“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2, NRSV
"Slow down. Listen to your body. Ask for help." I find myself saying these words to myself more and more as I grow older. This winter, I literally slowed down and learned to think and move with a new mind. Pain was my teacher – learning from it, how to stand, when to sit, how to sit or else…suffer the consequences. Silence, long stretches of it, became my classroom. In silence, I learned to trust God, who is not only the living Word – but also the mysterious Silence. It was not easy. Sounds and wordiness fill our world, and silences can be welcomed by some, but for many, silence can be uncomfortable and terrifying. At first, I didn’t know how to live in this silence, especially in a season of pain and waiting for God’s answer to my prayer for healing. But in time, I found comfort in silence and the healing that flowed from it in my times of rest.
I learned to ask for help in doing tasks as simple as picking up a piece of paper I dropped. Again, not easy. But eventually I began to understand that asking for help and receiving it were ways God blesses both the one who asks and the one who receives the help. As I write this message, I am very thankful that after 20 sessions of physical therapy, I was declared by my physical therapist officially discharged, having achieved all the goals she had set for me to accomplish. With her wisdom and skills, she guided me in doing my part as God renewed my mind and body. She also said, “Prayer helps, too!” Indeed, all your prayers helped and then some… Thank you and Praise be to God!
As we begin the season of Pentecost, we remember and celebrate the coming of the Helper, the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to preach, teach and heal the sick in Jesus’ name. The same Holy Spirit helped them overcome their fears and insecurities, to become powerful witnesses of the good news of God’s reign thru Jesus Christ. The same Holy Spirit is in you and me, renewing us for the work of God’s kingdom here on earth. Let us take the time to slow down, be renewed and seek the help of the Holy Spirit in all that we do.
HAVE A JOYFUL AND MEANINGFUL PENTECOST!
Yours and Christ's,
Sunday School Hours - 9:00am Opening Exercises
9:15am Sunday School Classes Begin
Sunday School Classes are available for ages: 4 through Adult.
Morning Worship Service – 10:30am
Bob Miller is our Adult Sunday School Classroom teacher this month. The Adult Sunday School class is doing a study on the Book of James.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am. to 2 pm. * Please contact Pastor for appointments at other hours as necessary.
If there is an EMERGENCY in your family or you know of a need please call at any time:
- Pastor Carla (610-659-0314)or Parsonage (856-579-4767)
- Heidi Louis, Moderator (856-371-8791)
- Pat Moore (856-430-0685)
The meeting started with a prayer led by Pastor Carla. The Council then received reports followed by discussions on items presented. Below are highlights of the reports.
- Bill Long’s report was regarding meeting with Dr. Stanley El and architect on April 10 regarding proposed renovations in the rooms designated for use of Boys and Girls Club.
- Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men, including regular activities such as Men’s breakfast, and projects: Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday and plans for upcoming celebrations of Mother’s Day Sunday; Father’s Day Sunday; Memorial Day; and Rally Day picnic on Sept. 30.
- Joan Moyer’s report was on Spring Rally Day on April 14; AB Women’s picnic, June 18, 6 pm at Roxanne Long’s home; Women’s Conference at Harvey Cedars on May 31-June 2, where Pastor Carla is the Bible Study leader. Blessing bags and school supplies, sewing materials for mission boxes for Philippines in July are being collected.
- Financial Report was sent via e-mail by Bill Mays, Jr. to council members. In his report, there is a line item in our budget for repaying what our church has borrowed to have the new heating system installed.
- Music Report was sent to council members by email by Rev. Boyd Fox prior to the meeting. The church organ has been tuned and our congregation heard the magnificent magnitude of the organ played by Rev. Fox on Sunday, April 15.
- Pastor’s Report was sent by email to council members prior to the meeting. Pastor Carla asked for volunteers from council to represent CBC at Greater Delaware Valley Association Meeting at FBC Pitman on April 29. This is in addition to Julie Levy who had volunteered to attend with her daughter, Jen Levy. Pastor also asked for affirmation to invite ABC/IM Missionaries, Brian and Lynette Smith to speak at our church service on June 3. CBC Planning Meeting is on Sat., May 5, 9-11 a.m.
- Pat Moore’s report on Worship included suggestions for additional door greeters in the main entrance.
- Heidi received a report from Cindy Norton regarding CBC hosting Community Vacation Bible School on July 23-27. More details to follow.
- Bill Sutton reported that he had called Sterling regarding thermostats for heater.
After the reports were heard/received, discussed and action done to affirm Pastor Carla’s request, the meeting was adjourned and closing prayer was led by Diane Bradley.
Meet on Sunday, May 13th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.
The Wednesday evening Bible Study group will be meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd @ 7pm. at the home of the Bill and Dot Sutton. Any questions please see Judy Sanderson.
All are invited to join the meeting on Thursday, May 17th at 7pm. in the Adult Sunday School Classroom. Thank you.
In order to help you keep up with recent announcements and the focus of our Worship Service, on any Sunday that you are unable to attend church, please feel free to contact any of us to send you a copy of the bulletin and any inserts that might have been included. Joan Moyer, Chair, Email: email@example.com, or
Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food Bank, located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on the corner of South Barber and Evergreen Avenues, is collecting food and household goods. Please donate food and/or non-perishables to the Food Bank, and they will joyfully take them. If you are able to purchase extra while out shopping, please bring to the Food Bank, from 9:30am to 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or please put them in the box in the Narthex. ** Also, remember that you can make a monetary donation to the Food Bank, and they will purchase the much needed food.
PRAYER REQUESTS- Please do not hesitate to call with any requests for prayer. Contact Diane Bradley or the church office to start the Prayer Chain.
