December 2020

2The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

December 2020


Diane R. Ford - April 2018

  God Wants Us to Be Together

This is the time of year when we consider what it means to be a gift to one another as we celebrate the gift of Christ coming to us.  To be generous this season, consider that your church family needs you. Cards are lovely but hearing the voices of your siblings in Christ is priceless.

Worship online or in our sanctuary every Sunday. For church goers you do not know very well:  Pick up the phone. Write a letter, send a text, or whatever else you can think of to become more connected to the whole community. May this season provide a new awareness of the value each one of us carries and provide a deeper commitment to gifting others with your heart and presence.

In Advent Anticipation with You,
Pastor Diane

My thoughts today have circled back around to an important German theologian and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  In 1938 Bonhoeffer wrote a little book entitled — Gemeinsames Leben or Life Together.

He begins the first chapter of his thoughts about Christian community with this observation:
“It is not to simply be taken for granted that the Christian has the privilege of living among other Christians.”  And then a bit further on: “It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word and sacrament.” 

And then finally this: “It is true, of course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift every day… Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart.  Let him thank God on his knees and declare:  ‘It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.’”

Perhaps, like me, you are guilty of having taken for granted the great blessing & privilege of Christian community.  Perhaps like me, you know in your heart that when we are able to be with one another and shake hands and even hug one another again we will be praying inside Bonhoeffer’s prayer, “It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.”

This season in which we are compelled to care for one another by not being close to one another is a time for us to reflect on the value of the gift of Christian community… the gift of our togetherness. So let us be conscientious about being there for one another.  Let us keep the ties which bind us strong even when we cannot be physically present to one another.

Rev. Paul Lang, First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
Dietrich Bonhoeffer,1954.  Life Together, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. pp17-20.

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Blue Christmas - 2020

A Blue Christmas

Grief and the Holidays

Monday, December 21, 7:30 P.M.
Spiritual Support for the Community: You are Not Alone

Many of us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating during the holiday season.
Depression and suicide spike during this season. Due to the pandemic, many more people will struggle with isolation and cancelled plans with loved ones.  One way to cope with this is to invent new ways of bringing comfort and joy to one another.  We need space and time to acknowledge our feelings; 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 Blue Christmas service.

See our Home Page for the Zoom link

Plan to get on the Zoom call early

Hosted by Lincroft Presbyterian Church
270 Everett Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
732-741-8921

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Christmas Eve - 2020

Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, December 24, 7:00 PM

Lincroft Presbyterian Church

See our Home Page for the Zoom link and
to find out if there will be an option to attend service at the church.

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LPC Blood Drive

Blood Drive - LPC - 2020

DECEMBER 29  12 pm – 5 pm
in the LPC MULTIPLE PURPOSE ROOM

MASKS MUST BE WORN BY ALL DONORS

All donors will receive COVID-19 antibody testing
and a Red Cross long-sleeved shirt

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT CLICK HERE

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Crop Walk

This year the Red Bank, NJ, CROP Walk goal was $110,000. A new goals thermometer had to be created to show donations that are currently up to $125,000, due to the generosity and compassion of so many CROP walk supporters.   ($125,215 to date)

Click here to v1ew donation data on the Crop Walk History page

Data:

2020 —–   $125,215
2019 —–   $106,000
2018 —–   $104,000
2017 —– >$100,000
2016 —–   $113,000
2015 —–   $116,000
2014 —–   $110,000
2013 —–   $100,500
2012 —–   $114,000

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Yoga - LPC - 2020

Join us for Community Yoga at LPC!

Have you noticed the Yoga sign on our lawn?  We now have community yoga in our church sanctuary. Classes are taught at an Intermediate level held Saturday mornings at 9:00 am.  Class is given by Regina Bliss Golden.   We are happy to be able to make use of our property in a unique way during the pandemic while also helping out a small business. More details are on the LPC web site

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Christian Education and Spiritual Growth

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Into The Light

 Presbyterian Women 2020-2021
 Lincroft Presbyterian Church

 LPC Presbyterian Women
 Women’s Bible Study Group

  The 2020-2021 Curriculum:
   “Into the Light”
   “Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament”

  from the Horizons Bible Study Program 2020-2021
Horizons is a magazine published for Presbyterian Women Groups

During this time of the corona virus we are meeting online using ZOOM technology. We welcome all new participants, including any non-LPC members. If you would like to attend  online using ZOOM – please call LPC’s office at 732-741-8921 with your name and email address and joining instructions will be provided.

Tuesday, December 15, 2019: Lamenting Death – John: 11:28-37

Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Lamenting Life – Job 3:1-4, 9-19, 24-26

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Lament Over The City – Lamentations 5:1-22; Luke 23:26-31

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Creation Laments – Isaiah 24:4-6, 8, 19; Romans 8:19-23

Tuesday April 27, 2021: God Laments – Hosea 11:1-9; Luke 12:41-44; ( Matthew. 23:37-39; Luke 13:34-35 )

Tuesday, May 25, 2021: The End of Lament – Isaiah 23:6-10; Revelation 21:1-8

June 2021: Special

Meetings during the pandemic are via Zoom technology – 11:00 am, Fourth Tuesday of the month.

Newcomers are of course welcome
call 732-741-8921 for further information

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