Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 

Church

 

January 23, 2022

We are now into the liturgical season of Epiphany. The word “epiphany” literally means “manifestation”.  The Gospel readings for this season reflect ways in which Jesus’ divinity became revealed to the world in and through his public ministry.

 

Our talented music Director, Chad Flynn, has announced his last Sunday with us will be January 30.  Due to Covid restrictions, we will not be able to honor him with a post-worship reception.  We hope to more formally thank Chad sometime in the Spring when food and fellowship can be offered.  Thank you, Chad, for blessing us abundantly for over ten years!  We will miss you

 

The Worship Team will meet for a planning session on Sunday, January 30 at 12:30pm in the choir room.  A ZOOM video link will be available for those joining from home.  The link will be available soon.

 

We're looking for a few good men. - Have you ever wanted to be in a Holy Trinity production?  Too old for the Children's Program?  You may be in luck.  We are looking for four (4) men of various ages to perform in this year's Lenten play on April 3.  If you are interested, please speak to Ruth Ann Greiner after church or call (973-366-3922).

 

Offering envelopes are now available on the table in the back.  We will not be printing individual boxed envelope sets this year.  Please feel free to take some of the preprinted envelopes from the back and write your name in the space provided.

 

Can You Donate a New or Lightly Used Twin Sized Blanket (60”X90”) to aid the homeless?  Simply drop off the blankets in an area designated for such at our glass enclosed vestibule.  For more info:  Contact Nisha Zoeller at:  nishazoeller@gmail.com This is a Girl Scout Troop 6114 project.

 

Coffee Hours are temporarily suspended.  Due to the increased spike in Covid infection rates, our weekly post-worship coffee hours will be suspended for the month of January.

 

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:  jackspartan79@gmail.com

 

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.

 

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 February 2. via ZOOM video link only from noon – 1:00pm. ..  Please contact Pastor Jack (jackspartan79@gmail.com) 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 www.rockawaylutheran.org and click on the “donate” button. . . then follow the simple instructions. Still not sure?  Please contact Donna Gulliksen at: Donna.Gulliksen@gmail.com 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.

 

Looking Ahead

 

Tues., Jan. 25       Church Council Meeting – 7:00pm in choir room

 

Wed., Jan. 26       RISE UP community Meeting – 7:00pm in choir room

 

Sun., Jan. 30        Chad Flynn’s Last Sunday

                           Worship Team Meeting, 12:30pm   

 

Sun. Feb. 6          Guest musician – Kathy Sacchiero  

 

Sun., Feb.13         AGAPE Guest Musicians/Vocalists visit us for worship

 

                           Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday (collecting soup and

                                                           money for the local impoverished)

 

Sun., Feb. 20        Guest musician – Kathy Sacchiero

 

Sun., Feb. 27        Musician – Barbara Selland