Past Days in the Life of LPC

Light of Life

A candle flame is often said to represent life itself – as the light of life


Hsin Peter Peng
Dr. Hsin Peter Peng

Dr. Hsin (Peter) Peng

We mourn the passing of Dr. Hsin Peter Peng, age 69, of Somerset, NJ, who passed away in Taipei on 15 August 2021. Son of Yang-yueh Hsia Peng and Ming-hui Peng, Hsin was born and raised in Taiwan. He moved to the US with his first wife, Wendy Huang, after medical school. After completing their medical training in Houston and Baltimore, they settled in Colts Neck, NJ, where Daniel and Stephanie were born and raised. Hsin was an anesthesiologist with ACNJ/St. Peter’s University Hospital for 33 years, before retiring in 2018. He moved to Somerset with his second wife, Daisy Zhang, in 2015.

Hsin was an active member of two church communities. He was ordained as an elder at Lincroft Presbyterian Church in 1989 and served as financial secretary for the last decade. He joined Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church in 2018, leading a weekly bible study group in his home.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy Zhang; his children and their spouses, Daniel Peng and Cathy Shu, Stephanie Peng and Peter Janki; his grandchildren, Evelyn and Ryan Peng; his mother, Yang-yueh Hsia Peng; his siblings, Fen Peng and Lin Peng; and his niece and nephew, Shih-ping and Xin-ping Chiu.

Memorial contributions will be kindly accepted by Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church and Lincroft Presbyterian Church.


Donald-P.-Bush, 1931-2021
Donald-P.-Bush, 1931-2021

LPC member Donald P. Bush died Tuesday, 16 February  2021, at his Middletown home after a brief illness. He was 89.

Don was born in West Orange, NJ, and was a 1949 graduate of West Orange High School, where he played football. He attended Wyoming Seminary in Forty Fort, PA, for a year, graduating in 1950, then went on to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Don played football and lacrosse and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at Dickinson, and graduated in 1954.

It also was at Dickinson where he met his beloved wife, Christine. They married in 1956 and raised three sons, James, Steven and John, and lived in Pittsburgh and Huntington, West Virginia, before moving to Middletown in 1965.

Don served in the U.S. Army, where he was in the counterintelligence corps for two years. After serving in the Army he went to work for Chubb Insurance Group for 40 years, where he rose to senior vice president of director of facilities training before retiring in 1997.

He gave freely of his time, volunteering with the Middletown youth basketball league and serving on the boards of Bonnie Brae School in Basking Ridge, Family & Children’s Service in Long Branch and the National Football Foundation’s Essex County Chapter. He was honored for his service to the National Football Foundation in 2008, and received a Lifetime Service Award from Family & Children’s Service in 2017.

“He had so many wonderful qualities,” his son Steven said. “He had a remarkable 40-plus year career in business, but never placed that ahead of his family.”

“He was a role model for balance and morality,” James said.

Don was a huge sports fan and rooted hard for the New York Giants and New York Mets, but he took special pride in the athletic exploits of his sons and his grandchildren in track and field, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and equestrian competitions, and their theatre pursuits.

He also was a gifted artist, creating the family Christmas card art every year and drawing portraits of beloved pets for family and friends.

“He was always generous and thoughtful, while possessing a great curiosity and interest in all whose lives he touched,” his son John said.

Don and Chris loved to play tennis and golf, attend Broadway shows in New York, and they loved to dance. They enjoyed spending time at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, where they have been members for more than 20 years. They also traveled extensively and took in many experiences, from an African safari to kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, to trips to Poland and Australia and New Zealand, to riding horses in Yosemite National Park and viewing El Capitan. Don particularly enjoyed trips to ranches out West where he could soak in the experience of being a cowboy and spend lots of time on horseback. Riding horses was one of his favorite activities and something he indulged any chance he could, especially on family trips with his granddaughters.

“He was very active right up to the end of his life (we played 18 holes of golf in October),” Steven said.

