In anticipation of Holy Week, I wanted to cordially invite you all to a special gathering tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th at 9 am (and you can definitely bring a +1 or more!). Yes I’m talking about that elegant semiannual event called Church Clean-up Day! The menu includes donuts and coffee (or anything you care to bring). There will be special projects tailored to your individual abilities, and a door prize (the winner gets to clean all the doorknobs). So grab your work gloves and get your hat (leave your worries on the doorstep), and direct your feet to HTLC for a scrubbingly good time!
This Sunday, April 14th, is Palm Sunday, the start of a (sparkling clean)Holy Week. Our worship services will include “Voices from the Crowd” – the thoughts of the people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. The 8:45 am service will start on the patio and includes a procession with palms. The 11 am service begins in the sanctuary. It is also Scrip Sunday and the last day to sign up for the Easter Garden and still get your name and dedication in the bulletin. Then, in the evening at 5 pm, is our annual Seder Meal for Christian participation. Come and enjoy the foods and rituals that have accumulated around the celebration of Passover. Where is the Chametz hidden? Who will find the Afikomen? Will Elijah show up? (Don’t hold your breath – save that for your recitation of Had Gadya!) Find out what it all means Sunday night!
The Daytimers’ Luncheon is this Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Activity Room. All are invited to this monthly potluck event that takes place after Bible Study on third Tuesdays. Eat and chat with your fellow HTLC-ers. Usually there is a theme to the food. This time the theme is – wait for it – “food”! (I guess they’re running out of themes.)
The next Holy Week event is on Maundy Thursday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. The evening begins with a Soup Supper at 5:45 pm (sign up at the Media Table) followed by the Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm. This remembrance of Jesus’ last Passover meal with his disciples includes foot-washing, anointing, communion, and all sorts of special music. Don’t miss it!
Next is Good Friday on the 19th here at Holy Trinity at 7 pm. Jesus’ mother Mary (played by Carmen) sadly reflects on the stations of the cross interspersed with readings, Taizé music, and the choir singing the heart-wrenching “Pieta,” so there shouldn’t be a dry eye in the house! It’s a solemn service – please enter and leave in silence. If you prefer a daytime service, there is a 1 pm service at Christ the King.
Then it’s a joyful Easter Sunday! (April 21st) Services are at the usual times of 8:45 and 11 am with an Easter Breakfast in-between at 10 am and an Egg Hunt for the kids at 10:30. Obviously, there will be no Sunday School or Adult Forum, as we will be too busy eating pancakes and chocolate eggs. (Seder Meal, Daytimers’ Luncheon, Soup Supper, Easter Breakfast – is there room in the budget for pew-widening?) The office will be closed on Monday the 22nd while Pastor Tim and I recover.
The Sunday after Easter (yes, there is life after Easter – everlasting life! [ba-DUM!]) the Sunday School kids will be visited by animals from the unfortunately-named animal shelter Sloppy Seconds, and will be making projects for them. They could use toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, boxes, and egg cartons (don’t throw them away after egg dying!). Pick up the information in the Narthex at the Usher’s Table (the Media Table is too full of sign-up sheets!). Speaking of sign-ups, you can also sign up at the Media Table for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark in August. See the sign-up sheet for details or talk to Kathy Miedema (email@example.com).
Stewardship Spotlight: Thank you to everyone for your continuing support of the Giving Tree. FOUR more Stewardship forms were turned in last week and it is not too late to turn in a form if you haven’t already. Collin & Diana Thormoto are in the Stewardship spotlight this week and it is well deserved. They support numerous literary programs in the community and at Cal State East Bay. These include volunteering at an independent bookstore, coordinating various writing activities, and food drive at the local library. At HTLC they enjoy helping with clean-up days, contributing to various donation drives, and help update the HTLC website!
See you in church!