Demonstrate Unity so All May Know God Loves Them
- Tree of Life, Bereaved beyond belief,
- Revive our souls, United in our love,
- Enrich our days, Returning to You in faith,
- Entreating Your blessings. God of Israel,
- Oh, God of Peace, Healer of generations.
- Fill our hearts with comfort,
- Letting Your Torah shine, Tree of Life,
- In the fullness of our love. Redeemer of Israel,
- Faith in You, our God, Enliven this moment with healing,
- Eternal Source of blessings. Enliven this moment with hope.
- Oh, Rock of Israel,
- Praying for healing Forget not the Jews of Pittsburgh.
- In the depths of despair, Let Your love flow
- Thanking God for the survivors, In the days ahead
- Thanking God for the first For justice and peace
- responders, Everlasting.
- Sorrow crushing our hearts
Pastor Diane and other LPC members joined a few hundred people on Monday, October 29 at Monmouth Reformed Temple in Tinton Falls for a vigil in response to the October 27 shooting which took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There were many religious leaders, politicians and others of all colors and faiths at the vigil. Well thought-out prayers, beautiful songs (their cantor is very gifted), sermons and statements of love and peace were spoken. Lincroft Church has learned that the president of Tree of Life Synagogue is Stephen Cohen, our office manager Toby’s brother-in-law. He was not present when the shooting occurred, and now he is working with all the families to make funeral arrangements. Terror strikes us at our core, and when we gather in peace and strength, we experience something that cannot be easily put into words.
Jesus said, “In the world you will experience trouble. Take heart, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
An acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or message. An acrostic was said during the vigil that spelled out Tree of Life Pittsburgh Tree of Life. It is reprinted for you on this newsletter’s cover page.
We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and might, and our neighbor as (and) ourselves. Let us apply all of our heart, mind and might to work for peace.
In Faith with You,
Showing Our True Colors: New Banner
I have been deeply affected by the LGBTQ+ community in my life. I have many friends who are near and dear to me who are part of this community. Our church is a place from where I gain strength; it’s a community of people I can rely on and trust. I wanted that same place to be available to my friends of the LGBTQ+ community, and any other minorities and discriminated people. The church is widely viewed as homophobic, and many LGBTQ+ people are atheist, not only because God many not be a belief of their own, but because the church is not seen as a safe/inclusive place, with people to talk to. I wanted to change that for some of my own friends, and for those who are trying to find a church that will accept them. I knew my church was safe, and that having a community and connection to God can truly help someone in their life, and throughout their struggles. This is what led me to speak to session about my dream of having a pride flag outside our church, making it clear that we were welcoming of all people, no matter their gender identification, sexuality, or race. This plan went through, and now there is a banner with an even broader spectrum of inclusivity truly brought out by the words on it. I’m so proud of my church, and grateful that this opportunity arose for me, and I can only hope to see these kinds of happenings spread.
Giana (10th grade)
Thanks LPC for Supporting CROP 2018
CROP Walk, October 21, 2018: Musicians accompanied the start and welcomed the finish of the 5 mile walk on this beautiful sunny, windy, cool autumn day.
We joined others to support those who are in need in Monmouth County, our state, our country, and our world. Our food collection exceeded our 2018 goal of over 15,000 lbs. of food, which was distributed to two dozen local pantries by the end of the day. Donations are approaching $100,000. There’s still time to donate at Red Bank CROP Walk.
LPC came out in force – 16 walkers, a record turnout. We joined with other runners, walkers, children in strollers, and dogs. Thanks for walking and/or contributing.
On October 23rd Pastor Diane and I set out on an adventure to Camden. We attended the 30th Anniversary Celebration of UrbanPromise Camden (UP). It was an inspiring night! UP has both schools & programs that feed the kids physically & spiritually. This school/program teaches the kids to have hopes & dreams. That was a new concept to me. I thought all kids had them, but in Camden they are often told/feel things are not possible for them. UP fosters leadership skills, teaches accountability & shows love. They are making a difference with these kids & the community as a whole. I loved hearing the stories from a few UrbanPromise Alum as they spoke about their personal life journey. Diane Sawyer has had a relationship with UP Camden for the past 10 years. They showed a very touching video with her and 2 amazing students that have stayed in touch over the years. We watched a video from Tyler Perry. He grew up in a household similar to many of these students. He agreed to pay for these 2 students college education. The night was all sandwiched in between amazing performances by the students. It is really amazing how the combination of time, love and some money can really change the lives of these kids. I ask that you keep the kids of Camden in your prayers.
It was all topped off by Bishop Curry’s inspirational message about the connection of dreams in the Bible. The big ah ha moment for me was when he mentioned that Joseph, Mary & Jesus were refugees. Maybe the most famous! He certainly is the most important refugee I know.
Click here to learn more about UrbanPromise
We will be in the midst of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season before you know it. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those members and friends who might be alone or maybe celebrating a very different holiday this season. Maybe they are away from family or a divorce, death, loss of job, change in health or mobility, mental illness, etc. Reach out to them. Invite them to join you…
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
November 20, 7:30 PM
Middletown Reformed Church
121 Kings Highway, Middletown
Join the choir by coming at 7 PM
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