Past Days in the Life of LPC
A candle flame is often said to represent life itself – as the light of life
LPC Session, 2019
steering the ship
L-R: Steve, Sarah, Jill, Frank, Pastor Diane, Tim, Patti, Susan, Rob
Red Bank CROP walk, October 2019
LPC members finish the walk
101 Food bags for Community Outreach Group (COG)
collected by LPC members and friends – September 2019
Organists in the past at LPC
Diane Menninger, past organist – retired
Diane Menninger, now retired, played at LPC from 1997 to 2017. She was a veteran of 2 previous positions in church music. Examined by Trinity College of Music, London, she taught piano and music theory through their program. Choral music flows through Diane’s life. She has sung with both the Shrewsbury Chorale and the Monmouth Civic Chorus, including European Concert Tours in 1990 and 1993 with venues at the Vatican (Rome) and St. Stephansdom (Vienna).
Bob Sammond, past organist
Robert Sammond has been active in the New Jersey musical scene for over 25 years as a teacher, performer, accompanist, music director and church musician . He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Butler University and MM from Mason Gross at Rutgers, both in Piano Performance. He has been on the staff of LPC from 1992 to 15 September 2019.
15 September 2019 – Organist/Pianist Bob Sammond moved on from LPC after 25 years of service.
Good luck, Bob!!! You will be missed.
In Memory of Margaret (“Marge”) Richards:
4 May 1929 – 10 September 2019
Marge was a valued, long-time member of LPC.
With sadness as well as faith in Christ’s resurrection,
we celebrated her life at the church: 14 September 2019.
In Memory of
Amanda Mae Edwards
We mourn the passing on 23 July 2019 of long-time member Amanda Mae Edwards, who has attended the church since she was a young child. On 30 July, 2019, a full house gathered for a memorial service, a trip to Fairview Cemetery, and a warm repass at the church to pay their respects and to celebrate Mae’s life.
In lieu of flowers, the family has created a memorial fund reflecting Mae’s care for people. Called “Mae’s Mission” it will support the mission and service LPC provides to the surrounding community. —– Donations can be by check, made out to LIncroft Presbyterian Church, with the memo “Mae’s Mission.” Mailing address: Lincroft Presbyterian Church, PO Box 328, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
Memorial Service, 30 July 2019 – see the write-up in the LPC Newsletter for August 2019
Tribute to Amanda Mae Edwards —– LPC member since birth in 1932
Pentecost Sunday at LPC – 2019
Celebrating the 4-year anniversary of Pastor Diane at LPC
June 2015 to June 2019
Do You Remember?
Earth Day at LPC – Sunday – 5 May 2019
“Once Upon A Tree”
Words and Music by Pepper Choplin
A musical enactment of Jesus’ last days
was presented at LPC on 17 April 2019
by LPC Choir and Players
Robert Sammond, Music Director
Rev. Diane R. Ford, Artistic Director
Phil Telman, Luke
LPC is an Earth Care Congregation, celebrating Earth Day
with special presentations on the status of Earth’s environment
in God’s Universe
Earth Care Congregations, led by PCUSA, are those that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
“Once Upon A Tree”
Words and Music by Pepper Choplin
A musical enactment of Jesus’ last days
was presented at LPC on 17 April 2019
by LPC Choirs and Players
Robert Sammond, piano
Family Promise of Monmouth County held a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Friday, April 5, 2019, at its new Day Center located at 501 Malterer Ave. in Oceanport, NJ.
One of the program graduates, Suheil, shared her family’s success story. In case you missed it check out the article here: Freehold mom’s story shows how Family Promise helps temporarily homeless.
Family Promise of Monmouth County:
—- provides homeless children and their families with food, clothing, emergency shelter, transportation, life skills training and comprehensive case management
—- is an affiliate of the national Family Promise
—- works with community agencies, interfaith churches, and synagogues to provide innovative solutions to ending family homelessness.
Its Network is comprised of 13 Monmouth County-based host congregations, including Lincroft Presbyterian Church, who have pledged the use of their facilities and the participation of volunteer members and 43 support congregations who provide additional volunteers and support. Each year roughly 12,597 meals and 5,110 bed-nights for families in need are provided.
Family Promise of Monmouth County is thrilled to finally move into its new home, from which it will be able to expand its footprint and solidify its impact. The new 2,800 sq. ft., centrally located Day Center was donated in 2008 by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).
Our Hearts Cry Out
15 April 2019
Water in the LPC Pond
Ho, every one who thirsts,
come to the waters;
LPC Progressive Dinner – March 2019
Memorial Service at LPC for Virginia Marr
– long-time member –
16 February 2019
Fellowship at Lincroft Presbyterian Church
Christmas Eve Service at LPC —— 7:00 pm – Dec. 24, 2018
A Special Christmas Service at LPC —— Dec. 21 at 7:00 pm
“The Longest Night”
a service for those who struggle with the holidays
December 21 at 7:00 p.m. – Lincroft Presbyterian Church
Have you lost a loved one? Are you suffering from illness, loneliness, unemployment, broken relationships?
You are not alone…
Come join us for prayers, scripture and music sharing God’s loving presence with all who mourn and struggle.
All are welcome.
Casual dress. Short service. Light refreshments.
Artwork from Riverside Covenant Church, West Lafayette, Indiana
Celebrating the Church: Sharing Christian Values
Our hearts break and our prayers are with all affected by the shooting at
the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Stand For Peace
LPC Food Drive – Fall 2018
90 bags of food were collected
and delivered to the Community Outreach Group Calico Cat Cupboard and Pantry
of Middletown, NJ.
LPC Kayaking Fellowship – August 2018
In the pine barrens of New Jersey
June 3, 2018 was Mental Health Awareness Sunday at LPC
with Jay Yudof from the National Alliance on Mental Illness at LPC on Sunday morning.
Jay Yudof, M.S, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, serves as the Vice President of NAMI-Greater Monmouth, our local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For the past 20 years, he has been active in efforts to help raise awareness of mental health recovery, reduce the discrimination faced by people with mental health issues, and improve our mental health service system. Within NAMI, Jay leads support groups, produces and maintains a recovery guidebook, and coordinates statewide outreach programs designed to reduce stigma and to help reduce health disparities faced by people dealing with ongoing mental health issues.
Fellowship at LPC
At the Lakewood Blue Claws baseball game – June 2018
with fireworks after the game
Once again, we were invited to join with our friends at Masjid Al Aman, the nearby Islamic Mosque to “break fast” with them during Ramadan – June 3, 2018.
LPC members have participated in the past, and did so this year too.
As Christians, and Presbyterians in particular, we are charged to develop friendships with people of other faith traditions.
John Morrison, Music Director – retired, 1989-2018 at LPC
John served as LPC’s choir director for 28 years, but always kept things fresh and loved trying new things! John graduated from the Hartt School of Music and received a Master’s degree from Rutgers. He taught orchestra, marching band, and jazz band in Metuchen for 23 years. He plays trumpet professionally in a wide variety of venues: symphony orchestras, wedding bands, parades, churches, jazz bands, and even in the county fair! He coordinated LPC’s very successful Jazz Vespers Services, benefiting Family Promise. He also enjoys composing, playing piano, and singing.
LPC honored by Family Promise of Monmouth County
Awards from Family Promise:
2018 Host of the year and Coordinators of the year
Lincroft Presbyterian Church has been certified as a
First Year Earth Care Congregation for 2018
The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.
The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way through integrating earth care into all of their church lives. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.
We are proud to be recognized for our continuing efforts of good stewardship of our Earth and for our role as educators in our community for environmental and climate healthcare.
Water and Life
The Jumping Brook in Lincroft
Jazz Under the Stars – at Lincroft Presbyterian Church
March 1, 2018 – Thursday evening
A Free Will Offering benefited
Family Promise of Monmouth County
helping families permanently overcome homelessness.
Pianist Timothy Broege
Guitarist Doug Clarke
Drummer John Gronert
String Bass/Guitarist Robert Marriner
Trumpeter John Morrison
THANK YOU NEIGHBORS
In the fall of 2017, we collected 700 pairs of shoes at LPC for the Shoeman Project!
The Shoeman Project collects old and new shoes and sends them to Kenya where they will be repaired and sold. This income is used to provide clean drinking water through Water From Afar
Contribute to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma recovery efforts
You can send a check to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Fund at PC(USA).
