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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This Week at Holy Trinity, May 05, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 7th, is the 4th Sunday of Easter and Nacho Name Tag Sunday. It’s also Stewardship Sunday, which was postponed from last week.  As usual, there will be Faith Stories from two of our members instead of a sermon.  (Pastor Tim should be back from the Synod Assembly by then, but he  still gets out of doing a sermon and Children’s Time!)  At first, only Dean Sieglaff was slated to speak, but Susie Faries stepped in at the last moment and saved us from having Marta Wicke fill the time with a Stewardship Spiel.  Yay, Susie!  (Sorry, Marta, I’m sure it would have been just as fascinating!).  This Sunday is also the Last Day of Sunday School.  The kids will be performing a couple of songs at both services, and we will be thanking all those who help with Sunday School week after week.  It should be a great Sunday.  Don’t miss it!

Game Night is tonight (Friday, the 5th), at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  There is always a variety of food and games available, but feel free to bring your own just to make sure you have something you like to eat and a game you know you can win!

The May Cause of the Month is us!  Like many vintage 1961 establishments, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church needs to stay on top of maintenance to prevent extensive, costly damage (I’m vintage 1963 and I already have extensive, costly damage). Among them: painting, equipment repair, fence mending, blind repair, and miscellaneous patches through-out our campus.  Please donate toward the Catch the Excitement / Facility Improvements Fund in addition to your usual giving.

Next Sunday (May 14th) there will be a Mother’s Day Brunch between services at about 10 am.  While I’m sure all the mom-types will enjoy the brunch, this does not let you off the hook for getting them flowers or making that ceramic mug!

Sunday May 21st begins our Single Service Summer Schedule.  The single 10 am service will be followed by the Annual Congregational Meeting.  Really, it’s more fun than it sounds (except for that awkward silence while we wait for someone to volunteer for the Nominating Committee).  Come and eat, be counted, vote, plan our future, second motions, listen to John Williams ask important questions the rest of us don’t even think of, and argue about discuss the proposed budget.

Speaking of the Proposed Budget, Terri (our intrepid Treasurer) will have copies available for review this Sunday at church.  Or you can have her send it to your email by emailing her at tam1960@aol.com.  That way, you can pore over it to your heart’s content, instead of waiting until the meeting and shuffling through the pages pretending to understand (like I do).

Don’t forget, the Yard Sale is coming up more quickly than you think (and I’m sure you are a very quick thinker).  It’s June 3rd from 8 am to 2 pm.  So start going through your unneeded treasures (clean and unbroken would be nice) so you can bring them to Holland Hall AFTER the Annual Meeting.

The first RIC Informational Cottage Meeting was a success!  If you missed it, we will be covering the same information at the next two meetings on June 4th and June 25th.  Sign up at the Media Table and find out what it’s all about!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, April 28, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, April 30th, is the 3rd Sunday of Easter.  It is also the 5th Sunday of the month, which is usually Stewardship Sunday. However, it has been postponed until next Sunday. This means no “Faith Stories” from regular HTLC members this Sunday, so Pastor Tim will have to preach instead. (Not to say Pastor Tim is irregular, but if the chasuble fits…)  There will be a brief Yard Sale Meeting following the second service to get things rolling for that event which occurs on June 3rd, so please attend if you’re interested in helping out.  Hard on the heels of that meeting will be our first RIC Informational Cottage Meeting at 12:15 pm.  Find out what the Reconciling In Christ process is all about, how we can become more welcoming to the LGBTQ community, and the Biblical underpinnings for extending such a welcome.  If you can’t make this meeting, there are repeat meetings scheduled for June 4th and June 25th for which you can sign up at the Media Table.

Movie Night is tonight (Friday, the 28th), at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room with all of the usual food and conviviality.  The movie will be “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story.”  Come as your favorite Star Wars character and be laughed at by everyone else!

R&R Circle will be meeting this Wednesday, May 3rd at 10 am in the Activity Room.  Come as your favorite R-named Biblical woman character and see if anyone notices!

Next Sunday will be the Last Day of Sunday School.  Thanks to all the teachers, musicians, helpers, parents, and students who make this program a success week after week (but not the week after next).

The following Sunday (May 14th) there will be a Mother’s Day Brunch between services at about 10 am.  Be sure to clean up your plate, and no dessert until you eat your vegetables.

The Sunday after that (May 21st) begins our Single Service Summer Schedule.  The single 10 am service will be followed by the all-important Annual Congregational Meeting.  Come and find out what’s happening, have your voice heard, and vote.  Or just come and eat so we can have your name on the attendance list (also important).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, April 07, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, April 9th, is Palm Sunday.  Hosanna!  We’ll be performing the dramatic and moving “Cry of the Whole Congregation” service, a favorite of many.  It’s also Scrip  Sunday – the more you order and use, the more HTLC benefits!  The annual Seder Meal will take place at 5 pm.  It’s not always strictly traditional, but it’s always fun and tasty.  (I hear the menu this year will turn your “oy vey” into “olé!”)  Suggested donation:  $15 for people 12 and up, $10 for people 5–11, and under 5, free.  Make matzoh if you can!

But before all that stuff happens…

Tonight (Fri, April 07) is Game Night – also always fun and tasty.  Come at 6:30 to the Activity Room for a rollicking good time.  Tomorrow (Sat, April 08) is Church Clean-Up Day.  The festivities start at 9 am.  The more people who come and help, the more it feels like a party rather than work (which really may be the case if it’s too rainy).  Let’s make our campus so appealing that the people who only come for Easter will want to come back every Sunday!

Then there’s Holy Week…

Tuesday Bible Study is cancelled Holy Week and Easter week and will resume on April 25th. Daytimers’ Luncheon will also move to the 25th.

We will NOT be having Maundy Thursday Service at Holy Trinity this year! Instead, we will be joining with other Local Lutheran churches at Christ the King Lutheran Church for a joint Soup Potluck and Maundy Thursday Service.  Times are 5:45 pm for the potluck, and 7 pm for the service.  If you plan to come, please sign up at the Media Table so Christ the King has some idea of how many to plan for.  You can also sign up to bring soup or bread if you wish.

The next day we WILL be having Good Friday Service at HTLC at 7 pm.  It will be a Tenebrae service (Latin for shadows) which is appropriately somber for this solemn observance.  Plenty of special music (somber, of course), with our own choir being augmented by members of Christ the King’s choir!  The tone of this service will help make you feel all the more joyful on…

Easter Sunday!  We will be having our Easter Breakfast between the services (which occur at the normal 8:45 am and 11 am times), and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 10:30 am.  Once again this year we will have our Easter Garden filling our narthex and sanctuary with riotous color.  Sign up at the Media Table to bring a plant in honor or in memory of someone (print legibly please).  Just purchase the plant –  any size or color is welcome (two similar plants are nice for symmetry), and make sure they’re at the church by 10 am on Saturday, April 15th.

After Easter (yes, there is life after Easter) there are several other special events coming up…

There will be an American Heart Association CPR/AED Class on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm.  Learn how to save lives by performing CPR on babies, children and adults, as well as how to use AED (defibrillator) equipment and first aid supplies.  You will receive a certification wallet card good for two years.  Sign up at the Media Table.  Cost is $80 per person.  (A light lunch will be served)

There is a free Thrivent Financial Planning Event titled “Your Journey: Retirement, Taxes and Generosity” on Sunday, April 23rd at 12:30 pm.  More information about this workshop is on the Media Table.  Contact Teresa Wible at 925-400-4006 x1 or teresawible@thrivent.com for reservations.  (Again, a light lunch will be served)

Also, don’t forget to sign up for one of the RIC Cottage Meetings (on the clipboard-filled, overcrowded Media Table) on April 30th, June 4th or June 25th.  Find out ways to be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community and about the next steps to developing a Welcoming Statement to be voted on later by the congregation.  Pastor Tim will also be giving a biblical survey on this topic at these meetings.  Come and learn!  (And, of course, a light lunch will be served)

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, March 31, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, April 2nd, is the fifth Sunday of Lent. It’s also Nacho Name Tag Sunday – mmmmm.  There will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm.  I think they will be discussing the budget, if you want to put in your two cent’s worth. (ha, ha, ha!)

2016 Thrivent Choice Dollars expire TODAY!  Thrivent wants to give out money – if you are an eligible Thrivent member, you can tell them to give it to HTLC!  (not to sound greedy…)

This Wednesday, April 5th, is your last chance to come to a Midweek Lenten Service.  Sing, meditate, and reflect with Nicodemus on Jesus’ words “Into Your Hands.”

The annual Palm Sunday weekend Church Clean-Up Day will be on Saturday, April 8th starting at 9 am.  There is plenty for people of all ages and abilities to do.  There is a sign-up sheet on the Media Table for different jobs, so sign up early, or you might end up scraping chewing gum off the underside of the pews.  Come out for the cleaning camaraderie and bring  your favorite dusting cloth! (no, not the purificator you forgot to return)

Palm Sunday (April 9th) at 5pm we will have a Seder Meal (with a south-of-the-border twist!) including the usual rituals and activities.  Please sign up at the Media Table so food amounts can be planned.  Pick up a matzoh recipe as well, if you’d like to make and bring some (so much better than pre-fab).  Suggested donation:  $15 for people 12 and up, $10 for people 5–11, and under 5, free.

