From the Pastor...

Years ago there was a popular TV sports broadcast that began each weekly segment with a rapid-fire series of video images depicting various sporting events. There was a voiceover: "The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat." Just as the announcer was saying those words, an Olympic skier fell head over heels in a spectacular wipeout.

The agony of defeat, indeed.

It's hard to think of defeat as anything other than an agony, an embarrassment, an utter and abject failure.

That's how we typically see it, anyway. Who wants to be defeated, to be a loser? We idolize winners in our culture, and daydream of being one ourselves.

But that's not how God sees it. How do we know that? Because of what happened to Jesus on the cross.

It was an ignominious defeat. There's no other way to describe it. He entered Jerusalem a hero, welcomed in by exultant crowds. Days later, he was a convicted criminal, whipped down the street as those same crowds spat upon him and threw garbage at him. His destination? The city dump, where he would be stripped nearly naked and nailed up to die.

Among world religions, Christianity is utterly unique in telling such a story about its founder and principal teacher. No other faith is so bold as to invite people to follow a man who was such a failure.

In John's retelling, Jesus was aware of the agonies that lay ahead of him. In chapter 12, some curious Greeks show up, eager to see him. Jesus evades them, revealing to his friends that the hour of his death is near. "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself," he explains.

They have no idea what he's talking about. But they will. Even Greeks, and citizens of nations totally unknown to them, will one day look upon the image of the cross - that symbol of defeat - and be drawn to it, like iron filings to a magnet.

There are some who present the Christian gospel as a "gospel of success," proclaiming that God's deepest desire for us is that we all become healthy, wealthy and happy as pigs in slop. But this biblical passage reveals that to be a fantasy. God's purpose is not to fulfill our every desire. No, God offers us something far greater: the promise that, in knowing Christ the crucified one, we can be victorious even in defeat.

I don't know about you, but that sounds like good news to me.

Join us in worship this Fifth Sunday in Lent, and we'll explore this further!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Carl
Dear LPC Family and Friends,

We are coming to the close of our Stewardship Campaign for 2018. Stewardship is an important part of Presbyterian life and the gifts that you pledge each year help the LPC community maintain all those wonderful things that we have come to expect as members of the Lamington Presbyterian Church. We rely on members to give us an idea of what they plan to give by pledging a weekly or annual amount for 2018. This allows us to plan for what we can maintain for the year. Through the creative talents of our volunteer Treasurer, Lori Larsen, we have kept our budget static at $300,000 for 2018.

As of March 9, 2018:
  • we have 134 family units
  • 64 family units have pledged a total of $197,577  
  • This represents 47.8% of the church units  
  • We have met 65.9% of the 2018 budget target ($300,000)  
  • The gap is $102,423

If you have not had a chance to send in a pledge, please help us get to our target and have at least 60% of church families pledge. No amount is too small or too big, and we will accept pledges in many different ways, as long as it is in writing. You can mail in the pledge cards we provide, drop them in the collection, or simply write your name and weekly or annual pledge on a bit of paper and give it to one of the Finance committee members. We will accept emails ( lamingtonchurch@gmail.com ), snail mail, tweets or instagram posts—anything that shows your commitment to our wonderful community. (Reminder: You can also pledge online through our website— click here to go to our giving webpage. )

Many thanks,

The LPC Finance & Stewardship Committee: Angus Miller & Lori Larsen , Co-Chairs
Molly Falk, Mary Fazzini, John Marshall, Gail Martin, Greg Mistele, Georgie Schley and Hunter Lewis
Parents of children and youth:
The Christian Education Committee invites you
to a discussion next Sunday - Palm Sunday -
following worship.
We'll talk with our new pastor about educational opportunities
for kids and youth, including
Church School, Confirmation and possibilities for youth programs.
Let's dream big. Come, let us know what's on your mind!
58 th Annual Basket Day
Become a Patron

Basket Day is just around the corner. Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, starting at 9:30AM and attend Preview Night on Friday, May 11 at 6:00PM

Starting this Sunday and throughout the month of April, Basket Day sign-up sheets will be available during coffee hour. We need volunteers for most committees—especially Treasure Tent, Set-up and Clean-up!

