Weekly News Brief

December 12, 2018

 Hello folks,


REMINDER: A Community Conversation regarding the legalization of Marijuana will take place tonight, Wednesday, December 12th at the Hunterdon Central High School Little Theater, 84 State Route 31, Flemington, NJ at 7:00 p.m.

DISCRETIONARY FUND: The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is a pool of money that a pastor can use confidentially and discretely to support needs known only to him/her both within and outside the congregation. It is mainly funded by the generosity of the congregation, and it is to that generosity I am appealing this day. As you might imagine in the winter months, the fund is running low. Please consider supporting this ministry through a donation of any size. Checks with "Pastor's Discretionary Fund" can be turned into the church office. Thank you so much! Pastor Lee

COOKIE EXCHANGE: Holiday Cookie Exchange at Living Waters!  Sunday, December 16th at 12:00 pm Bring: Eight dozen of your BEST holiday cookies!  Information for everyone who wants to participate: bake your cookies two or three days before the exchange so you won’t “run out” of time before the exchange, arrange your cookies in a basket or on a tray to “decorate” the table at the exchange, bring containers to the exchange to take all of your “new” cookies home, dress in Christmas attire, bring your holiday spirit to swap cookies and enjoy fellowship with one another!  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP by December 10th to Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail.com

YOUTH: Youth Group Christmas Party with and at Zion, Oldwick on Sunday, December 16th from 4-6 p.m.  Bring a silly $5 wrap up gift to exchange! 

FAMILY PROMISE:  Zion Lutheran Church will be hosting Family Promise for an extra week from December 30 to January 6.  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-family9.  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 during the day on New Year’s Day and 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.

ADVENT CHANGE FOR CHANGE:  This year our collection of change during Advent worship services will go toward the New Jersey Synod's Cow Challenge to increase congregations’ support for ELCA World Hunger. Last year, Living Waters donated $2000.  If we raise $2,500 by the end of 2018, we get to decorate a cow for the Synod’s herd.  At this point, we have raised $2,489 !! (ONLY $11 more to go!)   Collect your change, bring it to worship and help Living Waters meet the Cow Challenge!  


2018 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SERVICE PROJECT: The "LWLC Brief Bonanza" is now underway! Instead of our usual Diaper Drive, this year we will focus on providing Adult Incontinence Products to the Hunterdon Diaper Bank.   The drive will culminate with our Epiphany Observance on Jan 6th.  Their greatest needs are adult briefs (regular or overnight) in sizes small and medium, and incontinence pads (to wear inside regular underwear).  They have found that adult tape diapers are not popular and they have plenty of bed pads, so these items are not requested at this time.  Collection boxes will be in the narthex from November 18 through Epiphany. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted - please write checks to United Way of Hunterdon, with Hunterdon Diaper Bank in the memo line.  They also have an Amazon Wish List registry for donating - scroll down past the diapers for the adult products – CLICK HERE

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 families who cannot afford these necessary products which are not covered by food stamps.  Any questions, contact Judy at jdsegers1@gmail.com  Thank you for your support!!

SERVICE AT TASK: While off school and work, we have an opportunity to serve a noontime meal at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen on Friday, December 28th.  We will leave the church at 9:30 am and return by 1:45 pm.  Please click on the link and sign up.  We need 12 people to volunteer.  Anyone 13 years and older is able to help and all volunteers must have their shoulders and toes covered (re. health dept. regulations).  If you have not tried it before, do not be shy.  Sign up—it is a rewarding experience!  CLICK HERE

NEED T-SHIRTS: Donations of T-shirts needed! Any size, new or used (in good shape) and any color. The LWLC crafters are supporting the “Hug for your Head,” T-Cap Project. This program was started in the Morristown area and is now gaining momentum in our area. This program provides handmade, comfortable hats made from T-shirts to cancer patients. For more information please contact: Barbara Hofler at bahofler@gmail.com

TREX BOX in the coat lobby.  Recycle your clean, dry, empty plastic bags and packaging.  This includes newspaper sleeves, bread bags, product wrap, salt bags, ice bags, pellet bags, produce bags, case overwraps, packaging air pillows and grocery bags.  East Amwell Township has collected 500 lbs of plastic bags and Trex donated a bench made from the recycled materials to be installed on the new Rocky Brook Trail.  Kirkpatrick church is now coordinating the collection for a bench on their property.  LW is welcome to take over after Kirkpatrick and receive a bench, we just need a coordinator.  Speak with Chris Kosmac if you are interested.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

please trade with someone in your category and inform the  church office


December 16

December 23

Christmas Eve

December 30

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Bruce Davidson

Tyler Rice

need volunteer

Paul Telenson

Lectionary Reader


Alaina Rice



Communion Assistant

volunteer needed

Tracie Owen

Need volunteer

Tyler Rice


Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Colin Gill

Erin Gill

Greeters/Offering Ushers

The Johnson Family

Linda & Robert Laube

Tony G., Terry W.
need 2 more volunteers

Laura & Sara Hurley


Judy Segers

Craig Weinrich

Bel Gwiazdowski

Don Barb


Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Coffee Hour

Sonia Delago

Claire Johnson


Amy Villegas


Barbara Hofler

Claire Johnson


Linda Laube


Judy Abel

Steve Crofts

Steve Crofts

Susan Gill


Lee Zandstra

Tara Scherder


Amy Villegas

IM Assistants


Steve Crofts



Building Clean Team

Hillary Della Penna

Greg Cooper


Claire Johnson

Bread Maker

Amy Villegas

Amy Villegas

Amy Villegas

Amy Villegas


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:   92  
Same Sunday last year:    82
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 and Thank You goes out to Fr. Harry for presiding at communion on his 30th Ordination Anniversary this past Sunday.  Also Congratulations to Trystan Chilcoat for qualifying for Cycle Cross Nationals.  Congratulations to Sonia Delgado for being named on the “powerful women” of New Jersey list for her work in Princeton Public Affairs.

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   


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.

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

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