in for Linda Schuerle at the organ bench.  Keep her in prayer as she undergoes knee replacement surgery on October 14.


Keep Linda Schuerle in prayer as she undergoes cataract surgery in early October.  Pray that the operation will be a success and will enable her to more easily play our organ and enjoy the blessing of good sight.


Continue to keep her in prayer, but it was great cause for rejoicing to see Marilyn Trippeda back in her pew in late September.  Ask for increased strength and stamina and ease of breathing with each passing day.


Keep Gloria Markle in prayer as she tries to regain her breath and energy from her long siege of health problems.  Pray for patience and strong faith.


Keep praying for Diana Cashman as she deals with several health issues.  Pray that all will be made right and that she will be able to cope with the time lost in the healing process.


Keep our travelers in prayer during this month: among others, Bob and Nettie Rainey, Harry and Rae Taylor and Bob and Arlene Wedderman.


Keep Holland Church, its leadership and its congregation in prayer that all will see God in our speech and our actions, and the church building may be perceived as a beacon of Light in a darkened world.


Keep in prayer all those who are facing financial problems in this difficult economy.


Pray that those who feel they have to, or want to, do violent acts will sense the potential devastation of what they plan, and change their minds before they wreak havoc on individuals, groups or nations.


Remember our military in your prayers as they serve in distant, sometimes dangerous places.  Especially ask God to watch over Paul Stofonak, John W. Potter, Mark Washburn, Kyle Trippeda and Alex Falkner. 


Pray for Peace.





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

Easy, indeed, it were to reach

A mansion in the courts above,

If swelling words and fluent speech

Might serve, instead of faith and love.


But none shall gain the blissful place,

Or God’s unclouded glory see,

Who talks of free and sovereign grace,

Unless that grace has made him free!




   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.”



As water reflects a face,

so a man's heart reflects the man.

Proverbs 27:19


     With apologies regarding last month’s erroneous scheduling of a Cleanup Day, we think we have it right this month.  The outdoor cleanup will take place after the Ham Supper.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the Prayer Room for people to do work according to their schedules.  The session requests that all outdoor work be done in groups of two or more, so have a partner when signing up.  The indoor workday will be on November 14.  Anyone who can do even a little work will be appreciated.

                       Scholarship news 
Scholarships were awarded to two applicants in August.  More details are forthcoming.


As mentioned elsewhere, 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. 




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 the altar.

   “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.