HTLC News Email, April 13, 2018

Hi, Everyone:

The big news, of course, is the Spaghetti Feed on Saturday (tomorrow!) from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Make sure you’ve told everyone you know how much fun it is and that they should come.  We still have flyers in the narthex (if you feel like going door-to-door to annoy people individually), and there are plenty of opportunities to help out.  Setting up and decorating begins tomorrow at about 10 am, and cleaning up afterward is always appreciated.  Gift baskets are starting to accumulate in the Activity Room, but we could always use more.  There will be a silent auction, raffles, a kid’s zone, and photo booths with Italian backdrops!  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, wine & beer are extra.  Don’t miss it!

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Fill the Food Barrel Sunday, and recover-from-the-Spaghetti-Feed Sunday.  Bring your sunglasses, as we have had new windows installed in the sanctuary, but won’t have the new blinds for a couple of weeks.  On the positive side, the whole neighborhood will be able to see that you attend church!  There is a lot less traffic noise now, and we have screens so we can open the windows without doubling our attendance with insects.  Thanks to Dave Barron for organizing it all.

The Daytimers’ Luncheon will take place this Tuesday, April 17, at 11:30 am after Bible Study. All are invited to this monthly event of food and fellowship.  The theme this month is “potluck” (wait, isn’t that the theme every month?).

HTLC Buildings and Grounds is forming a Landscaping Committee to assess the current condition of hardscape and infrastructure while building upon existing design. Most garden enthusiasts are arty doers that like to create and maintain areas that bring out the spirit in people and others of God’s creation. We need you! Please contact Kate if interested:  510-552-3656 text or voice, email:  If you want to learn more about sustainable gardening and have some fun, Kate recommends signing up for the May 6 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. It’s an annual East Bay event where homeowners and others open up their yards for people to come check them out. Gardening lectures, music, art, and plant sales are also available.  For more information and registration, check out

It’s not too early to think about summertime fun like the HTLC Day at the Ballpark! Join your friends from church for an Oakland A’s baseball game and fireworks. Sign up for tickets now at the Media Table.  We’re planning to tailgate before the game – a matchup between the A’s and the Detroit Tigers – at 6 pm on Saturday, Aug. 4. Afterward, we’ll stay for a fireworks show at the ballpark. Our group tickets are $25.50 each (includes handling fee). About half of the seats we’ve reserved are still available.  You don’t have to be an A’s fan to enjoy this outing – good food, friends to chat with, and fabulous fireworks are all part of the package. If this sounds like fun to you, please add your name to the sign-up sheet. (Payment, due in June, will confirm your tickets.)  Any questions, please ask Kathy Miedema (

If you can stand thinking about one more event, the annual HTLC Yard Sale will be coming up June 2nd, so start going through your stuff!

See you in church!


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