"...Do whatever he tells you." - John 2:5b, NRSV
June has traditionally been considered a month for weddings. In John 2:1-11, Jesus' first miracle was at a wedding in Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine and saved the newly-wed couple from embarrassment. Pastor Dave once shared a message based on this story. According to Pastor Dave, this wedding story revealed three secrets for a joyful, loving and faithful marriage. These "secrets" can be applied to any relationship or friendship, including the church's relationship with God. They are:
First, be sure to invite Jesus.
Second, do whatever Jesus tells you.
Third, serve the best now.
Those of us who have lived long enough know, that Yes, the "wine" can run out. (By wine here I mean that which brings a richness and fullness in our lives; although, yes you can interpret it literally, too!) Whether you are a Dad, a Grad, a Bride or Groom, Parent, Son, Daughter, or a Friend - not everything happens as you expect or desire. The good news is that if we have Jesus with us, we can trust Jesus to love us and help us get through whatever we are facing. Jesus can turn water into wine, and surprise us with something better, beyond our expectations.
As a church we can trust Jesus as we prayerfully discern and make decisions regarding a new heating system for our worship and fellowship spaces. We also depend on Jesus to sustain us through this year and guide us in our planning and working together as Jesus' ambassadors to our community with the message of love, justice and peace thru a growing relationship with the Prince of Peace himself and his bride, the Church.
As we journey through the season of Pentecost, and celebrate the Bride of Christ's birthday, let us remember that Jesus is with us in this journey. I encourage you to come and meet with Jesus in your personal prayer time and study of the Scriptures; in our Sunday worship services, in our Prayer service on June 6 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m., in table fellowship with family, friends and, perhaps, even strangers; and in service to God and our community. In all these, let us remember that Jesus loves us and wants to bring wholeness to all our relationships so that we may be powerful witnesses of God's love to a broken world. May the Holy Spirit empower us and re-kindle the fire for our first love: Jesus!
Yours and Christ's,
Main Theme:Celebrating with Grace
TIME CHANGE: SUNDAY JUNE 25th to September 3rd
Morning Worship Service Begins at 9:30am
Sunday School Hours - Taking a break for the summer.
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 American Baptist Men’s Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 11th at 7:30AM at the Piston Diner in Westville NJ. This will be the last one until September, 2017. Any questions, please call Don Sanderson (856) 845-3959 or Bill Sutton (856) 848-8366.
We will meet on Monday, June 12th for our end of the year picnic @ 6:00pm. at The Long’s home. We hope that you will join us. Please sign up in the Narthex. For more information see Roxanne Long or Joan Moyer.
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
The Council met on May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm. After Tom Louis opened with prayer, the Council approved the minutes of the April meeting previously sent electronically by Jen Childs. The Council next received the report of Don Sanderson regarding AB Men. The report included Men's Breakfast meeting on May 14; plans for Father's Day Sunday (June 18); Meet and Greet with Woodbury Police on July 17; Monday, at 6 p.m.; and church picnic on Rally Day Sunday (Sept. 24). There will be no AB Men breakfast meetings in summer (July and August).
The Council then received and discussed the report of Worship Committee. Pat Moore is working on Scripture Readers schedule. She will be having knee surgery in mid-June and asked help from worship committee members to coordinate worship while she recovers. Music Director's Report was submitted electronically, which included the plan for a Christmas Cantata on Christmas Eve service this year. Pat Moore followed up on a request by Heartland Hospice to use the sanctuary for its October Annual Meeting.
For Fellowship Committee, Sue Meyer gave an update on preparations for the June 10 yard sale to raise money for the heating repairs. The Stewardship Committee reported that mechanical engineer, Walter Spencer, has been hired and it will take 5-6 weeks for him to work on a design for our heating system. Some lighting fixtures need to be replaced. Heidi Louis is getting estimates for outside window painting and window glazing. The Council then discussed and approved the Treasurer’s report. Bill Mays pointed out that giving continues to be above budget. Report of profit from our investments has been received.
Pastor's report was submitted electronically. Some of the highlights were: Rev. Bob Santilli is guest preacher on June 4, Pentecost Sunday; June 11 is joint Children/Youth Sunday with First Asian Baptist Church of Haddonfield; and, 4 baptism candidates will meet with Church Council on June 15. New ABCUSA General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, will begin his work on June 1.* CBC has been invited to Princeton Seminary's Young Adult Ministry event on June 13.
Other matters mentioned during the meeting were: Community VBS has been cancelled due to lack of adult volunteers. GWCM Community Thanksgiving service will be hosted by Central Baptist Church in November 2017. Meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m. Pat Moore led the closing prayer.
*As of May 23, 2017, we received information from ABCNJ office that Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran is going to serve as Interim Executive Minister while a nationwide search for a new Executive Minister is being done.
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.
The Annual Book Dedication time at Central Baptist Church runs from Sunday May 14th, Mother’s Day, and continues up through Father’s Day, June 18th. Several books are still looking for someone to purchase and dedicate them in memory or honor of a loved one. God Bless your willingness to support our Central Baptist Church library!
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.
Memorial Day is just now passed. My grandfather served in World War I and briefly in World War II. My father served in the Second World War. (They didn’t actually serve in the uniformed services; however, Rodents make great spies.) Fortunately, they returned home. But so many Humans did not, or returned with severe challenges or debilitating conditions. I saw the following article a couple years ago on the internet and re-visit it each year around this time. I hope it has meaning for you, too..
