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"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me -- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, THE MESSAGE BIBLE (Eugene Peterson)

37 South Jackson Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096

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  Rev. Dr. Carla A. Romarate-Knipel  


“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it; nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 14, NRSV

This October, we continue to trust God to lead and guide us in our celebration of God’s goodness and blessings. I pray that we will be united in Christ and continue to grow in doing God’s mission here in Woodbury and around the world. Let’s pray and support with our presence our Worship services, Choirs, Sunday School, Bible studies, and Mission, this new season and throughout the year. Let us enjoy the different breads from around the world during World Communion Sunday on Oct. 7, and be blessed by the leadership of our Men on October 14, to celebrate AB Men Sunday. Let us also remember to give to our Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries in support of our Food bank, that others in need will experience hope through our generous acts of kindness.

In closing, let me share with you some words of wisdom from Robert J. Wicks, who wrote:

“Nurturing a Hopeful Heart”

Read a bit.
Listen to a favorite song.
Call a friend.
Remember a kindness.
Help the poor.
Keep perspective.
Smile broadly.
Laugh loudly.
Close doors gently.
Do what you can.
Live gratefully.
Relax for a moment.
Tease yourself often.
Take a quiet walk...
Tell God a funny story.

Have a wonderful October and God bless us all!

Yours and Christ’s,






September Main Theme: One in Christ

Focus: The Power of God’s Mission

Opening Exercises: 9am

Sunday School Classes: 9:15am

Morning Worship Service: 10:30am



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)




The meeting began at 7 p.m. and was opened with a prayer by Pastor Carla.

Reports were received by the Council.

  1. Joan Moyer gave a report on Mission Projects and AB Women schedule of activities in October thru December. Soup Luncheon will be on December 9 and Women’s Christmas Dinner is on Dec. 17. Blessing Bags for Veterans and will be collected and put together with the help of our Youth.
  2. Worship Report was sent by Pat Moore thru e-mail. Training of our young people to assist in worship is ongoing. Pat also reported on Crop Walk which will be on Oct. 14 at Chestnut Branch Park in Mantua.
  3. Fellowship Report - Sue Meyer is prepared to coordinate picnic and upcoming fellowship activities in church, including World Communion Sunday.
  4. Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men. The Men met at Piston Diner on Sept. 16. All set for AB Men Sunday on Oct. 14. He also requested to have “Coffee with Cops” in spring instead of summer.
  5. Libby Sellen gave a report on Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries meeting that she attended as CBC representative on Sept. 11.
  6. Roxanne Long reported that the Garden Club will be decorating church narthex as part of Christmas house tour in December.
  7. Diane Bradley’s Financial report was sent by e-mail. The report included Offerings to General Fund and Deacons fund. As of August 31, 2018, total giving of pledges (envelopes) is $96,548; Plates: $1,079.42; and Sunday School (designated for Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico relief): $453.73.
  8. Bill Mays, Jr. sent Treasurer’s a 7-page report by e-mail and presented details during the meeting. (Copies of the report are available upon request.)
  9. Bill Long gave a report of painting rooms in second floor of the church. Council approved new carpet for Pastor’s study in the church’s second floor.
  10. Boyd Fox sent Music Director’s Report by e-mail, which included music ministry details in October thru December.
  11. Pastor Carla’s report was sent by e-mail. Council approved ABCNJ Covenant for updated Sacred Spaces document. A Christian ministry group sent letter of intent to use a room in the church. No action made on this request as more information is needed.

Pastor Carla led the closing prayer.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.





Home Bible Studies:


Meet on Sunday, October 7th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.

ABW (AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN) -Meet on Monday, October 15th, @ 7pm. at the home of Roxanne Long.


Will be meeting on Wednesday, October 10th @ 7pm. at the home of Bill and Dot Sutton. For more information please see Judy Sanderson.



The Owls Bible Study will meet on Wednesday Mornings at 10am in the Adult Sunday School Class Room.



Will be held on Thursday, October 18th @ 7pm. in the Adult SS Classroom. All are invited to attend.



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: moyerjb@msn.com, or Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: okorodudu@rowan.edu




So many wonderful books are to be found in our library. Why don’t you stop in before or after church on any Sunday Morning to find one that might interest you! If you need help finding one, ask Mary Jane Wade or Marilyn Thomas!



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.

Flyer for October and November Food Band needs can be found HERE



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.





This month’s worship music will include the AB Men singing on the second Sunday, an anthem which includes the senior choir, organ, trumpet, and congregation on the fourth Sunday, and a guest musician playing the English Handbells on the third Sunday.

The English Handbells and the art of playing them grew out of the need to practice ‘Change Ringing’ of Cathedral Bells in (of all places) England. Change ringing involves playing each carillon bell in a differing successive order until all bells have been played in each order. For example, if you had three carillon bells (C, D, & E), you might play: C-D-E—C-E-D—D-E-C—D-C-E—E-C-D—E-D-C. The entire pattern uses each bell as many times as possible in as many different unique arrangements as possible. If there were 4 bells, there would be a total of 24 patterns to play (that’s 4!). Now, imagine what a full change-ring would be with thirteen bells (full chromatic scale).

