Trinity Lutheran Church 
Trinity Tidings

January 4, 2017

Next Week at Trinity
Sunday 1/8
Morning Choir
Worship & Communion
Sunday School
Choir Rhearsal
Evangelism Cmte.
Worship & Communion

Monday 1/9
Lutheran Church Musicians

Tuesday 1/10
Executive Committee

Wednesday 1/11
TLC Book Club
Stewardship Cmte.
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 1/12

Friday 1/13
Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday 1/14
Property Work Day

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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


Pulpit Supply
January 8, 2017 - Pastor Ellen Muller

January 15, 2017 - Pastor Dennis Walker (Baptism)

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

January 29, 2017 - Britta Meiers Carlson
Hold the Date!!
Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 22nd after the 9:00AM Unity Service.

Please remember to pick up your copy of the Annual Report this Sunday, January 8th.

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

Having just entered into a new year, we might pause for a moment to consider our calendars down through the centuries. There were at least four (4) calendars in use simultaneously at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. The Roman rulers of Jesus' time used the "Julian" Calendar, the emperor, Julius Caesar, had developed. It arranged the year by phases of the sun and had the now familiar year of 365/24-hour days. 

TLC Book Club
The Trinity Book Club will meet on Wednesday January 11 at 10AM in the Lounge. We plan to discuss "Mornings on Horseback," by David McCullough. The fascinating story of an extraordinary family, a vanished way of life and the unique child who became Theodore Roosevelt.  Bring your suggestions and stories about your reading adventures. We welcome everyone interested in lively conversation stimulated by reading.
~ Dave Kramer

Update on Special Winter Coat Drive
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, Social Ministry is asking anyone to donate gently used winter coats and deposit them in the collection bin by the Music Room in a container indicating - Winter Coats - LTLC - for pickup by Vanway / American Training on January 5.
Last Thursday, Dec. 29, George Peterson, a member of Social Ministry who works for Vanway delivered over 30 winter coats to the Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC).  These coats were delivered by Vanway even before any coats were collected by Trinity - because Trinity has joined this special program with American Training and Vanway.
George has indicated that he has now been designated by Vanway as one who delivers winter coats as well as picks up winter coats at designated collection points such as Trinity.
George also indicated that even though the current drive for winter coats will reach a milestone on Jan. 5, Trinity members may continue to donate coats after Jan. 5 and these will be picked up and processed.  Donated coats may include children's coats as well as adult coats.  Trinity may then designate other recipients for these coats (LTLC generally wants adult sizes).  Other recipients might include other kitchens like St. Paul's and Table of Plenty that Trinity also sponsors.  Additionally, if Trinity members are aware of any family in need (including any Trinity family), please send an email to George Peterson and Vanway will process these requests according to their guidelines.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Bill Pude
Social Ministry
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 -12-31-16
YTD Pledges Received $393,333.80.
YTD Budget  $405,000.00
% Ahead/(Behind) Budget -3%

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

Memorial Garden

E-Newsletter Policy
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Trinity Lutheran Church 

Music Director:  René Rivers
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
Office Hours:  M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM
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