Posts by Phil Oehler

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From the Pastor: Consecration Sunday is Coming!

by Phil Oehler

Consecration SundaySunday, November 3, 2019 Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and […]

From the Pastor: Vital Congregations Initiative

by Phil Oehler

We are past Labor Day weekend, which means that technically the Fall is upon us and the school season is beginning in our community. It is a time to return to a familiar schedule of work, education, extra-curricular activities and church life. I would like to use this season for each of us to consider […]

From the Pastor: Safe Evacuations

by Phil Oehler

In a recent article on the PCUSA website, there was discussion about congregational plans for safe evacuations, “All churches should engage in emergency planning so that when an incident occurs, staff and church leaders follow safe procedures. Potential emergencies can arise from acts of God (hurricanes, snow storms), accidents (electrical fire, flooding), and acts of […]