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Worshipping at the Lamington Crossroads Since 1740
Celebrating 277 Years of Ministry!
 
We are a family of faith wrapping our arms around God's world
and making Jesus Christ a way of life
through worship, as we praise and glorify God;
through study, as we listen for God's Word in body, mind and spirit;
through mission, as we embody God's love in service to the world;
through giving, as we express gratitude to God;
through fellowship, as we love and care for one another.
 
Please Join Us for Sunday Worship at 10:15AM

 

A Note from the Pastor

"Living on a Prayer"

A few years ago I was at a weeklong conference in Nashville where those attending were able to hear from an array of preachers, biblical scholars and writers at daily lectures, workshops and worship services. The most difficult decision to make each day, besides where to eat barbeque, was choosing which one of the many wonderful speakers to hear in the competing, simultaneously-held programs. One of the guest presenters that I never did get to see was Lauren Winner, an Episcopal priest, author and professor who teaches Christian Spirituality at Duke University.

I remember reading Winner’s excellent first book, Girl Meets God, an autobiography of her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity. In it she recounted a story about one of her close friend’s journey of faith. Though the friend’s confirmation in an Episcopal church was imminent, she was consumed by doubt and confided her feelings to Winner. Winner wrote:

"She is terrified. She thinks she may run away. She says that she would be less scared if she were getting married or being crowned the queen of England. She says that she is not having new doubts, just the same ones she has every Sunday, only magnified. “Every time I stand up to say the Creed, I wonder if I can say I believe these things”. I tell her there is a Hasidic story. A student goes to his teacher and says, “Rabbi, how can I say ‘I believe’ when I pray, if I am not sure that I believe?” His rabbi has an answer: ‘I believe’ is a prayer meaning, “Oh that I may believe!’” (Girl Meets God, p. 271-272).

 On Sundays we confess our belief in a Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Sunday, and all the Sundays that follow, will be no different. We will stand and affirm our faith in the recitation of creed, an act that often causes the same rise of doubt in us as it did in Winner’s friend. But doctrine recited is more a leap of faith, a declaration of trust and openness to mystery rather than a proven statement of fact based on complete understanding. Sounds like a prayer to me.

 

LPC Calendar—November & December

November
5    All Saints Sunday
17    SHIP's Galley Soup Kitchen in Somerville
20    Thanksgiving Turkeys delivered to E'port
21-24    Church Offices Closed

December
3    1st Sunday of Advent
10:15AM Worship: Pledge Sunday
after worship: Wreath Making; Chili Cook-Off/Brownie Bake-Off
10    2nd Sunday of Advent
10:15AM Worship
after worship: Christmas treat bag assembly for E'port
15    SHIP's Galley Soup Kitchen in Somerville
17    3rd Sunday of Advent
10:15AM Worship: Christmas Pageant
21    Deliver Christmas treat bags to E'port
24    4th Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve Services:
10:15AM Worship
5:00PM Lessons and Carols with Candlelight
9:00PM Meditation & Communion with Candlelight
25-29    Church Offices Closed
31    10:15AM Worship   

January
1    Church Offices Closed

 

E'port Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive

Please donate frozen turkeys by Sunday, November 19. To make our gift of turkeys even more meaningful and to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal, please consider also donating non-perishable sides such as: yams, gravy, canned vegetables and stuffing packages. Items are being collected NOW! Please place turkeys in the freezer located by the side door closest to the manse. The non-perishable items can be placed next to the freezer. For safety reasons the freezer is kept locked. Turkeys and items can be dropped off during church office hours Monday-Friday from 10:00AM-3:00PM or Sundays before worship. To make other arrangements for drop off, please contact the church office at (908) 572-7013 or email lamingtonchurch@gmail.com

 

Annual Holiday Wreath Making

Wreaths, Chili and Brownies!

On Sunday December 3, the Lamington Church family will continue its tradition of making our beautiful Christmas wreath for the front entrance of the church. We will be making our large Lamington Church Christmas Wreath while sampling a wonderful variety of chili recipes. A children's brownie bake-off will be the sweet ending to this fun event. The wreath making festivities will begin after worship so remember to dress casually. Sign-up sheets for chili chefs and brownie bakers are in the Gladish Room. If you have any questions, please contact Debby Johnson at (908) 832-7230 or debrabjohnson@gmail.com.

Note: We will need lots and lots of greens to create a lovely wreath!If you have greens of any type: holly, yew, cedar, boxwood, evergreen—you can begin dropping off the cuttings behind the Gladish Room during the week of November 26.

 

Readers for 5:00PM & 9:00PM Christmas Eve Services

Calling all children, youth and adults who are willing to be greeters or readers of scripture lessons and help contribute to sharing the good news of Christmas! For December 24, we are preparing a 5:00PM family service of Lessons and Carols full of celebration for the birth of Jesus, and a 9:00PM service with a Meditation and Communion. Both are candlelight services. Please leave your name on the sign up sheet outside the church office or contact the church office by Sunday, December 3.

 

E’port Christmas

Calling All Elves!!

Lend us a helping hand! We will be assembling Christmas treat bags for the pre-school age children of Elizabethport. Come and join us after worship on Sunday, December 10 for a wonderful time of fellowship and mission—be sure to grab a snack at coffee hour and then head-on up to the upstairs classrooms. Questions? Please contact Alison Paine, (908) 303-2173 or Chris Smith, (908) 208-0233. Also—we need youth elves to help us deliver the treat bags to the E’port children on Thursday, December 21. Youth elves will spend the morning with the children reading storybooks and doing crafts. Let us know if you would like to help—we will leave LPC at 8:30AM and return at 1:00PM.

 

Ways to Serve and be Community

SHIP’S Galley Soup Kitchen—On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Lamington Church gather to prepare meals for SHIP’s. Join us next on Friday, November 17 to help prepare and serve a hot meal at this local mission. Volunteers will meet at 11:00AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church (158 West High Street, Somerville). If you are able to help with this project, please call Dyanne Diaz-Piedra. Note: We are looking for someone to be the LPC food/volunteer coordinator. If interested, please contact mission chair, Scott Campbell. 

 

Bible Study at LPC

Adult Bible Study: Study with Us! Join us for Adult Bible Study on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30PM in the Gladish Room. We’ll be studying 1 Corinthians – Paul’s wonderful letter to the church at Corinth – a group of believers that were having some problems. Need more information? Please contact Jacqui at jacquivanvliet@gmail.com. Note: We will not meet on Tuesday, November 21.