Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

December 14, 2016

Contents
Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 12/18
Choir Rehearsal
8:00AM
Worship & Communion
Cantata
9:00AM
NO Sunday School
Alternative Giving Fair
11:00AM

Monday 12/019

Tuesday 12/020
Senior Event
12:00PM
Church Council
7:30PM

Wednesday 12/21
Advent Pot Luck
6:15PM
Holden Evening Prayer
7:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
7:30PM

Thursday 12/22
Pageant Rehearsal
5:00PM
Bjallerklangen
7:30PM

Friday 12/23
OFFICE CLOSED
Alcoholics Anonymous
6:00PM

Saturday 12/24
Candlelight Service/
Pageant & Communion
4:00PM
Candlelight Service/
Communion
7:00PM

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
preaching

December 18, 2016 - Cantata - Pastor Dennis Walker

Christmas Eve - Pastor Dennis Walker

December 25, 2016 - Pastor Dennis Walker

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

Sunday, January 22nd after the Unity Service

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

One of renowned English author Charles Dickens most famous books was A Tale of Two Cities. It tells the stories of London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution in 1789. It begins with the oft-repeated line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Dickens' master tale reminds us that pain and pleasure, good times and bad are often playing simultaneously, with only narrow spaces separating direct opposites. 
  
 
"All is Well"
Christmas Cantata Unity Service
cantata
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 this 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

Attention Seniors!
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
generosity
A big Thank You to those who have provided your Estimated Giving input for next year.  Commitment Sunday (20 November) and subsequent inputs total 90 giving units so far on the way to an anticipated close to 100.  We'll need as many inputs as possible to help Council plan for next year's mission activities.  If you haven't taken 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, many thanks for your generosity and plans to continue this support. 

~ Ed Jonson

TWNO Book Club - Winter Read
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The next meeting of the "Trinity Women's Night Out" Book Club will be held on Monday, February 6th at 7 pm in the CC Room at Trinity.  Karen Goltz will host our discussion of "Russian Winter" by Daphne Kalotay.  Karen will bring snacks and select 3 books from which we'll choose the next book for our group. 

From Goodreads:  Former Bolshoi ballerina Nina Revskaya auctions off her jewelry collection and becomes overwhelmed by memories of her homeland, the friends she left behind amidst Stalinist aggression, and the dark secret that brought her to a new life in Boston.
 
Advent Blessings and Happy Reading!

~ Judy Straeffer

Advent Wednesday Nights
advent
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.

Thank-you!
thanks
To all my loyal friends who came to my table and made my Christmas by buying and helping the poor of this world. Thank-you!

~ Anneliese Fidler

December Worship Schedule

schedule
 
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
 
Waiting...


 
TLC Transition
tlc 
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 -12-14-16
YTD Pledges Received $371,791.80.
YTD Budget  $389,423.08
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -5%

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

E-Newsletter Policy

 Policy

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E-newsletter articles appear once.  Readers are encouraged to retain weekly e-mails if they wish to reference past articles or go to Elexio to retrieve past issues. 

 

Trinity Lutheran Church 


978-256-6300  www.tlc-chelmsford.org

Music Director:  Daniel Endow

Parish Administrator/Church Office: Beth Confrancisco

 

Sunday Schedule

Worship & Communion 8:30AM

Sunday School 9:45AM

Choir Rehearsal 9:45AM

Worship & Communion 11:00AM

Coffee Hour follows worship

 

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