Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hello folks,


SUMMER MIDWEEK STUDY: Luther's Small Catechism: As part of our adult education, we will have a midweek study in August focusing on Martin Luther's Small Catechism. This "brief and simple" booklet was written by Martin Luther in 1529 specifically to be used by individuals and families at home to help them understand and discuss the basic principles of faith. As part of Living Water's celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, each household in the congregation will receive a gift of a Small Catechism: Our summer study will help us explore this booklet and discuss its use and application today. The catechism has five parts and we have five Thursdays in August to meet. We begin on August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. with a barbecue at the church, and the study will follow at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  This session will be an introduction to the catechism and discussion of the section on the Ten Commandments.  On August 10th, we will meet at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and focus on The Apostle's Creed.  August 17th 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Holy Baptism, August 24th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: The Lord's Supper. August 31st 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: The Lord's Prayer.  As always, each session will include a brief presentation and LOTS of interaction and discussion! All are welcome.  You can come to all the gatherings, but you're also welcome to attend the ones that fit your schedule or interests!  

POOL PARTY: DID YOU RESPOND? This year’s pool party will be held this Sunday, July 23rd at the home of Don Barb and Bruce Davidson: Noon - 5:00 PM. You're welcome to come right after church, and we'll plan on eating after folks have arrived.  Don and Bruce will provide burgers and brats.  Guests are asked to bring a salad, dessert or beverage.  Guests can sign up to bring items at the following site: http://www.PerfectPotluck.com/meals.php?t=HXTT7628   Carpooling is encouraged. If the weather is bad, plan to come anyway, and we'll just enjoy each other's company inside!  Please contact Claire Johnson at cnj1117@comcast.net or at 908-380-1335 with any questions or concerns.

CRAFTERS AT LIVING WATERS:  The next meeting of all crafters or crafters-to-be will be Tuesday, July 25th at 12 noon.  Please bring your latest project to work on (and share!) and a bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided. If you didn't come the meeting in June, don't worry-you are most welcome to come to this month's meeting! If you have any questions, please email Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail.com or call 908-823-0873.

FAMILY PROMISE: We have an opportunity to share with Zion Oldwick in their commitment to Family Promise hosting a few homeless families for overnight stays in Zion's church hall.  In order to understand what this involves, we have agreed to have a few interested volunteers to help out on their next hosting dates, August 20th to September 3rd.  This will involve our participants preparing and serving a dinner Monday, August 21st, and Wednesday, August 23rd, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  We will need two volunteers per night. The number that they will be hosting will not be known until around August 13th.  This can be as few as one family of three, but perhaps more.  If you are interested or have questions, please send me an email so that I can register you. Thank you, Susie Chilcoat (susiechilcoat@verizon.net)

THRIVENT DOLLARS: Starting July 1, Thrivent was giving away $50 choice dollars when one would log into your account until they gave away a very large sum (I forgot how much – seem to remember $8 million).   This gift was for members and associate members.   Log in to your account and see if Thrivent is still looking to give away choice dollars.   While there, check to see if you have other choice dollars to donate.  Any questions, see Tom Kull.

CALLING ALL CHOIR MEMBERS: …or anyone who likes to sing.  There's going to be a hymn-sing on July 23rd of songs from the Reformation, maybe some you've never heard. So if you sing in the choir, we hope that you'll come along to help your friends make a joyful noise to sing these special songs.

BUILDING TEAM UPDATE: In coordination with architect Ralph Finelli, we have scheduled 4 brainstorming sessions so we can get as much input as possible.  All church-goers are urged to attend at least one of the following meetings.  Meetings will be held on both Sundays and weekday evenings.  Sunday, Aug. 6th 12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 16th 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27th 12 noon and Thursday, Sept. 14th 7:00 p.m. (primarily for council and building team but as always…all are welcome).  Also attached to this email is a quick survey in Excel where you can rank the priority of ideas already put forward by the congregation.  You can either 1) edit the attached version, re-save it and send it back or 2) print it and fill it out and hand it in to the office or 3) pick up a copy to fill out at church.  All input is welcome…there are no bad ideas.  Thanks for your assistance.


SNAP BENEFIT UPDATE:  This week as Congress has returned to Washington, D.C., they will be finalizing their version of the fiscal year 2018 budget. Deep cuts to anti-hunger programs have led to budget negotiations, so our concern for children must be expressed now. The current budget proposal cuts SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and other meals for children, this will increase hunger and harm children’s development.  Call (800-826-3688) or email today and tell Congress that you have a deep regard for the children whom Jesus’ loves.  No child should be hungry or harmed by poor nutrition.  Advocating for the needs of children is part of the way of life of a disciple.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, August 8th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Living Waters volunteering at America’s Grow-a-Row.  Details to come.

SAVE THE DATE: Cross Roads Giant Church Picnic on Sunday, August 20th  http://crossroadsretreat.com/summer-programs/giant-church-picnic/

YARD SALE: The annual Living Waters Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, August 19th, from 8am to noon. Participation for all Living Waters members is free; just bring your own table. Donations to Living Waters from proceeds made at the Yard Sale are appreciated but not mandatory. For any questions and/or to confirm participation, please contact Karen Symonoski at kjsymonosk@aol.com or Kathy Wolfman at krascom@yahoo.com .

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.

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

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". 


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



July 23

July  30

August 6

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Bel Gwiazdowski

Tony Gwiazdowski

Ron Hemmel

Lectionary Reader




Communion Assistant

Bruce Davidson

Bel Gwiazdowski

Tony Gwiazdowski


Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

The Chilcoat Family

Evelyn Fry

The Gill Family


Don Barb

Megan Bodmer

Bob Chilcoat


Doug Gustavson

Carla Kruck

Gina Piscitelli

Coffee Hour

Kellie & David Bodmer

Sonia Delago

Gina Piscitelli


Susan Gill

Jonathan, Karen Symonoski

Gina Piscitelli


Judy Abel

Susie Chilcoat

Steve Crofts


Carla Kruck

Don Barb

Tracie Owen

IM Assistants

Holy Spirit

Pastor Lee


Building Clean Team

Evelyn Fry

Maggie Kull

Tara Scherder

Bread Maker

Missy Sugalski

Missy Sugalski



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COMING EVENTSCalendar - listing of events Calendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    41
Same Sunday last year:    58
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 Terry Welsh for trimming the shrubs around the front and back of Advent Hall plus trimming the bushes in front of our sign along Old York Road. 

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


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 19: Yard Sale – See Kathy Wolfman or Karen Symonoski for details

    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 


BOOK CLUB 3: Sunday, Sept. 17th following worship we will be discussing the book, "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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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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