VOL. 56 - No. 6 THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT RED BANK JUNE 2004
In This Issue
On Sunday, June 6, 50-year members of our congregation will be honored during
the 11:00 a.m. service. A luncheon for these honorees will follow in the Church
Stewardship Corner Parlor, hosted by the Membership and Communication Committee. At the request
page two of the committee, Wilma Henrie has graciously agreed to co-ordinate this special
Those being honored for attaining the 50 year mark this year are:
Up The River... Helen Close Al Davidson Jacqueline Fenton
page three Eve Finley Milton Finley, Jr. Betty Jose
Helen Klein Mae Munch Frank Shaw
Hertha Shaw Mary Lou Strandberg Oscar Strandberg
Looking for Treasures 50-Year Honorees and their years of membership
page five Bob Close - 76 years
Bette Abel - 72 years
George Baine - 71 years
Gladys Burdge, Jane Lyman - 68 years
Adult Mission Trip Hubie Farrow - 67 years
page six Barbara Bergen, Bill Wikoff, Jr., Virginia Worden- 63 years
Grace Field, Robert Ticehurst, Alice Ticehurst - 62 years
Irene Coats - 60 years
Joyce Baker, Ann Farrow - 58 years
Officer Slate George Norton, Olivia Dutcher - 57 years
page eight Christa Wikoff, Louise Bailly, Marjorie Bramley - 56 years
Ed Swikart, Jr., John Nilson - 55 years
Roberta Braswell - 54 years
Florence Altreuter, Bob Billings, Betty Billings - 53 years
PNC Update Rena Galassi - 52 years
page thirteen Betty Shirley, Willis Sisson, Trudy Gregg, Anne Smith, Newell Specht, Edna
Aklus, Rosie Cottrell, Woody Francis, Anne Swikart, William Greenwood, Jean
Greenwood - 51 years
Meet Our New Members These former 50-year and over members joined the
page sixteen Church
Church Triumphant this past year:
What I Learned in Seminary William Truex
page eighteen Norma Norman
ESL Program on
Our church’s mission to the Hispanic
community of Red Bank has completed
another year. We participate in the En-
glish as a Second Language (ESL) pro-
gram, as well as a food pantry, clothing STEWARDSHIP CORNER
drives, and gift programs at Christmas.
April Showers Bring May Flowers and June …
The ESL program will break for the
summer, and will resume in September. ...brings appeals. You know - the traditional June “push” of recent years
Now in its fourth year, the program is to close the budget gap at Tower Hill. Like the old saying suggests,
based at St. Anthony of Padua Church some things seem to happen every year no matter what. Every year, it
in Red Bank The students we serve seems, we find ourselves facing a shortfall in giving. And every year
range in age from teenagers to adult. we cut spending, postpone repairs, and take money from reserves to
They are typically recent arrivals from help. Seems like a broken record – the same story playing over and over
Mexico and Central America. While again.
most are young men, sometimes we have
mothers with small children. Our dedi- So what’s different this year? We still face a deficit that looks to be
cated teachers, Eileen Hurlbut and about $50K (or roughly 2 weeks of average giving) at the time of this
Theresa Garaio, prepared and led writing. We still have been trimming expenses (activities have been cut
weekly lessons on topics such as the $47K). But this year, the Stewardship committee and Session have em-
calendar, time, food, clothing, jobs, phasized that members view their stewardship as a continuous, year-
health, community, and holidays. One round commitment to God. This means that we believe our members
challenge is the wide range of the stu- understand their commitments and responsibilities to Christ and his bride
dents – in their age, length of residence – our church.
in the U.S., and degree of schooling in
their native countries. So if you are “caught up” on your commitments (as indicated by your
bricks and prayerful understanding of God’s will for you), many thanks.
After lessons of 30 minutes, volunteer If you have been blessed beyond your expectations, please consider shar-
tutors practice English with small groups ing this unexpected blessing with the church. If your commitment is
of students for an hour. Exercise mate- unreachable, please do the best you can and try again next year. But if
rials are provided for each student. your commitment is reachable and you haven’t followed through for
Attendance averages about 25 students, whatever reasons, please pray hard that God leads you to fulfill this
but varies greatly: once we had 60! Our goal as soon as possible.
volunteer tutors have found this to be
an extremely rewarding experience – Of course, we will continue to keep you informed through the bulletin,
these students really want to learn! If The Open Door, and other communications so you can stay on top of
you have a heart to help as a tutor, please our financial situation. But the ultimate outcome of this story is really
consider joining us in the fall – look for up to each of us as members and our faith that God will bless our gifts
reminders. The program runs Mondays, and do good with them.
Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30
p.m.- we are responsible for Tuesdays.
Knowledge of Spanish is not required.
Or, if you are interested in helping to
teach the lessons, please contact us. For further
information or directions, please contact
Gerd Printz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up The River...
by Roy Sharpe, Interim Senior Pastor
By the time you read this column I’ll be At times like
off on my 19th annual Walleye hunt in this it’s not
the primitive bush of northern Ontario. hard to figure
out what a
Can’t hardly think about it without hungry bear
bringing to mind the fateful trip of 2002. is thinking.
That was the year of the bear blunder. “Why a stale
There are things you need to know if muffin when there is so much to choose
you encounter a bear in the wild. First from?” And, “Why chase the one that
and foremost, is he walking on all fours got away when I have three others
and sniffing the ground, or is he stand- trapped?” But, we were thinking too. Sunday Services
ing on his two hind legs and pawing the There’s no way this bear can grab all June 6, 2004
air. Secondly, which way is the wind three of us if we charge down the path 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
blowing? And, depending on the an- toward the boats. But, remember, the Joe Cole
swers to the previous questions, are your bear is in his standing up, swatting the
personal affairs in order? But, most air, show your teeth mode so this could Sunday Services
importantly…do you have anything ed- be a risky strategy for at least one of us. June 13, 2004
ible that you might share with the bear Still, we were low on options. We ran One Service/Congregational Mtg
as a gesture of goodwill? for it. All three of us passed within 9:30 a.m.
inches of that bear. And the bear was so Barbara Booth-Jarmon
As it happened we had little food to busy pounding his chest we squeaked
share. Our shore lunch of fresh fish, by without encountering fang or claw.
potatoes, and baked beans which got the Running down the path in what Patrick
June 20, 2004
bear’s attention in the first place had also McManus would call a “full-bore lin-
Summer Schedule Starts
gotten the attention of four hungry fish- ear panic” I couldn’t help but wonder,
8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.
ermen and was now nothing but an “Do bears like Perkins’ muffins”? But,
The Wonder of God’s Word
aroma wafting on the air. The bear an- I didn’t look back to see. I guess that’s
nounced his presence and intent in no just one more thing I’ll never know.
uncertain terms and startled the last one
of us from much-needed naps.
Being the trained backwoodsmen that June 27, 2004
we are, we immediately began the search 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.
for food to distract the critter. Luckily Jan Pederson
one of the guys had in his bag a three-
day-old Perkins muffin. Later he would
claim that he had saved it for just such
an occasion. Well, we had the bear and
we had a muffin so all we needed was a
delivery system. The guy with the muf-
fin figured it out in a matter of seconds.
He threw the muffin down at the feet of
the bear and ran. Luckily for him, the
trail leading to our boats was open.
Unluckily for the rest of us, the bear was
between us and the only escape route.
by Linda Goeddel, Director of Children’s Ministries
Many thanks to the people who were
able to take time to write notes to the
June 2004 members of the armed services on our
prayer list. You wrote almost 70 notes,
Abigail - leaders Cathy Goldberg
which we assembled into packets and
Tuesday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m.
sent to five young men with love and
Church, Youth Room
Adelphia - leaders Esther Pavelka and
Dottie Warren You have also generously donated per-
Thursday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. sonal items to send to our service people.
Church, Room 220 We’ve received candy, magazines,
books, lip balm, insect repellant, sun block, powdered drink mix, soap, deodorant,
Elizabeth - leaders Betty Billings
and other items to cheer our troops. The kids in Kirk Club sorted donations last
and Kay Salmon
month and packed 10 boxes to send to the men on our prayer list. The donation
Thursday, June 3, at 12:00 p.m.
box in Webster Hall is already full again, and we hope to send more boxes to Iraq
At the Nauvoo Grill
121 Fair Haven Rd., Fair Haven
Faith - leader Lori Faust Please continue to hold these young men in prayer and to donate any of the follow-
Friday, June 18, at 9:15 a.m. ing items to send to them:
Insect repellant Sunscreen
Lois - leader Elaine Lent Mosquito netting Powdered drink mixes
Tuesday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. Baby wipes Hard Candies
At the home of Betty Abel Eye drops Bandanas
Lydia - leader Sue Lawson Bar soap Chapstick
Wednesday, June 16, for dinner. Deodorant Current magazines or paperbacks
For details call Sue Lawson Disposable razors Anything funny!
