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

Fellowship Hall Update

Fellowship Hall Update

In recent years, from time to time, questions have arisen about the possibility of updating Fellowship Hall. The last time anything was done was in 1997, not counting the new carpet in 2007 and the addition of the coffee counter in 2013. With that in mind, informal meetings for the congregation were held on February 20 and March 9 to discuss improvements.
These meetings generated several ideas to update the dining area. Church Council has appointed the following members to serve as a Fellowship Hall Committee to help guide the development of a plan that can be presented to Council and to the congregation:

Tom Weeks
Bob Straup
Jill Helgeson
Sandi Jordan
Tony Mollgaard
Ernie Thorns
Paul Wagner
Vicki Lybrand
Anna Caldwell
Christa Mollgaard

The first task of the committee is to present the ideas generated from the two informal meetings to the congregation during the Sunday School hour, Sunday, April 23 and again on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 10:00 a.m. You are encouraged to attend these meetings, offer input and voice your opinions. Because these are not Congregational Meetings, these gatherings are for discussion purposes only to help clarify the direction of possible updates for Fellowship Hall.

Why Is That Dead Tree in the Church?

Why Is That Dead Tree in the Church?
You can’t help but notice the “dead” tree covered in caterpillars which have appeared in the Sanctuary. You may question -why is it here or what is it about?
This is a project between the LCY and the Sunday School children. Before we began making these creations, we discussed how things are different in both the church and nature this time of year. We discussed how there are some things “sleeping” in our worship such as the use of Alleluias. We also talked about how everything in our yards such as the grass and trees look dead but they too are just “sleeping”. We discussed how some of God’s creatures such as caterpillars make cocoons. Although we might think they are dead, they actually have rebirth as a butterfly.
This tree is actually here to help each of us to remember that while the weather often is cool and gray and the grass is brown and the trees bare, there is the hope that Spring is coming! Bulbs are blooming and the days are getting longer. Just as we have hope for Spring, Lent gives us a time to hope for Easter and the promise that the resurrection brings.
Just as the change of seasons brings surprises, keep watching the tree thru the Lenten season —there are more surprises to come!

Lent reminders

The Forty Days before Easter are the Lenten season.  During this time we omit the refrains that are connected to celebrating Christ’s resurrection and we use the verses appropriate for Lent.

They are:

1: We refrain from singing Alleluias because of its connection to Easter.

2: There is no Absolution (minister declaring our forgiveness, page 118) for all of Lent is a time of self-examination.

3: Omit the Hymn of Praise: “Glory to God in the highest” and we instead lead straight into the prayer of the day.

4: We sing the Lenten verse: “Let your steadfast Love” page 125

5: We use the Apostles’ Creed.

On Easter Sunday, April 16th, we will return to the verses praising our Lord and His resurrection.

Easter Lily Orders for 2017

We would like to place Easter Lilies in our windows and on the Chancel steps for the services on Easter Sunday.  The cost is $14.00.  If you desire to place an order for one or more lilies, please use the form in the weekly bulletins fill out and place in the offering plate or mail it to the church office as soon as possible.l  The deadline is Sunday April 9th.

Because 35 lilies must be special ordered from Whitten’s to have them arrive at their peak for Easter.  They will be assigned on a first-ordered first-severed basis.  When 35 have been assigned, no more can be purchased.  Thanks for your understanding.

HTLC Blood Drive Sunday October 15th

The next congregational BLOOD DRIVE will be Sunday, October 15th — watch for sign- up sheets.

Lent and Holy Week events

Here is the Lenten worship a supper Schedule

Tuesday, February 28 4:00-7:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Blvd. Baptist Church
Wednesday, March 1 12:00 Noon (Spoken Service) and 7:00 p.m.
[no meal] Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 8 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper [Katie’s Ladies to host]
Lenten Service  Message: Repentance — 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper [Luther’s Ladies to host]
Lenten Service Message: Response to An Invitation — 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper [Men In Mission host]
Lenten Service Message: Remembering — 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper [Youth to host]
Lenten Service Message: Remedial — 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper [Congregational Potluck Meal]
Lenten Service Message: Reunion — 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 — Maundy Thursday
[no meal] Maundy Thursday Services at 12:00 Noon (Spoken Service) and 7:00 p.m.  Message:  Relief
Friday, April 14 — Good Friday
[no meal] Good Friday Services at 12:00 Noon (Spoken Service) and 7:00 p.m.  Message: Refreshment