Weekly News Brief

March 13, 2019

Hello folks,


BUILDING PROJECT: The building team is waiting for final realistic construction cost estimates on a drawing package provided by our architect to Charles Mann General Contracting. The Building Team is anticipating receiving a potential release date within five business days from today, when required work will be completed to present LWLC realistic construction cost estimates.  Once LWLC receives the construction cost estimate release date from Charles Mann the Building Team will schedule a Building Team meeting to review the construction cost numbers, when completed with Charles Mann and discuss contract requirements to proceed with our project.

After this review meeting with the Building Team and Charles Mann, LWLC will have adequate information for the Building Team to make a recommendation to Church Council for their review and recommendation.  Once Church Council has completed their review process the council can then turn work over to our developing capital campaign committee to fund the parking lot and building expansion. Stay tuned!

LENT CHANGE FOR CHANGEThis season's coins collection will be divided between H.I.O.C (Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council) for heating bills or rent deposit support, and the new food pantry at RVCC (Raritan Valley Community College), which is in need of new equipment for the facility.  Our children will collect your coins during the children's sermon.

FAMILY PROMISE: Now through March 17: Many opportunities are still available to be at Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick as they host families facing homelessness.  Zion is in particular need of folks to stay overnight next week, but shorter block of time are also available.  SIGN UP HERE.  Please put "Living Waters" in the comment section after you select a spot and click the signup button.  Click here to learn more about Family Promise and read some of the FAMILIES’ STORIES  If you have any questions or want to know more, contact Kathy Wagner at (908) 751-5212 or katherinewtx@comcast.net.

HOLY WEEK: Help plan Holy Week Service: For the last few years we have gathered anyone interested to help plan meaningful services to Mark Good Friday and Maundy Thursday. Many creative ideas have developed out of these meetings, and there have been many positive comments from people who attended. We are inviting anyone who is interested in helping plan these services for this year to attend a meeting on Thursday, March 14th at the church. You do not need any special training or expertise, just a willingness to work with others to find effective ways to highlight the meaning of these days using drama, art, poetry, or the spoken word. We will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

SET-UP: Sunday Set-up Help Needed:  Now that Don is commuting from Philly, we are looking for another volunteer to come in by 10:15 Sunday morning to make sure everything is set-up for worship.  This entails making sure communion is set up, candle lighter is ready for acolyte, candles are full of oil.  Steve Crofts can explain it best.  Please let Chris know if you can help.

SYNOD EVENT: Faith, Hope & Love 2019. Building Safer and More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ+ Youth. The subtitle says it all: this is a day to help equip congregations around issues of safety and welcome for LGBTQ+ youth! This is an event for Sr. High Youth, Pastors, Youth Leaders, Parents, and other Congregational Leaders. March 23rd, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm @ Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Ewing, NJ  2220 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ  08638  REGISTER HERE

EASTER FLOWERS: Don Barb has graciously volunteered to order and set up the Easter flowers but this will be his last year.  We are in need of new volunteers who can work with Don this year and pick up the reigns next year.  Please let Don or Chris Kosmac know if you can help out in any way.  Thanks

SYNOD ASSEMBLY: This year’s Synod Assembly, the 2-day business meeting at the state level, will be held on June 6-8 in New Brunswick.  We are looking for interested people to be voting members to represent Living Waters.  We need an adult male and an adult female, plus a youth member (optional) defined as under the age of 30.  Just to entice you a little, this year we will also be voting on the office of Bishop for the New Jersey Synod…a very interesting process.  If you’re interested and/or have questions, please see Pastor Lee. 

NEW HOPE PRIDE: New Hope Pride 2019 Idea....the Service Team is looking for a volunteer or co-volunteers to do some brainstorming work on how LWLC can be visible and supportive of the New Hope Pride Parade and Festival (Saturday, May 18th). Please talk to Kathy Wagner or Pastor Lee. 

SAVE THE DATE: Building Team Meeting: Monday, April 1st 7pm.  Spring clean-up/workday: Saturday, April 6th.  Annual Pool Party: Sunday, June 30th 


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Classes for March 17th starting at 9:15 a.m.  


Meeting Location

Adult Forum:

Narthex (lobby)

     Topic: Lutheran 101

Elementary class (K-4)


Middle School (5-8)

Advent Hall

High School (9-12)



THRIVENT: Anyone attending Living Waters can become a Thrivent benefit member or Thrivent associate member.   One can become a Thrivent benefit member by purchasing a Thrivent product (life insurance, annuity, etc.) or become a Thrivent associate member by paying $19.95 annual dues (associate membership from can be found on the Thrivent website www.Thrivent.com or you can call our local Thrivent representative, Scott Curtis, at 1- 888-399-5611.   A Thrivent benefit member is eligible for two $250 Thrivent Action Team grants annually.  A Thrivent associate member is eligible for a $250 Thrivent Action grant each year (for your investment of $19.95 Thrivent provides $250 for a Living Waters Service project).

Many Thrivent benefit members are given Thrivent Choice dollars which can be given to Living Waters or other charities.   If you are a Thrivent benefit member and want to check to see if you have Choice dollars to donate, login in to the Thrivent website  or call 1-800-847-4836 (when prompted say “Thrivent Choice”).   If you have Choice dollars you can donate via the website or phone.   If you are unsure if your Thrivent products generate Choice dollars, you can call Scott Curtis.    All 2018 Choice dollars expire on March 30, 2019.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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


March 17

March 24

March 31

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Larry Cartwright

Mike Johnson

Pat Johnston

Lectionary Reader

Dan Fatton



Communion Assistant

Judy Abel

Larry Cartwright

Mike Johnson


Maddox Rice

Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Chris Kosmac

The Gill Family

Laura & Sara Hurley


Don Barb

Craig Weinrich

Bruce Davidson


Doug Gustavson

Steve Crofts

Bogi Schaeflein

Coffee Hour

Tracie Owen

Claire Johnson



Barbara Hofler

Clair Johnson

Linda Laube


Need Volunteer

Leslie Rogers

Terry Welsh





IM Assistants

Don Barb & Bruce Davidson



Building Clean Team

Greg Cooper

Hillary Della Penna

Greg Cooper

Bread Maker

Tracie Owen

Tracie Owen

Tracie Owen


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:     47
Same Sunday last year:    64
Average Sunday attendance 2018: 71.5
Average Sunday attendance 2017: 74.2
Average Sunday attendance 2016: 75.4
Average Sunday attendance 2015: 68.5
Average Sunday attendance 2014: 64.5

Have you seen this somewhere else “Pictures can say a lot, take a look at our church through photos or videos.



QUIET FOOD MINISTRY: Living Waters has started a Quiet Food Ministry right out of our own freezer for our congregation.  If you find yourself in need of a meal, for any reason, please open up the freezer in Advent Hall.  On the door, will be soup, dinners, packed in single servings.  You don’t need to ask.  Take if you need.    Please contact Cindy Cooper if you would like to prepare some food.  Since we are doing single servings, perhaps you can put a serving in a container from a lasagna, or casserole?  The dish should be labeled and dated.  You can email Cindy at:  ck_cooper@me.com 

RECYCLING:  Our recycling service will not empty the can if the recycling is in the white kitchen trash bags.  Our kitchen recycling container is lined with a bag to keep the container clean, and hopefully ant free.  Please dump the recycling bag free into the outside container.

In keeping with our GREEN church, all clean stretchy plastics can go in the TREX box in the vestibule.

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.

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.

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   


NAMI WARREN: NAMI Warren County upcoming 12 week FREE Family to Family course, which will be held on Wed. evenings from 7 - 9:30 beginning March 20th at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington.  For more information, contact Elaine at 908-619-9619

DELAWARE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY: Contact info for Delaware Valley Food Pantry in Lambertville - please share with the congregation: President: Albert ("Bert") Johnson email: Johnson797@gmail.com cell: 215-534-4634 Food Pantry Donations Needed: Beef Stew, Black Beans, Canned Chicken, Canned Salmon, Catsup, Ketchup!, Chef Boyardee, Chili, Crackers, Depends, Detergent, Hand Soap ,Pancake Mix, Paper Towels, Rice-a-Roni, Shampoo, Spaghetti, Syrup, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste

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.

FAMILY PROMISE of HUNTERDON COUNTY: Coming Events – Mark your Calendar.  Dream DinnerMarch 28th, Hunterdon Central High School Commons 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Eat-In or Take-Out) and Box CityMay 18th, Hunterdon Central High School Practice Field.

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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