From the Pastor...

Every two years, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets for a week in a convention center in a major city. This year, I'm privileged to have been selected as one of four commissioners (two ministers, two elders) from Elizabeth Presbytery. Over the course of the next week, we'll join over seven hundred commissioners and advisory delegates from around the country in making decisions to guide the denomination over the next two years. I'll return to Bedminster late in the evening on Saturday, June 23, and will do my best to have a sermon ready for you the next morning.

It's quite a feat to get such a large group of people, most of whom have never met one another, to come together in such a short time and do meaningful work. (The number of official voting participants is larger than a joint session of Congress.)

In my former ministry as a pastor in Monmouth Presbytery, I also held the job of Presbytery Stated Clerk - which means I attended every General Assembly as an observer, in some years helping out as a volunteer parliamentarian. So, I'm familiar with how to get things done at the Assembly. This time, though, my role is very different. I'll actually be a voting member. The last time I was asked to do that was in 1998, when the Assembly met in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I've been randomly assigned as a member of the Environmental Issues Committee. This coming Monday and Tuesday, our committee will consider several controversial overtures - or official requests from presbyteries and synods - asking those who invest money for the denomination to divest from (sell off stock in) companies that are engaged in the extraction of fossil fuels. I've learned that our committee has been assigned the largest of all the committee meeting rooms in the convention center: which means they expect the biggest crowds of observers who will follow our work closely.

If you're interested in following what happens at the General Assembly , there are two ways you can do that, both of them through the General Assembly web page . There's a form on that page where you can enter your e-mail address and receive free daily e-mail updates. Or, you can check in on that web page at times when the plenary (full) meetings are taking place and watch the live-streamed televised footage of what's going on, in real time. Especially good times to take a look are:
Saturday, June 16, 11:00-12:30 am - Opening Worship
Saturday, June 16, 7:00 pm until ? - Election of the Moderator(s)
Wednesday, June 20 - various times throughout the day and evening
Thursday, June 21 - various times throughout the day and evening

If you really want to take a deep dive into the work of the Assembly, you can visit the PC-Biz web page , where all the overtures and reports are laid out in full detail (hint: click on the "Committees" tab, then select a committee from the pull-down list). That site is continuously updated to track the decisions that have been made.

Can you tell that I'm excited about this opportunity? I caught the General Assembly bug a long time ago, and have followed the workings of the national church with great interest ever since. It's always a remarkable gathering of Presbyterians from all over the country, as well as ecumenical participants from around the world. I always return with fresh enthusiasm for the church's mission, as well as with ideas and resources for the local church that I've managed to pick up from the exhibit area and other meetings that happen around the edges of the Assembly's official business.

I'll have some good stories to share after I get back!

Carl Wilton
Sunday Worship
June 17, 2018
“The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.” - -Luke 8:1-3

We are pleased to welcome to worship this Sunday, guest preacher, the Rev. Claire Pula . Claire was born and raised in Baltimore. She received her B.A. in history from Washington College, Maryland, and her M.Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Iowa. She also studied at the University of St. Andrews and Princeton Theological Seminary. Certified in thanatology and grief counseling, Claire is Bereavement Coordinator at Hackensack Meridian Health at Home Hospice. She is married to our pastor, the Rev. Carl Wilton.

Claire's sermon topic is "A Royal Scandal," based on  Luke 8:1-3; 24:1-11 .

In music this Sunday,  come and listen to Music Director, Jim Goldsworthy, play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach featuring a special keyboard solo. And, during the offertory, Nivita Thomas will also play a piece by Bach on the violoncello.

The flowers this Sunday are given to the Glory of God by Etta and John Marshall, in celebration of the 9 th Anniversary of their wedding here at Lamington Presbyterian Church.

Join us for worship at 10:15AM!
IN CASE OF PASTORAL CARE EMERGENCY from June 16-23, when Pastor Carl is away at the General Assembly, please call the church office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 10am till 3pm) at 908-572-7013. At other times, please call the Rev. Claire Pula on her mobile phone, 908-910-5361.
Sunday, June 17 is Father's Day and on this day we give thanks to all fathers and father figures. We honor them for their generous hearts full of love and compassion and their positive influence in our lives.
 Summer Worship at LPC

That's right, you read that correctly -- on Sundays, Lamington Church will continue to worship at 10:15AM all year long! (In earlier years, we changed to an earlier worship hour during the summer.) After receiving many requests and suggestions to keep worship the same time all year round, the Session has decided to keep the worship hour at 10:15AM. Kids are welcome to worship with their parents, even when Church School is in summer recess--last day of Sunday Church School is June 24. Nursery care will continue to be provided for the younger set.
Lamington Community Garden

My name is Gade Smith and for the past few summers I have helped my parents Pam and Dave Smith in the Lamington Community Garden (also known as the Giving Garden). It's hard to believe that the Giving Garden is now in its ninth season!

The 50’ x 50’ fenced space, located across the street from the church and behind the schoolhouse, is dedicated to organic gardening. The garden started as an outreach project by Lamington Church. It was designed to encourage involvement from a variety of people: those interested in raising their own produce but have no space, for high school aged children looking for community service hours (that would be me), and even younger children for the experience of the farming process.

In 2008, E.C. Klipstein Foundation and The Garden Club of America granted the church the funds to start the community garden project. Today, six of the 4’ x 16’ and four of 2’x 8’ raised beds are available for people in the community to rent. The other six large beds and four small beds are dedicated to the Giving Garden, which raises vegetables for the Somerset County Food Bank.

Over the years, we have had many volunteers—both young and old. The highlight of the season however, is when the kids from Elizabethport come. We all have a great time planting, watering, and harvesting the vegetables. We learn how food is grown and appreciate the earth for all that it gives us. The kids go home with veggies and a booklet of recipes to share with their families. I am blessed to be a part of the Giving Garden and all the wonderful people who have contributed their time and energy to help us remember where our food comes from. 

If you are interested in volunteering in the Giving Garden or want to rent a bed, please call us at (908) 832-4399 or email . Hope to see you in the garden!
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

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/lemonade 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 . Instructions for coffee/lemonade hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen (and below).

Lemonade Sundays

Summer is here and it's time for Lemonade Sundays! Beginning in July, Lamington church will serve lemonade and ice 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 .

Sunday, July 1 - Julie & Paul Murray
Sunday, July 8 - Sandi & Rich Ramsay

Good News to Share

Liza (Calisesi) Maidens has been accepted to Michigan State University to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting. Many of you may remember Liza and her husband, Joel. Liza served as Lamington's Director of Music from 2010-2015, and Joel sang in the choir. Liza and Joel will be moving to Lansing, Michigan next month. Liza speaks with gratitude of the invaluable life-changing force of the community and opportunities provided to her at LPC.

Congratulations, Liza -- we wish you and Joel all the best and will keep you in our prayers!
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, June 17 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, June 24 - Christie Whitman
Sunday, July 1 - Dorita Pawlikowski
Sunday, July 8 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, July 15 - Duncan Rose
Sunday, July 22 - open
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, June 17 - Mary Jenkins and Monica Thomas
Sunday, June 24 - John Gordon and Hunter Lewis
Sunday, July 1 - Joe Scott
Sunday, July 8 - open
Sunday, July 15 - Mary Jenkins and Hunter Lewis
Sunday, July 22 - open
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, . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, June 17--Father's Day
10:15AM Worship--The Rev. Claire Pula, Guest preacher
10:30AM Church School
Sunday, June 24
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School--last Sunday before the summer recess

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