Food items (nothing that melts! no chocolate, caramel or gummy anything)
Martha - leaders Rebecca Harris
and Elinor Chevalier We would also be grateful for financial donations to cover the cost of postage;
Tuesday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m. please direct any financial donations to Dianne Waters at the church.
Mary - leader Marion Morse
Wednesday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m.
At the home of Muriel Hemschoot
Naomi - leader Susan Miller
Wednesday, June 9, at 7:15 p.m.
At the home of Claire Garland
Priscilla - leader Sue Davis
Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Linda Rhyne
Looking for Treasures Sunday School
by Jan Pederson, Interim Associate Pastor
Mission Project Report
by Linda Goeddel, Director of Children’s
The treasure I would like to lift up this Ushering is
month is our board of deacons. The work one of those
very hard behind the scenes: preparing parts of wor- A Sunday School art project proved to
the communion elements; delivering ship that is be a great mission fund-raiser!
meals to families struggling with a mem- hardly noticed
ber hospitalized or recovering from a when everything goes well. I once was For four weeks in April and May, the
difficult illness; delivering flowers; col- at a worship service where the deacons children in Super Cool Sonday School
lecting food; hosting funeral receptions; were new at ushering and several of learned about the early church and the
and being available for many other them missed the training. The first Sun- Christian commitment to serving others.
needs. The recipients are deeply grate- day they ushered, they came up to the In the art workshop, the focus was on
ful for the help and care, and few others front too soon and had to wait there. mission. Workshop leader, Pam Thomp-
know what’s done through this quiet When they finally began taking the of- son, talked with the kids about how the
ministry. Many deacons drop other fering, five of them went to the far right early church took care of people in need,
things to care for the needs that come side of the church leaving two to cover and then she described three different
up or rearrange their schedules to help. the rest of the large sanctuary. Of course mission programs our church supports.
I am so humbled by their willingness to everyone noticed that. For us at Tower She told the children that they had the
serve God through the deacon ministry. Hill I think that our ushers do an excel- opportunity to raise money for one of
Our deacons also over-see the ushering lent job, both the deacons and the many the missions and asked them to vote for
every Sunday, enlisting others to assist volunteers who help. You all are trea- the mission they most wanted to sup-
them. They coach the volunteers so they sures and I thank God for you. Let us port. The children then used cement,
know what to do. They make sure all build up each other, noticing the good shells, sea glass, broken china, and col-
the extra services have ushers as well. jobs. orful marbles to create mosaic garden
stones, which we sold for $10 a piece in
Webster Hall between worship services.
The Rummage Sale is BACK!!! The children’s artwork was beautiful –
and irresistible! We raised over $400
for the mission that received the most
The date is Nov. 20, 2004. Anyone inter- votes: Lar Boa Semente, a home for at-
risk children in Sao Paula, Brazil. Many
ested in helping, call Diana Braddom. thanks to the children in 1st through 5th
Details to follow in September. Mark the grades for donating their creations, to
Jacque Vincent for suggesting the gar-
date and please den stone project, to Pam Thompson for
leading the workshop, and to everyone
start going who supported our project by purchas-
through your ing a stone.
closets! Thank May we continue to share Christ’s love
by caring for the needy with as much
you! commitment as those early Christians
Adult Mission Trip disruptive in class. No child with learn-
ing or behavior problems is sent home
from this little Christian school, but
Dominican Republic - 2004 teaching is an enormous challenge con-
by Cindy Sagosz
sidering the children’s backgrounds.
“Our reading contest is going well. Sev- never before had books to read aloud to The teachers loved everything we
eral of the children have read 20 books the children in the classrooms. shared: training videos in Spanish, spe-
already. The library sign out book you cial achievement award certificates,
set up for us is almost full. The winner As we covered, inventoried and orga- learning games, behavior contracts,
of the contest will be invited to attend the nized all the books for the library, older plenty of tricks of the trade, and organi-
book fair in Santo Domingo next month.” kids sat outside and began reading books zational hints from our New Jersey
Chills ran down our spines as we read to those who could not yet read. Ten- teachers. Discussion and ideas flowed
this latest e-mail from the Eva Russell year-olds who had never been to school freely. The teachers, who are paid half
School in the Dominican Republic. It before this year ran their fingers over what their public school counterparts are
seemed our efforts were paying off. The the book covers. The bright colors drew
little library that contributors from them into the room. We could not be-
Tower Hill Church built and stocked this gin to imagine what was going through
year with beautiful, colorful new books their minds. We were thrilled to experi-
was bringing new life and enthusiasm ence it first hand and hoped to be able
for reading at the school. Our fifth adult to share the feeling with the generous
mission trip to the DR took a dramatic donors back at Tower Hill. A new day
turn towards the future this year. had dawned for the Eva Russell School.
Susan Miller, a retired Middletown
Spanish teacher, worked with the teach-
ers at the school this year. With infor-
mation gleaned from seven very experi- paid, were thrilled with the opportunity
enced and caring teachers from our to learn. It was obvious we have just
Tower Hill congregation, she delivered scratched the surface of their needs as
a two-day teacher training program in teachers. They need one-on -one coach-
Spanish. Our mission was to help teach- ing, more training and our prayers as
they deal with very difficult behavior
problems. We brought pencil sharpen-
ers, bulletin boards, wall maps, educa-
tional and motivational posters, and lots
A handful of young “helpers” poured of other learning tools. (The school had
through the books as we unpacked them one pencil sharpener to service all 150
from our overstuffed suitcases in March: students before our arrival. The line was
a biography of Sammy Sosa, the famous down the hallway!) Our biggest gift of
Dominican baseball player; loads of col- all were textbooks for every child in the
orful Dr.Suess and Magic School Bus school. Prior to this, only the teachers
books; a Spanish version of the World had an old out-of-date textbook and the
Book Encyclopedia; beautifully illus- school copier rarely worked. The young
trated nature and science books; classic ers maintain order in the classroom, teachers were inspired and motivated by
children’s novels; Christian storybooks; motivate children, and help those stu- all the generosity from our church. The
Bibles for children of all ages. All were dents who have a difficult time focus- impact our gifts had on the little school
written in Spanish and were the newest ing and learning. There are no special was overwhelming. We were all elated
editions. The little school for the forgot- ed teachers in the Dominican Republic. to realize the impact we can have on the
ten street children in Monte Plata had In public school, children are sent home children by supporting the teachers.
never had new books before. Teachers if they aren’t traditional learners or are
The Tower Hill Mission trip to the DR food for 6 weeks. Thankfully we had put years to come. It was thrilling to learn
was filled with victories this spring. We aside some of your contributions for just that Miguel Prensa, son of the school
had unprecedented support from teach- founders, is now in dental school and
ers, computer experts, local dentists, will be able to serve the needs of the
book wholesalers, travel specialists, and school in another 2 years.
of course, contributors from our church.
We carried the congregation’s enthusi- The wooden playground the Tower Hill
asm and spirit with us all the way to this team built two years ago was in urgent
little Caribbean country. When dental need of repair due to the ever-present
equipment wasn’t working, when pa- tropical rain and humidity. Dick Hurlbut
tience wore thin, when a death in the
Prensa family threw work schedules up
in the air, the support and strength of
Tower Hill’s congregation kept us go-
ing. Although your passport may not such an emergency. As we unloaded two
have the fancy, red Dominican stamp on truckloads of food under the moonlight
its pages, you were with us in spirit. that night, the Dominican women stock-
ing the pantry shelves began to sing. If
On the surface, living conditions seemed we accomplished nothing else, at least
to be the same as in past years. We soon the children would be fed.
learned that out-of-control inflation
(100%) and widespread unemployment Our Harley Davidson-driving dentist,
were creating crisis situations for many Carol Sherrod-Jewel, and her hard work-
families in the area. The Eva Russell ing master carpenter husband Jay this
School helps as much as it can, but is year collected $15,000 worth of gently
faced with major budget problems when used dental equipment from dentists
the prices for food and supplies go up from the Red Bank area for the recently took on the job of repairing and replac-
every day. When we arrived, the food built clinic at the school. Carol and Jay ing much of the wood in the intense 90-
pantry was empty. Normally it was full installed the new equipment and once degree heat everyday. With a little help
again checked and maintained the from the rest of the team, the playground
children’s teeth. Dick Champion, a tal- was in great condition by the time we
ented electrician disguised as a tax at- left, and Dick had a great suntan.
torney in real life, was recruited to help
install the equipment. The team worked Dick also completely inventoried the
day and night trying to overcome unfore- donated personal computers, which the
seen obstacles, such as lack of water school had collected over the last couple
pressure and lack of grounded electric of years. Although it is still hoped that
lines. As of this writing, the new x-ray one day the school will have a network
unit, suction system and sterilizer are up of computers up and running, the age of
and working. This year the Dominican the computers and the unrelated, un-
government was so impressed with the matched software are proving to be
of big bags of rice, dried red beans, “state-of-the-art-facility”, that they now stumbling blocks. A new plan for the fu-
spices, fruit drinks and paper products. pay for two dentists to stop by several ture is in the works.
Breakfast and lunch had to be served to times a month to handle the needs of the
150 children on Monday. For some chil- children attending the school. Prior to Saving children from the street, feeding
dren, these are the only meals they re- this, the children’s families could not them and giving them a sense of worth
ceive all day. We soon learned that the afford to pay the minimal fees associ- continues to be the most urgent goals at
ever-changing, high prices prevented the ated with being treated at a public clinic the little country school. God’s love
school from buying more than one day’s for tooth aches much less cleanings. shines in every teacher’s heart at the
food at a time. The Dominican peso was With your financial support, the Jewells school. If the children can be taught to
worth half its value in 2003. The next have left behind a legacy, which will read and write and to understand math,
day we filled the pantry with enough hopefully operate on its own for many continued on page 19
Officer Slate for Class of 2007
America 47 years ago. He is an engi- 1996, Kathy has served at Tower Hill as
The Church Nominating Committee
neer and worked for Westinghouse EL. a deacon, a member of the Nurture and
plans to present the following nomina-
Corp. as a General Manager and later Audit committees, treasurer of PW,
tions at the annual congregational meet-
as Senior Director with Philips Light- leader of Faith and Hannah Circles, and
ing on June 13th.
ing Company before retirement. For sev- is currently on the PNC. She lives in
eral years he attended Tuesday night Little Silver with her husband, Phil, and
Bible study classes. Sivert was an elder two sons. Kathy is employed part-time,
Nominees for Elder
at Watchung Presbyterian Church in assisting businesses with financial
Mal Buchner has been a member of
Buchner… Bloomfield, NJ in the seventies. Astrid analyses and solving general account-
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) for 40 and Sivert have two daughters, Elin and ing problems.
enjoyable and enriching years. He is Tina, and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies
Ethel Fairley Halbedl joined FPC in
presently a member of the Stewardship are studying early Christianity, oil paint-
the mid seventies. She and her husband,
Committee, and has previously served ing and taking part in the grandchildren’s
Tom, were married at FPC. She recog-
as an elder, a deacon, and a member of a activities.
nizes that having the opportunity to
Pastor Nominating Committee of our
Bill Faust and his wife, Jan, share
Faust… serve on the Deacon Board and on the
church. He was with AT&T/Lucent for
four adult children, three of whom are membership committee, as well as to
many years, and now is involved in a
married; their four grandchildren are a sing in the Tower Hill Choir, where she
number of business activities with both
particular joy. Bill, who joined Tower currently serves as secretary, has been
start-up and larger companies. Mal loves
Hill in 1979, has been a Campus Club vital in the development of her faith.
gardening, running, skiing, and travel.
Advisor, served on and chaired the Ethel and her husband reside in
He and his wife, Penny, live in Little
Youth Committee, and served on an Eatontown. She is a retired Monmouth
Silver, enjoy their children and grand-
APNC elected to call a Youth Director Regional High School, Tinton Falls edu-
children, and continue to appreciate
or Pastor. He has also served on and cator. Currently, she is a sales associate
friendships developed here at Tower
chaired the Personnel Committee, with Weichert Realtors, Rumson. She
chaired the Church Nominating Com- is also active with the New Jersey Busi-
Catherine (Kate) Clark and her hus-
Clark… mittee, has served on the Mission Com- ness and Technology Executive Board
band, John, and two girls, Meredith and mittee, the 150th Anniversary Building and the New Jersey Future Business
Isabel, have been members of our church Committee, and is currently serving on Leaders of America.
for 8 years. She worked for Intel Corp the Stewardship Committee. Occasion-
Tom Kirwan joined FPC last year,
and Bell Labs prior to having children, ally he also operates the Sound Board
after regularly attending Sunday service
and she has recently started her own for Sunday Services. He is currently
for the prior year. He regularly attends
drapery business. Kate has been active serving on the Monmouth Presbytery
Monday morning Bible study, and the
in the children’s ministry assisting in Committee on Ministry. Bill consults
pastor’s Bible studies. Now retired, he
Vacation Bible School and teaching part-time with AT&T. He likes to travel
spent his career in engineering, construc-
sunday school. She is part of a circle in to see family and enjoy the warmer
tion, and engineered product sales serv-
the Presbyterian Women’s group and has places during winter, and he has a pas-
ing the building trades. He served
been a circle leader and a board mem- sion for golf.
for eight years on the NJ ASPE Engi-
ber. She also sang for the Alternative
Paul Fegley has been a member of
Fegley… neering Society board, and was the
Worship service. Kate feels that prayer
FPC since 1992. Paul and his wife, Gail, newsletter editor for five years. His hob-
is one of God’s greatest gifts to us and
have served as Sunday school teachers, bies include wine collecting, architectural
participates in the prayer vigil.
worked in the nursery, and helped with design, audio and lighting system de-
Sivert Drangeid has resided in Little
Drangeid... ushering. Paul is a Group Manager, Web sign, and bicycling. He lives in
Silver since 1980 and has been a mem- Hosting Systems Engineering at AT&T. Shrewsbury with Janet, his wife of 29
ber of Tower Hill church for about 18 Paul’s hobbies include biking, snow ski- years, a FPC member since the early
years. Sivert and his wife, Astrid, are ing and camping with his son, David. 90’s. Tom and Janet, a retired United
natives of Norway who immigrated to Airlines flight attendant, are active in
Gledhill… A member since
Officer Slate Cont’d
several area charities. Tom wishes to rently teaches at the NJ Workshop for Teacher, Presbyterian Women’s Circle
contribute to the growth of FPC where the Arts in Westfield. Leader and on the PW Board. She par-
he has been spiritually blessed since first John Blackburn was baptized by
Blackburn… ticipated in the Tower Hill Choir, Bible
attending. Charles Webster, went to Sunday School Studies, Music and Worship Committee
Ted Newland joined FPC in 1979 as
Newland… through his youth and became a Tower and mentoring team for Love, INC. Cur-
a 7th grader. He attended Campus Club, Hill member in 8th grade. He became a rently she is a merit badge counselor for
toured with the bell choirs and was an Christian while at Stetson University in BSA troop 145 West Long Branch and
Eagle Scout. He is now married to Laura, DeLand, FL in 1973. John married Cathy a reading tutor at Mercy Academy in
has three girls and runs a family-owned at Tower Hill in 1981. John Musgrave Asbury Park. Special joys in life include
medical advertising agency. He has been and John Kleinheksel provided Bible Studies, gardening, cooking, fam-
a deacon, a member of the CNC and is strong comfort to the family when John’s ily, friends, crafts, reading and her dog,
on the Tower Hill Flames softball team. mother was dying over a long Pachelbel. Jane is grateful for the op-
Ted credits our church and his walk with period. John’s MA in German Lan- portunity to serve the Lord as a deacon
Jesus for bringing much peace and joy guages and Literature and voracious here at Tower Hill.
