“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” - - Psalm 7:17, NIV
When I was a child, my mother always reminded me to say, “Thank you,” or in Ilonggo, “Salamat,” every time someone gave me a gift, did something nice for me, or offered me a compliment. Before eating a meal at home or in a restaurant, my parents would pause and give thanks to God for the food and fellowship around the table.
Expressing gratitude through words is always a good habit to develop and teach to children. The experience blesses both the one who says, “Thank you,” and the one who hears it. But beyond the verbal expression of thanks, I also learned from my parents, teachers, and ministers, that giving thanks is not just what you say, but what you do. Both words and deeds of gratitude enrich our lives and help us strive to be kinder and more generous and humble people.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and one of the few courageous Christian leaders who resisted Hitler and Nazism during WWII, once wrote:
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
Pastor Dave, Isaac and I are very grateful to God, our Central Baptist Church family, and the wider circle of friends in Woodbury, Pennsylvania, across the United States and around the world, for the blessings of friendship, prayer, resources, and the partnership in God’s mission. We are the richer because of our God, who in Jesus Christ, binds us together in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the bond of peace.
As we go through November, may we follow the leadership of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lived grace-fully and served with great humility. May the decisions we make on Election Day reflect our devotion to Christ who showed mercy to the poor, the weak and the oppressed, and instructed his followers to do the same. And even in difficult times, may we be thankful for God’s presence that upholds us, comforts and give us hope.
May this November be also a time of grateful reflection and action for each one of us, who receive God’s abundant blessings every day. May our gratitude to God’s faithfulness be actively shown in our generous support and commitment to God’s mission through the ministries of Central Baptist Church in service to our community and around the world. And in all that we do, may we be encouraged by the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18):
“Always be joyful; pray continually; give thanks whatever happens; for this is what God wills for you in Christ Jesus.”
Thanks be to God!
Thanks be to God!
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
NOVEMBER Main Theme:One in Christ
Focus:The Power of Giving
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 started with a prayer led by Don Sanderson. The Council then received reports followed by discussions on items presented. Below are highlights of the reports.
- Bill May's Treasurer's Report showed that we were in the black for the month of September. He requested the committees start getting in their budgets so Council can approve 2019 budget and present to congregation at December 2nd business meeting.
- Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men. The men thought Men's Sunday was a success and thanked everyone who participated. They will collecting coats the 2nd week in November. Men's, women's, and children's coats are all welcomed.
- Ambassadorship/Missions committee reported that the care packages have been sent off to our college students. - They are continuing to collect for the blessing bags. ABW's annual holiday dinner will be catered by In A Pickle at Polly's house on December 17th.
- Music Report was sent to council members by email by Rev. Boyd Fox prior to the meeting. There is a currently a surplus in the music minister vacation supply fund which he requests be put to use for any music department expenses. - The organ will be tuned in November. The choir is busy practicing the cantata. Please invite family and friends on Dec. 30th when the cantata will be presented.
- Pastor’s Report was sent by email to council members prior to the meeting. Pastor Dave and Pastor Carla thanked all those who expressed condolences over the loss of Dave's mom. Four pastors attended the Woodbury Pastors Meet and Greet at CBC. It was a productive meeting. - Roxanne Long, Pat Moore, Joan Moyer, Corann Okorodudu and Pastor Carla represented CBC at the ABCNJ Annual Session in Princeton on September 29th.
- Sue Meyer presented the Fellowship Committee report. She thanked Barb and Coley for the great job they are doing with the refreshment table. - She also mentioned some important upcoming dates: December 8th is the Woodbury House Tour which CBC is part of, December 9th will be the soup luncheon, and Dec 16th will be the covered dish luncheon.
- Libby Sellen informed Council that the GWCM has begun collecting turkeys/money for the holiday season.
- We have raised over $300 for the CROP Walk. Thanks to Susan Saridakis for participating in the walk.
After the reports were heard/received, discussed, the meeting was adjourned and closing prayer was led by Pastor Carla.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Meet on Sunday, November 11th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.
Will be meeting on Wednesday, November 14th @ 7pm. at the home of Bill and Dot Sutton. For more information please see Judy Sanderson.
Will be held on Thursday, November 15th @ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: email@example.com
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!
Central Baptist Church raised $353.00! Thank you to Susan Saridakis for participating in the CROP WALK on October 14th. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
IT’S NOVEMBER AND PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY!
We need to start collecting for the Thanksgiving Holiday as the Food Bank HAS BEGUN give out holiday meals.
**** TURKEYS ARE NEEDED!****
Please see or call Libby Sellen if you would like to donate a turkey. Libby’s phone number is #856-845-0833.
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 November Food Bank 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.
On November 25th we will observe ‘one-month-of-shopping-before-Christmas’ day by collecting money for the Minister of Music’s retirement at the “Too-Old-to-Push-the-Keys” Home in East Elephant’s Breath, Antarctica.
The Greater Church also observes the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King. Traditional Scripture readings for this Sunday include: Matthew 25.31-46 (Parable of the Sheep and the Goats), Luke 23.35-43 (the Crucifixion), and John 18.33-37 (Jesus before Pilate).
The Choir will sing an arrangement of the hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” to the Swedish tune, “O Store Gud.” Stuart K. Hine is cited as the source of the music, at the request of the copy-right owner. The tune first appeared in 1892, set in ¾ time for piano and guitar. In 1948 it was included in the hymnbook of the Swedish Missionary Alliance, set in 4/4 time, much as it is now sung.
The text was written by Carl Boberg in 1885; it was translated into German in 1907, then into Russian in 1927. Hine heard and sang the Russian text in the western Ukraine, translating three of the nine stanzas into English, then using them in his preaching campaigns in England. He added a fourth stanza in 1948 after hearing the repeated question from refugees who had fled to England to escape the Nazi terror: “When are we going home?”
For those of you who complain when any hymn has more than two verses, just remember, they could have 9 verses, and we could be singing them all in Russian!
All of you Enrico Caruso and Perry Como types out there in the congregation are invited to join us in our November pick-up choir on Sunday the 18th (often called ‘Thanksgiving Sunday,’ though every Sunday is a thanks-giving Sunday in the Christian tradition). We will be singing the hymn, “Let All Things Now Living,” to the tune “Ashgrove” (familiar to most, if not all, of you). We have had excellent congregational support for the pick-up choirs; so much so, that I am scheduling one number per month throughout the fall and winter. Those of you who join us in singing have enjoyed it; the sound has been beautiful; and I believe it enhances our worship experience.
Wishing you a beautiful autumn season and a blest Thanksgiving!
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 Special ‘Thank you’ to Luke and Kristine Bowe for opening their home and farm to the youth of CBC Saturday, October 20th. - Everyone had a delightful time.
Thank you to Ed Meyer for preaching and to all the men of CBC who participated in Men’s Sunday on October 14th! Thank you for serving Central Baptist Church and our Lord, Jesus Christ!
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.
My Honey-pie (Mrs. Chubby, that is) has often expressed concern that I am stressed-out. She urges me to do more walking, and singing, and laughing, and reading, but I don’t pay her much heed, much to my chagrin.
She finally found something she thinks will be of help to me: “Prayers for the Stress-Impaired.” I think they may be helpful to some of you, and I share them here for you.
- Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EDT.
- God, help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive!
- ? God, help me to take responsibility for the consequences of my own actions, even when they’re not usually my fault.
- ? Lord, help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it exactly right.
- ? God, give me patience. Now!
- ? Lord, help me to slow down, and nottorushthroughwhatI’mdoing.
- ? Lord, help me not to be such a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?)
- ? God, help me to finish everything I sta
- ? God, help me to keep my mind on one th–oh look, a chicken–ing at a time.
- ? Lord, help me to be open to others’ ideas, wrong though they may be.
- ? Lord, help me be less independent, as long as I can do it my way.
The Mrs. and I will be going to our niece’s place for Thanksgiving Dinner again this year. We used to host each year, but we are both getting up in age, and it’s time to let the younger ones take over responsibilities. I’ve noticed that we have a problem with that in the church. We tend to hold on to our own domains of influence, then finally we say ‘we’re tired,’ and stop. Training those who can pick up where we leave off is not something we’re very good at.
My sainted Grandmom Hanna used to say, “You can’t be a success without a successor.”
Have a great November. Remember those less fortunate than we are. And, any leftovers from your Thanksgiving Day feasts will be welcome. Just leave them under the pews, clearly marked: “Chubby.” And, thanks!
Chubby (your church-mouse-in-residence)
Last summer, in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ, I felt led to write these words inspired by Psalm 97 and the words written by Julia Ward Howe in 1862.* I shared this in a sermon that I preached on the Sunday close to the 4th of July. In these challenging times in our nation and the world, these words remind me to affirm and rejoice in God’s sovereignty and will. I hope these words will bring us comfort, courage, and hope in God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who gives us courage for the living of these days.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,
He has built a seat of mercy where the grapes of love are poured.
He has left his heavenly kingdom, to walk on earthly shores.
He’s Jesus Christ our Lord
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah,
God’s truth brings us new life.
I have read the Bible stories of Christ’s mercy and his grace:
How he healed the blind and raised the dead; his teachings that amaze.
As Christ died for our salvation, let us offer Him our praise!
His truth has set us free.
In these times of tribulation, Let us look to God in faith,
With Christ Jesus as our Leader, Fear cannot intimidate.
Let us stand for truth and justice, Let us walk with love and grace.
God’s truth will lead us on.
God is sovereign, God is with us, God in Jesus we can trust.
God alone can help us know the truth, and build a life that lasts.
God will judge and end the wicked deeds of those who scheme and plot.
God reigns, Hallelujah!
*Paraphrased words of this hymn were written by Carla A. Romarate-Knipel on June 29, 2018. Lyrics written before1923, such as Julia Howard Howe’s “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory,” are public domain.