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“Turn it Up” at free church summer camp

Interfaith News & Views

Editor’s note: The following column is a roundup of news from faith communities serving Robbinsville residents.

“Turn it Up” at free PAC summer camp

Special to The Robbinsville Sun  Children’s Ministries Pastor and Robbinsville resident Shaun Sass (right), of the Princeton Alliance Church, and interns Emma Reilly (center) and Christos Zachariades (left) are excited to "Turn It Up" at this year's summer camp that will be held July 29 through Aug. 2.

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Children’s Ministries Pastor and Robbinsville resident Shaun Sass (right), of the Princeton Alliance Church, and interns Emma Reilly (center) and Christos Zachariades (left) are excited to “Turn It Up” at this year’s summer camp that will be held July 29 through Aug. 2.

Imagine more than 500 children singing at the top of their lungs and dancing along to music with lights flashing and laughter erupting from every corner of the room. Each year Princeton Alliance Church (PAC) offers kids in Plainsboro and surrounding communities, including Robbinsville, a fun and energetic day camp experience. This free weeklong camp for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth- grade will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2.

Under the theme “Turn It Up,” this year’s 28th annual camp helps kids learn how to turn up the power of God’s story in their own lives. When kids walk through the doors of PAC, over 200 screened volunteers are ready to greet and guide campers through a day that combines biblical teaching with interactive activities. Through daily Bible lessons, music time, recreation, snack time, and a larger group experience with live music and onstage performances, kids are invited to engage in an exciting adventure with friends and God.

Always innovating and looking for fresh approaches to engage the kids, this year a small group experience has been added to make Bible time more focused and personal. “It’s exciting to share God’s big story with the kids and help them understand the power of it,” says Children’s Ministries Pastor Shaun Sass of Robbinsville. The camp curriculum and content are linked to the church’s focus on reading through the Bible this year.

Special to The Robbinsville Sun Campers dance to live music during the large group experience at the Princeton Alliance Church’s 2012 summer camp. This year's camp runs July 29-Aug. 2.

Special to The Robbinsville Sun
Campers dance to live music during the large group experience at the Princeton Alliance Church’s 2012 summer camp. This year’s camp runs July 29-Aug. 2.

The smiles on the faces of the kids show just how much they enjoy this unique camp experience where the love of God is present, and they are encouraged to learn and grow. Camp registration is free and you don’t have to be a church member to register. Visit princetonalliance.org/camp for details and to register your child today.

Princeton Alliance Church (PAC) is a Christ-centered church of 3,000-plus members located at the corner of Scudders Mill and Schalks Crossing roads in Plainsboro. For more information, go to www.princetonalliance.org.

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Register for St. Gregory the Great 2013-2014 CCD classes

All returning students in the St. Gregory the Great religious education program should have completed and returned the re-registration forms that were sent in February. New students and families should contact the Religious Education Office for information about the academic year program, which is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, for Grades 1-7. We offer two sessions on both days: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. All grades are offered at both sessions on both days. The Religious Education Office is located in the St. Gregory the Great Academy building and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 609-587-1131 extension 227.

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Inspiring by example

Have you heard of Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County?  For over 250 homebound elderly and disabled persons in our area, “ICGMC” is a household name! ICGMC has dedicated volunteers who give of their time to help the homebound elderly and disabled with everyday tasks that enable them to maintain their independence and remain in their homes.

You may be the blessing someone’s been praying for. Consider helping someone with shopping or providing a friendly visit to a homebound person, or helping someone prepare a meal, or driving someone to a doctor appointment. In giving just one hour once a week, you could be making a difference not only to a homebound person, but to yourself, as well!

Want to learn more about the wonderful volunteer services at Interfaith? On Aug. 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can catch a live radio interview with “Stepping Stones’” Hilary Murray and ICGMC Executive Director Jane Latini on WDVR 89.7 FM.  You can also listen live on www.WDVRFM.org. Perhaps you can help by buying a ticket to the Aug. 26Trenton Thunder game. All 50/50 sales that evening benefit ICGMC. So batter up to help the elderly and disabled homebound in Mercer County!

For more information on becoming a volunteer, or buy tickets to the Trenton Thunder fundraiser, call 609-393-9922.  You can also visit ICGMC on the Web at www.ICGMC.org.

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From Monsters to Men

By Pastor Dan Greco

Lifetree Community Church

monsters-university-postersAs I write this, my son is turning 5. It’s his birthday today and in a few hours we will be munching on Reese’s peanut butter cups and oversized buckets of popcorn as we are entertained by a cinematic presentation of Monsters University. The movie was his choice, of course, but I can’t wait!

It seems with every birthday my children celebrate, the gravity of fatherhood descends on me anew.  Fortunately, I had a great dad.  He is my hero.  The remarkable thing is that he was such a great father without having a father of his own.  I guarantee he would tell you that fatherhood isn’t science. There is no foolproof way for raising kids.  Some days, I do alright. Other days, as I put my head on the pillow, I know I have failed miserably. And I am going to make more mistakes.  If you are a betting person, I’d take the over.  What matters most is that I do my best and never quit trying.

When my first child was born, my dad gave me poem.  With every reading I am reminded to try my best to father my children. Someday my little monster will be a man.  Perhaps it will encourage you today:

 A careful man I want to be, a little fellow follows me.

I do not dare to go astray, for fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes, whatever he sees me do he tries.

Like me, he says he’s going to be, the little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine, believes in every word of mine.

The base in me, he must not see, that little fellow who follows me.

I must remember as I go, through summer’s sun and winter’s snow.

I am building for the years to be, the little chap who follows me.

 Lifetree Community Church, a Protestant Christian church that is part of the Assemblies of God, holds its Sunday service at 10 a.m. at Sharon Elementary School in Robbinsville. All are welcome! For more information go to www.lifetreecc.com.

 

 

 

 


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