Friends,

There are all sorts of fascinating byways to explore in the scriptures. One of the most unusual is the book of Proverbs. While most people know Proverbs as a book of one-liner aphorisms - quotable words of advice about the same length as a fortune-cookie saying - the book's overall theme is that of wisdom. In fact, Proverbs - along with the book of Psalms, Ecclesiastes and a few other biblical books - belongs to a collection known as Wisdom Literature.

In the early chapters of Proverbs, we encounter a female character known only as Wisdom . Time and again she addresses the young Hebrew scholars to whom the book is directed, giving them advice about how to live a Godly life.

The bronze statue pictured here is known as "Girl Holding the Lamp of Wisdom," by the late British sculptor Nathan David. Designed for the monks of Woburn Abbey, this copy is located in a bucolic setting in Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, England. Very likely, the artist was inspired by the mysterious wisdom-woman of the Book of Proverbs.

So, what is wisdom? Clearly, it's different from what typically passes for knowledge in our culture: the mastery of facts and figures. Aristotle defined it as knowing oneself. Shakespeare, in As You Like It , insists that wisdom is accompanied by a certain amount of humility: "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov worries that we're going overboard in our frantic, unreflective pursuit of knowledge: "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." Oprah Winfrey advises her legions of self-help followers to "Turn your wounds into wisdom."

Dragnet's Sergeant Joe Friday famously told his witnesses, "Just the facts, Ma'am," but clearly wisdom is never just the facts. It has everything to do with who we are as people, with the molding of our character and the warming of our hearts.

To the author of Proverbs, it's all those things, but more as well. Wisdom in the Hebrew scriptures is all about knowing God, who is the source of all wisdom. Wise people are those who know their need of God, and who welcome the Lord into their hearts.

Now, doesn't that beat any fortune-cookie saying? Come along on Sunday - after enjoying good music and good friends at Saturday evening's Big Band concert - and find out what the Bible says about how to become wise!

Pastor Carl
Sunday Worship--September 16
at 10:15AM

Sunday's worship will be filled with music by a variety of composers. Come and listen to Music Director, Jim Goldsworthy, play pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Domenico Scarlatti, with a special Anthem-- Lead Me Lord from Praise the Lord, O My Soul by Samuel Sebastian Wesley.  Hope you join us at 10:15AM!
Flowers for the Sanctuary
 
Please consider donating flowers for Sunday worship--there are many Sundays available. You may bring your own, have a florist deliver them or we can order them for you. We welcome an arrangement of just greens, a potted plant, or a vase of cut flowers. You may want to remember or recognize a special event, a family member, or a friend. If you have questions or would like to reserve a Sunday, please call Nancy Hance at (908) 439-3755 or email at chance3@comcast.net . You may also click here to download and print the flower order form --please return the completed form to the church.
We 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. Questions? Please contact the church office at (908) 572-7013, or lamingtonchurch@gmail.com. Come share with us!
We're Looking for
Sunday School Teachers!

We need teachers for Sunday morning Church School. If you love children and enjoy teaching--we need you! If you always wanted to teach, but didn't have the courage to try--teaching Church School is a good place to start. Please contact Dorita at doritapawlikowski@yahoo.com if you have questions or want to sign-up to be a teacher.
LPC's Big Band Jazz Event Is Saturday

Don't Miss Out -- Buy Your Tickets Now!

To purchase tickets, click here:  Register Now

You can also pay at the door

We look forward to seeing you on 
Saturday, September 15 -- 5:30pm to 9:00pm! 
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at LPC: Thank you to all who have volunteered to make our three IHN families feel welcomed during  September 16 – 22 . Meridith Scott, coordinator, has some “slots” or opportunities available for you to be part of this wonderful mission. It’s especially meaningful for children and youth to participate (from 5:00-7:00PM or 7:00-9:00PM) since it helps them better understand how we, as a congregation, can show God’s love to those in need. Please contact Meridith Scott at meridith1027@gmail.com  or (908) 236-0206) if you are able and willing to help during any of these times: 
 
  • Sunday, September 16, 7:00-9:00PM and overnight
  • Monday, September 17, 7:00-9:00PM
  • Wednesday, September 19, overnight
  • Thursday, September 20, overnight
  • Friday, September 21, 7:00-9:00PM and overnight

SHIP's Galley—Friday, September 21: Members and friends of Lamington Church will meet on Friday, September 21 at 10:00AM in the Church kitchen to prepare bag lunches for SHIP's Galley. The bagged lunches will be taken to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville and distributed to the homeless, unemployed, hungry and poor. Please call Mary Jenkins at (908) 704-9197 if you can assist with this mission project.

Handbell Choir will begin on Sunday, September 30th! If you are interested in joining this year's handbell choir, please reach out to Bess at ploenerb@gmail.com . No matter your experience level, all are welcome to come on Sunday, September 30 th to give handbells a try! We will meet at 11:30AM in the choir loft. Come ring with us!

Children’s Choir: We are so excited to start another year of Children's Choir! Please keep an eye out for additional information in the following weeks! Contact Bess with any questions: ploenerb@gmail.com . Come sing with us!

Adult Choir: The choir is back! The Lamington Adult Choir practices Sunday mornings before worship at 8:45AM in the choir loft. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jim Goldsworthy at goldsworthy@rider.edu . Come sing with us!

Common Threads Ministry—Create with Us! We need people to make prayer shawls. If you knit or crochet or would like to learn, we would enjoy your fellowship and could use your help. Common Threads Ministry gathers twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM in the Gladish Room. Are you interested or have questions? Please contact Dyanne Diaz-Piedra at (908) 439-2689 or Debby Johnson at (908) 832-7230 . Upcoming meeting dates: October 9 & 23, November 13 & 27, December 4 & 18 . Come create with us!
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Early Response to Hurricane Florence

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), our denomination's well-regarded disaster relief agency, was hard at work crafting their response to Hurricane Florence before the storm even made landfall. As we learned here in New Jersey in the days after Hurricane Sandy, PDA was here from the start and was one of the last relief agencies to leave, years after the storm's initial impact. If you're looking for a place to make a disaster-relief contribution to aid our fellow Americans in the Carolinas, PDA would be an excellent choice-- https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000169/#
Togo Clothing Drive

We are collecting clothing donations for Sylvie Ayedze and her three sons—Etiam 23; Nola, an American citizen born to the Ayedzes while living in Princeton, 18; and Nanu, nine years old. (picture: Sylvie and son, Etiam)

Although IRS regulations prevent us from receiving monetary donations earmarked for the Ayedze Family, we are happy to accept clothing donations that, through the generosity of a church member, will be shipped directly to them in Togo—a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea.

Gently used and new items would be greatly appreciated. Lightweight summer clothing only please! A collection bin (labeled "Togo Clothing Drive") is located in the church entranceway between the manse.

Sizes: Sylvie —shoes 9M, Dresses and Blouses size 12-14; Etiam —XL shirts, slacks 46x32; Nanu —M shirts, slacks 30x19; ( Nola —is fine—he is in school in Maryland with Sylvie’s cousin.) 
The "batman" from Humphrey's using a 60 foot lift to install the permanent preventative bat netting.
The Lamington Bats

In July, the property committee engaged the services of Humphreys Insect & Rodent Control  to install bat netting to encourage the bats in the belfry to relocate. The initial netting Humphrey's installed allowed the bats living in the belfry to leave but prevented them from re-entering.The timing of installing the permanent netting is very specific and has to coincide with the migration patterns of NJ bats. I n early fall, all of NJ’s bats make some kind of move to prepare for winter--a nd, now that the Lamington bats have left the belfry, Humphrey's returned this week to install the permanent preventative netting.

To learn more about bats in NJ click here to visit the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey website and read about their Bat Project.

Stay tuned for updates--As an added precaution, the property committee is also looking into obtaining a bat house (or two)!
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Debby Johnson
Sunday, Sept. 23 - Laurel Rose
Sunday, Sept. 30 - Peg Kiser

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

Upcoming Liturgists

Sunday, September 16 - Nivita Thomas
Sunday, September 23 - Ritika Thomas
Sunday, September 30 - open


Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up for one of the open dates. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office--stop by and check it out after worship and sign up for a Sunday or two!
Deacons on Duty

Sunday, September 16 - Eleanor Halsey & Hunter Lewis
Sunday, September 23 - open
Sunday, September 30 - John Gordon & Sallye Grubel


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.
In Memoriam
A service of Witness to the Resurrection giving thanks to God for the life of Harry G. Carpenter, who departed this life on August 5, 2018, will take place at Lamington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00AM . The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Lamington Presbyterian Church. An obituary may be viewed on  the Bailey Funeral Home website.
The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, September 16
8:30AM IHN Set-Up
10:15AM Worship
Monday, September 17
6:00PM Finance Meeting-Gladish Room
Sunday, September 23
8:30AM IHN Pack-Up
10:15AM Worship
Note: Our guests from IHN will be at LPC from September 16 - 23
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
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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