Friends,

They were still talking about the famous psychology experiment when I was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary in the late 1970s - although the experiment had taken place a number of years before.

The experiment was conducted by a psychology professor from Princeton University by the name of John Darley. His subjects were students from Princeton Seminary. The students - who didn't know they were the subjects of a psychology experiment - were given instructions to walk several blocks across the nearby university campus to attend a lecture.

Along the way they encountered a man who appeared to be having some medical difficulties. He was slumped over and groaning in a passageway. He was really just an actor, but the students didn't know that.

The students had been given different information about the starting time of the lecture they were headed for. Some thought they had barely enough time to make it. Others thought they had plenty of time.

What Darley found was that, among the group who thought they were late, only 10 percent stopped to inquire if the man was all right. For those who thought they had plenty of time, nearly 6 times as many stopped.

Do the math, and you'll realize that still isn't great. Nearly half of the students who weren't in a hurry still didn't stop. And remember: these were seminary students!

Darley's study is a classic example of what's become known as the Bystander Effect. He found that the single biggest factor influencing the decision to stop and help a person in need is whether or not the potential helper is in a hurry.

The other factor, confirmed in other studies, is whether or not the potential helper is in a crowd. Those in a crowd tend to assume someone else has already done something to help - whether or not that's actually the case.

When Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, the crowds lined the side of the road. There was plenty of fanfare and cheering. Then, but a few days later, as he stood before Pilate, no one asked the Governor to favor him over the convicted criminal Barabbas. On the contrary, the crowd yelled, "Crucify him!"

On Palm Sunday, we know what happens next. It hangs over the jubilant bystanders like a storm cloud. We also know the good news of Easter is not much further away: news so glorious, it's a counterweight to the despair of Calvary.

Lots of you will be in worship on Palm Sunday: everyone loves the kids waving palm branches and shouting Hosanna. Even more of you will be here on Easter Day: for who doesn't feel drawn by the triumphant resurrection hymns, accompanied by trumpet, and the carefree joy of the kids' Easter egg hunt between services?

In between is Maundy Thursday: an evening service of haunting beauty, as we hear the story not only of the first celebration of the Lord's Supper but also of our Lord's suffering for us.

This year's Maundy Thursday service is built around scripture passages from Luke's account of Jesus' passion, interspersed with verses from hymns. We're simply going to let the unadorned scriptures speak, with all their raw power. We'll actually begin the service with the Lord's Supper, rather than ending with it: because that's the sequence of events according to Luke.

I've never understood why Maundy Thursday isn't one of the best-attended services of the year. It used to be, back when I was growing up. I expect the same was true, historically, here at Lamington as well.

The gospel hasn't changed. But perhaps we have. Maybe we're more in a rush. Maybe we figure others in the crowd will come forward to stand vigil with our wounded Lord.

Join us in worship, not only on Palm Sunday, but on Maundy Thursday as well. You won't regret it!

Pastor Carl

All are invited to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week at Lamington Church on Palm Sunday, April 14 at 10:15AM.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday is titled, "On Leaving the Sidewalk", and is based on Luke 19:28-40.

Jim Goldsworthy and the Lamington Adult Choir will perform pieces by François Couperin, Gabriel Fauré, and Jehan Alain.

We hope you will also join us on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00pm for LPC's Maundy Thursday Worship Service. The service will be filled with contemplative music played by Jim Goldsworthy, our music director, featuring a solo by our soprano section leader, Victoria Borrelli.

On Easter Sunday , April 19, LPC will celebrate with two services--9:00AM and 11:00AM (with a children's egg hunt between services).

Come, join us for Holy Week as we prepare our hearts and minds for the joy of the Easter season.
One Great Hour of Sharing, is a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA), received during the season of Lent. Lamington Church will participate by having a special collection during worship  this Sunday, April 14—Palm Sunday . Presbyterians worldwide join together and help support projects that help lessen the cycles of poverty, hunger and thirst, as well as providing aid during times of crisis. One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in over 100 countries. Please consider giving to One Great Hour of Sharing. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot! For more information, please visit the PCUSA website.
Anybody remember this picture, from the Fall of 2012? Talk about "Repairers of the Breach"! Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, and caused terrible difficulties for people in this part of New Jersey as well. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance sent hundreds of volunteer work teams to our State, to help people rebuild. And where does PDA get most of its funding? From Presbyterians - and a large part of that comes from the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.

Your generosity to One Great Hour makes a huge difference. Thanks for giving!
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 between services)
Holy Week
April 14-April 20, 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?
JOIN US!
This Saturday, April 13

Elizabethport
Community Library Party
The  E'port Community Library launch party is set for this 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, call or text-- susanscott823@gmail.com; (908)442-3200.
Many Hands Make Light Work

Dear Friends,

Please join me after worship this Sunday, April 14, to fill Easter eggs for our children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I have the eggs, I have the candy, I just need help putting them together. Please grab a cuppa and a snack and meet me in the downstairs classroom. 

Many thanks and blessings!

Dyanne Diaz-Piedra
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 Regina Morris in the church office, (908) 572-7013, or email lamingtonchurch@gmail.com , to let us know you're coming!
Congratulations to LPC's 2019 Confirmands
photo courtesy of Immanual Thomas, April 7, 2019
(missing from photo: Ritika Thomas, who will be welcomed with our next new members class)
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

We Can Really Use Your Help!!
Basket Day Set Up Day
Sunday, May 5--immediately after worship

On Sunday, May 5, immediately after worship, please join us for our work day 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 Treasure Tent! Please let us know asap if you plan to attend--click the button below to sign up. Thank you!
Program assists parents with student loans
and pastors with loan repayments
  by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — Applications are now being accepted for the new  parent loan program  through the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Available for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members, the parent loan, administered through Financial Aid for Service, offers a 6 percent interest rate — a full percentage point lower than U.S. Department of Education parent PLUS loans.

“This is one loan you can feel good about because it’s a renewable resource,” said mission coordinator Laura Bryan, who oversees  Financial Aid for Service . “It helps parents now cover higher education costs, and through repayment, parents served today will return loan capital to serve other families. Plus, the interest payments on the PC(USA) parent loan will be used to provide student loan repayment assistance to pastors in the future.” ( To continue reading the article and for more information, please visit the PCUSA website.)
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 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
Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day)
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 14 - Monica Immanual and Melinda Nye
Maundy Thursday, April 18 - Eleanor Halsey
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Mary Jenkins
11:00AM - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, April 28 - open
Sunday, May 5 - open
Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day)
Etta Marshall and Jodi Antunes

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
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

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
Maundy Thursday, April 18
7:00PM Maundy Thursday Worship
Good Friday, April 19
Church Office Closed
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
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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