Announcements for April 22, 2018
Altar flowers are in memory of Milito
donated by the Sugar family
No Confirmation class tonight.
Bible study this Wednesday, April 25, at 10am and 7:30pm.
Choir rehearsal, Thursday, April 26 at 7:30pm.
A new directory is in the works!
We are currently planning a new 2018 church directory. You can sign up
for a photo shoot with Neil Nilsen at http://bit.ly/hclcphoto or by
contacting the church office. If you are willing to help with this
great project please let Pastor Chris or the church office know and we
will gratefully sign you up.
Photo Session Dates & Times
Tuesday, May 1… 6-9pm
Wednesday, May 2… 6-9pm
Jordan Fusco (Tarantino) will be performing with her string quartet at Holy Counselor THIS Saturday, April 28, at 1:00. This
concert by the Vramensco String Quartet will feature works by
Mendelssohn and Haydn. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy an
afternoon of fine music while supporting this superb quartet. Be sure
to invite a friend! Free will donations will be accepted.
It’s time to clean up the church grounds from the winter! May 5 starting at 9am & May 6 beginning after the 10:30 service we will have our Spring Clean Up days. Join
us on May 5, beginning at 5pm for a special TACO NIGHT fundraiser for
camper ships. Tacos, nachos and entertainment! Free will donations
Wurffel Fund College Loan /Scholarship applications are now available. Please stop in the church office for your application. All applications are due back by June 10, 2018.
Special note when ordering flowers for the altar. Please print your request and include who is donating the flowers.
First Communion for 2018
Some things to remember:
First communion can and does happen at many different ages throughout
congregations of the ELCA. The Use of the Means of Grace: A Statement
on the Practice of Word and Sacrament says, "There is no command from
our Lord regarding the age at which people should be…first communed."
As a result, the age at which baptized members of our congregations
receive their first communion reflects a variety of practices and
• Today there is a growing
awareness that focus on one particular age group may not be the primary
factor to determine when first communion is received. In fact,
historical studies of the early church and the witness of other
denominations in our day have led both congregations and members to ask
about the possibility of communing of infants, a practice precluded by
an earlier communion practices statement.**
Once again the time has
arrived to ask yourself if you or your child is ‘ready’ to come to the
Lord’s Table. At Holy Counselor we practice an open table – which
means that we invite all to come to the table that Christ has set for
us. Children of any age, in planning with their families and
pastor are welcome too – and once a year we hold a class to help in
This year, once again, we will have classes on
communion for multiple age groups. We will have class, with breakfast,
on April 28 beginning at 9am, parents or guardians are welcome to be a
part of the class. The congregation will celebrate Holy Communion on
Sunday, April 29, during whichever service your family attends. It is
my hope that this will be a celebration for everyone, reminding us of
all that we receive from the Lord’s Table.
If you or one of your
children might be ready to begin preparation for receiving Holy
Communion please contact me (email@example.com or
973-570-8084) and I will make sure that the class is structured in such
a way to accommodate you.