Friends,

Ah, the tales wounds tell!

Some of us carry scars on our bodies: from an operation, perhaps, or some long-ago injury. Each scar tells a story: which some of us are perhaps a little too eager to share with anyone who asks!

There are certain significant experiences in life that leave their mark on us: for good or for ill. They're part of who we are.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus' resurrection body displays the scars of his crucifixion? In raising Jesus from the dead, God could surely have healed them completely. But God doesn't do that.

Maybe part of the reason is because those scars have, by then, become a part of who Jesus is. It does seem, in John 20:19-31 , that his disciples need to see - and even touch - his scars to be certain it's really him.

Jesus' disciple Thomas is famous for needing this kind of evidence: but once he sees the wounds, he's unwavering in his faith-commitment. "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe," is what Jesus says, in response to this interaction with him.

John took special pains to record those words because he was writing his Gospel at a time when the church included both first-generation eyewitnesses - who were by then getting on in years - and second-generation believers who depended on the testimony of their elders.

Those are gracious words for us, as well. None of us has seen or touched the wounds, as Thomas and his friends did. But we, too, have come to believe.

Join us in worship this Sunday. The Easter celebration continues!

Pastor Carl

Second Sunday of Easter
Lamington Church Welcomes
Justin Proffitt, Guest Musician

We welcome to worship guest musician, Justin Proffitt . Mr. Proffitt serves as an adjunct faculty member at The College of New Jersey and at Westminster Choir College, teaching piano secondary courses. In addition, he maintains an independent music studio in the Princeton, New Jersey area. His performing experience has ranged from solo piano recitals to various collaborative performances. A recipient of Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, Justin continues to pursue his research interests by working toward a doctorate in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday is titled, "Unconditional Surrender", and is based on John 20:19-31 .

Hope you join us for worship at 10:15AM!
A Trip to the Holy Land in the Fall of 2020
Let's Talk!

Claire and I are considering hosting a tour to the Holy Land in the Fall of 2020. Going there is a lifelong dream of ours, and we'd love to have a group of friends from Lamington Church experience it with us!

We're in conversation with Heather and Eric Doss of Progressive Pilgrimage about one of them being our tour leader (in case you're wondering, the word "Progressive" in their company name has nothing to do with politics). Heather is a Presbyterian pastor in Massachusetts and Eric runs many of the details of their tour company. They're committed to the idea of pilgrimage: that such an adventure is a spiritual journey.

We'll see sights like the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, the Tomb of Jesus at the Holy Sepulchre, Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and surrounding towns.

Yes, we'll be going to the Holy Land to visit these ancient sites of great spiritual significance, but as we do so we'll also be visiting modern countries: Israel and Palestine. One of the things I appreciate about Heather and Eric's approach is their emphasis on cultural sensitivity to the modern residents of these ancient lands. They partner with local guides who are diverse, both in terms of their nationality and their faith tradition.

Here's how they describe their approach: "Rather than promoting any one political perspective, our tours value learning and encourage critical thinking about the religious and political history of a region. We believe it is important for travelers to encounter people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Pilgrims will not only see the ancient sites but also meet the living stones, the people of the land, especially those who are working to build a better world."

This will be a highly customized tour. In the early stages of preparation, we'll be able to express preferences not only about when and for how long we'll travel (a minimum of 10 days), but also what we'll see and do. If you think you may be interested in the trip, and even in participating in an informal planning team, we'd love to hear from you.

I expect that Eric or Heather will visit with us here at Lamington this coming September - a year or more before we travel - to host an informational meeting after church one Sunday. It would be most helpful, even now, to hear from people who are curious about the trip, so we can communicate to them our preferences about the sort of tour package they'll put together for us. The earlier you express interest, the more input you can have into the plans we'll be making!

Are you interested in finding out more? Please let me know, and we'll talk!

Carl Wilton
New Adult Bible Study Opportunity

Next meeting date is May 1. Come to the Manse for coffee and goodies Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00PM and for an adult study opportunity, based on the new book by Barry Ensign-George, " Six Themes Everyone Should Know: The Bible ." Often, in studying the Bible, we zero in on a single passage. We don't look so often at the great themes that run through the entire Bible. These studies examine themes that are launched in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, then come in for a landing later, in the New Testament. The remaining themes are as follows:

2. May 1: Creatures of God: Finite and Flourishing
(Genesis 1:1-2:9 and Revelation 21:12-26)
3. May 8: Creatures of God: Mutually Dependent
(Genesis 2:4b-9 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-31)
4. May 15: Creatures of God: God Does Not Clone
(Genesis 1:22,28; 9:7 and Revelation 21:24-26
5. May 22: Sin and Redemption: God Doesn't Go Back
(Genesis 3:22-24 and John 20:24-29)
6. May 29: Sending, Gathering, Sending Again: The Heartbeat of the Mission of God
(John 1:1-16 and John 14:1-7, 25-31)

Participants will be asked to make a donation of $10 for the cost of their book. No need to sign up: just come!
New Members Lunch
with Pastor Carl

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a member of Lamington Church, please plan to come to our upcoming New Members lunch with Pastor Carl after church on next Sunday, May 5, 11:30AM to 1:30PM. Please call (908-572-7013) or e-mail the church office if you plan to participate.
THIS COMING Saturday:
Join Us for Fellowship & Cooking
with Mary D'Anna!!
Basket Day
Presbyterian Palate Cooking Day
Saturday, April 27 at 10:30AM

