Ocean Community Church: A Congregation of the Reformed Church in America

gathering in Manahawkin, NJ since 1982

Regular Sunday Services: 9am (informal contemporary) and 11am (formal traditional)

(nursery care available during both services, up to age 5)

1492 Rt 72 West, Manahawkin NJ 08050   

office: 609-597-5151 email: oceanchurch@comcast.net  


Look for our online streaming services at https://www.facebook.com/oceanchurch/





notes for Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec 24 and Sunday, Dec 26

Hello friends and Merry Christmas! Are you exhausted yet! Our cat Marley has had it! A few more things to go.... Christmas Eve is set up for 226 seats in the main hall at 7pm. We have video overflow in fellowship hall if we go beyond that. The bulletin is posted in the downloads section of our website here, and you can see lots of singing, children's music, and some fun video, along with Pastor's talk about "keeping the way clear" between us and God. All are welcome!

On Sunday, Dec 26 we have our regular two services. At the early service we'll celebrate three baptisms and a baptism renewal testimony. The bulletin is also posted for that service in our downloads section.

A special special thanks to all those who have worked in our mercy ministries this past month, there were hundreds of families who came through our food and clothing and Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets projects, our Angel tree project, and the Family Promise program. At a busy time of the year, many many people dedicated themselves to sharing the mercy of Christ through our life together as a church. Thank you to all!


notes for sunday, december 19

at the 9am service this sunday the children's ministry will lead the service, presenting the story of Jesus' birth in a variety of ways: there are some skits, some instrumentals (piano, bells), some songs, and always the joy of seeing children express their faith and lead us in worship. some of the children are staying to offer music to the 11am service, which will have a message from the book of Hebrews about why Jesus had to become like one of us, sharing our humanity, taking on our flesh and blood. this message will also be taped and posted on our video feed. the bulletin for sunday is posted in our downloads section.

we'll be setting up for family promise hosting following the early service. at this point we have 9 people coming to be with us, and we are still in need of food and setup help. we are also wrapping up the angel tree project this sunday, so be sure to return your angels and gifts!

monday the women's group has their party at noon.

friday night is Christmas eve service, 7pm, with some of the children taking part

next sunday, december 26th, we have an unusual opportunity to celebrate three baptisms of children ages 5-8, and to hear a testimony from a father who is experiencing a renewal of what his baptism meant so many years ago. these will be at the early service.

Pastor Phil will be leading the services throughout the season, on Dec 26 and also January 2.

January 2 will be our celebration of the Lord's Supper and installation of new consistory officers (at both services). The new consistory meets for the first time on Wednesday, January 12.



We've just heard that we have 3 families coming to be our guests at Family Promise starting December 19th thru Christmas Day and leaving Sunday morning, December 26th. The planning committee is coordinating a variety of volunteer needs. We need hosts willing to stay overnight, members to offer fellowship each evening, and volunteers to prepare and provide meals for dinner, breakfast and snacks. If you are willing to help in any of these ways, please contact Mary at jmchale119@comcast.net. What a wonderful opportunity to reflect the Christmas story. Joseph and Mary were homeless in Bethlehem trying to find a place for Jesus to be born. So what could be more Christmas than to provide a place to homeless families. 


notes for sunday, december 12

Here we are at the third week of advent, next week the children present a christmas program at the early service, and then on the 24th we celebrate Christmas Eve at 7pm. Our projector has been acting up so we'll probably still be in backup projector mode, hoping to get it fixed soon! This Sunday is a regular sunday with breakout for children after children's message (led again by children's ministry shepherds). Pastor Phil will be sharing a message from John 3:16 about the giver of the Christmas gift: if Jesus is the gift, he was given by the Father! We'll look at the mystery of the Father sending the Son through the work of the Spirit. Christmas gives us a glimpse into deep eternal mysteries, and above all the love of God for us! The Angel Tree project will be wrapping up soon, and at this point we have 12 angels left, mostly for older children (13ish) and we suggest gift certificates for them (if you are stumped about gifts!). Youth group meets with Kyle and Dave on Thursday the 16th, and Keswick money balance is due December 18. Congratulations to Evelyn on a great dinner in support of breast cancer research, and thanks to the over 70 people who attended! The bulletin for tomorrow will be posted later tonight in our downloads section. Join us to celebrate the Father's gift of his dearly loved son, come to earth, born as one of us, to be our savior, friend and lord.


resources for discussion Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The new movie coming out on December 10 is a great discussion starter for family conversations about Christian faith. There is a bible study resource as well as a 7 session study book that we can make available if there is interest. Let us know if you'd like us to get them for the church to have on hand! If you'd like to investigate more about CS Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia, click on the links provided. Wikipedia has articles about Narnia and CS Lewis. Another webpage has the blessing of CS Lewis family, and there is a CS Lewis Foundation at work to establish a Christian college in his honor. There is an official movie website and you can buy the book from Amazon.