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Sunday Worship - 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Wednesday - 11:30 AM

Pastor Office Hours
Tuesday's & Wednesday's
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pastor Denise can be contacted at
Upcoming Events
Friday, February 22
Band Practice - 6:00pm
Sunday, February 24
Revival Service - 9:30 AM
Fellowship Time - 10:30 AM

Choir Rehearsal - 10:45 AM

Monday, February 25
Food Pantry Open - 6:00pm

Wednesday, February 27
Bible Study - 11:30 AM
The Case for Christ - Chapter 7
Church Council Meeting - 6:30 PM

Friday, March 1
Band Practice - 6:00pm
Sunday, March 3
Worship w/Communion - 9:30 AM
Fellowship Time - 10:30 AM

Choir Rehearsal - 10:45 AM

Wednesday, March 6
Bible Study - 11:30 AM
The Case for Christ - Chapter 8
Ash Wednesday Service
at Jackson UMC - 7:00 PM

Please remember to check the online church calendar
for the most up-to-date scheduling information.
Please keep the following people in your prayers . . .
Ann Giarratano & Family (Prayers for comfort and peace at Anthony's passing); Anthony’s Niece (Lupus and seizures); PTL - Rudy Iannacone (treatments are finished – continued healing and health); Chris Bitondo (God’s help); Betty Barrentine (good health); Jim Armstrong; Paul Bartek; Barbara (Dottie’s sister, breast cancer); Jim West; Frances Hartley (Gall bladder removed, healing and God’s presence);  Janet Kittstein (Sue’s step-mother – struggling with infection);  Peter (request from Linda - for God’s help and peace); John (request by Dottie – Pancreatic cancer, not responding to treatment); PTL –Martha Shewell is back worshiping with us after recovering from a broken hip; Jerry Shafran (Peg & Wayne's daughter-in-law’s father - bladder cancer); Eileen Schuck (Peg’s friend – bladder cancer); Sara & Russ (request by Deb Cregle - Prayers of comfort at the loss of their pregnancy); Wilma (neighbor of Mary Jane & Paul, in hospital with lung cancer); Andrew (former student of Donna -  bed ridden with bartonella and is battling depression); Amanda (classmate of Donna’s grandson, John – suffering from depression); Guy Raymond (Comfort and relief and patience as he waits for surgery); Tom Hornak (home from hospital, prayers for continued recovery); Tom (friend of Susan Casado, pancreatic cancer, prayer for healing & comfort); Dan Marcella (friend of Mary Jane – having open heart surgery); Donald Sojin (friend of Rosemary – having triple bi-pass surgery); Family of Eric Stevenson (Donna Ridge's nephew - Eric passed suddenly from a heart attack at age 43, leaving a wife and 2 daughters); Family of Owen and family of Peter (friend’s Grayce – prayers of comfort at their passing); Jim (co-worker of Christine – recovering from stroke); Lauren and Rod Rikard (friends of Christine – comfort at Rod’s father’s passing); Joey (Rosemary’s cousin - having heart surgery); Jim (Donna’s brother – comfort for him and his family at time of loss of his son); Laurie Kravitt (co-worker of Christine – having valve replacement surgery)

Please help us keep this prayer list up-to-date.
To add or remove names from this list, contact
All prayer requests go directly to the pastor.

In Memory of
Anthony Giarratano


DeBows mourns the passing of Anthony, a beloved member of our church family, known for his Christian witness and love of music.  His funeral service was held at the Clayton & McGirr funeral home on Monday, February 18, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery in Manalapan, NJ.  You may click here to read Anthony's obituary.  Anthony will be remembered fondly in our community of faith.  In honor of Anthony, fellow band member, Roger Cregle wrote the following song, which he performed during the worship service on Sunday, February 17.

"Home, Where I Belong”

I’m no longer tired, and all my pain is gone
the sun is shining, and Oh! I feel so strong
I’m with the Holy Father, and his only Son
I am home, where I belong

I’m sorry that you must mourn
and I’m sorry that you must grieve
but please, there is no need
‘cause now, I’m living in the house of our Father
surrounded by angels, my soul has been freed

I love you, and I will miss you
until that day, when we meet again
just remember, that I’m happy
‘cause I’m home, where I belong

I’m no longer tired, and all my pain is gone
the sun is shining and Oh! I feel so strong
I’m with the Holy Father, and his only Son
I am home, where I belong
I am home, where I belong
I am home, where I belong

Pastor Denise is leading a study based on Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ".  The Wednesday Bible Study meets every Wednesday from 11:30am - 1:00pm.  The Sanctuary is open prior to the study at 11:15am for optional prayer time. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can join the study at anytime.  More information can be found on the church website.

Anyone interested in participated in the DeBows music ministry, vocal or instrumental, can email Grayce at  The choir rehearses at 10:45 each Sunday morning.  The band practices on Friday nights at 6:00 PM.  Plans for the Easter Cantata will be made in the near future. There is always room for those who wish to share their gift of music.

Coming in March . . .
Old Monmouth Candy
Starting on Sunday, March 3, DeBows will be conducting a Old Monmouth Easter Candy fundraiser.  It will run through Sunday, March 24.   Order brochures will be available on the sign-up table. Ordered candy will be available at the church on Sunday, April 7.  Contact Sue Hayward for more information.

Church Growth
Conversation Sessions

Jackson UMC is hosting a 7-session Church Growth Conversation, based on the book, “Lasting Impact” by Carey Nieuwhof. Pastor Joseph Tiedemann will lead the sessions and extends the following invitation for you to join the conversation.

7 powerful conversations that will help our church grow

Over the next 7 months, I am inviting you to participate in 7 dialogs that are designed to position our churches for growth in ways that will have a positive impact on our members, families, and communities.

Each month we will gather on Saturday evenings at Jackson UMC from 6-8pm to have fellowship and discussion around the corresponding conversations in the book. We are happy to provide child-care.

You can participate in the conversations without reading the chapter, although you will be able to have much deeper conversations if you have read the chapter ahead of time. Each section is about 30 pages.

Scheduled Conversations:

February 9 – Why Is Our Church Not Growing Faster?
March 9 – How Do We Respond As People Attend Church Less Often?
April 13 – Are Our Leaders Healthy…Really?
May 11 – What Keeps High Capacity Leaders From Engaging Our Mission?
June 8 – Why Are Young Adults Walking Away From Our Church?
July 20 – What Cultural Trends Are We Missing?
August 10 – What Are We Actually Willing To Change?

Grocery Shopping Cards

Every week during Fellowship Time, you have the opportunity to purchase grocery store shopping cards for either Shoprite or Stop & Shop.  This is a convenient way to pay for the food you buy at the grocery store and at the same time support the ministries of DeBows UMC.  The church makes 5% of all shopping cards sold. You may see Sue Hayward or Karen Stillwell to purchase the shopping cards on any Sunday.

Lay Servant Classes 
Spring 2019 Basic and Advanced Lay Servant classes for certification and re-certification are now available. For more information on dates, times and registration click here for Basic and here for Advanced.  Dates are available in all districts.
2nd & 4th
Monday Each Month

The next Food Pantry distribution is
Monday, February 25
The DeBows Food Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Monday each month from 6:00-8:00pm.  If you would like to volunteer time to support this ministry, please see the sign-up sheet outside of Fellowship Hall.  You may contact Deb Cregle for more information.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6.  There will be an Ash Wednesday Service at Jackson UMC at 7:00 PM.  This is joint service for DeBows UMC, Jackson UMC, and Pleasant Grove UMC.  Information for other joint services during Holy Week will be published in the next newsletter.
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