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Sharing God's gifts, we joyfully serve!
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.
Wednesday, December 21
Advent Pot Luck
7:00PM Holden Evening Prayer
Saturday, December 24
- 4:00PM Family Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25
- 10:00AM Unity
Sunday, January 1, 2017
- 10:00AM Unity
Christmas Eve -
Pastor Dennis Walker
December 25, 2016 - Pastor Dennis
January 1, 2017 - Pastor Dennis
January 8, 2017 - Pastor Ellen Muller
Hold the Date!!
Sunday, January 22nd after the Unity
A Message from Pastor Dennis
Pastor Walker is Trinity's contact pastor
during our transition.
As we have increased our understanding of the
universe, the more we understand our dependence on
the Sun, the star at the center of our Solar
System. The energy from our Sun powers all plant
life on Earth through the (still current) mystery
of photosynthesis. This mystery enables green
plants to use sunlight to manufacture sugars from
raw natural materials. This becomes the basis of
almost every food chain of life as we know it.
Solar energy also maintains temperatures that make
life possible in most places. Were the Sun to
"turn off," the earth would become a frozen rock
in about eight (8) minutes, the time it would take
for the last rays to arrive to warm our
A big Thank You to those who have provided
and are continuing to provide Estimated Giving
inputs for next year. As of today we have a
total of 94 giving units who have responded out of
an anticipated close to 100 giving units.
Although we're nearing last year's estimated
giving, we need as many inputs as possible to help
Council firm up next year's planned 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
Many thanks for your generosity and plans to
Advent Wednesday Nights
Join us for our last Wednesday Advent
gathering tonight! 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
We have been blessed to have continued
support from our congregation for this year's
Alternative Giving Fair! We will be sending
over $500 to serrv and the rest of the donations
raised through the baked goods sale, luncheon.
crafts and ELCA Good Gifts sale will support the
ELCA. We will accept donations for ELCA Good
Gifts until Sunday, the 25th, in the form of a
check made out to Trinity with "ELCA World Hunger"
in the memo line. For information on areas
to support please visit ELCA Good Gifts
St. Paul's Soup Kitchen
Merry Christmas to all! Listed below
are the items needed for out next serving at St.
Paul's Soup Kitchen on January
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.
Here is a grid which includes items
that are needed. Feel free to drop off
your items to the church 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 church kitchen. It's as easy as
Thanks for all your help for this
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 -
~ Sandy Klapprodt
of the fellowship committee and everyone else that
uses the kitchen, we would like to thank the
Property Committee for the two new lovely
refrigerators. As usual, any unlabled food
is available for anyone. Please label your
item if you want to save it.
~ Nancy Grove
When is the last time the two of you did
something to enrich and revitalize your marriage?
Make 2017 the year you resolve to take time
to spend a weekend learning how to make your
marriage a more intimate, loving, Christian union.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends run from
Friday night at 8 PM to Sunday around 3 PM and
have been enriching marriages for over 40 years!
There is a $100 per couple registration fee; plus
toward the end of the weekend, you will be given
an opportunity to make a confidential contribution
toward continuation of the program. Two nights
lodging, 5 meals for each of you, and all supplies
The 2017 Northeast US Weekends are:
- March 24-26, 2017 at Toftrees Golf Resort
Conference Center -- a peaceful resort nestled
in 1500 wooded acres in State College, PA.
- April 28-30, 2017 in Lancaster, PA, at the
all newly-renovated Heritage Hotel Lancaster,
home of the unique tree-house-inspired
- September 15-17, 2017 at Spruce Lake Retreat
Center, Canadensis, PA, a new hotel-style
facility on Spruce Lake in the heart of the
Pocono Mountains - an hour north of Allentown.
- October 6-8, 2017 at the Black Swan Inn in
Lee, Massachusetts. Nestled in the foothills of
the Berkshire Mountains, a hidden gem
overlooking Laurel Lake - an hour north of
To sign up online, go to: www.GodLovesMarriage.org
pay the $100 registration fee using your credit
card, or mark the option to mail in a check.
For questions, or if you would like a
brochure mailed to you, contact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran
, Fred & Julie Schamber,
at 724-325-3166. Registrations are limited,
so act today to ensure that you can attend the
weekend of your
Wishes for a very blessed
During our transitional phase Trinity has
several layers of support
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
A call to the Church Office
978-256-6300 or an email to our Parish
Confrancisco, is always a good
Of course our congregational executive
committee is also available to respond to
Financial Secretary Report
Pledges Received $380,246.80.
Ahead/(Behind) Budget -4%
you're using offering envelopes, please be sure to
pick them up from the narthex this Sunday!
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