Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

October 26, 2016

Contents
Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 10/30
Morning Choir
7:45AM
Worship & Communion
8:30AM
Sunday School
9:45AM
Worship & Communion
11:00AM

12:30PM

Monday 10/31

Tuesday 11/1
OFFICE CLOSED
Worship & Music Cmte
7:00PM
Property Committee
7:15PM

Wednesday 11/2
Choir Rehearsal
7:30PM
Christian Ed. Cmte.
7:30PM

Thursday 11/3
Bjallerklangen
7:30PM


Friday 11/4
Merry Widows
1:30PM
Alcoholics Anonymous
6:00PM
Family Faith Night
6:00PM

Saturday 11/5


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
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Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor during our transition.

Is more always better?  You might get that idea from constant advertising that bombards us every day.  Many TV ads conclude with a classic line, "Now how much would you pay?  Well, don't answer yet, because if you respond in the next 20 minutes, we'll double your order for free, except for a handling charge..."

If you would like to read more, please click here.
 
CCC Adult Forum - Gospels Overview
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Karen Goltz will continue our discussion of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. This week we will be discussing the Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew was written about 15 years after Mark and focuses on the concerns of the community of Jewish Christians. 

 
~ Richard Grove

Trinity Ministry Fair - Sunday, November 20
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Hold the date - Trinity Ministry Fair - Sunday, November 20th between worship services and after the second service. 
 
All Committees and Ministries have been invited to display information/ examples of the work they do.  This is an opportunity to introduce and explain each of our ministries to the congregation and ties well with our Stewardship Focus in November.
 
Please plan on joining us!
 
PEACE - 
Kate Conran
Church Council Secretary

Attention TLC Women!
Calumet
Trinity Lutheran Church women will be attending Camp Calumet 2016 Women's Weekend on Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov.13 - a retreat for Lutheran women throughout New England.  This year's theme is "Cup of Life" and promises a weekend filled with spiritual renewal through prayer, singing, worship, social networking with women throughout New England, choices of outdoor and indoor activities, Saturday night entertainment, and always good eating and fun. 

Trinity women stay in the Staff House by the lake which offers 5 rooms of bunk beds, indoor bathrooms, a small kitchen area and a lovely space for gathering together in the evenings. Some Trinity women also stay at the Conference Center to be closer to the weekend events.  This year the cost for weekend food, lodging and activities if staying at the Staff House is $164.  If any woman not already on the list would like to come, please contact Lynne Wagner, Trinity's Women's Weekend coordinator, or phone (978-251-4565) to check on bed availability and information on how to register.
Please also contact Lynne for information or if you would like to be on the list for this year, Nov. 11-13, 2016 or next year, Nov. 10-12, 2017.  It is never too late to reserve a bed.  Changes can be made at anytime up to a month before each weekend date. For more information on Camp Calumet and Women's Weekends in November please visit http://www.calumet.org .
 
Valuing this special opportunity for spiritual growth and community, a designated Calumet Women's Weekend Fund was established in 2014 at Trinity to support TLC women who need financial assistance to attend this Calumet event.  If you wish to attend a women's weekend this year or future years and need funding, contact Beth Confrancisco in church office.  Anyone who would like to donate any amount to this designated fund, just drop a check into the offering plate with "Women's Weekend" in the memo section.

  ~ Lynne Wagner

Lowell Open Pantry Update
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Thank you, Trinity members for all the food and nonfood items that you brought in in the last few months!

The food theme for the rest of October and November is "Foods that Complement a Thanksgiving Dinner."  The
Food Pantry of Greater Lowell and several other pantries in Lowell give out turkeys, chickens and the "fixings." The "fixings" consist of stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and
instant potatoes.

