Brass Extravaganza

THE SATURDAY MORNING BRASS PROJECT

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 at 4:00PM

PIPE ORGAN BENEFIT CONCERT

THE SATURDAY MORNING BRASS PROJECT – six super-skilled players, presents an exciting program, with all freewill proceeds shared between Holy Trinity’s Pipe Organ Fund and the Project’s community activities. An audience sing-along will be featured, using our organ and its one-year-old zimbelstern!

Communion and Prayer

WE GIVE THANKS FOR THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNION MINISTERS! Communion Ministers take Holy Communion to the home bound as an extension of our worship service. As we gather on Sunday mornings around Word and Sacrament we remember those in our fellowship who cannot be with us. Communion Ministers take the fellowship we share in the Lord’s Supper to them. Please give thanks for: Chaye DeMark, Mike Geyser, Sandy Philips, John Sapienza, Rita Sims, and Jen Ward!

THE MAY PRAYER CARDS ARE HERE! You are encouraged to take a prayer card bookmark home and use it to pray for those on the list. The prayer cards will be updated monthly. In addition to committing to praying regular- ly for those on our prayer list, Jen will be in touch with people for updates on their situations. If you have an update on an individual on our prayer card, you may contact the church office or Jen Ward.

Coffee Cantata

Sunday, April 24, 2016

at 4:00PM

A production of Loudoun Lyric Opera

Did you know? The great composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750), not only gave to the world great sacred music and scientific advances, he also wrote comedy. His charming “Coffee Cantata” (BWV 211) tells the story of a father, who is exasperated with his teenage daughter (sound familiar?), because she defiantly insists on drinking lots of coffee. In the end, various cunning interventions bring about a resolution, including the involvement of the daughter’s boyfriend. The characters sing beautiful melodies (featuring an Ode to Coffee), accompanied by strings, flute and keyboard. The audience will be seated bistro-style, at separate tables. Our Holy Grounds is the perfect setting for this fun concert! Coffee and cookies will be served by an HTLC youth team, with donations welcomed to HTLC ministries. Tickets will be sold at the door or from LoudounLyricOpera.com .

Little Blessings Preschool

The children of Little Blessings Preschool will be performing several songs and sharing in the children’s sermon on Sunday, April 24th at the 11:00 service. Help support our preschool thru participating in the Little Blessings Basket Raffle. Various themed baskets will be on display beginning April 24th and tickets will be available to purchase April 24-May 1.

Interim Journey

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Friends,

This season of interim time with you has been a blessing.  You welcomed me with great warmth and acceptance.  With humor and grace, you have forgiven me my quirks, foibles and failings.

Most important, you worked hard, first with the transition team, and then with the call committee, to clarify your sense of you are, and where God is leading you.  You are ready to call your next pastor. 

There are a number of congregations in our synod in transition, some of whom do not yet have a transition pastor.  In light of this need, the synod asked if my work among you is complete and if I would be able to move on to another congregation. 

I have to answer this question affirmatively.  Your Ministry Site Profile is complete and your call committee is poised to begin interviewing.  Your council is strong and proactive.  The faith community of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is ready to move into God’s future.

God is calling me to a new future as well.  I will be going to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon as their transition pastor beginning on June 1, 2016.  My last Sunday with you will be Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.     

During this interim season, we celebrated 50 years of ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  As part of this celebratory year, you purchased new air conditioning units for your sanctuary, remodeled your narthex, and updated your website.  You demonstrated support for the wider church, with special gifts to the synod, the ELCA Malaria campaign, and Gettysburg Seminary.  We shared times of laughter as we welcomed children into God’s family through the sacrament of baptism.  We have shared times of grief as we honored loved ones at funerals and memorial services.  We have worked and struggled together, played and worshiped together.

I will never forget the season I spent with you.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your pastor. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will always have a place in my heart.

Please pray for me as I accompany Holy Cross Lutheran Church on their interim journey. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayer.

May God richly bless you!

