WEEKLY E-MESSENGER FROM THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION
For the Week Beginning October 5, 2018
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost/Lectionary 27
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
There are STILL events coming up in the next month with new ones being added. Please see some details on each below and there is a binder in the gathering area with signup sheets for all events. Please be sure to sign up to help those running each event prepare!
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE – there are envelopes on the round wooden table in the gathering this weekend for anyone wishing to make a donation to help Lutheran Disaster Response with recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence. Please make the checks to Reformation and in the memo line please include your envelope number and that the donation is for Florence
Debbie will be on vacation 10/5-10/14 returning to the office on 10/15
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, Edgar Arlt, Ronald Bersch, Jessica Blomn, Linda Brady, Christa Buergin, Kevin Conklin, Rev. Gary Costa, Joy Crane, Estelle deLeon, Maryann Dickman, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, Mary Dopazo, Isabella Downer, Brinley Engles, Betty Errigo, Elissa Faraone, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, Anthony “Bubba” Gaetano, Coralee Gleason, Leslie Gurlea, Max Holden, Royce Howell, Pat & Jim Jackson, Ann Jamison, Trish Jamison, Ashley Kazar, Don Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Alan Keszler, Diane Kirk, Nancy & George Lautz, Roy Lingle, Marie Marchasani, Ilona Martin, Rick Matson, Barbara & Joseph McCarthy, Alida McKeon Conroy, Denis Mendez, John Mercogliano, Kathy Meyer, Renee Moore, Hanna Myrhol, Ed Myzie, Kristine Naddeo, Beth Nilsson, Joan Nolan, Gail Oberlin, George Ottino, Michael Pasquale, John Powlesland, Tamara Presley, Bill Putt, Nestor Quiles, Chris Rakowski, Myra Reyes, Glen Robinson, Kiera Scott, Carleen Smith, Carol Spear, Kurt Stahnke, Dolores Strockbine, Baby Mary Rose Sutter, Frank Trafari, Denise Willemsen, the 2 little children at Jersey Shore Medical Center so very much in need of prayers
NURSERY: Help is needed!!! We need your help for nursery coverage during our Sunday morning worship service. Please prayerfully consider giving a Sunday or 2 throughout the school year!!! Please see Deb K. for more information.
FALL CLEANUP AT THE CHURCH: On Saturday, Oct. 27th we will have our fall cleanup at the church and there is a lot to do!! We need your help!! We’ll start at about 11 and work as long as we can inside and out!
Windows, screens, cobwebs high up, weeding, trimming, cutting back, and more……..Please find the time to give an hour or 2 during the day. There is a signup sheet on the WANTED bulletin board in the gathering area and also in the binder on the round wooden table in the gathering area.
REFORMATION SUNDAY BRUNCH: On Sunday, 10/28 we will have a brunch to celebrate Reformation Sunday but it will also be a fundraiser via our free will offerings to work towards refurbishing the great room. This particular luncheon is hoped to raise enough funds to purchase an additional chair rail to protect the walls from dings from tables and chairs. It will be prepped and installed by volunteers from the congregation. Stayed tuned for information on the menu!!
OCTOBER IS WORLD HUNGER MONTH
As part of World Hunger we have a few different events planned to help raise funds for World Hunger and the ELCA Global Farm Challenge:
- All month long we encourage you to please take a tag off the bulletin board and make a donation towards our goal of raising funds to purchase least 2 cows through the NJ Synod’s “Cow Challenge” (this will be in addition to the offerings from VBS that gave us 2 cows!!)
- Check out the display in the gathering area and consider writing a letter to our elected officials about your feelings on hunger and what can be done
- On 10/20 & 10/21 stop by the table and purchase, for a donation, a loaf of homemade bread – There will we a wide variety of breads available for purchase – all proceeds will go to world hunger
- On 10/21 our SCS will be participating in a hop-a-thon to help raise funds to stamp out hunger! Look for our SCS kids to be asking for sponsors real soon!!
- On 10/20 as part of a Thrivent Action team event sponsored by Craig Munson, we will be hope to hold a food drive at a local supermarket (so far they are all booked!) with a goal of collecting 500 food items and in turn Thrivent will give us $500 for our food pantry – it’s a win/win!! You can help us reach the 500 items by donating canned soup that weekend (we have no soup in our food pantry right now). We’ll of course take any non-perishable item!!
ALL SAINTS DAY REMEMBRANCE OPPORTUNITY
On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2018 we will celebrate All Saints Day. At our worship services on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., we will offer prayers remembering all those who have entered their new and eternal life in Christ.
Many people wish to make a memorial donation on this occasion and we continue to provide an opportunity to make such gifts on All Saints Sunday.
Monies received will benefit our Endowment Fund. There are now three areas within the Endowment Fund in which you may designate your donations. The original section is general Endowment, which will continue to make grants and matching gifts. The second section is for the Building and will be used exclusively for the repair of or expansion of our church building. The third was established to continue the ministry of feeding the hungry. You may choose where you would like your gift applied.
On All Saints Sunday there will be a Memorial Bouquet on the altar. A list of all those being remembered and the donors who wish to remember them will be included in the bulletin that weekend and published in the December “Lutheran Messenger.”
All remembrances need to be submitted by: Tuesday, October 30.
$______General Endowment (counter code 800)
$______ Building Endowment (counter code 807)
$_______Feeding the Hungry (counter code 808)
IN MEMORY OF:_____________________________________________________
If you have a family member you would like included in the spoken prayers on All Saints Weekend, please be sure to get it in to the office as soon as possible. We try to keep track of everyone’s loved ones who have died in the past year, but to be honest, we don’t always succeed. Please help us to be sure we remember everyone and please don’t assume we will remember. Thank you, Debbie