“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” - Psalm 46:10
“Sabbath is a mind that can be still, a mind that can rest in delight. A day of rest, a moment of prayer, a time of meditation...these disrupt the pattern of desperation that infects our thinking, and allows us to be able to see the healing that is already present in the problem.” - Wayne Muller, Sabbath, 168
Welcome to my first attempt to do a “bulletin-board” message. Below I will post several opportunities to slow down and learn new ways of being with God, in prayer and study of God’s word in the Bible.
“Sip and Pray” - Tuesdays, July 2 and August 6, 2019, 4-5 p.m. at the CBC Blue Parlor
Sip ice-cold beverages, learn new prayer practices; and pray together for God’s refreshing Spirit to fill us and renew us for service in our families, church and community.
“Pause and Pray at Noon”
Beginning July 1: Wherever you are, I invite you to pause and pray at 12 noon. It could be for a minute, 3 minutes or half an hour, as the Holy Spirit leads. Together we pray in spirit, though physically apart.
Susan Saridakis suggested an idea to me that you can try to adapt to your “Pause and Pray” time. Please see below:
- Quiet your mind.
- Pray a short prayer such as: “Open my eyes that I may see, wonderful things in Your Word, O Lord.” Amen.
- Quiet reading of Scripture - For example, Psalm 23 or Psalm 121 (or your Bible reading for the day from your devotional book or Bible reading plan)
- Prayer time
- Closing - Sing or listen to a favorite song or hymn on the Christian life (“Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Here I Am, Lord,” etc.)
Digital Resources: Apps (Applications you can download on your phone or laptop) to help you develop a daily spiritual discipline of Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.
- The Bible App - YouVersion
- The Bible App for Kids (ages 6-8)
- Park Forum - Online weekday devotional and daily Bible readings...which allows readers to read through the entire Bible every two years. John Tillman is the author and managing director. https://theparkforum.org
- Our Daily Bread online - https://odb.org - audio versions are available
To access these Apps, use the browser on your smartphone, pc, or laptop and check out this website: https://www.youversion.com. It has audio versions of the Bible and devotionals that you can use and share with family and friends.
I thank Susan Saridakis for introducing me to the You Version Bible and Tasha Graziani to Park Forum.
There are many Bible reading guides and devotionals online, but the 4 I mentioned above are apps and websites that I use and found helpful and enriching in my daily devotions and prayer times. If you use resources online that have inspired you in your walk with God, please let me know, and I’ll add it to our list.
This summer, I pray that we will take time to slow down; take time to be with God in quiet times of prayer and fellowship; enjoy the company of our family and friends, while sharing a meal or a picnic, to chat or just be together in cozy silence; take time to dig into God’s word and be blessed and awed by the treasures found within its pages (on paper or on a digital device); worship and celebrate our loving and awesome God who renews us through the Holy Spirit, to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus every day.
Have a great Fourth of July, and a safe, healthy and restful summer!!!
Yours in Christ’s Love,
Main Theme: Leading Children and Families to Jesus
Leading Children and Families to Jesus in
In Serving our Community
Morning Worship Service: 9:30am
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)
COUNCIL NOTES: The Council met on 6/20/19. Below are highlights of some of the reports that were received and discussed.
- Treasurer Bill Mays Jr. presented CBC’s May 2019 figures. CBC was approximately $1,350 in the black for the month, which is good news.
- Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men. ‘Coffee with Cops’ was well received although attendance was low. Chief Ryan is thinking of possibly holding next year's event in January. The Easter egg hunt as well as the carnations for all CBC moms on Mother's Day were both a big hit. They will be giving out flags for Memorial Day.
- Libby Sellen informed the council that the summer lunch boxes for low-income kids are being packed every Monday at St. Stephens. The Food Bank will be collecting school supplies next.
- The Stewardship committee reported that the library ceiling seems to have a leak. However, even after the heavy, heavy rains we had this past week the steeple is still dry after its repairs which is great news.
- The Music report was submitted via text. Boyd Fox has amended his vacation and will now be taking off four weeks, the last two weeks of July and and the first two weeks of August, instead of the entire summer.
