Weekly News Brief

January 16, 2019

Hello folks,


WEATHER: Refer to the website www.lwlcnj.org for any weather-related worship cancellations.

MLKJr DAY OF SERVICE:  Come join us for 2 service projects this Monday, January 21st starting at 10:00 am at the church.  We will be making snack bags for TASK as well as no-sew blankets for Lutheran Social Ministries.  We will eat around 11:30ish. All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite friends - the more, the merrier.  If you are off from school or work, we'd love to have you help out! Please RSVP to Pastor Lee if you are coming. We need to know numbers for pizza. Thank you! 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Classes for January 20th starting at 9:15 a.m.  
Class                                                                            Meeting Location            
Adult Forum topic:                 
     Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry                  Narthex (lobby)
     with Erica Earnst 
Elementary class (K-4)                                                Sanctuary
Middle School (5-8)                                                    Advent Hall
High School (9-12)                                                      Sanctuary

T-SHIRTS and BUTTONS: Thank you to all who donated T-shirts to the Hug for your Head T-Cap Program!  LWLC members and friends have donated more than 300 T-shirts! I have now lost count!  This program provides handmade, comfortable hats made from T-shirts to cancer patients.  We anticipate that the first hats will be distributed to patients at Hunterdon Medical Center sometime in February 2019.  Right now we are in need of buttons of any size and design to decorate these hats. For more information, contact Barbara Hofler at bahofler@gmail.com

EVERYONE COUNTS!  Have you ever heard of the Department of HUD?  Point in Time?  HUD stands for The Department of Housing and Urban Development.  It administers federal aid to local housing agencies that manage housing for low income residents.  Each year, HUD requires a Point in Time count.  The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons (including emergency shelter, transitional housing and Safe Havens) on a single night in January.  This is important as resources are distributed based on need.  This year, LWLC has partnered with the Flemington Area Food Pantry.  Through a Thrivent grant, we are providing a hot meal at the food pantry on Wednesday, January 23rd at 4:00 pm.  The folks at the food pantry are inviting those that are either homeless or at risk of being homeless to enjoy the meal and participate in the count.  This is a first time experiment, so we have no idea if 2 people will show or 10.  We are asking for 3 volunteers that can be at the food pantry at 3:45 pm and stay until 5:30 pm.  Possibly to help with the surveys, but most importantly, to sit and talk with anyone that comes to dinner.  Please contact Cindy Cooper if you are interested at ck_cooper@me.com

WANTED: Volunteers to cut T-shirts for the Hug for your Head T-Cap Program. Can you cut out a circle, oval or rectangle? Are you someone that can spare an hour or two to cut out the patterns for these hats? Or are you a student or scout that needs to fulfill service hour requirements? Then come join the LWLC crafters group on Saturday, January 26th from 10-12 noon and bring scissors that cut fabric. For more information contact: Barbara Hofler at bahofler@gmail.com or Pat Johnston at patriciajohnston330@gmail.com

YOUTH TEAM: The Youth Team will meet after Sunday service on January 27th.  All are welcome!  The goal for this meeting is to gather resources to put ideas planned for the first 4 months of 2019 into action!

SAVE THE DATE:  The SOUPER BOWL OF CARING will be Sunday, February 3rd after worship with donations going to the Delaware Valley Food Bank (formerly the Lambertville Food Bank).

QUIET FOOD MINISTRY: Beginning Sunday, February 3rd, Living Waters is starting 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 

BOOK CLUB: Led by Craig Weinrich and Kacy O’Brien on February 10th after worship. In Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande shows how the ultimate goal of medicine is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.  Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.  Books will be available in the Narthex starting this Sunday. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Kathy Wagner at katherinewtx@comcast.net.  

AA DINNER: February 22nd, Valentine’s Day Dinner for AA that meets in our building every Friday night.  Anyone want to pick up the food, set up and clean up?  See Cindy Cooper if you are interested. ck_cooper@me.com


THRIVENT: 2019 Thrivent Action Grants and Thrivent Choice Dollars:  A 2019 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 2018 Thrivent Choice dollars that can be donated to Living Waters, Cross Roads Camp or other charities.

