For the Week Beginning August 24, 2018

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Lectionary 21


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

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

Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. Summer Evening Worship Service


Wednesday, August 29th will be our last summer Wednesday Evening Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.

This Sunday is Family Church and Blessing of our children and their backpacks as they prepare to head back to school.


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, Susan Agnellino, Isabella Andrade, Terry Annitto, Amy Appleton, Edgar Arlt, Baby Arabella, Jessica Blomn, Allan & Christa Buergin, Lexi & Alicia Carbon-Severs, Kevin Conklin, Rosemary Cotter, Estelle deLeon, Maryann Dickman, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, Isabella Downer, George Economy, Brinley Engles, Betty Errigo, Elissa Faraone, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, Coralee Gleason, Leslie Gurlea, Max Holden, Royce Howell, Pat & Jim Jackson, Ann Jamison, Trish Jamison, Ashley Kazar, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Alan Keszler, Diane Kirk, Nancy & George Lautz, Roy Lingle, Ilona Martin, Rick Matson, Barbara & Joseph McCarthy, Alida McKeon Conroy, Denis Mendez, Joyce Mendez, John Mercogliano, Renee Moore, Ed Myzie, Kristine Naddeo, Beth Nilsson, Joan Nolan, Gail Oberlin, George Ottino, Michael Pasquale, Audrey & Bob Pavuchak, John Powlesland, Tamara Presley, Bill Putt, Nestor Quiles, Chris Rakowski, Myra Reyes, Glen Robinson, Kiera Scott, Diane Smith, Carleen Smith, Carol Spear, Kurt Stahnke, Dolores Strockbine, Baby Mary Rose Sutter, Frank Trafari, Caitlin Vamvas,  Denise Willemsen


Christian Sympathy to the Family and Friends of Raymond Lane, Joyce Taylor’s cousin


God’s Work Our Hands Day is September 9th and our plan is to work at the local Ronald McDonald House on Bath Ave. in Long Branch.  There will be jobs for everyone at all skill levels! After visiting Ronald McDonald House this week, we know we will be weeding and trimming in the gardens, organizing and cleaning the toy room and the kitchen, and perhaps washing windows on the first floor


FAMILY CHURCH & BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS: This Sunday, August 26th will be our Family Church Sunday and Pastor Matt will also be offering a special blessing for our children and their backpacks as they prepare to head back to school.  We hope to see you all there!!


School Supplies: We are collecting school supplies for area children in need served through our food pantry and/or the Meal at Noon program.  ITEMS NEEDED ARE:



Shop Rite, Target, and Staples are all having amazing sales right now!!



RALLY DAY:  Rally Day will be Sunday, September 16th and it will also be our September Family Church Sunday.  After worship we will have our God’s Roundup themed lunch. There is a signup sheet on the kiosk in the gathering area to help us plan and to give everyone an opportunity to sign up to assist with side dishes, desserts, and clean up.


THRIVENT FINANCIAL:  Johyn Seifert, our local Thrivent Representative, will be here that day to and will do a short presentation during our Rally Day luncheon. He’ll give an overview of Thrivent and how it can help individuals and the congregation.



THRIVENT COMMUNITY ACTION EVENT:  Our Rally Day luncheon will be a fundraiser to raise the needed monies to replace the carpet in the nursery.  Pastor & Elaine Tupy are going to shampoo it for us for the short term solution but what we really need to do is replace it.  We’ve applied for and hope to be approved for a Thrivent Community Event Card to pay for the food and supplies for the luncheon on Rally Day and in turn we are hoping everyone will be generous and make donations so that we can purchase and get installed new carpeting in the nursery.


SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL:  Nicole Dopazo is planning our SCS for the fall and is looking for volunteers!  If you would like to help in any way, please reach out to Nicole. We will have 3 classes again this year and should have 2 leaders in each class and depending on the size of the class and age of the kids, maybe 3 leaders/assistants.  Our youth are our future, please consider donating a Sunday or 2 or 3 to help in Sunday School!


WOMEN’S RETREAT:  The synod wide women’s retreat at Cross Road’s Camp and Retreat Center has two options – Sept. 28-30 or Oct. 12-14.  Several of the women here are planning to attend the Oct.12-14 retreat. Remember it is first come; first serve for the Christ Center with the limit at 40 women; cost is $195 and you must register on Cross Road’s website at www.crossroadsretreat.com.   This year’s theme is: When we pray, we connect with God and one another in holy conversation.  Let’s broaden that conversation and share our experience of prayer through the lens Ann Lamott’s little book “Help, Thanks, Wow!” Participants are encouraged but not required to read the book prior to the retreat.  There is a signup sheet on the kiosk so that we can plan to carpool up on the 12th of October!


MAKING SMILES:  Do you have a child with special needs between the ages of 6 and 16? If yes, there is an opportunity for them to attend the 2nd Annual “Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n”   It’s on Saturday, September 29th from 10-2 and children with special needs are invited to a fun day at Lake Julianna on the Ponderosa Estate Farm in Millstone Township. They’ll learn to fish (and release!), enjoy a BBQ lunch, play games and more!  Debbie has full details in the office for anyone interested.


RODDIE’S CODE: On Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 Pastor Christopher Edmonds will present the story of his father’s heroic courage during World War II at Congregation Torat El, 301 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst.  How did Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, under threat of death, persuade over 1000 of his fellow Prisoners of War to defy their German captors and save the lives of 200 American Jewish Soldiers? Tickets are $18 per person. For more information and tickets/reservations, visit www.Roddie.torat-el.org  or call the temple’s office at 732-531-0300.  There are flyers with more details on the tall blue round table in the gathering area