Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

December 7, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 12/11
Morning Choir
Worship & Communion
Sunday School
Choir Rehearsal
Alternative Giving Fair
Worship & Communion

Monday 12/012
TWNO Cookie Swap

Tuesday 12/013
Endowment Cmte.

Wednesday 12/14
Advent Pot Luck
Holden Evening Prayer
Choir Rehearsal
Stewardship Cmte.

Thursday 12/15
Finance Committee

Friday 12/16
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 12/17

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


Pulpit Supply
December 11, 2016 - Pastor Britta Meiers Carlson 

December 18, 2016 - Pastor Dennis Walker

Christmas Eve - Pastor Dennis Walker

December 25, 2016 - Pastor Dennis Walker

January 1, 2016 - Pastor Dennis Walker
Hold the Date!!
Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 22nd after the Unity Service

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

As we in the Christian Church attempt to mediate and prepare for Christmas during Advent, the effort reminds me of working in a car parts factory back in the early 1970s. The factory where I worked (as a temporary) was running 7 days/24 daily all summer long to produce parts for new car models coming in the Fall. 
Lo! 'tis the Queen of Light Joyfully Singing
Clad in her garment white,
Wearing her crown of light,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia,
This Saturday, December 10 at 4 PM we invite you to attend a celebration of our Swedish heritage!  Sankta Lucia's "Festival of Lights" will take place in the sanctuary and be followed by a cheery social hour immediately following in the Luther Room. Many, many adults and youth have been working hard to make this year's celebration a night you will remember and help get you in the spirit of the Christmas season!  
All are welcome!  Hope to see you Saturday!
~ Sankta Lucia Steering Committee 
(Ritva Ojanen, Sue O'Brien, and Tara Zantow)
*  Please note the 1966 Sankta Lucia was Gunilla Sawyer.  Lo Thatcher is standing to the right.

Alternative Giving Fair
All are invited to visit the Alternative Giving Fair this Sunday, December 11th, from 9:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. and browse more than 50 different giving options that support life-changing projects and programs around the world.  Rethink your Christmas shopping this year, and substitute at least one gift with a gift from the ELCA Good Gifts catalog!

Think about it:
- For the cost of a mug for your favorite teacher, you could cover the cost of health and dental care for a child in an orphanage.
- For the cost of a video game, you could pay a girls's school fees.
- For the cost of a new outfit, you could provide water purification tablets to a village plagued by a natural disaster.

The Fair will also include handmade items by Anneliese Fidler and Ritva Ojanen, as well as other members of the congregation, Fair Trade coffee and hot cocoa, a variety of items from serrv, many breads and other baked goods to purchase as well as brunch and lunch offerings following each service.  ELCA Good Gifts and any remaining serrv items, crafts or baked goods will be available to purchase on December 18th as well.  

~ Dina Morrison

Christian Education Update
Just a reminder that all classes will be held this Sunday, December 11th and Confirmation class on Tuesday, December 13th.  Then, we will be on break until January 8th!  Any child participating in pageant will rehearse on the 18th, following the unity service, and on the 22nd from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

~ Dina Morrison
Christian Education Chair

Call Committee Update
The Call Committee continues to make progress toward filling the pastoral vacancy.  In November, we had 2 candidates that had come through our analysis of their Rostered Leader Profiles.  We interviewed our 2 candidates via (a Skype-like resource provided by the Synod).  Both candidates, although different, provided insightful answers to our questions.  We decided to advance both candidates to the next round of on-site deeper interviews and observation of them leading worship at a neutral site. Since that time, one of the candidates has accepted a call to another New England Synod congregation.  We have scheduled the remaining candidate, who was our first choice from the online interview, for the next round to be conducted later this month.

~ Jim Ray
Call Committee Chair

"All is Well"
Christmas Cantata Unity Service
Come join us for a 9:00am Unity service on Sunday, December 18th. This special service will highlight our music program by performing the festive sounds of traditional carols with contemporary Christian seasonal selections. During a time of transition at Trinity it is important we come together to be reminded of the comfort and joy we have in the miracle of grace. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the Advent season! 

~ Daniel Endow
Music Director

Advent Wednesday Nights
Join us for the Wednesday Advent gatherings!  We'll gather at 6:15PM for our pot luck.  Please bring a medium dish to share so there are little to no leftovers. Then at 6:45PM we'll gather up what we brought/clean up whatever needs to be cleaned up and will be in the sanctuary for 7:00PM for Holden Evening Prayer.  

This year's theme is "Liberated By God's Grace."   "During this Reformation commemoration year we are boldly proclaiming that human beings are not for sale. This is one of four important and central themes adopted by our global Lutheran community. The over-arching theme is Liberated by God's Grace. The sub-themes are Creation-Not for Sale, Salvation-Not for Sale and Human Beings-Not for Sale.

Attention Seniors!
Our December 20th Christmas Smorgasbord is coming up soon.  Please be at TLC by 12:00.  Don't forget to bring a gift, $10 or so.  If you have forgotten what you singed up to bring for the smorgasbord, please give Sally a call for a reminder.

It's not too late for TLC seniors to sign up for the party; just give Sally Warren a call at (978) 256-2657.  There will be plenty of food, music, a gift exchange and Christmas cheer.

God Yul,
~ Sally Warren     

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) (88 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

December Worship Schedule

Wednesday, December 7 - 6:15PM Advent Pot Luck
      7:00PM Holden Evening Prayer

Saturday, December 10 - 4:00PM Sankta Lucia Festival
Sunday, December 11 - 8:30AM Worship & Communion
          11:00AM Worship & Communion
   9:30AM Alternative Giving Fair
Wednesday, December 14 - 6:15PM Advent Pot Luck
      7:00PM Holden Evening Prayer
Sunday, December 18 -  9:00AM Unity Service - 
Christmas Cantata
          11:00AM Alternative Giving Fair
Wednesday, December 21 - 6:15PM Advent Pot Luck
      7:00PM Holden Evening Prayer
Saturday, December 24 - 4:00PM Family Candlelight Service
  7:00PM Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25 - 10:00AM Unity Service
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:00AM Unity Service
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 -12-4-16
YTD Pledges Received $361,401.
YTD Budget  $381,634,62
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -5%

If you're using offering envelopes, please be sure to pick them up from the narthex this Sunday!

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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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