You can also support Basket Day by becoming a Patron. For every $50 contribution you will receive one free admission to Preview Night. "Even if you can't make Preview Night, we ask that all congregation members and friends of LPC to please consider becoming Patrons of our annual fund-raiser and community outreach," says Meridith Scott, chair of Basket Day. "We also accept other Patron contributions—$25, $75 or $500. No amount is too small or large to show your commitment to Basket Day.” Patron letters will be distributed in early April. You can also make your Patron donation at the Basket Day table during coffee hour.

Interested in how you can help?
Contact Meridith at meridith1027@gmail.com or call ( 908) 797-6805
Interested in being a Patron?
Contact Erin Mistele at erinmistele@me.com or call ( 908) 391-8314
Blood Donations Needed

Give the gift of life and donate blood at the Hunterdon Medical Center. The Hunterdon Medical Center Blood Bank is in need of  blood type O-, A and B donors. To schedule an appointment, please call (908) 788-6405. For more information visit www.hunterdonmedicalcenter.org
Give to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

On Palm Sunday, March 25, LPC will receive a special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour, a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA), supports three different missions:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, helping communities recover and find hope after natural or human-caused disasters and supporting refugees

The Presbyterian Hunger Program, taking action to alleviate hunger, care for creation and address the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed

Self-Development of People, partnering with local communities as they organize and provide for themselves as they recover from experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice

Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

For more information on One Great Hour of Sharing, visit their website at www.onegreathourofsharing.org —o r take a look at this video...
Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday  - March 25 at 10:15AM
Maundy Thursday  - March 29 at 7:00PM
Good Friday  - March 30 - Sanctuary open
for quiet prayer and reflection
Easter Day - April 1 - 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(egg hunt immediately after 9:00AM worship)
Last Chance to order Easter Flowers. Orders due March 18.
Spring Women’s Retreat
April 20-22, 2018
Join women of all ages for a weekend of reflection, rejuvenation and reflection!

  • Large group sessions
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Zipline
  • Engaging worship
  • Made from scratch meals
  • Small group discussions
  • Massage (available for additional fee)
  • Campfire
  • Starwatch (weather dependent)
  • Fellowship
  • Laughter

Retreat Fee: $160 for a semi-private room, $180 for a private room
The retreat includes: two nights lodging and Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
For more information and to register online visit www.campjburg.org
If you have any questions, email: office@campjburg.org or call (908) 852-2349
Coffee Hour Hosts for the Month

Sunday, March 18 - Dana & Angus Miller
Sunday, March 25 - Lori & Bob Luciano

Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. 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 . To view the coffee hour schedule through June 24 -- click here.

Instructions for coffee hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen. You can also click here to view the coffee hour instructions .
Deacons on Duty
for the Month
Sunday, March 18
Mary Jenkins
Julie Murray
Sunday, March 25
Sallye Grubel
John Gordon
Easter Sunday, April 1
9:00AM
Eleanor Halsey and Joe Scott
11:00AM - open

(A note to the Deacons: If you have a scheduling change or want to sign up for a Sunday, please call Monica Thomas at (908) 450-7278 or email at monica.immanual@gmail.com . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office. Click here to view the Deacon Worship Duties.)
Liturgists for the Month
Sunday, March 18
Ann Silk
Sunday, March 25
open
Easter Sunday, April 1
9:00AM - Nivita Thomas
11:00AM - Duncan Rose

We Need Liturgists!
Beginning with April 8, all Sundays going forward are open . Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up for one of these Sundays. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office. Volunteering to read scripture is a wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship. Please consider giving of your time and talents! Click here to view the Worship Leader instructions.
The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, March 18
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship--Fifth Sunday in Lent
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Sunday, March 25--Holy Week Begins
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship--Palm Sunday
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir

Church Humor
Save the Dates!
 
Sunday, April 22 after worship
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12
Preview Night 6:00PM & Basket Day 9:30AM-4:30PM
Sunday, May 20 at 4:00PM
The Installation of the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton as Pastor of LPC
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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