Friends,

“Noli Me Tangere” is the title of a number of classical religious paintings, depicting Mary Magdalene and the risen Jesus outside the tomb. The Latin comes from John 20:17. It translates: “Do not touch me” or "Do not hold onto me." It’s something Jesus says to Mary as she encounters him following the resurrection.

Just why Jesus is hesitant to have Mary touch him, no one knows. Is it because he now has a resurrection body that’s somehow different from the human body he once inhabited? Is it because Mary is clinging to him so tightly in her joy and astonishment that she actually keeps him from going where he needs to go?

It’s a mystery: but for us, the phrase is heavy with meaning. We, too, wish we had something to hold onto as we strive to understand the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection.

Compared to the first generation of Christians, we're at a disadvantage. As hard as it was, at first, for Mary Magdalene, Peter and all the rest to grasp the truth that Jesus had risen from the dead, they had seen him and could tell the tale. We don't have their firsthand experience. For every generation since, the declaration "The Lord is risen!" has been a matter of proclamation rather than personal testimony.

But there are other ways of encountering him. Although he has departed from this earth physically, he continues to be present among us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we proclaim "He is risen!" this Easter, we're not only handing on, secondhand, the testimony of those first apostles. We're also bearing witness to our own sense of his nearness.

Come celebrate that glorious news on Easter Day!

Pastor Carl

Lamington Church Welcomes
Guest Trumpeter, Haochen Wang

On Sunday , April 21, Lamington Church will celebrate Easter with two worship services -- 9:00AM and 11:00AM (with a children's egg hunt between services).

We welcome to worship guest trumpeter, Haochen Wang. Mr. Wang, from Tianjin, China, just southeast of Beijing, is in his second year of graduate study at Westminster Choir College of Rider University completing the Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree. He has served as bass section leader and graduate student assistant of the Symphonic Choir. Easter morning at Lamington Church is sure to be filled with beautiful music.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday is titled, "Something to Hold Onto", and is based on John 20:1-18.

"Christ is risen!" Come, join us for Easter worship!
The flowers in the Sanctuary are a gift from members and friends of The Lamington Presbyterian Church. They are given to the glory of God and in joyous celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!
 
Cindy and Scott Campbell
Lynn and Mac Carter
Marlene Connors
The Frankel Family
Valerie Fraser
Dee, Beth and Kent Gladish
The Hance Family
Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Henry
Mary Jenkins
The Larsen Family
Etta and John Marshall
Patty and John Muchmore
The Paine Family
Georgie and Reeve Schley
The Thomas Family
Lauren Tucker
The Revs. Claire Pula and Carl Wilton
The Wittpenn Family
  
(We apologize for any names that were accidentally omitted.)
New Adult Bible Study Opportunity

Beginning this Wednesday-April 24 , come to the Manse for coffee and goodies from 7:00-8:00PM and for a new 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 themes are as follows:

1. The Great Arc of Creation, from Garden to Garden City ( please read Genesis 2:4-15 and Revelation 21:9-14 and 22:1-5 )
2. Creatures of God: Finite and Flourishing
3. Creatures of God: Mutually Dependent
4. Creatures of God: God Does Not Clone
5. Sin and Redemption: God Doesn't Go Back
6. Sending, Gathering, Sending Again: The Heartbeat of the Mission of God

Participants will be asked to make a donation of $10 for the cost of their book. It would help our planning if you'd notify Regina in the church office that you're planning to come, but even if you don't, please come anyway!
New Members Lunch
with Pastor Carl

Are you interested in becoming a member of Lamington Church?

If you'd like to find out more, please come to our upcoming New Members lunch with Pastor Carl after church on Sunday, May 5, 11:30AM to 1:30PM.

If you like what you see, there will be an opportunity to meet with some members of the Session, who will vote to receive you into membership.

Please contact Pastor Carl at (908) 910-5360 -or- cwilton99@gmail.com to let him know you are coming!
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...
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!
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
A MESSAGE FROM PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION...
Volunteers needed to teach in Thailand

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

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.

The most important qualification for a CVT mission worker is the desire to share the love of God with the Thai people. A college degree is needed to obtain a visa, but no teaching experience is required — only a fluency in English without a strong accent.

To find out more, check out this article , or click on the image below to view a short video.
Upcoming Liturgists
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Nivita Thomas
11:00AM - Valerie Fraser
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
9:00AM - Mary Jenkins
11:00AM - Eleanor Halsey
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
Easter Sunday, April 21
no coffee hour
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

Easter Sunday, April 21
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
9:00AM  1st Worship Service
10:00AM  Egg Hunt--between services
11:00AM  2nd Worship Service
Tuesday, April 23
7:00PM Common Threads
Wednesday, April 24
7:00PM Adult Bible Study - manse
Saturday, April 27
10:30AM Presbyterian Palate Cooking -
LPC kitchen
Sunday, April 28
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
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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