The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

Jesus makes his point by using agricultural metaphors and analogies. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” With this picture of the ripe harvest, he leads us to saying, “Yes Lord, I will gather the harvest.”  And if it were just winnowing wheat, and the hard work it would be, we would be all in.
But to harvest the people, what Jesus is really talking about is not easy, especially in our country where discussions about religion are taboo, more taboo than politics. Further, we grew up when we didn’t have to talk about our faith—we just lived it. Talking about faith was what the preacher did.
So now some of us are ill-equipped and graciously hard pressed to talk about how we come to love Jesus Christ. And yet, the fields of our streets are filled of cynical or lost people who would really benefit knowing about God’s love shown through Jesus Christ. How do we share the message of Jesus Christ’s love in a desperately needy but suspicious world? We will talk about that today.
Pastor Gerry
The Gospel Reading:  Matthew 9:35-38
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Fundraise while you shop

The Holy Trinity Youth is proud to provide the opportunity to purchase gift cards for the holidays. Scrip provides a wide range of popular stores including Amazon, that you can get gift cards for holiday presents. For every card purchased, we will get a rebate that will go to Holy Trinity Youth. It is that simple!

On the Sundays listed below we will have a booth in the Commons to collect gift card orders. We will have a list of gift cards that are available for purchase and we will have order forms to complete. Once you complete a form and provide a check, we can make the order and the cards will be back in 7-10 days.

Gift Card Sunday Sales Dates:

  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19
  • November 26
  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

With every card you purchase, we get a rebate which will be used to assist the youth
going to ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston in the Summer of next year.

Be on the look out,

get into the Holiday Spirit

and purchase some gift cards!

Thank You from the Holy Trinity Youth

 

Usborne Book Fair

Little Blessings Preschool will be hosting an Usborne Boor Fair November 8-12. Please plan to stop by the classroom located in the Gathering Area near the entrance of the church. Mrs. Laukhuf is generously donating a portion of her sales in books to Little Blessings for our teacher’s classrooms.

Angel Tree

Since 2012, Holy Trinity and Little Blessings Preschool have partnered with Frederick Douglass Elementary in Leesburg to provide clothing and holiday gifts to children in need. This year our 2017 Angel Tree, located in the church’s Gathering Area, holds 200 ornaments for gifts that the families of 100 children have indicated they need or would enjoy – toys and games as well as basic clothing items such as warm jackets, pajamas, socks, or gloves. Everyone with a generous and loving Christmas spirit is welcome to take one or more of these ornaments!
After you have chosen your ornament(s):
  1. Sign-out the ornament #(s) you have chosen and your contact information.
  2. Fulfill the gift wish(es).
  3. Wrap the gift(s) with the ornament(s) firmly attached and include a gift receipt in the package, particularly for clothing that may need a size exchange.
  4. Return the gift(s) back to the Angel Tree by Sunday, December 10th.
 The gifts will be sorted and delivered to Frederick Douglass Elementary on Monday, December 11th for distribution before the Christmas break.
With thanks and gratitude!
Pat and Roger Bailey/Mission Team
Questions? Email baileyva@mac.com 

Consecration Service & Brunch

November 12, 2017 is Consecration Sunday. During this special stewardship service, we will present our Estimate of Giving Cards in the offering plate. You are encouraged to discern your Estimate of Giving before coming to church, and bring the card with you (click here to download the Estimate of Giving Card). You may also write it up during the offertory. We will celebrate during worship the gifts we offer together in response to God’s love for us. Musically, we will be led by the talents of Ryan and Tucker Benton. After the service, we will continue the Consecration Day Celebration with a Pot Luck Brunch. We invite you to bring a breakfast casserole, fruit, or breakfast pastries to share for the brunch. Join in as we celebrate the things we can do together and look forward to a great morning at Holy Trinity.

Hunger Relief

Help a Loudoun Family in Need this Thanksgiving!

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is collecting food for Loudoun Hunger Relief.   Our Goal:  to provide Thanksgiving Dinner Bags to families in need.  Bags include food and $10 grocery store gift cards.  Last year our community supplied 1600 bags to our neighbors in need!

Pack a Reusable Bag with:

  • Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Vegetables (at least two cans)
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Gravy (mix or jar)
  • Cornbread or biscuit mix
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dessert mix or item
  • Your Donation of a $10 grocery store gift card to accompany each bag is deeply appreciated.  Recipients use the gift cards towards the purchase of a turkey.

Please deliver to HTLC by Sunday, November 12.  

 

Solid with God Youth Retreat

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Retreat

We need youth leaders, people to prepare and deliver dinner on Friday and Saturday night, and people to help with transportation.   Call or email Pastor Gerry today!  703-209-3599  pastorgfj@gmail.com

Nov. 17-19, 2017

Mar-Lu-Ridge

Grades 7-12

For Attendees…

Cost:  $60.00

We will leave on Friday Nov. 17 at 6pm and return 12:00 noon on Sunday, Nov. 19.  Bring payment to the office by Nov. 8.

Things to bring:  Bible, blanket, sheets and pillow, two days of warm clothes, toiletries, sneakers, and a fun attitude.

 

 

This week at Sunday School

Pre-K – Grade 5:  Hanna &Samuel
Grade 6:  The Apostles’ Creed
Grade 7-12:  Is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament?
Adult Bible Study:  Jesus Up Front & Personal

Look in the back of your bulletin for locations!

 

Reformation News

The Festival Choir and Orchestra will be provide special music for our worship this Sunday as we commemorate the Reformation. We would like the thank the following musicians for sharing their talents in worship:
Conductor: Nancy Fox
Festival Choir:
Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, and Men’s Choir
Festival Orchestra:
Strings:
Violin: David Harvery, Nancy Shavin
Viola: Delilah DeMark, Rebekkah Prinz
‘Cello: Betsy Olsen
Winds:
Flute: Julianne Geyser, Diana Larson
Brass:
Trumpet: John DeGroot, Mallory Little
Reeds:
Clarinet: Brian Lo, Kamrin Shultz, Zoë Benton
Alto Sax: Jon Ulrich, Tucker Benton
Baritone Sax: Caleb Graham
Piano: Cindy Johanneck
Organ: Marcia Merry
Reformation Faire!
Sunday, October 29
11:00 a.m.-Noon
You are invited to join us for this special event that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the work of Martin Luther. There will be crafts for all ages, games, stories and food. We will meet in the Sanctuary promptly at 11:00 a.m. to pick up passports.
On Reformation Sunday, October 29, we will present Bibles to all Fourth Grade students and any older students who have not received a Bible. If your child is in Fourth Grade, information will be mailed to your home. If your child is in Fifth Grade or above and has not received a Bible, please contact Nancy Fox or Becky Murphy at: