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Still Proclaiming Christ is Risen!!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! This greeting we proclaim boldly on Easter Sunday. It gives us great joy, hope, and comfort to know that death and the grave did not have the final word when Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. As we enter the month of May, we still find ourselves in the season of Easter. Is that great joy, hope, and comfort that you felt on Easter Sunday still a part of your life? Can you still boldly proclaim "Christ is risen? He has risen indeed"? I believe there are many reasons we can and should boldly make this proclamation. Throughout the season of Easter, we have heard many stories of Jesus post resurrection appearances to his disciples. The blessings they received and the hope they were given sustained them in their daily lives and helped them to go forth and share the good news of the resurrection. We too have received blessings from the resurrected Christ In our daily lives. We have the joy of relationships with family and friends. Relationships that are deep and growing every day in love and care. Relationships that give us purpose and joy. Daily, we receive from God what we need to make it through that day whether it is a dose of humor, a feeling of comfort, a brilliant insight, or a moment of stress release. We receive from God the skills and knowledge we use in our daily work, school, recreation, and other activities. Yes, there are many reasons we can, in the midst of this Easter season, still boldly proclaim Christ is risen. He has risen indeed! As the Easter season draws to a close in the month ahead, we will be celebrating the day of Pentecost. This is time when the disciples received the promised Holy Spirit into their lives and the time we proclaim as the birth of the church. Each year on Pentecost here at Trinity, we join with the second year students of our confirmation class to celebrate and hear them make public profession of their faith in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism (confirmation). During the service of confirmation, the students proclaim that the faith into which they were baptized as infants is the faith that they now claim and will follow in the years ahead. These students have been a part of Sunday School over the years, they have taken part in two years of confirmation class to learn more about the basics of this faith they are claiming for their life, and they are promising to continue to grow in their faith, their relationship with God and with one another. In many ways, they are boldly proclaiming the Easter announcement anew with joy and excitement. They are also proclaiming on the day of Pentecost not only has Christ risen, but He is alive and He is active in my life. Christ's resurrection makes a difference for me and I must proclaim it. Christ is risen! He has risen indeed! It is my hope and prayer that all members and friends of Trinity experience the joy and excitement of the resurrected Christ in their lives. We will boldly and daily proclaim the good news of our Risen Christ, not just on Easter morning, or during the season of Easter or Pentecost Sunday, but whenever and wherever we are in our daily lives through words and actions so that all may come to know and proclaim that Christ is Risen! Christ has Risen indeed. God's Peace, Pastor Brian

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Congratulations on the Birth of:

Amanda Robinson daughter of Jason and Chrissy Robinson. Proud brother is Nico Robinson.

We welcome into the family of God through Baptism:

Nicholle Marie Frantz and Maicy Song Frantz, daughter of Jeffrey & Nicholle Frantz. (March 10, 2013) Jane Alice Joseph (March 31, 2013) Addison Evans, the daughter of Jimmy & Cindy Evans (April 19, 2013)

Condolences to:

Wade and Debbie Liggett and family at the death of Wade's father, Gene Liggett The Messick-Cass family and the Yow family at the death of Dick Yow The Barry Cass and family at the death of Uncle George The Messick-Cass family at the death of Terry's uncle, Lelio Giorgi. Laura Miceli and family at the death of her husband, Tom Miceli The Stangelan family at the death of Eric Stangelan The Stoehr family at the death of Dwayne Stoehr Richard Heller and family at the death of his son, Matthew Heller Alan and Christine Zoraster at the death of Alan's mother, Ethel Kephart Steven Scheld and family at the death of his wife, Marni Scheld Jerry and Waylene Platt at the death of Jerry's mother, Laverne Platt The family of Rory McHale at his death Friends of Kay Richter at her death The Collins family at the death of Gregory Friscia The family and friends of Joey Behiel at his death The Johnson family at the death of Carol Johnson

First Communion

Congratulations to those who have completed the First Communion instruction this spring and received their First Communion on Palm Sunday, March 24th. We celebrate having you join us at God's Table. Isabella Rule Mary Carter Trent Montana Max McGee Kate Wharton Elizabeth Brock

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Confirmation Sunday May 19th, 2013

We celebrate with joy the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) for 7 of our second year confirmation students. We rejoice at the accomplishment of these students and their dedication to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Rite of Affirmation of Baptism will be celebrated at the 10:00 service on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th. There will be a cake reception following the service to honor the students who have completed their confirmation studies. We give thanks to God for their faith. Those being Confirmed are: Cody James Bray Zachary Nathaniel Brock Caleb William Nale Michael Israel Rojas Alexa Nicole McGee Jessica Anne Senechal Joshua Scott Zielinski

New Ministry Opportunity: Sunday Morning Greeters

We would like to provide for a ministry of welcome for our many visitors who attend Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday morning. The worship committee would like to ask two families or individuals to volunteer to serve as Greeters for our 8:30am Sunday service and two families or individuals for our 10:00am Sunday service. We encourage you to log onto our website www.trinitypleasanton.org and hit the SignupGenius button to secure your spot.

