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“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

                                                Philippians 4:11-13


     Oh my, here we are entering the last quarter of the year.  It’s hard to recall what we’ve accomplished for this year, although finally learning who God was leading to our Holland Church pulpit was a big accomplishment. 

    We have one more quarter - three months - to make this a memorable year.   Is the pressure on?!

     Sometimes, as individuals, when we review what we’ve done and where we’ve gone during a certain period of time, we have to separate what has happened to us from what we’ve made happen.  Or, has what happened to us controlled what we could make happen?

    All of us, to a greater or lesser degree, depending on our age and circumstances, have dreams and plans.  As we carry those dreams and plans along, periodically we   come to forks in the road.  Each fork will affect the outcome of our dreams and plans.  Some we’ll be able to fulfill; some we’ll be glad never came to fruition.  Some will work their way into our daily routine, some will depend on unbelievable good fortune.  In the end, though, everything we accomplish in the course of a day,  a year or a lifetime, depends, to a great extent, on ourselves, and which fork in the road we take or are taken.  Early in life, we may find school interesting and learning fun, yielding a satisfying profession.  Or we may find school a struggle and employment difficult.  We may marry the person who shares a lifetime of love, or we may make a foolish liaison that gives trouble for many years.  We may be blessed with good health, or we may become disabled and challenged. 

    But, perhaps most importantly, hopefully we will have had someone lead us to God.  Someone who did not neglect the opportunity to pland th seed that grew into a trusting relationship with our Lord.  Armed with that, we can have a trust that allows us to go through our days and years confidently knowing that our lives are in God's hands.  We can have the faith that brings tranquility and contentedness in the face of each new challenge, or experience, along life's path.  As we go through this last quarter of 2014, let's not be anxious about what will happen to us, nor about what we can make happen.  Let us meet each minute of each hour of each day in full confidence that, whatever happens, God is holding our hand in His, and He's directing our paths.  


Our Church Family
 This month is all about enjoying the beauty of nature, the lovely last warm days, and just celebrating. If you have a significant reason to celebrate, so much the better.

 8      - Cheyenne- Woodring birthday.

13   - Billy Woodring birthday.

26 – Diane Cashman birthday.

29 – Harry and Rae Taylor wedding anniversary.

 This will be a busy month for Carrie Shaffer with a daughter and two great-grandchildren marking the passage of another year.  Congratulations to all our October celebrants.


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Keep praying for Gloria Markle as she makes decisions about treatments for her cancer and enters this new battle.  Pray for courage, strength and healing.

 Newton Levine’s son, Myshkin, is also entering a new fight against cancer.  Keep him as well as Newton and Joan in prayer through this stressful time.

 On a lighter note, we welcome the return of Bob and Nettie Rainey from their 50th wedding anniversary trek – 2nd honeymoon? – and give prayers of thanksgiving for safe travel.

 Also travelling during the last days of summer were Paul and Marcelle Figlo and Harry and Rae Taylor.  We give thanks that they had the opportunity to get away from the routine and enjoy new scenes and opportunities for recreation.

From the Raineys:

   Our heartfelt thanks for the many good wishes from 

   our friends at Holland Church celebrating our 50th 

   wedding anniversary. 

   You are all very dear to us.                Bob and Nettie

 Offer prayers of thanksgiving for new jobs started by LaRue Hooper and Diana Cashman.  Pray that the work will bring satisfaction as well as income.

 Although the timing was a little unexpected, congratulations to Harry Taylor who has finally hit retirement and is free to pursue his boat construction project, among other things.

 We send prayers and sympathy to the family of Elizabeth (Betty) Wyant who passed away on September 10.  Betty and Marvin were active members of Holland Church for many years and raised their three sons, Marvin Jr., Mark and Matthew in our Sunday School.  A memorial service was held on September 21 in the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater where she last resided.  Betty was a Past Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey.

 As affairs seem to deteriorate in the Middle East, we need to continue in prayer for our loved ones in the military.

            John W. Potter, USN.  John is presently

EXEC/Chaplain aboard the USS Mahan (DDG 72) in the Persian Gulf.  If you have a Facebook account, the USS Mahan has its own Facebook page –  


            Kyle Trippeda, USMC.   Kyle is also likely in the Persian Gulf or nearby, his shakedown cruise having been delayed in its return home.  He’s now expected to arrive in the states in late October or November.

            Mark Washburn, USMC.  As far as is known, Mark is still stateside.

            Alex Falkner, USMC.  Alex is also, when last heard from, serving in the states.

Keep these and all their fellow service people in prayer for God’s protection from danger and for courage and a strong sense of honor as they serve us.

Always keep Holland Church and its members in prayer as we seek to provide the gospel in this part of the world.  Pray that our ministry may sustain the faithful and bring good news to the seekers.



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

The Feste Burg

   “A Mighty Fortress,” the hymn written by Protestant reformer Martin Luther in 1529, is powerful in English but even better in its original German.  Historian Michael Streich notes that Luther compares God not only to a fortress but to a completely secure stronghold, or Feste Burg.

   “A burg was a fortified town,” Streich says.  “When invaders approached, the surrounding populace fled to the safety of the walls” – sometimes to layers of walls within walls.  Luther’s hymn compares God to the most powerful of all burgs, with eternally unbreakable walls.

   When we need a place of refuge, God offers His Mighty Fortress, His Feste Burg.  Within this refuge, with our value based on our relationship to God rather than on earthly achievements, we’ll never be put to shame.  Inside this fortified town, the God who desires an eternal relationship with us delivers, rescues and saves us.



Renovate me, precious Lord.

I turned from you and just ignored

your plan for me to be restored.

Without your love, I sink, not soar,

so change and fix my inner core.

Renovate me, precious Lord.



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. 
     The Holiday Bazaar quilt is nearing the finish line.  It has now been mounted on a frame to do the stitching on the hems.  The frame is now located at the home of Marilyn Trippeda.  If you like to quilt, see Marilyn for the quilting work times. 
     We have enjoyed the flowers in front of the pulpit all through the summer, thanks to the deacons.  If you would like to provide flowers during October, let a deacon know.   


     Thanks to all those who participated in the worship service on September 21 as we welcomed a speaker from The Gideons International.  Helping to make the worship a glory to God were Marilyn Trippeda, Bob and Arlene Wedderman, Eric and Diana Cashman and Virginia Derbyshire.

     Their participation enabled Pastor Geoff, Amy and Isaac to enjoy a weekend in the wilds of Spruce Lake Retreat in the Poconos.


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! 


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:

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