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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)

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Woodbury, NJ 08096

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  Rev. Dr. Carla A. Romarate-Knipel  


My mother was the queen of photo albums in our family. She had more photo albums than my 3 sisters and I combined. Way before Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, Mommy had organized a vast collection of pictures that chronicled our life together as a family and the people we had met and places we had been. Every time I visit our home in the Philippines, I spend some time looking at these pictures. Each album has a theme and some have captions that stated the date and occasion the picture was taken. I am grateful for my mother’s photo albums. They are like windows to the past that help me remember and see people I love (and some who were annoying!), places I’ve been and experiences I’ve shared with family and friends. These pictures also remind me of who I am and the changes that I’ve undergone through the years. The unseen subject not captured in these pictures is God. But in my experience, some pictures evoke God’s invisible presence.

For example, in my parents’ black and white wedding photo, my grandmother, Lola Estring, in her black lace dress, stands next to my Dad, looking at my Dad and Mom feeding each other with a slice of their wedding cake, with what looked to me as sad eyes. All the other people, including my parents were smiling. I didn’t think too much of it when I was younger. Perhaps the photographer just took a candid picture and she was in a pensive mood. Lately though, I have given it more thought. Thanks to my Dad’s stories, I remember that my grandmother was widowed when she was in her 30’s and raised 3 young children alone. She never remarried and always wore black. During World War II, she moved from village to village with her children, on foot - constantly praying to God for protection and provision. Her prayers were answered and they all survived the war. I have come to realize that my grandmother’s eyes were not sad, they were praying. She must have been asking God to bless my parents and perhaps to spare them the pain that she had been through. I wish I had that photo with me right now because it would help me to remember God’s faithfulness that continues to the present and the future.

The Bible - though written in words - is like a photo album. It contains vivid images that connect us to the past, people, places, and events that define who we are as God’s people. For Christians, these picture words connects us to Jesus, who I believe, is the most beautiful picture of God. In the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, he instructed them “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19c). I understand this to mean, in your meals and gatherings, remember to remember me and that you belong to me.” There were no cameras then, but thankfully, Luke, captured this “picture” for us. Every time we open our Bible and read this, we are reminded of Jesus, our Savior and Lord, what he has done for us out of his great love, and what he wants us to keep on doing, “to love one another” as he has loved us.

This summer, whether we are celebrating The Lord’s Supper, Fourth of July picnics, doing volunteer work at VBS, or simply being with family and friends on the beach or near a lake, we are making memories, some captured by cameras, others cherished in our hearts. Let us give thanks to God who has faithfully loved and guided us through the church year, 2017-2018. Let us take time to open God’s photo album - our Bibles - and remember to remember Jesus and that we belong to him, not just this summer but every day of our lives.

Have a Safe, Healthy and Restful Summer! And May God’s Blessings of Love and Peace be with us all.

Yours and Christ's,





July/August 2018 WORSHIP THEME:

July Main Theme: The Power of Freedom

August Main Theme: The Power of Rest

Focus: One in Christ

Morning Worship Service: 9:30am


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)




After singing a birthday song for Don Sanderson on the occasion of his 89th birthday, Pastor Carla opened the meeting with a prayer.

  1. Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men. He pointed out the active participation of the Men in the Father’s Day and Graduate’s Sunday, especially the Special Music. He then shared about upcoming events that the Men will lead, including “Coffee with Cops” in July, Picnic on Sept. 30 (Rally Day), Men’s Sunday in October, and the presentation of a Plaque of Recognition for PFC Benjamin on Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day Sunday).
  2. Bill Sutton and Bill Long reported on Stewardship - 8 automatic thermostats have been installed in the sanctuary and narthex. The church needs a new vacuum cleaner as the current one has broken down after 7 years of use. Bill Long also plans to re-wax the LFH.
  3. Joan Moyer reported on AB Women and Missions - mission boxes to the Philippines will be shipped. White Cross collection will begin in Fall. 18 women attended the picnic at the Longs. This summer, new ideas for women’s meeting in Fall will be considered. Sept. 16, AB Women Sunday, with Rev. Estelle David, ABCNJ Associate regional Pastor for Sacred Safe Spaces, will be the guest preacher. Love Gift will be emphasized on this Sunday.
  4. Sue Meyer reported on Fellowship - Sue will help out with the picnic on Sept. 30.
  5. Pat Moore reported on Worship - Summer hours start 9:30 am this Sunday, June 24. There is still a need for a volunteer to serve as door greeter. More young people will be participating in leading worship this summer and moving forward.
  6. Diane reported on Deacons fund: currently we have $2800.
  7. Pat Moore’s report on Worship included that there is a huge need for adult Worship leaders. It was nice to see Isaac and Nicholai step up as Junior Deacons.
  8. Bill Mays, Jr. sent Treasurer’s report by e-mail.
  9. Boyd Fox sent Music Director’s Report by e-mail.
  10. Heidi mentioned that there is need for cool air at the organ area.
  11. Heidi Louis reported that new owner of 21 S. Jackson Street wants purchase the lot at the back of his house that belongs to the church. Heidi also shared that BGC Woodbury Center is closing down due to lack of members. An e-mail and letter was received from Patti Withington, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester County.
  12. Pastor Carla invited Pastor Dave to share Calvary Baptist Church’s day care ministry and Mosaic middle school ministry in Norristown. There was a discussion of nursery school ministry that CBC has done in the past. Pastor Carla asked for prayers to discern God’s direction for our church in serving our community.
  13. In addition to Pastor Carla’s e-mail report, she shared letters from Baptist World Alliance, ABCNJ Camp Lebanon. CBC received a certificate of membership from BWA as one of the 6 founding churches at the BWA Congress in London in 1905. CBC has been invited to the 113th BWA Congress in Rio De Janeiro in July, 2020. Pastor Carla also mentioned that Annual Session is on Sept. 29 and will be held in Princeton, NJ. Preparations for GWCM Vacation Bible School on July 23-27 are being made, with Cindy Norton and Melanie Beasley of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, serving as co-coordinators. Registration is available online.

Closing prayer was led by Pastor Dave.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.





Morning Worship Service Begins at 9:30am






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




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.





Thanks to the AB Women, the Youth, and the AB Men for participating in worship during May and June. And thanks to Ralph Buck for lullabying us with his trumpet on Father’s Day.

Again this summer I am scheduling a “pick-up” choir on July 15th, August 19th, and September 9th. We will sing, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and another familiar hymn which I am unable to remember just this moment as I write this. (Evidently it is not very familiar to me, but I know it is somewhere written down. – That was really hard to dangle, P.D.)

I will be on vacation in late July and early August, with Dan McGarry filling in (#2 – P.D.).

As the regular program year ends, I want to express my Unbounded Appreciation to the Senior Choir for their time, effort, and patience throughout the year.

This year attendance at Sunday rehearsals during May and into June has stayed unusually strong. This faithfulness has allowed us to begin working on anthems for autumn, so that when regular rehearsals begin again in September, we’ll have a head start. This will help as we also begin rehearsing for a Christmas Cantata in December.

I mentioned this at rehearsal recently, and was rewarded with responses like, “We have nothing better to do;” Where else can we go and have so much fun abusing the person who thinks he’s in charge;” and “We feel like we’re doing penance when we’re at choir rehearsals.”

So, to make a long story short (too late!) – [by the way, does anyone know what movie that line comes from? – gosh, P.D., that’s three in one music article], THANKS to the members of the Senior Choir. Their love of music, desire to please, and devotion to the Lord are evident in all of their singing. We have a good, well-blended sound; and there are times when our voices meld in such a way that the sound is almost ethereal, when I truly believe we become part of the heavenly chorus that continually sings praises around the throne of God.

Thank you to each one of you…
Pastor Carla
Carolyn Thomas
Debbie Snow
Emily Nichol
Faith Myers
Jennifer Childs
Jessica Levy
Tasha Graziani
Teresa Grant
Chris Fox
Diane Bradley
Heather Tierney
Libby Sellen
Marilyn Thomas
Roxanne Long
Bill Long
Bill Mays Jr.
Larry Grant

…and to all of you who so faithfully and appreciatively support us.

Boyd Fox, Music Director




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 Grades 06-10
Jun 24 - Jun 30 Junior I Camp Grades 03-06
July 01 - July 07 Family Camp  
July 08 - July 14 Performing Arts Camp Grades 04-08
July 08 - July 14 Camp Survival Grades 06-08
July 15 - July 21 Latino Camp Grades 01-12
July 22 - July 25 Primary Mini Camp Grades 01-02
July 22 - July 28 Junior II Camp Grades 02-05
July 22 - July 28 Sailing Camp II Grades 06-10
July 29 - Aug 04 Senior High Camp Grades 09-12
July 29 - Aug 04 Baseball Camp Grades 05-06

All school grades listed are GRADE COMPLETED in June 2018
Early Registration Discount Before 05/01/2018
Late Registration Fee After 06/01/2018



From My Ears to Yours

You may have heard, we had a big wedding at the church recently. When guests saw the cake, they were surprised that it looked like it had been bought off the shelf and hastily decorated.

