A Service of Witness to the Resurrection, giving thanks to God for the life of Elder Harry Carpenter , will take place in the Sanctuary THIS Saturday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m. The family invites friends to join them for a reception afterwards at the Essex Hunt Club.

In a month or so, a great many of us will gather around Thanksgiving dinner tables with members of our extended families. When relatives come together from across the miles, the potential for conflict is always there. No matter how much we love our family members, some of us dread these holiday reunions for that very reason.

More than any time I can remember, divisions of opinion among Americans are sharply defined. From the halls of Congress to the neighborhood coffee shop, viewpoints are strongly held and sharply defended. Whether the topic is politics, theology or even meteorology, there seems to be a whole lot more talking than listening going on. In the worst cases our relationships are threatened, even sundered.

As Peter, Paul and the other apostles bore the gospel of Christ across the Mediterranean world, they often found themselves in conflict with those who held contrary convictions. Within the Jewish community in particular, intense conflicts raged over who Jesus was, and what his life, death and rumored resurrection meant for the children of Israel.

Sometimes those conflicts got pretty intense: life-or-death intense. In Acts 5 , we hear how Peter and a few others risked death at the hands of their opponents.

On trial before the high priest and his council, it was touch-and-go for a while. But then a wise old elder of Israel, a Pharisee by the name of Gamaliel, saved them. He introduced a principle for handling conflict within the religious community that defused the dangerous situation: encouraging the combatants to back off and let God resolve the situation in time. It's a way of living together with unresolved conflict, without letting the conflict destroy us.

Gamaliel's principle is articulated in another form by Paul in Ephesians 4:2 , as he speaks of "bearing with one another in love" - or, as the King James Version puts it, "forbearance."

That principle has found its way into the foundational principles of Presbyterian governance. One of the Historic Principles of Church Order that have been part of our Book of Order since 1797 is "mutual forbearance." This Sunday, we'll look at how mutual forbearance is lived out in the life of the Christian community.

If we can learn to practice mutual forbearance in the church, then dare we hope that our example could help other human communities resolve their differences as well?

In our worship service this week, we'll extend a warm welcome to kids and adults from the Elizabethport Center, who are coming to add their voices of praise to our own, and then to join some of us for an apple-picking expedition. We'd love for you to join us for both. More details below...

Pastor Carl
Sunday Worship
October 14, 2018

This Sunday will be filled with special music. LPC member Emma Mistele will play piano solos for the prelude and postlude--pieces by  Maurice Ravel. Our friend Nancy Manigo from Elizabethport Center will sing a solo during the offertory. And Music Director Jim Goldsworthy will play an instrumental solo-- Biblical Songs, Op. 99, V. "I will Sing Thee Songs of Gladness" (Psalm 144: 9; Psalm 145; 1-3, 5, 6) by Antonin Dvořák.  

Come and enjoy the beautiful music and singing!
Church Office Hours

Starting on Monday, October 15, Lamington Church will have new office hours. The church office will be open the same amount of time per week, but will now be closed on Mondays and will be open longer Tuesday through Friday--10:00AM to 4:00PM. Stop by and see us sometime!
E’port at LPC and Apple Picking
Sunday, October 14

Our friends from Elizabethport will be joining us for worship on Sunday, October 14. We will enjoy a special coffee hour together before going apple picking. Come, introduce yourself, make our guests feel welcome, and meet some new friends. All are welcome to join us for a fun afternoon at Mellick’s Town Farm. Need more information? Please contact Chris Smith at  smitpvil@comcast.net or (908) 208-0233.
Serve with Us! 
SHIP’S Galley Soup Kitchen
Friday, October 19

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, October 19 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, checkout their website at http://www.stjohnsomerville.org/ships_galley .
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 21 at 4:00PM

Join us on Sunday, October 21 at 4:00PM and bring the furry-haired, the shiny-scaled, the slippery and slimy, the bug-eyed crawlers, and the fluffy-feathered members of your family for a blessing. All creatures great and small are welcomed. We will gather at the back of the church in the parking lot. Hope you can join us and bring a friend!
A New Hymnal: Glory to God

Since 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has had a new hymnal: Glory to God: Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Songs. It replaces the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal we're currently using.

In the five years that it's been out, Glory to God has been a smashing success: it's the best-selling Presbyterian hymnal in history. In order to make room for recent hymns, it's a practical necessity that some older hymns must be removed--but in the case of this hymnal, the selection committee has done a superb job of keeping the best-loved and most familiar of the older hymns.

As for the newer material, there are a great many hymns we're likely not only to use, but use often. The result is that we have very little to lose, and a great deal to gain by getting this new hymnal.

The Session has decided to appeal to the congregation for special gifts to fund the roughly $5,000 cost. We will need 245 hymnals and two accompanist's editions. The requested donation for each hymnal is $20; at the donor’s option, each gift can be noted on a bookplate, as given in memory of or in honor of a friend or loved one. The hope is to raise sufficient funds to purchase the new hymnals by the end of 2018.

We'll soon have special envelopes available to use for contributions. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Regina in the church office, to let her know how many hymnals you would like to buy, and what sort of memorial/in honor of donation you would like to have inscribed on the bookplate(s).

Thank you in advance for your generosity, that will enrich our worship in many and marvelous ways!

Over the coming weeks, we'll post here in the newsletter videos of some of the great new hymns in Glory to God. The first is an Easter hymn, "In the Bulb There Is a Flower," by Natalie Sleeth, also known as "Hymn of Promise." This lyrical piece was first conceived as a choir anthem in 1985, performed at the Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, during a festival concert of Sleeth's music. Long known as a composer of anthems, especially for children, Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992) has written more than 200 choral pieces.
At their meeting of October 8, 2018, the Session took the following actions:

1. Decided to send out an evaluation survey for Basket Day, to get ideas for improving next year’s event.

2. Heard about plans for the 2019 Confirmation Class, which will begin meeting in January.

3. Voted to change the church office hours to Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am until 4:00pm. The office will be closed on Mondays.

4. Received with regret, from Elder Dorita Pawlikowski, a letter of resignation from the Session.

5. Expressed gratitude for a bequest of $25,000 that is in the will of the late Elder Harry Carpenter.

6. Learned of plans for the Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m.

7. Celebrated the success of the Big Band Concert, and made plans to hold the event again on Saturday, September 28, 2019 (subject to the availability of the band).

8. Voted to adopt the Presbyterian Church’s  Glory to God  hymnal (2013), to be funded with gifts from the congregation.

9. Learned from the Property Committee that the steps taken to relocate the bats that had been living in the church steeple appear to have been successful, although there is still some clean-up to be done.

10. Decided to have “Nametag Sundays” periodically, asking those attending worship and coffee hour to fill out and wear nametags, so we can get to know one another better.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, October 14 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, October 21 - open
Sunday, October 28 - 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, October 14 - Hunter Lewis
Sunday, October 21 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, October 28 - John Gordon

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, October 14 - Monica & Immanual Thomas
Sunday, October 21 - Barbara & Jim Tiesi
Sunday, October 28 - Jansyn Tropea

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, October 14
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
after Coffee Hour Lunch - Apple Picking friends from E'port
Friday, October 19
11:00AM SHIP's Galley--Somerville, NJ
Sunday, October 21
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
4:00PM - Blessing of the Animals at 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
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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