Share the Bounty

The 28th Annual Share the Bounty fundraiser will be held on November 9, 20181 at 7:00 pm.. This annual event is a major fundraiser for our Women of the ELCA – all of the money raised for this event goes to Holy Trinity’s needy family fund and helps to provide Christmas gifts for families in our community that otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas due to financial difficulties.  It also provides assistance for those in need throughout the year.

Long time Holy Trinity member Laura Dwyer proposed the needy family fund to Pastor Seltz. It was established to minister in a Godly and loving manner to local families with special needs who have for whatever reason found themselves in financial crisis. It was meant to catch the people who “fall between the cracks” of the governmental system and be a “hand up, and not a hand out.” The fund provided food and gifts at Christmas and helped with temporary emergencies throughout the year as funds allowed.

The first year the Needy Family Fund was seeded by member donations.  In 1991, continued funding was needed for the project, and four ladies put their heads together to find a way to raise money.  Laura Dwyer, Phyllis Nader, Joan Newman and Doris Srock were instrumental in developing Share the Bounty.  The idea was simple – sharing the goodness that God has so richly provided us so that we could help those in need.

The ladies sought donations of handmade crafts, new items and services to be offered in a ticket auction.  Matching funds were requested from Aid Association for Lutherans. Rather than asking for donations of goodies to eat, it was decided that they would buy the fanciest sweets they could afford.  This gave the ladies an opportunity to enjoy the evening without having to worry about preparing all the food.

Over the span of 26 years, we estimate that we’ve helped more than 250 families.  In addition, the fund provides a way for our pastoral staff to assist people with emergency needs throughout the rest of the year.

We’ve worked with various social service agencies to find families in need.  In the past, we’ve helped families through Salvation Army and Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.  This year we will assist families from Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School to help families within our own neighborhood.

Share the Bounty continues to be an enjoyable event for the members of Holy Trinity as well as others in our community.  Thrivent Financial and its predecessor organizations always supported this fundraiser.  We are looking for a Holy Trinity Member to sponsor a Thrivent Action Team.

You can help us this year by: Attending Share the Bounty – it promises to be a memorable evening; donating a handmade and new item as well as certificates for services; taking a tag from our Angel Tree – these are gifts for the children in the families we sponsor; or making a tax deductible donation to Holy Trinity’s Needy Family Fund.

Tickets are available at the church and at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $15.00 includes admission and 10 raffle tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Weinberg in the church office at 734-464-0211.

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Holy Trinity Spring Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale is coming!! We will begin setting up Sunday, April 29th and during the week. Start your Spring Cleaning and gather items for our sale. If you would like to donate items for our sale, contact the church office for drop off times.  Many hands are needed so if you are able to work either setting up or during our sales days, it will be greatly appreciated!!

The public sale dates:

  • Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8:30 pm ($2.00 admission)
  • Friday, May 4 from 9:30 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday, May 5 from 9:30 am to noon (bag and half price sale)

This year we will support 2 missions – Smile Train and Samaritas. A 10% tithe will be made to Southeast Michigan Women of the ELCA and Holy Trinity. All remaining funds will be split between Palm Sunday Cantata and Blessings in a Backpack.

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40  New International Version (NIV)

Thanks to your generous support of the 2017 Families in Need Christmas Project, we provided gifts of clothing, toys, personal hygiene products and Meijer food cards to 19 families for a combined total of 63 people – nine adults and 54 children!!!  Nine families were from Randolph Elementary School and ten families were from Salem Lutheran Church in Flint.

The project begins in November with Share the Bounty.  We are very grateful for all the beautiful items that were donated for our auction and for the amazing support we get from members of our congregation, their families and friends, our Tiny Tots Preschool and the staff at Randolph Elementary School.   Lisa Hissong coordinated the menu for our refreshments and put her special touch on it to make everything look amazing.   Thank you to Lisa and her team – Marty Schmidt, Joan Gaul, Teresa Newman, Karen Hissong, and Peggy Nelson.   Thank you to Marty and Dick Schmidt for selling the tickets at the door.  Yvonne Harris and her daughter Rhonda Cinnamon wrapped the bread for our table centerpieces again this year.  Thanks ladies for another job well done!!  The Dearborn Saxophone Quartet entertained us with music before, during and after the event.  Thanks guys!!

Our corporate sponsors play a huge role in the success of this event.  Our sincere appreciation is extended to:

A project of this magnitude requires a lot of coordination.   Mrs. Jennifer Wilson from Randolph Elementary School and Pastor Monica Villarreal from Salem Lutheran Church did an amazing job of identifying the families needing assistance and providing us with detailed information so we could make Christmas a little bit brighter for them.   They also made sure the gifts were safely delivered to each of the families.

We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who donated an auction item for Share the Bounty, attended the event, purchased raffle tickets, shopped for clothing for our families, shopped for gifts from the Angel Tree, wrapped the gifts on December 10th and helped with the delivery of the gifts to Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School.   Special thanks to Jim Ash and Dick Casper for braving the winter snowstorm to Flint and getting us safely back to Livonia!!   They are our special reindeers!!

WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!!

The Families In Need Christmas Project Leadership Team

Margaret Ash, Joan Gaul, Lisa Hissong, Debbie Lafontaine, Peggy Nelson, Kathy Weinberg