HTLC News Email, September 27, 2019

Hi, Everyone!

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 (carmenjblair@gmail.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!

– Keith

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HTLC News Email September 20, 2019

Hi, Everyone!

This Sunday, September 22nd is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday. There will also be a Baby Shower for Maia Victoria Krusius who is getting baptized at the second service.  All are welcome to celebrate the newest miracle that has joined the HTLC community. The shower will take place this Sunday the 22nd at 12 pm (after 2nd Service). Light snacks and cake will be available. Please join us to share joy and love with her parents, Otto and Lauren. For questions, please contact martawicke@gmail.com.

Our annual Oktoberfest is slated for October 5th from 4 pm to 8 pm, which is only two weeks away!  There will be Germanish food, activities, prizes, and karaoke (earplugs extra).  Food will be taken care of by Hospitality, but there are many other ways you can help make this event a success, including donating baskets of goodies for the raffle.  Just see the sign-up sheets at the Media Table to find out how your talents can be put to use!  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.  Distribute flyers available (hopefully) this Sunday, and tell your friends!

The next morning, Sunday October 6th, is Animal Blessing Sunday! Bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed during the worship services. If you would like a photo of your pet or favorite animal displayed on the screen, please email the picture to Carmen or put prints into Pastor Tim’s box for scanning. After the second service, at about 12:15 pm on the patio, we will have the Blessing of the Live Animals. Bring your beloved pets and show them just how much they mean to you (better behavior after being blessed is not guaranteed).  Tell your pet-loving friends!

Financial Update from Your Council President:  Some of you may have noticed the Treasurer’s report in last week’s Bulletin. The surplus of $31,727 at the beginning of the calendar year has dwindled to $4,318.  

We made a conscious decision at the Annual meeting to pass a balanced budget, with the expectation that we as a congregation would increase the income to meet the expense demand.

Once the balance is depleted, we will begin dipping into Designated funds (like Catch the Excitement) to pay bills. The Council will also be meeting next month to evaluate a Strategic Plan as well as fund generating ideas, like selling or long term leasing of a portion of our land.

We are open to ideas and we have open Council positions for those that want to help build a plan that will create longer term financial stability.  In the meantime, we ask those that can give extra in the months remaining this calendar year do so.  

In order to break even by the end of the year, we need $82,000 income. That means we need 40 people to give $2000 each before the end of the year, or $515/month over the next 4 months, to cover expenses.

For those of you that have the means, please consider increasing your giving (and spending money at Oktoberfest) to help finish the year strong. Last year, thanks to some last minute generosity, we were able to end the year with a surplus, but we do not want to wait until the final hour again.

I know we are all passionate about this community and the mission of HTLC. I encourage you all to give what you can in time, skills and money to continue to support this mission.

  • Marta Wicke, HTLC Council President

See you in church!

– Keith

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HTLC News Email, September 13, 2019

Hi, Everyone!

This Sunday, September 15th is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel SundayAdult Forum is returning at 10:15 am, led by Libby Denton – our own Ministry in Context student.  Don’t miss it!  Also, there is a Council Meeting at 12:15 pm after the second service.  Don’t miss it! (unless you have something – anything more fun to do)

All are invited to the monthly Daytimers Luncheon this Tuesday, September 17, at 11:30 am following Bible Study.  The ground-breaking food theme this time is “Potluck.”  You don’t have to bring food or even show up for the Bible Study that precedes it at 10 am (but you’re welcome to).  Just bring your appetite and a gift of gab (if you’re so gifted).  Any donations go toward our Good Samaritan Fund.

Our annual Oktoberfest is slated for October 5th from 4 pm to 8 pm, which is only three weeks away!  There will be Germanish food, activities, prizes, and karaoke (earplugs extra).  Food will be taken care of by Hospitality, but there are many other ways you can help make this event a success, including donating baskets of goodies for the raffle.  Just see the sign-up sheet at the Media Table to find out how your talents can be put to use!  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.  Tell your friends!

The next morning, Sunday October 6th, is Animal Blessing Sunday! Bring your stuffed toy animals to be blessed during the worship services. If you would like a photo of your pet displayed on the screen, please email the picture to Carmen or put prints into Pastor Tim’s box for scanning. After the second service, at about 12:15 pm on the patio, we will have the Blessing of the Live Animals. Bring your beloved pets and show them just how much they mean to you (better behavior after being blessed is not guaranteed).  Tell your pet-loving friends!

