Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hello folks,


LENT: Lent is almost here! We are trying something new for Midweek services. (Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21) Here's the deal: Soup will be available starting at 5:30 pm in Advent (fellowship) Hall. Bible Study will start at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary on "The Faces of Christ", an ELCA resource all congregations are encouraged to use this Lenten season. For those who want to come for dinner and fellowship (similar to past year's models), that begins at 6:15 pm Advent Hall.  Midweek worship will begin at 7:00 and choir rehearsal at 7:30 pm. We hope you can join in on whatever part of Wednesday evenings you can! 

COLEMAN’s PACKING: Again, a BIG thanks for all your past help with clearing out Elizabeth's home.  As you may know, she sold it fast!!!  She needs one final push of help and I am reaching out to see if any of you are up for the challenge.  NEEDED:  Packing bandits!!  I have included a LINK to DOODLE.  https://doodle.com/poll/ibgawaymtibpnbsg   If you are open to helping, please go to the link and add your name and check the times that would work best for you. Then I will compile and see if we can get some teams together to help out.  Even 2 hours would be swell....if you can go on the dates included but at a different time, Please let me know.  If you think of someone outside the congregation that may be able to help out, please forward.   Thanks in advance for your help. Carla

SOUPER BOWL: Join us this Sunday, February 4th (right after church) for our annual Souper Bowl celebration.  We’re serving up Lobster Bisque, Broccoli Cheddar, Pasta Faggioli and Tomato Orzo Soups to raise awareness of hunger issues and to raise money for the Flemington Food Pantry.  Suggested donation is $20.  For a $25 donation you can grab a Goose Creek Pottery Soup Bowl.  We have a very limited supply so get on line early!!  Thanks!  Amy V.

ADULT FORUM: This Sunday’s adult forum will be led by Pastor Bruce on the topic of hunger.  See you at 9:15 a.m.

CHOIR: Hurrah. Choir resumes February 7th at 7:00 p.m.  Hope to see everyone there.  There’s lots of new music to learn.  Liz

SHROVE SUNDAY/SHOWER: “Shrove Sunday” Pancake Lunch and Albrecht Family Baby Shower.  Please join us after service on Sunday, February 11th at noon for a Pancake Lunch and Baby Shower for the Albrecht Family.  In lieu of gifts, Erin and Jake respectfully request that we, “shower them with spiritual guidance,” by sharing with them our personal experiences, wisdom, advice, or how we may have drawn on our own faith when dealing with a transition in life. Pancakes, baked goods, and gluten-free options will be available.  Volunteer chefs (especially those with extra griddles), and helpers for setup and cleanup are welcome!  Please contact Claire Johnson at 908-380-1335 or at cnj1117@comcast.net.

LENTEN REREAT: Saturday, February 17th from 9 a.m. to noon.  You are invited to a morning with Pastor Dale Selover, ELCA Pastor and Spiritual Director as she helps us reflect as we enter into this season of the church year. 

SERVICE at TASK: Thursday, March 22nd we’ll be traveling to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to serve dinner.  We typically carpool, leaving the church at 2:30 p.m., serving dinner from 3:30 – 4:50 p.m., then returning to the church by 5:45 p.m.  Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.  It’s a good service event.  Sign-up here:


NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: Nadia Bolz-Weber will be in Allentown, PA for a lecture and book signing, March 22nd and/or March 23rdNadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.  She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (Convergent, 2015), available in bookstores now. She’s also the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho, 2013). Nadia has been featured in media outlets including BBC World Service, the Washington PostBitch magazine, NPR’s Morning EditionFresh AirMore magazine, the Daily Beast, and CNN. Lecture/book signing tickets here at:  http://lehighchurches.org/event/2018-campbell-lecture-featuring-nadia-bolz-weber/ 

VETERANS TAX-EXEMPTION:  See article at the bottom of this document.


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.

BOOK CLUB: February 18thNEW DATE - In Family Life, Akhil Sharma delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision. We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family s new life.  Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival." Books will be available in the Narthex starting this Sunday at a cost of $10.00 each.  Please put the money in the envelope on top of the books or pay Susie Chilcoat.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 24th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bowling at West Hunterdon Lanes, 1089 State Route 12, Frenchtown, NJ.  $12 per person gets you a hot dog, drink, shoes and 2 hours of bowling.  Please indicate how many from your family are coming by signing up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LCtSR5ZP-z0oyEFzaRnsx0gptKPPkn3Ck0c8w6CvXy4/edit?usp=sharing

FINANCIAL: 1) Deadline to donate 2017 Thrivent Choice Dollars is March 31, 2018.  2) If you are looking for suggestions for 2018 Thrivent Action Grants, please see Kathy Wagner service team leader, Claire Johnson congregational life leader, Doug Gustavson property leader or Pastor Lee.  3) 2017 Giving Statements are available.   For any corrections e-mail or call Tom Kull at ftkull@comcast.net or 609-213-2729.  4) Offering envelopes are available.  See Evelyn Fry or Chris Kosmac if you need new or replacement envelopes.

INDEPENDENCE MANOR Our dates to lead the worship service at Independence Manor are:  February 11 and April 15.  If you would like to be a part of this awesome service opportunity, please let Pastor Lee or Chris know.  This is also a great opportunity for confirmation and high school students.  Let us know if you have any questions.

ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN HOUSTON: is just 8 months away!!!  This past Sunday our youth worked on our first fundraiser of the year - The 100 Envelope Fundraiser!  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) and two leaders (Pastor Lee and Hillary Della Penna) to Houston to participate in a faith and service filled, life changing experience.  


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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


February 4

February 11

February 18

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Gareth Chilcoat

Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Lectionary Reader

Erin Albrecht

Barbara Edlund


Communion Assistant

Amy Chilcoat

Gareth Chilcoat

Don Barb


Erin Gill

Maggie Johnson

Alaina Rice

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Chris Kosmac & Terry Welsh

Laura & Sarah Hurley

The Johnson Family


Bel Gwiazdowski

Maggie Johnson

Carla Kruck


Carla Kruck

Bogi Schaeflein

Vincent Spiritosanto

Coffee Hour



Vincent Spiritosanto


Amy Villegas

Mary Jo Telenson

Sue Whitlock


Doug Gustavson


Claire Johnson


Carla Kruck


Tracie Owen

IM Assistants




Building Clean Team

Tara Scherder

Vincent Spiritosanto

Brenda Hala
Claire Johnson

Bread Maker

Jake Albrecht

Jake Albrecht

Jake Albrecht


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:     67    
Same Sunday last year:     84      
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 Cindy Cooper for delivering all the blankets made during the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service event to the offices of Family Promise and Safe in Hunterdon.  Thanks Cindy !!

If YOU have a recipient for a Shout Out, pass it on to 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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GOODSHOP: Support Living Waters Lutheran Church on Goodshop Sundays.  Shop, Save and Donate all in one click…well maybe a couple more.


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.

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

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The NJ Legislature passed a law November 2017 that provides a $ 3,000.00 Tax Exemption for Veterans. All Veterans who have been honorably discharged on or before December 31st, 2017 and file a NJ Income Tax Return can apply for this tax exemption on their 2017 NJ Tax Return. This new exemption does not change any other Veterans exemption you may now have. 

To apply you must file the Veteran Income Tax Exemption Submission Form (See NJ Website below for a copy) along with a copy of your Official Discharge Document (DD214 preferred) or other documents listed in NJ website. You may also contact your local County Veterans Service Office for more information. It would be best to apply before you file your NJ income Tax. If you wait to apply when you file your NJ Income Tax return, your exemption may be delayed. 

Open the NJ state website below to obtain additional details on how to complete your NJ Income Tax Return to receive your Veterans Exemption.  Once you have been certified you do not have to reapply each year to receive your Veterans Exemption.


You may contact Richard Brozman at 609-397-8661 if you have further questions.

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