“How Can We Remain Strong?” Advent Week 1 – 11/29/20

This is Part 5 of the sermon series “Heavenly Reflections”. Jesus predicts that difficult and trying times will come upon us just prior to the Second Coming of Christ.  How can we endure the expected calamity and stress?  The Biblical prophecy reminds us that God will give us the Spirit of strength and fortitude…lean on Christ, even now!


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Announcements for Nov. 29

Faith Together At Home – Advent in Two Minutes

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304

Passcode: 002314

HANGING OF THE GREENS Please stay for a little while after the service on Nov. 29 to help decorate the church for the holiday season. We will have small, socially distanced groups, and will attempt to minimize our decorations so that we can limit exposure time. Thanks to Barbara O. for leading this activity.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS will arrive on Nov. 29.  There are a few extras if you did not have a chance to order one in advance.  Contact Lynn E. for details.

EMAIL WITH CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DOCUMENTS –On 11/23, you received an important email containing documents needed for the Dec. 6 annual meeting when we will approve the 2021 spending plan and conduct council elections in church and via Zoom using this link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/227345705  Please have these documents available for use during the meeting. Those attending in person should print out and bring their documents to church. After checking your spam or promotional in-boxes, call the church office at 973-729-7010 if you did not receive the email. Your participation is so important. Thanks!

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. Many thanks to all who worked so diligently to make this possible. We have discontinued Zooming our service on a weekly basis. You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page. https://www.facebook.com/SOTHNJ/.

WE NEED YOU! Please consider serving on the church council. Elections will be held at the Dec. 6 congregational meeting. Please supply your name or the name of a suggested candidate to Pastor Jack ASAP. Thanks!


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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 make for you to receive the number you would like.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES will be announced at the Dec. 6 congregational meeting. Worship servants and folks to assist with disinfecting the church will be needed.  Please watch for sign up sheets.

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