HTLC News Email, June 07, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 09, is Pentecost Sunday.  Considered the birthday of the church, it’s when the Holy Spirit comes upon the apostles in a rush of wind and tongues of fire, and they can suddenly speak in different languages to the crowds.  The choir’s Sermon in Song begins in Swahili, so we’ll be speaking in tongues as well!  The prophet Joel also tells of blood, fire, smoky mist, the sun turning to darkness and the moon to blood, but we’ll just stick to our phony bowl of fire for imagery (no smoky mist!).  It’s also traditional to WEAR RED on this day, so don your ruby robes, vermillion vestments, crimson crinolines, carmine cummerbunds, and cherry chasubles.  If you don’t, it will be a cardinal sin!  It’s also Scrip Sunday, the last day to turn in your graduate recognition forms, and there will be a Council Meeting after the service – hopefully with no blood and fire and smoky mist (unless they are having a barbecue!).

Speaking of barbecues, all are invited to the Daytimers’ Barbecue on Tuesday, June 11, at 11:30 am.  This is their annual end-of-the-year potluck bash before Bible Study and Daytimers take a summer vacation.  Sneak out for an extra-long lunch to be there – God will forgive you (though your boss may not).

And still speaking of barbecues, next Sunday, June 16, we will be having our Father’s Day Barbecue after the worship service.  Hospitality is taking care of food, so there are no sign-ups – just concentrate on eating.  It’s more fun than the traditional cleaning-of-the-garage for Father’s Day (or was that just traditional with my father?).

Stewardship Spotlight: This week the Stewardship Spotlight would once again like to recognize one of the newer members in our community who has been a valuable community member, but is now also sharing her gifts with HTLC.  Besides always being in a great mood, Sharon Chu is keeping herself busy by participating in visits & performances at Senior Centers in Fremont, Union City, and San Leandro, and prepares lunches at Fremont Abode.  Additionally, she has given some personal time to those close to her with meal delivery and visits to those in need of a smile.  At HTLC she jumped into our holiday season by supporting our holiday giving causes that included the collected coats.  Well done, Sharon!

Hymn Request Forms will be available again this Sunday for the Favorite Hymn Sundays coming up later this summer. Now’s your chance to sing “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” (LBW 98)!

Just a little over two weeks (June 24 – June 28) until this year’s Vacation Bible School -“Roar! Life is wild-God is good,”  Registration forms are on the Media Table and downloadable online at our website (holytrinityfremont.org) or by clicking here.  Terri MacFarlane (tam1960@aol.com, 510-402-9161) is looking for adult and youth volunteers to help herd the wild animals (bring your own whip and chair [I’m kidding – just the whip will do.{kidding again! (I just love nested parenthetical remarks.)}]). 

See you in church! (Wear red!)

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 31, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, June 02, is the 7th Sunday of Easter and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  Our summer schedule has begun, so remember that the single worship service will be at 10 am.  We will return to our two-service schedule on September 08, which is Rally Day when Sunday School and Adult Forum start up again (I’m sure all the teachers are counting the days!).

Next Sunday, June 09, is Pentecost Sunday.  It is traditional to wear red on this “birthday of the church,” when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles as wind and tongues of flame.  So start digging in your closets and drawers for your flamiest red apparel to wear next week while you listen to the Choir’s Sermon-in-Song.  That’s right, the choir is wresting the sermon slot away from Pastor Tim (it was awfully easy to do) and will be singing a short program of songs on the theme “Children of God.”  The flaming bowl will be artificial again this year, obviating the need for having the fire department on speed dial, and reducing the amount of smoke-induced coughing during the sermon.

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Barbecue on Tuesday, June 11, at 10:30 am.  This is their annual end-of-the-year potluck bash before Bible Study and Daytimers take a summer vacation.  Who will feed me on third Tuesdays now?

