Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Hello folks,


REFORMATION PLANNING TEAM: Reminder that the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Planning Group meets tonight at 7:00 p.m.

HYMNALS: The Worship Team would like to add approximately 25 more hymnals to our sanctuary.  If you would like to donate toward the cost, or dedicate a hymnal to someone special, please let us know by June 1.  The cost of each hymnal is $26 including shipping.

STEWARDSHIP: The Spring Stewardship Program "Living out our Faith": With the stewardship program at Living Waters Lutheran Church "LWLC" we like to focus on the many time, talents and treasures of this congregation.  Like we have done in previous years we are going to have a spring program that focuses on the many time & talents that we have in our church family.

This year we are going to do this in two ways:

  • Series of temples talks over the next 4 / 5 weeks were we will be looking at how our Christian faith affects how we spend our time, looking at the many talents God has given each of us and how has the LWLC helped us be a better steward / caretaker of these talents
  • Creation of a "pictorial visual" of what the many time & talents look like at LWLC

What is the "pictorial visual": Over the next ~ 5 weeks we will be collecting pictures on what stewardship looks like to the LWLC community.  So how do you participate, we invite you to send us a picture(s) of what stewardship looks like for you (looking for pictures that feature our LWLC family). Once we get these pictures we are going to turn them into a pictorial collage (put the pictures onto 8" x 8" or 12" x 12" canvases) that we will hang in the church.  We look forward to receiving your pictures.  If you wish to participate we invite you to send the pictures to either Tyler Rice ( tylerrice3@yahoo.com ) or to church office at officelwlc@yahoo.com

BULLETIN ARTWORK: In celebration of Youth Sunday on June 4th, we are inviting any of our youth to create original art work for the bulletin cover.  Here are the guidelines:

  • It must be completed and ready to copy in the church office by Sunday, May 21st.
  • It must be original, hand-drawn, and will be a black and white copy (you can draw it in color but we can only copy in black and white).
  • It needs to be drawn thick enough so it will copy properly...fine line details will wash out when making copies.
  • Final size will be no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches.
  • Please include your name/signature on the artwork

CROSSROADS WORK DAY: Living Waters Crossroads Work Day, Saturday, May 20th – SAVE THE DATE This is an official Crossroads work day so the camp will be open from 8:00 a.m. (breakfast), work beginning at 9:00 a.m.   Anyone willing and able to help ready the camp for the summer, please join us.  I’m sure there will be plenty to do for all age levels.  Please come directly to the camp.  This is a great service opportunity to support youth and others who use the camp.  Check out the sign-up sheet that Gareth provided in the narthex.

BOX CITY 2017: Help raise funds to support homeless families in Hunterdon County.  This year’s Box City will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m., Sunday, May 21st.   Again the event will be held on the practice field of Hunterdon Central High School.  To register go to http://familypromisehc.org/events/box-city  Questions call 908-782-2490

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE: The Congregational Life Team will meet on May 21st, after service, to brainstorm and plan events for the second half of the year.  All are welcome! If you are unable to attend, please e-mail Claire Johnson at cnj1117@comcast.net or call 908-380-1335, with any questions or event suggestions.

TASK: We could still use some help on May 24th.  We have one more dinner assignment at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  13 years old and up --- Leave church at 2:30, or meet at TASK at 3:15, and we are done by 5:00 PM. Sign up here: Wednesday, May 24th

BREAD MAKERS: Bread Bakers for Communion:  We need volunteers to bake bread for Pastor Lee's wedding on June 10th and the Sundays in December.  They can be baked ahead of time and placed in the freeze (well wrapped).  Please email officelwlc@yahoo.com or let Chris know, and the recipe will be emailed to you. 

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY: Garden State Equality Walk is June 17th from 10 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  Living Waters usually has a team that walks.  If you are interested in being part of the team this year, please let Pastor Lee know.  More information is provided at the bottom of this email.

FINANCES: 4-month (through April 30) giving statements are available in the narthex.   See Tom Kull with any questions or corrections.   The Finance and Stewardship teams thank everyone for their generous support of Living Water’s ministries.

SERVICE/OUTREACH: 2nd Quarter (April, May, June) – Emphasis will be “Youth”. Check out all the things planned at the bottom of this email.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment, please trade with someone in your category and inform church office


May 21

May 28

June  4

Youth Sunday

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Craig Weinrich

Morrey Atkinson


Lectionary Reader




Communion Assistant

Paul Telenson

John Ruggieri



Peter Chilcoat

Merrin Chilcoat

Colin Gill

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Evelyn Fry

Tony Gwiazdowski

Laura & Sarah Hurley


Craig Weinrich

Bob Chilcoat

Megan Bodmer


Susan Gill

Carla Kruck


Coffee Hour

Tracie Owen




Amy Chilcoat

Karen Symonoski



Doug Gustavson

Carla Kruck



Tracie Owen

Tara Scherder


IM Assistants




Building Clean Team

Judy Abel & Gina Piscitelli

Maggie Kull

Hillary Della-Penna

Bread Maker

Bodmer Family

Bodmer Family

Morrey Atkinson


Calendar - check for building availability

COMING EVENTSCalendar - listing of events Calendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:   74
Same Sunday last year:   81
Average Sunday attendance 2016: 75.4
Average Sunday attendance 2015: 68.5
Average Sunday attendance 2014: 64.5
Average Sunday attendance 2013: 49.3

Have you seen this somewhere else “Pictures can say a lot, take a look at our church through photos or videos.