See you in church!

– Keith

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HTLC News, September 06, 2019

Hi, Everyone!  This is Keith again.  I’m back from my bout of Pericarditis (I probably shouldn’t have fought with Perry Carditis, but he said some pretty inflammatory things!).  Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and prayers, and a special thanks to Pastor Tim who had to do my job as well as his own!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 7th, is Church Work Day.  The festivities start at 9 am, but come whenever you can.  There’ll be projects for all abilities as we get our church looking its best for the next day (Rally Day).  If you can’t make it, I’m sure John Williams will be all too glad to find you a project you can do that fits your schedule.  There will be sign-up sheets so you can take credit for something you’ve done, or sign up for something you intend to do (so John can hound you – I mean facilitate you getting it done).  It’s up to all of us to keep God’s house looking spiffy!

This Sunday, September 8th is the 13th Sunday after Pentecost and Rally Day.  This means we are returning to our two-service worship schedule of 8:45 am and 11 am.  If you accidently come at 10 am, you’ll be just in time for our Ministry Fair between the services, where you can find out about great opportunities for involvement in our church and community, as well as have some fun and indulge in some treats!  Sunday School also starts up again this Sunday at 10 am with some crafts.  It’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, so wear your yellow t-shirts if you got ‘em (wear overalls too, if you want to look like a minion).  As if that weren’t enough, during the services we’ll have the Blessing of Backpacks and Briefcases (good grades and job promotions not guaranteed), Presentation of Bibles to Hailey Roper and Christopher Wicke, and the Installation of Christian Educators.  Oh, and it’s also Scrip Sunday.  So much going on – don’t miss it!

This also seems a good time to empty our Lost and Found.  There’ll be a table with unclaimed items, so take a look and see if you recognize anything that’s yours (be honest, now!).

Tuesday Bible Study starts up again this week at 10 am.  If you’ve never been, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Bible and meet some fun people (I hear an awful lot of laughter coming from the Activity Room on Tuesdays).  There’s even food on third Tuesdays at the Daytimers’ Luncheon!

R & R Circle will be having a meeting this Wednesday, September 11th, at 10 am.  This is a group of women who meet a few times a year.  What are they up to?  Come and find out!

Adult Forum returns next Sunday, September 18th, at 10:15 am.  Libby Denton, our own Ministry in Context person (formerly known as a Teaching Parish Student – but that made too much sense) will be leading the class.  Show your support by showing up, but wait a few weeks before heckling her – she’s new!  You can donate to the Cause of the Month, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, to help her and other theological students with expenses.

Another opportunity to help others is through Lutheran Disaster Response’s Hurricane Relief.  Pick up a flyer at the Media Table to find out how you can help.  Also on the Media Table are new editions of Christ in Our Home and The Word in Season in both regular and large print editions.

Cheryl Hall has refreshed the Busy Bags with new items for fall.  These are the colorful bags in the narthex with activities to keep young ones occupied (and hopefully quiet) during the services.  Thanks, Cheryl!

See you in church!

– Keith

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HTLC News, August 23, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

Before I begin on the upcoming stuff, I’d like to say Thank You to all those who put so much hard work into making Sunday’s Lu-Wow the best one ever! (Of course, I may be biased because everyone was saying nice things about me). The food, dancers, decorations, and musicians all combined to make it a magical event. I especially want to thank Leilani, Arnold, Ann, Kathleen, and the choir for sneaking behind my back to perform my favorite hymn (they didn’t even tell the Parish Life Coordinator!). And a big thank you to all the members of Holy Trinity for the very generous gift. You guys are the best!

This Sunday, August 25th is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost and Luther Loose Change Sunday.  There will be an Education Meeting at 11:15 am after the worship service for all 2019/20 teachers. 

Don’t miss Confirmation Sunday next week on September 1st, when Amanda Cawthorn, Katarina Di Paola, and Elizabeth Lanzarotta will be confirmed during the 10 am worship service.  Come to hear their faith statements and stay afterward to help them celebrate this important milestone in their lives (They probably chose Labor Day weekend so that they wouldn’t have to talk in front of so many people.  Foil their plan and show up anyway!).

