Weekly News Brief

October 2, 2019

Hello folks,


CHOIR: Yes, rehearsals will begin TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  It’s exciting.  We need choir members and hope someone in the congregation will step up to the plate.  The choir is a wonderful group and will greet you with open arms.  They are the best.  Hope to see you there Wednesday evening October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Liz Quade (notice the double spaces…inside joke)

WORK DAY: Not this Saturday, but next Saturday, October 5th we need lots of help cutting and clearing brush from the retention basin.  As we get deeper into the building process, we are also subject to more site inspections, and one of those things that we need to be doing more routinely is to keep the retention basin clear of brush and small trees.  So if you have a chainsaw or even a manual saw, bring it and enjoy the fellowship.  See you around 8:30 a.m.

SANCTUARY: Sanctuary Denomination Conversation continues this Sunday, October 6th after worship with Pastor Bruce. This will continue to conversation started at adult forum on September 22nd, although if you missed that forum you can still be part of this important learning and discussion together. 

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).

OKTOBERFEST: Oktoberfest Potluck 2019 – Saturday, October 12th from 5 – 9 p.m.  Join us for an evening of games food and fun!  Please bring a favorite dish to share!  Grilled Brats, Knockwurst and hot dogs (franks) will be provided.  Set up and Cleanup volunteers are greatly appreciated.  Food and volunteer signups are available within this site:  https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/EZRC6204.  For questions, or clarifications, please contact Claire Johnson @ cnj1117@comcast.net or 908-380-1335.

CROP HUNGER WALK: So you missed the Walk of Hope at Carrier Clinic..…good news, in just 11 days, it will be time for the Hunterdon County CROP Walk to start.  Sunday, October 13th, join the LWLC Team at the Fox Lumber parking lot, 11 West Main Street, Clinton, NJ right across from the Clinton House.  Registration is from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. with the actual walk beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The walk will be through the Landsdown Meadows and Trail, looping back around to the starting point.  Register and/or donate here: GO TEAM

SAFE in HUNTERDON: Please join Safe in Hunterdon for a Candlelight Vigil to remember those who have been affected or continue to be affected by domestic violence.  The vigil will be held Thursday, October 17th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Justice Center, 65 Park Avenue, Flemington, NJ.  See poster below for more information.

FAMILY PROMISE: Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick and families facing homelessness need our help.  At least one family will be living at Zion from October 20th through 27th.  Volunteers are needed to cook meals, have dinner with guests, play with children, socialize with families, or stay overnight at the church.  Sign up for a block of time (2 to 3 hours unless you stay overnight) to be at Zion Church or to provide a meal at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944aeaf2aa4f94-family11.   Please put "Living Waters" in the comment section after you select a spot and click the signup button.  While any assistance is appreciated, Zion particularly needs people to be there on weekends. Learn more about Family Promise at http://familypromisehc.org/ and read some of the families’ stories at http://familypromisehc.org/client-stories/   If you have any questions or want to know more, contact Kathy Wagner at (908) 751-5212 or katherinewtx@comcast.net.

SERVICE PROJECTS: Faith In Action - We Have Left the Building!  JOIN an INTERFAITH GROUP on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 1:30 pm at the Flemington JCC (5 Sergeantsville Road, Flemington) for an afternoon of hands-on service to the community! We will have many types of work projects you can choose to help with from making PB&J sandwiches for SHIP, to singing with a group at Rolling Hills, from decorating superhero capes for ill children, to putting together Blizzard Bags for Meals on Wheels, from creating No-Sew Blankets, to helping with maintenance at Camp Lebanon, etc. We will have something for everyone ages 1 to 101 to help with! Please use this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aabaa28aafe3-fbcfpc to sign up ahead of time.   If you have questions, please reach out to Tanya Cleary at 908-892-1970 or Kathy Wagner at 908-751-5212.  See attached flier. 

ADULT FORUM: Adult Forum continues this Sunday.  We try to begin around 9:15 and are done at 10:10.  Please come, have some coffee and good conversation!  Here are the topics for the month of September:

  • Oct 6Non Binary 101: Come learn more about this part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum including language and how to support our non-binary siblings in Christ.  Our speaker will be Jamie Bruesehoff (she/her) an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate. She is an openly queer woman married to a Lutheran pastor and mom to three spirited children, including a twelve year old transgender daughter. https://www.jamiebruesehoff.com/
  • Oct 13: Prison Reform with the Lutheran/Episcopal Advocacy of New Jersey intern Ella Myer. Come hear about current prison practices and the advocacy efforts to make our system more just and humane. 
  • Oct 20: Lutheran 101: Monthly we gather (elementary to adult forum class) to talk about and learn more about a basic of Lutheran theology through conversation, questions, and activities. 
  • Oct 27: Suicide Prevention by Ms. Sam Parker, Development and Public Affairs Director for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide 

ALL SAINTS: All Saints Sunday is November 3, 2019.  It is the time we recognize those who have gone on before us in the past year.  Please email officelwlc@yahoo.com  with the names of anyone who has died in the last year that you would like added to the prayers.



