For the Week Beginning June 22, 2018

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost/Lectionary 12


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

Our Bosnia International Servant Trip team members are now in Bosnia Remember to pray with them at noon (NJ time) each day. www.servanttrips.org (This is where all those awesome hug pillows we made during Lent are going!!)


Please come to the congregational meeting this Sunday immediately following worship

At last week’s council meeting the bid recommendation was presented to the council.

The following is the motion for the congregation to consider and vote on at our special congregational meeting following worship on this Sunday, June 24th


CONGREGATIONAL MOTION: I move that Council be authorized to accept the bid of $148,315 from Celtic Concepts/Galway Builders/Peter McLoughlin Contracting for the food pantry expansion as described in the design documents provided by KMB Design Group. Funding for this expansion will consist of $130,000 currently available in the Food Pantry memorial with the remainder (including costs associated with any change orders) to be provided by a donor.

EXPLANATION: Four bids were received and evaluated. This bid was judged to be the best response for the following reasons:

  •       Very reasonable price
  • Clear indication of scope of work to be performed
  • Proposal contains a guarantee of workmanship
  • Contractor is known for quality work

A donor has generously offered to provide funding for costs that exceed $130,000, leaving us a buffer in the food pantry memorial to cover at least a year of operating costs, which Council deems sufficient. This is without any further donations towards the expansion which, while not being actively solicited, will be gladly accepted. As these funds are already dedicated for the food pantry, no funds from the congregation’s operating fund will be used for this.


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 & Joe Agnellino, Isabella Andrade, Amy Appleton, Edgar Arlt, Baby Arabella, Jessica Blomn, Gail Brito, Haley Brunner, Allan & Christa Buergin, Kevin Conklin, Estelle deLeon, Maryann Dickman, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, Isabella Downer, George Economy, Betty Errigo, Elissa Faraone, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, Coralee Gleason, Leslie Gurlea, Max Holden, Royce Howell, Pat & Jim Jackson, Ann Jamison, Ashley Kazar, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Alan Keszler, Nancy & George Lautz, Roy Lingle, Rick Matson, Barbara & Joseph McCarthy, Alida McKeon Conroy, Joyce Mendez, John Mercogliano, Renee Moore, Ed Myzie, Beth Nilsson, Joan Nolan, Gail Oberlin, George Ottino, John Powlesland, Bill Putt, Myra Reyes, Glen Robinson, Kiera Scott, Diane Smith, Carleen Smith, Kurt Stahnke, Dolores Strockbine, Baby Mary Rose Sutter, Joyce Taylor, Frank Trafari, Elisa Walker, Alicia Willemsen, Denise Willemsen

 Social Ministry:  Our Social Ministry team will be meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 7 p.m. At this meeting we will discuss and plan our World Hunger appeal incorporating Bishop Tracie’s initiative on hunger. The Bishop’s Challenge is meant to move all NJ Synod congregations to grow in awareness, generosity, service, and advocacy in response to hunger.

Christian Education: Our Christian Education team is planning to meet on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 to go over final plans for VBS and to go over SCS for next year.

OCEAN GROVE CAMP EVENTS:  The Ocean Grove Camp calendar events is now up on the kiosk in the gathering area.  2 particular musical events are the 64th Annual Choir Festival on Sunday, 7/8 at 7pm and the Annual Sacred masterworks on Sunday, 8/26 at 7pm with Gwyneth Walker’s Songs of Faith and Rutter’s Gloria. Details on these 2 events are on the kiosk also.

NURSERY COVERAGE:              Our SCS classes have ended for the summer and that means our nursery coverage also ends.  Some of our parents, realizing the need doesn’t necessarily end for our nursery, have hired Nichole Rashid’s babysitter to come and watch the children beginning 6/24. Donations to the babysitter would be greatly appreciated.  Please see Nichole Rashid for details

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  VBS is fast approaching!!  If you haven’t sent in the registration cards for your children, please do so as soon as possible.  It’s imperative that we try to have an accurate count for attendees so we can plan dinners, crafts, and science activities!! VBS dates are July 8-July 12 from 5-8 p.m. We will have a kid friendly dinner 5-5:30 and the program will begin at 5:30. We are looking for volunteers to shepherd students from one session to another, and skit performers. Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of VBS 2018!! Please let the church office know if you are able to help in any way!

THRIVENT FINANCIAL:  Have a project you’d like to see happen? If you or someone you know is a Thrivent member, it can happen!  See Deb Keszler or Sue Homza for guidance on how to file for a Thrivent Action team event.  Also, if you are a Thrivent member, you could have choice dollars to donate to the charity of your choice such as Reformation!  We can help you do that too! We’ve just gotten 3 members approved for Action Team Events with regards to VBS – you too can have that success!!

Summer 2018: “This Changes Everything” – Cross Roads Camp:

This summer at Cross Roads we will explore how God’s grace turns our world upside down. Through worship, small-group devotions, Bible study, and prayer, campers will grow in their faith as part of their Cross Roads experience.

Cross Roads offers five weeks of on-site programs for youth who have completed grades 2-8, in addition to programs for high school-age campers and for families. There is something for everyone, so learn more and register on the website! http://crossroadsretreat.com/summer-programs