Home This is the website for St Paul's United Methodist Church located at 714 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ. The site features information on our missions and ministries, upcoming events, and audio messages. http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:05:05 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-us Welcome http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/welcome http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/welcome

Our Purpose is to:
Praise God through worship,
Grow as disciples through study,
Share our faith through testimony, and
Serve others through ministry.

Welcome to St. Paul's. We are a family of Christian believers excited about being a part of what God is doing in the world and in our community. We invite you to visit us to see if the rich Spirit of Christ we are experiencing, meets your needs as well. The pastor, staff and church leaders at St. Paul's are committed to excellence in ministry. We are servants and imitators of Christ, eager to share from the rich abundance of His blessings.

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Service Times http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/service-times http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/service-times
9:00am Traditional Worship
9:00am - 10:45am Child Care provided
9:00am Sunday School for all ages
10:15am Fellowship Time
10:45am Contemporary Worship
On the first Sunday of every month we celebrate Holy Communion at both services. Here at St. Paul´s, we´ll make sure the first face you see when you approach the church has a smile on it. Whether you need childcare for your toddler, or are looking for a place for your teens, a greeter will be nearby to help you get where you need to go. We are concerned with meeting your real life needs and hope you enjoy our upbeat music. We seek to share practical messages that help you deal with real life issues. and we will even give you a handy outline to follow along and take notes, with the Bible passages included. We hope that what you learn on Sunday, you will be able to use during the week.
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Pastoral Staff http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff
Alan Darby
Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries
Barbara Estelle
Director of Music / Organist
Judy Propert & Janet Post
Choir Directors
Church Office office@stpaulsbrick.org
Janice Weissinger
Administrative Assistant
Barry Glickman
Christian School Principal
Bill Nadler, Kim Gavaletz,
Melissa Gross, Lynn Wick
& Al Primrose


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D2BF Dare 2 Be Fit Summer Camp 2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/d2bf-dare-2-be-fit-summer-camp-2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/d2bf-dare-2-be-fit-summer-camp-2014 dare2befitsummercamp_greenDare 2 Be Fit
Summer Camp

At D2BF Summer Camp, we recognize the need for children to find ways to stay physically active during the summer. To increase physical activity, today’s children need summer camp experiences where they can play and be active. Every day is filled with sports, dance and fitness programs that are exciting and challenging and sure to keep all campers engaged. Our unique program offers campers the opportunity to choose the activities that are right for them – they can join a low-impact game, choose a quiet activity, or play a challenging & physically active game.

Dare 2B Fit will be at St. Paul's UMC from 9am to 3pm daily on the following days:

2014 Dates:

  • Week 1: June 30 - July 3
  • Week 2: July 07 - 11
  • Week 3: July 14 - 18
  • Week 4: July 21 - 25
  • Week 5: July 28 - Aug. 1

Discovery Day Passes
If you are new to the day-camp experience and would like to spend just one day with us, you can sign up for a DISCOVERY DAY PASS (limit one per camper). We are confident that once you visit us for a day, you will be back for more fun! The cost of your DISCOVERY DAY PASS can be applied to your registration fee if you decide to stay for the week.

CIT Program (Counselor In Training)
We are pleased to offer special programs for students entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grades. We are looking for active, motivated young people to join our Counselor-in-Training Program. Preference is given to our previous campers who are familiar with our program. E-mail the camp director, Suzanne Kurasz, for more information.

To register or for more information go to http://dare2bfitcamp.com/

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Vacation Bible School - August 11-15, 2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/youth-ministries/vacation-bible-school-august-11-15-2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/youth-ministries/vacation-bible-school-august-11-15-2014

vbs workshop of wonders  

Save the Date

St. Paul’s 2014 Vacation Bible School-
Workshop of Wonders:

Imagine And Build With God!
Our exciting week takes place
Aug. 11th through Aug. 15th.
Registration begins on June 1st.

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Summer Intimacy Study http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/adult-learning/summer-intimacy-study http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/adult-learning/summer-intimacy-study

Summer Intimacy Study!

For Week One- we will define what intimacy means, discuss our goals for the summer study and cover the first three chapters of the book Stripped Down:13 Keys to Unlocking Intimacy.  The intimacy types that we will be discussed in more detail re: Spiritual and Emotional

Contact me if interested, or for more information


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Blessing of the Animals and Craft Fair - September 13th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/pet-ministry/blessing-of-the-animals-and-craft-fair-september-13th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/pet-ministry/blessing-of-the-animals-and-craft-fair-september-13th

All well mannered Dogs & Cats and your
Human Companions too!
The People & Paws Pet Ministry of St Paul's
United Methodist Church
is holding it's annual

Blessing of the Animals,
Pet Adoption Day & Craft Fair
Saturday, September 13th
from 10am to 4pm

For Registration Forms or more information about the days events
contact the People & Paws Pet Ministry at: Petministry@stpaulsbrick.org

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Back to School Blitz 2014 - Backpacks for Needy Children http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/back-to-school-blitz-2014-backpacks-for-needy-children http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/back-to-school-blitz-2014-backpacks-for-needy-children

Back to School Blitz 2014
“Backpacks for Needy Children”

St. Paul’s would like to help Seeds of Hope missions supply backpacks for children in Camden who are needy or who have parents that are incarcerated. Below you will find information about this program:

It will be Back To School time before you know it, which means it’s time for the Annual Seeds of Hope “Back to School Backpack Campaign”! Last year we collected and delivered 300 fully stocked backpacks! This year we are asking for your help again to provide fully stocked school backpacks so we can help even more children in Camden. This outreach is for children who are needy or who have an incarcerated parent and who cannot afford to buy school supplies for this coming year.

It’s Simple!: You purchase the backpack(s) and the necessary school supplies. We collect and deliver backpacks for children from ages 5 through 17. (If you’d rather, you can donate financially and we will make the purchases for you.)

A team of people from Seeds of Hope will deliver the backpacks to the children in Camden before school begins. Thank you SO much for assisting in this venture!

Kindergarten to 2nd Grade: Backpack, 2 composition books, 2 paper folders, 2 glue sticks, 1 pair of scissors, 1 package washable markers, crayons 8 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 pencil case

3rd Grade to 5th Grade: Backpack, 2 composition books, 2 paper folders, 2 glue sticks, 1 pair of scissors, 1 package markers, 8 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 pencil case; 1 3-ring binder; package of loose lined paper; 3 spiral notebooks, 1 pack of colored pencils, 5 pens, 1 ruler

Jr. high to High School: Backpack, 2 composition books, 2 paper folders, 1 glue sticks, 1 pair of scissors, 1 package markers, 3-ring binder, 8 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, package of loose lined paper, 3 spiral notebooks, 1 pack of colored pencils, 5 pens, 1 ruler, 1 highlighter 1 pencil case, 1 pack of index cards.

You do not need to purchase all the supplies for the backpack – anything you can donate will help. You may also make a donation to St. Paul’s missions and we will buy the supplies for you – just mark it “Seeds of Hope Backpacks” As a church we hope to put together at least 20 backpacks. There will be a box in the Narthex for supplies. We will be collecting until August 19th. If you have any questions please call Sue M.

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Why Send Your Child to Kindergarten at St. Paul's Christian School http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/christian-school/general/why-send-your-child-to-kindergarten-at-st-paul-s-christian-school http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/christian-school/general/why-send-your-child-to-kindergarten-at-st-paul-s-christian-school

Why Send Your Child to Kindergarten
at St. Paul's Christian School?

Not all Kindergartens are alike! At St. Paul's our children learn to read, write and learn introductory math skills at a very high level. More importantly they learn spiritual truths which help grow their faith. The children learn in an environment that interjects the Gospel into every academic area of study. Please contact our Kindergarten Teacher JoAnn Burney at joburney1@gmail.com if you would like more information on the program.

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New St. Paul's Cookbook http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/new-st-paul-s-cookbook http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/new-st-paul-s-cookbook cookbookNew St. Paul's Cookbook

For those at St. Paul's long enough to remember, 1980 was the last year we put together a cookbook. The United Methodist Women are in the process of doing just that. We hope to have it ready to go on sale at the Holiday Shoppe. It will be chock full of your favorite recipes, many helpful hints and a short history of the church. It will make a great gift for you, your relatives, friends, and anyone else you need a special gift for. But we can't do it without your help. That help will come in the form of your recipes. How many of you have brought a dish to a covered dish dinner where you were asked for the recipe? What do you bring to Thanksgiving dinner that everyone expects you to bring? That's the one we want in the book.

Beginning on May 25 and going through mid-July, we will be accepting your recipes. Don't be bashful. We hope to have at least 250 recipes in the cookbook so there will be room for all your favorites. There are 8 categories to fill so you will be able to find a place for your signature dish. You are encouraged to submit more than one recipe. The more we get the better the book. We will have recipe collection sheets for you every Sunday through the end of June so stop by the Narthex or outside Norcross Hall and pick some up. Once we have collected all the recipes, entered them to be submitted and finalized the format of the book, production should take about 6 weeks. We should have the books by the end of October.

If you have any questions, please call Carol, Margie or Mary). If you want to e-mail me your recipes, please do so. My address is carolkampf@yahoo.com. The recipe collection sheets contain all the instructions regarding wording, abbreviations, categories, etc., so you may want to pick one up for your information. We want to use every recipe submitted to us. However, if we get several versions of the same recipe, we reserve the right to decide which ones to use. But hopefully we won't have that problem. So get busy looking for your favorites which will become all our favorites. We need a lot and we know you have a lot.

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Communion Offering for June 2014 - United Methodist Homes http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/missions/general/communion-offering-for-june-2014-united-methodist-homes http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/missions/general/communion-offering-for-june-2014-united-methodist-homes Communion Offering for June 2014
United Methodist Homes

The June communion offering will go to the United Methodist Homes (UMH) who have been serving the residential and healthcare needs of older adults in New Jersey for more than 100 years. Almost 1,400 men and women call one of the ten residences "home."

The mission statement for the UMH reads “Our mission is to provide quality and caring services to senior men and women in a Christian community.” Faith is the guiding force in the ministry at United Methodist Homes, and can be witnessed everyday. Through their daily work, 976 employees bring the mission to life—to provide quality and caring services to senior men and women in a Christian community. Visit any of the UMH communities and you'll see this ministry in action!

The Homes offers a range of living options from residential living apartments and convenient assisted living residences to short-term rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care and memory support residences. The Aging in Place program encourages independence. They strive to honor all residents by fostering a culture of fellowship and serving them with dignity and respect.

For more information about the UMH go to their website at umh-nj.org or call them at 732-922-9800.

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Visit the Holy Land in March 2015 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/visit-the-holy-land-in-march-2015 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/visit-the-holy-land-in-march-2015

Visit the Holy Land with Dr. R. Bryan Widbin
March 4-14, 2015

You have an opportunity to experience the wonder of the Holy Land with a world class scholar, teacher and preacher, Dr. R. Bryan Widbin. Many of you were blessed to hear Dr. Widbin speak at St. Paul's a few weeks ago and he wanted to provide our congregation a chance to take an all-inclusive pilgrimage to Israel. This is a special 10 day trip for all ages that will visit many treasured locations in the life and ministry of Jesus. Come walk where Jesus did as you witness places such as the Jordan River, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Meggido, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The cost for this 10 day trip is $4,450 per person and includes airfare, transportation and meals. For more information please visit www.biblesettings.com, pick up a brochure in the narthex at St. Paul's or speak with our Youth Director, Hector Meza. We hope you and your family will not miss out on this incredible opportunity.

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Moses! - Bus Trip - September 24th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/moses-bus-trip-september-24th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/moses-bus-trip-september-24th

Bus Trip to Sight and Sound!
Wednesday, September 24th

$96 per adult
$75 per teens (13-18)
$58 per child (3-12)
For tickets contact Joy M. or call the office at 732-458-2004 for contact information.
Please call soon so we may get the best price for tickets and the bus.

$96 per adult
Includes lunch at Shady Maple
48 people maximum
Leave church at 8am returning that evening

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Pastors Pen - July/August 2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/our-pastor/pastors-pen-july-august-2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/our-pastor/pastors-pen-july-august-2014 Pastor's Pen
July/August 2014

by Pastor Alan Darby

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the Darbys moved to Brick. It has been a great year for us and we want to thank you all for your friendship, encouragement and welcoming us into the St. Paul’s church family. There have been a number of adjustments and adaptations to make as we get acclimated to our new environs but overall, your hospitality has enable us to feel at home in this new area. Besides the joy of making and building new friendships, there have been a number of notable blessings being a part of the St. Paul’s family.

  • I was struck immediately, by the level of St. Paul’s fellowship activities. Whether it is through the wonderful fellowship dinners, the UMW and UMM programs, Sunday morning fellowship hour, or the initial “meet the Pastor” gatherings, there has been ample opportunities to make and build relationships as a basis for significant ministry.
  • I have a great appreciation for my staff who work so hard among you to keep the wheels of the St. Paul’s ministry rolling along. Janice, Barbara, Hector, Bill Nadler and al the custodial staff have been a huge help to me orienting me to the plans, policies, practices and standard operating procedures of this church’s vital ministry.
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in St. Paul’s awesome music ministry. Barbara, all the choir directors, and worship team leaders are great at enhancing our worship services with their gifts and talents.
  • I feel blessed to team up with Hector and the youth ministry leaders to see our children and youth get established and grow in their faith in Christ. Through Sunday School, VBS and youth groups we touch a lot of young people’s lives. I particularly enjoyed co-leading our recent confirmation class with Hector.
  • It has also been great to watch our St. Paul’s Christian School in action. At all levels Barry, Edie and all our teachers and staff are doing a tremendous job providing a whole different dimension to our dynamic strategy for reaching and making disciple for Jesus Christ.

