Seaview Good News
May 29, 2021

Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday. Observed the week after Pentecost, it became popular as a result of a heresy taught by Arius, a church elder from Alexandria in Egypt. Arius believed that Jesus, the Son of God, was subordinate to the Father and therefore not equal. Athanasius, also an Alexandrian elder, opposeed this teaching, holding to the traditional doctrine that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are eternally co-existent and co-equal with each other. The triune God we worship is the same throughout the year. Yet this is the day we set aside to make special note of this doctrine. Perhaps the most poignant hymn that emphasizes this truth is Holy! Holy! Holy! written by Anglican Bishop Reginald Heber in 1826. Based on the worship scenes of Revelation 4&5, it can be found in almost all Christian hymnals. We will sing it this Sunday. Our guest organist, H. Ray Hunsicker, will also be offering a prelude and postlude based on this wonderful hymn.

Governor Murphy has signed an executive order that New Jerseyans may now go without masks in many settings as long as one is fully vaccinated. However in many places, such as public transportation, transportation hubs, summer camps, children’s care centers and schools, the CDC guidance continues to call for masking. Churches may continue to require masking if those responsible deem it prudent. Our Trustees have counseled with Dr. Larider Ruffin, who has advised we indeed continue using masks for a few more weeks. The Trustees concur and will be asking our attendees to use masks for at least the next two Sundays. We realize what an inconvenience this is, but hope our people will see the value of being cautious since the pandemic is far from over. We thank you for your understanding.

Monday is the day our nation remembers and honors those who have given the ultimate gift of devotion to the nation and world. Women and men of all wars who fell in the line of duty are revered and given special attention. On the wall of the World War Two Memorial on the mall in Washington, DC, you can read many thoughts about those who served. One such quote that stands out is by Admiral Chester M. Nimitz. “They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.”  Please remember that many who fell in the may wars fought were civilians and soldiers of other nations as well. Those communities and families also feel the pain of loss, many who fought alongside our US troops. One person has written that we must never consider this day as a celebration day and do nor wish one another a “happy” Memorial Day. It is a day of thoughtful and thankful remembrance.

Since Monday is Memorial Day, there will be no Women’s Bible Study group. The youth will not meet together on Sunday evening, either. There will be a Discipleship Training and Prayer meeting by Zoom on Wednesday at 7:00.


May 22, 2021

Pentecost, which we celebrate this week, is often associated with speaking in tongues (Acts 2), but in John’s Gospel, the promised Spirit is more about wisdom and discernment, about unfolding truth and the prospect of spiritual growth.* In John 16, Jesus promises his frightened disciples an Advocate, a Counselor, a Spirit of Truth who will continue to teach them how to live in this world. “I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now,” he says. It sounds like a wise Elder to me: “I have more to say, but not yet.”

As we watch the news and face the harsh realities of systemic racism and climate change in our world today, let us pray for the renewal of that kind of Pentecost, so we can bear the truth of our time and place – because that’s what will empower us to act.
– Majorie Zoet Bankson, Church of the Savior in Washington, DC

Yes, tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. It is the only Sunday that the pulpit paraments turn to red to symbolize the fire of the gift of the Holy Spirit. While hardly obligatory, it has become a tradition to wear some red to mark this special day. We will also be using a praise song that is new to us, Holy Spirit by Torwalt. You can find it at the following link to YouTube. ;   Feel free to take a listen and be ready to sing a new song.

Another May celebration is Paula and Andy Schaeffer’s 10th wedding anniversary. It was that long ago on May 28, that they walked the aisle and took vows of love and commitment to one another. It was their prayer then that God would fill their home with his presence. We celebrate God’s faithfulness to that prayer and their continued witness to that presence among us at Seaview.

Graduations are in the air. Just a few weeks ago, Anthony Chong walked to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Temple University. It was a long and demanding course. Bianca Trenard is also celebrating after 2 years of study at Yeshiva University in NYC. She is receiving her Masters Degree in Speech Therapy. Both of these accomplished students grew up in our midst at Seaview. And now they flap their wings and fly. Warmest congratulations and prayers for the work the God has done and will do through them. More graduations to come in June.

