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 sunday, january 2

Happy New Year to all! Here's what's happening this Sunday

We have installation of new officers as part of our new year service, welcoming those who have answered a call to serve as elders and deacons for the next three years. We will install and ordain them at both services.

We have the celebration of the Lord's Supper as part of both services. In connection with the installation of new officers, it becomes a time where we all recommit ourselves to offering our spiritual gifts to God in our shared mission here. It becomes a sign of unity in the Spirit.

Pastor will begin a series of three messages about intentional spiritual growth, leading us towards becoming transformed people who can carry the blessings of God into a lost and broken world. This week we think about the idea of intentional training and character/vitrue formation (Romans 12). Next week we start a look at 15 specific resolutions you can take up in the new year.

Children's ministry will offer a combined breakout following the installation and communion where they will work together on an advent craft, following our theme of traditions around the world.

Join us as we prayerfully enter a new year together, seeking to discern and do the will of God.


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!