October 2020

The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

October 2020


Diane R. Ford - April 2018

“All who eat and drink without discerning the body,
eat and drink judgment against themselves.” (I Cor. 11:29)

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our siblings in Christ around the world.  Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful of all whom Christ died for and loves.  One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21).  That is scandalous behavior, opposed to the Way of Christ.

Thus, it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we examine again how well we share what we have and who we are with a world in need.

Discerning the body, the community, we know there is more (literal) hunger than ever, due to the pandemic.  We know people are hungering for a sense of safety and predictability – this too has been shaken by the virus. There is a hunger for resilience and peace of mind.

The church, as Christ’s messengers and workers in God’s vineyard, are called to tend to these needs.  We tend to these needs of the Christian community so that they in turn can tend to the needs of those who are Christian or not. There is no partiality, and we are not in a position to judge. Rather, setting our pride, ego, woes and complaints aside, we feed the hungry, save those in danger, and reassure the overwhelmed and pessimist that God works in all situations for our good.

Jesus said, “I am the Vine, and you are the branches.” The branches are meant for harvesting to support life for generations and generations.  Without Christ we can do nothing. Yet we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Pastor Diane Ford

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To be healthy as a whole,
Mental wellness plays a role

During worship on October 11, we will welcome four guests to share their personal stories and expertise around mental health. During the pandemic calls to counselors, hotlines and hospitals have grown immensely. As we work towards eradicating the cultural stigma about mental illness, we also need to support mental health services. Recently, the good news was announced that funding for school-based counseling services is NOT going to be cut. That is because of the outcry over the threat of losing it completely.

We all need to be aware of the status of our own mental health, especially during these troubling times. During our service it is hoped you will learn something that will benefit your own mental health and become more aware of how the local and wider services are available. For this year’s Mental Health Sunday, we are blessed to have Dianna Rose as our main speaker.

Dianna Rose is a Mental Health Counselor, and Board-Certified Music Therapist with a specialization in Neurologic Music Therapy, based in the Seattle area. She is also the Music Director of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue.  After working in radio for over 30 years, she shifted her focus from music as entertainment to music in a therapeutic context. Danna has also researched the neurological processes of forming mental associations, and how music is an especially powerful tool in working with maladaptive associations.

The Big Event for Mental Health

On World Mental Health Day, October 10, the World Health Organization will, for the first time ever, host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event—the Big Event for Mental Health—world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.

NAMI and WHO

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Join us outside for Community Yoga at LPC!

Have you noticed the Yoga sign on our lawn?  We now have community yoga in our church parking lot. Classes are taught at an Intermediate level and held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 am and Saturday mornings at 9:30 am.  Class is given by Regina Bliss Golden.   We are happy to be able to make use of our property in a unique way during the pandemic while also helping out a small business. More details are on the home page of LPC’s website.

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105 Bags of Groceries for the Food Drive
$410 for the Back to School Program!
Very Impressive LPC!

“What do we see outside this time No. 1?” -- --100 Bags of Groceries for the Food Drive
“What do we see outside this time No. 1?” ——— 100 Bags of Groceries for the Food Drive

Our many thanks for the time, energy and generosity everyone has put forth to make our Programs for the Community (at Calico Cat) a  smashing Success Regards, Frank Munn for the Food Drive and the  Deacons for the Back to School Drive.

LPC Focuses Its Giving on Calico Cat Food Pantry

Twice a year, the LPC Deacons distribute deacon donations to local charities using funds donated through Deacon envelope giving.  This is one way that our congregation can have a local impact by combining our individual dollars.  In June, for our mid-year distribution, the Deacons decided that the Calico Cat Food Pantry was the organization with the greatest need and where we could truly assist others.  While our congregation regularly participates in the COG Cleaning Products drive and Christmas For Others and have our annual Food Drive for Calico Cat, this year seemed so different owing to the COVID pandemic.  As a group, the Deacons voted to concentrate our efforts on this essential local charity which feeds our neighbors.