ADULT FORUM TOPICS:  Adult Forum topics will soon be planned for the first half of 2019.  If you have any topics you’d like to lead or you’d like to have covered, please email them to Kathy Wagner at katherinewtx@comcast.net.

OLDIES FURNITURE: Looking for 1 or 2 bean-bag chairs, clean and in good condition for the new youth room off of Advent Hall.  Let Pastor Lee or the office know if you have one that you would like to donate.  Thank you! 

FINANCIAL: 2018 Giving Statements are available in the narthex.   Contact Tom Kull via e-mail at ftkull@comcast.net if there are corrections needed.

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.


If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

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



January 20


January 27

February 3

Souper Bowl Sunday

w/ Baptism

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra Preacher Erica Earnst

Rev. Lee Zandstra, Preacher Rev. Davidson

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Bel Gwiazdowski

Don Barb

Larry Cartwright

Lectionary Reader




Communion Assistant

Craig Weinrich

need volunteer

Don Barb


Maddox Rice

Katie Bodmer

Merrin Chilcoat

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Evelyn Fry & Tony Gwiazdowski

The Gill Family

Laura & Sarah Hurley


Bel Gwiazdowski

Don Barb

Bob Chilcoat


Steven Crofts

Susan Gill

Bogi Schaeflein

Coffee Hour

Don Barb


Baptism Cupcakes
Souper Bowl


Mary Jo Telenson


Sonia - cupcakes
Souper Bowl


need volunteer

Leslie Rogers

Terry Welsh


Don Barb

Barbara Hofler


IM Assistants


Steve Crofts


Building Clean Team

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper

Bread Maker

Denise Duncan

Denise Duncan

Jake Albrecht


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    49
Same Sunday last year:    58
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 Priscilla Cartwright, who for 54 years today has been known to hang out with our own Larry Cartwright.  As you know, both Priscilla and Larry are very involved in the Hunterdon Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to NAMI.   Congratulations to you both on celebrating your 54th Wedding Anniversary

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


Congrats to Maggie Johnson for being a part of the Spring Performance of The Addams Family Musical at Hillsborough High School, March 8-17.

She is the understudy for Pugsley Addams.



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   


INTERFAITH EVENT:  Martin Luther King, Jr Still Speaks –  7:00 p.m., January 21, 2019Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ.  A reflective service focused on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. based on readings from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Music will foster a time of reflection as we focus on the letter he wrote specifically to faith communities calling for action. All are invited to hear his words and reflect on what they mean for us today.  Offered by Wrestling with Racism, a group of Hunterdon County faith community leaders and members wrestling with the challenge of racism today.

PLAY: AFTER THE REVOLUTION: Directed by Alicia Harabin.  Emma Joseph is a bright, hard-working, law school graduate continuing her family’s business of fighting for progressive ideals. She founded the Joe Joseph Fund four years ago, named for her grandfather who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for refusing to name names. A curveball comes hurdling Emma’s way, however, when she finds out that her grandfather may have been passing information to Russians while working for the US government; a fact that was hidden from her by her father for her whole life, and one that calls into question her whole ideology.  Featuring Meghan Coates, Martin Honig, Mike Johnson, Victor Martinez, Stephen Mennella, Melissa Mugica, Megan O’Brien, and Susan Schwirck.  Fridays: February 1st and 15th at 8:00pm, Saturdays: February 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 8:00pm, Sundays: February 10th and 17th at 3:00pm,  A talkback will be held following the Sunday, February 10 performance.  Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors/students.  416 Victoria Ave, Piscataway, NJ | 732-968-7555 | www.circleplayers.org

NAMI HUNTERDON’s monthly support group meeting for people who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held this Thursday, January 17th, 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.

THE 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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