Make out your check to PC(USA) – mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
To direct funds:
write DR000169-Harvey for Hurricane Harvey in Texas
write DR000194-Irma for Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Islands
in the check memo area.
More information can be found online at PC(USA)
Beginning of our program year –
Sunday, September 17, 2917
LPC worship service was held on our glorious front lawn on Sept. 17. This year’s theme, “Be the Rainbow After the Flood,” inspired us to be signs of hope for all those who are suffering. Once again we welcomed friends from the Masjid Al Aman (our nearby mosque) who joined us.
This was a time for reconnecting with those who have visited LPC for our special events as well as those who have been away during the summer.
In Memory of Guy Geoly
November 12, 1937 – March 10, 2017
We lost a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather and a fierce friend last Friday. Guy Geoly passed away after a hard-fought battle with congestive heart failure. He departed this world on his own terms, with a belly full of fresh trout and a glass of good wine after having lunch with Charlotte and some dear friends. He is survived by his beloved wife Charlotte Runyon Geoly and three children Paul Geoly, Pete Geoly and Jean Geoly Armstrong. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Katie Armstrong, Alison Armstrong, Mia Geoly, Nik Geoly and Maria Geoly. He lived with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 70 years. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Guy’s name to JDRF to help support type 1 diabetes research.
Guy Geoly and family were members of LPC for many years. —– Obituary
April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday Celebration
Lenten history for Presbyterians
For some Presbyterians, celebrating Lent is not intuitive — it may not have been part of their family’s pattern growing up. It is, however, connected to the way in which the Christian celebration of Easter evolved.
Special Past Event at LPC
A New Orleans Jazz Service
Verses, Vibes & Vittles
To Benefit Family Promise of Monmouth County
Fair use audio clips from the Jazz Service
Special Past Event at LPC:
A Community Anti-Racism Workshop
with Alonzo Johnson and Mark Koenig
February 10 – 12, 2017
February 10 – S. African Apartheid: A Success Story
February 11 – Definitions, Discussion, Tools, Options
February 12 – Worship Service at LPC with Rev. Alonzo Johnson
Advent 2016 at LPC
A gathering for all ages: “Un-Churchy” Church
New and ancient readings, rituals, music and prayer
Designed by Youths for Everyone
Sunday, November 27, 7:00 PM at LPC
Hosted this time at LPC, co-led by LPC and our neighboring Holmdel Community Church.
LPC Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study Group
For their mission donation in July 2016 the LPC Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study Group
received this unique Thank You card from THE FOODBANK of Monmouth and Ocean Counties,
a worthy option for giving. – FOODBANK
Some of the LPC members at the Red Bank Crop Walk on Sunday, 16 October 2016
That’s our leader, Rev. Diane R. Ford, above at lower left.
The second annual Food Drive Week began on September 11
with distribution of empty bags.
A plethora of bags of food for Calico Cat Food Pantry were returned
to the church on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Reconnection Sunday at LPC
September 11, 2016
Song of the week:
During summer 2016 worship, Pastor Ford featured a special song each week
which was woven into the sermon.
4 September – Song: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton – Lyrics
21 August – Song: “We are the Champions” by Queen – Lyrics
14 August – Song: “Rocky Ground” by Bruce Springsteen – Lyrics – About
7 August – Song: “Swim” by Andrew McMahon – Lyrics
31 July – Song:“Up Down” – The Ambassador – Lyrics
24 July – Song: “He Didn’t Have To” by Brad Paisley – Lyrics
17 July – Song: “Make You Feel My Love” written by Bob Dylon, performed by Adele
10 July – Song: “The Beauty of Gray,” by the band Live in 1992
3 July – Song: “Stairway to Heaven” by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
26 June – Song: “Roar” by Katy Perry
19 June – Song: “Pulse” by Melissa Etheridge
The top 10 things that happened at the
PCUSA 222nd General Assembly
(18-25 June 2016)
– June 27th blog written by Rev. Carl Wilton, Pastor of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church
and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Monmouth
Blog Preview: the number-one thing this Assembly did was to complete the process of adding the Belhar Confession as thetwelfth confessional document contained in the Book of Confessions. While this was pretty much a foregone conclusion — since more than three-fourths of the presbyteries have already given their required assent — still, it is of great historic significance. After the positive vote, theologian Allan Boesak of South Africa, one of the authors of the Belhar Confession during the apartheid era, addressed the Assembly. He ended his remarks by saying, “We may not know what tomorrow may bring, but I know this: tonight, we have overcome. I know this: because of Jesus, we shall overcome. I know this: whatever may come in our world, we shall overcome.” In a moving moment, the Assembly responded by spontaneously breaking into song, singing — what else? —“We Shall Overcome.”
