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Th r e e Pilla r s of W isdom While I t ry t o cat ch up, I ’m

ishness, in order t o give us

fort unat e t o share t he writ -

real wisdom .”

ing of som eone very special.

So t hat ’s one t hing t hat

Elder Kirk Woodward

h as

b een

preaching

happened

p er io d ically at

WMPC

for

m ore t han 10 years. What

m y plane flight last weekend back from Louisville,

is

an

excerpt from a serm on he

Kent ucky.

did not give at WMPC, but

event s suggest ed t hings to

at anot her pulpit he regu-

m e about wisdom .

larly fills:

Bet hel Presby-

t erian Church in East Orange.

I

was m oved t o

near t ears wit h t he last sect ion of t his serm on and asked if I could share it in our

newslet t er.

I

t hink

you’ll be glad ( as I am ! ) t hat he said “ yes.”

Elder Donna L.G. Fischer Proverbs 9: 1- 6:

“Wisdom

has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaught ered her anim als, she has m ixed her wine, she has also set her t able.

She has sent out

her servant girls, she calls from t he highest places in t own, ‘You t hat are sim ple, t urn in here! ’ wit hout

sense

To t hose she

says,

‘Com e, eat of m y bread and drink of t he wine I have m ixed.

Lay

aside

im m at urit y, and live, and walk

in

t he way

of

in-

sight .’”

All

of

t hese

my

flight

nourishing t he gospel is. Here’s said

anot her

t hing—I

som et hing

brilliant .

Really!

On t he second leg

“ The Kingdom of t he Cult s”

out t o be bot h a m em ber

by Walt er Mart in.

of t he Arm y Reserve and

I t ’s a

t horough exam inat ion of a

an

num ber of such organiza-

As a cop, he sees a lot of

t ions

rigorously

wrongdoing

of

view.

t im es, he said, he’d “hear”

One of t he t hings t hese

of police get t ing involved in

organizat ions have in com -

crim e, t oo—sneaking way

m on is t hat t hey all t end to

wit h evidence or what have

get extrem ely com plicat ed

you.

Christ ian

a

point

in t heir t heology and t heir

inner- cit y

policem an. and

som e-

account s of t he world.

Well, t he opposit e of God is

What do we get out of t heir

t rust ing

n on sen sical

n ot ion s?

ourselves first and doing

Not hing useful t hat I can

t hings t o t ry t o build a

see.

st rong

And if you’re t hink-

God

is

posit ion

for

our-

any different …” Read it . I t

ing.

doesn’t bury it self in fan-

ger and I t alked about how

t ast ic

even

explanat ions

ludicrous principles.

and

So m y fellow passenif

som eone

isn’t

When

caught

you boil down what Jesus

person

says, it com es down t o t wo

weight of t he crim e, and I

nourishing ideas:

Three Pillars of Wisdom , cont .

2

Kid’s Corner

2

People We Know

3

For Your Calendar

4

Odds & Ends

4

put t ing

selves, like… well… st eal-

and

2

sin, and t he opposit e of

ing, “ Well, t he Bible isn’t

pract ical

Wolff Mem or ial Thr ift Shop

of m y flight I sat next t o a m an in uniform who t urned

from

I n sid e t h is issu e :

st anding of how sim ple and

First , I read a book called

int ensely

said—I

in

a crim e,

st ill can’t

t hat

carries

t he

believe

I

t hat we

cam e up wit h t his, but here

should t rust God, and t hat

it is—I said, “They m ay get

we should love and look

away

out for each ot her. As Paul

can’t get away FROM it .”

Let m e t ell you about t hree

says, “ God t urns t he wis-

t hings t hat

dom of t his world t o fool-

happened on

on

hom e—I got a new under-

follows,

however,

Au g ust / Sep t em b er 2 0 1 2

Now

WI TH it , but

is t hat

t hey

fabulous or

Cont inued on page 2...

Sp e cia l p oin t s of in t e r e st : Find prayer request s on page 3. Discover anot her way t o m ake your child feel special on page 2. Updat e y our calendar w it h t he schedule of WMPC event s list ed on page 4.


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yourself.

t hird Sat urday of every m ont h bet ween 10

t o arrange for a m ut ually convenient t im e

AM and 1 PM. Addit ional hours of operat ion

for pick- up.

are dependent on st aff availabilit y.

Please call him at 973- 239-3216

The m ission of t he Thrift Shop

We cont inue t o accept your donat ions of new

is

or gent ly used clot hing, accessories, t oys,

out com e t hrough a new and

and household it em s for selling at t he shop.

excit ing

All it em s m u st be in good, clean condit ion.

while at t he sam e t im e helping

I t em s can be delivered to t he church on

t he local I ronbound com m unit y.

Sundays bet ween 12: 00 and 12: 30 PM or during t he shop’s operat ing hours.