Today was giving Saturday. Many people brought non-perishable goods between 11:00 and 1:00 to help stock the ecumenical pantry at Grace Lutheran Church as well as the Volunteers of America office in Egg Harbor Township. This outreach is done in partnership with Northfield Linwood Kiwanis Club. There is still time to bring something in tomorrow and place it in the tan bin in Fellowship Hall.
May 15, 2021
At the cross, we see the truth of John 3:16 most perfectly displayed. There we encounter all of the cruelty and malice of the world as an innocent man is the victim of hate and injustice. The cross embodies the very worst that God’s enemies can do. And, at the same cross, we encounter the compassion and mercy of God as the innocent Son, through his self-sacrificing love, takes away the sins of the world. The cross is simultaneously where the true depravity of the world’s evil, and the true enormity of God’s love, are finally and fully revealed. – Skye Jethani

Today as you read this Good News, please remember Jean Stewart and her family in prayer. Even as many of us celebrated Mother’s Day, Jean received the news that her first born daughter, Lynn, had passed into the arms of her waiting Savior. Today at 11:00, the family will gather with loved ones to celebrate Lynn’s life at Radzieta Funeral Home in. Cape May Court House. Our pastor will officiate. Seaview was home for Lynn for many years until she moved down closer to Cape May. She will be remembered for her generosity, her love for people and for her Lord.

Tomorrow as we gather for worship, we rejoice with Ben Harvey, who will enter the waters of baptism to declare his faith in Jesus Christ. Ben has grown up at Seaview and is a thoughtful young man who has served on the Board of Deacons, first as Junior Deacon, and now as full Deacon since turning 18. In the fall, he plans to enter college at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Drop Off Saturdays where we have partnered with Northfield-Linwood Kiwanis have brought lots of items to help the under resourced people of our community. Our next Drop Off Saturday is May 22 from 11:00 to 1:00 when we will bring non-perishable food items. You can drop items off ahead of time if you like by placing hem in the tan bin in Fellowship Hall.

April 24, 2021

It’s been a while since a Seaview Good News has gone out. Pastor Frank and Kathy were away on a much needed vacation. The time leading up to it was very full of commitments. They are now back and feeling refreshed. We were blessed to have the Rev. Kathryn Eagles speaking at Seaview last week. If you missed that sermon, you can find it on our website along with the full video of the service for April 18. Just go to and scroll down where you will find all past services in the last year.

Rest and a change of pace is a priority that God built into creation with taking sabbath. the pandemic has slowed us down and helped us to smell the coffee rather than simply gulp it down. Listen to this inspiring story.

Nina Rudnick directs a non-profit that used to have her constantly immersed in her work. On a typical day, she’ll herd her 3-year-old son out of bed and to day care before commuting to a nine-hour day at the office. Often, she’s back at her computer after putting him to sleep. But since the Covid-19 pandemic, life has slowed down. Rudnick no longer rouses her toddler in the morning and rushes to the office in a harried frenzy. She is still working, but productivity in front of a computer is making way for more sentimental moments with her son. She doesn’t want it to change. She says, “I’ve been working so hard for so many hours and lamenting the fact that I’m away from my kid so much. (But in isolation), I’ve had so many incredibly sweet moments with him.”

Today is another giving Saturday. Partnering with Northfield Linwood Kiwanis Club, we are collecting towels and wash cloths for Covenant House in Atlantic City. They can be new or gently used and laundered. Drop them off anytime between 11:00 and 1:00. Simply drive around to the back of our church property and one of our team will be ready to receive your gift. You won’t even need to get out of your car. Our next giving Saturday is planned for May 22, bringing non perishable items to fill the pantry.

We will soon be filling our baptistry as one of our people prepares to publicly profess their faith in Christ. Who could that be? We have set a date of May 16 during our Sunday morning worship. The candidate is fully vaccinated as is our pastor so we feel safe about this endeavor. It has been over a year since our last public baptism. Are you interested in declaring your faith in the waters of baptism? Pastor wold love to talk with you about it.

