James Lutheran Church Newsletter
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jane Gaeta
Office Phone: 908-454-2864
December 26, 2007
Members of St. James,
Thank you so much for
your kind and generous Christmas Remembrance!
Christmas Eve 2007
Worship will always hold a special place in my heart.
First Holy Communion
Dear Parent or Guardian of current First
Communion class member,
Thank you for the opportunity to prepare
your child to receive Holy Communion.
I look forward to our time together.
I will also expect that they come to worship during the five
weeks of preparation. Classes:
2/10, 17, 24 & 3/2, 9 after Sunday School.
First Communion: Maundy Thursday, 3/20 at 7:00 pm.
Please feel free to attend class. Although each student will receive a workbook which
absolutely needs to come to class each time, nothing quite beats
face to face information!
is some memorization work that needs to be done: The Lords Prayer and the following definition of Holy
Holy Communion is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, in, with and
under the forms of bread and wine for our forgiveness of sins, life and
let me know if your child has any specific learning challenges or if you
have any questions whatsoever.
Gods joy and peace,
tear off and return to me
child ____________________________ (his or her name) does ____ does not
____ (please check one) have my permission to taste a little communion
cup of wine used for communion.
(your name) ________ (date)
World Hunger Appeal
Your gifts will go far.
Even if you can not contribute large Bill Gates sums
towards the Hunger Appeal, please know that each dollar helps someone in
need. For example, $1 2
can provide food for an AIDS orphan or street child in Africa or South
America. $1 can provide a
feeding for ten babies in an African refugee camp, while $10 can provide
a small grove of trees to protect the soil from erosion in Africa.
$250 can pay for a pair of barnyard goats in Uganda, $500 will
cover the cost of a cow in Kenya, and $1000 will cover complete
pre-natal care for 125 women in a developing nation.
If you happen to have a fortune or some inheritance to share,
consider that $10,000 can provide nets and equipment for 60 fish farmers
in Tanzania, while $100,000 will pay for tents to shelter 1000 families
of four in times of emergency or disaster.
One million dollars, according to the ELCA, can provide land and
building for a school for blind Palestinian women in Jerusalem.
Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and needed by the ELCA
Hunger Appeal to minister to persons in need, many of whom live on only
$1 a day.
For those who want to find out about planned giving, or
giving to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal Endowment Fund, please contact:
Rev. Rodger Prois
W. Higgins Road
800-638-3522 ext 2865
annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 20, at
12:00 noon. Please come and
provide your input into matters pertaining to our church.
All adult members are encouraged to attend.
are looking for volunteers to provide babysitting during the meeting.
case of inclement weather, please call the office (908-454-2864) and
press 3 for a prerecorded message.
Dealing with Bereavement
The Joseph T.
Quinlan Bereavement Center offers support services for those living with
grief in communities throughout Warren and Sussex Counties in NJ as well
as Pike County, PA. These
services are offered at the Center, located at 214 Washington St. in
Hackettstown, as well as at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta
Ave. in Newton, NJ.
Center provides services that include individual Support Services,
ongoing Bereavement Support Groups, Grief Lecture Series, School Support
Services, Community Education, Workshops, and Referrals to area agencies
as needed. In addition, it
provides Anticipatory Grief Support for families dealing with the
terminal illness of a loved one.
additional information on the programs and services provided, call
800-882-1117 or log on to www.KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.
homes and apartments have high heating costs due to poor insulation
and/or inefficient heating systems.
Help may be available to alleviate these problems for low income
individuals or families in New Jersey.
After an energy audit is completed, you
may be eligible for one or more of the following:
Caulking and Weatherstripping
Compact Fluorescent Lighting
Heating System Repair, Retrofit, or Replacement
Hot Water Heater Repair or Replacement
and/or Door Repair or Replacement
apply, you must meet the annual income guidelines below, be a renter or
homeowner, and not have received this weatherization service within the
last 10 years.
$5,950 for each additional family member.
These figures are for 2006 and may have been increased.
Application may be made no later than
February 28th to the local outreach center:
350 Marshall Street
Please be aware that the January Senior League
meeting has been cancelled. The
next Senior League meeting on February 6th will be a covered
dish supper followed by our Ash Wednesday Worship Service.
the attempt to make all Seniors aware of the range of resources available,
the speaker at the November meeting was a representative of the Division
of Senior Services, Warren County Dept. of Human Services.
Division has published a pamphlet titled Aging & Disabilities
Resource Connection which details what the county has available.
A copy can be obtained from the Division at 165 County Rte. 519
So., Belvidere, NJ 78232, or by calling 908-475-6591.
list of services is extensive, including such items as tax preparation and
money management assistance, volunteer help with minor home repairs, and
nutrition programs (including Meals on Wheels).
A copy of this pamphlet would be most informative.
Incidentally, I have seen that in the past it has usually been
available at the County booth during the Warren County Fair.
Help St. James!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many
organizations, none more so than the Church.
St. James has been fortunate over the years to be blessed with
members who have given generously of their time to help our congregation
thrive and be a vibrant witness to the Word in our community.
We now have several opportunities for you to help make a
It is obvious that the same few Assistant
Ministers serve at every Worship Service.
Please prayerfully consider whether you could ease the load on
these dedicated people by joining them in this ministry.
For more information, contact the church office or Pastor Gaeta.
If the Church is to continue its mission,
it is of paramount importance that the children be educated in the Faith
and become familiar with the truths set down in Holy Scripture.
Our Vacation Bible School has been a key instrument in this
endeavor. We are now in
need of volunteers to serve on the VBS staff next summer, and especially
in need of a person to serve as coordinator of this vital work. If you can help in any capacity, please contact Susanne
Ash Wednesday Service
Service with distribution of ashes will be at 7:00 pm on February 6th.
Come and join us in this solemn preparation for the Forty Days of
on Congregational Ministries
year, the 19th Annual Conference on Congregational Ministries
will be held on Saturday, April 12th, at the Steinert High
School in Hamilton Square, NJ.
of workshops will encompass the seven ELCA faith practices: pray,
study, worship, invite, encourage, serve, and give.
than 80% of those who attended last years event indicated they would
return in 2008. Come find
Reverend Paul Lutz
We Want to Hear from You
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Feel free to leave any comments in the church office Newsletter
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Jersey, there are also numerous other programs available, not only for
energy assistance but other issues as well.
The list below is courtesy of PSE&G.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Universal Service Fund (USF)
NJ Statewide Heating Assistance and
Referral for Energy Services (NJSHARES)
PSE&G Payment Assistance Outreach
NJ Division of Ratepayer Advocates
New Jersey Comfort Partners
211 First Call for Help
800-435-7555 or 211
Kinship Care Child Care Subsidies
Rx4NJ A Partnership for Prescription
addition, there is a booklet published by the New Jersey Department of
Health and Senior Services on NJ state programs and services for older
adults. For details on the
various state programs, you can visit www.state.nj.us/health/senior,
or call NJ EASE at 877-222-3737 and request a copy of Are You a
booklet categorizes the programs into groups depending on what is
available for each age group. It
also explains some benefits at the Federal level.
special interest to older NJ homeowners would be the provision that
freezes (by means of reimbursement) the effective property tax at the
level for the year the application is processed.
There are income level and residency requirements that must be
met for this program. Currently,
they are 10 years continuous residency in NJ, and 3 years ownership and
residency in the home. Residents
applying for the 2007 reimbursement must have total income for 2006 that
is less than
for single applicants and $53,576 (combined income) for married couples,
and total income for 2007 that is less than $45,135 for single
applicants and $55,344 (combined income) for married couples.