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New Monmouth Baptist Church Heartline Editor Bill Roberts September October 2009 pous air, “Well, if I couldn’t stuff an owl better than that, I’d quit the business. The head isn’t right. The pose of the body isn’t right. The feet are not placed right.’ Just as he finished his judgment, the owl turned his head and winked at him. The crowd laughed. “You Don’t Have to Go It Alone”, Leslie Flynn, p. 128. Yes, the critic invites criticism when he or she criticizes someone of something. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2). Careless judgment is a problem common to each of us. Even a great leader like King David was subject to careless judgment. After serving as an effective leader for many years, he misinterpreted the actions of Mephibosheth, one of the sons of his dear friend, Jonathan. As David was fleeing Jerusalem for his life with his On September 28th in Our Daily Bread, son Absalom in fast pursuit, David assumed that there was a devotional entitled “Beware of Mephibosheth had been disloyal to him. He was Jumping to Conclusions”. The passage referred quick to accept the false report of Ziba, and in to was Joshua 22:9-34. It addresses the situa- turn handed over Mephibosheth’s property to tion in which the Israelites were ready to go to this scoundrel. It was only later when David war against their own brothers because of a came upon Mephibosheth that he discovered hasty conclusion based on a faulty judgment. that his judgment was in error. He had drawn a Scripture warns us against the perils of making wrong conclusion, judgments or reaching conclusions without the necessary information. “Do not judge according Such conclusions can cause pain in the to appearance, but judge with righteous judg- life of the one who is falsely accused. Such mis- ment.” (John 7:24) judgments can destroy self-esteem or ruin a good reputation. Let’s make sure that we are The one who judges always places him- very careful about the judgments we make, and self in the precarious situation of himself being even if they are true, let’s be sure that those judged. judgments are tempered with love. “A young man with an exaggerated opin- Remember, “Any fool can criticize, con- ion of his own abilities was standing in front of a demn, and complain – and most of them do. taxidermist’s store. An owl in the window at- tracted many sightseers. Anxious to show off his Yours in ministry, knowledge, the young man said, with a pom- Pastor Tom YOUTH REPORT, October 2009 Bounceplex and Tenth Avenue North praises God and Rocks the FMC What goes up must come down, it is the Jesus Christ and enjoying the talent God had law of gravity. However while bouncing in a room blessed the bands with. Opening for them was about the size of the FMC that is filled with tram- Brenton Brown who you may recognize from the polines, even on the walls, the saying takes on a new meaning! Late in August, sixteen youth and adults traveled to Shamokin Dam PA to Bounce- plex. A huge facility filled with connected trampo- Tenth Avenue North and the NMBC Staff hit he wrote Everlasting God. Jersey Girl Audry Assad was the first performer while a special visit from Johnny and Stacey Stone, the morning DJ’s from Star 99.1 opened the evening. The youth at Bounceplex lines. We bounced, hopped, flipped and fell for two hours and had an absolute blast. Only one injury, continued prayer for Walter and his broken foot. This was also Nick’s last event before going back to Philadelphia Biblical University, we all miss him. On Saturday Night September 19th the Dove award winning band Tenth Avenue North graced the stage in the Family Ministry Center. Sporting their four top ten hits from the last album they preached and rocked the sold out FMC. We stopped selling tickets at 935 and people gathered in the parking lot to hear the band. It was an Tenth Avenue North Rocks the jam packed amazing evening of praising our Lord and Savior UPCOMMING EVENTS: The youth nights are back in full swing and October we continue to grow as we welcome youth from Night TBD-Coffee House the community. Check the website for times and December events, all the info is there and updated regularly. Day TBD-Christmas Cookie Bake and Caroling Get all your news about the youth at 18th-Christmas party and Lock- the new youth website: in www.youth.nmbchurch.org January 8-10– Youth Retreat 2 Pioneer Clubs Sunday School What do you get when you September is a month that is have 85 kids, balloons singing, often entered into with a mixture of