Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

December 28, 2016

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 1/1
Worship & Communion
NO Sunday School

Monday 1/2

Tuesday 1/3
Worship & Music Cmte
Property Committee

Wednesday 1/4
Christian Ed. Cmte.
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 1/5

Friday 1/6
Merry Widows
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 1/7

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
January 1, 2017 - 10:00AM Unity Service - Pastor Dennis Walker

January 8, 2017 - Pastor Ellen Muller

January 15, 2017 - Pastor Dennis Walker

January 22, 2017 - Knute Ogren (Unity Service/Annual Mtg.)
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.

One of the more interesting of the many scientific concepts explored and expanded by Albert Einstein in his long career was that which we now know as "Black Holes." Einstein predicted these entities, which later experiments have confirmed. A "Black Hole" is sometimes known as a "Singularity." It is a place where stars go to die once their nuclear fuel burns out. When this happens,all dimensions of matter collapse in a gravity field so dense that nothing survives in its previous material form. We can't see these entities because the light we would need to do so is also unable to escape from a Black Hole's absolute gravity field. 

Generosity Update
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 95 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 9:7-8
Many thanks for your generosity and plans to continue this support. 

~ Ed Jonson

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 3rd...2017!

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 that!

Thanks for all your help for this wonderful ministry!
Please sign up via Sandy Klapprodt by replying to this email or use the interactive sign-up sheet. 

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 - thank you!!!

~ Sandy Klapprodt

Special Winter Coat Drive by January 5
Social Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church (TLC) is participating in a joint project with American Training/ Vanway to collect new, or gently used winter coats, until January 5, 2017. 
Gary Wells, Trinity coordinator for Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC), has contacted administration personnel at LTLC regarding them being one of the recipients for this special drive for winter coats.  George Peterson, member of TLC and Social Ministry, works for Vanway and has volunteered to do the pickup and delivery to Anton's Cleaners from where the coats will be delivered after cleaning.
Social Ministry is supporting this project to help American Training / Vanway because it has the potential to become a more expansive charity for those in need in the future.  Trinity will continue its direct support and involvement with LTLC, but Social Ministry thinks this winter coat drive will provide special emphasis and support for this specific need at this time of year.
Please bring any gently used winter coats to Trinity and deposit them in the special storage container in the usual drop-off location at TLC that is for LTLC and Open Pantry items by January 5.  We apologize for the short notice on this, but that is the way the chain of events occurred this first time with Trinity's involvement.
Thank you for your support!
~ Bill Pude
Social Ministry
Thank-you to everyone who helped my husband and family on Christmas Eve.

~ Ginger Dries
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 -12-24-16
YTD Pledges Received $387,409.80.
YTD Budget  $405,000.00
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -4%

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

Wishes for a Blessed 2017!




E-Newsletter Policy
E-newsletter articles are due to the church office by 4:00PM on Tuesday for inclusion the next day, although earlier is better.
E-newsletter articles appear once.  Readers are encouraged to retain weekly e-mails if they wish to reference past articles or go to Trinity's website to retrieve past issues. 

Trinity Lutheran Church 


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Sunday School 9:45AM

Choir Rehearsal 9:45AM

Worship & Communion 11:00AM

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