Stewardship Spotlight: The Stewardship Spotlight is going to go to one of the lesser known members of our community, as he is a gentleman that likes to stay in the background, but perhaps you already know who John Williams is.  The man I affectionately call the Godfather of HTLC not because he makes an offer somebody can’t refuse but because of the care, time, and concern he gives the campus and all of us.  I think he was modest on his stewardship form but it shows yardwork, choir, lay liturgist, adult forum, delivers the message when PT is away, and usher.  In his spare time he also delivers the food collected in the HTLC food barrel to LOV.  Many thanks John.  (I would also like to add that he orders and grinds the coffee beans, which fuel these caffeine-induced emails – bless you, John!)

The ever-popular Favorite Hymn Sundays are returning later this summer, and the Hymn Selection Committee is starting to take suggestions now. Been itching to sing “Christians, to the Paschal Victim” (LBW 137)?  Just fill out a hymn request form, available in your bulletin or on the Media Table in the narthex, and place it in the offering tray or Carmen’s box.  Please limit yourself to one or two hymns or Praise Band songs, list any verses which you particularly like, and be sure to put your name on it – unsigned forms will not be used (so we know who to blame credit).

Just a little over three weeks until this year’s Vacation Bible School,“Roar!”  (was that Terri’s scream I heard just now?)  Be sure you let Terri MacFarlane know you can help, and ease her anxiety (tam1960@aol.com, 510-402-9161).  It runs from June 24 through June 28, 6 pm to 8 pm.  Registration forms for your kids are available on the Media Table and downloadable online at our website (holytrinityfremont.org) or by clicking here.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 24, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 26, is the 6th Sunday of Easter and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.  It’s also the first day of our single-service summer schedule, so we will be having ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10 AM!!!  (all caps, bold, and underlined with three exclamation points – the email equivalent of me yelling right in your ear)  So if you accidently come at 8:45 am, you can start making coffee and be first in line for donuts.  If you accidently come at 11 am, you can be first in line for the farewell Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Luncheon in Honor of Bernie and Muriel Teague (official potluck sign-up sheet title).  The Teagues didn’t want a big fuss, so it’s a potluck with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Hospitality.  Bernard Teague and Mrs. Bernard Teague, as they are known in the Parish Record (apparently Muriel got her own first name later), are listed on the first day as members 52 and 53 – but only because they went alphabetically.  They will always be number one with us!

The church office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, at least officially (I may be there anyway because I’m just not that observant).

The Giving Tree

Stewardship Spotlight: This week the Stewardship Spotlight would like to recognize all of the people who filled out an anonymous stewardship form. There is no wrong way to fill out the form and many valid reasons some people choose not to include a name. That doesn’t mean the gifts that they share with HTLC and the surrounding community shouldn’t be celebrated in print! At HTLC these include lector, communion assistant, choir, Praise Band, sending cards to members and friends unable to attend service, church work days, Spaghetti Feed, Sunday School, Oktoberfest, and VBS. In the surrounding community they are working with special needs youth, helping a food bank, school volunteer, supporting Fremont PD, and assisting at Fremont Discovery Shop. Wow that is a lot. Thank you to all of you for all that you do.

Vacation Bible School is coming up sooner than you think:  June 24 through June 28, 6 pm to 8 pm.  This year it’s a safari theme called “Roar!”  Terri MacFarlane says she needs youth and adult volunteers, and she ain’t lion!  Please let her know if you can help (tam1960@aol.com, 510-402-9161).  Registration forms for your kids are available on the Media Table and downloadable online at our website (holytrinityfremont.org) or by clicking here.

See you in church – AT 10 AM!!!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 17, 2019

Hi, Everyone:  Happy Syttende Mai! (Norwegian Constitution Day)  I don’t know why it hasn’t caught on around here like Cinco de Mayo has (Oh, right… lutefisk.  Well, not all countries can have as tasty a cuisine as Mexico!).

This Sunday, May 19, is the 5th Sunday of Easter and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  It’s also the last day of Sunday School and Adult Forum (hope you studied for the final!).  We will be recognizing our dedicated (long-suffering?) Christian Educators during the services.  We really do appreciate all of your hard work! 

