Trinity Lutheran Church 

Trinity Tidings

November 16, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 11/20
Morning Choir
Worship & Communion
Ministry Fair
Sunday School
Sankta Lucia Reharsal
Choir Rehearsal
TLC Disc. Bus. Mtg.
Worship & Communion
Ministry Fair

Monday 11/21
Start-Up Committee

Tuesday 11/22
Church Council

Wednesday 11/23
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 11/24
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday 11/25
Office Closed
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 11/26

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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.

One of the most common folk sayings, which we repeat over and over, is also among the most true. This saying goes, "The right man in the right place at the right time, can make all the difference!" We might add, the right woman can work wonders, equally. 
If you would like to read more, please click here.
Isabel Zinser Obituary
Isabel L. (Smith) Zinser, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late William I. Zinser.

Isabel will be fondly remembered for her love of her family, all children, pretty clothes and for her love of the Christmas Holiday.

She was a good Christian who worked hard her entire life.

Isabel is survived by her beloved children William C., Lawrence I., and Heidi A.; and a grandson, William John and his wife Krista. She is also survived by her sister, Gladys Root of Arizona, several nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Nancy whom she loved like a sister. She will also be missed by several caring neighbors.

Blessed are those who mourn.

~ Beth Confrancisco
Parish Administrator

Generosity Update
The Work of the Church
Thank you Bryan Bestvater for your personal witness regarding worship at Trinity during the Temple Talk on November 13.  The musical contributions you and all of the other volunteers make enhance our services greatly.  Also, I want to echo Bryan's many thanks to those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our worship run so smoothly.
This was the final of our Temple Talks on Generosity (Stewardship) for 2016.  Please join us this Sunday as we express our faith with "no reservations" with our commitments of time, talent, and treasure for the year ahead. 
~ Jon Soule

Commitment Sunday is 20 November
On November 20th we plan to celebrate the ongoing Generosity (Stewardship) of you our members with "No Reservations!"    We will also be looking forward to 2017 and your prayerful consideration of your planned giving in response to God's many blessings.  Please review the snail mail package and bring your estimated giving card with you on 20 November.  Thank you for your continued generosity. 

~ Ed Jonson

Trinity Ministry Fair is Here!
Sunday, November 20th
Please join us in the Luther Room between Worship Services or after second service for our Trinity Ministry Fair.
There are MANY ministries here at Trinity to enrich your life and provide an opportunity to joyfully serve with the gifts you have been blessed with.  Every team is interested in sharing their activities with more of our members.  There are tasks big and small that you can assist with - some short term and some ongoing.  
Please join us for some special treats (coffee hour) and to learn about the opportunities and make new connections in our vibrant faith community.

Kate Conran
Church Council Secretary

Christian Education Update
On Sunday, November 27th, we will hold our first FFUN Sunday this year. FFUN = Faithful Followers Undertaking Needs.  We will be gathering items, along with the rest of the congregation, to donate to either St. Paul's Soup Kitchen or Lowell Transitional Living Center.  These items include socks, gloves, hats, undergarments, for all ages, plus toiletries.  We will also be creating a "gingerbread" nativity scene using graham crackers and various sweets.  All are welcome to join us in this Fun activity!  Please sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Dina Morrison so we make sure we have enough supplies.
At our 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve, all children are invited to join us in retelling the story of the birth of Jesus. Any child between the ages of 3 and HS can participate in our annual pageant by playing a role, serving as a narrator or sharing musical talents.  We're looking for angels, townspeople, shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph and the Innkeeper.  Sign up sheets were sent home with all families. Please return to your child's teacher ASAP.  A slight change will be made to the rehearsal schedule on December 18th with the rehearsal time moving from a start time of 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

~ Dina Morrison

Sankta Lucia?  Who is she?
If you are wondering just who is this Lucia, and why do we celebrate her, READ HERE for the origin of this tradition.
Hopefully you have already marked your calendars to attend Trinity's triennial celebration of the "Festival of Lights" on Saturday, December 10 at 4 PM in the sanctuary.  Born of our congregation's Swedish roots, we kick off the Christmas season with a pageant commemorating Sankta Lucia who gives us light and hope on the darkest day of the year.  Following this service, all are invited to our festively decorated Luther Room for food, fellowship and folk music.  Imagine yourself sitting at a candle-lit, cozy table chatting it up with other adults, listening to delightful, up-beat music, drinking coffee, tea or hot cider, munching on Pepparkaka (gingerbread) cookies served by our youth: dressed as Tomte Elves, Star Boys, and Lucia's Court, all led by Sankta Lucia, with her white robe, red sash, and c rown of greens with candles. 
We encourage you to attend and invite your friends to this merry, music-filled event featuring our youth and talented musicians.  We will hear poems and stories and sing favorite carols.  See you there!!
~ The Sankta Lucia Steering Committee 
(Ritva Ojanen, Susan O'Brien and Tara Zantow)
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power . . . giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness ...   Colossians 1:11-13

The Good News
Thank you everyone for the great supply of socks. We filled two big boxes and they will be delivered this week to St. Paul's and the Lowell Transitional Center.

Thank you also for the food gift cards. We will continue to collect them all year for families in the church with sickness or a crisis to help supply some meals for them.Please place them in a envelope in my box near the copy machine . 

Thank you everyone for your generosity . It seems at times I ask for a lot but I always get back twice as much as I expected.


George Roscoe is turning 94 on November 19.  If anyone would to send him a card, please contact the office for his address.
-- Dorene Boyle
Evangelism Committee Chair

CCC Adult Forum
Acts of the Apostles Overview

Karen Goltz will continue our discussion of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. This week we will be discussing the book of Acts. The Acts of the Apostles continues the story begun in Luke, using the narrative of the church's founding and growth to demonstrate how Christian converts fit into the Jesus movement.

  ~ Richard Grove

Trinity Travels
Nov 19   Christmas Fair Townsend Congregational Church 3 Brookline Street Townsend Mass 10 - 3  baskets for the holidays, baked goods, craft table for children Santa 11-2
soups and sandwiches
Nov 19 Holiday Fair  Fairhaven Healthcare Center 476 Varnum Ave Lowell Mass   10 - 3 crafts, 
raffles, bake sale white elephant table
Nov 19 Christmas and Craft Fair
Nashoba Valley  Technical High School 100 Littleton Rd Westford Mass  10-3  
Nov 19 Holiday Fair  Central Congregational UCC  1 Worthen Street Chelmsford Mass  9-2
Nov 18 and 19 11-8  Amenian Bazaar and Food Festival Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church
180 Old Westford Rd  Chelmsford Mass
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 -11-15-16
YTD Pledges Received $339,535.
YTD Budget  $358,269.23
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -5%

Waiting for the new refrigerator

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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

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