For the Week Beginning April 6, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter


Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion

Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday – 10 a.m. Eucharist followed by Prayer Ministry



If you have someone on the prayer list and you would like them to remain on the prayer list for the new church year, please call (732-229-9180), email (reformationwlb@gmail.com) or leave a note on Debbie’s desk. Please remember, unless otherwise asked, we will put your loved ones name on the weekly spoken prayer list for 4 weeks and then they will remain on the prayer list below and in the monthly messengers indefinitely (until you let us know we can remove them).



 Eric, Amy Appleton, Phil Apruzzi, Edgar Arlt, Baby Arabella, Jessica Blomn, Haley Brunner, Allan & Christa Buergin, Estelle deLeon, Maryann Dickman, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, George Economy, Betty Errigo, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, Coralee Gleason, Leslie Gurlea, Max Holden, Royce Howell, Pat & Jim Jackson, Ashley Kazar, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Alan Keszler, Nancy & George Lautz, Roy Lingle, Barbara & Joseph McCarthy, Joyce Mendez, John Mercogliano, Ed Myzie, Beth Nilsson, Joan Nolan, Gail Oberlin, John Powlesland, Francesca Rashid, Myra Reyes, Glen Robinson, Kurt Stahnke, Dolores Strockbine, Bobbie Sweger, Frank Trafari, Denise Willemsen,

 2018 DIRECTORIES:  If you didn’t get your pictorial directory yet, please see Barbara Denegar; Our 2018 directories with church information is now ready for pick up too!  If you didn’t get your bright yellow covered directory, please see the ushers this weekend!!

The Harmony Coffeehouse:  Sunday, April 15th at 2 p.m. – cost $5 at the door. Michael & Elliott Topper from Temple Beth Miriam (mom, Gayle helps a lot with our pantry!) are organizing a coffeehouse fundraiser to benefit the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Come listen to some awesome music and support an awesome cause!!


Do you hear BELLS???   YES!!!!          Come listen and enjoy some awesome music from Godspell!                              

What:    The Youth Handbell Choir and Youth Choir

              From St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Silver Springs MD

Where:   Here!! At Reformation

When:    Saturday, April 14th at 4:30 p.m.

They will also join us for worship at the 5 o’clock service that evening where they will provide the prelude, offertory music, anthem, and postlude music.


 A Musical Celebration of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, Sunday, 15 April, 3:30 PM.

The Northern Cluster Choir will present its 2018 Cantata, at Reformation Lutheran Church. Once Upon a Tree, was created by Pepper Choplin, one of the most creative composers of church music today. Experience St. Luke’s retelling of the story through compelling music and narration. Light refreshments will be served in the gathering area.


ELCA Releases Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice

The draft statement on women and justice has been released for study and response prior to September 30, 2018.

You can find the statement on the ELCA web site at http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Women-and-Justice/Draft

At this site you can download and read the draft document. You can also submit your own feedback directly to the task group.

However, if you would prefer to study and discuss the document together in a group setting, to share your ideas and responses with your fellow congregation members, and to hear the voices of those who might have understandings and responses that differ from your own, Pastor Matt will be facilitating two opportunities to do so

Wednesday Evening Track – meeting from 7-8:30 on 2 Wednesday evenings, April 18 and 25

  • OR –

Saturday Afternoon Track – Meeting from 1:30-4:00 on Saturday afternoon, April 21


Social Ministry:  Thank you to everyone who helped us make the pillows for the NJ Synod servant trip to Bosnia.  If you’ve been saving your change during Lent, we will be collecting the boxes of change on the weekend of April 7/8 which will also be donated for the NJ Synod servant trip to Bosnia. We still have some work to do on the pillows but should have over 150 to donate!

 Coffee Hour:  Thank you to everyone who has been donating goodies for coffee hour and, as part of the donation, setting up and cleaning up. We have volunteers for goodies through April 8th but then we need volunteers to carry us through until June.  If you would like to take one Sunday and bring in goodies, set up, and clean up, please let the office know or better yet, there is a signup sheet on the kiosk – please sign up.  Elaine Tupy is home and she will be asking for volunteers so, let’s beat her to it and sign up!!

 Anna Beaty Scholarship:  Calling all high school seniors and undergraduate college students!  Have you been involved in the life of our congregation especially Sunday Church School?  If yes, please be sure to fill out an application for our Anna Beaty Scholarship.  Applications are on the round wooden table and are due to the office by April 15th!

Wurffel Fund College Loan/Scholarship:  Through the generosity of the Wurffel family a Memorial Fund has been set up through the NJ Synod to provide a limited amount of financial aid to students attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college for their undergraduate degree.  Priority is given on the basis of financial need and activity in the life of the church.  Applications are available in the church office.  Please see Pastor Matt or Debbie for more information.