Weekly News Brief


May 13, 2020        

Hello folks,

NEW/CURRENT:

BIBLE STUDY: Bible study continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Zoom link is: //us02web.zoom.us/j/9088928299    Meeting ID: 908 892 8299

VIRTUAL BOX CITY: This Saturday May 16th, spend the night sleeping in a cardboard box in your own yard to raise funds to support Family Promise of Hunterdon County's homeless families, and increase awareness about homelessness in our own community.  Wait -- No Box?  No problem. You can sleep under the stars, on your patio, in your basement/garage, anywhere you are able. We ask, if possible, to post pictures of your boxes & signs on the Living Waters Facebook Page. Use the attached link for the Living Waters Box City Team page if you would like to join our team or support this worthy cause. //familypromise.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5923 Thanks Sue & Tom

VIRTUAL FELLOWSHIP HALL:  Join us at 11:30 each Sunday during the pandemic for our virtual fellowship hall. After watching/participating in our online worship, grab a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, and gather 'round the computer screen for a time of fellowship with the congregation! Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: //meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1482896777  or by phone (470) 869-2200 Meeting ID: 148 289 6777. If it's your first time logging in, please try to login around 11:15, so we can make sure you can access it. If you have any problems getting on the video call, please text/call Craig at 609-577-6273.

SERVICE: The organizations that we usually support with our time and resources continue to feed and house our community members even through the pandemic.  They continue to need our support as we are able to give it. We have listed several of these organizations on our website at //www.lwlc-flemington.org/community-service with links to their websites and their Facebook pages.  You can donate through their websites. If you wish to volunteer in person, please call first and ask about all necessary precautions.  If you have any additions to our list, please email them to Kathy Wagner at katherinewtx@comcast.net.

This week, the Flemington Area Food Pantry is asking specifically for the following items:  canned chicken; cereal; diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6; toothpaste; brownie or cake mixes; gluten free items; and egg cartons.

FYI: We have currently suspended the drive-in food pantry drop off.  As pastor stated in his Monday morning broadcast, there is a large cooler outside of the church front doors, feel free to deposit food items there.

PASTOR’S ODD & ENDS: Jump on our LWLC Facebook page on Friday after 5:00 p.m. to catch “Coming to a Screen Near You” for an update on the LWLC weekend activities.  Check-out our LWLC Facebook page on Saturday evening for a segment called, “The Gospel for Kids”.  Pastor Schantzenbach will be posting a regular children’s message each week.  If you have not done so yet, check out this on-line resource for materials that you can use in your home to teach the faith to your children and grandchildren.  //sermons4kids.com/

PASTORAL TRANSITION: In the near future, we will be sending out a survey to the entire congregation, helping us complete our Ministry Site Profile. I'm still working out some of the bugs, as it's a lengthy survey, and I want to ensure most, if not all, your voices are heard to help us complete this document. The Site Profile is what is publicly released by the ELCA to all pastors across the country, so we want to make sure it accurately reflects who we are as a congregation, and what we do. We want everyone to complete this, including youth! Craig will host a video call to walk through the questions that are to be asked and answer any other questions you might have. Stay tuned for when that will happen!

PRAYER LIST: (additions)

  • Brenda Overcash friends: Marilyn Calio and John Fitzgerald, as the mourn the loss of Marilyn's mother - 99 years old! and Ken and Pat Boutot and families on the loss of Jane and Herb Boutot - their parents from Corona-virus
  • George Fry on the death of his friend Rich from Covid-19.
  • Hillary T. hospitalized with a-fib, pain and nodules in her lungs. Chris Kosmac friend
  • Chris Gemra, Craig Oram and their families on the death of their mother, Doris Oram. Chris Peterson's cousins.
  • Kellie Fry on the death of her dad, George Lemley.
  • Pastor Bruce's sister, Betty Fink, she is in isolation in a memory care facility in Pennsylvania.
  • Jody & Pastor Scott Schantzenbach at the death of Jody's father, Edward A. Brown, on April 15.
  • Kellie Fry, recovering from shoulder surgery on April 15.
  • The Scherder and Olquist families at the death of Kelly (Liz Scherder’s best friend’s mom) from COVID-19
  • Judy Abel and family, at the death of Judy's mom, Vickie Boyer.
  • Pastor Scott’s niece and her husband, Shawn and Meghan Weida who have tested positive for COVID-19
  • The Scherder family at the death of Uncle Happy.
    • Please email officeLWLC@yahoo.com if you would like someone added to the prayer list.

COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format

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


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 Wendy Crofts for defrosting and cleaning the sacristy refrigerator.  And another Shout Out to Ron Hemmel for playing the bass guitar on Sunday.

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


RE-BROADCASTS:

ON-LINE GIVING: Living Waters Provides Various Giving Options; Online, Check & Plate: In these current times we would like to let you know about a free mobile secure app provided by our Simply Giving partner Vanco GivePlus (Give+). The app provides for various options of giving (e.g. recurring, one time, via a credit card, from your bank account ...) and would encourage you to explore them by clicking the link below.  If you have any questions about electronic giving options at Living Waters please go to our website at //www.lwlc-flemington.org/give-online or contact Tom Kull at (609-213-2729 or ftkull@comcast.net) or Terry Welsh (phone app).

PRAYER CHAIN: Congregational Care is establishing an email based Prayer-Chain at Living Waters.   If someone has an urgent prayer concern, they can ask that their prayer be sent out on the Prayer-Chain.  If you would like to be part of the Prayer-Chain group, please email officeLWLC@yahoo.com or let Cindy Cooper know as Congregational Care team leader.  

CHARITABLE SHOPPING: If you do any of your online 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.  

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 


COMMUNITY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLOOD DRIVES: Somerset County //www.gscymca.org/news/2020/03/26/announcements/blood-drives-at-the-y/

Hunterdon County: //www.hcymca.org/how-to-help/

FLEMINGTON AREA FOOD PANTRY: Flemington Area Food Pantry current needs: bars of soap, toilet paper, cereal, and pasta.  If you are able, they really could use a monetary donation.They are still serving the community with a drive thru system.  If you are able to help, they can receive donations on Monday through Thursday, from 9 am-12 noon.  They are located behind the Walmart on Route 31. In addition, there are opportunities to help at the Flemington Area Food Pantry.  Here is the sign up link:

//www.signupgenius.com/go/508094eaaac2ca6fc1-flemington

DELAWARE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY:

Two important things to note: 

1.      We could use cash donations to help pay for the gift certificates; you can send checks to DVFP, P.O. Box 705, Lambertville, NJ 08530.

2.      Please do not bring food donations to the pantry until we reopen around April 22; we are going to sanitize the pantry and do not want to bring in anything that might be contaminated.

As always, thank you very much for your support.

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


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