This Sunday, March 17, is the 2nd Sunday of Lent, and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday. There is a Council Meeting after 2nd Service (at about 12:15 pm). It’s also St. Patrick’s Day, so feel free to wear green (an Irish Catholic tradition), or orange (an Irish Protestant tradition to protest against the Catholic Church), or white (which represents peace between Catholics and Protestants in the Irish green-white-orange-striped flag [which no one seems to do]), or blue (which was the color associated with St Patrick before the late 1700’s). Or be like me and wear whatever color shirt is washed, not too wrinkly, and has the least number of persistent grease stains.
The Spaghetti Feed is just a week away! (More stains for my shirts!) Yep, it’s that close: on March 23, 4 pm to 8 pm. Get those flyers distributed (available at the Ushers’ Table) make those raffle baskets, donate those prizes, and buy those tickets: $15 Adult, $12 Seniors, $10 Kids under 12, $45 Family of 4. There are also guest tickets available: put your name on them and give them to your friends. If they use them, you only pay $10 each and we get to meet new people! Set-up starts at 10 am on Saturday, and of course we always need people to help clean up (it’s next to godliness!).
All are invited to the monthly Daytimers’ Luncheon (even more stains!) this Tuesday, March 19th at 11:30 am in the Activity Room. Come and eat with a friendly group of people (they don’t even judge you for not bringing a dish – at least not to your face!)
You still have thirty days left in Lent to complete the daily devotional “Stewardship of Creation: A Thirty Day Discipline” (by Sara Olson and Brooke Petersen for www.webofcreation.org at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago). Each day features a scripture, facts, ideas for involvement, and a prayer all focusing on that day’s environmental topic. Avoid wasting paper – download it as a PDF by clicking on the title above (go green for St. Patrick!). If you really need a printed copy, some are available at the Media Table (remember, they’re recyclable!).
Midweek Lenten Services continue this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Relax to the calming music, listen to the thoughts of a “Voices of Lent” character (this week: Dora, the Woman at the Well), and pound a nail into the cross to remember your sins. It’s a very evocative series of half-hour services you don’t want to miss!
Stewardship Update: The Giving Tree is really feeling the benefits of this past week’s sunshine. The original 35+ returned Stewardship forms are beginning to bloom and are going to grow into over 80 leaves! These leaves represent the different individual gifts that were highlighted in the forms. Please be sure to take a look at the tree and be familiar with it. It will be on display during the Spaghetti Feed and is a great way to show guests all of the gifts of talent HTLC shares with the community at large. This week, the Stewardship spotlight is on Cheryl Kuhlmann. In the community, Cheryl is a volunteer for the New Haven Schools Foundation, a Red Cross donor of blood & platelets, and with Abode Services. For HTLC she participated on the RIC committee, serves as a lector, organizes the Adopt An Angel Tree and sternly, but compassionately, convinces all of us to have our pictures taken for the Photo Directory.
Other Local Lutheran Churches’ Lenten Opportunities: Christ the King is hosting a Book Study on The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem (ISBN-13: 978-0060872601) and Holy Redeemer is 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 eating some pancakes in solidarity).
See you in church!