From the Pastor...

Friends,

According to conventional wisdom, there are two subjects you're never supposed to mention if you want to keep the peace at a dinner party. You know what they are: religion and politics. And we all know that when those two subjects come together, it can make for some rather explosive results.

That's exactly what happened in 1776 - although the religious dimension of our American Revolution has largely dropped out of today's history books. That means the most important religious figure in the Continental Congress has largely disappeared from our national consciousness as well.

He was the Presbyterian minister, Dr. John Witherspoon - then President of the College of New Jersey, which later became both Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was one of New Jersey's signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Witherspoon's legacy was enormously important for the development of the young United States of America. From among his students at Princeton came 37 judges (three of whom served on the U.S. Supreme Court), 10 Cabinet members, 12 members of the Continental Congress, 28 U.S. Senators and 49 members of the House of Representatives. And he wasn't even native-born in the American colonies: he had emigrated from Scotland in his 40s.

You may be surprised to know how completely Dr. Witherspoon mixed religion and politics in his sermons. Yes, the result was - predictably - explosive. It led to armed revolution and the founding of our nation. But it's hard to imagine our nation's struggle for independence succeeding without him.

In my sermon this Sunday, I'll try to rehabilitate John Witherspoon's reputation as a patriot of the first rank, deserving a place alongside Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton and so many others we think about when we hear that word. Join us!

Carl
Sunday Worship
July 8, 2018

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
-John 8:36

Dr. Wilton's sermon title this Sunday is "Meet Dr. Witherspoon" based on Psalm 76 and John 8:31-36 . Come and enjoy Jim Goldsworthy play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. After worship, be sure to stop by the Gladish Room for a glass of lemonade and some fellowship. Join us for our 10:15AM worship!
Basket Day Update

The results are in--after all expenses were deducted the Net Contribution from Basket Day 2018 is $25,444! Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to make this year's event such a huge success!
Lemonade Sundays

Summer is here and it's time for Lemonade Sundays! Beginning in July, Lamington church will serve lemonade and iced tea during fellowship time after worship. The Lemonade Sundays schedule and instructions have been mailed to our hosts. You can also click on the links below to see if you are on the summer schedule and/or read the set-up instructions. If you are unable to host, remember to call Debby Johnson at  (908) 832-7230  or email at  debrabjohnson@gmail.com .

Sunday, July 8 - Sandi & Rich Ramsay
Sunday, July 15 - Julie & Paul Murray
Sunday, July 22 - Pam Smith
Sunday, July 29 - Georgie Schley

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1,500 WORDS OR LESS

Pictured above are the newly-elected Co-Moderators of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann. During the next two years, they will be serving as the denomination's national leaders and spokeswomen for the General Assembly, interpreting its actions around the country and abroad.

The General Assembly News Service has provided a helpful summary of what went on at the General Assembly , which is our denomination's highest council, or governing body. The General Assembly meets every two years. The next Assembly will be June 20-27, 2020, in Baltimore - it will be close enough for folks from this part of the country to visit easily, so mark your calendar!
Upcoming Liturgists

Sunday, July 1 - Rich Ramsay
Sunday, July 8 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, July 15 - Duncan Rose
Sunday, July 22 - Clare Halsey
Sunday, July 29 - open


Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up for one of the open dates. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office--stop by and check it out after worship and sign up for a Sunday or two!
Deacons on Duty

Sunday, July 8 - Sandi Ramsay
Sunday, July 15 - Mary Jenkins and Hunter Lewis
Sunday, July 22 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, July 29 - open


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.

The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, July 8
10:15AM Worship
Monday, July 9
6:00PM Session Meeting—Gladish Room
Sunday, July 15
10:15AM Worship
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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