Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

September 14, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 9/18
Worship & Communion
Sunday School
TLC Disciples Bus. Mtg
OWLs & Disciples Event

Monday 9/19
TWNO Book Club

Tuesday 9/20
Senior Event
Church Council

Wednesday 9/21
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 9/22

Friday 9/23
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 9/24

If you would like to view the full Trinity calendar, please click here.
Trinity's Values

Vision: Sharing God's gifts, we joyfully serve!


Mission: 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.


Trinity's History


Parking Lot Work
Please be advised that on Friday, September 16, Trinity's parking lot and driveways will be having work done to seal the cracks and reline the parking spaces.  We ask that if you have business at TLC that you come by on Thursday.
Ron Steriti
Ronald Steriti, 80, of Pelham, NH passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Lowell after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Jennie (Sutherland) Steriti with whom he shared the last 57 years of marriage.

If you would like to read more about Ron's life, please click here.

There will be a memorial service at 11AM on Saturday, September 17 at Trinity, followed by interment in the Memorial Garden and then a funeral luncheon.

Blessed are those who mourn.
A Message from Pastor Dennis Walker
Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor during our transition.

In John, Chapter 9, we read the miracle story of the man born blind, who was restored to sight by Jesus. Jesus smears mud on his eyes and tells him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. The pool was reputed to have had healing powers, but the man sees because of Jesus' word, not the water. He becomes a loyal and strident witness to Jesus, as the long-promised Prophet to Israel. 
If you would like to read more, please click here.

God's Work; Our Hands
We have one outstanding God's Work Our Hands event on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th from 2pm-7pm at Trinity.  Here's how you can help:
  • Sign-up to donate blood, if you are able or help spread the words to people you know who are eligible.
  • Sign-up to help man the Registration Desk for an hour or more (we need 2 people during each time slot)
  • Sign-up to help man the Canteen for an hour or more (we need 2 people during each time slot)
  • The Red Cross
THANK YOU to all who participated in our VERY SUCCESSFUL God's Work Our Hands Event this past Sunday.  Maybe you: baked, packaged, sang, built, sold/ supported sales, organized, cleaned, decorated, pulled weeds/cleared brush, created cards, delivered, consoled/ comforted/supported/visited, stuffed backpacks, STOMPED GRAPES EVEN!  - Whatever your contribution - you are a beautiful reflection of God's love in our lives.
Many thanks to my amazing co-coordinator, Helen Blaschke - I honestly don't know how Doreen did this on her own all these years!
We were provided with TWO Thrivent Action Team Grants for this event that allowed us to buy supplies and materials for our projects.  Thank you to those who stepped up to LEAD various projects.
~ Kate Conran

Help Cate Lacroix REACH THE BEACH!

Please consider sponsoring Cate Lacroix and her quest to REACH THE BEACH to raise funds for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries so that kids can go to camp at Calumet. The race is THIS WEEKEND!!! Cate is a little more than half-way to her fundraising goal. Together, I know we can put her over the top. Thank you for your support.

TWNO Book Club
TWNO (Trinity Women's Night Out) we'll have a meeting of our book club on Monday, Sept. 19th at 7 PM in the CC Room. We will be discussing Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, by Carol Wall. 
From Booklist:  
She knew nothing about gardening. He knew everything. She was a well-to-do white woman. He was an impoverished immigrant from Kenya. And yet, in the garden he transformed for her from a patch of weeds into a flowering paradise, Wall and Owita found common ground in the triumphs and tragedies they shared. Both would admit it was an unlikely friendship. She was a fretter, consumed by things she could not control: her recurring cancer, her father's Alzheimer's, her mother's stroke. He had a tranquility and acceptance that was mystifying in the face of all he had had to endure: a daughter left behind in Africa, a PhD in horticulture he couldn't use, forcing him to subsist on part-time jobs, and, worst of all, the devastation and shame of being HIV-positive. Both had their shares of heartache over children and parents and life-threatening illnesses that challenged them in unimaginable ways. In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming paean to the joys of friendship and gardening, Wall crafts an elegiac tribute to an extraordinary man.
If you haven't read the book, please come anyway. We always have a lively discussion!!  Beverages and light refreshments will be provided and we will choose a book to read for next month.  Any questions: please email me.

Greetings TLC Seniors!  

We hope that you had a lovely summer.  Our first fall event will be held on September 20, 2016 at 12 noon at the Yangtze River Restaurant, located on Rt. 110 at the Westford/Littleton border, just past the Kimball Farm; for the GPS users, enter 584 King St, Littleton, MA. 

We will have a delicious buffet in a private room.  You may drive yourself or meet at the church at 11:15 to car pool. Please contact Sally at (978) 256-2657, or send an email, to make a reservation and indicate if you want to car pool.  All TLC Seniors are warmly invited.

From the Start-Up Team!!
Please help our next Pastor!!
In preparation to welcome our next pastor, whoever and whenever that may be, we are identifying 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 in the space with all their contact information, so we hope to have photos of all our congregational members entered into the directory. 
If you (and your family members) don't have a photo in our directory, 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. 
Log in to our website, click on the Directory tab at the top of the page, then click on My Info. Your personal and family page will be displayed and follow the instructions to upload a photo. 
If you are unable to upload a photo, please email photos to me or give me a paper copy which I can scan and enter into the directory.  You can also place your photo in the Property mailbox next to the copy machine, and Jim will make sure I get them. 
We will also have Start Up Team members available for the next few Sundays to take photos if you need that service. There is a blue backdrop in the Luther Room where you can come and have your photo taken.
Remember, our directory is only available to congregation members, no one outside our church has access to our directory.  
Thank you for helping make our next Pastor feel welcome!

Altar Guild
Altar Guild is looking for new members to join us in taking care of the altar area and flower arrangements. Our duties include changing paraments, filling the oil candles, putting out communion supplies and posting hymn numbers, as well as arranging the altar flowers each week. You don't need to be expert at flowers, you just need willing heart and hands.

 The Altar Guild currently has 6 members with many years' experience between us and we will be happy to train you in flower arranging. Each of us takes care of 5-10 Sundays per year. Please contact Ritva Ojanen for more information. 978-502-9632.

Thank you!
~ Ritva Ojanen
Evangelism Committee
end of summer breakfast at  Panaras in Chelmsford on Sept 20 at 10:30

A chance to share our summer activities and talk about plans  for the rest of the year 

welcome new members  please call Dorene if you can attend 978 677 6135  
Fall Sunday Morning Schedule!
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 18th, Unity Service at 9 am with Sunday School classes following from 10:15 am - 11:00 am for Pre-K through HS.
September 25th, Unity Service at 9 am; TrinityFest Sunday.  There will be no Sunday School classes held during TrinityFest.

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 Chair
Trinity Travels

Indian Hill Music 36 King Street Littleton Mass  Lunch concerts are beginning times 11 and 1:30  doors open at ten and 12:30 coffee tea and cookies served Sept 15  Broadway and Jazz Please let me know if five or more are attending as a group so I can make reservations thank you Dorene 978 6776135
Sept 17 Pepperell Fall Festival free!!!! crafts, food, many activities for children town field behind Community Center Hollis Street rt 111
Sept 17  Pelham Old Home Day  Pelham New Hampshire ! BREAKFAST SERVED 7-10 DINNER SERVED 4:30 TO 6:30 fellowship hall free admisssion food , crafts many activities for children
Sept 17 Classic Rock Fest benefit for Veterans  7:30 Lowell Memorial Auditorium
tickets 866 722 8881 50 East Merrimack Street lowell mass
Sept 17 12-4  free!!!!Harvest Festival North Common Lowell
I am sad to say the Congregational Church in North Chelmsford will no longer be having bean suppers Please let me know if anyone knows of other churches that are having pot luck suppers I have heard of one in Groton but does not know the details thank you Dorene 

Hopefully we will begin the Dining around the World lunches in October We really had a great turn out the Tewksbury Country Club in June and it was nice to see some male members of our church attend Any new ideas please let me know
TLC Transition
During our transitional phase Trinity has several layers of support available. 

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 care.

A call to the Church Office 978-256-6300 or an email to our Parish Administrator, Beth Confrancisco, is always a good start. 
Of course our congregational executive committee is also available to respond to questions/inquiries.
Financial Secretary Report
Financial Secretary's Report - 9-11-2016
YTD Pledges Received $273,055.
YTD Budget  $288,173.08
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -5%


Marcia Kalarites working in the Memorial Garden.


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