dancing plus a great Bible lesson? emotions. Most of us don’t like to Yep you guessed it, the Pioneer see the care free summer come to an programs September kickoff. On end. But on the other hand, the start September 16th NMBC kicked off of a new academic year brings with it its Pioneer program that has been all the hope of a fresh start. On Sep- a part of the church for the past 31 tember 13th we kicked off our year years. What a privilege to be able with some new students, and gave a to minister to the children in Mon- bunch of new bibles to the 2nd and 6th mouth County for so many years. graders. Let’s pray that many more parents invest in the spiritual devel- Raising Children opment of their children by bringing of Faith them to Sunday school. 10th Avenue North Concert A great thanks to Father Mike of St. ************* Mary’s Church for allowing us to park the Spiritual legacy is intangible cars in their parking lot during the recent thus making the spiritual progress dif- c o n c e rt re p o rt e d on by Gary ficult to observe and measure. The Steidl on page 2 in the Youth Column. definition of a legacy is something re- There were 935 people who at- tended and the doors had to be closed and sulting from, and left behind by an ac- many gathered in the parking to hear the tion, event or person. It is more group. Reports were that St. Mary’s park- about what we DO than what we say. ing lot was 3/4 filled that night. Thank you Giving a spiritual legacy is a process friends for helping out with the logistics of not an event. It is intentional and having over 900 people attend a function at consistent effort by parents to build a New Monmouth Baptist Church. It was probably a first, at least in this editor’s time spiritual identity into the lives of their here. children. This process is modeled rather than mandated and it appears Celebrate Recovery in the ordinariness of life. We as par- A regional seminar will be held on ents need to recognize the impor- October 10 in Albany, NY for those inter- tance of intentionally creating a spiri- ested in an outreach to those struggling tual legacy for our children. Creating with addictions. Pastor Tom will be attend- a spiritual legacy is one of the most ing this one-day event. For those inter- ested in attending please give Pastor Tom important processes in the life of a a call at the church office, 732 671 5998 for family. more information about the trip and the pro- Excerpts from Generation to Generation gram. 3 Why Lord John 9:2 (NKJV) And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" John the Baptist had a difficult death. know that God had His hand in and over all The act of beheading was bad enough, but, which transpired. But poor Job did not. Yet in a sense, John died because of the whim of Job, despite the darkness of night all around a King. The King really did not what John to him and especially in his own soul, continued die, but die he d and for no good reason. to trust. Job’s life is not really an account of suffering permitted by God. It is rather an So much that occurs in life seems to example of how one life can make such a dif- be like the King’s whim. These are events ference in eternal matters. that are hard to understand. They should not happen, but they do. A bus with children We too, can react as Job. We may skids and twenty deaths result. A tornado wonder at the seeming misfortunes of life; we rips through a town, some homes are ruined may complain, doubt and even reduce our- while others, just feet away a spared. A for- selves to accusing God. Yet, through it all est fire destroys many homes. But a sudden we can remain faithful despite our feeling wind change saves others. How do we ac- there is really no reason to do so. Our reac- count for this? How do we react if it is our tion (though we are ashamed to feel so) may children or our home? I certainly have no be that God doesn’t understand and doesn’t perfect answers, and am grateful none of care; that He is unfair, unjust and unreason- these tragedies have befallen me. able. Yet our love for Him never wavers or diminishes. We will love, trust and serve Whenever I read of such events I am God despite what others or worse, what our amazed at the courage of many of the suffer- own minds say. ers. I admired their determination not to give up or give in, but to continue with life as best Think of the great victory Job gained they can. for the Kingdom of God. Think of the dam- age he inflicted upon Satan and his filthy co- We have a good example of whimsical horts. It is no different