This Week at HTLC, October 07, 2016

Hi, everyone.  Grab a snack – it’s a long one!   

This Sunday is October 9th, 21th Sunday after Pentecost and Scrip Sunday.  It will also be WELCA Thankoffering Sunday.  WELCA stands for Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so women will be helping in all aspects of the service.  The Message will be Faith Stories from Marta and Judi, and Carmen will be doing the Children’s Time  (yes, this means Pastor Tim gets out of doing both duties). Please consider supporting the work of WELCA by putting a donation in the offering this Sunday using the blue envelopes in the pews.

Tonight is Family Game Night at 6:30pm in the Activity Room.  If we finish eating and talking early enough, we actually do play games!  It would be even more fun if you were there, so please come.  (There’s a rumor that Richard’s bringing lumpia, but I make no promises)

Next Sunday, Oct 16th, is ELCA World Hunger Day. This is a day of action when people around the world will join together to fight hunger.  It’s also our “Fill the Food Barrel Sunday”, so let’s make a special effort this time.  This is a congregation that loves to eat – let’s help others enjoy that blessing.

The times for Myrtle Poier’s funeral have been established.  The memorial service will take place at Holy Trinity on Monday, October 17th at 12:30pm with a viewing at11:30am, gravesite service at 2:30pm, and reception in Holland Hall at 4:00pm. All are invited to come and remember.

Oktoberfest plans are brewing.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 4pm-8pm. There will be plenty of food, beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic), games, entertainment, prizes, and more! Get your tickets now! $15 Adults, $10 12 and Under, $45 Family of Four, $10 for additional family members and friends.  If you have German/Bavarian themed decorations, we could use them (including empty German beer bottles – how you acquire them is up to you)

For Reformation Sunday (Oct 30th), I’m sure you’ve all been intensely pondering “What is the church called to do in the world today?” this past week.  Be sure to jot down your thoughts on the response sheets and put them in Carmen’s box (and no, you can’t have 95 of them and nail them to the church door!).  The forms are available in the bulletins and on the Media Table.  If you can find an image that expresses your thoughts, we will include them in a media presentation.  Digital photos can be emailed to Carmen at  Printed photos can be put in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.  Please label prints with your name if you want them back.

If you’re having trouble completing the aforementioned homework, drop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore in the narthex for some inspiration.  Here you can peruse all sorts of books on Martin Luther and the effects of the Reformation then and now.  Augsburg Fortress is offering these books at up to 50% off and with free shipping (such a deal!), so be sure to write your orders down on the form provided.

Take a break – you’re almost through!

Trunk or Treat, our fun and safe trick-or-treat event will be on Oct 31st (when else?) from 6pm to 8pm, so get out your Halloween decorations and gussy up your cars! Sign up at the Media Table if your haunted vehicle is bringing itself (along with some candy, of course!).

On All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6th, we honor the saints in our lives.  Please write down the names of those who have been saints to you on the sheet on the Media Table in the Narthex, so that we can recognize them on All Saints.  Pictures can be emailed to Carmen at or photos can be left in Pastor Tim’s box for scanning.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our Cause of the Month is the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation.  Find out more about this fantastic local group in the bulletin insert.  Also, check out the cool bulletin board in the narthex hallway – see if you can spot the Knitted Knocker!

Whew! Is it my imagination, or are there more things going on in October than in December? (and I didn’t even mention Children’s Sabbath on Oct 23rd – oops, I guess I did!)

See you in Church!

Keith Hillesland

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