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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  





“One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:1, The Message Bible.

"“In our dance with the divine, only one is leading. Christ, the Lord of the Dance, is most joyful of all when we are dancing in sync with the symphony of Creation’s Conductor.” - Excerpt From The Well-Played Life by Leonard Sweet.

As I recall, the only dancing allowed in our Baptist university when I was a kid, was square dancing. Ballroom dancing and anything similar were not allowed. At home, we didn’t dance much either. Although our family loved watching musicals like “The King and I,” “Hello Dolly,” and “Sound of Music,” which had a lot of dazzling dance scenes, the only accomplished dancer was my father. So when Pastor Dave and I were about to get married, I asked my Dad to teach me how to dance the waltz. My Dad was happy to teach me, and he enjoyed counting 1...2...3, 1...2...3. At first I kept stepping on my Dad’s toes. But that didn’t bother him at all. He was very patient and just kept on smiling. “Just try to relax, listen to the music, follow my lead, have fun, and before you know it you’ll be dancing,” my Dad would say to me.

Following Dad’s advice, I eventually learned how to waltz! Although I could never be as good as my Dad, I learned from him the joy of dancing. He taught me how to lighten up, relax and just enjoy the dance. It was from him that I learned to focus not on my feet but to look into my partner’s eyes. The less self-conscious I was, the better I became. And although there were steps to follow and some basic rules to observe, the main thing was to trust Dad and hold on to him. My Dad taught me not only to dance but to have a playful attitude towards anything I was doing, even when I made mistakes. He taught me to learn from my mistakes but not to dwell on them. I learned from Dad that if you love what you are doing, no matter how difficult, you will not only work hard, but you will also experience the joy of doing it. I have come to realize that this applied not only to dancing but to the whole of life.

So, as we celebrate our Dads, our Graduates and newly-married couples in the month of June, I pray that they and all of us who are in the dance of life, will find the joy of love and work, rest and play, with Jesus Christ, “the Lord of the Dance,” leading us. I thank and rejoice in our God who has blessed us abundantly and has provided our needs and then some! The more we learn this “living, spirited dance,” the more we find the joy of living as children of God, bound together by the love of God through Jesus Christ. And having this joy and love, I pray that we will continue to work together to serve Christ as a church family here in Woodbury, in the United States and around the world.

“Shall we dance?”

Yours and Christ's,





JUNE 2018 WORSHIP THEME: One In Christ

Focus - The Power of Caring


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)




The meeting started with a prayer led by Pastor Carla. The Council then received reports followed by discussions on items presented. Below are highlights of the reports.

  1. Bill Long’s report on the Boys and Girls Club mentioned that he met with the fire marshal to discuss what needs to be done to be up to code with all of the Club's big plans for using the upper rooms of the church. The BGC's Summer Academy will be held five days a week noon to 5:00 pm from June 25th to August 24th.
  2. Don Sanderson gave a report on AB Men. The men met at the Piston Diner on May 11. Activities discussed at the meeting were the men singing on Father's Day and giving out lapel pins, giving the Children's Message on Memorial Day, planning for Rally Day picnic in September, Men's Sunday in October, and Veteran's Day in November. They will also run the Coffee with Cops in July. The men do not meet in the months of July and August.
  3. Joan Moyer’s report Ambassadorship report included missionaries Brian and Lynette Smith will be speaking at the church on June 3rd. Also, Love Gift Sunday will be coming up in September. Her AB Women report mentioned the Women’s Conference at Harvey Cedars May 31-June 2. Pastor Carla will be the Bible Study leader. June 18th will be the ABW picnic.
  4. Financial Report was sent via e-mail by Bill Mays, Jr. to council members prior to the meeting for council to review. We ended up in the black for the month of April which is good news. We are slowly paying back the money we borrowed from the Foundation Fund for the heater. Funds for lawn care however are currently at a deficit.
  5. Music Report was sent to council members by email by Rev. Boyd Fox prior to the meeting. He thanked the women and the kids for participating in the music on Mother's Day and mentioned that choir attendance is up to 18 members.
  6. Pastor’s Report was sent by email to council members prior to the meeting. Pastor Carla thanked those who attended CBC's annual planning meeting on May 5th. Joan Moyer, Julie Levy, and Corann Okorodudu joined Pastor Carla in attending the Greater Delaware Valley Association meeting April 29. The church has been invited to attend Woodbury's Juneteenth program at Bethlehem Baptist Church on June 9th.
  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. Children's Sunday is coming up in June. The kids will be running the service and singing. Maura Mays will be speaking.
  9. Bill Sutton was given approval to go ahead and have Sterling install nine wireless, programmable heating thermostat interfaces.
  10. Woodbury's FAF has asked to use the LFH for a jazz fusion band to play in on June 1st.

After the reports were heard/received, discussed the meeting was adjourned and closing prayer was led by Pat Moore.





Morning Worship Service Begins at 9:30am


Home Bible Studies:


Meet on Sunday, June 10th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.




All are invited to join the meeting on Thursday, June 21st at 7pm. in the Adult Sunday School Classroom. Thank you.



