What Does it Mean to Love your Neighbor?



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What Does it Mean to Love your Neighbor?
Pr. Kristin Luana Baumann
As we enter into Black History month, let me share some thoughts with you about Dr. King’s understanding of Christian love. In Dr. King’s view, Christian love has nothing to do with sentimental or affectional emotion. As many theologians before him, Dr. King chose the Greek concept of agape – selfless love or love for everyone as the highest form of love which is required of a Christian. Here is Dr. King’s definition of agape:

Agape means understanding, redeeming good will for all men. It is an overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless, and creative. It is not set in motion by any quality or function of its object. It is the love of God operating in the human heart. The predisposition towards the other has a redemptive quality. Unconditional love has the power to free as well the lover as the loved. It is the love of God operating in the human heart.”1


Martin Luther King Jr., “An Experiment in Love,” [1958] A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., ed. James M. Washington (San Francisco: Harper 1991 [1986]) 19.

2 Ibid., 20.

King describes how this love does not discriminate between worthy and unworthy people, but embraces all. He explains the need for this love not out of the need of the self, but out of the need of the other. Especially if the other is an enemy guided by hate and fear, he needs this overflowing, unconditional love to be able to find back to the greater human community.



Agape is empowering love. It can be shared by oppressed and oppressor alike. Independent of your station in life, you always are and will be a sovereign child of God and person of honor, who has something very important and most needed to give and to share, namely the love of God.

Agape also creates community. King clearly sees that every harm done to another person or group, also harms oneself:

“…but because all men are brothers they cannot deny Negro children without harming their own. They end, all efforts to the contrary, by hurting themselves. Why is this? Because all men are brothers. If you harm me, you harm yourself.”2


Dr. King describes an entirely interconnected humanity. A humanity which is one beloved community. Agape is the force which creates this community. It is God’s love working in and through people towards the Kingdom of God where neighborly love from all and for all will be realized:

The Kingdom of God will be a society in which men and women live as children of God should live. It will be a kingdom controlled by the law of love […] Many have attempted to say that the ideal of a better world will be worked out in the next world. But Jesus taught me to say, ‘Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Although the world seems to be in a bad shape today, we must never lose faith in the power of God to achieve his purpose.” 3

I believe that Dr. King’s message of unconditional love is as important today as it was 50 years ago. People all over the world are spreading division, hatred, and war. We are in desperate need of a “Theology of the Other” which puts neighborly love back into the center of Christian life and that reminds us that God created the world and all its people to be God’s beloved community. This effort starts with every single one of us, every single day.

3 Martin Luther King Jr., „What a Christian should think about the Kingdom of God“, cited in Kenneth L. Smith and Ira G. Zepp Search for the Beloved Community, 141-142.

Please remember to have a family member or friend contact the church office during business hours or Pastor Kristin Luana at (360) 912-1245 or Pastor Olaf at (360) 912-1830

if you are hospitalized or need pastoral care. The hospital does not inform

us if you are admitted.

e-mail: pastorolaf@gmail.com

kristinluana@gmail.com

Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion is at 9:30 AM



Mission Statement
Called by God’s grace

to share the good News,



We are the hands of Christ:

opened by love,

extended in welcome,

joined in worship,

offered in service,

reaching for justice.




Sunday School at 10:45 AM
Students K – High school begins in the

Chapel for a short opening.


2, 3 & 4 year olds

Room #302 (upstairs)
Grades K – 3, Room #5
Grades 4 – 6, Room #3
Grades 7 – 12, Youth Room
Children’s Choir

Wednesdays at 4:45 PM in the Choir Room downstairs. If you have questions, contact Joy in the church office!



Holy KOW

Kids on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

A fun event for families with children grade 6 and under.
Come for dinner and an activity. The church provides the main course and beverage. Families bring side dishes to share. Questions? Contact Katie Sirguy at 683-8275
Check out the Holy KOW link on our web page www.htlcpa.com to check out the menu and to see how you can participate.