Don was predeceased by his brother, Lewis, who died Dec. 25, 2020, and his grandson, Andrew, in November 2020. Don is survived by his wife of 64 years, Christine Crum Bush; three sons, James and his wife Joan Stone of Pittsburgh; Steven and his wife Stephanie of Connecticut; and John of Bayville; his former daughter-in-law, Karen; six granddaughters, Jessica Engstrand, Stephanie Benoit, Kayleigh Bush, Emily Bush, Abigail Bush and Caroline Bush, and four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Austin Engstrand, Riley and Peyton Benoit, and many other extended family members and friends.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements. Private family services are set for Saturday at the funeral home, with Rev. Diane R. Ford, pastor, Lincroft Presbyterian Church. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Donald and Christine Bush Community Service Endowed Scholarship Fund at Waynesburg University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 or call 724-852-3256, or to Family & Children’s Service, 191 Bath Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740, or online at


Christmas Eve Service at LPC – 24 December

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Blue Christmas Service at LPC:
The Longest Night (Blue Christmas) 21 December

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Red Cross blood drive at LPC: 29 December – 12 – 5 pm


LPC Food Drive

Food bags collected - September 2020

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35

105 food bags donated

Covid 19 has aggravated normal end of summer food bank shortages and has created huge food emergencies for families with lost incomes.
This year LPC conducted our annual food drive in the shadow of the critical need brought about by the pandemic.
With generous contributions of food from our neighbors and church members and bags from Delicious Orchards, we collected 105 bags of food to donate to the food bank managed by the Community Outreach Group in Middletown.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who participated.


Jean M. Bateman

Jean Bateman

  Long time LPC member Jean M. Bateman passed peacefully away on August 3, 2020 at her home in Red Bank with her devoted husband at her side.  Prior to Red bank, her family’s home had been in Tinton Falls.  She was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Roy Carey McPherson and Christina Busch McPherson.  Jean was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and was a member of its Alumni Association.  Her chosen profession was in medicine; her life’s path was that of a registered nurse.  Jean retired from Brockway Glass in Freehold, where she had provided nursing skills to a corporate environment.  Her caring and kindness toward others was reflected in the time she gave to her community, as a member of the Lincroft Presbyterian Church, the Women’s Bible Study at the church, and as co-founder of the Lincroft Cooperative Nursey School.
  Jean was predeceased by her parents, and by her beloved son, Thomas James Bateman.  She is survived by her husband, Thomas B. Bateman, and her legacy of goodness and compassion will live on in her son, John Edward Bateman, in her daughter, Christine Rachel Henkel, and in her eight grandchildren.
  Arrangements have been entrusted to the John E. Day Funeral Home.  The family will arrange a memorial service honoring Jean’s life, a life well lived, at a later date.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jean’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.


John Jutten Lawser
4 July 1941 – 14 July 2020

john Lawser at LPC

Memorial Service via Zoom Saturday 25 July – 1 pm

 A long-time member of LPC,  John was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, and moved to Dearborn, Michigan during high school.  He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
 He married his beloved Sarah Anne Hardin in 1965 in Ann Arbor and they were blessed with two daughters, Susan and Amy.  Beginning in 1970, John worked 43 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel and AT&T in Middletown, NJ.  In 1991 he was honored as an AT&T Fellow for significant contributions in the design, development and implementation of their common channel network.
 Over the past five decades, John was blessed with many brothers and sisters in Christ through his worship and many other roles at Lincroft Presbyterian Church, including Elder and Sunday School teacher.


Winfield “Giggs” Joseph Giguere
June 20, 1930 – June 16, 2020

Winfield Giggs Joseph Giguere
Winfield Giggs Joseph Giguere

 Winfield Joseph Giguere – “Giggs” – passed away and joined his beloved Jennie on June 16, 2020. He is survived by his six daughters, Sheila Marjorie Giguere, Jennifer Giguere Humann, (Kevin), Jackie Lyn Hetrick, (Mark deceased 2014), Wendy Lou Giguere, Heidi Hope Hughes, (Michael), Amy Sue Sherman, (Timmy), and his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
 Giggs was born in Claremont, New Hampshire on June 20, 1930, and after funding his education through serving in the Navy, he graduated from The University of New Hampshire, class of 1954, already the proud father of three children; he and Jennie resided in North Plainfield, New Jersey, then they established their first family homestead in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In 1966 he and Jennie moved to Lincroft, New Jersey where they welcomed their sixth daughter into the world.  In the early 2000’s, Jennie and Giggs began to enjoy their winters in lovely Bradenton, Florida.
 Giggs was a highly respected and beloved electrical engineer and director for Bell Telephone Laboratories/AT&T until he retired in 1994 after completing 40 years of service. He earned several patents and was named an honored Fellow for his contributions.  His work on Telstar has enabled us all to enjoy our beloved cell phones.
 After 56 years of marriage, Jennie passed on, and Giggs was left to fend for himself in 2006.  Giggs’ charm captured the eye of another woman, and he began to split his time between Oceanport, New Jersey, and Bradenton, Florida where he shared loving homes with Jean Potter, and in 2018 he made Bradenton his permanent residence.
Giggs was the life of the party and larger than life itself. Charisma, charm, love, affability, and generosity are inadequate words to describe him. He was the most generous and loving father who convinced every one of his children that she was his favorite. His work colleagues loved him so much that for years after his retirement they continued to take him to lunch because they genuinely missed his company.
Giggs never let anyone go hungry, and he always made everyone feel welcome. His famous “lobster box” clam bakes are a legacy his family will surely continue. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends, which were anyone he met. When Giggs passed, it wasn’t until all of his girls had gathered in Bradenton to celebrate his life.
In lieu of gifts and in honor of Giggs’ generosity, please consider donations to Lincroft Presbyterian Church, Tidewell Hospice or when enjoying a beverage at your favorite watering hole – toast Giggs and remember to tip generously.

