Message From Pastor Becker...
a Leavin' on a Jet Plane...
Going on vacation
is hard work! Prepping people to do the things that I would normally take
care of while I'm gone, taking care of all the things that have piled up
on me that NEED TO BE DONE before I go, packing, hiring the Sherpa
to carry my camera gear in Japan (wishful thinking!) - just so much to
do! I'm on vacation from 11/4 through 11/18. Pastor Tom Cooper is preaching
again for us. And, if you have any pastoral needs, please contact the church
office. Arrangements have been made... and I will be reachable in Japan
(but 15 hours ahead of this time zone!)
Fall is a really
busy time at Trinity, too, and having to take a vacation this time of year
compresses the scheduling of some of our normal November activities a little
more tightly than we would want, and even moves some into December.
Sorry for the changes, but I think we can make it all work.
Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors and those in need
On Wednesday, November
18th, the Hawthorne/Lawndale Ministerial Association and the City of Hawthorne
are hosting the annual Thanksgiving luncheon from 11:30-1:30. I'm told
that we already have enough turkeys donated, but are coming up short on
volunteers. I promise you it's lots of fun! I always like to go,
and will this year if I've sufficiently recovered from jet lag.
As has been our
custom, we will have our Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November
25th, at 7 pm. You perhaps remember that our speaker last year for this
service was Pastor Tatano, General Secretary of the Japanese Lutheran Church
and pastor of a Lutheran Church in Hiroshima. Part of the reason I'm going
to Japan is to return the favor. I'm preaching at his church in Hiroshima
on November 15th. I promise not to damage Japanese/American relations too
much... (Do you think they've heard of Monty Python?)
5th at 5 pm we will have our annual Stewardship event. Starting off
the evening with a potluck supper, we will spend some time talking about
what will be coming in 2010, sharing vision, hopes, dreams and fears, and
inviting members to pledge their support to the ministries we share here.
On Sunday, December
6th, from 2 pm to 6 pm or so, I will lead a new member class for those
wishing to become members of Trinity or renew their membership here. The
class is tailored specifically to the needs of those who attend and is
designed to help you integrate into the life of the parish and understand
more deeply what Trinity is all about as a congregation and part of the
Kingdom of God.
Advent Arts and Craft Night
Our school is hosting
our annual Advent Arts and Craft night on Wednesday, December 9th. More
details to come soon, but all are invited. If you have kids or grandkids,
this is the place to be!
I'll be praying
for you all on my travels... and looking forward to ministering among you
Blessings and peace,
Pastor Larry Becker