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Lunch And Conversation after Worship at Back Bay Bistro

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The first Sundays of the month are a time of community conversation as we Sunday gather at the Back Bay Bistro!

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Hungry for some great conversation? Are you looking for another way to get to know others you meet at Cold Spring Church? Sunday, November 4, after worship, stop by the Back Bay Bistro, 1891 Bayshore Rd, Villas. Purchase the beverage or meal of you choice and share in the lunchtime conversation!

Let’s build a sense of community, in the community!

Lenore Bowne will be available after church today to take your reservation. You may also contact her 609-898-6159 or at lenorec2@comcast.net. Deadline for reservations is the last Friday of the month. Thank you.

See you at Back Bay Bistro!

Lunch And Conversation after Worship at Back Bay Bistro

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The first Sundays of the month are a time of community conversation as we Sunday gather at the Back Bay Bistro!

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Hungry for some great conversation? Are you looking for another way to get to know others you meet at Cold Spring Church? Sunday, November 4, after worship, stop by the Back Bay Bistro, 1891 Bayshore Rd, Villas. Purchase the beverage or meal of you choice and share in the lunchtime conversation!

Let’s build a sense of community, in the community!

Lenore Bowne will be available after church today to take your reservation. You may also contact her 609-898-6159 or at lenorec2@comcast.net. Deadline for reservations is the last Friday of the month. Thank you.

See you at Back Bay Bistro!

Lunch And Conversation after Worship at Back Bay Bistro

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The first Sundays of the month are a time of community conversation as we Sunday gather at the Back Bay Bistro!

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Hungry for some great conversation? Are you looking for another way to get to know others you meet at Cold Spring Church? Sunday, November 4, after worship, stop by the Back Bay Bistro, 1891 Bayshore Rd, Villas. Purchase the beverage or meal of you choice and share in the lunchtime conversation!

Let’s build a sense of community, in the community!

Lenore Bowne will be available after church today to take your reservation. You may also contact her 609-898-6159 or at lenorec2@comcast.net. Deadline for reservations is the last Friday of the month. Thank you.

See you at Back Bay Bistro!

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Interactive Christmas Holiday Event 2018

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RSVP for our no-cost annual Gingerbread House interactive Christmas holiday community event for children!

Build Your Own
“GINGERBREAD HOUSE”
Saturday, December 1, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, Price Hall
780 Seashore Road, at the corner of Academy Road

Your neighbors at Cold Spring Church are delighted to welcome you and your children to our annual Gingerbread House Building Event! For more than 300 years, we have shown God’s love through worship and special events like this one, giving you and your family a place to experience joy-filled energy and hope!

There is no charge for this event. Registration RSVP is encouraged as seating is limited to forty children. Please provide the information below to better serve you. 

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to come and build their own “Gingerbread House.” Refreshments will be provided by the Deacons at Cold Spring Church in addition to a surprise visit and gift from Santa!

An adult must accompany child! RSVP below because seating limited to the first 40 children.

Register online below. Call 609-884-4065 for more information.

Cold Spring Church offers holiday events for the entire family. Join us Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. for our Annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service in our Worship Center. More information at www.coldspringchurch.com

(Postponed) Community Scallop (or Baked Chicken) Dinner

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Due to the uncertainties of weather and scallop harvesting, our supply of fresh scallops is no longer available requiring us to reluctantly postpone our Scallop Dinner to a later date to be announced. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

Our 1st Annual Community Scallop Dinner is 5:00 PM Saturday, November 17th, featuring our pan-seared fresh scallops for only $15 ($8 child).

Menu: Pan-seared fresh scallops OR Baked Chicken; potato, and vegetable. Dessert, Beverage, Coffee & Tea. (BYOB) Donation: $15 adult, $8 child.

Purchase your Tickets online today, or complete the form in your worship bulletin, or in the church office. For more information, contact Chef Kevin Beare (609-350-0314). 

Christmas Bazaar, Soup & Sandwich Luncheon, and Bake Sale

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Get ready for the holidays at Cold Spring Church! Presbyterian Women’s annual Christmas Bazaar, Soup & Sandwich Luncheon, and Bake Sale is open to the public on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Donate items for sale. Volunteer to help at the tables. Bring the entire family for holiday treasures and treats.

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Focus Your Vision— A Mission Study Team Event- RSVP Today!

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The Cold Spring Presbyterian Church communityis invited to participate in an exciting and interactive conversation on Sunday, June 24, following worship and lunch in Price Hall. Pastor Kevin and Melissa, with the Mission Study Team, will lead the event. All are welcomed! Share your ideas, vision, and passion for our emerging new mission and ministry.

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Summer Ham Dinner

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Our community of friends and family is invited to our annual Summer Dinner, Saturday, June 9, 5 PM in Price Hall! Adults-$15, Children-$8. Build connections around the table at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church!

