Council President

Holy Trinity’s Council President will update our congregation on the past, present, and future of our church, as well as discussing matters from the Church Council’s monthly meeting.

Our 2018 Council President is David Smith.

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May 2018: Ice Cream, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Beer and Wine

Posted by Mark Donahue on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 1:59 PM

Greetings Everyone!

Well, Spring has sprung, so-to-speak. The trees are leafing out and the grass is greening up. Hopefully, some consistently warm sunny spring temperatures will be coming along, although based on the last few years we’ll probably just jump right into the three “H’s” …, humid, and hazy. No sense complaining though.

Pastor Tim’s Installation Service two Sunday’s ago was awesome …. we had a full house including a dozen guest Pastor’s, among them Pastor Roser, Associate to the Bishop, Pastor Don Blume, who administered the installation, and Pastor Geoff Sinibaldo, Tim’s very close friend, who preached. Martha Balenger, Welcoming Team leader and her team and other volunteers, hosted a reception afterward, and all of us extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who worked, brought in food, helped set up, helped serve, and helped clean-up. It might have been pouring cats ‘n dogs outside but who cared? Inside it was a wonderful, fabulous afternoon of high energy, high enthusiasm, and warm feelings.

You probably noticed the bright colored Volunteer Sign-up brochure in the Sunday bulletin last week….. it’ll be there for a few more weeks ….. please give a lot of thought and consideration to signing up for something, either as a new task to get involved with, or a renewal of something you’re currently doing. It’s amazing how many tasks there are to be done toi help Holy Trinity be a well-functioning church, from conducting the worship services to carrying out the teaching of the word, to maintaining our physical plant. How many Lutherans does it take to conduct one of our services? No joke…. 14 plus Pastor Tim!!!! From greeters to counters to ushers to Alter Guild etc. etc.. That’s 28 on a two-service Sunday! There’s also what I call the “internal teams” (e.g. Faith Formation, Stewardship, Worship, Library, Property, and more) that help make the church work. But what we’re really all about is the outside work we want to do, what I’d call the ‘external teams” ……. Lots of help is needed on The Caring Team and the Social Ministry Team.  Lots of opportunities to get involved doing good things that help folks and show them the love of Christ through good works.

Also please note that as a thank you to all who have volunteered throughout the year, the Stewardship Team will again be hosting Sundae Sunday this Sunday (May 20th) between services. Always a good time.

While on the subject of socializing, elsewhere in this issue of Tidings you’ll see a note about another adult fellowship gathering, this one at Bad Lab Beer Co. in Somersworth on June 8th. The format will be similar to the gathering last fall …… everyone just relaxing and yakking for a couple of hours, noshing (grazing) and sipping a beer or glass of wine or soft drink or whatever.

The Mid-Year Congregational Meeting will take place on June 10th following the 9:30 church service. This will be the day we start single services, running through Labor Day weekend. We’ll go back to the two-service format Sept. 9th. At this point in time, there is not much on the meeting agenda. We’ll have the mid-year Treasurer report, a few comments from Pastor, even fewer from me, and an opportunity for anyone to ask questions. Of course that’s all three weeks or so away….. you never know if something might come up before then, but as it looks now, short-and-sweet is the order of the day. And then we’ll go have our picnic!!!

Peace and Blessings to all.

Dave Smith

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