Announcements for Sept. 27 2020


Outdoor services are at 8:30 and 10:00am on Sunday, Sept. 27. This week, we again welcome Rev. Will Moser. Be sure to wear a mask and comply with social distancing when attending service. All in attendance at any services are now requested to enter their name and phone number on a sign-in sheet. This is so we are prepared in the event that contact tracing is needed due to someone later testing positive. There is no singing or communion at the services nor will there be any coffee hour between or after services.
We are offering worship online at 8:30am on Facebook and YouTube. You may also view the service any time after 8:30am. Please go to the church website at and click the link for the streaming worship service information page to download or print the service bulletin. You can also pick up a printed bulletin from the bin outside the rear kitchen door.
New Worship Time: Beginning October 4, Holy Counselor will only hold only ONE worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 (the mid-point between our usual 8:30 and 10:30 services). This change eliminates the need to clean the sanctuary between services according to recommended Covid procedures.
Holy Communion Services: On October 4, we will begin celebrating Holy Communion on Sunday mornings when supply pastors are available. We have purchased individual communion packets to help with sanitary dispensing of communion. The supply pastor will be asked to use tongs to hand a packet to each person. Please note that there are no gluten free wafers available.
Please continue to give your offering. Your generous support continues to make mission and ministry possible in addition to providing salaries for staff and the upkeep of our facility. Offering can be dropped off, sent through electronic fund transfer via Vanco or Venmo (details at, by texting the amount of your offering to (833) 309-0143, mailing your offering to the office, or you can request your bank to send a check. Church mailing address: 68 Sand Hill Road, Sussex, NJ 07461.

Hurricane Laura, a powerful Category 4 storm, has hit Louisiana and parts of Texas with devastating force, causing at least three deaths, major damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. With extremely dangerous storm surge and winds of at least 150 mph, it’s one of the most powerful storms to hit the area in a century, and it left widespread destruction in its wake. Given the complexities caused by COVID-19, sheltering those impacted will be a challenge. Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response and the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast and Southwestern Texas synods, which are assessing the immediate needs and initiating a response. While the extent of the damage is not yet known, we will accompany devastated communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This is an important part of Christ’s call to our church. Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Laura. Gifts designated for “Hurricane Response” will be used entirely (100%) for hurricane response efforts until they are complete. Click here to donate online or mail a check directly to Lutheran Disaster Response. Make checks payable to Lutheran Disaster Response and write "Hurricane Response" on your check's memo line and send to:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

School supplies needed. Jeannette Emmerich is collecting school supplies for all grades in the Vernon schools to provide school supplies to students who are in need . As supplies cannot be shared, due to Covid 19, students will need their own supplies. Please leave supplies in the plastic tote by the kitchen back door or bring with you to service on Sunday.

Check out Zoom meetings during the week to keep in touch with your church family.

Wednesday-     10:00 am    Adult Education
                          7:30pm     Holden Service
                          8:00 pm    HCLC Chat
Thursday-           8:00 pm   Choir Hangout
Friday-               8:00 pm   Youth Group Hangout
Saturday-          8:30 am  Sisters in Prayer

Are you a social person? I am sure you are miserable now, but when things return to the way they used to be at HCLC, Emilie Dupont is looking for two people to be on the Outreach Committee with her and Steve Baumann. You don’t even need to go to meetings!   We need someone to help plan Parish Fundraising Activities (mostly just get everyone back into planning what they used to do) and someone  to be in charge of Social Ministries (new and old ways to eat, play, and have fun together, without worrying about money).  Call or text Emilie at (973)570-2896, if you are willing to help plan for a future where we can sit together, eat, pray and love one another without needing to be socially distant. 

Until a new minister accepts a call to be our pastor, our Vice Pastor is Rev. Fred Becker of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, NJ. Please contact him if you need to speak to a pastor at 617 642-6557 or email him at 

How can I donate to Holy Counselor electronically?
Users of Venmo (by PayPal) may donate to us by searching for @HolyCounselorLutheranChurch.

GIVE+ Text (by Vanco Payment Solutions) lets you donate to us by texting the amount of your donation to (833)-309-0143. Follow the instructions texted back. If you need to make changes to your previous set up, text EDIT to the same number.

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