Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello folks,


INVITATION: RSVP SOON.  Wedding Invitation from Pastor Lee and Dori: The whole congregation is invited to our wedding on Saturday, June 10th at 4:30 p.m. at Living Waters with the reception to follow at the Flemington Elks on Route 31 just south of the hospital.  We ask that RSVPs be sent to doriandlee@yahoo.com  by May 1st. The greatest gifts we can receive are you presence at wedding and your prayers. We ask that if you would like to give a wedding gift, that it be one that helps others.  We would graciously accept a donation to SAFE of Hunterdon.  They can be contacted at 908-788-7666 or www.safeinhunterdon.org

SERVICE/OUTREACH: 2nd Quarter (April, May, June) – Emphasis will be “Youth”. Check out all the things planned at the bottom of this email.

CHOIR: Thank you, thank you choir members. You may be small in numbers but you are big of heart. You are terrific.  If any of you would like to sing in a group, let me know and we can work together.  Liz

TASK: We have two different days available for serving meals at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  13 years old and up --- Leave church at 2:30, or meet at TASK at 3:15, and we are done by 5:00 PM. Sign up here: Monday, April 24th or Wednesday, May 24th

ADULT FORUM: April 23rd - Continuing the discussion that Pastor Bruce began a few weeks ago about the Church being a part of the political world; join us at Adult Forum to discuss the Johnson Amendment and what that means for your favorite nonprofit organization and the church. In February, President Donald Trump said he wanted to “totally destroy” the amendment because it prevents churches from supporting or opposing political candidates. What would this mean for us and our church - both Living Waters and our national church? Come find out, and join in the conversation!

VBS MEETING: There will be a meeting on Vacation Bible School and it's meaning for Living Waters on April 30th after worship.

MOVIE NIGHT: Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.  To help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Redeemer Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod) in Manchester, NJ, is hosting a viewing of this film with a Q& A afterwards on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The film will be shown at the AMC Hamilton Theaters located at 325 Sloan Ave, Hamilton NJ, 08619. Tickets can be ordered at: https://www.tugg.com/events/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-ivm2  Deadline to order is April 26.

LONG RANGE: Long Range Planning Team will meet after service on May 7th to discuss next steps. We will review questions to ask the congregation in a survey to help shape conversations for this team going forward.  All are welcome to attend. To RSVP, email craigaweinrich@gmail.com.

BOOK CLUB: Next Book:  A Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  Next quarter’s Service emphasis will be looking at YOUTH.  The author of this book was 12 years old when he fled Sierra Leone and later was picked up by the government army.  At heart he was a gentle boy, but found that he was capable of terrible acts. At 16, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF.  This book is about his life and journey to rehabilitation, forgiveness and healing.  There are 8 copies, and they are $8.00 each.  See Cindy Cooper for more information.

BOOK CLUB 2: Date to be determined sometime in June.  We will be reviewing two books this quarter.  We have had such a wonderful response to our first quarter books we are going to continue with another “Mental Health/Addiction” book.  This book is written by our very own Dallas Dixon – The Dancing Dementia Dude.  This is a story of one man’s unconventional route into early onset dementia – the light, the dark, the humorous, the unexpected.  Weaving anecdotes, personal experiences, and reflection, Dallas & Sonia are donating copies of this book.  Copies can be found in the Narthex. 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE: We are still looking for drivers for Amy in April.  If you are interested in helping email Carla at cjkr1024@comcast.net and she will add you to the Lots of Helping Hands web site.  If you wish to help out with meals or cards for folks in need, please send an email to Carla at cjkr1024@comcast.netto be added to the email list.

FOOD PANTRY: The Del Val Interfaith Council Food Pantry in Lambertville appreciates our continued support. They were really happy to receive all the rice and coffee we collected for them which was delivered today. They request that we continue to donate rice and coffee because they never have enough of these things. Thank you!

SAVE THE DATE: Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Stay tuned for a link to participate or donate.


GOLF OUTING: Grab your foursome and join us on Monday, June 12th for The Bishops’ Cup, an annual fundraiser for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center.  This year’s event will be held at the Copper Hill Country Club, 100 Copper Hill Rd., Ringoes, NJ.  See brochure in the narthex and/or contact Tom Kull for more information.

