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The Chancel Choir presented their Easter cantata, “Oh What a Savior”, the celebration of victory over sin and life everlasting through His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. . . O What a Savior!
Commissioning Service for Elmer Presbyterian Egypt Mission Trip
During Sunday worship on January 31st a special Commissioning Service was held for the mission team as they prepared to depart on February 2nd for a seventeen day trip to Egypt. The Commissioning Service began with Elder Manny Nowak describing the mission project, telling those present that Rev. Mouris Yousef and Elder Paul Trumbull are representing all of us on the Elmer Presbyterian Church’s First Mission Trip to Egypt. Their goals are to visit 25 Ministers, sharing with them God’s abundance in our lives through a monetary gift, and to establish a ministry partnership between the Elmer Presbyterian Church and two small Presbyterian Churches in Central Egypt. Elder Linda Kisiel presented Rev. Yousef and Elder Trumbull to be commissioned as our missionaries to the church in Egypt saying, “There are different gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served.” Elder Kathy Villanelli issued the Call to Discipleship, reminding us that in the Book of Acts 1:8, Jesus called His followers to be His witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Elder Cindy Strang asked Rev. Yousef and Elder Trumbull the Commissioning Questions, and Elder Bonnie McWilliams asked the Questions to the Congregation, confirming they accepted the missionaries and supported their venture. Elder Charlie Puff offered the Commissioning Prayer, after which Mouris and Paul asked God to give them strength, wisdom and love to work for our Lord Jesus Christ and on behalf of the Elmer Presbyterian Church as they serve others in distant places. Soloist Elder Donna Stone then sang the first verse of “Here I am, Lord!”
Elder Ted Bialy presented the Charge to Rev. Yousef and Elder Trumbull, telling them to go forth, doing everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Elder Karen Cerefice closed the Commissioning Service with a blessing, saying “May the God of peace make you holy in every way, and keep your whole being, spirit, soul, and body, free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.” The members of the Elmer Presbyterian Church ask God to fill our missionaries with the Holy Spirit so they may accept all they confront, and be faithful in their task. Bring them safely home, and let their experiences further enrich us.
The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like more information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.
The Blizzard of 2016
Howling winds and heavy snow caused the rare cancellation of our church service on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Putting the safety of our congregation as top priority, the decision was made to cancel Sunday’s worship service and Sunday School. Thanks to all who helped notify our members and who aided in the snow removal!
“Love Came Down at Christmas” was the title of the Christmas cantata presented by the Chancel Choir, led by Music Director Becky Puff, during last Sunday’s worship service. With a blend of original and familiar melodies and diverse musical styles the cantata illustrated the incarnation story that tells us that God so loved the world that he came to earth as a Baby. You can listen to the cantata by going to the Music Ministry tab and clicking on the audio.
Last Sunday the children and youth of the church presented their Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” during the worship service. The story began with a group of women busily Christmas shopping and excitedly talking about all the sales and bargains they found-easily displaying the modern materialistic side of an event that celebrates the birth of a Savior. One of the ladies has a small, stuffed camel and as she talks about a long ago time the story shifts to Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. Mary is great with child, and we follow as they knock on doors looking for a room. As they search, others join them: Angels, wise men, shepherds and more. Finally, an inn keeper shows mercy, and even though there are no rooms left in the inn, he lets Joseph and Mary stay in the stable, where not long after Baby Jesus is born.
Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, annually sponsors their Operation Christmas Child program where churches and community organizations from the United States, Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom fill shoe boxes with school supplies, personal hygiene items, small toys, and articles of clothing for boys and girls. Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children.
Each year in November, during National Collection Week, the filled shoe boxes are taken to one of the more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, then sent in tractor trailers to one of the eight major processing centers across the U.S where the boxes are checked, Gospel literature in native languages included, and prepared for overseas shipment. Samaritan’s Purse and its partners will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries.
Locally, the Elmer Presbyterian Church has been a participant in the program for over 16 years. Members of the church, their families and friends join in filling the boxes with items they’ve gathered, knowing that each box will find a deserving boy or girl. This year they were able to send 108 filled boxes to the collection point at Westpark United Methodist Church in Bridgeton.
If you would like more information on Operation Christmas Child please call the Elmer Presbyterian Church at 856-358-8888 or visit Samaritan’s Purse on line at www.samaritanspurse.org.
The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.