Seaview Good News

 April 1, 2020

It has been several weeks since we have been able to meet for our study of The Magnificent Story that has helped us grow in discipleship. If you are able to join us this evening at 7:00, you are invited to be part of the discussion. Download the Zoom App to your smart phone or tablet. At 7:00 (or a few minutes before 7:00) open your Zoom App and type in the meeting code which is 923 061 100. You can then be part of the on line meeting. Make sure you unmute your microphone and turn on the video in the activity bar at the bottom of the page. If you are just leaning how to do this, please be patient with yourself. If it doesn’t work at first, call or text Pastor Frank after the meeting and he will try to walk you through it. If you feel like you need help before this evening (and who doesn’t need help with something new?) send Pastor Frank a message on his mobile phone or an email at drfreeder@aol.com.
 
Palm Sunday worship will be live streamed this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. Since it is a communion Sunday, we are asking that you have some bread and grape juice ready in your home to participate in communion. Prepare before you come online to our live stream by placing a small amount of juice and bread on a table near your tablet, computer or phone, however you participate in the worship service.
We are praying for Sierra Carney, who has had to be in quarantine due to her possible exposure to the virus. She is spending a lot of time in her room in a very busy household. Just imagine the challenges. And just envision her well and whole someday soon. And while you are at it, pray for her grandfather, Mike Carney, who has a procedure scheduled for tomorrow.
 
Please us our Seaview Share a Prayer Facebook Page to let others know how we can pray for you. If you want to become a part of the page (which is a private group) just ask Pastor Frank who will be glad to send you an invitation. Then make sure you accept it when it comes.
 
Make some phone calls. Write out some cards and send them. Schedule a video call. Reaching out to our families, neighbors and friends is important so we do not become isolated. If you are living with someone, hugs and good touch help keep us feeling secure. In moments of stress, extra kindness helps relieve the pressure. Spend some time together in prayer over the phone. Go the extra distance and we will come through this unusual time more appreciative of the many gifts God has given to us.
 
Want a good movie suggestion? There are lots of options. If you have Disney+, a good flick to watch together as a family is Star Girl. It’s a story set in a high school in Arizona and the difference one life can make in a community. God is never mentioned in the movie, but his presence is hard to miss.
 
Always feel free to leave a message in the church office at 609-927-5015. The answering machine is being monitored. You may also call Pastor Frank at home at 609-927-4642. Let’s find ways to stay connected and growing in our relationship with the Lord and each other.
 
 
 
March 21, 2020

Today we are in preparation to be able to livestream worship tomorrow beginning at 10:30 AM. We are cooperating with government guidelines in not opening our worship center for people to gather. A small team will be in the chancel in the morning to lead you in worship. You may be part of the worship through Facebook. Go to our Facebook Page by clicking here.

All other meetings normally scheduled for our congregational community life will not be held on site. This includes Bible Studies, Discipleship, Choir practices, Youth Meetings and Deacons Meetings. We are asking our AA and NA groups to cease meeting together in person. Please do not gather in your homes as an alternative. However, we encourage connection through phone calls, texts and video calls. 

If you have any questions regarding the ways the State of NJ is helping us to move through this crisis safely, a website has been set up. Simply go to www.covid19.nj.gov. 

On another note, our good brother, Mike Carney, had to hospitalized yesterday. He is resting well and in good humor. The problem is not the coronavirus. Since he cannot be visited, you can imagine what a burden this is on him and on his dear family and all those of us who love him. Please remember him in your prayers .

Our Vice-President, Mike Pence, has reminded us how important it is to keep your offerings current to your church in this unusual time. Please visit our website (click the button at the bottom of this page) and find the button in the middle of the homepage labeled “Give Now.” You may give via credit card or your bank account. The alternative is for you is to mail your offering to our church office. The mailing address is at the bottom of this page. 

If you have any specific concerns or prayer requests, please feel free to call Pastor Frank. He very much desires to be available to you. He is working from home. Call him on his home phone at 609-927-4642 if you do not have his mobile phone number. Leave a message and he will return a call in a timely manner. 
 
 
March 14, 2020
 
The Coronavirus has brought many public gatherings to a standstill. One of the most important gatherings is that of the church in worship. Because of that importance, Seaview will be open tomorrow for worship at 10:30. We advise best practices and ask that if you feel sick, please remain at home. We need the encouragement of drawing near to God and to our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are many ways of touching without skin to skin contact.

We are a hugging church. Until the concern about the pandemic subsides, we will not encourage this normal practice. Offering plates will not be passed. You will be asked to come forward to leave your offering in the plate during the offertory. If it is difficult for you to walk to the front, simply raise your hand and an usher will come to you. Please maintain a safe distance between one another. The suggested space is about six feet. Our ABCNJ Senior Regional Pastor, Miriam Mendez, has published best practices at www.abcnj.net.

Our fellowship hour with coffee and snacks will also be on hiatus during this emergency. Please feel free to hang out in Fellowship Hall as long as you like to have conversation yet refraining from close contact, handshaking and embraces.

On this coming Wednesday, March 18, our Ecumenical Lenten Services will continue at St. Joseph’s Church in Somers Point with the Rev. Peter Jamieson preaching. Again, there will be no luncheon afterwards. Next week, on March 26, Lenten Services will be held at Zion United Methodist Church in EHT with Pastor Frank as the scheduled preacher.

Our Chancel Choir practices tomorrow morning at 10:00 in te Chapel. In fact, they practice every Sunday morning at that time. It is so good to have the Choir back, leading us in worship.

Tomorrow, the Rev. Eric Hoheisel, Associate Regional Pastor for the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey will be preaching. Pastor Frank and Kathy are away on a vacation that was planned and started before the emergency was declared. They are being careful as thy complete the vacation this week and hope to be back before next Sunday.