Daylight Saving Time begins
Sunday, March 10
Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 9.
Friends,

With Ash Wednesday now behind us, we've entered the season of Lent. The traditional reading for this First Sunday in Lent is the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert.

We'll be looking at Luke's version of the story . It's a strange and even chilling episode: Jesus on his own, in the desert, contending with the devil - who's trying his best to deter him from his mission.

The devil knows full well who Jesus is. He tries, but fails, to use that knowledge to his advantage: urging Jesus to use his power and authority for his own gratification. The prize the devil dangles before the son of God is the ultimate human fantasy: living a life without limits.

Seeking our own gratification is something we all know how to do. If we've decided to pursue a Lenten spiritual discipline, chances are that, in so doing, we're trying to do a little less of that, in order to serve God and neighbors more. But it's never easy. We've all got that inner voice inside our heads, tempting us to "look out for number one."

Jesus, no doubt, heard that voice too, but he didn't heed it. Rebuffing the tempter at every turn, he stays true to his call.

It's a meaningful story with which to start our Lenten journey. The goal for all of us, this Lent, is to stay true to our call as disciples of the Lord. Through our Sunday services, and through our mid-week Lenten soup-and-study events in cooperation with other nearby churches (see below), we'll acquire provisions for the journey.

Hope you can join us, on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings!

Grace and peace.

Pastor Carl

(The photo is from the 2015 film, Last Days in the Desert , starring Ewan McGregor in the role of Jesus.)
Worship Notes
1st Sunday in Lent

March 10 is the First Sunday in Lent, a season lasting 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter. We say "in" Lent, rather than "of" Lent, because Sundays in this season are like celebratory islands in what the church has historically considered to be a sea of fasting and other penitential disciplines. The word itself comes from the Old English "lencten," which means Spring. There's a good reason why that word sounds like our English word "lengthen," because Spring is the season of gradually lengthening days. Lent is a journey that culminates in Holy Week, during which we recall Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Awareness of sin, and Jesus' redemption of we who are sinners, is the prevailing theme. We know, of course, that Good Friday is not the end of the story: the good news of resurrection awaits us on Easter Day. By adopting a Lenten discipline that calls to mind our need for salvation, we prepare ourselves for the joy of Easter.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "The Lure of Limitless Living," will be based on Luke 4:1-13 .

Music Director Jim Goldsworthy and the Lamington Choir will be performing pieces by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Johann Sebastian Bach. The Introit, Anthem and Choral Response will feature pieces from Requiem , Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré.
Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM.
Throughout Lent, the Lamington Choir and soloists will be presenting musical selections from the Requiem in D minor , Op. 48, by Gabriel Fauré, composed between 1887 and 1890. It's one of the most famous examples of a requiem mass, a musical piece composed for a special worship service honoring the memory of those who have died. The word "requiem" comes from the first words of the funeral rite in the Roman tradition, Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine – "Grant them eternal rest, O Lord."

Speaking of his Requiem , Fauré once told an interviewer: "It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience."

Throughout Lent, we are conscious of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, and especially of what awaited him there: the cross. The message of the ancient Requiem liturgy is that those who have died are not beyond the reach of God's love: which we know, of course, from the powerful witness of our Lord's resurrection.
Lenten Devotion--Week 1
March 10-16, 2019
by Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook Editor

We are providing, during Lent, a weekly bulletin insert offering daily devotional thoughts and prayers based on scripture. The devotions have been written by Jill Duffield, editor of the magazine, The Presbyterian Outlook . Why not set aside a few minutes each day to read, reflect and pray?

(Click the button below to read this week's devotions.)
E'port Community Library
Work Day & Launch Party

This Saturday, March 9, from 10:30AM to approximately 2:30PM , an  E'port Community Library work day   is scheduled at the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center.  Volunteers should meet at LPC at 9:30AM for a ride. Planned activities include re-organizing and alphabetizing books on shelves and registering new books.
 
Another opportunity to volunteer is for the  E'port Community Library  launch party  that will likely take place on a Saturday in late March or early April (date to be announced). You would help with crafts and games--like making bookmarks, painting book bags and giving tours of the new library with a “scavenger hunt.” 
 
