Dear Pastor Fred and Trinity members,

Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center provides life-changing and sacred adventures for renewal, growth and joy, made possible through the generous support of countless people and organizations, including you. Thank you so much for the generous gift of $1,482 on January 31, 2023.

Partners like Trinity Lutheran Church support our entire ministry, including summer camp, our year-round programs for all ages, and hosted retreat groups from all over the tri-state area. In recent years, support from our community has helped us grow in our year-round usage, and grow the impact our ministry has on families. As a partner, you are ensuring that our ministry can continue to thrive in the years to come.

We are grateful for you and the many ways you continue to support our ministry. We look forward to another year of ministry with you. Please continue to keep Cross Roads in your heart and in your prayers. And thank you once again for your partnership.

Anthony P. Briggs, Executive Director
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
Port Murray, NJ
Click here to read about the 150th anniversary of Seafarers and how you can help and contribute to its mission.
Dear Partner in Ministry,

We know Lutheran congregations are always among the first to respond, and the last to leave in times of emergency. 

Right now, your congregation can rush aid to our neighbors devastated by the earthquake in Turkey. 

Our team is already coordinating a response, and it is your compassion and generosity that will rush emergency care. 

Your congregation's gift to our emergency response fund will deliver critically needed care for families like water, medical care, shelter and essential supplies. 

Please give online at or mail a check payable to "Lutheran World Relief," and mail it to P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Please write "quake" in the memo line.

Thank you for leading your congregation to share God's love with the world when it's needed most.

Grace and Peace,
Reverend Tim Krick, Manager of Congregational Engagement
Lutheran World Relief
Souper Bowl of Caring: We did care…and it was amazing!

The thanks offered at last Sunday's service was certainly well deserved. Speaking to Jane Chrashewsky this past Monday, she said the number of non-perishables brought in for the TLC Food Pantry was wonderful. As was mentioned, there's no specific number to report to you, but please know all donated items will be distributed in the food bags, and all monetary gifts will be used to restock those items. Every year we say "thank you," and every year we continue to be amazed at your response to feed local, hungry people. May we look forward to the day when all the hungry will be fed. May this be our collective prayer.

The Living for Giving Team

Advocacy this week: Public Safety

Pastor Lilja updates us on what has been and is going on regarding public safety. Also brought to light are the following:
  • ELCA Statement on community violence.
  • Some very surprising data and facts about our state and violence. It's not as bad as you might think!
  • Take Action: Racial Impact Statements can affect how pretrial detention, sentencing, and parole move forward, but they must be requested by lawmakers. You can help that happen.
  • Resources: A way for you to be more informed. ACLU says fear drives "tough-on-crime" policies.
  • Hot Topics: Environmental Advocacy and NJ Highlands (right where we live); The  Temporary Worker Bill of Rights has passed.
This week Pastor Lilja offers much to read, to learn and do here in New Jersey. Have your voice heard. You will not be an advocate for only others; the others might include you! It's how we, as Lutherans, Engage in Advocacy Ministry (LEAM).  Click here for more information.

Advocacy Recap from Rev. Sara Lilja on past and continuing legislation in New Jersey:
  • Bail Reform: Facts or Not
  • Tax help 
Advocacy issues keeps us updated about how things are progressing or changing. Click here to learn more.

Sandy Dean
Ash Wednesday Eucharist and the imposition of ashes will be in person at 4:30 p.m. on February 22, and available online thereafter.
Lenten mid-week worship

Lent is a time of renewal. We focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus—and, in turn, focus on our own death and resurrection found in baptism. We who have been baptized into Christ have died to sin and are righteous saints of God. At the same time, we know that we struggle daily with sin as we seek to follow Jesus. This is the Lutheran understanding of sinner and saint.

It may surprise you to learn that we do commemorate saints in the Lutheran tradition: Christians from every age who have pointed to Christ in their living and dying. These Christians who have gone before us provide inspiration for our Christian journey.

As we continue to return to in-person worship, this year we are holding Lenten mid-week worship on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. both in person and on YouTube.  Join us to commemorate saints with these themes:

Week 1: Inheritance of Faith – George Herbert, John Wesley and
                  Charles Wesley
Week 2: Perseverance with Endurance – Perpetua and Felicity,
                 Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth
Week 3: Faithful in Prayer – Gregory the Great, Patrick
Week 4: Striving for Justice – Joseph, Oscar Romero
Week 5: Dying and Rising with Christ – Hans Nielsen Hauge,
                and John Donne
If you would like someone added to or deleted from our prayer list, please let Kathy McFarland know by Wednesday. Thank you.

Trinity members
Marion Holtzman
Mary Brown

Friends and family of TLC members 
Dan McFarland (Kathy McFarland's husband)
Sue Nobelman (Carol Johnson's friend)
Robert Rothenburgh (Dawn Rothenburgh-Rollins's brother)
Gene Cutler (Becky Wawroski's friend)
Toni Bator-Vega (Darleen Wawroski's friend)
Erica Griebel (Darleen Wawroski's cousin)
Ruth Pilosi (Joan Yurecsko's friend)
Michael Sergent (Pauline Chrenko's cousin)
Ray Fullam (Carol Johnson's friend)
Joe Sandford (Samantha Kindberg Sandford's husband)
Laura (Elaine and Gary Tarantino's friend)
Lee Greb (Marion and Neil Holtzman's friend)
Becky Lilja (Rev. Sara Lilja's sister)
Barbara Houser (Neil Holtzman’s sister)
Transfiguration of our Lord
February 19, 2023
Tomorrow's worship service will be in-person and online.

Click here to join the worship service.
Click here to view the bulletin.
Rev. Fred Becker, Pastor (
Kathy McFarland, Church Administrator (
Katie Serbeck, Technology and Social Media Coordinator
Lynn Sienkiewicz, RN, Parish Nurse
Julie Sauder, Organist
Kevin Seidel, Choir Director
Ralph Gonzalez, Sexton
Judy Miller, Executive Director of Faith Kitchen

Office Phone 973-366-2821
Fax 973-366-7774

Council Members

                               Term Ends
Maira Rogers                2026
David Bernauer             2026
Tom Burdzy                  2026
Charlene Rollins            2026

Key Darrow                   2023*
Sharon Matschke           2023*
Sheri Sauer                   2023
Gordon Snyder              2023

Ken Kindberg                 2024
Beth Sickles                   2024

*Cannot be re-elected, per the church's bylaws.

Suzanne Capps, Financial Secretary
John Sienkiewicz, Treasurer
Beverly Dominkowitz, Assistant Treasurer
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