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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HTLC News Email, March 29, 2019

Hi, Everyone: 

This Sunday, March 31st, is the 4th Sunday of Lent.  It’s the fifth Sunday of the month, so it’s supposed to be Stewardship Sunday, but I haven’t heard of any specific Stewardship plans, so it’s probably safe to come.

Palm Sunday is coming up soon, and with it our annual Seder Meal!  It will be on April 14th at 5 pm with the usual unusual foods all wrapped up in ritual and wine (I go ahead and take a swig for each plague instead of just drops of wine).  There is a sign-up sheet on the Media Table so Hospitality can plan food amounts.  Don’t miss it!

Another thing you can sign up for is the Easter Garden – the more plants and colors on Easter, the better!  As always, please print very legibly so I can get your name and whomever you’re honoring correct in the bulletin and on screen (I don’t know, maybe there is someone named Holly Trinity!).  Be sure to get your plants to the Activity Room by 10 am the Saturday before Easter so Carmen can work her usual magic.

Also available at the Media Table are the step-by-step instructions that were in last week’s email and insert for getting the Give+ app for your phone or tablet.  If you don’t carry cash or checks, this is a great way to give to Holy Trinity (if you do carry checks, an app is short for an application – a digital program you can download and install on your smart phone … never mind).

Stewardship Spotlight:  The Giving Tree is enjoying the spring and this week the Stewardship spotlight is on Ellen and Michael Di Paola!  The two of them are LEGENDS in Fremont for contributions to Youth Softball and Baseball.  Between the two of them they currently support the Fremont Girls Softball Association by serving on the board, each manage a team, and assist with the creation of the schedule.  Other community support includes adult assistance for the American High School Marching Band, teaching special needs students, and a restoration project for Saber Cat Creek Habitat.  For HTLC they participate in all sorts of youth programs, assist with communion, usher, participate in the HTLC Fantasy Football League, and assist with special events.

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:  Stephanus, the Rich Young Ruler), and pound a nail into the cross representing the sins and burdens you bring to Christ.  There’s only two of these midweek services left, so if you haven’t been to one, time is running out (besides, we need more people to pound nails into the cross – I’m running out of sins! [that I can remember – some are quite blurry]).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, March 22, 2019

Hi, Everyone:  It’s a long one, so grab a cup of coffee (or beverage of your choice)…

First of all, the Spaghetti Feed is TOMORROW (March 23)!  Set-up starts around 10 am (or earlier if you don’t have to go into Holland Hall – we have an outside group meeting there).  The event itself runs from 4 pm to 8 pm, with clean-up afterward.  Those who are donating raffle baskets, gift cards, desserts, etc. please bring them by Saturday noonish so we have time to organize and set them up.  It’s one of our major fundraising events, but it’s also tons of fun (and delicious)!  So tell everyone you know.  Tickets are $15 Adult, $12 Seniors, $10 Kids under 12, $45 Family of 4.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the George Mark Children’s House (check ‘em out at www.georgemark.org), the rest goes to Holy Trinity.  There’ll be all-you-can-eat food and desserts, beer & wine (extra “donation”), silent auction, raffle prizes, and a kid’s zone.  It all adds up to an abbondanza of fun!

This Sunday, March 24, is the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and Luther Loose Change Sunday.  This Lenten season, we wanted to bring new life to the Loose Change offering and get the kids involved as well.  The children will help with the collection on Luther Loose Change Sundays using metal buckets so that we can celebrate the sound of our giving. Our loose change is going to fund our audio-video-electrical upgrade, so remember “When a coin in the bucket rings, another outlet from the wall springs!”

Once again this year, we will have our Easter Garden in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. 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. Just purchase the plant –  any kind, size or color is welcome (we are an inclusive church!) and make sure it’s at the church by 10 am on Saturday, April 20th  Pairs of plants are especially nice for symmetry’s sake.

There’s a new and exciting way to give at Holy Trinity!  It’s called Give+ from Vanco (the same people that we use for the Simply Giving program). This is a phone or tablet based application for both Apple and Android systems. It is safe and free for you to use and a great way to instantly give to Holy Trinity! We can add additional categories as desired…Give it a try!!

