Friends,

This Sunday, we'll welcome 8 of the 9 members of the Confirmation Class into active church membership, as they make their public profession of faith. Their names are listed below.

(Ritika Thomas participated fully in the class, but is unable to be with us this Sunday, because she will be traveling to Boston to perform with her school orchestra. We'll welcome her along with the group of adult new members we'll be receiving later this spring.)

I've been meeting with these young people over the course of many weeks, and participated with them in a Confirmation Retreat sponsored by Camp Johnsonburg. They are an outstanding group: sharp, committed, engaged and not afraid to tackle the tough questions. They will be a credit to this congregation as they continue their involvement in the coming years, and to Christ's church generally as they move on to wherever life and our Lord may lead them in the long term.

Our confirmands are active in many things besides church: school, sports, music, community organizations. Like so many of their classmates, they are thinking about building resumés that will one day factor into their college applications, and - eventually - their entry into the world of employment. Building a resumé is of course nothing new: we get a glimpse into the apostle Paul's resumé in Philippians 3:5-6.

What's so interesting about Paul's resumé - his long list of achievements as a learned teacher of the law, a Pharisee and a Roman citizen - is how quickly he discards it. He refers to it as "rubbish": because something (or, rather, someone) has come into his life that is of far greater value.

That someone is Jesus Christ. "Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."

Confirmation is about celebrating that "surpassing value" in our lives. These young people have come to know something about that - as do we who have made a similar commitment to follow him. On Sunday, we will affirm them in their decision.

Come, and take part in the celebration!

Pastor Carl

On Sunday we will celebrate the rite of Confirmation, as young people from our church confirm the promises made at their baptism and become adult members of the church. They will make the declaration that is essential to the life of all Christ-followers: that Jesus Christ is their Lord and savior. We rejoice with them and with their families!

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Let It Go!", is based on Philippians 3:4b-14.

In music, Jim Goldsworthy and the Lamington Adult Choir will perform pieces from Sixième Ordre ( Sixth Suite ) by François Couperin, and Requiem , Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré. It is sure to be a Sunday filled with inspirational music.

Hope you will join us for worship at 10:15AM!
Confirmation
Class of 2019

Alexander Larsen

Thomas Larsen

Connor McGeary

Ivey Mistele

Owen Mistele

Ryan Palmer

Justice Stapleton

Olivia Stapleton

Ritika Thomas
OFFICER In-House Planning Retreat for all elders serving on the Session, and all deacons serving on the Board of Deacons, will follow this Sunday's Coffee Hour-- April 7 , 11:30AM-3:30PM . A light lunch will be available.
Lenten Devotion--Week 5
April 7-April 13, 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.)
Last
Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper
Wednesday, April 10 @ 6:30-8:00PM

Wednesday, April 10 will be the last of the five Lenten events that were jointly sponsored by area churches . All are invited to participate. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 10
Rev. Elizabeth Estes
Holy Week Flowers

You can now submit your orders online!
pay by credit card or check

If you would like to be part of the  Holy Week Flower Fund, you can now place your order online-- and --pay by credit card or check. Flowers for the sanctuary are priced at $15.00 per plant--order deadline is April 7.
Click on the button below to fill out the online order form.
(Reminder: We ask that you please do not take your plant(s) home with you until after the second service on Easter Sunday--or--you may pick them up the following week. Thank you!)
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)
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING
Palm Sunday, APRIL 14

Presbyterians mark this Lenten time by giving to One Great Hour of Sharing, one of four of our denomination’s Special Offerings. This year marks the 70th anniversary of One Great Hour of Sharing, an offering first received in 1949 to provide support for communities struggling to recover from the aftermath of World War II.

“You shall be called repairers of the breach…”

These words, the theme for this year’s offering, come from Isaiah 58:12. They reflect a bold challenge.... Isaiah 58 begins with a conversation between the people of Israel and the prophet. They are a beleaguered people, just returning from Babylonian exile. They are fasting and praying, but their circumstances do not seem to be improving. It is as if God has abandoned them.

In Isaiah 58:3, the people ask:

“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”

And the prophet answers:

“Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.”

The prophet is pretty clear! Right relationship and fidelity to God is impossible if one does not also live in right relationship with others and does not work for the well-being and common good of the community....

The path to justice and righteousness includes:
  • Confronting unjust systems that oppress and deny people access to the abundance of God’s creation;
  • Ensuring that people and communities have food, shelter and the means to a sustainable livelihood;
  • Working for healing and for the reconciliation of broken relationships.

This is the fast that the prophet is calling for; this is what will redeem the world.

And when we have done it, and our lives reflect God’s compassion, peace and justice … then God’s people shall be called repairers of the breach, restorers of the streets to live in.

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness, Director of the Compassion, Peace and Justice area of Presbyterian Mission

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering supports three causes:

We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering here at Lamington Church next Sunday - Palm Sunday, April 14. You may also make a donation online , or text OGHS to 20222 to give $10.

To hear about some of the people directly helped by this offering, check out the video link below:
Elizabethport
Community Library
Launch Party

The  E'port Community Library launch party is set for Saturday, April 13 from 11:00AM-2:30PM.  Volunteers will help with crafts and games--like making bookmarks, painting book bags and giving tours of the new library with a “scavenger hunt.”  Anyone wanting to volunteer should let Susan Scott know-- susanscott823@gmail.com   -or- call/text (908) 442-3200.
It's NEW to Basket Day 2019
Online Sign Ups and Payment Options!!
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.
 
How can you 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

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, April 7
Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
Ann Silk
Maundy Thursday, April 18
open
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Nivita Thomas
11:00AM - open
Sunday, April 28
open
Sunday, May 5
open
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, April 7
Mary Jenkins & Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
open
Maundy Thursday, April 18
Eleanor Halsey
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Mary Jenkins
11:00AM - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, April 28
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.


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, April 7
Parents of 2019 Confirmands
Sunday, April 14
Dana & Angus Miller
Easter Sunday, April 21
no coffee hour
Sunday, April 28
Mary & Peter Ganzenmuller
 Sunday, May 5
Basket Day Committee Chairs
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 7
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--Confirmation
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Officer Planning Retreat at LPC
Monday, April 8
6:00PM Session Meeting
Tuesday, April 9
7:00PM Common Threads
Wednesday, April 10
6:30PM Lenten Soup Supper
Fairmount United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 14
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--Palm Sunday
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
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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