News & Events – November


UPCOMING EVENTS

FALL CLEAN-UP – Saturday, November 13 from 2p – 4p
Come out and help get the church ready for the winter. We will be raking, setting up for the Living Nativity, putting the outdoor stage away for the winter, trimming trees and bushes, and more. This is a great opportunity to serve for the whole family. Bring a friend!


YOUTH GROUP – Helping with the church Fall Clean-up
Saturday, November 13 from 2p – 4p
Our students will be helping with the church Fall Clean-up, so bring work clothes and a rake (if you have one).


MEMORIAL SERVICE – Sunday, November 14 at 12p (online only)
We will be having a memorial service for all loved ones on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 at 12 noon. It will be a virtual service on Zoom. Memorial services are a way of honoring our loved ones, but also part of the grief journey to find an enduring connection with our loved ones. The service is sponsored by Jackson Methodist Church. Our pastor, Rev. Joseph Tiedemann, will be leading the service along with myself. Please send me the full name of your loved one. I will be announcing all names. Send me a picture of your loved one if you can. We will share the pictures as the names of our beloved are read. Anyone who wants to say a few words about the life of their loved one, let me know. You can definitely do so. I hope to hear from all of you. Please let me know if you plan to attend and I will send you the Zoom link. Blessings to all of you. Grief Share Group Leader, Eileen Triolo.  [email protected]


PLEDGE SUNDAY
Sunday, November 20 is Pledge Sunday where you will be able to pledge your church offering for 2022 this Sunday. Jackson Church sincerely appreciates all the donations and commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ from each member! Let’s pledge towards the budget so we can continue to fuel the ministry as we continue to love as we have been loved by God and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


STUDENT DAY – Sunday, November 28
United Methodist Student Day is November 28, 2021. It’s a day when we celebrate our United Methodist students and receive an offering to support scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants. 

We are grateful for our students and their desire to fulfill their dreams. Our students are the future of The United Methodist Church. Let us honor them in a special way on Student Day. When you give to the United Methodist Student Day offering, your gifts support the Gift of Hope Scholarship that is awarded to United Methodist students annually.  

Please pray for our students and add the date to your calendars and be prepared to support our students.

Thank you.


THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER LUNCHEON – Sunday, November 28 following worship at 11a
Join in as we give thanks for all that we’ve been blessed with – so much so, that we have leftovers. Get to know or reconnect with other church members. Our community is growing, so get to know someone new. Bring your lunch for after worship. Invite a friend.


ONGOING EVENTS, PROGRAMS, AND CLASSES

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Every Sunday from 10a-11a
Classes starting September 12 for Nursery – 8th grade.

Volunteer to help with Sunday School
Make a difference in the life of a child! God might be calling you to be a teach or assistant this coming school year starting September 12. We are looking for a Junior High School Teacher and several Sunday School Classroom Assistants. The curriculum is easy to teach and provided.

HELP OUT IN OTHER WAYS
Commit to pray for the children and teachers of Sunday School.


ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays from 6:30p -8p Adult Bible Study will be studying the book of Mark. This class will begin offered only Zoom and not in-person at the church.


MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
Every Wednesday morning at 8a at the Mug Rack.


WOMEN”S PRAYER AND BOOK STUDY
Wednesday morning at 9:30a on Zoom only.


COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to the changes in CDC guidance and NJ regulations based on science and the vaccination rate, our procedures at church continue to change. For more information found here.


WORSHIP TEAM REHEARSALS
Sundays following worship at 11:00a
If you like to play an instrument, sing, or want to learn come out and check out our new format and leader, Eric Drew.


CFF – Christian Friends Forever (Special Needs Ministry)
1st and 2nd Mondays of each month.

MISSIONS, VOLUNTEERING, AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.

In more than 100 receiving countries, shoebox gifts are used by local Christians as a strategy for evangelism, discipleship, and the multiplication of believers and churches in their communities. More important than the items inside the shoebox, the gifts are an opportunity to share God’s love—and the Good News of Jesus Christ—with children in need. Local Christians who know the culture and language best are given effective resources in their own language and a solid Biblical foundation so that they can communicate the Gospel within their own communities through shoebox outreach events and The Greatest Journey discipleship program.

In the 11 countries where shoebox gifts are packed, Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for participants to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission. Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). In this church-to-church ministry model, churches who pack shoebox gifts partner with local churches around the world as they share God’s love with children in need and provide follow-up discipleship through The Greatest Journey.

Packing Shoeboxes at home:
1 Find a Shoebox
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately. You can use your own shoeboxes or order our colorful preprinted ones, available in both corrugated cardboard and plastic. These sturdy options hold up well and can be lasting gifts in themselves for children to store cherished items.

2 Get Your Label
Visit our Label Options page to find out whether an adhesive or printable label is best for you. Whichever you choose, use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

3 Fill with Gifts
Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child’s favorite things to receive!

4 Pray
Most importantly, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) for the child who will receive your shoebox gift.
Please also pray for:
Their family to also be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The pastor of the church who delivers your shoebox gift.
Their community to be transformed by the Gospel.

5 Donate $9 Per Shoebox:
A donation of $9 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through our Label Options or Ways to Give pages, or by mailing a check in the postage-paid envelope available in our print brochure. If you use an online option on the Labels page, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.

6 Drop Off
Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 15–22, 2021.


THANKSGIVING BASKETS
We have members and friends of our church who need a little help to have a nice dinner at Thanksgiving. We have four families in need. We have a sign-up sheet with a list of items needed in the church and here on the website. If you can provide one or more of these items to fill the basket with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, please bring them to the church. If you know of someone else in need, please request assistance through the church office or call Eileen 732-905-2893. All items will be due on or before Nov. 14, 2021. Items needed are: stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, and pancake mix. $20 gift cards for the turkeys.


FOOD PANTRY
We keep a small supply of emergency non-perishable food items for anyone in need.  At the present time we need pasta sauce, cheerios, corn flakes, canned green beans, carrots, corn, Jello, coffee, tomato soup, grape jelly, mustard, mayonnaise, canola oil, cake mix, and pancake syrup. All contributions are appreciated.  Anyone in need please call the church office. 


VOLUNTEER
Do you want to serve in an area that makes a lasting difference on someone’s life and the life of our community? We are looking for people with a heart for service to help with our Sunday School and on Sunday mornings during worship. Also we are looking for caring people to help with our Grief Share Program, as well as, checking in on some of our members who are not able to get out to church. Email Pastor Joe at [email protected] if you are interested.


CLOTHING DONATIONS
We are partnering with AMVETS to collect clothing and raise funds. The bin is located in the back of our parking lot. Acceptable items include: all types of clothing, adult or children’s, bedding, draperies, curtains, linens, and books. All donations are to be placed in the bin, please do not leave anything outside the bin.


DeBows Food Pantry
By appointment only — call 732-928-4475 in advance

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