This week at Sunday School

Pre-K – Grade 6:   Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Grade 7-12:  Angel Tree Gift Wrapping
Adult Bible Study:  The Gospel of Mark:  Seeing through the Cross

Please see the back of the Worship 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:

Steeple Repair Project

More Good News! When a church has serious repairs, like the steeple, we fret. We wonder how we are going to pay for it. Some churches feel defeated by the circumstances of major repairs. Not Holy Trinity. We set up a plan to provide the opportunity to contribute to our steeple and our generous people exceeded our goal in two weeks. We asked for $25,000 and we received $32,320. (The additional funds will support other building maintenance projects.) We now have the contracts signed, the down payments made, and we are planning the days that the work will be done.  Special Thanks to Roger Bailey and Larry Grant and all the Steeple Project Team who have worked hard in getting estimates and bids and presenting their plan to Church Council.

Serve Others

As you can imagine, there are many stories from the Hurricane Katrina mission trips to Bayou La Batre, just south of Mobile, Alabama. On this trip, we were working on the new construction of a Habitat for Humanity house. While we were there, some other professionals were working on the house too. When lunch time came, we all took the break to eat our peanut butter and jellies at the same time.
One of the professional workers was pretty young, perhaps in his twenties. With his Creole accent a clue, I asked if he was local. He was. Then I asked him a simple question that was a tough question for him – I asked where was he during the storm.
He said that he and his girlfriend were living in a house about a mile from the gulf. He convinced her to stay at the house during the storm with him. At night, the water started to rise and enter the house, from under the front door. They were mad as they put their TV and other items up higher in the room. But the water kept on coming. By daybreak the water was up to their necks and still coming. They pulled down the step ladder to the attic and climbed up. He brought his hammer with him in case the water would continue to rise and he would need to hammer through the roof.
There they sat. Cold and scared. In the attic, with the water rising. The young man confessed to his girlfriend. “I am so sorry that I did this to you. I am so sorry that I put you in a position that could harm you or take your life. I am so so sorry.” The water continued to rise to the attic, and he took his hammer and banged out a hole in the roof and his girlfriend and he crawled out and three hours later, they were rescued from the roof.
They are married now. He works on Habitat for Humanity houses as service in thanksgiving for still being alive and in the hopes that these houses will withstand the unwanted drama that he faced.
When I think about it, the happiest times in my life have been when I am serving, especially doing something for someone that they can’t do themselves. Sure, it may make us feel needed, but it also makes us feel purposeful and kind and those are two things we need to survive. Think about your willingness to serve the church or outside the church. Sometimes it is hard to sign up, but when we get engaged in the project, we do so happily and joyfully—and we make a difference. Somewhere, Jesus is in all of that. After all, he told us he came to serve.
Pastor Gerry

Lunch Bunch

Wednesdays at 11:30am

The Lunch Bunch is an opportunity to get together with friends at least once a month with a spirited talk and meal. It will be informative and fun as we discuss related topics that help us grow in our faith together.  Please bring a brown bag lunch or you can place an order with us for a sandwich from Deli South (Just call or email the church office). We hope you can join us for these spirited times together.
Our discussion Topic:
The History of the Bible
We know that the Bible covers 4,000 years of history with God. There are stories that go back to the beginning of time. There are stories that chronicle important times in Hebrew history. There are stories of Jesus and letters regarding his continual influence. And that has been the way it has been for 2000 years.  Where did the Bible come from? How was it put together? What do we know about the authenticity of the stories and history? Are there any calibrating sources? We will take a look at the origins of the bible and how the Bible became a book of sacred writings that is the backbone of our faith.

Nursery Help Wanted

We are accepting applications for the paid staff position of Nursery Attendant. This position has a an immediate start date. Know someone who would be perfect for this ministry? Please contact Pam Landis for the details.  Email lanx4@aol.com — cell 703.297.9004. Thank you.

Meals for Mobile Hope

Mobile Hope is a local non-profit that supports children and young adults (24 years of age and younger) who are precariously housed, homeless, or at risk, living in Loudoun County. They work to change the future one child at a time, providing clothing, food, hygiene items, medical referrals, housing referrals etc. 

We will be cooking meals to be served on the Mobile Hope bus, which travels to Leesburg, Sterling, St. Louis, Middleburg, Lucketts, Lovettsville, South Riding and Purcellville.  We will distribute our meals at the Purcellville location ON THE 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH.

Need more details?  Contact Amy Miller 703-297-9220

 
 

 

Quilts

Holy Trinity’s Women of the ELCA will make their annual trip to New Windsor, Md. to deliver quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief on Monday, November 6, 2017.
We will meet at the church at 9:30 am.  We will have time to shop in the gift shop and have lunch in New Windsor before returning to Leesburg about 2:30PM.