Adult Education at 10:45 AM
February 7 - Christian 19th Century Voices on Slavery, Pastor Kristin Luana Baumann
February 14 - Faith & Society: PBS’ Religion & Ethics program: a weekly discussion group that views a current event video that sparks lively conversation, in Room #301 upstairs.
February 21 – Mission Partner, Healthy Families of Clallam County (see the article on page 12)
February 28 – Guest Preacher & Teacher Rev. Toney Montgomery, Witness of the Civil Rights Movement

The Radio Broadcasts

Our worship services are broadcast on KONP 1450 AM at 11:00 AM



Please wear your name tags!

It helps us get to know each other and helps visitors get to know us. If you don’t have a name tag, contact the church office and we will order you one!



Congregational Life
Bible StudyTuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM in the Fireside Room. Read the New Testament in its Chronological Order! All are invited!
The Saturday Men’s Breakfast group in the Fellowship Hall is open to all men. They start with breakfast at 7:30 AM and conclude around 9:00 AM. All are welcome!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the second Monday of each month at 1 PM in the chapel. February 8th this month. If you like to knit or crochet consider sitting in prayerful knitting with the Prayer Shawl team. Questions, contact Karen Epler at 582-0495 for more information.
The Lutheran World Relief Quilters meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 10 AM in the quilting room downstairs. They will meet on February 9 & 23. If you would like to sew quilt tops at home, squares will be provided. Contact Charlotte Sellin at 452-2788 or Marianne Ude at 452-3932.
All are invited to join others for a Friday Night Movie in the Youth Room at 7:00 PM. Popcorn is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Holy Bookers – Meets on February 3rd at 5:00 PM in our church library. (1st Wednesday of each month) For more information call Elizabeth Christian at 457-6121. The following is a list of the books:

  • Feb. - Blue Shoe by Anne LaMott. Leader: Rosemary Peterson

  • March - A Man Called Ove Leader: Ann Marie Rahfeldt

  • April - Whale Hunt by Robert Sullivan. Leader: Carol Dunlap

  • May - Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Leader: Elizabeth Christian

  • June - The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. Leader: Merry Van Deusen

Sunday Evenings Together” at 5:30 PM in the Fireside Room. This informal group studies the readings that we will hear the next Sunday in church. We begin with a simple supper (people take turns signing up to bring food) and conclude about 7 PM. This is a great place for newer members to plug in, learn, and get to know folks. Everyone is welcome! Although pastors often attend, the leadership is flexible and sometimes the group simply starts reading the lessons and talking. Bring a Bible or borrow one from the bookshelf in the fireside room.



Ash Wednesday Worship

February 10th at 7:00 PM



Wednesdays in Lent

February 17 & 24

March 2, 9 & 16



5:30 PM - Holy KOW activity and Confirmation
6:15 PM – Soup Supper for All Please sign-up to bring soup or bread and to set-up and clean-up. The sign-up sheet is on the office counter. You may also call Carol Dunlap at 452-2537 to sign-up.

7:00 PM – Holden Evening Prayer Service – we are looking for lay preachers (5 minutes homilies) solo or as teams, contact Pastor Olaf.


Stewardship Project of the Month Lutheran World Relief -Layette Kits

Receiving Blankets

Hand towels

Bath size soap, non-fragrance




Youth Group for

7-12 Graders

The HTLC Youth Group meets on Sundays 7:00 pm in the Youth Room. Please come if you are in grades 7-12, and bring a friend or two!



Souper Bowl Sunday

Souper Bowl of Caring”



After Worship on

February 7


All football fans know that Sunday, February 7th is the day of the big Super Bowl game. At Holy Trinity we also know that it’s also the day for the “Souper Bowl of Caring” collection to support agencies that care for those that do not have enough. The donations collected will be sent to the ELCA World Hunger to help our neighbors around the world. Our youth will be at the doors of the sanctuary following worship to receive your dollars in the soup pots. This is our 15th year to participate in this national event.

