PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS! EVERYWHERE!
Our off-load was blessed with an hour of torrential rain to keep us cool - the Herald departed before things got real bad - protect the cameras and all that - they hung out with us for two hours - keep your eye out for a photo spread in the next few days in the local section.
The Patch is in full swing. It is amazing how many non-Trinity families from the neighborhood stop by with their kids, take pictures, buy a pumpkin or two and chat. How the Spirit uses something as simple as a vegetable (for you science buffs, a fruit) to bring us together and give us the opportunity to practice hospitality!
Speaking of pumpkins - buy yours soon - they are in fine shape with lots of choices for now. There is no guarantee that we will be re-supplied later on. This SAT from noon to 4PM is our "Fall Festival" with crafts, food, face painting, story time and much more. Please join us!
Want to volunteer at the PATCH and meet some new friends?
Kathy Velelz needs some help this coming week:
MON 10/13 6:00-7:30PM
TUE 10/14 1:00-4:00PM
WED 10/15 1:00-4:00PM 6:00-7:30PM
THU 10/16 10:00-1:00PM 1:00-4:00PM
FRI 10/171 0:00-1:00PM 1:00-4:00PM
Anyone that could give any time can e-mail Kathy directly and she will make sure that you get added to the list.
HELPING HANDS FUND
Some folks have these emergencies when we as their brothers and sisters in community together can give them a boost. In such a thought, the Helping Hands Fund was born. We can't do everything, but we can jump in when we can do the most good with the resources at hand.
We will be raising some funds for this fund on SUNDAY OCT 19th (note date change) with a car wash and luncheon. Special envelopes will also be in the bulletin that day for those who desire to support this fund in that way. The Gearharts will be leading the wash cycle (and they need some volunteers!) and Earline will be heading up lunch (and she always appreciates help as well).
Please note: copies of the Talent Show DVD are available in the narthex with a suggested donation with all proceeds benefiting this fund as well. See Pastor and Piper as Sonny and Cher. Hear the wedding song that Janean wrote for Jeff. See a dog showing off the latest trick that he taught her master and a historic figure proclaiming liberty and Frank tell a thousand jokes give or take and Marge singing about growing old and Marilyn and her guitar playing friend Kevin do some country and so much more!
ELCA National Youth Gathering
Every three years, the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) has its National Youth Gathering for youth in grades 8 through 12.
JULY 2009 will be the next event and it will be a service-focused event in New Orleans from JULY 22-26.
There the youth will meet up with some 35,000 other ELCA youth and work with them in pre-arranged and supervised service projects throughout the city along with their chaperones (which will include me and likely others from Trinity)
The evenings will be filled with exciting worship, Bible study and group events.
This is both a once in a life-time and life changing event.
Non ELCA friends can attend as long as the proper forms are completed and they agree to the behavior covenant that all must agree to.
The cost for registration, hotel and transportation is without scholarships around $700. This doesn't include food and spending money.
HOWEVER, we will substantially reduce this cost off the bat with scholarships and allow for several fundraising opportunities before the event.
Every youth who wants to go will be able to go despite any financial hardship. Period.
It is that important.
It is also very important that if you have any interest that you contact me by FRI OCT 17th so that we can get registered before the event fills up. Over 30,000 youth are already registered.
ON SUNDAY OCT 19th those interested will meet right after church to discuss the trip and answer questions.
More info can be found at http://archive.elca.org/youth/gathering.html
Or you can fire away with questions for me.
Labyrinth Meeting This Sunday
Following second service during coffee hour.
On the agenda - signage and brochures and all weather brochure holder, our first ever All Saints Day Night-time Candle lighted Prayer Walk, Advent candle lighted Prayer Walks and more. Please join us!
The Problems Assembly is almost here!
Please join the cadre of folks from Trinity on THURSDAY Evening OCT 16th as we choose the new issue to add to last year's (affordable rental housing and dental care for those in need). Car pools can be arranged. Come out and hear about the victories, the progress, the challenges ahead. Contact Janean Baumal firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help Us Feed the Hungry
We have offered to visit First Lutheran church, FT Lauderdale, on WED NOV 19th to assist in their ministry of providing dinner for the hungry of their community, a ministry that they have shouldered by themselves for many years. We would depart Trinity at 5PM Sharp (car pools available) and return to Trinity around 8:15PM. We need folks willing to help prepare dinner and to help serve. Typically 40-50 people are served. Youth are especially invited to assist in this important ministry. The evening ends with some discussion and a brief worship service. Sign up on your worship slip. Contact Ro Mileto or Pastor Keith if you have any questions.
Since some of you asked...I will be going in for gall bladder surgery on Monday October 20th - should be one day in and out - so I won't be available that day - Ron and Janean can more than aptly handle any needs. (Remember SAM will be gone out of the office on vacation through Reformation Sunday.) Hopefully, this surgery will result in a few less pained expressions and the discomfort that produces them and prevent a re-occurrence of the attack that sent me to the ER this past summer. But much more importantly Dad is going in for another heart cath this coming week so please keep him in your prayers as well.