As a new season rolls around, some have found it good to celebrate a new year with a bigger number.
Enjoy your special day and keep on countin'!
2 - Geoff and
Amy Stanley 25th wedding anniversary.
10 - Eric Cashman birthday.
18 - Patti Apgar birthday.
26 - Anna Lippincott birthday.
Marilyn Trippeda birthday.
Best wishes and congratulations to each of you from your church family.
May your special day be one of those nice spring days.
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The cold bug/flu virus or something else pretty nasty tackled
several folks recently. Harry Taylor, Diana Cashman, Amy Stanley,
Isaac Stanley, and most recently Pastor Geoff, have all been laid low and found it difficult
to get back into their routines. Praise the Lord for those who have recovered and keep praying for those who are still
It has been nice to see Gloria Markle attending worship services more often.
However, she is still struggling with low energy level and assorted little problems. Keep her in prayer for reviving
strength and total healing.
Dave Derbyshire was discharged from Lifequest Rehab unit on February
26 to continue his recovery from a broken hip at home. He continues to have pain and weakness and needs prayers for
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.
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.
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.
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
to keep out the wind,
to keep out the rain,
drinks by the fire,
to cheer you
those you love
near you,and all that your heart
love of God within.
An Irish blessing
In Scripture, the number three is thought to symbolize completeness - above all, in the Holy Trinity. Dating back centuries,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Holy Week are, in some Christian practices, called Triduum, or The Three Days.
How appropriate, then, to allow three
Christ-followers from different time periods to remind us of the wonder God enacted during those three days:
"God put the wrong on [Christ] who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God."
"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."
"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."
Jesus began his ministry by being hungry,
yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended his earthly
ministry by being thirsty,
yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary,
yet He is our rest.
Jesus paid tribute,
yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon,
yet He cast out demons.
yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver,
yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
yet He is the Good
yet by His death
He destroyed the power of death.
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.
Please note that the Deacons' meetings have been changed to the first Sunday
of each month. Their meeting will be on March 6th this month.
It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
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!
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.