Join us on  Saturday, April 27 at 10:30AM , in the LPC kitchen . It’s going to be a wonderful day of fellowship and cooking!  Mary D'Anna, former beloved member of LPC, and past chair of Basket Day's Presbyterian Palate for many years, will be back for the day and hosting a Presbyterian Palate cooking day.  Join us as we chop, slice, sauté and cook our way through some of Presbyterian Palate’s most popular recipes. If you know Mary, come and say, "Hello!" If you don't know Mary, come and make a new friend! Hope to see many of you there!
59 th Basket Day
Preview Night--Friday, May 10 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Basket Day--Saturday, May 11 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM
If you aren’t familiar with Basket Day, it’s a time when our congregation comes together to create a very special event for our family and friends. It also gives us an opportunity to extend an invitation to others in our communities and welcome them into our church home. This year marks the 59 th year of LPC hosting Basket Day. This one promises to be a very special one—filled with traditional activities and new touches. Here's how you can help...
There are lots of ways to help with Basket Day - which you can read about below. Right now, though, we're in PARTICULAR need of people to sign up to bring food for the Preview Night "heavy hors d'oeuvres" buffet on Friday evening, May 10. Salads, hors d'oeuvres, desserts - we need them all. You can find out which dishes are most needed by using this link , which you can also use to sign up. Many thanks!
Help with Basket Day Set Up!!
Basket Day Set Up Day
Sunday, May 5--immediately after worship

On Sunday, May 5, immediately after worship, please join us for our workday for Basket Day. Lunch will be served. We really need everyone’s help to move furniture from the Gladish Room and back classrooms into the sanctuary. There will also be other needed help with the Treasure Tent! Please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend--click the button below to sign up. Thank you!
Do You Have Tables We Can Borrow?
Basket Day
Treasure Tent is Looking for Tables

Julie Goetz is searching for 8 – 6’ tables (the plastic kind) that can be used in the upstairs Treasure Tent this year. The Treasure Tent workers are trying to get a jump start on organizing the treasures. So, please let Julie know if you have any tables the church can borrow--(908) 313-8336 at your earliest convenience.
More Ways to Help!!
Become a Basket Day Patron : It’s only $50 per patron. You receive a free admission to Preview Night and, this year, 100% of your patron contribution will fund our church’s local missions. Look for our Patron table during coffee hours in April. This year, you can also sign up (and pay) online— Click here to become a 2019 Patron.

Make a donation to Silent Auction : Silent Auction is looking for:
  • Gold and silver jewelry
  • Theatre and sports tickets
  • Golf outings
  • Designer handbags and accessories
  • Vacation homes
  • Antiques
  • Paintings
  • Fine contemporary furniture

(Silent Auction donation drop off--Gladish Room—near the piano in the back corner.)

Make a donation to the Treasure Tent : Treasure Tent is looking for:
  • Jewelry- all types
  • Handbags
  • Designer clothing, coats, jackets, shoes, boots (new or barely worn)
  • Furniture (no beds)
  • Sporting goods and bicycles
  • Antiques
  • Art
  • Educational toys (no stuffed animals)
  • Coffee table books (no other books)
  • Cars and boats
  • Quality radios (No TVs, stereos or tape decks)
  • All types of cookware and china (no Tupperware)

(Treasure Tent donation drop off--basement—all the way in the way back. Please note: Treasure Tent is not accepting donations of electronics—including: stereos fax machines, printers, computers, dehumidifiers, etc.)

Cook a dish for Presbyterian Palate We need delicious dishes, soups and chilis along with vegetarian and vegan options. Click here to sign up for Presbyterian Palate!

Contribute a dish to Preview Night food . We need hors d’oeuvres, desserts, crudité, fruit salad and side dishes for Preview Night. Click here to bring food to Preview Night.

Donate new or gently used baskets to the Plant Tent . Baskets are needed for planting. If you have any baskets you are looking to get rid of, please bring them to church for the ladies to use in their beautiful arrangements—drop off—basement—all the way in the way back.

Questio ns? Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs:

Patrons --Erin Mistele: erinmistele@mac.com , (908) 234-1486
Silent Auction --Carol Cummins: clrcummins23@gmail.com , (908) 625-4568
Treasure Tent --Julie Goetz: (908) 781-2036
Presbyterian Palate --Annie Silk: asmlansingdesign@gmail.com , (908) 812-5933
Preview Night Food --Susan Wittpenn & Juliette Rose: wittpenns@comcast.net ;
Plant Tent --Pam Smith: pklipsmith@gmail.com
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, April 28 - open
Sunday, May 5 - Etta Marshall
Sunday, May 12 - Georgie Schley
Sunday, May 19 - Meridith Scott
Sunday, May 26 - open
We Really Need Liturgists!

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.

You can sign up to be a liturgist online! 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.

Call/email the church office (908)572-7013; lamingtonchurch@gmail.com

Call/email Valerie Fraser (908)578-3092; vfraser@turpinrealtors.com 
Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Easter Sunday, April 21
Sunday, April 28 - open
Sunday, May 5 - open
Sunday, May 12 - Etta Marshall and Jodi Antunes
Sunday, May 19 - Mary Jenkins
Sunday, May 26 - open

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.

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, April 28
Mary & Peter Ganzenmuller
 Sunday, May 5
Basket Day Committee Chairs
 Sunday, May 12
Mother's Day
 Sunday, May 19
Julie & Paul Murray
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

Sunday, April 28
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
Wednesday, May 1
7:00PM Adult Bible Study - manse
Sunday, May 5
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
after worship Basket Day Set Up
11:30AM New Member Lunch with Carl
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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