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.




Anyone interested in joining us, we will be meeting on Thursday June 7th and Thursday June 21st, in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Any questions please see Boyd Fox.




The organ was tuned again in May. It needed it, even though many of you may not have noticed. I can adjust for “out-of-tuneness” (that is a word – just look it up in your Funk and Wagnall’s) by not using certain stops with other stops, or by not using a stop at all. (A stop is a group of pipes that has the same sound, like a ‘flute’ or a ‘reed.’ However, as more stops ‘go out,’ it becomes more difficult.

The organ will probably need another tuning later in the summer, and then one in late November or early December.

Mr. Kurtz (the organ tuner) also replaced a ‘sleeve’ (made of leather) that supplied air to one of the chests: the box that the pipes sit on (that dangler is for you, PD!). When air leaks, there’s a constant hissing sound (you may or may not have noticed that the organ is quieter now when running but not being played).

The Senior Choir will sing through the first Sunday of July. We will also hear from the Youth Choir on Children’s Day Sunday, June 10th, and from the AB Men’s Glee Club and Numismatic Society on Father’s Day, June 17th. Once again, Don Sanderson will lead his band of “mighty men,” clad in green loincloths, out of Sherwood Forest and into our church auditorium, to rob from the rich and give to the heating fund.

Would anyone be interested in looking through the hymnal for/with me to help me find hymns that are familiar to the congregation?

And, would anyone be interested in learning how to lead the Kristal Bells by holding/turning the color-marked cards? You don’t need to read music – you simply need to be able to hear the beat of the music and to count that beat. It helps if you don’t have stiff fingers!

Sandwich and a Song will continue to meet on scheduled Thursdays during the summer, at 5:00 p.m. in the air-conditioned Blue Parlor. Anyone is welcome to join us for the sandwich, the singing (or listening), or both.

Boyd Fox, Music Director




The Annual Book Dedication time at Central Baptist Church will begin on Mother’s Day, May 13th and continues up through Father’s Day, June 17th. Several books will be ready for your purchase to dedicate them in memory or in honor of a loved one. God Bless your willingness to support the Central Baptist Church library!



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

Ah, June, ah… choo. June is the month of allergies (as is May, April, September, and October…)

and LOVE.

June used to be the month of weddings, until people began spending more than the cost of a new home for one. When my parents got married, they had a few friends over to the house. When the Mrs. and I got married, the reception was in the church hall with buffet lunch. Now, people are having weddings on Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. to cut down on expenses.

I saw some definitions of “Love” a few months ago in Rodent Digest. The question, “What does love mean?” was asked by child professionals of a group of 4-to-8 year olds. Their responses were broader and deeper than anyone had imagined. I enjoyed them and hope you do also.

  1. When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore; so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love. – Rebecca (8)
  2. When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. – Billy (4)
  3. Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on cologne and they go out and smell each other. – Karl (5)
  4. Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs. – Chrissy (6)
  5. Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together. My mommy and daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss. – Emily (8)
  6. Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day. – Noelle (7)
  7. Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well. – Tommy (6)
  8. I let my big sister pick on me because my mom says she only picks on me because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister because I love her. – Bethany (4)
  9. Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him home alone all day. – Mary Ann (4)
  10. My mommy loves me more than anybody else. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night. – Clare (6)
  11. Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas, if you stop opening presents and listen. – Bobby (7)

Wishing you the joy of love this month!

Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse




We will meet on Monday, June 18th 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 please see Roxanne Long or Joan Moyer.


Have you visited the church library lately? If you haven’t, how about dropping by this June to pick up some books for your summer reading pleasure. I have enjoyed reading a couple of books that I found while browsing through the bookshelves this spring. I also noticed the three signs on the library’s door. They are words that make you wonder about God’s word and the men and women that God has inspired to write words that eventually become books.

If you are reading this article, I invite you to check out our library and begin with reading the words on the door. Then, please fill in the blanks below to complete the quotations that are glued on our church library’s door.

So here they are:

“___________, one of life’s greatest gifts.”

A friend of mine said “Our purpose is to glorify ________.” I did not really know what that meant until I read this ___________.

“Have you read my #1 best seller? There will be a ______. God

The first one to send me the completed quotations with the correct words by e-mail at calayrk@gmail.com or on a hand-written note with the date on it, will receive a gift. Of course, Mary Jane Wade and Marilyn Thomas are exempted from this “quotations-on-the-church library-door” quiz.

Thank you! Hope to hear from you soon and happy reading!




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!




American Baptist International Ministries Missionaries

Brian and Lynette Smith,

Global Servants in Haiti,

Will be visiting Central Baptist during our Morning Worship

The Smiths are Appointed Global Servants to Haiti by American Baptist International Ministries! Brian and Lynette are blessed with two sons: Ricky (age 12) and Caleb (age 6). The Smith’s ministry motto is “Called to More.” Let us pray for them as they share their story of God’s call to serve in Haiti and work with the Haitian Baptist Convention.





Arianna Bowe: Kingsway Regional High School

Joseph Norton: Gateway Regional High School

Jack Tierney: Penn State University






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