Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hello folks,



PROPERTY: If anyone would like to come and help spruce up the building and property; clean windows and trim non-flowering bushes on Saturday morning, June 23rd or Saturday morning, June 30th to contact Maggie Kull at maggiek01@comcast.net or 609-397-0620.

ELCA ADVOCACY:  ELCA Advocacy provides guidance to help us stand up for public policies that create opportunities to further biblical values such as hospitality to strangers, promoting peace and dignity, providing for the most vulnerable among us, and care for God’s creation.  To learn more, visit http://elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Advocacy and https://www.leamnj.org/


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.

SAVE THE DATELiving Waters’ Pool Party - Sunday, July 15th, after service, hosted by Don Barb and Bruce Davidson. More info coming soon!  Contact Claire Johnson at cnj1117@comcast.net or at 908-380-1335.

WEDDING PLANS: Craig Weinrich & Kacy O'Brien invite the Living Waters community to our wedding ceremony at the church starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th.  Although we cannot invite everyone to the reception afterwards, we were delighted to have celebrated with this community at the Chilcoat's in April.  If you are planning to attend the wedding ceremony, please RSVP to craigaweinrich@gmail.com by Friday, June 22nd, so we know how many chairs we will need to set up. We would be grateful for a few volunteers to direct cars for parking as well. 

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.

ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN HOUSTON: almost here !!!  The 100 Envelope Fundraiser is still going!  Our hope is to provide members and guests of our congregation the opportunity to take an envelope with a monetary amount written on it.  In turn, the amount on the envelope the donor contributes and gives back to the church office.  We hope that you will take part in helping to send four youth (Maggie Johnson, Trystan Chilcoat, Megan Bodmer, Greg Cooper, Katrina Duque and Chris Schwoerer) and two leaders (Pastor Lee and Hillary Della Penna) to Houston to participate in a faith and service filled, life changing experience.  

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
  • Hunterdon County CROP Walk, Sunday, October 14th

SERVICE 2018 – EMPHASIS: “FAMILY”:  Global, Nuclear/Extended, and Church Families.  For most of 2018, emphasis will focus on “Family” in all aspects: our Global Family, our Nuclear and Extended Families, and our Church Family.  “Global Family” refers to our relationships with all the world’s people, the world’s religions, and our interaction and support of them.  “Nuclear Family” by definition, refers to our immediate family: parents and their (birth or adopted) children.  “Extended Family” includes all relatives of the Nuclear Family, both blood and adopted relatives, and any others who are considered “Family”.  “Church Family” includes both our own congregation, and the wider church, particularly the ELCA and its various expressions, but can also include other Christian communities.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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


June 24

July 1

July 8

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Bruce Davidson

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Mike Johnson

Steven Crofts

Bel Gwiazdowski

Lectionary Reader

Susan Gill

Barbara Edlund


Communion Assistant

Bob Chilcoat

Mike Johnson

Bruce Davidson


Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

The Johnson Family

Tony Gwiazdowski

Gina Piscitelli


Judy Segers

Craig Weinrich

Don Barb


Doug Gustavson

Carla Kruck

Bogi Schaeflein

Coffee Hour

Sonia Delago

Claire Johnson

Tracie Owen


Erin Albrecht

Amy Chilcoat

Susan Gill


Need volunteer

Terry Welsh

Judy Abel


Claire Johnson

Carla Kruck

Maggie Kull

IM Assistants

Maggie & Tom Kull



Building Clean Team

Maggie Kull

Maggie Kull

Maggie Kull

Bread Maker

Amy Villegas

Missy Sugalski

Missy Sugalski


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    74
Same Sunday last year:    71
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 OUT:  This week’s Shout Out goes out to Robert Laube for his piano prelude this past Sunday.  Additional Shout Outs also go out to all the Father’s Day picnic helpers, Claire, Susie, Tracie & Greg, Sue, Lee and all the other folks who came, ate and were merry.  Thanks to all !!

If you have someone that deserves a Shout Out, let us know…email me at sono49@att.net


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   


BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED:  The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking people in its service area, which includes New Jersey, to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum and summer is usually a time of lower donations.  If you are able to donate blood, visit www.nybloodcenter.org/blood and enter your zip code for the nearest donation sites or call 1-800-933-2566.  The Blood Bank of Hunterdon Medical Center also accepts donations:  http://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/service/lab-imaging/blood-donation/ 

PREVENTION ON LYME DISEASE: The Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation will host “What Everyone Should Know About Lyme Disease” tonight, Wednesday, June 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The program will be held at Hunterdon Regional Community Health, Paul C. Wirtz Building, 215 Route 31, Flemington, NJ.  

NAMI HUNTERDON’s monthly support group meeting for people who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held on Thursday, JUNE 21stt, 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 908-284-0500.

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.

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

Check out the on-line calendar for the entire years scheduled events

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