By June, the food pantry shelves were bare as they had been closed for much of the spring and the need was so great.  The number of clients seeking food had greatly increased** and the pantry organizers needed assistance.  Deacon Jane Chou inquired of the pantry coordinator whether cash donations or actual food donations were better.  It turns out that the pantry volunteers must go shopping with whatever cash donations are received, so they requested help with this shopping task and asked that we deliver food rather than money.   In early June, the Deacons went SHOPPING!  Over $780 Deacon dollars were spent at local grocery and warehouse stores buying items in bulk at the best prices that we could obtain.  We bought cases of items like spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, vegetables, shelf stable milk, toilet paper, and mac’ n cheese.  Our full cases of food definitely helped fill the shelves in the mid-summer when many other organizations were not yet holding food drives.  **The food pantry reports that they served 883 people in July and 693 people in August.  The August numbers were down because of the storm which caused them to close for two days.

The combined efforts of the congregation to collect food these past few weeks and our large shopping trips in the early summer provide much needed items for the Calico Cat Food Pantry.    We also sent separate donations in May from Mae’s Mission.

MAE’S MISSION

The Deacons would also like to share again that a mission fund entitled Mae’s Mission was created in memory of Amanda Mae Edwards through Memorial Gifts to LPC in her name by friends and family members.  After consulting with her family in May, a $1,500.00 donation was made to the Calico Cat Food Pantry and a $1,500 donation to the Emergency Assistance Fund was made from these Memorial Funds.  Mae’s family wanted the monies spent for families in need and we saw such great need this spring with all the unemployment during the Pandemic.  We felt compelled to use the monies as the reality of hunger and homelessness in our community became apparent.

Many thanks to all our members who have contributed to these efforts through their financial donations in Deacon Envelopes, to Mae’s Mission, and to collecting food drive bags—we make a difference!

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Open: October 4

 

It is a joy that some of us will return to the church building on October 4.  Those of us who are quarantined or not ready to be with a gathered group indoors can worship via Zoom. Whether on Zoom or in the building, we will be able to hear and see one another.

Those on Zoom:      Visit our website for the link. (Below is a copy of the invitation).

Those in church:     See our required protocols and questionnaire below

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Diane Ford & Lincroft Presbyterian Church are inviting you to our weekly online Zoom Worship Service

Topic: Virtual Church
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Sun

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Protocols for Entry and Departure for Indoor Worship Services

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Wear a mask- Everyone must wear masks (correctly over the nose and mouth). If you forgot your mask, please take one provided. Anyone who is not comfortable wearing a mask, please remain home (attend online services if available/possible).
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early– to allow time for the required protocols.
  • Six feet — Use social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Entry/Wait for a temperature check –Each person will get their temperature checked before coming into the sanctuary.
  • COVID-19 Questions — Each person, every week, will read and sign a sheet of COVID-19 screening questions before coming into the sanctuary. You may bring yours from home pre-signed.
  • Clean pens — Please bring your own pen or use a clean pen provided to sign the screening sheet. Deposit the church pen in the “used pen” box.
  • Use hand sanitizer – which will be provided, when entering and exiting the building.
  • Offerings – can be deposited into collection basket as people enter or exit the sanctuary.
  • Following arrows – If the number of people present warrants using arrows, please use colored painter’s tape on the ground to direct the flow of traffic (no cross-traffic).
  • Metal chairs – are placed 6 feet apart. Members of the same household can sit together.
  • A maximum of 23 people are allowed in the sanctuary: 3 people in the cancel area (Pastor, musician and one other) and 20 worshipers sitting in the sanctuary space.
  • Do not share any physical items – Bulletins laid out separately may be available in the Narthex. Hymnals and Bibles have been removed. Readings and hymns will be shown on the large screen. Microphones will not be shared among congregants or leaders during a service.
  • No singing – all are invited to hum quietly in our masks.
  • Communion Bags – On LPC’s Communion Sundays, individual Communion Bags will be available for people to pick up upon entering the Sanctuary. (Each person is responsible to remove the used communion bag upon leaving. A receptacle will be available.)
  • One restroom is open for Sunday morning use, the handicap assessable bathroom near the kitchen. The restroom will be disinfected between services (see page 3 for more details)
  • Keep fresh air circulating in the room (windows & fans) before, during and after the services. Pastor Diane works on Sundays well after both services, so Plan A could be that she is the one to close up any windows and shut off fans in the afternoon.
  • Like exiting an airplane, those closest to the doors exit the sanctuary first.
  • Departure/No Coffee Hour/meals/meeting in groups – Everyone is asked to leave the building immediately after worship and not to congregate, maintaining space of at least six feet.
  • Closed – The pastor’s office, church office, kitchen, classrooms and lounge are closed.