That’s because, when the original cake was ordered, the couple requested that 1 John 4:18 be inscribed on the cake: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

The baker evidently misread the order. When the cake was delivered to the reception venue, the bride was horrified to find that the “1” had been dropped from the scripture reference; the verse on the cake was from John 4:18, which reads: “For you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband.”

I made that up! (That’s a dangler.) It was a beautiful wedding. The Bride had requested “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” as the closing hymn. Boy, were her prayers answered! Then there was the toast at the reception, wishing the couple ‘lots of children.’ That should increase the size of our Sunday School.

As Sydney and Nathan begin their lives together as husband and wife, I wish them the same kind of love that some 4–8 year olds described (as begun last month), when questioned by child professionals.

  1. Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is okay. – Danny (7)
  2. I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones. – Lauren (5)
  3. Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired. – Terri (4)
  4. Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford (whoever that is). – Chris (7)
  5. During my piano recital, I was on the stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore. – Cindy (8)
  6. If you want to learn how to love better, start with a friend who you hate. – Nikka (6)
  7. Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken. – Elaine (6)
  8. When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you. – Karen (7)

Wishing you the love and joy that only God can give, this summer!

Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse




The following items are being collected for the Philippines:

The following items are being collected for the Philippines:

  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Picture Books: Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Sewing Materials: Scissors, threads, fabric for quilting,
  • Toiletries: travel size soaps, shampoos, etc.

These items will be sent to Samaritana Transformational Ministries (for sewing/quilting classes); Santa Barbara Baptist Church (church library and choir); Antique Christian Center (school and children's ministry). These ministries and church are affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, a mission partner of the American Baptist Churches USA since the 1900s. Mission boxes will be shipped in July 2018. Please drop off items you'd like to donate in the box provided in our church narthex. Thank you!




“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” - Proverbs 25:11

Have you ever met a person who spoke with grace and beauty? Someone who spoke with compassion so that even the painful truth is couched with words that are like carefully chosen gems that shed light on the matter at hand, without making the listener feel diminished. For me that person was the late Dr. Cordelia Gobuyan. I still remember her voice, not too loud not too soft. Whether she was speaking in Ilonggo or English, she spoke clearly and well. She trained many of the children in my church, including myself, how to read Scriptures aloud in church services. In her gentle and warm voice, she would first give a compliment before she shared constructive and positive feedback. As I recall, she refrained from saying anything that was unnecessary.

She was a gifted writer, a skilled musician, an excellent teacher and a woman of great faith. I lost touch with her in my high school years because she had moved to London, where she taught at one of the universities. I reconnected with Dr. Gobuyan in the 1980’s. She suffered a stroke in London and came home. The right side of her body was paralyzed and she had difficulty speaking. None of these difficulties stopped her from offering free piano lessons at her home. Realizing my need to improve my skills in playing the piano, I became one of her students. I soon found out that even though her right arm was not as good as the left, she could still play “Blessed Assurance” without missing a note from start to finish. I sat there watching her thinking to myself, “If she could do it, I could do it.” Alas, even after several piano lessons with Dr. Gobuyan, I did not feel like I was making any progress. But her words of encouragement, spoken in a voice that was not as clear as it used to be, came through to me. They were precious words that shone like “apples of gold in settings of silver,” as described in Proverbs 25:11.

In this very wordy world we find ourselves, where we are easily tempted to speak or write without thinking about what these would do to the reader or listener or to a whole nation — I remember Dr. Gobuyan and her carefully chosen words. She did not live long enough to be on Facebook or Twitter. But if she had, I could hear her say something like this to me: “Before you speak, think. Before you write, reflect. Before you say anything to anyone, ask yourself: will my words bless this person who is about to hear them?”




The following items are being collected for the Philippines:

Cutting mats

Cutting rulers

Rotary cutters with extra blades

Plain, tonal and/or small print cottons

Gently-used books for children (pre-school, elementary, junior high, high school) - Christian themes, or story books, nursery rhymes, general subjects

School supplies: pencils, crayons, erasers and notebooks

Music pieces or hymn books for church choirs

These items will be sent to Samaritana Transformational Ministries (for sewing/quilting classes); Santa Barbara Baptist Church (church library and choir); Antique Christian Center (school and children's ministry). These ministries and church are affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, a mission partner of the American Baptist Churches USA since the 1900s. Mission boxes will be shipped in July 2018. Please drop off items you'd like to donate in the box provided in our church narthex. Thank you!




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