This Week at HTLC, December 02, 2016

Hi, everyone:  here’s everything you ever wanted to know about December’s activities – and more!

This Sunday is December 4th, Second Sunday of Advent, and Nacho Name Tag and Scrip Sunday.  That’s right, In order to get your gift cards in time for Christmas, Scrip Sunday is moving up a week to this Sunday!  Scrip gift cards make great Christmas gifts because not only will your recipient get a useful gift that they won’t have to return, Holy Trinity will get a percentage of the purchase price. So make it a win-win winter with Scrip gifts!  (I should have been an Ad Man instead of a madman!)

Tonight (12/02) is Family Game Night.  Come to the Activity Room at 6:30pm for food, fun, and fellowship.  (definition:  fel·low·ship [ fel-oh-ship] noun 1. A word used to make fun events sound church-y)

The following events are happening on Saturday, Dec 3rd :

The Sunday School Christmas Program rehearsal is from 9am to 12pm.  There will also be rehearsals on Sunday 12/04 10am – 11 am, and Saturday 12/10 9am – 12pm.  Please make sure to get your children to at least one of the Saturday rehearsals if they have a speaking role, and all performers should be at the church by 9:30am the Sunday of the Christmas Program (12/11 between services).

Next, there is a Holiday Boutique in Holland Hall 11am – 3pm put on by Relay for Life of Newark.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Angel Tea is at 11:30am at the home of Laurel Beebe, 35839 Hibiscus Ct., Fremont, CA 94536.  All proceeds go to purchase Christmas gifts for children who are in the care of Alameda County due to unsafe conditions in their homes (Adopt an Angel).  Contact Cheryl Kuhlmann at 510-502-0890, if you have any questions.

Finally on Dec 3rd is Family Caroling Night.  The plan is to meet at the church at 5:30pm, carol at some members’ houses then return to church for tree decorating, cookies, and maybe (if you’re good enough) a special guest.  Questions? Please contact Marta Wicke.

Now, on to Sunday Dec 4th :

Besides the usual Sunday shenanigans, there will be a Strategic Planning Meeting after the second service (at about 12:15pm), if your brain can think beyond Christmas.

The An-Tea Party (your an-tea-dote to the Angel Tea) is from 5pm to 8pm in Holland Hall.  Like the Angel Tea, proceeds benefit the Adopt an Angel program.  Is there still time to weasel your way in?  Better contact Arnold Kuhlmann for that answer.

After this weekend :

December 6th at 10am is the last Tuesday Bible Study of the year.  However, all are invited to the annual Daytimers’ Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th at 10:30am at Leon and Lucille Klovdahl’s house (7874 Hazelnut Drive, Newark, CA 94560).  After all, you can’t spell “Luncheon” without either “Leon” or “Lu”!

Sunday Dec 11th has the Sunday School Christmas Program between services.  In order to make time for the Christmas Program, there will be no verbal Community Announcements during the services. This means you will have to actually read the insert sheet next week!  If you have announcements for the insert, please get them to me in my box or at office@holytrinityfremont.org by Wednesday. And please don’t blather on and on like I do.  Space will be limited!  There is also an RIC Meeting following the second service.

Sunday Dec 18th Pastor Tim’s sermon gets replaced by the Choir’s “Sermon in Song” at both services.  Let the meaning of Christmas wash over you through music and visuals.  (or take a quick 15 minute nap – I won’t know unless you snore, my back will be turned to you!)

Christmas Eve Services will be at 5pm and 9pm, with the usual inter-service nosh at Randy and Vicky’s place for those of us lucky enough to have to get to go to both services.

Christmas Day there will be a single Service of Carols at 10am, followed by Brunch.  To make it easy, you can wear your pajamas. (notice I did not say to wear what you sleep in – only Jesus gets to wear his birthday suit that day!)  Or wear ugly Christmas sweaters if you got ‘em.

New Year’s Day will also have a single service at 10am.  No Instrumental Group, Choir, or Praise Band, so your hangover will be safe.

I think that’s everything.  Let me know if I left anything out!

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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