Condolences may be made to: Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street, West Bradenton, FL 34209. 


LPC Online Services
LPC Online Services in 2020


In Memory of Thomas James Bateman III
July 1961 – 19 May 2020

Thomas, the son of long-time members Jean and Tom Bateman,
was one of our youth at LPC.

With sadness as well as faith in Christ’s resurrection,
we mourn his passing at a relatively young age.


In Memory of Claire Burrows

flower - watercolor by ClairBurrows
flower – watercolor by ClairBurrows

Our faithful friend, Claire Burrows, passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.

Her friends and family like to imagine her in heaven with her fun-loving (“very”) Irish husband Leo. Claire was an inspiration to all that knew her, and visits with her were uplifting and enlightening. Though in her later years she had stopped doing watercolors, one of her paintings was featured on the cover of the bulletin when Pastor Diane was installed in 2015 (see image). Claire, a member of LPC since April 11, 1968, enjoyed our tape ministry, listening to the recordings of our services every morning. By listening she was able to keep up with who to pray for, and she knew the voices of those speaking by heart. Her family held a brief time of prayer, scripture and song with Pastor Diane in Claire’s beautiful backyard, and her ashes will be interned at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Red Bank, NJ. She will be truly missed but not forgotten.


From the past – do you remember?

Choir - Oct 2017
Choir – Oct 2017


One of our more popular images viewed over time.
Posted originally in 2016

evening bike ride
evening bike ride

LPC: Third Sunday in Advent – 2019

LPC - Advent - 2019-12-15
LPC – Third Sunday in Advent – 12-15-2019


LPC: First Sunday in Advent – 2019

LPC - First Sunday in Advent - 2019
LPC – First Sunday in Advent – 12-1-2019

A Christmas service for those who struggle with the holidays.

The Lingest Night

“The Longest Night”

Thursday, 5 December 2019
Lincroft Presbyterian Church

A number of us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating during the holiday season. We need the space and time to acknowledge our concern; we need to know that we are not alone. 

You are invited to hear prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of religious background (or lack of it) is welcome to this Christmas service. Casual dress.

Lincroft Presbyterian Church
270 Everett Road (at W. Front Street)
Lincroft, NJ 07738


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

Kate, Frank and Irene finish at the Red Bank CROP walk, 20 Oct. 2019


101 Food bags for Community Outreach Group (COG)
collected by LPC members and friends – September 2019

Food bags for-COG: 15 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.


Bob Sammond: departure cake

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

Mae with prayer shawl

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

Pentecost Sunday at LPC – 2019

See also Pentecost Sunday – 2016


Celebrating the 4-year anniversary of Pastor Diane at LPC
June 2015 to June 2019

Our new Pastor: Rev. Diane R. Ford leading the LPC worship service, Sunday 26 April 2015
Our new Pastor: Rev. Diane R. Ford leading the LPC worship service in 2015

Do You Remember?



Earth Day at LPC – Sunday – 5 May 2019



Earth Day – May 2019

Luke in Once Upon A Tree – 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

Video – 2019


LPC is an Earth Care Congregation, celebrating Earth Day
with special presentations on the status of Earth’s environment
in God’s Universe

PC-USA Earth-Care Seal

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.

A PCUSA Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches


Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Wag at LPC – 25 April 2019

LPC Family Promise Fundraiser Concert: The-Wag

Free concert – Featuring The Wag
A freewill donation will benefit Family Promise of Monmouth County


“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

Video – 2019 – NEW

Once Upon A Tree – LPC, 2019


Family Promise MC 2019

Finally Home!