These are only a few of the notable things that come to mind as I reflect on this first year with you. There are many other things over this time that have touched and blessed me as your pastor. I am thankful for so many of you who serve so diligently to honor the Lord and pray that, as we move forward, we will see many more lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, many more souls brought into His Kingdom. God bless you and keep you as we grow, in every way, in the coming Conference year. I am blessed to be appointed to St. Paul’s to serve another year.

In His Regard, Pastor Al

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Youth - July/August 2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/director-of-youth-ministries/youth-july-august-2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/director-of-youth-ministries/youth-july-august-2014 Youth
July/August 2014
by Hector Meza

Matthew 25:34-40
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

“Everyday 1.1 billion people have to wash with, bathe in, and drink more dirty water. That’s the same as the population of North America and Europe. We can’t live with that. Can You?” This was the question asked in a video presented to our youth to get them invested in our 30 Hour Thirst. In years past the youth had participated in the 30 Hour Famine to help feed the poor. This year we will be raising money to buy water filtration systems from Compassion International. We’re coming to the realization that having access to clean water affects all components of life including food.

The goal of our 30 Hour Thirst is threefold. First, we aim to recognize and minister to the thirsty in our own community. The night of Friday, July 18th the youth will host a carnival for children at the Maple Leaf Recreation Center. Through games, music and skits we hope to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ. Second, we aim to recognize our own thirst for God. We will take part of that night to worship, pray and hear God’s word. Finally, we will recognize the physical thirst of those around this world. We will raise money beginning that night and throughout the summer to purchase $80 water filtration systems. Each one is able to filter about 1 million gallons of dirty water so that the people of developing countries may have access to education and food.

Please pray for the teens as they look to care for the hungry and thirsty in our world. If you would like to partner with the youth or find out more about this project please contact Pastor Hector or visit www.water.compassion.com/about-water-of-life/

Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries

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Marriage Moment - July/August 2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/marriage-moment/marriage-moment-july-august-2014 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/marriage-moment/marriage-moment-july-august-2014 Marriage Moment
Brian Collis
July/August 2014

Temple Maintenance 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is well known. Paul tells us:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Verse 18 provides the context for this idea; it is talking specifically about sexual sin as using the body in ways that dishonor God instead of honoring him. What if we took the architectural metaphor further though? What if this idea of our bodies as temples had more far-reaching implications?

Instead of just focusing on the use of the building (in this case, our bodies) let’s think of its upkeep and maintenance; structures need to be taken care of. They need to be cleaned, re-painted and re-roofed. They will occasionally need new furnaces or air conditioning units, and have broken pipes fixed. Sometimes floor joists and roof rafters rot out and need to be replaced, or someone punches through wall board, and the resultant hole requires patching and refinishing. Plus, the utility bills must be paid, so there is fuel to keep all the systems running smoothly.

Our temples of the Holy Spirit, our bodies, are no different. Cleanliness is next to godliness, it is said. Keeping ourselves clean not only helps to maintain our physical attractiveness to our spouse, (and keeps us from offending other people we have to interact with!) but it can help keep us healthy too. Exercise is also “temple maintenance.” Like a building left vacant slowly erodes, so do muscles that go unused atrophy and weaken. Injuries must be tended to, and sometimes rehabilitation is necessary to restore full function to a body part or system. Food keeps all systems functioning, and making healthy choices can accomplish many things beyond simple refueling. It can help fight off disease, purge harmful substances and cleanse the body.

It our responsibility to keep our bodies in good working order. The better we function, the better we can do the kingdom work God has set aside for us to do. We don’t have to do it alone though; it can be a source of joy, and a way to foster deeper intimacy if we do things with our spouse. Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo (of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage podcast) list “recreational intimacy” among the six different types of intimacy that strengthen the bond between husband and wife. (In their book Stripped Down) Exercise together! Go for walks (or runs!) or take yoga, or a self-defense class. Challenge each other in tennis or squash, or work as a team and challenge other couples.

Make it a goal to have fun, and the health benefits will come without it even seeming like work!

Brian Collis +++++

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