  1. Go to the Play Store (Android) or Apple Store (Apple)
  2. Search for Give+ application, Select and Install
  3. Enter Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fremont and select
  4. Set-up your checking/savings (you’ll need your bank routing & account number), credit/debit card or both
  5. Select the account (General, Catch the Excitement 2, etc…) and enter amount you’d like to give
  6. You can have this be a recurring event or one time
  7. You choose the date it will fund the church
  8. Select next and you will receive a receipt plus an email record of your donation

If you use a credit or debit card, there will be a prompt asking if you would like to help offset the cost of credit/debit card processing.

Stewardship Update:  The Giving Tree will be on display during the Spaghetti Feed and now has over 80 leaves!  Please be sure to tell Spaghetti Feed guests about the Giving Tree and that all of the leaves represent the gifts we share as beautiful Christians to support our communities and HTLC.  This week the Stewardship spotlight is on Jennifer Roper.  In the community, Jennifer enjoys assisting with art and music programs at her children’s school while also acting as a Girl Scout Troop leader.  For HTLC, she has gotten involved by working with the Sunday School, leading various youth art projects, singing Christmas carols, and helping stuff backpacks for Abode.

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:  Nicodemus, the Pharisee), 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!

In these news emails, I generally only let you know what’s going on here at Holy Trinity.  If you’re an ELCA junkie and want to know what’s going on with the church at a larger level, sign up for the Sierra Pacific Synod newsletter.  Go to http://spselca.org/, scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll find a place to enter your email and subscribe.  Learn about all the happenings of the ELCA on a regional basis.

See you in church and at the Spaghetti Feed!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, March 15, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

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!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, March 08, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, March 3rd, is the 1st Sunday of Lent, and Scrip Sunday.  Remember, if you donate scrip gift cards for the Spaghetti Feed, Holy Trinity gets a percentage of the value in addition to what we make by people buying raffle tickets (I mean people hopefully donating the suggested amount for raffle tickets)!  This Sunday is also the first day of Daylight Savings Time, so be sure to set those clocks forward an hour Saturday night – you don’t want to miss a single scintillating moment of church!

Speaking of Lent, our focus this Lent as a church is on how to better take care of our world and its resources. In support of this, we are offering “Stewardship of Creation: A Thirty Day Discipline” as a resource.  (I know what you’re thinking – why not 40 days?  Just do the devotions on weekdays during Lent – you can ravage the planet on the weekends!)  Each day features a scripture, facts, ideas for involvement, and a prayer all focusing on that day’s environmental topic.  These devotions were created by Sara Olson and Brooke Petersen for the Web of Creation (www.webofcreation.org) at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. It is available to download as a PDF by clicking on the title above so you can read it on one of your devices instead of printing it out (save those trees!).  You can also download it from our website www.holytrinityfremont.org under “Of Special Note.” For the less digitally-inclined (who probably aren’t reading this), we have printed a few copies which are available at the Media Table.

Don’t forget, we have our Midweek Lenten Services at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays throughout Lent excluding Holy Week.  These are short meditative services featuring the “Voices of Lent” – dramatic readings from the perspective of people from the Bible.  I highly recommend these services (and not just because I tend to be the one up front singing).

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.

The Spaghetti Feed is looming (only two weeks away!) on Saturday, March 23rd from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Start getting those raffle baskets ready, buy your tickets (I mean please donate the suggested amounts for your tickets – sheesh!), and take some fliers from the Usher’s Table to distribute to anyone and anyplace you think might be remotely interested.  It takes all of us to make this event a success!

We have 36 leaves on the Giving Tree!  Great job everyone, and thank you.  We need to be sure that we acknowledge each of the gifts, talents, and treasures that we all bring to our communities and HTLC to make them better places.  Of course everyone else is still invited to turn in a form at any time.  Please be assured that all ideas, thoughts, and suggestions will be discussed by either council or the appropriate committee.  The feedback you are providing is valued.  As promised, this is the first week of the Stewardship Spotlight!  This week the spotlight is on Chris Wicke.  Chris completed a stewardship form that highlights many gifts he shares in the HTLC community by helping with homeless bags, selecting gifts for the Angel Tree, participating in the pageant, and most importantly staying quiet during Sunday School.  A gift many of us were never able to give our church.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, March 01, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, March 3rd, is the Transfiguration of Our Lord, when Jesus puts on a mountaintop show (including dazzling lighting effects) with his Dad and friends Moses and Elijah (it’s a supergroup!). It’s also Nacho Name Tag Sunday – the last one before you swear them off for Lent (I mean the nachos, not the name tags).

