Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome to summer,


NOTE FROM LEE & DORI:  “We can't thank the congregation enough for your generous wedding gift. We look forward to using it toward our honeymoon at a later time.  Your overwhelming love and support is such a blessing to us.”

GOT MAGAZINES? : Need old magazines and newspapers! Our confirmation campers will need these 2 items while at camp. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the office. 

INDEPENDENCE MANOR:  These are the dates we will have worship at Independence Manor (behind BJ's).  July 16 & 30, 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!!!

ATTACHED: If you missed last Sunday’s congregational meeting pertaining to the parking lot/building addition project, attached please find the summary compiled by the building team and congregational council.  Again, if anyone has any questions or suggestions, grab an ear of one of the building team members; Richard Brozman, Tony Gwiazdowski, Doug Gustavson, Evelyn Fry, Don Barb, Tom Kull, Pastor Lee or Terry Welsh.

FAMILY OUTING: Looking for a fun summer family outing?   Weeding the church beds awaits.   No advance reservation or passports needed.    Just bring a bag or bucket and dump those bad weeds in the woods.

COUNCIL MEETING: Congregational council will meet Monday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Advent Hall.  These meetings are open to the members.  Maybe you might like to come and check it out. 


BOOK CLUB 2:  On Sunday, June 25th – 11:00 a.m. (after church – led by Sonia) We have had such a wonderful response to our first quarter books we are going to continue with another “Mental Health/Addiction” book.  This book is written by our very own Dallas Dixon – The Dancing Dementia Dude.  This is a story of one man’s unconventional route into early onset dementia – the light, the dark, the humorous, the unexpected.  Weaving anecdotes, personal experiences, and reflection, Dallas & Sonia are donating copies of this book.  Copies can be found in the Narthex

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: attached to the e-blast is a "Flat Luther": a line drawing of our friendly reformer that you can print out: you might want to 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". 

HYMNALS: The Worship Team would like to add approximately 25 more hymnals to our sanctuary.  If you would like to donate toward the cost, or dedicate a hymnal to someone special, please let us know by July 1st.  The cost of each hymnal is $26 including shipping.

YOUTH ADVOCACYNew Jersey's largest youth prison, officially called "The New Jersey Training School for Boys" (but also known as "Jamesburg") was opened on June 28, 1867. No, that is not a typo: the facility that houses male youth will celebrate its 150th birthday on Wednesday June 28. The facility for incarcerated female youth, known as "Hayes" is almost as old. There will be a campaign rally from noon to 1:30 on the 28th, sponsored by interfaith clergy and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. It will mark the beginning of a campaign to initiate legislation to close both facilities, build a new, secure and more modern (and humane) facility to replace both institutions. The campaign also aims to encourage the state to take action to pursue alternatives to incarceration for young people that would provide for both public safety and true training, rehabilitation and restoration for youth offenders. In this quarter of the year Living Waters is focusing on youth, through education, service and advocacy: If you are available, please consider attending the rally on June 28. It will be held at the "Jamesburg" facility, Grace Hill Road, Monroe Township, 08831. A sign-up sheet will be available at church in case people want to car-pool. If you're not able to attend, more information will be available after the rally on how you can use your voice to bring change. 


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



June 25

July  2

July 9

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Gareth Chilcoat

Bob Chilcoat

Steve Crofts

Lectionary Reader


Larry Cartwright


Communion Assistant

Amy Chilcoat

Gareth Chilcoat

Bob Chilcoat


Josh Lavoie

Alaina Rice

Maddox Rice

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Carla Kruck, Gina Piscitelli

Tom & Maggie Kull

Aaliyah & Josh Lavoie


Maggie Johnson

Carla Kruck

John Ruggieri


Vince Spiritosanto

Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Coffee Hour

Sonia Delago

Claire Johnson

Tracie Owen


Amy Villegas

Sue Whitlock

Erin Albrecht


Leslie Rogers

Vincent Spiritosanto

Missy Sugalski


Judy Abel

Don Barb

Barbara Hofler

IM Assistants

Pastor Bruce



Building Clean Team

Doug Gustavson & Judy Segers

Maggie Kull

Vincent Spiritosanto

Bread Maker

Morrey Atkinson

Missy Sugalski

Missy Sugalski


Calendar - check for building availability

COMING EVENTSCalendar - listing of events Calendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:     71
Same Sunday last year:    73
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 Vincent Spiritosanto for replacing the coffee maker with a new, much speedier model.  Thanks!!

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


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:

    July 23: Pool Party at the home of Pastor Bruce & Don Barb
    July 28: Game Night - Bring your favorite board games, snacks & drinks.  Wi games will be available
    August: Yard Sale - if anyone is interested in coordinating this activity, please let us know.
    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

STEWARDSHIP: The Spring Stewardship Program "Living out our Faith": With the stewardship program at Living Waters Lutheran Church "LWLC" we like to focus on the many time, talents and treasures of this congregation.  Like we have done in previous years we are going to have a spring program that focuses on the many time & talents that we have in our church family.

This year we are going to do this in two ways:

·         Series of temples talks over the next 4 / 5 weeks were we will be looking at how our Christian faith affects how we spend our time, looking at the many talents God has given each of us and how has the LWLC helped us be a better steward / caretaker of these talents

·         Creation of a "pictorial visual" of what the many time & talents look like at LWLC

What is the "pictorial visual": Over the next ~ 5 weeks we will be collecting pictures on what stewardship looks like to the LWLC community.  So how do you participate, we invite you to send us a picture(s) of what stewardship looks like for you (looking for pictures that feature our LWLC family). Once we get these pictures we are going to turn them into a pictorial collage (put the pictures onto 8" x 8" or 12" x 12" canvases) that we will hang in the church.  We look forward to receiving your pictures.  If you wish to participate we invite you to send the pictures to either Tyler Rice ( tylerrice3@yahoo.com ) or to church office at officelwlc@yahoo.com


BOOK CLUB 3: "Martin 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.

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 

SAVE THE DATE: Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Stay tuned for a link to participate or donate.

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 week 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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CHARLIE SEGERS: In case you are a fan of Open Air Theatre at Washington's Crossing Park, you might want to check out Footloose the Musical this weekend and next. These shows are produced by the Downtown Performing Arts Center ("DPAC") and they always do a great job.   Charlie has a supporting role in Footloose ("Garvin").   In July he will be playing Jafar in Aladdin, Jr. (yes, Charlie will be a Disney villain) July 7-9 and 14-16 at 11AM Fridays and Saturdays, 4PM on Sundays.  He's also just been offered a supporting role in Bonnie and Clyde that same weekend; in the evenings...stay tuned. love, Judy

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   



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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