Ocean Community Church
A congregation of the Reformed Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Welcome, We are glad that you can join us this morning in the joy and celebration of worship. We hope that
you will experience a time of renewal, inspiration, and warm fellowship. Our goal is to share the journey of faith
together, as each of us draws closer to God, living daily life in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Come and walk with
God, and with us! Nursery care is provided upstairs for children up through kindergarten (infant-5 years old).
Visitors, please leave us your name and address so that we may add you to our mailing list.
9:00 DISCOVERY SERVICE
Opening & Announcements
Greeting each other
Prayer and Offering
Hold Us Together
Scripture reading: Acts 2:43-47
Children’s message and breakout
Prayers & Message: Early Church: startup
Children of God
11:00 TRADITIONAL SERVICE
THE APPROACH TO GOD
Welcome and Announcements
* Greeting and Celebration: To God Be the Glory
A Moment of Quiet Preparation
Sentences and Salutation
* Hymn 401 The Church’s One Foundation
* Opening Prayer
* Creed / Gloria Patri
Confession, assurance of pardon, law
THE WORD IN PROCLAMATION AND SACRAMENT
Scripture: Acts 2:43-47
* Hymn 428 In Christ There Is No East or West
Sermon: Early Church: startup
THE RESPONSE TO GOD
Offering / *Doxology
Prayers (ending with Lord’s Prayer)
* Hymn 415 We Are Called to Be God’s People
* Please stand if able
9:00 AM Al Thiele, Beverly Kelly, Betty Coon,
11:00 AM Gordon Farley, Bob Nassoit, Irene Bosch,
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the moment in history
when the church came fresh from your hand. We confess that we are far from the practice they demonstrate.
Forgive us, and help us to bear with each other as your
Spirit journeys with us toward that vision. Amen.
The early church enjoyed a time of quiet and growth
where they could set an example of life together.
This is who we are imperfect people in an imperfect
forming a community of mutual support, love and
finding the spiritual focus of our lives in Jesus Christ
journeying together through this very broken
world, finding and sharing grace
COMMUNION SERVERS Sunday, October 2
9:00AM Bread - George McCarthy
Juice - Martha Medunic
Servers - Beth Cagney, Dan Morizzo
11:00AM Bread - Carol Hughes
Juice - Charlotte Blair
Servers - Glenna Anastasio, Jaclyn Wood
Flowers today are provided by Liana & Michael
Badach. Prayers for the people of North Carolina
during this difficult time as we seek to find ways
to live together peacefully as children of God.
World Renew had carpets cleaned this past Friday
Family Promise host week begins today, additional
support fromsurrounding churches
Food Bank truck delivery last week
Communion Class last week with children’s ministry
Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes available
Bible Studies continue to meet weekly on Monday and
A special thank you to Gale Golla and Janet Galino
as they retire from our nursery for their many years of
volunteer service. In celebration, Barbara Fasolo has
provided a cake for coffee hour.
“Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not
to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on
God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works,
PRAYERS AT HOME
to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as
Emma Rice; Mary Thomas; Lillian Weiss; Elaine Davies; treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win
Bud Klump; Vivian Ordner; Frank Mirecki; Audrey Ree- the life that is true life.” - 1 Timothy 6:17-19
del; Stacy’s Uncle Denny Hendricks, pancreatic cancer;
Marcia Muphy; Pat Siek, medical; John Langan’s brother STEWARDSHIP QUOTE
“I place no value on anything I have or may possess,
except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything
AVALON ASST LIVING: Joan Mueller (Richardson)
will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be
BRIDGEWAY CARE & REHAB: Ray Mueller
given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I
HOLLAND HOME: Iva Englishman
shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all
MYSTIC MEADOWS: Jean Errico
my hopes in time or eternity.”—David Livingstone
SEA CREST: Claire MacIntyre
SHORE MEADOWS: Anne Morizzo
WILLOW VALLEY NURSING: Barbara King
In the early church there was sometimes tension between the rich and the poor. Those with more means
AUGUST Electronic Giving: General Fund $2,900
were encouraged to be generous from the blessings
8/28 - 104 gathered, offering $2,541
they had received.
9/4 - 118 gathered, offering $3,202
9/11 - 114 gathered, offering $4,732
9/18 - 122 gathered, offering $2,413
9/26 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm
9/27 Youth Group 4pm
9/28 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon
9/29 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon
10/2 Communion Sunday; Membership Class 12:30-
2pm; Family Day: Pumpkin Painting 2pm (notify
A CONFIRMATION CLASS is forming for this coming
fall for students in grade 7 and up who have not made
confession of faith. The goal is for students to explore
what it means for them to move from a childhood to
a growing adult faith. We discuss questions of faith,
church membership, church history and what a missional life of faith looks like for each one. Typically class
will meet twice monthly on Monday nights at 6:30pm.
The anticipated schedule is below, please note dates
Amanda or the office if you plan to attend to assure
may change due to inclement weather or unforeseen
10/3 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm scheduling conflicts. Youth will then join the church on
Confirmation Class 6:30pm
October 3 & 17
10/4 Youth Group 4pm
November 14 & 28
10/5 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon
10/6 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon; Bible
January 9 & 23
February 13 & 27
March 13 & 27
NOTE SPECIAL DATES: Christmas Day and New
Years Day are both Sundays this year. We will have
one combined service at 11am on both of those days.
MEDIA CARTS are available in fellowship hall, room
We will also have our Christmas Eve service at 7pm on
104/105 with various resources, such as, books, dvd’s &
Saturday, December 24. (nursery care available)
cd’s. Please make sure and sign out anything you take.
