Message from Pastor Diane
Creator God, the rain isn’t stopping! The water rises, and so many of us are stranded. We lift to you our communities: our children, our elderly, our most vulnerable. We are afraid and grieving. We are shocked and we comfort one another. We pray for the animals, including our beloved pets. We pray for our emergency responders and agencies. Sustain their courage and focus. Great is your faithfulness, O Lord.
Praying “with” people who are not in our homes or church building on Sunday morning is possible by the work of the Holy Spirit among us. I write this as reports from Houston fill the airwaves. Images of residents, animals and emergency workers remind us of other national emergencies, and may traumatize Sandy survivors. As I prepare for worship this weekend I consider ways that we can stand in solidarity with Harvey survivors. We will pray not only for those effected, but we will pray with them. We will imagine being in their shoes, and raise our lament as well as gratitude. And this leads to the actions we take as Christ’s body in the world.
Being in solidarity with one another is perhaps one of the greatest signs that we are living the life to which Christ calls us. Recalling the story of “Feeding the 5,000”:
As evening approached, the disciples came to [Jesus] and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. (Matthew 14:13-17)
Was Jesus being unreasonable? Yes. And that is the point — we are called to be “unreasonable” in our care for one another. We are called to feel their pain, and join them in their journey. Our initial thought may be to stay out of other people’s business, even if they are in need. When it becomes clear that God is calling us to get involved, our next thought may be, “we don’t have the resources to do much.” Yet this was not accepted by Jesus. “Bring what you have to me,” he directed, and 5,000 people were fed, with left overs to fill twelve baskets! It is a challenging lesson to apply — let’s discern what God is calling us to do, keeping Jesus’ “unreasonable” directive in mind.
Flood survivors, immigrants, incarcerated African Americans, the environment, transgender people in our military, broken relationships, families grieving due to opioid use… we are called to be in the complexities and struggles of our time. “YOU feed them,” Jesus says. And I bet there was singing on that day: 5000 voices raising thanks to God.
Watch our webpage for Information about how we can support Harvey relief efforts.
In Faith with You,
RECONNECTION SUNDAY 2017
- 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, September 17
- Bring your lawn chairs
- Celebrating God’s work in and through LPC
- Sunday School Begins
BRING YOUR FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS TO BEGIN THE PROGRAM YEAR!
The Daily Bread devotional guides
The Daily Bread devotional guides are in the entrance of the church! If you have not used the Daily Bread before, it is a nice book that provides a scripture, message and prayer for each day. It is small enough that you can fit it in your pocket or purse, and it is a great way to start up a new devotional routine. The new books cover September through November, and the books are available in the church narthex. Feel free to pick one up for yourself and one for a friend or neighbor!
Family Promise @ Lincroft Presbyterian Church
Sep 24-Oct 1, 2017
Lincroft Presbyterian Church will host Family Promise guests the week of Sept 24 through Oct 1, 2017. This is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with local homeless families as they work through a very difficult time.
Please volunteer! Pick your spot online or contact either Kathy Noah,or Dave Reichard.
Our guests will arrive Sunday evening for dinner. Each night the following week two volunteers will prepare dinner, two will spend the early evening hours with the guests, and two will sleep overnight in the church. (Families can volunteer to provide dinner or to be the evening hosts.)
Calico Cat — Food Drive
LPC is again planning to conduct a food drive for the benefit of Calico Cat in Middletown. Like last year, we will provide bags for congregation members to use to obtain food donations. We will have the bags available for you to take following our worship service on September 10 for you to distribute to friends and neighbors. They will fill them with food and leave them in front of their homes by 4 PM on Saturday, Sept. 16. Your task is to collect the donations and bring them to church before 10:00 AM on Sunday morning Sept. 17. Last year we collected about 240 bags for Calico Cat. This is a wonderful way to join with our friends and neighbors for a good cause and to provide an opportunity to make a difference locally.
