MAY - JUNE 2016
2016 ELCA SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD ASSEMBLY
The 2016 Synod Assembly will be in Birmingham, Alabama, May 27th - 29th.
Here are some quick facts about our Synod: One of 65 synods in the ELCA One of 6 synods in Region 9 (Southeastern US) Comprised of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee Divided into 9 Conferences Baptized members: 48,000+ Total congregations: 161 Our Bishop is the Rev. Julian Gordy Each congregation sends delegates who vote on a variety of matters concerning actions that the ELCA may take in the future. Our delegates this year are Mike and Chris Dodd. Pastor Alex will be attending, as well. Sara Garrett, a seminary student and a member of our congregation, will be preaching at Trinity on Sunday, May 29th while Pastor Alex is at the Synod Assembly.
More about the Synod Assembly can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/elca-ses.org/elca/home
WEDNESDAY NOON SERVICES
Due to vacation schedules and church related events, the Wednesday Noon Services have been canceled for the month of June.
BREAD BUYERS NEEDED!
Every week we need two loaves of bread for communion. Currently, I go every Saturday evening and purchase it, but I would like to delegate this important task and include more people in the preparation of communion.
We use fresh bread because the eucharist (communion) is a foretaste of the feast to come. The elements in our sacraments are ordinary things; that through God's love and promise, become extraordinary.
Ideally, we would like for people to sign up to purchase bread for a month and place it in the sacristy each week. It could be purchased on Thursday or Friday and placed in the refrigerator but the main key is to keep it fresh.
Here are some suggestions for what bread to buy.
Kroger: White Mountain Bread. It is a round loaf and has flour on top of it.
Walmart: Hawaiian Bread which you can buy frozen and place in the freezer in the kitchen. We just have to have someone responsible to make sure it is thawed out for Sunday.
Loaves of Italian or French bread work great.
I am not opposed to using flat bread or any other type of bread because variety is always great and it speaks to how God come to us in many and various ways. The main requirement is that the bread is not too crumbly and that it breaks easily for distribution.
Please email, call, text, Facebook, or use a carrier pigeon or telegraph to let us know if you can help. I announced this in worship several months ago but have been waiting for the sacristy to be completed before recruiting any volunteers.
RAU-WOOD May 31st - June 2nd
We will meet at Trinity by 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 31st and hope to leave soon after.
We will be back to Trinity 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 2nd.
TRINITY'S MENTORING MINISTRY TEAM CELEBRATION Thursday, May 26th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME
Just a sampling of the hand made quilts that the Trinity Quilt Group has been working on will be on display Sunday, June 5th at both services.
We have been working hard and are trying to tie our record of 100 quilts to be shipped to Lutheran World Relief the end of August.
Love to have you join us!
We meet the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 am in the Banner Room.
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 next week, 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.
TRINITY ADULT CARE CENTER GARAGE SALE JUNE 10th & 11th
Trinity Care Center will hold a garage sale on Friday, June 10th from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 11th from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm at Trinity Adult Care Center, 708 First Avenue, Tullahoma.
Parking will be available in the back lot of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Items for the garage sale and baked goods would be welcome.
For further information, you may call 931-455-0755.
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.
BIBLE CONNECTIONS For 4th - 5th Graders Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bible Connections has ended until the fall.
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.
Flyers are located on the table in the Narthex.
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.
June 14th, 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.
If you are interested in GriefShare or know of someone who would benefit from the sessions, please contact Trinity Lutheran Church at 931-455-9475.
First United Methodist Church (931-455-5434) will begin GriefShare sessions on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30 pm.
First Baptist Church (931-455-5461) also offers GriefShare Sessions. Please contact them for their schedule.
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.
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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