“Are You Possessed?” – Second Sunday after Pentecost 6/6/21


According to Mark’s Gospel account, many people who observed Jesus thought he was either (a) out of his mind or (b) demon possessed.  They simply could not fathom the power and depth of God’s Spirit as it was made manifest in the person and ministry of Jesus.  Join Pastor Jack as he asks, “Are you possessed?” The Biblical insights may surprise…or frighten you!

MASKS STILL REQUIRED – The change in NJ’s masking requirements came in too late for Council to review at their 5/24 meeting. Any change will be announced in the near future.  Temperature checks and contact tracing information cards will no longer be required as of 5/30.

NEW MEMBER CLASSES(REVISED SCHEDULE) will be held Mon. 6/7, 14, and 21 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. New member reception will be Sun. 6/27 during 9 a.m. worship.  Please see Pastor Jack to be included!

EMAIL WITH CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DOCUMENTS –was sent via email on 6/3 containing documents needed for the 6/13 meeting, including council elections and our annual report, in church and via Zoom using this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88100207348?pwd=b0F5NisydVI4Qm5WM2ozNUw4Um5TUT09 Please have these documents available for use during the meeting. After checking your spam or promotional in-boxes, call the church office if you did not receive the email. We need you!

CHURCH CLEANUP DAYS– Join us Sat., 6/5 & 12 at 8 a.m. to continue our clean up. Please bring tools and lots of energy. All are welcome for as long a time as you can spare.

SOTH “SPOKESPETS” – our very own Holly Hassa and Jackson Whipple, both shelter rescues, are featured on the Ecumenical Food Pantry pet food ministry poster now on display in our narthex. Please bring donations during the month of June so we can proudly support our  SOTH celebrities and to help all of those in need!

GRADUATE RECOGNITION SUNDAY – Will be on 6/20. Please email office@sothnj.org by 6/13 to have your graduate invited and recognized. Please include the name of the school and plans for the fall.

EX-GIANT LEE ROUSON – will be the special guest speaker at a Sat., June 12 rally entitled, “Who Are You Really?; a Champion’s Vision” discussing , drugs, anger, racism and identity crisis.  The rally will be held from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Sussex County Mall, Harbor Freight Store parking lot at 15 Hampton House Rd., Newton. Lee recently worked as manager for the mentoring and leadership program in the Mt. Olive Twp. School District. Bring a chair and your questions for the pro football player with a message of Hope.

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/.

SAVE THE DATES – Sat., 6/5 and 12 – Church Work Days at 8 a.m. Sun., 6/13 – Congregational Meeting at 9:30 a.m.  – 6/20 Graduate Recognition Day during service – 6/27 – New member reception during service.

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!


This Week’s Bulletin

Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader)

Announcements for June 6

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Passcode: 002314

Faith Together At Home
(Faith Formation Activities)

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
Diane Terhune
Jeff Behling

#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.  If you need supplies, call or text Diane Fitzpatrick (973 )216-8005.

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. More details to come!

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:  phwood@optonline.net

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.


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 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. 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!


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