This Week at Holy Trinity, July 21, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 23rd, is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost and Luther Loose Change Sunday, We’ll be having the baptism Sinjin Schurz, and welcoming the Schurz family.  There will also be an Oktoberfest Meeting at 11:15 for some early planning.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 22nd, is June Bello’s Memorial at 2 pm.  Come and remember and share.  There will be a buffet (with a menu planned by June herself!) in Holland Hall following the service, where there will be more time to share memories of June with each other.

Got a couple of hours? Susie Faries needs help (no, not that kind of help!).  She needs to move items from her current rental into storage as soon as possible. Her time is very flexible, so if you can help, please let her know. Email: susiefaries@mac.com, phone: 510-207-2414.

Last week, the RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Committee met and drafted a Welcome Statement.  Now it’s your turn to give us feedback!  Here is the Welcome Statement as it stands:

“We extend a heartfelt embrace to all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, Deaf or hearing, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. We invite you to join us in caring, sharing, and serving God through our unity in Christ.”

There will be forms available this Sunday for you to give us your ideas (anonymously or not) about any changes you think would improve the statement.  You can also give us feedback online at https://goo.gl/zT5sh3.  All feedback is due by August 6th so that the RIC Committee will have a chance to revise the statement before the congregational vote on whether to approve it.  The vote will take place at a special Congregational Meeting on August 27th.

Next Friday, July 28th, is Movie Night.  The movie will be “Lego Batman.”  Start gathering around 6:30 pm, bring your favorite munchies, and enjoy the show!

Next Sunday, July 30th, is Sundae Sunday!  We’ll be serving ice cream and toppings to cool you down after the non-air-conditioned service.

It’s not too late to turn in your hymn request slips for Favorite Hymn Sundays coming up in August.  Forms are available on the Media Table.  Just fill one out and put it in Carmen’s box, and we’ll do our best to include it in an upcoming service.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, July 14, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 16th, is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, Fill the Food Barrel Sunday, and Vacation Bible School Sunday.  We will get to hear all about the songs, lessons and  crafts the kids learned this past week.  Come and see the church decorated as a “Mighty Fortress” and stay after the service for a Fortress Feast.  Thanks to all who helped out this past week – you’re amazing!  There will also be an RIC meeting at 11:15 to draft a welcoming statement.  This statement will be submitted to the congregation in the following weeks for input.

The monthly Daytimers’ Luncheon will take place this Tuesday, July 18th, and you are invited! The luncheon occurs at 11:30 am, preceded by a Bible Study at 10:30 am.  Come for both, or just the food – it’s up to you.  Only God is allowed to judge.

June Bello’s Memorial is next Saturday, July 22nd, at 2 pm.  She had it planned to the last detail, so it should be quite the extravaganza.  Come and help us celebrate the life of this remarkable woman.

Other upcoming events are Movie Night on Friday, July 28th (movie TBD), Sundae Sunday on July 30th (mmm… ice cream!), Favorite Hymn Sundays in August (request forms are still available on the Media Table), and the 2nd annual Lu-Wow! on August 20th (roasted pig?  Soo-weet!).  There is no date yet for Vern VanDusen’s memorial.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, July 07,2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 9th, is the 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Scrip Sunday.  There will be a Council Strategic Planning Meeting at 11:15 am.

First, the sad news.  For those who haven’t heard, Vern VanDusen passed away on Tuesday.  His memorial will be sometime next week, but no details have been set yet.  July seems to be the month for memorial services.  Berniece Petersen’s gravesite service was just yesterday, and June Bello’s memorial will be on the 22nd.  We will deeply feel the loss of all of them, but are glad we got to know them and celebrate their lives.

In the midst of sorrow will be the joy of Vacation Bible School.  It starts Monday (yes, in three days!) and runs through Friday, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  It’s free, and open to all kids from pre-K to those entering 6th grade – including (or especially) non-HTLC children.  Opportunities abound for volunteering (just ask Terri MacFarlane), and we could use cardboard boxes suitable for building the “Walls of Jericho”.  Registration forms are available on the Media Table in the narthex and are also downloadable from www.holytrinityfremont.org.

Game Night is tonight at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  There will be lots of games to be played and food to be eaten, so come on by!

Other upcoming events are Favorite Hymn Sundays (fill out those request forms!), a Sundae Sunday on July 30th ( National Hot Fudge Sunday Day is July 25th, which is not a Sunday), and the 2nd annual Lu-Wow! on August 20th (fair warning:  I’ve already dusted off my ukulele).

Take care this week!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, June 30, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 2nd, is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and, of course, 4th of July weekend.  And, being the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating our country’s birth with that most American of foods:  Nachos!  PT (Pastor Tim) will be attending the Western States Youth Gathering at California Lutheran University this weekend.  Thank you to Karen Narveson for delivering the Message this Sunday, and Carmen Blair for her leadership.  Be sure to come and show them your support.  (Yes, this means PT hasn’t had to preach a sermon in 3 out of 4 weeks, and no, PT does not stand for “Part-Time”)

Congratulations to our Graduates:  Patrick DiCero, Rebecca DiPaola, Shawn Lullo, and Maria Oirkha.  These are the ones I have received forms for.  (I’m sorry, for which I have received forms. Where did I graduate from? [I mean, from where did I graduate?])  If there are any others that I missed, congratulations to you, too.  We are so proud of you all!  Be sure to look for their achievements in the bulletin insert this Sunday in the section that looks like a phony scroll – suitable for cutting out and framing (if you have really bad taste in décor).

Vacation Bible School is almost upon us (July 10-14).  It’s free, and not just for HTLC kids.  So tell all your friends (at least the ones with children).  Registration forms are available on the Media Table in the narthex, and downloadable online at www.holytrinityfremont.org under “Of Special Note”.  There will be a lot of opportunities for volunteers, so be sure to contact Terri MacFarlane if you are able to help out.  The following Sunday (July 16th) we will have a special VBS-themed service, where we will learn about all the fun they had the previous week.  (Wait a minute – does this mean PT gets out of yet another sermon?!)

Don’t forget about Favorite Hymn Sundays coming up in August.  Be sure to fill out a Favorite Hymn Request Form, available in Sunday’s bulletin and on the Media Table, and put it in the offering tray (not in lieu of actual money) or in Carmen’s mailbox near the office.  Remember:  Carmen, Leilani and I are not above putting in our own picks if response is low, and who knows what arcane hymns we might pick!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, June 23, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 25th, is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost and Luther Loose Change Sunday.  Our last Reconciling in Christ Informational Cottage Meeting will follow the service at about 11:15, conveniently timed to coincide with the SF Pride Parade (and almost as fun!).  Even if you didn’t sign up, please come and learn about what it takes to be a welcoming congregation to the LGBTQ community, why a welcome statement (which the congregation will vote on) is needed, and the next steps in the RIC process. A light lunch will be served, and child care will be provided.

Unfortunately, Family Movie Night is cancelled for tonight.  If you didn’t read this and you end up locked outside of the Activity Room tonight, just play Movie Title Charades. (or go to a movie theater where there’s actual air conditioning!)

Favorite Hymn Sundays are coming up in August (and beyond, if we get a good response).  Just write down a favorite hymn or Praise Band song, with favorite verses if you have any, on one of the slips available in Sunday’s bulletin or on the Media Table.  Completed forms can be placed in the offering plate or in Carmen’s box.  No anonymous submissions, please.  If we don’t get a good response, we might just pick a hymn at random and attribute it to you. (How about LBW 137:  “Christians, to the Paschal Victim” – a three-pager with the immortal words “Speak, Mary, declaring What you saw when wayfaring”?)

We’d like to officially congratulate all of our Graduates by listing them in the bulletin insert.  If you or someone you know is graduating this year from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, or Certificate Program (or any similar achievement), please fill out one of the lovely orange forms located on the Media Table in the narthex and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 28th (the day before I print the insert – treat it as seriously as you would a scholarship application deadline).

