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

gathering in Manahawkin, NJ since 1982

Sunday services at 9am (informal contemporary) and 11am (formal traditional)

1492 Rt 72 West, Manahawkin NJ 08050   office: 609-597-5151 





Here is the Go To Meeting LINK to join the service each Sunday if you are unable to attend. 



final update for sunday, december 26

we managed to hold both services before the snow got bad. 50 at first service and 14 at second. We thanked all those who worked so diligently in our ministries of mercy this past month; deacons, food and clothing team, famly promise team...many people were blessed, and we preached to good news with few words! We also gathered on Christmas Eve with 213 and in more words remembered the gospel and God's gift of His son, our savior. Thanks especially to all parents who brought children out again to participate in music ministry. The office will be closed Monday, everyone be safe!


update on Sunday Service

Well, we had our first service with about 25 people! We celebrated baptisms and thought together about what is reflected in the waters of baptism and what it points to in our daily faith. We have some people here for second service, but will probably be shorter! Be safe!


update early Sunday morning: possible snow

It's hard to know at this point when the snow will start. The National Weather service predicts that around noon the worst of the storm will hit. For now (4am) I'm planning on having both services, 9 and 11am, possibly cut the 11am service shorter if the storm is beginning to intensify. In any case, if you are in doubt about safety or concerned about driving, stay safe at home. I'll post again as we see more clearly later. Send me email about snow conditions in your neighborhood. - Pastor Phil


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.