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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HTLC News Email, August 10, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 12th, is the 12th Sunday after Pentecost and Scrip Sunday. There is a Council Meeting after church at about 11:15 am.

Next Sunday (Aug 19th) will be our celebration of Pastor Tim’s 30th anniversary of his ordination, which I’ve been calling by the cumbersome title PT’s 30th Ordainiversary (a term that gets less funny each time I type it).  It coincides with our annual Lu-Wow! (that one never gets old!) – a somewhat kitschy luau-inspired potluck that follows the worship service.  Be sure to wear your most outlandish Hawaiian finery!  Sign-ups for attending (so we can get a ballpark figure) and to help with set-up/clean-up/food are on the Media Table.

The “God’s Work, Our Hands” and “Helping Hands” t-shirts have come in (and pretty snazzy they are, too).  Be sure to pick yours up if you ordered one.  See Cheryl Hall (because she just doesn’t do enough around here!).

Don’t forget to schedule your photo session for our new Photo Directory of members. The dates and times for the photo sessions are Friday, September 21 from 2 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm. Please visit the website to schedule your appointment:  https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yeexjb4x/.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call Cheryl Kuhlmann at 510-502-0890.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, August 03, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 5th, (yes, it’s already August!) is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost and Nacho Name Tag Sunday. (mmm – nachos!)

Tonight, (Friday, Aug 3rd) is Game Night!  Join us in the Activity Room at about 6:30 pm for food (potluck-style), fun (board-game-style) and fellowship (complain-about-your-week-style).  We’re always wishing more people would come, so come!

Those of you who have tickets for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark, don’t forget it’s tomorrow!  Contact Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com) for any questions.  Show them how we Lutherans can par-tay! (in a reasonably restrained way)

There is a July 28th letter from Bishop Mark in response to the California fires available on the Media Table. There is also an Aug 1st update in the bulletin insert.  Donations for fire relief can be made online through Lutheran Social Services (https://www.lssnorcal.org/get-involved/give/donate.html) or Lutheran Disaster Relief (https://community.elca.org/donations/wildfires).

If you haven’t already, please schedule your photo session for our new Photo Directory of members. The dates and times for the photo sessions are Friday, September 21 from 2 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm. Please visit the website to schedule your appointment:  https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yeexjb4x/.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call Cheryl Kuhlmann at 510-502-0890.

Just a little over 2 weeks (Aug 19th) until PT’s 30th Ordainiversary/LuWow!  Get ready for a SURF-IT of fun! (Get it? Surf-it/surfeit? OK, that pun’s a bit of a stretch.)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, July 27, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 29th, is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost and, since it is the 5th Sunday of the month, it’s Stewardship Sunday (but come anyway: Jesus feeds 5,000 people and walks on water this week – you don’t want to miss that!).

Movie Night was held a week early, so don’t come tonight unless you feel like having a picnic by yourself in the breezeway (bring your own food and utensils).  Game Night will be next Friday, August 3rd.

We are creating a new Photo Directory of members and need everyone to make an appointment for a photography session. The dates and times for the photo sessions are Friday, September 21 from 2 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm. Please visit our website to schedule your appointment. Your member site URL is https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yeexjb4x/.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call Cheryl Kuhlmann at 510-502-0890 (and no, you can’t use the younger, slimmer, less bald picture of yourself from last time – I asked).

Although the Cause of the Month for July is still the ELCA Fund for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries, we are already collecting school supplies for Abode Services children, which is next month’s cause, since they will need the supplies by mid-August and we want to give people who may be gone in the next few weeks a chance to contribute.  There is a box in the Narthex for the school supplies.  Monetary contributions for school supplies will be collected throughout August.

I just posted the new Flower Charts for sign-ups to contribute flowers for the sanctuary, so the opportunities are wiiide open!  Whether it’s to commemorate an event, remember a loved one, or just because you think they’re pretty (the flowers, not necessarily the loved ones), contributing flowers enhances our worship services.  Plus, the dedication and your name will appear in the bulletin insert – think of the notoriety!

Don’t forget August 19:  Lu-Wow! and Pastor Tim’s 30th Ordainiversary (Ministrennial? Clergenary? Reverennium? Pastorversary? Padrennial? Vote for your favorite term, or come up with one of your own!).

See you in church!

Keith

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