when we continue to tragedy in the Bible in the person of Job. We trust God despite the doubts. It hardly seems possible insignificant persons as us can make such a difference in the battle of the ages, but Job’s life proves we do. So every life counts, every one is important to God. You are important to God! Pastor Dan Immordino Surprise Presentation It was a happy occasion recently when Pastor Tom presented to Dick Winters the idea that there would be patio erected on the church property in honor of Dick’s tremen- dous leadership in building the Family Minis- try Center. An anonymous gift of $5000 was given in his honor to fund this project. Congratulations Dick!! 4 Family News Kimberly Mack New address- Kimberly Mack, 47, of Red bank died The Relyeas have moved but are still in Thursday, Sept. 17, 09 at St. Barnabas Hospice Middletown. Their new address is; at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Wayne and Susan Relyea while surrounded by her loving family. Kimberly 203 April Way, set an .example of strength through her long Middletown, NJ 07748 battle with cancer. She was a mammographer for Red Bank Radiology. She was an active Called Home- member of the New Monmouth Baptist Church. She organized, led, and participated in many Constance Anne Matey Cosentino bible studies within the community. She loved Constance Anne Cosentino, 58 of Wall, spending summers in her garden and at the died peacefully Sunday, August 9th 2009, at beach. home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Cosentino Kimberly was a cherished family member was a Social Worker with the Keyport Board of and a devoted mother. Her parents, Arthur Moll Education before retiring last year. Sr., and Patricia MacDonald Moll predecease Mrs. Cosentino is survived by her loving her. She is survived by her son, Conor A. Mack husband, Joseph Cosentino, four sons, Joshua of Red Bank, tow daughters, Caitlin Ann Mack Roy of Brooklyn, Jaycee Cosentino and his wife of Brooklyn, and Brittany Lee Mack of Red Ellen of Point Pleasant, Justin Roy and his wife Bank, and her brothers, Arthur Moll Jr., of Wall, Kacey of Spring Lake Heights, and Dante and Gary Moll and his wife Debbie of Jackson. Cosentino and his wife Leanne of Point Pleas- Pastor Tom Crenshaw conducted the ant; her parents Arthur and Harriet Matey of Memorial Service, held at New Monmouth Bap- Bethlehem, Pa., three brothers, Peter of Swe- tist church on Sunday, September 20 at 2 P.M, den, John of Tucson, Ariz., and Jeff of Texas; During the service Pastor Tom played the re- and two sisters, Anne Weiss of Doylestown, cording of Kim’s testimony she gave when she Pa., and Jennifer Fernandes of Gettysburg, Pa.. joined the church earlier this year. It was the The Matey family was very active in the verse in the Bible, which says, “She being life of NMBC as their six children were growing dead yet speaketh,” all over again. Kim told up in Middletown during the ‘60’s and 70’s. everyone how she came to know the Lord. Michael Yezdimer Frank Cheney 95 Whiting NJ Michael Yezdimir, went to be with the Frank was born June 26, 1914 and Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 16, died Sept. 14, 2009. He celebrated his 95th 2009. He was 54. He was the beloved husband birthday in June. He met his wife, Sylvia, of Sharon (Halvorsen) for 28 years who is the during WWII in Algiers. She was a French daughter of Ethel Halvorsen of our NMBC fel- national and Frank was an aerial photogra- lowship. He was born and raised in Philadel- pher in the Army Air Corps phia and the son of the late Max and Anne Yez- After the war, Frank graduated from dimir. Michael was a beloved husband and fa- NYU and worked at Fort Monmouth Signal ther and will be remembered for his gentle man- School as a teacher of radio electronics and ner and sense of humor. As an active member a technical writer. of St. Philip’s Orthodox Church, Souderton, he His family lived in Middletown and at- enjoyed singing in the choir. tended New Monmouth Baptist Church. Frank In addition to his wife, he is survived by accepted the Lord as his personal savior at the their three daughters, Natalie Kawaguchi, Lau- 1957 Billy Graham Crusade in NYC. He was ren Yezdimir, and Melissa Yezdimir, his two active and involved in the church life.. In retire- sisters Elizabeth Y. Guglielmo and Donna Pas- ment he moved from Middletown to Crestwood cavitch; and one granddaughter. He will be Village. After Sylvia died he married Helen greatly missed by his family.. Campbell who was in the choir at their church, Whiting Bible