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We will gather at 11:00am on Sunday June 2nd to welcome our neighbors, friends and the community of Pleasanton as we dedicate "The Community Garden at Trinity". The garden is located at 5048 Golden Road and is open to all in the community. Thanks to our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who have created planting beds, set up a drip watering system, and water hose bibs. We welcome your involvement and invitation to friends of Trinity to plant a garden for your personal use as well as for the needs of others. There is no complicated plan for this, just an openness to provide a garden spot for our community. The dedication ceremony will take place at the site of "The Community Garden at Trinity" located off Golden Road just behind our Sonshine Enrichment Center Preschool. Spring time is here...come and be a part of this new outreach into our community.

Announcing the Dedication of... "The Community Garden at Trinity"

Trinity's Solar Project Update

Great News--The sun is up--solar panels are installed and Trinity is in the "Green". Stay tuned for information about Solar System Dedication and how to participate in our "Adopt-A-Panel" program.

An Easter Basket full of THANK YOU's for the Eggstravaganza and Easter Breakfast.

A special Thank you to ALL who helped out with the Easter Eggstravaganza. Way too many people to list without missing someone. Your work and leadership provided a wonderful day for over 250 people. 300 hotdogs chowed down, bags upon bags of popcorn gobbled up, and enough cotton candy and frosted sugar cookies served to induce a sugar coma! A Huge Thank you to all of you who helped by donating Easter Eggs, candies, hotdogs, buns, chips, cookies, frosting, sprinkles, grapes, and other items for the event. Also thank you to everyone who set-up, cleaned up and watched booths during the event. Thank you to the Monday Night Women's Bible study, JOLT youth group and others who helped stuff the eggs, especially since there were over 1,500 of them! An Extra Big Thank You goes out to All who helped out or supported the EASTER Breakfast! Those in the kitchen worked very hard to fill a lot of hungry worshipers. Extra Thank You's to Martha Deckinger and Susan Grice for heading and organizing it all. Thank you for all your support to the Youth. The funds raised will be used to provide some great summer outings.

Nominations for open Council and Committee positions: In advance of our Semi-Annual meeting to be held

in June 2013 the Nominating Committee of Trinity would like to seek members input, referrals and suggestions for the open positions. You may contact any one of the members on the Nominating committee regarding your personal interest or to refer a member for a position. Committee members are: Nancy Crofton, chair, Grace Loll, Pete Halver, Ken Lohre, and Karen Ellgas. Positions that our OPEN: President: together with the pastors and vice president leads the congregation in fulfilling its Christian mission, presides at congregation, council and executive committee meetings. Treasurer: manages the accounts of the congregation; receipts, disbursements according to accounting procedures. Worship Chair: oversees the worship and music ministry, assists the pastors and worship staff Finance Committee Member: as part of the Finance Committee, oversees the financial records of the ministry. Trust Fund Committee Member--as a part of this committee you will help oversee the endowment and memorial funds of Trinity Lutheran

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Events

Meet our New ELCA Missionary Robin Strickler from Rwanda in July

The Outreach Committee is excited to announce that Robin Strickler, ELCA Missionary, will be at our Church in early July. We will be organizing several events to have the opportunity to talk with Robin. Robin serves as director of the Rwanda School Project in cooperation with the Lutheran Church of Rwanda. The Lutheran Church of Rwanda is a Companion Synod with the Sierra Pacific Synod. Supporting Robin is another way that we, as part of the Sierra Pacific Synod, build the Companion Synod relationship. Robin's home base in the United States is Virginia.

