What’s Happening at Trinity – News for Friday, December 8, 2017

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, December 9, 2:00-6:00 pm – Holiday Party at the Vicarage
  • Sunday, December 10, 10:00am – Holy Eucharist
  • Sunday, December 10, After Coffee Hour – Bishop’s Committee
  • Tuesday, December 12, 1:30pm – Text Study and Noonday Prayer at Twin Pines
  • Tuesday, December 12, 5:30pm – Grief Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost Children
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7:30am – Morning Prayer
  • Sunday, December 17, 10:00am – Holy Eucharist; Special Plate Collection (See below for details)

BibleWorship Leadership Schedules for Sunday

Acolyte Krista Baker
Lector Tim Baker
Prayers of the People Jessie Cragg
Chalice Diane Johnson
Hospitality Kevin Minch
Bursars Diane Johnson & Laura Gruber Harden

Amy’s Office Hours:  Amy will hold weekly “office” hours on Mondays from 10 am – 12 pm at Trinity, and Tuesdays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm  at Sweet Espressions Coffee Shop.  Amy will NOT hold office hours at Truman during exams and winter break. Office hours at Truman will begin again on Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 2 pm – 4 pm.  You do not need an appointment for any of these times, just drop by. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call or text her at 815-901-3614.

Amy’s Winter Break:  Amy will be away celebrating the holidayswith her family in Arizona from December 26 until January 3. She will return to work on January 4, 2018. Our Bishop’s Warden, Diane Johnson, is available for any pastoral emergencies or concerns.

Come Wonder as you Wander, A Community Christmas Gathering:  Friday, Dec. 8, 7 PM, LDS Church, 2000 E. Normal Street.

Trinity Choir will be singing at a community Christmas celebration, along with six other local musical groups — Featuring Jordan Hatch, Methodist Handbells, Senior Songsters, LDS Choir, ATSU MEDleys and Mennonite a capella Choir.  With so many different groups, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Contact Diane Johnson (dianetjohnson2@gmail.com) if you need transportation. No admission fee.

Holiday Party at The Vicarage:  Saturday, December 9.  Drop in anytime from 2 pm – 6 pm for carols, cookies and fun. No RSVP required.

Second Saturdays Yoga:  December 9, 11:45 a.m. in the undercroft.  Requested minimum donation of $5.

Bishop’s Committee Meeting:  The Bishop’s Committee meeting is after coffee hour on Sunday, December 10.  The BC will adopt the 2018 budget at this meeting; you are welcome to attend.

When Christmas Isn’t Merry – the holidays can be a challenge for some people experience loss and other sorts of difficulties. First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Washington St, Kirksville will offer a service of Light in the Darkness, December 17, 2017 at 5 pm. This is open to the whole community and may be the consolation you are looking for at this time.

#Advent Word:  For our Advent devotional, Trinity will be joining Anglicans around the world in an on-line Advent meditation series. Once you sign up, each day from Dec 3 – Dec 25, you will receive a word, an image and a brief meditation about the word. You are then invited to share your own thoughts on the word, either in prose or with an image of your own.

You can receive your daily meditation by signing up at www.adventword.org/signup. You can receive the meditation via e-mail, and will be also given options to receive your meditation via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For those of you who don’t want to use technology, here is a list of all the words for the season.  We will have an Advent Table at coffee hour for people who want to discuss their AdventWord expereince face to face.

December 17 Plate Collection:  The beneficiary of the plate collection on Dec 17 will be the Community Christmas Dinner (free to all) on Dec 17 at 5 pm at Truman State University. Checks should be made to Trinity with CCD in the memo line.

Christmas/New Year’s Eve Worship Schedule:

  • Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. – Advent IV Simple Holy Eucharist
  • Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve Festive Holy Eucharist
  • Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. – Christmas Festive Holy Eucharist
  • Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. 1st Sunday after Christmas Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Ray Hartjen as guest clergy
An Exam Time Prayer for Faculty, Staff and Students:  Exams at Truman begin on Dec 11 and run through Dec 15. Please remember all our stundent, staff and faculty members during this time.

Almighty God, the foundation of all wisdom: During this time of exams, enlighten your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that they may wisely demonstrate what they have learned this semester, and that they may use ithat knowledge to serve you all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Seeking a Spiritual Practice for Advent?  Remember that Morning Prayer is a great way to start your day – we meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and finish the service well before 8.  The service features prayers, a psalm, a reading and is part of the Daily Office, that is, the cycle of prayers that includes morning prayer, noonday prayer, evening prayer, and compline.

Holiday Shopping Helps Trinity:  If you do a lot of your holiday shopping on Amazon, please enroll in the Amazon Smile charity program. Trinity will receive .005% of almost every dollar you spend. It may not seem like much, but if we all do it, it can really add up. Go to www.smile.amazon.com to sign up, choose Trinity as your charity (there are a lot of Trinity churches in the pull down menu, so keep going until you find us) and you are all set.  All your other Amazon benefits (Prime membership, student membership, etc) wil lstay the same. You lose nothing and Trinity gains a lot.

Coat Rack Thanks:  Thanks to Joanne Harwood for lending the coat rack in the church addition.  If you wish to hang your coat up this winter and you use the new door, Joanne has made it handy to do that.

Pledge Thanks:  Thank you to all who pledged to the 2018 Trinity budget!  You are an inspiration.  The Finance Committee and the Bishop’s Committee will be working hard on the 2018 budget over the next two weeks.  It would be impossible to do this work without your steady commitments.

Food Depot:  Our Food Depot items for December – Canned meat/fish (Tuna, Salmon, Chicken) or…Christmas cheer! (Check sale items)

Lectionary Readings:

The deadline for next week’s WHAT is Noon, Thursday, December 14.  Please send items to BOTH Kevin Minch at kevin.minch@gmail.com and Natalie Alexander at faymie@gmail.com so that any relevant updates may also be included in the bulletin insert. Please be mindful of the deadline when possible.  Thanks!