 NOTE: Until further notice there will be no Nursery Care. Sunday School will be offered virtually.
Children will remain with parents at their seat in the sanctuary.


COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

In response to COVID-19, the Lincroft Presbyterian Church is taking precautions
to lessen the spread of the virus and keep church members and guests safe.

 

Directions: Please review the following self-screening criteria. If you answer Yes to any of the questions, we kindly ask that you leave the building and contact your doctor.

  1. Are you currently experiencing, or have you experienced in the past 14 days, any of the following symptoms?
  • Fever (100.4°F or greater as measured by an oral thermometer)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing at rest
  • Dry Cough
  • Chills with shaking or teeth chattering
  • Head or muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
  1. In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your family (household) or close contact tested positive for COVID-19?
  2. Have you been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive test results?
  3. Have you tested positive for COVID-19, or are you presumptively positive for COVID-19 based on your health care provider’s assessment of your symptoms?
  4. In the past 14 days, have you done any of the following or been in close proximity to anyone who has:
    • visited or come from a state that is on the NJ quarantine list
    • been on a commercial flight, bus or train
    • traveled outside of the United States

If your answer is NO to all of the above questions, please sign below and enter the sanctuary.

Print Full Name: ________________________

Signature: _____________________________         Date: _____________________________

Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping everyone safe.
“This is what love looks like during a pandemic.”

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Christian Education and Spiritual Growth

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Into The Light

 Presbyterian Women 2020-2021
 Lincroft Presbyterian Church

 LPC Presbyterian Women
 Women’s Bible Study Group

  The 2020-2021 Curriculum:
   “Into the Light”
   “Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament”

  from the Horizons Bible Study Program 2020-2021
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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020The Heart of Lament … Psalm 137; Matthew 27:45-56

Tuesday, October 27, 2020Lamenting Together … Psalm 137

Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Women’s Lament … Jeremiah 9:17-21; Matthew 2:16-18

December 2019: Special

Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Lamenting Death … John: 11:28-37

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Lamenting Life … Job 3:1-4, 9-19, 24-26

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Lament Over the City … Lamentations 5:1-22; Luke 23:26-31

Tuesday April 27, 2021: Creation Laments … Isaiah 24:4-6, 8, 19; Romans 8:19-23

Tuesday, May 25, 2021: God Laments… Hosea 11:1-9; Luke 12:41-44; (Matt. 23:37-39; Lk 13:34-35)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021: The End of Lament … Isaiah 23:6-10; Revelation 21:1-8

Meetings during the pandemic are via Zoom technology – 11:00 am, Fourth Tuesday of the month.

Newcomers are of course welcome
call 732-741-8921 for further information

Insite from our First Bible Study

Presbyterian Women, September 2020

Into the light

This year’s Presbyterian Women’s Bible study is entitled, “Into the Light: Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament.” At our first meeting, we learned that “lament” is not the appropriate response for situations over which we have control and do nothing. True lament addresses concerns over which we are powerless and should be directed toward whoever has the capacity to change, or correct, the situation. In many cases, that is God.

The artwork for each lesson is different; the first lesson depicts a figure with arms outstretched, and contains items representing, among other things, Christ’s crucifixion, the Trinity and eternity.

Please join us on our journey; all women are invited to join us for this very timely Bible study   which meets via Zoom, the 4th Tuesday of every month at 11AM.

For more information on Lesson 1 – Here’s the link

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Fall Season Christian Education for You

The following offerings are designed to be online gatherings via Zoom:

Faith Formation at Home

For parents with young families, we want to equip you for engaging faith stories and topics in a fun and meaningful way. Our resource this year is “Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible.” There are activities and downloadable resources.  In this time of COVID, it is especially important to find joy and peace in our faith. May this fall begin with a new routine of family faith talks and activities during your week.

On-line High School Sunday School with Jill

Students will explore Artwork available that reflect the Matthew 25 themes that Diane Ford will be covering in her sermons. We will be looking at the environment we are living in and discussing what God is calling us to do in our daily lives. We will also be looking at what service projects we might want to become involved in. When any high schoolers join us for worship on Sunday morning, they are sent to a Zoom break-out room for this class. On Communion Sundays the class will remain in the worship service the whole time.

