“Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis.” ~ Author Unknown
COLTS NECK, NJ - Beautiful spring days brimming with sunshine and warmth have graced our paths and have made traces of winter seem like a distant memory. At Colts Neck Community Church, celebrations of hope, and love have blossomed, just as the flowers, trees, and landscapes have come alive with new vitality.
CNCC celebrated Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem the week before his death and resurrection. Jesus entered the city on a donkey, as crowds greeted him by waving palm branches. That glorious, sunny morning, everyone who arrived for the church service was greeted with palms. All the children gathered to sit at the front of the church around Lois Doyle, a member of CNCC, as she gave a beautiful account of the Bible story. A four-legged guest sauntered into the church to make a special appearance. Clyde, a miniature donkey, made the Bible story come alive and left everyone, children and parents alike, awe-struck. After the service, Clyde basked in the warm sunshine, circled by a crowd of children who lovingly gathered to pet him and feed him carrots. Clyde’s owner, Tom Sullivan, a local Colts Neck resident, takes good care of the two-year old Sicilian miniature donkey. “He’s the only Italian in the family,” Tom remarked.
On Sunday, May 4th, CNCC held a Mortgage Burning Celebration to reflect on what God has done throughout the years to help cultivate a Christian place of worship in Colts Neck. Joining the fanfare of this event were CN Mayor Russell Macnow, Deputy Mayor Jim Schatzle and Chief of Staff for Caroline Casagrande Anita Velardo (also a CNCC Member). Proclamations from the Township Committee and from the NJ State Congress were presented in honor of the Church’s accomplishments. On June 7th 1981, the building committee broke ground for Colts Neck Baptist Church (re-named Colts Neck Community Church in 2006). The packed church service and delectable covered dish luncheon that followed was sprinkled with stories and memories shared by community folks that paid tribute to the lasting impact CNCC has had on their lives. Pastor Chris Durkin of CNCC commented, "The Mortgage Burning celebration was a chance to thank God for his faithfulness and thank the people of this great church for their service to the community."
“I just need to know that it's possible that two people can stay happy together forever.” This very statement, articulated by Juno MacGuff in the 2007 movie Juno, was explored. Weds nights are a time for growth at CNCC and in April a four week study titled “Staying In Love”, was studded with meaningful discussions and a video curriculum by Pastor Andy Stanley, founder of North Point Ministries, a worldwide Christian organization. Andy exposed some powerful, Bible-breathed advice for sustaining successful, life-long relationships. He spoke about how love is about valuing others above yourself, putting others’ needs before your own, genuinely investing in your significant other’s interests, reflecting on your feelings, verbally communicating your emotions, and staying in tune with the condition of your heart.