HTLC News Email, March 09, 2018

Hi, Everyone.  Lots of stuff coming up:

This Sunday, March 11th, is the 4th Sunday of Lent and Scrip Sunday.  Remember Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend.  Before you go to bed Saturday night, set your clocks forward an hour so you aren’t late to church and give us six more weeks of winter (or am I confusing that with something else?).

Joann Anderson would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, words, cards and prayers as she recovers.  She is unable to respond at this time, but wants everyone to know their thoughtfulness is appreciated.

Midweek Lenten Services continue on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm through March 21st.  If you haven’t experienced these meditative and moving services, there’s only a couple left.  This Wednesday, listen as Pilate and his wife share their thoughts on Jesus’ death.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Family Movie Night will be moved up a week to next Friday, Mar 16th at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room. Join us for food and a fun family film!

This year we will have two – count ‘em – two Church Clean-up Days to spruce up the place for Holy Week and Easter.  We will have the usual pre-Palm-Sunday cleaning on Saturday March 24th, and one a week earlier on Saturday March 17th in case you can’t make the later one (if, for instance, you’re participating in the March for Our Lives event).  And, if you can’t make either of those days, there will be a sign-up sheet with a list of what needs to be done so that you can come anytime during the week (boy, you’re gonna have a hard time coming up with excuses now!).  Both clean-up days start at 9 am, and there will be tasks for all ages and abilities (plus snacks – don’t forget the snacks!).  The camaraderie (and snacks) make this a fun event.  Remember, “many hands make light work” (of the snacks).

Once again this year, we will have our Easter Garden in the sanctuary. Please sign up at the media table to bring a plant in honor or in memory of someone. Please print legibly to help ensure correct spelling in the bulletin (it’s none of my business if you want to dedicate something to Martian Luther – maybe you’ve been doing some extreme evangelizing!). Just purchase the plant –  any kind, size or color is welcome, and make sure it’s at the church by 10 am on Saturday, Mar 31st. Too much color is not enough!

Another thing you can sign up for is our annual Seder Meal on Palm Sunday (March 25th) at 5pm.  We will have a (mostly) traditional Seder Meal with all the trimmings and activities. Please sign up on the sheet at the Media Table so food amounts can be planned. Pick up a matzoh recipe if you want to make homemade matzoh for the meal. Suggested donation: $15 for people 12 and up, $10 for people 5–11, and under 5, free. Come experience this fascinating mixture of ritual and food!

Here’s our Holy Week service schedule: Palm Sunday services are at our usual times on March 25th (procession with palms at the 8:45 am service).  There will be a combined Maundy Thursday service on the 22nd at 7 pm with the local ELCA churches at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1301 Mowry Ave, Fremont).  We will observe Good Friday at 7 pm with a solemn Taizé service.  Please come and experience the full range of emotions from Palm Sunday to Easter.

The Spaghetti Feed will be here before you know it (April 14th).  Tickets are on sale between services.  They are $15 for adults, $10 for children 3-12, and $45+ for families.  Start getting together those donations of gift cards and prize baskets for the raffle and silent auction.  For the gift cards, consider using our scrip program so that Holy Trinity gets a cut (what a coincidence – it’s Scrip Sunday!)  And if you’re an avid shopper like I am, it’s never too early to look for deals for a prize basket!

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, March 02, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, March 4th, is the 3rd Sunday of Lent and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.

Tonight (Friday) is Game Night and potluck in the Activity Room.  Eating begins sometime between 6:30 and 7pm and continues while we schmooze and play games until we’re tired and full – usually sometime between 8:30 and 9pm.  Don’t feel like you have to come on time, bring food, or stay late – Just come and have fun!

Don’t forget about Midweek Lenten Services continuing on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm through March 21st.  Come and enjoy a relaxing, meditative half-hour service and meet folks from the other local Lutheran churches.  This week we hear from Mary and Hannah in a conversation called “Through a Mother’s Eyes.”

