Friends,

When Claire and I go up to our "camp" in the northern Adirondacks each summer, we like to go hiking. A familiar sight at the beginning of those day trips is a trailhead: usually a small parking lot with a sign pointing towards a footpath that stretches invitingly into the woods.

You can't see much, from the trailhead, of the journey to come. Just a few hundred feet, if that. The map and guidebook tell you what to expect, more or less, but you've got to take it on faith that the information is correct.

But one thing's for sure: you'll never see the sights that await you along the trail, or at its end, unless you take those first steps from the trailhead onward.

There was a time when Jesus and several of his disciples set out on a little walk in the country. With Jesus as guide, Peter, James and John paused at the trailhead before following him up the mountain.

They had no idea what a wondrous sight awaited them at the summit. No idea.

The Bible calls it the Transfiguration. Their teacher's entire body became a source of light. The brightness dazzled their eyes. In that brief moment, they glimpsed who Jesus really is: God's beloved son, the second person of the Trinity.

The wondrous vision was over as quickly as it began, leaving them with more questions than answers. But they knew they had been given a very special gift, just to witness it.

This Sunday, on the threshold of Lent, we'll take a close look at this mystical story of the Transfiguration. We'll ask ourselves the question of what wonders we stand to miss in life, if we never make our way to the trailhead and begin the journey upward, in hope and brash expectation. We'll finish by celebrating the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

Then, a few days later, we'll officially take to the trail as we begin our observance of Lent with our 7:00PM Ash Wednesday worship service. We'll have the special joy of hearing professional singer Judith Bettina (who also happens to be the wife of our music director, Jim Goldsworthy). Here's a Wikipedia article about her. Judy's musical gifts are exceptional.

Hope to see you here - both this Sunday and on Ash Wednesday!

Pastor Carl
Worship Notes
Transfiguration of the Lord

On Sunday, we welcome to worship  guest musician, Justin Proffitt . Mr. Proffitt serves as an adjunct faculty member at The College of New Jersey and at Westminster Choir College, teaching piano secondary courses. In addition, he maintains an independent music studio in the Princeton, New Jersey area. His performing experience has ranged from solo piano recitals to various collaborative performances. A recipient of Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, Justin continues to pursue his research interests by working toward a doctorate in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Justin will play the piano with selections by Handel and Bach for the Prelude, Offertory and Postlude, and a special solo, "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" by R. Starr, arr. M. Hayes.

The Lamington Bell Choir will perform the Introit, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata 147 by J.S. Bach.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Unclimbed Mountains," will be based on Luke 9:28-36 .

Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM.
Worship Service
March 6 at 7:00PM

“...if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom
be like the noonday." - Isaiah 58:10
 
Sermon --- “From Dust to Diamonds” by the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
Musical selections include pieces by Bach, Brahms and Handel played by
Jim Goldsworthy, with solos by Judith Bettina
March 13 - April 10
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. Please note that on Wednesday, March 20, Lamington Church will host the Lenten Soup Supper.
Wednesday, March 13
Venue: Lebanon Reformed
Leader: TBA

Wednesday, March 20
Venue: Lamington Presbyterian
Leader: Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton

Wednesday, March 27
Venue: Stanton Reformed
(dinner by Holy Spirit Episcopal)
Leader: Rev. Thomas Jones

Wednesday, April 3
Venue: Readington Reformed
Leader: Rev. Dianna Stone

Wednesday, April 10
Venue: TBA
Leader: 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)
Basket Day 2019--Saturday, May 11
Preview Night--Friday, May 10

Basket Day's Marketing Committee is looking to get an early start on marketing materials for our annual Fundraiser. We would like to give visitors an idea of what we offer by highlighting special pieces in our promotions. If you have one or two quality items, large or small, that you are willing to donate, we ask that you bring them to LPC any Sunday in February. 

Please let us know what you might have, and when you can drop it off. Keep in mind that we are NOT looking for bulk drop-offs at this time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melinda Nye at  melnye08@gmail.com , or at (908) 787-2020.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Purdue University
July 16-20, 2019

Presbyterian Youth Triennium  is a national gathering for high-school youth (rising freshmen through graduating seniors) from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs once every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University. The theme for the 2019 event is "Here’s My Heart."

The Elizabeth Presbytery delegation will be composed of youth from all over the Presbytery and will travel from Camp Johnsonburg to Indiana and back by bus. Because of generous financial support by the Presbytery and Synod, all-inclusive cost per participant will be approximately $400. Financial assistance is available.

Elizabeth Presbytery is now receiving application forms. Act now to reserve your place on the bus! Remember: Triennium only happens once every 3 years, so - depending what year you are in high school - this may be your only chance to go as a youth participant!

Want to find out more? Here's a link to a FAQ sheet. And here's a link to the application form. Check out the video below...
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 3
 Joe Scott
Ash Wednesday, March 6 - open
Sunday, March 10 - open
Sunday, March 17 - open
Sunday, March 24
Jodi Antunes
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7 - 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 3 - Etta Marshall & Joe Scott
Wednesday, March 6--Ash Wednesday - open
Sunday, March 10 - Cindy Campbell
Sunday, March 17 - Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 24 - open
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7 - 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. 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, March 3
Bonnie Hanna & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 10
Stefanie & Lance LaMarca
Sunday, March 17
Megan & Luke LaMarca
Sunday, March 24
Etta & John Marshall
Sunday, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
Sunday, April 7
open
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 3
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Wednesday, March 6
7:00PM Ash Wednesday Worship
Sunday, March 10
* Daylight saving time begins *
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:15AM  Annual Meeting
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Monday, March 11
6:00PM Session Meeting--Gladish Room
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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