in his life. appetite for reading have served him Thomas S. Crow, Jr ... was baptized
well in teaching English as a Second in The First Presbyterian Church at Red
Simpson…has been a member
Language at the college level. John en- Bank and attended the first class at
of FPC since 1994. She was a deacon
joys traveling abroad, foreign languages Tower Hill Nursery School. He is em-
for three years, serving as Secretary, and
(speaks five), hymns by Isaac Watts and ployed in the Retail Construction Indus-
subsequently as chair of the Manna
Martin Luther, and reading the Bible in try and enjoys participating in swim-
Committee. Nancy has been a member
German and comparing it to the King ming, biking and running. Tom is grate-
of PW, Hannah and Faith Circles, has
James Version. He would like to help ful for the opportunity to serve as a Dea-
worked in the Sunday nursery and for
the older members of the church, i.e. con and looks forward to serving the
many years has been a teacher in the
those 80+ years old. Cathy and John are Lord at Tower Hill Church.
summer Sunday School. She and her
active with Love, INC and support the
husband, Peter, live in Fair Haven with Ruth Ann Hatton has grown up at
mission in the Dominican Republic and
their two children, Matthew and Tower Hill. Her attendance dates from
the Bell Ringers. John has worked with
Hannah. Nancy enjoys reading, walk- 1956. She became a member in 1967
the Campus Club.
ing and wild birds (watching and feed- and has had continuous involvement in
ing). Nancy is honored to have been Sergie Ann Conklin joined Tower
Conklin… the music programs, including the Tower
nominated to serve as an elder. Hill in 1962. In FPC, she has been an Hill Choir and dramatic productions.
active member of Tower Hill Choir for Ruth Ann last served as a deacon in
most of these years. She has also been 1998-2001.
Nominees for Deacon involved with Music Camp, Vacation
Bible School, several Bible studies, and Hinton…and her husband,
Tom Avakian joined FPC in 1991,
vakian… David, joined FPC in 1979 when they
various other groups, and has served as
and has been active in the music, youth moved to Fair Haven from Pennsylva-
a (Kirk) choir mom, and a bell parent.
and adult ministries. He has served as a nia. Shortly after joining the church, the
She is employed as a social worker who
deacon; as a leader of Harbour Lights, Hintons became involved in Hathomar
serves the developmentally disabled and
where he originated the monthly Parlor and began team teaching Sunday School.
their families. Sergie and her husband,
Talks; and as Vice President of the Harriett joined the church staff in 1985
Bob, reside in Ocean Township with
Tower Hill Choir, with whom he sings serving in several positions before she
their daughter, Josy, who is a college stu-
weekly when not loudly praising the became Director of Children’s Ministry.
dent. Sergie is looking forward to serv-
Lord on his trombone. Tom has spent She now serves as the Administrative
ing the Lord as a deacon.
many years teaching both VBS and Assistant to the Director of Tower Hill
Summer Music Camp, and has the t- Corbin… joined Tower Hill
Jane Corbin School. Harriett attributes her spiritual
shirts to prove it. His priorities are God, Church in 1985 with her family. Jane growth to the amazing staff she was
family, and music, in that order; he cur- has served as a deacon, Sunday School
continued on page 10
Officer Slate ing ESL (English as a Second Language) twenty years, she was a secretary at Red
continued from page 9 at St. Anthony’s in Red Bank. As for Bank Regional High School. Since re-
privileged to work with at the church and her other activities, she absolutely loves tirement last October, she has the time
to some wonderful Bible Study groups playing tennis, both recreationally and to pursue many interests. She looks for-
offered at FPC. She also feels blessed on the Middletown South team. She ward to serving her church community.
to have served on an Associate Pastor also belongs to many other clubs at her She has been a member of Naomi Circle
Search Committee and on the CNC. She school. Both of her parents and her sis- for twenty plus years and served a term
and David are parents to two daughters ter, Margaret, have served as either dea- as leader.
and grandparents to three delightfully cons or elders, and she is excited that it
Gregory Weber joined Tower Hill in
wonderful grandsons. In her spare time, is now her time to serve her church. She
1989 right after his marriage to Heather.
she loves to knit, read, exercise and knows God will help her to do her best
They were married by Tom Crenshaw
spend time with family and friends in helping Tower Hill do His work.
in July 1989. When their children were
Merton... and his wife,
Craig Merton Ron Strehl has been a member of
Strehl younger, he and his wife volunteered in
Katherine, have been members of FPC First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank the church nursery. He has done several
since 1981. They were married in the since 1986 and has served previously as tours of duty during The Greening of the
church in 1993 and have three daugh- a deacon. He is a member of Tower Hill Church and Advent Wreath Making. He
ters. Craig has attended Sunday School Choir and enjoyed participating in has been active on the church softball
and Campus Club regularly at FPC. He “Godspell” and “Light to the Cross”. He team, The Flames, for about five years.
has participated as an usher (Boy Scouts is looking forward to serving as a dea- When John Musgrave had the early
Troop #67) and delivered flowers to the con and serving the Lord. morning services on Tuesday and Thurs-
elderly. Both his parents and Kathy’s day he attended almost every one of
Sally Strehl has been a member of
are members of the church. Their par- those. He has read the Bible and con-
First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank
ents believed God should be an impor- siders himself to have a close and per-
since 1986, and has been honored to
tant part of their lives growing up, as sonal relationship with Tower Hill, Roy
serve on the Board of Deacons several
well as participation in the church. He and God, (not in that order.) He owns
times. She retired from M.C.D.S.S. as
and Kathy would like their children to Garden State Press Clipping Bureau
a social worker, and now works part-
have the same experiences as they did which is celebrating its 42nd year of op-
time in a local nursing home. She en-
at FPC, and he looks forward to the op- eration, most of that time in Red Bank.
joys gardening, sewing and traveling
portunity to serve as deacon and increas- He and Heather have two daughters,
with her husband, Ron. She finds
ing his involvement in the church. He Ashley and Brittany. Both children were
strength in reading the Bible and daily
is a sales engineer for an automation baptized at Tower Hill and attend church
prayer. She looks forward to serving the
company and his wife teaches 9th grade school.
Lord again in this time and place.
English. He enjoys working in his right… and her husband,
Sally W right
wood shop, skiing, and relaxing on the Joan Thomas began attending Tower
Marshall, joined FPC in 1996. She has
beach. His greatest joy is spending time Hill in 1956 along with her mother and
helped with ushering and is looking for-
with his family. brother (Ruth and Jim Pouso). At that
ward to becoming more active in serv-
time she was a Sunday school teen-aide,
O’Malley…no bio available
Kevin O’Malley ing the church. She worked for AT&T
and Sunday school was held in the old
as a Programmer/Systems Engineer for
Amy Senese has gone to FPC all of
Senese… house. She was a Sunday school teacher
15 years and now works for
her life, starting in 1989 at her on two different occasions. She mar-
DeckerWright Corporation with her hus-
baptism. Since then, she has attended ried a military person and moved every
band. Sally has two sons (ages 14 and
Sunday school classes, choir from first two to three years, but maintained Tower
10), and is active in the Shrewsbury
through eighth grade, youth group, been Hill as her home church. Her family
Foundation for Education. She enjoys
a teenaider in the nursery, and was a returned to Fair Haven in 1978 and she
cheering her kids on, snow skiing, bik-
member of the 2003 Confirmation returned to Tower Hill. She went
ing, jogging and Tae Kwon Do.
Class. Currently in her sophomore year through Stephen Ministry training with
at Middletown South High School, she Bob Bell. Her hobbies include Primi-
attends Campus Club and the tive Rug hooking, quilting and knitting.
Nominees for CNC
high school Bible study descriptively She enjoys gardening, being outdoors,
named “The Rock.” Like some other and travel. Spain, her father’s home, Polly Artherholt and her husband,
members of FPC, she volunteers teach- holds a special place in her heart. For Jim, have been members of FPC since
Officer Slate Cont’d served on the Personnel and Church are happy to serve God by contributing
1981. She has taught Church School, Nominating Committees. Roxanne has in a small way to Tower Hill’s many im-
VBS, and at Tower Hill School. She has been a Sunday School Teacher, VBS portant ministries.
served as a Deacon, on a PNC, as co- teacher and Music Camp instructor. She
Sue Ann Thompson has been a mem-
chair of the 150th Celebration Commit- has participated in MOPs and, as her
ber of FPC since 1981. Sue Ann and her
tee, and as Director of Tower Hill School three children all attended Tower Hill
husband, Al Thompson, live in
from 1988 to 2001. She is currently School for preschool, was on various
Shrewsbury now, having lived in Fair
teaching Enrichment in the Tower Hill committees and the THS board. Pres-
Haven for 38 years. At Tower Hill
Primary School. Along with teaching, ently, her kids are active in the church
Church she attended several Bible study
she enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, choirs, bell groups and youth groups.
classes, participates in Just Friends, is a
spending time with Jim and their two Roxanne enjoys spending time partici-
substitute hospital visitor, and served on
sons and with friends. She is constantly pating in Bible Studies, reading and do-
the Membership Committee. She enjoys
amazed by God’s presence in her life! ing various types of needlework along
tennis, her grandchildren, music pro-
with shuttling her kids to various sports,
Richard Carter has been a member
Carter… grams at the church, birding, and most
music and other activities. She and her
of FPC Tower Hill since 1991. He has anything outdoors. She feels very proud
husband, Mark, live in Fair Haven. She
served as a deacon, and on the CNC and to be a part of this church congregation
is glad that the church is nearby as she
APNC. He and his wife, Donna, live in and its commitment to God and the com-
spends so much time driving there.
