It's among the hardest lessons their master has to teach them: "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again." ( Mark 9:30-37 )

Do his disciples understand the lesson? Hard to say. They don't even ask any questions.

But then he notices they're arguing about something among themselves. What is it?

They're arguing with one another "over who is the greatest."

Obviously, those dense disciples don't understand the lesson. Jesus has just let them in on an agonizing secret, about the sort of self-sacrifice he'll soon undergo, and the only thing they can talk about is which one of them gets the corner office.

Don't we all spend a lot of time and energy in this life trying to figure out who is the greatest? Let's admit it. We all do it.

But it's not the way of Jesus, my friends.

Jesus shows them the true way. He turns to a nearby child, takes the little one up in his arms, and says, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

A child. The lowest member of Judean society. Welcome the child, he tells them, and you welcome me.

How do we welcome the child? There are obvious ways we do it in the church. Sunday School. Interfaith Hospitality Network.

But there are other ways, as well. Inside us all is the child we once were: a child we may have rudely shoved aside at some point in our development. Sometimes that inner child still needs to be welcomed.

Join us in worship this Sunday as we explore how to welcome the child.

Pastor Carl
Sunday Worship--September 23
at 10:15AM

Come and hear Dr. Wilton's sermon this Sunday titled,  “Welcome the Child", based on Mark 9:30-37 . And, come listen to Music Director, Jim Goldsworthy, play a variety of pieces by composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Jim's Anthem this Sunday is "Alleluia in a minor" by Bach. Hope you can join us at 10:15AM!
In Memoriam
Neale R. Jenkins
September 29, 1938-September 19, 2018

“I am the resurrection and the life," says the Lord.
"Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."
-John 11:25-26

A service of Witness to the Resurrection giving thanks to God for the life of Neale Jenkins, who departed this life on September 19, 2018, will take place at Lamington Presbyterian Church on  Saturday, September 22 at 10:00AM .

We pray for his wife Mary, their children, and their friends as they mourn his death and celebrate the memory of his life. More details may be found on the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home website .
Presbyterian Palate Delights
Now Half Price through October 1
The rest of our Presbyterian Palate meals are now available at half the Basket Day price. The meals are located in the freezer by the side door. Just pick up your meals and leave your payment in an envelope marked “Presbyterian Palate” in the basket outside of Regina’s office. If you have questions, please email Eleanor Halsey at .

Chilis $15 --  NOW  $7.50
Soups $10 --  NOW  $5.00
Entrees $25 --  NOW  $12.50
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 . 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: . 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 . Come sing with us!

Togo Clothing Drive:  We are collecting clothing donations for Sylvie Ayedze and her three sons—Etiam 23; Nola 18; and Nanu, nine years old. The clothing 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 living with Sylvie’s cousin.)

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!
Good Times at Lamington Church
Kick-Off Sunday & Big Band Jazz Event
Photos by Immanual Thomas
September 9, 2018 Kick-Off Sunday
September 15, 2018 Big Band Jazz Event
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

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

Upcoming Liturgists

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

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--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 Come share with us!

Deacons on Duty

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, . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, September 23
8:30AM IHN Pack-Up
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
Sunday, September 30
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
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
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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