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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HTLC News Email, July 20, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 22nd, is the 9th Sunday after Pentecost and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday. It’s also the last day to turn in your Hymn Request Forms for the upcoming Favorite Hymn Sundays.  Pick up a pink form at the Media Table, list one or two of your favorite hymns or Praise Band songs, put your name on it (this prevents anonymous hymn hogs), and place it in Carmen’s box by the end of the service.  Be different – pick some arcane hymn like “Come, Ye Disconsolate.”

Tonight (Friday the 20th) Family Movie Night comes a week early to coincide with Madeline Kuhlmann’s birthday.  In her honor, we will be showing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, featuring some of her favorite characters (I bet there’ll be pizza!).  The fun starts at 7 pm in the Activity Room.  You can dress up as your favorite Ninja Turtle, but prepare to be mocked (Ha! – Mock Turtle!).

Since many of us travel and take vacations in August, we’re announcing the August Cause of the Month early:  school supplies for the schoolchildren of Abode Services in Fremont.  Abode Services provides housing and other services (including tutoring and counseling for low-income students) to more than 6,100 people each year across Alameda and other nearby counties.  These kids need the same supplies our kids need: pencils, markers and crayons, paper, binders, and notebooks.  A $50 donation buys them nearly everything they need to start the year.  We’ll collect supplies for them through mid-August to help them get ready for school, which starts before Labor Day, and we’ll collect monetary donations through the end of August.  Please visit http://abodeservices.org for more on this organization.

For those of you who ordered tickets, remember that the HTLC Day at the Ball Park is coming up soon on August 4th.  If you’ve forgotten the details, please ask Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com).

It’s only a month until Lu-Wow! / Pastor Tim’s 30 Years of Ministry.  Be prepared to celebrate both events on August 19th.  Time to find your grass skirts and coconut bras! (If you don’t have any today, buy them to-Maui!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, July 13, 2018

Hi, Everyone, I’m back! (My Mom says “Hi.”):

This Sunday, July 15th, is the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, Fill the Food Barrel Sunday, and VBS Sunday. During the service, you’ll get to hear about all of the exciting things the kids have been up to, and they’ll regale you with some of the songs they learned at our “Shipwrecked” Vacation Bible School. Then, celebrate after the service with a Rescue Barbecue (and belated 4th of July celebration).  There’ll be all sort of food and fun including face painting, henna tattoos, and games.  We will also be having a water slide, so don’t forget to bring a towel and your swimsuit (the one that fits well enough not to slide off – we are not re-creating the fall from Eden!).  Thanks to everyone who has made VBS such a success!

Since I’ve been gone, I haven’t had a chance to tell you about the Cause of the Month (or Social Concern of the Month, or Social Cause for Concern of the Month – choose your nomenclature).  This month it’s the ELCA Fund for Leaders Federal Chaplaincy Ministries Scholarship which aims to support seminary students who minister to members of the armed forces. This scholarship goes to students who are attending an ELCA seminary full-time and are preparing for ministry as a military, Veterans Administration, or federal prison chaplain. These scholarships are awarded through ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Ministries. More information is available here: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Leadership/Federal-Chaplaincy-Ministries

Believe it or not, it’s just a little over a month until Lu-Wow!  On August 19th we are planning on having our annual luau-inspired feast following the service.  It’s always a great time, so start searching your wardrobe now for your most obnoxious Hawaiian print shirts!  More info to come (and probably bad jokes on my part).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, June 15, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 17th, is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday. So much is happening this Sunday, and all for one low, low price! (whatever you throw in the offering plate)  First of all, it’s Father’s Day.  And what would an observance day be at Holy Trinity without food;  hence, the Father’s Day Lunch after the service.  But wait – you also get a show!  The Choir’s end-of-the-choir-season Sermon in Song replaces Pastor Tim’s homily.  It’s also Bethany Stevenin’s last week with us, so I let her pick the songs (blame her).  She also picked the Praise Band songs and is doing the Children’s Sermon (It’s all about you, isn’t it, Bethany?).  But wait – there’s more!  You also get the Installation of Council Members (finally – haven’t they been our Church Council since, like, February?).  Now how much would you pay?

