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    September 2016

    Trinity Topics H O L Y T R I N I T Y L U T H E R A N C H U R C H

    www.sancarloshtlc.org

    Interim Pastor’s Message

    Welcome to fall and the new program year at Holy Trinity!

    I began as your interim pastor at the end of September last year, and your call committee hopes to recommend a new pastor by the end of this year. In between,

    this congregation has shown me what it looks like to remain focused on being church in a time of transition.

    Your church council heard at the August meeting that giving has remained steady since Pr. Christian left; the deficit you are experiencing has to do with increased health insurance costs. And while attendance has been low during the summer (which is typical), it is expected to closely match last year’s level now that school has started. See FAQ on page 3 for the figures.

    As we kick off the new program year, let’s celebrate HTLC’s faithful service! May you be buoyed by the forward motion:

    • Three volunteers have been trained for a new lay Eucharist/ visitation ministry to bring Holy Communion to homebound members starting this fall.

    • You helped three local families get into permanent housing by offering the parsonage as transitional housing, with the help of Home & Hope. In addition, HTLC will help upgrade the Home & Hope facility with a Thrivent Action Team as part of “Gods Work, Our Hands” on Sept. 10. And there’s more: Home & Hope families will be hosted here at Holy Trinity again for a week beginning Sept. 11. (More info on page 4.)

    • Volunteers have begun teaching Sunday school, and confirmation will begin soon with the help of volunteers and mentors.

    • The Worship & Music team found a gifted substitute organist who served for several months, and now are looking for another to serve until early next year.

    • Max and Hannah joined the ranks of acolytes.

    • Two new members joined HTLC.

    • The parking lot entrance sign will be dedicated Sept. 18.

    • More chances for folks to connect beyond Sunday mornings are being offered.

    • You all approved a welcome statement, and more thought is being given to tangible ways to live out that statement.

    • And particularly notable to the transitional time: your call committee gathered input from all of you, wrote a focused Ministry Site Profile, and is just finishing the first round of pastoral candidate interviews. This group has done and continues to do an outstanding job on your behalf!

    Through it all, worship assistants, talented musicians, altar guild, greeters, ushers, sound techs, coffee hosts, counters, teachers and building and grounds folks (including so many of you helped get the parsonage ready for the new pastor) have served faithfully. Service to the broader community through “GWOH,” Home & Hope and your long-standing food/ clothing drives have continued strong through the efforts of your social justice team and the entire congregation.

    So as we enter the new program year – one your new pastor will join in progress! – may we thank God for the blessings HTLC has received and given. And may the Holy Spirit continue to bless, challenge, inspire and gift Holy Trinity to make the love of Christ visible on the Peninsula and beyond.

    Pr. Lori Eickmann

    http://www.sancarloshtlc.org http://www.sancarloshtlc.org

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    H O L Y T R I N I T Y H A P P E N I N G S

    Saturday, September 10

    “God's work. Our hands."

    This day of service will be held Saturday, this year, jointly with Messiah Lutheran

    Church. There are many chances to volunteer!

    In Beilstein Hall at HTLC:

    • Assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief at HTLC 10 am-noon. All ages welcome! For donation item details see http://lwr.org 

    • Write letters to soldiers, at HTLC 10 am -12 noon.

    • Prepare Beilstein Hall and kitchen to host Home & Hope families - organize bedding, supplies, food, 10 am-noon.

    • Revitalize the Home & Hope Burlingame facility as part of a Thrivent Action Team!

    Offsite:

    • Sing and visit an elder home.  Meet at HTLC at 10am, brief practice, then drive to home and return

    by noon.

    There is a BBQ lunch at noon in Beilstein Hall, following the completion of service projects.

    In observance of Labor Day, the

    office is closed Monday, September 5th.

    Parking Lot Sign Dedication

    Join the congregation

    after service September 18 for a dedication of the new parking lot

    sign. Three men, over the last four decades,

    have devoted countless time and energy in keeping the

    church facilities in good repair. All three, in their

    passing, named the Holy Trinity Building Fund in their estate or memorials. A portion of the sign and landscape funding came from

    those funds.

    Grateful appreciation goes to: Bob Carlson, Larry Pogreba & Ray Trine

    HTLC Dinner Groups are back!

    Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Let us know if

    you are coming to the potluck on Sunday, September 18, 5:30 pm in Beilstein Hall, or if you want to participate but can't attend

    the potluck. Either way, we are happy to have you join us.

    For questions, call Barbara Richards at 650-255-5218.

    http://lwr.org http://lwr.org

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    H O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SH O L Y T R I N I T Y F A C I L I T I E SH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EF A C I L I T I E S U P D A T EH O L Y T R I N I T Y H A P P E N I N G SH O L Y T R I N I T Y E V E N T SH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SD E C E M B E R C A L E N D A R SW I D E N I N G O U R W E L C O M E ( W O W )H O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SW I D E N O U R W E L C O M E ( W O W )H O L Y T R I N I T Y H A P P E N I N G S

    August Council Meeting

    • Pastor Lori highlighted: o Heather Paisar is leaving as interim organist as of Sept. 4; o Seeking volunteers for Reformation 500 planning team; o Congratulations to new Lay Eucharist/Visitation Ministry Team: Pamela Bohlmann, Gaby Knauth & Barbara

    Padilla; o Hannah Meier and Max Reimann are now acolytes/crucifers; o Monica will post pages of the new directory so everyone can note their correct info

    • Treasurer’s Report: o Through June, receipts are $23,213 below yearly budget. o Loan payment of $3,164 paid from ministry Appeal in X-Accounts. Actual loan balance as of July 21 is

    $156,743. o As per Auditor's recommendation the total balance of combined Holy Trinity funds as of July 21 is

    $270,014.25. • Call committee reported that they are in round one of interviews and asked that they and the candidates be

    kept in prayer. • Reports also received on: Parsonage Work Day completed projects; September 10 God’s Work Our Hands

    activities; Home & Hope facility renovation project by Holy Trinity; draft parsonage use policy; Peninsula Multi- faith Coalition meeting for possible new service project; distribution of Welcome Statement; process for filling organist position.

    • Approvals: o Spring Forth benevolence distribution for Home & Hope renovation project; o Funding for new Sunday School TV and DVD player

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is giving down significantly since Pastor Christian left?

    The Council received a comparison of giving history January – July over a multi-year period. The

    comparison showed that: • between Pr. Kim and Pr. Dan there was a 5% decline in giving; • between Pr. Dan and Pr. Christian a 6% decline; • between Pr. Christian and present (July 31) a 1% decline.

    This indicates that giving is at about the same level as last year, but the 2016 budget is greater and

    increased health insurance cost is creating the current budget deficit.

    Is attendance down significantly since Pastor. Christian left?

    Records indicate the average attendance in 2015 was 66 and 2016 to date the average is 57. It is anticipated that attendance will increase now that school has resumed and raise the average to

    the low 60’s.

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    H O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SH O L Y T R I N I T Y F A C I L I T I E SH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EF A C I L I T I E S U P D A T EH O L Y T R I N I T Y H A P P E N I N G SH O L Y T R I N I T Y E V E N T SH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SD E C E M B E R C A L E N D A R SW I D E N I N G O U R W E L C O M E ( W O W )H O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y L I F EH O L Y T R I N I T Y M I N I S T R I E SW I D E N O U R W E L C O M E ( W O W )H O L Y T R I N I T Y H A P P E N I N G S

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