This Sunday, March 18th, is the 5th Sunday of Lent and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.
Tonight (Friday the 16th) is Family Movie Night! Yes, it’s a week early, but you can blame the ELCA – they preempted the usual night for a meeting of our local churches, then cancelled the meeting after we all moved our schedules around. Go figure. Anyway, it should be a fun time. Food prep starts at 6:30 pm, and movie at 7 pm (please, please let it be “Coco!”).
Tomorrow (Sat. March 17th) at 9 am is the first of our Church Clean-up Days. Yes, this is also a week earlier than usual, but it’s because there will be two clean-up days this year. If you can’t come tomorrow, you can come next Saturday! Or come to both! Or come during the week! Church Clean-Up will take place rain or shine. We’ll tackle the indoor projects if it rains (Holland Hall walls, church pews, windows, blinds, handles, and fixtures throughout the campus). The stump removal and weeding will still be available when the sun peeps out or for those that need a shower. Food and supplies will be provided! Come as early as you can and bring your work gloves, preferred tools, and rested bodies for the big power-clean days. Questions? Call Kate at 510-552-3656.
Another schedule change is the Daytimers’ Luncheon, which would normally take place this Tuesday, but has been cancelled for this month because so many are sick. Pray for everybody’s health so I can get my free lunch back!
Even the schedule of Pilate and his wife has been moved around. They were supposed to perform their dialogue at the previous Midweek Lenten Service, but switched with Martha and Mary to be at this week’s service, Wednesday at 6:30 pm. It’s the last of these half-hour meditative services, so don’t miss it!
Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday services on March 25th (Carmen could use some extra readers – please mob her this Sunday). There will be a joint Maundy Thursday service (not that kind of joint – it’s with other local ELCA churches) 7 pm March 22nd at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Ave, Fremont, with a soup potluck at 6 pm (maybe you can bring your hemp-seed soup). We will observe Good Friday at 7 pm with a solemn Taizé service. Then, of course, comes Easter with services at 8:45 am and 11am, breakfast between the services, and an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 for the kids. Come to all the services and experience the most dramatic week of the church year!
Our annual Seder Meal will take place on Palm Sunday (March 25th) at 5pm. Please sign up at the Media Table so food amounts can be planned (and no, you don’t have to eat lamb – there will be other choices). Homemade matzoh is always appreciated if you can manage it. Suggested donation: $15 for people 12 and up, $10 for people 5–11, and under 5, free. Food, fellowship, ritual, and fun – what’s not to like?
Once again this year, we will have our Easter Garden in the sanctuary. You can sign up at the media table to bring a plant in honor or in memory of someone. Please print legibly to help ensure correct spelling in the bulletin (she may be a personal hero, but she probably doesn’t want to be called Moth-hair Teresa). Just purchase the plant – any kind, size or color is welcome, and make sure it’s at the church by 10 am on Saturday, Mar 31st. Pairs of plants are especially nice for symmetry’s sake.
Are you a Thrivent member? Your Thrivent Choice Dollars expire on March 31st! Please consider designating them for Holy Trinity (free money – yaaay!).
The Spaghetti Feed will be here April 14th. Tickets are on sale between services. They are $15 for adults, $10 for children 3-12, and $45+ for families. Start getting together those donations of gift cards and prize baskets for the raffle and silent auction. Pick up flyers in the narthex to post anywhere that will let you, and to hand out to all your friends, acquaintances, and perfect strangers!
See you in church!