October

The Epistle - LPC Newsletter

October 2017


Message from Pastor Diane

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The voices in our government are shouting and the voices in the streets shout back. Shall Christ’s Church “choose sides” and join in the blaming?  How shall followers of Jesus respond?  Always with love. One cannot respond to humans effectively without love. This may sound poetic or hypothetical — until you face the kind of circumstances we now face in our communities and nation.

As we listen to the virulent rhetoric of world leaders reported every day, all day, our conviction and call to be Christ’s body in the world is strengthened. God is not out to blame and punish, but to heal, reconcile, bring peace, make whole and restore. And so we have our commission.  As Scriptures implore us, we remain committed to the most vulnerable in our communities and nation. It is not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of God that we are able to be all we are called to be (Zechariah 4:6). We are nonviolent as we speak to power and stand in solidarity with the despised and ignored.

If you are uncomfortable or disturbed by the current disasters (natural and human-made) you can take this as a cue from God. It is time for you to act.  You may be skilled or not, clear or confused – it is time to act.  Write a letter to your congress members; write a note of encouragement to a volunteer in Puerto Rico. Visit and problem-solve with those who are worried about their future due to ethnicity, religion or citizenship. Learn skills of “civil dialogue” so we have more options than ignoring or hating on another. Encourage young adults and retirees who are not optimistic about their future.  Share your resources, including your love and faith with everyone you encounter. Now is the time to make new acquaintances and build new communities.

The living Christ among us will not disappoint — watch and see the transformations that will occur as we live as Christ’s Church.  This is not a spectator sport, and it is not an optional activity, this is not something we do if we have left-over time and resources – thanks be to God, we are called and equipped for such a time as this (Esther 4:14).

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”  (John 14:12 NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

In Faith with You,
Diane

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Community Engagement

Thank You, All Family Promise Volunteers

Thank you sincerely for volunteering as hosts to our Family Promise guests who stayed with us at LPC the week of Sept 24 through Oct 1, 2017.  Through your acts of kindness you expressed your support and solidarity with the guests during a difficult period of their lives.

LPC will next host Family Promise guests the week of December 31 through January 7, 2018.  Guests arrive on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!  Please review your plans now and try to fit Family Promise volunteering into your calendar this first week of the year.  Sign up now while it’s fresh in your mind.  The sign-up link is http://signup.com/go/khyyJZv .

Thanks and blessings,
Kathy Noah and Dave Reichard

 


Community Engagement

Crop Walk - 2017

Red Bank CROP Walk – 37th Anniversary

October 15th, 2017; 1:00 registration; 2:00 walk
Red Bank Regional High School

My challenge to you is to have 37 people from LPC walking or coming to the walk to cheer us on, wearing LPC shirts.  I challenge each walker to solicit sponsorships of $37; any amount will be appreciated. If you can’t join us, contribute to a walker as a sponsor.  Write checks to “Red Bank CROP”, (which is just as good as money, as Yogi said.) Or donate online at RedBankCROPWwalk.com and join team “Lincroft Presbyterian Church.”

For info contact John Rappa or Judy Reichard.

Thanks to John Rappa for being a member of the CROP Teen Committee.

37 YEARS!  WOW!

 


Community Engagement

LPC Food Drive

A HUGE THANK YOU to the entire congregation for participating in LPC’s recent food drive for Calico Cat. Together, we collected 293 bags of food. It was such a wonderful sight to see all the bags laid out by the Church entrance after service Sunday September 17th. Following the service, congregation members loaded the food into Kevin’s truck and two members’ SUVs and delivered it to Calico Cat, where ten of us sorted the food into boxes and placed them on Calico Cat’s shelves. A special thank you to the Lincroft Acme for allowing us to solicit at their doors on Saturday morning, September 16th, where we collected 83 bags of food and $330 in cash donations. Thank you also to so many of our giving neighbors, whose generosity was so inspirational.

The Outreach & Membership Committee

 

Food Drive - September 2017 - in support of COG's Calico Cat Pantry of Middletown, NJ.

Food Drive – September 2017

Food Drive - September 2017

Food Drive – September 2017

 


Community Engagement

Couples’ Communication: Mastering the Art of Listening

Workshop
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Are you and your partner really listening to one another? Experience a more fulfilling relationship and enhance your communication at Lincroft Presbyterian Church’s workshop, “Couples’ Communication:  Mastering the Art of Listening”, led by Performance Coach and Trainer Jeff Cartwright and Pastor Diane on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. A suggested donation of $20 per person includes seminar materials and a picnic box lunch.

All committed couples are welcome and requested to kindly reserve a seat: http://bit.ly/LPCCouples.

Jeff Cartwright, Performance Coach & Trainer

Jeff Cartwright, Performance Coach and Trainer

With formal training in the areas of Psychology, Sociology, Functional Neurochemistry, and Evolutionary Biology, Jeff has been providing coaching and mentoring services for 25+ years, employing techniques from several dozen disciplines and influences.

Most of us haven’t experienced much training or focus in the way we HEAR things. There is almost NO training for being responsible for the way someone’s communication “lands” with us.  We almost never get into a dialog about how to bring some effectiveness to our listening. Couples’ communication is especially vulnerable and riddled with breakdowns in our listening, causing considerable mischief between us and the spaces we share. This interactive program is designed to distinguish how we manage (or mismanage) those things that are said to us, or around us,” says Jeff Cartwright.

call 732-741-8921 for further information

 


Being a Part of LPC

Engaging with others at LPC is a joyful and fulfilling way of serving our Lord.  Don’t ask, “how do my interests and skills fit in with LPC?”  LPC becomes what we all bring! As you consider where God is leading you within LPC’s family and ministries, be in contact with Sarah Lawser or Pastor Diane.

Interested in becoming a member of LPC?

See Pastor Diane to schedule a “Welcome Weekend”

 


 

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