Course Corrections – 3rd Sunday After Epiphany – 1/24/21

Life is so distracting with work schedules, commitments, etc. It is easy to veer off course when attempting to stay connected with God.  In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, some disciples decided to make major life-changes toward a deeper spiritual walk with Jesus.  How can we make similar course corrections?

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES –You should have received an email earlier this week explaining that we could not stream our service last Sunday, Jan. 17.  Please remember that in case our service is not available, you can see Pastor Jack’s sermon and their streamed services at


This Week’s Bulletin

Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader) 

Announcements for Jan. 24

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Passcode: 002314

Faith Together At Home
(Faith Formation Activities)

INCLEMENT WEATHER – In the event that inclement weather causes a cancellation of our service, you will receive an email from our Mailchimp service as soon as practical.  If you are not currently receiving our weekly email or if you have a change in preferred email, please contact the church office. As always, please use your best judgement regarding traveling in poor weather.

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. Many thanks to all who worked so diligently to make this possible. You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page.

The congregational council is currently reorganizing. Congratulations to all who have agreed to serve!
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
Diane Terhune
Jeff Behling

ACTIVITIES/EVENT PLANNING ORGANIZATION MEETING – Barbara Osborne has said, “YES” to organizing an event planning/ activities team but volunteers are needed to brainstorm events for the coming year. Please join her on Thurs., Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. here at the church or live on Zoom by clicking

BULLETIN PRAYER LIST – Please check the current list and send any corrections and/or additions to the church office.

2020 GIVING STATEMENTS – were emailed on Jan. 5 so that you may print and keep them for your tax filing needs.  Please contact the church office if you did not receive yours.

FOUND MONEY?  –  Some of us have recently received government stimulus checks.  Please pray about sharing a portion of this gift with your local faith community, with other social services organizations,  or local businesses to assist those in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES – are located on the table in the narthex.  If you would like to arrange for “curbside pick- up”, please email the office to set up a time.

CHURCH DIRECTORY – In an effort to maintain contact with our church community, we are updating our church membership directory.  If you do not wish for us to share your contact information with other members, please email the church office before Feb. 1, 2021.  After that time, a preliminary directory will be emailed to all who are included requesting  confirmation of the information before the directory is distributed in its final form.

SPARTA ECUMENICAL 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.


Click here to find out how you can donate to SOTH when you shop on Amazon.  We have raised in $203.89 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.
God’s work. Our hands Sunday has passed, but the needs of these various organizations continue. 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)  The Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Donations can be mailed to 32 Main St. Sparta, NJ  07871 or if you prefer to donate food items, place them in the shopping cart at SOTH. 4).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)

7.  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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