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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  


"Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:30-31, NRSV

In my January 2018 message, I wrote about the spiritual training that Christians in the Philadelphia Eagles team do in order to grow in their faith and become strong disciples of Jesus Christ. When I read about them in the November/December 2017 issue of Bible Study magazine, I was very impressed by their dedication, including that of quarterback, Carson Wentz and then backup quarterback, Nick Foles. Knowing about their commitment to Christ as disciples, I began to pay more attention to their games, including the last one that they won against the Vikings. Now the Eagles are in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl! I haven't been this excited about the Super Bowl since I started watching American football in 1997. When I said, "Go Eagles!" that Sunday I said "slingshot" instead of "sling," I didn't realize that the Philadelphia Eagles will go this far!

So, with all the excitement in Philadelphia and South Jersey, and everywhere Eagles fans abound, I could not resist, reflecting on Isaiah 40:31. Super Bowl and beyond, I believe that God has a message of hope for us in this verse. The phrase "Those who wait" or in the NIV, "Those who hope" in the Lord, will receive new strength from God. It takes patience and faith to be able to receive it, but I believe God's word is true and reliable. Just like the Philadelphia Eagles team, we may be feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, but we can choose to trust God to face every challenge, by putting our hope in the Lord first, and then do what God empowers us to do with what we have and who we are.

This winter has been full of challenges for many of us. Several of us have struggled and some still wrestle with health issues. We've had very cold winter weather that has affected us in many ways. We are longing for spring to come and warmer temperatures. We pray and strive for better health and balance in our lives. But it is still winter and the season of Lent is upon us: a season of spiritual training that involves body, mind, and spirit. It is a period of actively waiting on the Lord, that involves a rhythm of work, rest, prayer and worship. Just like physical athletes, we will grow weary and exhausted, and yet, if we look to Jesus, our Coach, we will learn when to stop, rest, pray, worship, and then back to the work of loving service in the name of Christ.

Going back to the eagle...have you noticed that they are solitary types (unlike geese)? When they soar, they soar alone. What am I learning from this? This teaches me, that I need to have eagle moments with God. My quiet and alone times with God, help me to soar above problems, difficulties and challenges. I believe that when we do this, we are not truly alone, because God is with us. And because God is with us, we can be patient and wait for God's will to be revealed to us.

So, come February 4, to all Eagles fans...no matter what the outcome is, let us continue to wait upon the Lord, and put our hope in God. We will always be winners, when our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ, who has won the victory over sin and death, on Calvary's cross. Let Jesus be our guide this February and beyond.

Yours and Christ's,






Focus - The Power of God’s Call


Sunday School Hours - 9:00am Opening Exercises

9:15am Sunday School Classes Begin

Sunday School Classes are available for ages: 4 through Adult.

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)



Home Bible Studies:


Meet on Sunday, February 11th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.

ABW (AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN) -will meet on Monday, February 19th @ Roxanne Long’s home, any questions, please see Joan Moyer or Roxanne Long.


will meet January 10th, 7pm. at the Snow’s home, and then on Wednesday, January 24th at which they have not determined the location yet.



The Owls Lady’s Bible Study meet on Wednesday Mornings in the Adult Sunday School classroom. All ladies are welcome to join us for that hour of joy with God, starting at 10am.



All are invited to join the meeting on Thursday, February 15th 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.




The electricians and the HVAC people have been busy working on installing the new system. As of today, Sterling Heating and Smith Electric have managed to start up the ‘Mini-splits’ in the sanctuary and the temperature is now a balmy 61 degrees in there! The next step will be to break through from the roof of the blue parlor into the sanctuary with the ductwork to connect the main unit. We will continue to keep you posted. Thank you for your continued prayers!



CBC Family: Anyone interested in contributing financially towards the cost of snow removal for the upcoming winter for the church, please mark your envelope accordingly so that is goes into the correct fund. Thank you!!





Anyone interested in joining us, we will be meeting on Thursday February 15th, in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Any questions please see Boyd Fox.



The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30pm. @ St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. All are invited to attend.


Wow, what a new year so far. I was out of commission for over two weeks in January – acute bronchitis. So many others were sick or ailing. Some are still not back at the top of their game. And now Larry Grant has had major surgery. Teresa says he can’t talk – another sign that God does answer prayer. (At least for her. I hope he can sing!)

On January 21st, I returned to worship. The choir sang: “My Tribute,” and I am told by some choir members that several in the congregation joined in. Thank you for feeling free to do so.

Before we sang, I mentioned how blessed I am, and how thankful I am to God for bringing me into the Central Baptist Family. When I retired, I lost not only the close friendships one makes as pastor, but also the sense of being important in something larger than myself. (I’m sure many of you had a similar experience when you retired.) Then along came this church, which has welcomed Chris and me back (she was baptized into this church and we were married here). The first Sunday we attended, Pat Moore came up to us and welcomed us, and spoke to us the second time we came. On the third visit, Heidi was already pestering me, wanting to know my email so she could send the newsletter. Then, after I had offered to fill in when Bill Fennimore left, Heidi and Pastor Dave (Pastor Carla was away at the time) asked me to stay on, offering me a choir that would drive me to drink, but suggesting it would be okay if I took off two Sundays a month. (I really could not do that – the lack of abuse from the choir would cause serious withdrawal.)

So, here I am: having a place to go so I get out of Chris’s hair, and allowing me to share my musical gifts and my charming personality (well, one out of two ain’t bad!). I truly enjoy playing, especially the hymns of the church. And I love hearing our choir – they are an amazing group of singers; their sound, the blend of their voices and the warmth of their sound, a taste of heaven on earth.

I would also be remiss if I did not express appreciation to Heidi and Pastor Carla for encouraging me to take off the time needed to get better. They also both urged me to take my previously scheduled vacation Sunday on January 28th. I have been so blessed. Indeed, “how can I say thanks for all the things God has done for me…”

It is nice to see Jessica Levy walking with her walker now, and even taking a few steps without it. And we are hoping for a speedy healing for Pastor Carla. Pastor Dave has offered to take her place in the choir. Do I need to say it? “Hurry back, Pastor Carla!”

In closing, the choir expresses appreciation to God for sharing Sharon Lovegrove Conley with us, and now we have returned her to God, where she will be singing her heart out in the heavenly choir, if she can ever find her music. We miss you, Sharon. And we love you!

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

My cousin, Mickey, is a stand-up comic in a local Mouse Club. Quite the cut-up, he was regaling us at our Christmas celebration. I share some of his mouse-wit.

Helen: “Were you surprised to find out you were color-blind?”

Ellen: “I’ll say! The diagnosis came completely out of the yellow.”


Ollie: “I tried living in the future.”

Wally: “Why did you come back?”

Ollie: “I kept getting ahead of myself.”


“What did the bottle of ranch say when somebody opened the refrigerator door?”

“Shut the door. I’m dressing.”

Well, reaction to my article in last month’s Spire has been underwhelming, to say the least (one person dropped me a note to say she enjoyed the ‘new’ definitions). Is anybody out there?

Undaunted, I shall continue sharing the ‘new definitions’ which my Uncle Maxi shared with me. (A reminder: the only rule for them is to take a currently accepted word and alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, then supply a new definition.)

  1. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (Sadly, in today’s social climate, this one seems to be an epidemic.)
  2. Karmageddon: It’s, like, when everybody is, like, sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s, like, a serious bummer.
  3. Decafalon: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
  4. Glibido: All talk and no action.
  5. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

Here’s hoping that February is a lot healthier for us than January has been! And let’s keep in prayer those who are still struggling with health issues, especially Pastor.

Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse




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