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Cape May Presbyterian Church

The Visitors' Church for over a century: Obedient in faith we intend to
work together to touch the lives of others and be disciples of the Lord.

August 11, 2022

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The Great Ends of the Church

This Sunday is week five in our six week series on The Great Ends of the Church, and this week's theme is right at the heart of what we do: "The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind" (originally "mankind," since it was 1910).  One of the grandest of the great ends, this one puts the salvation of humanity squarely on the shoulders of the church--even our own church.  How do we carry that weight?  What is the gospel, exactly, and how do we best proclaim it?  What kind of language or actions do we need to use, to convey the message and to be sure that it resounds as "good news?"  Come and help me figure it out!  There's a Facebook post where I would welcome your comments ahead of time, or we can talk about it Sunday morning.  See you then!

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COMING VERY SOON....
We're encouraged by the response on Facebook and other media and we're hoping to give away all our school supplies this year!  That means, we probably need more pencils!  If you are out and about, please pick us up some Ticonderoga #2s!  Or order them online, so you are sure to get the best deal! 

We will also need help to make this fun and meaningful event happen, so let Pastor Nicole or Janet Westcott know if you would like to be here to help!

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ALL GOOD THINGS....

must come to an end.   Our seminary summer intern, Ben Van Haitsma, will be concluding his time with us this Sunday, Aug. 14th.  Join us for coffee hour and make sure you find time to thank him for his skills in Bible study leading, Jazz Vesper praying, cabinet organizing, worship leadership and chasing windblown bulletins, among other things!   We wish him all good things!
 

Hi everyone! 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the incredible hospitality you have shown me this summer.  It has been a joy to work with you and see how involved you all are in the life of the congregation--whether through choir, Community Food Closet, serving on a committee or just faithfully attending church every Sunday.  I've grown a lot through my time as an intern this summer and I know that much of this growth only occurred because of your warm and supportive presence.  So thank you!

For those of you curious about what's next for me, I'll be heading back to Washington state to spend time with my family for a couple weeks, before heading back to school at the end of the month.  I don't know exactly what this coming semester will look like, but I"m hoping I'll find some time to visit Cape May.  Maybe in December to see the Christmas parade!

 --Ben

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Your Tech Questions, answered

Have you said one of these things lately: "I need an email account!"
"How do I send attachments?"
"How do I join a Facebook group?"
"My email account is too full!" 
Or maybe just:  "Help!"
If so, watch for further news about Tech Learning Day, Sept 25th.  Deacons and tech savvy friends will be offering tips and tutoring on all your tech issues, as they host coffee hour that day!

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The Church Book Club
 

The Splendid and the Vile does not describe the Book Club itself--though they are pretty splendid--but it is the title of an excellent wartime biography of Winston Churchill, which the Book Club will be discussing!  The group meets at Cape May Point this Sunday, August 14th at 5 pm, to discuss this #1 New York Times Bestseller by Erik Larson, said to be "an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis."  Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion--splendid, vile, or otherwise!  

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Summer Sundays


8:30 am - Beach Church on Decatur St. Beach
Bring your own seat and worship with us at the beach, with Carol on keyboard, and tunes from the choir, the gulls, and the waves.  BYOB--of water, that is.  In the unlikely event of rain, we'll worship at 8:30 am in the sanctuary.

10:00 am - Bible study
Gather in the Fellowship Room or join us on Zoom, as we discuss the infinitely rich book of Genesis together.

11:00 am - Celebration Jazz service
in the sanctuary, featuring Greg Pordon, and his ever-changing, ever-amazing Jazz Ensemble.  Also featuring air conditioning.

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Got books? We need them!


Our weekly Bible study is taking a break until after Labor Day, but we have big plans for the fall.  First, we will return to Genesis.  Now that humanity has been scattered into different peoples and languages at the Tower of Babel, we zero in on Abraham and Sarah, and their (in the end) countless descendants.  We will do one or two weeks on each of the patriarchs, possibly stopping to look closely at a matriarch or two along the way--it is rivalry between Rachel and Leah, after all, that gives Jacob his twelve sons! 
Then, beginning on the last week of October, we will spend eight weeks diving into the book of Isaiah. That means we will in the midst of the prophecy as we begin Advent, which promises to deepen and enrich that season for participants.  

Whether we will continue to meet Sunday mornings or go back to Monday afternoons (or some other day?) is still under discussion.  If you are interested in attending and you have a preference, let Pastor Nicole know! 

Miss church last week?  The text of recent sermons, including Ben's, are available on the church's website, and of course videos of the beach service are always available on YouTube and Facebook.

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Our Church Staff:
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Nicole Wilkinson
Organist/Choir and Bell Choir Director: Carol Obligado
Keyboardist/Jazz Leader: Greg Pordon
Office Administrator: Nancy DeSantis
Sexton: Onesimo Corona

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