May 18 , 2013 Ladies Spring Tea

All Ladies of Trinity are invited to join us for a great afternoon of connecting and building existing and new relationships with other women of faith. You are welcome to bring your friends or come by yourself. When: Saturday, May 18, 2:00- 4:00 PM Where: Fellowship Hall Cost: $15 per person, 2/$25, or buy a table of 6 for $72 and invite all your girlfriends Food, Tea, and Entertainment to be provided by the women's ministry. Also, there will be a HAT CONTEST. Wear your favorite hat! While hats are not mandatory, there will be judging and the best hat will win a prize. Come join the fun. Childcare will be available. Proceeds to benefit the Women's Fall retreat. Reservation sheets available in the bulletin and church office. If you would like to sponsor a table to decorate or help on one of the committees, please contact Amy Victor (925.353.7267 [email protected]) Jane Joseph [email protected] Barbara Niemeyer [email protected]

Softball

The Trinity Lutheran Softball team invites everyone to come out and cheer us on. Fan support is enjoyed by all. We play Monday nights at the adult softball fields in the Pleasanton Sports Park as part of the Pleasanton co-ed church league. Remaining Season Game Schedule:

Monday May 6 ­ 9:00 pm on field #3 playing Harvest Valley Church Monday May13- 7:45 pm on field #2 playing First Presbyterian Livermore Monday May 20 ­ 9:00 pm on field #4 playing Lynnewood UMC Monday May 27 ­ NO Game Memorial Day

Mt Cross Memorial BBQ Sunday May 26th ­ 2pm to 4pm

On Sunday, May 26th from 2pm to 4pm Mt. Cross Ministries will be holding its annual Mt. Cross Memorial BBQ. This event is for all ages and will take place at Mt. Cross Bible Camp - 7795 HWY 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. Special Events will include Thrivent Financial joining with Mt. Cross by hosting a carnival to raise money for their local Habitat for Humanity Build. You can get tickets for the BBQ at BBQ.mtcross.org If you have any questions you can contact Mt Cross at 831-336-5179 or [email protected] Also Trinity's Mt. Cross Rangers ­ George and Carol Withers and Christa Scarlott would be happy to answer questions you may have.

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Vacation Bible School

KINGDOM ROCK: Where Kids Stand Strong for God June 17-21, 2013

Vacation Bible School: June 17-21 9:00am ­ Noon An epic adventure awaits all who journey to the Kingdom this year!! Vacation Bible School "Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God" will take place at Trinity from June 17 to June 21. At Kingdom Rock, faith and imagination soar as kids discover that everything is possible with God. Kids participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to trust God, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. At Kingdom Rock everyone will join an international mission effort to send God's Word to India and provide wheelchairs to those in need in underdeveloped countries. Kingdom Rock is for kids from age 4 by 9/1/2013 to kids entering 5th grades. Registration closes May 26, 2013. Early registration is highly recommended. Sign up now by Go to the Trinity website: www.trinitypleasanton.org find the Trinity VBS link and click on it. Once you are there read page and then follow steps 2-4 below. Clink on sign up here link at the bottom of the page: It will take you to the registration and volunteer sign up forms. Fill those out online and you are ready to go. To pay for VBS once you have filled out your registration forms come back to the Trinity website and you can click on the "Online Giving" and use PayPal. Cost is $60 per child or $120 per family (2 or more children). Please make sure to place in the note section of PayPal that this is for VBS and your child's name. You can also pay for VBS by dropping off a check in the church office or mailing a check to the office. Please note in the memo section VBS and child's name. Trinity Lutheran 1225 Hopyard RD Pleasanton, CA 94566 You will receive an email in about 2 weeks confirming you are signed up for VBS. Your child's VBS group information will be sent to you the week of May 27th. Please contact our co-directors Mollee Madrigal [email protected]) 925-523-3185 Denise Fournier [email protected] 925- 321-0791 Monday Night ­ Women's Monday Night Bible Study Is studying Nehemiah: "A Heart That Can Break" by Kelly Minter. . Nehemiah had to have a heart that could break so he could restore a wall that was broken. In this 7 session Bible study for women, Nehemiah's heart for the oppressed, suffering and poor is a beacon whose light shines on the current call of the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In addition, this study addresses teamwork, integrity, generosity, truth in culture, God's compassion and much more. Please join us Monday evenings in the Conference Room from 7:30-8:55 p.m. Contacts for this group are Sue Beard or Mary McDevitt Wednesday Morning ­ "Women of Trinity" meets at 10:00 am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We are studying the Holiest Sites of Jerusalem. You can join the study at any time. All are welcome. We meet at Carol Wither's home ­ 4180 Jensen Street, Pleasanton. Please feel free to contact Carol at 846-5550 if you have any questions. Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study-- is taking a break until September. Watch for new study information in the August newsletter Friday Morning Bible Study: Join us as we explore the great stories of faith, adventure and wonder that are found in the book of Genesis. Pastor Brian will be leading this study in the church conference room from 9:30-10:30 each Friday. Please contact Pastor Brian 846-6363 or [email protected] if you have any questions. Saturday Men's Bible study meets every Saturday morning. We begin at 7:30 am. Yes, that is early, but also very rewarding. Coffee and donuts are served. The best part of the experience is exploring with other men the great truths of the Bible and making some great friends. You do not need to be a Bible scholar to be part of this study.

