HTLC News Email, June 15, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 17th, is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday. So much is happening this Sunday, and all for one low, low price! (whatever you throw in the offering plate)  First of all, it’s Father’s Day.  And what would an observance day be at Holy Trinity without food;  hence, the Father’s Day Lunch after the service.  But wait – you also get a show!  The Choir’s end-of-the-choir-season Sermon in Song replaces Pastor Tim’s homily.  It’s also Bethany Stevenin’s last week with us, so I let her pick the songs (blame her).  She also picked the Praise Band songs and is doing the Children’s Sermon (It’s all about you, isn’t it, Bethany?).  But wait – there’s more!  You also get the Installation of Council Members (finally – haven’t they been our Church Council since, like, February?).  Now how much would you pay?

This is the last Sunday to order your “God’s Work, Our Hands” and “Helping Hands” t-shirts.  Sign-ups are on the Media Table and Cheryl Hall is collecting the moolah. They’ll be the height of fashion this fall, so don’t miss out!

Your Parish Life Coordinator (aka Church Secretary [me]) will be taking a few weeks off, so office hours will be limited to whenever Pastor Tim is here, and he’s a busy guy (except for this Sunday, apparently).  So be sure to call to make sure someone’s there before coming over.  This also means no email blasts for the next few weeks (stop cheering!), so you’ll have to actually listen to the announcements in church instead of sneaking out early to get the last of the donuts.

Since I’ll be gone, I’ll remind you now that Family Movie Night is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd at 7 pm, and there will be no Game Night on Friday, July 6th (unless someone wants to step up and host it in lieu of Richard and I).

Vacation Bible School is creeping up on us:  July 9 – 13, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”  I’m sure Terri MacFarlane could use lots of help, so contact her (tam1960@aol.com) to volunteer your copious talents.  She could also use nautical/island/castaway-themed items for decorations.  Flyers and Registration Forms are available on the Media Table.  You can also download the Registration Form at www.holytrinityfremont.org.

Just a reminder that Richard Anderson’s Memorial is tomorrow (Saturday the 16th) at 11:30 am, followed by a reception in Holland Hall.  Help us celebrate the life of this wonderful man.

See you in church! (at least this Sunday)

Keith

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HTLC News Email, June 08, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 10th, is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. There is a Council Meeting at 11:15 am (if you are seeking counciling).  Scrip Sunday isn’t happening this month, but you could take this opportunity to sign up for your own ShopWithScrip® account at www.ShopWithScrip.com.  Be sure to use HTLC’s enrollment code, B768EC1D14576 (so memorable!), so that Holy Trinity gets a cut of each gift card you purchase.  More details are in this Sunday’s insert (viewable online at www.holytrinityfremont.org).  This Sunday will also be the last day to turn in information about your graduates so they can be recognized in the insert on the 17th.  Just fill out the green forms from the Media Table and put them in my Parish Life Coordinator box (and no, if you put them in my Choir Director box, the choir will NOT sing out their names during the Sermon-in-Song!).

And speaking of the Sermon-in-Song, it’s coming up on Sunday, June 17th, which is also Father’s Day.  We’ll be having a Father’s Day Lunch at about 11:15 am after the service to celebrate all you fatherly-types.

We’re still taking Hymn Requests for the upcoming favorite hymn Sundays.  The pink Hymn Request forms are available on the Media Table.  Just write down your favorite hymns or Praise Band songs on the form (Just one or two, please – don’t be a hymn-hog!) and place it in Carmen’s box.  Be sure to put your name on the form – we won’t use it without knowing who to blame.

Vacation Bible School is only a month away:  July 9 – 13, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”  Registration forms and flyers are available on the Media Table.  See Terri MacFarlane for details or to offer your help.  VBS is also the Cause of the Month, if you would like to help defray the cost of this free and fabulous outreach.

Thanks to all who made last Saturday’s Yard Sale such a rousing success!  The money is still coming in.  If you ran up a tab, please be sure you pay Terri, or my curly-haired Yard Sale imp-in-a-basket will come and get you! (Come by the office to see it – it’s really creepy!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, June 01, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 3rd, is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost and Nacho Name Tag Sunday. It’s also shop-the-last-remnants-of-the-Yard-Sale Sunday!  And please stay to help box up everything that didn’t sell so we can use the room again.  Many hands make light work!

Yes, Tomorrow (Saturday, June 2nd) is the annual Yard Sale from 8 am to 2 pm.  Today is the last day to bring your former treasures to donate, day or evening.  I’m sure we could also use help with last-minute sorting and pricing (for those of us who procrastinated until today to bring stuff).  There will also be plenty of opportunities to help out the day of the sale – cashiering, assisting customers, and generally tidying up and helping out (and shopping!).  It looks like we could especially use help early, since no one has officially signed up for the 7:30 am shifts.  Let’s all help to make this a fun, successful event.  Tell everyone you know!  As always, pester Erik Holland with questions:  (510) 793-5407 or erholland@fidelityinsuranceservice.com.

Tonight (Friday) is Game Night, although it may turn into a last-minute Yard Sale set-up and shopping session (maybe we’ll find a new game!).  We meet at about 6:30 in the Activity Room for food and fun.  Join us!

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Annual Barbecue on Tuesday, June 5th. This marks the end of Tuesday Bible Study for the Summer, but the Daytimers usually soldier on with their monthly feasts.  Devotions begin at 10:30, followed by a sumptuous meal. Don’t miss it!

Sunday, June 17th, is Father’s Day, and we will be celebrating with a Father’s Day Lunch at about 11:15 am after the service.  The choir will also be performing their Sermon-in-Song that Sunday – food and entertainment!  (not that Pastor Tim isn’t entertaining…)

As always, check out the Media Table for sign-ups, forms, and things to read.  We have new issues of “The Word in Season” and “Christ in Our Home” available in both pocket and large print editions.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 25, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 27th, is Holy Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the mystery of the Three-In-One nature of God (visually, it’s just white and gold paraments – quite a come-down from last week’s red, flames, and doves!). It’s also Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.

Tonight, Friday May 25th, is Family Movie Night.  Share some food, grab some popcorn, and watch a fun movie with us at 7 pm in the Activity Room.

Tomorrow (Saturday) after 10 am, you can start bringing all sizes of items to Holland Hall for our Yard Sale, which takes place on Saturday, June 2nd, from 8 am to 2 pm.  We can use all the help we can get for setting up, sorting, and pricing.  Sign-up sheets for helping out during the week (both daytime and evening) are available on the Media Table along with sign-ups for shifts of cahiers and helpers the day of the Yard Sale.  If you are dropping off items for the sale, sooner is definitely better than later – bringing stuff the day of the sale will only get you angry stares.  If you have questions, or need help with large items, please contact Erik Holland at (510) 793-5407 or erholland@fidelityinsuranceservice.com.

The church office will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day, when we remember those who have given their lives for our freedom (by attending retail sales events, as the TV would have it!).

We have a couple of memorial services coming up for members who have passed away.  Inez Severson’s Memorial will be at Holy Trinity on Monday, June 4th, at 1 pm, with a reception following at BJ’s Restaurant.  Richard Anderson’s Memorial will be at Holy Trinity on Saturday, June 16th, at 11:30 am, with a reception following in Holland Hall.  Please help us celebrate the lives of these two special people.

Be sure to check out the Media Table for all sorts of things to sign up for (Day at the Ballpark), read (ELCA Bishop Statements), and forms to fill out (Graduates & Favorite Hymns).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 18, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday.  Celebrate the “birthday of the church” by wearing red!  In the readings there’ll be tongues of fire, rushing wind, speaking in tongues, smoky mist, the sun turns to darkness and the moon to blood – it’s downright creepy!  Those of you who are bothered by the smoke from our usual “flaming bowl of death spirit” can breathe easier (literally) because we are foregoing it this year in favor of other visual stimuli.  We will also be celebrating Rachel Huff’s Confirmation this Sunday with a Confirmation Reception after the single 10 am service (yay, Rachel!).  It is also Fill the Food Barrel Sunday (yay, food!).

But before all the blood, fire and smoky mist, there will be a Yard Sale Meeting at 9:30 am this Sunday before the worship service.  Come and help plan this fun annual event which will be taking place on June 2nd (only two weeks away!) from 8 am to 2 pm.  Small items for the Yard Sale can be placed in the Youth Room starting this Monday.  Other items will have to wait until Saturday, May 26th after 10 am to be dropped off in Holland Hall – other groups use that space throughout the week.  After that, there will be plenty of opportunities for sorting, pricing and setting up, as well as helping out the day of the Yard Sale.  Talk to Erik Holland if you have questions.

There are so many things you can do right now at the Media Table:

  • Read copies of statements on Gaza and racism from ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton.
  • Fill out the green forms for graduates for any graduates you know, so we can honor them in an upcoming insert (place in my box).
  • Fill out a pink hymn request form for our Favorite Hymn Sundays this summer (place in Carmen’s box).
  • Order your “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts.
  • Order your “Helping Hands” T-shirts (these are new shirts in honor of our Sunday School Helping Hands group!)
  • Sign up for tickets for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th.