Vacation Bible School (a.k.a. VBS) is coming up July 10-14.  In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the theme is “Mighty Fortress.”  (everybody sing:  “A Migh-ty For-or-tress, o-oh my God!  It’s just two weeks ‘til vee-ee bee ess!”)  Ask Terri MacFarlane how you can help out, and see the Media Table or holytrinityfremont.org for registration forms for your kids.  Spread the word – it’s free, and not just for HTLC kids!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, June 09, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 11th, is Holy Trinity Sunday (our namesake Sunday!) and Scrip Sunday (earn money for the church by shopping!).  Also this Sunday, the choir will be replacing your regularly scheduled sermon with a Sermon in Song before going on summer break. We will be thanking all our musicians with an Asian-inspired Musicians’ Brunch after the service (non-musicians can partake as well – don’t panic!).  There is also a Council Meeting after the service.  My calendar says it starts at 11:15 am, but I’m willing to bet it might be delayed by the forecast of food.

Last week’s Yard Sale put the “fun” in fundraiser.  Thanks to all who volunteered their time, effort, and treasures to make this year’s Yard Sale such a success!  A good time was had by all, and my partner Richard came home with all sorts of treasures. (Yeah, thanks.  Thanks a lot! [heavy sarcasm]).

Next Sunday (the 18th) is an avalanche of special occasions – Father’s Day, Confirmation, New Members, Baptisms, and Barbecue Dedication.  Of course all of these special occasions deserve a Potluck!  Meat, bread, and dessert are already taken care of.  The rest is up to you!  There’s a sign-up sheet on the Media Table if you would like to contribute your best comestibles.

It’s Graduation Season, and we would like to acknowledge all of the graduates at Holy Trinity by listing them in the bulletin insert. (prestige!)  If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please fill out one of the forms located on the Media Table in the narthex and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 28th. This includes all of those graduating from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, and Certificate Programs. We do not want to leave anyone out!

As far as I know, there are still 4 tickets left for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on Saturday July 29th.  It includes a game with the A’s and the Twins, a Witches & Wizards fireworks show afterward, and we will tailgate before. Game time is 6:05 pm, everything else is to be determined. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Each ticket is $25 + a $2 handling fee.  Email Kathy Miedema at skoop32@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Vacation Bible School (a.k.a. VBS) is fast approaching.  It will take place July 10-14.  The theme is “Mighty Fortress” in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  I’m sure Terri MacFarlane has plenty of opportunities for volunteers – just ask her!  There are registration forms for your kids on the Media Table and on our website:  www.holytrinityfremont.org  (I decided against nailing 95 of them to the church door).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, June 02, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 4th, is the Day of Pentecost (wear red!) and Nacho Name Tag Sunday (is my heart burning with the Spirit, or is that the nachos?).  We’ll have a procession with the crucifer, paschal candle and Karen Narveson dancing like fire.  And, of course, there will be the flaming bowl of death Spirit (there will be fire extinguishers handy!).  Also this Sunday is the second RIC Cottage Meeting after the service.  Learn about what it takes to be a welcoming congregation to the LGBTQ community, why a welcome statement is needed, and the next steps in the Reconciling in Christ process. A light lunch will be served, and child care will be provided. Come even if you didn’t sign up!

The Yard Sale is tomorrow!  (Yikes!)  Final pricing is tonight (Friday, June 2nd).  There’s still lots to sort through and price, so anyone who can come by and help would be greatly appreciated.  This is also your last chance to purchase the good stuff before the general public can!  Doors should be open for volunteers by 6:30pm.  Additionally, all members of HTLC are invited to help during the Church Yard Sale on Saturday, June 3rd.  Help can mean anything you want!  It can be working the checkout table, refolding clothes that have become a mess, helping satisfied customers carry treasures to their cars, enjoying a cup of coffee with fellow HTLC members, playing on (I mean demonstrating) the exercise equipment, or negotiating with potential customers to help close that deal!  And PLEASE don’t bring more stuff the morning of the sale, it just creates more hassle.  You’ve procrastinated this long, you can procrastinate another year!

Game Night (and potluck) is also scheduled for tonight at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room (although we may end up playing “The Price Is Right” over in Holland Hall if needed).  Regardless, we will have fun, chat, and eat food, so there really is no down side!

Next week on Holy Trinity Sunday is our annual Choir Sermon in Song.  We will be honoring all of our musicians with treats after the service.  It’s especially appropriate this year as it is the 10th anniversary of the Praise Band and 20th anniversary of the instrumental group.  (It’s also the 56th anniversary of the Choir, 26th for me as Choir Director, and Leilani’s 48th as Organist, for those who are counting).

