Third Sunday of Advent
A Christmas Pageant

To celebrate the third Sunday of Advent the children of Lamington will participate in a Christmas Pageant. There will be special music by the Lamington Bell Choir, Children's Choir and Ritika and Nivita Thomas. The Advent Wreath candles will be lit this week by the Connolly family--Katelin, Bill, Anna, Grace and Katie (playing baby Jesus). Join us for this joyous and festive Sunday--worship begins at 10:15AM.
Friends,

I'm happy to bring you the news that, after a period of recuperation following my surgery for the removal of lymph nodes from my neck that were affected by thyroid cancer, I am back at work and have been cleared by my surgeon to drive again. I'm looking forward to my first Lamington Christmas with all of you!

My surgeon is confident that the surgery was successful, in that all affected lymph nodes were removed. Some other nearby, unaffected lymph nodes were also removed as a precaution. I'm following up with other specialists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering to determine whether any further therapy is advisable in the coming months, or whether we'll just return to the watchful-waiting approach that we've been following for some time now.

Like the non-Hodgkin lymphoma for which I was successfully treated with chemotherapy in 2006, I felt no symptoms when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013. Both cancers were picked up by routine diagnostic scans. The only time I've ever felt sick from cancer, or have been slowed down in any way, has been during and just after treatment. I'm grateful for the advanced medical technology that makes this early diagnosis possible.

The most common treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery -- which I had in 2013 to remove my entire thyroid gland, and again just now to remove those lymph nodes on the left side of my neck where some residual thyroid cancer was slowly growing. It's impossible to tell at this time whether the surgery removed all the cancer, or whether there's a microscopic component, too small to detect right now, that could grow worrisome in the future. Even if it does recur, the form of the disease I have is relatively slow-moving and there are a variety of effective treatments to choose from.

Claire and I are very grateful to all of you for your understanding during my unexpected medical leave, and especially for all who have reached out in personal ways, including dropping off meals at the Manse during the days when I was recuperating.

During the more than a dozen years that I've been a cancer survivor, I've learned a lot about watchful waiting. It was hard to get used to at first: the concept that doing nothing was the most effective treatment. Most of us think of waiting as essentially empty time, or even as a waste of time. I've learned, though, that -- as tempting as it may be to put life on hold during a time of watchful waiting -- responding passively is not the way to go. We who have cancer live with it . To do otherwise, to allow the disease to have its way and force us to live less fully and joyfully, is to concede defeat.

If this season of Advent teaches us anything, it's that the experience of waiting has meaning in and of itself. We are, all of us, engaged in a time of watchful waiting: not for something bad that could happen in the future, but for something supremely good that is sure to happen. We see the first signs of it in the testimony of ancient prophets, and see the promise take form in the witness of angels, shepherds and magi who come to pay homage to the newborn King. The mightiest sign of all is greater, even, than the vision of the babe in the manger. It is the resurrection of the man that babe would grow up to become: giving us the further hope and promise of his return to reign.

If you're in the area this Sunday, please join us in worship as we enjoy the Christmas pageant presented by the Sunday School children - as our joyous, expectant Advent waiting continues!

Pastor Carl
December 9, 2018--Lamington Elves prepping the E'port Christmas treat bags
Lamington Elves Going to Elizabethport
December 19

Thank you to all the helpers who assisted with the assembly of 60 Christmas treat bags for the pre-K children of Elizabethport (E'port) this past Sunday. Now it is time for the Lamington Elves to make the delivery on Wednesday, December 19.

Making the Delivery--Calling All Elves--Here's the Schedule:
  • 8:00AM - Leave Lamington, carpool to E'port Center
  • 9:15AM -11:45AM - Visit each of the four pre-K classrooms. The Lamington Elves will read “The Night Before Christmas” to each class. We will then move from the reading circle to the tables to assist all of the children in decorating their own (sealed) Holiday Surprise Bag. (We supply pre-cut felt Christmas trees, gingerbread men, and snowmen, as well as stickers, cotton balls, pipe cleaners etc. for the craft project.) When complete, each child will put their decorated bag into their cubby, to take home and be opened on Christmas Day. 

If you are interested in going to E'port on December 19, or have any questions—please contact Chris Smith at  smitpvil@comcast.net or (908) 208-0233.

Reminder--Donations Are Needed: We will be collecting donations during coffee hour to help with the cost of this mission project. Each Christmas treat bag, including its contents and decorations, costs about $8.00--this money is not included in the Lamington mission budget. Please consider supporting this wonderful mission by making a donation.

Thank you in advance for supporting Lamington's tradition of celebrating Christmas with the pre-K children of E'port!
Serve with Us!
SHIP’S Galley Soup Kitchen

On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Lamington Church gather to prepare meals for SHIP’s. Join us next on Friday, December 21 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
Christmas Decorating at Lamington

The Advent Season at The Lamington Presbyterian Church promises to be an exciting one for all ages! We will celebrate the season at Sunday worship services, our annual Wreath Making, the Christmas Pageant, and two Christmas Eve Services.
We would appreciate all contributions, small or large, to help decorate our sanctuary and church buildings.

If you would like to be a part of this effort, please fill out the order form and place it in the weekly offering, or return it to the church office. Thank you!
Consecration Sunday Update

At the recent Session meeting there was a report on our 2019 Consecration Sunday generosity campaign.

There are 131 households in the church.

As of December 11, 2018, 65 of those households - close to 50% - have submitted estimates of giving (pledges) totaling $192,000 .

Of those 65 households that submitted estimates of giving, 50% increased their 2019 estimate over the 2018 amount.

When other giving - not based on estimates of giving, but rather on experience from past years - is factored in, the estimated income is $229,000.

There is still some distance to go to reach the Session's $300,000 goal to fund the sort of programming we would like to offer, but even so, this represents an increase over 2018 giving. Thank you to all who have responded so joyously and faithfully - and for those who are still considering what to give in 2019, there's still time. Your 2019 estimate of giving card will be gratefully received!
At their meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, the Session took the following actions:

1.      Heard a report on the 2019 Consecration Sunday generosity campaign (see above).

2.      Scheduled Confirmation Classes to take place on Sunday evenings, 6:00-7:30PM, from February 3 through March 31, with the exception of February 24, which is the weekend the group will be on retreat at Camp Johnsonburg. Confirmation is tentatively scheduled to take place on Palm Sunday, April 14.

3.      Approved the baptism of Kathryn Maryanne Connolly, daughter of William and Katelin (Johnson) Connolly.

4.      Call the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation for Sunday, January 27 following worship, with a snow date of Sunday, February 3.

5.      Heard a report from the Nominating Committee about the need for more people to serve on the Session and the Board of Deacons, as well as Session committees.

6.      Heard a report on the proposed 2019 church budget, noting that there are not sufficient funds to maintain church programming at present levels without expending reserves. The Session will take this matter up again at their January meeting.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, December 16 - Valerie Fraser
Sunday, December 23 - Jim Grubel
Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
5:00PM - Duncan Rose
9:00PM - Bob Wittpenn
Sunday, December 30 - Ann Silk

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, December 16 - Mary Jenkins & Monica Thomas
Sunday, December 23 - Sallye Grubel & Julie Murray
Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
5:00PM - Hunter Lewis & Laurel Rose
9:00PM - Cindy & Scott Campbell
Sunday, December 30 - Sallye Grubel & Sandi Ramsay


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, December 16 - Joan Lewis & Shelley Ricco
Sunday, December 23 - Cindy & Scott Campbell
Sunday, December 30 - No Coffee Hour - New Year's weekend

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, December 16
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Children's Pageant
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Tuesday, December 18
7:00PM Common Threads
Wednesday, December 19
8:00AM Lamington @ E'port
Friday, December 21
11:00AM SHIP's Galley in Somerville
Sunday, December 23
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship-Lessons & Carols
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Monday, December 24--Christmas Eve
5:00PM & 9:00PM Candlelight Worship Service
Sunday, December 30
10:15AM Worship

Note: The Church Office is closed December 24-January 1
for Christmas and New Year. Pastor Carl can be reached
on his cell phone (908.910.5360) for pastoral emergencies.
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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