- Joan Moyer announced that the ABW picnic at Roxanne Long's was a big success. She also stated that Teresa will be expanding on her ancestry of Jesus research to the ABW group starts up again in September. One issue that needs to be addressed is how to better include some members who are not comfortable with driving at night.
- Registration for the 9/28 American Baptist Church-NJ session in Princeton is now open. The cost is $85 per person, of which the church pays half.
- There were three items that came before Council to vote on. A) The first was approval to spend $225 on a stone cross from Platt's Nursery to be placed in Woody's Garden. Perhaps see if people would like to donate toward this purchase. This item was approved. B) Stanley El has asked if CBC would be willing to purchase healthy snacks (fruit, pretzels, juice boxes) for the teens that attend his multimedia class at the library from 3:30 to 5:00. There are 13 kids who currently attend, but he is hoping to get closer to 20. Council approved providing these snacks for the eight sessions Stanley is holding during the summer months and then will reevaluate come September. C) West End Preschool has approached CBC about the possibility of using the upstairs game room and old Pastor's Study as a location for them to house their preschool. The preschool runs from 8:30-3:00 Monday through Friday and currently has 36 children attending. Council expressed they were willing to explore the possibility to see if this would even be feasible.
Pastor’s report was submitted electronically. Copies of her report are available upon request. Don Sanderson closed our meeting in prayer.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: email@example.com
What could be more fun than cozying up with a good book this summer. Come and visit our library and check out a book and give yourself a chance to sit and relax for an evening!
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.
It’s that time of year again… We are collecting school supplies for the children of the clients of our Food Bank. Please bring in to church any supplies that you purchase. Notebooks, pens, pencils, loose leaf paper, book covers, crayons, erasers, scissors, glue, glue sticks, tape, backpacks and anything else that looks good! Thank you!
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.
Some of you may have heard a vicious rumor that I would be taking off the entire summer. In fact, I believe this rumor was perpetrated by none other than the ‘ancient’ Mr. Don Sanderson, himself. What I heard was that Don felt ‘the congregation needed a vacation from me.’
Well, I actually had planned on taking off nine weeks this summer. I was feeling somewhat over-whelmed. Not from the playing or the directing, but by the total disorganization of my music, downstairs and upstairs, and from the feeling that I was always behind in planning the music schedule and then in preparing the music.
Fortunately (depending on where you sit on the subject), I have stepped back, and made some plans to eliminate most of the causes of my overwhelmedness (I love to make up words); and I have already begun implementing my plans.
So, to make a long story short (too late!… by the way, do any of you know where that phrase comes from?), I will only be taking four vacation Sundays this summer, the last two Sundays in July, and the first two Sundays in August.
I also need to be more regular in taking off various single Sundays throughout the year. The church was very generous when hiring me, declaring that I could have two Sundays of vacation per month. That would make maintaining a decent music schedule nearly impossible. However, I have said that 10–12 weeks of vacation per year would be beneficial for me. And I think, for everyone’s good, I need to follow my own advice.
A pick-up choir and the ensemble will sing on select Sundays during the summer. The ensemble will meet on select Thursdays in July and August. The Senior Choir will begin fall rehearsals when we return to our regular worship time on September 8th.
A reminder: I am happy to hear if you have any favorite hymns you would like to sing, or have me play, or have sung, in worship. Planning music that enhances the worship experience is something I take very seriously. Your wishes would be helpful with that.
Use lots of sun screen. Drink lots of water. Enjoy a hot dog and a burger (or two, or three, or…). Enjoy the summer, especially the longer daylight. And keep a song in your heart.
Boyd Fox, Music Director
It is that time of year again CBC Family. The church and parsonage lawns need to be manicured for the Summer months. If you are willing to contribute to this need, please put your gift with designation for lawn care in the Sunday offering plate. Thank you.
CHURCH MOUSE WANTED, in connection with, EXCESSIVE STRESS
Most of you are probably not aware of the amount of stress we rodents must endure.
