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 Opening Praise Hold Us Together Offering Scripture reading: Acts 2:43-47 Children’s message and breakout Prayers & Message: Early Church: startup Closing Praise 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 * Benediction * Please stand if able USHERS TODAY 9:00 AM Al Thiele, Beverly Kelly, Betty Coon, Pauline Bailey 11:00 AM Gordon Farley, Bob Nassoit, Irene Bosch, Glenna Anastasio 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. MESSAGE/SERMON NOTES The early church enjoyed a time of quiet and growth where they could set an example of life together. GATHERING WORDS This is who we are imperfect people in an imperfect world forming a community of mutual support, love and encouragement finding the spiritual focus of our lives in Jesus Christ journeying together through this very broken world, finding and sharing grace Amen Amen 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.
Ocean Community Church  A congregation of the Reformed Church in America The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor Sunday, Sept...
CELEBRATIONS 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 Thursday evenings 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. STEWARDSHIP SCRIPTURE “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, Charlie, cancer 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 STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT 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 CALENDAR 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 enough materials) 10/3 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm scheduling conflicts. Youth will then join the church on Easter Sunday. Confirmation Class 6:30pm October 3 & 17 10/4 Youth Group 4pm November 14 & 28 10/5 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon December 12 10/6 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon; Bible January 9 & 23 Study 6pm 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.
CELEBRATIONS World Renew had carpets cleaned this past Friday Family Promise host week begins today, additional support fr...
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 community. 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 Gospel. 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 All State Title Company 102 East Bay Ave. Manahawkin Saturday, October 8 2016 From 12noon - 3pm FREE event, but we need a head count. To register, call/text Donna 609-618-4960 or email her at donna@sellertom.com Find complete info at: www.sellertom.com GIRL TALK 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!!!
DEACON COMMUNITY SUPPORT  In August, 7 calls came in. We were able to help a family of 6 get their electric turned back on...
Ocean Community Church 1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Office: (609) 597-5151 Fax: (609) 597-5071 Pastor Phil Bakelaar: bakelaar@comcast.net, Church office: oceanchurch@comcast.net Church web site at www.oceanchurch.net, Denomination web site at www.rca.org MISSION STATEMENT 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 missions. 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 and earth. 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 styles • To seek collaborative solutions to conflict • To demonstrate respect for others in all of my encounters • To focus on communal needs rather than personal preferences • To seek to understand how people perceive my behaviors, • To seek to maintain a missional approach to church life CURRENT CONSISTORY 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; Jaclyn Wood 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.
Ocean Community Church 1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Office   609  597-5151 Fax   609  597-5071 Pastor Phil Bak...