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For the Week Beginning January 25, 2019

Third Sunday after Epiphany


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

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 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Effective immediately: We will no longer be a site for outdated prescriptions and medications.  Both CVS and Walgreens are active sites for drop-offs for outdated and unused prescriptions and medications.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 (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, Joann Angelillia, Linda Brady, Betty Bray, Diane Clarke, Isabella Downer, 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, Miles Skolnik,  Jeff Sperling, Amy Staley, Elise Walker, Michael Woods

Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of Bob Benson and Dolores Fisher (Lynn Olsen’s mother)

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 reformationwlb@gmail.com.   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.

“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! There is a signup sheet on the kiosk for volunteers to help with making the soup.  Please let us know if you plan to be here.

“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 2-3 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!!


Social Ministry met this week and planned some awesome activities for 2019 – beginning with Souper Bowl of Caring next week and including, we hope, a service project during Lent, International Women’s Day Tea, Ribbon Cutting for Pantry and Closet, God’s Work Our Hands Day/Grandparent’s Day, and World Hunger Month in October to include World Hunger, Bread for the World, and more!

The team will also be working towards establishing a visitation team in the very near future.  It’s so important to maintain contact with members that can no longer physically come to church.  Look for more details in the monthly messenger and for details in the weeks to come!!

Christian Education – met last night and details of their meeting will be out soon but they planned to work on VBS (director needed!!!), SCS calendar, and more

Nominating Committee – will meet on 2/6

Endowment – met on last Sunday and planned the year of events they will be involved with including funding for our SCS Bibles, confirmand Bibles, youth events and more….

Worship & Music – will meet on 2/4

Fellowship – will meet on 2/24


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

  • 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

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
  • Pallet Wrap and Stretch Film
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Case overwrap
  • Newspaper Sleeves
  • Wood Pellet Bags
  • Produce Bags
  • Salt Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Dry Cleaning Bags
  • Ice Bags
  • Ziploc@ & other Reclosable Bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Cereal 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…

  • That the plastic used for above listed items takes up to 500 years to degrade in landfills but never fully break down. Instead they become micro plastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.
  • The average family accumulates 15 bags per trip to the grocery store and these bags are used for an average of 12 minutes.
  • Plastic Film is typically made from manmade materials that have a less porous density making it need a higher melting point.