St. Paul's Weekly Announcements

HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, March 25, services at 9:00 and 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday, March 29, service at 7:00 pm

Good Friday, March 30, service at 7:00 pm

Easter, April 1, Sunrise Service, 6:00 am at Jenkinson’s Pavilion, Pt. Pleasant Beach

Easter Combined Worship Service, April 1, 10:00 am in the Sanctuary

FINANCE UPDATE

As of 19 March, our giving has fallen short of budgeted projections.  The primary reason is that we have lost an average of 12 families giving each week compared to last year's numbers.  Our giving this year is down by over $400 per week.  Over the year, that is a decrease of $21000.   Compared to our budgeted income, this level of giving will result in a shortfall at year end of $73K. While we know that attendance has declined, we ask that folks help us to close our deficit. As you have seen in past presentation, our expense budget doesn't have any fat, we are mainly just paying the bills

LAY MINISTRY RECOGNITION AWARD

Rich Scraggs has been awarded the Lay Ministry Recognition Award by our Conference’s Laity Board.  More details will follow.

EASTER EGG HUNT

Please join us! Our Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park in Bay Head, will be held Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 am.  (Rain location at the church.)  There is plenty of fun for the whole family: giveaways, photo ops with the Easter Bunny and an Easter message for the whole family. We will need donations of plastic eggs (empty or pre-filled), pre-filled Easter baskets, empty baskets, candy, small toys, coloring books, puzzles, “dollar tree” items, and prizes for the older children.  The age groups are 1-4, 5-7 and 8-10.  Any size donation is appreciated.    Also, monetary donations towards toys are always welcome!  Please have items in by March 23rd  and leave them in the bin marked “Egg Hunt Items” in the Fell. Hall. Questions? Contact Kristy Gerdes, 732-685-5857 or Ksmith45@msn.com.

EMPTY BOWLS

You can help fight world hunger by participating with St. Paul’s and our newest mission project, Empty Bowls. Starting this weekend and running through April 22, paint a bowl and then donate it at Wish Upon a Jar. Join us again for dinner on April 28th for the culmination of Empty Bowls and as part you get to keep the bowl you were served in, a reminder for you that someone’s bowl is always empty. The dinner will also celebrate the end of our youth group’s 30 Hour Famine, another world hunger drive. 
Cost of the bowl is $15 to paint and donate. Cost for dinner is $10 and includes a bowl. All proceeds will be donated evenly between World Vision’s Hunger fund to fight international hunger and local food banks, fighting hunger at home.

ALTAR FLOWERS

The flowers on the altar are presented by Patty Applegate, to the glory of God and in loving memory of Jean Griffin.

KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP    

“Wini’s Knit Wits” will meet once a month to work on various projects to benefit different missions associated with the church. Whether you already know how to knit or crochet or want to learn, all are welcome to come and join us.  The next get together will be Apr. 22, 10:30 am.

SHOP ON AMAZON PROMOTION - TRIPLE GIVE BACK THROUGH MARCH!!

You can shop on Amazon online and Amazon will donate a percentage of your sales to St. Paul's!  It is simple to set up, just follow these steps:  Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2483855 or visit the St. Paul’s website, Give Online Tab, Amazon Donation for a direct link.  AND… The Amazon Smile donation promotion has begun!   Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from March 12-31.  This is great opportunity to increase St. Paul’s Amazon Smile donations!

COFFEE HOUR and GREETING    

Please consider signing up for Coffee Hour and/or Greeting, which are two important ministries at St. Paul’s. The sign-up sheet for helping with coffee hour is on the bulletin board by the kitchen; for greeting, under the clock in the Fellowship Hall.

2018 FLOWER CHART

The 2018 signup sheet for altar flowers is posted under the clock in the Fellowship Hall.  If you wish to dedicate flowers, please indicate your name and dedication next to your chosen week. Flowers are $35.00.

GET THE UPPER ROOM ONLINE!

If you have a computer, we encourage you to obtain free access to the Upper Room online!   To sign up, you can follow the instructions to do so that are in the iBeacon Newsletter.

ST. PAUL’S IS NUT FREE

St. Paul’s is a nut-free church.  If you bring in any food/refreshments for Coffee Hour or a function, it must be nut free.  This includes no almond/peanut butter.

STORAGE BINS NEEDED

 With all the yearly events held at St. Paul’s, organization and storage of materials can become overwhelming, especially for our larger events like Night in Bethlehem and Vacation Bible School.  In an effort to organize our supplies more efficiently we are looking for anyone who might want to help by donating some heavy duty storage bins.   If you are able to help out please contact Kristy Gerdes or Rich Scraggs.

PRAY FOR THE NATION GROUP

This group meets the first Monday of each month, from 8:30-9:30 am.  Everyone is invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall.

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH GROUP

This group meets every third Monday of the month, 8:30-9:30 am and focuses on our church and church family.

OUR PRAYER LIST

If you would like to place a person on our prayer list, please fill out a prayer request card.