You can find details for most of these activities in previous emails.  If you deleted them (shame on you!), you can view them at www.holytrinityfremont.org (click on the “News and Events” tab), or read them on the bulletin board at the (wait for it…) Media Table!

See you in church – wear red!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 11, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

First, the sad news:  Richard Anderson, beloved member of this congregation, passed away suddenly on Wednesday.  Please keep his wife Joann and his family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.  There are no details about a memorial service yet.

This Sunday, May 13th, is the 7th Sunday of Easter and the beginning of our single 10 am service summer schedule.  It’s also Scrip Sunday and Mother’s Day. We’ll be celebrating all of the nurturing women of our congregation with flowers during the single 10 am service (I’m mentioning the 10 am service again, so you can’t blame me if you show up early or late – 10 am!). Then, stay after the 10 am service for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at about 11:15 am, following the 10 am service that will take place at 10 am.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 12th from 9 am to 11 am, we will be having a Church Work Day to strip and paint the white pillars outside the church.  Please help out if you can.  Gloves, brushes, and materials will be provided, just wear your drip-friendly best.  This is the first of what we hope will be work days on the second Saturday of each month (Church Work Day sounds too much like work – may I humbly suggest Second Saturday Spruce-up?).

You are cordially invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15th at 11:30 am after Bible Study.  If you haven’t been to one of these third-Tuesday happenings, there’s a lot of eating, laughing, and talking going on.  You should come just to make sure they’re not talking about you!

The annual HTLC Yard Sale is only three weeks away on Saturday, June 2nd from 8 am to 2 pm.  Small items can be dropped off in the Youth Room starting May 21st.  All size items can be dropped off in Holland Hall starting May 26th.  Questions? Ask Erik Holland.  A volunteer schedule will be coming soon (right, Erik?).

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, has issued a statement on racism (spoiler alert – she’s against it). Copies are available on the Media Table.

It’s graduation season, and we would like to honor all of our graduates in the bulletin insert.  If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please fill out one of the forms located on the Media Table and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 10th. This includes all of those graduating from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, and Certificate Programs. We do not want to leave anyone out!

Favorite Hymn Sundays are coming up in August.  This is your chance to sing that neglected hymn that you love. Just fill out a hymn request form available in the bulletins and on the Media Table, and place it in the offering tray or Carmen’s box.  Please limit yourself to one or two hymns or Praise Band songs, list any verses which you particularly like, and be sure to put your name on it – unsigned forms will not be used (we want to know who to blame give credit to).

Order your “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts at the Media Table.  These bright yellow shirts (they might as well say “Caution: Lutherans Working”) are de rigueur attire for the ELCA Day of Service in September, as well as other HTLC events.  Only $8 each!

A handful of tickets are still available for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th. Good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package (oh, yes – and there’s also an A’s baseball game!). Tickets are $25.50 each (payment confirms your tickets).  Please email Kathy Miedema at skoop32@yahoo.com.

See you in church – at 10 am!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 04, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 6th, is the 6th Sunday of Easter and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  It’s also the last week of Sunday School.  The kids will be singing at both services and painting rocks for the Peace Garden (you can paint one too!).  The Sunday School Helping Hands Project of planting flowers at the Fremont Hills assisted Living home will begin at 1:30.  If you’d like to come along, please talk to Marta Wicke or Kathy Miedema.  We will also be honoring our Christian educators at both services – thank you for all your hard work and dedication (and patience!).

Tonight, Friday the 4th (Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you), is Game Night!  Will there be Star Wars-themed food? There will be if you bring it!  Potluck starts at 6:30 pm followed by gabbing and games.  Wear a Star Wars costume, if you like – we won’t laugh at you (much).

As part of a new effort at beautifying our church on Second Saturdays, There will be a Pillar Work Day on Saturday, May 12th, from 9 am to 11 am.  We will be stripping and painting the church pillars (sounds like a hazing ritual, but no – we will not be stripping and painting John Williams, although he may be a “pillar of the church”).  Materials will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself, work clothes, and elbow grease!

Next Sunday, on May 13th, our single-service schedule begins.  We will be having a single 10 am worship service followed by a Mother’s Day Brunch (call Mom!) at 11:15 am to honor moms and other nurturers in our lives.  Single 10 am Sunday services will continue through the summer until Rally Day, September 9th, when we return to our two-service schedule.

