Friends,

Repetitive motion. Whether it's fly-fishing in a mountain stream or casting a net into the sea, doing the same thing over and over again is central to the art of fishing.

Repetitive motion is comforting. Knitters know this. So do those who hook rugs or create needlepoint samplers. After a while, the hands seem to move of their own accord, leaving the mind free to wander into creative places.

No doubt, the repetitive motion of casting a net into the sea is comforting to Peter and his companions. They've been through a lot, having witnessed their Lord's agonizing death, followed by the baffling wonder of his resurrection.

After these experiences, they've returned to what's most familiar to them: casting the empty nets out, then hauling them back in - chasing whatever bounty the sea offers up.

But today the sea has nothing to offer. Again and again, the nets come back empty. Until, that is, they encounter a stranger on the beach, who tells them to try it again: just one more time.

It's a gloriously net-busting haul: which is no surprise, because the stranger turns out to be Jesus. He invites them to join him on the beach for some grilled fish.

Have you ever known a time when your nets came back empty: when the familiar, repetitive motion yielded nothing but slow-growing frustration? We've all had times like that. In my life, this has most often happened when I fell into thinking it was me doing all the heavy lifting, supposing the Lord had nothing to do with it.

How wrong I was! It's Jesus, not us, who fills our nets. And it's Jesus who serves up a feast afterwards. Whether it's fish on the grill, or communion bread on the plate, the Lord fills us.

Come, celebrate the Lord's Supper with us this Sunday, and be filled!

Pastor Carl

Welcome Back for Another Sunday
Justin Proffitt, Guest Musician

We welcome back guest musician, Justin Proffitt. Justin is filling in for Music Director Jim Goldsworthy, while Jim is on vacation.

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.

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday is titled, " When Your Net Is Empty ", and is based on John 21:1-19 .

Hope you join us for worship at 10:15AM!
This Sunday--May 5
New Members Lunch with Pastor Carl

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a member of Lamington Church, please plan to come to our upcoming New Members lunch with Pastor Carl after church this Sunday, May 5, 11:30AM to 1:30PM.
Help with Basket Day Set Up!!
Basket Day Set Up Day
This Sunday--May 5--immediately after worship

On Sunday, May 5, immediately after worship, please join us for our workday for Basket Day. Lunch will be served. We really need everyone’s help to move furniture from the Gladish Room and back classrooms into the sanctuary. There will also be other needed help with the Treasure Tent! Please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend--click the button below to sign up. Thank you!
Adult Bible Study

Next meeting date is May 8. Come to the Manse for coffee and goodies Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00PM and for an adult study opportunity, based on the new book by Barry Ensign-George, " Six Themes Everyone Should Know: The Bible ." Often, in studying the Bible, we zero in on a single passage. We don't look so often at the great themes that run through the entire Bible. These studies examine themes that are launched in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, then come in for a landing later, in the New Testament. The remaining themes are as follows:

3. May 8: Creatures of God: Mutually Dependent
4. May 15: Creatures of God: God Does Not Clone
5. May 22: Sin and Redemption: God Doesn't Go Back
6. May 29: Sending, Gathering, Sending Again: The Heartbeat of the Mission of God

Participants will be asked to make a donation of $10 for the cost of their book. No need to sign up: just come!
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. Here's how you can help...
There are lots of ways to help with Basket Day - which you can read about below. Right now, though, we're in PARTICULAR need of people to sign up to bring food for the Preview Night "heavy hors d'oeuvres" buffet on Friday evening, May 10. Salads, hors d'oeuvres, desserts - we need them all. You can find out which dishes are most needed by using this link , which you can also use to sign up. Many thanks!
More Ways to 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. Look for our Patron table during coffee hours in April. This year, you can also sign up (and pay) online— Click here to become a 2019 Patron.

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 offGladish 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 other 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 for Presbyterian Palate!

Contribute a dish to Preview Night food . We need hors d’oeuvres, desserts, crudité, fruit salad and side dishes for Preview Night. Click here to bring food to Preview Night.

Donate new or gently used baskets to the Plant Tent . Baskets are needed for planting. If you have any baskets you are looking to get rid of, please bring them to church for the ladies to use in their beautiful arrangements—drop off—basement—all the way in the way back.

Questio ns? Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs:

Patrons --Erin Mistele: erinmistele@mac.com , (908) 234-1486
Silent Auction --Carol Cummins: clrcummins23@gmail.com , (908) 625-4568
Treasure Tent --Julie Goetz: (908) 781-2036
Presbyterian Palate --Annie Silk: asmlansingdesign@gmail.com , (908) 812-5933
Preview Night Food --Susan Wittpenn & Juliette Rose: wittpenns@comcast.net ;
Plant Tent --Pam Smith: pklipsmith@gmail.com
COMING UP ON SUNDAY, MAY 19...
"COMPOSING A LEGACY" LUNCHEON AND WORKSHOP
with the Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation

How do we tell the story of God’s grace and love: not just today, but for generations to come? Regardless of our financial means, we all possess the ability to leave a testament regarding what is truly important in our lives. From wills and bequests to trust establishment, this workshop will raise awareness of available ways to make a planned gift to support the mission and ministry of this congregation, and of other charitable causes dear to your heart.

The Reverend Ellie Johns-Kelly serves as the Presbyterian Foundation's Ministry Relations Officer for the Northeast Region. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. Ellie will be preaching the sermon on May 19th, with the luncheon and workshop to follow right after coffee hour, concluding at 1:30PM.

The Presbyterian Foundation, one of the oldest charitable foundations in the country, oversees over $1.1 billion in assets that have been entrusted to it by individual donors, congregations and other Presbyterian organizations. The Foundation exists to serve congregations like ours, offering a variety of tax-saving ways to provide permanent support to underwrite our mission and ministries.

If you love your church, if you've ever thought about making a planned gift either now or at some point in the future, or even if you're thinking about it now for the first time, this event is for you. Let's think, plan and dream together about the many ways of providing a firm foundation for Lamington Church through all the years to come!

Please email the church office, or call (908-572-7013), to reserve your place at the luncheon.

Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, May 5 - Etta Marshall
Sunday, May 12 - Georgie Schley
Sunday, May 19 - Meridith Scott
Sunday, May 26 - open
We Really Need Liturgists!

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.

You can sign up to be a liturgist online! 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.

Call/email the church office (908)572-7013; lamingtonchurch@gmail.com

Call/email Valerie Fraser (908)578-3092; vfraser@turpinrealtors.com 
Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Sunday, May 5 - open
Sunday, May 12 - Etta Marshall and Jodi Antunes
Sunday, May 19 - Mary Jenkins
Sunday, May 26 - 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.

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, May 5
Basket Day Committee Chairs
 Sunday, May 12
Mother's Day
 Sunday, May 19
Julie & Paul Murray

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, May 5
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
after worship Basket Day Set Up
11:30AM New Member Lunch with Carl
Wednesday, May 8
7:00PM Adult Bible Study - manse
Friday, May 10
6:00PM Basket Day Preview Night
Saturday, May 11
9:30AM Basket Day
Sunday, May 12
8:45AM Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM Handbell Choir Practice
Monday, May 13
11:00AM Funeral--Carol Ann Henning
Tuesday, May 14
6:00PM Session Meeting
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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