Don't Forget!
Set your clocks back
one hour before bedtime
on Saturday, November 3!
Friends,

November 1 is designated by the church as All Saints' Day. It's been our tradition here at Lamington Church to observe it on the Sunday following that date. In worship this Sunday, we'll remember with gratitude three church members who have departed this life in the past year - Harry Carpenter, Neale Jenkins and Ruth Reigle - and we'll remember, as well, other late family and friends of our members, whose names have been submitted and will be printed in the bulletin.

It's not our tradition, as Protestant Christians, to speak of individual saints. Other churches do raise up exemplary and well-remembered Christians - often vetting their nominations through a complex canonization procedure, meant to determine that they have indeed been welcomed into heaven - but that's not been our practice. The Protestant reformers resist speaking of individual saints at all.

In doing this, they are following biblical tradition. The apostle Paul often addressed his letters to "the saints" of one congregation or another - who were, in fact, the living Christian community of that place - but never does he speak of an individual as "saint so-and-so." The word "saint," in the New Testament, simply means "holy one." It's used generically to refer to groups of people, rather than specifically, to honor exemplary individuals.

The Protestant reformers - particularly John Calvin, with his thoroughgoing doctrine of election, according to which the decision on who is or is not saved is a mystery known only to God - do use the word "saint" in their writings, but always in the plural.

When we honor the saints of our acquaintance, we're using the word in the same sense Paul used it. These men and women were, in recent memory, part of the company of the saints of Lamington Presbyterian Church, the living congregation - and we honor their memory, even as we celebrate the assurance that they are now in the hands of a loving God.

Looking ahead to next Sunday, the 11th - which is the focus of our Consecration Sunday stewardship campaign - I'll be preaching this Sunday on the topic, "Not As the World Gives." Those words, of course, come from the famous blessing of our Lord, who assures his followers of his gift of peace. "I do not give to you as the world gives," he says of that gift, in John 14:27 .

As we think of the call to Christian generosity, we may be inclined to think of the many ways people give, in the larger culture. Often there are benefits attached to such giving that redound to the giver: from naming rights for the grandest university building to the humble public-broadcasting tote bag. Or, as is common in political contributions, there may be the understanding of a quid pro quo attached to the gift: a little bit of "you scratch my back and I scratch yours."

How does God want us to give? That's the subject we'll be considering this Sunday: as we also remember with fondness those who have been exemplary givers, offering themselves to Christ's service.

Pastor Carl
All Saints' Sunday
November 4, 2018

This Sunday is Communion Sunday. It is also All Saints' Sunday. We will give thanks for all the saints in our lives who have died this past year, and for those listed in the bulletin, as well as those in our hearts but not listed. Pastor Carl's sermon title this Sunday is "Not As the World Gives."

In music, the Prelude and Postlude will feature pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Music Director Jim Goldsworthy. The Anthem is Ave verum corpus, K. 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Please join us for our 10:15AM worship service. Hope you can stay for coffee hour immediately after!
Consecration Sunday is November 11 for our congregation. We hope you plan to attend Sunday morning worship and the Celebration Luncheon immediately following. To ensure we have enough food for everyone, we need luncheon reservations for each person. If you have not finalized plans to attend, please do so immediately. Our goal is to have every member and regular worship attendee present. If you did not make a reservation during the last two weeks, please let us know you will be present by calling Regina Morris in the church office at (908) 572-7013. The effectiveness of our church’s mission and ministries next year depends on your initiative and dedication. Please make whatever sacrifices are necessary to be present on November 11.
LPC Youth Group
New Date--Sunday, November 4 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, November 4, 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 Need You
Please Sign Up

Please sign up to help in Sunday Church School - one Sunday or as many as you'd like! We are asking each member family to commit to at least one day per year. You'll receive the lesson plans via e-mail the week prior to the Sunday so you are prepared. Let's all help Dyanne out, learn together, and spend some quality time with the wonderful children of our church!!! Click here to sign up:  LPC Sunday School Sign Up

If you have any questions, please contact  Dyanne Diaz-Piedra  or  Etta Marshall . Thank you so much in advance!!
Elizabethport Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive

Please donate frozen turkeys by Monday, November 19 . To make our gift of turkeys even more meaningful and to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal, please consider also donating non-perishable sides such as: yams, gravy, canned vegetables and stuffing packages. Items are being collected NOW! Please place turkeys in the freezer located by the side door closest to the manse. The non-perishable items can be placed next to the freezer. Turkeys and items can be dropped off during church office hours Tuesday-Friday from 10:00AM-4:00PM or Sundays before worship. To make other arrangements for drop off, please contact the church office at (908) 572-7013 or email lamingtonchurch@gmail.com.
Annual Holiday Wreath Making
Wreaths, Chili and Brownies!
 
On Sunday December 2--the first Sunday of Advent, the Lamington Church family will continue its tradition of making our beautiful Christmas wreath for the front entrance of the church. We will be making our large Lamington Church Christmas Wreath while sampling a wonderful variety of chili recipes. A children's brownie bake-off will be the sweet ending to this fun event. The wreath making festivities will begin after worship so remember to dress casually. Coming soon —be on the look out for sign up sheets in the Gladish Room for chili chefs and brownie bakers. If you have any questions, please contact Debby Johnson at (908) 832-7230 or debrabjohnson@gmail.com.
 
Note: We will need lots and lots of greens to create a lovely wreath! If you have greens of any type: holly, yew, cedar, boxwood, evergreen—you can begin dropping off the cuttings behind the Gladish Room during the week of November 25.
Calling All Bakers!  

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County (IHN) is looking for cookie bakers to help with their Holiday Cookie Bake Off and Cookie Sale. Bakers are needed to bake three dozen cookies or more to be sold by the pound. The cookies will be delivered for packaging on Friday, December 7. Those who wish to enter the IHN cookie bake off should submit a dozen cookies for judging. The final judging will be held at Williams Sonoma at the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Saturday, December 8. First prize in all three categories--Youth, Adult and Senior--will be a William Sonoma cooking class for the winner and nine friends. Please call the IHN office at (908) 704-1920 to volunteer to bake and/ or pre-register for the contest. Cookie pre-sale orders will be announced soon. For more information about the bake sale and entry rules, please visit the IHN website by-- clicking here.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, November 4 - Sandi Ramsay
Sunday, November 11 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, November 18 - Jim Grubel
Sunday, November 25 - Nivita Thomas

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, November 4 - Joe Scott
Sunday, November 11 - Mary Jenkins & Monica Thomas
Sunday, November 18 - Sallye Grubel
Sunday, November 25 - 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, November 4 - Lisa Achinstein
Sunday, November 11 - Consecration Sunday Luncheon
Sunday, November 18 - Carol Cummins & Valerie Fraser
Sunday, November 25 - No Coffee Hour-Thanksgiving Weekend

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, November 4
* Daylight Saving Time Ends *
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Communion
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
after worship Youth Group Garden Clean Up
Sunday, November 11
* Consecration Sunday *
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Monday, November 12
6:00PM Session Meeting--Gladish Room

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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