WELCOME TO A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR

Nursery: Children up to 3 years will experience a safe and fun environment in the Nursery (Upstairs) learning about God’s love and Jesus’ care for all people!

4-6 year olds will learn together in their own room downstairs. We will kick things off learning about God who is the creator of all things and loves all people.

First through Sixth graders will meet in the downstairs youth lounge. Their program is called Loving God, Loving Neighbor, and is a One Room School House design where children through 6th grade will learn in age appropriate ways!  This engaging curriculum not only helps the children know God’s personal love but also emphasizes our Christian responsibility to care for others.

Teachers will be parents and other members taking turns teaching our children. And we still need people to volunteer.

The first Sunday of each month will find the children in worship for communion and a worship experience that will include them at every level (don’t worry adults, this will include you at every level as well.) On these Sundays, worship will take on an engaging style of worship that will make all of us feel like God’s precious children called by God to make a difference in the world!

Coats for Kids: Our Sunday School missions project until Christmas will be collecting new hats, new gloves, and used coats in great shape for children in Monmouth County.

Please Pray that God blesses our children and youth ministries, young families and community! And ask God, “God, how can I help?”

Love In Christ!!!
P. Lou

Sermon Snippet from Sunday, September 15, 2019 Honest to God: Why Does It Always Have To Be So Hard

Why does it always have to be so hard?

But this question, Why does it always have to be so hard? comes with it the emotional inability to go it alone and suffer in silence.  God is there. But you need another person to come alongside you to help you know it and experience it.

When you are in a hole and can’t climb out you need someone to throw you a rope or to grab your hand or lower a ladder.

If this is you, if you are in a hole and can’t get out, let others in and let them be to you God speaking to you.

You now have to do something about it and it is this. You have to come out of hiding and let someone help you. You need help. I am willing to be that person for you. But someone has to be. A therapist, another pastor, even if you have been telling your friends about it and are still stuck. Or even if you have told me about it, I apologize for not getting your desperation. But give me another chance. Or someone else.

I want you to know that I have been there. Listen, when you are dealing with illness of someone you love and when you are the caretaker, who cares for you?  

So deep in despair, yes I still believed in God and yes I still believed God was with me through it, but in honesty, and in my time here with you, I have been in a really dark place and if it weren’t for a dear friend of mine who was patient with me and helped me get the mental health I needed I don’t know where I would be today.

Because let’s face it, we serve a God who loves us.  But if we aren’t the vessels in which the love of God is manifest then this Christianity falls short and this community of faith is lacking. We are called to be that community of faith where the salvation of God is not only a spiritual top down thing – but a circular thing in which the grace we receive from God gets extended horizontally to each other.

Amen!

Caring and Repairing the House of the Lord

The work will be much less this time…

This summer we will again run a special giving campaign targeting a specific financial need related to our church facility. Our parking lot is in need of repair and our Property Committee has determined that the repairs need to be completed before the winter to prevent further degradation. The cost of the project is $9670. The work includes cleaning and edging existing pavement. Saw cut and remove failed asphalt, cracks cleaned and filled, by hand coating of Coal Tar Pavement Sealer and layout and restripe all traffic lines and markings as they now exist. We would ask you to once again be generous with your giving to this specific project to help us ensure the safety and soundness of our beautiful Church where we worship and fellowship in. Envelopes are on the table in Fellowship Hall.

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU!

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with the many things going on on Sundays at CIB, and we’d love you to join us! We need people to help teach Sunday School, to help manage the nursery, and to be mentors to our confirmation students. We’re happy to work with your schedules, and we would love to have you work with us in whatever way you can!
If this is something that you’re interested in, please send an email to don.churchinbrielle@gmail.com