Pastor's Corner

Monday, September 21, 2020

Dogs, cats—maybe hamsters, iguanas, and other animals—will join us at worship on October 4. Pet owners are welcome to bring their animals to receive a blessing as part of the worship service. Those bringing pets are responsible for their animals and are asked to bring only pets that will be safe around children and other animals. All animals must be on a leash or in an appropriate carrier or container for their safety and the safety of our guests. The church commemorates Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, on Sunday, October 4. Francis had a spirit of gladness and gratitude for all of God’s creation. This commemoration has been a traditional time to bless pets and animals.

October 18 is Confirmation Sunday at Living Waters. Four of our young members will participate in the Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) Rile on Sunday, October 18. Don’t miss their personal witness and testimony on that special day!

Share your favorite Bible Story. We are inviting members to share your favorite Bible story with students in our confirmation class. Each Sunday we will have Bibles at our worship service in which you can mark your favorite story and add notes, words of blessing and encouragement for those who will be confirmed on October 18. If you are not attending worship, send your Bible reference and comments to me at and we will make certain to add your thoughts and words to the confirmation Bibles.

Confirmation homework. Students who will be confirmed on October 18 are reminded to submit their Bible Story report to Pastor Schantzenbach by October 4. Confirmation Mentor letters to confirmands are must be submitted to the pastor by October 11.

ELCA Disaster Response efforts are in full swing in response to the California Wildfires and Hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Your financial support of these relief efforts can be shared through the ELCA website or by making a contribution through Living Waters Lutheran Church and designating your gift with a note or on the memo line of your check.

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE!  No that is not a typo.  Sunday night, beginning in October, we will begin to introduce a series of “Live” ZOOM events at 7:00 PM.  The first of these events will be the re-start of our CONFIRMATION instruction. 

On the first Sunday of each month, Pastor Schantzenbach will meet with the 2021 and 2022 Confirmation students through an on-line platform.  (7th and 8th graders).  Each one-hour class will be filled with educational, and relational content designed to equip us for our journey as disciples.  Send a short email to the Pastor at or call at 908-892-8299 with your questions or to indicate your intention to participate in this program and he will forward important information and access codes to all interested participants.

A full schedule of classes will soon be posted to our webpage. 

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