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  • Writer's pictureRev. John Scotland

July 29, 2020 Message

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Twenty-five years ago, Annie found out she had breast cancer and had to choose from among many options, her plan for treatment. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, take part in a study, push for a stem-cell treatment. Many of us, when we face such a time, can be overwhelmed with having to make such decisions. The fear and anxiety can be worse than the disease. To this day, I remember some sage advice she got from a good friend, “You are your own primary physician. You are the doctor in charge of your own health and wellbeing. You know yourself best!”

All the doctors and medical researchers... the best the NIH had to offer… were only consultants. In the end, Annie had to make the decision about her own course of action for treatment. She picked a tough way to go, but she is still here… as far as I’m concerned, she is a top doc!

There is quite some controversy brewing about medical opinions these days. My prayer is that none of you will have to face such difficult treatment decisions. But if you do, please remember that you are your own best doctor! You know yourself better than anyone else. Do your reading. Choose your “consultants” carefully. Don’t just go with the ones that tell you what you want to hear, but pick the voices of those who have done their homework. Consult with the best!

Many studies have shown that prayer and spiritual strength of faith definitely play a role in healing and wellbeing. But we don’t depend on prayer alone, but consulting with the Great Physician has proven to be helpful. Science and medicine are gifts endowed to us by the Creator! They are not perfect or 100% right all the time. Like other gifts, they are to be used judiciously and with multiple opinions, thoughtfulness, and prayer. Be a top doc! Stay well.


ADULT BIBLE STUDY will be held Sunday in Room #10. Face coverings are mandatory and everyone will have a temperature scan.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: Session hopes to have a door hanger put on every house in Brigantine. Starting on Monday night August 3rd, walk from 6:30-7:30 PM. Come to the church office, get your assignment and door hangers and be on your way safely wearing masks of course! Please let John know if you can help. Walkers will go out every night till we are done!

THE FOOD PANTRY is open and serving the less fortunate of Brigantine. We are currently

collecting school supplies especially unopened packages of pens, pencils, glue sticks, 3 hole punched white lined paper, tab dividers and 1”, 2” and 3” binders.

And thanks to the volunteers that man a table at the Farmers Market every Saturday for food and monetary donations for the True Spirit Coalition. Show your support - buy a t-shirt!

THE GIFT AUCTION held Saturday mornings in July was a great success thanks to all the committed volunteers who braved the extreme heat to sell chances on the front lawn!! A new set of gift baskets are ready for August. Stop by and purchase chances Saturday mornings. The next drawing will take place on Saturday, August 29th.

THE THRIFT SHOP volunteers will be in the church backyard Saturdays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm to receive and sell items. Donations will only be accepted during that time. Please stop by and shop and say hello to our faithful volunteers!

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS - Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday during August, including: Dana Gabrysz, Connie Coia, Rachel Scotland-Aschenbach, Barbara Welsh, Adrienne Sharp, Marge Bertuccio, Linda Krawczyk, Joan Finlay, Cynthia Edwards, Marcie Nisley, James Walker, Elaine O’Brien, Terry Mc Claskey, Frank Stafford, Mackenzie Aschenbach, Bruce Powers, Danielle Ross, Lizzy Scotland-Beraquit, Kelly Kline, Samantha Grahsler, Joe Mason, Luke Culleny, and Abigail Schultz.

We are a caring and loving people… God gives us the gifts and the strength to use these gifts in order that we may be the people of God… and indeed we are!


Please join us LIVE on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am for singing, and 10:15 am, for worship.

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If you have not been able to join us for worship online, please call me and let me help - maybe you can join a friend and watch it together, or perhaps we can help you get access to the internet so that we can be together online. The CHURCH WEBSITE IS My email is My cell phone is (609) 457-2999…

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ED BLANSCHE ONLINE, AUGUST 12TH AT 7:00 PM. Please let me know if you would like to participate!

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose!” Romans 8:28

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