Monmouth Beach with daughters munity.
Kristin (13) and Lauren (17). Lauren Kline…has been a member of
amblyn…has been a member of
will begin her freshman year at FPC for 30 years and a member of the
FPC since 1967. Pete “grew up” in the
Gettysburg College in the fall. He has Tower Hill Choir for 28 years. She
church attending Sunday school, Cam-
worked for Amerada Hess Corporation chaired the search committee that
pus Club, and participating in the youth
for the last 28 years. Family affairs, brought Charles Harris to Tower Hill.
singing and bell choirs. He has served
school events, and the kids’ sports oc- She has served as a member of the Wor-
as a deacon (the Flower Delivery Com-
cupy much of his time, but he manages ship and Music Committee, the Church
mittee rules!) and as an elder (the
to find time to participate in a home Nominating Committee, and the 150th
Children’s Ministries Committee
Bible study, bike, and fish. Anniversary Campaign Committee. Su-
rocks!). Pete, who works in New York
san recently retired after 14 years with
Gledhill… The son of a
Philip T. Gledhill for a management consulting company,
Visiting Nurse Association of Central
church organist and choir director, Phil lives with his wife, Cathy, and son, An-
Jersey, where she was a senior manager
has been “hanging around” Presbyterian drew, in Little Silver. He enjoys play-
in development and communications.
churches for most of his life. He has been ing golf, tennis, camping, and “fixing”
She now serves as a public relations
attending Tower Hill for over 10 years (ok, at least trying to fix) things around
consultant to nonprofit organizations.
with his wife, Kathy, and has been a the house. To quote Roy, “God only asks
For Susan, singing with the Tower Hill
member since 1996. He has served as a us to do our best” and Pete intends, if
Choir to the glory of God is a privilege
deacon, both on the Communion and elected, to serve Him to the best of his
and a great joy. She and her husband,
Ushering Committees, and has been the ability.
Rob (an elder and a THC tenor), enjoy
Board of Deacon’s Treasurer for the past
sailing, duplicate bridge, and travel.
year. He was actively involved in the
task force that developed and imple- Senese…has been a member of
Dan Senese Nominees for Audit Committee
mented the Saturday evening Alterna- FPC since 1983. He has taught Sunday
Alfred F. Kelly has been a member
Alfred F. Kelly…
tive Worship Service that was offered School, served as an elder for two terms,
of Tower Hill for 45 years and has served
during 2001 and 2002. In addition to be- served on the Youth Committee since
as an elder and deacon a number of
ing a member of the Sound Team that 1995 (chairing the committee for four
times. Al has participated in many of the
ensures that the Word can be heard each years), and was a member of the Reduc-
church’s activities through the years and
Sunday, Phil participates in the Celebra- ing the Risk of Child Abuse Task Force.
is currently serving on the Audit Com-
tion Band that supports the Tower Hill He is also on the Monmouth Presbytery
mittee. He is retired and lives with his
music program during several services Personnel Committee. Dan works as the
wife, Catherine, in the Oak Hill section
throughout the year. IEEE Executive Director and is inter-
of Middletown. They have ten grand
ested in model railroading. He is mar-
Roxanne Karol has been a member
ol… children, six of whom are close by. Al
ried to Joan and they have two wonder-
of FPC since 1987. She has previously
ful daughters, Margaret and Amy. They continued on page 12
Officer Slate and mother and, as a single parent, her
Summer Music Camp continued on page 11 “hobbies” are now defined by her
daughter’s interests and activities, pri-
Goes to Mardi Gras enjoys gardening, the beach, golf and the marily ballet.
August 16 - 20 pleasure of seeing his grandchildren
Don Warren has been a FPC mem-
by Judith A. Werner, Associate Director grow up.
ber since 1962. During this time, he has
Printz…..and his wife, Karla,
Gerd Printz served as an elder, deacon, on CNCs and
have been members of FPC since 1976. has participated in Hathomar (Couple’s
Summer Music Camp is heading down He has served two terms as deacon, and Club) and Bible Studies. Don is a mem-
the Mississippi this year to ‘ole New was on the Stewardship committee. Cur- ber of the Tower Hill Choir and is its
Orleans, the Crescent City, land of rently he coordinates and volunteers in treasurer. He has worked in the insur-
Mardi Gras and the “city that care for- the ESL program, and is a member of ance industry for over 45 years and is
got”. the Audit Committee. He’s retired from associated with the Boynton and
AT&T/Lucent, and enjoys sailing and Boynton Agency in Fair Haven. Don and
Webster Hall will be turned into a vir- following current events. Gerd and his wife, Dorothy, live in Holmdel and
tual parade of Mardi Gras floats, with Karla have two daughters: Erika, who have two children, Jim and Cathy, who
decorative themes reminiscent of the was a bell ringer for many years, and have blessed them with six wonderful
various ‘krewes’ who organize the indi- Stephanie, who is currently in college grandchildren. Don enjoys the beach,
vidual parades and the festive atmo- at Pratt Institute. sports and of course, spending time with
sphere of the city on Shrove Tuesday. his very special family.
Noel Tonneman has been a member
This holiday, of course, is the last secu-
of FPC since high school (circa 1970) Heather L. Weber.....has been a mem-
lar observation before a very sacred
and has served as a Church School ber of FPC since 1987; she sang in the
time, as the next day marks the begin-
teacher and, most recently, as an elder, choir and participated in the bell choir
ning of Lent. Snack time will offer the
chairing the Personnel Committee. She for 6 years in junior and senior high
famous ‘begnets’, the flavorful, deli-
has been a member of the Audit Com- school. Heather and her husband,
cious donut served in the French Quar-
mittee, the Interim Senior Pastor Search Gregg, were married at FPC and both
ter for 200 years. Arts and crafts classes
Committee, the Junior High Director her daughters were baptized at our
will make papier mache masks, and
Search Committee, and has enjoyed par- church. She has participated in sunday
color themes throughout the classes will
ticipating in numerous Oratorio Choir school when her children were younger
be purple, gold and green, the traditional
and July 4th Liberty concerts. Noel, who and has helped with the children’s
colors of Mardi Gras.
is an attorney/shareholder of Wilentz, Christmas party. Heather is a CPA who
Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., devotes her worked for Ernst & Young for 10 years
There are over 40 elective classes of-
practice to the area of family law. She and is now the Director of Financial Ser-
fered and each child will sing in a choir
lives in Fair Haven with her daughter vices at Kimball Medical Center.
and participate in a recreation period.
We are lucky this year to have our own
newly-graduated Joe Cole head up the
recreation period, and that should be
great fun with this “cool” guy. Many of
the teachers have come back year after
“Tools For Hope” for Father ’s Day
year and schedule their summer’s end June 20, 2004
around the camp. Great teenaider-teen-
agers come back from various and sun- Donate $5.00 in honor or memory of a man who has
dry camp situations so they can partici- made a difference in your life. With your donation,
pate in SMC. tools can be purchased for those in underdeveloped
areas so they can grow food and build homes for their
Hopefully, your child will come to our families. Send your check to First Presbyterian Church
27th year of Summer Music Camp. Reg- and on the memo line, write “tools”.
istrations are fast filling up, so please
stop by the music office and fill out a
form so that your children are here for
this neat, rocking event.