To begin with, we are not the most popular of God’s creation. We work hard to find food, and when we do find scraps in your homes, you chase us, bait us, poison us, and sometimes try to beat us to death with a broom.
However, I realize that we are not alone in the battle against stress. Humans probably do no better than we do. Actually, we should all work to lessen stress, and then better manage the remaining stress in our lives. As, as my Pop Pop used to say, “The absence of stress is death.”
There’s a joke among therapists: “How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “Just one, but the light bulb really has to want to change.”
The same thing goes for stress. We can talk about it until we’re blue in the face, and we can blame others for it until we drop in our tracks, but we will have trouble reducing the stress in our lives, and controlling the rest, until we really want to..
The following is excerpted from a recent Mouse Digest magazine. I’m really trying to work on this. Would you like to join me?
- Get organized! Put things back where they belong and you won’t have to go berserk looking for lost stuff. Allow extra time to get to meetings, finish projects, etc. If you are too hurried to be organized, it means you have too much on your plate. Cut obligations and activities in half and see if that allows you to get your act together. (And, if you can’t cut back on some of those things, re-read the ‘psychiatrist’ joke above.) Organization is one of the main ways to reduce stress and surprises.
- Live in the present! Kids do this. For them, yesterday was a million years ago and tomorrow is far ahead. Kids take each day as it comes. They do one thing at a time. When they’re playing, they’re playing, and nothing else. They’re not brooding about yesterday or fussing about tomorrow. Whatever they’re occupied with, there they are. Their mind and body occupy the same space at the same time. Most of the time, adults’ bodies are in the present space, but their minds are wandering around in the past or in the future. This split between body and mind can be very stressful.
I’ll finish sharing the article in September. Meantime, we have plenty to do just to put the first two suggestions into practice. If I share too many more now, it will just make us all more stressed.
Have a great summer. A less-stressed summer!
Chubby (your church-mouse-in-residence)
Summer time is slow-down time, a time when we can step back and relax and not worry so much about getting things done immediately. But it’s not easy to get into this mode of thinking and being. I wonder if the prayer below can lighten things up for you and me, put a smile on our faces, and help us welcome this season with gratitude to God for this time of renewal and rest.
“A Worrier’s Prayer”
Help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST.
Help me to consider people's feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive.
Help me to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions,
even though they're usually not my fault.
Help me to not try to run everything - but, if you need some help, please feel free to ask me.
Help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it exactly right.
Help me to take things more seriously, especially laughter, parties, and dancing.
Give me patience, and I mean right now!
Help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?)
Help me to finish everything I sta
Help me to keep my mind on one thing ... oh, look, a bird ... at a time.
Help me to do only what I can, and trust you for the rest. And would you mind putting that in writing?
Keep me open to others' ideas, misguided though they may be.
Help me follow established procedures. Hey, wait ... this is wrong...
Help me slow down andnotrushthroughwhatido.
Thank you, Lord. Amen”
At the ABCUSA Mission Summit on June 22, 2019, Rev. Dr. Elijah Brown, BWA General Secretary shared prayer requests and needs of brothers and sisters around the world who are undergoing suffering and persecution, such as Venezuela, Syria, Myanmar, and the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America. In addition to prayer, if you feel led by God to give, you can go online at BWA.net and click on the Give button, and it will give you instructions on how to do it. I have used the website myself in response to the needs of Venezuela Baptist Convention. Below is information from the BWA website on different ways to give in support of the ministry of Baptist Christians around the world.
Thank you and God bless you!
- Pastor Carla
BWA - Ways to give (from the BWA.net)
You can give by check:
Baptist World Alliance
405 N. Washington Street
Falls Church, Virginia, 22046 USA
You can give World-Wide:
If you cannot use the North American based system, you can give through one of our transfer agents. Please call +1-703-791-8980extension 12 or 22 for information.
You can give non-cash:
To give appreciated securities or other non-cash gifts, click www.bwagift.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1 703-790-8980extension 19 or 12 for information.
ABCNJ Annual Session 2019
A SUMMER PRAYER JOURNEY WITH REV. MIRIAM MENDEZ