Frank Munn, Theresa Neher, Sue O’Brien
Outreach & Membership
Classes with Pastor
(Adults and High Schoolers welcome)
Jesus insisted on unapologetic love for every person – even for those we call “enemies.” He didn’t invent this way of being out of nothing. Jesus knew his Scriptures and he communed with God and people. This fall come study the Scriptures that inspired Jesus! We will look at the shortest books of the Old Testament – the “Minor Prophets.” Then, applying those Scriptures to modern history, we will see how Liberation Theology came about.
DATES & TIME
Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30, beginning October 4
(In main office)
- Books of the Minor Prophets
- Liberation Theology
- Theology of the Cross
- Biblical Financial Stewardship
LPC Presbyterian Women
Women’s Bible Study Group
The 2017-2018 Curriculum:
“Cloud of Witnesses”
“The Community of Christ in Hebrews“
from the Horizons Bible Study Program 2017-2018
Horizons is a magazine published for Presbyterian Women Groups
This program is a study of the book of Hebrews. It is significantly different from every other book in the Bible, packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality. In this program we explore nine major themes, relate those to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community.
The following areas of the Bible are included in the lessons at each monthly meeting, fourth Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the church:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017: In Community with Jesus Christ … Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-5:10, 7:26-28; Genesis 13:24, 1:26-27
Tuesday, October 24, 2017: In Community with the Living God … Hebrews 1:1-4, 8:10; Exodus 3:1-7, 19:16-25
Tuesday, November 28, 2017: In Community with the Living Word … Hebrews 1:1-3a, 4:12-13; Genesis 1:1-5; Ezekiel 37:1-14; John: 1:1-5
December 2016: Special
Tuesday, January 23, 2018: In Community with God’s Messengers … Hebrews 1:3-6, 13:1-2; Genesis 28:10-22; Daniel 3:8-30; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:5-17, 1:26-38, 2:8-14
Tuesday, February 27, 2018: In Community with the Tradition of the Past … Hebrews 3:1-6, 11
Tuesday, March 27, 2018: In Community with the Reality of the Present … Hebrews 2:10-18, 10:32-36; Mark 8:31-38
Tuesday April 24, 2018: In Community with the Hope of the FUture … Hebrews 11:1-3, 3:1-19, 4:1-11, 6:9-12; Psalm 95
Tuesday, May 28, 2018: In Community with the Household of Faith … Hebrews 3:1-6, 13:1-6; Numbers 12:7; Psalm 127:1-2
Tuesday, June 26, 2018: In Community with all the Saints …Hebrews 6:9-12. 13:24-25, 11:35-40, 12:1-2
Newcomers are always welcome
call 732-741-8921 for further information
COG BACK TO SCHOOL CHILDREN OUTREACH
NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24
Again this year we are participating in the Back to School Outreach supported by COG (Community Outreach Group). This program has been going on for the past 20 years providing gift certificates ($20 for shoes and $25 for a new outfit) for each school age child. They are planning to assist 140 children.
Your gifts of money will allow COG to purchase the gift cards with discounts through the corporate headquarters of Payless and Old Navy stores. They want to give the families the certificates by the second week in October.
Please make your checks payable to Lincroft Presbyterian Church and mark in the “memo” line Back to School and place in the collection basket or give it to one of the Deacons. Let’s bring a smile to those in need! We will be collecting from now until September 24.
Thank you for your generosity.
Hunger in America
DOCUMENTARY: A PLACE AT THE TABLE
Sunday, 24 September, 6:00 pm at Red Bank United Methodist Church,
a community showing of “A Place at the Table”
about Hunger in America, produced by Chef Tom Colichio.
Kathleen DiChiara, retired CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey will join us for a brief introduction about her work on hunger for more than 40 years. She has also run a Crop Walk in Summit, NJ. before her founding of the Food Bank.
REMEMBER RED BANK CROP WALK – OCTOBER 15
Visit us at: 270 Everett Rd, Lincroft NJ 07738
Send mail to: PO Box 328, Lincroft NJ 07738
Send package deliveries to: 270 Everett Rd, Lincroft NJ 07738
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