Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hello folks,


ADVENT MIDWEEK: Advent Midweek Dinner/Service starts this evening with a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by worship and reflection at 7:00 p.m.  Choir rehearsal will round out the evening with practice starting at 7:30 p.m.

ADULT FORUM: This Sunday as part of a pulpit exchange we welcome Rev. Daniel Eisenberg from St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Trenton.  During adult forum, Rev. Eisenberg will tell us about St. Bart’s mission in the city of Trenton.  http://www.stbartlutheran.org/

HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE:  Calling all bakers! Living Waters' Cookie Exchange is Friday, December 15th at 6:30 pm. Bake 6-dozen of your best holiday treats and bring them to share.  You'll go home with a variety of delicious treats!  Details attached to this email or contact Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: All children are invited to participate in the Sunday School Christmas program (written by Gareth Chilcoat!) on Sunday, December 17th during worship!  Rehearsals will continue December 10 and 17 during the education hour at 9:15 a.m.  Questions?  Please contact Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail.com.

FALL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM: Friendly reminder that it’s not too late to return your intention to give cards is during worship this coming Sunday.  You can either place them in the offering plate, leave in the church office or email to the treasurer.  

CHRISTMAS EVE ASSISTANTS: Please let Chris know ASAP if you would like to be assisting minister, lectionary reader, communion assistant, acolyte, greeter, cantor, parking director, clean up for our Christmas Eve Worship at 7:30 pm.  Thank you!!! 

INDEPENDENCE MANOR:  Christmas Eve Service – anyone interested in volunteering? We need teams of 2 for each week. Please email the office if you can help out.  If you'd like more information, please talk to Mike Johnson, Steve Crofts, or Pastor.  Thank you!!!


ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SERVICE PROJECT (updated):  This year's Diaper Drive in support of the Hunterdon Diaper Bank is now underway and will culminate with our Epiphany Observance on Jan 7th.  The Hunterdon Diaper Bank is run in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County and NORWESCAP Food Bank to distribute diapers, wipes, ointments, and adult incontinence products to struggling families who cannot afford these necessary products which are not covered by food stamps.  They especially need diapers in the smallest and largest baby sizes as well as adult incontinence products.  Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted - please write checks to United Way of Hunterdon, with Hunterdon Diaper Bank in the memo line.  Collection boxes will be in the narthex from November 19 through Epiphany.  

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

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



December 10

December 17

December 24

Christmas Eve

Presiding Minister

Rev. Daniel Eisenberg

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Bel Gwiazdowski

Tony Gwiazdowski

Ron Hemmel

Mike Johnson

Lectionary Reader





Communion Assistant

Bruce Davidson

Bel Gwiazdowski

Tony Gwiazdowski



Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Peter Chilcoat

Colin Gill

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Megan Bodmer, Kellie & David Bodmer

The Chilcoat Family

Evelyn Fry

Tony Gwiazdowski


Bob Chilcoat

Bruce Davidson

Bel Gwiazdowski

Maggie Johnson


Vince Spiritosanto

Don Barb

Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Coffee Hour

Vince Spiritosanto

Kellie & David Bodmer

Sonia Delago



Vince Spiritosanto

Karen S., Jonathan S.

Mary Jo Telenson



Claire Johnson

Carla Kruck

Maggie Kull

Terry Welsh


Susan Whitlock

Judy Abel

Don Barb


IM Assistants

Goldfarb Family




Building Clean Team

Vincent Spiritosanto

Judy Abel

Maggie & Tom Kull

12/24/17 Xmas Eve

Bread Maker

Amy Chilcoat

Amy Chilcoat

Amy Chilcoat

Amy Chilcoat


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    82
Same Sunday last year:    94
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 our out-going council members, el presidenta Amy Chilcoat and council-person Hillary Della Penna.  Thank you both for your years of service on council!

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: 2017 Thrivent Action Grants and Thrivent Choice Dollars:  A 2017 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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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

Check out the on-line calendar for the entire years scheduled events

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