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Luthertidings is the church's newsletter. It is written, edited, and published by the Holy Trinity staff and mailed to all members. If you would like to submit an article for publication in Luthertidings, please e-mail it, in an attachment, to the newsletter office, along with any special instructions for formatting. Images, both black-and-white and color, are encouraged.

The deadline for article submission for the weekly Luthertidings email and printed Sunday newsletter is by 11:59 pm the Friday of the week before the email/newsletter. For example, articles for Sunday, January 15 would be due Friday, January 6. Articles submitted after midnight may be postponed until the following week. The editors also reserve the right to edit for length and style. We try to publish all articles when requested, space permitting.

If you would like to receive a printed issue of Luthertidings, or would like to be added to the subscription list, please e-mail the church office or call us at 919-828-1687.

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Take the RIC 10-Year Review Online Survey
On Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday, January 22, a paper survey from the RIC Committee was distributed. We are now offering an anonymous online version here. Thank you in advance for participating!
Also, here is a link to a useful resource from ReconcilingWorks: Lutheran Introduction to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Neighbors.

Can you sew or tie a simple knot? Don’t know how to sew? We’ll teach you! Discover the fun of quilting with us as we make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Join us Saturday, February 18 at 9:00am in the Overflow Room. Many of our quilters meet every Wednesday morning at 9am in the Overflow Room. Some of our helpers cannot sew, but they can tie together the quilt layers. Other quilters sew at home and bring in their quilt tops. For more information, contact Margaret Jordan.

Sign Up for Lenten Meals and Serving
This year, we are asking the congregation to provide leadership for the Wednesday soup suppers. This will include providing set-up, soup, sandwiches, desserts, and clean-up. There is a sign-up sheet in the pavilion. For more information, please contact Gary Blank.

Disaster Response Team Update
The Disaster Response Team (DRT) is updating the database of members who can assist during emergency situations. The team recently handed out information forms after worship services and asks that you return completed forms to the box located in the pavilion or in the DRT mailbox. You may also complete the form online. (It takes a couple of minutes, promise!) Extra forms are available in the pavilion on the podium.
The DRT will provide a “hot-line” during emergency situations and match available helpers with requested needs. Thank you for your willingness to support those in need during times of emergencies.

CPR & AED Training
The Disaster Response Team (DRT) is planning to hold First Aid training classes in the spring to include CPR and use of a defibrillator (the church has an AED.) The classes last only for a few hours and you will receive certification from the American Red Cross.
Church staff, ushers, teachers, and committee members are all encouraged to attend and get certified. We are especially interested in getting folks certified who can provide assistance at the church. There will be a slight charge for the classes due to the need for equipment and trainers. Contact Mike Kelly to let him know your interest so that classes can be scheduled. 

2016 Year-End Giving Statements
Final year-end statements were emailed at the end of January. Statements for those who don't have email were mailed by 2/1. Please contact Leanne Brisbin for any questions or concerns related to your statement or any giving matters, including needing a printed statement, Simply Giving instructions, transferring stock/funds to the church, or other needs.

Address List Corrections Wanted by Wednesday, February 15
Please contact the office (919-828-1687) if your address, home phone, cell phone, or email address has changed. An updated list will be sent out soon.

Dayspring Luncheon, February 15
Noon, Fellowship Hall
Guest chef Larry Hilbert will be whipping up something to tickle your taste buds for this month’s Dayspring luncheon. Judge John Smith will speak to us on the judicial system in NC. More information here

We want your help! LCM Lasagna Dinner
Saturday, February 18
There are several spots still open to provide lasagna (9" x 13" pan), dessert, salad, or bread. Please help feed 50-60 students attending the Lutheran Campus Ministry's Regional Retreat hosted by our very own LCM-Raleigh group. The students will have just completed a full day of community service, so you know they'll appreciate all our efforts! If you will not be in town but wish to contribute, freezing options are available. Email Helen Williams with any questions. Sign up here to provide food 

Pray for the Cambodia Mission Team
There are 2 more spots available to cover us in intentional prayer during the Cambodia-Habitat Build mission trip from February 3 to February 19, 2017. Sign up here

Inquirers' Class, Saturday, February 25 from 9:00am-12:00pm. We are so blessed to have so many new visitors in our midst! God is certainly doing something amazing here at Holy Trinity. If you are interested in learning more about Holy Trinity, meeting new people, or joining our faith community, please contact Phyllis Parker or the office. New members will be received at both services on Sunday, March 5 (note the new date).

Save the Date! West Raleigh Block Party
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00-7:00pm
Planning is underway for the 2nd Annual West Raleigh Block Party. There will be food trucks (Cousins Maine Lobster already confirmed!), music, a bounce house, games and socializing. Bring a friend to enjoy the event together!
If you would like to help the Outreach Committee with this event, either with additional planning, marketing and/or volunteering the day of event, then please contact one of the committee members: Carla Osbourne, Julia Mann, Lorraine Johnson, or Matt Lohr.

Congregational Retreat, May 19-21
With your new 2017 calendars in place, please mark May 19-21 as the weekend for the annual church retreat at Camp Agapé! Be looking for details in about a month and plan to attend. We all had a great time at the 2016 retreat and you won't want to miss this important, fun, and community- building event in 2017! 

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