An Update From Your PNC
As your PNC continues to sift through by pastors nationwide and some the group evaluates on a scale of 1 – 4.
and study the information from candi- submitted their PIF directly to us. If a candidate scores high enough, the
dates for our Senior Pastor/Head of Staff entire committee rates the PIF. The
position, the members by necessity also • We asked for recommendations highest scoring candidates go to the next
discuss, hope and pray about the recep- from seminaries and have received step, which is to ask by phone for ser-
tion and acceptance of the new minister suggestions from ministers who said mon tapes or CDs.
who will be called to our congregation. they would not be candidates. We
We have been bolstered by the continu- contacted those recommended and Q: From how many people have you
ing prayers of the congregation during requested a PIF. received tapes?
this search process and urge you to keep A: We have requested sermons from 15
praying not only for our committee but Q: What is in a PIF? people as of mid- May and received
also for our congregation and the candi- A: All PIFs follow a similar format; this them from 10.
dates. helps us evaluate them more uniformly.
First, there is basic information on pas- Q: What happens then?
As we proceed there are a variety of torates or other positions held, educa- A: From the evaluation of the sermon
questions that are asked by friends in the tion, date ordained, recent professional tapes, we decide on who we want to in-
congregation. courses, community activities, and ref- terview by phone. The phone interviews
erences. This part is like a standard re- are done by conference call with the
Q: How many resumes have you re- sume. Another part is composed of nar- entire committee and take about an hour
ceived from candidates? rative statements written by the candi- and a half during one of our evening
A: By the time you read this article we date. The candidate describes the meetings. We have a list of prepared
probably will have received close to 250 churches pastored and the accomplish- questions that we ask, and then we give
resumes of ministers who might be can- ments during the pastorates. Then there the candidates as much time as they need
didates for our position. These resumes is a section in which the candidate de- to question us.
are officially known as Pastor Informa- scribes personal viewpoints on matters
tion Forms (PIF). such as leadership style, personal be- Q: Have you actually done any phone
liefs, theological perspective, and ma- interviews?
Q: Where do all these PIFs come from? jor issues facing the church and the A: Yes, we are in the midst of this stage
A: There are really four routes by which world. It is here that we begin to see the at the present time.
we get PIFs of candidates to consider: unique individual rather than just a re-
sume. There is also an opportunity for Q: OK, so you are making progress.
• The Church Leadership Connec- each candidate to check his/her prefer- When do you start visits or face-to-face
tion at the PC(USA) headquarters ences as to the type and size of church, interviews?
in Louisville, KY matches a profile type of community preferred and the A: We don’t have a specific timeline.
of the type of pastor we are seek- primary skills of the candidate such as All the while we continue to receive new
ing, based on the Church Informa- preaching, evangelism, leadership of PIFs, request sermons to hear and con-
tion Form (CIF) we prepared after staff and volunteers, etc. It is this list duct phone interviews.
the Mission Study and the profile that the General Assembly office uses
of the type of churches being sought to match with the preferences we stated Q: Isn’t there anything you can do to
by ministers seeking a new position. on our CIF. speed up the process?
A: This is not a process that can be
• Members of the congregation have Q: How do you ever process all those rushed, but we are pressing forward as
suggested names of people; we con- candidates? quickly as possible. We believe that we
tacted all of them and requested a A: The entire committee read the first are moving in the Lord’s good time and
PIF. Most have not submitted one. twenty PIFs. After that, we divided into that His will inevitably will be done.
Please keep your referrals coming. two groups of five with balanced diver- Please continue to hold us in your
sity according to the way we evaluated prayers, and pray as well for the strong
• We advertised in two journals read the first set of twenty. Each person in affirmation by the congregation of the
person to whom the lord is leading us.
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Dress rehearsal sanctuary
everyone was on time, and remarkably,
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
sive Dinner, everything was delicious,
ing such a great job. As for the Progres- Thursday,
Thursday, July 1
agreeing to chair this event and for do-
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
a special thank you to the Braddoms for
Sunday, June 27
enthusiasm and spirit of adventure! And
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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Thursday, June 24
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participants progressed either to the
or a dessert. From the dinner homes,
but contributed either an hors d’oeuvre
dining; and to those who did not host, office for more information: 732-747-1329. “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Other
their homes for an evening of delicious your family and friends. Call the music which closes with the singing of the
Pavelka, and the Braddoms who opened free-will offering will be taken. Bring with the Salute to the Armed Forces,
Mary Ann and David Oksen, Esther There is no charge for this concert. A well as those who have given their lives
Catherine Kelly, Ned and Jean Newland, will honor those in our armed forces as
Bob Billings, Bill and Pat Jaeger, Al and freedoms. the Declaration of Independence. We
seven hosts and hostesses: Betty and nation and as we thank God for those Clark Expedition prior to the reading of
yummy rolls! Thank you also to the the freedoms we have been given as a the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and
ing such a fabulous meal, salad, and and join our community as we celebrate Parade.” This year we will briefly honor
Thank you to Linda Rhyne for prepar- will not want to miss! Bring your friends of “76 Trombones” and “We Need a
where the main courses were served. This is always a rousing concert that you with a rousing, flag-waving procession
structions and directions to the homes Liberty Brass. The Liberty Choir enters
Braddom passed out envelopes with in- Spangled Banner Finale. lude music begins at 7:15 p.m. by the
d’oeuvres. At 7:00 p.m., Randy Flag during the singing of the Star- decorated in red, white and blue. Pre-
home overlooking the river for hors grand finale: the raising of the Grand begins in the air-conditioned sanctuary,
gathered at Elinor and Sam Chevalier’s thers”, “God Bless America”, and the Then at 7:30 p.m. the Patriotic Concert
It was a beautiful evening as everyone a Grand Ol’ Flag”, “God of Our Fa-
include “God Bless the USA”, “You’re of the Calvin and Chapel Ringers.
bers, Randy and Diana Braddom. the Beautiful.” The program will also The proceeds will go to the summer tour
and the event was chaired by new mem- sing a moving arrangement of “America and ice cream and a drink. What a deal!
idea was suggested by Rev. Jan Pederson ist Sheldon Edmond. Sheldon will also get you homemade strawberry shortcake
and Communications Committee. The Never Failed Me Yet” with guest solo- Dixieland jazz. A charge of $3.00 will
Dinner sponsored by the Membership a-Praying” and the gospel song “He The Bourbon Street Band will play
ebrated the first of May at a Progressive and Bess,” the spiritual “I Hear a Voice tival from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the patio.
Sixty two members of our church cel- music will include a medley from “Porgy Festivities begin with a Strawberry Fes-
by Dorothy Warren
An Enchanted Evening! --- July 4
Liberty Extravaganza is Coming
New Member’s Addresses
California, Here We Come!
by Judith A. Werner, Associate Director of Music
On June 24 at a very early hour, the have already received several responses
Calvin and Chapel Ringers will leave of “we’ll be there!” My own son John
Newark Liberty Airport for Los Ange- will drive down from Berkeley, and that
les for their annual bell is neat for me!
tour. Five concerts
are scheduled in Dawn and George
this nine day tour, Sumrall will again
three in the L.A. accompany us as chap-
area, including a erones. They have been
Saturday perfor- part of our bell family
mance at Disneyland f o r four years now, having
and three in the San Diego traveled with us to Switzerland, Colo-
area. rado and Wyoming, and Norway with
us. The Sumralls are moving to Florida
After touring Universal Studios, spend- this fall and they will be such a loss to
ing a day at Disneyland (with a concert this church. I will miss them dreadfully.
at The Magic Music Days Pavilion),
drooling over what we can’t afford in I do hope you, the congregation, will
Beverly Hills, having another concert at turn out on Sunday evening, June 13 for
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church our home concert. Twenty wonderful
By-the-Sea in San Clememte, we will young people will be presenting their
travel by chartered bus down the Cali- program at 7:00 p.m. followed by a won-
fornia coast to Palos Verdes where we derful FREE ice cream social where you
will perform at The Neigh-
borhood Church of Christ on
Zipping yet further down the
coast, we will spend the
nights in the San Diego area,
with concerts in Coronado,
San Diego and Point Loma
(our own Joe Cole’s church).
Joe has given us great tips on
beaches, grub spots and some
cultural things to do while we
are there. Of course, no trip to San Di- can make your own sundaes. Please
ego can happen without a visit to its fa- come!
mous zoo and aquarium.
If any of our congregation plans to be
One of the great things about such a tour anywhere in southern California from
is seeing all the past members of our June 24 - July 2, please call me and I’ll
church living in the area: friends and let you know exactly where we are.
children of friends who show up at our Please pray for our safety and the suc-
concerts in a super show of love and sup- cess of this mission of music from our
port. Having e-mailed our itinery to teenagers.
many friends in southen California, I
MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS!