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Our Mission After Easter. Now What?

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Hallelujah! Christ is risen!” We respond with another exclamation: “Christ is risen, indeed”!

This proclamation will ring in our ears on April 1, Easter Sunday. It reminds us that just as Jesus was born to us and “moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14), he became our sacrifice on the cross (1 John 2:2). But the fact that the tomb was empty confirms that God’s Spirit now moves in our hearts and lives (Romans 5:4). We can be assured of a future resurrection life, God’s eternal love, and the joy of living in the power of the Spirit. Now, that’s good news worth sharing! Read the exciting way Paul described our new life:

“But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!” (Romans 8:9-11 The Message).

What’s next, after Easter?

The disciples asked that question. So did the throngs of people who must have felt like they were on a roller coaster ride of emotions during Holy Week. Consider Jesus’ Palm Sunday march for life, to Good Friday’s crucifixion and burial. Wow. What a change in mood. Huddled together for comfort, the followers of Jesus stressed and grieved in clouded faith. Now what?

We know the story. Though Jesus’ death and resurrection was predicted, that Jesus Christ would somehow rise from the dead was still unexpected. After Easter, life would be different for sure, but not in the way they might at first have imagined.

Since I was a kid, church was a part of my Sunday morning routine. That’s how it was for many people in the 1960’s. Actually, from the 1940’s until the 1970’s, everyone seemed to belong to a place to express their belief whatever the religious preference, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian or other Protestant tribe.

Of course, this is not our experience any longer. As we pay attention to our communities and the social trends, we have come to learn that you do not need to belong to express one’s belief. You don’t have to join to formally be a part of a group or church to feel like you belong. What’s more, you don’t have to attend regularly to somehow prove or confirm your connection. Expectations are different now. There are more options and opportunities. 50 years ago high attendance was the norm. But here’s an interesting fact: During the same period, say from 1940 through 1970, the time of peak church attendance in the United States, all other non-profit volunteer associations were on the rise, as well. Think about that. When many churches began experiencing steep declines in attendance, so were the Rotarians, Lions, Optimists, Boy Scouts, and Woman’s Leagues. (Here at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, our manse and Price Hall was built at that peak time.) Most new church construction and expansion projects occurred then, too.

To understand the church decline, we should try to understand the decline of other volunteer groups, and here’s what we have learned: The fewer community connections the volunteer groups and churches had, the fewer members resulted. And the inverse is also true: Volunteer groups and churches that grow are more deeply connected to their communities.

(Now, back to the disciples feeling lost and abandoned after Jesus’ death.) The natural instinct when stressed and challenged, when ridiculed and attacked, is to huddle together facing inward, hiding out for safety. But when Jesus rose from the dead, and the disciples finally understood that Jesus’ victory over death now made the abundant life in Christ possible. Relieved, they saw Jesus and listened to the news:

“Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said” (John 20:19-23).

Instead of retreating, Jesus sent them out. Though they likely wanted to stay safely secluded to recall the recent Palm Sunday festivities, Jesus has a different plan.

The disciples were invited to be vulnerable and place their trust in Jesus. So are we. What we can learn from the attendance boom in the 1960’s and its steady slope of decline since is that it is not the time to sit back, hid out in seclusion propping up our beleaguered faith with stories of old. No. We learn from history that when we sincerely make deep community connections in our neighborhoods and listen to our communities, we will work hard and smart to position our ministries and programs to meet real needs. We will help families, old and young, from long-time residents to seasonal guests, to connect to the spiritual resources we offer in Jesus’ name. Believe, Yes! God invites everyone to believe, to be vulnerable and place their trust in Christ. To make that happen, we need to hear Jesus’ words when he said: “Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

We are on a transformation journey. We can start with the Easter Good News ringing gin our ears by choosing to be a good neighbor, putting love into action, with a spirit of generous reciprocity. We can be sure that as we practice good discipleship, our commitment as a follower of Jesus Christ means we also practice good citizenship.

We demonstrate transformational behaviors by listening to the cries of the poor, becoming more of a neighbor-church. Then God’s story and God’s message will ring out, and our faith in God will become known everywhere (1 Thessalonians 1:7-8). We listen. We serve. We grow. We learn. Let’s do more of that! Churches that transform to establish new community connections become thriving communities of faith!

Thank you for all you do that expressed in so many unique and sacrificial ways to show God’s love in worship, giving, mission events, activities, service, and hospitality. “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”

After Easter, let’s get up and go. Go where? Across the street. Next door. Pick up the phone. Send an email or a card. Invite others to join an event with you. Make a new friend. Reestablish a connection to Bible study, a mission activity, and share the Good News. Receive God’s peace and the power of the Holy Spirit: Make new connections because:

Hallelujah! Christ is risen!”

“Christ is risen, indeed”!

Gratefully,

Pastor Kevin