The DeBows Pathfinders went hiking at Baldpate Mountain, Titusville, NJ, near Washington Crossing State Park, on Saturday, June 9. The Pathfinders are discussing their plans for the summer and schedule information will be posted on the church website. You may also view some pictures from the hike below. You may contact Wayne Ervin for more information about the DeBows Pathfinders group.
The 64th annual Ocean Grove Choir Festival will take place on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00pm. This event will be held in the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. If you are interested in attending or participating, you may view more information here. If you wish to participate, Grayce Armstrong has offered to help prepare anyone interested in singing in this event. You may contact Grayce at email@example.com.
You may view a detailed event brochure here.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Jackson Township will observe Memorial Day with its annual parade; note new parade route this year. The parade will begin at Holman Elementary School at 10:00am, proceed down Manhattan Street, and then end at Johnson Park. A Memorial Ceremony will take place at Johnson Park to conclude the event.
A new pastor has been appointed to DeBows UMC, effective July 1, 2018. Pastor Denise Tiedemann will succeed Pastor Lawrence “Wren” Hillis at DeBows. Pastor Wren will be moving to Madison, NJ (adjacent to Drew University), where his wife, Pastor Kate has just been appointed to Madison UMC. As we welcome Pastor Denise to our community faith, we wish both Pastor Wren & Pastor Kate all the best as they start a new chapter in their ministry.
Below is the official appointment announcement from Bishop Schol of the Greater New Jersey Conference:
Denise Tiedemann has been appointed to Pleasant Grove and DeBows United Methodist Churches in Jackson. Denise Tiedemann has been serving United Methodist Churches for over 20 years. She has been the lead pastor at Centenary UMC in Lambertville and Linvale UMC in Ringoes. She has been an intricate part of a church-plant and a church revitalization. She loves working with children, and serves as the Annual Conference’s Childcare Coordinator. Denise and her husband, Joe have four children and are foster parents. She has a background in dramatic arts and music and has ministered to all ages by teaching and performing. Her heart for mission has led her to serve with A Future with Hope and the Skainos Project in Belfast.