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/




recap on intentional spiritual growth series

To start the year, we took three weeks to focus on a commitment to intentional spiritual growth. Growing out of studies done at Willow Creek, we encouraged every member to consider finding a spiritual practice to work at in order to grow in ability to be involved in God's mission. There were three messages, and these are on our vimeo channel (January 2nd from Romans 12, January 9 from I Timothy 4, January 16 from 2 Peter 1).

Our hope is that every member will be able to identify something that they are working on as their next step in discipleship.

Here were some of the exercises we discussed:

Bible study: Knowing Scripture is a key practice for Christian growth. I recommended using a good study bible, and am recommending the ESV Study Bible as an excellent option. We also talked about using a reading guide, and there are many examples of this avaiable (paper and even email).

Reading Christian literature: You have to be a bit careful, but overall Christian Book Distributors has reliable and good materials. If you would like help filtering through the good and the bad or finding something specific about an interest you have, ask Pastor Phil. Zondervan is also a pretty reliable source.

Using Christian multimedia: There are audio bibles, online bibles, software for bible study (logos and olive tree) that can be used on PC's, Macs, ipads, ipods, mp3 players, ipod touch, smartphones, etc...YouTube, GodTube (with Hillsong United) and Vimeo offer much in the way of online sermons and music videos. Pandora Radio can provide unlimited free listening to contemporary Christian music.

Participating in a small group: We have a variety of opportunities for fellowship and study and service.

Getting involved in outside efforts: International Justice Mission, Greenfaith, Protestant Church in Oman

Exploring regular and proportional giving: Jesus taught us that our hearts would follow our investments. Investing regularly and deliberately in the financial life of the church is a practice that changes our hearts!



notes for sunday, january 23

this sunday we welcome elder dave kirk as worship leader. pastor phil will be on long island leading a three day retreat for the consistory of his home congregation (New Life Community Church, RCA). Dave will be starting our "Moses" series, and Pastor Phil will continue it on January 30th. A special opportunity will be Dave bringing special music from Ken Medema (the Moses song): don't miss it! On Sunday evening, January 23, Pastor Phil will be back to lead the youth membership class at 7:00pm. Remember that this coming Thursday night, January 27, will be the information meeting about the Kids Hope USA project.


fundraising run against human trafficking

fundraising runDave Elliott is a friend of the congregation, doing Bible translation and ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators, among Cambodians living in the United States. He is taking part in a fundraising effort to address human trafficking issues among Cambodian children. Part of our recent series of messages on intentional spiritual growth suggested that getting involved with justice efforts such as this can be a way to nurture our growth in ministry and mission. Read more about this effort, and consider taking part in his support. Here is a video about the effort.


food bank to be closed this wednesday

in light of the winter storm advisory, we will not have the food bank open wednesday morning. travel will be dangerous for both our volunteers and those who use our food bank. monmouth/ocean county mobile pantry will be here Tuesday, January 18th at 11:30am.


notes for sunday, january 9

so at this point we'll assume that the snow stops early and everything is fine for Sunday! As we enter the new year we're in some way repeating last year's experience with missing some of the attendance because of snow in january/february. last year this put us in a difficult financial position early in the year. if you are able to think about giving regularly in some way in spite of attendance issues, that would be a great help to us. we have alot of things we want to accomplish this year, and it is a great help to have regular, strong giving as we think about implementing plans, particularly in the area of youth staffing.

we continue our three part series on intentional spiritual growth with a message from I Timothy 4 about "exercising yourselves for godliness." I'll talk more about the idea of intentionality in spiritual growth, and begin to suggest 15 different "exercises" you might take up in the new year.

this is a regular sunday for children's ministry.

youth membership will be meeting in two weeks, January 23rd.

the bulletin is posted in the download section of our website.

I'll be having an informational/organizing meeting on Thursday, January 27th at 7pm to discuss forming a team to work with Kids Hope USA. Let me know if you are interested.

The new consistory meets this week on Wednesday evening (snow willing!). Pray for wisdom, unity and vision as they take up the challenges of being a missional congregation in 2011!