The Helping Hands Field Trip has been cancelled!  It was scheduled for this Sunday at Sloppy Seconds animal shelter, but apparently iguanas don’t like the rain (Who knew?  They look pretty tough!).  Kathy is hoping to reschedule sometime this summer.  If you want to get your iguana fix, look at the cool pictures from when they visited Sunday School a few weeks back.  They’re on the Helping Hands bulletin board near the patio entrance to the sanctuary.

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon Tuesday, May 21, at 11:30 am following Bible Study at 10 am.  The theme is “potluck” (that’s as specific as they got this time).  You don’t need to bring anything, and you don’t need to come to Bible Study (although you’re welcome to).  Just show up ready to eat and chat.

Next Sunday, May 26, we begin our single-service summer schedule with worship service at 10 am.  Worship services will continue to be at 10 am each Sunday through Labor Day.  Fourth Sundays (June 23, July 28, August 25) will feature the Praise Band, the rest will be 21st Century Traditional (1st service) style.  Sunday School and Adult Forum will resume on Rally Day, September 8.  We will also be having a Farewell Potluck for the Teagues after the service next Sunday at about 11 am or so.  It’s a low-key (kind of like Muriel’s alto/tenor voice) potluck/barbecue event.  Sign-ups to bring food are on the Media Table.

The Giving Tree

Stewardship Spotlight: As another year of Christian Education wraps up, it seems like the perfect time for the Stewardship Spotlight to extend thanks to all of the people involved in these programs (Sunday School, Confirmation, Tuesday Bible Study, and Adult Forum).  Thank you to the instructors and everyone else who supports these programs in different ways.  We would also like to use this opportunity to recognize Judy McCallum (McDowell) who is retiring from Sunday School after 34 years, as she gets ready for a move to Oregon this summer.  Thank you, Judy, for all of your incredible work with the youth of the congregation!

We are having our Vacation Bible School a little earlier this year: June 24 through June 28, 6 pm to 8 pm.  Clear your calendars and the underbrush – the theme this year is “ROAR! Life is wild – God is good.”  Terri MacFarlane (tam1960@aol.com, 510-402-9161) is heading it up once again and she is looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with all that goes into a successful VBS. Welcome to the jungle!

If you have been wondering when you can get rid of all your junk, I’m afraid there will be no Yard Sale this year.  The Council has decided to give the Yard Sale a rest. They will revisit having it next year. Feedback from the congregation is welcome on whether to continue having the Yard Sale and how to organize it so there is less work to set it up and less to get rid of afterward (please do not send vitriolic emails to me – I’m only the messenger!).

I’ve only received two forms for recognizing graduates!  The green forms are on the Media Table.  Don’t miss out on having your graduate recognized in the prestigious bulletin insert.  You’ve got until June 9 to put them in my box labelled Parish Life Coordinator.  (“Parish Life Coordinator” is to “Church Secretary” as “Waste Management Professional” is to “Garbage Collector”)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email. May 10, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 12th, is the 4th Sunday of Easter and Scrip Sunday.  But most importantly, it’s Mother’s Day!  So be sure to bring Mom or your most Momish person to our Mother’s Day Brunch between services at about 10 am.  In addition, all women will be getting flowers during Children’s Time at both worship services.  All you need now is a card and a gift – which you can get through our Scrip program (They’re gift cards, so they’re technically both cards and gifts – we’ve got you covered!).  Sunday School and Adult Forum are cancelled in favor of eating.

Next Sunday, get the kids to the Sloppy Seconds, Inc. Animal Sanctuary, 1:30 pm to 3 pm, for a Helping Hands Field Trip.  Join the Miedema family on Sunday, May 19th, and help build a climbing structure for the iguanas (whom the kids met recently during Sunday School).  The sanctuary is at 1840 Dahill Lane, Hayward, CA 94541.  Information sheets are on the Media Table.

Sunday May 26, which is on Memorial Day Weekend, is when we change to our Single Service Summer Schedule.  Sunday worship services will be at 10 am through Labor Day, and Adult Forum and Sunday School will be on hiatus.  We will be having a Farewell Potluck for the Teagues after the service.  They didn’t want a big fuss, so keep the weeping and wailing to a minimum (hugs are acceptable).  There’s a sign-up sheet for bringing food to the potluck on the Media Table (who will bring Muriel’s cheesy potato casserole from now on? – I miss them already!).

Got a graduate?  If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please fill out one of the green forms located on the media table in the narthex and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 9. This includes all of those graduating from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, and Certificate Programs. We do not want to leave anyone out!

Giving Tree

Stewardship Spotlight: The Stewardship Spotlight is going to be a group spotlight this week and highlight the gifts shared by the Miedema family!  The brains and skill in this group is with the ladies while Dad does the labor (he listed “lots of heavy lifting” on Stewardship form). As a family they are everywhere as they have taken on creating the Helping Hands youth program, decorations and setup of special events, church work days, acolyte, council, 2nd service media, Christmas pageant, and write content for church communications and website. Finally, Dad also bartends for numerous special events and that is a gift we are all glad he shares! (Remember, these Stewardship blurbs are written by Erik [you lush!])

It’s not too early to be thinking about Vacation Bible School – especially since it is coming early this year:  June 24 – 28, 6 pm to 8 pm.  This year’s theme is “ROAR! Life is wild – God is good!”  More info will be forthcoming.  Just be ready for some wild animals the last week of June (I mean the VBS characters, not the kids.  Although…)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, May 03, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, May 5th, is the 3rd Sunday of Easter and Nacho Name Tag Sunday – on Cinco de Mayo!  How often does that happen?  (I have no idea – it probably involves math and leap years – the nerds can figure that one out).  There is also a Council Meeting this Sunday after second service at about 12:15 pm.  Oh, and Pastor Tim is doing both the Sermon and Children’s Time this Sunday! (How often does that happen – and is it more frequent than Cinco de Mayo Sundays?)

Next Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day, and we will be having a Mother’s Day Brunch between services at about 10 am honoring all mothers and motherly-types.  Whatever Hospitality has cooked up (so to speak) is bound to be better than those crowded restaurants.

The Sunday after that there will be a Helping Hands Field Trip.  Join the Miedema family on Sunday, May 19th, and help build a climbing structure for the iguanas at Sloppy Seconds, Inc. Animal Sanctuary, 1:30 pm to 3 pm, 1840 Dahill Lane, Hayward, CA 94541.  (The Iguanas and Sloppy Seconds – both great rock band names!)  There are information sheets on the Media Table.

The Sunday after that (May 26 – Memorial Day Weekend) is when we change to our Single Service Summer Schedule.  Sunday worship services will be at 10 am through Labor Day, and Adult Forum and Sunday School will be on hiatus.   We will also be having a Farewell Luncheon for The Teagues at about 11:15 am after the single service.  Bernie and Muriel Teague, charter members of Holy Trinity for 58 years, will be moving away soon.  Please come and show your appreciation of their many years of service at this church.

Speaking of Memorial Day, Our May Cause of the Month is Operation: Care & Comfort.  This organization allows caring Americans to donate their time, talent & treasures to honor those currently serving our country & those who have served.  OCC provides support and comfort to “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within our community and through donations received from all over our country, they assemble and ship care packages to adopted units every month until they return home. They currently support up to 200 units on a monthly basis.

It’s that time of year when we honor all of our graduates. If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please fill out one of the green forms located on the media table in the narthex and put it in the Parish Life Coordinator’s box by June 9. This includes all of those graduating from High School, College, University, Advance Degree, and Certificate Programs. We do not want to leave anyone out!

The Giving Tree

Stewardship Spotlight (the following to be said in your best game show host voice): If your names are Neal and Rene Bierbaum then come on down!  You are the next Stewardship Spotlight!!!  Neal and Rene enjoy supporting HTLC with attendance and participation in numerous HTLC activities while getting great satisfaction in supporting the youth Helping Hands projects.  These two really shine on an international level though with the work of their organization Reneal International Education Outreach.  Reneal goes into various countries and equips under-funded schools with updated and operational technology.  We thank them for this work and for including HTLC in these successes.  Who will win next week on “The Price Is Righteous?”

