Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello folks,


ARCHITECT MEETING / BUILDING TEAM: Tonight at 7:00 p.m.will be our second brainstorming session with architect Ralph Finelli.  If you were not at the first meeting, here is a link to the video Sunday’s brainstorming session .  At this meeting we can expect to see 3 or 4 sketches of potential floor plans.  So we urge your attendance.  Additional meetings will be on Sunday, Aug. 27th 12 noon and Thursday, Sept. 14th 7:00 p.m. (primarily for council and building team but as always…all are welcome). 

SUMMER MIDWEEK STUDY:  Luther's Small Catechism: As part of our adult education, we continue our midweek study in August focusing on Martin Luther's Small Catechism. This Thursday, August 17th, we will meet at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and focus on Holy Baptism, August 24th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: The Lord's Supper. August 31st 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: The Lord's Prayer.  As always, each session will include a brief presentation and LOTS of interaction and discussion! All are welcome.  You can come to all the gatherings, but you're also welcome to attend the ones that fit your schedule or interests!  Martin Luther left a copy of his Small Catechism for every household. You can pick yours up in the lobby at any time.

YARD SALE: August 19th. The annual Living Waters Yard Sale will take place this Saturday, August 19th, from 8am to noon (rain date, Saturday, August 26th). Participation for all Living Waters members is free; just bring your own table or borrow one from Advent Hall. If you would like to donate any unwanted items to the United War Veterans, we have a truck scheduled to pick up the items on Monday and they can leave the items at the church on Saturday.  Donations to Living Waters from proceeds made at the Yard Sale are appreciated but not mandatory. If you are planning to participate as well as borrowing a table, please let Karen know.  For any questions and/or to confirm participation, please contact Karen Symonoski at kjsymonoski@aol.com

GUEST PREACHER: This Sunday we welcome our guest preacher, Rev. Kimberly Vaughn, the New Assistant to the Bishop!  Here’s a linkto tell you a little bit more about her.

CRAFTERS: The Crafters' Group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22nd. All are welcome!  Bring a bag lunch; drinks provided.  Also, bring your latest project to share/work on.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Sunday school teachers are needed for elementary, middle, and high school ages! Please contact Hillary if you are interested, hdellapenna@hotmail.com  

REFORMATION PLANNING:  Help plan Living Water's Reformation Sunday: October 31st marks the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. Sunday, October 29th will be marked as "Reformation Sunday", a day on which we hope to celebrate not just our "history" but also our future as a "reforming church".  Earlier this year we brought together a group of volunteers who were willing to help plan the service for Good Friday, and this creative bunch found a variety of ways to make worship inspiring and meaningful. We want to gather a similar group of creative and interested people to help plan our service for October 29: We will meet at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 21st to begin this process. We will reflect a bit on the Reformation Anniversary to set the tone and then "brainstorm" ideas. Our hope is to use music, drama, the arts, words, and other visuals to make this service an exciting and fitting worship experience on Reformation Sunday. Please contact Pastor Lee if you want to be part of this process!

SAVE THE DATE: September 16th for the Carrier Clinic Walk of Hope. We are trying to put a team together for this year's walk. If you are able to attend and own the yellow "Gods Work Our Hands" t-shirt please wear it! Link to sign up will be in next week’s e-blast. 


SAVE THE DATE: Cross Roads Giant Church Picnic on Sunday, August 20th  http://crossroadsretreat.com/summer-programs/giant-church-picnic/

BOOK CLUB 3: September 17th.  Following worship we will be discussing the book, "Luther and the Called Life" by Mark D. Tranvik.  As we move toward marking the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on October 31, 2017, a congregational planning group has been working on finding ways to help us think about the future of our church, and not just our past. We have been focusing on what it means today to be a "reforming church".  Building on our Lutheran heritage and the joys and challenges today, Mark Tranvik's book "Luther and the Called Life" explores one of the most central and radical of Luther's insights, namely that all believers are "called" to God's service, not just priests, pastors or other "religious". Luther points out that everyone, farmers, parents, politicians, business owners, etc., have gifts that God has given them to live out and further God's work and God's love in their daily lives. Seeing our employment, our hobbies and interests, our loves as all being connected to our call to serve God can make "the common holy", and bring joy and meaning to every day. Our reading and discussion is an opportunity to think about how this Reformation insight can be a blessing to us and our neighbors.  There are books in the narthex available for $16.50.

INDEPENDENCE MANOR:  These are the dates we will have worship at Independence Manor (behind BJ's).  August 20, September 17, October 1 & 29, November 12, December 10 & Christmas Eve Service – anyone interested in volunteering? We need teams of 2 for each week. Please email the office with the dates you would like to go.  If you'd like more information, please talk to Mike Johnson, Steve Crofts, or Pastor.  Thank you!!!

