Old Testament Reading for
Sunday, October 19th
2 Samuel 12:1–9
and the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, "There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had very many flocks and herds; 3but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. 4Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him." 5Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; 6he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."
7Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; 8I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. 9Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
5Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
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QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
STORY POINTS - What are the main bullet points of this story?
GOD - What do we learn about God? What does this story reveal about the heart of God? What is the truth about God we discover?
HUMAN CONDITIONS - What does this story convey about being human/about humanity?
GRACE, FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION - Where do we see grace and/or forgiveness and/or reconciliation in this story or where do we wish we would have seen grace/forgiveness/reconciliation in this story?
INTROSPECT/SELF EXAM/LOOKING INWARD - What does this story reveal to us about ourselves? Where do I find personal meaning in this story?
OTHERS - How does this story inspire me to help and serve others?
"Luther's Luncheon" for Thrivent Members in Luther Hall
Sunday, October 19th
We will enjoy a complimentary catered, buffet-style lunch, elect officers for next year, hear a few words about Martin Luther, and hear the latest Thrivent news from Andrew Baker.
This will be a fun and informative luncheon and we hope to see all Thrivent members there.
Contact Debbie Barnes for more information at 931-581-4887.
ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY
On All Saints' Sunday, we will remember those loved ones who have joined the church triumph since last November.
Please put their names on the sheet on the table in the Narthex prior to the services on November 2nd.
NEW STUDY GROUP BEGINS
Thursday, October 23rd
A focused study group, entitled Everyday Holiness, has begun and meets on Thursday at 1:30 in the Banner Room.
We will be studying "soul-traits" (e.g. humility, patience, gratitude, compassion, honor, generosity, etc.), focusing on one trair per week, examining that trair in our own life and how it impacts our relationship to God and other people. It involves daily reading, inner reflection, daily application of principles into your life, and journaling as to where you confront these attributes or challenges to them in your life.
We will be using the texts Everyday Holiness, the Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis, as well as Every Day, Holy Day - 365 Days of Teachings & Practices from the Jewish Tradition of Mussar, also by Alan Morinis.
Eileen Loeffler will be leading the study. Contact her at 393-3539 if you want more information.
Thursday, October 23rd
Please join us in on Thursday, October 23rd in Luther Hall when Sharon & Ron Martini will show a video about their trip to Estonia and The Singing Revolution.
The cost of the meal, which will include ham and German potato salad, is $7.00 per person. This amount will also cover the Christmas basket offering.
FISHY FUNDRAISER FOR NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING SILENT AUCTION AND BRATS & SUCH MEAL
Sunday, October 26th
Following 10:45 Service
During our Brats & Such meal on Sunday, October 26th, the youth will have a silent auction to raise funds for the National Youth Gathering.
Any items you have to donate for the auction will be appreciated.
Please bring them to the church by Thursday, October 23rd.
PUMPKIN CARVING AND DINNER
Wednesday, October 29th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex for the number of pumpkins you wish to have purchased for you.
The cost of each pumpkins is $ 5.00.
Dinner will be provided.
SUNDAY YOUTH ACTIVITIES
For 9th - 12th Graders
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For 6th - 8th Graders
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
These meetings are for any adult interested in talking about faith, theology, etc., similar to what is studied in Confirmation.
For 4th & 5th Graders
1:30 - 2:30 pm
ALL TN YOUTH GATHERING
The November All TN Youth Gathering has asked us to bring an in-kind offering for our Room at the Inn relief bags service project.
You can help by donating various items: men's white socks, women's socks, chap stick, cough drops, winter gloves, hand-warmers, new winter hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion and deodorant.
Please drop off donations in the All TN box, located in the collector, by November 2nd.
FRIENDS OF HORSE PLAY
Because fall has such a busy calendar, our fund-raising luncheon has been moved to Friday, March 6th, 2015.
Save the date!
SMALL GROUPS FOR
FELLOWSHIP & BIBLE STUDY
If you would be interested in forming small groups in the Lynchburg, Tullahoma, Manchester and Estill Springs areas for Fellowship & Bible Study, sign-up sheets are on the table.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT
The Church Council has approved the
renovation of the Sunday School Wing.
There are various cosmetic changes that will be made to include painting, ceiling tiles, flooring and lighting.
We will be doing the work ourselves which
will save the congregation a considerable amount of money.
This project will be done in phases as we address paint, lighting and ceiling tiles in each room.
Then, we will install new flooring throughout the whole wing.
The first room we will work on is the smallest classroom and the cost will be $ 450.00.
Donations are above and beyond regular giving and can be made to the repair fund.
As we continue working in the Sunday School wing, each stage will be more expensive but we know that with God's help and grace, we will meet our goals.
PRAYER REQUEST FORMS
We are implementing a new form for Prayer Requests. The forms are located on the Welcome Desk and on the table in the Narthex.
We hope by using these new forms, we will be able to manage the Prayer List more efficiently.
SCHEDULING FOR CALENDAR
If you have an event that you would like to have at Trinity, please notify the office staff. To submit your event, you may call the office, e-mail the information to the office, or visit Trinity's website where there is a "Submit Calendar Item" tab found under the "Calendar" section.
October 21st & 28th
Consider joining the quilters on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each month
at 9:30 am in the Banner Room.
The Good Samaritan Program of Tullahoma administers Project HELP funds and works with other public and private agencies to see that those elderly and handicapped in need receive adequate help.
You may contribute to this fund by adding extra amounts to your utility bill through TUB.
Further information can be found on the table in the Narthex.
GriefShare is a special group for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one.
It is a nondenominational program that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.
Each session is self-contained so joining the group at any time is appropriate. Each cycle encompasses 13 weeks.
GriefShare is currently meeting at First Baptist Church. These sessions are on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 pm and will run September - December.
Afternoon sessions will begin on Thursday, January 8th. These sessions, beginning at 1:00 pm, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church. These sessions will run until April.
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Surviving the Holidays
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Trinity Lutheran Church
This is a special session to provide help during the holidays. A warm and encouraging event, it features video presentation and group discussion. Also, there is a workbook for participants to use during the holiday season.
The two hour session helps participants deal with the intense pain of grief during the holiday season.
STEWARDSHIP AND THANKSGIVING
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
Our January - August report, shows our general fund has had expenses exceed receipts by $ 12,329. Historically, we seem to keep our general fund in a deficit balance for most of the year but this will be carefully watched so it does not get too large.
We have received $ 350.00 for the first phase of the renovation of the Sunday School area.
We will begin when $ 450.00 is received.
Thank you for your many contributions of time, talents, and funds.
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
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