The Sunday after that (the 18th) everything happens at once – Father’s Day, Confirmation, New Members, Baptisms, and Barbecue Dedication.  Of course all of these special occasions deserve a Potluck!  Meat, bread, and dessert are already taken care of.  The rest is up to you!  There’s a sign-up sheet on the Media Table if you would like to contribute your most famous salad or side dish (but not the one with tuna and orange jell-o – you know the one I mean).

Remember the plans for an HTLC Day at the Ballpark on July 29th?  Well, there are still 4 tickets left for the matchup between the A’s and the Twins that Saturday!  There’s also a Witches & Wizards fireworks show afterward (free with your game ticket) and we will tailgate before. Game time is 6:05 pm, everything else is to be determined. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Each ticket is $25 + a $2 handling fee.  Email Kathy Miedema at skoop32@yahoo.com if you are interested.

For those who have not heard, there will be a Memorial Service for June Bello on July 22nd at 2 pm here at HTLC.  She planned everything from the music to the menu long in advance, so it should be quite an extravaganza, just like her fabulous hats!  If you have pictures of June you would like to share, please place them in Pastor Tim’s box with your name on them.

Vacation Bible School (a.k.a. VBS) is fast approaching.  It will take place July 10-14.  The theme is “Mighty Fortress” in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  If you would like to help, just talk to Terri MacFarlane.  I’m sure she can use all the help she can get!  (and I don’t mean just mentally!)

Oh, and in case you forgot:  Yard Sale, YARD SALE, YARD SALE!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, May 26, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 28th, is the 7th Sunday of Easter and Luther Loose Change Sunday. Remember, we’ve started our single service at 10 am schedule for the summer.  It’s also Memorial Day weekend, so as you barbecue, remember those who gave their lives for your freedom to burn large chunks of meat.  (mmm, I’m salivating already – reverently, of course!)  Next Sunday is Pentecost, so be sure to wear red!

Tonight (Friday the 26th) is Family Movie Night at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room. Who knows what the movie will be, but there’s bound to be good stuff to eat (especially if you bring some) and fun people to be with.

Thanks to all who participated in last week’s Annual Meeting.  We voted to move the Annual Meeting to early in the year from now on.  This means our newly-elected President, Carmen Blair, gets her sentence term reduced by several months. Bethany Stevenin is our new Vice President (and I can think of no one better to be president of vices), and the usual suspects return as Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Recording Secretary.  Here is a list of our new council and their committee assignments:

Church Officers

  • Carmen Blair – President
  • Bethany Stevenin – Vice President
  • Tammy Kuhlmann – Financial Secretary
  • Cheryl Hall – Recording Secretary
  • Terri MacFarlane – Treasurer

Council Members – Committee Assignments

  •    Dave Barron – Building/Grounds
  •    Andrew DiCero  – Worship
  •    Steve Guerzon – Communications/Outreach
  •    Erik Holland – Social Concerns & Stewards of God’s Love
  •    Shawn Lullo – Youth & Family
  •    Kate Shonk – Mutual Ministry
  •    Dean Sieglaff – Finance & Endowment
  •    Bethany Stevenin – Hospitality
  •    Marta Wicke – Education

Thanks to all the council members for their willingness to serve.

The annual Holy Trinity Yard Sale is only a week away! (8 am to 2 pm, Saturday June 3rd) All hands on deck!  Pricing, sorting, and organizing will take place May 30th through June 2nd and other volunteer opportunities will be available during the Yard Sale.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the announcement board in the breezeway.  I’m here 10-2 Tues-Fri if you need to drop things off in Holland Hall. Please don’t wait until Friday, though – it makes it more difficult for the sorters and pricers (and definitely DO NOT bring stuff the morning of the Yard Sale if you don’t want to be glared at!).  Please call Erik Holland at 510-793-5407 or 408-394-3151 if assistance in picking up any larger items is needed.