We thought that this year Trinity might concentrate on bringing in foods that add to a Thanksgiving dinner but are not the basics.  Suggested foods might be canned vegetables, canned fruits, flour, sugar and canned milks for making pies and other desserts, sweet breads and muffin mixes,  jellos, pickles, olives and nuts or any foods that
you think add to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Please bring these foods to Trinity by Sunday, November 20, so that they can be distributed at the pantry before Thanksgiving.  Please leave your food donations on the table to the left of the altar.  I will also put a list of suggested
foods on the Social Ministry bulletin board.  Thank you for your continuing generosity.
 
~ Lois Reid

St. Paul's Soup Kitchen
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Are you looking for a new volunteer project? We could always use your help! No need to make an ongoing commitment...make a one-time donation, serve as often or as little as your schedule allows, or come just to set-up or clean up if you can't stay for the entire meal. We're flexible and we bet you'll enjoy the ministry!

St. Pauls' Soup Kitchen is a fantastic ministry serving the needs of between 85 to 100+ guests every month. Our next serving is on Tuesday, November 1st.

Click here to see the grid which includes items that are needed.  Feel free to drop off your items to Trinity before Tuesday, if that's more convenient for you. Label your items for St. Paul's and you can leave them in the refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen. It's as easy as that!

Thanks for all your help for this wonderful ministry!
Please sign up via Sandy Klapprodt or use the interactive sign-up sheet .  

Please drop off donations to Trinity between Sunday and 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 meal. 
 
We - and all the people who are homeless or needing to stretch their budget - thank you!!!
 
~ Sandy Klapprodt

Evangelism Committee
Evangelism
Looking for Cards Get Well, Birthday, Holiday for our homebound and nursing homes
Homemade cards from the Sunday School are greatly appreciated
 
One of our new missions from Evangelism is to send gift cards for take out dinners for families in need. We used to bring casseroles but due to all the allergies lately we felt it was safer to donate cards. If needed we can also pick up the meal for the family.If anyone has cards they received and will not use please place them in an envelope in the Dorene Boyle Evangelism drawer at Trinity near the copy machine. 

Some ideas - Wendys has great salads, Boston Chicken has whole meals for a family, Panaras has healthy soups, Thank you for your help in advance

For the month of November, we are collecting socks for men and women in the Transitional Center in Lowell.  Deadline is Nov 20 so we can deliver them for Thanksgiving.  A package of six socks was $5 at Walmart.  If each member can donate one package, we will have so many socks!!!!!!!!  Sock box will be on the altar the near food donations.  Thank-you in advance.
 
~ Evangelism Committee
 
Trinity Travels
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Reminder

Need a head count by TODAY for our Italian Lunch on Friday Oct 26 Rufinas on 170 Concord Rd in Chelmsford Mass 
thank you to everyone that responded

~ Dorene Boyle

Share to Care
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On Monday a luncheon was given in honor of our secretary Beth Confrancisco in appreciation for all she does to help our church run smoothly.  She's the best!  Our event planner. Helen Blaschke,  did an excellent job organizing this tribute which contributed to it's success.
 
On October 15 Shelby Miller, daughter of Diane and Mark was married to Jonathan Marokhovsky.  May God bless them with a happy marriage!

~ Janet Smith

Thank-You!
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Thank-you to my dear Trinity church family for the very surprising and wonderful pot luck luncheon on Monday!  I'll admit there are some long days in the church office and these last few months have had their trying moments, but I have no doubt that God has been preparing me for years for this time.  I also believe that God doesn't call the equipped; but equips the called, because there are moments when I'm a deer in the headlights and He gets me through them with grace and confidence.  As stressed out as we might get, I still feel like we're all in the palm of His hand as we go through this transition process.

So thank-you for your very gracious act of appreciation, and your generous gift. Although it is I that am appreciative and, indeed, honored to be in this serving position.

I wish I could hug you all...

Love and blessings,
Beth Confrancisco
Parish Administrator

TLC Transition
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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 
Financial Secretary's Report -10-23-16
YTD Pledges Received $316,393.
YTD Budget  $334,903.85
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -6%

Eternal Garden
 


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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

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