Counter Cultural…
Christmas ornaments all put away, carefully stowed until next year? 
Hoping so.  We had some great services here for the holiday, made even nicer with the young adults and several others (including a 4 year old on ‘Cello!) to boost the musical selections!
We have moved beyond the Carols in church, the tree is all stowed, and the days are growing brighter, and the music continues.
Lisa Lanza came as a guest artist and played a beautiful full piano recital in our midst…to a happy crowd of about 150, all wanting her to return next year. Lisa, in addition to her many other talents, is the musician at our sister church in Port Townsend.
Next up, we have the Rain Shadow Chorale returning, on the 29th… Rebecca Rottsolk always creates an inventive program that tickles both the ears and fancies.
As we enter Black History Month, we’ll be exploring, in worship, just what black composers or authors we have (it will surprise you!) in our Evangelical Lutheran Worship resource.     And as we move into the Sundays of Lent, we will also move into setting 6, a more “jazz influenced” setting that we enjoy from time to time.
I have some fairly major foot surgery coming up, so Bob Dunlap and Loren Olson have graciously agreed to be the substitutes for the Sundays and Wednesday services that I will miss.  Children’s Choir, too, will continue as a weekly music and worship skills experience.  By the time you read this, the surgery will already have happened and the recuperation begun.

 

May the brightness of the Epiphany Season continue to brighten our ways and days!



 

Pax,


Joy
Deaths
Mary Louise Withers

December 30, 2016


Jerry Cornell

January 7, 2016



Share God’s Love

with a random act of kindness

on Valentine’s Day

February 14th

Youth Group Fundraiser

Bake Sale


Sunday, February 14th

at 10:45 AM
Yummy baked goods will be in the narthex for you to purchase in support of our youth.
Our youth are raising money to attend the Southwestern Washington Synod Youth Gathering in Auburn in March. If you would like to donate a baked good for the sale, contact Pastor Kristin Luana or the church office. You may also make a donation at any time to support our youth.
Preschool Enrollment
Contact the church office at 452-2323 or pick up an enrollment pack on the table in the narthex/lobby for more information.
Our three-day class in full. 

The two-day class has four openings!


We are beginning to enroll for the 2016-2017 school year. Contact the church office for more information

Southwestern Washington Synod



Youth Gathering/Retreat
March 4-6, 2016
6th-12th Graders
Camp Berachah in Auburn, WA

In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the theme is "Go for the Gold"


We will have a choice to stay both Friday and Saturday nights or to come on Saturday morning (for a reduced price). Price will be $130 for the entire weekend or $100 for one night.


Save money by registering early!
Get signed up NOW!

Contact Pastor Kristin Luana or the church office if you would like to attend.




Enduring Gifts

Consider remembering the church in

your will. Leave a lasting legacy to our Enduring Gifts Fund.
Committee: Mary Lange, Deb Reed, Sylvia Peters, Gary Sirguy, Jill Snyder, Gene Unger and David Christian.

Black History Month

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is commemorating Black History in the Month of February 2016.


Sunday School and other church groups are contributing to an exhibition in the Narthex exploring “Undertold Stories of Black Saints”. These Saints can be musicians, theologians, artists, activists, and more.
We uplift the many black composers and authors we have in our worship resources, and we will design sermons and educational events around black theologians and civil rights activists.

Holy Trinity is a predominately white congregation. It is important for us to engage Black History and explore the involvement of Black Saints in the life of the church and the country.


