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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HTLC News Email, February 08, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 10th, is the 5th Sunday of Epiphany and Scrip Sunday.  It’s also Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, which means we will be having a SINGLE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10 AM followed by the Annual Meeting at 11 am (or so).  Yes, it’s finally here – your opportunity to bring up that full immersion baptistry/hot tub proposal!  During the worship service we will have the installation of Libby Deaton as teaching parish student.  It’s official, she’s ours! (hazing rituals will be postponed due to Annual Meeting)

The Giving Tree

Another reason to come to the Annual Meeting is the unveiling of the Giving Tree!  Find out just how many leaves there are depending on how many Stewardship 2019 forms are received.  Don’t worry if you haven’t turned yours in yet, the Giving Tree will remain in the narthex in future weeks to remind you and inspire you (or make you feel guilty, if that’s the way your mind works).  The forms, available on the table in the narthex, are not just about finances, but ways in which you are involved, are willing to be involved, and any ideas and comments you have for the church in general.  You don’t even have to put your name on it (especially if your idea for raising money is to sell indulgences).  The tree is an illustration of how our individual contributions of time, talent, and treasure combine to make for a healthy and thriving church.  Let’s pack that tree with leaves of generosity!

Next Sunday, February 17th, there will be an initial Spaghetti Feed Meeting at 12:15 pm. All who are interested in helping out please come with an abbondanza of ideas and enthusiasm.  The Spaghetti Feed, one of our most popular fundraising events, will take place on March 23rd.  Food, silent auction, prizes, kid’s zone – I’m excited already!

Watch for Bold Women’s Sunday coming up on February 24th.  It happens on the fourth Sunday of February each year.  Some of our very own bold women (just getting up and talking in church is bold in my book) will be lifting up notable women of faith during the service. 

See you in church – at 10 am!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, February 01, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, February 3rd, is the 5th Sunday of Epiphany and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  It’s also our 14th year participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring – a nation-wide youth event during the weekend of the Super Bowl to help local charities tackle hunger.  Our youth will be collecting money and non-perishable food for LOV Newark’s pantry, so remember to bring some!  Over the past 13 years we’ve collected $9,100 and 855 food items.  Wear your favorite sports team outfit (it doesn’t have to be football – your favorite badminton team will do).  And be sure to stay later or come early for the Soup Potluck between the services.  There will be no Adult Forum or Sunday School this week (potluck days are like snow days!).

Next Sunday we will be having a single service at 10 am followed by our Annual Congregational Meeting.  Please stay, sign in (we need a quorum), eat (I’m assuming there’ll be food – there’s always food!), vote (you can’t complain if you don’t vote!), and watch as our Giving Tree is unveiled (have you turned in your Stewardship form yet?).  It’s your opportunity to have a say in what happens at Holy Trinity and a great way to review what we’ve done this past year.  Of course, this also means reports for the Annual Report are due!  If I receive them after Monday, they’d better come with lots of chocolate!

The Giving Tree

The Stewardship 2019 drive is up and running. We’ve received numerous forms already, so the Giving Tree in the narthex should be at a beautiful early spring bloom for the annual meeting. Of course, we want to have that tree covered with leaves as we move into Lent, so be sure to pick up a form from the table next to the tree in the narthex. Are you not sure about what to list for ways you help in your community and at the church, or something you may be willing to do to help?  Here are some examples of the things people are doing: singing carols as part of Family Advent Night, teaching Sunday School, ushering, coaching softball, making jam, and acolyting (some apparently reluctantly – which Erik can sympathize with from his childhood). There is also space to brainstorm new ideas for the church! Turn your forms in to the offering plate, Erik Holland’s box near the office, or to Erik himself.

There will be an initial Spaghetti Feed Meeting on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm. All who are interested in helping out with our annual FUNdraising event (and we’ll need all the help we can get) please come.  I’m sure there’ll be lots of brainstorming, so you’d better come, or your ideas will be mist (get it? – brainstorm, mist/missed?  Oh well, they can’t all be gems!).

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 25, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 20th, is the 4th Sunday of Epiphany and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday.  So, how is Jesus revealed this week?  He gets up in the synagogue and reads from Isaiah (see, even Jesus was a worship helper!), then he says “That prophet?  He’s talkin’ ‘bout me!” (though maybe not in those words).  I know it’s not as flashy as a bright star, a voice from heaven, or changing water into wine, but it’s still a revelation and, well, Epiphany is awfully long this year…  Be sure to rummage through your closets for coats to bring this Sunday for the One Warm Coat drive!

This Sunday is also the last Sunday in January, which means it’s RIC Sunday – when we join many other churches in celebrating being a Reconciling in Christ congregation (though not as many as you would think – only 9% of the ELCA is RIC!).  This means that not only are we welcoming to all, but we’re willing to tell people we specifically welcome LGBTQIA folks (boy, that list of letters is becoming cumbersome – we may eventually need a larger alphabet!).  Why is it important to specify?  Because believe me, “All are welcome” all too often means “All are welcome, but of course we don’t mean those people.”  If Richard and I took a trip to Alaska or West Virginia, where there are no RIC congregations, how would we know where we could worship and not be glared at (or worse)?  We should be proud to be welcoming!  We’ll be celebrating with special readings during the service and special treats between the services (some of which I suspect will be way too colorful!).

The Giving Tree

The Stewardship 2019 drive is up and running. We’ve received a few stewardship forms already, so the Giving Tree in the Narthex should be showing signs of life this Sunday.  Of course, we want to have that tree covered with leaves, so be sure to pick up a form from the table next to the tree in the narthex.  List all the ways you help out or are willing to help out in the community and at HTLC.  There’s a place on the form to list ideas of how our church can be more involved.  There’s also a line for comments “for the good of the church” (you know, like “Those weekly emails are too long, silly, and opinion-y!”).  Turn your forms into the offering plate, Erik Holland’s box near the office, or to Erik himself.  Let’s get that sap flowing!  (I’m talking about the Giving Tree, not Erik!)

