Seaview Good News
 
February 12, 2020

It’s Wednesday and that means our Discipleship Training Group will meet in the Chapel this evening at 6:30. Tonight we begin our study of Chapter 2 of The Magnificent Story by James Bryan Smith. There are many ways that the gospel is expressed and not all are accurate. It is important that we gain a clear and biblically revealed expression of the good news, that which is beautiful, good and true.
 
There will be no choir practice tonight as Paula continues to care for Andy who is making a good recovery from heart surgery. She does hope to return to the organ bench this coming Sunday. Andy has been receiving visitors at home.
 
Funshop for Group’s 2020 VBS “Rocky Railway” comes to Seaview on February 29. Through this we are serving the community. Area churches who want to reach out to children will come to us to learn how to make their VBS a big success. Will you be part of the learning? Sign up on the fellowship hall bulletin board. Or call Mary in the Church Office (609-927-5015). If we get at least 5 from Seaview before February 15, the cost is only $20 per person. We are still not clear about our own VBS for this summer. We may collaborate with another church.
 
A great big thank you for those who contributed to a gift to help Nick Dutton who is undergoing treatment for cancer. $1100 was received. The Deacons, who are overseeing this gift, will be arranging to get it to him soon. Please continue to pray for Nick who has a wonderful caring family and lots of praying friends.
 
Ash Wednesday on February 26 begins the season of Lent. We will have a time of worship at 6:30 as this time of thoughtful consideration of what Jesus has done for us places us on the path to Jesus’ cross and resurrection.
 
 
 
February 1, 2020

Tomorrow is communion Sunday at Seaview. Come and share the feast of Jesus’ presence with his people. We receive a special Deacons Offering on this first Sunday of the month. Tomorrow, the entire offering gathered will be given to Nick Dutton who is undergoing treatment for gastrointestinal cancer. It’s a long haul for Nick and he is getting good news. Still, the financial burden is great. This is the best way to help. If you are unable to make it tomorrow, you may still send a contribution to the church office marked for Nick Dutton.
 
On February 29 we are hosting Funshop for Group’s 2020 VBS “Rocky Railway.” We are not doing this for ourselves, but to serve the community. Area churches who want to reach out to children will come to us to learn how to make their VBS a big success. Will you be part of the learning? Sign up on the fellowship hall bulletin board. If we get at least 5 from Seaview before February 15, the cost is only $20 per person. We are still not clear about our own VBS for this summer. We may collaborate with another church.
 
Thank you for your prayers for Andy Schaeffer who is still making good progress after his cardiac bypass surgery. Again, we will give you the heads up when he is ready for visitors. We also appreciate your prayers for Nancy Atkinson who is in intense physical therapy at Bacharach Hospital after her stroke. She wants to be able to walk with confidence and it will take a good deal of patience to achieve that goal.
 
February game night is set for next Friday at 6:00 in Fellowship Hall. Doug Harvey is the point person for this evening of challenging board games. Bring a snack to share and a game you want to play.
 
Choir practice is still on hold while our director, Paula, is tending to Andy after his surgery. We will have guests at our organ and piano for the next few weeks as well. Tomorrow, we will be blessed to have H. Ray Hunsicker leading on organ.
 
Discipleship Training resumes this coming Wednesday at 6:30 in the Chapel. Our study is in the excellent book by James Bryan Smith, The Magnificent Story. Come learn the ways our stories intersect with what God is doing to love and redeem the world.
 
 
 
January 29, 2020

Our new worship meeting time takes effect this coming Sunday, February 2. Sunday School classes will convene at 9:30 AM. Sunday worship will be at 10:30 in the Sanctuary. Use the link at the bottom of this page to go to our website where you will be able to check out the worship order in the Seaview Bulletin.
 
So many of us have been holding Andy Schaeffer in prayer throughout the day as he had surgery for blocked arteries. The surgery was successful and they were able to graft two arteries. Andy is now recovering and needs to rest. We will give you the heads up when he is ready to receive company. Meanwhile, your prayers for Andy and Paula are the best way to help right now.
 
We have other dear friends who are concerned about medical issues. Gary Thomas had some diagnostic work done today. Nancy Atkinson is at Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital. Richard Thomas, after what has been described as a “mini-stroke” still has some more testing coming up. Mike Carney has ongoing care for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. You prayers are much appreciated. If someone has been left out and you want them to be in our prayers, please leave the message at the church office. You may also ask to be included in our private Seaview Share a Prayer Facebook page.
 
