Fear Not – It’s a New Year and a New Beginning – 1/2/22

Fear Not…It’s A New Year…and a New Beginning

We’re all flipping our calendars over  to a new year…a new opportunity to renew hopes and dreams for a fresh, new start.  In this Sunday’s message, Pastor Jack describes a time in history when God’s people were experiencing rough times, yet God pronounced the dawn of new blessings and victories.  Even today. God specializes in bringing blessings from disasters…and it’s always a joy to start fresh with God.  Join Pastor Jack as he delivers a message of hope and inspiration…for a brand new year!


COFFEE HOUR IS CANCELLED until further notice.

MASKS REQUIRED AGAIN – and other changes effective immediately due to the spread of COVID. Regardless of your vaccination status, masks are required in our church. In addition, communion kits will be used and physical distancing is required at least until the end of Jan. 2022. Click HERE  to read Pastor’s letter which was sent out via email on 12/29/21.GIFTS FOR PASTOR AND R. SACCHIERO – As in past years, if you wish to contribute to a monetary gift expressing your gratitude, please see JD Allen, Council President, or Emery Malasits, Vice President, or send your contributions to the church office clearly labeled “holiday gift”. Thank you!!

OFFERING COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are ready for pick up in the narthex by the sanctuary doors.

DID YOU KNOW – that you can donate your used car to benefit SOTH? Please visit this site to get started:

FEAR NOT – click HERE to see the topics for the 12-part sermon series beginning 11/28.  Don’t miss a week of this re-assuring series!


Your shopping can benefit SOTH. Click here to find out how you can donate when you shop on Amazon.  We have raised $371.00 to date!BLOOD DRIVE

is scheduled for Thursday, Jan., 27 from 1-7 PM.  Volunteers are needed.  Please email Jeff Behling at behlingjl@gmail.com to help.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will now be on Thurs. evenings, once a month from 7-7:45  on  Zoom.  Classes are scheduled for:  Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3 and April 7.

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!

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8w_r1Rb9HH7i6SD15Tu6w  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. https://www.facebook.com/SOTHNJ/.


This Week’s Bulletin

Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader)

Announcements for Jan. 02

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Passcode: 002314

CONGREGATIONAL COUNCIL:President: JD AllenVice President: Emery MalasitsTreasurer: Brett MaynardRecording Secretary: Celeste Bethmann Financial Secretary: Steve Lewandowsk iProperty: Patrick WoodNurture (Worship & Music): Wendy Whipple  Social Ministry: Diane Fitzpatrick

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 changeSPARTA 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.
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 192 pair of 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 ReliefPersonal 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. LWR.org/kitvideos 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)

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 office@sothnj.org or call 973-729-7010 for more information!

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