You can leave your sunglasses at home now, the Sanctuary has beautiful new blinds! Please do not raise them when the slats are closed, it is hard on the mechanism. Only raise them when the slats are in the open, horizontal position. Let’s keep these ones in good working condition for a long time!

Order your “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts at the Media Table.  These bumble-bee yellow and black shirts are the perfect attire for the ELCA Day of Service in September, as well as other HTLC events, so we can look like a swarm of Lutherans! Only $8 each – such a deal!

Details of the upcoming Yard Sale were in last week’s email and bulletin insert, but here’s the gist:  It’s on Saturday, June 2nd from 8 am to 2 pm.  Small items can be dropped off in the Youth Room starting May 21st.  All size items can be dropped off in Holland Hall starting May 26th.  A volunteer schedule will be coming soon.  Pester Erik Holland with any questions (trust me – he’s fun to pester).

A handful of tickets are still available for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th. You don’t have to be an A’s fan to enjoy this outing – good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package (oh, yes – and there’s also a baseball game!). Tickets are $25.50 each (payment confirms your tickets).  Please email Kathy Miedema at skoop32@yahoo.com.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 27, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, April 29th, is the 5th Sunday of Easter and the 5th Sunday of the month (Stewardship Sunday, in case you feel like doing something stewardship-y).  Last week Jesus was the Good Shepherd.  This week he’s The Vine. What will Jesus be next – a cornerstone, a lamb, a gate?  Stay tuned!  There will be a Council Meeting after the second service at 12:15 pm.  This is actually May’s meeting moved up a couple of weeks due to conflicts with Mother’s Day Brunch and a Helping Hands project (more about these later).

Tonight, Friday the 27th is Family Movie Night!  Popcorn starts around 6:30 pm, movie around 7 pm in the Activity Room.  Which movie?  You’ll have to show up to find out, but it’s bound to be a crowd-pleaser.  You provide the crowd (and food if you like).

Take a look at our Peace Garden!  Last week, Girl Scout Troop 31602 worked hard to make it beautiful.  15 Daisies, Seniors, and Leaders selected hearty plants for this area and put together a plan for a makeover of the HTLC Peace Garden as their Earth Day project. They dug holes and used 10 bags of compost, worms, and worm castings to enrich and loosen the soil. They carefully planted over thirty succulents, shrubs, and flowers along with their home-grown seedlings. They released ladybugs as beneficial insects to take care of the unwanted ones, and finished the project with signature painted rocks and a Welcome flag. The project was way beyond what was anticipated and provides the perfect place to meditate on the beauty of nature. A custom-painted watering can is being presented to HTLC on Sunday, April 29th.  Thanks, gals!

Next Sunday, May 6th, is the last day of Sunday School (teachers – that was a sigh of disappointment I heard, right?).  The Sunday School kids will be painting more rocks for the Peace Garden – and you can too!  We’ll have a table up so you can paint a rock with words or a picture meant to provide comfort, cheer, solace, introspection, or it could be done in memory of someone. Anything that seems appropriate for a church “meditation garden.”

The Sunday School Helping Hands kids will also be planting flowers on that Sunday for memory care residents at Fremont Hills Assisted Living home on Mission Boulevard on May 6, at 1:30 p.m.  If you’d like to come along, please talk to Marta Wicke or Kathy Miedema.  Is it my imagination, or are the kids doing more for the community than the adults?  (I know, it’s not a competition – but you’re losing!)

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 13th, and we will be honoring all you motherly types with a Mother’s Day Brunch following the single service at 10 am.  Yes, our summer schedule is kicking in early this year, so starting May 13th we will be having one 10 am worship service on Sundays until Rally Day in September.

Meg’s friend Mary Law has made angel earrings and donated them to the church for fundraising. They will be available in the Activity Room for a free will donation to benefit the Sunday School kids’ Helping Hands projects. Thanks, Mary!

The ELCA Day of Service is coming up on September 9th and we will be ordering “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the back. The shirts are $8 each and come in many sizes, but only one color: very yellow. Order your shirts at the Media Table. Cheryl Hall will be collecting the money.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 20, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, April 22nd, is the 4th Sunday of Easter and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.  The Gospel reading will be the one about Jesus being the Good Shepherd, so be prepared to sing every hymn that’s ever been written with the word “shepherd” in it.  There will be a Worship Committee Meeting after the second service at about 12:15 pm if you want to complain about it.

