This Week at Holy Trinity, March 31, 2017

Hi, Everyone:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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