Yes, that’s right, Lent is upon us starting this coming Wednesday.  Our Ash Wednesday Service is at 7 pm on March 6th.  This is a solemn service that includes the imposition of ashes on your forehead as a reminder of your mortality (you don’t have to receive the ashes, if it’s too much of an imposition).

The subsequent Wednesdays of Lent (excluding Holy Week) will feature our Midweek Lenten Services at 6:30 pm.  These are short, half-hour meditative services that feature calming Taizé music.  We are inviting the other local Lutheran churches to participate, and there will be short dramatic readings called “Voices of Lent” featuring characters from the Bible.  Come for the serenity, stay for the choir rehearsal! (if you aren’t already getting enough pain and suffering during Lent)

If that’s not enough activities for you during Lent, here are some Other Local Lutheran Churches’ Lenten Opportunities:  Christ the King (1301 Mowry Ave, Fremont) is having an afternoon Ash Wednesday Service at 1 pm, and is hosting a Book Study throughout Lent (gathering dates TBD) on the book The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem by John Dominic Crossan & Marcus Borg (ISBN-13: 978-0060872601).  Holy Redeemer (35660 Cedar Blvd, Newark) is celebrating Mardi Gras on Sunday March 3rd with a jazz trio – 11:30 to 1:30, activities for the children and freshly made beignets.  They are also 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 stealing their ideas – why don’t we have a Mardi Gras with jazz and beignets?!).

Of course, we do have the Spaghetti Feed which is coming up in just three weeks on Saturday, March 23rd from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Start getting those raffle baskets ready, buy your tickets, and take some fliers from the Usher’s Table to distribute (assuming the printer behaves – it broke down yet again earlier this week – that unearthly wailing sound you heard was just me).

The Giving Tree

A Stewardship Update from Erik (because you just can’t get enough of that Giving Tree logo!):  The Giving Tree is now up to 30 leaves and 10 of those represent the youth in our congregation who have turned in a stewardship form.  The number should continue to grow as we still seem to be waiting on forms from the Holland and Huff families (must be busy people). Of course, everyone else is still invited to turn in a form at any time. Please be assured that all ideas, thoughts, and suggestions will be discussed by either council or the appropriate committee. The feedback you are providing is valued. Also, beginning next week, the Stewardship Spotlight will begin. This will be a chance to introduce all of you to the contributions made by members to the community at large and Holy Trinity. All of us are so generous with our time by volunteering to assist those less fortunate, animals in need, youth sports, all sorts of projects at HTLC and many more causes.

By the way, there is at least one error in this Sunday’s insert:  The first Sunday of Lent is Scrip Sunday, not Nacho Name Tag Sunday again (just wishful thinking on my part!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 22, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 24th, is the 7th Sunday of Epiphany and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday – any spare change, no matter how spare, helps us get closer to a new audio-visual-non-circuit-tripping upgrade.  And, of course, it’s Bold Women’s Day!  You’ll hear about bold women of faith from some of our own bold women of faith (I’m still waiting for bald Norwegian Day).  There will also be a Stewardship Meeting (excuse me – ‘Stewards of God’s Love” meeting) at 12:15 pm after the second service.

The Spaghetti Feed is coming up in just four weeks on Saturday, March 23rd from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Briana Holland is looking for donations of gift cards and themed baskets for the Spaghetti Feed raffle and prizes for the silent auction.  If you want to donate gift cards, consider using our scrip program so HTLC gets a percentage of the card’s value.  Tickets will be for sale soon, and fliers will be in the narthex this Sunday (assuming the copier doesn’t break down again between now and Sunday) for you to hand out to friends (or perfect strangers), post in public places (like your favorite coffee shop – with permission, of course), or frame and hang as art in your living room!

Lent is fast approaching!  Our Ash Wednesday Service will be on March 6th at 7 pm.  On the following Wednesdays throughout Lent we will have our meditative half-hour Midweek Lenten Services at 6:30 pm.  These include calming Taize music and short dramatic readings.  Other local Lutheran churches will be participating, making these services even more special.

