January 2022

The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

January 2022


Diane R. Ford - April 2018

 

Happy New Year!
The following will be a part of our worship on Sunday, January 2.

New Year’s Resolutions for Within a Faith Community
From Romans 12:9-21

  • Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.
  • Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
  • Don’t burn out; keep fueled and aflame, serving the Lord.
  • Extend hospitality to strangers.
  • Bless those who hurt or offend you; bless and do not curse.
  • If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

New Year’s Resolutions for a Global Community
From remarks made by The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

The world welcomes 2022 with our hopes for the future being tested by deepening poverty and worsening inequality…an unequal distribution of COVID vaccines…climate commitments that fall short, and by ongoing conflict, division, and misinformation”, Guterres lamented. So, let’s “make 2022 a year of recovery for everyone”. The Secretary-General went on to detail how best the recovery should be done on each front.

  • The pandemic requires “a bold plan to vaccinate every person, everywhere”.
  • For an economic rescue, wealthier countries must support the developing world with “financing, investment and debt relief”.
  • To heal from mistrust and division, a new emphasis must be placed “on science, facts and reason”.
  • Recovery from conflicts calls for “a renewed spirit of dialogue, compromise and reconciliation”.
  • Restoring our planet takes “climate commitments that match the scale and urgency of the crisis”.

New Year’s Resolutions for a Faith Community in their Neighborhood

  • Respond to the needs of the neighborhood as you would to the needs of Jesus. (Matthew 25:40,46)
  • Go out to make disciples. (Matthew 25:19-20)
  • Use what God gives you to serve the neighborhood and make disciples; serve with the strength God provides.
    (Romans 12:5, I Peter 4:10-11)

LET’S GET SPECIFIC

This year LPC’s members and friends will serve our neighborhood and make disciples by God’s strength in the following ways:

[Add what you envision here — and email it to Pastor Diane or any member of session or the Congregational Vitality Team]

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Red Cross Collects 33 Pints of Blood at LPC

The Red Cross collected thirty-three pints of blood at the blood drive hosted by LPC on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Many thanks to Victor Medl, a junior at Middletown High School, for his inspiration in pulling this event together.  Victor and his team coordinated with the Red Cross, promoted the event, checked-in donors at the door, re-arranged the sanctuary the night before the event and put everything back in place when the event ended.

Assisting Victor were high school and college age volunteers Ethan Good, Kooper Kaney, Livia Medl, Victoria Medl, Tyler O’Keefe, and William Wrede.  Doug Irwin and Frank Munn were on the team too, along with Judy Musa.  Thanks also to Toby Cohen, our always helpful church secretary.

And thanks to all the donors, for their “gift of life” that day.

LPC blood drive - Dec. 2021

LPC blood drive - Dec. 2021

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POSTCARD FROM THE NORTH POLE

Elves Jane and Dumplingdorf would like to thank LPC for their collective, generous Christmas donation of $725.

Through Calico Cat, their Pantry and Cupboard was able to serve a total of 99 under privileged families with gift cards, donated coats and small toys for those under 3 years old. With your timely help this year Santa had some needed rest and was able to recover from Covid much faster. He gives you all a heartfelt HO HO HO and will put you all on his NICE list for next year (with Jesus’ approval of course)!

Luv,
Santa and All His Elves

Jane and dogDog - Dumplingdorf

 

 


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Snowman

Season’s greetings to you and yours!

Hello Everyone,

Our deepest thanks to you ALL for volunteering with us at Community Outreach Group!
You are driven by the spirit to give back to others!
Your hard work has helped so many in our community!

And you should know that your Volunteer work with us at Community Outreach Group has paid off! At our recent Board of Trustees meeting this month, $30,000 was distributed to 17 other non-profit groups which expands our mission of “Outreach, Support and Hope” to those in need!

Blessings to you and your families!
The Executive Board of COG

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Hello Everyone,
Happy Fall!
Our Calico Cat Thrift Shop needs some volunteers!
Can you help?

We are open six days a week and have some positions that need to be filled! We need volunteers for the 4th Saturday, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you have some time in your schedule and would like to join a winning team please contact Judy Guarino at 732-319-9464 Cell or email her at j.guarino1@verizon.net.