Oftentimes valuable contributions to our common history by people of color have been ignored or redefined as ‘white’ contributions. We wish to look into these neglected stories of our common history.
We hope that our Black History project will help us reflect on the reality of racism in our society and in our church. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that 11:oo am on a Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in our nation.
Social structures as well as individual actions and convictions, can perpetuate racial segregation in our society, so that 50 years later this statement is still true.
The Black History Month at Holy Trinity helps us to recognize and reflect on the realities of racism.
All are invited to participate in all aspects of this project.
Exhibition
Undertold Stories of Black Saints – all weekdays in February, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sermon
Dr. King and the Beloved Community – Sunday, January 31, 9:30 AM, Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann
Adult Education
Christian 19th Century Voices on Slavery, Sunday, February 7, 10:45 AM, Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann
Sermon and Adult Education
Witness of The Civil Rights Movement, Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am, Guest Preacher Rev. Toney Montgomery


Preschool
After some time away from preschool for Christmas break, we are happy to be back and ready to learn!

During January, we learned about the three wise kings and mean King Herod. We then studied about Jesus as a boy and how he grew up, his visit to the temple and how he surprised everyone with his wisdom and knowledge.

Blue and white were our colors for January and our shape was a rectangle. Transportation was a focus this month so we have read about a wide variety of vehicles, discussed safety issues including seatbelts, helmets and safe behavior when riding in a vehicle. The students made trucks and trains out of shoe boxes and wrote stories about their vehicles.

Our classes enjoyed teddy bear picnics where the children brought a stuffed animal to class, made and packed a lunch and walked to the chapel to eat our picnic. We sang about peanut butter and jelly and had a grand time eating with our stuffed animal friends.

February 9th, we are inviting the congregation to join us for a “Breakfast for Dinner” pajama party. Everyone will enjoy typical breakfast food, the children will perform some songs that we have been learning and we learn some information about Shrove Tuesday while celebrating Mardi Gras.We hope that you can join us!

God’s peace,

Mrs. Kathy and Mrs. Brenda
All are invited to the

Preschool Fundraiser
Pancake Dinner & Pajama Party

Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday
February 9th at 5 PM

Fellowship Hall


Cost: by donation
Our preschool students will sing a

song or two!


Participants are encouraged to

wear pajamas.






Council Requests Input

Last year when the church council determined the list of Mission Partners to be included in our annual budget, we also suggested that this list be reviewed each year.  Members of the congregation are invited to review this list and to suggest any new agencies at this time.


If you have a suggestion, please submit the name of the agency, contact information and your rationale for proposing the name.  Mission Partners need to align with the HTLC Mission Statement.  Direct your submission to:  HTLC Church Council in care of the church office no later than February 29.
Current Mission Partners are listed on page 12.
Peace,

Vicki Corson, President



We are Thankful

The office has received the “all in one color printer” we wished for. Thanks to our very generous donor.


Video equipment has been donated so our Pastors can do professional videos for social media. Thanks!
A donation of $5,000 has been received to start a flooring fund.

Friday Food Bags for School Children
The Port Angeles Food Bank provides Friday Food Bags for many children at the various elementary school in the Port Angeles School District.  HTLC has been contributing to this program with food donations for the past four years. Jessica Hernandez, Executive Director of the Food Bank sent a message that "... Granola Bars and Mac and Cheese are the two items we could use the most help in replenishing".  So please bring your donations to the church and place them in the specially marked box in the Narthex. These will periodically be delivered to the Food Bank or they will pick them up. Thank you so much for your help to provide weekend meals for those children in need.

Please pray for our college kids!
Also, getting real mail is a special thing! They are part of our church family. Contact the church office for their addresses. They are:

Nicholas Fritschler

Danielle Grimes

Leah Marsh

Amber Due

Kendra Addleman

Anna Baumann

Mission Partner



Healthy Families of Clallam County

Sunday Feb. 21st at 10:45 AM
Our Mission:
Healthy Families of Clallam County’s mission is to provide a wide range of services empowering children, youth, adults and families to achieve their full potential, improve their physical, mental and emotional health and live free of violence and abuse.

To accomplish this mission, Healthy Families of Clallam County provides child abuse prevention and treatment services including parenting classes, support groups, educational clinics for divorcing parents and in-home parent aides; domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, systems, medical and legal advocacy, emergency and transitional shelter.