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

Notre Dame de Paris – FIRE

15 April 2019

Water in the LPC Pond

Isaiah 55:
Ho, every one who thirsts,

    come to the waters;


LPC Progressive Dinner – March 2019

LPC Progressive Dinner 2019


Ginny Marr Memorial Service at LPC

Memorial Service at LPC for Virginia Marr
– long-time member –
16 February 2019

Virginia Marr Memorial Service at LPC
Virginia Marr Memorial Service at LPC



Fellowship at Lincroft Presbyterian Church

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Christmas Eve Service at LPC —— 7:00 pm – Dec. 24, 2018


A Special Christmas Service at LPC —— Dec. 21 at 7:00 pmThe Lingest Night

“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

Banner installation at LPC

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

Stand For Peace


LPC Food Drive – Fall 2018

LPC Food Drive - Fall-2018
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

LPC Kayaking - Aug. 2018
LPC Kayaking – Aug. 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 at LPC
Jay Yudof at LPC

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

LPC Fellowship at the Blue Claws Game
LPC Fellowship at the Blue Claws Game
Fireworks after the Blue Claws game
Fireworks after the Blue Claws 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.

Ramadan 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.


Long-time Choir Director john Morrison
Long-time Choir Director john Morrison

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

Family Promise - LPC recognition - April 2018
Family Promise – LPC recognition – April 2018

April 2018
Awards from Family Promise:
2018 Host of the year and Coordinators of the year

Family Promise of Monmouth County


PC-USA Earth-Care SealLincroft Presbyterian Church has been certified as a
First Year Earth Care Congregation for 2018
by PC(USA)

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.

LPC is an Earth Care Congregation
LPC is an Earth Care Congregation

Further Information



Water and Life

Water - Jumping Brook

The Jumping Brook in Lincroft


LPC- Jazz NIght - 2018-March01

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.

Musical Talent:
Pianist Timothy Broege
Guitarist Doug Clarke
Drummer John Gronert
String Bass/Guitarist Robert Marriner
Trumpeter John Morrison




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
Outdoor Worship

Outdoor Worship at LPC - 17 Sept. 2017

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.
Pete Geoly

Guy Geoly and family were members of LPC for many years. —– Obituary

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday Celebration

Easte: Youth decorate the cross
Easte: Youth decorate the cross



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.

Click here for some history on Lent from the Presbyterian Outlook Magazine

Special Past Event at LPC
A New Orleans Jazz Service
Verses, Vibes & Vittles

To Benefit Family Promise of Monmouth County

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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

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Advent 2016 at LPC

LPC - Panorama - Dec 2016
LPC: Sunday morning in December 2016


Advent 2016
LPC: the meaning of Christmas


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.


Anita Birdsall - LPC member passed away on November 10, 2016

Anita – Feb 2013

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

Food Bank card

 Some of the LPC members at the Red Bank Crop Walk on Sunday, 16 October 2016

LPC members at the Red Bank Crop_Walk - 16 Oct 2016

That’s our leader, Rev. Diane R. Ford, above at lower left.

CROP Walk 2016 - Judy and Dave
CROP Walk 2016 – Judy and Dave

Food Bags for Calico Cat Food Pantry
Food Bags for Calico Cat Food Pantry

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.

Click here for Food Drive Week details

Reconnect Sunday at LPC - 09-11-2016

Reconnection Sunday at LPC
September 11, 2016


Song of the week
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

General Assembly - June 2016
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

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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.

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Scene from the LPC Annual Picnic – 12 June 2016

LPC picnic - 2016


Pentecost Sunday – 2016

Pentecost Sunday
Pentecost Sunday 2016

See also Pentecost Sunday – 2019

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.


Krista - Mission Trip
Krista – Mission Trip

 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!



Sydney - Mission Trip
Sydney – Mission Trip

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

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February 12, 2016

Open discussion between American Muslims and other members of the local community
Open discussion between American Muslims and other members of the local community

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
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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

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2015 Advent Season
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
Chorus of the Atlantic

Lively tunes, lovely ballads and patriotic songs,
all done in four-part barbershop harmony 

Sydney McCabe at the scholarship presentation by John Lawser, June 14, 2015.
Sydney McCabe at the scholarship presentation by John Lawser, June 14, 2015.

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

"Walking the Talk" community outreach activity, June 2015—–

Maundy Thursday Labyrinth - 2015

Maundy Thursday Labyrinth – 2015



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