2017 Weekly Newsletter
The seaside community where all generations can know and grow in Jesus.
The mission of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, rooted in its Methodist heritage, is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal through worship, education, cultural and recreational activities in a Christian seaside setting.
July 2nd - 10:30am & 7pm Worship
The Great Auditorium
Pastor Kenneth Levingston, Jones Memorial United Methodist Church
Children's Church - Ages 4-7 & 8-11 10:15am - Youth Temple
Nursery - Ages 6 months - 3 years - 10:15am - Lower Level Youth Temple
Bible Hour 9am
Bishop Janes Tabernacle
July 3rd - 8th - Rev. Roger Casey
July 4th Parade 10:30am
With over 2,000 participants, including marching bands, floats, community groups, civic organizations, local politicians, businesses and thousands of onlookers, Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade will kick off at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. There is nothing like it at the Jersey Shore !
The parade begins on Whitefield Avenue and turns east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue; then turns north towards Ocean Pathway, then east again, ending along Ocean Avenue. Our Grand Marshalls this year are our Camp Meeting President Dr. Dale Whilden and his wife Carol.
Children and Teen Programs
Breakfast Club - Ages 12-17 Monday - Friday 9-10am - Boardwalk Pavilion
Free Style - Ages 12-17 Tuesday and Thursday - 7-9pm - Youth Temple
Riptide - Ages 8-11 Monday - Friday 9-11am - Youth Temple
Thornley Chapel - Ages 3 1/2 -7 Monday - Friday 9-10am - Thornley Chapel
Organ Concert by Gordon Turk
July 1st Noon
Ocean Grove Summer Band
July 1st 8pm
Offering will be taken
Ladies, Join Us Under the Umbrella
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & August 7 at 7:00pm
Bring your own beach chair and a friend and look for the pink striped umbrellas at one of our two locations: Main Avenue Beach or The Hub Courtyard for a relaxing time of fun, friendship and a focus on God! Small group discussions open to all women. Rain location for July sessions at the Bishop Janes Tabernacle.
Welcome our new Program Director
Natalie Stephens Stewart was born and raised in Los Angeles and educated in public schools. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at age 15 under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Frederick KC Price of LA’s Ever Increasing Faith Ministries. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a BS in Science (Major/Biology, Minor/Chemistry). She received her Master of Divinity degree from The Theological School, Drew University, and was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2001.
Ms. Stewart has worked and served in various support, leadership, and program development capacities for Drew University and The Riverside Church (New York). She has continued this work in New Jersey at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Woodlynne, The United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Foundation in Neptune, and the Bethel AME Church in Asbury Park.
As OGCMA’s new Program Director, Ms. Stewart is responsible for supervising, promoting and expanding current worship services, events and activities; establishing and building relationships with partner individuals, churches and organizations; and developing new programs and events to further OGCMA’s mission. Accordingly, she is implementing programs and events directed by the Program Committee; supporting programs for youth ministry, youth dramatics, music ministries, the beach, and Saturday night entertainment; supervising marketing, the box office, and evaluating programming to make recommendations for improvements. Many additional activities are involved in serving this agenda.
“I am delighted to be part of OGCMA and grateful for the scope of my responsibilities,” says Ms. Stewart. “There are so many ways to express one’s faith and the arts, spiritual reflection, relaxation, and family fun are as important as serious prayer and worship. OGCMA offers it all and I’m honored to play a pivotal role in the planning, coordination, communication, and outreach that is required.”
“As we interviewed Natalie, we were impressed with her self-motivation, dynamic personality, passionate commitment, and a genuinely humble, deep desire to help people know and grow in Jesus,” says John DiGiamberardino, OGCMA’s Executive Director and COO. Given her impressive background, it’s easy to understand why OGCMA hired Ms. Stewart and are “thrilled” to have her on staff.
This past week our office received a phone call from a woman who was visiting from Canada. She was here during Bridgefest and fell in love with the history of Ocean Grove. She signed up through our website for a recurring donation to our ministry. After being here last weekend, she now feels led to return and live here in the future and this is her way of "sowing seed." Praise the Lord! If you would like to give to the ministries of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association please click HERE. Your support is appreciated.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1
By John DiGiamberardino
This summer during our weekly staff meetings we are looking at I Corinthians 13. When Paul was writing the church in Corinth he was communicating with them in the form of a personal reflection. In his mind the words love and service are synonymous, they meant the same thing. The act of serving was to be done with an attitude of love.
Paul is thinking about his own attitude. This chapter is filled with instruction, warning, correction and encouragement, not only for the reader but for himself. He is saying in this first verse that his ability to communicate in any language means nothing if his words do not come from a place of love, care, and a genuine concern for others. Love cares more about others then yourself.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Romans 12. When I was 16 I was asked to preach at my home church on Youth Sunday. I was humbled an honored and took a ton of notes. I preached on Romans 12. I thought I had enough notes to last 30 minutes...ended up I was done in about 5. This passage was one of the first I put to memory.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you."
Do not think more highly of yourself then you ought. Have you ever said the wrong thing? Have you ever said something that was misunderstood? In any relationship there are multiple times this happens. Often times not even intentionally. You either eat your words or have to apologize or spend more words trying to explain what you really meant.
May all you do come from a heart of love. Think before you speak and care more about others then yourself.
Hope to see you around town!