Seaview Good News
 
 
September 8, 2020

We are saddened to learn that our good brother, George Breese, has left us to enter the heavenly cloud of witnesses. He has been in the hospital much of the summer after learning of and having surgery for a very serious disease. He stayed in touch with Paul Anselm who interpreted his condition and was the one to learn that George entered into the fullness of God’s Kingdom last Friday. He was a regular greeter at Sam’s as well as at Seaview. He loved singing in the choir and serving as a Deacon. No plans have been made yet for a service. George was one of a kind and brought a smile to our faces often. We thank the Lord for his life and service.

Joan Hofmeister learned today that her nephew, Kevin, also passed into the arms of our gracious God. Kevin lived in Georgia and lived courageously with cancer. His mom, June is in ICU fighting Covid and is too serious to learn about this. We offer our prayers for the family as they feel this loss and continue to hope for June’s recovery.

Andy Schaeffer’s sister-in-law Kathy, finished her life early this morning in her sleep. She also lived with cancer. Her husband and Andy’s brother, John, died a few years ago. We are graced by the confidence that eternity is reigned over by our God of mercy whose love is grander than we can ever imagine. The apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:19 is that we might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
 
 
September 5, 2020

Tomorrow we gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate the feast of of God’s presence with us and remember Jesus’ sacrificial love. The title of the message is “The Best Blood Donation” from Exodus 12:1-14. Many of us have donated blood which has been used to preserve the lives of others. It is a powerfully gracious gift and gives us a bit of the richness of what Jesus has done for us. You are welcome to worship with us in person or by live-stream on Facebook. If you come by live-stream, you are invited to prepare some bread and juice or wine to use in joining in the Lord’s Table with us.

Discipleship Training Group continues on Wednesday at 7:00 PM by Zoom. Using the icon by Andrei Rublev entitled The Trinity (or The Hospitality of Abraham) Richard Rohr’s book The Divine Dance invites us to embrace God’s invitation to the table of communion, to feast and dance with the Lord. You are welcomed to be a part of the group whether or not you have done the reading. And you can be there for only one of the meetings if you want to get a taste of it. One participant said getting the book hooked her and she cannot put it down. Just let Pastor Frank know and he will send you the zoom link. A. few books are available for asking at $10.00. Or you can order it through Amazon in Kindle or hard copy form.

We expect to resume the Monday afternoon 1:00 Bible Study group in person on September 21 in Fellowship Hall. Participation will be limited to a small group and proper distancing will be observed. Let Barbara Garth know if you are interested and have any questions.

Today is Amelia Balderas’ 95th birthday. Check out the video Terri did for her mom, chronicling Amelia’s life on Facebook. We are in awe of the way God has inhabited kind and thoughtful vessel of grace over the years. Tomorrow’s chancel flowers will be in honor of Amelia.
 
Advisory Council meets this month for it’s regular meeting on this coming Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 in Fellowship Hall. Congregational participation is welcomed and there is time provided at the beginning and before the close of the public portion of the meeting for questions and discussion. If you come, we ask for proper distancing and usage of masks until all are seated and agree to safety standards.

Next Sunday, September, Dave Chong will meet with our youth in the Picnic Grove in back of the parking lot at our church building. He wants to help the kids to dream about movement forward as a new year of learning and service dawns. Meet at 6:00.
 
 
 
August 29, 2020

It’s a rainy day today, but tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful. Seaview’s doors will be open for those willing to come and worship in person at 10:30. We also offer live-streaming feed of worship through our Facebook page. One of the comments we have heard is the desire to spend some time in fellowship after worship. Connections are important. So the Trustees in meeting this past week decided that with masking and observing 6 feet of distance, we will be allowed to spend time indoors talking. No food will be offered and they ask that we continue to refrain from hand shaking and hugs. We are limited to 25 in a room at a time, but let’s enjoy some good conversation.

Tomorrow Seaview celebrates the 55th wedding anniversary of Susan and Randall Richards who were married by Pastor Olsen on August 28, 1965 at Seaview. The flowers in the chancel are a gift from the Richards who are blessed to be having an amazing married life together. They had hoped to worship in person with us but have decided to be with us by live-stream while vacationing in Ocean City.

Our hearts are saddened by the news that Steve and Kathy Link’s son, Richard, has died at the tender age of 29. Steve and Kathy attended Seaview for many years and Steve ably served as our treasurer. Richard was a member of the Atlantic City Police Department and a 2009 graduate of Mainland Regional High School. We join the Link family in trusting the gracious arms of a compassionate God as we envision Richard in our Lord’s divine care.

We had our first Wednesday evening Discipleship Training Group of the season on Wednesday at 7:00 PM by Zoom. Using the icon by Andrei Rublev entitled The Trinity (or The Hospitality of Abraham) Richard Rohr’s book The Divine Dance invites us to embrace God’s invitation to the table of communion, to feast and dance with the Lord. You can see a copy of the icon below. It is Rublev’s interpretation of the story from Genesis 18.  If you would like to be a part of the group, which continues Wednesday evenings this fall, just let Pastor Frank know and he will send you the zoom link. A. few books are available for asking at $10.00. Or you can order it through Amazon in Kindle or hard copy form.

We expect to resume the Monday afternoon 1:00 Bible Study group in person on September 21 in Fellowship Hall. Participation will be limited to a small group and proper distancing will be observed. Let Barbara Garth know if you are interested and have any questions.

Work Day last Saturday was a great success. Fallen trees from storms were cleared, sawed and stacked. Bushes and weeds were trimmed. Debris was picked up. Cleaning inside our church home was accomplished. A big thank you to the dedicated workers who came out. We know there were others who wanted to come but simply felt it wiser for them to remain at home.
 
 
 

August 21, 2020

Tomorrow is get your hands dirty day. The Trustees are asking if your are able to come to be at our church home around 8:30 (or later if it is more convenient). We will be maintaining proper distance as shrubs are clipped, fallen trees cut up, some big weeds removed and other clean up jobs performed. There is work inside the building too. Andy Schaeffer will have a list. Let’s love on our church home to keep it warm and inviting.

Do you like to sing A Mighty Fortress is our God, Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus, and Be Not Afraid? These stirring songs and others will be part of worship this Sunday that you can access in person or by live-stream on Facebook at 10:30. Jesus gives us a promise as he responds to Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Christ. He declares that he will build his church on this confession and the gates of hell will not stand up to the power of the those who follow Jesus with a whole heart. Join us and be encouraged.

The Wednesday evening Discipleship Training Group is about to get started again  next Wednesday, Agust 26 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance will help us to journey in transformation in community the way God does it as Father, Son and Spirit. No, it’s not an easy book. But don’t let that stop you. We will take it slowly and answer questions while positioning you to be God’s messenger of hope. Let Pastor Frank know if you would like to be part. He will send you the link for the Zoom connection.

Advisory Council met last night. Part of the discussion was sharing ideas about how we can organize in small groups to care for our community. Here are a few of the thoughts. Long term care facilities are unable to allow families and other visitors except for very short visits. We could organize some “adoption” of residents to write and connect with them. We could do prayer walks in teams of two in our neighborhoods to pray and listen for how God might call us to care for the people of that area. Teachers are having a rough time in the midst of this pandemic. Some fresh baked goods and other treats could help them feel some TLC. Look for these and other ideas to be rolled out this fall.
 
Some wisdom to consider: “Wisdom Christianity is practice driven. When you do the practices that nurture the heart, you will sense this connection as a living bond. Your being becomes receptive to the higher meaning. When the practices that sustain this encounter begin to drop out, you revert back to your usual operating system, and the connection fades.”
-Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Jesus,  pg. 137