This is the last Sunday to order your “God’s Work, Our Hands” and “Helping Hands” t-shirts.  Sign-ups are on the Media Table and Cheryl Hall is collecting the moolah. They’ll be the height of fashion this fall, so don’t miss out!

Your Parish Life Coordinator (aka Church Secretary [me]) will be taking a few weeks off, so office hours will be limited to whenever Pastor Tim is here, and he’s a busy guy (except for this Sunday, apparently).  So be sure to call to make sure someone’s there before coming over.  This also means no email blasts for the next few weeks (stop cheering!), so you’ll have to actually listen to the announcements in church instead of sneaking out early to get the last of the donuts.

Since I’ll be gone, I’ll remind you now that Family Movie Night is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd at 7 pm, and there will be no Game Night on Friday, July 6th (unless someone wants to step up and host it in lieu of Richard and I).

Vacation Bible School is creeping up on us:  July 9 – 13, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”  I’m sure Terri MacFarlane could use lots of help, so contact her (tam1960@aol.com) to volunteer your copious talents.  She could also use nautical/island/castaway-themed items for decorations.  Flyers and Registration Forms are available on the Media Table.  You can also download the Registration Form at www.holytrinityfremont.org.

Just a reminder that Richard Anderson’s Memorial is tomorrow (Saturday the 16th) at 11:30 am, followed by a reception in Holland Hall.  Help us celebrate the life of this wonderful man.

See you in church! (at least this Sunday)

Keith

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HTLC News Email, June 08, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 10th, is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. There is a Council Meeting at 11:15 am (if you are seeking counciling).  Scrip Sunday isn’t happening this month, but you could take this opportunity to sign up for your own ShopWithScrip® account at www.ShopWithScrip.com.  Be sure to use HTLC’s enrollment code, B768EC1D14576 (so memorable!), so that Holy Trinity gets a cut of each gift card you purchase.  More details are in this Sunday’s insert (viewable online at www.holytrinityfremont.org).  This Sunday will also be the last day to turn in information about your graduates so they can be recognized in the insert on the 17th.  Just fill out the green forms from the Media Table and put them in my Parish Life Coordinator box (and no, if you put them in my Choir Director box, the choir will NOT sing out their names during the Sermon-in-Song!).

And speaking of the Sermon-in-Song, it’s coming up on Sunday, June 17th, which is also Father’s Day.  We’ll be having a Father’s Day Lunch at about 11:15 am after the service to celebrate all you fatherly-types.

We’re still taking Hymn Requests for the upcoming favorite hymn Sundays.  The pink Hymn Request forms are available on the Media Table.  Just write down your favorite hymns or Praise Band songs on the form (Just one or two, please – don’t be a hymn-hog!) and place it in Carmen’s box.  Be sure to put your name on the form – we won’t use it without knowing who to blame.

Vacation Bible School is only a month away:  July 9 – 13, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”  Registration forms and flyers are available on the Media Table.  See Terri MacFarlane for details or to offer your help.  VBS is also the Cause of the Month, if you would like to help defray the cost of this free and fabulous outreach.

Thanks to all who made last Saturday’s Yard Sale such a rousing success!  The money is still coming in.  If you ran up a tab, please be sure you pay Terri, or my curly-haired Yard Sale imp-in-a-basket will come and get you! (Come by the office to see it – it’s really creepy!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, June 01, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 3rd, is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost and Nacho Name Tag Sunday. It’s also shop-the-last-remnants-of-the-Yard-Sale Sunday!  And please stay to help box up everything that didn’t sell so we can use the room again.  Many hands make light work!