Church Work Day is on Saturday, September 7th starting at 9 am (but come whenever you can). The more people who show up, the more fun it is, and the more that gets done.  Wear your work duds and bring anything you think might come in handy (especially if it’s edible).  As always, any questions, ask John Williams (“John, what is the true nature of the Trinity?”)

The following day, Sunday, September 8th, is Rally Day/Ministry Fair/Blessing of Backpacks/God’s Work Our Hands Day!  (just let me catch my breath…)  As usual on Rally Day we return to our two-service schedule of 8:45 am and 11 am with Sunday School between services at 10 am.  During both worship services we will have the Blessing of Backpacks and Briefcases.  Wear your minion-yellow God’s Work Our Hands shirts if you have them.  The Ministry Fair between the services will have booths to celebrate groups and ministries that everyone can be involved with. If you would like to host a booth, please notify Marta Wicke or Cheryl Hall (I’ll be there browbeating people into joining a musical group!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News, August 16, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 18th is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  I think that’s about it for this Sunday… oh, wait – LuWow!  Yes, it’s finally here this Sunday, so be sure to wear your most joyous Hawaiian-style clothing (I hope we can hear the piano over all the loud prints!).  After the service, there will be lots of entertainment, fun, food and drinks.  Speaking of drinks, we have cool new Holy Trinity glassware for your collection with Christian-themed tribal art on them (trust me – they are truly cool).  They ended up being a little more expensive to produce than previous glassware, so we are asking for a donation of $9 per glass ($10 if you want it filled).  That’s kind of the way it works at this event.  There’s no entrance fee or tickets, but you are asked to help defray the cost with a free-will offering for the food and suggested donations of $5 for drinks and $1 for sodas.  “But,” you say, “I don’t want to write a bunch of $5 checks!” (you lush!)  Then you will be glad to know we will be accepting credit/debit cards and the give+ phone app (look for luau) as well as cash and checks.  So many ways to give!

Next Sunday, August 25th, there will be an Education Meeting after the worship service for all 2019/20 teachers.  Time to get prepared, because just two weeks later it’s…

Rally/Ministry Fair/Blessing of Backpacks/God’s Work Our Hands Day!  On September 8th we have a lot to celebrate.  As usual on Rally Day we return to our two-service schedule of 8:45 am and 11 am with Sunday School between services at 10 am.  During both worship services we will have the Blessing of Backpacks and Briefcases, so remember to bring yours as well as your kids’ school/work-related accessories. It’s also God’s Work Our Hands weekend, so wear your GWOH shirts if you have them. At the Ministry Fair between the services, there will be booths to celebrate groups and ministries that everyone can be involved with. If you would like to host a booth, please notify Marta Wicke or Cheryl Hall. Booths are encouraged to have information about the ministry and ways members can get involved. There also may be activities or snacks at each booth. We believe this is a great way to bring our Community of Faith together. There is a place for everyone to serve Holy Trinity Lutheran Church doing God’s Work with Our Hands. Each person in this family of faith has 2 hands; think of how much we could accomplish with everyone working together!

But the day before all that happens, on Saturday September 7th, we will be having a Church Work Day (I’m still working on a new name for it – Church Enhancement Day? Church Zhuzh-Up? Parish Primp? [watch how you say that last one]).  Starting at 9 am, there will be plenty for all abilities to do to get our church ready for the fall season.  Come when you can, wear your work clothes, and bring any cleaning implements you feel we might need.  Any questions, ask John Williams (“John, what does zhuzh mean?”).

See you in church!  Aloha!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, August 09, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 11th is the 9th Sunday after Pentecost and Scrip Sunday.  There will be a Worship Committee Meeting after the service at about 11:15 am, where we’ll be planning worship services through Christmas and beyond (even retail stores aren’t thinking about Epiphany merchandise at this point!).  Got ideas or something we should know about?  Drop on by.  We’ll probably be meeting until oh, let’s see… midnight.

Next Sunday, all heck breaks loose (it is church, after all) with our annual Lu-Wow!  Hawaiianish food, music, and hula dancers will be following the 10 am worship service (yes, there’s still a worship service).  Please sign up at the Media Table if you plan to attend the Lu-Wow so the Hospitality Committee can plan food amounts.  (just a moment while I switch to my Choir Director’s hat…)  Along with the Lu-Wow we also will be celebrating my 28 years as Choir Director.  Why the 28th year?  Because nobody knew how many years it was (including me) until I actually did the math!  Come by and watch as my face turns pink from the slightest bit of attention.  I hope I don’t have to make a speech, because POI oh POI, am I TARO-fied of public speaking!  (…now I’m putting my Parish Life Coordinator hat back on. [You should see it – it’s fabulous!])

