New Martin Luther Movie to show in Hartwell, GA October 23rd

As part of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran/Protestant Reformation, Faith Lutheran Church in Hartwell, Georgia will be showing the movie, “Martin Luther. The Idea that Changed the World.” It will be shown on Monday, October 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. The location is The Fine Arts Center at Hartwell High School, 95, 5th Avenue. There is no charge for the showing.
A free-will offering will be received at the door.
This is the first time in more than 60 years that Lutherans have made a feature-length film about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Filmed in historic locations across Europe, this movie brings Luther’s story to life with exquisite attention to detail. It’s a way to strengthen our faith by revisiting the birth of the Protestant Reformation and a chance to share that experience with others.
This movie was shown in Seneca several months ago at the movie theater and some of the congregation was able to see it. Comments received were very good.

Reformation Sunday 10/29/2017

Please join us as we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation


5th Sunday One-Combined Service October 29, 2017
Join us Reformation Sunday when we will be joined by a surprise visitor. We will gather in
front of the church on the steps and front sidewalk area to begin our worship service.
After the service, we will gather in Fellowship Hall for a Reformation meal, provided by the Youth as a fund raiser for their National Youth Gathering, next year in Houston, Texas. A freewill offering will be received.
The menu will be:
*Pork Loin w/apples
•Green beans
•German Chocolate Cake
*Root Beer

 After the meal a Martin Luther skit will be performed, followed by a few fun activities After the meal a Martin Luther
skit will be performed, followed by a few fun activities connected to the Reformation.
Please join us as we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation

Giving From the Heart


“Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.” Matthew 6:21

On Sunday, October 8th and Sunday, October 15th the Support Committee will kick off Holy Trinity’s 2018 Stewardship Campaign with Temple Talks at both services.
This year’s theme, “Giving From the Heart”, challenges us to examine our desire to give. God plants that desire in each of us and wants our giving to be an important and
meaningful part of our lives. God wants us to “give from the heart”.
Prior to each service on October 15th members of the Support Committee will be on hand to distribute Stewardship Packets. Each packet will contain an Estimate of Giving Card
and a Time and Talent Survey for each family member. The next two Sundays, October 22nd and October 29th during the worship service, you will be given an opportunity to
share your time, talents, and treasure by returning your completed Estimate of Giving Card and your Time and Talent Survey during the appropriate time in the service.
If you forget your card and survey, ushers will have extras available — just ask. You may also mail your response directly to the church office. We hope to have all
responses returned by November 5.
Think about your giving plan. Please prayerfully consider your response to God’s call to share
in Christ’s mission and ministry at Holy Trinity.
Give from the Heart!


Trick -or-Treat- So- Others- May- Eat — The Youth will meet after the Late Service on October 22nd and head to Subway for lunch and then go to the neighborhoods to distribute the bags. We will once again have bags available for the congregation to make food donations. Pick up your bag on the 22nd and bring it back on the 29th filled with food items and put them in the room off the narthex. Then on October 29th, the Youth will serve the meal after the worship service and then return to the neighborhoods to pick up the filled bags. We will need some vehicles to help with the pickup. If you are able to help, please see Mrs. Goodson.

10/21/17 4th Annual Deutsches Fest

On Saturday, October 21, from 4-7 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will host its 4th Annual Deutsches Fest,a German festival to celebrate our Lutheran heritage. This year we have again invited Abiding Savior Lutheran Church to join us. We will gather in our Fellowship Hall and dine on German foods like bratwurst, roast chicken and German side dishes. Beer, wine and softer beverages will be served. We will have German music, dancing and Gemütlichkeit, which does not have a direct English translation but describes an atmosphere which is comfortable and enjoyable.

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (12 and younger) and are available from a Church Council member or through the church office beginning today. Tickets need to be purchased in advance to help us with the planning of the food. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, October 15th
Please contact Virgil Hobbs or Jay Bannister who are coordinating this event if you would like to volunteer. Mark your calendars now as we look forward to a wonderful afternoon/evening of fellowship for our two congregations.


Its not too late to start Walking With Paul

Walking With Paul

We continue to meet each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for a six-week journey using the “Walking With Paul” devotional.  This is a daily walking program which includes reflection on Paul’s ministry as well as simple diet changes to care for mind, body, and soul!  We will meet as a group each Saturday to discuss our journey and to get tips on diet, stress reduction and more.  Come join us!  Our group leader is Amy Goodson.


How would you like to make small changes and simple lifestyle improvements in your health and to grow in faith? Starting Saturday, September 23rd, we will embark on a six week journey using the “Walking With Paul” devotional. This is a daily walking program which includes reflection on Paul’s ministry as well as simple diet changes to care for mind, body and soul! We will meet as a group each Saturday to discuss our journey and to get tips on diet, stress reduction and more. In order to have enough devotional books for all, you need to sign up on the sheet in the narthex. As the seasons change, won’t you take this opportunity to make some healthy lifestyle changes?
Group leader, Amy Goodson

Fellowship Hall improvement meeting information

Fellowship Hall Update

After eight months of meetings, listening to the needs of the congregation, exploring options and cost estimates, we are nearing a formal proposal.


To summarize what we have done:

  1. Informal meetings were held for the congregation on February 20 and March 9 to discuss improvements to Fellowship Hall.
  2. From these meetings, Church Council appointed the following members to serve as a Fellowship Hall Committee to help development a plan: Tom Weeks, Ernie Thoms, Bob Straup, Paul Wagner, Jill Helgeson, Vicki Lybrand, Sandi Jordan, Ann Caldwell, and  Tony and Christa Mollgaard.
  3. On April 23 and on May 7, informational meetings were held to give the congregational members the opportunity to discuss possible updates to Fellowship Hall and to obtain feedback and suggestions.
  4. After numerous meetings, talking with various contractors, exploring options and gathering cost estimates, the Committee gave a presentation and proposal to the Church Council at its monthly meeting in August.
  5. Church Council has decided to give members two opportunities to hear and ask questions about the committee’s proposal.
    1. On Sunday, September 24 (during the Sunday School hour), beginning at 9:50 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, the committee will share its proposal with the congregation and allow members the opportunity to raise questions and offer comments.
    2. Then on Sunday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, committee members will be on hand to give members a final opportunity to ask questions and offer comments. (Please note: there will be no presentation on this day.)
  6. Then on Sunday, October 22, beginning at 9:50 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, there will be a congregational meeting to vote on whether to move forward with the proposal and to approve funding for this project. (Please note:  as per our HTLC Constitution and Bylaws, voting by proxy or by absentee ballot is not permitted.)

Sept 10th Rite of Healing Service with Holy Communion

We believe as followers of Christ Jesus that our Lord desires our wholeness and healing. Broken bodies, minds or spirits are not our God’s intent for us. Yet, we live in a world broken by sin.
During a Service of the Word for Healing, we gather for the purpose of hearing God’s healing Word for us. The Rite of Healing is a time of intentional prayer for healing —healing of mind, body, spirit and relationship. We pray intentionally for the healing of friends, family, and ourselves.
After the Scripture Readings, Sermon, and Prayers of the People, time will be given for silent prayer and for those who desire to come forward and kneel, as part of the Rite, the minister places his/her hands on the recipient’s head and prays. Oil, the ancient balm of healing and anointing, will mark your forehead in the shape of a cross.
Again, your prayers may be for yourself or a loved one. The Rite of Healing, an act as old as the Church, calls to our minds the promises of God to comfort and to remain with us.
You are encouraged to invite a friend and join us for this evening service.