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We will nurture and grow our faith family,
centered on Word and sacrament, by exemplifying
the love of Christ as we respond to the needs of
one another and our world.
Pastor Melissa Buono
This week we
again welcome Pastor Melissa
Buono to Trinity's pulpit.
A Message from Pastor Dennis
Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor
during our transition.
In Luke 12:49 and following, Jesus gives
a sobering briefing to his disciples. He has come
to set the earth on fire. He comes not to bring
peace, but divisions running right
through families. Fathers and sons
will oppose each other over Jesus, as
will mothers and daughters and the in-laws,
too. Now families have had feuds over
important issues from the dawn of time---of
course! Jesus' point is that he is a very
important person that everyone else will have
to decide for or against. Like any good military
general, Jesus lets recruits know what they are
getting into. All power has been granted to
Jesus by the Father...but, as every TV
commercial pitchman says, "Wait...there's
God means to act and you will be a part of
his grace. When God does what he's going to
do for the world, we will not be watching
from the sidelines on a warm bench. One of the
best summaries of this relationship of Disciple to
Teacher that I've ever seen is from Martin Luther
King, Jr. "The belief that God will do everything
for man is as untenable as the belief that man can
do everything for himself. It, too, is based on a
lack of faith. We must learn that to
expect God to do everything while we do nothing is
not faith, but superstition." Go team,
Grace & Peace,
Sunday, September 11, 2016
GOD'S WORK - OUR HANDS
Our event is planned for Sunday,
September 11th after the 9am Worship Service.
Contact Kate Conran
or Helen Blaschke if
you would like to assist with either of these
Habitat for Humanity
Build - 3 Dalton Street, Lowell,
11:30am-3:30pm. We can use a
group of 6 Adults (18+) for this
Habitat for Humanity
ReSTORE Workers -
Tyngsborough. 11:30-3:30pm. 3-4
workers aged 15+ - must include one
For our GRATITUDE
Baskets - we'll plan to meet at
Trinity on Saturday, Sept 10th at 10am to
bake some apple pies. We'll be filling the baskets
with ingredients for a supper for the fire
stations and "necessities" bags for our police
For our BACKPACK
Attack - we're looking for the SUPPLIES
to fill the 20 backpacks that were already
TEE Shirts will be coming
in the next couple of weeks. Many of us have
tee shirts from prior year events. If you
have a Tee Shirt at home that you've outgrown or
don't need - we can SWAP for the right
~ Kate Conran
Ready for your close-up?
In preparation to welcome our next
pastor, whoever and whenever that may be, we are
starting to ramp up ways to help him/her feel more
welcome and integrate well into our congregation.
One of those ways is to have a pictorial
directory. Our website can display photos of
families and individuals with all their contact
information, so we hope to have photos of all our
congregational members entered into the directory.
If you already have a family and/or individual
photo in the directory, there is nothing for you
to do, but if not, we're asking that you take a
few minutes to upload photos of yourself, your
family, and each family member. Even each child
should have their own photo. This way, our next
pastor will be able to put names and faces
together very quickly.
If you are unable to upload a photo,
please email photos to me, Pauline Ray or
give me a paper copy which I can scan and enter
into the directory. You can place your photo
in the Property mail drawer next to the copy
machine, and Jim will make sure I get
Remember, our directory is only
available to congregation members, no one outside
our church has access to our directory.
Lowell Open Pantry
Trinity members, for all the foods, drinks and
items that you donated in May, June, and July.
The food theme for August and September is
similar to the last one---Foods, Drinks and Items
that are Frequently Requested but are Usually not
1. Juices, children's juices and
2. Powdered milk, evaporated milk, and
3. Coffee, tea and sugar
4. Formulas (all kinds) and baby
5. Diapers (sizes 2,3 and 4) and toilet
6, Can openers (at the request of the
If you wish to make a monetary donation,
please write a check out to Trinity and
designate it for the Open Pantry, the Chelmsford
Pantry or both pantries.
Thank you, as always, for your continuing
caring and generosity.
Trinity at Play (TAP) - Spinners
Spinners Tickets for
Sunday, 8/21 5:05pm game are going fast.
Please contact Kate Conran if you
are interested (I'm travelling on Sunday, 8/14 and
will not be at worship).
John "JR" Krause
Lowell Sun article
about Gene and
Betty Krause's son John "J.R." Krause who works on
as an animator and has just
published a second book for
A Note from Beth
I'll be out of the office next week, Monday,
August 15 through Friday, August 19. There
will be minimal office coverage, however, so if
you need anything, please call and someone will
get back to you within 24 hours.
During our transitional phase - Trinity has
several layers of support
We have an ELCA appointed contact pastor -
Dennis Walker who can assist as needed.
Pastor Walker is available for pastoral
support as needed. Pastor Walker lives in
Amherst, MA and can be here at Trinity as needed
Beth and the Worship and Music committee have
arranged for supply pastors to support our weekly
worship through the summer. Some of the
pastors on that list are also available for urgent
care if needed.
A call to the Church Office
978-256-6300 or an email to our Parish
Confrancisco is always a good
Of course, our congregational executive
committee is also available to respond to
Financial Secretary Report
Report - 8-7-2016
Pledges Received $241,785.
Ahead/(Behind) Budget -3%
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