Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 



April 11, 2021

A Very Blessed Easter season to you and to your loved ones!  Easter is a seven-week season, not just one day.


Considering Membership at Holy Trinity?  Pastor Jack will offer brief new member/orientation classes after worship on June 6, 13, and 20.  For more info contact Pastor at 908-887-1161 or email at .


Special Thanks to those who helped our local impoverished by donating toward our Holiday Wishes Easter Basket campaign.  We collected $500 to aid some of our neighbors who are still struggling amidst the pandemic!


Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped to make the Drive-By Easter Bunny event so much fun and the Holy Week worship services so meaningful.  Your efforts were a blessing to everyone.


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.


Volunteers Needed for our Fall Festival: Brief Planning Meeting Scheduled. There will be a brief Fall Festival planning meeting on April 21 at 7:00pm in the choir room and via ZOOM conferencing.  This is a huge endeavor and everyone is encouraged to help in some way.  For more info, contact Matt Maitilasso at 973-876-0973 or email at .


COVID Vaccinations for those 65 years old and older are available on a "fast track" basis.  Tired of waiting for an appointment?  Contact Grethe Zarnitz at 973-975-9524.  Vaccinations will be given at the Rockaway Mall location.


Blood Donors urgently needed. Please consider donating blood at our sister congregation, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 246 Woodport Road in Sparta.  Hours are 1pm - 7pm on Thursday, April 29. CDC guidelines will be followed. Donors will be asked a series of screening questions and will have their temperatures checked prior to eligibility.  For more information contact Shepherd of the Hills at 973-729-7010 or email at

First Holy Communion News:  Due to the COVID pandemic and its restrictions, our first holy communion class will be postponed until further notice. We regret this interruption with respect to family milestones, etc. and pray for your patience and understanding.


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 and Maine.  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.


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.


Lunch & Learn Adult Bible Study will be offered again on April 21. 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.