What would you do in the face of life-threatening circumstances? Would you be afraid? Fear for your life? Of course! However, Jesus’ message (in this Sunday’s Gospel reading) is to trust in God…through the fear…and trust that Jesus will carry you through. Join Pastor Jack as he explores the Biblical understanding of the “faith-fear juxtaposition”. This is helpful guidance for anyone facing troubling circumstances.
PASTOR’S VACATION –will be from 11/20 to 11/27. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact Rev. Fred Becker at 973-366-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to Rev. Drs. Arden and Margaret Krych who are presiding and preaching in his absence. It is always a joy to welcome our very own SOTH members as worship leaders.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING and 2022 Spending Plan approval is scheduled for 12/12 at the conclusion of an abbreviated worship service in person and via Zoom. Details and documents will be emailed the week of 11/29.
THANK YOU for your generosity! Last Sunday (Consecration Sunday) 33 households completed an Estimate of Giving Card. Of those, 75% indicated an intention to increase giving in 2022. Thank you for supporting the mission of SOTH. Please contact the church office if you were unable to attend, but would like to complete a commitment card. Thank you for supporting the mission of SOTH.
192 PAIR of men’s socks were donated to Limecrest Subacute and Rehab Center in Andover! Wow! They will be added to the resident’s holiday gifts. Many thanks to all who participated and to Diane F. and Pat K. for leading this effort!
IT’S TURKEY TIME! Thank you to Phyllis and Bob Fawcett and Diane Fitzpatrick and a team of others for helping to make the holiday brighter for 20 local families.
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!
YOU ARE INVITED – to the Sussex County Youth Orchestra’s holiday concert on Sun., Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at Newton High School. This is a free concert, but donations are gratefully accepted.
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.
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!
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: 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/.
WORSHIP INFO FOR NOV. 28
Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
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.
HELP SOTH WHILE SHOPPING ON AMAZON SMILE
Your holiday shopping can benefit SOTH. Click here to find out how you can donate 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 KITS – If 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 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. 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:
- 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)
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 email@example.com or call 973-729-7010 for more information!
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