HTLC News Email, October 19, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 21st, is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  It is also Children’s Sabbath, a national multi-faith observance focusing prayers, worship, and activities on the needs of children and celebrating them in our lives.  The Sunday School kids have hand-colored the bulletin covers and they will be singing at both services.  After second service, there will be a Stewards of God’s Love Committee Meeting at 12:15 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Some great news:  Diana and Collin Thormoto have had their baby, and everyone is doing fine.  Lilith Aki Thormoto was born at 9:03 am on October 17.  She is 6 lbs., 7.3 oz. and 20 inches long.  Congratulations!  Hope you weren’t too fond of sleep!

Next Sunday, October 28th, is Reformation Sunday.  The tradition is to wear red (don’t ask me why) in celebration of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door, getting the pope all grumpy, and starting the Reformation (maybe Luther accidently nailed his thumb and the red represents blood – who knows?).

The Sunday after that, November 4th, is All Saints Sunday.  We honor the people who have been saints to you in your life by displaying their names and pictures during the service.  Please write the names of your saints on the sheet at the Media Table (print legibly – we wouldn’t want to honor Martin Looter).  If you submitted a photo last year and want us to re-use it, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet.  Email new digital photos to Carmen at carmenjblair@gmail.com.  Printed photos can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  Please label prints with your name if you want them back.

Kathleen Keating is planning to hand out scripts for the Christmas Play at Sunday School on November 4th.  For anyone who is unable to attend that day, she can send you a PDF of the script if you email her at emeraldrose1994@yahoo.com.  She also would like to get an idea of how many would like to participate and who would like speaking roles, so she knows whether she needs to divide roles to accommodate all.  If multiple kids want the same role, she will have them read for it (no memorization required), so it is important that all get a script ahead of time to familiarize themselves with the parts (bring boxing gloves for the more hotly contended roles).  The play will be on December 16th with full rehearsals planned for the two Saturdays before.  Music and dialogue will also be practiced during Sunday School on the previous weeks.  Please let Kathleen know if your kids want to participate and to what extent.

Trunk-or-Treat is coming up soon on October 31st.  Sign up at the Media Table if you would like to bring your decorated car (and treats to hand out).  It’s a really fun event that involves the neighborhood as well.  The more cars, the better!  There are flyers available in the narthex for you to post and distribute wherever you can to ensure we have a nice big crowd of hungry ghouls!

In November, the Sunday School kids will be packing up shoeboxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child.  The boxes will be distributed to needy children throughout the world.  They are still looking for small items such as toys, books about Jesus, socks, and other items that kids would enjoy.  Please place your items in the box in the Narthex by November 1st.  For ideas about what and what not to contribute, please visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/.

Don’t forget to sign up by November 1st for the Thrivent InFaith Community Event  on November 4th at 12:15 pm.  It’s about estate planning and what you can do to help grow HTLC’s endowment (which we could reeeally use!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, October 12, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 14th, is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, and Scrip Sunday (order gift cards, get full value for your money, Holy Trinity gets a percentage – painless free money for the church!).  There is a Council Meeting after the second service at 12:15 pm.  Take a deep breath this Sunday – we just got done with Oktoberfest (such fun!) and Animal Blessing Sunday and are about to have a whole slew of special Sundays coming up:  Children’s Sabbath, Reformation, and All Saints.  Enjoy the calmness of a regular ol’ Sunday!

Tonight (Friday, Oct. 12th) is Game Night!  Come to the Activity Room any time after 6:30 pm.  We’ll have food and games available, but bring your own favorites if you like.  Or just come to gab – it’s all about food, fun, fellowship, and food (I think I may have a slight problem with gluttony).

This Tuesday, October 16th, is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for the Daytimers’ Luncheon!  All are welcome join in the feasting at 11:30 am after Bible Study.  It’s a great time with a fun group of people – and I’m not just saying that because they feed me.

I forgot to mention last week about Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/).  In November, the Sunday School kids will be packing up shoeboxes full of items to be distributed to needy children throughout the world.  How can you help? They need small toys, personal items such as brushes and combs or hair bows and socks, and other fun items such as small books that tell stories about Jesus, coloring items, small stuffed animals, and anything else a child between the ages of 2 and 14 would like. Remember, these items must fit in a shoebox!  If you have items you think they could use, please pass them to Cheryl Hall or Kathy Miedema by November 1st.  See the flyer in this Sunday’s bulletin for more ideas for things to give.  Way to go, kids! (and Cheryl and Kathy!)

A reminder – there are sign-up sheets at the Media Table for a couple of events:  On Halloween we are having our annual Trunk-or-Treat, so sign up to bring your decorated vehicles.  On November 4th at 12:15 pm there will be a Thrivent InFaith Community Event about estate planning and growing HTLC’s endowment – please sign up by November 1st.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, October 05, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 7th, is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, Nacho Name Tag Sunday, and Animal Blessing Sunday. Bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed at Children’s Time during the both services and bring your real pets to the Live Animal Blessing at 12:15 pm on the patio.  All friendly pets are invited on a leash or in a carrier, or you can bring a picture of your pet to be blessed (of course, that means only the picture gets into heaven).

Oktoberfest is practically here!  The festivities start at 4 pm tomorrow evening (Saturday, October 6th) and continue until 8 pm.  No tickets this time, but we are relying on your generous free-will donations to defray costs plus make some money for hurricane relief and HTLC’s deficit.  But most of all, it’s a chance to get together, eat, and have fun!  There’ll be German-ish sausages like bratwurst, kielbasa, and hot dogs (I said “ish”), plus sauerkraut, cabbage with bacon, and popcorn.  Side dishes and desserts are being provided potluck-style (bring ‘em if you got ‘em – even if you didn’t sign up!), and the kids will be providing pretzels and root beer floats for an extra donation.  We will have the usual suspects of iced tea and lemonade, but there also will be beer and wine available for an extra donation.  Entertainment will be in the form of crafts, oompah band, and karaoke (an old German term meaning “bring your earplugs”).  Any help setting up and cleaning up will be greatly appreciated!

In honor of October’s designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Social Concern of the Month is the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation in Fremont and Pleasanton, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,. While HERS is happy to accept donations, and makes it easy to give and learn more about the program online at hersbreastcancerfoundation.org, please check their Events calendar to keep abreast (Ha!) of other ways you can help. All through October, local restaurants are holding fundraisers for HERS. Go to one of the participating restaurants, and a portion of your bill will be donated to HERS.

On November 4th at 12:15 pm after the second service, there will be a Thrivent Event about InFaith Community Foundation.  Come and learn how people are expressing their generosity, creating legacies and supporting the charities and causes they care the most about (like Holy Trinity!). Through InFaith Community Foundation, thousands of individuals and families are expressing the generosity that lies within their hearts and leaving legacies to charities they love through their own Charitable Fund.  Lunch will be provided. Please sign up at the Media Table by November 1st.

Our annual Trunk-or-Treat will be on Oct 31st from 6 to 8 pm. Bring your tricked-out car and treats to the HTLC parking lot so neighborhood kids (and our own) can go to each decorated car collecting treats. It’s a free, fun, safe way to trick-or-treat. There will also be a Holland Hall Haunted House and food. Sign–ups to bring vehicles are on the Media Table.  It’s a great opportunity for outreach (with a skeleton hand)!

See you in church!  Auf wiedersehen!

Keith

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HTLC News Email September 28, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 30th, is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, and Stewardship/ Welcoming Sunday with a focus on how we can be more welcoming to others (my suggestion: more food events with leftovers for my lunch).  There will be a Baby Shower for soon-to-be new parents Diana and Collin Thormoto as well as Amanda and Charles Bartlett at 12:15pm in the Activity Room. Come celebrate with light appetizers and cake (that’s what I’m talkin’ about!). Contact Marta Wicke or Krista Lanzarotta for questions or suggestions.

Tonight is the fourth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for Movie Night!  Join us in the Activity Room at 7 pm for a potluck (food!), fellowship and a fun movie – “Solo: a Star Wars Story” (may the forks be with you!).

Oktoberfest is coming up quickly (more food!) on Saturday, October 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm. This year, it’s more of a potluck-style event with Hospitality providing the main dishes, and sign-ups at the Media Table to bring side dishes and to help with setting up and cleaning up. Karaoke and oompah music will fill the air, and there will be family crafts. The Sunday School kids will be on hand selling extras, and there will be free-will offerings of suggested donations (instead of tickets) for dinner, beer and wine. 10% of the proceeds will go to hurricane relief with the rest going towards our current deficit.  But most importantly, it’s a chance to get together and have a freudig good time! (And to show off those yodeling skills everybody admires!)

Animal Blessing Sunday will be the day after Oktoberfest – Sunday, October 7th.  Remember to bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed during the worship services (notice I say toy animals – that stuffed bear trophy you got on your last hunting trip is probably too cumbersome).  After the second service, at about 12:15 pm on the patio, we will have the blessing of the live animals. Start training yours pets now to bow their heads and close their eyes!  (well, probably not the cats – they would consider it too demeaning)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, September 21, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 23rd, is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday. Cheryl Kuhlmann will have her table out again with everybody’s contact information for the new photo directory.  This is your last chance to correct the information before it goes to press!

Speaking of the photo directory, remember that the photography sessions are today and tomorrow!  (I guess it’s too late to lose that 50 pounds before my appointment.)  Please make every effort to make your scheduled session so we can have as complete a directory as possible.  Thank you, everyone, for making the time and effort to make this important resource a reality.  And special thanks to Cheryl Kuhlmann for organizing it all!

The Oktoberfest date has been set, and it’s only two weeks away:  Saturday, October 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm (start looking for your lederhosen now!).  This year, it’s an in-house event for HTLC members and their family and friends (saving the cost of permits, advertising, ticket printing, etc.).  Hospitality will provide the main dishes, and we will have sign-ups to bring side dishes.  There’ll be family crafts, karaoke, and an appearance by HTLC’s Oompah Band for (so-called) entertainment.  The Sunday School Helping Hands kids will be on hand with a bake sale, and there will be free-will offerings of suggested donations for dinner, beer and wine.  10% of the proceeds will go to hurricane relief with the rest going towards our current deficit. Let’s all come together for these worthwhile causes while having a wunderbar time!

Animal Blessing Sunday will be the day after Oktoberfest – Sunday, October 7th.  Remember to bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed during the worship services (Pookie-bear deserves it!).  After the second service, at about 12:15 pm on the patio, we will have the blessing of the live animals. Bring your beloved pets and show them just how much they mean to you.  Tell all your pet-loving friends to come! (but don’t tell them that they’re bad pet parents if they don’t – just judge them secretly inside)

Please join us for a Baby Shower for soon-to-be new parents Diana and Collin Thormoto as well as Amanda and Charles Bartlett next Sunday, September 30, at 12:15 pm in the Activity Room. Come celebrate with light appetizers and cake. Contact Marta Wicke or Krista Lanzarotta for questions or suggestions.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, September 14, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 16th, is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday. There will be a Blessing of the New Busy Bags during Children’s Time (these are the bags full of activities for fidgety kids).  Donna Lee has sewn colorful new bags and Cheryl Hall will fill them with new stuff.  Thanks, you two!  Adult Forum resumes this Sunday at 10:15 in the Activity Room with a study of Isaiah (better get in at the beginning so you don’t lose the plot line).  And there is also a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm after the services.  I know I sound like a broken record, but any good new deficit-reducing ideas are welcome… are welcome… are welcome… are welcome… (see, there used to be these vinyl discs called records and sometimes the needle would get stuck – just trust me, it would have been hilarious 30 years ago).

Tonight (Friday the 14th) is Game Night!  Join us at any time after 6:30 pm in the Activity Room for potluck food, board games, and schmoozing.  Never been?  Better try it now!  Attendance has been dwindling, so who knows how much longer it will be around.  (Plus, it’s so much more fun when you’re there – you party animal!)

This Tuesday (Sept. 18th) sees the return of Tuesday Bible Study after summer hiatus.  Pastor Tim leads this informative and apparently hilarious (judging from the laughter wafting over to the office) study at 10 am each Tuesday.  After the Bible Study, on third Tuesdays of the month (like this Tuesday) at 11:30 am, is the Daytimers’ Luncheon to which everyone is invited.  You don’t even have to come to Bible Study (I don’t), just come, eat, and have fun!

Update Your Contact Information for the new photo directory:  Cheryl Kuhlmann is bringing printouts of the information she has on Sunday.  Please check it over to see if we have your correct address, phone number, and email. Even if your information hasn’t changed for years, please double-check to make sure everything is spelled correctly (including you, Pastor Time).  And if you haven’t made a reservation for your photo session, why not?  The photo directory is an important tool for new members (and forgetful old ones like me) so that names can be easily put to faces.  Think of it as a hospitality/outreach type of thing.  Talk to Cheryl Kuhlmann (510-502-0890) or go to https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yeexjb4x/ if you still need to sign up.  Remember, you also get a free 8×10!

Please join us for a Baby Shower (Babies Shower?) for soon-to-be new parents Diana and Collin Thormoto as well as Amanda and Charles Bartlett on Sunday, September 30, at 12:15pm in the Activity Room. Come celebrate with light appetizers and cake. Contact Marta Wicke or Krista Lanzarotta for questions or suggestions.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, September 07, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 9th, is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Scrip Sunday, and Rally Day – be sure to wear your HTLC-related t-shirts, if you got ‘em!  Yes, it’s back our two-service schedule at 8:45 am (traditional-ish) and 11 am (praise-y) with Sunday School in-between at 10 am.  We’ll be installing our Christian Educators during the services (don’t worry, Pastor Tim is a licensed installer).  We will also be having the Blessing of the Backpacks (and briefcases, etc.) so be sure to bring your instruments of learning/working so you can get straight A’s/that raise (grades and financial advancement not guaranteed by HTLC, its affiliates or parent company [God]).

But before all that happens, on Saturday (tomorrow) we’re having a Church Work Day (yaaaay!).  Let’s start the educational year off right with a nice, neat campus.  There’s plenty to do for all ages, abilities, and talents, and you can come at any time your schedule allows (but come by 8:30 am if you want your peach clafoutis fresh from the oven!).  Many hands make for light work and camaraderie!  Bring any tools and supplies you think might be handy and wear suitably stain-worthy clothes.  Don’t worry about hurting your back – there’s always the Prayer and Healing Station at church the next day!

Just a reminder – Game Night has moved to second Fridays, so don’t come tonight unless you want to play solitaire (or to say “Hi!” to the group of Girl Scouts who now use the room on first Fridays).

While we’re on the subject of scheduling, Adult Forum will not begin until next week on Sunday, September 16th at 10:15 am. Tuesday Bible Study will return at 10 am on September18th with a Daytimers’ Luncheon following at 11:30 am (all are welcome).  There is also a Council Meeting next Sunday at 12:15 pm.  Bring your best financial solutions (not “Fire that wordy Parish Life Coordinator!”).

The upshot of last week’s preliminary Oktoberfest meeting is that we’ve left it too long to do proper preparations (advertising, permits, tickets, etc.) for an all-out public event on September 29.  But we still want to party (of course!), so we’re going to have it be a potluck for Holy Trinity members and their friends (kind of like the Lu-Wow), which simplifies and cheapifies things a lot (watch that budget!).  We’re also pushing the date out into actual Oktober (exact date to be determined).  Details are still to be ironed out, but we’re hoping free-will offerings for food and drink will cover costs and help lessen our deficit.  Oh, and there’ll still be karaoke (sorry!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, August 31, 2018

Hi, Everyone, lots of stuff happening, so listen up (I mean read up):

This Sunday, September 2nd, is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost and Nacho Name Tag Sunday. There will be an Oktoberfest Meeting after worship (at about 11:15 am) for anyone who’d like to help with this raucous fundraiser (it’s only 4 weeks away!), or please see Marta Wicke.  I know it’s a holiday weekend, but you should still come to church because, well, NACHOS! (Oh, and honoring God, etc.)

Speaking of the holiday weekend, I hope you all have a nice Labor Day – I know I will, since the church office is closed on Monday.  Who knows what kind of shenanigans I’ll get up to the one day I’m not here!

Speaking of labor, next Saturday, September 8th, we will be having a Church Work Day to neaten up the campus for a fresh start on Rally Day.  Wear your favorite work duds and bring any tools/gloves/rags you think might be handy.  Come any time you can – we will be grateful for any and all help.  Plus, there will be food!

Speaking of Rally Day, it’s happening on Sunday, September 9th.  We will return to our normal two-service schedule:  8:45 am for 20th Century Traditional, and 11 am for Service of Living Praise.  Sunday School also resumes at 10 am between the services (see Cheryl Hall or Marta Wicke to help).  Wear your “God’s Work Our Hands” or “Helping Hands” t-shirts to celebrate, and if you don’t have one, see Cheryl Hall ($8 for “God’s Work Our Hands,” $13-$14 for “Helping Hands” – not bad for high fashion!).

Speaking of stuff starting up again, Adult Forum will not begin until the following week on September 16th, and Tuesday Bible Study will return at 10 am on September18th with a Daytimers’ Luncheon following at 11:30 am (all are welcome).  There will be a WELCA Meeting (Women of the ELCA) this Wednesday, September 5th at 10 am in the Activity Room.  Music group rehearsals also resume on Wednesday the 5thInstrumental Group is at 6:15 pm, Choir at 7 pm, and Praise Band at 8 pm.  Anyone who plays an instrument or likes to sing is welcome – no auditions!  And we have a lot of fun! (I’m not nearly as humorless as a Choir/Instrumental Group Director as I am in these emails.  But that Praise Band Director, Terri – what a tyrant! [I kid])

Speaking of … well I guess this has nothing to do with the previous paragraph, but we are still looking for your comments, memories, and photos for a memory book being put together for Pastor Tim honoring his 30 years of ministry – 14 of them here at HTLC.  You can just send them to me at office@holytrinityfremont.org, and I’ll pass them along, or bring them in over the next couple of Sundays.  So far, I’ve only gotten one photo (and it’s not even that embarrassing!).

I see your eyes are glazing over, so I’ll leave the rest until next week.  Look for even more info in this Sunday’s bulletin insert (some of it incorrect – see if you can spot the mistakes! No prizes, though).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email. August 24, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 26th, is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday (more about this later).  There will be a Sunday School  Meeting after worship (at about 11:15 am) for anyone who’d like to help with Sunday School, or please see Cheryl Hall or Marta Wicke – I’m sure they will be very grateful (i.e. relieved) for any and all help.

Now, about Lutheran Loose Change:  the money from your loose change will go toward a new audio-visual system for the church, so if you’d like to get rid of those unsightly, trip-hazard-y cords and mismatched area rugs in the sanctuary, and be able to see and hear everything that goes on during the service (maybe even the choir’s under-the-breath comments about the sermon!), be sure to search your pockets, wallets, purses, sofa cushions or anywhere else change might be lurking (Hey! Leave the kids’ piggy banks alone!), and dump them in the Lutheran Loose Change jar in the narthex.  I have high hopes, since last week the Food Barrel went from empty to overflowing after Carmen made her Children’s Time appeal.  Great job, everyone!

Speaking of last week, thank you to all those who planned, organized, cooked, decorated, set up, cleaned up, or otherwise helped with last week’s Ordainiversary/Lu-wow.  It was a great success and everyone had a great time (I think we sufficiently embarrassed Pastor Tim!).  Look for PT’s personal thank you in this week’s bulletin insert.  A memory book for Pastor Tim is being put together.  If you didn’t get a chance to write a memory/good wish for PT at the Lu-Wow, you’ll have another chance this Sunday.  If you have any particularly pertinent photos, you can email them to me at office@holytrinityfremont.org, or bring hard copies on Sunday to be scanned.

Tonight (Friday the 24th) is Family Movie Night.  I hear the movie is going to be Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” so come to the Activity Room tonight at 7 pm for a potluck, popcorn, and pop-culture-reference party!

Thank you to all who have donated to our August Cause of the Month:  Abode School Supplies. We collected 7-8 large boxes of school supplies for students in Abode Services. Girl Scouts also collected supplies and together with our Helping Hands kids spent a day at Abode putting together backpacks for the kids. Helping Hands, Marielle’s special cause, donated $100 for supplies. You all should be proud!

Our two-service schedule and Sunday School will start up again on Rally Day in just two weeks on September 9thAdult Forum will begin the following week on September 16th, and Tuesday Bible Study will return at 10 am on September18th with a Daytimers’ Luncheon following at 11:30 am (finally, my monthly free lunch returns – I’ve been starving all summer!).

And the prize for the longest run-on sentence in a news email goes to… paragraph 2!  (Thank you, I try to break as many grammatical rules as I can.)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, August 17, 2018

Aloha, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 19th, is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday (more about this later). Of course, the big HULA-baloo is about Pastor Tim’s 30th Ordainiversary and our annual Lu-Wow! following the worship service.  Before you PU-PU the whole idea, know that there will be Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and all sorts of luau-inspired food (POI oh POI!).  Maybe instead of having a roast pig, we’ll “roast” Pastor Tim!  Be sure to dress in your most obnoxious, colorful Hawaiian shirt (if you don’t have one today, start shopping to-MAUI) and be ready for a Hono-LU-LU of an event! (The preceding puns have been recycled from previous announcements in order to reduce our comedic footprint.)

Now, about Fill the Food Barrel Sunday:  you will no doubt remember Carmen’s Children’s Time last week when she challenged the kids (and us) to bring food for our Food Barrel this Sunday.  Items collected in the Food Barrel go to help stock LOV Newark’s food Pantry.  Suggested items are:

  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Meals in a can (such as soup, stew, and chili)
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit (packed in juice or water)
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)

Low-sodium and low-sugar options are best.  Pop-top lids – good, glass containers – bad.  Every third Sunday of the month is Food Barrel Sunday, but don’t let that stop you from bringing non-perishables at any time!

Just a reminder:  schedule your photo session for our new Photo Directory if you haven’t already.  Visit the website:  https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yeexjb4x/.  or call Cheryl Kuhlmann at 510-502-0890.

Another reminder:  see Cheryl Hall for your “God’s Work, Our Hands” and “Helping Hands” t-shirts.

Yet another reminder:  Rally Day is September 9th, when Sunday School and the two-service schedule start again – panic ensues soon.

See you in church!

Keith

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