500 YEARS: Take Marty with you on vacation! Yup, it's been almost 500 years since Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on a church door and set the stage for the Protestant Reformation. We think he deserves a treat, so we're inviting you to take him along with you if you travel this summer, or just hang out with him as you enjoy the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer". Yes, someone stole the idea from the "Flat Elmo" bit from a few years back, and we stole the idea from them… Here's what we're suggesting: "Flat Luther", available at the church is a line drawing of our friendly reformer that you can color him in or decorate him up as you see fit.  Then, as you make your way through summer fun, take a picture of Marty wherever you might be enjoying the weeks ahead: at home or "afar". Make sure you capture him amidst the "local scenery", and even maybe include a selfie with the little guy. Then over the summer, bring in your photos and we'll display them in church. This is a neat way to share your summer festivities with the congregation, and also celebrate the 500th year of our "reforming church". 


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


August  20

August 27

September 3

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra
Rev. Kim Vaugh

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Pat Johnston

Tom Kull

Tracie Owen

Lectionary Reader

Josh Lavoie



Communion Assistant

Steven Crofts

Pat Johnston

Tom Kull


volunteer needed

Maggie Johnson

Josh Lavoie

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Laura & Sarah Hurley

The Johnson Family

Chris Kosmac & Terry Welsh


Bel Gwiazdowski

Maggie Johnson

Carla Kruck


Vince Spiritosanto

Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Coffee Hour

Vince Spiritosanto

Tracie Owen



Vince Spiritosanto

Amy Villegas

Sue Whitlock


Doug Gustavson

Barbara Hofler

Claire Johnson


Tara Scherder

Amy Villegas

Susan Whitlock

IM Assistants

Pastor Lee & Goldfarb family

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Building Clean Team

Hillary Della-Penna

Maggie Kull

Maggie Kull

Bread Maker



Barbara Hofler


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COMING EVENTSCalendar - listing of events Calendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    69   
Same Sunday last year:    66   
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 Paul Telenson for his entertaining Temple Talk…great job.  Shout Out also to Pastor Bruce for preaching on Charlottesville when many Christian pastors remained silent on the issue Sunday morning.  

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


SNAP BENEFIT UPDATE:  This week as Congress has returned to Washington, D.C., they will be finalizing their version of the fiscal year 2018 budget. Deep cuts to anti-hunger programs have led to budget negotiations, so our concern for children must be expressed now. The current budget proposal cuts SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and other meals for children, this will increase hunger and harm children’s development.  Call (800-826-3688) or email today and tell Congress that you have a deep regard for the children whom Jesus’ loves.  No child should be hungry or harmed by poor nutrition.  Advocating for the needs of children is part of the way of life of a disciple.

2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING:  Financial assistance is available for the 2018 Gathering.  Please read the following carefully to become familiar with the process.   The application for financial assistance opens July 15, 2017, and closes when all funds have been disbursed. Assistance is given based on the financial need of an individual and their family.  Adult leaders should apply on behalf of their young person, using the same congregational ID number that they will use when registering for the Gathering.  Up to $300 per person will be provided.

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE: There are many and varied activities that have been planned by the Congregational Life Committee from now until the end of 2017.  Here are a few of the upcoming events to mark on your calendars:

    August 19: Yard Sale – See Kathy Wolfman or Karen Symonoski for details
    August 26: Karaoke Night

More specific details will follow as we get closer to each event.  If you have any questions about these activities, please contact Claire Johnson or Bel Gwiazdowski 


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 

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 weeks before the event).  Refer to the Thrivent’s website for more information at www.thrivent.com or see Tom Kull for assistance.  Thanks.

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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 one of the booking agents for talents and can be reached at www.flemingtonrocks.com   


NAMI HUNTERDON’s monthly support group meeting for people who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held this Thursday, August 17, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at 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 Priscilla at 908-735-4465/908-752-9683 or the NAMI Hunterdon phone line at 908-284-0500.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness FAMILY- TO- FAMILY COURSE, FREE education and support for people who have relatives/close friends with mental health issues.  The NAMI Family to Family Education Program is a 12-week course for anyone with a relative, significant other or close friend who has a mental health issue.  The course is taught by trained NAMI family members. All course materials are furnished at no cost to you.  The curriculum focuses on Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively as caregivers, including communication skills, problem solving, self-care and much more.   COURSE STARTS THURSDAY, September 14, 2017 7:00–9:30 p.m.  52 EAST MAIN STREET, FLEMINGTON. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  CONTACT: Doug 908-304-4048 dhwilliams02@yahoo.com  or Katie 609-240-8072 ktblooms@gmail.com


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 Wal-Mart/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.


Visit us on the web at: www.lwlc-flemington.org or www.lwlcnj.org

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