FELLOWSHIP HALL MEETINGS UPDATE

FELLOWSHIP HALL MEETINGS UPDATE
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.
IDEAS FOR UPDATING THE FELLOWSHIP HALL
•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

QUILT DEDICATION
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.