Thank you all for your all your hard work and dedication!
Happy October Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Beverly Bova Scarano-President COG

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This video below and information is from Monmouth Medical Center.  
It is appropriate to give to anyone who is seeking mental support or help from LPC.  
The phone number is 732-922-1042.

Monmouth Medical Center

 

Monmouth Medical Center

Managing Your Mental Health

The holiday season can be stressful! Click here for available resources.

Watch the Video

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Worship Update

Sunday 10 AM services will continue to be synchronous on Zoom and in the sanctuary.


Update on PDA

Want to know more about how Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is offering aid to western Kentucky areas affected by the tornado outbreak? Read on to learn how they are assessing the community’s needs.

Go to this web address to learn

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EarthCare

TRIBUTE GIFTS

Did you have trouble searching for the perfect Christmas gift?  Or do you dream of a fantastic birthday gift for your special someone(s)?

Well, the Earth Cares Team has the perfect, easy solution for you.

Donations to nonprofits in honor of loved ones is a great alternative for community minded family members and friends, and for those who say they don’t need more stuff. They also make very easy to purchase last minute gifts.

Experts say tribute gifts appear to be on the rise. Especially with millennials. Apparently, many people grew up researching and reading everything on the internet, like which movies to see, or where to find the best home fries, etc. Now nearly everyone uses commercial resources on the web to re-search and donate.

The best places to look to find appropriate charities is on Guidestar.org or Charitynavigator.org.  They offer exhaustive philanthropic research databases. They rate nonprofits or give them a score based on their finances, accountability, leadership, adaptability, and other measures of success.  These websites list all sorts of approved charities.  A few favorites are Greenpeace, Sierra Club and Earthjustice.

But you don’t have to donate to the big names. You can donate to smaller, local charities that are run within your own community.

Almost every community has a local community foundation, the key is to find it.  You can ask friends who they give to locally, “What’s your favorite charity?”  You don’t have to give just to the hospital or the library. Yes, they’re very worthy, but there are many places in your own Township or your County or your State that will gladly accept your donation.

If you check Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, it advocates for philanthropic organizations in northern NJ.  A similar group is Community Foundation of South Jersey. 

If you’d rather buy a gift, something to hold in your hands or to wrap up for birthdays, consider checking out products from various companies with B Corp. Certifications.  These companies are legally required to consider the impact of their business decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.  They are Earth friendly.

So, keep in mind that your gift can make a big difference in our world by supporting charities that support our sustainability, environment, social justice and educational goals, and democratic ideals.

Happy giving!

The Earth Cares Congregation Team

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Christian Education and Spiritual Growth

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women_2021-2022
What My Grandmother Taught Me

Lincroft Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Women

LPC Presbyterian Women
Women’s Bible Study Group

     The 2021-2022 Curriculum:

The Curriculum through June 2022:
     “What My Grandmother Taught Me
Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus

from the Horizons Bible Study Program 2021-2022
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.

Scheduled gatherings of Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study Group:

Lesson 4
Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Ruth and Loyal Love
– Ruth 1-2

Lesson 5
Tuesday, February 22, 2022: Ruth and Redemption
 
Ruth 3-4

Lesson 6
Tuesday, March 22, 2022: Bathsheba
 
2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Kings 1:11-31; 1 Kings 2:13-25

Lesson 7
Tuesday, April 26, 2022: Mary
 – 
Matthew 1:18-2:23

Lesson 8
Tuesday, May 24, 2022: Mary in the Faith and Tradition of the Church
 – 
Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-52; John 2:5, 19:25-27

Lesson 9
Tuesday, June 28, 2022: What are These Women Doing in a Place Like This?
 – 
Matthew 1

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Meetings during the pandemic are at LPC via Zoom technology – 11:00 am …
Newcomers are of course welcome

call 732-741-8921 for further information

About Presbyterian Women

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LPC College Students and Friends
Decorating Christmas Treestudents Decorating Tree - 2021

LPC’s college students and friends gathered for a reunion before Christmas. They put up the church Christmas trees and enjoyed fellowship, food, fun, and yes, video games too!

Let’s keep all students in our hearts as they live into their young adult years with all the discoveries and decisions!  

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