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so let them know how much you value their hard work (forget the apple – try a bottle of wine or a massage gift certificate!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 26, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

First, I’d like to thank all who stepped up to the paten for Worship Helpers.  Most positions have been filled, but we still need Acolytes for 11 am this Sunday and for both services on May 5th.  I’m sure Pastor Tim would do it, but we don’t let him play with fire anymore.

This Sunday, April 28th, is the 2nd Sunday of Easter and Luther Loose Change Sunday.  Loose change is going toward a new Audio-Video system and electrical upgrade, so remember:  “As soon as a coin in the coffer rings, another outlet from the wall springs.”  Also, this is the Sunday the animals are visiting Sunday School from the Sloppy Seconds shelter.  The children will be using paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, and boxes to create environment enhancements for the animals, so if you got ‘em, bring ‘em! (That applies to both the supplies and the kids.)

It’s just a couple of weeks until Mother’s Day, and we will be celebrating all motherly types with a Mother’s Day Brunch at 10 am on May 12th.  Invite mom now and make her think she taught you to think ahead.

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Stewardship Spotlight:  The Stewardship Spotlight would like to recognize one of the younger contributors at HTLC and shine on Nathan Lanzarotta.  This young man is very active at the church as he acolytes, participates in the Christmas pageant, helps decorate the Christmas tree, and is active in all activities by the youth and Helping Hands.  Away from the church Nathan shared wise words on his Stewardship form about other ways to give back:  “Help out when you can and help my family.”  Well said Nathan!

You can still sign up at the Media Table for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark, and there’s a Church Council Meeting next week after second service on May 5th.

I guess that’s all for today.  I’m letting you off easy this time.

See you in church! Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 19, 2019

Hi, Everyone, and a somber Good Friday to you all (somehow “Happy Good Friday didn’t sound right):

Our Good Friday Service is tonight (the 19th) at 7 pm.  Carmen will be playing Mary as she sees her son’s journey from trial to tomb, revealing her thoughts at each of the Stations of the Cross.  It’s a very somber, moving service which will make Easter seem that much more joyful by contrast.  At this service, we gather and leave in silence – please keep the wailing and gnashing of teeth to a minimum (at least until you get to your car).

Remember, those of you who signed up to bring plants for the Easter Garden please have them here by 10 am Saturday (that’s tomorrow morning – get shopping!).  Even if you didn’t sign up, you can still contribute plants.  You just won’t have your name or dedication in the bulletin – but you’re selfless like that.  Pairs of plants are appreciated for symmetry’s sake, but not required, and all sizes, colors, and varieties of plants are appreciated.  You’ll be able to pick up your plant after the second service on Sunday.  Be sure to put your name on one of the craft sticks and stick it in your plant’s soil.  Otherwise, someone else might mistake your plant for theirs and it’ll begonia.

This Sunday, April 21st, is, of course, Easter SundayWorship services are at the usual times (8:45 am and 11 am) in the usual styles (21st Century Traditional and Service of Living Praise, respectively) with extra oomph befitting the occasion – including a procession at the first service and the baptisms of Annelise and Marielle Miedema at the second service.  Easter Breakfast will be served between the services at 10 am, thanks to the youth and other helpers.  Then the little ones can gather on the patio at 10:30 am for an Easter Egg Hunt.  There will be no Sunday School or Adult Forum while we are all eating and hunting.  It’s also Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  Please bring non-perishable items – the food bank frowns upon leftover pancakes, sausages and eggs.

By the way, the church office will be closed the next day on Monday, April 22nd, while I get my bearings (I think I burned out a few this week).  There will also be no Tuesday Bible Study this week.

Animals are coming to Sunday School next week!  No, I’m not talking about your kids hopped up (so to speak) on Easter candy, I’m talking about animals from Sloppy Seconds animal shelter (don’t Google it without your filter on!).  The kids will meet the cuddly creatures and will be making projects for them, for which they’ll need toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, boxes of all sizes, and egg cartons – start stockpiling!  More information is available at the Media Table.