HTLC is planning its second Day at the Ballpark (somebody better warn the ballpark!).  Join your fellow church community members for tailgating before the big game, a matchup between the A’s and the Tigers at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, then a fireworks show afterward.  Game time is 6:05 p.m. Everything else is to be determined.  Tickets are first-come, first-served. Each ticket is $25.50 (includes handling fee).  Our group will be sitting in the Plaza section along third base.  Please add your name to the list on the Media Table.  There are 40 tickets available.  If it looks like that’s not enough, we will create a waiting list.  Payment will confirm your tickets; all payments are due by the end of June.  Seats that have not been paid for will be released back to the A’s.  Any questions, please ask Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com).

Marielle’s Winter Relief Project is enjoying great success, thanks to the support of the HTLC church community. With a donation from the Souper Bowl of Caring plus other donations, Marielle’s project is growing into something beyond the December cause of the month. In that spirit, she is renaming the project HTLC Sunday School’s Helping Hands, and the youth of the church are going to help make homeless bags filled with snacks, water and socks that can be distributed by Abode, the same multi-county organization that used to accept HTLC’s sandwiches for the homeless. We plan to make the first drop-off of homeless bags to Abode in April.  Way to step up, youth!

The always-popular (if not to say rambunctious) Spaghetti Feed is coming up on April 14th, but tickets are already on sale now!  They are $15 for adults, $10 for children 3-12, and $45+ for families.  Look for Kathy Miedema between services.  And speaking of the Spaghetti Feed, Briana Holland is looking for donations of gift cards and prize baskets for the raffle and silent auction.  For the baskets, it’s fun to get creative and go for a theme.  For the gift cards, consider using our scrip program so that Holy Trinity gets a cut (it is a fundraiser, after all).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 23, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 25th, is the 2nd Sunday of Lent, as well as Lutheran Loose Change Sunday, and Bold Women’s Day (don’t get them mixed up – it is not Loose Lutheran Women for Bold Change Sunday).  Bold Women’s Day is the fourth Sunday in February which WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) has chosen to honor Lutheran women who act boldly on their faith.  Also this Sunday is Lois Miller’s Memorial Service (a bold, faithful Lutheran woman if ever there was one).  The service is at 1 pm with a reception in Holland Hall afterward.  Please come and celebrate her life.

But before all that happens, there is a Bold Women’s Lunch on Saturday (tomorrow) at Panera (2650 Mowry Ave, Fremont) at 12:30 pm.  All bold women, their hangers-on, and essentially all who want to have a good time are invited.  Everybody pays for their own food, so you won’t have to fight a bold woman for the check.

But before that happens, it’s Movie Night tonight (Friday) at about 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  I hear the movie is going to be “Wonder Woman,” which fits in nicely with the bold women theme going on. (speaking of themes going on, now I’ve got the 70’s TV theme going on in my head – “…dum dum dum dum dum dum – WONDER WOMAN!!!”)

Midweek Lenten Services have begun and will run through March 21st.  These short (about a half hour) meditative services start at 6:30 pm and include Taize music.  This coming Wednesday we will hear from Mary and John in “This Cross Has Made Us Family.”  Take a break from all of the Lenten hustle and bustle!

(“…bad dum ba ba ba da ooh – In your satin tights, fighting for your rights, and the old red white and blue!”)

The Spaghetti Feed is coming up on April 14th, but tickets are already on sale now!  They are $15 for adults, $10 for children 3-12, and $45+ for families.  Look for Kathy Miedema between services for the next couple of weeks.  And speaking of the Spaghetti Feed, Briana Holland is looking for donations of gift cards and prize baskets for the raffle and silent auction.  For the gift cards, consider using our scrip program so that Holy Trinity gets a cut.  And I always think it’s fun to put together a prize basket – maybe with a Wonder Woman theme!

(“…Stop a bullet cold, make the Axis fold, change your mind and change the world!”)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 17, 2018

Hi, Everyone:  Sorry this is late, but I’ve been sick. So just the facts:

This Sunday, February 18th is the 1st Sunday of Lent and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  There will be a Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 after the second service.

The office will be closed on Monday for Presidents’ Day.

The Daytimers’ Luncheon is this Wednesday the 21st at 11:30 am.  All are invited.

Midweek Lenten Services start this Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 pm and continue each Wednesday through March 21st.  They are short (30 minutes or less) and include Meditative Taize music and a short drama on the theme “Encounters Before the Dawn”.

