Friends,

This Sunday in worship, we'll celebrate the installation of those men and women who have recently been elected to the Session or the Board of Deacons.

Being installed to new terms as ruling elders will be Patrick Palmer, Duncan Rose, Meridith Scott, David Smith and Odesa Stapleton; and, as deacons, Sallye Grubel, Eleanor Halsey, Mary Jenkins, Etta Marshall, Melinda Nye, Barbara Pereyra and Joe Scott.

In addition, Etta Marshall - who has not served in that capacity before - will be ordained as a deacon.

A training session for all who are serving on the Session and Board of Deacons - both those being installed and those from the Class of 2020 who are continuing their service - will take place following worship (we'll have a light lunch available).

I'll be preaching this Sunday on Ephesians 4:4, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling..." There are many qualifications for those who serve as leaders of Christ's church, but one of the most vital in these days of social change is that our leaders be people of hope. Churches of every denomination are under unprecedented pressure from the larger culture. American society that was once broadly supportive of the church - respecting Sundays as set aside for religious observance - is now largely indifferent. There are some, frankly, who despair of the church's future.

We need leaders who see society's indifference as a challenge we can and will overcome. That's not going to take the form of bringing back the old "blue laws" that, in a bygone era, shuttered retail stores on Sundays and scheduled kids' sporting events on other days of the week. For generations, society accorded the Christian church preferential treatment, but those days are not coming back.

Christian people of hope remember that the church of Jesus Christ experienced the fastest growth in eras when society did not give it that kind of boost: sometimes even in times of actual persecution. Christians shared the good news with others, even as they created a fellowship of love that drew others into it like a magnet.

As long as we hold fast to hope, we can do that here and now. Join us in worship as we celebrate the hope of our new leaders' calling, and pledge to stand by them as they work to revitalize our common life here at Lamington!

Pastor Carl

Worship Notes
Ordination & Installation of Officers

This Sunday, we’ll join together in a very special act of worship: the ordaining and installing of elders and deacons elected by this congregation, to serve on the Session and on the Board of Deacons.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "The Hope in Our Calling" is based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16.

In music, we welcome high school student and congregation member Emma Mistele, on piano. Emma will begin with the prelude, playing a piece by Ludwig Van Beethoven--Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, II. Adagio. Ms. Mistele will also perform pieces by Franz Liszt for the offertory and postlude--Consolation No. 1 in E Major and Consolation No. 4 in D-flat Major.

The special music continues with the children's choir director, Bess Ploener, and the Lamington's Children's Choir, singing the anthem--"Every Time I Feel the Spirit", an African-American spiritual arranged by Joseph T. Jones.

Hope you will join us for worship on Sunday at 10:15AM!
Lenten Devotion--Week 3
March 24-30, 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?

(Click the button below to read this week's devotions.)
The Officers of the Lamington Presbyterian Church
Session
Class of 2020
Valerie Fraser
Jim Grubel
Greg Halsey
Alsison Paine
Georgie Schley
Immanual Thomas
Class of 2021
Hunter Lewis
Patrick Palmer
Duncan Rose
Meridith Scott (clerk)
David Smith
Odesa Stapleton
Deacons
Class of 2020
Cindy Campbell
Monica Immanual (secretary)
Etta Marshall
Sandi Ramsay
Laurel Rose
Class of 2021
Sallye Grubel (moderator)
Eleanor Halsey
Mary Jenkins
Melinda Nye
Barbara Pereyra
Joe Scott
Officer Training: A reminder to all elders and deacons (not just those being ordained or installed): Y ou are all encouraged to attend the two day officer training class that begins this Sunday, March 24, and continues on Sunday, March 31. The time for both days is 11:30AM to 1:30PM. A light lunch will be provided.
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. This year, you can sign up (and pay) online— watch for more info on this in the coming days . Look for our Patron table during coffee hours in April.

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 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!

Questions? Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs:
Erin Mistele: Patrons,  erinmistele@mac.com , (908) 234-1486
Carol Cummins: Silent Auction,  clrcummins23@gmail.com , (908) 625-4568
Julie Goetz: Treasure Tent, (908) 781-2036
Annie Silk: Presbyterian Palate,  asmlansingdesign@gmail.com , (908) 812-5933
To All Basket Day Volunteers
We're Taking a Group Selfie!

Join in on the fun! We will be taking a group photo this Sunday, March 24--after worship, and we want to include as many of our Basket Day helpers of all ages as we can—and of course Pastor Carl and Claire too! 

Be sure to bring or wear props, such as aprons for Presbyterian Palate, a flowerpot, your favorite Basket Day hat, etc. The photo will be sent to local papers and online publications along with our press release—so let's show the local community what a fun group we are!
Elizabethport Community Library

Next Work Day & Launch Party Date

Another Elizabethport ( E'port) Community Library work day is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, from 10:30AM to 3:30PM at the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center.  Volunteers should meet at LPC at 9:30AM for a ride. Please let Susan Scott know if are planning to volunteer-- susanscott823@gmail.com  or call/text (908) 442-3200.
 
The  E'port Community Library launch party is set for Saturday, April 13 from 11:00AM-2:00PM.  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 meet at the church no later than 8:30AM and, please let Susan know no later than March 30 if you are planning to help out.
 
We hope you will join us for these special LPC mission events.
Holy Week Flowers

You can now submit your orders online!
pay by credit card or check

If you would like to be part of the  Holy Week Flower Fund, you can now place your order online-- and --pay by credit card or check. Flowers for the sanctuary are priced at $15.00 per plant--order deadline is April 7.
Click on the button below to fill out the online order form.
(Reminder: We ask that you please do not take your plant(s) home with you until after the second service on Easter Sunday--or--you may pick them up the following week. Thank you!)
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
6:30-8:00PM
All are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening ecumenical Lenten Soup Suppers . There will be five of these Lenten events jointly sponsored by area churches . The overall theme is, "What gets in the way of following Jesus more closely?" Each week will be at a different church and a different pastor will lead the study portion of the evening.

Wednesday, March 27
Rev. Thomas Jones

Wednesday, April 3
Rev. Dianna Stone

Wednesday, April 10
Rev. Elizabeth Estes
Services at Lamington Church

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 in between worship services)
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, March 24
Jodi Antunes
Sunday, March 31
 open
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
Ann Silk
Maundy Thursday, April 18
open
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Nivita Thomas
11:00AM - Duncan Rose
Sunday, April 28
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, March 24
Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, March 31
open
Sunday, April 7
Mary Jenkins & Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
open
Maundy Thursday, April 18
open
Easter Sunday, April 21
9:00AM - Mary Jenkins
11:00AM - open
Sunday, April 28
open

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
Sunday, March 24
Etta & John Marshall
Sunday, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
Sunday, April 7
Parents of 2019 Confirmands
Sunday, April 14
Dana & Angus Miller
Easter Sunday, April 21
no coffee hour
Sunday, April 28
Mary & Peter Ganzenmuller
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

Sunday, March 24
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--3rd Sunday in Lent
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Officer Training
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Tuesday, March 26
7:00PM Common Threads
Wednesday, March 27
6:30PM Lenten Soup Supper--Stanton Reformed Church
Saturday, March 30
10:30AM E'port Community Library work day
Sunday, March 31
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--4th Sunday in Lent
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Officer Training
6:00PM Confirmation Class
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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