The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer Author at Book Signing Saturday.

jersey shore thrill killer coverBeachgoers usually dread riptides and rainy days, but from 1974 to 1983, a different fear gripped the New Jersey Shore: young women were disappearing. Their abductor was Richard Biegenwald, a man released for good behavior after serving seventeen years in prison for murder and spending time in a psychiatric facility. Police arrested him on suspicion of rape, and it was not until they connected him to a woman’s death in Asbury Park that he finally stopped his rampage. Investigators later linked him to nine murders and convicted him of five. Former New Jersey state trooper John O’Rourke narrates the chilling story of the Jersey Shore Thrill Killer.

John O’Rourke will sign copies of his book “The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer” at noon Saturday, May 2nd at the Barnes & Noble, in The Commons at Holmdel, 2134 Route 35.

For more information or to order the book, click here.

The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer Author at Book Signing Saturday.

jersey shore thrill killer coverBeachgoers usually dread riptides and rainy days, but from 1974 to 1983, a different fear gripped the New Jersey Shore: young women were disappearing. Their abductor was Richard Biegenwald, a man released for good behavior after serving seventeen years in prison for murder and spending time in a psychiatric facility. Police arrested him on suspicion of rape, and it was not until they connected him to a woman’s death in Asbury Park that he finally stopped his rampage. Investigators later linked him to nine murders and convicted him of five. Former New Jersey state trooper John O’Rourke narrates the chilling story of the Jersey Shore Thrill Killer.

John O’Rourke will sign copies of his book “The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer” at noon Saturday, May 2nd at the Barnes & Noble, in The Commons at Holmdel, 2134 Route 35.

For more information or to order the book, click here.

Family & Children’s Service, Wells Fargo and Highlands Business Partnership Team up to donate new bikes & helmets to Highlands Elementary Students

highland sc bikesLONG BRANCH, NJ – ­ Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, today teamed up with representatives of Wells Fargo Advisors® and the Highlands Business Partnership to deliver twenty new bicycles and bicycle helmets to students at Highlands Elementary School where many of the students in attendance and their families are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

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Family & Children’s Service, Wells Fargo and Highlands Business Partnership Team up to donate new bikes & helmets to Highlands Elementary Students

highland sc bikesLONG BRANCH, NJ – ­ Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, today teamed up with representatives of Wells Fargo Advisors® and the Highlands Business Partnership to deliver twenty new bicycles and bicycle helmets to students at Highlands Elementary School where many of the students in attendance and their families are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

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Trails Maintenance Training Available – Join the Team!

mcps trails 2015LINCROFT — National Trails Day is coming soon!  Those looking to join the Monmouth County Park System’s Trails Team for this annual event are invited to attend a free training session on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Held at the Thompson Park Longbridge Annex, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel, this workshop serves as an introduction to Park System safety rules, tools and equipment, and maintenance overview.  All volunteers are required to attend an initial training session before working on the trails. To register, please contact Melissa Bezahler at 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or [email protected].

The Trails Team meets once or twice a month on Saturday mornings at various county parks throughout the season. During these sessions, volunteers assist in maintaining old trails and constructing new ones. To learn more about the Monmouth County Park System, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.

Trails Maintenance Training Available – Join the Team!

mcps trails 2015LINCROFT — National Trails Day is coming soon!  Those looking to join the Monmouth County Park System’s Trails Team for this annual event are invited to attend a free training session on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Held at the Thompson Park Longbridge Annex, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel, this workshop serves as an introduction to Park System safety rules, tools and equipment, and maintenance overview.  All volunteers are required to attend an initial training session before working on the trails. To register, please contact Melissa Bezahler at 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or [email protected].

The Trails Team meets once or twice a month on Saturday mornings at various county parks throughout the season. During these sessions, volunteers assist in maintaining old trails and constructing new ones. To learn more about the Monmouth County Park System, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.

Become a Bird Monitor with Monmouth County Park System

mcps shore birdsLONG BRANCH, NJ —  Help the Monmouth County Park System protect the nests of endangered shorebirds at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch! Volunteers (age 18 and up) are needed to monitor known nesting sites of least terns, piping plovers and oystercatchers. Todd Pover of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey will teach a Beach Nesting Bird Monitor Training Workshop from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.

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Become a Bird Monitor with Monmouth County Park System

mcps shore birdsLONG BRANCH, NJ —  Help the Monmouth County Park System protect the nests of endangered shorebirds at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch! Volunteers (age 18 and up) are needed to monitor known nesting sites of least terns, piping plovers and oystercatchers. Todd Pover of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey will teach a Beach Nesting Bird Monitor Training Workshop from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.

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I Wish You Would not Be as Political!

Since this column is entitled Pastor’s Corner, sometimes my readers are surprised that I veer into other arenas. According to one friend, I veer too far and he reads my column because he never knows what to expect. My reader’s comments remind me of a comment of one of my students who upon reading Walter Rauschenbusch celebrated the finding of the social gospel. He came to my class saying, “Walter is my man!” To which I replied, “I hope that Jesus is your man!”

