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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.
A Message from Pastor Dennis
Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor
during our transition.
In Luke 14:7, Jesus taught disciples several
lessons about guest management. "Take a low
position to start with." Jesus seems to be
saying. We can learn a lot from Jesus
and from the business world about how
welcoming communities work. The Walt
Disney Amusement Parks zealously seek to
motivate guests to return again---and again
and again---whatever it takes. Well marked parking
areas facilitate an effortless approach.
Forget where your vehicle is and a helpful
security person will tell you where to find it,
based on what time you arrived. You don't see
streams of employees blocking entrances at shift
change. They all use under-ground tunnels.
Careful studies have even shown that cracks
placed at certain spots on sidewalks motivate
guests to return! Perhaps, it reminds them of that
crack in their own driveway at home-sweet
We of Trinity can be helpful (or hurtful) to
church newcomers as well. Studies show that they
are unsure what to expect at a first time
encounter, perhaps a worship service. Who knows
what they've heard about you or any church? They
often will pass a church twenty-four (24) Sundays
in a row before attempting to enter. Outside, they
will notice parking spots reserved for newcomers.
They will also sometimes linger in the
parking lot, noting how apparent
"regulars" get along with each other. If
entry points are unclear or the door they try to
use is locked, they will leave. Upon entry,
if important items like
comfortable, unobtrusive seating, a
child friendly atmosphere, or rest rooms are
missing, they will also leave. They usually decide
within five (5) minutes if they will ever return
for any reason.
Well now, Disney wants its guests coming back
again and again. Do we want Trinity's newcomers to
return as much, too?
Grace & Peace,
4 Pastor Ruth Bersin
11 Pastor Dennis Walker
18 Pastor Dennis Walker
25 Pastor Dennis Walker
Sunday, September 11, 2016
GOD'S WORK - OUR HANDS
Sign-up sheets are in the Fellowship
Hall for all planned events. Tee shirts
should be here by Labor Day Weekend.
Red Cross Blood Drive
- PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
- now Wednesday, September 28th from 2pm-7pm.
We encourage our members to donate blood if
you are able. We also need volunteers to
staff the registration desk (2) and help with the
canteen (2). Sign up for one or more hours
as you are able.
Attack - School supply
collection continues. Box in education wing
has copies of the list of the requested supplies
or look here. We have been awarded a
Thrivent Action Team Grant to purchase additional
supplies. A Trinity Member has purchased
backpacks for us to
~ Kate Conran
|Fall Sunday Morning
As the summer comes to a close we begin to
focus on the new year starting in the fall. The
single, 9 am service schedule will
remain in effect until the end of September.
The September schedule will be as follows:
September 11th, "God's Work,
Our Hands" and Sunday School
Registration taking place following the 9
September 18th, Unity
Service at 9 am with
Sunday School classes following from
10:15 am - 11:00 am for Pre-K through
September 25th, TrinityFest
Sunday. There will be no
Sunday School classes held during
October 2nd The first
Sunday with 8:30 am and 11
am services, with
Sunday School following the regular
schedule of 9:45 am - 10:45 am.
~ Jon Soule
Worship & Music
Fall 2016 Music Rehearsal
Fall is upon us
and it is time to make some great music! Please
mark your calendars for the following rehearsal
Wed Sept 7 7:30
Combined Choirs* Sun Sept 11
*Combined choirs will be singing the
offertory anthem starting September 11th through
the end of the month at the 9:00 am service.
Thur Sept 15 7:30
I volunteer at the Open Pantry in
Lowell with a young Cambodian woman, Pheak, who
has 3 children and was recently burned out of
I am trying to collect clothes and
money for the children so she can buy some
household items if she gets an unfurnished
apartment. The children go to public schools
and do not need uniforms.
The children's ages and sizes are as
14 - 5 ft.2 in. 130 lbs,
I don't know whether the boys wear
teenage or adult sizes. They often wear
sweat pants to school.
Shirt - large, shoes - size 13,
pants - 34, sweater - large
13 5ft.1in. 140
Shirt - large, shoes - size 12 and one
half, pants - large, sweater - large
10 4 ft 5 in, 100
lbs. I don't know if she wears
children's sizes or junior sizes,)
Pants - 14. shoes - size 8, shirt -
Please put any clothes in marked boxes
across from the women's restroom.You may write checks to
Preak Muth. You may give the checks or
me at worship or send them to Lois Reid, 19
Buckboard Dr., Westford,
Thank you so much for any assistance
you can give.
St. Paul's Soup Kitchen
The summer is certainly flying by! It's hard
to believe it's time for our St. Paul's Soup
Kitchen serving again on Tuesday, September 6th.
It is the day after Labor Day but with plenty of
planning ahead, we should be able to pull it all
Feel free to drop off your items to the
church before Tuesday, September 6th, if you have
vacation plans. Just label your items for St.
Paul's and you can leave them in the refrigerator
or freezer in the church kitchen. It's as easy as
Thanks for all your help for this wonderful
Please drop off labeled donations to Trinity
before 3PM on Tuesday of the week we will be
serving. If donations are being delivered
directly to the soup kitchen, please bring to
Eliot Presbyterian Church by 4PM the day of the
We - and all the people who are homeless or
needing to stretch their budget - thank
I hope all of you had a pleasant summer, in
spite of the brutal heat and humidity.
The Merry Widows' first meeting of the coming
fall season will be Friday, September 2 in the
Luther Room at 1:30. I will bring
refreshments for this meeting. Looking
forward to seeing all of you again.
~ Elaine Jelescheff
Update on the Massawe
Spoke with both
Catherine and Ephraim Massawe on Sunday after
church and they are high and dry even though they
are living in Hammond. LA, a town that has much of
its area under water. They send their best
to all their friends at
~ Nancy Grove
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 lives in Amherst, MA and can be here at
Trinity if needed for pastoral support.
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
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 - 8-21-2016
Pledges Received $254,280.
Ahead/(Behind) Budget -4%
Ray laying tile in the kitchenette area of the
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