Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association


December 5, 2017 Newsletter

Please Join Us for Our Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 7

Honoring those who served our country, we will gather on the pier at 11 AM for Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance

Saturday, December 9

Victorian Holiday Festival

10 AM - 4 PM:

  • Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Boutique in the OGCMA Community Room
    • This event will take place in the OGCMA Community Room, at 54 Pitman Avenue. (Entrance next door to Pathway Market.)
    • Don’t miss this opportunity for great bargains on new and used holiday decor, jewelry, dishes and gift items. All items are sold for cash only.
  • Inns, Homes and Tents on Tour
  • Complimentary Jitney service around town
  • Ocean Grove Historical Society Open House featuring holiday bell ringers & gift boutique

5 PM: Live Nativity Christmas Pageant in the Great Auditorium

6 PM: Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling in Auditorium Park

Sunday, December 10

10 AM - 2 PM:

  • Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Boutique in the OGCMA Community Room (see above)

12 PM - 3 PM:

  • Inn Tours Continue (homes not included)

Saturday, December 16

3 – 4 PM:

  • Traditional Carols at St. Paul’s UMC

Saturday, December 23

  • Luminary Night on Main Avenue and Pilgrim Pathway; canned food drive in support of St. Paul’s Food Pantry

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s, 80 Embury Ave:

  • 8:53 AM — Acoustic Christmas
  • 10:53 AM — Hymns & Carols
  • 4 PM — Amplified Christmas
  • 8 PM — Choral Christmas
  • 11 PM — Unplugged Christmas


The Lights of Ocean Grove

Fridays and Saturdays through December 30th

5 PM - 9 PM

Join your friends and neighbors as the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the first ever “The Lights of Ocean Grove” Holiday Light Walking Tour! For more information, visit OceanGroveChamber.org


Global Leadership Summit

Give the gift of leadership this Holiday Season

The 2017 Global Leadership Summit was transformative, inspiring and uplifting. Attendees were empowered to lead and encouraged to walk in the knowledge that Everyone Has Influence.

We invite all past participants to join the dialogue. Please share your impressions and ideas with us on our Slack server. Contact marketing@oceangrove.org for an invitation.

Leaders Look Forward and Prepare for What is to Come

The 2018 Global Leadership Summit Live Telecast will be held Thursday, August 9 - Friday, August 10, 2018.

Register, mark your calendars and join us for an exciting time of learning, fellowship and networking!


In the News

Pilot Parking Permit Program

The Neptune Township workshop to discuss the Pilot Parking Permit Program, originally scheduled for November 27th, was cancelled due to overcrowding. It has been rescheduled for 6 PM Monday, December 18th in the Neptune High School Performing Arts Center on Neptune Blvd.

Though we acknowledge there are indeed parking problems in Ocean Grove during the summer months, the Camp Meeting firmly believes that the current proposal will have negative impacts on tourism, businesses, beach attendance, program attendance, seasonal resident parking and even year-round resident parking.

If your schedule permits your attendance, please come to the December 18th meeting and express your concerns. Furthermore, it is not too late to call or email the Neptune Township Committee members and public officials in support of the CMA position.


Employment Opportunities

Maintenance / Custodial Support Team Member

Summer 2018 Employment Opportunity

Summary of Responsibilities

Provide daily operations and set up of all OGCMA facilities under the direction of the Auditorium Manager. Duties include but are not limited to opening and closing facilities as needed for special events, concerts and worship services, ensuring all restroom facilities are clean and well stocked, performing light maintenance to ensure safety, perform heavy cleaning including seasonal opening and closing of facilities, and respond to requests to ensure that all assignments are completed properly and in a timely manner.

Perks include:

  • Free beach access
  • Work in a beautiful seaside setting
  • Friendly coworkers
  • Gain hands-on knowledge about nonprofit facilities management


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of knowledge, skill and or ability required.