Church. Helen died three years ago. 5 Out of the Mail Bag- able to attend our church on August 30 to hear A note from Barbara Perry Gissing Rev. David Bisgrove. Dave was in the senior states that they are doing well. She, along with high youth group when Bob and Alberta were Peggy Burke Cramer are working on their youth leaders. It was good to have him with us 50th Leonardo high school reunion in 2012. and he also brought special music with him. We spoke to Irv Beaver and Jill Whitney Bob was a member of an NMBC quartet which Boughton on the phone about the same affair. sang in our church many years ago. He joined Can’t believe these ‘kids’ who used to be in our in singing with Bill Roberts, Dave Bisgrove and Senior High Youth Group, which we led, are Dean Bisgrove who played the piano to ac- preparing for their 50th High School reunion. company the quartet. The quartet from many Thanks Barbara and Brian for sending the very years ago included Bernie Zaehring, in his mid generous donation for Heartline mailing. nineties, living in Florida, Bill Roberts, Bob Ai- kin and Don Bisgrove, the dad of Dean, Dave Warrenton, Va.,-Hello to all our friends and Dale who was listening from heaven as at NMBC. We just read in HEARTLINE about two of his sons sang with Bob and Bill, “It is your impressive website, and the capability to Well With My Soul.”. read the newsletter on line. Please remove our name from your address list to save postage, New Grandparents and we will now read it on-line. We al- Pastor Armando and Dina Quatela are ways look forward to reading about the news the proud grandparents of a grandson, Cole of our NJ church, and seeing pictures of our Angus Quatela born to Carlos and Kirsten friends. May God bless you all. Quatela of Asheville, NC He was born on Au- Love in Christ, gust 26th and weighed in at 8 lb. 12 oz. and John and Cathy Williammee was 21 inches at birth. Congratulations to the Quatelas and we trust you enjoy this new Benita Springs, Fla.-Hope that you are young life God has given to the Quatela family. both doing well and enjoying the sum- mer .Received the Heartline yesterday...thank College Students you... I would love to receive it via e mail...And Graduate School- to help save on the postage. Cathy Downum-Stanford University, I pulled up your website...and it is a Stanford, Calif. great one.....Very interesting.... Lindsay Jarusiewicz-Seton Hall Law School, I think of you often, and reading the arti- South Orange, NJ cles on the website brought back old memories Robert Borzio-N.J. Medical School. Keep in touch--- Wilma Meyer Bullock Newark, NJ College and University- A Visit in Chantilly Virginia Christa Brennan- College of Recently your editor and Dottie at- New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY tended a family wedding near Richmond Vir- Katy Creasy- New York University, NY City ginia. On the way home we stayed overnight Jenna Creasy- Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ with Bob and Alberta Aikin of Chantilly, Va. Daniel Hypollite- William Paterson and went to church with them on Sunday morn- University, Paterson, NJ ing. What a wonderful visit it was. There Timothy Hyppolite- Delaware State Univer- daughter Kim stopped over and it was good to sity, Dover, Del. see and visit with her again. They enjoy keep- Chris Ketcham- Rutgers University, ing up with what is going on at NMBC through New Brunswick, NJ the Heartline. Berta says there are few names Stephanie DelRusso– Johnson & Wales, she recognizes but she does like to see and Rhode Island read about the activities of the church. Many John Carroll- University of North Carolina thanks to Bob and Berta for their generous Greensboro, NC donation for postage for Heartline. Bob was Continued on next page 6 Chelsea Newcomb-Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. With Heartfelt Thanks Amanda Dolly—Eastern University, St. Davids, PA to our NMBC Family Heather Relyea-Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla. Dear NMBC family, Megan Relyea-Cazenovia College, Cazenovia ,NY. My family and I are very Jose Pincay- Brookdale College, grateful to each of you for your Lincroft, NJ AshleyPirovano-Marymount Manhattan countless acts of love and kind- College, NYC ness to us as we adjust to life on Nick Misciagnia-Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ earth without my father, Tony Milton Jenkins-Brookdale, Lincroft, NJ Krumel. His absence has left a Lindsey Carroll-Azusa-Pacific University Azusa, Calif. gigantic void in our daily lives, Daniel DeLucia-Brookdale Community but your many selfless acts of College, Lincroft, NJ Justina Gonzalez-Kean University, love have greatly helped ease our Union, NJ loss. Thank you to everyone who Jennifer Newcomb-Boston College, Boston, Mass. helped us with Dad’s Memorial Julia Camp-Dominican College, Service and lunch, for your Orangeburg, NY Harry Flaherty-Princeton University, prayers, cards, Memorial Fund Princeton, NJ gifts, flowers, meals, yard work Annie Pincay-Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ at my mom’s house, phone calls, Nicole Pinero-Brookdale College, visits, kind words, and hugs. We Lincroft, NJ Miquel Quatela-The Masters College, have felt God’s love through California YOU, our church family. We Westley VanGuilder-Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla. thank our heavenly Father for Zachery Flaherty-Catholic University, sustaining us and we thank each Washington, DC. of you for loving us so much. Please remember these students In Christ’s love, in your prayers. Pray they may be kept Grace, Rick, Jan, Jane, Rick, and Lindsay safe and are able to enjoy their college studies as they prepare to accomplish their goals for the future. Men’s Bible Study The men’s Bible study which meets at the home of Gary Creasy in Keyport is Philippians starting a new study in Ephesians. For At the Sunday morning worship ser- more information contact Gary at 732 335 vices, Pastor Tom has started a series of 1276. Give him a call and join this group messages on the Book written by the Apos- for fellowship, prayer and study of the tle Paul to the Church at Philippi. It is an- Word. ticipated that this will be an exciting series for us at NMBC. 7 Good News From the Trustees Need for Volunteers Dick reported that we had awarded If you have an interest in serving the the construction of the new parking lot on Church, there is always opportunity to serve in the West side of Cherry Tree Farm Road to some capacity. It doesn’t have to involve a lot of the Lucas Construction Company, the firm time-just an hour or two a week. If interested engaged in the intersection improvement please call the church office or ask Pastor Tom. project in front of the Church. Lucas was the lowest of four bidders. Their price is $47,720, which is $1,547 lower than the Women Mentoring Women Program second bidder. Lucas intends to schedule This program is starting and will be the construction of our parking lot in con- having an orientation session on October 4 junction with the work they are doing for the at 12:15 PM in the mezzanine of the Family County on the intersection improvement pro- Ministry Center. ject. They are currently being delayed be- "Mentoring requires no special talent, cause of the great time required by the or God-given quality. All God asks is for us power and phone companies to move and to take seriously the task of mentoring and replace the heavy electrical wiring at the in- building up other women." ---Lucibel Van tersection. We are impressed with the qual- Atta ity and scheduling exhibited by the Lucas Women of all ages are welcome. If Company on their existing project you feel God's nudge to be a mentor and share in another woman's life by using what God has done in your life to encourage and The Coffee Hour assist her in the glorious walk of a Christian The coffee hour has turned out to be woman or If you are a woman who has been a big success. This hour has brought to- feeling the need to talk to another Christian gether old and new friends and gives us a woman who has "been in your shoes and chance to continue to get to know one an- with God's help made it through and wants other better. It is a great place to welcome to support and encourage you as a mentee newcomers. Many people have inquired at this time in your Christian life, please call about helping out with the coffee hour with- Carol Finlayson at 732 291 7386 to receive out the commitment of becoming a host or more information about this one-an-one hostess. There will be a sign up board at Women Mentoring Women Ministry. the coffee hour if you would like to bring a baked good or store-bought item for the fol- Beth Moore Bible Studies Continue lowing week’s coffee hour. We ask that you This video driven Bible Study deals sign up so we can estimate how much food with encountering the God of Abraham, we will have and or need to provide. We Isaac and Jacob. This study is full of twists look forward to bringing more people to- and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation gether and mystery. This study is offered in the If anyone is interested in becoming a morning at 9:30 AM until 11:15 AM and is host or hostess for the 12:15 coffee hour led by Joan Simms. please contact Karen Richards 732 706 The evening study meets at 6:45 PM 9274 until 9:00 PM and is led by Debbie Ketcham. Editors note. Thank you very much To see how the studies are progress- Karen, for organizing and running the coffee ing or for more information, call Debbie at hour following our 11:00 AM service. It is greatly the Church Office 732 671 5998 and see if appreciated. Bill Roberts you would be interested in joining the group. 