Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hello folks,


BACKPACK DRIVE ENDS this Sunday, August 12.   Thanks to all who have donated backpacks and supplies! If you still want to donate supplies, this is what we need in each backpack:  12 Pencils, 12 Pens, 2 Highlighters, 10 Pocket Folders, 5 Spiral Notebooks, 3 Ring Binders, Filler Paper, and Binder Dividers.  And of course, we need backpacks (HS appropriate). All backpacks are going to Lutheran Social Ministries to be handed out throughout NJ.  Any extra supplies will be taken to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen for their backpack drive. Anyone interested in staying after church can help fill the backpacks.   And have a cup of coffee, a bagel, and some fellowship. 

FAMILY PROMISE NEEDS YOU:  Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick and families facing homelessness need our help.  At least one family will be living at Zion from August 19th through September 2nd.  Volunteers are needed to cook meals, have dinner with guests, play with children, socialize with families, or stay overnight at the church.  Sign up for a block of time (2 to 3 hours unless you stay overnight) to be at Zion Church or to provide a meal at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944aeaf2aa4f94-family7 .  Please put "Living Waters" in the comment section after you select a spot and click the signup button.  While any assistance is appreciated, Zion particularly needs people to be there on weekends. Learn more about Family Promise at http://familypromisehc.org/ and read some of the families’ stories at http://familypromisehc.org/client-stories/   If you have any questions or want to know more, contact Kathy Wagner at (908) 751-5212 or katherinewtx@comcast.net.



TIME & TALENT: TNT forms are a great way to see what volunteer options are available.  If you've been here long enough, you remember the days of bringing worship furniture up from the municipal building basement and the ownership, sense of need and companionship with fellow movers the experience gave you.  Well, we are still in need of lots of volunteers even if we don't need to bring the keyboard up from the basement.  Please let Chris know how you'd like to help or if you have any questions, she'll be happy to explain anything to you.  You can volunteer for a short period of time, or just try it for a bit before committing.   Please help avoid "burn-out" for others.  Join us, we really need you.

COFFEE HOUR:  We are down to 3 people making coffee on Sunday mornings and we would really like to have more volunteers so people only have to do it once a month or less.  Everything is here, except if you want to bring fresh creamer.  Come early to start the coffee, directions are inside the cabinet.  Set it up in the narthex (lobby), provide milk/cream.  May also provide juice & snacks or help set up any that is available.  Email me now to volunteer.  Thank you!!

TASK: Calling all little toiletries! If you have a stockpile to hotel toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, etc) and are looking for a good home for them, we will be assembling kits for TASK on Sunday, September 9th during the Education Hour.  All donations can be dropped off in the office. Thank you! 

GIANT PICNIC: Save the Date for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center’s GIANT CHURCH PICNIC 2018 Sunday, August 19th 2pm.

ADULT FORUM: If anyone has ideas or suggestions for the fall and winter Adult Forum topics, please send them to Pastor Lee (lee.zandstra@yahoo.com). All ideas are welcome!

MIDWEEK STUDY: "The Holy Spirit: I don't get it" In our Advent worship we found that many of our members have real questions about the Holy Spirit. God/creator and Jesus we kind of can get, but how does the Spirit fit into all this? We have tried to lift this up in our worship and in sermons and study throughout the year, but we wanted to offer folks a chance to go a bit deeper. So continuing NEXT Thursday evening, Pastor Lee and Pastor Bruce will lead midweek studies focusing on the Holy Spirit. It will be a time for looking at Biblical and theological teachings, but also a time for raising questions and exploring the mystery of God together. The Studies will be held on Thursday nights July 26, August 2, August 16, August 23 and August 30 (No class on August 9). We will meet at 7:00PM - 8:30. Come to listen, learn, share your thoughts and questions and enjoy some time to with others in the congregation! 

PROPERTY: Family weeding opportunities at LWLC – any time of day for as long as anyone wants.   Also shrub trimming opportunities are available.

GROW A ROW: Have you heard of America’s Grow A Row—in our own backyard?  America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce.  They GROW, GLEAN & GIVE away free fresh produce by organizing groups to plant and harvest from their farms and partner farms.  There are community opportunities to help out in the field—picking corn and other veggies.  It is a great way to be out there in one of our local farms, giving back to the hungry community. 

There are community days coming up.  How about we try and get a group together from Living Waters on Tuesday, August 21 from 4:30-6:30? Individually go on line and register. http://www.americasgrowarow.org/2018-community-harvest-events/   See Cindy Cooper if you are planning on going or have any questions.

SUMMER SEATING & QUILTS: Thanks to the Wedding of Kacy O'Brien and Craig Weinrich, the worship space was set up "in the round" last Sunday. We decided to leave things "as is" for the summer months. Also, Craig and Kacy added a wonderful Quilt to the wall behind the altar, but, of course, they have "re-claimed" it for their home. Seeing how nice it looked, however, we want to continue to use various quilts as altar "backdrops" for the summer. And you're invited to pitch in!

Quilts are wonderful symbols for our life together in the church: various sizes, shapes, colors and even scraps of fabric are "stitched together" and the result is a wonderful, warm creation of brilliant patterns and textures. So too the church: the variety of people God has called together in baptism forms a wonderful patchwork, with each of us adding our own gifts and uniqueness into the "fabric" of our life together.  