PHOTO DIRECTORY: Most of you should have received the draft copy of the new Pictorial Directory.  Now phase 2 is to add mini-bios about your family (cuz you really don’t want to leave this part up to the editor…pictures are bad enough…lol) so whenever you can, send your mini-bios back to me or the office.  THANKS.

CUB PACK: Any parent/adult interested in helping to start a Cub Scout pack at LWLC starting in the fall of 2017, please email Carl Segers (carl.segers@gmail.com). Our contact at the BSA's Washington Crossing Council describes the time commitment for adult leaders as follows:  “A typical parent, den leader, should expect to conduct at least one den meeting per month and attend one Pack meeting per month.  Planning for Den meetings is greatly assisted by our very complete Cub leader guides that provide step by step meeting plans, so planning is not difficult or time consuming.  Den meetings should last 1 hour and Pack meetings run one and one-half hours, tops.  Some Dens may conduct 2 meetings per month but not strictly necessary.  As you know, some leaders maximize the amount of time they spend because it becomes a focal point in their volunteer life and others spend less time, as they wish." 

BUILDING UPDATE: Just to keep the congregation informed, the building committee led by Richard Brozman has completed interviews of three architects and are currently awaiting bids for their timeline and costs.  The actual project...what the finished building will look like, has yet to be determined, so as you see we are still in the early phases of the project. We will keep you informed as we move along the various phases of the project.

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS:  Our new copier makes it relatively easy to make large print bulletins.  Please email the office if you or someone you are bringing to church might like one so we can get an idea how many to have in the bulletin basket. 

LIVING LUTHERANLiving Lutheran, formerly The Lutheran, is a magazine of the ELCA that shares with our diverse membership the stories of God's people living their faith.  Please reply to this email or let Chris know if you would like to receive a monthly printed subscription.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of subscriptions, please label your contribution "Lutheran Magazine".  The electronic version is available at Past Issues Archive - Living Lutheran 

PRAYER REQUESTS: To update or add a prayer to our Sunday bulletin, please email your request to Chris Kosmac at:  officelwlc@yahoo.com 


THRIVENT ACTION GRANTS: Did you know that if you’re a Thrivent member, you can sponsor and obtain seed money for two action events per member, per year!  Even if you’re an associate member, you are eligible for one grant per year!  What are action events?  Refer to the Thrivent’s website for more information at www.thrivent.com or see Tom Kull for assistance.  Thanks.

THRIVENT ACTION GRANTS: Reminder – 2017 action grants – there are opportunities to support all sorts of projects throughout the year – see Pastor Lee (request must be submitted 2 week before the event).  Refer to the Thrivent’s website for more information at www.thrivent.com or see Tom Kull for assistance.  Thanks.

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April 23

April 30

May 7

Presiding Minister

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Taylor Ruggieri

Judy Segers

Vincent Spiritosanto

Lectionary Reader



Barbara Edlund

Communion Assistant

John Ruggieri

Taylor Ruggieri

Judy Segers


Maggie Johnson

Josh Lavoie

Alaina Rice

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Aaliyah & Josh Lavoie

Megan Bodmer, Kellie & David Bodmer

Tom & Maggie Kull


Maggie Johnson

Carla Kruck

John Ruggieri


Bogi Schaeflein

Vince Spiritosanto

Don Barb

Coffee Hour

Kellie & David Bodmer

Sonia Delago

Claire Johnson


Vincent Spiritosanto

Karen Symonoski

Erin Albrecht


Susie Chilcoat

Maggie Kull

Steve Crofts



Barbara Hofler

Claire Johnson

IM Assistants

Holy Spirit

Pastor Lee


Building Clean Team

Claire Johnson, Brenda Hala, Maggie Kull

Maggie & Tom Kull


Bread Maker

Claire Johnson - Apr

Claire Johnson - Apr

Bodmer Family - May


Calendar - check for building availability


COMING EVENTSCalendar - listing of events Calendar - detailed calendar format



This past Sunday:   141 (Easter record)         
Last Easter:     138
Average Sunday attendance 2016: 75.4
Average Sunday attendance 2015: 68.5
Average Sunday attendance 2014: 64.5
Average Sunday attendance 2013: 49.3

Have you seen this somewhere else “Pictures can say a lot, take a look at our church through photos or videos.