Next Sunday is WELCA Bold Women’s Sunday.

Peace and Blessings,

Keith Hillesland

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HTLC News Email, February 9, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

The most important thing to remember about This Sunday, February 11th, is that there is a SINGLE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10 AM followed by the ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING (sorry to yell at you with capital letters, but I wanted to make sure you heard).  It’s also Transfiguration Sunday (when Jesus’ clothes go bright and Peter goes dim) and Scrip Sunday.  There will be no Sunday School, Parenting Forum or Adult Forum.  Please come to the Annual Meeting, sign in, and have a snack.  It’s important we have a quorum, your thoughts, and your vote!

This coming Wednesday, February 14th, is Ash Wednesday which kicks off the season of Lent.  We will have a worship service at 7 pm which includes the imposition of ashes (but you don’t have to get your forehead smudged if it’s too much of an imposition).  Instrumental rehearsals will be bumped to 6 pm throughout Lent and choir rehearsal to 6:30 pm just this week.

Midweek Lenten Services will begin February 21st and run through March 21st.  These short (about a half hour) meditative services will begin at 6:30 pm and include Taize music and a set of short dramas entitled “Encounters Before the Dawn.”  Other Lutheran churches in the area have been invited to join in.  Those who have come to these services in the past have really enjoyed them.  Come and experience them for yourself!

The Spaghetti Feed will be coming up before you know it, so be prepared by coming to the Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 pm on Sunday, February 18th.  All help will be appreciated as we plan for this annual fundraising event that will take place on April 14th (and now that you know the date, it can’t possibly come up before you know it!).

If you picked up a Souper Bowl of Caring receipt last week for your donations, you may have noticed they had last year’s date on them.  To avoid angry taxpersons, please pick up an updated receipt at the Media Table this week.

Bold Women’s Day is coming up on Sunday, February 25th.  This is an annual WELCA celebration of Lutheran women acting boldly on their faith.  We will be featuring women in the service, so all you gals be bold and sign up as worship assistants!

See you in church!

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HTLC News Email, February 02, 2018

Happy Groundhog Day, Everyone!  I saw my shadow this morning, so I predict there will be 6 weeks of Lent coming up.

This Sunday, February 4th, is the 5th Sunday of Epiphany and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  It’s also Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday.  Timed to coincide with the Super Bowl, this national youth effort to feed those in need has been going on since 1990.  Our youth will be collecting money and non-perishable food (like soup!) to be distributed to local charities.  As usual, we are marking the event with a Soup Potluck between the services at about 10 am.  Cooks, start your crock pots!  And everybody be sure to wear your sports-themed best!  No Sunday School, Adult Forum or Parenting Forum this Sunday.

If you want to get a jump-start on all that eating, come to Game Night tonight (Feb 2nd) at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  You can bring food and games, but we usually have plenty of those.  What we really need is YOU!

R&R Circle will be meeting this Wednesday, February 7th at 10 am in the Activity Room.  Who knows what those gals will get up to!

Next Sunday, February 11th, is yet another chance to eat at the Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:15 am following the Single Service at 10 am.  Find out about all the great stuff that happened this past year, and have your say about all the great things to come for HTLC.  There will be no Sunday School, Adult Forum, or Parenting Forum that Sunday either.

If you weren’t here last Sunday to pick up your 2017 Giving Statement, don’t worry:  all the ones that didn’t get picked up got mailed out this week so you can get started on your taxes (or procrastinate like me – we even get an extra day to put it off this year!).

As I mentioned earlier, Lent is coming up starting with Ash Wednesday on February 14th.  Worship will be at 7 pm.  Yes, I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but you can still go out to dinner afterward.  You’ll have the added bonus of feeling superior to the other dining couples with those matching ash smudges on your foreheads.

There will be a short Spaghetti Feed Meeting on Feb 18th at 12:15 pm following the second service.  The Spaghetti Feed is scheduled to take place on April 14th.  All help is appreciated in planning and executing this annual fundraising event with the emphasis on fun.  (See what I did there?  FUNdraising!  Ha!)