Working knowledge of the following:

  • Housekeeping procedures
  • Key and alarm code standard

Abilities in the following areas:

  • Speak effectively and politely to the general public, volunteers and staff
  • Carry out written, verbal and or diagram instructions
  • Dress appropriately for task as per the organizations uniform standards
  • Exhibit professionalism and discretion at all times including when in contact with major public figures both Christian and secular.
  • Deal with problems in varying situations and resolve conflict in ways that our positive and affirming.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to interact with a diverse population of constituents, model Biblical values and relationship standards.

Reports to: Great Auditorium Manager

Rate of Pay: $9.50 per hour

Must be able to pass an extensive background check and criminal history background check.

For more information about joining our team and/or to schedule an interview, please call Jeff Force, Director of Operations at 732-775-0035 ext. 102.

Internships for Youth Ministry

Open Paid Internship Positions for Youth Ministry Summer Staff

We are seeking qualified applicants to apply to our summer internship positions within our Youth Ministry program. The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) summer youth ministry internships are open to college age students and older who are interested in serving in a lively and fast-paced relational based program through a holistic approach.

Meaning: speaking, small groups, large groups, planning, counseling, budgeting, community involvement, worship leading, open gym nights, beach time, etc will all play a role in the intern’s summer.

While our name suggests we are a camp, we are not. We are a para church ministry committed to raising and strengthening leaders for the Local Church.

Check us out on Facebook: Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association or Ocean Grove Children, Youth, and Dramatics Programs
Instagram: @oceangroveyouth
Website: http://www.oceangrove.org

These full time internships will begin Wednesday June 6th and end Sunday, August 12th. Package includes a summer salary as well as housing 3 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.

Interested qualified applicants should please send a resume and a statement of faith to Megan Faulkner, Director of Young People's Ministries at .

All inquiries can be directed to or our main office at 732-775-0035.



by John DiGiamberardino

We have been looking at the life of Job and how he trusted God in the midst of loss. There are four things we are learning from Job that we can do when we are in the middle of a crisis.

First we worship God by telling God how we feel. Second we worship God and praise Him in spite of the circumstances. And third, we ask God for strength and help.

When your heart is breaking and when you’re confused and when you’re angry because of a tragedy, you don’t turn away from God. You turn toward God. When you don’t understand the circumstance you don’t run from God. You run to Him. And you ask Him for strength because He’s got the strength that you need.

In Psalm 105:4 we read “Look to the Lord for strength.” Job said, “God is the real source of wisdom and strength.” Job 12:13

Psalm 3:5 “I can lie down and go to sleep and I can wake up again because the Lord gives me strength.”

The first sign of stress in a tragedy is you can’t get to sleep. When you’re under stress your mind won’t stop. You can’t turn it off. You toss and turn. You can’t stop thinking about it. You grieve. You’re angry. You’re upset. And you can’t get any sleep. And God says, “You know why? Because you’re not trusting in My strength.” He says, “I'll give you the strength to get a good night’s rest if you’ll just trust Me.”

Some of you are not sleeping well, because the stress, the strain, the tension in your life keeps you awake at night and you just can’t get a good night’s sleep. The reason why is you’re trying to be God. You’re trying to handle this problem on your own. You haven’t trusted God with it. You haven’t called for His strength and help. You’re trying to figure it out yourself. You haven’t released it.

Worrying is assuming responsibility that God never intended for me to have.

You need to relax and say, “God, I’m going to trust You to give me Your strength and Your help.” And He can give you that good night’s rest.

Psalm 37:39 says

“The Lord saves good people and He is their strength in times of trouble.”

God is waiting to strengthen you.

Where do I get it? Where do I get the power to handle the crises of life? My problems, the national problems, the tragedy we’re facing as a nation. Where do I get that strength? There’s only one place — worship.

When you focus on God — that’s what worship is — it’s like plugging into the power source. That power, God's power, can flow into your life as you worship Him. As you pray, as you talk to Him, as you praise Him, as you think about Him. It all comes from worship.

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 63:2,

“Here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in Your strength and glory.”

It comes from focusing on God.

Would you like strength in your life?

Take a moment and bow your head and ask God for strength.


© Copyright 2017, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association