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JUNE 2013

From the President’s Desk

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Friends,

We are still recovering from the convention so I do not have much to say except THANK YOU!!! We are grateful to everyone who attended as well as all the encouraging words we received during the convention. It is a great reminder to us at ENOCH that we are here to serve you.

The Board will be meeting in the end of June to discuss plans for next year's convention. We will have an announcement on the time, place and date by August!

Thank you again for all your support!

Serving Him,

Rich Millward
President, ENOCH of NJ
president@enochnj.org
www.enochnj.org

 

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Randy Miller of Miller Pads and Paper. Please read the following announcement. Please pray for the family during their time of loss.

Richard Millward
President

Randy Miller of Miller Pads and Paper passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 22, while setting up for Florida’s FPEA homeschool convention.

Randy and Renee Miller are gracious, kind people. Their friendship has blessed so many around the country. Never seeking their own, but always looking to serve and love, Randy and Renee dedicated their lives to providing affordable resources for Christian families. Their dedication to the homeschool community is worthy of admiration.

Randy was a “big bear” kind of man, a gentle soul who was always providing a smile and hope to those he encountered. A hardworking man, he is remembered for diving into a lake to collect golf balls and turning them in for money to provide for his family. His grandchildren called him “Papa” and loved climbing on his big shoulders. Family and friends will miss his hugs and his deep mellow voice. The homeschool community will miss his presence and his care.

Miller Pads and Paper is a family-based business located in southwest Wisconsin. The Miller family has served the homeschool community for over twenty years, providing paper products and art supplies. Randy is survived by his loving wife Renee, four children, and five grandchildren.

Most of all, HEDUA and all vendors in the homeschool community ask that you keep the Miller family in your prayers as they grieve the loss of a husband, father, and grandfather.

The Entire Homeschool Vendor Community

Encouraging Words For Homeschoolers Across The Nation

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Spiritual Encouragement For Graduates!

  By Charles Box

          High School graduation is a very exciting time. I want to congratulate you on all your accomplishments. However, I want to remind you that although this is a great accomplishment that it is only a thing that relates to this earthly life. Tonight the direction that I want to encourage you in is that which affects your spiritual journey, Christ, His church, salvation and service. About the time that we graduate from High School we make decisions that have an effect on the rest of our life. In these thoughts I want to share with you my personal challenge but I also trust that what I share will reflect God's priorities and desires for your life and for ours as well.   

          Live a righteous life. The first and most important thing for you is to be a Christian and to live a righteous life. Through His grace and mercy God made salvation available to you through our Lord Jesus Christ. Life is always better when we have Jesus as Savior. He is the Son of God and we should obey Him. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus as the Christ (Mark 16:16), repent of all sins (Acts 17:30), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) Even if you are already a Christian never allow yourself to think you have somehow arrived. Keep focused and pressing on in the Lord! Paul wrote, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) Live your life in such a way that you do not allow sin to wreck your body, soul or mind.  Titus 2:11-14 teaches us to life soberly, righteously and godly. "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works." Live in such a way that you do not have to regret the past and feel shame or guilt for your actions.  

          Learn to be thankful.  As a graduate from High School you must learn to be thankful in everything. (1 Thes­salonians 5:17-18) "Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." You should first and foremost be thankful to God. We serve a great God who has been so good to us. Right below God be thankful for and be thankful to your parents. Even though you are now a High School Graduate you are still obligated to obey and honor your parents. We read, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise wink That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." (Ephesians 6:1-3) There will be many changes in your life over the next few days, weeks and months. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing take a moment to stop and thank God for giving you your parents. Find some way each week to communicate your love and thankfulness to them. Learn to be thankful. You will find more happiness in life as you are thankful to God and to all those who have blessed your life; parents, teachers and many others.  

Look for opportunities to grow and serve. All about you are opportunities to lift up the name of Jesus and to be of service to mankind.  Look for opportunities for service. Look for opportunities for spiritual growth and other opportunities to be Christ-like. "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10) One of life's greatest losses is the loss of opportunity. Continue to grow in service, in humility, in gentleness and in grace. Grow in knowledge as to what is important in life and grow in an understanding of what will last into eternity. Seek wise counsel from godly parents and especially ask God for wisdom and direction. Solomon wrote, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6) As you grow remember to use every opportunity to serve God and others. "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." (Luke 12:48) Constantly remind yourself that with great opportunity comes great responsibility. Find ways to love and serve others unconditionally.  

          Love the word of God. Those who get the most from life will spend a great deal of time with the word of God. Of the blessed man it was said, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night." (Psalm 1:2.) A heart void of knowledge of God's word cannot be truly happy. Do not neglect the Bible. The word of God makes you wise unto salvation. Paul wrote, "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15) Pray that your love for the Lord will deepen as a result of the time that you spend with our Bible. Peter's encouragement is, "as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.' (1 Peter 2:2) The Bible teaches us about the unique place that the church of Christ has in our lives. Make you Bible study time and the church a priority in your life. Through this means you can be fed, disciplined, and cared for spiritually.   

          Graduation is a wonderful time for spiritual growth. It is also a time to love life and have fun. You are in the prime of your life. Please remember that there must be good Biblical balance. "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:16) In Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 Solomon instructed young people to enjoy life but to also remember coming judgment. "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." Youth should be a time to make a commitment to glorify God. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)  

          We want our graduates to know that your church family will be praying for you. We are here for you if you ever need us. We want to be a blessing to you. I close tonight by sharing with you one of the greatest challenges in the Bible. God challenged Joshua "Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1:7-8) Those commands were accompanied with this great promise, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9) God inspired Paul to write, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)  

          I also challenge you to (1) Be a Christian, (2) Become a leader for the Lord, (3) Do all you can to avoid spiritual failure, (4) Have the right perspectives in life, (5) Make a positive difference in your world, (6) Have the heart of a servant, (7) Live for a heavenly future, (8) Have principles and conviction, (9) Live with a future and possibilities, and (10) Live a life of purity and godliness. True happiness comes to those who put first things first, spend much time with God and God's people, pray regularly, honor parents, marry in the Lord and practice the joy of giving. Our prayer for all graduates is: "The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace."  (Numbers 6:24-26)  

          The love and sacrifice of Jesus is still deeper than any thought that I could imagine. Yet, the sinner must choose a godly life. You must obey the truth. "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever." (1 Peter 1:22-23) To obey the truth you must believe in Jesus with all your heart (John 8:24), Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3), Confess the name of Jesus (Acts 8:37), and be baptized to wash away your sins. (Acts 22:16) Will your life be worthwhile or will it be only a waste? You must decide.  

By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, 306 Walnut Street, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA

http://www.walnutstreetchurchofchrist.org/articles/SpiritualEncouragementForGraduates.htm

 

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BIG NEWS! ENOCH is Now Part of the Box Top Program!

ENOCH is now part of the Box Top program.

If you are part of a group that already particiates in the Box Tops program,
please continue to support them. ENOCH does not want to take away from your supporting your
own group. But if you are not part of a group and would like to support ENOCH, please save your Box Tops
get them to us.

They can be mailed to us at PO Box 308, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.

OTHER EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Homeschool Swing Dance and Reunion

Over 80 homeschoolers and friends have already registered to attend the Homeschool Swing Dance and Reunion on Saturday, June 15. Are you one of them? Please join us.
Homeschool Swing Dance and Reunion
Saturday, June 15, 2013

At The Philadelphia Church
145 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438

Please join us for a Swing Dance
For Homeschoolers, Alumni and Friends,
High school freshman to age 23.

Ruth Landau will provide group swing dance instruction at the start of the evening for all guests. She will also be available throughout the night to offer personal swing dance instruction.

Our website - https://sites.google.com/site/HomeschoolDancesAtTheBarn/

For tickets, send a check for $20** per person made payable to
Reeve Harden, 9 Franklin St, Newton, NJ 07860.
Please include your name and email address with your check.

Light refreshments will be served.

God honoring behavior is expected of all guests.

**We continue to face a difficult economy. If you would like to attend but find the ticket price prohibitive, please send an email to LoriLeeHarden@gmail.com. Your request will be held in strictest confidence.


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FAITH Center for the Arts Prayerfully Considers Expanding

FAITH Center for the Arts Prayerfully Considers Expanding
Into a Third Full-Service Location

Thank you to all who so generously reached out with suggestions when we asked for assistance in finding locations to further expand the FAITH Center for the Arts ministry. We are prayerfully considering several wonderful options and feel that it is possible that the Lord may direct us to open an additional program this year. Our programs in Randolph and Sparta currently draw families from Sussex, Warren, Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, and Middlesex counties as well as eastern Pennsylvania. While some families travel more than an hour each way to be part of the FAITH Center family, you may prefer a shorter commute. If you are a family who has always wished that a FAITH Center for the Arts location was closer to you, please send us an email (info@faith-center.com) letting us know the county where you reside. We’ll reply with information on how to receive email updates from us about our programs and our plans for expansion as those plans are finalized. We would love to offer you the opportunity to enjoy FAITH Center programming at a location near you. Please pray for our ministry as we seek the Lord’s direction in considering the opportunity to serve more families.


FAITH Center Theater Arts Camp

FAITH Center Summer Theater Arts Camp Performances August 2, 3 and 4
Theater Arts Camp of Sussex, a two-week intensive for teens serious about developing their theatrical performing skills, invites you to attend performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jr. on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 and Anything Goes on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4.
Performances will be held at the Sparta Evangelical Free Church. Mark your calendar now to visit our website (www.faith-center.com) in July to purchase tickets.

 

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Gaia Fit Boot Camp and Kids Kamp Challenge

Gaia Fit, a boot camp program for adults, and Kids Kamp Challenge, a boot camp program for kids, are partnering to offer simultaneous boot camp classes that will give adults and children the opportunity to have their fittest, fastest, strongest summer ever and do it together.

Boot camp fitness classes are one of the most talked about trends in fitness. They combine both cardio and strength training to burn calories, increase endurance, and build muscle mass in a group setting that encourages team work and camaraderie among participants. Even more, our classes are conducted outdoors in the fresh air and warm sun.

Simultaneous classes will be offered at Meadow Ridge Park in Rumson on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00 am. These classes and more can be attended on an unlimited basis for the months of July and August at a special promotional price of $99/person. For all the program details or information about camp or the Kids Kamp Challenge please contact: Mandy Yachmetz, Gaia Fit at 201-618-5390 or go to www.gaiafit.com/summer and Jackie Totilo, Kids Kamp Challenge at 732-668-2918 or go to
www.kidskampchallenge.com/centraljersey

 

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Historic Skytop Lodge Homeschool Savings

Experience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed resorts in the country- Skytop Lodge. Historic Skytop Lodge, located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania features the very best in accommodations, dining and limitless recreation. Skytop Lodge would like to welcome Homeschool families by offering special rates starting at $199.00* per room per night. Rates will include overnight accommodations and activities such as educational programs, informational hikes, skiing and rock climbing, This special is valid Sunday through Thursday and is based on availability (blackout dates may apply). For more information please call 877-702-3254. Please mention “Homeschool Savings”.

(*tax and service will be added to the rate). www.skytop.com.


PUBLICATION DATES

ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletter NEXT DEADLINE  PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN DATES OF DEADLINES BELOW!

Here are the deadlines for the upcoming ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletters.  The deadlines are firm and coordinated so that we can get you a fresh newsletter by the first of each month. Thanks.

July 2013: no newsletter this month
August 2013: Thursday, July 25th
September 2013: Friday, August 23rd **Please note date change to 23rd!

Send all submissions to newsletter@enochnj.org.  This deadline serves the purpose of allowing time for editing and formatting the newsletter in order that time-sensitive information can be posted and mailed in a timely manner.

Final editing begins at the deadline.  Submissions prior to the deadline are always welcome and encouraged.

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