October 2021

The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

October 2021


Diane R. Ford - April 2018

The reports and conversations that occurred this past Sunday demonstrated various aspects of LPC’s congregation.  Forthright, faith-filled, concerned and still assured that in all things we belong to God.  Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:1-2) speaking of their lack of deep understanding.  He told them he needed to speak to them with milk rather than solid food, and that they needed to mature in their faith to get through the many difficulties in their Christian community.  They needed to experience much more of what it is to live in the Spirit.

For many church-goers, living “in Christ,” and “in the Spirit,” seems to be an elusive aspect of following Jesus.  But I believe that is because of the way the faith has been taught and demonstrated.  But when we get to the end of our own understanding of life, when we can no longer rely on our own wits, gifts and resources, we are more likely to live by our faith rather than the five senses.

Personal strife, grief in a family, a difficult diagnosis – these are often the gate to seeing there is more to life, there is more to God, there is more to church.  With our nation’s churches diminishing in number and resources, many leaders, including ours, are looking beyond the “gotta-fix-it” notion, and walking by faith into the larger life Paul is speaking of.

There is no end to God, and yet it hurts when we come to the end of a valued relationship.  When we walk in the Spirit, we know grief, but we can “do” grief! There is only light in God, and yet we become afraid when we are unsure of our next steps in a dim or dark season of life.  When we are in Christ, we can shake in our boots, but we can feel fear and move forward anyway!

Living in Christ brings a letting go as well as a resilience.  What story can you share that demonstrates this?  Every day, Family Promise leaders and guests live into this.  We face life honestly and with gratitude.  “We” is the operable word; the Christian life is not designed to be lived out alone.  Paul called it the Body of Christ – each person needing EACH person, and each one having a different ability and role, shared for the whole.

On Sunday LPC’s leaders stated a purpose: “to learn what God’s will is for the future of LPC.” Whatever the steps and decisions that will take place, we know that living fully as Christ’s Body, in the Spirit, is at the heart of God’s will for us. We can go wherever God leads, because we will only become closer to Christ in doing so.

Living God, awaken us into deeper understanding of what You have provided for us in this life.  Draw us together, that we may be able to receive the solid food you have for our spiritual growth and for our outward expressions of it. Let it be so; amen.

Pastor Diane

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LPC Teams Up Again for Red Bank’s CROP Walk

Crop Walk 2021

CROP Walk Concludes October 17th

 

 With a victory lap around Red Bank Regional High School,

Music from the WAG Band, an art contest, photo ops,

 Refreshments, and a Massive Food Collection

Before Covid: In Monmouth/Ocean Counties 1 in 13 people faced hunger; 1 in 11 were children
2020 Red Bank CROP Walk raised $137,000 (goal of $110,000) to help, with LPC raising 2,105
25% Money raised supports 15 local food programs, 75% to Church World Service
Includes:  Bayshore Lunch Program, Calico Cat Food Pantry, Lunch Break, Family Promise
$65 Provides Two Months of Meals
for a U.S. family of four through Church World Service partner food banks
Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends
One Day Challenge – 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water)

Weekend Challenge – 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days)

LPC’s Team for the Red Bank CROP Walk:

  1. Collects food

Bring Rice, beans, peanut butter, and soup for 25 local food pantries to LPC on Sundays October 3, 10,
and 17 to help meet Red Bank CROP Walk’s goal of 18,000 lbs. of food.

  1. Collects money donated to walkers [see directions below – to register]

Ask sponsors to donate their chosen amount for each mile walked for CROP.  Sign-up materials are on church entry table.

  1. Collects donations online [see directions below – to donate]

Ask friends to donate to CROP online to LPC’s Team and donate yourself.