8 Update of the Alpha Program Upward Who today does not question "What Basketball is life all about', "What happens when we Providing the die?", "Is forgiveness possible?", "What rele- Best Sports vance does Jesus have for our lives?" Experience for The Alpha Course could be just what Every Child you are looking for to answer some of your question and doubts. Alpha will be offered at Winning is the New Monmouth Baptist Church each about so much Wednesday night in conjunction with the more than the Pioneers schedule. final score. Alpha gives an opportunity for anyone Upward is a to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, first-class non-threatening, low key environment. sports experience that emphasizes healthy The Alpha Course consists of a series competition, sportsmanship, skills building of talks that look at topics such as "Who is and fun versus the "win-at-all-costs" mental- Jesus?" and "Why and How do I pray?" After ity found in many children sports leagues. each talk, we are divided into small groups We would love to have you on our for a time of discussion. Alpha is a place team! Why choose Upward? where no question is too simple or too hos- Currently, more than 500,000 children tile. (K- Sixth Grade) participate in Upward Alpha is for those wanting to investi- sports leagues. For over 14 years, Upward gate God, Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity has been conducting exciting children's Alpha is supported by all the main Christian sport leagues and camps in the US and denominations. around the world. Headline Upward, the world's largest Christian Alpha had its intro class on Wednes- sports program for children, was created day, September 23rd at the church parson- with a vision to provide the best sports ex- age.. Tom and Jean Crenshaw have perience possible for every child. Each year opened their home to host our Alpha Meet- some 1 million people around the world play, ings. We were delighted that both men and coach, referee, or volunteer in Upward women came, and are looking forward to our sports leagues and camps hosted by more first class night, October 7th for many more than 2,600 churches. Anyone - children and to come. “Why did Jesus Die” will be our volunteers of any faith or no faith - can par- first video, and if you are at all interested ticipate in Upward sports. Upward aims to please come by and see what Alpha is all bring out "the winner" in every child - about and enjoy some of our delicious lem- regardless of the game's score. onade and cookies. For Boys and Girls Ages K- 6th grade We gather at 6:50 and are finished by 8:10. Any questions please contact: Jean Crenshaw or Sue Avery Early Registration Nov 2-Dec 5 2009 Prayer Groups Register at Prayer groups meet in the Ed build- upward.nmbc.org ing with Pastor Tom and Pastor Dan on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings at 6:00 or call @732 671 5998 AM. The Thursday morning group has 7 Attending. Why not join either group and 9 enjoy time of prayer with fellow believers. Calendar for the upcoming months Sunday October 11, 2009 John and Jeanne Whittemore, Missionaries with Christar will be with us. We will be celebrating their 40 years of Ministry for the Lord. John will be speaking during both services and Jeanne will be speaking during the Sunday School hour. They will be honored during the coffee hour after the 11:00 AM service in the Family Ministry Center. Saturday October 31 Renewal Day Come and Join us from 8:00 Am until 1:30 PM. and be a part of a great time of work and fellowship. Lunch will be served. Friday November 6 @ 6:15 PM Our 106th Annual Church Roll Call service with Dinner. Bob Curley, our own in-house chef will be preparing the meal. He will be making his yummy pot roast. Trust you can join us for supper and the worship service which follows at 7:30 PM. New Monmouth Baptist Church 4 Cherry Tree Farm Road New Monmouth, NJ. 07748 10
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