SHOUT OUT!!!  This week’s Shout Out goes out to Kevin Gill and Mike Johnson for their pancakes and waffles creations at this past Sunday’s Mother’s Day breakfast.  Also a double Shout Out to Mike Johnson for organizing the event.  Another Shout Out to Carol Waring for hosting a great Ladies' Lunch on May 12th!  And let’s not forget the visit from Marty and Katie Luther, sorry I missed it.

If YOU have a recipient for a Shout Out, pass it on to sono49@att.net


BOOK CLUB: Next Book:  A Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  Next quarter’s Service emphasis will be looking at YOUTH.  The author of this book was 12 years old when he fled Sierra Leone and later was picked up by the government army.  At heart he was a gentle boy, but found that he was capable of terrible acts. At 16, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF.  This book is about his life and journey to rehabilitation, forgiveness and healing.  There are 8 copies, and they are $8.00 each.  See Cindy Cooper for more information.

BOOK CLUB 2: Date to be determined sometime in June.  We will be reviewing two books this quarter.  We have had such a wonderful response to our first quarter books we are going to continue with another “Mental Health/Addiction” book.  This book is written by our very own Dallas Dixon – The Dancing Dementia Dude.  This is a story of one man’s unconventional route into early onset dementia – the light, the dark, the humorous, the unexpected.  Weaving anecdotes, personal experiences, and reflection, Dallas & Sonia are donating copies of this book.  Copies can be found in the Narthex. 

PHOTO DIRECTORY: Most of you should have received the draft copy of the new Pictorial Directory.  Now phase 2 is to add mini-bios about your family (cuz you really don’t want to leave this part up to the editor…pictures are bad enough…lol) so whenever you can, send your mini-bios back to me or the office.  THANKS.

CUB PACK: Any parent/adult interested in helping to start a Cub Scout pack at LWLC starting in the fall of 2017, please email Carl Segers (carl.segers@gmail.com). Our contact at the BSA's Washington Crossing Council describes the time commitment for adult leaders as follows:  “A typical parent, den leader, should expect to conduct at least one den meeting per month and attend one Pack meeting per month.  Planning for Den meetings is greatly assisted by our very complete Cub leader guides that provide step by step meeting plans, so planning is not difficult or time consuming.  Den meetings should last 1 hour and Pack meetings run one and one-half hours, tops.  Some Dens may conduct 2 meetings per month but not strictly necessary.  As you know, some leaders maximize the amount of time they spend because it becomes a focal point in their volunteer life and others spend less time, as they wish." 

BUILDING UPDATE: Just to keep the congregation informed, the building committee led by Richard Brozman has completed interviews of three architects and are currently awaiting bids for their timeline and costs.  The actual project...what the finished building will look like, has yet to be determined, so as you see we are still in the early phases of the project. We will keep you informed as we move along the various phases of the project.

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS:  Our new copier makes it relatively easy to make large print bulletins.  Please email the office if you or someone you are bringing to church might like one so we can get an idea how many to have in the bulletin basket. 

PRAYER REQUESTS: To update or add a prayer to our Sunday bulletin, please email your request to Chris Kosmac at:  officelwlc@yahoo.com 


SAVE THE DATE: Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Stay tuned for a link to participate or donate.

THRIVENT ACTION GRANTS: Did you know that if you’re a Thrivent member, you can sponsor and obtain seed money for two action events per member, per year!  Even if you’re an associate member, you are eligible for one grant per year!  What are action events?  Refer to the Thrivent’s website for more information at www.thrivent.com or see Tom Kull for assistance.  Thanks.

THRIVENT ACTION GRANTS: Reminder – 2017 action grants – there are opportunities to support all sorts of projects throughout the year – see Pastor Lee (request must be submitted 2 week before the event).  Refer to the Thrivent’s website for more information at www.thrivent.com or see Tom Kull for assistance.  Thanks.

DO YOU SHOP AMAZON?:  Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Living Waters Lutheran Church.  Use the following message and link below in social media, email, and on your website to tell your supporters about how they can help Living Waters Lutheran Church when they shop.  #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/LWLC to stock up and Amazon donates to Living Waters Lutheran Church.

GOODSHOP: Support Living Waters Lutheran Church on Goodshop Sundays.  Shop, Save and Donate all in one click…well maybe a couple more.


DAVID WILCOX: Stangl Stage proudly presents singer/songwriter/storyteller David Wilcox on Saturday, May 20th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale so don't miss this opportunity to hear a fantastic entertainer!  Living Water's own Michael Massimo will be opening for David and it is going to be a very special evening!

