Notes from 

Holy Trinity Lutheran 



December 4, 2022

Serving Today

Lector:  Volunteer    Video:  Don Gulliksen  

Usher: Ellen Crane & Marga Conn

Communion Assistant:   Joan Cosgrove     Altar Guild: Joan Cosgrove      

CPIC: Ellen Crane     Counters: Joan Cosgrove & Matt Maitilasso

Offering:  Lisa Bischer & Shannon Leifken



Serving Next Week (12/11)


Lector:  Volunteer    Video:  Don Gulliksen  

Usher: Ellen Crane & Marga Conn

Communion Assistant:   Joan Cosgrove     Altar Guild: Joan Cosgrove      

CPIC: Ellen Crane     Counters: Joan Cosgrove & Matt Maitilasso

Offering:  Lisa Bischer & Shannon Leifken



Congratulations to Kristine and Hunter Schrak on the baptism of their son Fox Wilder Schrak today.  Blessings also to godparents Timothy Schrak and Alisha Perrone.


Special thanks to everyone who helped to make our annual Christmas Bazaar a huge blessing and success! 


Circle your Calendars for two special events this month:  Our annual Christmas Choir Cantata on December 11 and the annual Children’s Christmas play on December 18.  Each event to take place during our worship service on Sunday morning!


Today we welcome Lois Buesser as our guest musician. Thank you for sharing your gift of music with us.


WELCA will meet on Sunday, December 11, after the cantata Church Service for a little Christmas meeting and celebration in the Blue Room.  All ladies of the Church are welcome and we look forward to a happy time together to celebrate the holidays.  Looking forward to seeing you then.  Please call the Church office or Marga for further information.


We are now in the liturgical season of Advent (four consecutive Sundays prior to Christmas). Special thanks to Walter and Marilyn Lapham who will be participating in our wreath ceremony this Sunday.

Sunday School Parents:  On December 18, please bring a dessert to share in celebration of this year's Sunday School play.  It will be a time of fun and fellowship following the service.


DRESS REHEARSAL - Dress rehearsal for this year’s Christmas program will be held on December 17 from 10:00 AM – 12 noon.  If you cannot attend this important rehearsal, please call (973-366-3922) or email ( Ruth Ann Greiner to let her know.


ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS – Beginning December 4, all Sunday School students should be attending the play rehearsals held at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary.


The Sunday School will be performing our play, The Perfect Gift, during the service on December 18.  We all hope you can attend.


Want to use our church building for your group or organization? Please submit your request(s) to our Congregation Council in writing or in email form to our President Joan Cosgrove at least one month in advance of intended building usage.  Joan’s email is:   Groups are required to complete a Building Usage Agreement form and provide proof of liability insurance coverage listing Holy Trinity as “additionally insured”.


Lunch & Learn Adult Bible Study will be offered again December 7th - in person” or via ZOOM video link from noon – 1:00pm. Please contact Pastor Jack ( about the ZOOM link.


Did you know that Congregation Council meetings are open to the general public?  Non-Council visitors may have voice, but not vote as per our Constitution.  Come see what your leaders are up to lately!  The meetings are conducted monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the choir room.


Communion Note:  Did you know that the communion trays are configured in a certain way?  Cups containing grape juice are in the center of the tray, and cups containing wine are near the edges of each serving tray.


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:


Opportunities to provide humanitarian aid to refugees from the Ukraine and to the hurricane survivors. Send your contributions to Lutheran Disaster Response You can donate on the web by visiting and then clicking “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” or you can mail checks to:

Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
(Write "Eastern Europe Crisis Response" on your check memo line.)


RISE UP is collecting toiletries to aid our locals.  Did you know that food stamps do not cover basic toiletry items like soap and shampoo?  Please donate items in the special bin located in our church vestibule. For more information, contact Angela Bloshuk at 973-476-0101 or email her at:


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.  Regular offerings (with date and frequency of your choice) as well as one-time gifts can be established electronically.  All transactions are confidential.





Collections Update


Winter hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves will be collected


For more information of these various clothing collections please contact Ellen Crane (973-625-1353).


Please note: Any clothing o  ther than sweaters and flannel shirts should be deposited in our outside red clothing bin, located in the rear parking lot.


Non-perishable food items can be dropped off inside our front entrance vestibule.  Please do not donate perishable goods, such as milk, eggs, bread, and cheese.