In the conversation that followed, I convinced my student that indeed Jesus preached an all encompassing gospel. Jesus was not only concerned with the salvation of our souls; he was concerned with our whole being. The God who told us that the soul is of utmost importance also told us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. The one who invited people to hear the Good News also enjoyed being with his friends who prepared some good food.

As a matter of fact, one can argue that the teachings of Jesus Christ challenged all the systems of his days. He challenged the political system by inviting the young ruler to leave everything and follow him. He challenged the economic system of the temple because great profits were earned by selling sacrificial animals. He challenged the religious system of His day by showing the hypocrisies of the Pharisees and Sadducees, but also by telling the poor they also needed to repent. He challenged the rules of Pilate, Herod, and Caiaphas.

Throughout history, I find that the preaching of the gospel challenges everything about us. Chrysostom challenged the imperial palace of Constantinople about their opulent living. They sent him into exile, but the population rebelled and he was called back. John Calvin preached against the injustice of Geneva’s town council and they asked for his resignation that day. He was not invited back for four years. Catherine and William Booth saw that the British Industrial Revolution made some people rich, but made thousands poor. They rallied for the poor and were called socialists by many people in England before socialism was in vogue. Walter Rauschenbusch came to the great city of New York at the end of the 19th century and what he found was so corrupt that he dubbed it Hell’s Kitchen. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in New York as a distinguished professor, but felt called by God to return to Germany and oppose Hitler. For this opposition, Hitler sent him to jail and he was killed days before the Allies freed Berlin. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached the gospel in a country where we decreased the value of human beings by fifths and in places where white men would serve as church deacons in the morning and KKK members in the evening.

The gospel is more than future salvation of the soul. The prophet Micah wrote that God has shown us what to do – love justice, practice mercy, and walk humbly with our God. The Baptists say that the act of baptism is an outside manifestation of the inward work of the Holy Spirit. The saved soul is not only concerned about the afterlife; it is also concerned with exhibiting the principles of the Kingdom of God on this earth. Sometimes people hear the gospel and think it is political, sometimes they hear the gospel and think it is social justice, and sometimes they hear the gospel and it is mercy for everyone who needs it. In all of these facets, we pray that people will see the arrival of the Kingdom of God as we pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

I Wish You Would not Be as Political!

Since this column is entitled Pastor’s Corner, sometimes my readers are surprised that I veer into other arenas. According to one friend, I veer too far and he reads my column because he never knows what to expect. My reader’s comments remind me of a comment of one of my students who upon reading Walter Rauschenbusch celebrated the finding of the social gospel. He came to my class saying, “Walter is my man!” To which I replied, “I hope that Jesus is your man!”

In the conversation that followed, I convinced my student that indeed Jesus preached an all encompassing gospel. Jesus was not only concerned with the salvation of our souls; he was concerned with our whole being. The God who told us that the soul is of utmost importance also told us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. The one who invited people to hear the Good News also enjoyed being with his friends who prepared some good food.

As a matter of fact, one can argue that the teachings of Jesus Christ challenged all the systems of his days. He challenged the political system by inviting the young ruler to leave everything and follow him. He challenged the economic system of the temple because great profits were earned by selling sacrificial animals. He challenged the religious system of His day by showing the hypocrisies of the Pharisees and Sadducees, but also by telling the poor they also needed to repent. He challenged the rules of Pilate, Herod, and Caiaphas.

Throughout history, I find that the preaching of the gospel challenges everything about us. Chrysostom challenged the imperial palace of Constantinople about their opulent living. They sent him into exile, but the population rebelled and he was called back. John Calvin preached against the injustice of Geneva’s town council and they asked for his resignation that day. He was not invited back for four years. Catherine and William Booth saw that the British Industrial Revolution made some people rich, but made thousands poor. They rallied for the poor and were called socialists by many people in England before socialism was in vogue. Walter Rauschenbusch came to the great city of New York at the end of the 19th century and what he found was so corrupt that he dubbed it Hell’s Kitchen. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in New York as a distinguished professor, but felt called by God to return to Germany and oppose Hitler. For this opposition, Hitler sent him to jail and he was killed days before the Allies freed Berlin. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached the gospel in a country where we decreased the value of human beings by fifths and in places where white men would serve as church deacons in the morning and KKK members in the evening.

The gospel is more than future salvation of the soul. The prophet Micah wrote that God has shown us what to do – love justice, practice mercy, and walk humbly with our God. The Baptists say that the act of baptism is an outside manifestation of the inward work of the Holy Spirit. The saved soul is not only concerned about the afterlife; it is also concerned with exhibiting the principles of the Kingdom of God on this earth. Sometimes people hear the gospel and think it is political, sometimes they hear the gospel and think it is social justice, and sometimes they hear the gospel and it is mercy for everyone who needs it. In all of these facets, we pray that people will see the arrival of the Kingdom of God as we pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”