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Trinity Youth News

Thank you! A huge thanks to everyone who volunteered their time during Holy Week! The youth were responsible for helping to put on the Easter Egg Extravaganza where around 250 members of Trinity and the community came and celebrated together. The youth also helped plan and coordinate the Easter Sunrise Service. Many of our dedicated youth members woke up before the sun was up to make sure this special service happened and we cannot forget those who made sure delicious food was available during Easter morning. The Easter Brunch was a huge success, raising around $500 for the youth program. Once again thank you to everyone who made all this possible! Service projects: During April the youth participated in two separate projects. The first one was a JOLT and CRASH service project done with Kids Against Hunger Pleasanton. During the two hours spent on the project over 7,000 meals were packaged, with Trinity youth responsible for over 2,000 of them!!! These meals will be sent to hungry children around the world. On May 18 JOLT and CRASH will once again be serving those who hunger by serving at the Alameda County Food Bank from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We will meet at Trinity at 12:30 to car pool over to the food bank. We should return to Trinity around 4:30 pm. We also had a group from Amador Valley High School on the Trinity campus who build a tool shed for the community garden. Trinity has had the opportunity to simultaneously bless and be blessed by the community in which we serve! These are great opportunities for our youth to truly live out and proclaim the gospel. Regular meetings: CRASH is continuing to meet Sunday nights at 7 pm and JOLT is continuing to meet Wednesday nights at 7pm. During the next month at CRASH and JOLT, we will be discussing topics along the lines of "Is God present during tragedy and suffering and does God allow suffering? There is no answer, let alone an easy answer to these questions, but a topic that needs to be broached after the recent events throughout the country. TNT will not be meeting during the month of May. Summer: As baseball season picks up and the school year winds down it is time to start exploring summer activities. We will be doing several one or two day trips throughout the summer. Some of the activities will likely include camping, sailing, canoeing, theme park trips, and other fun activities. There is currently networking happening to make at least one of these activities a joint trip with another youth group in the local area. Service projects will also continue to happen, recognizing the call to serve others as part of our identity in Christ. Get into the act at Bay Area Shakespeare Camp! This fun and enriching program for ages 7-18 meets at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton,1225 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, July 22nd ­Aug 2nd on weekdays, from 9:00 am ­ 3:00 pm, with optional aftercare until 5:30 pm. SF Shakes offers Players Camp for ages 7-13, which has students play Shakespeare through a series of fun and interactive activities. Newcomers to the stage will experience the thrill of their first show while those who have acted before will hone and expand their dramatic skills. For teens, our Upstart Crows Camp (for ages 12-18) focuses on acquiring and developing advanced acting skills for performance and auditions. Shakespeare Camp is presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, best known for producing Free Shakespeare in the Park and the Civic Arts Stage Company. The camp is led by trained theater professionals and is designed for anybody interested in acting and performance ­ prior experience is welcome but not required. Both two-week sessions provide a complete theatrical experience that includes training and development in Shakespeare's rich language, vocal projection techniques, acting improvisation, stage combat, set and costume design and performance. All campers star in an abridged Shakespeare play presented to an audience of family and friends on the final day of the session. Materials and supplies all included for $489 for two-weeks (or with aftercare, $629). Need-based scholarship assistance is available. For enrollment information call 415-558-0888 or email [email protected] or visit www.sfshakes.org

Summer Sunday School Help Needed

It's hard to believe, but Summer Sunday School is just around the corner! Why not lead a class over the summer and help Trinity's youngest members learn about God and His abundant blessings? We'll need 2 teachers (plus a helper if possible) for each Sunday from June 16-August 25. There will be 2 classes: PreK/Kindergarten and Grades 1-5 .Sign up online through the Trinity Website.

College and High School Graduates: Please let the office know about your graduation plans and plans beyond college or high school. We would like to announce this in our June newsletter.

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