TOM JOHNSTON: Check out Tom Johnston’s schedule at www.thomas-johnston-music.com

FLEMINGTON ROCKS:  Saturday evenings of each month, the Stangl Stage, a new musical venue located next to Blue Fish Grill off Mine Street in Flemington, showcases local musical talent.  Michael Massimo is the booking agent for talents and can be reached at www.flemingtonrocks.com   


NAMI HUNTERDON: NAMI HUNTERDON’s monthly support group meeting for persons who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held on this Thursday, May 18, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., 52 East Main Street, Flemington. You will be with other people experiencing similar situations. You do not have to be a member of NAMI to attend. Come and receive the support you need and give support to others.  The support group is facilitated by trained NAMI family members. For more information call 908-735-4465 or 908-284-0500. https://namihunterdon.org/

NAMI HUNTERDON: The HopeWalk/Stroll for the benefit of NAMI Hunterdon and the Getting Together Center will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 10-1pm, rain or shine.  It’s a casual walk through Flemington.  Anyone can participate.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

We have joined a countywide initiative to improve access to healthy foods for good health and to prevent overweight/obesity.  We would appreciate food items with limited sugar, salt and unhealthy fats.   We are in need of donated food items and appreciate your generosity!
Suggested Donations: Mayonnaise, Canola Oil, Toothbrushes, Dishwashing Detergent, Body Wash, Toilet Paper, Grocery Store Gift Cards
Drop off items at the Flemington Food Pantry (located in the Walmart/Lowes shopping center on Route 31) Monday through Thursday 9-11:30am
Want to volunteer? The Pantry is now accepting applications. We have a particular need for skilled computer individuals and for folks willing to pick-up food from local businesses. Please email info@flemingtonfoodpantry.org and put volunteer in subject line or call Barbara at 908-996-6463 for more details.


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SERVICE/OUTREACH: 2nd Quarter (April, May, June) – Emphasis will be “Youth”
We have quite a few things planned:
May 20th – Crossroads work day. 
May 20th – Annual “Box City” event
June 3rd – Movie Night – Blood Diamond for adults & a kid-friendly movie for the children
June 4th – Youth leading Church Service
June 4th – Book Club – A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  The author of this book was 12 years old when he fled Sierra Leone and was later forced into service with the army.  At heart he was a gentle boy, but found that he was capable of terrible acts.  At 16, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF.  This book is about his life and journey to rehabilitation, forgiveness and healing.
Additional Projects/Education/Advocacy we are looking into:
Adult Forum – panel discussion with our youth
Potential community project on school lunches
Youth involvement with service at Independence Manor
Discussion on “Youth & Drugs”
Please contact Susie Chilcoat if you have additional suggestions that we can add to the list


Garden State Equality
proudly announces our
8th Annual Equality Walk 
on Saturday June 17, 2017 in Asbury Park.
Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s statewide civil rights organization for the LGBT community. We won marriage equality with our legal challenge: Garden State Equality v. Dow (2013). But we didn’t stop there. We were the architect of New Jersey’s groundbreaking Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, and won passage of state laws expanding the Law Against Discrimination to include gender identity and gender expression; outlawing conversion therapy for minors; and creating paid leave for same-sex partners.
We recognize our community still has a long way to go to achieve lived equality. We’re continuing our legislative, lobbying, and advocacy work, while expanding our programing to address the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people, LGBT youth and LGBT seniors.
The Equality Walk is one of GSE's biggest sources of support.
That support keeps GSE strong and ensures we're able to fight for every member of the LGBT community.
The walk will be a roughly 2 mile circle from Kennedy Park in Asbury Park, across the boardwalk and back. 
If you can't physically be at the Equality Walk, we invite you to be a Virtual Walker. You can still register and collect donations online. 

A team can be any number of friends, family and colleagues. We recommend forming a minimum of six, including you and five others. But six is not a required minimum, nor is it a maximum. The more, the merrier!

In 2017, GSE is:
o   Working with educators to make sure that New Jersey schools are safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT youth.
o   Training homeless service providers in LGBT cultural competence and compliance with HUD’s Equal Access Rule.
o   Fighting to expand access to clinically competent healthcare for LGBT people.
o   Challenging exclusions in insurance policies that deny coverage for transition-related care.
o   Training providers who work with seniors in LGBT clinical and cultural competency.
o   Making sure that all professionals working with youth understand and comply with state and federal laws that protect youth from discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
We would absolutely love it if members of your congregation would participate. We need everyone’s help. 
We’ve come so far but our work isn’t finished yet.
With anti-gay and anti-transgender laws being proposed and passed around the country it is still vitally important that LGBT advocacy groups remain strong. 
Please help us help New Jersey’s LGBT community by signing up today! 
Can we count on your congregation to form a team?
Attached is a flyer to advertise the event.
Please visit http://tinyurl.com/EqualityWalk2017 to register.
Thank You,

Patrick Lenahan
Director of Operations
Garden State Equality
973-509-5428 phone

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