News & Events – Dec 4, 2022

Our service times are: 8:45a Traditional Service – 10:30a Contemporary Service
Sunday School is during the 10:30 service.

Christmas Services will be 4:30p, 6:00p and 11:00p. The first two services will be traditional and the 11:00p will be Readings and Carols.
Christmas Day and New Years Day services will be online only

Eric as he recovers from leg surgery
Nadine for health concerns
Eileen working through health problems
Prayers for anyone facing financial issues
Everyone who feels lonely or lost during the holiday season

Topic: Simeon, Hopes, Disappointment, Waiting
Big Idea of the Message: Even though he had experienced disappointment, Simeon found great hope when he saw the Messiah, Jesus.
Application Point: We will be hopeful people while we wait on God.

Discussion Questions:
What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
What good thing would you wait a long time for?
Who was Simeon?
What did God promise Simeon?
Have you been disappointed while waiting?
What does Simeon teach us about disappointment and hope?
How can we pray for you?

If you are interested in ordering poinsettia plants this year in the name of or in memory of a loved one you can pick up a form on Sunday or order them online through our website. You will need to return the form by December 8. The cost of each plant is $8.00. You are welcome and encouraged to take your plants home to enjoy after the Christmas eve services.

Living Nativity and Soup DinnerDecember 10 at 6:00/7:00p
Need a moment to breathe and remember the reason for the season? Don’t miss the Living Nativity which features some great performers, traditional carols and live animals.
There will be a free soup supper before the Living Nativity at 6:00pm and desserts will be served after the performance. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Giving Tree All gifts are due by Dec. 18 Wrapped if indicated
Each year we have a giving tree for children in need. The children are referred to us by Anchor House Shelter and families in the local community who call us seeking help. We provide a Christmas gift for each child. If you feel you can purchase a gift for one or more child in need, please stop at the welcome table on Sunday and select a child to help from our list. Any questions call or e-mail Eileen Triolo 732-905-2893 or [email protected]

We are also collecting NEW socks (including slipper socks) for youth boys and girls (ages 12-17) that are in Anchor House now through Dec.18. There will be a drop box in the narthex or you may drop them off at the church office during the week.

The show dates are Saturday, December 3 at 6:00p here at Jackson Church and on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00p at St. Johns UMC in Ocean Grove. Check the JAM website to view details and buy tickets.

Our show starts off with vocal and dance performances by our JAM students. Following the performances is our intermission where you can buy concessions and settle in to watch Elf. Tickets are still available for the Ocean Grove show. We anticipate the show to sell out so do not wait to buy tickets! You will be able to pick up tickets the night of the show. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Join us for a Christmas tradition! On Saturday December 10th, we will have a soup dinner starting at 6:00pm indoors, followed by the Living Nativity outdoors at 7:00pm. The nativity tells the story of our Jesus in the manger through live actors and animals, a children’s choir, readings, and some favorite Christmas carols. Following the story, dessert will be served. The Living Nativity is performed by volunteers from several of our ministries including Christian Friends Forever (Special Needs Ministry), our Sunday School, and children’s choir. There is no fee for any part of the evening. Everyone is welcome!

Watch our website to see the list of all the classes for our spring session after the new year. We will also have more
JAM-inars which are classes that are held for only 1-2 days

We will be hosting a Grief Share 13-week program early in the new year. If anyone in need of one of these programs, please email Eileen at [email protected] for more information. These meetings will be held online only.

Call for a tour at 732-833-8808 x.2
We are reintroduced our 2-year-old class with class offerings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.   We are still accepting applications for our preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. The school offers a unique combination of creative and religious curriculums, uses progressive teaching methods and features a warm and engaging environment where children can learn and grow.

And a little about our Staff Members…

Pastor Denise Tiedemann

Rev. Denise Tiedemann has been serving United Methodist Church for over 20 years. She has served as the lead pastor at DeBows UMC, Pleasant Grove UMC in Jackson and FUMC in Farmingdale. Prior to that appointment she was the lead pastor at Centenary UMC in Lambertville and Linvale UMC in Ringoes. Denise, along with her husband Joe, created Jackson Arts Ministry which serves the Jackson area. Denise was instrumental as part of a church plant and a church revitalization effort. Denise loves working with children and has served as the Annual Conference’s Childcare Coordinator. She and her husband Joe have four wonderful children, and she loves being a wife and mom most of all. Her background prior to being a pastor was in theater and music, and she loves giving her best to God and the wonderful churches she’s had the privilege to serve. Her heart for mission has led her to serve with A Future with Hope and the Skainos Project in Belfast. Denise is energized remembering that all of us are created in God’s image and looks to share the life-giving hope of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.

Samantha Marley
Sam is the director of Sunbeam Christian Preschool and co-director of Anchors Away Summer Camp.  Before joining Sunbeam Christian Preschool as the director, she was one of our substitute assistant teachers.


Sunday Afternoons at 12:00p now – January 22
We are reading the book “What does it mean to be Chosen”. If you would like to join, please see Pastor Tiedemann after the service or call the church office to get a copy of the book.

Tuesday nights from 6:30p-8p
BIBLE STUDY – (On Zoom only)

Email Eileen Triolo at [email protected] for the Zoom invite information.

Wednesday nights
Commit with friends and family to read through the entire bible. We will be reading and discussing the reading (online and in person) on Sunday nights starting in the New Year at 7:00p. Sign-up here. 


Every Sunday from 10:30a-11:3a for ages Pre-K through 5th 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, we are always looking for a volunteer. The curriculum is easy to teach and provided. Commit to pray for the children and teachers at Sunday School.

Wednesday morning at 10:00a on Zoom only. For more details call Peggy Pilling at 732-370-2120.

CFF – Christian Friends Forever (Special Needs Ministry)
1st and 2nd Mondays of each month at 7:00pm

YOUTH GROUP (6th -12th grade) 6:00p-7:00p
TNT Youth Group meets most Sunday nights (and some Saturdays too!). We planned some fun activities this year as well as devotion time to center our hearts on God’s mission for us. Please see Pastor Tiedemann for the schedule and any questions about our group.

Every Wednesday morning at 8:00a at the Mug Rack.

Sundays at 9:15a
If you like to play an instrument, sing, or want to learn more come check us out and speak to the leader, Eric Drew.


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 as ushers/greeters 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 Denise at  [email protected] if you are interested.

Families in need have increased in the last few months.  We are currently in need of the following items:  baked beans, green beans, canned carrots, canned white potatoes, vegetable soup, broth, chicken noodle soup, crackers, oatmeal, mac and cheese and corn flakes.
As always gift cards in $20 denominations will be much appreciated.  

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

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