Next month, 4! and chromatic scales… (oh, goody!!!!!)

Today, various musical numbers in various styles are played by handbells in worship and other venues. (Actually, the handbells don’t play themselves; they are rung by handbell ringers. Bet you didn’t know that!)

Our guest artist has played before us twice in the past, for summertime worship music. At the suggestion of his fan club (2 members of the congregation), he will be joining us in the fall. We are hoping that you will invite friends, enemies, acquaintances, even people you don’t know, to join us. (Personally, I hope you’re inviting them every week anyway!)

Our guest artist, Matthew Whitecar, is a current resident of Berlin, where he directs the handbell choir of the United Methodist Church and sings in the choir. It is also rumored that he washes windows and cleans rugs, if anyone needs those services. Matt began playing the handbells after he injured his foot while juggling bowling balls. You’ll see a similar flick-of-the-wrist when he plays now. Fortunately, dropping a handbell doesn’t hurt as much.

Matt is married and has two children and three grandchildren. He also has a wonderful aunt and uncle. He teaches science in Gloucester High School, where his specialty is teaching organic chemistry and searching for a cure for male-pattern baldness in hippos. We look forward to hearing him play. (Ear plugs will be available in worship that day.)

A reminder that Senior Choir meets on Sundays, following worship; and Sandwich and a Song meets on the first and third Thursdays at 5:00 p.m., both in Lower Fellowship Hall. Anyone is welcome to join us. In addition to regular worship music, we are now working on our Christmas Cantata, to be presented in worship on Sunday, December 30th.

Boyd Fox, Music Director




Just a reminder that we still collect donations for the church’s lawn and leaf care. Anyone willing to donate, should notate on their envelope or check the designation. Thank you for your continued care of our church building and lawn.


A Fall Gathering for CBC kids, teens, teachers and parents will be happening on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:00pm. @ FERRELL FARM, the Bowe Family Farm. For more information, please contact Pastor Carla no later than October14 th. We hope you can join us!



It’s that time in the year when colds/ coughing/ sneezing are on the rise. To help fight against germs that cause these flair ups, the Worship Committee is asking for donations to restock the Wellness Kit located in the pews. Items needed are: hand sanitizer, hand wipes, tissues, cold lozenges, peppermints or a type of hard candy that can smooth the cough and throat.

For the Wellness Kits we asked that the items are the small personal size types due to the size of the kits. We will gladly accept large-size bottles of sanitizers and box of tissues for use in the Narthex, Lower Fellowship Hall and bathrooms.

We thank you in advance of your kind donation.

Worship Committee:
Faith Myers
Russ Dudley
Pat Moore


From My Ears to Yours

I like to keep an eye on Pastor Carla while she’s working in her office. She is addicted to ‘Spider Solitaire,’ and I like to remind her to get back to business. And, sometimes, she even shares a piece of candy or a bit of her snacks (she really snacks a lot!!).

I noticed that Pastor is planning on something new for our Sunday School this year, following a pattern from this summer’s VBS program. Maybe some of our youth, when younger, might have written a prayer to God somewhat like one of the following (continued from last month):

Dear God:

  • Who draws the lines around the countries?
  • I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that OK?
  • Did You really mean it when you said “do unto others as they do unto you?” Because if You did, then I’m going to get my brother good!
  • Thank you for the baby brother, but I think you got confused, ‘cause what I prayed for was a puppy.
  • Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up.
  • I want to be just like my daddy when I get big, but not with so much hair all over.
  • You don’t have to worry about me. I always look both ways when I cross the street.
  • I think about You sometimes, even when I’m not praying.
  • Of all the people who worked for You, I like David and Noah the best.
  • My brother told me about being born, but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they?
  • I would like to live 900 years, just like that old guy in the Bible.
  • In school we read that Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said You did it. So, I bet he stole your idea.

In case you didn’t know, we are collecting for the ‘goody bags’ for our young adult college students, now. While maybe not quite as cute as the little ones, College Kids need lots of love and support too. It’s a challenging time for all of our youth, our teens and our young adults. (Thanks, Joan, for remembering the ones in college.)

In this beautiful time of year, pause for a moment to enjoy God’s creation, including the human component, in all of its beauty and mystery.

Chubby (your church-mouse-in-residence)




God has blessed the world with wordsmiths who write words that fill us with awe and wonder. In welcoming the new season that brings us the glorious colors of fall, let me share some of my favorite quotations from these “wonder writers.”

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” - Joe L. Wheeler

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

“I like good strong words that mean something.” - Louisa May Alcott

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a wonderful journey through fall and may we take the time to see the beauty of God’s creation, breathe the crisp, cool air of autumn and enjoy some quiet moments with our Creator, who gave us the gift of the changing seasons.





October Calendar


Mission Project - In Honor of our Veterans

Looking Ahead

Blood Drive



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