Messenger – July 2023


Pastor’s Corner:

As I sat down to write, the warm weather reminded me that summer begins this month. What a wonderful time of year it is. The warm weather is a welcome change for so many, including me, and I am so thankful to all of you for your overwhelming support as your new Pastor.

I am excited to enter this new journey together with you. With the beginning of summer, I am also reminded that it’s a change of seasons, and just like the change of seasons, we too are entering a new season at Franklin Hill. A new season comes with changes that can sometimes be difficult like the thunderstorms of summer. These storms are inevitable. They come with the warmth of summer – and wouldn’t it be great if we never had to worry about storms! If or when they come, let’s remain confident that we are united in the love we have for Jesus Christ and each other.

The Apostle Paul boldly asks three questions in Romans 8 : “If God be for us, who can be against us? “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? He knows the answer, and so do we. Let’s remember who we are as a Church and how we have progressed for many decades. May we encourage each other each day and every week to remain strong in the ministry God has called us to.

Pastor Al Hickok




Sunday School – 8:30 AM in the Community Building

Choir Practice will resume in September

You may reach Pastor Al at #609-529-7526, or

Saturday, July 1st – Canada Day!!!

Tuesday, July 4th – Happy Independence Day!!!

Thursday, July 13th -Presbyterian Women Meeting 10:30am

Saturday, July 15th – Session Meeting 9:00am

Wednesday, July 19th – Men’s Breakfast & Meeting 8:00am

Tuesday, July 25th – Newsletter Deadline

Vacation Bible School will be August 9th, 10th and 11th from 9:00am to Noon.   The theme will be “With God All Things Are Possible”  There are sign up sheets for those who would like to help and also those who would like to donate snacks, or please see Deb Hickok or Vickie Francak

Plastic Grocery Bags – Please give bags to Bonne Travis – these are used to crochet sleep mats for the homeless.

Please sign up to host one of the social hours on the Sunday after Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month. Hosting only means setting out what is brought and cleaning up afterward. It does not mean bringing everything to share.

I received an Email from Patricia, Silvanus’ daughter whom we supported through high school She has fully thanked us for her school support. She finished her bachelors degree in TV production and was president of her college of 2,000 students. She hopes to get experience in the US. She has two children and she helps to support her parents and receive their support too.  Silvanus has been quiet because been bedridden with malaria again, along with many people from his community. With this outbreak, their community has had 8 deaths. Inflation and especially food costs have gone way up. Some people struggle to get even two meals a day. The funds that we sent to them were used mostly for electricity, medicine and some foods. He is especially grateful for our support to his cause some lives have been spared because of our help. Thank You!!! By Jim Kessler

Don’t forget our card ministry - If you would like a card sent to a particular person to give them a lift or let them know they are missed or offer encouragement, etc. etc., just give the name and address to Cathe. Cards, envelopes and postage will be provided and placed on a table in the Community Building the first Sunday of each month. As we file past the table on our way to the coffee pot, we will be able to sign each of the cards and Cathe will address the envelopes and mail them.

Loose Change Offerings ( coins and bills)

1st Sunday – Local Missions

2nd Sunday – General Fund

3rd Sunday – Kenya/Rev. Malabo

4th Sunday – General Fund

5th Sunday – Trehab Local Food Bank (whenever there is a 5th Sunday)

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