The Rev. Margrethe S. C. Kleiber, Transition Pastor

Baptism Planning

The next baptismal Sunday at Holy Trinity is scheduled for May 15th !

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28

People of all ages are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. 

Through Holy Baptism, God adopts us as beloved children and brings us into the community of faith.  In keeping with this understanding, the sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated within the community of faith, during Sunday morning worship.  For more information on scheduling a baptism for either yourself or your child, please contact the church office at 703-777-4912 or email office@holytrinityleesburg.org.

“Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead, it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s word. ” – Martin Luther

 

Children’s Musical

The Children’s Choirs of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church present:

Elijah!

God’s Faithful Prophet

by Mark Patterson

Sunday, April 10

8:30 am & 11:00am ~  as part of our Worship Services

“From his confrontation with Ahab and Jezebel through his journey in the desert, Elijah shows his faith in the God who provides. Concluding with one of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament, Elijah asks God to send down fire upon the altar at Mt. Carmel. There, the people of Israel see the power of the true and living God.” ~~ The Choristers Guild ~~

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Children’s Choir is made up of 20 children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The children provide musical offerings during Holy Trinity worship services approximately once a month, and present a musical each spring. The group rehearses each Wednesday night, November through April, as part of Holy Trinity’s Wednesday Night, LIVE! (WNL) program. WNL is an intergenerational ministry for adults and children. The evening provides an informal atmosphere to grow in faith and experience Christian fellowship through shared meals, Children’s Choirs, Adult Choir, Middle School & High School Chimes and various outreach efforts.

Communion to the homebound

Training for Communion Ministers to the Homebound

Are you warm, inviting, and able to meet and visit with others in a variety of circumstances? Are you flexible and adaptable? Do you love the sacrament of Holy Communion and our congregation’s weekly sharing in this meal? God may be calling you to the ministry of carrying the gifts of word and sacrament to our congregation’s homebound members.

While this ministry will always be a regular and expected part of the pastoral call, it does not belong exclusively to clergy. In the same way that members of our congregation are trained to serve as readers, intercessors, acolytes, and communion ministers within the assembly’s worship, members can be trained to take part in this ministry of sharing holy communion beyond the assembly’s worship.

In fact, lay ministers participating in and leading this ministry meet a pastoral need in a way that our pastor/s cannot. Those who are homebound or absent from the daily and weekly life of the congregation often say what they miss about “going to church” is being included within the community of other church members. The various people who make up the life of the congregation are missed just as much as, perhaps even more than, the pastor is missed.

If you have gifts of hospitality, listening, companionship, and personal comfort in intimate settings, prayerfully consider learning more about this ministry at a training on Sunday, April 10th, following the 11:00 am worship service.  We will gather in the alcove in the gathering area from 12:15 to 1:15 pm.

Transitions Ahead

Dear friends, the synod has promised to send Holy Trinity’s call committee a list of names by the end of this month. Soon you will be interviewing candidates and calling a pastor! Given that the process is moving forward, the synod has asked me to consider other congregations in need of transition pastors. While nothing is definite yet, it is likely that I will be moving on in the near future.

The question I am sure is on everyone’s mind is “What will happen if Pastor Kleiber leaves and we don’t have a new pastor?” There are two possibilities as I see it.
1.  You will be close to calling a pastor but still some months away from that pastor’s arrival. Your council works with the synod to find an interim pastor who will lead worship and provide pastoral care during the time between my departure and the arrival of your new pastor.
2.  You will be very close to calling a pastor who may arrive within just a few weeks. Your council works with the synod to find supply pastors to preach. Pastors from nearby churches offer to help in case of pastoral care emergencies.

While, I do not yet have a covenant with a new congregation I want to let you know that the process of moving on has started. When a new assignment has been confirmed I will let you know.

Let me also say that I continue to delight in our ministry together at Holy Trinity. While this congregation faces enormous challenges you also have enormous potential. You have some of the finest staff I have ever known and a dynamic, forward thinking council. I plan to enjoy the remaining time I have with you. I will not be absent until I am actually gone!

Blessings to you all!

Pastor Kleiber