WEEKLY E-MESSENGER FROM REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH
For the Week Beginning November 17, 2017
Lectionary 33/24th Sunday after Pentecost
THE WEEK AT REFORMATION
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
This Sunday, November 19th is our Annual Congregation Election Meeting immediately following worship
This Sunday, Nov. 19th is also our Commitment Sunday – Please be sure to bring your 2018 commitment card with you!
We’ve partnered with Asbury United Methodist Church in Long Branch to ship our flood buckets, summer weight clothing, OTC cold, pain, and allergy medications for adults and children, flashlights, and batteries to Puerto Rico. They will be sending in a team to meet the containers being shipped to distribute the supplies and work with the families in need.
Attention! Attention!! Attention!!!
Calling all hands for handbells for Christmas! We are in need of ringers for our Christmas Eve service, members 11 years and older are invited to play. No experience necessary. If you read music, that is a plus, but not required 🙂 Handbells will rehearse on Sundays, directly after service, 11am. So grab your coffee/snack and head down to the choir room. The handbell choir will begin rehearsing on November 26th and will rehearse until Christmas. The more members we have, the more wonderful our sound will be. Please prayerfully consider joining this important part of our music ministry.
Please speak to Kevin or Lorraine Cotter for more information. Handbell choir will be conducted by Kevin Cotter.
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, Pamela Cancel, Dominick Caruso, Concetta Cassidy, Jeanmarie Chudzick, Joseph Clarke, George & Claire Crob, Doris Crimmins, 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
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT REFORMATION
Saturday, Nov. 18th – Meal at Noon Thanksgiving Luncheon 11-1p.m. See Byron Griffin on how you can help; volunteers always appreciated.
Sunday, Nov. 19th – Annual Congregational Meeting for elections at 11 a.m. – see monthly messenger for slate and also see the display in the gathering area for the slate.
Sunday, Nov. 19th – Commitment Sunday – bring your 2018 commitment card as we close our fall stewardship program with the dedication of our commitments for 2018
Sunday, Nov. 26th – Handbell rehearsals begin following worship and continue until Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 3rd – Advent wreath making event following worship in the Great Room
Please plan to join us at all these events
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
Saturday, Nov. 18th – Sons of Norway Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar at Old Bridge Twp Civic Center 11:30-4 (Sons of Norway, Marlboro, support our food pantry)
Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 7 p.m. The Red Bank Public Library presents Racism Without Racists with Rev. Ronal Thomas as the guest speaker.
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!
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA FOR THE ALTAR
It’s time for us to put our order in for our poinsettias for the altar. The order needs to be in very shortly. 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.
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
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: $
In honor of:
In loving memory of: