Ocean Community Church
A congregation of the Reformed Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor
Sunday, October 9, 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
Praise You In This Storm
Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22-33
Children’s message and breakout
Prayers & Message: Jesus and Storms
This Is Our 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 682 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
* Opening Prayer
* Creed / Gloria Patri
Confession, assurance of pardon, law
THE WORD IN PROCLAMATION AND SACRAMENT
Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
* Hymn 692 God Will Take Care of You
Sermon: Jesus and Storms
THE RESPONSE TO GOD
Offering / *Doxology
Prayers (ending with Lord’s Prayer)
* Hymn 686 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
* Please stand if able
9:00 AM Matt Pizza, Kathy Maltese, Al Thiele,
11:00 AM George & Alice Holman, Hennie & Ria
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God in the midst of our storms we are quick to lose
hope and feel forsaken. Forgive us for our lack of faith,
and help us to believe that we are always known and
cared for. Amen.
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, November 6
9:00AM Bread - Martha Medunic
Juice - Jaclyn Wood
Servers - Dan Morizzo, Betty Coon
11:00AM Bread - Charlotte Blair
Juice - Glenna Anastasio
Servers - Donna Guenther, Ralph Desiderio
CONFIRMATION CLASS is 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 may change due to inclement
weather or unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Youth will
then join the church on Easter Sunday.
January 9 & 23
November 14 & 28
February 13 & 27
March 13 & 27
The Horizons at Barnegat Women’s Club annual
holiday Giving Tree will focus this year on providing
much needed items for our Food Pantry clients
2nd Family Promise support week comes to a close,
thanks to our members who helped with opening up
Consistory Nomination Open
PRAYERS AT HOME
Emma Rice; Mary Thomas; Lillian Weiss; Elaine Davies;
Bud Klump; Vivian Ordner; Frank Mirecki; Stacy’s Uncle
Denny Hendricks, pancreatic cancer; Marcia Muphy;
John Langan’s brother Charlie, cancer; Doris Hoffman,
AVALON ASST LIVING: Joan Mueller (Richardson)
BRICK MEMORIAL: Anne Morizzo, fell
BRIDGEWAY CARE & REHAB: Ray Mueller
HOLLAND HOME: Iva Englishman
KIMBALL: Dorothea Langan, John Langan’s mom, fell
MYSTIC MEADOWS: Jean Errico
PENN: Audrey Reedel, foot surgery
SEACREST VILLAGE: Claire MacIntyre
SHORE MEADOWS: Anne Morizzo
WILLOW VALLEY NURSING: Barbara King
September Electronic Giving: General Fund $2,830
9/11 - 114 gathered, offering $4,732
9/18 - 122 gathered, offering $2,413
9/25 - 95 gathered, offering $4,150
10/2 - 122 gathered, offering $3,344
10/9 Consistory Nominations Open
10/10 OFFICE Closed, Columbus Day; Acme pickup
9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm; Elder Mtg
10/11 Youth Group 4-5:30pm
10/12 Shop Rite pickup 7:30am; IHOP 8am; Food
Pantry 10am; Girl Talk @ Keswick 10am
Pastor Phil in NH 10/12-15
10/16 Consistory Nominations Open; Hunger Crop
10/17 Acme pickup 9am; Deacon’s Mtg 5pm; Amanda’s
Small Group 6:30pm; Confirmation Class 6:30pm
10/18 Food Bank Truck delivery 9am; Youth Group 4pm
10/19 Shop Rite pickup 7:30am; IHOP 8am; Food
Pantry 10am; Women’s Study Org Mtg 12noon
10/20 Craft Group 10am; Cards 12noon; BIble Study
10/23 Consistory Nominations Close after 2nd service;
Consistory Nomination committee meeting 12:00
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. We will
also have our Christmas Eve service at 7pm on Saturday, December 24. (nursery care available)
A stewardship thought: When we offer to God from the
first of what we have, rather than the last leftovers, we
acknowledge that everything we have comes as a gift
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits of all
your produce; then will your barns be filled with grain,
with new wine your vats will overflow.”
“Money is so intimately related to the possessor, that
we cannot give money without giving ourselves.”
CONSISTORY NOMINATIONS AND CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: Every year in the Fall we prepare
for new members of consistory. Members serve three
year terms, so each year we have two deacons and two
elders who rotate off and two deacons and two elders
who begin new terms. Nominations open today and
continue through close of services Sunday, October
23. That afternoon the nominating committee will meet
to review the nominations and begin making contacts,
asking people about their willingness to serve. We plan
to hold our congregational meeting between services
Sunday, November 13th. At that meeting we will also
vote on our 2017 spending plan, which will have been
available for review and discussion with members of the
consistory for two weeks prior. New members of consistory will be installed on Sunday, January 8.
Note: Only members are allowed to vote and be nominated, there is a members list hanging in fellowship hall
between the doors of the double room 104/105.
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 9.
HOLLY BERRY BAZAAR
Saturday, November 5th 9am-3pm
Our Annual Holly Berry Bazaar is right
around the corner and we need people to
bake, make or even shake - stuff out of
their homes, closets and jewelry boxes to sell. NO clothing, books or electronics, please! Baked goods can be
brought in on Friday, November 4th between 8am-2pm.
Crafts, attic treasures, and jewelry can be brought in on
Thursday, November 3 or Friday, November 4. Please
NOTE, we will attempt to sell unsold crafts and baked
goods on Sunday. Remaining baked goods will be donated to the food pantry. Suggested prices for baked
goods are welcome, as well as pretty packaging and list
Oh yes, we can use HELP...Servers, White Elephant
Room and general floaters are needed. We also will need
help setting up the sanctuary on Thursday and breaking
down the stations after the Bazaar on Saturday. Cleanup
will begin at the end of the bazaar at 3pm! If you can
help, please come!
To show our holiday cheer, all helpers are asked to wear
RED tops and BLACK bottoms the day of the bazaar.
Also, PARKING...Volunteers, please park in the old post
office parking lot to allow parking space for our visitors.
The office is coordinating, please call if you can help.
This event has always been a great time of outreach that
the community looks forward to. THANKS!
Confirmation Class youth and ALL others interested,
are invited to join Pastor Phil at the Ocean County Crop
Walk Sunday, October 16 at 2pm. Our team is helping
to end hunger one step at a time. Please support us by
making a donation and join us on the Walk! More infor
in the church office.- OCC Confirmation Class
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
It is that time again to start thinking of gifts
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
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.
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.