Attention all Thrivent Financial members!  Those of you who have Choice Dollars available have until March 31, 2019, to direct any remaining 2018 Choice Dollars (hopefully in HTLC’s direction) before they expire.  Go to www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.  Also, Thrivent Action Teams are a way for us to receive funding (and those oh-so-comfy t-shirts!) from Thrivent for a specific cause for the church. Find out how they work by visiting www.thrivent.com/making-a-difference/living-generously/thrivent-action-teams/ or talk to Briana Holland or Pastor Tim and they can help you get started.

The Giving Tree

 The 2019 Stewardship program continues to grow and blossom with 29 leaves now on the Giving Tree.  These represent the 29 forms that have been turned in.  Did you forget to turn in your form, think of something that you would like to add, or found all of Erik’s previous instructions confusing? Don’t worry.  You can still turn in a form, complete an additional form, or get questions answered so you can then complete a form.  It is not too late.  The Giving Tree is only beginning to blossom and spring hasn’t really sprung.  Let’s pack that tree with leaves of generosity! (Sorry about all those tree puns last week – I was just trying to spruce things up!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 15, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

First, let me sincerely apologize for getting Margie Cameron’s name wrong on the ballots at the Annual Meeting, and getting our new Ministry in Context (Teaching Parish) Student Libby Denton’s name wrong on everything up to this point.  Getting people’s names wrong is the worst!  (right, Pastor Puff?)  Read on for even more fun syntactical errors:

This Sunday, February 17th, is the 6th Sunday of Epiphany and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.  There will be a Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 pm for all who are interested in helping to make this annual fundraiser into what cannoli be described as a rousing successo!

All are invited to the Daytimers’ Luncheon at 11:30 am this Tuesday, February 19th in the Activity Room. This month’s theme is sandwiches and salads plus, of course, scintillating conversation!

Thanks to all who participated in the Annual Meeting.  Congratulations to our newly elected council members:

  • Margie Cameron (1st term)
  • Erik Holland (2nd term)
  • Arnold Kuhlmann (1st term)
  • Shawn Lullo (2nd term)
  • Marta Wicke (2nd term)
  • John Williams (1st term)

They join our continuing council members:

  • Anthony Di Paola
  • Andy DiCero
  • Cheryl Hall (Recording Secretary)
  • Tammy Kuhlmann (Financial Secretary)
  • Terri Macfarlane (Treasurer)
  • Kathy Miedema
  • Dean Sieglaff

Thank you all for your willingness to serve. The positions of President, Vice President, and committee liaisons will be decided at the next council meeting. Finally, thank you to our outgoing council members for their years of service:

  • David Barron
  • Kate Mills

Next Sunday is WELCA’s Bold Women’s Day.  Which bold women of faith will our own bold women be talking about?  I don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me!  There will also be a Stewardship Meeting after second service (not quite so suspenseful).

By the way, one of our members received a robo-call pretending to be from Holy Trinity (even displaying our name and number).  We hope this is an isolated incident, but be careful not to respond to these calls.  We are not cancelling your account (whatever account that could be).

I know you’re probably sycamore announcements about our Stewardship 2019 drive and are board with more in the same vein (and maybe wish I would leaf you alone – I don’t know if you’ll arbor me ill willow knot).  However, our Giving Tree is getting more poplar (though I’m rooting for more leaves to appear!).  Wooden yew like to help?  Just (chloro)phyll out a form listing the various minis-trees you’re involved in or would like to be involved in at HTLC and in the community.  And don’t just stick to what you usually do, branch out fir more involvement!  (that’s about all of the puns I can think of.  My mind’s a plank, I’m completely stumped, I’ve reached my limb-it!)

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The Giving Tree

I know you’re probably sycamore announcements about our Stewardship 2019 drive and are board with more in the same vein (and maybe wish I would leaf you alone – I don’t know if you’ll arbor me ill willow knot).  However, our Giving Tree is getting more poplar (though I’m rooting for more leaves to appear!).  Wooden yew like to help?  Just (chloro)phyll out a form listing the various minis-trees you’re involved in or would like to be involved in at HTLC and in the community.  And don’t just stick to what you usually do, branch out fir more involvement!  (that’s about all of the puns I can think of.  My mind’s a plank, I’m completely stumped, I’ve reached my limb-it!)

See you in church!

Keith

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