HANGING OF THE GREENS
December 8th & 22nd
Following 10:45 Worship
Soup & Sandwiches will be served.
WEDNESDAYS IN ADVENT
December 11th & 18th
6:00 pm Meal
6:30 pm Kids in Advent
7:00 pm Worship
The weekly themes for the meals are:
December 11th Meatloaf and Fixin's
December 18th Hot Dish (Casseroles)
POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS
Order forms for poinsettias are on the table in the Narthex. The cost is $18.00 each and the deadline to order is December 15th.
Please give the information as you have in the past; however; this year, we are asking that you leave the pages on the clipboard.
Sunday, December 8th
4:00 - 8:00 pm
A Word About Stewardship
Stewardship means belonging to God, allowing God to rule one's life by putting God in charge of everything. It is being in a relationship with a God who loves, guides, guards, and blesses us. Our goal then is to find the life God wants us to have, confident such a life is the best possible. Unfortunately, we are tempted to avoid the topic of stewardship and accept our imperfection with varying degrees of denial and discomfort. However, the Bible contains promises to inspire our confidence rather than arouse our guilt. We become generous people by allowing Christ to transform us to be the people God wants us to be. Douglas John Hall writes in The Steward: "Stewardship begins by overcoming . . . the pride of imagining ourselves as owners, the sloth of irresponsibility, neglect, and apathy. The gospel give us the grace and courage we need to exercise a love larger than our
self-esteem or our anxiety about ourselves."
Question: Is the concept of belonging to God threatening, promising, or both?
Taken from Giving to God by Mark Alan Powell
We thank all the faithful Stewards of our congregation.
As we plan for mission and ministry in 2014,
it is your Generosity of time, talent and energy
that will help us together to do God's work.
ANGEL TREE GIFTS
The Angel Tree Gifts are for the children of the Tullahoma Day Care Center.
Please return your wrapped gifts by December 15th.
If you have questions, see Susie Wilde.
Tuesday, December 10th
Consider joining the quilters on the
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 am in the Banner Room.
FOR 4th - 5th GRADERS
Meets in the Parlor on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.
Bible Connections will not meet during Advent.
The next meeting will be on January 8th.
SKILLED HOMES DINNER
Saturday, December 7th
Our congregation will host the annual Lasagna dinner for the combined skilled homes on Saturday, December 7th. This invitation goes out to the seven homes in our area and we usually serve about 60, including our helpers.
Susan & Dick Gross
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP
Tuesday, December 24th
7:00 pm & 10:00 pm
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS
Thanks to Harry & Mo Nisbett, Neil Aukeman, Ron & Sharon Martini and Bobby, Regina Laird and Leigha for being there for this great cause.
END OF YEAR & STEWARDSHIP
2 Corinthians 8:3-4
3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the priviledge of sharing in this service to the Lord's people.
Every year as a congregation, we simply try to break even and cover our budgeted financial needs.
We always depend on miraculous December giving.
This giving, along with our normal contributions, helps us to have a surplus that allows us to operate during months where income does not cover spending.
We simply ask that you consider what you have given this year and see where you are.
If you are able to help out with an additional financial gift this Decemver or need to catch up, please pray about what God might be calling you to do.
Our church makes a difference in our community and our world because of you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKET CAMPAIGN
Please bring in canned & dry food articles for our church's Christmas food basket campaign.
A bin is located in the Narthex for the collection of items.
Also, monetary donations are most welcome.
If you know of someone who could benefit from the food baskets, please give their names to Susie Wilde or
TOUR OF HOMES
Benefitting the Tullahoma Day Care Center, on Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm there will be a
Tour of Homes.
Advanced tickets are $10.00 or $15.00 at the door.
Please see Cyndi Eads, Kathy Rieder,
Sherry Roepke or Susie Wilde
for tickets and additional information.
COOKIES & CAROLS
Sunday, December 15th
STEWARDSHIP AND THANKSGIVING
In this season of thanksgiving, a sincere 'thank you' is in order to everyone who supports our congregation throughout the year with their attendance, service, and regular financial contributions.
For those of you who are interested, the church offers electronic giving options for making donations on a scheduled, automated basis. It's convenient for you and provides much-needed financial consistency for the church.
If you are interested in more information, please see
CONFIRMATION FOR 6TH & 7TH GRADERS
Weekly classes, taught by Pastor Alex, are being held
in the Banner Room during the Sunday School hour.
Please see Pastor Alex if your child needs to be
included in Confirmation.
Those of you who are in need of Offering Envelopes, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
Please sign with your envelope number so we may get new ones to you.
TRINITY'S OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Trinity's financial position improved in November so now we just need contributions to remain strong in December for us to reach our 2013 Ministry Plan.
Total General Fund Income $ 247,144
Total YTD General Fund Expenses $ 259,503
The Day Care Center loan balance
has been reduced to $ 5,617.