Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hello folks,


CONGREGATIONAL CARE: NEEDED! Living Waters is in need of a Congregational Care Coordinator, someone with organizational skills to coordinate and oversee the needs of the congregation. Examples: folks who may need a ride to the doctor, preparing meals for a family in need, physical help moving stuff. But the coordinator doesn’t necessarily perform the tasks but maintains a list of who can help and when. If you think you may be able to help with this very important facet of congregational life, please talk to Craig or Pastor Lee.

HOUSING IN SOUTHERN HUNTERDON AREA: A family friend of Denise Duncan is a 26 year-old veterinarian resident who will be finishing up her training at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes and is seeking housing from June 2018-June 2019. Unfortunately previous housing arrangements fell through. So if anyone knows of an apartment/room for rent within 15 minutes from Ringoes (facility criteria) please get back to Denise ASAP ( denised12728@gmail.com ).

KACY & CRAIGEngagement & Wedding Party: Craig Weinrich and Kacy O'Brien invite the Living Waters community to an engagement/wedding party on Sunday, April 22nd after service around noon/12:30. Bob and Susie Chilcoat will host at their house (665 Donald Drive North, Bridgewater, NJ). It's a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Bob and Susie will provide drinks. No need to RSVP for this one; just come to the Chilcoat's after service, and celebrate the love shared with all! Craig and Kacy ask to bring only yourselves, a potluck dish to share (and the recipe!), and your appetite. Kacy and Craig will getting married at the church on the morning of July 7; more details will come soon. 

BUILDING TEAM: Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. there will be a preparation meeting prior to the May’s township planning board presentation. An informational meeting for the congregation has been slated for Sunday, June 3rd 11:00 a.m. after worship

CROSS ROADS WORKDAY: Let’s get the camp ready for summer!  Saturday, May 5th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  More information and registration at http://crossroadsretreat.com/work-days/   

FLEMINGTON INTERFAITH PICNIC:  The 2nd Second Annual Interfaith Picnic will be on Sunday, May 6th, starting at 12:30 PM at Deer Path Park, Cedars Pavilion.  The address is 120 W Woodschurch Road, in Flemington. The picnic is a potluck event. Each person bringing a dish will be given a form with a checklist to fill out about their dish so that everyone else will know whether or not they can eat from it (asking if it is halal, kosher, nut-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc). This is a great opportunity for people from throughout the county to come together as a faith community, and we are delighted to take part.  

TRENTON THEATRE: Join us on May 6th after service at 3 pm to attend "Caged", a play at Trenton's Passage Theatre. We've purchased a group rate of tickets for $24 each (minimum of 10 tickets needed for group rate $22 / ticket + $2 handling fee). There is free street parking next to the theater. There will be a "talkback" discussion of the show afterwards. If you would like to see this insightful play drawn from the writings and interviews of the NJ Prison Collective, please let Craig know by email at craigaweinrich@gmail.comCaged follows a Black family’s struggle to survive the generational cycle of mass incarceration. Combining stories, interviews, and writing by current and former inmates, this poignant community-devised play uses gripping truths and soulful dialogue to reveal the human cost of America’s for-profit justice system.  And please note, if price is an issue, talk to Pastor Lee, we don’t want cost to be a hindrance to attending.

BOX CITY 2018:  Saturday May 19th starting a 6:00 p.m. running to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 20th, Hunterdon Central High School Practice Field, rain or shine!  Bring your own cardboard box and spend the night sleeping outside in it to raise funds to support Family Promise of Hunterdon County’s homeless families and to increase awareness about homelessness in our own community. Everyone is welcome to participate by sleeping out, coming for the evening’s festivities until 11pm, or supporting those that do.  Find more information and register at http://familypromisehc.org/events/box-city/   If you register, be sure to do it as part of the Living Waters Lutheran Church team and watch for more information about our box decorating party.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM PAC-MAN FEVER?  If so, come to YESTERcades in Somerville on May 20th for the cure!  - Living Waters is having a fundraiser at YESTERcades from 11am-12pm that day for the kids going to the ELCA youth gathering in Houston, TX.  Located on 29 Division Street in Somerville, YESTERcades is an old-fashioned arcade plus a place where you can play with the gaming systems from your childhood.  There will be a discount on admission if you have a paper flyer showing that you are there to support the fundraiser.  Flyers are available through the LW office itself or by emailing the office at officelwlc@yahoo.com.  (You will then need to print it on your end.) Thanks for your support!


ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN HOUSTON: is just 2 months away!!!  The 100 Envelope Fundraiser is still going!  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.  

CROSS ROADS STAFFING: Now Hiring for Summer Staff 2018! Are you or a young adult you know looking for a life-changing summer experience? We are seeking passionate, dedicated, fun young adults to serve in various roles! Join our team for a summer of growing in your faith, helping shape the faith of others, and making unforgettable memories! http://crossroadsretreat.com/employment/

WOMENS RETREAT: Friday, April 28th 9am to 4pm Women’s Retreat---Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center. As the earth reawakens, shoots break through the warming soil, buds push, and the forest greens, we will gather to celebrate the newness God is always inviting us to. WOW is a day for women of all ages to share the wonder and delight of new life. This new, one-day program will take place from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday, April 28th. The $25 registration includes a full day of activities and lunch. We welcome women of all ages to join us! Bring a friend or family member for a day of renewal, fellowship, and fun. To register, visit www.crossroadsretreat.com/year-round-programs/wow/

ALBRECHT FAMILY DINNER SUPPORT: Jake and Erin Albrecht are celebrating the arrival of their baby daughter, Thea!  During the next 2 months, they would be grateful for your help in providing dinners to them, and their son, Otto, on Wednesday or Sunday evenings.  If you are interested in supporting this effort, details and signups are available at the following website: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/725110/.  Please contact Claire Johnson with any questions at cnj1117@comcast.net or 908-380-1335.

BOOK CLUB: Our next meeting will be April 29th, after church.  The book this time is the book my sister-in-law condensed down from the journal my late brother David and she kept over the course of his losing battle with ALS.  The Journal is here:  http://davechilcoat.com/.  However, this is several thousand pages.  After David passed away, Beth extracted the essence of the journal and published it as an inspiring tribute to David and his faith.  Copies of the book, Nobody Tells a Dying Guy to Shut Up, are available in the Narthex for $10.  It’s a short read, but funny, tender, sad, and uplifting all at the same time.  Bob Chilcoat

“If you knew you had only a few years to live, how would you use that time? Would you allow despair to overwhelm you or would you find a way to still have a life? How could you keep the fear of death from ruining the days you had left? Many people have considered these questions in theory, but when Dave Chilcoat was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal illness for which there is no treatment and no cure, he had to face them in reality. The day he received his diagnosis Dave began writing a journal. Then to keep family and friends updated on his condition, he began posting his journal online. He wrote weekly for nearly three years and his chronicle was eventually read by tens of thousands around the world. This book is the heart of that journal, the living account of an ordinary man who faced death with a unique brand of humor, an unshakable faith in God's goodness and grace, and a heart open to God's purposes.”

BISHOPS’ CUP: Golf anyone? This year’s Bishops’ Cup, a golf outing to raise funds for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center will be held on Monday, June 11th at Copper Hill Country Club, right here in uptown Ringoes, NJ   See brochure in the narthex.

SAVE THE DATE: Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope, Saturday, September 15th

SERVICE 2018 – EMPHASIS: “FAMILY”:  Global, Nuclear/Extended, and Church Families.  For most of 2018, emphasis will focus on “Family” in all aspects: our Global Family, our Nuclear and Extended Families, and our Church Family.  “Global Family” refers to our relationships with all the world’s people, the world’s religions, and our interaction and support of them.  “Nuclear Family” by definition, refers to our immediate family: parents and their (birth or adopted) children.  “Extended Family” includes all relatives of the Nuclear Family, both blood and adopted relatives, and any others who are considered “Family”.  “Church Family” includes both our own congregation, and the wider church, particularly the ELCA and its various expressions, but can also include other Christian communities.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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



April 22

April 29

May 6

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Bruce Davidson

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

John Ruggieri

Paul Telenson

Craig Weinrich

Lectionary Reader


Dan Fatton


Communion Assistant

Tyler Rice

John Ruggieri

Paul Telenson


Maddox Rice

Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Laura & Sarah Hurley

Chris Kosmac & Terry Welsh

Gina Piscitelli


John Ruggieri

Craig Weinrich



Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Doug Gustavson

Coffee Hour

Claire Johnson

Tracie Owen



Vincent Spiritosanto

Erin Albrecht

Amy Chilcoat


Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Doug Gustavson


Carla Kruck

Maggie Kull

Tracie Owen

IM Assistants




Building Clean Team

Brenda Hala
Claire Johnson

Evelyn Fry

Maggie Kull

Bread Maker

Denise Duncan

Denise Duncan

Tracie Owen


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format



This past Sunday:    66  
Same Sunday last year:    87
Average Sunday attendance 2017: 74.2
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 Richard Brozman, leader-of-the-pack, the building team pack that is. Richard has been doing a ton of work, coordinating meetings, talking to township officials and monitoring the retention basin in the rain. Thanks for all your work!


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: 2018 Thrivent Action Grants and Thrivent Choice Dollars:  A 2018 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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COME FLY WITH ME - Mike Johnson will be appearing in his latest theatrical venture, Stupid F*ing Bird (the f means what you think it means), for 3 weekends at Circle Players in Piscataway beginning on April 27th.  The show is an adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play, The Seagull.  Tickets for this semi-interactive comedy/drama are available at http://circleplayers.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   

BENEFIT FOR OPEN CUPBOARD FOOD PANTRY: St. Thomas Episcopal Church presents a fundraiser to benefit the Open Cupboard Food Pantry (Clinton NJ) -

"A Celebration of Light", April 28th. EVENT LOCATION: Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Rd., Lebanon NJ (near the intersection of Rt. 31 and Rt.22) Cost: $50 per person Link for event details and ticket purchase: http://stthomasepc.org/event-items/a-celebration-of-light/   Details- Join us for an evening of music & art, presented by internationally acclaimed duo pianist, Heidi Breyer-Volkov and painter, Alexander Volkov, with Leonor Falcon on violin.  This intimate event will feature music from Heidi’s recently released CD, Moonlight in Empty Rooms, and artistic insights from Alexander as he shares a video presentation highlighting many of his compositions.  Tickets:  $50/person – Includes event admission; silent auction featuring 3 framed giclees (artist enhanced prints) donated by Alexander Volkov, collectively valued at $6,000; wine/beer, light fare and desserts.  Seating is limited.  To purchase tickets, click on “Buy Tickets” located in the upper right hand corner, on the navigation bar, or mail check to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 98 Sky Manor Road, Pittstown, NJ  08867, noting, “A Celebration of Light!” on the memo line. Evening Timeline 5:30 PM – Doors Open/Silent Auction Begins 7:00 PM – Concert Begins 9:00 PM – Silent Auctions Close


NAMI HUNTERDON Monthly support group meeting for people who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 19th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at 52 East Main Street, Flemington. You will be with other people experiencing similar situations. You do not have to be a member of NAMI to attend. Come and receive the support you need and give support to others.  The support group is facilitated by trained NAMI family members. For more information call 908-735-4465 or 908-284-0500.

NAMI HUNTERDON: INTENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE presents, IN Our Own Voice, a NAMI program developed to help reduce the discrimination often faced by people who deal with mental health issues, those who care for them, and those who care about them. Program speakers will present their first-hand lived experience, backed by other presenters appearing on a DVD. They will speak of their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes. Time will be allowed for questions and answers. May 7th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Hunterdon Medical Center, Conference Room C, RSVP 908-788-6401 x 3006

NCADD: Barriers to Addiction Recovery in Hunterdon County: Sponsored by NCADD New Jersey, this event takes place in Flemington, April 25th at 7:00 pm. The topic is barriers to addiction recovery including access to care, transportation, housing, recovery supports, and insurance denials, lack of local detoxes, co-occuring disorder services, and stigma. All are welcome. For more information and registration, click here: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/community-listening- forum-barriers-to-addiction- recovery-tickets-43845867169.


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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