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 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 ( 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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