If you would like to display a quilt on a Sunday, please let Pastor Lee know. We can hang them with no damage to the item. Also, many quilts may have "histories" within a family, sometimes carrying traditions, and often reflecting the love and skill of the "artist" who lovingly made them. If there is a "story" behind your quilt, (who made it, when, the circumstance or occasion, etc.) please write up a brief description that can be shared with the congregation! 

COMMUNITY EVENTS: This coming September, two local groups in the area will be holding community events in which we have been invited to participate in. The Amwell Valley Fire Company usually holds its annual Harvest fest either the 1st or 2nd Saturday in September followed by Raritan Township Day on Saturday, September 29th. To date we have not signed up for either event, but if you are interested in leading an event or would maybe like to team up with a friend(s), then please see Terry who can provide guidance on setting up and running these outings.

2018 VBS SERVICE PROJECT:  We are trying to raise the funds to purchase a Fish Farm though ELCA Good Gifts.  Our goal is to raise at least $250 to donate to ELCA World Hunger, designated for a fish farm.  There is a donation table in the lobby or mark your donation for the fish farm and put it in the offering plate.  Thank you.

NEW MEMBER’S CLASS: We are ready to start the next round of New Member's Classes! It's a 2 week series with each class meeting after worship for an hour. If you are interested in learning more or signing up for the class, please contact Pastor Lee at lee.zandstra@yahoo.com  Once we know who will be in the class we will pick dates that work best for the group.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE: NEEDED! Living Waters is in need of a Congregational Care Coordinator, someone with organizational skills to coordinate and oversee the needs of the congregation. Examples: folks who may need a ride to the doctor, preparing meals for a family in need, physical help moving stuff. But the coordinator doesn’t necessarily perform the tasks but maintains a list of who can help and when. If you think you may be able to help with this very important facet of congregational life, please talk to Craig or Pastor Lee.

  •  Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope, Saturday, September 15th
  •  Mental Health Assoc of NJ, 5K Walk, Saturday, October 13th
  •  Hunterdon County CROP Walk, Sunday, October 14th



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Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Tyler Rice

John Ruggieri

Paul Telenson

Lectionary Reader

Alaina Rice

Susan Gill

Josh Lavoie

Communion Assistant

Tracie Owen

Tyler Rice

John Ruggieri


Maddox Rice

Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Tony Gwiazdowski

Laura & Sarah Hurley

The Johnson Family


Carla Kruck

John Ruggieri

Judy Segers


Carla Kruck

Bogi Schaeflein

Sonia Delago

Coffee Hour

Claire Johnson

Tracie Owen

Barbara Hofler


Amy Villegas

Sue Whitlock

Erin Albrecht


Barbara Hofler

Claire Johnson

Carla Kruck


Don Barb

Sonia Delgado

Barbara Hofler

IM Assistants


Mike Johnson


Building Clean Team

Doug Gustavson

Hillary Della Penna

Maggie Kull

Bread Maker

Barbara Hofler

Barbara Hofler

Barbara Hofler


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:   48
Same Sunday last year:   67
Average Sunday attendance 2017: 74.2
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 OUTS: This week’s Shout Out. Thank you to everyone who shared their personal stories during worship on Sunday:  Kathy Wagner, Merrin Chilcoat, Ted Greene, Bob Connelly, John Ruggieri and to Cindy Cooper, Pat Johnston and Craig Weinrich for leading worship and Shannen for accompanying all the music.

If YOU have a Shout Out that needs to be publicized….reply to this email and let us know. Thanks


STEWARDSHIP: Living Waters accepts stock donations and donations directly from IRAs.   It has been a good year in the stock market.   There are some advantages to donating appreciated stock to Living Waters.   Stock donations may be a general donation or designated donation (Capital Project – parking lot and building expansion, Pastor’ Discretionary Fund, World Hunger, Disaster Relief, Living Waters Operations or Mortgage, 2018 Youth Gathering etc.).   If you are over 70 ½, donations directly from an IRA satisfies Required Minimum Distributions (income is not reported but there is no charitable deduction).   See Tom Kull, Pastor Lee or Tyler Rice if you want more information on how to donate stock or donate from an IRA.

THRIVENT: 2018 Thrivent Action Grants and Thrivent Choice Dollars:  A 2018 Thrivent Action Grant application must be submitted 2 week before the event – if not used you lose it.   If you are a Thrivent member or Associate member log on to your Thrivent account to see if you have 2017 Thrivent Choice dollars that can be donated to Living Waters, Cross Roads Camp or other charities.

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


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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   


CRAFT MATERIAL: Do you like cross-stitch? Would you like a plastic chest filled with cross stitch materials, books and patterns? If so, please contact Judy Segers, whose friend is giving away these cherished items.  Email jdsegers1@gmail.com if interested. Thanks!

THE FLEMINGTON AREA FOOD PANTRY: 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.


National Alliance on Mental Illness



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.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 9:00 – 11:30AM

Hunterdon Medical Center

2100 Wescott Dr. Flemington, NJ


CONTACT: Doug @ 908-304-40481; dhwilliams02@yahoo.com   Louise @ 609-468-6036 ; Louise.hartman@comcast.net


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