Peace Amidst Unrest
This has been a difficult year for us as a nation. Many Americans have lost their homes and livelihoods due to fires, tornadoes or hurricanes. Violence in public places has killed, maimed and traumatized. Puerto Ricans are still without electricity and running water. Families with undocumented members are being separated mercilessly, and the way that immigrants and refugees are treated in detention centers It becoming public (it’s ghastly). There are other serious issues that threaten the health and wellbeing of Americans, but I won’t continue the list. This is a time of unrest.
Conversations around many holiday tables either avoid such topics or get heated about them. Some of the confusion, anger and fear in the air comes from a lack of information or misinformation. Dependable Information from various points of view is part of our country’s infrastructure. This too is being threatened by the issue of net neutrality and corporate takeovers.
Debbie McDaniel of Fresh Day Ahead writes:
- Without knowing the perfect peace and calm assurance of God Himself in this crazy, mixed up world, we will live forever struggling to gain control, always finding ourselves in the inner battle with stress and anxiety. But the peace God offers is vastly different. It’s lasting. Confident. Real. Breathing deep reassurance in the midst of all that we face – past, present, or future. Rising up against the fear that would seek to choke our lives. Bringing comfort and freedom.
I do experience that inner battle of struggling to gain control. I automatically try to generate a solution for this “crazy, mixed up world.” And then I am reminded by a fellow sister in Christ of the peace that truly passes understanding. Christ’s Peace is not a frantic drive to fix the world, nor it is numbness and complacency. Christ’s peace, as McDaniel wrote, breathes and rises.
As the ancient psalmist sang,“The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)
During one of the disturbing weeks this past fall I was praying when two words of scripture came strongly to mind: “take heart.” I knew it came from a complete thought in John 16. But those two words felt electric to me. They got to the bottom of my source of inner unrest. Here is the full verse of Jesus’ words: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Let’s get into the depths of what Christmas is all about. Let’s invite and receive the breathing, rising peace of Christ amidst unrest. It will be such peace that causes LPC to shine.
In Faith with You,
Family Promise December 31st – January 7th
LPC has been supporting the local homeless Family Promise guests for 13-14 years. Christmas can be a very difficult time for the families. Did you know that Ocean Place Hotel has paid for the families to stay at that hotel as their guests for 2 nights (Christmas Eve and Christmas Night) for the past 10 years. Family Promise picks up the tab for food. The Family Promise staff and interns set up a tree in each room and place a donated gift basket in each family’s room. This does not solve all their problems, but I am sure this makes for a much nicer Christmas not sleeping on an air mattress on a church floor.
So here is where we need your help and stand in solidarity with these families to help them through this very challenging time. The guests will be arriving to LPC on New Year’s Eve! We need folks to sign up using this link
Lincroft Presbyterian Church will host Family Promise guests the week of Dec 31, 2017 through Jan 7, 2018, Pick your spot at this sign-up link
or contact Kathy Noah, 732.768.3247 or Dave Reichard, 732.972.3242.
Our guests will arrive Sunday evening for dinner. Each night the following week two volunteers will prepare dinner, two will spend the early evening hours with the guests, and two will sleep overnight in the church.
This will be an especially difficult time to find volunteers for New Year’s Eve. Please consider spending a special NYE with our guests.
Looking to Help Local Families in need this Christmas?
Lincroft Presbyterian Church is collecting monetary donations to supply food and Christmas gifts to families through our Giving Tree Program dedicated to the Calico Cat Food Pantry.
To contribute to The Giving Tree:
Make out a check (no gift cards) to Lincroft Presbyterian Church
– Write The Giving Tree in the message area on your check –
and mail to:
Lincroft Presbyterian Church
P. O. Box 328
Lincroft, NJ 07738
By Sunday, December 17, 2017.
EVERYONE CAN SHARE LPC’S “ADVENT and CHRISTMAS INVITATIONS”
(Cards available on Sundays)
Christmas Caroling with the Deacons
Gather your family and friends at LPC to caravan to several homes, senior residence and elsewhere.
For time call the office 732-741-8921
Visit us at: 270 Everett Rd, Lincroft NJ 07738
Send mail to: PO Box 328, Lincroft NJ 07738
Send package deliveries to: 270 Everett Rd, Lincroft NJ 07738
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