WEEKLY E-MESSENGER FROM THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION
For the Week Beginning January 18, 2019
Second Sunday after Epiphany
THE WEEK AT REFORMATION
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion – Dinner Church
Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion
Wednesday – 10 a.m. Eucharist followed by Prayer Ministry
We still have offering envelopes that have not been picked up! Please check the box in the gathering area and see if you have a box of envelopes.
ANNUAL REPORTS: The Annual Report booklet is now available in the gathering area on the round wooden table.
Annual Congregational Meeting: Our Annual Congregational Business Meeting will be on Sunday, January 27th immediately after worship. We will review the Annual Reports and vote on our 2019 Budget. We must have a quorum to hold the meeting which means we need at least 40 voting members in attendance. A voting member is a confirmed member of the congregation that has contributed and communed in the current year and the year prior to the meeting.
Effective immediately: We will no longer be a site for outdated prescriptions and medications. Both CVS and Walgreens are active sites for drop-offs for outdated and unused prescriptions and medications. You can also drop off meds to both the Long Branch and Ocean Twp. police stations.
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 (email@example.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, Joann Angelillia, Bob Benson, Linda Brady, Betty Bray, Diane Clarke, Joy Crane, Isabella Downer, Bill Eidenire, Betty Errigo, Dave Fieltsch, Laurie Geckeler, Sue Homza, Diane Kanach, Don Keller, Alan Keszler, Sonny Lee, Keith Lowe, Kathy Meyer, Mary Parris, Mary Presley, Doris Scheibner, Irene Shelly, Bonnie Skolnik, Jeff Sperling, Amy Staley, Elise Walker, Michael Woods
PICTURES – Collage by Curt Aussicker
We’ll soon be putting together our 2019 Church Directory. As soon as all new chairpersons are elected, the new directory will be created. Please check the current directory and send any necessary changes for your information to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t assume we have any changes. We try to make the directory as accurate as possible but we do make mistakes from time to time. Thank you!
First Communion Class: When to begin receiving Communion is a mutual decision made by the person, their parents and the Pastor. If there is anyone who desires to receive the sacrament, the first step in the process is to receive the age appropriate study materials and information. Please reach out to Debbie K for the material.
Mary Martha Circle: A reminder the Mary Martha Circle will NOT meet in January or February.
“SOUPER” BOWL OF CARING –Souper Bowl of Caring is Super Bowl weekend which is Feb. 2/3 this year. Edie and Debbie, with lots of help we hope, will be making soup to “sell” for a donation on Saturday, Feb 2. The soups will then be available for purchase following both worship services that weekend. We invite all youth in grades 5 and up to come and help us peel, chop, and make soup!
“Noisy” Offering: As part of our “Souper” Bowl of Caring weekend, we will have our Sunday Church School students collecting a special noisy offering during worship on both Saturday and Sunday. Please start saving your change now for the big weekend. All proceeds from the weekend benefit the hunger ministries we support here at Reformation: Meal at Noon, the Food Pantry, and the Family Promise dinners at 1st Baptist.
Food Pantry/Clothes Closet update: We are getting closer to the big moves for the food pantry and clothes closet but not just yet! We are hoping to move the pantry into the new building within the next 2 weekends and then refurbish the current pantry into a state of the art clothes closet. If you would like to help, please let Debbie K. and Sue H. know and we’ll keep you in the loop as firmer dates are set!! We never say no to help!!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING
THE COMMUNITY CLOTHES CLOSET
The CCC has been blessed by the generosity of so many donors this past year, THANK YOU. We currently have so much to offer our clients, and lots of back stock as well. With the upcoming move into our new space, there is a lot of work to be done – preparing our new space; re-working the way we process donations; re-organizing our back stock area in the church building; just to name a few.
For these reasons, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, we are not accepting any clothing donations until further notice. The following suggestions should help determine what could be done with donations in the meantime
- If you have KIDS clothing and can hold onto them until we are able to accept them again, please wait until then to bring them in. In the past there have been times where we could not keep up with the need for kids clothes.
If you have ADULT clothing at this time, please consider donating them to Goodwill, the SPCA, or another organization that could use them. We will let you know when we will start accepting donations again.
Donations should be clean – please no unlaundered items
No clothing items that are ripped, stained, missing buttons, or in need of repair
Spring & summer clothing accepted March 15 – September 14
Fall & winter clothing accepted September 15 – March 14
Please limit your donations to clothing, shoes & accessories. No hard goods, housewares, etc. If you have these type of items to donate, please contact Sue Homza – she will let you know if she can take them or will offer an alternative suggestion
We Recycle and Reuse…do you! If you did not order a box of envelopes, but find that you would like to use an envelope for your giving…we have lots of envelopes in the Church Office.
Existing dates and envelope #s have been blacked out for re-use. We ask that you please print your name and if you know your envelope # that would be appreciated as well (it would also be a big help to our counters).
See Debbie or Barbara Denegar if you want some envelopes.
Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
What is plastic film? What does it look like to you? Any plastic less than 10 mil thick.
- Plastic Grocery Bags
What is the Challenge?
If we are able to collect 500 pounds of plastic within a 6 month period, the Trex Company will award our Church with Trex Bench. Collecting will begin this January. Help us make our 500 pound goal.
So before you throw out that plastic bag, please consider saving it for this challenge.
Did you know…
YOUR PLASTIC DONATIONS MUST BE CLEAN, DRY AND FREE OF FOOD RESIDUE