From the Pastor...

How have you fared during the recent storms? We've had two trees knocked down here on the church property, but no other damage. We're grateful that we never lost power.

Unfortunately, that's not true for a number of Lamington Church members. Some are still without power, and the electric company's estimate for when the lights will go back on keeps getting pushed back. I understand that a few secondary roads are still impassable, due to fallen trees and downed electrical wires.

It's a deeply frustrating situation that grows more annoying with each day that goes by.

If you can read this announcement and are in that situation, please feel free to stop by the church to charge your mobile phone or use the Internet - or just to get warm, if that's an issue. I know many of those who are still without power have generators or are bunking with friends or relatives temporarily, but if you're aware of anyone who's at risk as a result of the power outages, please let us know and we'll do what we can to help.

Thinking back to our experience living near ground zero during Superstorm Sandy, I remember well what it felt like to go without electricity for many days. It got so very dark at night. Somehow it seemed that the advance of civilization had been pushed back a little, and we were living - at least in a few ways - much as our ancestors did.

That was true for the people who founded this congregation. In the 1700s, one of the most costly items in everyone's household budget was tallow candles. Knowing how much they cost, most people used them sparingly, going to bed just after sunset and waking with the dawn.

For most of human history, the imagery of light and darkness Jesus uses in John chapter 3 has had more resonance than it usually does for us. We can vanquish physical darkness with the flick of a light switch, but not so for our ancestors. To the first readers of John's Gospel, night was a dark curtain descending over all the world. A flickering oil lamp was a mere impertinence.

Jesus tells the Pharisee Nicodemus - who had snuck over to visit him at night, so no one else would know - "Those who do what is true come to the light." In our electrically-charged overconfidence, we sometimes imagine that darkness of the spiritual variety is no longer as real as it once was. But it is. There is still a need to come to the light of Jesus Christ.

Whether or not your lights are working at home this Sunday, come join your church community as celebrate the good news in worship!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Carl
58 th Annual Basket Day on May 12
How can you help?

This year's Basket Day is Saturday, May 12 from 9:30AM-4:30PM with Preview Night the Friday evening before at 6:00PM. Basket Day is our church's annual fundraiser; it also offers a special opportunity for us to extend a springtime welcome to the larger local community. LPC volunteers, working side-by-side, find that Basket Day helps them deepen their relationships with each other. 

Meridith Scott, Basket Day Committee Chair, is looking for volunteers to fill out this year's list of helpers. "The proverb, 'many hands make light work' is truly appropriate when describing Basket Day," says Meridith. "When our congregation comes together, it's a magical time at LPC."

Committees include the Treasure Tent, Promise Tree, Silent Auction, Presbyterian Palate, Marketing, Luncheon and more. "Volunteers can do as much or little as they wish," continues Meridith. "I strongly encourage everyone to get involved."

To learn more, visit the Basket Day table during coffee hour on Sundays or contact Meridith at (908) 236-0206 or .
Join Our "Liker Gang"!
Your church needs you to join a "Liker Gang"! No, we didn't say "biker gang". We need a large number of Facebook users to commit to doing something on behalf of the church that will take less than five minutes a day, but will make a big difference in the visibility of our church to the larger community.

Facebook has recently made changes to what appears in a user's news feed. The main impact of this change is that items posted by organizations are no longer visible to as many Facebook users. One solution would be to invest in advertising through Facebook and they would promote our posts — t his solution could get expensive and is not in our current budget. A simpler solution and one that wouldn’t cost us anything is to increase the number of “likes” to LPC’s Facebook page. Pages that consistently get a large number of “likes” are seen by more people in their local area. All we need you to do, when you open up Facebook, is to be sure to visit the church's Facebook page and "like" the page itself, and — this is the important thing — to go there every day after that, clicking on "like" for every new item you see posted there. 

We’re also looking for someone to coordinate and lead the work of LPC’s Liker Gang . We have set up a private Facebook group where members of the Liker Gang can coordinate with each other. The Presbytery’s social media consultant, John Fong, will help our Liker Gang leader with ideas about how to increase participation. If you are interested in becoming LPC’s Liker Gang leader or a member of the group, please contact Regina in the church office by phone or email . What a great and easy way to help our church — and best of all you don’t even have to leave your house or change out of you pajamas!

Please visit our Facebook page every day your faithful commitment is a blessing to our church!
Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday  - March 25 at 10:15AM
Maundy Thursday  - March 29 at 7:00PM
Good Friday  - Sanctuary open
for quiet prayer and reflection
Easter Day - April 1 - 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(egg hunt immediately after 9:00AM worship)
Coffee Hour Hosts for the Month

Sunday, March 11 - Katina & Ivan Medina
Sunday, March 18 - Dana & Angus Miller
Sunday, March 25 - Lori & Bob Luciano

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 .

Instructions for coffee hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen. You can also click here to view the coffee hour instructions .
Deacons on Duty
for the Month
Sunday, March 11
Eleanor Halsey and Sandi Ramsey
Sunday, March 18
Mary Jenkins and Julie Murray
Sunday, March 25
Sallye Grubel and John Gordon

(A note to the Deacons: If you have a scheduling change or want to sign up for a Sunday, please call Monica Thomas at (908) 450-7278 or email at . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office. Click here to view the Deacon Worship Duties.)
for the Month
Sunday, March 11
Ritika Thomas
Sunday, March 18
Ann Silk
Sunday, March 25
(Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up for this date.)

A wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship is by volunteering to read scripture. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside the church office. Click here to view the Worship Leader instructions.
Church Humor

The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Saturday, March 10
Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed!
Sunday, March 11--Daylight Saving Time Begins
8:45AM Choir Practice
9:15AM Mission Meeting
10:15AM Worship--Fourth Sunday in Lent
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Monday, March 12
6:00PM Session Meeting
Tuesday, March 13
7:00PM Common Threads
Friday, March 16
11:00AM SHIP's Galley in Somerville, NJ
Sunday, March 18
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship--Fifth Sunday in Lent
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir

Save the Dates!
Sunday, April 22 after worship
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12
Preview Night 6:00PM & Basket Day 9:30AM-4:30PM
Sunday, May 20 at 4:00PM
The Installation of the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton as Pastor of 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
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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