Next Sunday, February 3rd, is the Souper Bowl of Caring!  This is a nation-wide youth event to collect money and food for local charities during the weekend of the Super Bowl.  We’ve been doing this since 2006, and over the last 13 years have raised $9,100 and collected 855 food items for local food pantries and kitchens.  You are encouraged to bring money, cans of soup, or other non-perishables.  Your tax-deductible donation will directly benefit LOV (League of Volunteers) in Newark. We will also have our usual Soup Potluck between services to celebrate.  Sign-ups to bring soup are on the Media Table.  Let’s tackle hunger together!

Don’t forget that the Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up the following week on February 10th after a single service at 10 am.  Important stuff, people – please come!

(By the way, if anyone would like to fund an all-expenses-paid fact-finding mission to Alaska or West Virginia, Richard and I would be willing to test the being-glared-at theory!)

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 18, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 20th, is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany and Fill the Food Barrel Sunday.This is the Sunday that Jesus is revealed by his first (and my favorite) miracle – changing water into wine!

The Daytimers’ Luncheon, which normally takes place on the third Tuesday of the month has been moved this month to this coming Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:30 am in the Activity Room.  As always, all are welcome to partake of this potluck feast.  This month the theme is soups and stews to warm you up during these cold months.  Come to Bible Study at 10 am to warm your soul as well!

The Giving Tree

If all goes well, The Giving Tree and the forms for the Stewardship 2019 drive will be up and ready to go this Sunday.  The Giving Tree (constructed by Meg Ehmann) will be in the narthex.  It starts out bare, but with each form that’s filled out and returned, another leaf goes on the tree.  The forms ask you to list the ways you give, or are willing to give, of your time, talents and treasures; not only to HTLC, but to the community at large.  Each member of your family can fill out individual forms.  Do you volunteer at a local charity?  That’s a leaf!  Does your child help with the Helping Hands projects?  That’s a leaf!  Does your pet bring comfort at local nursing homes?  That’s a leaf!  Let’s return as many of these forms as we can to Eric Holland, his mailbox near the office, or the offering tray, and watch the Giving Tree come to life in the coming weeks!

Next week, the last Sunday of January, is RIC Sunday when many churches celebrate becoming an RIC congregation. We will be celebrating our dedication to be welcoming to all people (that’s a leaf!), including the LGBTQIA community.  We’ll read our Welcome Statement and have a special liturgy during the service.  And colorful treats afterwards, of course!

The Souper Bowl of Caring takes place on Sunday, February 3rd.  This is a nation-wide youth event to collect money and food for local charities during the weekend of the Super Bowl.  You are encouraged to bring money, cans of soup, or other non-perishables (that’s a leaf!), and the youth will collect it all in their big soup pots after each service.  We will also have our usual Soup Potluck between services to celebrate.  Sign-ups to bring soup are on the Media Table (that’s a leaf!).

Got restless little ones with you in church? We have colorful Busy Bags in the narthex containing activities to keep them occupied. Cheryl Hall has just refreshed the contents.  She plans to keep updating them (that’s a leaf!) so that they are season-appropriate.

A new feature of this weekly email will be a listing of those who have volunteered to be worship helpers (that’s a leaf!) at the coming Sunday’s services.  It will be at the end of the email with the upcoming events and weekly schedule.  You can also see where we are needing people if you want to step up and help (that’s a leaf!).  Just let Carmen Blair know so she doesn’t have to worry about finding someone at the last minute (that’s a re-leaf!).

Don’t forget that the Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up on February 10th following a single service at 10 am.

See you in church!

Keith

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HTLC News Email, January 11, 2019

Hi, Everyone:

This Sunday, January 13th, is the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany and Scrip Sunday.It’s also the feast day (love that term!) called The Baptism of Our Lord.  This is the Sunday when Christ is revealed at his baptism with (spoiler alert!) the Holy Spirit appearing (in dove form) and a voice coming from heaven.  Also this Sunday there will be a Council Meeting at 12:15 in the Activity Room, where a voice from heaven will command them to keep the Annual Meeting short (or maybe that voice is coming from the church office).  Next week, Jesus is revealed through his first miracle.  Don’t miss it!

There is no Game Night tonight for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I had Jury Duty this week and am waaay behind (it took them three days to decide they didn’t want me!).  Secondly, attendance has been pretty low (as in sometimes it’s just Richard and me), so the new year seems to be a good time to give Game Night a rest for a while.  Maybe there’s something else we can do that will be more popular.  You can start a new activity that you’re interested in!

The Daytimers’ Luncheon, which normally occurs on the third Tuesday of the month, will be moved out a week this month to Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:30 am.  All are welcome to this potluck event, and you don’t even need to bring anything (I don’t, and Daytimers’ Luncheons are my feast days!).

The long awaited, often doubted, and highly anticipated Stewardship 2019 campaign has arrived.  The Stewardship cards will be available in the back of the sanctuary and can be returned either in the offering plate, in the Erik Holland/Stewardship mailbox at the back of the church, or directly to Erik Holland.  Anyone interested in completing a form is encouraged to do so.  Each family, church member, pet, etc. is welcome to fill out a form.  This can be one form for everyone or multiple forms if anyone would like to complete their own.  Updates on the program will be delivered in the following weeks before the Giving Tree is revealed in its full glory at the Annual Meeting on February 10th.

See you in church!

Keith

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