WEDNESDAY ADVENT SERVICES
Our Advent schedule will be the following: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meal 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Youth Activities 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Holden Evening Prayer
The menu for the meals are the following: December 7th Fried Chicken and sides December 14th Roast Pork Loin and sides December 21st BBQ and sides
You may bring side dishes to share, if you wish, but it is not necessary.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE BUILDING AND PIZZA Sunday, December 4th
Following the late service on Sunday, December 4th, we will have our annual Gingerbread House Building led by Wimp Goethert.
The price per house is $ 10.00.
A sign up sheet is on the table in the Narthex for the number of houses you wish to build.
HANGING OF THE GREENS AND MEAL Sunday, December 11th
A sign up sheet is on the table in the Narthex for those who plan to attend.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, December 18th Between Worship Services
Please have reports and budgets turned in to the church office by Sunday, December 11th so copies can be given out at the Congregational meeting.
CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNION & CANDLELIGHT SERVICES Saturday, December 24th 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
The 7:00 pm service will include a children's nativity.
The 10:00 pm service will be a traditional service.
LWR QUILTERS December 13th, 20th, 27th 9:30 am
You are invited to join the LWR Quilters on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
DOMINOES Friday, December 16th 1:00 pm
On the third Friday of each month, there is a gathering of folks who play Mexican Dominoes at 1:00 pm in the Banner Room.
Typically, we have around 8 people participate and there is always room for more.
Please feel free to join us!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BOXES
We are again preparing Food Boxes for those in need.
Each box costs approximately $ 50.00.
A bin is available for collection of items which we will use for additional items to fill these boxes.
We will need you help in preparing, purchasing items and delivering these boxes.
Please consider making this another successful venture by contributing financially, bringing items for the boxes and helping with this project.
Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex after Thanksgiving.
See Homer Kelley or Susie Wilde for further information.
SKILLED HOMES CHRISTMAS DINNER Saturday, December 10th
Our congregation will host the annual Lasagna dinner for the combined skilled homes on December 10th. This invitation goes out to the eight homes in our area and we usually serve about 60, including our helpers. We will have sign-up sheet (helpers & cookie bakers) at the table in the narthex. We will need 10 folks to help with food prep, serving, eating and clean up. We also need 12 folks to bake 2 dozen cookies.
Cheers, Dick & Susan Gross
MaSH YOUTH (Middle & Senior High) Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The schedule for youth events:
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm MaSH Youth 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Confirmation/FISHY
Youth will be included in the Advent activities .
BIBLE CONNECTIONS For 4th - 5th Graders Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cancelled during Advent. Will resume on January 11th.
From Pastor Alex,
At Trinity, we strive to build up our community and help one another grow in faith and fellowship. We offer events such as the church family picnic at our house, receptions, church dinners and trivia nights which help us understand that we are the body of Christ and to be in a relationship with one another.
Another tool we have been working on to help promote community is the church directory. The directory is linked to our website and there is an app for your smart phone. If you search CTRN directory in the app store, you can download the app on your phone. By using the app, you are able to access pictures and emails and call families from your phone. We are currently collecting family pictures and individual pictures. The reason for the individual pictures, is that we want to be able to list everyone who participates in a ministry in a group. This will allow us to email everyone on a ministry team/group and will allow everyone in that team/group to email that team/group without having to set anything up on their own email system.
I know many of you do not like to have your picture taken, but you can also submit a photo on your own, if you would like to do that.
We are putting so much effort into this project for a variety of reasons. Currently, it sometimes takes a year or two for some in our community to meet or know who others are. I know from personal experience, if you know someone's face and do not know their name, sometimes we avoid interacting with them all together.
There are a variety of reasons as to why it takes so long to create community. Our lives are much different than they were years ago. Jobs now require a lot of travel, some of our members have time to participate in one ministry and not others. Many in our congregation are unable to go out in the evenings and a great majority of our congregation live some distance from Tullahoma. The list goes on and on and I mention this only to call attention as to why we are trying so hard to bring people together. We are trying to provide the tools so we can know one another and communicate with one another.
Please try to submit an individual picture if you are able in the coming weeks.
If you need the password, have lost it, or did not receive the email, please let us know. Also, if you would like a printed directory, please let us know and we can gladly do that for you.
RENOVATIONS AND CHURCH PROPERTY UPDATE
Upgrades and renovations to our building continue.
Due to the generosity of both our volunteer labor force and the generosity of this community, we continue the work that has been completed in the Sunday School wing.
The oldest part of our building is in need of maintenance and appearance upgrades.
So far, we have enhanced the lighting in the A-Frame and are dealing with plumbing issues in the bathrooms and plans are underway to address the flooring.
Work on the Sacristy has been completed.
Most of this work is being done by volunteers which makes your donations go a long way.
Any donations made to the building funds go a long way to help maintain our property which helps us to fulfill the mission of being an Oasis of Grace to our community.
We will have a project cost soon for work that is going to be done in our older sanctuary which will be used as another worship, classroom and community space which will enhance our ministry.
If you would like to subscribe to text messages for church events, such as special dinners and/or activities:
Then, text this message: @drhoffn
This is a one way text communication message and your number remains private.
Kroger's Community Rewards Campaign
Benefiting Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan has become a beneficiary of Kroger's Community Rewards campaign. Kroger Plus shoppers can designate Good Samaritan as a charity that will then receive financial support from Kroger.
It is very easy to sign up as shown in the KCR Flyer.
Once you sign up for the program, then Good Samaritan will receive benefits from Kroger whenever your Kroger Plus card is used.
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.
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.
GRIEFSHARE SESSIONS AT TRINITY
GriefShare sessions have currently ended at Trinity.
Will announce when next sessions begin.
STEWARDSHIP AND THANKSGIVING
Electronic giving can be accessed on the Trinity Lutheran website by pressing the "giving" button at the top of the page. Electronic giving is easy to setup or modify and can provide a status report on activity for the year.
Or, you may click below to be connected to our online giving page.
It's convenient for you and provides much-needed financial consistency for the church. It is a secure site provided by Vanco services that is part of the simply giving program.
Currently, we are approximately $ 7,000.00 below our budget.
The number of families who are taking advantage of the direct payment of contributions is at nineteen.
Contributions can be made monthly, semi-monthly, weekly or at various times. This is a very convenient way to contribute to the church.
Thanks for all you do!
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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