Ocean Community Church A congregation of the Reformed Church in America The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor Sunday, September 18, 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 From the Inside Out Scripture reading: Acts 1:6-11 Children’s message and breakout Prayers & Message: He is There, We are Here Closing Praise Because He Lives (Amen) 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 45 Crown Him with Many Crowns * Opening Prayer * Creed / Gloria Patri Confession, assurance of pardon, law THE WORD IN PROCLAMATION AND SACRAMENT Scripture: Acts 1:6-11 * Hymn 668 I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go (use hymnals) Sermon: He is There, We are Here THE RESPONSE TO GOD Offering / *Doxology Prayers (ending with Lord’s Prayer) * Hymn 597 Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated * Benediction * Please stand if able USHERS TODAY 9:00 AM Mike & Roberta Babich, Rich & Cathy Mosolgo 11:00 AM Bob & Helenjane Measley, John & Lee Miller PRAYER OF CONFESSION Lord Jesus, you left the comfort and glory of heaven to walk among us and bring good news and grace. We confess that we prefer to stay closed in our comfort zones, and leave others to theirs. Forgive us, and send us into a world you love that we might be your very presence for others. Amen. MESSAGE/SERMON NOTES The ascension of Jesus would not be our choice, we would prefer he had stayed with us, but his going meant multiplication of his presence through us. 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 Mike & Roberta Babich in celebration of our Lord and Savior and in celebration of our wonderful event yesterday.
Ocean Community Church  A congregation of the Reformed Church in America The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor Sunday, Sept...
CELEBRATIONS Fall Family Fun Fest Community Outreach - a GREAT Success, thank you to all our volunteers and church support. Many wonderful conversations were held with community families and parents were quite happy with our efforts for the children. PRAYERS AT HOME Emma Rice; Mary Thomas; Lillian Weiss; Elaine Davies; Bud Klump; Vivian Ordner; Frank Mirecki; Audrey Reedel; Stacy’s Uncle Denny Hendricks, pancreatic cancer; Marcia Muphy; Claire MacIntyre; Pat Siek, medical ATLANTICARE, Pomona: Muriel Farley, knee surgery AVALON ASST LIVING: Joan Mueller (Richardson) BRIDGEWAY CARE & REHAB: Ray Mueller HOLLAND HOME: Iva Englishman MYSTIC MEADOWS: Jean Errico SEA CREST: Claire MacIntyre SHORE MEADOWS: Anne Morizzo WILLOW VALLEY NURSING: Barbara King ADDRESS UPDATES: Holman’s have moved: Crestwood Manor George & Alice Holman 50 Lacey Road, Apt 128 Whiting, NJ 08759 Corrected Phone: 732-849-2228 Email: no change AUGUST Electronic Giving: General Fund $2,900 8/21 - 115 gathered, offering $2,324 8/28 - 104 gathered, offering $2,541 9/4 - 118 gathered, offering $3,202 9/11 - 114 gathered, offering $4,732 CALENDAR 9/18 Children’s Communion Class 2pm 9/19 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm 9/20 Food Truck delivery 9am; Youth Group 4pm 9/21 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon 9/22 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon; Bible Study 6:30pm 9/23 Carpet Cleaning (fellowship hall) 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 CURRENT CONSISTORY Elders: Charlotte Blair; Beth Cagney; Ralph Desiderio; George McCarthy; Dan Morizzo; Doug Steffy - VP Deacons: Glenna Anastasio - Clerk; Betty Coon; Donna Guenther; Amanda Mayo - Chair; Martha Medunic; Jaclyn Wood STEWARDSHIP SCRIPTURE “Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown…so that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake.” - Deuteronomy 14:22, 29 STEWARDSHIP QUOTE “I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.”—David Livingstone STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT A stewardship thought: The Old Testament practice of giving one tenth of one’s income was an important part of the life of God’s people. It provided for ministry and mercy. As Christians we are not under a percentage obligation in our giving. Nonetheless, the Old Testament example serves as a call to consider how we participate in supporting ministry and mercy.
CELEBRATIONS Fall Family Fun Fest Community Outreach - a GREAT Success, thank you to all our volunteers and church support...
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 CONSISTORY NOTES: Consistory met on Wednesday night to pray, share communion and devotions, and to consider our life together. We are moving forward to get solid proposals for updating our sound system, sanctuary lighting and projection, as well as our digital sign and possible solar panels. This is a time of a new chapter for us, with World Renew moving on to other areas of need. We are grateful for the work that Amanda is doing to prepare our children’s ministry for the coming year; watch for announcements about a membership class, confirmation class, plans for a Christmas presentation and youth events. Pray with us for the Holy Spirit to provide power and wisdom as we seek to follow Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God. 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
Ocean Community Church 1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Office   609  597-5151 Fax   609  597-5071 Pastor Phil Bak...