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Faith, Sexism, Justice

Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement
July 2 - August 13
Week 4 in the conversation-based study developed by the ELCA is July 23 and is facilitated by Pastor Sharon & Judy Occhetti-Klohr. The results of this study will inform our next church-wide social statement. Please use this link to download the module each week. Printed copies are also available in class. Light snack provided.

Sign Up for Summer Hospitality
Share some hospitality this summer by providing a couple of two liters of lemonade, a couple of packages of your favorite cookies, and a pitcher of water and cups from the Holy Trinity kitchen. It’s a simple recipe for fellowship! Several spots are available for July and August.  Please sign up at https://goo.gl/oTulhF.

Worship Opportunity
7:00am, Every Wednesday
Come on Wednesday mornings at 7am for a half hour service in the Gethsemane Chapel. If you are unable to attend Holy Trinity’s Sunday morning worship service, or would like to start your day focusing on God, this is a great opportunity. The service includes scripture readings, communion, a brief meditation, and sharing of prayer concerns.

Prayer in Motion Christian Yoga
Continues this Summer!
Come enjoy peaceful space in a holy place in Prayer in Motion Christian Yoga on Saturdays from 8:00-9:00am in the sanctuary (no yoga on July 1 & 15 or August 5 & 12). The fee is $5 per session (payable to Holy Trinity with notation “Prayer in Motion”). Bring a mat for the practice, a towel to cover up during relaxation, and your prayer requests for the group to lift up to God.

Financial Giving Highlights
Mid-year statements were emailed (or mailed where no email available) on July 4. Let Leanne Brisbin (financialsecretary@htelc.org or 919-468-2466) know if you did not receive or if you need a printed copy.
Barbie Windom is assuming the Financial Secretary role effective 7/1/17 with backup support from Leanne. Barbie will take over the financialsecretary@htelc.org email effective 7/15/17 and can be contacted for any future giving matters you may have. 
Through mid-year, 49% of the full year giving budget has been received - thanks for your continuing support to the ministries of Holy Trinity!
Consider electronic giving, which has many advantages for you and the church! Go to the “Give Now” link at the bottom of every page of our church website (htelc.org).
If you are over 70 ½ and have an IRA account from which you must take Minimum Required Distributions, consider having your broker make a direct distribution to the church - there are potential tax benefits with this approach.

Annual Congregational Retreat Update
November 2 – 4, 2018
 
Mark your calendars now! The church retreat is moving to the fall in 2018. We will be at Agapé again, and the dates will be Friday through Sunday, November 2 - 4. You won’t want to miss out on the fellowship, worship opportunities, learning, and fun.

Responses to whether they would return for another retreat and invite other members were unanimously positive! Here are some other comments from the “campers” who attended the retreat in May:

  1. “Absolutely love the faith stories … deepened the connection”
  2. Most valuable retreat experience was “the opportunity to spend quality time with my church family;” “Reformation video and discussion time, star/bug gazing and worship opportunities;” “enabled me/all to get know one another on a deeper level.”
  3. “Good mix of structured fellowship time and unstructured time for fellowship”
  4. “Age range was wide, making the experience quite enjoyable.”
  5. “Good venue, great for nature walks.”
  6. “Spirit-filled and engaging. Outdoor worship on Sunday morning was quite meaningful … as was Holden on Friday evening.”

Raymond M. Bost
In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, we commend to almighty God, Raymond M. Bost.
Pastor Bost served at Holy Trinity from 1953-1957. He oversaw the relocation of Holy Trinity from its original church building on Hillsborough Street to its current location. This included buying the site, designing the facility (the current education building), and overseeing the construction. Pastor Bost also played a key role in resettling Hungarian refugees and took a strong stance in favor of racial integration. 
The Rev. Raymond Morris Bost, PhD., 91, of Hickory, died Monday, July 10, at Kingston Residence. Born August 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Loy Bost and Virginia Anderson Bost. He is survived by a daughter, Penny Shrum and husband Danny of Lincolnton, and two sons; Timothy Bost and wife Patricia of Palmetto, FL, and Peter Raymond Bost of Hickory. 
The family is planning a memorial service for a later date. Details will be sent as they are available. Online condolences may be left here.
Jeff L. Norris’s historically informative interview with Dr. Bost (12/30/09) may be found here.

Refugee Help Wanted 
An Afghan refugee, a single mother, has recently settled in Raleigh where she lives with her 4 children. She is currently supported by the US Committee for Immigrants and Refugees, but this financial help is only temporary. She is a bright, cheerful, outgoing person with passable English skills and is a talented seamstress.
She has a large sample of beautifully embroidered table clothes, bags, purses, Christmas ornaments, etc. that she wishes to offer for sale if she can find an appropriate venue.
If you know of any such place where she can do so, please contact Sandy Paur until July 20, 2017. After July 20, 2017 please contact Al Riordan. Thank you for your help!

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