Ge or ge Tinqu ist is willing t o pick up your it em s if you are unable to deliver t hem

ob t ain way

a of

b en ef icial fundraising

“For t he foolishne ss of God is w ise r t ha n hu m a n w isdom , a nd t h e w e a k ne ss of God is st r onge r t h a n hu m a n st r e ngt h ” [ I Cor int hians 1: 25]

Tha n k You !

Som e

it em s of special need: h ouseh old it em s

to

Many t hanks t o N orm a Pr e scot t for her help wit h our Thrift Shop; and t hanks t o t he m em bers of Gra ce Church in Montclair for t heir cont ribut ions.

Ever wonder what t his newslet -

Th r e e Pilla r s of W isdom , con t .

t er looks like in color? Then j oin

what ? And it ’s true, isn’t it ? We m ay t hink

person, not t he slight est bit glam orous,

we’re fooling God and get ting away wit h

wit h glasses, plain, absolut ely unrem arka-

you would like t o have t he news-

som et hing, but we’re not , and it ’s not even

ble.

t hat God will punish us— we will punish ourselves, even if nobody else does it for us. What ’s t he alt ernat ive? To t rust God, t o let God handle t hings and work t hem out wit h us.

And God will, if we’ll only allow God to

do it .

let t er em ailed t o you, please send m e an em ail:

And I ’m not sure I was ever so happy t o

dlgfischer@optonline.net

see anybody in m y life, because I saw t hat she WAS beaut iful— because that ’s how her husband saw her. by his love for her.

He m ade her beaut iful

( Thanks, Cheryl Debeneadto, for t his great suggest ion! )

And I suspect she did

t he sam e for him .

And here’s one m ore t hing. I f Jesus t ells us t o t rust God, he also t ells us t o love each ot her.

our newslet t er e m a il group! I f

As I t alked wit h t his m an on t he

m e about his wife, how fortunat e he is to have m arried her, how wonderful she is wit h t he children, how underst anding she is of his challenging j ob.

“I t ’s not j ust t hat she’s

beaut iful,’” he said— and I visualized som ebody VERY beaut iful— ”but she’s also m y best friend.” This m ade m e very happy, and I congrat ulat ed him on his good fort une. When we landed and I was wait ing for m y bag, I looked over and t here was t he m an I ’d been t alking t o, and I t hought , t his is great , I ’ll get to see t his am azing, beaut iful wom an he’s been t alking about . So I looked for her, and sure enough, t here she was

Except …

she was an ordinary looking, rat her t ired

We’re not am azingly beaut iful peo-

ple— far from it . How do we becom e beaut iful?

By God’s loving us int o beaut iful…

and God calls on us to do t he sam e for each ot her. So here are t hree pillars to build our lives

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plane— I hope he never reads t his— he t old

Do we get it ? That ’s what God does for us, t oo.

on: 1. I t ’s wise t o follow Jesus and live his way.

2.

I t ’s wise t o trust God inst ead of

depending on our own resources.

3.

I t ’s

wise to love each ot her, because t hat ’s what God does for us:

God loves us int o

being God’s own children and gives us t he opport unit y t o do t he sam e for ot hers as well.

Childr en love t o he a r st orie s a bout t hem selve s be for e t h ey w e re bor n, e specially h ow you ch ose t h eir n am e s. D on ’t forge t t o t ell t hem about t he n am e s you a lm ost u sed an d t h en disca r de d.

Elder Kirk Woodward Except from “Seven Pillars of Wisdom ” August 19, 2012

( 1 0 1 W a ys t o M a ke You r Ch ild Fe e Special by Vicki La n sky)


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People W e Know ( Please keep t hese people and t heir fam ilies in your prayers. Also, please pray for anyone in need t hat you m ay know, but are not list ed here.) Con gr a t ula t ion s t o Ou r Gr a du a t e s, con t .

Th om a s Sch oll; and t heir fam ilies.

Congrat ulat ions t o Ale x a Cha n dle r who graduat ed from high school and is headed off to Caldwell College on a scholarship. Se r v in g Ou r Cou nt r y We are grat eful for t he safe ret urn of Ca pt a in Robe r t D e be n e a dt o ( son of Ch e r y l D e be n e a dt o and grandson of Ele a nor a n d Ge or ge Tin qu ist ) from his second t our of dut y in Afghanist an

Also keep in prayer Elde r Edw a r d G. Or t h ,

Le ona

Pa k osh ,

and

Ca r olin e

Sch oll who reside in long term care facilit ies, and t heir fam ilies. 5 0 t h W e ddin g An niv e r sa r y Congrat ulat ions t o Ca r ol a nd Ca r l Gr on a u on t heir 50t h anniversary on October 7. Read on for a not e from t hem ...

N e w M e m be r

“As we read t he Wolff News, we were

The WMPC fam ily warm ly welcom ed St e v en

album and see m any of t he people from

D e be n e a dt o as a new m em ber on August 12.

church who at t ended t he wedding.

