Pouring New Wine into New Wineskins
No one puts a piece of unshrunk (new) cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor is new wine put into old wineskins [that have lost their elasticity]; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the [fermenting] wine spills and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, so both are preserved.”
— Matthew 9:16-17 (Amplified Bible translation)
Welcome to the season of Lent, which begins on Wednesday, March 6. The parable above is our key Scripture for the entire season. The theme for the season is, “Pouring New Wine into New Wineskins.”
To engage more fully in our worship services, I invite you to bring some kind of container that we can borrow until Easter. A jug, a jar, a vase, a box – any container. Different sizes and shapes, colors and purposes. If you have a “wine skin” our worship team would love to see it!
I also invite you to re-read the parable and then take one minute each day – on your smart phone, device or on paper – to list what you contain. Begin with your roles and relationships – I am a sister, an aunt, a friend, a student, a pastor. What feelings do you contain? What ideas and hopes? What passion and interests? What gifts, challenges, and so on. This alone may open a new way of looking at the parable.
We will explore the “container” Jesus was: a container of the second person of the Trinity; a container of God’s Word to us; a container for our redemption. We will explore the “container” Jesus’ early disciples were: containers of the Good News. We will look at the “containers” Christian communities are called to be: containers of God’s Spirit and power for God’s world. And, as we pray and reflect during the week and on Sundays, we will ask the Spirit.
Special Project – Bryce’s Brothers
Seth, an LPC member, is trying to raise funds for childhood cancer through his fraternity at TCNJ. He has named his group “Bryce’s Brothers” in memory of his older brother. Every little bit helps and he would appreciate any donation to this effort. Here is his letter:
I’m participating as a member of Bryce’s Brothers at The College of New Jersey. Last year we raised over $100,000 and this year we plan to raise even more. The money raised will go toward finding a cure for childhood cancer in partnership with The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation.
Please help me by making a contribution online.
Find my name and click on it
Complete the online form and safely use your credit card to make a donation
You’ll receive an online receipt for tax purposes
Thank you for helping us fight to give the kids a tomorrow. Please forward this to others so we can reach our goal!
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (www.BePositive.org) was born out of tragedy after athlete and ‘A’ student Andrew McDonough passed away from complications of leukemia on July 14th 2007, at age 14. Andrew’s blood type and the family’s motto was, and continues to be, “B+”… “Be Positive.” The overall goal of The B+ Foundation is to “Do Good.” With your help, they will continue to achieve their primary objectives:
Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer. The B+ Foundation is now the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the entire country. In the past year alone, we have given out over $2,000,000 to families nationwide.
Sponsor research into cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols. In the past year, we have awarded over $2,200,000 in research grants to institutions such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber, and others.
Keep the B+ message alive! Andrew taught us to have fun, show affection, set goals, try our best, and keep our lives in perspective. We should all “Live Like Andrew.”
Please visit www.BePositive.org to learn more. Thank you again for joining me in my fight against childhood cancer!
In loving memory Bryce Robert Ziegler (1993-1997)
Rock the Church: The Wag Band
APRIL 25, 2019
LINCROFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
270 Everett Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
CONCERT & FUNDRAISER FOR
FAMILY PROMISE OF MONMOUTH COUNTY
Free Event –
Optional freewill donation will benefit Family Promise of Monmouth County
Every night upwards of 200 children
and their families sleep under the stars,
in cars or couch surf at relatives in Monmouth County
Family Promise of Monmouth County advocates for innovative solutions to ending family homelessness
New Revised 2019 Schedule of COG Churches for Saturday Food Pantry
The Calico Cat Food Pantry & Cupboard sponsors a Food Pantry for working income families on the second Saturday morning of each month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cleaning items and personal care items are among the items we give to each family. We anticipate as many as 20 families. We are asking help from our participating churches to donate 20 orders of these items once a year.
- 6 rolls toilet paper
- 1 container of dish detergent
- 1 container of laundry detergent
- 2 boxes of tissues
- 1 box of plastic wrap
- 1 container of liquid kitchen/bathroom cleaner
- 1 deodorant (every other month Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)
- 1 shampoo (every other month Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)
- 2 tubes of toothpaste
- 3 bars of bath soap
Note – 1 separate bag of donated feminine personal products
April is LPC’s cleaning supply month so collections will start Sunday, March 24th and end Sunday,April 7th. Whole, partial or monetary donations is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in behalf of Calico Cat,