ONCE AGAIN, THE HOLY TRINITY TEAM set the pace for the The Johnson County Relay for Life on Saturday, April 7th.    We fielded the largest team of any organization (65 donors and walkers) and contributed over $3,000 of the $25,000 total raised.   Way to go - and thanks to Steve Roland for his leadership!

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NOT ONLY THAT, but April 7 was also the date of our most recent meal-packing event for "Meals fro the Heartland."    Together, over 300 volunteers worked to pack and send 60,048 meals to be distributed globally where the need is greatest.   Many thanks to Patrick Schwickerath and our High School youth for their capable guidance of this effort again this year!

#PRAYFASTACT According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.5 percent of Americans live in poverty. To address the challenges of life in poverty, the U.S. Congress appropriates funds for critical domestic human needs programs.  While churches and charities are essential allies in combating poverty in the U.S., private funds only account for roughly 5 percent of the total food assistance delivered in the United States. The remaining balance is covered by the federal government, and these federal programs are an important social safety net for low-income, at-risk or transitioning individuals and families. The federal budget represents our collective values and priorities as a nation.  We support and urge Congress to craft a fiscal plan that reflects ELCA social commitments by ensuring a “sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all.” To this end, as Lutherans, we can engage the federal budget appropriations process by urging policymakers to draw a circle of protection around domestic human needs programs. We are thus encouraging all Holy Trinity members to consider joining an ecumenical effort to highlight the need for hunger advocacy by joining in #PrayFastAct, an intentional 24-hour fast on the 21st of each month. Jim and Barb Aldeman are already leading our effort at Holy Trinity. Will you consider joining them this month?   

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE Join us for a blood drive at the church on Saturday, May 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. Check for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship area. For more information, contact Bryce Henson (vbahenson@yahoo.com).

May 5 is also the date for the next One-on-One Training for the Johnson County Interfaith Cluster.   Meeting at New Creation International Church in Iowa City from 8:00-2:00, it's a great opportunity to expand your relationships and horizons and help us connect across the lines of our respective faith traditions.   See Pastor Tim for more info!

YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO BRECKENRIDGE, MINNESOTA Spots are being reserved quickly for the Youth Mission Trip to Breckenridge from July 21-July 28, 2018. Students who are 12-18 years of age are eligible to join the team. We will have a few spots open for adults to join the team as well. We have only 12 spots total available to us! If you would like more information, please go to groupmissiontrips.com.   Contact Pastor Katie ASAP at katie@holytrinityNL.org.

And note also:

*  In God’s Arms (Quilters), May 12, 9 a.m. at church