New Missionaries

New Missionaries

As part of our ministry budget each year, Holy Trinity helps support missionaries around the world. For the last two years we have been sponsoring Rev. Erik and Tauna Roth in Japan. On June 11, 2017 they will have completed their missionary services.
Beginning on June 12, we will be sponsoring Curtis and Katie Kline who are serving as missionaries in Colombia, South America. Curtis accompanies the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia in promoting and protecting human rights and building peace. Katie serves with the youth and women’s ministries of the church.

OIAM 2017 final report

OIAM Projects Report
April 1, 2017 was set aside by the S.C. Synod for the projects of Operation Inasmuch by Lutherans across the state. This was no April Fools’ Day as Holy Trinity joined in this endeavor and from all indications we had a very successful and meaningful day of ministry outreach. Over 50 members participated in 13 projects identified by the Service Committee. Of that number, 28 people went out into the community to work.
Some of the things we did together included:
• Hosted a Kick Off Breakfast for the volunteers;
• Prepared bag lunches for our volunteers;
• Collected items for female patients at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital;
• Collected items for WELCA for their Synod Convention Collection Project;
• Painted the porch railing at the Luther House;
• Baked and delivered 22 dozen cookies to the Anderson Police Department;
• Wrote 61 notes to parents of Good News Club members thanking them for allowing their children to participate in the Good News Club at Concord Elementary;
• Our Lutheran Church Youth helped with gardening chores at the South Main Chapel Mercy Center;
• Scraped and painted handrails, pressure washed, and installed lattice work around a storage building at the Cancer Association of Anderson;
• Pressure washed the front porch area of the Anderson Free Clinic and performed a deep cleaning of the medical and dental exam rooms and waiting rooms;
• Prepared and delivered 32 frozen casseroles to the Calvary Home for Children;
• Scraped, prepped, and painted windows and a ramp at Anderson Interfaith Ministry;
• Photographed all activities and posted photographs on to the HTLC’s website.
Thank you to all who came out to serve as the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbor.
The Service Committee

Mothers Day special offering

MOTHER’S DAY is Sunday, May 14th. A special offering, sponsored by WELCA, is being received and then given to deserving female students at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. If you would like to make a donation In Memory Of or In Honor Of your mother, please fill out a form in the weekly bulletin. The names will be listed in the bulletin on Mother’s Day. Deadline is May 7th.


The first of two informational meetings was held on Sunday, April 23 to give congregational members an opportunity to discuss possible updates to the Fellowship Hall and to obtain feedback and suggestions. (The second meeting will be held on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.)
Despite the challenging weather that day, the meeting on April 23 was well attended. Tom Weeks presented a summary of ideas that were put together by the small, informal groups that met on February 20 and March 9. These are briefly summarized below. The meeting resulted in several questions and suggestions that will help the Fellowship Hall Update Committee refine the original ideas. Three new ideas were introduced by congregational members in attendance. These include: 1) eliminating the stage to expand the seating area at floor level, 2) installing a new ceiling and new LED lights, and 3) replacing the wooden chairs with modern, lighter weight, padded chairs. At this point, everything is up for consideration and discussion. The Committee welcomes additional input from members before beginning the task of developing a proposal to present to Council. Everyone’s input is important and will be helpful. If you did not attend the first meeting, please try to attend the meeting on May 7. If you attended the meeting on April 23, you are encouraged to also attend the second meeting. An exchange of ideas and discussion can only be beneficial to reach a consensus on this project and move forward.
•Replace carpet with luxury vinyl wood-grain flooring
Estimated cost: $12,200.00
•Install drywall over concrete block walls and over paneling on both sides of the stage. Install trim
around windows and install baseboard, chair rail and crown molding
Estimated cost: $10,555.00
•Relocate the ice machine to the closet area in the hallway
Estimated cost: $600.00
•Replace old blinds with new 2-inch wide blinds or with plantation shutters
Estimated cost (blinds): $1,100.00
Estimated cost (shutters): $5,800.00
•Replace stage curtain
Estimated cost: $600.00
•Replace table covers
Estimated cost: $900.00
•Eliminate curtains (and rods)
Estimated cost: None
Total estimated cost (with blinds): $25,955.00
Total estimated cost (with shutters): $30,655.00