Joined with us on May 15, 2004
(for address and telephone listing
see page 15)
Karenanne Steiner…is a single mom
Karenanne Steiner Elizabeth and Randy OltmanOltman…are
living in Red Bank. She has three chil- Red Bank residents and the proud par-
dren—two in college and one in high ents of a 9-month-old daughter. Liz, an
school. She is expecting to be very busy engineer, is a stay-at-home mom who is
this summer since they will all be at Shaffer…lives in Spring
Laura Ann Shaffer…
studying education at Monmouth Uni-
home. Karenanne has been a member Lake and is also happily planning her
versity and doing recruiting for her so-
of Westminster Presbyterian Church in October wedding to new member Tony
rority. Randy is an engineer for Spirent
Middletown where she served as a Dea- Rausch. Laura, an occupational thera-
and, after having suffered a back injury
con. She enjoys our worship services pist in the Colts Neck Township
from gardening, is a strong advocate for
and fellowship and is looking forward Schools, grew up in Pennsylvania and
appreciating and taking care of your
to being part of the Tower Hill commu- participated in the Cambridge Springs
good health. In her spare time, Liz en-
nity along with her mother, Louanne Christian and Missionary Alliance
joys reading and cooking, while Randy
Christie. Church. She enjoys hiking, skiing, arts
enjoys golf and gardening. They have
and crafts, music, and tennis (Tony was
attended services at Tower Hill and want
her instructor!). Laura and Tony sought
to bring formal religious celebration
an area church where they could wor-
back into their lives.
ship together, and they look forward to
joining the Tower Hill fellowship as a
Anthony Rausch… is an engineer and
professional tennis instructor living in
Neptune who works as a salesman for
his family’s engineering firm. Tony
grew up in Middletown and has many
interests in addition to tennis, including
Allison Griffith… an expectant mom
amateur sports car racing, soccer, com-
who became Mrs. Robert Griffith, Jr.,
puters, photography, and running. He
and the daughter-in-law of members Pat
is looking forward to joining our con- Christy Rolak… a Tinton Falls resi-
and Bob Griffith, two years ago at Tower
gregation and to marrying his sweet- dent who teaches 12th grade English in
Hill. Allison, a teacher in Holmdel, lives
heart, Laura Ann Shaffer, another new Old Bridge. Christy will be marrying
with Rob in the West Allenhurst section
member, in October. her fiancé, member Mark Russo, in our
of Ocean Township and enjoys exercis-
ing, reading, skiing, and the beach. sanctuary on August 14th. She enjoys
Allison and Rob are currently seeking a children, reading, and sailing. Christy
larger home to accommodate their ex- often attends Sunday worship services
panding family and are looking forward with Mark and feels comfortable with
to raising their children in the church. our congregation.
Kimberly and Larry Compton Trudy Joyce.. planning a wedding at
Joyce...is Kar en (Yagiello) and Rober t
Karen (Yagiello) Robert
in Fair Haven, having moved here re- Tower Hill in August! She lives in Lowe…live in a 102-year-old house in
cently from the Chicago area. Larry is Oceanport with her family while she Red Bank that Karen fell in love with
an executive with AIG American Gen- studies to become an X-ray technician. while driving by one day. Both Karen
eral in Neptune, and Kim is a stay-at- Trudy is no stranger to our church, hav- and Rob are in the mortgage business
home mom and keeps busy with their ing been very active as a teen in the and are hoping to become the parents of
three children, who are already partici- choir, handbells, JC&Co, Campus Club, a Chinese child (Karen says she has a
pating in Campus Club and JC & Co. and the Dominican Republic mission “paper” pregnancy). Karen loves cook-
Kim and Larry both enjoy tennis and trip programs. She says she loves this ing, decorating, walking, entertaining,
golf (he has a 8 handicap!); in addition, church, the people, and the scripture- praying and reading the Bible, working
Kim enjoys gardening and Bible study, based teachings, and decided that it was out, and the beach. Rob enjoys being a
while Larry enjoys fishing and travel- about time she became a member! husband, gardening, traveling, exercis-
ing. Having previously participated in ing, skiing, tennis, crabbing, and soft-
mission work, they were attracted to ball (he already plays on our church
Tower Hill’s mission programs as well team). Karen and Rob are looking for-
as the outstanding youth programs in- ward to becoming enthusiastic partici-
troduced to them by friendly neighbor- pants in the Lord’s work at Tower Hill.
hood members, Kim and Dave Smith.
Christie…has lived in
Monmouth County for 46 years and now
resides in Alderbrook in Little Silver. A
recently widowed homemaker, Louanne
has served on the session at the
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Jacqueline McLaughlin… expecting
et…returned to New Jersey
Stacey Sevret… Middletown and currently serves on the her first baby (a girl!) in July. She is a
two years ago from Washington, DC, Board of the Visiting Nurse Association. realtor and lives in Red Bank with her
and now lives in Red Bank. She is an She is the mother of three—two sons husband, John. Jacqueline enjoys read-
account manager who is happily plan- who live in Florida and a daughter, ing, exercising, music, and the movies.
ning her April wedding to member Frank Karenanne Steiner, who is also joining While growing up in the area, Jacqueline
Crow. Stacey enjoys sports, exercise Tower Hill —and is blessed with five would see Tower Hill all the time. She
(including a marathon), and reading. wonderful grandchildren. Louanne en- has been attending as a visitor and en-
Frank introduced her to Tower Hill, and joys volunteering and reading. She joys the worship and friendly atmo-
she enjoys attending Sunday worship loves our Sunday worship service, mu- sphere of our congregation. She looks
services. Stacey looks forward to be- sic, and the warmth and friendliness forward to becoming a part of our church
coming part of our church family. extended to her. family.
What I learned in Seminary
by Barbara Booth Jarmon
It’s hard to believe my three years at greater depth, more about God’s power struggles, which have been both from
Princeton Theological Seminary are and sovereignty and, especially, love outside the church and inside the
now in my memory instead of in my for us. church. Almost all of the struggles have
imagination. They seem to have at to do with theology. Most of the
times dragged, and I could not imagine In my theology classes, I learned about struggles are fought because of egos
getting through a week. But now, the the importance of Scriptures to our (we all know best) but God even uses
years seemed to have flown by and I faith; it is through the Scriptures we egos to spread the Word throughout the
pray I will remember some of what I know God’s will for our lives. But the world. I also learned to love the history
have learned. I would like to share the Scriptures are more than verses to be of the Presbyterian denomination. In
highlights of what I have learned with taken literally, many times the transla- our history, we have offered much balm
you. tions cannot do that accurately anyway. to the broken world. Despite our
It is through the Word in its entirety that internal conflicts, we have always
From the minute I stepped onto the we can know God. I also learned that looked to God for our help and the
campus, during the Discovery Week- anything we think we can do to earn our Scriptures for our path. I see no signs of
end in October 2000, I learned that way into God’s favor is diminishing the that technique changing now.
people called by God are the best work Christ did for us on the Cross.
friends in this world. This includes all Christ loved us so much that he did it all, In my practical theology classes I
of you. That October weekend, I met even when he knew who we are and learned to “put the rubber to the road”,
two women with whom I remained what we have done. Nothing, nothing through preaching and worship classes,
friends throughout my time at semi- can separate us from the love of God in I’ve learned the importance of the
nary. I imagine we will be friends for Jesus Christ. It is in gratitude that we are Proclamation of the Word. Through
life even though we will be miles apart. to respond. In other words, Jesus loves practical theology I learned that God
I also met a dynamic and cool guy from you. Period. Thank him. uses all of God’s willing people to ease
California who was there with his wife, the pain of the broken hurting world.
Jodi, and baby, Solomon. Joe and I have In my church history classes I learned Through education classes I learned that
been friends through the years and that the church has always had we all are called to serve in one way or
many times he’s helped me when times
have been tough. He heard the call to continued on page 20
our church and listened, and through
God’s providence, Tower Hill is
blessed to have one of the best in my
Dr. Webster Celebrates His 90th Birthday
graduating class serve our youth. I have
While vacationing in Florida
grown from the friendships with people
this winter, Marilyn and Jim
from all over the world, standing on
Duncan, MaryLou and Leo
faith as they answered God’s call in a
Wagner, and Esther Pavelka
culture foreign to them.
visited with Dr. and Mrs.
