Please join us this coming Sunday, February 25, as we observe the Second Sunday in Lent.  We’ll have a Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary at 8am, followed by Fellowship Time at 9, Sunday School for all ages at 9:15, then a Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary and Online at 10:30.

The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.

Please follow this link to access Sunday’s online bulletin, if you’re joining us for the livestream.

Thank you: Last week was rather busy, behind the scenes. Our 2024 Congregational Council met and elected its new leadership.  Larry Golick will serve as President (after two productive and accomplished years as Vice-President), Phil Pratt, Jr., will be Vice-President, and Melissa Boandl will be Secretary.  Together, with Pastor Spencer, they make up the Executive Committee, and their role comes with several additional responsibilities.  Many thanks to two of our outgoing officers for their devoted service:  Amy Ruhf served on Council for three years and as Secretary for two. Her unimpeachable good sense and deep compassion and empathy for all of our parishioners and staff are greatly appreciated (as was her excellent note-taking!).  Lori Peck continues on Council but was term-limited from her role as President, to which she brought an uncommon aplomb.  Her infectious enthusiasm,  alacrity at bridge building, innate kindness, and her knowledge of the granular detail of the mechanics of ministry here at our church helped to navigate us out of a challenging time into the excitement of the pastoral transition and now into blessed and fruitful times for our parish.  We are deeply grateful for her loving leadership.  Thanks to all of our Council members for their dedicated service.  Thanks, also to those who brought soup for the first  Midweek Lenten Supper – the Lutherans of Hecktown can cook!   We’re off to an excellent start – thanks, finally, to everyone who attended.  Our fellowship together is such blessing.

The Chosen: Join us this coming Thursday, February 29, for our monthly watch party and potluck dinner.  All are welcome!

The Spaghetti Dinner is quickly approaching!  The event will be held on Saturday, March 2. Dinner will be served at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased on Sunday, February 17 and Sunday, February 24 between the 8am service and the 10:30 service. We are also seeking generous donations for the raffles to help make the event a success. If you are able to donate an item, a gift certificate, or if you are interested in volunteering to help at the event, please reach out to Courtney Matthews at trinityyouthhecktown@gmail.com or at (610) 762-6284. All proceeds from this event will go toward funding retreats and activities for our youth at Trinity.

Phase IV Capital Campaign: Pledge cards and a box for their return are in the narthex.  We’re asking that each family giving unit fill out a card for our capital campaign, even if you cannot make a commitment at this time. Your donation to the Phase IV Fund supports the continued updates to our church and the 2017 renovation mortgage. We have received 36 pledges for a total commitment of $246,620.  Thank you to everyone that has turned in a pledge.

Midweek Lenten Suppers: A sign-up sheet has been posted for those who are willing to prepare soup for our Midweek Lenten Suppers, which continues on this Wednesday, February 28.  We’ll begin at 6pm with supper, the service will follow at 6:45.  Last year, we had an excellent variety of delicious homemade soups, shared with delightful fellowship.  This year’s Lenten series is entitled The Landmarks of Lent, and it promises to be an enriching time!  Please plan to join us, and, if you’re inclined, please sign up to make some soup to share (last year, everyone brought their own crockpots with preheated soup – setup begins around 5:45pm).

Young at Heart:  On Tuesday, March 19, at noon, we’ll have a game day and brown bag lunch, with lots of fellowship.   Also, Please RSVP as soon as possible if you’d like to join us for a wonderful baseball outing in May.  We will go see the Iron Pigs play on Tuesday, May 7.  We’ll carpool, departing the lot at Trinity at 9am.  The gates open at 9:30, play begins at 11.  The cost of a $40 ticket will include the game as well as food and drink (which will be served from 10:30am – 1pm).  The final count and payment are due by March 31.  You may sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Kathy Sigley.

Thrivent Choice Dollars: Just a reminder that, if you are a Thrivent member, and you receive Thrivent Choice Dollars, you have until March 29 to direct any dollars you have from 2023. If you do not direct the dollars to your organization of choice, Thrivent will have the opportunity to direct those dollars to organizations themselves. You can call Thrivent Customer Service at 800-847-4836, go to Thrivent’s website thrivent.com or reach out to your Financial Advisor to complete. Whether by phone or on-line, you will need the name of the organization AND the address. Thrivent Choice gives eligible Thrivent members the power to recommend where some of Thrivent’s charitable outreach funds are distributed, using a program called Choice Dollars. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Thrivent has provided more than $550 million in charitable outreach funds through Thrivent Choice to help support initiatives of churches,  educational institutions, and nonprofits. Thank you for living generously!

February Joyful Giving:  Second Harvest Food Bank. In 1982, this food bank emerged from the work of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and a network of 15 organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Today, Second Harvest serves 200 agencies in a six-county area, distributing 11.8 million pounds of food to over 60,000 people (over half being children and seniors). From the beginning, the goal has been to distribute food to those in need and be a part of the elimination of waste in the food industry as they seek donations of unsaleable, but edible products from local companies. For every $1 of your donation to Second Harvest, they are able to serve 6 meals to our neighbors in need. To support this important ministry through our February Joyful Giving you may either place your offering in the Joyful Giving plate at the back of the church or give online on the church’s giving portal.

From the Wider Church: Here are two interesting articles from Living Lutheran that you might enjoy reading, as well as the weekly news from the Synod.

Many Gifts to Celebrate

Lectionary Blog: On Victory

February 20 Synod News