Anyone interested in joining us, we will be meeting on Thursday May 3rd and Thursday May 17th, and May 31st in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Any questions please see Boyd Fox.
If you were in the worship auditorium on Sunday, April 15th, at 10:00, you would have experienced the organ sound as I showed the contrast from the softest sound available to the loudest capable volume. Bill Sutton had asked me the previous week how loud the organ could play. I gave him, and others, a demonstration.
I appreciate hearing from you about your experience of the music. It is helpful to get some feedback. Sitting at the console, I am disconnected from the congregation, and it’s hard to gauge the effect of the organ on the worship service. Thanks for sharing with me.
The choir is now rehearsing music for May, June, and the first Sunday of July, when the Senior Choir season formally ends. Rehearsals will start up again in September.
In the meantime, we will continue to meet for ‘Sandwich and a Song’ on select Thursdays during the summer. Specific dates will be listed in the Sunday Worship Bulletin. Anyone is welcome to join us.
I will also be scheduling a ‘pick-up’ choir, once a month, during the summer. Last year we had encouraging support from the congregation. I try to choose hymns that are well-known so that anyone can join us. A reminder, for those of you who can’t carry a tune, we provide buckets.
The return to the sanctuary was a big change for the choir. The sheer size of the worship auditorium affects the volume and quality of our singing. However, I believe we have re-adjusted well to the space. And I certainly believe the choir’s singing reflects that. Part of that is due to some newer choir members, providing a fuller, richer sound.
However, even more important is the feeling that the choir members put into their singing. As someone said to me at rehearsal recently, ‘we love to sing, and we’ve learned to tolerate you!’ We try each week to do the best we can, technically, but it is what’s in our hearts that makes our contribution to worship so important. I hope you agree.
In May, the AB Women will again ‘ring the (Kristal) bells of heaven’ on Mother’s Day. The Youth will sing on Children’s Day in June, and Don Sanderson has promised to have Placido Domingo join the AB Men on Father’s Day for their annual vocal presentation.
Boyd Fox, Music Director
The Annual Book Dedication time at Central Baptist Church will begin on Mother’s Day, May 13th and continues up through Father’s Day, June 17th. Several books will be ready for your purchase to dedicate them in memory or in honor of a loved one. God Bless your willingness to support the Central Baptist Church library!
Calling ALL children and parents! Summer will be coming before you know it! A great experience for your child is to attend one of the many camps offered to the children of American Baptist Churches by Camp Lebanon, located in Lebanon, New Jersey. Below is the 2018 Camp Schedule. Remember that Central Baptist pays half of all camperships, and if you register early there is even more savings! For more information, please see Larry Grant. Hope you decide to join the fun this summer!
2018 Camping Schedule
|Jun 24 - Jun 30
||Sailing Camp I
|Jun 24 - Jun 30
||Junior I Camp
|July 01 - July 07
|July 08 - July 14
||Performing Arts Camp
|July 08 - July 14
|July 15 - July 21
|July 22 - July 25
||Primary Mini Camp
|July 22 - July 28
||Junior II Camp
|July 22 - July 28
||Sailing Camp II
|July 29 - Aug 04
||Senior High Camp
|July 29 - Aug 04
All school grades listed are GRADE COMPLETED in June 2018
Early Registration Discount Before 05/01/2018
Late Registration Fee After 06/01/2018
This month, and next, we celebrate all things family with Mother’s Day, Children’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduations. No matter who you are, you have been a mother, had a mother, known a mother, or can spell the word ‘mother.’
In an effort to learn more about what makes a woman a ‘mother,’ a Sunday School Teacher asked her students to answer some questions.
? Why did God make mothers?
- She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
- Mostly to clean the house.
- To help us get out of her tummy when we were born
How did God make mothers?
- He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
- Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
- He made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
- We’re related.
- God knew she likes me a lot more that other kids’ moms like me.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
- God used clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world, and one dab of mean.
- They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then he mostly used string, I think.
What kind of little girl was your Mom?
- My mom has always been my mom, and none of that other stuff.
- I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
- They say she used to be nice.
How did your mom meet your dad?
- Mom was working in a store, and Dad was shoplifting.
What did your mom need to know about your dad before she married him?
- His last name.
- She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $500 a year? Did he say ‘no’ to drugs and ‘yes’ to chores?
? Why did your mom marry your dad?
- My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
- She got too old to do anything else with him.
- My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
In may we say ‘Thank You’ to God for all those who gave us birth, or who have been emotional or spiritual mothers to us.
Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse
This past winter, in addition to the Bible, I was blessed to read books that brought a sense of wonder, joy and comfort to me while recovering from my back pain. One of them was written by Jan Karon, entitled, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. It’s a story about a pastor, Father Tim Kavanaugh, and his life after retirement in the same town where he had served for a long time. At the beginning of the book, the author had included this quotation:
“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are — chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, and keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” - Dinah Maria (Mulock) Chaik, 1826-1887
I find these words from a lady who lived in another century, meaningful and inspiring. I am grateful for people in my life “who take and sift” my words and keep what is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” In a world where most of our words cannot be blown away by kindness as they are printed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, the best and faithful friend we have is Jesus, who can listen to us and take the “chaff and grain,” of our prayers and blow the rest away with forgiveness
I find these words from a lady who lived in another century, meaningful and inspiring. I am grateful for people in my life “who take and sift” my words and keep what is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” In a world where most of our words cannot be blown away by kindness as they are printed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, the best and faithful friend we have is Jesus, who can listen to us and take the “chaff and grain,” of our prayers and blow the rest away with forgiveness.