SERVICEOur Service Focus for Fall 2019:  Criminal Justice  “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives ...” from Luke 4:18-19. According to the LEAMNJ website, “The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails… despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.”  Further, an underlying punitive mindset, the special needs of juvenile offenders and people with addictions or mental illnesses in the system, budgetary constraints, and persistent inequalities based on race and class frequently challenge the basic principles of the system.  Join us this fall as we learn about LEAMNJ’s criminal justice advocacy from Rev. Sara Lilja, Director of LEAMNJ, in our Adult Forum and read a book, Dear Church, by a formerly incarcerated ELCA Pastor, Lenny Duncan. 

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: If you have not returned your commitment for A Living Hope for All, commitments can be submitted in August.  Commitments received as of 7/28 to A Living Hope for All has passed $500,000.   Commitment confirmation letters have been e-mailed to those who have made commitments (mailed if Living Waters does not have your e-mail address).   If you have not received your confirmation letter, please contact Tom Kull.

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.


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October 6

October 13

October 20

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Ella Myers

Mike Johnson

Pat Johnston

Lectionary Reader




Communion Assistant

Steve Crofts

Ella Myers

Mike Johnson


Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Colin Gill

Greeters/Offering Ushers

The Gill Family

Laura & Sara Hurley

Chris Kosmac & Terry Welsh



Maggie Johnson

Judy Segers



Steve Crofts

Doug Gustavson

Coffee Hour

Sonia Delago


Confirmation Cake


Sonia Delgado

Sue Whitlock

Confirmation Cake


Claire Johnson

Barbara Hofler

Terry Welsh


Claire Johnson

Barbara Hofler

Sheila Kettles

IM Assistants




Building Clean Team




Bread Maker

Sonia Delgado

Sonia Delgado

Sonia Delgado


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format




This past Sunday:    66  

Same Sunday last year:    80


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.



  • FINANCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP:  Electronic giving is a greener approach.  It saves on production, transportation, processing and disposal of paper checks.  Electronic payments has already produced more than a 50% decline in check use since the year 2000.  Please contact Tom Kull if you have any questions about electronic donations.
  • TREX BOX in the coat lobby.  In August we received our TREX bench in exchange for 500 lbs of plastic bags.    We will continue to collect plastic bags for our community.  Please only recycle the items listed.   This includes newspaper sleeves, bread bags, product wrap, salt bags, ice bags, pellet bags, produce bags, case overwraps, packaging air pillows and grocery bags.  I have had a lot of food crumbs and trash in the boxes.  Speak with Chris Kosmac or Brenda if you have any questions or can help out.
  • TERRACYCLE collects a variety of plastics and other it.  Take a flyer from the bulletin table home with you.  This collection will help East Amwell School receive money for playground equipment. The box is next to the Trex box.  We need volunteers to empty the box and deliver to East Amwell School.
  • RECYCLING CAN IN PARKING LOT:  Our contracted 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.

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).

SAVE THE DATE!: New Jersey Synod's 2020 Synod Assembly will take place on May 1st and 2nd in 2020 at the Princeton Forrestal Marriott. Living Waters should send one male, one female, and one youth (under 30) as voting members to the 2020 Assembly. For questions, ask Pastor Lee, Cindy Cooper, Ella Myers, or Craig Weinrich, this past year's voting members. Pastor Bruce, Don Barb, Brenda Overcash, and the elder Chilcoats also attended and can speak more about the Assembly! 

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   


 HUNTERDON RESIDENTS: Free shredding of your paper documents.  Refer to poster on church bulletin board for additional information.

 MEALS-on-WHEELS Meals 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

 Update - 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.  Current Needs: Fruit Juice, Fruit-canned/plastic, Toilet paper, Tuna, Canned Corn, Baked Beans, Black Beans in bag, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Detergent, Cereal, Cooking Oil, Chef Boyardee products, Spaghetti.  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.

SAFE in HUNTERDON: Please join Safe in Hunterdon for a Candlelight Vigil to remember those who have been affected or continue to be affected by domestic violence.  The vigil will be held Thursday, October 17th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Justice Center, 65 Park Avenue, Flemington, NJ.  See poster below for more information. 

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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