Needed: Coffee Hour Volunteers!
One parishioner has noted, "People at Holy Trinity love to eat!" It's true-yet firmly linked to this delight is the wonderful opportunity of fellowship we all enjoy during our weekly coffee hour after Divine Liturgy.
Now is a great time to join the coffee hour team as we begin our new church year. If you've not volunteered before, you can join experienced members or create your own team. We welcome everyone's participation-experienced and new! Meals do not need to be elaborate. Please review the coffee hour guidelines and/or speak with Oksana Voskresensky, coffee hour coordinator; she is happy to answer any questions you might have concerning meal ideas, costs, quantities, etc. There are openings for this quarter's schedule (October-December - see below!) and onward.
Preparing a meal together can be a great time of bonding for family members, fun for friends and a surprising time of fellowship among people who may have never met before! Here are some easy and cost-effective suggestions:
- Soup - a big pot of whatever you have on hand will be warm, nourishing and welcome. Mix and match veggies, a little rice or a few potatoes, or some small pasta bits.
- Bagels - don't go to Brueggers! The supermarkets have bagels at about +/- $1.39 a bag for 6; 5 bags, split in half, provides 60 bagel pieces for $6.95.
- If you go to Costco, buy an already roasted chicken for about $5. Tear the meat from the bones, shred it, and add it to some rice or pasta for a tasty and economical casserole (or in the soup above!).
- Do go to Aldi's - a church potluck paradise, with lots of seasonal specials at a low price.
- Get a partner, or two, or three. It's easier and more fun to work with someone, to share the costs and the workload.
If you're interested in helping, please e-mail Oksana.
October 4: Holy Trinity Serves FOCUS Meal
We at Holy Trinity are preparing a chili dinner for the FOCUS meal, scheduled for October 4. This is one of three Sundays this year that we are asked to provide a meal for the poor, the destitute, and the hungry. Right now we still need rice, salad, and bread. And YOU! If you are able to contribute to this opportunity for our church community to serve those in need, with food and/or with your presence that evening, please e-mail Vera Proctor. Thank you!
Food Shelf Note
From Ronda Wintheiser: Our food shelf is still in need of proteins like canned meat and fish. Note also that we are still having trouble with mice chewing into foods that are packaged in cardboard or flimsier material. We have had to dispose of quantities of foods for that reason, so when you bring nonperishable items, please place them into the containers provided and make sure the lids on the containers are tightly sealed. Thank you!
Cookies for College Students
Each year our church school students decorate and send cookies to members of our church family away at college. This will be our church school service project for Saturday, October 10.
Ways you can help:
- Send names and addresses of college students to Andrea Bassett at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donate supplies of baked sugar cookies, frosting, sprinkles, decorating tools, gallon-size Ziploc bags
- Volunteer to work with the younger children decorating cookies and to help package the cookies
- Donate money for shipping costs
Church School Needs
The church school class of older youth is seeking some comfortable seating options for their classroom. If you have any clean, gently used pillows, blankets, beanbag chairs, etc, that you would be willing to donate, please contact Elissa Cook.
Apple Orchard Trip
Make plans to spend a lovely fall afternoon at the Apple Festival at Carpenter Nature Reserve on Sunday, October 11. This has been our spot for the last several years - there's apple picking, hayrides and lovely walks through the nature center and along the bluffs of the St Croix River. Admission and parking are free. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have a simple coffee hour in AMH, then those who are able and interested will drive down to the Hastings area (about 25 minutes) and continue with hot coffee and a *dessert* potluck. If you can bring something to share that day, please e-mail Oksana
Church School and Adult Education
Registration: Please register your children (3 years old through high school) for church school by contacting Andrea Bassett (email: email@example.com)
All classes normally meet at 9 am on Sunday mornings. Church school meets the second Saturday of each month (the same night as the monthly potluck) and takes the following Sunday off.
*Children and youth meet in church basement
*Adults meet in Archangel Michael Hall
- Sunday, Oct 04 - All classes meet - Saturday, Oct 10 - Church school meets at 4 pm, followed by Vespers and monthly potluck
- Sunday. Oct 11 - Only adult ed meets - no church school classes
- October 4 - "Anything You Ever Wanted to Know About Autism but Were Afraid to Ask." Ronda Wintheiser and Bea Flaming will lead a question-an-answer session on the topic of autism. They will discuss how they came to realize family members have autism and the associated joys and struggles in family, church, and community life.
- October 11 and October 18 - "The Cross: A Curse and a Boast" Why are nearly all processions in the Orthodox Church led by a cross? Mike Lotti will guide us through St Paul's words so that we can better hear the Bible's witness to the glory of the crucifixion.