Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

November 23, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 11/27
Morning Choir
Worship & Communion
Sunday School
Choir Rehearsal
Worship & Communion

Monday 11/28
TWNO Book Club

Tuesday 11/29

Wednesday 11/30
TLC Book Club
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 12/1

Friday 12/2
Merry Widows
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 12/3
Alternative Giving Fair Set-Up

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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.

A certain cable show about the weather has taken the name "23.5 Degrees." This refers to the tilt of our earth. In temperate areas, roughly the upper and lower thirds of our planet, what we call the "seasons" of spring, summer, fall, and winter occur in predicable fashion, exactly reversed for the Northern or Southern thirds. 
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Generosity Update
Thank you to those who have been able to provide your Estimated Giving input for next year.  We received a significant input on 20 November (Commitment Sunday) (65 so far.  Anticipate up to 100.).  Everyone's input is needed to help Council plan for next year's mission activities.  If you haven't had the opportunity to provide your input, please do as soon as practical.  As St Paul reminds us "Each of you must give as you have made up your mind . . . And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work."   II Cor 9:7-8

Again, Thank You for your generosity and planning to continue this support.

~ Ed Jonson

The Gift that Keeps on Giving:
TLC Endowment Fund
In this season of giving, we want to remind the congregation of our endowment fund which allows you to make a gift that will keep on giving long into the future. The TLC Endowment Fund encourages members to support extra ministries for the long term, going beyond what is the present-day work of the congregation. 

Why Make a Gift?
We have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the future of our congregation!  You can be a part of the positive legacy the Endowment Fund creates.  Your gifts will be used to equally support the following areas:
  • Capital improvements, building projects, or debt reduction
  • Scholarships or grants
  • Community outreach
  • Missions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Please consider making a gift to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund to provide additional ongoing support for members of our congregation, our church facilities, our community, and the wider church.  Whichever method of giving you choose, it is recommended that you consult with your attorney, accountant, or financial planner to make sure your gift fits your personal situation.

~ Joyce Emerson

Alternative Giving Fair
On December 11th, the Social Ministry Committee will be hosting the annual Alternative Giving Fair.  We will be offering a brunch and lunch that day during coffee hour times as well as the following items for sale:  baked goods, Fair Trade Coffee, hand crafted items by members of our congregation, a variety of items to support serrv and the opportunity to purchase ELCA Good Gifts for friends and family.  The proceeds from the servv items will go directly to serrv and other proceeds will support ELCA World Hunger.  For a preview of the good gifts available this year, please visit ELCA Good Gifts.

If you would like to donate any craft items, baked goods or lunch items, please contact the following:  Crafts - Melody Davies, Baked Goods - Lynn Carlson-LeBlanc, Lunch items - Lois Reid.  We will accept individual items for crafts such as one knitted hat/blanket, a painting, a decorative wreath, or perhaps you did some canning this year?  Creativity in types of donations are welcome!  If you are unable to attend on the 11th, the ELCA Good Gifts and any additional/extra baked goods will also be sold on Sunday, December 18th during coffee hour.  
General questions can be addressed to Dina Morrison or Chris Pude.

~ Dina Morrison

TWNO Book Club - This month we've been reading A Man Called Ove by Frederick preparation for our discussion on Monday, November 28th at 7 pm in the CC Room.  Lo Thatcher will be the host and will lead our discussion, provide snacks, and bring 3 book suggestions for our next book club read.  Please feel free to join us for discussion and fellowship!
~ Judy Straeffer

The annual TWNO Cookie Swap will be held at 7 pm on Monday, December 12th in the lounge at TLC. This is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas season together and to share some wonderful home baked cookies. Some of us pre-bag our goodies in packages of 6, others just bring along a large container of cookies and bags for packaging. There will be a few appetizers and beverages to share (bring along something if you wish). Even if you don't have time to bake, join us for fun and fellowship - all women are welcome!  If you can't make it on the 12th but would like to swap anyway, feel free to send cookies in with a friend to swap for you.  Please email Diane Miller or call (978) 649-6797 for more info. 

~ Diane Miller

TLC Book Club
The Trinity Book Club will meet on Wednesday November 30th at 10AM in the Lounge. We plan to discuss "The Second Machine Age," by Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee. 
"Work, Progress and Prosperity in a time of brilliant Technologies." All you need to know about Computers, Robots and their effect on our civilization. 

Bring your suggestions and stories about your reading adventures. We welcome everyone interested in lively conversation stimulated by reading.
~ Dave Kramer

Lunch & Learn
Are you getting out your Christmas decorations now that we are in Advent?  Would you like some "new to you things;" to change your color scheme; or are you down sizing and have extra decorations? Bring them to the Lunch & Learn after the second service on Dec 4th.  Exchange what you have with others.  If your items don't go, take them home or we will take them to Savers.

~ Gail Langner

Attention Seniors!
On Tuesday December 20 at noon the TLC Seniors will be having a Christmas Smorgasbord at Trinity.  Everyone is bringing food to share.  Also, there will be a gift exchange ($10 or less) that is appropriate for either a man or woman.  There will be Christmas music and carol singing.  Please call Sally Warren at (978) 256-2657 if you would like to attend and contribute to the menu.

~ Sally Warren 

Trinity Travels
Nov 26th Parade and Holiday Celebration   Sing alongs, magic show, Santa, Crafts
Lowell Mass more information LIKELOWELL.COM/CITYOF FLIGHT
Nov 26th Craft Fair  9-3 Calvary Chapel  131 Stedman St Chel Mass 

Dining Around The World
We are heading to Japan on Dec 2 at 11:30. The restaurant is Sakura and it is located at 7 Summer Street #30 Chelmsford Mass Phone 978 2441228  Sushi Bar includes soup and salad $10.50  Lunch Boxes includes soup salad rice and entree  chicken teriyaki, shrimp or chicken Tempura, Vegetable Tempura, Ginger pork, to name a few  all under ten dollar Please call me by Nov 30 so I can make reservations. The restaurant is located on a small strip near weight watchers and a few other stores. Please call for directions if needed 978 677 6135 

~ Dorene Boyle
MANY THANKS to all who donated Socks for our SOX BOX campaign.  The socks were delivered to Lowell Transitional Living Center on Saturday, 11/19 and the clients were VERY GRATEFUL to receive them.  
Next up is our "MITTEN TREE" - we're collecting warm (waterproof, if possible) gloves and mittens for adults to be included in gift bags that the Trinity OWLs are preparing for delivery at the Lowell Transitional Living Center on Saturday, December 17th.
Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.  

~ Kate Conran
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 -11-20-16
YTD Pledges Received $345,465.
YTD Budget  $366,057.69
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -6%

Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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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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