Con dolen ce s Sym pat hy is ext ended t o t he fam ily of H e r b D a h m e r , t he godfat her of Edward G. Ort h and t he brot her of Florence Schnegelberger. Pr a y e r Re qu e st s Goe r ge Sch ick report ed t hat his cancer is in rem ission and t he long- t erm prognosis is good. His wife, M a rle n e H ir t , is in t he last round of reconst ruct ive surgery which should be com plet ed by year end.

She is also ant icipat ing knee

surgery in t he near fut ure. Their children, M a t t h ew & M e r r i are doing well; in 7t h grade and growing int o fine people who they are proud of. Please pray for Re v . Ed a n d Ca r ol Clydesda le as Rev Clydesdale cares for Carol, as her healt h cont inues t o decline. Please cont inue in prayer for t he following: Joh n a n d I sa be l Alv e s; D a v id Beh a r ; M a r ia Cor n e lson; Se r gio D e Alm e ida ; Ma ym e Ellis; Ke n Fisch e r ; Phil For e it ; Sa n dr a Fr a n k e n ; Fe licia , H e r be r t , a n d H e lm i H e r n a n de z; Re gina I a ch io; Ga r y Je nk ins; Al Kr a y l; Ma r ilyn Kr ock ; Ca t hy La u fhu t t e ; Be r n ice Lit w it z; Eddie Lit w it z; Ka r e n M e a ly; W a yn e M e im in;

prom pt ed to look t hrough our wedding Here

are t he nam es of som e who were t here— perhaps som e of you reading t his will rem em ber, t oo: Mrs. Becker ( and how we enj oyed her m usic over t he years) , The Dolberg fam ily— and Jon, The Haberm ann fam ily and our prayers cont inue t o go t o Evelyn, The Keppler fam ily, The Michels fam ily, cousin LaVerne ( and Walt er) who we frequent ly visit when we are local, The Morey fam ily The Nordhausen fam ily and how we rem em ber seeing t hem over t he years and of course, Nancy, The Ruban fam ily, Louise and Em il, Em il and Arline, Richard and Carolyn, Aunt Louise and Uncle Leo, The Saggau fam ily, Aunt Frances, Uncle Al and cousins Marilyn and Albert , The Schm it t fam ily, The Siebert fam ily and our prayers cont inue for Tom and Elsie, The Tinquest fam ily, The Wurst er fam ily… Alt hough m any of t hese people have gone hom e t o be wit h t he Lord, perhaps t heir fam ily m em bers m ight enj oy having t heir loved ones rem em bered. Carol & Carl Gronau

O Word of God I ncarnat e, O Wisdom from on high, O Trut h unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky: We praise You for t he radiance That from t he hallowed page, A lant ern to our foot st eps, Shines on from age to age. The church from You, dear Savior, Received t his gift divine, And st ill t hat light is lift ed On all t he eart h t o shine. I t is t he chart and com pass That , all life’s voyage t hrough, Am id t he rocks and quicksands, St ill guides, O Christ , t o You. O m ake Your church, dear Savior, A lam p of purest gold To bear before t he nat ions Your true light , as of old; O t each Your wandering pilgrim s By t his our pat h to trace, Till, clouds and st orm s t hus ended, We see you face to face. — O Word of God I ncarnat e Lyr ics: William Walsham How, 1867 As in Psalt er Hy m nal, 1987 Music: Neuver m ehrt es Meiningisches Gesangbuch, 1693 Adpt . Felix Mendelssohn, 1847

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I do so love t he Fall of year When leaves t urn golden brown;

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The geese and ducks all flying sout h Where warm er suns are found.

&KHFNXVRXW®:03&LVRQ)$&(%22. God’s lit t le creat ures scurr y To st ore t heir Wint er grains; The snows descend t o cover all Unt il t he springt im e rains. I walk for hour s and m edit at e Wit h Jesus by m y side, And t hank Him for t his t im e of year That He alone provides. By Albert Theel

God is n ot v a lue d a t a ll u nle ss God is va lue d a bove a ll.

Fo r Y o u r Ca l e n d a r . . . Please put t he following

Oct obe r 7 :

event s on your calendar

Worship

so you don’t m iss t hem !

ion, 11 AM

Sun da y W or ship:

by St ev e & Pam Paulson

com m un-

149t h Anniversary

Sunday

Sch ool:

Please cont act t he church if you are int erest ed in at t en din g

a

Su n d ay

School class. W olf f

wit h

N ove m be r 4 :

11 AM Fr om Chur ch Signs Acr oss Am er ica

Od d s & En d s

Th r if t

Sh op

hou r s: 10AM— 1 PM; 1st and 3rd Sat urday of every m ont h

worship followed by dinner, 2 PM N ove m be r 1 8 :

W hile it is true that religion needs learning, it is true that learning needs religion. B.H. Branscom b 

To k now what to do with what y ou k now is the essence of true wisdom. Unknown

Ca n d l el i g h t

W isdom is knowing what

worship wit h com m union,

to do; skill is knowing how

Mem o r i al 11 AM

to do it; virtue lies in doing it, and doing it well. — David St orr Jordan


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