Weekly News Brief

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hello folks,


WALK OF HOPE: CARRIER CLINIC WALK is Saturday, September 15th.  Registration is begins at 9:00AM and the walk will begin promptly at 10:00. Here is the link to sign up and donate:  http://www.carrierclinicwalkofhope.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=1561&pg=team&fr_id=1070

CHOIR: Yes it is that time of year again. Looking forward to choir rehearsal starting September 19th at 7:00 p.m.  We do have some new music to learn.  It will be a fun and challenging season. Can’t wait. See you on the 19th.

PROPERTY: Workday, Saturday, September 22nd 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The congregational council is calling for a special congregational meeting on Sunday, October 14th after service to discuss and vote on a potential parking lot and building expansion.  The motions that we will vote upon are below. We anticipate receiving non-binding quotes from two potential builders to give us more accurate project costs. Once we have that information, expected by the end of September, we will post, email, and present all of the details to help the congregation make an informed decision.

The first motion is to commence with a $200,000 project to expand the parking lot and do site work with a corresponding $120,000 capital campaign. The second motion, which is contingent on the first, is to commence with a $500,000 project to expand the building, including the parking lot and site work, with a corresponding $400,000 capital campaign.

Many thanks to the countless hours of work, negotiations, due diligence, creative thinking, and meetings of minds that has gotten us to this point! We look forward to sharing all of the details soon.  If in the meantime, you have any questions, please ask Pastor Lee or Craig.  Thank you!

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP: Would YOU like to give Council a try? The congregational council has an opening for a one year term in 2019, completing the term of previously-held position, and for a youth member under the age of 30 for a one year term. The election of council members will happen at the annual congregational meeting to be held on Sunday, December 2nd.  There will be four other council members up for re-election. This is a great opportunity to serve and lead the congregation!  If you are interested, please email, call (609) 577-6273, or talk with Craig Weinrich.

MOOOOOOO!!!  It’s the Cow Challenge!  The congregations of the New Jersey Synod are being invited by our Bishop to increase support for ELCA World Hunger.  Last year, Living Waters donated $2000.  Our goal by the end of 2018 is to raise $2,500.  There will be special envelopes in your bulletin or at your seat.  Please make checks payable to Living Waters and designate in the memo section ELCA World Hunger.  There will be a donation jug for loose change.  Let’s see what we can do! 

A bit of trivia:  Did you know that the World Hunger Appeal of the ELCA traces its history back to 1974. Currently, the Hunger Appeal supports programs in 83 countries, including the United States. Over 90 percent of money given to the Hunger Appeal goes directly to programs that feed people and provide resources that help communities become more self-sufficient, making it one of the most cost-effective relief programs in the nation.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Rally Day was a great success last Sunday and we look forward to keeping up the momentum this Sunday with our separate classes.



Adult Forum topic: Intro to Christian Education Hour                         

Narthex (lobby)

Elementary class (K-4)


Middle School (5-8)                                        


Advent Hall

High School (9-12)                    



Please be sure to join us at 9:15 a.m.  

ADVOCACY ASK: Congress is back in session down in Washington, DC after the summer break and negotiations over SNAP and the Farm Bill will heat up quickly. We need to send a strong message to the House and Senate that they must protect and strengthen SNAP.  Two versions of the Farm Bill are in play. The House Farm Bill would lower the income limits for a family to qualify, effectively cutting assistance for 35,000 NJ residents, while imposing punitive rules that would take food away from people who can't find a job or participate in a work activity.  The Senate version protects and strengthens SNAP, while also improving work training programs so that people can find good-paying jobs.  We've done a good job convincing New Jersey members of Congress to reject SNAP cuts, but they need to hear from us again to withstand any pressure that might cause them to change their vote.  Sign the petition here.


ORDINATION: All are invited to share in the celebration of the ordination of our own Serena Rice in affirmation of her call to the serve the church and proclaim the hope and challenge of the story of Jesus. The ordination service will be held at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Wayne, NJ at 4:00PM on Sunday, September 23rd, to be followed by a reception. Car-pooling from Living Waters will be available. Please RSVP to Serena (serenarice@hotmail.com), or to Pastor Lee if you are interested in carpooling.

GODSPEED & BLESSINGS: to John Hansen and Vince Spiritosanto who are joining Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church.  John is serving as the long term bridge Pastor there and they will both be transferring their membership.  They wish to thank everyone at Living Waters for the warm welcome they enjoyed over their four years with us.

CHURCH SEXTON:  We have started a search for a Church Sexton with an ideal start date in late September.  This is a paid weekly rate position; details will be shared with candidates.  If you know of anyone that might be interested please email officeLWLC@yahoo.com   

LONG RANGE: “Please Save The Date” - Long Range Planning Meeting, Sunday, October 21st, 12:00 noon.  All are welcome.

SUMMER SEATING & QUILTS: Thanks to the Wedding of Kacy O'Brien and Craig Weinrich, the worship space was set up "in the round" last Sunday. We decided to leave things "as is" for the summer months. Also, Craig and Kacy added a wonderful Quilt to the wall behind the altar, but, of course, they have "re-claimed" it for their home. Seeing how nice it looked, however, we want to continue to use various quilts as altar "backdrops" for the summer. And you're invited to pitch in!

Quilts are wonderful symbols for our life together in the church: various sizes, shapes, colors and even scraps of fabric are "stitched together" and the result is a wonderful, warm creation of brilliant patterns and textures. So too the church: the variety of people God has called together in baptism forms a wonderful patchwork, with each of us adding our own gifts and uniqueness into the "fabric" of our life together.  

