For the Week Beginning September 21, 2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Lectionary 25



Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Dinner Church Service of Holy Communion

Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday – 10 a.m. Eucharist followed by Prayer Ministry


This Saturday’s service will be our Autumn Dinner Church Service of Holy Communion beginning at 5pm. It is a 3 course pot luck dinner served around the entire Service of Holy Communion. Please bring a dish to share and join us!


Thank you to everyone who made Rally Day such a wonderful success!! Through your generous free will offering on Rally Day we’ve raised $293 towards the cost of replacing our nursery carpet.  Donations will gladly be accepted until we have enough to replace the carpet. 


There are STILL events coming up in the next month or so.  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!

This is an exciting Sunday – SCS begins, Adult Bible Study begins, and confirmation class begins – come and join us!!


LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE – there will be envelopes on the round wooden table in the gathering this weekend for anyone wishing to make a donation to help Lutheran Disaster Response from Florence.  Please make the checks to Reformation and in the memo line please include your envelope number and that the donation is for Florence



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, Edgar Arlt, Ronald Bersch, Jessica Blomn, Christa Buergin, Kevin Conklin, Estelle deLeon, Maryann Dickman, John DiNapoli, Diane Donagan, Mary Dopazo, Isabella Downer, Brinley Engles, Betty Errigo, Elissa Faraone, Dave Fieltsch, Amanda Ferraro, 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, 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


Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of the Rodriquez family whose mother was killed in Long Island this past week.


DINNER CHURCH:  On Saturday, 9/22 we will hold Dinner Church beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner Church is a 3 course pot-luck dinner served around the actual worship service.  See full explanation in the September Messenger.


SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL:  Nicole Dopazo is planning our SCS for the fall and is looking for volunteers!  If you would like to help in any way, please reach out to Nicole. We will have 3 classes again this year and should have 2 leaders in each class and depending on the size of the class and age of the kids, maybe 3 leaders/assistants.  Our youth are our future, please consider donating a Sunday or 2 or 3 to help in Sunday School! Check out the bulletin board in the gathering area and please signup to help!!


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.


WOMEN’S RETREAT:  The synod wide women’s retreat at Cross Road’s Camp and Retreat Center has two options – Sept. 28-30 or Oct. 12-14.  Several of the women here are planning to attend the Oct.12-14 retreat. Remember it is first come; first serve for the Christ Center with the limit at 40 women; cost is $195 and you must register on Cross Road’s website at www.crossroadsretreat.com.   This year’s theme is: When we pray, we connect with God and one another in holy conversation.  Let’s broaden that conversation and share our experience of prayer through the lens Ann Lamott’s little book “Help, Thanks, Wow!” Participants are encouraged but not required to read the book prior to the retreat.  There is a signup sheet on the kiosk so that we can plan to carpool up on the 12th of October!


BOOK CLUB – Please join us for a book study on Wednesday October 3 at either 12 noon or 7 p.m.  The book is Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott.  This also happens to be the book that will be used for the women’s retreat at Cross Roads Retreat Center later in October!  You can either purchase the book yourself or signup and Norma Beaty will place one order for everyone.  Please see the signup sheet for details


FOOD PANTRY – We are in need of grocery size plastic bags for the pantry.  There are 2 wicker baskets by the coat rack in the gathering area where they can be left.


CLOTHES CLOSET – We are in need of fall/winter children’s clothes in particular.  Truth is, we can use any kind of children’s clothing. Now that fall is almost upon us, we are collecting fall and winter clothing for children, men and women. Please no more summer clothes at this time.


FAMILY PROMISE: On Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, it will be our turn to provide dinner for the families staying at First Baptist Church in Long Branch through Family Promise program.  We will need sides, fruit, and desserts for the dinner which can be dropped off at the church during the day on 10/2.  Then, the team will carpool over at 5:30pm and they welcome anyone to come and join them!!


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.



MAKING SMILES:  Do you have a child with special needs between the ages of 6 and 16? If yes, there is an opportunity for them to attend the 2nd Annual “Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n”   It’s on Saturday, September 29th from 10-2 and children with special needs are invited to a fun day at Lake Julianna on the Ponderosa Estate Farm in Millstone Township. They’ll learn to fish (and release!), enjoy a BBQ lunch, play games and more!  Debbie has full details in the office for anyone interested.


RODDIE’S CODE: On Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 Pastor Christopher Edmonds will present the story of his father’s heroic courage during World War II at Congregation Torat El, 301 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst.  How did Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, under threat of death, persuade over 1000 of his fellow Prisoners of War to defy their German captors and save the lives of 200 American Jewish Soldiers? Tickets are $18 per person. For more information and tickets/reservations, visit www.Roddie.torat-el.org  or call the temple’s office at 732-531-0300.  There are flyers with more details on the tall blue round table in the gathering area