All Saints Sunday – Nov. 7, 2021

This is All Saints’ Sunday

Do you recall going to the movie theater and watching “Previews of Coming Attractions”?  Each movie trailer provided a sneak peak of an upcoming flick.  Well this Sunday’s Gospel story (Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead) serves as a preview of Jesus’ own resurrection…and Jesus’ resurrection is a preview of our own journey from death to eternal life!  Don’t miss Pastor Jack’s message for All Saints’ Sunday, “A Preview of Coming Attractions”.

TODAY IS ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY – if you have the name of someone who has died since 11/1/20, please call or email the office or complete a green card and give it to an usher at the beginning of the service.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME – ends this Sunday. Please set your clocks back one hour.

NEW OFFICE HOURS – Effective immediately, the church office will open at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Weekly hours are: Monday and Thursday: 10 – 2 p.m. Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please call before coming to the church office at any time to be sure we are open.

CONSECRATION SUNDAY – please join us on Sunday, Nov 14 for two special events: worship and a catered celebration brunch immediately following worship. If you have not already reserved your spot, please complete a card at worship or call or email the church office. Many thanks to Marty Nielson and Rev. Dr. Arden Krych for sharing their faith messages today. Click here to see the Grow One % chart referenced by Rev. Krych.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will now be on Thurs. evenings, once a month from 7-7:45  on  Zoom.  Classes are scheduled for:  Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3 and April 7.
IT’S TURKEY TIME! – We are once again partnering with Project Self Sufficiency to provide turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to 20 families here in Sussex County. Diane F. and her team is in need of turkeys, monetary donations and folks to deliver on Sunday, Nov. 21 after church. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex to donate turkeys and to deliver. Checks made to SOTH with PSS on memo line would be appreciated. Phyllis is also in need of large paper bags in which to pack the food.

WREATH FUNDRAISER – Orders were due on October 24, 2021 but do not despair as there are often extras. Wreaths will be delivered the week of November 22nd and will be available for pickup Sunday November 28th. This is to help raise money for the Thanksgiving food baskets. 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED – CONTROL ROOM HELP, OFFICE VOLUNTEERS, COFFEE HOUR HOSTS, FINANCIAL COUNTERS, DEACONS AND USHERS are all needed. Training joyfully provided. If someone calls to recruit you, please prayerfully consider how YOU can serve.  You can always volunteer by contacting the office.

SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS EXPANDED– We are now welcoming children ages 4 (must be toilet trained) – grade 5 during the 9 AM worship service. Please contact the church office if you would like to help or register your child.  Teachers and assistants are needed!  Masks required of all participants.  No prior experience necessary!

ARE YOU A THRIVENT MEMBER?  If so, you can request two, $250.00 grants per year for programs here at SOTH.  These grants come in the form of gift cards, and have been used in the past to supplement funds supporting the Trinity Faith Kitchen, Rally Day picnic, Thanksgiving baskets, etc.  If you would like to learn more about how you can help, please contact Wendy in the church office.
MASKS AND GLOVES REQUIRED –of everyone using the Church kitchen regardless of your vaccination status as per a congregational council resolution passed on 8/23/21.

COFFEE HOUR  has returned! We are looking for volunteers to host this fellowship time. Duties include: putting on coffee, serving beverages and providing an optional snack of your choice. In order to be better stewards of God’s creation, we are asking folks to bring their own re-usable coffee cup to use and take home. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

WWW.SOTHNJ.ORG – The church’s website is the place to look for upcoming events. Please consult the calendar there. The weekly email can be found under News at the bottom of the home page.

STREAMING IS HERE!: We are excited to announce that you can now view our service live at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday. Click on this link to see the service and subscribe to our SOTH channel:  Don’t worry if you missed the live broadcast.  All services are archived on our channel.  You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page.

OFFICE HELP NEEDED – Please contact the church office if you would like to help with maintaining the church website, sending the weekly email or with general office duties.  Many tasks can be performed from your home. Training gratefully provided!


This Week’s Bulletin

Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin  

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader) 

Announcements for Nov. 7

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304

Passcode: 002314

President: JD Allen
Vice President: Emery Malasits
Treasurer: Brett Maynard
Recording Secretary: Celeste Bethmann
Financial Secretary: Steve Lewandowski
Property: Patrick Wood
Nurture (Worship & Music): Wendy Whipple
Social Ministry: Diane Fitzpatrick

A 2nd CLOTHING DONATION BIN – has arrived. Place clothing and shoes in plastic bags.  Proceeds will benefit SOTH.  Please do not leave items outside of the box. Please tell your friends and family so that we can fill those bins!

PLEASE CALL AHEAD- before venturing a trip to the church office. Office hours are subject to change

SPARTA COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY – Please remember that a shopping cart is located in the narthex for donations to our local food pantry.  The pantry has been serving an unprecedented number of our area residents during this challenging time. Help is needed to deliver the food to the pantry. Please contact the office for the pantry’s hours of operation.


Click here to find out how you can donate to SOTH when you shop on Amazon.  We have raised in $341.51 to date!

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY –Continues in person at Holy Trinity Church or via Zoom, the first and third Wednesdays from noon-12:45. Join Pastor Jack for a lively discussion of the Bible. No prior experience necessary! Click here to join us via Zoom. 

AT-HOME COMMUNION KITSIf you are worshiping with us from home and would like a communion kit, please contact the church office and arrangements can be made for you to receive the number you would like.

God’s work. Our hands.
September 12 was God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday. This year we collected men’s socks for the residents at Andover Subacute & Rehab Center.
If you would like to donate online:  please consider one or more of the following. 1) For Lutheran World Relief

Personal Care Kits consisting of 1 lightweight bath towel (20” x 40” to 52” x 27”) dark color, 2-3 bath-size bars of soap in original wrapping, 1 adult size toothbrush in original packaging, 1 sturdy comb no packaging, 1 metal nail clipper, no packaging. for reference if needed.  2) Donation to the Lutheran Disaster Response,  can be designated to a specific disaster on the check memo line. 3)Connect for Community is a very worthy organization. Donations can be placed in the collection plates, made out to the organization.


Volunteer Opportunities:  More hands are needed to make light work.  No prior skills necessary to help your church in these ways:

  1. Bring in items for” God’s Work our Hands” organizations.

    2. Serve on the church audit team.

    3. Serve on Church Council.

    4.. Become a Sunday worship servant.

    5. Sing in the choir (post-COVID)

    6. Help to run a parish activity (post-COVID)

  2. Join the volunteer church office staff.

    8. Organize Faith Formation opportunities by serving as the FF Superintendent.

    9. Prep a meal for the Trinity Faith Kitchen.

    Please email the church office at or call 973-729-7010 for more information!


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