To register (and/or donate) online and join team Lincroft Presbyterian Church:

  • Go to Red Bank CROP Walk at http://www.redbankcropwalk.com/
    • Click Donate/Register on the left side.
    • Select Register and/or Donate
    • Select Donate to a team
    • Begin entering “Lincroft” and/or select team Lincroft Presbyterian Church from the list.
  • Share with your social network to solicit donations.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO BEAT OUR 2020 CROP WALK DONATION OF $2,105

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Home cleanup tips to help prevent
p
otential disasters when cold weather hits

 Prep the plumbing

Empty outdoor hoses and faucets to prevent freezing and bursting pipes.

  1. Heat things up

Have your chimney inspected, and make sure your fireplace is in proper working order before the
busy season.

  1. Seal the leaks

Install storm doors and windows prior to the cold season. Add weather stripping and re-caulk
gaps around doors and windows to keep the heat in and the cold out.

  1. Tune up your heating system

This pushes hot air down to keep your room nice and toasty.

  1. Reverse your ceiling fans

This pushes hot air down to keep your room nice and toasty.

  1. Prevent ice dams

A home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor can identify and fix air leaks and insulation in

your home’s attic that leads to ice dams.

  1. Hit the roof

Look for damaged or missing shingles and get things fixed before bad weather hits and makes the situation worse.

  1. Clean the gutters

Full gutters can lead to water back up against the house, which can lead to internal leaks and costly repairs.

  1. Divert water

Add extensions to downspouts to ensure that all water is flowing away from the house

  1. Mulch leaves when you mow

Instead of raking, mulch your leaves into dime sized pieces. This will nourish your lawn over the winter.

  1. Test your sump pump

Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should

do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one.

  1. Restock winter essentials

Nothing sucks more than not having salt at home when a big snow or ice storm hits. Get your shovels,
snow blowers and other winter gear out early so it’s ready to use. Inspect your tools to see if they’re still
in working order.

  1. Trim overgrown branches

Make sure branches won’t hit the house or hang over powerlines. This can be a problem if an ice storm
hits or heavy snow piles up.

  1. Take care of patio furniture

Clean and dry patio furniture, and cover with a tarp or move inside or shed.

  1. Clean deck

Clean leaves, dirt and pines off deck and in between boards to make sure no mildew grows.

  1. Check walkways

Make sure handrails and stairs are sturdy, so there’s no accidents in icy conditions. Add extra lighting.

  1. Replace filters

Make sure to replace air filters on a schedule to keep your furnace running smoothly.

  1. Add insulation behind outlets

Add foam-insulating sheets behind outlets on exterior walls to reduce outside airflow.

  1. Flush hot water tank

Flush the sediment out of your hot water tank once a year to make sure it’s running properly.

With all of these home maintenance projects done in the fall, you’ll be sitting pretty when the
temperatures turn cold and all you want to do is curl up on the couch.

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Recycling Communion Bags

Frank

Frank Folding Used Communion Bags for Re-use

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Cleaning

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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 May 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.

Schedule:

Lesson 1
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
: Family Trees
Matthew 1

Lesson 2
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
: Tamar
– Genesis 38

Lesson 3
Tuesday, November 23, 2021: Rahab
Joshua 2; Joshua 6:22-25

Lesson 4
Tuesday, December 28, 2021: Ruth and Loyal Love
– Ruth 1-2

Lesson 5
Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Ruth and Redemption
 
Ruth 3-4

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

Lesson 7
Tuesday, March 22, 2022: Mary
 – 
Matthew 1:18-2:23

Lesson 8
Tuesday, April 26, 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, May 24, 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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Men’s Group

The Men’s Group held its first monthly meeting of LPC’s new program year on Sept 20th 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 nation observed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during September.  At our meeting, we talked about our individual recollections of that day.  Each of our experiences was vivid, poignant, and moving.  Do you recall that day?  Can Christians today, guided by scripture, do anything to reduce terrorism?

Participants were Doug, Frank, Bob, Phil, and Doug’s brother Jack.  Our meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday 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.

September 20, 2021 —— Frank
October 21, 2021 —– Bob
November 18, 2021 —– Doug

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