Wednesday evenings at 7:00, we are continuing our Discipleship and Prayer series by Zoom. Lasting from an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, there is a different video presenter each week. A scripture passage also helps to guide the discussion as we seek to better understand what it means to faithfully follow Jesus. New participants are always welcomed. Mention your desire to be a part to Pastor. He will get the Zoom link to you.

The search for a new lead pastor is beginning. The team of six has been meeting by Zoom with ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor Eric Hoheisel in discernment retreat. Their last retreat is Tuesday, April 27. The next step will be engaging in a church assessment, which includes the vision of our church as well as skills and qualities needed in candidates the committee will interview. Remember the pastoral search committee in your prayers.

Tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Easter. It is sometimes known as Good Shepherd Sunday and uses Psalm 23 as well as John 10. Pastor’s sermon is “Shepherds and Sheep Dogs.” It is still the Easter season and we will sing “He Lives” and “Thine is the Glory” along with “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” Join us in person (we are still masking and using CDC guidelines for distancing) or on Facebook livestream at 10:30. 

April 3, 2021

In this Holy Week we have seen unspeakable acts of violence flooding our news reports. Mass shootings, another attempt at attacking the US Capital resulting in more death, and the trial of Derrek Chauvin in Minneapolis as he is tried for the death of George Floyd. While much is good about this world, we can see why Jesus felt it necessary to lay down his life to redeem the world. The resurrection that we celebrate on Easter is God’s signal that the sacrifice was accepted and Jesus has overcome death itself. How great is our God!

Jesus uses “the world” as a shorthand to describe everything evil, wicked, and in rebellion against God and his character. Therefore, in John 3:16 when Jesus says “God so love the world that he gave his only Son…” he’s not saying God’s love is remarkable because of its wideness, but that God’s love is astonishing because of the world’s wickedness. The message of John 3:16 is that this evil, rebellious world which has corrupted justice beyond recognition, which unceasingly worships created things rather than the Creator, which inflicts unspeakable horrors on the powerless and innocent, which daily invents new ways to curse God and all that is holy and which deserves judgment and destruction—is nonetheless so deeply loved by God that he gave his only Son to redeem it. – Skye Jethani
Welcome Elizabeth Rose Macpherson. Sarah is a big sister now since Elizabeth was born on March 24. Parents, Kat and Scott have made room in their hearts for another gift of love to nurture. Congratulations!

Next Saturday, April 10, the life journey of Amelia Baldares will be celebrated at 1:00. Amelia loved worshipping at Seaview and we loved having her among us as a great encourager and praying saint. Many of her extended family will be with us. Amelia’s family will receive guests beginning at 12:00 NOON. Guests must wear masks and use proper distancing guidelines. We continue to pray for Terri and Richard and their family.

Easter worship will be offered at 10:30 to the tunes that we know sound the good news. Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Marguerite Heaton-Colella and Paula Dollarhide will sing a duet “Love Was in the Room.” And we will offer the Lord’s Table to celebrate God’s sustaining presence among us. You can join us in person or live-streaming on our Facebook page. We invite you to have bread and cup available to join us in communion if you would like.

Our next drive through outreach on April 24 is for towels and wash clothes. In partnership with Northfield-Linwood Kiwanis Club, from 11:00 to 1:00 you may come by our parking lot and a Kiwanian will be there to take them in for sharing with Covenant House in Atlantic City. Towels and wash clothes may be new or gently used and laundered. Covenant House is a ministry to at risk young adults, many of whom are homeless. 

Update from the Pastoral Search Committee. The committee has been participating in the Discernment Retreat process with The Rev. Eric Hoheisel from ABCNJ. The committee met for the second time on March 25th with Eric. All members were in attendance. Meetings three and four are scheduled for April 22nd and 27th. Pray for the committee as they ready themselves to begin a search for our next lead pastor.

March 20, 2021

“It is clear from Jesus’ teachings, his ministry of healing, and his passion that he deeply desires our restoration to wholeness. There are many means through which this restoration occurs, including everything from therapy to active service to the humblest members of his family, but contemplating the face of Christ is perhaps the most direct and intensive form of healing. Further, as I have mentioned elsewhere, the gaze at Christ motivates service to others, because after staring into that light, you keep seeing and loving it everywhere you look.”

