Third Week of Advent
December 15 and 16, 2018
Rev. Roger Prehn, Interim Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church
Cell Phone (407) 466-4909
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Serving this weekend
(5) Rusty Norris (8) Joe Kellermeier (10:30) Chris Weinrich
(5) Rusty Norris (8) Jean Haughwout (10:30) Jonathan Weinrich
(5) Hope Bauman, Jackie Kaufmann
(8) Rosalie Kalman, John King, Bob Seaton, Bob Spitz
(10:30) Barbara Reilly, Kathy Barrick, Trevoe Corina
(8) John King, Rosalie Kalman
(10:30) Else Abel, Annette Sowder, Ellen Peppas
Christian Ed: (9:15)
Welcome Bishop Suarez! We are pleased and honored to have Bishop Pedro Suarez, the bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, with us for worship this weekend. On Sunday morning at 9:15am, everyone is invited to “meet and greet” Bishop Suarez in the fellowship hall, ask questions, and hear from him about the mission and ministry of our synod.
Giving Tree Gifts should be dropped off this weekend. Thank you for your generous response to the Giving Tree project that enables us to sponsor 10 needy families at Christmas. For those of who have responded by taking a gift ornament from the tree, please remember to drop off your wrapped gifts with the ornament tags attached to each of them to the church office.
Mid-Week Advent Worship — The quiet and contemplative worship times will be in the style of the Taize community (France) using its songs and prayers, as we have done in the past. We will gather together on Wednesday in the morning at 11:00 AM and in the evening at 7:00 PM as we draw closer to God and one another in prayer, silence and singing.
Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas, written by members and friends of Trinity Lutheran Church are available in the church narthex.
Christian Education: Children’s Sunday School dates are: 12/16/18 and 12/23/18. The Sunday School lessons and related activities will focus on the Bible Stories concerning the birth of Jesus
New Members Class - A class for anyone interested in joining Trinity or learning more about the Lutheran Church is invited to contact the church office (386-428-4307) or speak with Pastor Prehn. The class will meet after 10:30 AM worship on the following Sundays: December 16, and 23. New members will be received into our congregation on Dec. 30.
Attention Council Members/Committee Chairpersons: Annual reports from your committee are due. Please send your report electronically to email@example.com. Guidelines for the annual report are available in the Policies and Procedures Manual located in the ushers’ room and fellowship hall. Please email Phyllis, using the church email address, if you have any questions.
Decorating for Christmas: Worship and Music Committee has decided on a different way of decorating for Christmas. We will not be selling Poinsettias this year. The new look will include fresh flowers, garlands, and candles. These decorations will be enjoyed through Epiphany. If you would like to make a donation in memory of or in honor of a loved one, Flower Offering envelopes are available in your bulletins this weekend and your dedications will be included in our Christmas Eve worship bulletins.
Volunteers are needed to help with decorating the church on Sunday, December 23 after the 10:30 am service. See you there.
Remembering our Pastor and staff at Christmas and showing our appreciation, offerings are being accepted for Pastor, Brian, Phyllis and Laura. Your donations will be received collectively and divided equally among the four. If you choose to direct your offering to a specific person, please let us know by writing his or her name in the memo line of your check, or on the pew envelope. We thank you for your generosity this Advent/Christmas season. May God bless you.
Important Notice: In handling the end of year contributions: The general rule from IRS is that a contribution is effective when delivered. This means that a check placed in the church offering in January of 2019 cannot be deducted in 2018 even if it is backdated to 2018. One exception – checks that are mailed and postmarked 2018 are deductible in 2018 even though not received until 2019.
SCENT-si-tive: Many of our members are sensitive to strong fragrances and perfumes especially if they have lung issues, are on chemo or have allergy issues. It would be helpful if we maintain a scent free church environment.
Christmas Eve Worship - “God chose to limit God’s self to flesh and blood, to be born in an awful situation, and to become one with God’s people so that we can be united with God. This amazing and bizarre thing is the central theme of the Christmas season.” (Gail Ramshaw-Sundays and Seasons) God broke into our world in and through his Son that we may have life now and forever with God.
Join us on Christmas Eve for this joyous proclamation at worship at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM of what God has done for us. We will celebrate Holy Communion at both services along with the traditional candle-lighting. We hope you will invite family and friends to join you and us for the news that the angels proclaimed: “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord.”
News from Council … The Synod has allowed us to establish a Call Committee for Trinity! If you're interested in nominating someone for the Call Committee, please read the "Guidelines for Choosing Members of the Call Committee" which is a resource from Synod and available in the narthex. Please then verify that he/she is willing to serve and if so, provide the name to a Council member. The Call Committee will be elected at our Phase II meeting on January 20. Contact any Council member if you need more information.
Attention Voting Members: Phase II Congregation Meeting—Sunday, January 20, 2019
Calendar of Events
Bishop’s Visit/Worship Service 5:00 pm
Bishop’s Visit/Worship Services 8 & 10:30 am
Meet & Greet Fellowship 9:15 am
Sunday School 9:15 am
Mission Workshop 9:00 am
Advent Services 11 am & 7 pm
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:45 pm
Caroling to Homebound 12:00 pm
Executive Board Mtg 6:00 pm
Worship Service 5:00 pm
Worship Services 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School 9:15 am
Church Decorating (after late service)
Commemorations for the Week
Sunday, December 16 Las Posadas This celebration, long popular in Mexico, takes its name from the "posadas," or lodgings, sought by Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Their search is reenacted in a neighborhood, unsuccessfully, until finally they are welcomed in, and a party commences.
Thursday, December 20 Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, died 1552 Born to an impoverished nobleman, Katie eventually took vows as a nun, but around age twenty-four she and several other nuns who were influenced by the writings of Martin Luther left the convent. Six children were born to Katie and Martin.
Next weekend’s readings: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
God bless and have a safe weekend.
Invite a friend or neighbor to our Mid-week Advent Worship and Christmas Eve Worship.