Seaview Good News
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.


March 6, 2021

Many people look at Jesus’ words in John 14:1-6 as the passage to out of this world glory. Take another look. Jesus was most likely referring to the way to experience the peace and glory of the Kingdom of God, now as well as for eternity. And the way is the cross. Take another look.

On the night of his arrest, in his final discourse with his disciples, Jesus spoke to them about returning to his Father, preparing a place for them, and returning to take them to be with him. He was speaking of his death, resurrection, and his second coming. Then Jesus added, “You know the way to where I am going” (John 14:4). This verse confuses many readers, just as it confused his disciples at the time. Jesus had spoken to them frequently about the cross, with some scholars seeing a direct or indirect allusion to the cross in every chapter of John’s gospel. So, when Jesus said “you know the way” he was saying—I’ve already told you how I will return to the Father. Through humiliation, shame, and death. But by surrendering everything I will also be glorified. This is the way. – Skye Jethani, This is the Way, March 5, 2021

Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Lent. The Gospel reading takes us to an early Temple cleansing, that Jesus heads right for Jerusalem as he begins his public ministry. There, he cleans house and sows the seeds for deep change. The place we begin to sow those seeds is within ourselves. Our music tomorrow will include an older praise song that we have not sung together in many years, Refiner’s Fire. You can find it here on YouTube Feel free to listen through it and prepare for worship,

We look forward to gathering at the Lord’s Table tomorrow after a two month absence. While the Table is always there as a symbol of Jesus’ abiding presence with his church, we have missed the hands on experience of taking bread and cup into our hands and tangibly feeling his presence as we eat and drink. If you will be with us in person, we will safely commune, coming forward to receive bread and cup. If you remain at home, we invite you to take some bread and a cup of wine or juice to be ready as we consecrate the elements so you can feast with the rest of the church.

We are anticipating an outpouring of generosity on Saturday, March 20. Partnering with Northfield-Linwood Kiwanis, we care for the least of these by supplying basic hygiene items for those who struggle to make ends meet, Items needed are soap, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, shaving cream and razors, feminine hygiene, combs, tissues, wipes, etc. Bring them around to the back of our building during the allotted time (11:00 to 1:00) or bring them early and leave them in the bin in Fellowship Hall. Thank you for caring.

The pastoral search committee begins their work together this Thursday with the first of four zoom retreat sessions to grow in discernment. Committee members, Karen Flexer, Faith Gracia, Doug Harvey, Lisa Harvey, Larider Ruffin, and Bianca Trenard will meet with ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor, Eric Hoheisel. We encourage you to lift them all in prayer. 

On Wednesday evenings, our Discipleship and Prayer group, meeting by Zoom, is listening to the teaching of N. T. Wright. This week at 7:00 PM, we will consider “What makes Tom angry?” Here’s a hint: It really bothers the theologian when someone declares that they fully understand everything. Be part of the Lenten growth and discussion by asking Pastor Frank for the Zoom link.

On Mondays, a Bible Study is held in person at Fellowship Hall at 1:00 to grow in understanding of the 2 Corinthians. Attendees must be masked and distanced.

Terri and Richard Thomas learned this week that Amelia, Terri’s beloved mother, whom we absolutely adore, is beginning to transition to glory. They arrived on Saturday evening to Terri’s sister, Lani’s, in Illinois, the home where Amelia has been living. Our hearts are filled with emotion as we wait along with them, while this dear saint is embraced by the Lord she has served.

If you would like to enter into some deeper discipleship conversation and have questions about scripture as well as what it means to have a growing friendship with God, Pastor Frank invites you to give him a call, an email, or a text. He will be glad to speak with you and set time aside to help. Ask, and it shall be given unto you.

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.