Friends,

The Quaker spiritual writer, Douglas Van Steere, tells of a potato farmer he once knew in Michigan. The man was frugal to a fault. He was so tight that he planted only the peelings of his potatoes as seed. He fed the insides to his livestock.

His method worked fine in years when there was plenty of moisture. But when the rains failed, he nearly always lost his crop. In years of drought, only the farmers who planted whole potatoes enjoyed a harvest.

Steere teaches that, in our spiritual lives, it’s only when we plant the whole of ourselves, not just life’s “peelings,” that we reap a bountiful harvest.

The time is upon us to consider what we are going to give to Christ's work - through Lamington Presbyterian Church - in the year to come. Claire and I will be making our giving decision this Sunday, along with many of you. We'll decide if we're going to give just life's peelings, or whether we'll risk offering up whole potatoes, with an eye to the future harvest.

It's the climax of our Consecration Sunday generosity campaign.

Here's what's going to happen. The Rev. Kathy Henry will be with us as our guest preacher, speaking on the spiritual nature of Christian generosity (you can read Kathy's bio below). At the conclusion of our worship service, the ushers will hand out estimate of giving cards, and Kathy will lead us through a time of prayer and reflection as we fill them out. She'll invite us, when we're done with that task, to get up and place our cards in a basket on the Communion table. After doing that, we'll walk through to the Gladish Room, where we'll enjoy our Celebration Luncheon, with catered Italian food provided by the Il Forno restaurant.

The act of filling out an estimate of giving card is completely voluntary. There's no pressure to join in: you could, in fact, drop a blank estimate of giving card into the basket, and no one would be the wiser. But we hope you won't do that. We hope you'll make this commitment between you and your God, and remember it as you make your gifts to the church throughout 2019.

During the luncheon, those members of our church who confidentially track member giving throughout the year will add up the total of all the 2019 estimates of giving, and combine that total with other anticipated income (rental income, income from investments and a projection - based on past giving patterns - of giving by members and friends who aren't able to join us in worship this Sunday). We'll announce that grand total before the luncheon is over - which will truly give us something to celebrate!

Between now and the end of the year, the Session will put together the 2019 church budget, based on this information.

You may have noticed that this is the opposite of the way other stewardship campaigns may have been conducted in the past. We haven't prepared a 2019 church budget yet. There's a reason for that. Nowhere in the Bible are Christians encouraged to give to a budget. We're encouraged, instead, simply to give to God: boldly, joyfully, extravagantly. The budget comes later, after the "harvest" (of estimates of giving) is brought in.

This understanding of Christian generosity is based on the need of the giver to give, not the need of the church to receive.

Douglas Van Steere concludes his reflection on generosity with a line from the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno: “Sow yourselves, sow the living part of yourselves, in the furrows of life.”

On Consecration Sunday, we'll prepare ourselves to do just that, to the glory of God. I hope you'll be able to join us on what will be, for this congregation, a day of celebration!

P.S. - Even if you didn't have a chance to RSVP for the Consecration Sunday luncheon, please come anyway. There will be plenty to go around!

Pastor Carl
Welcome
The Rev. Kathryn Henry

This Sunday, November 11, is Consecration Sunday and we welcome as guest preacher, the Rev. Kathryn Henry. Kathy graduated from Princeton Seminary in 2002 as a second-career student and was called to the Peapack Reformed Church in Gladstone in October 2003. She retired from that call this past August, having served that congregation as a solo pastor for nearly 15 years. 
       
As a member of the Committee on Ministry for the Elizabeth Presbytery, Kathy was a liaison to five churches, including Lamington. She guided the search teams for both the interim minister and our Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton.
      
Kathy and her husband live in Tewksbury. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.  

In music, the Prelude and Postlude will feature pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Music Director Jim Goldsworthy. The Anthem is If ye love me by Thomas Tallis.

Please join us after our 10:15AM worship service to celebrate Consecration Sunday with a special luncheon.
Serve with Us! 
SHIP’S Galley Soup Kitchen
Friday, November 16

On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Lamington Church gather to prepare meals for The Samaritan Homeless Interim Program soup kitchen--SHIP’s Galley.  Join us on Friday, November 16 to help prepare and serve a hot meal at this local mission. Volunteers will meet at 11:00AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church (158 West High Street, Somerville).  If you are able to help with this project, please call Dyanne Diaz-Piedra at (908) 442-3544, or Mary Jenkins at (908) 704-9197. The Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) is a vital service to the community, and unfortunately, the need continues to rise. For more information about SHIP’s, check out their website at:
Elizabethport Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive

Please donate frozen turkeys by Monday, November 19 . To make our gift of turkeys even more meaningful and to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal, please consider also donating non-perishable sides such as: yams, gravy, canned vegetables and stuffing packages. Items are being collected NOW! Please place turkeys in the freezer located by the side door closest to the manse. The non-perishable items can be placed next to the freezer. Turkeys and items can be dropped off during church office hours Tuesday-Friday from 10:00AM-4:00PM or Sundays before worship. To make other arrangements for drop-off, please contact the church office at (908) 572-7013 or email lamingtonchurch@gmail.com.
Do You Have a Trumpet?

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Somerset County has a new client: 13-year-old Angelique, a young musician who plays the trumpet. Angelique is in need of a trumpet of his own. If you or someone you know has a trumpet you can donate, please contact Karen Donohue at IHN: (908) 704-1920 or karen@ihnsc.org .
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 behind the Gladish Room during the week of November 25.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, November 11 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, November 18 - Jim Grubel
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 11 - Mary Jenkins & Monica Thomas
Sunday, November 18 - Sallye Grubel
Sunday, November 25 - John Gordon
Sunday, December 2 - open
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 11 - Consecration Sunday Lunch
Sunday, November 18 - Carol Cummins & Valerie Fraser
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 11
* Consecration Sunday *
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:15AM Celebratiion Luncheon
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Monday, November 12
5:00PM Finance Committee-Tewksbury Inn
6:30PM Session Meeting--Gladish Room
(Session members, please note later start time)
Tuesday, November 13
7:00PM Common Threads--Gladish Room
Friday, November 16
11:00AM SHIP'S Galley--Somerville, NJ
Sunday, November 18
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Communion
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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