The Belhar Confession – a moving call for reconciliation, and a condemnation of racial injustice written in the crucible of the struggle over apartheid – is a significant addition to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Confessions. Belhar becomes the first confession from the global south that the mostly-white PC(USA) has ever adopted – and the PC(USA) has done so at a time when racial tension, injustice and violence in the United States make headlines nearly every day.
For Orlando! – A Vigil of Unity in Lincroft
15 June 2016
MARQUE SIGN IMPROVEMENT
June 2016 – Andrew Kelly, a member of BSA Troop 246 sponsored by Lincroft Presbyterian Church chose as his Eagle Scout project to greatly improve and enhance LPC’s marquee sign at the corner of West Front Street and Everett Road. The metal sign has been cleaned, scraped, sealed and painted. The bushes under the sign have been removed and replaced with a raised garden and dwarf bushes.
Scene from the LPC Annual Picnic – 12 June 2016
Pentecost Sunday – 2016
LPC college students Krista and Sydney
share their Mission Trip activities this spring, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Two of our LPC college students, Krista and Sidney, went on mission trips during the spring 2016 semester.
They presented first-hand stories about there experiences and what they learned about
rural poverty and the needs and rights of children of seasonal/migrant farm workers.
– They made pressentations to the congregation immediately after worship.
Over Spring Break, 2016, we volunteered with the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, a federally funded program for the children of seasonal and migrant farm workers. This program ensures that these families are aware of all their rights for themselves and their children once they enter the American education system. The program provides a culturally sensitive classroom with both Spanish- and English-speaking teachers so that the children can adjust to the US culture and succeed in school but also continue to understand where they come from and remain fluent in their own language. As volunteers we got to help the teachers with projects for family day events and to build playground structures while also getting to know the staff and children!
Every year Duquesne University sponsors several Cross Cultural Mission Experience (CCME) trips for student volunteers. As part of the spring 2016 program I went to Mullens, West Virginia, for five days at the end of February/beginning of March to work with members of the community both to help in some way to stimulate their failing economy while also engaging in achieving a better understanding of the underlying causes of rural poverty.
Views of our Cleanup Day at LPC – May 4, 2016
February 12, 2016
Movie Night at a local Mosque: On February 12, 2016, 11 people from LPC along with other community visitors engaged in a warm and friendly interfaith discussion at a local Mosque with a group of American Muslims on movie night. The movie was titled “American Muslims facts vs. fiction” by Unity Productions Foundation. The movie, and the discussion, dealt with the pattern of assumptions about American Muslims framed by the mainstream media, which according to the movie does not match up with the facts on the ground: who American Muslims are, what they represent, or how they live their lives here. In this session, we set the record straight with friendship. The film provides poll-based answers to the most frequent questions Americans ask about their Muslim neighbors. The 11 minute movie can be viewed online
Click for details in Past Events Page
Photos: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Annual LPC Jazz Service: “Unity in Diversity”
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Chili Cook-Off Photos
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Lincroft Presbyterian Church’s Annual Chili Cook-off
2015 Advent Season
Reunion Sunday, 13 September 2015, began at 9:15 AM with interactions on the church entrance-patio. Attendance included members young of age to those of more than 50 years. Worship was followed by the opening of a time capsule stored away 20 years ago by the youth of 1995
A Singing Sunday Worship was held on Sunday, July 12,
with the Chorus of the Atlantic
Lively tunes, lovely ballads and patriotic songs,
all done in four-part barbershop harmony
Congratulations to Sydney McCabe, recipient of the 2015 Denise Coolidge and Carol Weber Scholarship Award at LPC.
On certain days it is Walk the Talk Sunday for outreach activity
– After gathering at 10:00 AM for a brief service, we worship by working for others, following Christ’s teachings to love and serve. — 2015
Maundy Thursday Labyrinth – 2015
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