Weekly News Brief


December 11, 2019

Hello folks,

NEW/CURRENT:

MID-WEEK ADVENT WORSHIP: Tonight is our 2nd Advent service. Pot Luck dinner is at 6:15 p.m., worship begins at 7:00 p.m.

CHARITABLE SHOPPING: If you do any of your Christmas shopping at Amazon.com, DON'T! Instead, shop at smile.amazon.com, and designate Living Waters Lutheran Church, or another favorite charity (you can only designate one charity per account). Amazon will donate a small portion of your purchase towards Living Waters anytime you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. It's a simple and easy way to support Living Waters, while taking care of your shopping needs. Any questions? Please ask Craig Weinrich.

COOKIE EXCHANGE: Living Waters Cookie Exchange is coming! Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 15th after church. This is the TENTH year of our cookie exchange! Sandwiches will be provided for lunch.  Please let me know what cookies you are bringing AND sign up to bring some other items to share at lunch.  The link for sign up is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4DA8AD29A2F85-living Questions? Please email Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail or call me at 908-303-9608.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: If you were unable to attend this past Sunday’s annual meeting, here’s the video link provided by Mike Johson.

CHRISTMAS EVE PLANNING: If you are planning to be at the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service and can assist, please let Chris know.  We need an Assisting Minister, Communion Assistant, Reader, Acolyte, 2+ Greeters, Parking guide, Cantor & Clean-up.  Thank you

2019 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SERVICE PROJECT: The LWLC Annual Diaper Drive is now underway! This year we will collect items for babies as well as adult incontinence products for donation to the Flemington Area Diaper Bank. Collection boxes will be in the Narthex starting this Sunday. The drive will culminate with our Epiphany Observance on Jan 5th.  The Flemington Area Diaper Bank is run in partnership between United Way of Hunterdon County and the Flemington Area Food Pantry to distribute diapers, wipes, ointments, and adult incontinence products to struggling families who cannot afford these necessary and costly items, which are not covered by food stamps, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) or other programs.  It costs a family about $1,000 a year to buy a supply of average-priced diapers for one child.  For someone who works full-time at minimum wage, making just over $20,000 a year, that's a major financial burden.  

Current Diaper Bank needs as specified by the United Way are listed below:

Our current diaper bank needs for babies are size 1 and 6

The larger sizes (4,5,6) tend to get requested by the pantries frequently. Wipes are also gladly accepted.

As for adult products, the underwear style (briefs) is the most requested. 

We also have a lady who needs 2X tape diapers, but we have not been able to acquire any for her to date. She is unable to use the underwear type 2X size briefs.

The other need that has come up this year is the need for incontinence pads and guards (for men and women). What we have found is that many seniors use incontinence pads and not just the disposable briefs. Most of the clients need pretty heavy pads (typically size 5 or 6 (based on the number of drops filled in on the package)). 

Any questions, contact Judy Segers at jdsegers1@gmail.com  Thank you for your support!!

TASK SERVICE – NEW DATE: Come and be one of the 10 volunteers needed to serve dinner at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen on Thursday, January 30th.  Cars will be leaving the church at 2:30 p.m., dinner will be served between 3:30 and 4:50 p.m., then returning to the church around 5:45 p.m. It’s a fun experience.  Ages 13 and up.   Sign up here

SAVE THE DATE: January 20th - MLK Day of Service, February 2nd - Souper Bowl Sunday

WORSHIP ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENTS

If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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

 

 

December 15

December 22

December 24

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Don Barb

Larry Cartwright

Amy Chilcoat

Lectionary Reader

 

 

 

Communion Assistant

Morrey Atkinson

Don Barb

Pat Johnston

Acolyte

Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Colin Gill

Greeters/Offering Ushers

The Johnson Family

 

Kim Williard

Cantor

Chris Wagner

Craig Weinrich

 

Set-up

Doug Gustavson

Bogi Schaeflein

 

Coffee Hour

 

 

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Refreshments

Mary Jo Telenson

 

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Clean-Up

Leslie Rogers

Terry Welsh

Judy Abel

Flowers

Sonia Delgado

Poinsettias

Poinsettias

IM Assistants

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Building Clean Team

Preston

Preston

 

Bread Maker

Amy Villegas

Amy Villegas

Amy Villegas

COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format

SYNOD SITES:  NJ SYNOD FACEBOOK PAGE & JERSEY JOTTINGS   -   NJ SYNOD WEBSITE

ATTENDANCE METER – 12/08/19
This past Sunday:    95
Same Sunday last year:  92
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.

