From the Pastor...

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Those words from Henry David Thoreau's famous Walden became an unofficial motto of the Baby Boomer generation, of which I'm a member. "Doing your own thing" was an unquestioned priority of the young in the 1960s and 1970s, as countless twenty-somethings kept their ears attuned to their own distant drumbeat.

Marching to a different drummer became less of a priority in the decades that followed - although a good many Millennials are of a more idealistic bent, and seem to be listening for a soul-stirring cadence.

The nonconformist flower children of the 1960s didn't invent the idea of a different drummer; nor did the Millennials; nor did Thoreau, hunkered down in his cabin alongside Walden Pond. Throughout history there have been those who looked at their lives and at the world and asked, "Is that all there is?" Whereupon they answered their own question, declaring, "There has to be more!"

Such a man appears in the third chapter of John. We often think of Pharisees like Nicodemus as establishment figures, but in fact he represented a religious reform movement that didn't always see eye-to-eye with the Temple authorities. Although Nicodemus' stealthy, night-time visit to Jesus wasn't exactly a bold move, at least he found a way to sit down with this controversial Nazarene rabbi and see if their hearts were attuned to the same drumbeat.

Jesus' advice to him is bold and life-changing: "you must be born from above" (some older translations say "born again").

Did Jesus get through to him? It's a little unclear from John 3, but evidence elsewhere suggests that he did. The Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches honor Nicodemus as a saint.

Is there a drumbeat that stirs your heart and soul? Have you heard it lately? Or is it more of a distant memory?

The Lord is always open to hearing from us, in the stillness of the night watch or even during a worship service.

Pastor Carl
Sunday Worship
May 27, 2018
“Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you,
no one can see the kingdom of God
without being born from above.’” -- John 3:3

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost. On this day we celebrate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Join us at our 10:15AM worship service and enjoy a very special piano solo by Jim Goldsworthy: Elegie by Sergei Rachmaninoff. (How often do you get to hear Rachmaninoff in a worship service? We're surely blessed, here at Lamington Church!) Hope to see you there!
Welcome
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
Sunday, May 27 - Sunday, June 3
 
Lamington Church will be hosting our friends from Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County beginning Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2. Please be sure to make our guests feel safe and welcome. For more information please contact our IHN coordinator, Meridith Scott: meridith1027@gmail.com  -or- call (908) 797-6805.
Memorial Day
Monday, May 28, 2018
We keep in our prayers all the men and women serving in the U.S. military. We remember and honor all those who died while in service. We pray for their families and friends so they may find strength and comfort in the memory of those they have lost. We pray for peace among all nations.
Lamington's
Black Cemetery Project

How would you like to spend your Memorial Day? How about doing something memorable! Come to the Lamington Church Black Cemetery located on Cowperthwaite Road and learn about the project underway to restore the cemetery. Stop by between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on Memorial Day--Monday, May 28, and see what's been done so far and what is being planned for the future. Dave and Pam Smith will be there to give an update and answer any questions.

This 19th century burial ground got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and countless recent storms. Thanks to an Eagle Scout project and the efforts of others, we are restoring this sacred place. There are five Civil War veterans buried there along with former slaves and free blacks who were members of our church. The irony that they could be members of our church but not buried in the regular cemetery should not be forgotten. We are a congregation who will learn from the past working for God's future.  Hope to see many of you there!

If you need directions or can't come Monday but want to schedule another time, call Dave Smith at (973) 856-2411. 
We Need Your Photos!

Did you attend Carl's Installation, Basket Day or Preview Night? Did you take any pictures? If so, please send your photos to the church so they can be shared and enjoyed by all.

Photos should be emailed to lamingtonchurch@gmail.com. Thank you!
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The 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets in St. Louis from June 15-23, 2018. Dr. Wilton will be attending, as an elected Commissioner from Elizabeth Presbytery.

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Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, May 27 - Duncan Rose
Sunday, June 3 - Dorita Pawlikowski
Sunday, June 10 - open
Sunday, June 17 - open
Sunday, June, 24 - open


Please Help--
We REALLY Need Liturgists!
Volunteering to read scripture is a wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Many Sundays are in need of a liturgist! Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Deacons on Duty
Sunday, May 27 - John Gordon & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, June 3 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, June 10 - open
Sunday, June 17 - Mary Jenkins and Monica Thomas
Sunday, June 24 - John Gordon, Hunter Lewis


A Note to the Deacons: To make a change to the Deacon on Duty schedule or to sign-up for Sunday duty, please call or email Monica Immanual at (908) 450-7278, monica.immanual@gmail.com . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, June 3 - Melinda Nye
Sunday, June 10 - Suzy Nagle
Sunday, June 17 - Susan & Patrick Palmer
Sunday, June 24 - Dorita & Ron Pawlikowski

Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. The schedule has been sent to your home and a postcard reminder will be sent sometime before you are scheduled. If you are unable to host on your assigned day, please call Debby Johnson at  (908) 832-7230  or email at  debrabjohnson@gmail.com . Instructions for coffee hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen.

The Upcoming Week
at Lamington

Sunday, May 27
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Monday, May 28
office closed Memorial Day
Sunday, June 3
10:15AM Worship-Communion Sunday
10:30AM Church School

Do you have a question? Please contact us!
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
Pastor
(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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