From the Pastor...

We gather in worship this Sunday on the third most important festival of the Christian year: the Day of Pentecost. Compared to Christmas and Easter, the other two big Christian holidays, Pentecost seems a rather distant third. There's no decorating, no gift-giving, no special meals.

There is, however, the abiding wonder of a church aflame with enthusiasm. No one today could possibly imagine what it was like to see the tongues of flame, to hear the baffling babble of languages - as described in Acts 2:1-21 . Whatever it was that those disciples experienced, it changed their lives.

Not only that, it changed the world. The Holy Spirit transformed that hesitant band into a bold community of witness, equipped with the spiritual gifts to take the good news to the ends of the earth.

My sermon title is "The Language of Home." Maybe our true first language is not English, or whatever other tongue we learned as children. Maybe it's something else altogether.

This Sunday, our worship doesn't end with the morning service. We'll reconvene at 4:00PM for my Service of Installation as Pastor. It's a service of the Presbytery of Elizabeth, because it is in the Presbytery - rather than in the local congregation - that Presbyterian pastors have their membership. There will be colleagues of mine in attendance from around the Presbytery, as well as family and friends from afar. Installations are of great interest to members of the congregation as well, of course, so I do hope you can come and experience this special time of worship that marks the official beginning of my ministry here.

I feel like one of those TV pitchmen when I say, "Wait - there's more!" It doesn't end with the Installation. Through the generosity of church member Harry Carpenter, we'll enjoy the music of the Presbybop Jazz Quintet , both during the Installation Service and in a special one-hour concert that will follow right after that, beginning as close to 5:00 as we can manage. Then, around 6:00, we'll retire to the Gladish Room for a reception that will include a dinner of hors d'oeuvres and other delights prepared by our church's talented cooks.

It will be a memorable day for our church community - and, of course, for me. I hope you can be a part of it!

Pastor Carl
“And how is it that we hear, each of us,
           in our own native language?”
           Acts 2:8

Sunday, May 20, is the Day of Pentecost. On this day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Please come and worship with us at 10:15AM.

In music this Sunday, the anthem, "Look at the World" by John Rutter, will be led by the Lamington Children's and Adult Choirs with the congregation joining in. This is the final Sunday of singing for both choirs before the summer break. The choirs will resume singing and rehearsals in the fall. Watch for more information later in the summer!

The flowers this week are given by the Lamington Presbyterian Church congregation to the glory of God and in celebration of the installation of the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton as our new pastor.
The installation of the Reverend Dr. Carl Wilton as Pastor of the Lamington Presbyterian Church will be this Sunday, May 20 at 4:00PM .

This service of the Presbytery of Elizabeth will feature Bill Carter and the Presbybop Jazz Quintet, who will also play a concert immediately following the service. A reception in the Gladish Room will follow the concert.
Hope to see you there!
Click on this photo to view a recent video of the Presbybop Jazz Quartet playing in a worship setting - although when they're here with us, they'll be a quintet.

The Rev. Bill Carter, founder and leader of Presbybop, will be the preacher at the installation service as well.
Sunday, May 20 is the final day of the spring for choir rehearsals and singing service music. On September 9 (Kick-Off Sunday) our beloved choir will generously help lead us once again in worship. We thank one and all choir members for their musical contributions across the past months.

All the best,
Jim (
Thank you so much to all who rang with the Lamington Bell Choir this year! It was such a joy to take over the program and watch you grow as musicians! If you missed out to play this year—reach out and join next year!

Sunday is the final performance of the spring for the Children's Choir! Thank you for making music with me this year! I can't wait to join forces and lift our voices together again in the fall! 

See you all in September!

Happy ringing & singing,
Bess (
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) 
Guests Arrive on Sunday, May 27
Two families (with two 1-year olds) will be our guests during the week of May 27. There are many ways to be a small part of this mission at Lamington. Meridith Scott and Debby Johnson are organizing the week of volunteers. While Debby has all “cooks” lined up, Meridith still needs volunteers during the time slots of 7:00-9:00PM, and 9:00PM-6:00AM (overnights). 
Being a host during both of these timeframes is actually quite easy to do. During the 7:00-9:00PM timeframe, you are simply “present” to answer questions or engage in conversation. Many times, our guests will retire to their rooms early so be sure to bring a book to read. Overnight hosts arrive at 9:00PM and can sleep in our host room (or some prefer our comfortable couches downstairs). Meridith will set up a queen-size blow-up bed for those who would like to use this versus the cot. Just bring your sleeping bag! In the morning, you simply ensure our guests are up and out by 6:00AM. The IHN bus arrives at that time. Two LPC hosts must be present during these times.
Evenings and overnights available include: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She also needs help with set-up and clean-up on Sunday, May 27 and Sunday, June 2.
Please contact Meridith at  -or- call (908) 797-6805 to be part of IHN at LPC.

Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, May 20 - Rich Ramsay
Sunday, May 27 - Duncan Rose

Please Help--
We REALLY Need Liturgists!
Volunteering to read scripture is a wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Many Sundays are in need of a liturgist! Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Deacons on Duty
Sunday, May 20 - Hunter Lewis & Sandi Ramsay
Sunday, May 27 - John Gordon & Mary Jenkins

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, . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, June 3 - Melinda Nye
Sunday, June 10 - Suzy Nagle
Sunday, June 17 - Susan & Patrick Palmer
Sunday, June 24 - Dorita & Ron Pawlikowski

Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. The schedule has been sent to your home and 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.

The Upcoming Week
at Lamington

Sunday, May 20
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
4:00PM Carl's Installation & Reception
Tuesday, May 22
7:00PM Common Threads
Friday, May 25
office closed Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, May 27
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Monday, May 28
office closed Memorial Day

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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