Class with Pastor: Deeper Dive Bible Study

Weekly on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM beginning Sept 16 through mid-November. The Scripture of the previous Sunday’s service will be the focus.  Bring your study Bibles if you have them. Listen to the sermon live or recorded before each class, and bring your questions, insights and curiosity.

Men’s Group:  Bible & Current Events, “The Wired Word”

New participants welcome!  To receive dates, times and your monthly reading material, contact Frank or the church office.

Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study

Monthly, fourth Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
New Participants encouraged to join this stimulating study.  For more information please contact Dawn or the church office.  Please see page 7 for details.

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Gifts From God

Gifts from God

As the beautiful gift of the fall colors and weather begin, Stewardship season is also upon us.  Stewardship has a beauty about it as well.  When I think about Stewardship and my own giving, I think about a few key teachings of Christianity that make me as happy and peaceful as the awesome scene from a mountaintop in October:

First and foremost, I think about all I have and have been given – good health, family, talents, as well as material – is by the grace of God.  I realize that I have been given plenty and need to be a good steward of those gifts.

Second, one of my favorite teachings is that of the “Golden Rule” from Matthew 7:12: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.” In Matthew 25 Jesus tells us it is not enough to apply the Golden Rule to a select few, saying, (paraphrased): “Whatever you have done or not done for the least of these who are my brothers and sisters, you have done or not done for me.”

Third, I think of the commandment to “Love thy neighbor,” coupled with the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke (10:29-37), where Jesus teaches that we can be a good neighbor, like the Samaritan was to the man who was robbed.

Finally, I think of Mark 12:41-44, the story of the poor widow put all she had into the offering. The parable of the mustard seed and the yeast (Luke 13:18-21) also apply to our giving: no gift is too small.  We hold the promise of God’s awesome power at work within us and through our gifts.  So we share our gifts so that God can use them and grow them just like the mustard seed becomes a tree big enough for birds and the yeast grows big enough to make the bread and provide sustenance for us.

Please prayerfully consider the gifts God has given you and your stewardship of those gifts for 2021 and stay tuned for further communications about stewardship of time, talents and offering pledges.

Steve

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Sermon Series & Scripture Readings this Fall: Matthew 25

As we begin the Fall Season, Pastor Diane Ford will approach the topics of poverty, racism and being a vital church.  These are the three elements in our denomination’s “Matthew 25” movement.

You can read ahead, and then after you’ve heard the Sunday sermon and worship service, join Pastor Diane on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM to take an even deeper dive into the Scripture.

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Date Special Days Scripture
Oct 4 World Communion Sunday Matt. 21:33-46
A parable about a vineyard, wicked tenants and the owner’s son.
Oct 11 Mental Health Awareness Matt. 22:1-14
The Kingdom is like a banquet: many are called, few are chosen.
Oct 18 Matt. 17:15-22
Whose face is on the coin?
Oct 25 Matt. 22:34-46
The greatest commandment.
Nov 1 All Saints Day and Communion Matt 5:1-12
The Beatitudes: blessed are you; your reward is great in heaven.
Nov 8  – Matthew 25:1-13
Parable of ten bridesmaids: keep awake, the Lord is coming.
Nov 15  – Matthew 25:14-30
Parable of talents: Good, trustworthy servants are rewarded
Nov 22 Be the Matthew 25 Church Matt 25:31-46
Just as you did it to the least, you did it to me.

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LPC Men’s Discussion Group

The Men’s Group held its first monthly meeting of LPC’s new program year on Sept 21st via Zoom. We decided to continue to meet monthly and to use the discussion materials provided by The Wired Word, an organization that presents current news topics in the context of biblical teachings.

Our discussion began with the news of the severe and widespread wildfires in the U.S West this year, due in part to an extended heat wave and dry conditions. Our discussion shifted from the physical dryness of the western U.S. to a spiritual dryness Christians may sometimes feel of being distant from God, experiencing an absence of spiritual energy or feeling their prayers are not heard or not answered. Does any lack of inner assurance mean that a person has fallen away from Christ? How important is it to you that you “feel” your faith? What can we do when spiritual dryness sets in? Typically, our discussion contained no definitive answers or consensus, but as always offered each of us the opportunity to know one another a bit better.

Participants were Doug Irwin, Frank Munn, Bob Nahory, and Phil Telman. Our meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evenings of each month, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM via Zoom.  All men are invited to participate, including men who are not members of LPC.

Frank

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