Join us for our regular service at 10:00 AM.
Rev. Joyce A. Phipps
Pastor’s Message: Citizen Power and Power Lines
Our electric company, JCP&L, has again proposed the establishment of Monster Power Lines 210 feet high placed every 500 feet fro Aberdeen to Red Bank to run along the New Jersey Transit rail line. In addition to the eyesore, there are serious environmental and health concerns, not to mention the loss in property value. Just imagine one of those 230 kilovolt towers toppling in another hurricane. Learn more about this proposal to protect our community!
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Beginning June 5, worship will begin at 10:00 AM in our air-conditioned Sanctuary, always followed by food, fellowship, and engaging discussion.
Bible Study: The Formation of the Ekklesia -- Sunday Aaugust 7 at Noon
n conjunction with the preaching series on the letters of Paul, we will examine the development of the Ekklesia, the early Christian communities that became the Church.
LOOKING AHEAD FOR AUGUST
Sunday, August 7 Worship with the Lord’s Supper and discussion on how we can influence decision makers.
MISSION IS TO THE CHURCH AS A FIRE IS TO BURNING
OLD FIRST CHURCH AND THE MONMOUTH COALITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In September, 2015, Old First divested our investments in fossil fuel companies and reinvested in the innovative UCF Beyond Fossil Fuels Moderate Balanced Fund. In late January, 2016, we joined a a gathering of 100 people in viewing a documentary entitled, Merchants of Doubt, followed by a Q&A session facilitated by a Rutgers University scholar on the influence of public opinion upon energy and climate change issues. After networking with several sponsors and attendees we joined in forming the Monmouth Community Climate Coalition (MCCC), in order to raise awareness of the climate crisis and take actions for solutions for a livable world. In July we participated in the People’s March for Climate Change in Philadelphia.
THE JCP&L PROPOSAL
Old First Church has joined RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric) in an official resolution against the proposal by JCP&L to establish Monster Power Lines 210 feet tall at intervals of 500 feet from Aberdeen to Red Bank. We are concerned about the environmental impact of the lines since the existing habitat within at least 100 feet of each side of the towers needs to be cleared, the impact on historic structures, especially the Poircy Park Nature Center, the impact of 230 kilovolt power lines on the health of our children, and the property values of residents along those lines.
The Board of Public Utilities has the authority to issue or deny the permit. If you care about these questions and the impact on your community, write the Board of Public Utilities, 44 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08625. The phone number is (609) 777-3300.
THE CALICO CAT NEEDS YOU!
Help the Calico Cat Thrift Shop, a store for the community operated by the Community Outreach Group that sells gently used items to persons who cannot afford even discount prices. It also has a food pantry. If you have a few hours during the week, the Calico Cat could use your help. Call (732) 671-0550 if you would like to help in this important ministry.
AUW Bookstore: The Book Store will reopen this coming Saturday September 12. It will be open from 9 AM to 2 PM each and every Saturday except or holiday weekends Come and get your bargains and support women's scholarships at local colleges.
FELLOWSHIP HALL: A NICE PLACE TO HAVE YOUR CELEBRATION
Our newly redecorated Fellowship Hall with kitchen is a perfect place to have a celebration, whether it’s a baby shower, a going-away party, or an anniversary. Call the church office at 732-671-1905 for more details