If you are looking for specific resources please visit the What We Do and Get Help pages of our site.

What We Do
HFCC provides domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse prevention and treatment services free of charge to adult survivors, child victims, families of victims, and the community. These services include:


  • 24/7 crisis line-360-452-HELP (360-452-4357)

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Emergency shelter/food/clothing closet

  • Transitional Housing

  • Therapy

  • Advocacy Based Counseling

  • Legal-Assistance with protection orders; accompaniment to court proceedings; understanding the legal system; support during interviews

  • Medical Advocacy-Accompaniment to the hospital; finding appropriate follow-up health care

  • System Advocacy

  • Support Groups

  • Speaker’s Bureau

  • Information and Referral Service

  • Parent Education

Mission Partners for 2015-2016
MANNA – Ministers Assisting Neighbors in Need with Agape

VIMO – Volunteers in Medicine

of the Olympics

First Step Family Support Center

TAFY – The Answer for Youth

Healthy Families of Clallam County

Serenity House

Lutheran Community Services NW

Port Angeles Food Bank

Southwestern Washington Synod
On the third Sunday of each month at 10:45 AM each mission partner will share about their program.
February 21st we will hear about Healthy Families of Clallam County.
Your general fund gifts will provide a $250 donation to each of the eight local mission partners. Additional donations will also be accepted.


Interfaith Listening Circles
Tuesday, March 1 at 5 PM

in our Chapel
As part of a newly forming Interfaith Community, we are inviting people of all faiths to join us to share in small "listening circles". Listening circles can generate compassionate understanding and deeper respect for the experiences of each person present. Invited are members of churches, and those who are not affiliated with a church, including those who are "spiritual but not religious".  
Too often, religion is misused as an instrument for division and injustice, betraying the very ideals and teachings that lay at the heart of the world's great traditions. However, at their best, religions and spiritual traditions inspire billions of people in wise and wonderful ways. Faith can bring out the best of us; and interfaith can bring out the best of our faiths.  

 

All religions and traditions have some form of "The Golden Rule". How does your faith help you explore that question?  How does it challenge you?  Please come and invite your friends.  All are welcome at the table. The evening will be facilitated by a multi-faith team.


Marilyn Eash
Moving Forward Together
The month of January marks the half-way point of our church fiscal year and it also points to items that need to be attended to before the end of June.
Coming in the next couple of months will be calling together the nominating committee, reviewing suggested changes to our By-Laws, beginning to schedule staff evaluations, reviewing the Personnel Policies & Procedures. All of this along with the usual business to attend to.
We are looking for conclusion to the annual audit, fencing for the playground, a suggestion for floor covering in the narthex and stairs, renovation of the caretaker apartment, hiring of a new custodian and a new caretaker.
As you can see, the lists are pretty full but we have a great team of council folks along with staff that will work to accomplish them all.
For long-range goals, we have in mind to work on areas of stewardship and outreach.

  • We thank Trudy and Dennis Toepke for agreeing to attend a Stewardship Education training sponsored by the synod and the ELCA. They will not only bring back great ideas for HTLC, but will be trained to coach other churches as well.

  • Pastor Olaf has contacted and scheduled Michael Harvey, an inspirational speaker on the topic of “Intentional Invitation” who will be here in April.

The church council met for an all-day retreat at the Unger lake home in January. During the first half of our time, Pastor Kristin Luana led us in a time of faith and wellness assessment called Living Compass. In the after-noon, we brainstormed about disciple-ship practices that we might propose for our church.

These are busy times and we welcome your input and comments, as well as offers to help with any one of these things that might be your interest. We are, indeed, “working together,”



Peace,

Vicki Corson



Council President



Library Notes
February is Black History Month- for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, celebrated annually in the US and Canada. Browse the new books presented in the adult and young readers section for both Black History Month and the beginning of the Lenten season. Current publications are also on hand for your enjoyment.
BOOKS FOR ADULTS

The Shunning, by Beverly Lewis (2008). Katie Lapp has been raised in an Amish family yet she doesn’t feel Amish with her auburn hair and her desire for music that isn’t accepted. When her first love is drown, she agrees to marry the bishop. Accidently she finds that she is adopted from an ‘English’ lady and jilts the bishop on their wedding day. From then on she is shunned from the community and must find her birth mother. This is the first book of three about Katie. By Caralee Rupprecht
The Nazarene by Sholem Asch (1996). The story begins in 1930s Poland with the unlikely friendship between a disgraced anti-Semitic scholar and a Jewish student he hires to translate texts. This is merely the frame for the larger story told in three parts. We discover that the scholar believes he has the memories of a Roman soldier serving Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. Next they translate the lost gospel of Judas (possibly forged) and finally we see the perspective of a student whose rabbi is a contemporary of Jesus. At nearly 700 pages, this book is a project, but a worthwhile one. By Eric Braun
St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong (2015). A recent book by Armstrong, a prolific writer on religious history and theology, compact and very readable. She helped me understand Paul in the context of the just-then emerging understandings of Jesus as the Christ.  Armstrong very clearly shows how not all books attributed to Paul were actually written by him, and many of the ideas we "hate" about Paul (e.g. about the place of women in church leadership) were not his ideas at all but later writers using his name. Read this book if you want to learn more about not just Paul but how our church and Bible came to be.

By Don Corson
Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know, by John Kaltner (2003). “Islam needs to be understood on its own terms, apart from extreme expressions, John Kaltner argues. This little Facet offers the most basic information about Islam in an accessible and sympathetic presentation. Kaltner presents Islam as first and foremost a religion of orthopraxis, a set of prescribed practices—the five pillars of Islam. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent mis-conceptions of the faith.” Information from the Augsburg Fortress website.

A History of Lutheranism: Second Edition, Eric Gritsch (2010). “In a clear, nontechnical way, this noted Reformation historian tells the story of how the nascent reforming and confessional movement sparked and led by Martin Luther survived its first battles with religious and political authorities to become institutionalized in its religious practices and teachings. Gritsch then traces the emergence of genuine consensus at the end of the sixteenth century, followed by the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy, the great Pietist reaction, Lutheranism’s growing diversification during the Industrial Revolution, its North American expansion, and its increasingly global and ecumenical ventures in the last century. … Gritsch tells the story with clarity and verve.” Information from the Augsburg Fortress website.
God-The World’s Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era, Third Edition by Ted Peters, (2015) “… a proven textbook in systematic theology for over twenty years. Thoroughly revised and expanded, this third edition is explicitly crafted to address our postmodern context and explains the whole body of Christian historical doctrine from within a ‘proleptic’ framework. Peters skill-fully deploys this concept not only to organize the various theological areas or loci but also to rethink doctrines in light of key postmodern challenges from ecumenism, critical historical thinking, contemporary science, and gender and sexuality issues.” Information from the Augsburg Fortress website
YOUNG READERS BOOKS

Reviews by Vi Nixon unless noted

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. “No one would believe me, but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.” Ten-year-old Ha has only known Saigon: its thrilling markets, joy-filled traditions, warm friendships, her very own papaya tree. Escaping the war, she comes to America, specifically Alabama, finding it foreign in every way. This is the story of her year of change.., moving from one life, one country to the next. A tenderly told, semi-autobiographical tale, dedicated by the author to refugees with the wish, “may you each find a home.
Gingersnap, by Patricia Reilly Giff, 2013. is set during WWII. Jayna, whose nickname is Gingersnap, has to undertake a journey to Brooklyn to find family and a secret to her past.
The Boy and the Ghost, by Robert D. San Souci. is an American folktale about a black sharecropper’s family in the South in which Thomas, the youngest of seven, outwits a ghost and wins the day and a treasure.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters:  An African tale; illustrated by John Steptoe. The two daughters of a humble villager are presented to the King who is looking for a wife. One is chosen to be the queen, the other her servant.  Since each of the girls is noted for her beauty, young readers are encouraged to think about the other attributes the King wanted in his Queen and why one girl fulfilled them better than the other. Inspired by the flora and fauna of Zimbabwe, Steptoe's illustrations received the Caldecott Award in 1987.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is a parallel story of 2008 and 1985 Sudan—a water girl and a lost boy—based on a true story.

