Friends,

Do any of you remember seeing trucks like this one on the road? They used to be a common sight on New Jersey highways.

The Newark trucking firm, Guaranteed Overnight Delivery, got a lot of mileage out of their unusual acronym before going out of business more than a dozen years ago.

Seeing the lettering on those semi-trailers, plenty of drivers did a double-take: asking themselves, "Does God deliver?"

The truth is, God does deliver. It says so right in Psalm 91:14 : "Those who love me, I will deliver..."

What God delivers is not products, but people. God promises to deliver believers from trying circumstances.

What form does that delivery take? Does God shield us in this life from all trouble and suffering?

Experience says no. Not all the time. But there are many ways God does deliver. We'll talk about them in church this Sunday.

Hope you can join us - then, if you have a pet or other favorite animal at your house, come back at 4:00 with Fido or Fluffy for our annual outdoor Blessing of the Animals event!

Pastor Carl
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 21 at 4:00PM
Join us this Sunday, October 21 at 4:00PM and bring the furry-haired, the shiny-scaled, the slippery and slimy, the bug-eyed crawlers, and the fluffy-feathered members of your family for a blessing. All creatures great and small are welcomed. We will gather at the back of the church in the parking lot. Hope you can join us and bring a friend!
Thank You Katie & John
October 21, 2018
Join us for Coffee Hour

Please join the choir this coming Sunday at coffee hour in thanking Katie and John Cloys for their dedication to enriching our lives in worship through music.

While contributing across the past twelve years to the life and spirit of our choir in service to the congregation of Lamington Presbyterian Church, Katie has also sung for numerous landmark events for members of the Church--at weddings, funerals, holiday and special services, in addition to working with our children. Landmark events of her own life--meeting John, their marriage, and the birth of their wonderful daughter, Emma, have taken place with those same years.

The gift of John's presence in the choir over the past six years has given us all the opportunity to experience and fully appreciate the vitality and beauty of the tenor line in choral music.

The rich and inspiring contributions of Katie and John to the musical life of Lamington Presbyterian Church are lasting and resonate in our gratitude and continued growth as musicians singing "in the assembly of the faithful." (Psalm 149)
Consecration Sunday Is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our Session’s Finance Committee has selected the  New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday  is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship.  New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?” 

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s mission and ministries.

Every attendee and member who completes an  Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge everyone to attend, even those who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and members of the Session and Board of Deacons. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

Elder Meridith Scott
Clerk of Session
LPC Youth Group
Sunday, October 28 after Worship

Calling all youth--Come one come all! It's time to do a fall clean-up of the Lamington Giving Garden. Join us in the garden after worship on Sunday, October 28, and with your help we will get the garden looking good and ready for the spring. Pam and Dave Smith will be on hand guiding us along the way. The work may get messy so be sure to wear your work clothes to church--or bring a change of clothes. And, when the work is all done, we will go back to the church for a nice lunch! To be sure we have enough food for everyone, p lease RSVP to Dyanne at dyanneleslie@gmail.com. Hope to see you there! (Reminder: If you need a community service project for school this is a good way to earn some hours.)
We're pleased to share the good news that, by means of a single generous gift, we now have enough funds to purchase the Glory to God hymnals for Lamington Church! The hymnals will be arriving in the next several weeks, and will replace the Presbyterian Hymnals we presently have in our pews.

Some have questioned why we should get new hymnals when our present hymnals are in such good shape, physically. The reason is simple: the strength of a hymnal is not in its binding, but in the music within. The Presbyterian Hymnal was a great hymnal in its time, but it doesn't contain any of the wonderful new hymns that have been written since its 1990 publication date. In order to make room for these newer hymns, the editors of the 2013 Glory to God hymnal have regretfully decided to omit a certain number of hymns that never did catch on in most congregations. These are not hymns we've often sung here at Lamington, so their loss won't be keenly felt: but what we'll gain in newer songs we are likely to sing - and often - makes it all worthwhile.

One of the hymns in the Presbyterian Hymnal that was new in 1990 was "Here I Am, Lord." It's wildly popular now, across the Presbyterian Church, but consider this: if we hadn't decided to get that hymnal when we did, we'd never even know it! There are hymns in Glory to God we don't yet know that are destined to become just as popular.