A big thank you to all who helped make the Spaghetti Feed such a rousing success (and there were way too many people to mention individually).  Was it my imagination, or was this the best one ever?! (or maybe I just had more wine than usual this year)

The HTLC Sunday School Helping Hands kids are back in action! Coming off the success of Palm Sunday, when they packed 80 bags of supplies for the homeless (kudos!), the Helping Hands kids will be planting flowers for memory care residents at Fremont Hills Assisted Living home on Mission Boulevard on Sunday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m.  If you’d like to come along, please talk to Marta Wicke or Kathy Miedema.

This year’s HTLC Yard Sale is coming up on June 2nd. Due to increased usage of Holland Hall by outside organizations, the drop-off schedule has been updated this year.  Starting Monday May 21st, smaller items (clothes, games, kitchenware, etc.) can be dropped off in the Youth Room at the end of Holland Hall. Then on Saturday, May 26th, all items (large or small) can be dropped off at Holland Hall. This day will also be the first day of set-up, sorting, pricing, etc. in Holland Hall for the Yard Sale the following week.  A more detailed volunteer schedule for Tuesday, May 29th – Fri, June 1st will be made available soon.  Please direct any questions, concerns, praises, bribes, instructions, and snacks to Erik Holland (or leave the snacks on my desk – I’ll make sure he gets them).

All you gardening types, don’t forget to contact Kate (510-552-3656 text or voice, email: mackater@comcast.net) if you are interested in being on a Landscaping Committee.  We need your talent and passion to help beautify and maintain our campus!

About half of the seats we’ve reserved are still available for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th.  You don’t have to be an A’s fan to enjoy this outing – good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package (oh, yes – and there’s also a baseball game!).  Sign up for tickets now at the Media Table.  Tickets are $25.50 each (Payment, due in June, will confirm your tickets.).  Any questions, please ask Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 13, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

The big news, of course, is the Spaghetti Feed on Saturday (tomorrow!) from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Make sure you’ve told everyone you know how much fun it is and that they should come.  We still have flyers in the narthex (if you feel like going door-to-door to annoy people individually), and there are plenty of opportunities to help out.  Setting up and decorating begins tomorrow at about 10 am, and cleaning up afterward is always appreciated.  Gift baskets are starting to accumulate in the Activity Room, but we could always use more.  There will be a silent auction, raffles, a kid’s zone, and photo booths with Italian backdrops!  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, wine & beer are extra.  Don’t miss it!

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Fill the Food Barrel Sunday, and recover-from-the-Spaghetti-Feed Sunday.  Bring your sunglasses, as we have had new windows installed in the sanctuary, but won’t have the new blinds for a couple of weeks.  On the positive side, the whole neighborhood will be able to see that you attend church!  There is a lot less traffic noise now, and we have screens so we can open the windows without doubling our attendance with insects.  Thanks to Dave Barron for organizing it all.

The Daytimers’ Luncheon will take place this Tuesday, April 17, at 11:30 am after Bible Study. All are invited to this monthly event of food and fellowship.  The theme this month is “potluck” (wait, isn’t that the theme every month?).

HTLC Buildings and Grounds is forming a Landscaping Committee to assess the current condition of hardscape and infrastructure while building upon existing design. Most garden enthusiasts are arty doers that like to create and maintain areas that bring out the spirit in people and others of God’s creation. We need you! Please contact Kate if interested:  510-552-3656 text or voice, email: mackater@comcast.net.  If you want to learn more about sustainable gardening and have some fun, Kate recommends signing up for the May 6 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. It’s an annual East Bay event where homeowners and others open up their yards for people to come check them out. Gardening lectures, music, art, and plant sales are also available.  For more information and registration, check out https://www.bringingbackthenatives.net.

It’s not too early to think about summertime fun like the HTLC Day at the Ballpark! Join your friends from church for an Oakland A’s baseball game and fireworks. Sign up for tickets now at the Media Table.  We’re planning to tailgate before the game – a matchup between the A’s and the Detroit Tigers – at 6 pm on Saturday, Aug. 4. Afterward, we’ll stay for a fireworks show at the ballpark. Our group tickets are $25.50 each (includes handling fee). About half of the seats we’ve reserved are still available.  You don’t have to be an A’s fan to enjoy this outing – good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package. If this sounds like fun to you, please add your name to the sign-up sheet. (Payment, due in June, will confirm your tickets.)  Any questions, please ask Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com).

If you can stand thinking about one more event, the annual HTLC Yard Sale will be coming up June 2nd, so start going through your stuff!

See you in church!

Keith

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