SHOUT OUT!!!  This week’s Shout Out goes out to YOU, yes youAll of you that helped out with setting up the Midweek Lenten services, pot-luck dinner cleaner-upers; those of you that helped with the Easter Egg Hunt; you coin-wrappers, bulletin folders and office workers; those of you who are potters or good with a needle and thread; you who helped plan and participated in the Holy Week services; you that help set-up, clean-up, prepare and/or made food for the Easter breakfast; all the worship assistants and acolytes and bread makers and wow; the musicians, chimers and choir – another phenomenal day.  Even if you simply attended one of the Holy Week services, give yourself a Shout Out.  Of course, thanks to Pastor Lee and Pastor Bruce for their spiritual leadership and guidance.


If YOU have a recipient for a Shout Out, pass it on to sono49@att.net


SWING ORCHESTRA: The Summer Swing Orchestra (who rehearses in our building every Tuesday evening) will be performing at the Plainsboro Recreation Center, this Friday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. as part of Jazz Appreciation Month in Plainsboro.

DAVID WILCOX: Stangl Stage proudly presents singer/songwriter/storyteller David Wilcox on Saturday, May 20th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale so don't miss this opportunity to hear a fantastic entertainer!  Living Water's own Michael Massimo will be opening for David and it is going to be a very special evening!

TOM JOHNSTON: Check out Tom Johnston’s schedule at www.thomas-johnston-music.com

FLEMINGTON ROCKS:  Saturday evenings of each month, the Stangl Stage, a new musical venue located next to Blue Fish Grill off Mine Street in Flemington, showcases local musical talent.  Michael Massimo is the booking agent for talents and can be reached at www.flemingtonrocks.com   


NAMI HUNTERDON: NAMI HUNTERDON’s monthly support group meeting for persons who have a loved one with a mental health issue will be held on this Thursday, April 20th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., 52 East Main Street, Flemington. You will be with other people experiencing similar situations. You do not have to be a member of NAMI to attend. Come and receive the support you need and give support to others.  The support group is facilitated by trained NAMI family members. For more information call 908-735-4465 or 908-284-0500.

ALZHEIMERS EDUCATION TALK: Briteside Adult Day Center presents An Evening with Patti Kerr, CAEd., Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m.  See attached


Flemington Area Food Pantry: 

We have joined a countywide initiative to improve access to healthy foods for good health and to prevent overweight/obesity.  We would appreciate food items with limited sugar, salt and unhealthy fats.   We are in need of donated food items and appreciate your generosity!

Suggested Donations

Mayonnaise, Canola Oil, Toothbrushes, Dishwashing Detergent, Body Wash, Toilet Paper, Grocery Store Gift Cards

Drop off items at the Flemington Food Pantry (located in the Walmart/Lowes shopping center on Route 31) Monday through Thursday 9-11:30am

Want to volunteer? The Pantry is now accepting applications. We have a particular need for skilled computer individuals and for folks willing to pick-up food from local businesses. Please email info@flemingtonfoodpantry.org and put volunteer in subject line or call Barbara at 908-996-6463 for more details.

Visit us on the web at: www.lwlc-flemington.orgor www.lwlcnj.org

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SERVICE/OUTREACH: 2nd Quarter (April, May, June) – Emphasis will be “Youth”
We have quite a few things planned:
May 20th – Crossroads work day. 
May 20th – Annual “Box City” event
June 4th – Youth leading Church Service
May 6th – Movie Night – Blood Diamond for adults & a kid-friendly movie for the kids
June 4th – Book Club – A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  The author of this book was 12 years old when he fled Sierra Leone and was later forced into service with the army.  At heart he was a gentle boy, but found that he was capable of terrible acts.  At 16, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF.  This book is about his life and journey to rehabilitation, forgiveness and healing.
Additional Projects/Education/Advocacy we are looking into:
Adult Forum – panel discussion with our youth
Potential community project on school lunches
Youth involvement with service at Independence Manor
Discussion on “Youth & Drugs”
Please contact Susie Chilcoat if you have additional suggestions that we can add to the list


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