Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

October 12, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 10/16
Morning Choir
Worship & Communion
Sunday School
TLC Disciples Bus. Mtg
Worship & Communion

Monday 10/17

Tuesday 10/18
Senior Event
Church Council

Wednesday 10/19
TLC Book Club
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 10/20
Finance Committee

Friday 10/21
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 10/22
First Communion Bread Baking

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


A Message from Pastor Dennis Walker
Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor during our transition.

On 30 June 1859, tightrope walker Jean Francis Gravelet took his first dare-devil journey over Niagara Falls. That mighty attraction, now straddling the US/Canada border, has manipulated the Niagara River for 12,000 years, often at over 700,000 gallons per second. During the Civil War Era, Niagara Falls was the last "station" on the Underground Railroad before runaway American slaves gained their freedom in Canada. 
At first, Gravelet's proposed journey was greeted with contempt, but later with near universal acclaim. Newspapers detailed his plan to walk 1000 feet over a wire, while railroads brought thousands to see the spectacle. He offered to take a volunteer with him on his back, but no volunteer could be found. He began, laying down on the wire midway to rest en-route and finished in 17 minutes. He later returned the same day! 
In later crossings, he took his manager over on his back (!); he crossed blindfolded; he crossed on stilts; and he pushed a wheelbarrow on yet another journey. He achieved world-wide acclaim and died of diabetes in 1897, just short of his 73rd birthday. Aside from his manager, it appears that no one trusted him enough to take the free-loader ride he offered. These remarkable historical accounts clearly illustrate the difference between knowledge and faith. 
Many of us in the Christian community profess a general knowledge of Jesus Christ and acknowledge him as God's son. And this is not a bad thing in itself. But the same could be said of many brave men and women in history. But, to trust in him as the one with the direct family connection with the God of the universe, and to risk our life, our death, and our possible resurrection on him alone is more than many can or will do. 
Many would be disciples part company with Jesus over his deeper, more difficult teachings. In Luke 6:27-28, we read, "...Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." In Luke 6:35 we read further, "But love your enemies, do good and lend...Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked." Even the Rolling Stones rock group once had a song entitled Sympathy for the Devil. But in this hotly debated election year, I hear few calls to understand or care about our enemies, foreign or domestic. In I John 4:18-19, we read, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...We love because he (God) first loved us."
Are we praying for this perfect love to come into our lives? Are we hoping for National Defense against enemies that takes common humanity into account? Is war our first resort or the last? How might we work to avoid wars? Do we trust that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ forecasts our own lives of faith and service? Are we willing to ride in a wheelbarrow Jesus pushes across our troubled times or do we think we can "go it alone" because we know the world better than he does? Consider again and again the thin wire Jesus Christ crossed from heaven to earth to show us the Father and save us from all sin. And then...take a ride with him!      

Christian Education News
Please look for our new Christian Education Newsletter to arrive in your inbox!  If you have a child HS age or younger, you should be receiving this.  We are planning to distribute the newsletter once a month and it will include updates for Sunday School, Confirmation, HS group, Adult Education as well as any youth activities which the Youth Ministry committee might be planning for that month.  The  monthly calendar and all important sign-up information is also posted on our new bulletin board behind the glass doorway to the left of the education hallway.  A reminder that Sunday School registration is ongoing.  Please speak with Dina Morrison for more information.

~ Dina Morrison

OWLs Update
We had a terrific time kicking off the Church School Year with the TLC Disciples (Sr. High Youth Group) on September 18 playing mini-golf and enjoying an ice-cream cone at Kimball's Farm in Westford!
It's not too late to RSVP to attend October's OWLs' activity this Saturday, October 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM. We were planning to rake leaves, but alas, they're still on the trees!!  Alternate plans are being formulated as we go to press, but we will follow our service project with lunch and a hike/scavenger hunt in the Tyngsborough-Dracut-Lowell State Forest!  The forecast is sunny and fair, with a light breeze at 58 degrees.  Come join us for fresh air, fun and fellowship.   Friends are welcome! For questions or to RSVP, call Tara (978-263-6226) or Dan (978-837-8811) . . .
Save the Date:  At our next event, on Sunday, Nov. 20 after second service, we will be baking boat-loads of cookies for the Sankta Lucia Festival (Dec. 10) and the Alternative Giving Fair (Dec. 11), as well as creating Christmas gifts for the clients at the Lowell Transitional Living Center.  More details to come . . .
~ OWLs Advisory Team:  Tara Zantow, Dan Turley, Anastasia Turley, Natalia Turley, Larissa Fagundes, Cassie Fagundes, Dick Rohnert, and Laurie Oliver.

(OWLs = Ones with the Lord . . . 
Middle School (grades 5 - 8) Youth Group)

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."  Job 12:7-10

Bread for the World Sunday
This Sunday we join with churches across the country to observe Bread for the World Sunday. Moved by God's grace in Jesus Christ, we pray for all those who suffer from hunger and want, and we rededicate ourselves to ending hunger in God's world. At 9:45 CCC will discuss social ministry and Bread for the World. 

~ Richard Grove

Attention TLC Seniors!
The Trinity Seniors are invited to an Oktoberfest celebration at the church on October 18, 2016 at noon. There will be German food, German music, a festive atmosphere and a surprise guest! If you have any German attire be sure to wear it. 

Please call Sally Warren by October 12 to make your reservation since we will need to contact the caterer if we have more than 25 reservations. We don't want any senior left out of the party. 

"The feeling of belonging, social acceptance and leaving your troubles at the door" 

Sally Warren
(978) 256-2657
TLC Book Club
The Trinity Book Club will meet on Wednesday October 19th at 10AM in the Lounge. We plan to discuss "Boys in the Boat," by Daniel Brown. The epic story of how of nine American oarsmen  won Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Bring your suggestions and stories about your reading adventures. We welcome everyone interested in lively conversation stimulated by reading.
~ Dave Kramer

New Handicapped Accessible Doors
Pictured are the new handicapped accessible doors that were recently installed outside the Luther Room.  All the electric should be hooked up by the end of the week so that, if you need it, when you arrive at TLC and need access to the Luther Room end of the building, all you'll have to do to gain access is press the button and the door will automatically open for you.  Thanks to the Property Committee for a job well done!

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 - 9-25-2016
YTD Pledges Received $289,236.
YTD Budget  $303,750.
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -5%

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Trinity Lutheran Church 


Music Director:  Daniel Endow

Parish Administrator/Church Office: Beth Confrancisco


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Worship & Communion 8:30AM

Sunday School 9:45AM

Choir Rehearsal 9:45AM

Worship & Communion 11:00AM

Coffee Hour follows worship


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