This Week at HTLC, December 09, 2016

Hi, everyone:

This Sunday is December 11th, Third Sunday of Advent, with the Sunday School Christmas Program between the services at 10am.  Performers should arrive by 9:30am.  In an effort to make more time for the Christmas Program, both services have been slightly shortened and neither service will have verbal announcements, so please be sure to read this email and the bulletin insert this Sunday for pertinent information (and, of course, for their inherent entertainment value! [insert appropriate emoticon here – depending on how entertaining you actually think they are])

There is still one more Christmas Program Rehearsal on Saturday (12/10) from 9am to 12pm.  Please make every effort to get your kids there – especially if they have speaking parts (having the innkeeper accidently say “Sure, come on in, there’s plenty of room!” will just throw everyone else off).

The second RIC Core Team Meeting (RIC = Reconciling in Christ) is this Sunday at 12:15pm.  We will begin planning for involving the entire congregation in discussions and learning opportunities about the RIC process this coming year. The aim of this process is to develop a Welcoming Statement which lets people know we welcome everybody (including those in the ever-lengthening-acronymed LGBTQI communities). The congregation will vote on the adoption of this statement once it is developed.  For more information about the RIC process, please explore the resources found at http://www.reconcilingworks.org/resources/ric/  Questions? Please feel free to talk with anyone on the core team: Pastor Tim, Cheryl Hall, Cheryl Kuhlmann, Keith Hillesland, Diana and Collin Thormoto, and Nate Wicke.

All are invited to Lucille and Leon Klovdahl’s house (7874 Hazelnut Drive Newark, CA 94560) for feasting, singing, and general merry-making at the annual Daytimers Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am.  Be there with bells on!

Marta would like to thank everyone who participated (and helped prep) for Family Caroling Night.  We had 24 fabulous singers, as well as violin accompaniment and brought holiday cheer around the Fremont community.  We were able to visit 3 members and 2 assisted living homes and afterwards received a visit from Santa!  If you have any pictures from the event, please post on Facebook, OneDrive, or share the most embarrassing ones with me.

Some quick notes about upcoming worship services:

  • Sunday Dec 18th the Choir performs their “Sermon in Song” at both services – Pastor Tim gets a sermon vacation.
  • Christmas Eve Services will be at 5pm and 9pm, with the usual inter-service nosh at Randy and Vicky’s place.
  • Christmas Day there will be a single Service of Carols at 10am, followed by Brunch.  Come comfortably-attired in your PJs, or gaudily-attired in your ugly Christmas Sweaters!  Bring along your favorite Nativity Set for display.
  • New Year’s Day will also have a single service at 10am.  No brunch, but any spare Alka-Seltzer would probably be welcome.

Our December Cause of the Month is Marielle’s Winter Relief Program.  Last year, our very own HTLC Youth Member, Marielle, initiated a disaster relief project for France. It inspired her to do more. She approached HTLC Social Concerns, requesting that the congregation gather items helpful to those living on the streets with limited resources. Abode Services and Fremont Human Resources folks working directly with the homeless were consulted. The focus was on the Winter Emergency Warming Center which is open every time it rains or drops below 40 degrees. The homeless can drop in for a couple of hours, or get a hot meal, spend the night, bathe, and leave with a hot breakfast. The most vulnerable people access the Center and it’s a good way to distribute supplies to them.  So what do the homeless need most?

  • Large Tube Socks
  • Underwear for Men and Women
  • Small Flashlights
  • Bike Locks
  • 6’ x 8’ to Tarps to Cover Carts While in the Warming Center Overnight
  • Notes of Encouragement

Items can be dropped off in the collection boxes located in the Narthex or Activity Room.

Want to Do More?

Winter Emergency Warming Center Information:

You can volunteer at the Warming Center individually or as a group. For example, a group can volunteer to bring and serve the hot evening meal.

  • Phone:  Winter Emergency Warming Center Hotline – 510-574-2222
  • Location:  Senior Center (Wing A) 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
  • Volunteer at the Winter Emergency Warming Center: City Serve/Compassion Network
  • email for more information:  specialprojects@cityserve.org
  • email a volunteer application: iamwilling@cityserve.org
  • office: 39155 Liberty St. #H840, Fremont, CA 94538
  • URL: compassionnetwork.org
  • Non-profit Tax ID: #20-5183531

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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