Weekly News Brief


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hello folks,

NEW/CURRENT:

CRAFTERS: Crafters at Living Waters will meet on Thursday, October 19th at 10 am. Please bring a craft you are currently working on and a bag lunch.  We also will be working on bookmarks for the hymnals.  Please bring a hot glue gun if you have one. Questions?  Contact Pat Johnston at 908-303-9608 (cell) or patriciajohnston330@gmail.com.

ANNUAL REVIEW: The Review Team will meet Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 pm to review Pastor Lee's ministries to Living Waters this past year, and recommend a compensation package for her in 2018. If you have any comments, praises, or areas that could improve, please email Craig, Review Team Leader at Craigaweinrich@gmail.com, so he can confidentially share with the review team. Your name will not be shared with any feedback that you provide.

CROP WALK: This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at the Landsdown Trail behind Fox Lumber yard on Main Street, Clinton just across from the Clinton House restaurant.  Registration at 12:30 p.m., walk starts at 1:00 p.m.  Parking is available at the lumber yard on Main Street.  The event is a 4-mile level walk through a county park.  To sign up and/or donate to the Living Waters team, go to LWLC CROP WALK  See Terry for more information.

PHOTO-OP: Have your picture taken with Martin and Katie Luther! Starting this Sunday and for the next four weeks you can have your picture taken with the Luther spouses… their "images" will be set up in the lobby/narthex, and you can be photographed standing between them: A great way to have a remembrance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we celebrate this year. If you choose, you can also use this time to make a donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, which is providing aid and assistance in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the wake of devastating storms there. 100 percent of your gift goes to provide help! If you take a photo with the Luthers, you can also see that it's posted to our Living Waters Facebook page!

ADULT FORUM: On Sunday October 22nd, The Rev. Roy Riley, retired Bishop of the New Jersey Synod will be present to lead discussion at the Adult Forum. This is the second educational event related to our quarterly focus on Immigration. Bishop Riley served as President of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in America for several years, and will speak about our church's long history related to immigration, refugee resettlement and advocacy. He will also discuss how we can be part of the important ministry Lutherans provide related to immigration and the global refugee crisis.

LUTHER’S 95 THESES:  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther Posted 95 "Theses" (sentences to debate) and invited the scholars of the church to discuss needed reforms in the church, especially related to the sale of indulgences. Many of us note that event as the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. We mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year. As part of that, we have put a modern translation of the 95 theses on the door to the sanctuary, to give us a chance to reflect on the issues Luther wanted the church to take on and reform. We have also posted blank sheets of paper on the inside doors of the Foyer, so that anyone coming into our building can add a sentence about what the church needs to examine and possibly "reform" in today's church. Please think about this and add a "thesus": We will be looking at these thoughts, sharing them, and using them in our congregational life and planning!

PROPERTY: There will be a fall clean-up day scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th to prepare the building for the 500th Reformation Anniversary Celebration on that weekend.

ERIC JOHNSON: Our former Vicar Eric extends an open invitation to attend his ordination into the Sacred Order of Priesthood to be held Saturday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fountain Hill, PA.  Please RSVP by this Saturday, October 21st

BOOK CLUB PART TWO:  In September the Book Group met to discuss, "Luther and the Called Life" by Mark D. Tranvik.  This book 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. Our first conversation was pretty lively, and many people present left wondering if we could talk more about this subject of "vocation" and were particularly interested in exploring the section on our calling as members of a family. Chapter 5 of Tranvick's book is a fascinating review of Luther's own experience of family, and how his teachings and life can be helpful today as we try to sort out our various relationships to family members. So Mark your calendar:  on Sunday November 5 anyone interested is invited to gather in Advent Hall after the service for more conversation led by Pastor Bruce. Lunch will be provided… If you want to pick up a copy of the book, a few are still available in the narthex: the cost is $16.50. The book can also be ordered on Amazon.

"FLAT MARTIN": Many members of the congregation have taken "Flat Martin (Luther)" on their travels and summer events! We want to pull them all together and put them on display before Luther's Birthday on November 10.  Please print out your pictures and add a description of where Luther was in your travels, holidays or gatherings and bring them to the church office by Sunday, October 29th.  We will then have them on display so that others can enjoy your travels with Marty!

WORSHIP & MUSIC PLANNING MEETING:  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 1st at 5:00 p.m.  We will have dinner together, plan for Advent and possibly Christmas Eve, and break in time for choir practice at 7:00 p.m.  You are welcome to join us, especially if you'd just like to share a meal with some church family.  Please keep sending your worship questions and suggestions; they are all being discussed at our meetings.