SHOUT OUTS: This week’s Shout Out goes out to the Congregational Council for their work in 2019, and for developing a balanced budget in 2020.

If YOU have a Shout Out that needs to be publicized….reply to this email and let us know. Thanks

RE-BROADCASTS:

LUTHERAN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION:  Please let Chris in the office know if you would like to delete or add your subscription to Living Lutheran.  Our church gladly provides a subscription to every family, but if you are not enjoying the magazine and it just ends up being recycled, please let us know so we can cancel it.  Each subscription is $8.95.  If you are not receiving it and would like to please let us know that as well.

NAMETAGS: If you don’t have a nametag yet or maybe you simply have no clue where it is or maybe your kid ate yours – let us know and we’ll make a new one for you. Click here I NEED A NAMETAG and type your name(s).

ON-LINE GIVING: The finance team would like to announce a new option for on-line giving. Still provided by our partners Vanco, our new program is called GivePlus. On our church’s website we still maintain a donation page where funds can be transferred electronically, but the biggest change is now where Vanco offers a free mobile app available where you download your cell phone apps. You can set up a quick 4-digit PIN, associate the gifts to Living Waters and designate to what ministry they are for. Within the app you can set up your credit cards and/or checking/saving accounts for easy giving. If you’re currently using Vanco (Simply Giving – old name) you can also track your giving history on the app. If you have any questions about the program, please see Tom Kull or Terry Welsh ( I can show you on my phone) for more details.

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).

PRAYER REQUESTS: To update or add a prayer to our Sunday bulletin, please email your request to Chris Kosmac at:  officelwlc@yahoo.com 

DO YOU SHOP AMAZON?:  Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Living Waters Lutheran Church.  Use the following message and link below in social media, email, and on your website to tell your supporters about how they can help Living Waters Lutheran Church when they shop.  #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/LWLC to stock up and Amazon donates to Living Waters Lutheran Church. 

REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT

CHRISTMAS OUTING?: If you're looking for a fun family Christmas outing, check out "The Christmas Bus" at the Somerset Valley Players in Hillsborough.  Kristen Massimo is performing in this family show, appropriate for all ages.  Come and celebrate the season and enjoy some live theater!  The show is open December 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at www.svptheatre.org

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   

COMMUNITY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEALS-on-WHEELSMeals on Wheels needs your help!  As one of the last meal delivery programs in New Jersey to depend solely on volunteer drivers, new drivers are always needed.  By committing approximately two hours, once a month, you can make a big difference in the lives of Hunterdon County’s homebound seniors by delivering hot, nutritious meals.  For more information call Meals on Wheels at 908-284-0735, visit their website at mowih.org, or email info@mowih.org

DELAWARE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY: Dear Friends of the Pantry, We are up and running successfully in our new location in the CVS shopping center in Lambertville. Our clients are pleased, in general. However people who live in the center and south end of town, as well as people from New Hope, are finding the walking distance a problem. We are working on some options to help with that, such as scheduling The Link mini-bus to pick people up at Hibernia or another location south of Bridge Street and bringing them to the pantry. If you know of anyone who needs a ride, please let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions for helping with this problem, please let me know. We are in need of some food items, as listed below, and since we are, for the first time, having to pay rent and utilities for our new space, we need additional cash donations, Checks can be sent to: Delaware Valley Food Pantry, P.O. Box 705, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Current Food Needs: Baked beans, Black beans – bags, Cereal, Cookies, Corn creamed – canned, Corn whole – canned, Crackers, Deodorant, Diapers – sizes 1,2,3, Flour, Fruit – canned/plastic, Fruit juice, Green Beans – canned, Oatmeal, Pancake syrup, Pasta boxes not Penne nor Ziti, Rice-a-Roni, Salt, Sugar, Tuna.  Also, check out the new Delaware Valley Food Pantry page in Facebook. Thanks, Joe. 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

 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.

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