Webster at their home in
In my Greek and Hebrew language
Naples, at which time this
classes I learned that God’s goodness
photo was taken. Dr. Webster
goes from forever in the past to forever
celebrated his 90th birthday
in eternity. Learning to read the Bible in
last September. They are both
its original languages was like turning a
well and always happy to remi-
black and white page into Living color.
nisce and see folks from Red
God’s grace and love abound in every
Bank. They even have a pic-
chapter in such a way that we cannot
ture of Tower Hill Church in a
imagine it. Each time I study, I learn in
prominent place in their home.
Children, Summer, and Tower Hill
by Linda Goeddel, Director of Children’s Ministries
As you get ready to relax on the beach into 1st grade and above go to church ister right away ($20 per child). Look
or get away from it all on a vacation, with their families, and leave the ser- on the church website
remember that we have lots for kids to vice for Sunday School after the (www.towerhillchurch.org) for a regis-
do here at church this summer. God Children’s Talk. Classes are fun and laid- tration form.
doesn’t take a vacation, and neither do back – come join us!
we! Music Camp Goes to Mardi Gras Gras.
Lava, Lava Mountain: Where Jesus’ Our ever-popular Summer Music Camp
Summer Sunday School. June 20 Love Flows! Vacation Bible School, is scheduled for August 16 – 20, 9:00
through September 5. A full Sunday
through July 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Children entering 1st
School program, from birth to 5th grade, Children age 4 through those entering through 8th grades are invited to partici-
is available during the 9:30 worship 6th grade are invited to join us for a week pate in music and art workshops of all
hour. Children age 5 years old and of fun and Bible study in the tropics! kinds. Music Camp fills quickly, so reg-
younger go directly to their class rooms Come for games, snacks, stories, songs ister today! ($50 for first child; $40 for
before worship begins; children going and surprises. Space is limited, so reg- each additional child) Look on the
church website for a registration form.
continued from page 7
they have a very good chance of going six of the children home with us. Four Trip
Mission Trip Summary
on to high school and eventually sup- more cottages are being finished up this • A new library building with
port themselves with decent jobs. Al- year in order to be able to provide homes tables and organizational
most all the children are from single for the most desperate situations. The supplies
parent (or grandparent) homes where the school finances are precarious, but
• 100 new library books
only money comes from unreliable day Ramon Prensa has tremendous faith that
their needs will be filled. His plans for
• 2 Encyclopedias
labor wages. On this trip we met Carlos,
a former shoeshine boy at the school, expanding his rescue, nurture, and edu- Children’s
• 75 Children’s Bibles
who now is a full-time bus driver. Three cation mission are always growing be- • School textbooks and
other former students told us they were cause the need is so great. composition books for every
attending universities in Santo Domingo student
now. They were studying medicine, mar- Susan Miller, Dick Hurlbut, Dick Cham- • Teaching supplies for every
keting and classical languages. Their fu- pion, Jay and Carol Jewell, Al Sagosz classroom
tures are all very bright thanks to the and I had the privilege of going to the • 6 weeks supply of emergency
little Christian school and all who sup- Dominican Republic this year. We sin- food
port it. cerely thank all those that donated funds, • Completely restored play-
equipment, their time and experience to
Success stories surrounded us. Six beau- make us as effective as we were this year.
You can be assured that your gifts have
• X-ray unit, compressor,
tiful children have been rescued from
alcoholic, physically abusive homes and made a difference. suction unit and sterilizer
are living full time in a little cottage installed in the dental clinic
(Casa Monte Plata) on the school prop- • Slightly used overhead
erty with a loving, warm housemother. projector and supplies for the
Clean clothes, three meals a day, a de- classrooms
cent home and plenty of hugs are help-
ing the children thrive. It was like Christ-
mas in March when we arrived with new Save the date: Next year’s Adult Mission Trip to the Dominican Re-
sneakers, underwear and yoyos for the public is scheduled for February 26, 2005. We need doctors, nurses,
children. We were tempted to bring all teachers and Spanish speaking helpers!
Inquiring Mind? What I Learned
continued from page 18
by Dotty Warren, Membership and Com
munications Committee Vice Chair another, and God, through the church, to know) and grow that girl into a
will equip us when we say “yes” to woman who wants to spend to rest of
Inquiring minds, it is said, want to know! God’s call. her life telling everyone that Jesus loves
There have been many questions asked them. The lessons were hard sometimes
about the “smiling faces, purple balloon” Through my Clinical Practical Experi- but eventually became joy-filled. I
and most often - “What is in the basket? ence at Toms River Hospital, I learned know that I could not have walked this
May I have one?” The answer is yes, that as we go to scary, hard places, God path alone. While I knew God was with
but - only if you are a visitor! will provide, especially when we ask, me, I also knew and felt the prayers of
and that when we get there, God is all of you who supported me. Thank you
The Membership and Communications already there. Through my Field to the Session, the Deacons, and the
Committee has established a Welcome Education experience this past year at Mission Committee. Thanks also to my
Center in the Narthex, complete with a Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in family, especially to my husband Jack
basket filled with church information Jackson, I learned that nothing is too who constantly and fervently helped me
hand-outs that look like scrolls. The great or too hard for God. Seeing God’s in every possible way; Brandon and
hand-outs are for visitors who stop by will through vision and learning to go Kyle who learned to cook; and Lexey
the Welcome Center where we welcome ahead with that vision is hard, but who gave up her Senior year at the
them, answer questions, and record their always works. Especially when that church she has known since she was
names and addresses so that Committee vision makes no logical sense. I also three, in order to be with me and support
members can follow up their visiting our learned that there are nice, committed my ministry at Cornerstone this year.
worship service with a hand-written note people who are willing to take risks, and Thank you, my friends at Tower Hill
of welcome. The basket contains a cur- give much in time and energy in order to who held me with prayer and encour-
rent Open Door rolled up with pictoral see God’s kingdom proclaimed in agement through the fatigue, fear, and
brochures and tied with a purple ribbon. Jackson. And, I learned God is good. doubts through prayer and encourage-
An audio tape, a coupon for a free bagel All the time. ment. Thank you for your continued
and coffee in Webster Hall, and a devo- prayers as I discern God’s call for my
tional pamphlet is handed out to those But, the lesson I learned most is that ministry. Thank you, my pastors, John,
who register. God can take even a stubborn four year Roy and Jan, who, with smiles and
old girl who screamed the words to words, kept me aware that God was with
The Welcome Center is in operation af- “Jesus Loves Me” in the sanctuary at me, and God is good, all the time.
ter both worship services. The Commit- Tower Hill (because I wanted everyone
tee welcomes volunteers to help us greet
first-timers - at either service. Please call
the church office if you are interested PW
OMEN OF OWER ILL T H
or call Dorothy Warren if you have ques-
tions. It is a simple, pleasant way to
All PW events are open to everyone, whether you are a church
serve. Try it, you’ll like it! member or not.
Exercise Classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings in Webster
The Membership and Communications Hall at 9:15 a.m. $5 donation.Get in shape for spring and summer
Committee hope your “inquiring
minds” are satisfied.
Evening Book Club- Some interest has been expressed in a daytime
book club. If interested call Diana Braddom.
Scrapbooking and Rubber Stamping: Next meet-
ing on June 15th in Room 220 A/B from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Bring your stuff and enjoy fellowship of other women while work-
ing on your project. If you are planning to attend, e-mail Lori Faust
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Young at Heart
The Open Door Luncheon
Friday, June 11
Friday, 11 noon-2:00 p.m. Webster Hall
Linda Goeddel Wagging Wonders!
Wonder what a Wagging Wonder is? It is the local puppy-raising club of The
Newsletter Design/Layout/ Seeing Eye Inc. based in Morristown, NJ. Gail Drawbaugh, Little Silver resident
and a Tower Hill member, will be here to tell us how the pups are trained to
become seeing eye dogs and ... how their foster families are instructed to help
them accomplish this goal. Puppies and puppy raisers will be in attendance to
Publisher demonstrate the pup’s developing social skills.
First Presbyterian Church
Red Bank, NJ Plan to enjoy a delicious lunch and to “wag and wonder” with our guests.
All Seniors, Singles, Couples and Groups are welcome!
Ken Garrison, Chair Luncheon $4.00 per person.
Dotty Warren, Vice Chair
Make your reservation by 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 by phoning
Muriel Hemschoot or the Church Office (732-747-1348).
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