Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 



September 19, 2021

Sunday school has officially resumed for the academic year. For more information, please contact Erin Osterhout at 973-615-1026 or  As in the past, children will start each Sunday with a children’s message from Pastor Jack in the sanctuary, then they will proceed to their classrooms for activities/instruction.


Want to donate to assist in the hurricane/tornado recovery efforts?  Please consider a donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, specializing in long-term recovery relief long after the first responders leave the scene.  Every penny goes directly to help the survivors.  There are envelopes in our sanctuary for your convenience, or...

Send checks payable to "Lutheran Disaster Response" and send to :


Lutheran Disaster Response

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

8765 W. Higgins Road

Chicago, IL 60631


Or simply go to : 

Lutheran Disaster Response - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (


Blessing of the Animals service is coming.  Join Pastor Jack as he offers pet blessings at our sister congregation, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 246 Woodport Road in Sparta.  The blessings begin at 10:00am…goody bags will be offered to our pets.  This blessing is in honor of St. Francis, whose feast day is in early October. For more info:  Contact Pastor at


Want to be part of a zany community event involving dogs in Halloween costumes? RISE UP Rockaway s sponsoring a “Howlween Spooktacular”.   Fun for all ages:  live music, tricky trays, food, children’s games, and a costume party.  Sun., October 10 from 2-4 pm at the United  Methodist Church, 1 Hoagland Ave., Rockaway Boro.  For more info contact Angela Bloshuk at


Volunteers are needed to count the offering after church on Sunday mornings.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Joan Cosgrove at (973-691-1705) or speak to her in church.  No experience necessary!


Lectors (readers on Sunday mornings) are needed and appreciated.  Read the assigned Scripture for the day!  Sign up sheets are located in the rear of the sanctuary, or ask Pastor Jack for details:


Did you notice that we are planting a community vegetable garden behind the church?  The “harvest” to be donated to our local impoverished.  For more info on volunteering/supporting this effort, please contact Shannon Leifken at: or call 973-570-2136.


Food Collections.  Please note:  Please donate only NON-PERISHABLE food items.  Do not drop off milk, bread, or various dairy products as these items may spoil prior to public distribution.


Fall Festival is Coming!  Mark your calendars to participate in our annual community Fall Festival, September 25 from noon to 5pm (rain date 9/26, 1:00-6:00). Food, vendors, car show, live band, and more!  For more information, contact Matt Maitilasso at 973-876-0973 or email at  Business sponsors and vendors are being recruited now! CDC guidelines will be followed, especially for masking and physical distancing.


Did you know…approximately two hundred viewers “tune in” each week through our internet streaming of the worship experience. We are reaching viewers as far as Texas, Florida, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Maine and now China!  Thanks to modern technology we are living out Jesus’ great commission to proclaim God’s Word near and far (see Matthew 28).


All liturgical wording for our worship services comes from the national office of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and is the standard recommended Lutheran liturgy for all Lutheran congregations across the United States.


Lunch & Learn Adult Bible Study will be offered again on October 6. Join us at noon...bring a bag lunch.  Physical distancing and facial coverings will be mandatory. For those unable or uncomfortable attending in person, the Bible study will be live streamed through the ZOOM format.  Please contact Pastor Jack ( about the ZOOM link.


Clothing Donations:  Please DO NOT drop off clothing at our church vestibule or lobby area.  Instead, please place all donated articles in the RED BIN in the rear parking lot of the church. Shoes, handbags, stuffed toys, and linens are accepted as well! For more information, contact Ellen Crane at 973-625-1353.


Want to give electronically?  40% of our offerings now come in via electronic giving sources.  To learn more, simply go to our web page at and click on the “donate” button. . . then follow the simple instructions. Still not sure?  Please contact Donna Gulliksen at: or call her at 973-697-1895.  Regular offerings (with date and frequency of your choice) as well as one-time gifts can be established electronically.  All transactions are confidential.



Upcoming Events



Sunday, Sept.       19 Worship- 11:00am


Sat., Sept. 25        Community Fall Festival (noon – 5pm)


Sun., Sept. 26       Worship – 11:00am

                             Rain date for the Fall Festival (1 – 6pm)


Tues., Sept. 28     Church Council  - 7pm in choir room


Sun., Oct. 3          Norwegian Memorial Service 2:00pm


Wed., Oct.  6        Lunch & Learn Bible Study – noon in choir room


Sun., Oct.10         RISE UP “Howleen Spooktacular” – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

                                 United Methodist Church, 1 Hoagland Ave. Rockaway


Mid October         Coat Drive Begins for Market Street Mission