-Susan R. Pitchford, The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self (Liturgical Press, 2014), p. 19

Today, from 11:00 to 1:00, we will be gathering hygiene items for the homeless and underserved in our communities. They will be shared with Avanzar (formerly The Women’s Center), an agency located in Pleasantville that resources families who struggle to find dignity and make ends meet. Many have already begun to bring things and left them on the table in Fellowship Hall. This includes items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, washcloths, lip balm, razors and shaving cream. We have partnered with Northfield Linwood Kiwanis in this effort to reach out in love.

it was one year ago today that we entered into a season of being an online service only church. On July 5, we begin to offer limited in person seating in our sanctuary. Thanks to mitigation practices including the administration of vaccines, we are beginning to slowly emerge from the rigid restrictions we have endured. This pandemic is not over. People are still contracting Covid-19. Some are dying. Others have long term effects now being known as PASC (post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2) Still others appear to be fully recovered. Let us use wisdom without being caught in a cycle of fear as we move about. Please do not become angry when someone asks you to maintain distance or wear your mask properly. This is not about control, but about deeply loving our neighbors. And please do not resist being vaccinated. It will help us attain the freedom we long for. Together, we will get through this long season.

Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We will begin worship with the singing of “We will glorify the King of Kings.” In John 12:20-33 Jesus speaks of his glory. Yet this kind of glory is a strange glory to us. It s the glory of sacrifice and service, not of a coronation with a diadem of gold and precious gems. As we conclude worship and sing “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” we affirm that “The arm of flesh will fail you, Ye dare not trust your own.” Worship with us live-streaming on Facebook or in person at 10:30.

Thank you for your prayers for Margaret Rothmund who was able to return home during this week after a hospital stay. Wednesday is her 95th birthday. The flowers tomorrow are in her honor as well as in honor of Betty Sammons, now living in Virginia, who celebrates her 97th birthday on Tuesday. Both of these dear saints are treasures to us.

Next Sunday begins Holy Week with Palm Sunday. Palm will be available. We will keep some on hand if you are not feeling free to worship in person would like some. You can pick it up or ask to have it delivered to you. We will do our best to make sure you receive some. On Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM, we will offer worship with communion and Tenebrae. Again, it will be live-streamed and in person. No formal service will be held on Good Friday this year.

March 13, 2021

“The gospel means that every small story is part of a sweeping story, every ordinary life part of an extraordinary movement. God is busy making all things new, and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus has opened that work to everyone who wants in on it.”

–Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 157

Today, our dear sister, Amelia Mora Balderas, was ushered into the very presence of the Lord she has loved and served. We will certainly miss her gentle way of caring for others. She did this by writing notes, lifting us in prayer and speaking kind words that helped us to know we were loved. She, too, was greatly loved. Our prayers continue for Terri and Richard and their family. She loved butterflies for the symbol of new and transformed life they represent. A memorial service will be held at Seaview on April 10 to celebrate her life.

This next Saturday, March 20, from 11:00 to 1:00, we will be gathering hygiene items for the homeless and underserved in our communities. Many have already begun to bring things and left them on the table in Fellowship Hall. This includes items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, washcloths, lip balm, razors and shaving cream. We have partnered with Northfield Linwood Kiwanis in this effort to reach out in love.

Tomorrow is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. That means we turn our clocks forward one hour. Don’t be late in the morning getting to worship at 10:30 either by live-streaming or in person.

Margaret Rothmund had to make a trip to Shore Medical Center this week due to some problems with pain. She is improving and she and her family appreciate our prayers for her. Mike Carney was able to begin his six weeks of radiation therapy this week. It’s a long haul, but he gets to come home and rest in his recliner.  For more prayer concerns, make sure to become part of the Seaview Prayer Page on Facebook. It is a closed group for reasons of confidentiality, but you can be a part by simply asking Pastor Frank to be included.

Maundy Thursday is April 1 this year. Last year, our sanctuary was closed to public worship. This year it will be open at 7:00 PM. Yet, it will be our joy to once again offer worship by live-stream.