Yes, Tomorrow (Saturday, June 2nd) is the annual Yard Sale from 8 am to 2 pm.  Today is the last day to bring your former treasures to donate, day or evening.  I’m sure we could also use help with last-minute sorting and pricing (for those of us who procrastinated until today to bring stuff).  There will also be plenty of opportunities to help out the day of the sale – cashiering, assisting customers, and generally tidying up and helping out (and shopping!).  It looks like we could especially use help early, since no one has officially signed up for the 7:30 am shifts.  Let’s all help to make this a fun, successful event.  Tell everyone you know!  As always, pester Erik Holland with questions:  (510) 793-5407 or erholland@fidelityinsuranceservice.com.

Tonight (Friday) is Game Night, although it may turn into a last-minute Yard Sale set-up and shopping session (maybe we’ll find a new game!).  We meet at about 6:30 in the Activity Room for food and fun.  Join us!

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Annual Barbecue on Tuesday, June 5th. This marks the end of Tuesday Bible Study for the Summer, but the Daytimers usually soldier on with their monthly feasts.  Devotions begin at 10:30, followed by a sumptuous meal. Don’t miss it!

Sunday, June 17th, is Father’s Day, and we will be celebrating with a Father’s Day Lunch at about 11:15 am after the service.  The choir will also be performing their Sermon-in-Song that Sunday – food and entertainment!  (not that Pastor Tim isn’t entertaining…)

As always, check out the Media Table for sign-ups, forms, and things to read.  We have new issues of “The Word in Season” and “Christ in Our Home” available in both pocket and large print editions.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 25, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 27th, is Holy Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the mystery of the Three-In-One nature of God (visually, it’s just white and gold paraments – quite a come-down from last week’s red, flames, and doves!). It’s also Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.

Tonight, Friday May 25th, is Family Movie Night.  Share some food, grab some popcorn, and watch a fun movie with us at 7 pm in the Activity Room.

Tomorrow (Saturday) after 10 am, you can start bringing all sizes of items to Holland Hall for our Yard Sale, which takes place on Saturday, June 2nd, from 8 am to 2 pm.  We can use all the help we can get for setting up, sorting, and pricing.  Sign-up sheets for helping out during the week (both daytime and evening) are available on the Media Table along with sign-ups for shifts of cahiers and helpers the day of the Yard Sale.  If you are dropping off items for the sale, sooner is definitely better than later – bringing stuff the day of the sale will only get you angry stares.  If you have questions, or need help with large items, please contact Erik Holland at (510) 793-5407 or erholland@fidelityinsuranceservice.com.

The church office will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day, when we remember those who have given their lives for our freedom (by attending retail sales events, as the TV would have it!).

We have a couple of memorial services coming up for members who have passed away.  Inez Severson’s Memorial will be at Holy Trinity on Monday, June 4th, at 1 pm, with a reception following at BJ’s Restaurant.  Richard Anderson’s Memorial will be at Holy Trinity on Saturday, June 16th, at 11:30 am, with a reception following in Holland Hall.  Please help us celebrate the lives of these two special people.

Be sure to check out the Media Table for all sorts of things to sign up for (Day at the Ballpark), read (ELCA Bishop Statements), and forms to fill out (Graduates & Favorite Hymns).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 18, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday.  Celebrate the “birthday of the church” by wearing red!  In the readings there’ll be tongues of fire, rushing wind, speaking in tongues, smoky mist, the sun turns to darkness and the moon to blood – it’s downright creepy!  Those of you who are bothered by the smoke from our usual “flaming bowl of death spirit” can breathe easier (literally) because we are foregoing it this year in favor of other visual stimuli.  We will also be celebrating Rachel Huff’s Confirmation this Sunday with a Confirmation Reception after the single 10 am service (yay, Rachel!).  It is also Fill the Food Barrel Sunday (yay, food!).

