“Making Sacrifices for Others”
A great philosopher once described love this way: “You care more about the well being of someone else than you care about your own well being”. In this Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Jack will highlight the true nature of empathy and sacrifice as per Jesus’ example. This is Part 3 of a seven-part sermon series “Delicate Relationships”. You don’t want to miss this timely advice from the Scriptures.
CHURCH CLEAN UP DAY – Please join us Saturday, Apr. 24 at 8 a.m. to get our church ready for visitors coming to the Vendor Fair on Sat., May 1. Bring your tools and energy and stay as long as you can. “Many hands make light work!”
SPRING VENDOR/CRAFT FAIR is coming on Sat., May 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers and food items are still needed. Sign up sheets are on the table in the narthex. Please contact Barbara Osborne with any questions or to volunteer. (973) 462-7006.
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/.
WORSHIP INFO FOR APRIL 25
Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Faith Together At Home
(Faith Formation Activities)
IF YOU ARE 65 OR OLDER -and in need of a covid vaccine, please call the church office at 973-729-7010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a scheduling contact at the Rockaway Mall site.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS – Many thanks to all who directed their Thrivent Choice Dollars to SOTH. We received $1,150. in donations in the past year!
BLOOD DRIVE RETURNING TO SOTH – on Thurs., April 29 from 1 – 7 p.m. Visit http://nybc.org/njdrive to schedule an appointment. Please use sponsor code 71131. Click here for more information. Volunteers are needed for four+ hour shifts from noon – 8 p.m. Please contact Jeff Behling at 201-968-7109.
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!
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. Needles and blue yarn are available at Ocean State Job Lot. If you need supplies, call or text Diane Fitzpatrick (973 )216-8005.
CLOTHING BIN HAS ARRIVED! – Watch for further details.
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: email@example.com
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!
BULLETIN PRAYER LIST – Please check the current list and send any corrections and/or additions to the church office.
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 $203.89 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-729-7010 for more information!
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