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“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.  And he [God] said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”                           Exodus 33:13-14


     Until the latter days of June, spring seemed to consist of cool and rainy with only occasional sunny intervals.realize that   Thus we’re left almost stunned to realize that we find ourselves in the middle of summer with heat and humidity, weather that leaves many of us feeling a little wilted.  It might be noted that Pastor Geoff is totally delighted – bring on the heat!

     As we enter July, our church enters a sort of relaxed and somewhat less ambitious schedule.  We still offer weekly worship services and Bible Study among other things, but there are no major projects to gear up for.

     It’s proper to take a rest from all the activities in our church life – the meals, bazaars and even Ice Cream Socials.  Everyone needs to slow down and recharge the batteries, so to speak.  However, it’s also quite proper to acknowledge the One who gives us the energy and the Spirit to accomplish the many ways in which we serve Him and others. 

    Although we, as a society, seem to get sidetracked by entertainment, vacations, day trips, warm weather projects and other ways of enjoying the warm season, we hope that no one will allow God to be pushed into the background, or even totally out of consciousness.  God is watching over us, minute by minute.  We should stay in touch with Him.

    Our Scripture, quoted above, comes at a time  when Moses is begging for forgiveness for the Israelites after they had made and worshiped a golden calf.  In response to Moses' pleas, God finally relented with the words above.  The words seem to sum up exactly how we should approach life - whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall, whether we are in the midst of clear sailing or going through rough seas.  We may be reassured.  He will be with us.  He will give us rest.     

     Enjoy the summer!


Our Church Family
 
  July celebrations invite outdoor picnics, barbecues, perhaps even fireworks.  After all, you're only this age or have this anniversary once in your lifetime!

 

1  - Charles and Eileen Lippincott wedding anniversary.

2  - Paul and Marcelle Figlo wedding anniversary.

6  - Dale Apgar birthday.

8  - Bob Rainey birthday.

9  - Joslyn Hooper birthday.

16 – Harry Taylor birthday.

29 – Eric and Diana Cashman wedding anniversary.

Except for a brief interval in the latter half of July, it looks like this month will be one continuous party.  The best wishes and congratulations from your church family to each of you.

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Henry Marsteller underwent rotator cuff surgery on May 29,  the operation was a success, and he has enjoyed relief from the pain. Now he's facing the start of therapy.  Keep praying for a rapid and complete recovery.

Keep Marcelle Figlo in prayer as she undergoes her most recent round of a new therapy.  Praise God that the therapy seems to be working.

Keep praying for Ramona, mother of Amy Stanley.  She underwent heart surgery on June 4 and is doing well and now in rehab. Give thanks for the successful surgery and for Amy's safe return home.

Praise the Lord for the baptism of Carrie-Ann Woodring on June 22 at the morning worship service.  Her parents, William and Jill Woodring, brothers William Jr. and Tyler, sister Cheyenne, her grandparents Tom and Diane Cashman, and great-grandmother, Carrie Shaffer were among her family able to be present.  Her uncle, Eric Cashman and wife Diana, were given a special charge as her Godparents during the sacrament.  After the worship service, everyone crossed over to the Christian Education Center for a great luncheon and fellowship.  Carrie-Ann took all of the morning’s festivities in stride, including remaining cheerful as she was held in many loving arms over the day. 

Dave Derbyshire suffered another stroke on June 23 which left him weakened on the right side.  Pray for healing and courage through this episode.

Letha Andrews continues to call on lots of patience as she has had her back surgery postponed and is in great pain.  Pray for everything to come together and for relief from the pain and rapid healing after the surgery.

Keep our military in prayer for courage and moral strength as they serve to preserve the freedom that we all celebrate on July 4th.  Especially ask for protection for Paul Stofonak, Kyle Trippeda, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter.  John Potter will be taking up new duty in Norfolk, Va. early this month.  Kyle is presently in Kuwait.  Paul is facing the possibility of having to do a fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan. Keep them in prayer.

Keep all the members of this church family in prayer.  There are those who have health problems, who have trouble finding satisfying jobs, those who have trouble making ends meet.  There are those who are lonely and those who are discouraged.  There are some whose past carries the burden of regret, or, for some, causes the damage of anger.  In other words, only God can bring peace, healing, prosperity and hope.  Pray for each one and each other.

Keep Pastor Geoff, our Sunday School staff, our choir and organist, and our officers in prayer.  Each of them provides what is needed at Holland Church – letting our light so shine … that others may see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven.

Pray for those who have devoted their lives to taking the Word into dangerous, hostile places – in this country and on foreign shores; and pray for those who preach to churches and congregations which are “lukewarm and neither cold nor hot” [Revelations 3:16].
 
At the end of the day, praise the Lord for having been at your side every step of the way.  Give thanks for when you were able to resist temptation.  Repent and ask forgiveness for when you slipped away from His guiding hand.  Speak words of gratitude for those who showed love to you.  And when, finally, you crawl into bed, whisper words of gratefulness for rest and shelter and His presence.
 

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Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Special prayers

 

Some within our church family are unable to join in the various activities of the Holland Church. Keep them in prayer and, when possible, in contact, so that they know they are missed and loved.

Madeline Templeton
Pauline Search
Sandy and Irene Nauman
Carrie Shaffer

 
Email us with your prayer requests

We cannot change yesterday,
that is quite clear,
Nor start our tomorrow
until it is here,
But this is what all of us
surely can do -
Today we can trust Christ,
be faithful, be true.

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You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

                                                Galations 5: 13-15

 

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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!  
 
 

Be not afraid to pray; to pray is right;

 Pray if thou canst with hope, but ever pray,

Though hope be weak or sick with long delay;

 Pray in the darkness if there be no light;

 And if for any wish thou daren’t pray

 Then pray to God to cast that wish away.

 

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

 
 
 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.