After the Lu-Wow, you have a couple of weeks to recover so you will be all energetic for the Church Work Day on Saturday, September 7 (we’ve got to change that name – it sounds too much like work).  This is when we get the church all cleaned up and ready for the fall season.  It also coincides with God’s Work Our Hands weekend, so wear those school-bus-yellow t-shirts if you got ‘em!  Really, the camaraderie and productivity (and donuts – right, John?) make for a satisfying day.  Come when you can, but the festivities start at 9 am.  Any questions, ask Jon Williams (e.g. “John, is it okay if I bring pizza?”).

The next day, Sunday September 8, is Rally Day.  We will be returning to our two-service schedule of 8:45 am and 11 am worship services.  There will be a Ministry Fair with various tables where you can find out the many ways you can become more involved in your church and community.  Sunday School and Adult Forum will start up again between services (I’m not sure how they will be affected by the Ministry Fair – I’ll get back to you on that).  It’s still God’s Work Our Hands weekend, so wear that yellow shirt from the day before (be sure to wash it, unless you want more room around you in your pew [gives the word “pew” a whole other dimension!]).

Don’t forget to sign up at the Media Table if you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain.  Prayer Chain people are notified by email (or phone if you don’t have email), of people who are in need of prayer, and pray for them.  It’s as easy as falling off a log! (except you pray instead of curse)  Even if you are already a part of this important ministry, please sign up so Donna and Briana have up-to-date information all in one place.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, August 02, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, August 4th (yes, it’s already August) is the 8th Sunday after Pentecost and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  I neglected to thank John Williams and Carmen Blair for giving the message the past two Sundays while Pastor Tim was away.  You did great!  (Not to say your position’s in danger, PT, but Carmen got applause! – might want to rethink that next vacation…)  By the way, no one has signed up for communion assistants or acolyte, and we’re short one usher.  Just sayin’.  There will be a Council Meeting after the service at about 11:15 am.  As always, anyone is welcome to attend.  But watch out, that’s how Meg ended up on Council (she still has that “what just happened” look).

Next Sunday there will be a Worship Committee Meeting after the service at about 11:15 am.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Worship Committee does, you’re welcome to attend, but the same caveat applies as in the last paragraph.

Our annual Hawaiian-inspired Lu-Wow is the following Sunday on August 18 at about 11 am.  It’s a great chance to come together to eat, drink and be MELE.  A sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex if you’re planning to attend (no need to for a potluck sign-up as I am told there will be a SURF-eit of food).  I’m honored that they’ve chosen this event to also recognize my years as Choir Director (I tried to PU-PU the idea, but they insisted).  My Parish Life Coordinator self is extremely envious of my Choir Director self!

On Saturday, September 7 starting at 9 am, we will be having a Church Work Day to get our campus all spiffed up for Rally Day and the fall season. Come whenever you can, wear your work duds, and be ready for a fun, productive time. Any questions, please see John Williams (as in “John, will there be donuts?”).

While we’re on the topic of maintenance, our Cause of the Month is the new Buildings and Grounds Improvement and Maintenance Fund.  Our Holy Trinity campus is beginning to show its age (58 years!) and parts of it are starting to deteriorate.  The Council has determined we should have a fund we can draw from to make improvements, do maintenance projects (some of which have been deferred for years), and in case of emergencies.  Part of making Holy Trinity a welcoming place is showing that it is loved and cared for!

On September 8 we have a lot to celebrate:  Rally Day, kickoff to Sunday School, the return to our two-service schedule, a Ministry Fair, and God’s Work Our Hands weekend.  Not only will we have extra snacks to celebrate Sunday School, we will also have a Ministry Fair to celebrate groups and ministries that everyone can be involved with. Signups for hosting a ministry/group table will be in the Narthex or notify Marta Wicke or Cheryl Hall.  Booths are encouraged to have information about the ministry and ways members can get involved.  There also may be activities or snacks at each booth. We believe this is a great way to bring our Community of Faith together. There is a place for everyone to serve Holy Trinity Lutheran Church doing God’s Work with Your Hands. Each person in this family of faith has 2 hands; think of how much we could accomplish with everyone working together!

