|Effective July 1, 2022, Rev. Scott Clifton has been appointed to be the pastor of DeBows UMC, in addition to his current church, Groveville UMC.|
As a lifelong United Methodist, Scott grew up serving in the church. He is a Drew University Master of Divinity graduate and a local pastor since 2017. In 2010, he began teaching public school and serving as a Youth Ministry for St. Andrew UMC and from there felt God was calling him to full time ministry. Scott has a servant heart and believes that when we let God’s love work through us, we can then share that love with others. Scott and his wife, Amanda have six children and love camping and the beach
Also starting in July, Pastor Denise has been appointed to Jackson UMC and will also continue to serve Pleasant Grove UMC.
We wish both Pastor Denise & Pastor Scott all the best as they begin the transition process.
Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in America on this date in 1970 and is credited with raising awareness of environmental issues globally. Today, over 1 billion people in 196 countries observe Earth Day each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Being good stewards of God’s creation is also a social principle of the United Methodist Church, which in part states, “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.”
Earth Day serves as a good reminder that we need to be environmentally responsible all year long.
DeBows will host an outdoor Craft Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 10am – 3pm. There will be almost 30 local craft vendors at this show. DeBows will also offer a food concession. Come out and enjoy some early spring weather and do a little shopping.
DeBows will host a Flea Market on Saturday, October 9 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Table space (no table) for vendors is $10. Please contact Sue via email or call 732-928-0352 to reserve a space or for more information.
Also, New Jersey’s own Libby Prison Minstrels are scheduled to perform at this event. L.P.M. are a group of musicians dedicated to history and education through music. They have entertained audiences since the early 1990’s with programs that include music of the Union and Confederacy, stories of the Civil War period, humor, and the remarkable history of the prisoners held in Libby Prison during the Civil War. In addition to their C.W. presentation, L.P.M. share the life of 19th Century sailors through traditional Sea Shanty songs.