From the Pastor...

This week we're pleased to introduce a new format for our weekly church news update. We're using the Constant Contact email service for this. Not only does Constant Contact give us the ability to offer a pleasing graphic design, but it also makes it more likely that your email provider won't treat these updates like spam.

How does Constant Contact do this? The major email service providers (Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, Verizon and all the rest) know that Constant Contact has a strong opt-out policy. At the bottom of every email is an unsubscribe link. Once a recipient has opted out using the unsubscribe link, the organization sending the email is blocked from adding that person back onto the mailing list. (We certainly hope you won't opt out of receiving these emails, of course; we're just telling you this so you know how this service works.) If your email address changes, Regina Morris in the church office will be happy to update your address on our mailing list, but you can also do it yourself using the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of every email. The power to make such changes is in your hands, as the recipient, which is why Constant Contact has such a sterling reputation among email providers.

Constant Contact also allows us to send out special emails that include sign-up links in them. That will be useful in gathering RSVPs for church dinners and other functions.

Although it's unlikely that your email provider will send a Constant Contact email to the spam bucket, it's possible that its automatic filtering will shunt it into a special folder where you won't be so likely to see it. I use Gmail, and I've noticed that Gmail automatically sends Constant Contact emails to my "Promotions" folder. If you find that happening with your email provider, we recommend that you take whatever steps are necessary to "whitelist" emails from the church (whitelisting is the opposite of blacklisting; it means you're telling your email provider that you want to see messages from senders that are on your whitelist). Your email's Help function should explain how to do this. (In Gmail, for example, you just drag an email to the "All Mail" folder on the main menu.) You'll probably only have to make this request once; once the church is on your whitelist, messages from us ought to land in your inbox where you're likely to see them.

Another advantage of Constant Contact is that their emails are smartphone-optimized. That means that, if you're reading them on a smartphone, they're automatically reformatted for the small screen.

It's our plan to send these news updates out every Friday. We intend to keep it brief, so it's a quick read. If there's something that requires further explanation, we'll offer that further detail to you by means of a "click here" button or link.

Please let us know what you think about this way of communicating. We're very open to your suggestions and ideas.

As I'm writing this, I can look out the window of my Study at the church and actually see the wind, as the Nor'easter swirls the snowflakes round and round. By Sunday, it will all be over, so we're hoping for a great turnout at worship. Hope to see you then!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Carl
Easter Flowers

If you would like to be part of the Holy Week Worship Fund, please fill out an order form and return it along with a check to the church office by Sunday, March 18. Flowers for the sanctuary will be priced at $15.00 per plant--checks should be made payable to the Lamington Presbyterian Church, and please mark in the memo line “Holy Week Worship Fund”.

We ask that you please do not take your plant(s) home with you until after the second worship service is over--or you may pick them up the following week. Thank you!
Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday  - March 25 at 10:15AM
Maundy Thursday  - March 29 at 7:00PM
Good Friday  - Sanctuary open
for quiet prayer and reflection
Easter Day - April 1 - 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(egg hunt immediately after 9:00AM worship)
Common Threads Ministry
If you knit or crochet or would like to learn, we would enjoy your fellowship and could use your help. We need people to make prayer shawls. Common Threads Ministry gathers twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM in the Gladish Room. Our next gathering day is on March 13. Please contact Debby Johnson or Dyanne Diaz-Piedra for more information or questions.
New Church Directories
are available
A new edition of the church directory is now available. You can pick up your copy from the table outside the church office, or call Regina if you would like her to email you an electronic version. Also, be sure to review the entry for your family and inform us of any updates.
SHIP's Galley
Soup Kitchen
On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Lamington Church gather to prepare meals for SHIP's. Join us next on Friday, March 16 to help prepare and serve a hot meal at this local mission. Volunteers will meet at 11:00AM at St. John's Episcopal Church (158 West High Street, Somerville). Please call Dyanne Diaz-Piedra or the church office if you would like to help or have questions. For more info on SHIP's Galle visit their website at
Any suggestions for the
Nominating Committee?
The Nominating Committee is hard at work, preparing for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation scheduled for  Sunday, April 22 . If you have any suggestions for people who would effectively serve as elders or deacons, please call the church office.
Basket Day is Coming!
Mark your calendar for  Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Basket Day is Lamington Church's biggest fundraiser of the year and is good fun for all ages. For more information, please contact Meridith Scott, Basket Day Chair. Watch for more details coming soon!
Save the Date!
The installation of the Reverend Dr. Carl Wilton as Pastor of the Lamington Presbyterian Church will be on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00PM . Through the generosity of one of our church members, this service of the Presbytery of Elizabeth will feature Bill Carter and the Presbybop Jazz Quintet, who will also play a concert immediately following the service. For more information on the Jazz Quintet, see . A reception in the Gladish Room will follow the concert. Watch for more information!
2018 Camp Johnsonburg Summer Camp
The Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center, collectively owned by all the presbyteries of New Jersey, serves children and youth from all over the state and beyond. Located in a picturesque setting in rural Warren County, it's a place where faith grows and memories are made. This year, the Camp offers a full range of camping experiences from June 24 through August 11, in age-appropriate groups for ages 6 through 18. Accommodations are mostly in lodges and cabins - with tent camping available as an option for some of the older kids - with close and caring supervision by trained college-age counselors from around the country and even overseas.

The camp staff has asked us to pass along this message:

It is time to  register  for Summer Camp 2018, at Johnsonburg, where your kids will run through fields of green!

We're excited for this year,
And cannot wait for the staff and campers to appear!
Pick your session or dates of choice,
Do it now and we'll all rejoice!

The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, March 4
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship--Communion Sunday & Third Sunday in Lent
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Tuesday, March 6
7:00PM Property Committee Meeting
Saturday, March 10
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead 1-hour before going to bed!
Sunday, March 11--Daylight Saving Time Begins
8:45AM Choir Practice
9:15AM Mission Meeting
10:15AM Worship--Fourth Sunday in Lent
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Monday, March 12
6:00PM Session Meeting
Do you have a question? Please contact us!
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
(908) 910-5360

James Goldsworthy
Director of Music

Bess Ploener
Director of Handbells

Regina Morris
Office Manager
(908) 572-7013
Church Office Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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