By Pam Bundy
Library Board meets on the 3rd Thursday monthly at 9:30 AM. We hope you will visit the library to see the new additions monthly and check out a book to read and enjoy.

Pastor Olaf & Pastor Kristin Luana sermons can be listened to online at www.peccator.com
Prayer Ministry
The Prayer Team at Holy Trinity invites everyone to participate in our Prayer Ministry!
There are several ways you can participate:

  • Pray at home

  • Phone Prayer Chain - contact Esther Swenson at 457-4646 or Lois Larsen at 457-9706

  • E-mail Prayer List - To receive the e-mail prayer list weekly or to add, delete or update a prayer request, call the church office.


The HTLC Prayer Team is available to pray with you by request, in person or on the phone, and every given Sunday during communion. All information shared will be kept strictly confidential.
Ann Kennedy at 457-6177

Gary and Martha Sirguy at 452-9432

Dave Shargel at 457-2006

If you need access to the church, please coordinate with the office, as we are locking up now after the last scheduled events each day.


Calling all HOLY COOKERS!
Holy Trinity is in the process of creating a cookbook celebrating the 60th anniversary in our current building and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Now is the time to crack open your recipe files and pull out a few of your favorite recipes. The recipe dividers will be:

  • Appetizers and Beverages

  • Soups, Salads

  • Vegetables

  • Main Dishes

  • Breads, Rolls

  • Desserts

  • Miscellaneous (heritage recipes from previous HTLC cookbooks as well as special dietary recipes).

We are eager to see what tasty treats you have to share and showoff.


Recipe forms can be picked up in the narthex of the church under the Cookbook poster. Completed recipe form(s) can be placed in the box underneath the Cookbook poster.
If you need a recipe form mailed to you, please contact either Pam or Patty.

If a completed recipe form needs to be mailed in, please mail the completed recipe form to HTLC. In the lower left-hand corner of the envelope, please write: "Attn: Cookbook."

When submitting a recipe, please include the following:


  • If available, serving size and number of servings

  • Temperature settings for cook top and oven

  • Special instructions

  • Source of special ingredients

  • Your name

  • Your phone number

  • Your email address, if available

  • Special Notes at the bottom of the recipe

  • Dietary restrictions:

    • Gluten free

    • Lactose intolerance

    • Heirloom - recipes from a family member, riend, or previous HTLC cookbook.

  • Another source (a published cookbook)

Let's get cooking!


Questions? Contact: Pam Bundy at

460-7769 surgan@aol.com: or

Patty McCarty at 461-5243 pamccarty@wavecable.com
PEACE!
Simply Giving

You may sign up to have your offering electronically sent to HTLC from your checking or savings account or credit card through the church office. It is very easy to start, stop or change. There are slips in the pews for you to put in the offering plate on Sundays mornings, stating that you give electronically. Questions – contact Peggy or Paula in the church office.


Check out our website at www.htlcpa.com



Facilities Things to do:

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church sign on Chase Street is really dirty! We are praying for somebody and/or a family to get a ladder, bucket of sudsy wash water, a scrubber and get it shiny!!! Just let Peggy or Paula in the office know if you are up for this job and we will make sure you have the tool to get into the sign. Thank you!



Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Financial Summary

December 2015
Income: $42,691

Expenses: $33,505

Monthly Balance: $9,186
YTD Income: $226,048

YTD Expenses: $203,888

YTD Balance: $22,160
Church Council meeting minutes and financial reports are available in the church office.
You can follow us on Facebook. Look for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Port Angeles and “like” the page.
Snow Removal - Looking ahead toward winter…. When the raindrops turn to snowflakes, we will need volunteer help shoveling the sidewalks and entryways at church, especially on Sunday mornings, but also during the week. We will stash the snow shovels and ice remover in the upstairs custodial room…or you can bring your own shovel.

Sunday Morning Coffee Ministry Needs New Volunteers

Zorba is making plans to camp a little more with Hank in their trailer. She would like to start working with some new volunteers to fill this ministry.


If you think Sunday morning coffee is important – and you would like to volunteer, talk to Zorba on Sunday morning or call her at 477-2672.

Fair Trade Ministry

We always have a fantastic selection of Equal Exchange coffees, chocolate bars (we carry 9 flavors!), cocoa and baking cocoa available. The church office is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Sunday if you can catch a staff member!)



Thrivent Action Team Grants

If you own Thrivent insurance or investment products, you are a “Thrivent Member.” Thrivent Action Team Grants can be used to raise money for local projects. Please identify yourself to Peggy in the church office or Gary Sirguy at 452-9432 for more information! Thanks!!

New Staff for Holy Trinity

The church council is pleased to announce the selection of two great folks for additions to our great church staff.



Candance Hall will be our new Caretaker, with responsibilities that include overall security of our building, especially in evening lock-up and morning opening of the building. Even more important, she will reside in the apartment on our lower level, which provides an added measure of security when the building is not in use. Candance most recently lived in New Zealand for 16 years and moved to the Olympic Peninsula following the death of her mother, Patti Dunlap a long-time HTLC member.

Dean M. Johnson will be our new Custodian, with responsibilities that include basic cleaning maintenance of our building. This includes miles of vacuuming, trash upkeep, and other jobs that keep our building hospitable. Dean lives in Port Angeles with his parents, Dean and Dianne Johnson, HTLC members.

We welcome Candance and Dean and hope that you will get to meet them when you stop by the church during the week.



Southwestern Washington Synod News

Synod Educational Gatherings
The Synod is providing educational opportunities for rostered leaders, lay leaders, congregational members and friends!
Topics came from top synod-wide survey responses earlier this year. Lunch and worship will be included in each gathering. Most workshops presented at all locations:
Congregational Leadership Workshops

• Becoming Social Media Savvy

• Conceptualizing Lutheran Worship

• Retooling Stewardship and Fundraising

• Strengthening Council Roles (including internal governance)

• Treasurer and Financial Office Training and Resources

• Working with LGBT Rostered Leader
Congregational Mission Workshops

• Congregational Vitality and Sustainability Next Steps

• Broadening Congregational Education Ministry/Faith Formation

• Building Strong Youth and Young Adult Ministry

• Welcoming the LGBT Congregational Members

• Racism, Privilege and Partnership

• Who Really Are our Neighbors?

• Being Lutheran in 2016


Saturday, April 30th at Trinity Lutheran, Vancouver, WA

Saturday, May 14th at Gloria Dei Lutheran, Olympia, WA

Saturday, May 21st at Silverdale Lutheran, Silverdale, WA
Registration information coming soon!

Contact the church office if you interested in attending.



Women of the ELCA Spring Retreat May 13-15

Hope for a New Day”

Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way



Registration for the full weekend (which includes housing and four meals) is $195. Saturday only is $130.

Check out the poster and registration forms on the bulletin board in the lobby/narthex.
Submission for the monthly newsletter: Send to the office by the 16th of the month. Copies can be sent via e-mail, regular mail or in person. Items are subject to editorial review by the staff.

USPS Identification Statement: The Trumpet Newsletter is published monthly by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362   



he next Wednesday evening Communion service will be August 5 at 6:15. legislation, policing and in our courts.


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