My friend Kevin and I are volunteers at a National cemetery in Oklahoma a few days each month. August is hot and humid in Oklahoma, and this day had been an especially long one. I just wanted it to be over so we could go down to Smokey’s and have a cold one. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time – 16:55. Five minutes to go before the gates are closed for the day.
I saw the car pull into the drive, a ’69 or ’70 model Cadillac Deville, looking nearly new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail’s pace. An old woman got out so slowly, I thought she was paralyzed. She had a cane and a sheaf of flowers, four or five bunches as best I could tell.
I couldn’t help myself. The thought came unwanted and left a slightly bitter taste: ‘She’s going to spend an hour, and my hip hurts like hell and I’m ready to get out of here now!’ But, for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in. Kevin would lock the ‘In’ gate and I’d hurry the old biddy along so we could get to Smokey’s.
I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a pot gut and half a limp, in Marine full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began watch this morning.
I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman’s squint. “Ma’am, may I assist you in any way?” She took long enough to answer. “Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.” “My pleasure, ma’am,” I responded. (Well, it wasn’t too much of a lie.)
She looked again. “Marine, where were you stationed?” “Vietnam, ma’am,” I replied, “ground pounder, ’69 to ’71.” She looked at me closer. “Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I’ll be as quick as I can.” I lied a little bigger, “No hurry, ma’am.”
She smiled and winked at me. “Son, I’m 85 years old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let’s get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name’s Joanne Wieserman, and I’ve a few Marines I’d like to see one more time.” “Yes, ma’am,” I answered, “at your service.”
She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flower bunches out of my arms and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn’t quite make out. The name on the marble was, ‘Donald S. Davidson, USMC – France 1918.’
She turned away and headed for the World War II section. I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek as she stopped and put a bunch on another stone. The name was, “Stephen X. Davidson, USMC, 1943.’
She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, ‘Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944.’ She paused for several seconds while more tears flowed. “Two more, son, and we’ll be done.” I could barely say, “Yes, ma’am. Take your time.”
She paused, looking confused. “Where’s the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.” I pointed with my chin. “That way, ma’am.” “Oh!” she chuckled quietly. “Son, me and old age, we ain’t too friendly.”
She headed down the walk I had pointed to, stopping at a couple stones until she found the ones she wanted. She placed a bunch on, ‘Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968,’ and the last one on, ‘Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970.’ She stood there and murmured more words I couldn’t make out while more tears flowed. “OK, son, I’m finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.” “Ma’am”, I asked, “were those your kinfolk?”
She paused. “Yes. Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons. All killed in action. All Marines.” She stopped. Whether she had finished or couldn’t finish, I don’t know.
She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully. I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car. “Get to the ‘Out’ gate quick. There’s something we’ve got to do.” Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us down the service road fast. We beat her there. She hadn’t made it around the rotunda yet. “Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost. Follow my lead.”
I humped it across the drive to the other side. When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny’s voice: “TehenHut!” “Present Haarms!” I have to hand it to Kevin. He never blinked an eye – full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud.
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice far beyond the realm of most. I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.
I realize this is a little late for Memorial Day, but our remembering, and our gratitude for the sacrifices made on our behalf, should not be confined to one day. To all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to those who were injured in body, mind, or spirit, and to those who remained on the home front, I say “THANK YOU!”
Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse
I've always wondered what a typical day is like for a volunteer at the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food pantry. So I asked Libby Sellen to share her experience with us below.
When I retired from teaching in 2005 I felt I needed to find a place to volunteer. At that time the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries food pantry was located on the Friends' Meeting House property on North Broad Street. Having friends who volunteered there, I decided to join them. There are many different ways to help and, at my friend's suggestion, I began interviewing clients as they came in to be served.
Several years later, the food pantry was moved to its present location in the Seventh Day Adventist Church at the corner of South Evergreen Avenue and East Barber Avenue. I volunteer there most Thursday mornings and sometimes on Tuesday if I'm needed (the only two days it is open). I find it very rewarding to get to know the clients as they come in to get their food. Most of them are so appreciative for everything they receive; some are embarrassed that they have to be there; some are in tears due to their circumstances. It's always important to reassure the clients that we are there to help them in any way we can. After I take their information I tell them what food choices (meat, produce, etc.) we have that day, write them down, and give them a $5.00 Heritages' coupon to be used for milk and other specified items (the coupons are purchased by GWCM, not given by Heritages). Then I take their clip board to the packing room where other workers bag the food I've recorded along with other staples. I also give them a paper telling them when they are eligible to return 30 days later. Sometimes they can receive pet food or toiletries, according to what has been donated.
I have become acquainted with many wonderful people while volunteering - workers, clients, others who bring in donated food or money. It's a very rewarding experience and I always look forward to seeing those who come in to receive the various services available at the GWCM. I will be glad to deliver any donated food or money you would like to contribute to our ministry - just bring it to the church and put it in the GWCM basket in the narthex. Thank you for your continued support of the residents of Woodbury and surrounding communities.
Thank you, Libby for your faithful service as a volunteer at our Woodbury Food Pantry! I am grateful to our Central Baptist Church family for being generous in supporting this ministry in partnership with churches in our community. If you feel called by God to do volunteer work at the Food pantry, I trust that Libby will be happy to help you get started.
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As our CBC children and the First Asian Baptist Church of Haddonfield children offer up their Gifts and Talents to God.
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. Registrations are available in the Narthex or please ask Larry Grant for more information. Remember that Central Baptist pays half of all camperships, and if you register early there is even more savings! Hope you decide to join the fun this summer!
June 2017 Calendar
Church Yard Sale
An Afternoon Of Aftican American Poetry and Spirituals