But before all the blood, fire and smoky mist, there will be a Yard Sale Meeting at 9:30 am this Sunday before the worship service.  Come and help plan this fun annual event which will be taking place on June 2nd (only two weeks away!) from 8 am to 2 pm.  Small items for the Yard Sale can be placed in the Youth Room starting this Monday.  Other items will have to wait until Saturday, May 26th after 10 am to be dropped off in Holland Hall – other groups use that space throughout the week.  After that, there will be plenty of opportunities for sorting, pricing and setting up, as well as helping out the day of the Yard Sale.  Talk to Erik Holland if you have questions.

There are so many things you can do right now at the Media Table:

  • Read copies of statements on Gaza and racism from ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton.
  • Fill out the green forms for graduates for any graduates you know, so we can honor them in an upcoming insert (place in my box).
  • Fill out a pink hymn request form for our Favorite Hymn Sundays this summer (place in Carmen’s box).
  • Order your “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts.
  • Order your “Helping Hands” T-shirts (these are new shirts in honor of our Sunday School Helping Hands group!)
  • Sign up for tickets for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th.

You can find details for most of these activities in previous emails.  If you deleted them (shame on you!), you can view them at www.holytrinityfremont.org (click on the “News and Events” tab), or read them on the bulletin board at the (wait for it…) Media Table!

See you in church – wear red!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 11, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

First, the sad news:  Richard Anderson, beloved member of this congregation, passed away suddenly on Wednesday.  Please keep his wife Joann and his family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.  There are no details about a memorial service yet.

This Sunday, May 13th, is the 7th Sunday of Easter and the beginning of our single 10 am service summer schedule.  It’s also Scrip Sunday and Mother’s Day. We’ll be celebrating all of the nurturing women of our congregation with flowers during the single 10 am service (I’m mentioning the 10 am service again, so you can’t blame me if you show up early or late – 10 am!). Then, stay after the 10 am service for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at about 11:15 am, following the 10 am service that will take place at 10 am.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 12th from 9 am to 11 am, we will be having a Church Work Day to strip and paint the white pillars outside the church.  Please help out if you can.  Gloves, brushes, and materials will be provided, just wear your drip-friendly best.  This is the first of what we hope will be work days on the second Saturday of each month (Church Work Day sounds too much like work – may I humbly suggest Second Saturday Spruce-up?).

You are cordially invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15th at 11:30 am after Bible Study.  If you haven’t been to one of these third-Tuesday happenings, there’s a lot of eating, laughing, and talking going on.  You should come just to make sure they’re not talking about you!

The annual HTLC Yard Sale is only three weeks away on Saturday, June 2nd from 8 am to 2 pm.  Small items can be dropped off in the Youth Room starting May 21st.  All size items can be dropped off in Holland Hall starting May 26th.  Questions? Ask Erik Holland.  A volunteer schedule will be coming soon (right, Erik?).

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, has issued a statement on racism (spoiler alert – she’s against it). Copies are available on the Media Table.

It’s graduation season, and we would like to honor all of our graduates in the bulletin insert.  If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please fill out one of the forms located on the Media Table and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 10th. This includes all of those graduating from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, and Certificate Programs. We do not want to leave anyone out!

Favorite Hymn Sundays are coming up in August.  This is your chance to sing that neglected hymn that you love. Just fill out a hymn request form available in the bulletins and on the Media Table, and place it in the offering tray or Carmen’s box.  Please limit yourself to one or two hymns or Praise Band songs, list any verses which you particularly like, and be sure to put your name on it – unsigned forms will not be used (we want to know who to blame give credit to).

Order your “God’s Work Our Hands” T-shirts at the Media Table.  These bright yellow shirts (they might as well say “Caution: Lutherans Working”) are de rigueur attire for the ELCA Day of Service in September, as well as other HTLC events.  Only $8 each!

A handful of tickets are still available for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark on August 4th. Good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package (oh, yes – and there’s also an A’s baseball game!). Tickets are $25.50 each (payment confirms your tickets).  Please email Kathy Miedema at skoop32@yahoo.com.

See you in church – at 10 am!

Keith

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