The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

June 2017


Message from Pastor Diane
Summer Worship
Class with Pastor


Message from Pastor Diane


March went out like a lion
Awakin’ up the water in the bay;
Then April cried and stepped aside,
And along came pretty little May!
May was full of promises
But she didn’t keep ’em quickly enough for some
And the crowd of doubtin’ Thomases
Was predictin’ that the summer’d never come


But it’s comin’ by dawn,
We can feel it come,
You can feel it in your heart
You can see it in the ground
You can see it in the trees
You can smell it in the breeze

Look around! Look around! Look around!

June is bustin’ out all over
All over the meadow and the hill!
Buds’re bustin’ outa bushes
And the rompin’ river pushes
Ev’ry little wheel that wheels beside the mill!
June is bustin’ out all over

The feelin’ is gettin’ so intense,
That the young Virginia creepers
Hev been huggin’ the bejeepers
Outa all the mornin’ glories on the fence!
Because it’s June… June, June, June
Just because it’s June, June, June!

— Rogers and Hammerstein

In Faith with You,




Sunday Worship 9:30 AM beginning June 18

Special Ingredients beginning June 25


Poetry, Essays and Short Stories

Literary Summer 2017Beginning on July, one ingredient of our worship services will feature the congregation’s favorite literary short works – poems, essays and short stories. Send your choice to Rob Ziegler or Pastor Diane by Sunday, June 25. You may recall that last year Pastor Diane preached on the lyrics of your favorite pop songs.  This time, when you suggest your favorite literary work, Diane ask you about its meaning to you.   Then, during worship you may share a portion of the work and its meaning, or have someone else do the public speaking for you!


On Being” Sermon Series

TippettOn Being with Krista Tippett is a radio program that will provide the basis for our  summer sermons, beginning on June 25.  If you aren’t familiar with this, click here to visit On Being .
You may also enjoy this interview of Krista Tippett



Faith Snap-Shots

icebergEvery Sunday, beginning June 25, you are invited to share a 5-minute story about a specific occurrence when your connection to God made a difference.   Putting a human face on our Christian teachings – this is one aspect of Faith Snap-Shots.  Getting used to acknowledging God’s presence with our words is another aspect.  Share the rest of your iceberg – the deep work of God in your life. As the psalmist proclaims, “Lift your voice in the sanctuary! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due!”  Contact Rob Ziegler, Diane Ford or Toby Cohen to sign up for your Snap-Shot this summer.


Why Church?

What good is church in this day and age?

Why should I go?

What do you do at church?

Who has these answers?  We do.

We had a very busy month at LPC.  Did you know we hosted:

1 Session meeting

1 Deacons meeting

1 Worship group meeting

1 Fiber of Faith meeting

1 UPW meeting

1 Stewardship meeting

1 Outreach & Mission meeting

1 Evangelism team meeting

1 Shoe collection for women in need

1 Pastor on study leave

2 Guest pastors

1 Presbytery review of LPC Minutes & Register

1 Celebration of Mother’s Day

1 Book Club meeting

1 Eagle Scout project

1 Spring Clean Up Day

1 Monmouth Presbytery meeting (with 70 guests)

2 Workshops on Gender, Sexuality and Faith

2 Scholarships given to senior high students

1 Week of Family Promise (with 13 resident guests)

Made several visits to members in hospital, Took meals to members at home

Baked goodies for hospitality, Sang in the choir

Taught Sunday School, Led prayers

Read Scripture, Greeted guests

Collected pledges and gifts, Gave money to charities

And a lot of other things I can’t remember…

Join us.  Now and in the months to come.
Find out what church is good for…you.

Joanne Irwin, Clerk of Session


The season’s final Class with Pastor:
Gender, Sexuality and Faith
Tuesdays, May 23, 30 and June 6
7:30-9:00 PM at LPC
All LPC High Schoolers* and Adults welcome

The Rev. Rosemarie Newberry led our class on May 23, introducing us to the spectrum of gender identity, expression, and biology.  Taking time to get educated about gender will cause us to be more inclusive and effective leaders in our church and communities.  The following two classes focus on the book, “The Bible’s YES to Same Sex Marriage:  An Evangelical’s Change of Heart,” by Marc Achtemeier.  Susan Guhse facilitated our week 2 discussion.  On the final class Pastor Diane will walk us through the six passages in the Bible that have been used to shun and demonize sexual and gender identities.  This will help to explain why there have been divisions in our denomination and country on this issue. You will walk away from these classes with an increased vocabulary, deeper awe for the human creature, and compassion for all types of people and families.

Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

The Rev. Rosemarie Newberry is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She works as a chaplain for adults with developmental disabilities at one of NJ’s institutions in Burlington County. She is a NJ state certified disaster recovery crisis counselor and chaplain. She is a volunteer in Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management. She is a trained sex ed. instructor for children K-12, neuro-typical adults and adults with developmental disabilities. She is one of the founders of Monmouth County’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony.

* We are asking parents to register their youth for this class.
Please see Susan G. or Pastor Diane.


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