Mixed Emotions – Palm Sunday, 3/28/21

Mixed Emotions

Did you ever notice the strange phenomenon of “mixed emotions”?  How one can experience happiness, and sadness, within a very short interval?  Palm Sunday is that kind of day.  We begin worship with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem…but we conclude our time marching straight toward the agony of the  cross. Perhaps Palm Sunday mirrors life itself…when joy and sadness seem so closely juxtaposed.  Join Pastor Jack as he reflects on the “emotions” of Palm Sunday.

EASTER EGG HUNT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS- This fun, fellowship activity returns to SOTH on Sat. 3/27 from 2-4 p.m. rain or shine!  Ages walking to 10 years old are welcomed to this CDC compliant event.  Please spread the word and see or email JD Allen, johndallen4@yahoo.comif you would like to help. There is a volunteer sign up sheet on the narthex table.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.

EASTER FLOWER FUND – Please complete the form on the narthex table to donate to the fund. A $12.00 donation is asked for the Easter lilies, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. Please label your check, “Easter Flowers”. Deadline: 3/28/21

IF YOU ARE 65 OR OLDER -and in need of a covid vaccine, please call the church office at 973-729-7010 or email office@sothnj.org for a scheduling contact at the Rockaway Mall site.

EASTER HAMS – your free ham can be donated for our soup kitchen ministry.  Contact Phyllis Fawcett. (bfawcett@optonline.net).



This Week’s Bulletin


Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader)

Announcements for March 28

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Passcode: 002314

Faith Together At Home
(Faith Formation Activities)

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Family Activities

Coloring Page

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!


Unfortunately, we can not meet for soup and bread supper and mid-week worship during this time of pandemic. We will miss this special time together, but included here are 40 family conversation cards that you could use daily throughout the Lenten season.

Youth Lenten Devotional App

A space has been created for youth to reflect and pray this Lenten season. Each day will include scripture, a reflection, a prayer, and a pop art image. Six different people contributed to the devotional, so the reflections will vary a bit in style, and the word “I” will refer to a different person in one day’s devotion than it will in the next day’s entry. All the Bible quotes in this devotional come from the Gospel of Mark.
Click here for instructions:

In addition, there are many printed Lenten devotionals available in the church narthex. If you are unable to get to church but would like “curbside pickup”, please call the church office and we can describe what is available and make arrangements for a pick up time that is convenient.
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 – This winter, 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.

COMING TO SOTH – Clothing donation bins to raise funds for our church.  Start saving your items as Spring and COVID cleaning continues.

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

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.


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 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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