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, July 26, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, July 28th, is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost and Luther Loose Change Sunday.

The memorial services for Chuck Pickering will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday July 31st at the Siminoff Chapel at the Masonic Home on 34400 Mission Blvd, Union City. All are invited. A reception will follow.

Briana and Donna would like to update their Prayer Chain participant information (did anyone else hear “Briana, Donna, bo-bonna, bonana-fanna fo-fonna…”? – I thought not, but now it’s in your head!).  Here’s how the Prayer Chain works:  when Donna and Briana receive a request for prayers, they pass the information along by email (or phone) to the members of the Prayer Chain, who pray for the individual or concern.  If you are already a part or would like to be part of this important ministry, please sign up on the clipboard at the Media Table with your current contact information.  (If you’ve never heard of “The Name Game,” click here and be forever irritated.  You’re welcome!)

Our annual Hawaiian-themed Lu-Wow is coming up in a little over three weeks on August 18 at about 11 am.  Besides the usual HULA-baloo, we also will be celebrating our Choir Director Keith Hillesland’s many years of faithful service (he said modestly).  There’ll be luau-ish food, décor, music, and even hula dancers!  Be sure to wear your tiki-tackiest togs! (I said I was faithful, not tasteful)

Rally Day will be on September 8, and this year it’s a doozy.  Not only will it be the usual re-boot of the two-service schedule, Sunday School, and Adult Forum, but it’s also God’s Work Our Hands day, plus there will be a Ministry Fair! More details will be coming in future emails and inserts.

See you in church!  (church, church, bo-burch, bonana-fanna fo-furch, fee fi mo-murch, church!)

Keith

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HTLC News Email, July 19, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

Yes, I’m back (was that a collective groan I heard?).  Thanks to all who pitched in to clean the campus and to keep things going while Richard and I were away. 

Unfortunately, since I left on vacation three weeks ago, there have been two deaths related to our congregation which I have not been able to note in this email blast:

Beloved member Chuck Pickering passed away while in hospice.  A date for a memorial at HTLC is yet to be determined.  Please show your love and support to his wife Sharon at this difficult time. 

Many of us will remember long-time former member Pat Neu who passed away recently.  Cards may be mailed to the Neu family c/o Doug Neu at 1443 Ninth St. Alameda, CA 94501.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum at 11793 Micke Grove Rd. Lodi, CA 95240. 

I’m sorry for the lateness of these notices.  Pastor Tim claims he couldn’t follow my instructions for sending out emails to the whole congregation (including the recent one about our current budget shortfall).  I think he just doesn’t want to be the bearer of bad news.

This Sunday, July 21st, is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  It is also the first of our Favorite Hymn Sundays.  From now through Labor Day we will be featuring hymns and songs suggested by the congregation.  This year, we had enough Christmas song requests to make a “Christmas in July” service this Sunday!  How far you want to take this theme is up to you – Santa hats, light-up necklaces, and Christmas cookies are all very well, but remember the current temperatures before choosing to don that ugly Christmas sweater.  As usual, the hymn requestors’ names are listed below the hymn titles in the bulletin, but unfortunately there won’t be any snowballs with which to pelt them.

Save August 18 on your calendars for our annual Lu-Wow!  We’ll be having the usual after-service shenanigans of Hawaiian-inspired decorations, attire, food, drinks, music, and dancing. So get out your loudest Hawaiian-print shirts, tune up your ukuleles, and get ready for a Hono-LU-LU of a good time!

Here’s your new word of the day: Smishing.  Smishing is defined as a security attack where someone is trying to trick you into giving them your private information via a text or SMS message (similar to phishing). The members of some churches have been targeted with texts claiming to be from their church or pastor requesting gift cards, money or personal financial information. Do not respond in any way to these types of messages, do not click on any links or call any numbers contained in them, or forward them. Instead, report suspected messages to your cell phone service or complain online to the FTC at www.ftccomplainassistant.gov and delete the message from your phone.  If you get a text of this nature purporting to be from Holy Trinity, please let us know (would I smish you?).

See you in church, and season’s greetings (hey, that works all year!).

Keith

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