One of them is "You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord (On Eagle's Wings)," words and music by Michael Joncas. We're going to sing that song in worship this Sunday - even before we have the new hymnals - because Psalm 91, on which it's based, provides the text for this week's sermon. You can sample this hymn by clicking on the image of the choir below.

Once the new hymnals are here, we will offer members and friends of the church the opportunity to take one or more of the old hymnals home. (Yes, we would be happy to find a needy congregation or school somewhere to which we could donate our old hymnals, but it's unlikely such a recipient could be found. So many churches have already adopted Glory to God that there's a huge surplus of the older books!)
Hurricane/Typhoon Updates
Do not fear, for I am with you

Do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you.
-Isaiah 41:10

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is offering immediate aid to the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. This joins responses already underway for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, and other international disasters that have suffered a lack of media coverage. 

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle with devastating winds and storm surge, causing loss of life. The storm then cut a path across the southeast, moving through the same areas impacted by Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago. 

PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries. Emergency aid, assistance in the development of a short-term response plan, as well as a ministry of presence will be the priorities of the initial response. 

Meanwhile, areas impacted by Mangkhut and Florence have received aid and support through the gifts of Presbyterians like us. In humility, with God and our continued support, PDA will continue to help draw hope out of the chaos, together. 

Will you stand in the "GAP" (Give/Act/Pray) to help the survivors of these terrible storms?
 
GIVE Hurricanes Michael and Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have caused extensive damage and loss of life. Some of you have already given generously in previous weeks. While the needs can feel overwhelming, continued prayer and giving will ensure that the whole church is able to respond. Gifts to DR000194 support our response to hurricanes and typhoons. Gifts can be made  online , by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

ACT:  Learn how you can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and  like PDA  on Facebook.

PRAY:  As this hurricane and typhoon season continues to cause destruction and loss of life, please pray with us that the communities affected by these events and those offering assistance will be strengthened, have their needs met and be reminded of the hope found in God.
A Fun Day of Apple Picking
with our Friends from Elizabethport
photos courtesy of Chris Smith
Sunday worship at Lamington began with overflowing pews of our LPC families, and a record-breaking 48 guests from Elizabethport (E'port) Presbyterian Center! All ages enjoyed the service, as well as beautiful music from our choir, and a special treat of an a capella solo from E'port guest Nancy Manigo. Everyone got a chance to meet each other, tell stories and share laughs of our many past apple picking adventures together. We enjoyed lunch, donated by LPC families, of “Jersey Mike’s” subs, quiche, cider, fruit, and homemade cupcakes (Thank you Nivita Thomas!). After lunch we caravanned with the E'port school bus to Melick's Town Farm for hayrides, apple picking, and walking together while learning about the many species of apples. Our adventure wrapped up around 2:00PM with everyone enjoying a fresh roasted ear of corn with Melick’s special spicy sauce. Many photos were taken, many laughs were had by all, and the weather was cloudy but perfect for the occasion. Tired and happy from our fun day in the country and plenty of fresh air, our E'port friends loaded the bus, each with a pumpkin in hand, and we all waved goodbye. We look forward to seeing each other again soon over the Christmas holiday.
2018 Melick's Town Farm
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, October 21 - Bob Wittpenn
Sunday, October 28 - open

We REALLY Need Liturgists!
A wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship is by volunteering to read scripture. We have many open Sundays to lead worship. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Interested? A sign-up sheet is hanging on the bulletin board outside the church office--stop by and check it out after worship and sign up for a Sunday or two! You can also email the church office at (908) 572-7013, or lamingtonchurch@gmail.com . Come share with us!

Deacons on Duty
Sunday, October 21 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, October 28 - John Gordon


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, October 21 - Barbara & Jim Tiesi
Sunday, October 28 - Jansyn Tropea

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

The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, October 21
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
4:00PM - Blessing of the Animals at LPC
Tuesday, October 23
7:00PM Common Threads Ministry
Sunday, October 28
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
after worship Youth Group Garden Clean-up
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
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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