“Not Feeling Sufficient?”
Did you ever feel like there’s just not enough? Not enough patience to deal with difficult people? Not enough energy to address the needs of the family? Not enough funds in your retirement account? This Sunday, join Pastor Jack as he explores how Jesus comforted those in the first century who were lacking in basic necessities…and how the message of Jesus comforts us, too, when we are feeling empty or ill equipped to address the demands of life.
OUR BUILDING IS NOW OPEN – to outside groups following the CDC guidelines.
COFFEE HOUR is resuming after worship on July 18. 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. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. Thanks to the Malasits family for hosting the first week.
MANY THANKS – to those who attended the Christian Ed. brainstorming session. Nancy Wood has graciously volunteered to serve as the Sunday School Superintendent! Plans are taking shape for classes to be held during worship starting in Sept. Please contact the church office if you would like to help. Teachers and assistants are needed!
HELP IS NEEDED IN OUR CONTROL ROOM – Sunday morning assistance is needed for audio, visual, and internet streaming…let’s proclaim the Gospel near and far. Training joyfully provided! Contact Patrick Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CHALLENGE TO BELIEVE – Click here for a preview of Pastor Jack’s new summer sermon series. Tell your friends!
LOOKING FOR A SAFE FAMILY ACTIVITY? – Adopt a garden at church! Our property team, responsible for everything from broadcasting the service to keeping the building safe, could really use your help with the outside gardens. Call Pat W. (201-602-4219) to volunteer. Many thanks to all who volunteered at the recent clean up day.
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. We are no longer Zooming our weekly service. You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page. https://www.facebook.com/SOTHNJ/.
FRANKLIN BAND CONCERT – July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin Pond. Please bring your own chair. Raindate: July 24.
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!
HELP WANTED– Please prayerfully consider how you can help your church. Click here to see the link to the “Join our Team ad” which appeared in today’s bulletin. Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!
BLOOD DRIVE RETURNS – On Thursday, July 29 from 1 – 7 p.m. Click here for online registration information. Advance registrations suggested by not required.
WORSHIP INFO FOR JULY 18
Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
CONGREGATIONAL COUNCIL UPDATES:
The congregational council has reorganized. Many thanks 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
#HATNOTHATE – Why not make a blue hat for the anti-bullying campaign of #HATNOTHATE? Hats must be handmade, at least 75% blue (any shade), and should be 16-20″ circumference. Hats need to be into church in July. Free hat patterns are available on hatnothate.org. Click here to read more about the program. If you need supplies, call or text Diane Fitzpatrick (973 )216-8005.
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
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!
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. 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
Click here to find out how you can donate to SOTH when you shop on Amazon. We have raised in $296.92 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.
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:
- 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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