For the Week Beginning December 1, 2017

First Sunday of Advent



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

Wednesday – 7 p.m. Evening Prayer during Advent followed by a bible study




Please plan to join us after worship on 12/3 as we make our own Advent wreaths for our homes. All supplies will be provided.



Handbell rehearsals for Christmas Eve have begun and you are WANTED!

Rehearsals are Sundays after worship; no experience necessary!! Please see Kevin or Lorraine Cotter for more information



During Advent we will hold our Wednesday evening prayer services at 7 p.m. (12/6, 12/13, & 12/20) followed by a study with Pastor Matt.  Evening prayer is approximately 30 minutes and the study is about an hour.  Can’t make it all – that’s ok! Come when you can and stay for the as long as you can – can’t make the prayer service, you can still come to the study – we want you! You are welcome!!!




As we begin our new church year, we too begin our new prayer lists.  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).



 Amy Appleton, Phil Apruzzi, Edgar Arlt Sr., Sarah Beaty, Tim Beaty, Gabriella & Francesca Bellanca, Haley Brunner, Christa & Allan Buergin, Bruce Burnham, Jo Burrow, Les Cadigan, Matt Callahan, Dominick Caruso, Concetta Cassidy, Jeanmarie Chudzick, Joseph Clarke, George & Claire Crob,  Jonna Crocker, Sidney Davis, Zack Davis, Billy Delhanty, Diane Donagin, Edna Drinkard, George Economy, Steve Elliott, Amanda Ferraro, Dr. Rosemary Fiore,  Margaret Oswald Fowler, Coralee Gleason, Judy Goellner, Martina Graham, Patty Gray, Patricia Grover, Kurt Homza, Royce Howell, Ann Jamison, Evie Johnson, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Inger LaManna, Wyatt LeMeune, Bob MacDonald, Betty Malone, Jane McKinley, John Mercogliano, Judy Montulet, Madeline Morris, Jo Nolan, Thomas O’Connor Danielle Orio, Karen Pajek, Carol Pennega, Sean Pohle, John Powlesland, Chris Rakowski, Myra Reyes, Pr. Jacky Roderick, Tara Shinn, Miles Skolnick, Anita Smith, Carleen Smith, Michael Smith, Pearl Smith, Peggy Spitz, CJ Stratton, Dolores Strockbine, Kaitlyn Sudowsky, Bobbie Sweger, Wilson Torres, Denise Willemsen, Francine Yamello, Julian Zotti,


Military: John Barrett, Michael Cirrincione, Chris Benz, and All our Military personnel

Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of Doris Crimmins, Andy & Joan Neumeier’s aunt



Sunday, Dec. 3rd – Advent wreath making event following worship in the Great Room

Monday, Dec. 4th – WELCA Christmas Dinner in the Great Room at 6 p.m. – fully catered at a cost of $15 per person – come join us – bring a friend!!

Tuesday, Dec. 5th – Greater Shore Concert Band’s winter concert at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10th – Northern Cluster Choir’s Christmas Cantata at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16th – Dress rehearsal for the Christmas program at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16th – Parents “Time Out” babysitting event from 4-6

Monday, Dec. 18th – Greening of the Church for Christmas at 6:30 p.m. – Come help us decorate the church!! All are invited – kids, adults, men, women – everyone!!

Sunday, Dec. 24th – Decorate the altar after worship with the poinsettia we are all ordering – form is below.  We’ve ordered 30 and so far have 21 taken – it’s not too late – order yours today!! The order form is below.

Please plan to join us at all these events


Sunday, December 3 – NYSYO at the Monmouth Mall from 1-2 p.m. Next to the Macy’s entrance;  See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.

Sunday, December 10th – 2017 NJSYO Winter Concert at 1:30 p.m. at the Middletown High School South. Tickets are $15 and are available through the Middletown Arts Center.  See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.

Sunday, Dec. 17th – Monmouth Civic Chorus to perform their annual Christmas concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank at 4 p.m.



Pastor Matt and Julia Homza have begun rehearsals for this year’s Christmas Pageant. Because Advent 4 and Christmas Eve fall on the same day this year, our pageant will be on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17th during our Sunday worship service. Dress rehearsal will be 12/16 at 2 p.m. with our annual babysitting event from 4-6 so our parents can get a much needed break during this hectic time of the year!  If anyone would like to join Debbie and Edie from 4-6 on 12/16 – please do – we would love the help!


We have two concerts again this year:  The Greater Shore Concert Band will be performing here on Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free but we do take a free-will offering to help offset the costs and their fee.  There will be refreshments following in the Great Room.  Speaking of refreshments, Pat VanBenthuysen is coordinating our refreshments and would like volunteers to bring finger foods and finger desserts.  There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk to let her know you can help.  She’ll also need help setting up and cleaning up that evening.

Then, on Sunday, December 10th at 3:30 The Northern Cluster Choir will be performing Sing Joy to All the World by Lloyd Larsen followed by refreshments in the gathering area.  There will also be a free-will offering taken to help offset the costs of the Northern Cluster Choir. Pat VanBenthuysen also needs help with refreshments for this concert.  See the same signup sheet on the kiosk!


It’s time for us to put our order in for our poinsettias for the altar. Barbara Aussicker has volunteered to coordinate our poinsettia order again this year. If you would like to order a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone or just for yourself, please see the order form below.


The Altar Guild is taking orders for Christmas Poinsettias. Please consider purchasing a poinsettia, or two, in honor or in memory of a loved one.  The poinsettias will be placed around the altar for Christmas Eve worship and may be taken home after the   9:30pm worship service.   Cost: $15.00 each.


Donations to the Altar Guild fund, in honor or memory of a loved one, are also

gratefully accepted.  Please complete the form below and return it to the office as soon as possible with a deadline of November 15.


Name:                                                                 Phone #:__________________

Envelope #                 

# Poinsettia(s)______ Amount enclosed: $                    and/or I would like to donate: $                    

(code 705)

In honor of:                                                                                                                                        

In loving memory of: