Friends,

It's the idle daydream of many of us: stumbling upon buried treasure. That's exactly what happened to a couple in Nevada five years ago. They were out walking their dog on their rural property when they came upon a rusty metal can sticking out of the ground. Inside was a hoard of U.S. gold coins minted between the years 1847 to 1894. Those years coincided with a local gold rush. They dug around some more and found more rusty cans, each of them filled with $20, $10 and $5 gold coins, in near-perfect condition.

No one knows who buried those coins, or why. But it certainly was a windfall to this couple (who decided to remain anonymous, out of fear that their land would be overrun by treasure hunters). The face value of this buried treasure - known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard - was $27,980. But its estimated value to coin collectors is over $10 million.

Jesus tells a little parable about buried treasure. "The kingdom of heaven," he says in Matthew 13:44 , "is like treasure hidden in a field." A person who discovers it will pay any price to buy that field.

It's one of Jesus' shortest parables, but it sure does pack a punch. Wouldn't we all affirm that the kingdom of heaven is worth more than anything we can imagine on this earth? Yet, how is it that, when it comes to things of the Spirit, our response is often less than ho-hum?

The good news of Jesus Christ is the greatest treasure on this earth. Any of us can discover and claim it. Yet, we hesitate. So often, we're anything but "all in" when it comes to this treasure hunt.

Join us in worship this Sunday. There's a treasure waiting for you!

Pastor Carl
Christ the King
Sunday, November 25

This Sunday our choir section leaders are off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Music Director Jim Goldsworthy will be playing several pieces by Claude Debussy including a special piano solo-- Sarabande. Pastor Carl's sermon title is "Treasure Hunters" based on Matthew 13:44-53. Hope to see you at our 10:15AM worship service!
Pastoral Care Coverage
November 30 through December 7

Reminder, while Pastor Carl is out on medical leave: In case of pastoral emergency from November 30 through December 3, please call the Rev. Ian Rankine of the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church (office: 908-658-3423; mobile 908-256-9533). After that, until his anticipated return a week or so later, please call the Rev. Claire Pula, 908-910-5361.
Please note that Regina will be on vacation from November 27-30—during this time she will continue to check phone messages and emails and will direct them to the appropriate people for response. If you need to stop by the office, please contact Pastor Carl on his cell phone to be sure the church is open—(908) 910-5360. (Reminder: For Pastoral Care emergencies you can always reach Pastor Carl on his cell phone.)
Christmas Decorating at Lamington

The Advent Season at The Lamington Presbyterian Church promises to be an exciting one for all ages! We will celebrate the season at Sunday worship services, our annual Wreath Making, the Christmas Pageant, and two Christmas Eve Services.
We would appreciate all contributions, small or large, to help decorate our sanctuary and church buildings.

If you would like to be a part of this effort, please fill out the order form and place it in the weekly offering, or return it to the church office. Thank you!
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. Look 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 NOW--place behind the Gladish Room. We will take whatever you have--fill a box or a bag or whatever you can carry!
Elizabethport Christmas—Calling all Elves!!

Lend us a helping hand! We will be assembling Christmas treat bags for the pre-school age children of Elizabethport (E’port). Come and join us  after worship on Sunday, December 9 for a wonderful time of fellowship and mission—be sure to grab a snack at coffee hour and then head-on up to the upstairs classrooms.  Also—we need youth elves to help us deliver the treat bags and assist at the children’s holiday party at E’port on Wednesday, December 19.  If you are interested in helping out on December 19, or have any questions—please contact Chris Smith at  smitpvil@comcast.net or (908) 208-0233.
Are you the parent of a high-school student?

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is July 16-20, 2019, at Purdue University. This year's theme is "Here's My Heart". Triennium is a life-changing experience for young people. Elizabeth Presbytery is organizing a delegation to attend this national Presbyterian youth conference, and the hope is for each congregation n the Presbytery to identify at least 2 young people to attend Triennium. As they did three years ago, Camp Johnsonburg will host a gathering day on July 15 for participants. Triennium participants will then travel overnight on the buses from Camp Johnsonburg to Purdue. They will return to Camp Johnsonburg late-night on July 20. The Presbytery is also looking for a few intrepid adults to chaperone! The plan is for costs to be shared by the Presbytery, the congregation, the participant and the Synod. Three years ago, the cost borne by each participant was just over $500. There are scholarship funds available as well. Check out the Youth Triennium website for general information and an introductory video clip. All Presbyterian youth who will have completed 9th-12th grades by next summer are invited to apply. Please contact the church office for more details.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, November 25 - Nivita Thomas
Sunday, December 2 - Bob Wittpenn
Sunday, December 9 - 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, November 25 - John Gordon
Sunday, December 2 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, December 9 - Sallye Grubel


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 25 - No Coffee Hour-Thanksgiving Weekend
Sunday, December 2 - Chili/Brownie Cook Off & Wreaths
Sunday, December 9 - Lynn & Mac Carter

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 25
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Communion
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Sunday, December 2
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Communion
10:30AM Church School
After Worship Chili, Brownies & Wreath Making
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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