This Sunday, September 29th, is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost and,since it’s the 5th Sunday of the month, it’s Stewardship Sunday! However, as far as I know, there is nothing stewardship-y planned. We try to have someone from our congregation give their faith story on 5th Sundays as well, but since Libby wasn’t going to be available this week, she did her Faith Story last Sunday (and what a great job she did, too! – Thanks, Libby!). If you really feel the need for a stewardship wake-up call, please read (or re-read) our Council President Marta’s financial update in the insert (this week’s and last week’s) or in last week’s email from me.
This Sunday is also the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, also known as Michaelmas. Now, not many still celebrate this occasion, but since it falls on a Sunday this year and is part of the Lutheran liturgical calendar, I thought I’d mention it (plus it has the word “feast” in the title – which I’m always in favor of). I won’t bore you with all the details about Michaelmas here (there’s plenty of other details in this email to do that), but I put a short item about it in the insert which you can read at opportune times of the service (like during the offering when you’re trying to avoid eye contact with the usher).
It’s only a week until Oktoberfest! It’s on Saturday October 5th from 4 pm to 8 pm. So get those raffle baskets together, tell those friends, distribute those flyers (available now on the Usher’s Table), and get ready to have a wunderbar time! Besides great food, There’ll be activities like pumpkin decorating, prize drawings, karaoke, henna tattoos, maybe a pie-eating contest (Meg and Pastor Tim were talking excitedly about it – I escaped into the office), plus a visit from Holy Trinity’s own Oompah Band (playing the same three songs they know). We need lots of help, so there are sign-up sheets from Hospitality and décor-maven Meg on the Media Table. Suggested donations are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for ages 5-9, and $45 for a family of 4. 10% will be going towards hurricane relief through Lutheran Disaster Response, so you’ll be eating and drinking for a good cause!
Next Sunday, October 6th, is Animal Blessing Sunday. Bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed during the worship services (I suppose you could bring stuffed real animals – though it might creep out the kids [and some adults]). If you would like a photo of your pet or favorite animal displayed on the screen, please email the picture to Carmen (email@example.com) or put prints into Pastor Tim’s box for scanning (remember to put your name on them if you want them back). After the second service, at about 12:15 pm on the patio, we will have the Blessing of the Live Animals. Bring your pets and show them you appreciate the comfort and companionship they give you. Pick up some flyers at the Usher’s Table to distribute to your pet-related friends and to post (with permission) at your favorite haunts.
The current project of Helping Hands (our thoughtful and caring Sunday School kids) is Operation: Care and Comfort. This is a non-profit which sends care packages to U.S. active military who are sent to regions facing conflict or on humanitarian missions. A shopping list of items to send is available at occ-usa.org, and there are also lists in the Narthex. Please bring donated items by Sunday, October 6th. The Helping Hands kids will organize them and write letters to the soldiers (I’m sure you can help, too!).
See you in church!