We hope you join us in this special LPC mission. If you plan to attend either, please contact Susan Scott at  susanscott823@gmail.com  or call 908.442.3200.
March 13 - April 10
6:30-8:00PM
All are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening ecumenical Lenten Soup Suppers . There will be five of these Lenten events jointly sponsored by area churches . The overall theme is, "What gets in the way of following Jesus more closely?" Each week will be at a different church and a different pastor will lead the study portion of the evening. Note: Lamington Church will be hosting the Lenten Soup Supper on Wednesday, March 20.

Wednesday, March 13
Lebanon Reformed Church
100 Brunswick Ave, Lebanon, NJ
Rev. David Ruisard

Wednesday, March 20
Lamington Presbyterian Church
Rev. Lynn Mears

Wednesday, March 27
Stanton Reformed Church
Rev. Thomas Jones

Wednesday, April 3
Readington Reformed Church
Rev. Dianna Stone

Wednesday, April 10
Fairmount United Methodist Church
Rev. Elizabeth Estes
Services at Lamington Church

Palm Sunday
April 14 at 10:15AM

Maundy Thursday
April 18 at 7:00PM

Easter Sunday
April 21 at 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(Egg Hunt in between worship services)
Triennium Applications Due

Presbyterian Youth Triennium initial applications with deposits and chaperone initial applications are due this coming week: Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13, respectively. Applications may be downloaded on the forms and documents page of the Elizabeth Presbytery website  here .

In-person application and deposit drop-offs will be accepted on Monday, March 11 and Tuesday March 12 from 10:00 AM to 3:00PM.

If you have submitted your initial application and received Step 2 instructions, please submit your information to Camp Johnsonburg no later than Friday, March 15.

For more information, please email Trudi Folkes ( office@elizabethpresbytery.org )

We sent out a short promotional video for the 2019 Youth Triennium in last week's edition of the Lamington newsletter. Click on this link for a longer video of highlights from the last Youth Triennium, which took place in 2016.
Basket Day 2019--Saturday, May 11
Preview Night--Friday, May 10

Basket Day's Marketing Committee is looking to get an early start on marketing materials for our annual Fundraiser. We would like to give visitors an idea of what we offer by highlighting special pieces in our promotions. If you have one or two quality items, large or small, that you are willing to donate, we ask that you bring them to LPC any Sunday in February. 

Please let us know what you might have, and when you can drop it off. Keep in mind that we are NOT looking for bulk drop-offs at this time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melinda Nye at  melnye08@gmail.com , or at (908) 787-2020.
Lead us in worship! A wonderful way to give to the church and to participate in Sunday worship is through your time and talents. Please consider volunteering to read scripture and lead worship--we have many open Sundays to fill.

Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, March 10
Annie Silk
Sunday, March 17
Valerie Fraser
Sunday, March 24
Jodi Antunes
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott
We Really Need Liturgists!
Do You Want To Sign Up?

You can now sign up to be a liturgist online! Check out the new online sign-up! It's easier than ever--just  click the button below to view open dates and enter your name!
Other Ways to Sign Up?

  • Check out the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office.


Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Sunday, March 10
Cindy Campbell
Sunday, March 17
Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 24 - open
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott

A Note to the Deacons: You can now sign up for Deacon Duty online! Check out the new online sign-up ! It's easier than ever--just click the sign-up button below to view open dates and enter your name! (A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.) If you have questions about scheduling, please email or call Monica Immanual at monica.immanual@gmail.com -or- (908) 450-7278. Click here to view the Deacon on Duty Worship Instructions.

Deacons--Sign Up Now!
We need two Deacons to assist with worship duties for for each Sunday and special service.  Please choose an open date and sign up to be a Deacon on Duty—there are many slots to fill. 
Coffee Hour Schedule
Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, March 10
Stefanie & Lance LaMarca
Sunday, March 17
Megan & Luke LaMarca
Sunday, March 24
Etta & John Marshall
Sunday, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
Sunday, April 7
open
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 or email the church office.

Next Week at Lamington

Saturday, March 9
*Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed!*
Sunday, March 10
* Daylight saving time begins *
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Monday, March 11
6:00PM Session Meeting--Gladish Room
Tuesday, March 12
7:00PM Common Threads--Gladish Room
Wednesday, March 13
6:30PM Lenten Soup Supper--Lebanon Reformed Church
Friday, March 15
11:00AM SHIP's--Somerville, NJ
Sunday, March 17
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
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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