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 Opening Praise Everlasting God Praise You In This Storm Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Children’s message and breakout Prayers & Message: Jesus and Storms Closing Praise 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 * Benediction * Please stand if able USHERS TODAY 9:00 AM Matt Pizza, Kathy Maltese, Al Thiele, Pauline Bailey 11:00 AM George & Alice Holman, Hennie & Ria van Zyl 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. 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, 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. October 17 January 9 & 23 November 14 & 28 February 13 & 27 December 12 March 13 & 27
Ocean Community Church  A congregation of the Reformed Church in America The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor Sunday, Octo...
CELEBRATIONS 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, sciatica 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 CALENDAR 10/9 Consistory Nominations Open 10/10 OFFICE Closed, Columbus Day; Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm; Elder Mtg 6:30pm 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 Walk 2pm 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 6pm 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) STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT 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 from God. STEWARDSHIP SCRIPTURE “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.” —Proverbs 3:9-10 STEWARDSHIP QUOTE “Money is so intimately related to the possessor, that we cannot give money without giving ourselves.” —Unknown 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.
CELEBRATIONS The Horizons at Barnegat Women   s Club annual holiday Giving Tree will focus this year on providing much nee...
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 of ingredients. 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! CROP WALK 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 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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT We are gathering solid quotes for our sanctuary updating  sound, lighting and projection  as wel...
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...