Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 



September 27, 2020

It's Time to "Pretty Up" the Sanctuary a Bit.  Volunteers are needed for just a few minutes after worship on October 4 to move some excess pews and stacked chairs out of the sanctuary (and down the hall in storage) for a cleaner, fresher look during our COVID sanctuary floor plan.  A less "cluttered look" appeals to guests and looks much more presentable for our online viewing audience.  Thank you!


Coat Drive  We will be collecting washable, used men and women’s coats now through October 18th.  If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Crane.

Important announcement from our WELCA group (women's group).  Due to the pandemic, we will regretfully cancel this year's Christmas Bazaar.  We realize what a huge disappointment this brings to us and to our surrounding community participants, vendors, etc.  However, could everyone please consider making a generous donation to WELCA in lieu of the bazaar, so that WELCA's beautiful ministries to the community may continue to be financially supported?  Thank you for your generosity and prayerful support.


Hurricane Laura Relief Donations can be made to Lutheran Disaster Response(LDR) in a number of ways:


        Online at :         1731f1c8bf77&trid=b9f2f6d8-3185-4d1c-bb9b-1731f1c8bf77

        or simply Google "Lutheran Disaster Response"

        or Mail a Check to LDR at :  LDR

                                                P.O. Box 1809

                                                Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

        or Bring a check to church, issued to Holy Trinity, but listing "LDR- Hurricane Relief" in the memo line 


The WELCA Annual Christmas Bazaar has been cancelled for this year.  Please do not drop off donated items to the church at this time.  We have no place to store them for the next year.


Readers 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.


The next Lunch & Learn Adult Bible Study will be on October 7th.  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.


“NOBODY LIKES COLD FEET” – We are collecting new men and women’s socks for the homeless.  All socks must be received by October 18th.  Please place new socks in the box in the rear of the sanctuary.

First Holy Communion Classes, originally scheduled in March/April, will be rescheduled to next Spring.  Watch future announcements for details.


Are your children restless during worship?  Our nursery room and Sunday School classrooms are available; one room per family, first come-first serve basis. Please remember to turn off the lights and straighten up when you leave.


Thank you for all your generous financial support to the ministries of Holy Trinity, especially during our COVID-19 building shut down.  The ministries continued, even when our building was closed, thanks to your gifts.


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.


RISE UP Rockaway, Inc. wishes to thank all in the community who have supported the COVID-19 Relief campaign.  To date, over $12,000 was raised to help those economically affected by the pandemic.  To donate, simply go to and click the donate button, or mail your checks to:  RISE UP, c/o Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Green Pond Rd., Rockaway, 07866.

Rev. Dr. Jack DiMatteo, Pastor

Ph: 973-625-0110

Office Hrs: Mon. & Thur. 9:00am-noon