Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 



November 24, 2019

Christmas Wishes – We are donating gifts for 10 children and making 5 food gift baskets this year (the food pantry is not making Christmas food baskets this year).  Info available this Sunday.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH!!! – We will have the greening of the church right after the service. Please help!!! 
                                          Many hands make light work!


“Nobody Likes Cold Feet” – Watch for our Sox in the Box collection for those in need - the box is in the rear of the church – this collection is a community effort through Rise Up. Thanks to Ellen!! Last day for Sock Collection is Nov. 24


Sunday School Christmas Program – ALL children must attend the November 24 rehearsal before church in the sanctuary at 10 a.m..  This year’s program, “Born in a Barn”, will be performed Sunday, December 8 during the regular church service.  There will be a luncheon following the service - Please bring sandwiches or a dessert to share.  Dress Rehearsal for this year’s Christmas program, will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Please let Ruth Ann know if your child cannot attend this very important rehearsal.


The WELCA Bazaar will be held on December 7th.  
We now collecting:

~ we are looking for donations of NEW items or gift cards for the chance room at the WELCA bazaar. Also, if you have a free turkey that you don't have a use for, we would love to include one in the food basket! Please see Becky McKeever. ~ ~ gently used treasures for Dolly’s Room.  Please drop off at the church during office hours.


Funeral Response Team to assemble soon!  Pastor Jack needs about six willing volunteers to serve on Holy Trinity's new Funeral Response Team.  The team members will mobilize quickly in the event that a funeral is planned at Holy Trinity.  Responsibilities include:  Setting up the sanctuary, preparing tables/chairs for a possible funeral luncheon, ironing the funeral pall, etc.  Please see Pastor if interested the team should be "up and running" by January 2020.


Lunch and Learn Bible Study is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon. Come join in the study of the book of John.


Readers (lectors) are needed for Sunday mornings.  Please consider signing up to read on Sunday mornings.  The readings will be sent to you before Sunday so you will have plenty time to read over.  It’s an easy way to serve the church.  Your help is much appreciated.


Safety note – Many of our seniors are experiencing difficulty climbing our back staircase on Sunday mornings.  In the future please consider parking in the rear parking lot so that the upper parking lot (and upper entrance to the building) can be designated for those with physical limitations.


Did you know that Holy Trinity has a monthly cash flow deficit? Each month, some current bills must get deferred for payment a month later.  Please give as generously and faithfully as you can to support the mission and ministries of your congregation.




Seniors who need counseling services but have no transportation.  The Mental Health Association of Morris/Essex will bring a counselor to your home.  No additional charge.  For more info, call 973-334-3496.


Thanksgiving service - Presbyterian Church, Sunday, November 24, 6:00 p.m.


POP spaghetti dinner- Saturday, November 23, 6:00 p.m.

Looking Ahead


Nov    17   Women’s Service – 80th Anniversary Celebration


          20   Lunch and Learn – Noon – Study the Book of John


          24   Christ the King Sunday

                 Greening of the Church


          26    Church Council Meeting – New Members are invited to atten


Dec.               1    Advent Begins
                            St Nicholas Day & Blessing of the Advent Wreath

                     4     Lunch & Learn - 12:00

                     7     Christmas Bazaar - 10:00-2:00

                            Sunday School Dress Rehearsal - 2:00

                    8      Sunday School Christmas Pageant - Luncheon to Follow

                  10      WELCA meeting - Christmas Celebration - 7:00 p.m.

                  14      Cantata Dress Rehearsal - 10:00 - 12:30

                  15      Choir Christmas Cantata - 3:00 p.m.

                  17      Church Council Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

                  18      Lunch & Learn - 12:00

                  24      Christmas Eve Services - 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Jack DiMatteo, Pastor

Ph: 973-625-0110

Office Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9:00am-noon