Posts by Phil Oehler

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Stewardship: Promise

by Phil Oehler

“Promise” 10-25-20 As a teen-ager, I remember the chair of the Finance Committee in my home church in Hampton, VA standing before the congregation one Fall Sunday morning.  He talked about the need to support the ministries of the church and listed several organizations that we supported with time, talent and treasures.  At the end, […]

Food Pantry

by Phil Oehler

The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministry Food Pantry is serving the community at a much higher rate due to the pandemic, and is constantly in need of staples.  They are asking folks to drop off food items and supplies on TUESDAY and THURSDAY mornings from 8:30am to 11:00am at The Seventh Day Adventist Church at 300 East Barber Avenue. Food items Cereal​​​ […]

From the Pastor: Resumption of Public Worship

by Phil Oehler

As we prepare to enter into corporate worship on Sunday, September 20th:             “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). So begins the account of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church in the book of Acts. As we approach the day of Pentecost […]

From the Pastor: An Invitation to Online Communion

by Phil Oehler

ONLINE COMMUNION The Session of the Presbyterian Church has approved online communion for Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 2.  As this is a new way of celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, please review the document below as you prepare your heart, mind and worship space for this sacred meal with the congregation […]

Permanent Whitewater

by Phil Oehler

Quarantine, Stay at Home, Social Distancing, Wear a Mask, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Stock market Drops, Defund the Police, Virtual Worship, Zoom meetings, Monuments Virtual classrooms, Stage One moving into Stage Two, and the New Normal.  Who would have thought the last four months would have brought us all of these issues?             The […]

Reopening the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury

by Phil Oehler

Greetings in the name of our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ! I hope you are doing well and will have a blessed week!  I am writing you in regard to the eventual reopening of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, and how we will cautiously proceed when the state of New Jersey gives permission for gatherings […]

From the Pastor: To the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury Family

by Phil Oehler

It is a difficult season for everyone. Shut-down buildings, changedschedules, Social Distancing, Zoom meetings and empty grocery shelves.Yes, we are dealing with a pandemic and a serious health risk, but I was notexpecting the level of hoarding resources that I experienced in thiscommunity. I have been reading a book by MaryAnne McKibben Danaentitled, God, Improv […]

From the Pastor…

by Phil Oehler
Pretzels

Pretzels come in many flavors, shapes, and sizes — not unlike us. These treats are great for cheese or other dips or just by themselves. But have you stopped to consider they actually have a historical place in Lent? If you take a moment to look at the typical twist pretzel, you can see that […]

From the Pastor: What is Christmas?

by Phil Oehler

What is “Christmas”? It is three words: GOD IN FLESH; or four syllables: IN-CARNAT-TION. The Gospel according to John (1:14) tells us, “The Word became flesh and lived among us… full of grace and truth.” Christmas proclaims that God has come in flesh, has come “to save us all from Satan’s power.” Christmas celebrates far […]

From the Pastor: Bring your children to church

by Phil Oehler

“People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of […]