The second RIC Informational Cottage Meeting takes place the next day on Sunday, June 4th at 11:15 am.  It’ll have to be in the Activity Room due to all the leftover Yard Sale stuff in Holland Hall.  Don’t miss the meeting to shop the leftovers – do it during the sermon before the good stuff is snatched up!  (I’m joking, Pastor Tim, JOKING!).  Learn about what it takes to be a welcoming congregation to the LGBTQ community, why a welcome statement is needed, and the next steps in the Reconciling in Christ process (and yes, it involves a congregational vote on the welcome statement).  Sign-up sheets are on the Media Table for this meeting and the next one which is on June 25th.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, May 19, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 21st, is the 6th Sunday of Easter and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday. It’s also the first Sunday of our single service at 10 am schedule for the summer.  This means if you accidently come at 8:45, you’ll be early enough to help make coffee and set up, and if you come at 11, you’ll be just in time for the Annual Congregational Meeting!  Yes, it’s finally here, so polish up those motion-seconding skills and participate in shaping our future (or at least sign in, eat, and pretend to listen).  After the Annual Meeting our newly-elected council will have a Council Meeting to vote for our church officers.  Important stuff is afoot!

Next Friday is Movie Night at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room, so don’t come tonight (unless you want to see me feverishly trying to put the Annual Report together or hear me cursing at the recalcitrant copy machine).

The annual Holy Trinity Yard Sale is quickly approaching on June 3rd (two weeks!) from 8 am to 2 pm.  Your support is needed to help make sure it is a success!  Pricing, sorting, and organizing will take place May 30th through June 2nd and other volunteer opportunities will be available during the Yard Sale.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the announcement board in the breezeway.  Remember that we can’t accept any donated items until AFTER the Annual Meeting this Sunday.  Please call Erik Holland at 510-793-5407 or 408-394-3151 if assistance in picking up any larger items is needed.

The second RIC Informational Cottage Meeting takes place on Sunday, June 4th at 11:15 am, so if you missed the first one, this one covers the same information.  Please come even if you think you know all about the Reconciling in Christ process and how to be welcoming to the LGBTQ community (do you know what cisgender means? I didn’t!).  What you won’t find out is why they picked such an awful name as Reconciling in Christ for what is really just an organization that helps LGBTQ people find welcoming churches, and helps churches learn how to become more welcoming to them.  Sign-up sheets are on the Media Table (remember: free food and childcare!).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, May 12, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 14th, is the 5th Sunday of Easter, Scrip Sunday, and, of course, Mother’s Day!  The kids will be handing out flowers to the women of the congregation during Children’s Time (thanks Loretta and Meg for getting the flowers), and we will be having a Mother’s Day Brunch between the services at about 10 am.  And if that food event doesn’t satisfy you…

The Daytimers’ Luncheon is this Tuesday, May 16th at 11:30 am following the Bible Study at 10 am. The theme this time is salads.  Come, eat, chat, and maybe contribute to the collection they take for the Good Samaritan Fund to assuage your guilt for taking the last bit of German potato salad.  They collected over $1,000 dollars in the past year just by eating!

Next Sunday, May 21st, begins our Single Service Summer Schedule.  The single 10 am service will be followed by the Annual Congregational Meeting.  Please come and be counted, be heard, vote, and eat (not necessarily in order of importance).  This is where you can hear what’s going on and help plan what will be going on at HTLC! Copies of the Proposed Budget are available for review on the Media Table or by emailing Terri at tam1960@aol.com.  There will also be a Council Meeting after the Annual Meeting to elect officers.

The annual Holy Trinity Yard Sale is quickly approaching and your support is needed to help make sure it is a success!  Pricing, sorting, and organizing will take place May 30th through June 2nd and other volunteer opportunities will be available on June 3rd during the Yard Sale.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the announcement board.  Remember that we can’t accept any donated items until AFTER the annual meeting on May 21st.  Please call Erik Holland at 510-793-5407 or 408-394-3151 if assistance in picking up any larger items is needed.

Thanks to all who answered my plea for Worship Helpers earlier this week.  All positions for this Sunday except for Acolytes have been filled.  Let’s see if we can mob Carmen week after week, jostling for those precious Worship Assistant slots!  And now that you’re in a signing-up mood, here are some other things you can sign up for:  chancel flowers, sandwich making, and nacho set-up and clean.  Just sayin’.  And thank you to all who do sign up or step in at the last minute.  You’re what makes this place go!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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