Friends,

Keeping score. It's a big part of the Super Bowl, or any sporting event. Fans in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium will spend the evening glancing back and forth between the action on the field and the record of that action on the scoreboard. Those of us watching the game at home won't have to turn our heads to keep track of the score. There it will be, a constant presence at the corner of our screen.

Sporting events aren't the only time when people keep score. It happens a lot in relationships as well. Most of the time, that's not a good thing.

In his famous "hymn to love," 1 Corinthians 13, Paul points out that "love...is not irritable or resentful." Resentment can build over time in even the strongest relationships, and it's usually based on some form of scorekeeping. The compulsion to keep score can be so strong that it can extend even to offenses we decided to forgive long ago. Yet, forgiveness is not truly complete until the score is zeroed out.

The big game doesn't begin until the evening, so there's plenty of time to come to worship this Sunday morning. Join us, as we think together about this other form of scorekeeping. Unlike a football game, relationship scorekeeping doesn't enhance our experience, but rather detracts from our capacity to love one another.

Pastor Carl
Communion Sunday
February 3

Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Here at Lamington Church, i n an effort to instill strong memories and faithful practices in our children, we invite all c hildren to stay in worship on Communion Sundays. Studies demonstrate that the earlier a person is immersed in the flow of worship the more likely worship will be an integral part of their adult life. If needed, childcare is available.
 
This week in music, the prelude, offertory, and postlude will feature pieces by Felix Mendelssohn. The Choir's anthem, " Song of Devotion" by John Ness Beck, is based on Philippians 1:3-11. Paul seems to have felt special affection for the church in Philippi, and begins his letter to them with words of warm regard. “I thank my God every time I remember you,” he writes, “constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.” And what is that prayer? “...that your love may overflow more and more.” This song celebrates the love of a pastor for his people, a love they, in turn, are sharing with the world .

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Scores Not Worth Keeping" is based on 1 Corinthians 13 . While 1 Corinthians 13—often called the “hymn to love” — is a popular choice for weddings, it’s about so much more. Paul wrote it not with couples in mind, but in order to challenge the members of a conflicted church to settle their differences. In addressing that crisis, he goes far beyond the needs of the moment to celebrate love as the greatest of spiritual gifts.

The Choir’s anthem, “Song of Devotion,” is based on Philippians 1:3-11. Paul seems to have felt special affection for the church in Philippi, and begins his letter to them with words of warm regard. “I thank my God every time I remember you,” he writes, “constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.” And what is that prayer? “...that your love may overflow more and more.” This song celebrates the love of a pastor for his people, a love they, in turn, are sharing with the world.

Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM.
Did you know we archive Pastor Carl's sermon manuscripts on our website?  Maybe you were ill, traveling or unable to attend Sunday worship for another reason. Perhaps you just want to enjoy the sermon for a second time, or share it with a friend. Click the button below to read the sermons that you missed--or revisit the ones that you found most meaningful!  
Did you know we also archive LPC's weekly e-newsletter on our website?  Don't worry if you accidentally deleted the email or missed a week--we have that covered too! Click the button below for the list of archived weekly e-newsletters.  
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Confirmation Classes Set to Begin

The first Confirmation class is after worship this Sunday, February 3 from 11:30AM-1:00PM, at the church. This first meeting is a different time, because it's Super Bowl Sunday (we'll have some lunch food available). In subsequent weeks, the class will meet on Sundays from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Reminder--Register for the Confirmation Retreat
The Confirmation Retreat at Camp Johnsonburg is the weekend of  February 22-24  (Friday evening through Sunday morning). The deadline to register   is   February 8--if you have not yet registered, please do so now . Parents: please visit the Camp Johnsonburg website as soon as possible and register your young person(s) for the retreat, which is an integral part of our Confirmation program here at LPC.

Here's how to register:
  1. Go to www.campjburg.org
  2. Click on REGISTER ONLINE
  3. If you already have a Johnsonburg account (if your young person went to the fall one-day retreat, you probably do), then use that logon and password. If not please create a new account.
  4. When the registration screen comes up, click on ADD NEW PROGRAM
  5. When it asks for a Group Registration Code, enter: LPCCR
  6. Click on SAVE/NEXT
  7. Click on the check box, then SAVE/NEXT
  8. Then, follow the directions on the screens that follow, entering the information the Camp needs to know, and to arrange for payment of the fee by credit card. (End each screen with the SAVE/NEXT button.)

If you want to ask a question of the Camp registrar, Kim Italiano, you can phone her at (908) 852-2401. If you experience any difficulties with the online registration process or have any other questions, please call Pastor Carl at (908) 910-5360.

Note: If you know of a young person who is interested in being confirmed, please contact the church office.
  IHN at LPC
A Few More Slots to Fill--Won't You Help?
LPC is scheduled to host  four families—five adults and nine children —the week of February 10-17. Please support this important mission by cooking meals (5:00PM–7:00PM), helping out in the evenings (7:00PM-9:00PM), or staying overnight (9:00PM–6:00AM). We also need help with set up on Sunday morning, February 10 (around 8:30AM) and pack up on Sunday morning, February 17 (around 8:30AM). 
 
Click the button below to join the Set Up Crew
Click the button below to sign-up and be an IHN Host
Click the button below to join the Clean Up Crew
Please contact  Debby Johnson  about meals  ( debrabjohnson@gmail.com  or (908) 832-7230)  and  Meridith Scott   ( meridith1027@gmail.com  or (908) 797-6805)  for other ways to help.
Weekly Adult Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday evenings for our weekly adult Bible study, from 7:00-8:00PM. These "fireside Bible studies" are led by Pastor Carl at the Manse.

The first series of studies is on the Parables of Jesus: a different parable each week. This week's passage is The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven , Matthew 13:31-33 . 
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, February 3
Joe Scott
Sunday, February 10
Valerie Fraser
Sunday, February 17
Ann Silk
Sunday, Febraury 24
Paul Napolitan
Sunday, March 3
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 hanging on the bulletin board outside the church office.


Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Sunday, February 3 - Monica Immanual & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, February 10 - Laurel Rose
Sunday, February 17 - open
Sunday, February 24 - Eleanor Halsey & Etta Marshall
Sunday, March 3 - Etta Marshall

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. Click here to view the Deacon on Duty Worship Instructions.

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

Sunday, February 3
Andree & John Gordon
Sunday, February 10
Sallye & Jim Grubel
Sunday, February 17
Eleanor & Greg Halsey
Sunday, February 24
Nancy Hance
Sunday, March 3
Bonnie Hanna & Mary Jenkins
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

SAVE THE DATE!
Library Launch Party at Elizabethport
 
On Saturday, February 16 (time to be determined), we are planning to launch the new Elizabethport (E’port) Community Library with a party for the families of E'port. Please join us and plan to be a part of this wonderful celebration!
 
Please contact Susan Scott with questions and/or let her know if you plan to join us for the festivities-- susanscott823@gmail.com .
of the
Congregation and Corporation

When:
February 24, 2019
Time:
Immediately after Worship
Where:
Sanctuary

The meeting will includ e a number of reports on the life of our church and we will elect the slate of leadership candidates presented by the Nominating Committee.

(Please note that the Annual Meeting date has been changed from Sunday, January 27 to Sunday, February 24. In the event of snow, the meeting will take place at the same time the following Sunday--March 3.)
Next Week at Lamington

Sunday, February 3
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship-Communion
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Confirmation Class
Wednesday, February 6
7:00PM Bible Study--Manse
Sunday, February 10
8:30AM IHN Set Up Crew
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Monday, February 11
6:00PM Session Meeting
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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