Holy Trinity Good News Club Report – April 25

Holy Trinity Good News Club Report – April 25
On Tuesday March 28th, fifty-two children along with parents and the faithful volunteers from Holy Trinity, celebrated the third successful year of Good News Club at the school with a pizza party, an Easter review game and a 5th grade graduation ceremony. Truly a fun but also very meaningful close to the year. However, following the celebration and the realization by the Holy Trinity volunteers with some vacation in sight, there was also a cloud of concern about the future of this mission.
In the spring of 2014 when Holy Trinity Church Council approved our sponsorship of the Good News Club at Concord Elementary, it did so with the hope that, though we are a smaller church we would be able to garner the financial support and volunteers necessary to make it a success. For the last three years we have accomplished both of these and have had an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel with hundreds of children and ultimately their families. Our children were taught to honor and cherish the Word of God in their Bibles, memorized verses and enjoyed the learning about God’s heroes in the Bible. We also prayed with them, sang with them and loved them unconditionally. Truly a blessing to all the volunteers as well as the children. However, because of such a small number of volunteers and no back-ups many of our team are tired and some just “burned out”.
As the coordinator and co-teacher with Pastor Fischer for the past three years, I am sorry to say, I fall into that “burned out” group and have said I will not be able to coordinate the program in the 2017-2018. Because I do love the program and believe in the mission so strongly, I will continue to be involved in a support role if we at Holy Trinity decide to continue this outreach activity. Also I do believe after a summer of rest, some of our volunteers will “step up to the plate” again, but without more volunteers to share the responsibility I feel it unfair to ask them to do so.
So, in conclusion I sincerely ask for your prayers about our continued sponsorship of the Concord Elementary Club. Also, please know I am more than willing to talk with anyone about the program and assist with any transition in leadership if that is our decision. If we decide we do not have the volunteer resources to continue, we will need to notify Child Evangelism Fellowship of our decision as soon as possible so they can seek another sponsoring church.
Finally, a sincere thank you to all in our church who have support the GNC ministry with your financial resources as well as your time and prayers. With our GNC at Concord, Holy Trinity has put word and action into our mission to “…proclaim the good news to our community and the world…”!
Jane Cahaly,
Good News Club Coordinator

Quilt Dedication April 2017

The beautiful quilts you see draped over each pew are now ready to be sent overseas. The quilters, at Holy Trinity have been very busy and their 34 quilts will be blessed during the service today and then mailed to Lutheran World Relief to those in need. The quilters thank everyone for their generous gifts of fabric for this worthy project.
You may make a donation to cover the cost of the shipping by writing a check to Holy Trinity and putting “shipping quilts” in the memo and placing it in the offering plate.
Jane Potter, Roz Eckardt, Kim Hill, Shirley Ebert and Nancy Korn worked on the quilts.

WELCA Children’s Supplies to be taken to Convention

WELCA Children’s Supplies to be taken to Convention. Check out the list below. Bins are located in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall. Collections will be accepted through June 9th.
Items for WELCA Collection Project
Household cleaning supplies – All-purpose spray cleaner, laundry detergent, Dish detergent,
Clorox liquid cleaner and whips, Lysol spray and air freshener
Non-perishable Food Canned fruit, vegetables and meat, fruit juices, tea, coffee, creamer,
sugar and sweetner, baby food, macaroni and cheese
Household Products – Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, plastic eating utensils (plates, forks
and spoons), trach bags (kitchen and 33 gallon), towin size sheets and pillow cases
Gift cards and Monetary gifts — Walmart, Target, Visa or Grocery store cards to enable
purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and mild as needed.

Martin Luther DVD

Martin Luther DVD
To help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we have a new DVD available for you to borrow (see Pastor Fischer). It is: Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation. The promo for it includes: “Along with the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation represented the * growing pains of a Europe evolving from the Middle Ages into the modern age. Today, on the 500th anniversary of this pivotal event in European history, Rick Steves travels in the footsteps of Martin Luther — distilling the story of that bold monk, the chaos of the Reformation, and the larger political, economic, and theological context into an engaging, inspiring, and enlightening hour.”

Bonus features include: Germany’s Luther Towns, Rick Steves’ European Christmas, and Rick Steves’ European Easter.

Youth Events for the month of April

Youth Events for the month of April:
•Sunday, April 2nd – Regular LCY meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall
•Thursday, April 13th, following the Maundy Thursday worship service, the LCY members will meet in the sanctuary to work on the Lenten Tree.
•Saturday, April 15th, at 10:00 a.m., the Youth will meet in the sanctuary to work on the Resurrection Tree.
•Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. Youth will meet in the Sanctuary to practice for LCY Sunday, April 23rd.
•Sunday, April 30th at 7:30 a.m. – Meet in kitchen to prep and then serve lunch for 5th Sunday Gathering Fundraiser