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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HTLC News Email, January 26, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 28th, is the 4th Sunday of Epiphany and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.  Rev. Dr. Diane Bowers will be filling in for Pastor Tim this Sunday while he is attending the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Convention in Houston, TX.  Who is Rev. Dr. Diane Bowers, I hear you say?  Well, I’m glad you asked because I have her bio right here:  “Diane Bowers is an ordained pastor in the Sierra Pacific Synod, a theologian, writer and teacher.  Born in Africa to Lutheran missionary parents, she has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and a particular love for the Reformation.  Her current interest is in developing alternative models for shrinking congregations. She is an adjunct instructor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and lives in Berkeley with her husband Hans-Christian.  Together they spend too much time on Facebook, discuss politics, ride trains, and share a mutual love of California wine, food, architecture and landscape.”  Should be fascinating, don’t miss it!  (not that PT isn’t fascinating…)

Also this Sunday is RIC Sunday.  Each year, the last Sunday in January is designated as a day that RIC congregations celebrate what it means to welcome all, including the LGBTQ community. As we have recently become an RIC congregation, this is our first year to celebrate it!  We have a special liturgy during services and treats provided by the RIC Task Force (no masquerade ball, alas!).  For more information on Reconciling In Christ please visit https://www.reconcilingworks.org/.

Tonight is Family Movie Night and potluck.  Popcorn starts around 6:30 pm in the Activity Room, movie about 7 pm.  The film tonight is one of them Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Bring your eyepatch if you want to see it in 1-D!  (Yes, Randy, I know 1-D would just be a point and you would still see it in 2-D.  It’s a joke!  Like this one:  What did Johnny Depp have to pay to get his ears pierced for the movie?  A buck an ear!  [Get it?  Bucc-an-eer!  Thanks, Dixie Cups!]).

Next Sunday, Feb  4th is the Souper Bowl of Caring (along with that other similarly-named trademarked event).  Please bring cans of soup or other non-perishables as well as extra money, and the youth will collect it all in their big soup pots after each service (well, maybe not the cans of soup – that would be pretty heavy).  The money and food will go to local charities.  We will also have our usual Soup Potluck between services to celebrate.  Sign-ups to bring soup are on the Media Table.  Wear your sports-themed best!

Your 2017 Giving Statements are available on the Media Table.  Please pick them up this Sunday so I don’t have to spend the extra stamps (and time – really, I’m just lazy) to mail them all out.

Don’t forget:  only two weeks to the Annual Congregational Meeting on February 11th at 11:15 pm after the single service at 10 am.  We need everybody’s input, ideas, and votes (and stomachs – you know, for the food).

Susie Faries is in need of a room to rent in the area for a few weeks.  Her dog Lily is undergoing cancer treatments locally, and she’s been driving back and forth from the Sacramento area.  If you are able to help, please call her at (510) 207-2414.

And the award for parenthetical remark of the week goes to… Family Movie Night for length and nested parentheses!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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HTLC News email, January 19, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 21st, is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.

The Daytimers’ Luncheon is this Tuesday, January 23rd, at 11:30 am in the Activity Room.  As always, all are welcome to partake of this potluck feast.  This month the theme is soup, to warm you up during these cold months.  Come to Bible Study at 10 am to warm your soul as well!  And speaking of soup…

The Souper Bowl of Caring takes place on Sunday, February 4th.  This is a nation-wide youth event to collect money and food for local charities during the weekend of the Super Bowl (or as I call it, the Super Bowl of Apathy).  You are encouraged to bring cans of soup or other non-perishables as well as money, 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 (okay Daytimers, no fair making a double batch to cover both events.  Flex those culinary muscles!).

As you’ll see in the Financial Update in this week’s insert, you blew away our deficit last month with your boundless generosity!  Well done!  (especially to those few whose generosity was very boundless – you know who you are, even if I don’t)  Of course, as I’m sure you’ll hear at the Annual Meeting (Feb 11th after the single 10 am service), it will take a little more effort from all of us throughout the year to keep this from being an annual panic. (You don’t want us to have pledge weeks like PBS, where PT gives his favorite sermon over and over until you give!)  Thanks to all of you for doing what you can.

Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton’s letter in response to reports of racist comments by President Trump is available on the Media Table in case you’d like to read it (she’s officially “disappointed and disturbed”).

Next Friday (the 26th) is Family Movie Night in the Activity Room at about 6:30 pm.  I hear it may be a pirate movie (better not be rated aarrrrr!).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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HTLC News email, January 12, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 14th, is the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany and Scrip Sunday.  There will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm.  Judi McDowell  and Dave McCallum’s wedding will be at 4:30 pm, and HTLC members are invited!  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by following this link:  https://www.theknot.com/us/judi-and-dave and clicking on RSVP (plus you’ll get to see a really cute picture of them!).

The church office will be closed on Monday for Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (observed), which wins the award for the longest-named holiday on my wall calendar.  All Lutherans must observe this holiday since it contains the name Martin Luther (at least that’s what you can tell your boss).

The Daytimers’ Luncheon, which usually occurs on the third Tuesday of the month, is postponed this month to the following week, January 23rd, at 11:30 am in the Activity Room.  All are invited!  (Guess I’ll just have to salivate for an extra week.)

Yesterday, I sent out the official 30-day notice of the Annual Congregational Meeting on February 11th.  Those of you who do not have an email on file with us (and are therefore probably not reading this) will receive your notice by snail mail.  Plus, it is posted on bulletin boards at the church.  If you don’t come and have your say, you’re not allowed to complain.  (That’s the main reason I go – so I can complain the rest of the year.  Well, that and there’s food to be had.)

If you’re not going to Judi & Dave’s wedding, there’s still Holy Redeemer’s Discussion Forum on January 14th at 4:30 pm.  They will be showing the National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution” followed by a discussion at 6:30 pm. The documentary explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity and is hosted by Katie Couric (no word on food availability at this event – but you still might want to risk it!)  Holy Redeemer is at 35660 Cedar Blvd Newark, CA 94560, (510) 793-1911.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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HTLC News email, January 05, 2017

Happy New Year, Everyone!

This Sunday, January 7th, is the 1st Sunday of Epiphany and Nacho Name Tag Sunday (so much for the diet resolution).  We’re back to our normal two-service schedule at 8:45 and 11 am with Sunday School at 10am and Adult and Parenting Forums at 10:15 am.

Tonight, Friday the 5th, is the first Friday of the month (and the new year) which means it’s Game Night!  Come join us at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  We eat, talk, play games (or not), and generally get silly.  Bring any food or games you enjoy, or just come without – we usually have plenty of both.  What we need is plenty of people!

January 9th sees the return of Tuesday Bible Study at 10 am in the Activity Room.  I hear an awful lot of laughter wafting into the office from there on Tuesdays, so I can only assume they are either an innately fun bunch of people, or they are constantly studying the funny bits of the Bible (and there are so many!).  You should join them.

Judi McDowell and Dave McCallum would like to extend an invitation to Holy Trinity members to attend their wedding.  Judi and Dave’s wedding will be on Sunday, January 14th at 4:30 pm, with reception to follow. Congratulations!

Here are some of the highlights of what was given for Marielle’s Winter Relief Project last month:

  • 120 pairs of socks
  • 125 pairs of underwear
  • 70 undershirts
  • 14 Razors and shaving cream
  • 8 blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • 8 tarps
  • 8 flashlights
  • Numerous hats/scarves, bike locks, and rain ponchos
  • 42 (!) Notes of encouragement to people that received these gifts.

Great job, Everybody!

Just a heads-up: The Annual Congregational Meeting is coming earlier this year on February 11th in order to more closely coincide with our fiscal year.  There will be a single service at 10 am that Sunday followed by the meeting. And yes, there will be food. Anyone who has something for the Annual Report, the sooner I get it, the better.  (I’m looking at you, council members!)

News from Holy Redeemer:  On January 14th at 4:30 pm, as part of their monthly discussion forum, Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark will be showing the National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution” followed by a discussion at 6:30 pm. This documentary explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity and is hosted by Katie Couric. Holy Redeemer is at 35660 Cedar Blvd Newark, CA 94560, (510) 793-1911.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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