Barbara Koch had a long ride with Parkinson’s Disease. On Last Saturday morning, she finished that ride very quietly at home and was taken into the arms of the Lord who loved her. The Service of Resurrection to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, January 31 at 11:00 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Turnersville. Calling hours begin at 9:00. Pastor Frank will be participating in the service. Barb loved worshipping at Seaview and participated in Bible Study with us whenever she could. Barb made friendships at a deep level. She will be greatly missed by many especially her devoted husband of 45 years, John.
 
Friday morning Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study at 8:00 heads for temporary meeting space this coming Friday at The Windjammer on MacArthur Blvd. in Somers Point. All men are welcome to join in. Order off the menu.
 
We greatly appreciate the presence of many who met with our Executive Minister Miriam Mendez as we seek to chart a path for the future of Seaview’s ministry and mission. After some time of discernment she will return with recommendations. Please pray for wisdom.
 
 
 
January 22, 2020

Please make sure your calendar has our Annual Congregational Meeting on it for 4:00 on Sunday, January 26. Our Senior Regional Pastor, the Rev. Miriam Mendez, will be with us as we listen for God’s voice concerning our moving forward in mission together. At 5:30 we will break for a covered dish dinner. If your dish needs to stay warm you can place it in one of the ovens in the church kitchen. After dinner we will receive the reports for nominations and budget, concluding with a time for open discussion.
 
In our prayers: We are praying for Nancy Atkinson who, it has been determined through testing, that she has had a stroke. She is very alert and thinking clearly yet will need some therapy at Betty Bacharach Hospital before she gets back to her home. Barbara Koch has had a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Please pray for her and for her good husband John as she will most likely be entering the glory of God’s presence within the week. Andy Schaeffer is awaiting consultation with a cardiac surgeon before week’s end to determine the course of his treatment after learning that he has some stenosis in his coronary arteries. God has kept him safe from harm and his heart is strong. Sara Green is a resident at Somers Place on Steelmantown Road. She has been one of our prayer warriors. Now she is glad to have us praying for her. Some days are more trying for her than others.
 
February is just around the corner. On February 2, our worship hour will move to 10:30 AM and Sunday School classes will begin at 9:30 AM.
 
Many of you know that Nick Dutton is being treated for cancer. It is a long road yet the doctors are very hopeful. In speaking with Dan, he feels that the best way we can come alongside Nick is to offer some financial relief. He has many expenses related to the treatments and caring for his family. Our Deacons have designated the Deacons Offering on February 2 to go to help Nick and his wife, Jackie. Please plan to bring a generous special offering that Sunday to help. And most importantly, join us in prayer for his healing.
 
This evening in Discipleship Training, we begin working with the book The Magnificent Story by James Bryan Smith. Pastor Frank will have some copies available for $15. You can also download it to KIndle for $12.99. This is part of the review of this beautiful book: We are story-making people. We love reading stories―and we love hearing the personal stories of others. We need stories, or narratives, to make sense of our world. And those stories shape our lives. What is the story you have been told about the gospel? About God? About the Christian life? About Jesus? About the cross? About yourself? About heaven? Your answers to these questions will form a story that will determine how your life will go. The answers reveal your ability to trust, to love, to hope―and even your capacity for joy.
 
There will be no choir practice this evening due to scheduling conflicts with several of our faithful singers. Paula hopes to resume rehearsals next Wednesday, January 29, at 7:45 PM.
 
Giving statements have been either hand distributed or mailed to all contributors to Seaview’s ministry for 2019. Our Financial Secretary, Andy Schaeffer, has been faithful to the records he has carefully kept. However, if you have questions regarding your statement, please contact Mary in the church office at seaviewoffice@aol.com or 609-927-5015. We will seek to make needed adjustments.
 
Our youth had a great evening this past Sunday with Dave Chong leading. There were eight youth attending. Davidson Ruffin is a fine worship leader on guitar and chooses the music. Pastor Frank, at the request of the youth, is leading a study of the book of Revelation. They will not have a separate meeting this coming Sunday due to our Annual Congregational Meeting.