The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the best-known and best-loved stories Jesus told. According to the social traditions of his own day, it was an inconceivable turn of events. An arrogant son who demands his share of his father's inheritance before he's even dead. A father who unquestioningly grants this unreasonable and insulting request, but whose forgiveness knows no bounds when the world-weary penitent drags himself back home. An older brother who seethes with jealousy, unable to recognize the bountiful blessings he already enjoys.

It's a parable about entitlements. We all know what entitlements are, in the world of government: they're programs like Social Security and Medicare to which taxpayers figure they're entitled because they've paid into them. Well, here we have a story of a younger son who feels entitled to a different sort of thing: a fortune he did nothing to earn. It's also about an older son who figures he's entitled to a share of his father's love, commensurate with the devotion he's paid into the family system.

Both end up being wrong. They're not entitled to anything. But God's grace is always surprising. We don't come to realize the joy and the wonder of divine acceptance until after we've abandoned our claim to all spiritual entitlements.

Join us in worship, as we celebrate the divine love we don't deserve, but that showers down on us anyway!

Pastor Carl

Worship Notes
4th Sunday in Lent

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Disentitled," is based on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 .

Music Director Jim Goldsworthy and the Lamington Adult Choir will perform pieces from Organ Mass for the Parishes by François Couperin, and Requiem , Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré. The offertory will be Chant donné by Jehan Alain.

Hope you will join us for worship at 10:15AM!
OFFICER TRAINING for all elders serving on the Session, and all deacons serving on the Board of Deacons, will follow this Sunday's Coffee Hour, 11:30-1:30. A light lunch will be available.
Lenten Devotion--Week 4
March 31-April 6, 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.)
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 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.

Questions? Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs:

Patrons --Erin Mistele: , (908) 234-1486
Silent Auction --Carol Cummins: , (908) 625-4568
Treasure Tent --Julie Goetz: (908) 781-2036
Presbyterian Palate --Annie Silk: , (908) 812-5933
Preview Night Food --Susan Wittpenn & Juliette Rose: ;
Plant Tent --Pam Smith:

Elizabethport Community Library
Launch Party

The  E'port Community Library launch party is set for Saturday, April 13 from 11:00AM-2:00PM.  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--   -or- call/text (908) 442-3200.
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!)
Ecumenical Lent Series
Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00PM

All are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening ecumenical Lenten Soup Suppers . There will be five of these Lenten events jointly sponsored by area churches . The overall theme is, "What gets in the way of following Jesus more closely?" Each week will be at a different church and a different pastor will lead the study portion of the evening.
Wednesday, April 3
Rev. Dianna Stone

Wednesday, April 10
Rev. Elizabeth Estes
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)
A typical primary school classroom at a Church of Christ in Thailand school. (Photo by Kathy Melvin)
Christian Volunteers in Thailand is looking for English teachers

If you have a heart to serve God, CVT is looking for you
by Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service

If you are a native English speaker with a heart to serve God, Rev. Sharon Bryant would like to have a conversation with you.

Bryant is coordinator of Christian volunteers with the  Church of Christ in Thailand  (CCT), a  World Mission global partner. She places volunteer English teachers in 27 schools supported by the CCT and orients and supports them throughout their stay. By expanding English offerings, the CCT hopes to strengthen the church’s witness and give Thai students an important tool for success in academia and international commerce....

If you think you've passed the age of volunteering, think again. Bryant stresses it is not just a young person's calling. Her volunteers range in age from 21-77.

To read the entire article and for more information please click here.
Remember Mom and IHNSC on Mother’s Day

Celebrate your mother, the mother of your children, or a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day with a donation to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County. Your generous and thoughtful contribution will support mothers and their children on their journey toward independent living. Show this influential woman that you learned life’s most important lesson — helping others.

To make a donation: Please make checks payable to IHNSC and send to: IHNSC, 98 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ, 08876. In the The memo line please write the name of the person you are honoring.
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, March 31
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
Ann Silk
Maundy Thursday, April 18
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Nivita Thomas
11:00AM - Duncan Rose
Sunday, April 28
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, March 31
Sallye Grubel, Monica Immanual, Etta Marshall
Sunday, April 7
Mary Jenkins & Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
Maundy Thursday, April 18
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Mary Jenkins
11:00AM - open
Sunday, April 28

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 -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, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
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
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, March 31
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--4th Sunday in Lent
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Officer Training
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Wednesday, April 3
6:30PM Lenten Soup Supper
Readington Reformed Church
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
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
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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