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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!