HARVEST HOME SUNDAY: Harvest Home Sunday is November 12th.  This year we will support the Delaware Valley Interfaith Council Food Bank in Lambertville, NJ.  It would be great if we could fill the sanctuary with these requested items as part of our observance:  Pasta (not Penne or Ziti), Cereal, Tomato Sauce (jars)  Soup, Tuna, Black Beans, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Fruit (plastic containers), Canned Beans, Applesauce, Incontinence Pads, Diapers, Rice, Rice-a-Roni

?ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SERVICE PROJECT:  This year's Advent/Christmas Service Project will again be a Diaper Drive in support of the Hunterdon Diaper Bank.  The Hunterdon Diaper Bank is run in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County and NORWESCAP Food Bank to distribute diapers, wipes, ointments, and adult incontinence products to struggling parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers, special needs children, disabled youth and the elderly who cannot afford the products they need. Believe it or not, food stamps do not cover diapers!! Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted by the Hunterdon Diaper Bank.  Everything collected stays in Hunterdon County.  Collection boxes will be placed in the narthex from November 19 through December 10.  Any questions, contact Judy at jdsegers1@gmail.com Thank you for your support!!

WORSHIP ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENTS

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October 22

October 29

November 5

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Ron Hemmel

Don Barb

Amy Chilcoat

Lectionary Reader

 

 

 

Communion Assistant

Bel Gwiazdowski

Morrey Atkinson

Don Barb

Acolyte

Colin Gill

Erin Gill

Maggie Johnson

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Laura & Sarah Hurley

Tony Gwiazdowski

The Johnson Family

Cantor

Bel Gwiazdowski

Maggie Johnson

Carla Kruck

Set-up

Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Coffee Hour

 

Kellie & David Bodmer

Sonia Delago

Refreshments

Mary Jo Telenson

Amy Villegas

Sue Whitlock

Clean-Up

Judy Abel

Terry Welsh

Susie Chilcoat

Flowers

Claire Johnson

Carla Kruck

Maggie Kull

IM Assistants

Holy Sprit

Mike Johnson, Steve Crofts

Holy Spirit

Building Clean Team

Maggie Kull

Anyone who wants to help

Claire Johnson and Brenda Hala

Bread Maker

Sonia Delgado

Sonia Delgado

Amy Villegas

 

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SYNOD SITES:  NJ SYNOD FACEBOOK PAGE & JERSEY JOTTINGS   -   NJ SYNOD WEBSITE

ATTENDANCE METER – 10/15/17
This past Sunday:    94
Same Sunday last year:    53
Average Sunday attendance 2016: 75.4
Average Sunday attendance 2015: 68.5
Average Sunday attendance 2014: 64.5
Average Sunday attendance 2013: 49.3
 

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SHOUT OUT!!!  This week’s Shout Out goes out to Larry Cartwright for his moving and meaningful Temple Talk!  And of course a big Shout Out to our newest voting members, Trystan, Maggie and Jonathan who were confirmed this past Sunday.

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

RE-BROADCASTS:

BULLETIN INSERT: Our church family prayer list is included in your bulletin each week.  We hope you are able to find time during your week to hold each of these brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.  Please feel free to take the insert home with you and post it somewhere to help you remember to take a moment in prayer with Christ, like a mirror or over the kitchen sink.  If you have a loved one on the list, please take a moment to let the church office know how they are doing.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS:  If you would like to assist in any way during our worship services, please let our administrator know.  Training and explanations are FREE, and readily available.  Some job descriptions are on our website.  You can be added to our Worship Assistants rotation at any time.  Please leave a note in the office, respond to this email, or use the email on the back of the bulletin...just her know.  This congregation celebrates our many volunteers and the donation of the time given by so many people.  Thank you!!!

COLLEGE STUDENTS: (parents of) Please make sure the church office has your college student's address.  Leave a note, text or email please!

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

INDEPENDENCE MANOR:  These are the dates we will have worship at Independence Manor (behind BJ's).  October 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!!!

REMINDERS:

SAVE THE DATE: John Nobile’s Summer Swing Orchestra’s Holiday Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 5th

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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REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT

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   

COMMUNITY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NAMI HUNTERDON: Monthly support group meeting for people who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held this Thursday, October 19th, 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 908-735-4465 or 908-284-0500.

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.

 

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