HTLC News Email, February 15, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

First, let me sincerely apologize for getting Margie Cameron’s name wrong on the ballots at the Annual Meeting, and getting our new Ministry in Context (Teaching Parish) Student Libby Denton’s name wrong on everything up to this point.  Getting people’s names wrong is the worst!  (right, Pastor Puff?)  Read on for even more fun syntactical errors:

This Sunday, February 17th, is the 6th Sunday of Epiphany and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  There will be a Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 pm for all who are interested in helping to make this annual fundraiser into what cannoli be described as a rousing successo!

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon at 11:30 am this Tuesday, February 19th in the Activity Room. This month’s theme is sandwiches and salads plus, of course, scintillating conversation!

Thanks to all who participated in the Annual Meeting.  Congratulations to our newly elected council members:

  • Margie Cameron (1st term)
  • Erik Holland (2nd term)
  • Arnold Kuhlmann (1st term)
  • Shawn Lullo (2nd term)
  • Marta Wicke (2nd term)
  • John Williams (1st term)

They join our continuing council members:

  • Anthony Di Paola
  • Andy DiCero
  • Cheryl Hall (Recording Secretary)
  • Tammy Kuhlmann (Financial Secretary)
  • Terri Macfarlane (Treasurer)
  • Kathy Miedema
  • Dean Sieglaff

Thank you all for your willingness to serve. The positions of President, Vice President, and committee liaisons will be decided at the next council meeting. Finally, thank you to our outgoing council members for their years of service:

  • David Barron
  • Kate Mills

Next Sunday is WELCA’s Bold Women’s Day.  Which bold women of faith will our own bold women be talking about?  I don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me!  There will also be a Stewardship Meeting after second service (not quite so suspenseful).

By the way, one of our members received a robo-call pretending to be from Holy Trinity (even displaying our name and number).  We hope this is an isolated incident, but be careful not to respond to these calls.  We are not cancelling your account (whatever account that could be).

I know you’re probably sycamore announcements about our Stewardship 2019 drive and are board with more in the same vein (and maybe wish I would leaf you alone – I don’t know if you’ll arbor me ill willow knot).  However, our Giving Tree is getting more poplar (though I’m rooting for more leaves to appear!).  Wooden yew like to help?  Just (chloro)phyll out a form listing the various minis-trees you’re involved in or would like to be involved in at HTLC and in the community.  And don’t just stick to what you usually do, branch out fir more involvement!  (that’s about all of the puns I can think of.  My mind’s a plank, I’m completely stumped, I’ve reached my limb-it!)

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The Giving Tree

I know you’re probably sycamore announcements about our Stewardship 2019 drive and are board with more in the same vein (and maybe wish I would leaf you alone – I don’t know if you’ll arbor me ill willow knot).  However, our Giving Tree is getting more poplar (though I’m rooting for more leaves to appear!).  Wooden yew like to help?  Just (chloro)phyll out a form listing the various minis-trees you’re involved in or would like to be involved in at HTLC and in the community.  And don’t just stick to what you usually do, branch out fir more involvement!  (that’s about all of the puns I can think of.  My mind’s a plank, I’m completely stumped, I’ve reached my limb-it!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 08, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 10th, is the 5th Sunday of Epiphany and Scrip Sunday.  It’s also Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, which means we will be having a SINGLE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10 AM followed by the Annual Meeting at 11 am (or so).  Yes, it’s finally here – your opportunity to bring up that full immersion baptistry/hot tub proposal!  During the worship service we will have the installation of Libby Deaton as teaching parish student.  It’s official, she’s ours! (hazing rituals will be postponed due to Annual Meeting)

The Giving Tree

Another reason to come to the Annual Meeting is the unveiling of the Giving Tree!  Find out just how many leaves there are depending on how many Stewardship 2019 forms are received.  Don’t worry if you haven’t turned yours in yet, the Giving Tree will remain in the narthex in future weeks to remind you and inspire you (or make you feel guilty, if that’s the way your mind works).  The forms, available on the table in the narthex, are not just about finances, but ways in which you are involved, are willing to be involved, and any ideas and comments you have for the church in general.  You don’t even have to put your name on it (especially if your idea for raising money is to sell indulgences).  The tree is an illustration of how our individual contributions of time, talent, and treasure combine to make for a healthy and thriving church.  Let’s pack that tree with leaves of generosity!

Next Sunday, February 17th, there will be an initial Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 pm. All who are interested in helping out please come with an abbondanza of ideas and enthusiasm.  The Spaghetti Feed, one of our most popular fundraising events, will take place on March 23rd.  Food, silent auction, prizes, kid’s zone – I’m excited already!

Watch for Bold Women’s Sunday coming up on February 24th.  It happens on the fourth Sunday of February each year.  Some of our very own bold women (just getting up and talking in church is bold in my book) will be lifting up notable women of faith during the service. 

See you in church – at 10 am!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 01, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 3rd, is the 5th Sunday of Epiphany and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  It’s also our 14th year participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring – a nation-wide youth event during the weekend of the Super Bowl to help local charities tackle hunger.  Our youth will be collecting money and non-perishable food for LOV Newark’s pantry, so remember to bring some!  Over the past 13 years we’ve collected $9,100 and 855 food items.  Wear your favorite sports team outfit (it doesn’t have to be football – your favorite badminton team will do).  And be sure to stay later or come early for the Soup Potluck between the services.  There will be no Adult Forum or Sunday School this week (potluck days are like snow days!).

Next Sunday we will be having a single service at 10 am followed by our Annual Congregational Meeting.  Please stay, sign in (we need a quorum), eat (I’m assuming there’ll be food – there’s always food!), vote (you can’t complain if you don’t vote!), and watch as our Giving Tree is unveiled (have you turned in your Stewardship form yet?).  It’s your opportunity to have a say in what happens at Holy Trinity and a great way to review what we’ve done this past year.  Of course, this also means reports for the Annual Report are due!  If I receive them after Monday, they’d better come with lots of chocolate!

The Giving Tree

The Stewardship 2019 drive is up and running. We’ve received numerous forms already, so the Giving Tree in the narthex should be at a beautiful early spring bloom for the annual meeting. Of course, we want to have that tree covered with leaves as we move into Lent, so be sure to pick up a form from the table next to the tree in the narthex. Are you not sure about what to list for ways you help in your community and at the church, or something you may be willing to do to help?  Here are some examples of the things people are doing: singing carols as part of Family Advent Night, teaching Sunday School, ushering, coaching softball, making jam, and acolyting (some apparently reluctantly – which Erik can sympathize with from his childhood). There is also space to brainstorm new ideas for the church! Turn your forms in to the offering plate, Erik Holland’s box near the office, or to Erik himself.

There will be an initial Spaghetti Feed Meeting on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm. All who are interested in helping out with our annual FUNdraising event (and we’ll need all the help we can get) please come.  I’m sure there’ll be lots of brainstorming, so you’d better come, or your ideas will be mist (get it? – brainstorm, mist/missed?  Oh well, they can’t all be gems!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 25, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 20th, is the 4th Sunday of Epiphany and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.  So, how is Jesus revealed this week?  He gets up in the synagogue and reads from Isaiah (see, even Jesus was a worship helper!), then he says “That prophet?  He’s talkin’ ‘bout me!” (though maybe not in those words).  I know it’s not as flashy as a bright star, a voice from heaven, or changing water into wine, but it’s still a revelation and, well, Epiphany is awfully long this year…  Be sure to rummage through your closets for coats to bring this Sunday for the One Warm Coat drive!

This Sunday is also the last Sunday in January, which means it’s RIC Sunday – when we join many other churches in celebrating being a Reconciling in Christ congregation (though not as many as you would think – only 9% of the ELCA is RIC!).  This means that not only are we welcoming to all, but we’re willing to tell people we specifically welcome LGBTQIA folks (boy, that list of letters is becoming cumbersome – we may eventually need a larger alphabet!).  Why is it important to specify?  Because believe me, “All are welcome” all too often means “All are welcome, but of course we don’t mean those people.”  If Richard and I took a trip to Alaska or West Virginia, where there are no RIC congregations, how would we know where we could worship and not be glared at (or worse)?  We should be proud to be welcoming!  We’ll be celebrating with special readings during the service and special treats between the services (some of which I suspect will be way too colorful!).

The Giving Tree

The Stewardship 2019 drive is up and running. We’ve received a few stewardship forms already, so the Giving Tree in the Narthex should be showing signs of life this Sunday.  Of course, we want to have that tree covered with leaves, so be sure to pick up a form from the table next to the tree in the narthex.  List all the ways you help out or are willing to help out in the community and at HTLC.  There’s a place on the form to list ideas of how our church can be more involved.  There’s also a line for comments “for the good of the church” (you know, like “Those weekly emails are too long, silly, and opinion-y!”).  Turn your forms into the offering plate, Erik Holland’s box near the office, or to Erik himself.  Let’s get that sap flowing!  (I’m talking about the Giving Tree, not Erik!)

Next Sunday, February 3rd, is the Souper Bowl of Caring!  This is a nation-wide youth event to collect money and food for local charities during the weekend of the Super Bowl.  We’ve been doing this since 2006, and over the last 13 years have raised $9,100 and collected 855 food items for local food pantries and kitchens.  You are encouraged to bring money, cans of soup, or other non-perishables.  Your tax-deductible donation will directly benefit LOV (League of Volunteers) in Newark. We will also have our usual Soup Potluck between services to celebrate.  Sign-ups to bring soup are on the Media Table.  Let’s tackle hunger together!

Don’t forget that the Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up the following week on February 10th after a single service at 10 am.  Important stuff, people – please come!

(By the way, if anyone would like to fund an all-expenses-paid fact-finding mission to Alaska or West Virginia, Richard and I would be willing to test the being-glared-at theory!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 18, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 20th, is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.This is the Sunday that Jesus is revealed by his first (and my favorite) miracle – changing water into wine!

The Daytimers’ Luncheon, which normally takes place on the third Tuesday of the month has been moved this month to this coming Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:30 am in the Activity Room.  As always, all are welcome to partake of this potluck feast.  This month the theme is soups and stews to warm you up during these cold months.  Come to Bible Study at 10 am to warm your soul as well!

The Giving Tree

If all goes well, The Giving Tree and the forms for the Stewardship 2019 drive will be up and ready to go this Sunday.  The Giving Tree (constructed by Meg Ehmann) will be in the narthex.  It starts out bare, but with each form that’s filled out and returned, another leaf goes on the tree.  The forms ask you to list the ways you give, or are willing to give, of your time, talents and treasures; not only to HTLC, but to the community at large.  Each member of your family can fill out individual forms.  Do you volunteer at a local charity?  That’s a leaf!  Does your child help with the Helping Hands projects?  That’s a leaf!  Does your pet bring comfort at local nursing homes?  That’s a leaf!  Let’s return as many of these forms as we can to Eric Holland, his mailbox near the office, or the offering tray, and watch the Giving Tree come to life in the coming weeks!

Next week, the last Sunday of January, is RIC Sunday when many churches celebrate becoming an RIC congregation. We will be celebrating our dedication to be welcoming to all people (that’s a leaf!), including the LGBTQIA community.  We’ll read our Welcome Statement and have a special liturgy during the service.  And colorful treats afterwards, of course!

The Souper Bowl of Caring takes place on Sunday, February 3rd.  This is a nation-wide youth event to collect money and food for local charities during the weekend of the Super Bowl.  You are encouraged to bring money, cans of soup, or other non-perishables (that’s a leaf!), and the youth will collect it all in their big soup pots after each service.  We will also have our usual Soup Potluck between services to celebrate.  Sign-ups to bring soup are on the Media Table (that’s a leaf!).

Got restless little ones with you in church? We have colorful Busy Bags in the narthex containing activities to keep them occupied. Cheryl Hall has just refreshed the contents.  She plans to keep updating them (that’s a leaf!) so that they are season-appropriate.

A new feature of this weekly email will be a listing of those who have volunteered to be worship helpers (that’s a leaf!) at the coming Sunday’s services.  It will be at the end of the email with the upcoming events and weekly schedule.  You can also see where we are needing people if you want to step up and help (that’s a leaf!).  Just let Carmen Blair know so she doesn’t have to worry about finding someone at the last minute (that’s a re-leaf!).

Don’t forget that the Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up on February 10th following a single service at 10 am.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 11, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 13th, is the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany and Scrip Sunday.It’s also the feast day (love that term!) called The Baptism of Our Lord.  This is the Sunday when Christ is revealed at his baptism with (spoiler alert!) the Holy Spirit appearing (in dove form) and a voice coming from heaven.  Also this Sunday there will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 in the Activity Room, where a voice from heaven will command them to keep the Annual Meeting short (or maybe that voice is coming from the church office).  Next week, Jesus is revealed through his first miracle.  Don’t miss it!

There is no Game Night tonight for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I had Jury Duty this week and am waaay behind (it took them three days to decide they didn’t want me!).  Secondly, attendance has been pretty low (as in sometimes it’s just Richard and me), so the new year seems to be a good time to give Game Night a rest for a while.  Maybe there’s something else we can do that will be more popular.  You can start a new activity that you’re interested in!

The Daytimers’ Luncheon, which normally occurs on the third Tuesday of the month, will be moved out a week this month to Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:30 am.  All are welcome to this potluck event, and you don’t even need to bring anything (I don’t, and Daytimers’ Luncheons are my feast days!).

The long awaited, often doubted, and highly anticipated Stewardship 2019 campaign has arrived.  The Stewardship cards will be available in the back of the sanctuary and can be returned either in the offering plate, in the Erik Holland/Stewardship mailbox at the back of the church, or directly to Erik Holland.  Anyone interested in completing a form is encouraged to do so.  Each family, church member, pet, etc. is welcome to fill out a form.  This can be one form for everyone or multiple forms if anyone would like to complete their own.  Updates on the program will be delivered in the following weeks before the Giving Tree is revealed in its full glory at the Annual Meeting on February 10th.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 04, 2019

Happy New Year, Everyone! (and Merry Christmas – it’s only the 11th day of Christmas today, so you can still drive your family and coworkers nuts by playing Christmas music through tomorrow!)

This Sunday, January 6th, is Epiphany Sunday.  Epiphany is the season when Christ is revealed through all sorts of signs and miracles.  He’s revealed to the wise men by the star this Sunday.  How will Jesus be revealed next Sunday, I hear you ask?  Stay tuned!  Everything goes back to its normal schedule this Sunday:  8:45 am and 11:00 am worship services, Sunday School at 10 am, and Adult Forum at 10:15 am (I guess the adults take a little longer to get to class than the kids – gotta get that coffee first!)  It’s also the first Nacho Name Tag Sunday of the year, and for all you worship-planning types there will be a Worship Committee Meeting at 12:15 pm after the second service.

Tuesday Bible Study starts up again this coming week at 10 am in the Activity Room (Which day, I hear you ask? On Tuesday, of course – it’s right there in the name!).  They seem to have an awful lot of fun for a Bible Study group, judging from the laughter wafting into the office from there.  I suggest you join them, find out what’s going on, and report back to me.  Oh, and on the third Tuesdays of the month they have a potluck afterward.  I think their motto must be “Eat, Pray, Laugh.”

The following paragraph contains the views of the Parish Life Coordinator (Church Secretary [me]) and are not necessarily the views of HTLC (although they should be, dagnabit!):

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you all (because I know you’ve already broken that diet resolution):  become more involved in the church!  How do I do that, I hear you ask? (my, but you’re full of questions today!)  Well, you could join a music group as I mentioned last week, go to Bible Study or Adult Forum, become a worship assistant (it’s easy – Carmen will show you how!), help around the campus by mowing, weeding, leaf blowing, etc. (just ask Kate Mills or John Williams what needs to be done), or help out with events like the Spaghetti Feed, Yard Sale, or Oktoberfest (or at least come to them!).  If none of that appeals to you, start another group that aligns with your interests!  We have a great core group of people that do a lot around here, but they can get tired.  Give ‘em a break and let’s see a few new faces giving their time to the church!  Okay, annual lecture’s over.  Thanks for listening.  We now return you to the regularly scheduled nonsense.

Consider this your official notice (or warning): the Annual Congregational Meeting is coming February 10th at 11:15 am after the single worship service at 10 am.  What goes on at the Annual Meeting, I hear you ask?  (maybe that’s not you – it’s hard to hear over those eleven pipers piping [wish they’d pipe down!])  You’ll hear what’s happened over the past year, help plan HTLC’s future, vote on Council Members, wait in uncomfortable silence for someone to volunteer to be on the Nominating Committee, listen to John Williams ask important questions the rest of us don’t think of, and eat.  Don’t miss it! (we need a quorum)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, December 28, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, December 30th, is the 1st Sunday of Christmas.  That’s right, it’s still Christmas!  Today (12/28) is the fourth day of Christmas (but no calling birds, please – my phone bill is high enough as it is! [phone bill – ha!]). This Sunday we’re having a SINGLE SERVICE at 10 AM with carols-aplenty.  And, being the fifth Sunday of the month, it would normally be Stewardship Sunday, but you’re in luck – no stewardship talks are scheduled (that I know of).  But I’ll remind you that this is the last Sunday of the year, so if you want to be able to take more donations off of this year’s taxes (and help alleviate HTLC’s 2018 deficit) why not give while the giving’s good.  I’ve heard that contributions have been up the past couple of months, so kudos to you all!  There, that’s your stewardship talk.  Now you can come to church (at 10 AM!), relax, listen to some nice readings, and sing your heart out!

Thank you to all who made Christmas Eve services so enjoyable.  If you brought poinsettias, please remember to take them home after the service this Sunday.  If you leave them in my incapable hands for another week, they will surely perish, and I don’t want to start the new year with the ghosts of poinsettias past (passed?) hanging around.

The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st.  This is one of those weeks where it would be a good idea to call first to make sure someone is there before coming over.  I might decide to start New Year’s Eve celebrations with Samoa, Pastor Tim and I could go to Livermore Valley to try out new communion wines, or PT could stay home to work on his sermon earlier than Saturday (well, anything could happen!).

Choir and Instrumental Group rehearsals start up again this Wednesday, January 2ndPraise Band rehearsals resume on the 9th.  Make it your New Year’s resolution to sing or play more in the coming year by joining one or more of these groups (now that’s a resolution you can keep – not like that annual diet resolution!).  Rehearsals are every Wednesday (almost).  Instrumental Group at 6:15 pm, Choir at 7 pm, and Praise Band at 8 pm.  All abilities are welcome (as evidenced by my less-than-perfect trumpet playing).  We are a fun, welcoming group of people, so you’ll fit right in.  I believe the only way to get better is to sing and play as often as possible (as evidenced by my believe-it-or-not-it’s-better-than-it-used-to-be trumpet playing).

Next Sunday, January 6th, is Epiphany.  Everything goes back to normal schedule:  8:45 am and 11 am services, Sunday School at 10 am, and Adult Forum at 10:15 am.  There will be a Worship Committee Meeting at 12:15 pm as well (and nachos – don’t forget nachos!).  Tuesday Bible Study starts up again on the 8th at 10 am.  Joining these or any other church groups makes a great back-up resolution to that diet!

Heads up:  the Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for February 10th.  The first person to give me their report wins a prize! (You’re not opposed to the re-gifting of Christmas gifts, are you?)

See you in church!  (at 10 AM!)

Keith

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HTLC News Email, December 21, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, December 23rd, is the 4th Sunday of Advent and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday. It’s also Sermon-in-Song Sunday, when the Choir takes over the Message slot at both services with a mini-concert of sorts. This year, each of the songs is told from the point of view of a person from the Christmas story. I call it “Christmas: A First-Person Perspective” (rejected titles: “Christmas: This Time It’s Personal” and “Christmas: What Were They Thinking?”). If you think that’s a bit of a stretch for a theme, just wait until next year’s “Carols with Dangling Participles!”

If you signed up to bring poinsettias, please remember to get them to the church by 10 am Monday morning (bring ‘em this Sunday!). Even if you didn’t sign up, you can still bring poinsettias, you just won’t get credit for it in the bulletin (if that’s something that’s really important to you). They can be any color or size. Just drop them off in the Activity Room, write your name on one of the provided sticks and stick them in your poinsettias. That way, you can know which ones are yours when it comes time to take them home – any time after the 9 pm Christmas Eve service, please. And no swapping sticks with the big, healthy poinsettias (I’m surprised you even thought of such a thing!).

Christmas Eve Services will be at 5 pm and 9 pm, with candle lighting, familiar carols, and special music. Bring your friends and relatives (that’s not necessarily mutually exclusive). You can point out the big, healthy poinsettia and tell them it’s yours (they can’t read the sticks from the pews, anyway). Randy and Vicky Kuhlmann will have their usual Inter-Service Nosh at their home between the services, so you don’t even have to cook! I’m sure directions will be provided (right, Randy?).

We will be having a single 10 am service on Sunday, December 30th. We will forego our usual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” which tells the whole story from Advent to Epiphany, in favor of some special Christmas readings from Pastor Tim and Meg Ehmann interspersed with whatever Christmas carols we didn’t get to sing on Christmas Eve (I’m shaking out the hymnals to see what’s left). Our usual two-service schedule with Sunday School and Adult Forum resumes the following week on January 6th (Epiphany!).

The Church Office will be closed on Christmas Day and maybe Christmas Eve, probably New Year’s Day and possibly other days in the next couple of weeks. Just call first to make sure the person you want to pester is actually there.

Arriving in January: Stewardship 2019! Due to the poor organizational skills of Erik Holland, this is a Stewardship program nearly two years in the making and is only coming together now due the creativity of Meg Ehmann and the support of other Stewardship Committee members. The program will provide an opportunity to highlight all that is done at Holy Trinity, in the surrounding community, and all the other gifts we share with the church. Pastor Tim described his anticipation by saying “If Holland is in charge of this, I will get excited about it when I actually see it.” Please be sure to spend some time the next few weeks thinking about the gifts that you have shared and may share in the future with HTLC.

The previous self-deprecating paragraph was written by Erik Holland himself (I just didn’t want you to think I was that hard on him [this time]).

See you in church! Merry Christmas!
(Yes, I know it’s still technically Advent – please don’t notify the Liturgical Police!)
Keith

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HTLC News Email, December 14, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday,December 16th, is the 3rd Sunday of Advent and Fill the Food Barrel SundayBryan’s BBQ Brunch will be between the services as Bryan MacFarlane’s thank you to Holy Trinity and as a replacement to the usual An-Tea Party (the supposedly more macho antidote to the foo-foo-ness of the Angel Tea).  Any donations will still go to Adopt an Angel for gifts for foster kids.  Thanks, Bryan!  This Sunday is also the last Sunday for poinsettia sign-ups.  On Christmas Eve, poinsettias will decorate the church. You can sign up to bring a poinsettia of any color (we’re inclusive!).  The plant can be given in memory or honor of someone special to you and your family.  The names will appear in the bulletin on Christmas Eve.  Please deliver the plants to church by 10 am on December 24th.

Got any great ideas for Helping Hands Projects? There’s a place to leave your ideas for projects that the Helping Hands kids can work on together. Check out the bulletin board in the hallway where Marielle has provided a place for you to put your ideas. You can also come to talk to her or email her mom, Kathy, at skoop32@yahoo.com.

Next Sunday, December 23rd, we will have the choir’s Sermon-in-Song during both services.  Pastor Tim gets out of doing a Message while the choir sings a short program of Christmas pieces (however, the Choir Director is not, I repeat, not doing the Children’s Time – sorry, PT!). 

The very next day is Christmas Eve (yes, it’s that close – you may now legitimately panic). Our services will be at 5 pm and 9 pm, packed full of the warm,fuzzy, candlelightedness the evening so deserves.  For those of us going to both services (and anyone else who wants to), Randy and Vicky Kuhlmann will be offering sustenance between the services by hosting the 17th annual Inter-Service Nosh at their home (my term for it – don’t blame them!).  This year’s theme is Meatloaf, Tomato Soup,and Toasted Cheese Sandwiches – comfort food to make us all extra sleepy for that late service!

Sunday,December 30th, will be our single 10 am Carol Service.  If your favorite Christmas carol wasn’t sung on Christmas Eve, it’ll probably show up here (I’m talking sacred carols, not secular – sorry, no “Jingle Bells,” and definitelyno “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!”).

Remember, pretty much everything else is cancelled for the rest of the year.  Things go back to normal on Epiphany, January 6th.  So if you show up with a casserole for Tuesday Bible Study, Pastor Tim and I will be the only ones around to eat it (how sad!).

See you in church!

Keith

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