Instead of our usual Maundy Thursday Service,  Holy Trinity will be joining with other Local Lutheran churches at Christ the King Lutheran Church for a joint Soup Potluck and Maundy Thursday Service.  I was misinformed last week as to the timing. The correct times are 5:45 pm for the potluck, and 7 pm for the service.  If you plan to come, please sign up this Sunday at the Media Table so Christ the King has some idea of how many to plan for.  You can also sign up to bring soup or bread if you wish.  Come and schmooze with your fellow local Lutherans!

Once again this year, we will have our Easter Garden in the narthex and sanctuary.  You can sign up at the media table to bring a plant in honor or in memory of someone.  Please print legibly to help me spell names correctly in the bulletin (I will disavow any personal blame).  Just purchase one or more plants –  any size or color is welcome (two similar plants are nice for symmetry), and make sure they’re at the church by 10 am on Saturday, April 15th.

RIC Informational Cottage Meetings are coming!  What are they, you ask?  RIC Informational Cottage Meetings are times for us to come together in smaller groups (as opposed to large McMansion meetings) to learn, discuss, and share information as we continue the RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Process. We’ll discuss why the RIC Process is important to Holy Trinity and why we will vote as a congregation on a Welcoming Statement.  We will also learn about terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation, and how we can be more welcoming to those in the LGBTQ community.  Pastor Tim will lead a Biblical survey on gender identity and sexual orientation. These cottage meetings are a safe space to have questions answered, to become more aware of how we can all be more welcoming to everyone, and to become more informed about the next steps in the RIC process. The RIC Team has planned three informational cottage meetings and each will follow the same agenda, so please sign up for the one that is most convenient for you:

April 30, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

June 4, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm

June 25, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm

A sign-up sheet is on the Media Table (where else?) and child care will be available for all three meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact any member of the RIC Team:  Cheryl Hall, Keith Hillesland, Pastor Tim Huff, Cheryl Kuhlmann, Collin Thormoto, Diana Thormoto, and Nate Wicke.

Other events coming up: Good Friday Service at 7pm on April 14th, Easter Services on April 16th with breakfast and egg hunt in-between, a CPR/AED class on April 22nd at 10am (see Kate Shonk), and a Thrivent Financial Planning Event on April 23rd at 12:30pm.  More on these events later (I feel like I’ve inundated you with enough information for one week).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, March 24, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, March 26th, is the fourth Sunday of Lent. It’s also Luther Loose Change Sunday.  There will be a Nominating Committee Meeting at 10:15 am, and an RIC Meeting at 12:15 pm.  If neither of those meetings appeal to you, there’s still the Council Meeting next week at 12:15 pm!

Tonight (Friday the 24th) is Movie Night.  Join us in the Activity Room around 6:30 pm for food, fellowship, and a fun flick.

The Spaghetti Feed was an enormous success!  Thanks to all who helped out and to all who came.  We took in $6,816.37, which is $1,359.67 more than last year.  Plus, we had a really great time!  (except for that part when Pastor Tim drew the tickets for the two big raffle prizes and they went to his kids.  Hmm… divine intervention?)  If you donated a basket for the Spaghetti Feed raffle and would like a donation letter for tax purposes, Please email or call Terri MacFarlane:  tam1960@aol.com or 510-651-5640

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon, which was postponed this month to this Tuesday, March 28 at 11:30 am.  If you come to Bible Study at 10 am, you can be fed spiritually as well as physically!

Midweek Lenten Services continue on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm through April 5th.  These are short half-hour meditative services featuring monologues from Bible characters on Jesus’ last words.  This week Martha speaks on the word “Forsaken.”  That’ll get you in the Lenten spirit!

In lieu of our usual Maundy Thursday service, Christ the King Lutheran Church will be hosting a Soup Potluck and Maundy Thursday Service for all of the local Lutheran churches – including HTLC!  The potluck begins at 6 pm and the service begins at 7:15 pm on April 13. Come and worship with your fellow local Lutherans, and if you wish, bring your boast-worthiest soup.

Once again this year, we will have our Easter Garden in the narthex and sanctuary.  Please sign up at the media table to bring a plant in honor or in memory of someone.  PLEASE PRINT to help me spell names correctly in the bulletin (I’m not above making up silly stuff if your handwriting’s too bad!).  You just purchase the plant –  any size or color is welcome, and make sure it’s at the church by 10 am on Saturday, April 15.  Let’s make it a riot of color!

The Seder Meal is on!  Palm Sunday (April 9th) at 5 pm we will have a (mostly) traditional Seder Meal with all the trimmings and activities.  Please sign up on the sheet on the Media Table so food amounts can be planned.  Suggested donation:  $15 for people 12 and up, $10 for people 5–11, and under 5, free.  Come experience this fascinating amalgam of rituals and food!

Other events coming up:  Church Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 8th at 9 am, Good Friday Service at 7 pm on April 14th, a CPR/AED class on April 22nd at 10 am (see Kate Shonk), and a Thrivent Financial Planning Event on April 23rd at 12:30 pm (don’t forget: Thrivent Choice Dollars expire next Friday!).  Oh, and a little thing called Easter!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, March 17, 2017

Hi, Everyone, I’m back!  Miss me?

This Sunday, March 19th, is the third Sunday of Lent. It’s also Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  There will be a Strategic Planning Committee Meeting at 12:15pm, if you are strategically inclined.

It’s finally here!  The Spaghetti Feed is tomorrow night!  I’m at the church today until at least 2pm if you want to buy tickets, drop off a raffle basket, or pick up flyers to distribute (they won’t do us much good after tomorrow).  I’m sure there will be an abbondanza of opportunities (as Mama Celeste would say) to help out before, during, and after the 4 – 8pm time that we’re open on Saturday.  Or just come and have a great time eating, winning prizes, and helping support HTLC and the George Mark Children’s House.

If you were hoping the Spaghetti Feed would hold you until the next church food event, I have some sad news.  The Daytimer’s Luncheon has been postponed until the following Tuesday, March 28th at 11:30am.  The next opportunity for church food will be next Friday, the 24th, when Movie Night occurs at 6:30pm, if you can last until then.

Midweek Lenten Services continue on Wednesdays through April 5th.  These are short half-hour meditative services featuring monologues from Bible characters on Jesus’ last words.  Come for the quietude, stay for the Choir and Praise Band rehearsals!

A week from this Sunday there will be a Nominating Committee Meeting at 10:15am in the church entryway.  Be sure not to catch their eyes if you don’t want to be on council.

Learn life-saving skills right here at HTLC!  (and you thought we only saved souls)  We will be having a CPR/AED class in Holland Hall from 10am to 4pm on April 22nd. The class is open to all. See Kate Shonk for details.

The annual Palm Sunday weekend Church Clean-Up Day will start at 9am on Saturday, April 8th.  There will be things to do for people of all ages and abilities.  Wear your dungarees and be ready to make our campus all spiffy for Holy Week.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, March 03, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, March 5th, is The first Sunday of Lent. It’s also Nacho Name Tag Sunday, so I hope you haven’t decided to give up fluorescent cheese-like products for Lent.

Tonight, Friday the 3rd, is Game Night.  Come around 6:30pm to the Activity Room for good grub, gabbing, and games galore!

The Church Office is closed this week.  I have to take care of some family stuff.  Pastor Tim might be in, though I would call first because he is often out on member visits, running errands, going to meetings, or doing chores around the church (and you thought he just sat around surfing the internet until he writes his sermon on Saturday night).  This also means you won’t get this fascinating email next week.  Better not skip out of church early during the announcements.

Midweek Lenten Services start this week.  They are held Wednesdays at 6:30pm through April 5th and only last a half hour.  The music is the Holden Evening Prayer service (a.k.a. Haugen Vespers) which is very familiar, calming, and melodic.  The theme this year is “The Power of His Last Words”.  Each week a different person from the Bible will give a short reflection on some of Jesus’ last words (these are church member portrayals – we couldn’t get the actual people).  I highly recommend coming to these meditative services during this special season.

On Sunday, March 5th, the Adult Forum will begin a Lenten Study available through the ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving 2017 project and presented by Dean Sieglaff.  The study seeks to raise awareness of the economic, social, and environmental factors surrounding the disturbing levels of hunger and poverty that exist in the world, and to highlight how solutions to these problems can be inspired and informed by scripture and the theology of Luther.  Copies of the Lenten Study will be available to participants at the Adult Forum meeting.  However, the document can be downloaded by clicking this link.

This Sunday is the last day for the Reformation 500 Bookstore.  It’s your last chance to order these books about Luther and the Reformation (it’s the 500th anniversary this year) for 50% off with free shipping.  Amaze your friends with your Reformation knowledge!  Those of you who already ordered in the fall, we are re-submitting your orders.

Carmen says we are almost out of purificators (the white cloths that communion assistants use to wipe the chalice – I love church vocabulary!)  If you brought some home to wash (or took one as a handkerchief because your initial is “T” which looks sort of like the embroidered cross on them), please bring them back.  Otherwise, we might end up wiping the chalice with stolen Starbucks napkins.

Wow.  Can you believe it’s only two weeks until the Spaghetti Feed?  Buy your tickets now!  Invite your friends!  Get those prize baskets together!  Distribute those flyers! Find that box of extra exclamation points!  There is stuff everybody can do to make this Spaghetti feed the biggest and best yet.  Flyers are in the narthex, or tell people to visit our website www.holytrinityfremont.org or our Facebook page for more info.

Eligible Thrivent members: your 2016 Choice Dollars are expiring March 31, 2017.  Thrivent is giving out money and you can tell them to give it to HTLC! (or other charities – I’m just making a suggestion)

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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