Old Testament Reading for
Sunday, October 26th
1 Kings 3:4–28
4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I should give you." 6And Solomon said, "You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?"
10It pleased the LORD that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life."
15Then Solomon awoke; it had been a dream. He came to Jerusalem where he stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. He offered up burnt offerings and offerings of well-being, and provided a feast for all his servants.
16Later, two women who were prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17The one woman said, "Please, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. We were together; there was no one else with us in the house, only the two of us were in the house. 19Then this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20She got up in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your servant slept. She laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. 21When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, I saw that he was dead; but when I looked at him closely in the morning, clearly it was not the son I had borne." 22But the other woman said, "No, the living son is mine, and the dead son is yours." The first said, "No, the dead son is yours, and the living son is mine." So they argued before the king.
23Then the king said, "The one says, 'This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead'; while the other says, 'Not so! Your son is dead, and my son is the living one.'" 24So the king said, "Bring me a sword," and they brought a sword before the king. 25The king said, "Divide the living boy in two; then give half to the one, and half to the other." 26But the woman whose son was alive said to the king — because compassion for her son burned within her — "Please, my lord, give her the living boy; certainly do not kill him!" The other said, "It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it." 27Then the king responded: "Give the first woman the living boy; do not kill him. She is his mother." 28All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to execute justice.
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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?
BRATS & SUCH MEAL AND SILENT AUCTION
Sunday, October 26th
Following 10:45 Service
Please remember to wear red for Reformation.
Please join us as we celebrate Reformation with a Brats & Such Meal.
We ask for a donation of $ 20.00 per giving unit or whatever amount you feel led to give.
There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for the National Youth Gathering.
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.
Thursday, October 30th
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.
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.
CHURCH FAMILY DINNER
Wednesday, November 5th
Since Pastor Zimmerman has retired, Pastor Alex would like to discuss where to allocate the Foreign Mission Funds which were provided to Pastor Zimmerman's mission work in Hong Kong.
For those interested, there will be a table designated at the Church Family Dinner for this discussion.
TULLAHOMA DAY CARE CENTER
Tuesday, November 11th
Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting a movie night for the parents and children from Tullahoma Day Care Center on Tuesday, November 11th at 5:30 pm in the A-frame.
We will provide a light dinner and popcorn.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sandra Braasch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-316-4645.
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
THANK YOU FROM THE YOUTH
Due to the gracious generosity of the congregation, we have collected enough items for the Room at the Inn relief bags service project.
Also, thank you to all who donated items for the National Youth Gathering Silent Auction to be held on Sunday, October 26th. And, thank you for bidding on the items!
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.
November 11th, 18th, 25th
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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