For the Week Beginning November 23, 2018

Christ the King Sunday


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 note was received this week from Thrivent – thank you to all of you for all your donations of soup!!

Congratulations.  Your Thrivent Action Team’s efforts on behalf of The Reformation Community Food Pantry have earned that organization a $500 donation from Thrivent.  Payment is currently being processed by Thrivent.  Please advise the receiving organization to look for that check to arrive in the mail no later than December 14, 2018.

You and other Thrivent members from across the Northeast have collectively donated thousands of volunteer hours to gather close to 70,000 food items for those in need this holiday season.  That’s a real bite out of food insecurity across the region at a critical time of the year.  The way you’ve chosen to #LiveGenerously is such an inspiration!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a blessed day,

Thrivent Member Network Specialist
Northeast Region

The office will be closed Thursday and Friday this week for Thanksgiving

We wish all of you and your families a Blessed Thanksgiving


Thank you Bill Homza and the team of workers for all the hard week trimming, weeding, and cleaning this past Saturday


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).




Karen, Kristen, Amy Appleton, Edgar Arlt, Peter Banfield, Bob Benson, Ronald Bersch, Jessica Blomn, Linda Brady, Christa Buergin, Brite Cheney, Kevin Conklin, Joy Crane, Estelle deLeon, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, Robert Donnegan, Mary Dopazo, Isabella Downer, Bill Eidenire, Brinley Engles, Betty Errigo, Malice Fabel, Matt Faraone, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, Anthony “Bubba” Gaetano, Coralee Gleason, Leslie Gurlea, Max Holden, Royce Howell, Pat & Jim Jackson, Ann Jamison, Trish Jamison, Edie Jansen, Ashley Kazar, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Alan Keszler, Diane Kirk, Nancy & George Lautz, Roy Lingle, Marie Marchasani, Suzi Mathis, Rick Matson, Barbara & Joseph McCarthy, Alida McKeon Conroy, Denis Mendez,  John Mercogliano, Kathy Meyer, Renee Moore, Terre Morgan, Debbie Munson, Hanna Myrhol, Ed Myzie, Kristine Naddeo, Beth Nilsson, Chris Notley, Gail Oberlin, Michael Pasquale, Stephanie Pirozzi, Tamara Presley, Bill Putt, Nestor Quiles, Myra Reyes, Glen Robinson, Kay Rupert, Doris Scheibner, Kiera Scott, Helen Shiffler, Carleen Smith, Carol Spear, Jeff Sperling, Kurt Stahnke, Dolores Strockbine, Baby Mary Rose Sutter, Joe Tallman, Frank Trafari, Charlie White, Denise Willemsen, Rachel Zotti, the 2 little children at Jersey Shore Medical Center so very much in need of prayers


Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of Joan Nolan, Debbie & Craig Munson’s Aunt



 We’ll soon be putting together our 2019 Church Directory. 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!

Poinsettia for our Christmas Altar:  If you would like to order a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one, please see the order form at the end of this weekly newsletter. We must put the order in to reserve our poinsettia by the middle of this month at the latest.

THANKSGIVING FOR THE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS:  Thank you everyone for your amazing support!  Wow – an incredible week and month for the food pantry. We’ve distributed 210 turkeys with all the trimmings and we’ve served 299 families so far in November with 1 more day left in November for the pantry!!  We wouldn’t be able to do it without the unwavering support of all of you!!

A CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT Luther Memorial Church in Tinton Falls on Friday, Nov. 30th at 8 p.m. Concert is free and promises to be wonderful. See the flyer posted in the gathering area on the kiosk.

ADVENT WREATH MAKING:      On Sunday, 12/2 we will hold our annual Advent wreath making event in the great room.  All supplies will be provided. Come and join us for this wonderful family event! Look for more details in the monthly messenger next week.

NORTHERN CLUSTER CHOIR: This Advent, Rediscover the joy, peace and love of Christmas through the music of Pepper Choplin as the Northern Cluster Choir performs Lead Me Back to Bethlehem here at Reformation on Sunday, 12/2 at 3:30 p.m. All are invited – a lovely way to begin Advent.

GREATER SHORE CONCERT BAND: The Greater Shore Concert Band will be performing their  holiday concert here at Reformation on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. This holiday concert will feature all of your favorites plus a few surprises!


These performances are offered to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Fabrici and Phil Johnson.  Both Phil and John were leaders in this congregation whose interest in music makes this concert offering an especially appropriate way of recalling their many acts of kindness and the faith they shared with us.  We are most grateful to the Fabrici family and Evie Johnson for making this concert possible.

As always, we will provide refreshments after both concerts and Debbie K. & Edie are looking for volunteers to supply finger food type refreshments (i.e. cookies, brownies, mini cupcakes, cheese and crackers, etc)  If you can help, please either let Debbie & Edie know or see the signup sheet on the kiosk in the gathering area.


2018 HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT THE LONG BRANCH SENIOR CENTER – Friday, 12/7 from 10-2 the Long Branch Senior Center will be hosting their annual holiday bazaar, bake sale, and auction. Breakfast and lunch will also be available to purchase.  All proceeds will benefit their center programs.



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 we’ve ordered 30 and there are still a few available for purchase!

Name:                                                                 Phone #:__________________

Envelope #                 

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

(code 705)

In honor of:                                                                                                                                        

In loving memory of: