This Week at Holy Trinity, November 03, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, November 5th, is All Saints Sunday.  We will be remembering the saints in our lives on the bulletin cover and on the screen.  You will also have an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of your saints during the service.  Official saints of the church will also be remembered on the screen.  It’s a moving service.  Don’t miss it.  Oh, and it’s also Nacho Name Tag Sunday (eat them reverently – the nachos, not the name tags).  Remember to set your clocks back an hour for the return to standard time, or you’ll either have to help make coffee or have to ( I mean get to) go to Adult Forum, depending on which service you attend.

Tonight (Friday the 3rd) is Game Night!  Drop on by around 6:30 pm in the Activity Room for goodies, gabbing, and games.  We always have food and games available, but you can bring your own if you like.  The more, the merrier (at least, the more food, the merrier I am!).

Thanks to all who participated in Trunk-or-Treat.  I think it was our most successful yet.  Lots of trick-or-treaters, decorated cars, food, and a fabulous haunted Holland Hall.  It took a lot of work by a lot of people, but it sure was fun (and the neighborhood kids seemed especially cute this year).  If you missed out, you have to come next year!

Thanks also to those who participated in Make a Difference Day.  Turnout was great, and I’m sure Sabercat Creek feels a lot better due to your efforts!

Our Cause of the Month for November is Adopt an Angel.  The giving tree is up in the narthex.  Help us ensure that children in foster care receive Christmas gifts. Here’s what to do:  Choose an Angel Tag from the Giving Tree in the narthex, purchase the gift, bring the UNWRAPPED gift and put it under the tree with the tag attached.  (Gift bags are not needed this year, but donations of wrapping paper are appreciated.)  Gifts need to be under the tree by Sunday, December 3rd.  If you are unable to shop, you can give a donation or gift card to Cheryl Kuhlmann and she can do the shopping for you.

Sunday November 19th will be a single WELCA Thankoffering service at 10 am followed by a Thanksgiving Potluck at about 11:15 am.  Feel free to vary from traditional Thanksgiving fare, as you’ll be getting plenty of that a few days later.  Sign-ups are on the Media Table.

Reformation 500 pint glasses are still for sale in the Narthex for only $7 each, along with some past HTLC glasses.  I’m sure they’ll be worth a pretty penny when Reformation 1000 rolls around.  (Just think how much Martin Luther’s beer mug would be worth today!)

You may have noticed on Reformation Sunday that the format of the bulletin insert has changed (my own little bit of church reform – thanks, Diana Thormoto, for your help!).  I hope it makes it easier to read as well as allowing for more room for announcements (and the all-important cartoons!).  It is still a work in progress – feedback is welcome (constructive feedback that is!).

As part of the insert reform, I’d like to update the Prayers of the Church. Since people rarely indicate a time for removal of concerns from the list, it’s gotten quite long and out-of-date.  (While God’s love is endless, space in the insert is not!)  I’m making new Prayer Request Cards for the pews with options for how long you would like the person’s name to appear, ranging from 1 to 6 weeks. If no time limit is indicated, a time of 6 weeks will be assumed. If you would like the name to appear after 6 weeks, please resubmit the name on another Prayer Card. This way, we can (hopefully) keep the prayer list current. The list will be updated in two weeks.  Thanks for your understanding.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, October 27, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 29th, is Reformation 500 Sunday!  500 years ago this Tuesday Martin Luther complained about the Roman Catholic Church’s practice of selling indulgences (reduced sentences in purgatory) and started a firestorm of church reform.  Please Wear Red to celebrate this landmark occasion.  (You’re getting off easy – at my sister-in-law’s church they’re being asked to wear kilts! [Oh, those Presbyterians!])  Why red?  Because we’ve always done it that way (there’s reform for ya!).  Anyway, you’ll match the paraments.

There will be Reformation 500 pint glasses for sale in the Narthex (but they won’t get you out of purgatory) for only $7 each, along with some past HTLC pint glasses to round out your collection.

Tonight, Friday Oct 27th, is Family Movie Night.  Come, eat junk food (I hope), and watch a fun film.  It takes place in the Activity Room. (formerly called The Kitchen – more on that later) around 6:30 or so.  It’s a potluck, so bring nutritious food if you absolutely have to.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 28th, is Make a Difference Day in Fremont.  HTLC members will be cleaning up Sabercat Creek habitat from 9 am to 12 pm, along with other members of the community.  Please contact Marta Wicke at martawicke@gmail.com for more details.  And yes, there are Make-a-Difference-Day T-shirts involved!  There is also fundraising going on at Mountain Mike’s Pizza near The Hub (not the Irvington one as I previously stated).  I’m attaching a copy of the flyer to print out and bring if you want 20% of your purchase to go to charity.

Trunk-or-Treat  is this Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm.  It’s the exact date of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, so dress up in your best Martin or Katie Luther costumes (Pope Leo X or Johann Tetzel if you want to be scary).  Come early to bring your decorated car and plenty of treats (sign-ups are on the Media Table), or just come to trick-or-treat.  There’ll be food (suggested donation), activities, and fun for all.  Tell your friends and pick up flyers for distributing at the Media Table.

This Sunday is the last day to sign up your saints to be recognized on All Saints Sunday ( Nov 5th).  Please write the names of your saints on the sign-up sheet on the Media Table (please print legibly).  We will remember them on the screen and in the bulletin.  Digital pictures of your saints can be emailed to Carmen (carmenjblair@gmail.com) and printed pictures can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  There is a place on the sign-up sheet to note whether you’d like to us to continue to use a picture you’ve given us in the past.

Sadly, due to Alameda County regulations that food be prepared in approved facilities (and our “kitchen” is not approved – that’s why we call it the Activity Room instead), we are no longer able to provide sandwiches to the homeless through Abode services. Our involvement in this sandwich-making has its roots from about 30 years ago when Lois Miller and Shirley Gleason started a program at Holy Trinity to provide food to local charities serving the homeless. Deepest thanks to all who have helped with food purchasing and preparation, delivery, and organization these many years.  You’ve made a difference!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, October 20, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 22nd, is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, Luther Loose Change Sunday, and Children’s Sabbath.  The kids will be handling key roles as worship helpers, and will sing a special song during the services.

Saturday, October 28, is Make a Difference Day in Fremont.  If you are interested in volunteering with other HTLC members for Sabercat Creek habitat landscaping and trash pickup from 9 am to 12 pm, please contact Marta Wicke at martawicke@gmail.com.  We will also be meeting for lunch and to raise money with the other ELCA churches in the area at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in the Irvington District.

Next Sunday (Oct 29) is Reformation Sunday, 500th anniversary edition!  Yes, it’s been 500 years since that guy for whom our denomination is named (Martin Luther) tacked up his 95 ideas for church reform on the church door and caused all sorts of stuff to happen.  Wear your reddest red attire in celebration!  Be sure to turn in your ideas for what the church is called to do in the world today to Carmen by October 25th (Wednesday) either as words or pictures.  You can write your responses on the forms available in the bulletins and on the Ushers’ Table and put them in Carmen’s box, or email her your responses and digital pictures at carmenjblair@gmail.com.  They will be displayed on the screen during the services.  If we get 95 responses, that would be really apropos (and a lot of work for Carmen)!

If you didn’t get one at Oktoberfest, we still have plenty of our snazzy Reformation 500 pint glasses for sale.  They’re only $7 dollars each and make perfect gifts for those special Lutherans in your life (including yourself).  So grab one, fill it, and raise a glass to Martin Luther who said, “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”

The following Sunday (Nov 5th) is All Saints Sunday.  Please write the names of your saints on the sign-up sheet on the Media Table (print legibly).  We will remember them on the screen and in the bulletin.  Digital pictures of your saints can be emailed to Carmen (carmenjblair@gmail.com) and printed pictures can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  There is a place on the sign-up sheet to note whether you’d like to us to continue to use a picture you’ve given us in the past.

Deck your car with bones and chocolate (fa la la la la) for Trunk-or-Treat.  On Halloween (Oct 31) our parking lot is transformed into a spooky street of decorated cars as a free, safe alternative to trick-or-treating.  The neighborhood kids and little church members come in costume and make the rounds of the cars to get the treats – it’s so cute!  There’ll be activities and hot dogs and popcorn (suggested donation) and fun for all.  Sign up to bring your haunted vehicle at the Media table, and don’t forget to bring plenty of treats!

Some were wondering how we could help the victims of the Northern California fires.  In Bishop Mark’s letter (available at the Media Table), he suggests donating through Lutheran Social Services of Northern California and Lutheran Disaster Response.  Donations to Lutheran Social Services can be designated through their “October Wildfire Relief Fund” for needs in northern California in general. To donate to specific congregations, indicate the name of the congregation in the designated donation box. 100% of these monies will be given directly to churches and ministries that have been affected by the fires. Donations to Lutheran Disaster Relief can be designated to “U.S. Fire Relief” and will be used more generally to support churches and ministries and communities that have been affected by fires through the fall and throughout the west. 100% of donations so designated will be used by LDR to offer support to affected communities.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, October 13, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 15th, is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  I know it’s shocking, but there don’t seem to be any special events or meetings this weekend.  Which means you’ll have plenty of time for that church project that John Williams has in mind for you.  Just give him a call!

If you’re looking for something fun to do with all that extra time, Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark is having a Paint Night on Saturday (Oct 14th) at 6 pm (and no, that doesn’t mean you’ll be painting their sanctuary walls – unless that’s the subject of your painting!).  Anyway, there’s food, beer and wine involved, and a $40 donation gets you all your art supplies and instruction, plus a drink ticket. Space is limited, so call 510-793-1911 or go to www.hrlc-newark.org to reserve your spot.

Speaking of food, beer and wine, thanks to all who helped make Oktoberfest such a success – whether you worked behind the scenes or supported it by coming.  A good time was had by all! (except maybe those who listened to the Oompah Band without sufficient inebriation)

Speaking of food again (it happens a lot at HTLC),  the monthly Daytimers Luncheon is this Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Activity Room. All are invited.  Come at 10 am for Bible Study, if you’d like to be fed spiritually as well!

Saturday, October 28, is Make a Difference Day in Fremont.  If you are interested in volunteering with other HTLC members from 9 am to 12 pm, please contact Marta Wicke at martawicke@gmail.com.  We will also be meeting for lunch and to raise money with the other ELCA churches in the area at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in the Irvington District (food again!).

You’ve got some homework to do:  for the quincentennial (500th year!) Reformation Sunday (Oct 29), we’d like you to respond to the question “What is the church called to do in the world today?” to be displayed on the screen.  Use either a written response or pictures that illustrate your point.  (forms will be available in the bulletins and on the Ushers’ Table) Written answers go in Carmen’s box, digital photos can be emailed to her at carmenjblair@gmail.com, and printed photos can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  Be sure to put your name on them if you want them back.

Your other assignment:  Sign up the saints in your life for All Saints Sunday (Nov 5).  We remember our saints by showing their names or pictures on the screen during the service.  There is a sheet for the names on the Media Table in the narthex (as always, please print legibly).  For pictures, use the same process mentioned for Reformation Sunday.

Trunk-or-Treat is coming up quickly on Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 31) from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Sign up at the Media Table to bring your haunted (decorated) vehicle and, of course, treats!  It’s a free, fun, safe way to trick-or-treat, so be sure to bring your scariest kids (wait… those are probably the teenagers).  Flyers are on the Media Table.  Tell everybody!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, October 06, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 8th, is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, and Scrip Sunday.  There will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm after the second service (we’ll see what kind of decisions they make after a night of Oktoberfest!).

Game Night is tonight (Friday, Oct 6) at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room.  There may also be some Oktoberfest prep going on, but regardless there’ll be fun and food to be had, so come on by!

Oktoberfest is tomorrow (yikes!) from 4 pm to 8 pm.  We will start setting up at about 10 am.  If you have steins we could use for decoration, please bring them (make sure your name is on them).  Anyone is welcome to help, even if you didn’t officially sign up.  (Remember the good son from last week’s Gospel, who said he wouldn’t help, but did anyway?  That could be you!)  At least come to the actual event.  It’s going to be a great time with lots of food, beer & wine (extra cost), raffles, karaoke, henna tattoos, face painting, activities for the kids, and an outdoor Biergarten!  All of this for only $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for kids 10 and under.  Remember, 10% of the proceeds from the Oktoberfest go to help the victims of the hurricanes!  Plus, our new Reformation 500 commemorative pint glasses are in, and will be available for purchase for all you collectors out there to add to your Lutheran swag.

Now for some non-Oktoberfest-related news:

For Reformation Sunday (Oct 29), we’d like you to respond to the question “What is the church called to do in the world today?” to be displayed on the screen.  Use either a written response (forms will be available) or pictures that illustrate your point.  Written answers go in Carmen’s box, digital photos can be emailed to her at carmenjblair@gmail.com, and printed photos can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  Be sure to put your name on them if you want them back.

On All Saints Sunday (Nov 5), we remember those who have been saints to us in our lives by showing their names or pictures on the screen during the service.  There will be a sheet for the names on the Media Table in the narthex (as always, please print legibly).  For pictures, use the same process mentioned for Reformation Sunday.

Between those two Sundays will be Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 31) from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Decorate your car in its finest Halloween get-up and park it in the HTLC parking lot for the local little ghouls to visit.  Be sure to bring enough treats (you can always eat the leftovers).  Or just bring your costumed kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. More info will be forthcoming.  A sign-up sheet to bring your car will be available when I make one (let me get through Oktoberfest first).

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, September 29, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, October 1st, is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, Nacho Name Tag Sunday, and Animal Blessing Sunday.  Bring your stuffed toy animals (or pictures of pets, past or present) to the worship services to have them blessed during Children’s Time, and bring your live pets at 12:15 for a blessing on the patio.  (Don’t bring your dead pets, that’s just creepy – save them for Trunk-or-Treat!)

Oktoberfest will be on October 7th (that’s next Saturday!) from 4 pm to 8 pm.  There are plenty of ways to help, from setting up or cleaning up to donating prize baskets.  See the sign-up sheets on the Media Table.  Another way to help is to distribute flyers (available on the Usher’s Table) and to tell everyone you know.  Be sure to mention it’s a fundraiser for both HTLC and hurricane relief.  There’ll be all-you-can-eat German-style food & desserts, beer and wine (additional purchase), and fun for all including raffle prizes, henna tattoos, face painting, karaoke, and activities for the kids.  The best way to help out is to come and have a great time!  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for kids 10 and under, and $45 for a family of four.  I’ll try to do my part by holding off on the Oktoberfest puns. (Accordion to some, they’re the wurst!)

We’re still planning to have Game Night next Friday, Oct. 6th, even though it’s on Oktoberfest Eve. (you can never have too much food or fun!)  Bring along your favorite food and games.  Losers have to donate their games to a Raffle Basket for the next day (just kidding!).

There’s a Tongan Luau at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church (35660 Cedar Blvd in Newark, www.hrlc-newark.org), on Saturday, Sept 30th (tomorrow) from 12 pm to 3 pm.  Go and meet your fellow Lutherans!  It might be more authentic than our Lu-Wow, but I’ll bet it’s not as kitschy!  (I expect a full compare-and-contrast report on my desk by Monday.)

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, September 22, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 24th is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, and Luther loose Change Sunday.  Last week’s Oktoberfest Meeting got postponed to this Sunday at 12:15 pm after 2nd service.  It should be brief, so please come and see how you can help.

Oktoberfest will be on October 7th from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for kids 10 and under, and $45 for a family of four.  There will be all sorts of all-you-can-eat German-style food and soft drinks.  Beer and wine will be available for additional purchase, along with our new Reformation 500 commemorative pint glasses!  There will be activities for the kids, raffle prizes, henna tattoos, and entertainment in the form of karaoke and our very own Oompah Band (but don’t let that keep you away – we only know two songs!).  Everyone can help by making and donating raffle prize baskets and distributing flyers and posters (available in the narthex).  It’s a fundraiser for both HTLC and hurricane relief, so tell all your friends – it’s going to be an uber-tastic time!

Tonight (Sept 22nd) is Family Movie Night!  Gather around 6:30 pm or so in the Activity Room for a night of food, friends, and a fun film.  Bring your own movies and we’ll figure out which to watch.

Animal Blessing Sunday is coming up next week on October 1st.  Bring your stuffed toy animals to the services to have them blessed, and bring your live animals after 2nd service (at about 12:15 pm) for a blessing on the patio.  Let’s thank our animals – real or not – for the comfort and companionship they give us (not to mention the thoughtful way they redecorate by shedding on everything).

Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church (35660 Cedar Blvd in Newark, www.hrlc-newark.org) will be having a Tongan Luau on Saturday, Sept 30th from 12 pm to 3 pm. Check it out and report back with ideas we can steal for next year’s Lu-Wow!

Bertha VanDusen and family would like to express their appreciation for those who helped make Vern’s memorial and reception such a meaningful experience, and for all the expressions of love, sympathy and support they received.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, September 15, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, September 17th is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  There will be an Oktoberfest Meeting at 12:15 pm after 2nd service.  It’s coming up fast (Oct. 7th), so start getting those raffle baskets and prizes together!  There will also be Oktoberfest flyers and posters available Sunday.  Post them wherever you can and hand them out to friends.  Spread the word:  it’s not just fun – it’s a fundraiser for both HTLC and hurricane relief.

Everyone is invited to the monthly Daytimers’ Luncheon on Tuesday, September 19th at 11:30 am following the usual Bible Study at 10 am. The food and company are always excellent!

This Friday is the fourth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for Family Movie Night!  I forgot to mention it in the bulletin insert this Sunday (sorry about that, Randy, but as Jesus says this Sunday, you have to forgive me at least 77 times [or 490 times depending upon the translation]). Anyway, come at 6:30 pm in the Activity Room for food and a fun film.

There are a couple of new handouts on the Media Table.  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton has issued a response to the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.). Her statement is contained in a letter from our synod and is available on the Media Table, along with copies of the 1998 ELCA Social Message “Immigration” which she references in her statement. There are also the new fall editions of  the devotional booklets “The Word in Season” and “Christ in Our Home.” (Have you found Jesus?  He’s in your home! – Try behind the couch.)

Don’t forget, Animal Blessing Sunday is coming up in two weeks on October 1st.  Bring your stuffed toy animals to the services to have them blessed, and bring your live animals after 2nd service (at about 12:15 pm) for a blessing on the patio.  We are blessed to have animals in our lives, so now it’s time for us to return the favor!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, September 08, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

I’m baaaaack!  Miss me?  This Sunday, September 10th is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Scrip Sunday, and Rally Day – which means we return to our two-service schedule, Sunday School starts up again at 10 am, and Adult Forum starts at 10:15 am with a six-week study about science and faith led by Dean Sieglaff (Parenting Forum will begin next Sunday at 10:15 am). There will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm for strategizing, and it’s also God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, so wear your t-shirts if you got ‘em and they’re not too dirty from…

Church Work Day! Yes, tomorrow (Saturday Sept 9) is the day we will clean up our campus inside and out for the fall season.  The uniform of the day is the orangey-yellow “God’s Work Our Hands” t-shirts.  Failing that wardrobe, you could wear the freebie Thrivent “live generously” t-shirts, or anything else that you don’t care if it gets dirty.  The fun starts at 9 am, and there will be treats.  If you can’t make it, there’ll be a list of things we didn’t get to that I’m sure you’d love to do at your own convenience!

We are changing our Cause of the Month to help those affected by the hurricanes through Lutheran Disaster Response. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” will be used entirely (100%) for this disaster until the response is complete. You can give to the Cause of the Month which is designated for hurricane relief, use the forms on the Media Table, or go to https://community.elca.org/ushurricanerelief. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support.

Tuesday Bible Study will start up again on September 12th, the first Tuesday after Rally Day. Come to learn, join in the lively discussions, and, on the third Tuesday of each month, stay for the Daytimers’ Luncheon!

There will be a WELCA Meeting (Women of ELCA) at 10:30 am this Wednesday, September 13th.  I’m told this is a different week than usual, so don’t come last week.

Achtung! Next Sunday there will be an Oktoberfest Meeting following the second service (about 12:15 pm).  Bring your best ideas and willingness to help in order to make this year’s Oktoberfest uber-fun!

Since the approval of the Welcome Statement on August 27th (46 yes, 6 no and 1 abstention), we have been accepted onto the RIC roster and we are now on their website map! This Sunday’s treats will be provided by the RIC committee in celebration. We will have another celebration when we actually get our certificate, because you just can’t have too many celebrations!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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This Week at Holy Trinity, August 18 through September 1, 2017

Hi, Everybody:

I will be gone the next couple of weeks, which means this email blast will have to last you until I’m back.  So don’t immediately send it to the trash can as usual, but save it for the valuable information (and inherent literary value) that it contains.  Also, I will be out of the office, so please call before coming to the church to make sure someone is here to help you (Pastor Tim is often out visiting people, running errands, or doing church yardwork).  I will be back the Tuesday after Labor Day.

This Sunday, August 20th, is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  And, of course, we’ll be having our highly-anticipated Hawaiian-themed service and Lu-Wow! potluck.  Dress up in your most outrageous tropical clothing and, if you wish, bring a side, salad or dessert.  Now, before you complain about the picture of a suckling pig on the bulletin cover this Sunday, I’ll have you know that it is actually a photo of a pig-shaped cake I got off the internet.  No animals were harmed in the production of the bulletin cover! (I can’t say the same about the potluck food, though)  A Worship Committee Meeting will take place at 12:30 pm, when we are all overstuffed and sleepy from the LuWow.  There is also going to be a Welcome Statement Straw Poll this Sunday.  This unofficial poll is recommended by the RIC process, and is only to gauge how we’re doing before the real vote next week.  Which leads us to…

the Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, August 27th after the service.  We will be voting on whether or not to adopt the Welcoming Statement crafted by the RIC Committee, with changes made according to some of your suggestions (thank you!).  Here is the revised version:

“We extend a heartfelt embrace to all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, Deaf or hearing, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, varying intellects and abilities, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. We invite you, wherever you are in your faith journey, to join us in caring, sharing, and serving God through our unity in Christ. Welcome.”

Believe it or not, this is still shorter than most of the RIC-compliant Welcome Statements out there!  Remember, this statement is meant to help people find us and show the world what an open and welcoming church we already are!  (I’m sorry, did that influence you?  Good!  I’m not going to be here to vote!)

There are a couple of handouts Pastor Tim has made available on the Media Table which you should be aware of.  One is a particularly heartfelt Message from Bishop Mark W. Holmerud in response to the events in Charlottesville and hate groups in general.  The other is the ELCA Social Statement on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.  Adopted in 1993, this document shows just where the ELCA officially stands as a church on these issues.

Next Friday, August 25th is the fourth Friday of the month, which means it will be time for Family Movie Night!  Join us at 6:30 PM in the Activity Room for food, friends, and a fun film.

Saturday, September 9th from 9 am to 12 pm will be a Church Work Day (3 hours makes a day?).  Help prepare Holland Hall for Sunday School and spruce up the rest of the church campus.  The camaraderie and snacks make it hardly seem like work at all!  If you absolutely can’t make it, don’t worry – there will be a list of projects you can work on at a more convenient time (you’ll have to provide your own snacks and camaraderie).

Sunday September 10th is Rally Day, when we go back to two services at 8:45 am (21st Century Traditional) and 11 am (Service of Living Praise). Sunday School (10 am) and Adult Forum (10:15 am) also start up again that day. And depending on how the vote goes, we may also be celebrating becoming an RIC church! Parenting Forum (10:15 am) will begin on the 17th, the following week.

In the spirit of cooperation (cross-advertising?) between the local ELCA churches, I’m letting you know that everybody is invited to a Community BBQ tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 18) at Good Shephard, 4221 Carol Ave, Fremont.  Now don’t “pig out” too much (Ha!) before the LuWow the next day!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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