If you would like to display a quilt on a Sunday, please let Pastor Lee know. We can hang them with no damage to the item. Also, many quilts may have "histories" within a family, sometimes carrying traditions, and often reflecting the love and skill of the "artist" who lovingly made them. If there is a "story" behind your quilt, (who made it, when, the circumstance or occasion, etc.) please write up a brief description that can be shared with the congregation! 

NEW MEMBER’S CLASS: We are ready to start the next round of New Member's Classes! It's a 2 week series with each class meeting after worship for an hour. If you are interested in learning more or signing up for the class, please contact Pastor Lee at lee.zandstra@yahoo.com Once we know who will be in the class we will pick dates that work best for the group.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE: NEEDED! Living Waters is in need of a Congregational Care Coordinator, someone with organizational skills to coordinate and oversee the needs of the congregation.  Examples: folks who may need a ride to the doctor, preparing meals for a family in need, physical help moving stuff.  But the coordinator doesn’t necessarily perform the tasks but maintains a list of who can help and when.  If you think you may be able to help with this very important facet of congregational life, please talk to Craig or Pastor Lee. 


  • Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope, Saturday, September 15th


Walk of Hope 2018: Living Waters Lutheran Church, Ringoes, NJ - Carrier Clinic


Join/Donate to the team




If you cannot fulfill your assignment,

please trade with someone in your category and inform the  church office


September 16
September 23
September 30

Presiding Minister

Rev. Bruce Davidson

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Rev. Lee Zandstra

Assisting Minister

Morrey Atkinson

Don Barb

Larry Cartwright

Lectionary Reader




Communion Assistant

Tom Kull

Morrey Atkinson

Don Barb


Maggie Johnson

Robert Laube

Alaina Rice

Greeters/Offering Ushers

Tom & Maggie Kull

Chris & Kathy Wagner

Linda & Robert Laube


Bob Chilcoat

Bruce Davidson

Erin Gill


Steve Crofts

Susan Gill

Carla Kruck

Coffee Hour

Claire Johnson

Tracie Owen

Linda Laube


Susan Gill

Baptism Cake

Claire Johnson


Need Volunteer

Missy Sugalski

Terry Welsh


Maggie Kull

Linda Laube

Tracie Owen

IM Assistants


Maggie & Tom Kull


Building Clean Team

Denise Duncan


Maggie Kull

Bread Maker

Amy Chilcoat

Amy Chilcoat

Amy Chilcoat


COMING EVENTSCalendar - detailed calendar format


This past Sunday:    92
Same Sunday last year:    52
Average Sunday attendance 2017: 74.2
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 OUTS: This week’s Shout Out to Greg and Cindy Cooper for organizing the Rally Day project which was making the hygiene bags for TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen).  Thank you to all those who donated, and big thank you to all those that showed up to make the bags.  100 bags will be brought to TASK!   Additional Shout Outs go out to Cindy & Joe Cooper, Mike Johnson, Pastor Lee, Sue Schermerhorn and Terry Welsh for helping out the Sabo family in Flemington this past Saturday. Thank you so much for coming out!!

If YOU have a Shout Out that needs to be publicized….reply to this email and let us know. Thanks


STEWARDSHIP: Living Waters accepts stock donations and donations directly from IRAs.   It has been a good year in the stock market.   There are some advantages to donating appreciated stock to Living Waters.   Stock donations may be a general donation or designated donation (Capital Project – parking lot and building expansion, Pastor’ Discretionary Fund, World Hunger, Disaster Relief, Living Waters Operations or Mortgage, 2018 Youth Gathering etc.).   If you are over 70 ½, donations directly from an IRA satisfies Required Minimum Distributions (income is not reported but there is no charitable deduction).   See Tom Kull, Pastor Lee or Tyler Rice if you want more information on how to donate stock or donate from an IRA.

THRIVENT: 2018 Thrivent Action Grants and Thrivent Choice Dollars:  A 2018 Thrivent Action Grant application must be submitted 2 week before the event – if not used you lose it.   If you are a Thrivent member or Associate member log on to your Thrivent account to see if you have 2017 Thrivent Choice dollars that can be donated to Living Waters, Cross Roads Camp or other charities.

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


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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 one of the booking agents for talents and can be reached at www.flemingtonrocks.com   


OPIOID EPIDEMIC TOWN HALL MEETING: September 12th 6:30 p.m. at the Hunterdon Central High School Little Theatre

TASK: September is Hunger Action Month and TASK is raising awareness of hunger in our community with a Hunger Action calendar for the month.  You can download yours at http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/pdf/hunger-action-month-calendar.pdf for 30 fun & simple ways you can #takeaction and help feed hungry families in your community this month!

THE 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 Wal-Mart/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.


National Alliance on Mental Illness



FREE Education and Support For People Who have Relatives/close friends with Mental Health Issues


    The NAMI Family to Family Education Program is a 12-week course for anyone with a relative, significant other or close friend who has a mental health issue. The course is taught by trained NAMI family members. All course materials are furnished at no cost to you.

     The curriculum focuses on Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively as caregivers, including communication skills, problem solving, self-care and much more.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 9:00 – 11:30AM
Hunterdon Medical Center
2100 Wescott Dr. Flemington, NJ


CONTACT: Doug @ 908-304-40481; dhwilliams02@yahoo.com   Louise @ 609-468-6036 ; Louise.hartman@comcast.net



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