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"Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.  You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.  I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

                                                Psalm 4:6b-8


     We’re entering the next to last month of the year as we cross over into November.  Now our minds will begin to race as we contemplate two of the biggest holidays on our calendars.  This will involve cooking, cleaning, decorating and getting together with all our friends and family … some of whom we don’t see except when the holidays roll around.  It also involves remembering those who will not be here to celebrate with us this year.  So, as with all our days, it is a time that is both joyful and sad.

     November is also a month in which we transition from lovely autumn days to reminders that winter is lurking just around the corner.  It’s time to get out the winter clothing, and to make last minute checks on storm windows, heating systems and anti-freeze.

     Planning for things that will soon be upon us is a lesson in preparedness.  For those who are organized and efficient, these are days of setting things in a new order, and they’re soon neatly accomplished.  For those of us who are procrastinators, these become days of increasing stress and self-chastisement.  Either way, as Thanksgiving and later, Christmas, arrive, we hope everyone will be able to find everything in order and will be able to enjoy the various events that come with the holidays.

     Throughout the Bible, and especially as we read the  teachings of Jesus, we get a sense that all of our life should be a process of preparation.  Nowhere is it so clear as it is in the Scriptures that we all will come to one common event – the end of this earthly life.  The only difference between this event and these calendar holidays is that we know when each holiday will come and prepare accordingly; our passage out of this life is somewhere out there, but the exact date is unknown.  Therefore, preparation for one’s transition from this life to the next cannot be a short-time period of energetic activity.  We have to be “Always ready.”  Ready, by  simply developing a life-long awareness of God’s continual presence, and an ongoing sense of gratitude for all our blessings     

     This is the most meaningful preparation we can make for any date in our future.  This readiness will bring us   joy above all of our holiday banquets.  And it will allow us to lie down and sleep in peace.


Our Church Family

Besides Thanksgiving, there are quite a few occasions to celebrate during the month of November within our Church Family.  We hope each of you who has a special day will have a special celebration with lots of love surrounding you.


2  -   Bob Kulp birthday


4  -   Andrew Hooper birthday.


8  -   Hannah Collett birthday.


11 – Bob and Marilyn Trippeda wedding anniversary.


15 – Jill Woodring birthday.


16 – Nichole Martinson birthday.


17 – Bob and Arlene Wedderman wedding



18 – Newton and Joan LeVine wedding anniversary.


19 – Nettie Rainey birthday.


Very nicely, all celebrations are over before they might interfere with Thanksgiving preparations.  Happy special days to all of you from your Church Family.


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Keep Gloria Markle in prayer as she has gone through an unending series of tests, procedures and doctor visits in an effort to decide just how to proceed with her battle with cancer.  At this point, the decision will be for a series of radiation and chemo treatments.  Ask for relief from pain through all this; and pray for wisdom and compassion for those who will deliver these treatments.              


Give thanks for the good report from tests on Diane Cashman’s son, Brandon.  His transplanted kidney is continuing to heal very well, and he is feeling much better.


Keep praying for Marcelle Figlo as she is experiencing a very slow and uncomfortable recovery from her serious infection and hospitalization.  Praise the Lord for negative tests for her nearly lifelong infection with the Hepatitis C virus after going through a rough treatment with a new medication.


Rejoice and give thanks for Kyle Trippeda’s safe arrival on U.S. soil on October 28th after a 7-month cruise which included some time spent on standby in the war-torn middle east.


Keep all of our service family members in prayer, as well as their families back home:


            Kyle Trippeda,  USMC.

            Paul Stofonak, presently in Afghanistan.

            John W. Potter, Navy chaplain presently in the

                                        Persian Gulf.

            Mark Washburn, USMC.

            Alex Falkner, USMC.


Pray that the Holy Spirit will enter the hearts of those who are discontented to the point of waging war, so that this world, created to be an Eden for mankind, will at last know Peace.



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

         I thank Thee for the beauty all around me.

         I thank Thee for the skies of purest blue.

         I praise Thee for the earth and all its bounty;

         I feel so blessed by wonders sent from You.

         There is no time for doubt or discontentment,

         That void is filled with blessings by the score.
         My heart is so full and overflowing,
          I think I shall never want for more


 He who works his land will have abundant food,

but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

                                         Proverbs 12:11


At their last meeting, the Session awarded two $1,000 scholarships to our college students: 

Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who will be a sophomore at Western Connecticut State College, studying Music.
Amanda Smith, granddaughter of our organist, Linda Schuerle, who will be a junior at Penn State, and is studying Elementary Education.

We’re happy to be able to assist these two in getting their education, and we wish them well through this coming year. 


     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. 


Thanks to LaRue Hooper for providing such a lovely display of pumpkins and fall flowers in the front of the church during October.  Nettie Rainey will be the flower deacon of the month for November.  If you wish to provide flowers any Sunday, let her know.




     Take a look at the C.E. Building – it is as white as it has been in many years.  Our thanks to Bob Rainey and to Harry Taylor for power washing the entire outside of the building.  It looks great, and lets this neighborhood know that we are an active congregation taking pride in the maintenance of our property.


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! 


Brittany (age 4)

had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer.  She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle.  Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her.  Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked, “How does it know it’s me?”


Angels, explained by children~


It’s not easy to become an angel!  First, you die.  Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through.  And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.    Matthew, age 9


Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets.  And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.

                                                                         Vicki, age 8


What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.

                                                                         Sarah, age 7


A neighbor related this story:  Whenever she’s disappointed with her spot in life, she stops and thinks about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play.  His mother told her that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen.

On the day the parts were awarded, she went with the mother to pick him up after school.  Jamie rushed up to his mother, eyes shining with pride and excitement, “Guess what, Mom,” he shouted, and said those words that will remain a lesson to her … “I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer!”


Birthdays are good for you.  The more you have, the longer you live.


Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out the window which hope has opened.


A cartoon in the British publication Punch portrayed a man praying at his bedside.  He said to the Lord, “Is there some way you could help me, but make it look like I did it all myself?” 



 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.