This Sunday, March 3rd, is the Transfiguration of Our Lord, when Jesus puts on a mountaintop show (including dazzling lighting effects) with his Dad and friends Moses and Elijah (it’s a supergroup!). It’s also Nacho Name Tag Sunday – the last one before you swear them off for Lent (I mean the nachos, not the name tags).
Yes, that’s right, Lent is upon us starting this coming Wednesday. Our Ash Wednesday Service is at 7 pm on March 6th. This is a solemn service that includes the imposition of ashes on your forehead as a reminder of your mortality (you don’t have to receive the ashes, if it’s too much of an imposition).
The subsequent Wednesdays of Lent (excluding Holy Week) will feature our Midweek Lenten Services at 6:30 pm. These are short, half-hour meditative services that feature calming Taizé music. We are inviting the other local Lutheran churches to participate, and there will be short dramatic readings called “Voices of Lent” featuring characters from the Bible. Come for the serenity, stay for the choir rehearsal! (if you aren’t already getting enough pain and suffering during Lent)
If that’s not enough activities for you during Lent, here are some Other Local Lutheran Churches’ Lenten Opportunities: Christ the King (1301 Mowry Ave, Fremont) is having an afternoon Ash Wednesday Service at 1 pm, and is hosting a Book Study throughout Lent (gathering dates TBD) on the book The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem by John Dominic Crossan & Marcus Borg (ISBN-13: 978-0060872601). Holy Redeemer (35660 Cedar Blvd, Newark) is celebrating Mardi Gras on Sunday March 3rd with a jazz trio – 11:30 to 1:30, activities for the children and freshly made beignets. They are also holding an ELCA Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving Lenten Study on the 5 Tuesdays of Lent at IHOP in Newark at 6:30 pm. Please consider attending these events and meeting your fellow Lutherans (or at least stealing their ideas – why don’t we have a Mardi Gras with jazz and beignets?!).
Of course, we do have the Spaghetti Feed which is coming up in just three weeks on Saturday, March 23rd from 4 pm to 6 pm. Start getting those raffle baskets ready, buy your tickets, and take some fliers from the Usher’s Table to distribute (assuming the printer behaves – it broke down yet again earlier this week – that unearthly wailing sound you heard was just me).
A Stewardship Update from Erik (because you just can’t get enough of that Giving Tree logo!): The Giving Tree is now up to 30 leaves and 10 of those represent the youth in our congregation who have turned in a stewardship form. The number should continue to grow as we still seem to be waiting on forms from the Holland and Huff families (must be busy people). Of course, everyone else is still invited to turn in a form at any time. Please be assured that all ideas, thoughts, and suggestions will be discussed by either council or the appropriate committee. The feedback you are providing is valued. Also, beginning next week, the Stewardship Spotlight will begin. This will be a chance to introduce all of you to the contributions made by members to the community at large and Holy Trinity. All of us are so generous with our time by volunteering to assist those less fortunate, animals in need, youth sports, all sorts of projects at HTLC and many more causes.
By the way, there is at least one error in this Sunday’s insert: The first Sunday of Lent is Scrip Sunday, not Nacho Name Tag Sunday again (just wishful thinking on my part!).
See you in church!