DEACON COMMUNITY SUPPORT: In August, 7
calls came in. We were able to help a family of 6 get
their electric turned back on with $300. We helped
another family of 3 with rent for $150. We helped yet
another family of 3 to get their electric turned back
on with $200, and helped a couple with $200 to keep
them from getting their electric turned off.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT
We are gathering solid quotes for our sanctuary
updating (sound, lighting and projection) as well as
our digital sign and solar panels. We intend to invest
a significant portion of our reserves in these as a way
to “prime the pump” for moving into our next chapter as a congregation. There will be opportunities
coming to support these initiatives. Please begin to
prayerfully consider how you might be involved. If this
moves ahead smoothly, we may be able to have work
completed by Christmas. A stretch goal would be to
update the pulpit furniture also.
Our deacons have disbursed their yearly appointed
amount of help ($4300). Please pray with them for
wisdom as we make decisions about how to address
the Fall season requests for help that come from the
Prayer is such an important part of our work together
as we find our way into the future together. Pray for
God’s blessing and wisdom, especially as we enter
this season of consistory nominations and prepare
for our congregational meeting on Sunday, November
13th, between our services. We will be seeking nominations for two elders and two deacons beginning
Sunday, October 6.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
It is that time again to start thinking of
gifts for Christmas!
Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham's
ministry, sponsors every year at this time, Operation
Christmas Child. Help yourself to an empty shoe box
(or many boxes), and follow the suggestions for gifts
that are included in each box. You can choose to put
together a box for a girl or a boy and there are three
age ranges. Please also include a check for $7 in
each box which will pay for the shipping charges.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the
evangelism and discipleship of children around the
world. Every gift is a Missions opportunity to share
The deadline for the boxes to be returned to the
church is Sunday, November 13.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of the
Deacons. Thank you for your participation.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS: A class for those interested in
membership at OCC will be held Sunday, October 2nd
from 12:30-2pm. Pastor Phil and elders will answer
questions and discuss our vision and mission. At the
end of the time together there will be an opportunity to
meet with the elders to join, but there is no obligation
to do so. People become members in three ways: by
letter of transfer from another church, by confession
of faith, or by reaffirmation of faith. Membership allows a person to be considered for nomination to the
consistory as an elder or deacon. It is an expression
of a desire to commit to and participate in the life of
this particular congregation. Membership is based on
the following six questions: Do you accept the Gospel
of God’s grace in Jesus Christ revealed in the holy
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the only
way to eternal life? Do you acknowledge that you
are a sinner, sinful by nature, but that by the grace of
God alone your sins have been forgiven and your old
nature put to death, so that you may be brought to
newness of life and set apart as a member of the body
of Christ? Do you promise to pray for yourself and for
others, seeking God’s guidance as together we seek
to grow in knowledge and understanding of the faith?
Do you promise to show in your own person the joy of
new life in Christ by active participation in the life of the
Church and by faithful attendance to worship, service,
and the offering of prayers and gifts, to the glory of
God? Do you promise to accept the spiritual guidance
of the Church, obeying its doctrines and its teaching,
and do you promise to walk in the spirit of Christian
love with the congregation, seeking the things that
make for unity, purity, and peace?
FREE Shredding Event
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102 East Bay Ave. Manahawkin
Saturday, October 8 2016
From 12noon - 3pm
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Guest Speaker: Carol Cool
“Finding Balance in the Circus of Life”
We are so excited to welcome back Carol Cool to
speak at “Girl Talk”, our monthly women’s event has
a whole new name, them and time with a lot of great
teachings. Carol is a fun-loving and transparent speaker, author and copywriter who is sure to encourage
your heart. To reserve tickets, call 800-453-7942! Only
$10 per person includes lunch!!!
Ocean Community Church
1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Office: (609) 597-5151 Fax: (609) 597-5071
Pastor Phil Bakelaar: email@example.com, Church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church web site at www.oceanchurch.net, Denomination web site at www.rca.org
Our Mission is to bring a growing number of people
into a personal relationship with God through commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; to encourage their development as God’s people in a loving
community of faith; and to equip and mobilize them
through the power of the Holy Spirit to serve and witness in the Church, community and world. Our Mission is fulfilled through seven principal objectives:
To exalt Christ through worship.
To lead people to Christ through witness and evangelism.
To build people in Christ through education and discipleship.
To involve people in ministry for Christ through stewardship and service.
To unify people in Christ through community and fellowship.
To reach the world for Christ through outreach and
To meet the needs of people in the Spirit of Christ.
Our Nature as the church of Jesus Christ is unique.
The church is the only institution in the world that exists primarily for those who are not yet in it.
Spiritual renewal will only happen when “local congregations renounce an introverted concern for
their own life, and recognize that they exist for the
sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace
for the whole life of society.” Leslie Newbigin
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right
hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
THE BEHAVIORAL PROMISES OF LEADERS AT
OCEAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
• To participate in the creation of a supportive communication environment
• To learn to understand myself and my own conflict
• To seek collaborative solutions to conflict
• To demonstrate respect for others in all of my encounters
• To focus on communal needs rather than personal
• To seek to understand how people perceive my behaviors,
• To seek to maintain a missional approach to church
Elders: Charlotte Blair; Ralph Desiderio; George McCarthy; Dan Morizzo; Doug Steffy - VP
Deacons: Glenna Anastasio - Clerk; Betty Coon; Donna Guenther; Amanda Mayo - Chair; Martha Medunic;
NOTE OUR RADIO BROADCAST Wednesday evenings, WYRS 90.7FM at 8pm. Most messages are from a
few weeks before the broadcast because of the process to get them into the radio schedule.
NOTE OUR POCAST SITE at http://oceanchurch.podbean.com/. Messages are posted here sooner than on the
radio show, and remain available to listen on an ongoing basis, or to share the link.