Stewardship Spotlight:  It is with great appreciation and thanks that the Stewardship Spotlight showcases Bernie and Muriel Teague on Easter Sunday.  They have been members of Holy Trinity since it began over 50 years ago and have supported HTLC with an extraordinary amount of gifts during this time.  The number of chairs & tables folded in Holland Hall or the amount of Hot Dishes prepared for a potluck is staggering (mmm –cheesy potato casserole!).  Most importantly, they helped shape what HTLC has become with contributions to WELCA, Weekday Bible Study Group, Church Council, Choir, ushering, sorting/pricing for the church Yard Sale, and various other committees.  Thank you for everything that you have done! 

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 12, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

In anticipation of Holy Week, I wanted to cordially invite you all to a special gathering tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th  at 9 am (and you can definitely bring a +1 or more!).  Yes I’m talking about that elegant semiannual event called Church Clean-up Day!  The menu includes donuts and coffee (or anything you care to bring).  There will be special projects tailored to your individual abilities, and a door prize (the winner gets to clean all the doorknobs).  So grab your work gloves and get your hat (leave your worries on the doorstep), and direct your feet to HTLC for a scrubbingly good time!

This Sunday, April 14th, is Palm Sunday, the start of a (sparkling clean)Holy Week.  Our worship services will include “Voices from the Crowd” – the thoughts of the people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem.  The 8:45 am service will start on the patio and includes a procession with palms.  The 11 am service begins in the sanctuary.  It is also Scrip Sunday and the last day to sign up for the Easter Garden and still get your name and dedication in the bulletin.  Then, in the evening at 5 pm, is our annual Seder Meal for Christian participation.  Come and enjoy the foods and rituals that have accumulated around the celebration of Passover.  Where is the Chametz hidden?  Who will find the Afikomen?  Will Elijah show up?  (Don’t hold your breath – save that for your recitation of Had Gadya!)  Find out what it all means Sunday night!

The Daytimers’ Luncheon is this Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Activity Room.  All are invited to this monthly potluck event that takes place after Bible Study on third Tuesdays.  Eat and chat with your fellow HTLC-ers.  Usually there is a theme to the food.  This time the theme is – wait for it – “food”!  (I guess they’re running out of themes.)

The next Holy Week event is on Maundy Thursday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Avenue in Fremont.  The evening begins with a Soup Supper at 5:45 pm (sign up at the Media Table) followed by the Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm. This remembrance of Jesus’ last Passover meal with his disciples includes foot-washing, anointing, communion, and all sorts of special music.  Don’t miss it!

Next is Good Friday on the 19th here at Holy Trinity at 7 pm.  Jesus’ mother Mary (played by Carmen) sadly reflects on the stations of the cross interspersed with readings, Taizé music, and the choir singing the heart-wrenching “Pieta,” so there shouldn’t be a dry eye in the house!  It’s a solemn service – please enter and leave in silence.  If you prefer a daytime service, there is a 1 pm service at Christ the King. 

Then it’s a joyful Easter Sunday!  (April 21st)  Services are at the usual times of 8:45 and 11 am with an Easter Breakfast in-between at 10 am and an Egg Hunt for the kids at 10:30.  Obviously, there will be no Sunday School or Adult Forum, as we will be too busy eating pancakes and chocolate eggs.  (Seder Meal, Daytimers’ Luncheon, Soup Supper, Easter Breakfast – is there room in the budget for pew-widening?)  The office will be closed on Monday the 22nd while Pastor Tim and I recover.

The Sunday after Easter (yes, there is life after Easter – everlasting life! [ba-DUM!])  the Sunday School kids will be visited by animals from the unfortunately-named animal shelter Sloppy Seconds, and will be making projects for them.  They could use toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, boxes, and egg cartons (don’t throw them away after egg dying!).  Pick up the information in the Narthex at the Usher’s Table (the Media Table is too full of sign-up sheets!).  Speaking of sign-ups, you can also sign up at the Media Table for the HTLC Day at the Ballpark in August.  See the sign-up sheet for details or talk to Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com).

Stewardship Spotlight:  Thank you to everyone for your continuing support of the Giving Tree.  FOUR more Stewardship forms were turned in last week and it is not too late to turn in a form if you haven’t already. Collin & Diana Thormoto are in the Stewardship spotlight this week and it is well deserved. They support numerous literary programs in the community and at Cal State East Bay. These include volunteering at an independent bookstore, coordinating various writing activities, and food drive at the local library.  At HTLC they enjoy helping with clean-up days, contributing to various donation drives, and help update the HTLC website! 

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, April 05, 2019

Hi, Everyone: 

This Sunday, April 7th, is the 5th Sunday of Lent and Nacho Name Tag Sunday (sounds good on a rainy day like today).  It’s also our last Sunday of normalcy (a word not coined by Warren G. Harding, according to the infallible internet – once again bursting my trivia knowledge bubble!) before all sorts of stuff starts to happen the following weekend.

Our last half-hour meditative Midweek Lenten Service this coming Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm.  This time we have Judith, the Servant Girl at Caiaphas’ as part of the “Voices of Lent” theme.  Don’t miss this final moment of serenity!

Next Saturday, April 13th, we will be having a Church Clean-up Day.  Festivities begin at 9 am with coffee and donuts available for that sugar-and-caffeine-induced energy rush that will make the work go that much faster.  This is when some oft-neglected parts of the church get spruced up before Holy Week, so let’s all get together to fool the Christmas-and Easter-only folks into thinking that this place looks perfect all the time!

The following Sunday, April 14th, will be Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week leading up to Easter.  As usual, there will be a procession of palms at the 8:45 am service (a very short procession if the weather is like today’s).  Our annual Seder Meal will be that evening at 5 pm.  Please sign up at the Media Table so that food amounts can be estimated.  You are encouraged to donate $15 for adults and $10 for kids to defray costs, but sign up and come regardless of availability of funds because it’s a fascinating and delicious reason to get together!

You can also sign up at the Media Table to bring plants for the Easter Garden.  Remember, print legibly so I can get the name of the person you’re honoring correct (I’m sure she’d be upset if we honored Katharina von Boring!).  All kinds and colors of plants are welcome.  Just bring them to the Activity Room by 10 am Saturday, April 20th, and mark them with your name so you can retrieve them after the second service on Easter.

Yet another sign-up sheet at the Media Table is for the 5:45 pm Soup Supper which precedes the joint local ELCA churches’ Maundy Thursday Service held at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 7 pm, April 18th.  Observe the occasion of the Last Supper by eating soup, meeting your fellow Lutherans, and getting your feet washed (optional).

Think that’s the last possible thing to sign up for?  Oh, you’re so wrong!  You can also sign up for HTLC’s third annual Day at the Ballpark! Join your fellow baseball fans (or tailgate fans) for a game on Aug. 3 – Oakland A’s vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Our special group-rate tickets are $30 each. Sign up at the Media Table or find Kathy Miedema (skoop32@yahoo.com) to reserve your ticket. Payment is due by June 1, but you can reserve your tickets now.

Giving Tree

Stewardship Spotlight:  This week the Stewardship Giving Tree spotlight is on Sally Bentley.  She is a versatile contributor at HTLC as she sings in the choir, assists with communion, and helps mow our expansive field.  Sally also contributes to the greater community by volunteering at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley where she helps socialize kittens.  Many thanks, Sally, for all that you do to make HTLC look and sound great!

The colorful Busy Bags in the narthex have been refreshed by Cheryl Hall with new items for Easter!  Use them to occupy fidgety children during services.  You fidgety adults can continue to use your smart phones (I’m assuming you’re following Jesus on Twitter).

Don’t miss Sunday School on April 28, when animals from Sloppy Seconds Inc., an animal sanctuary in Hayward (and our cause last month), are coming for a visit!  We will meet the animals, then make enrichment projects for them.  In May, we will visit and help with some projects.  Stay tuned for more info on the second visit!

Next week I’ll tell you all about our Good Friday service (April 19, 7 pm) and Easter services (April 21, 8:45 am & 11 am with breakfast and egg hunt between).  You’ve read enough for today, and my two typing fingers are tired.

See you in church!

Keith

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