It’s Christmas Pageant Time!

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already working on this year’s Christmas Pageant! It will be based on a story called What the Shepherd Saw, and will be a little different than some of our others have been. (Of course, they’re all a little bit different….) The author of the story is Selma Lagerlöf, (1858-1940), who was born in Sweden, and was an outstanding author who wrote for adults and children. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The story is a beautiful and unique approach to the traditional Christmas story.

The pageant will be a part of the 5:00 pm service on Christmas Eve, taking the place of the homily in that service. There will be speaking and non-speaking roles, and we will also need a few readers. While the speaking roles will not have too many lines, they will need to be memorized.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, November 27, after the New Consecration Sunday brunch (around noon). All of the rehearsals will be on the Sundays in Advent, at noon, and we will once again feed lunch to the kids who will be participating. We will also rehearse on Saturday, December 24, before the service.

A signup sheet will appear in the narthex in the next week or two. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Semmes-Thorne. We always need some adult assistance as well, so if you are interested in helping out with costumes, props, or angel wrangling, please let Melissa know! And please plan on attending the 5:00 pm service on Christmas Eve: it will be a wonderful pageant and service!

Parish Picnic

On Sunday, September 25, Holy Trinity will hold an all church picnic at Red Bank Battle Field from 12 pm until 4 pm. The ECW will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, rolls, etc. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share, e.g. baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, etc.

More details will follow. A signup sheet will be available in the narthex in the next few weeks. This will be a great opportunity for fellowship!

Acme/ShopRite Gift Cards

Fund Raising Made Easy

How would you like to donate $260 to Holy Trinity without it costing you a dime? It’s easy if you do your grocery shopping at either Acme or Shop Rite and spend one hundred dollars a week on groceries. Here’s how it works.

We purchase gift cards from Acme and Shop Rite at a 5% discount and sell them at face value. Cards come in values of $10, $20, $50 and $100. You use them just like cash. If you don’t use the entire card amount, no problem, your change is left on the card. They don’t expire and don’t lose value over time with fees like other ‘Gift’ cards. And best of all, you can use them at any Acme or Shop Rite, not just the local stores.

Now let’s do the math. Say you spend $100 a week on groceries and you use an Acme/Shop Rite card, Holy Trinity makes $5. Multiply that by 52 (weeks in a year), you just gifted $260 to Holy Trinity! Spend $200 a week and that bumps your gift to $520! There’s no minimum or maximum card purchase required. Buy as many cards as you need when you need them. The cards make great gifts too!

The more everyone embraces this program, the more Holy Trinity benefits. If you haven’t tried using the cards, consider doing so today.

You can buy yours after every service in the parish hall. Look for the person with the large manila envelope. Cash or checks are accepted.

Website Update

You may notice some slight changes to the layout and the look and feel of the site. Upgrades to the CMS software and the framework used to run the site were recently implemented. This will allow us to add new features that can utilize some advanced features provided by these upgrades. Unfortunately, during the upgrade, we encountered an issue where we were unable to convert our registered users.

As you may know, certain features such as the "Prayer Request", viewing "Vestry Documents", access to the Vestry & Members "Contacts", etc... are restricted to registered users. In order to access these features, you will need to re-register on the site. You can accomplish this by clicking on "Create an Account" under "Member Logon" on the Home page.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but these updates were required in order to make our website more dynamic and useful in the future.

Memorial Garden Update

Written by Ian Garvin

Despite having a few work days rained out and constant rain while we were working, my project is going along great, and we are pretty much on schedule. We began on May 7, and hope to be finished around the time of the chicken barbecue weekend. On that first weekend of June, we will be installing the stone pavers which is the final step in the project.

I have had a tremendous amount of help which has made the work on the project go very smooth and fast. I would like to thank everybody who donated to my project. I truly appreciate it. I raised more money than I expected. This allowed us to get the supplies that were needed and still have some money left over in case we need more equipment and or supplies. I would also like to thank the people who helped on my project such as scouts, family, parents, friends and parishioners.

I am very glad to say that the final step is near. The Memorial Garden is looking great so far and I can’t wait to see the final result. Once again I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my project.

Yard Sale Recap

Wow! What a successful Yard and Bake Sale we had on Saturday, April 30th. I want to thank everyone who was involved from start to finish; the ECW women and members of the Church who were involved in the set-up, the generous donations of delicious baked goods and to those who provided yard sale items. The success of the sale would not have been possible without all of you. The yard Sale income was $457.52 and the Bake Sale income was $337.00. The total is $794.52.

Items that were not sold will be donated to Ranch Hope Thrift Shop in Pennsville, New Jersey. For those of you who are not familiar with Ranch Hope, the following is information from their website:

Ranch Hope was founded in 1962 by the Rev. and Mrs. David L. Bailey. While Rev. Bailey was in the pastorate, he gave a speech to a local service organization entitled, “Youth in Trouble.” After the meeting, a member of the organization challenged Rev. Bailey to do something about the problems he had outlined in his talk. The seed was planted to back up his concern for pre-delinquent teenagers with action. Ranch Hope, Inc. is a leader in fostering environments that transform lives empowered through Christ-centered love and compassion.

Thank you again to all of the volunteers who helped to make this event a huge success!