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From Pastor Alex

As many of you might know, the O'Connor (Patrick, Brandi, Patrick, Jr., and Kayleigh) family's home was destroyed by fire. We give thanks that no one was injured. 

We are collecting funds to assist them as they replace the contents of their home.  If you would like to help out, you may give at church on Sunday and write checks to Trinity and put "O'Connor" on the memo line.  We also have a new way of giving that allows us to receive donations through credit and debit cards through text messages. We will post directions about that method below.  Any donations made through text giving will be given to help the family and can just be made to the general fund. 

A big thank you to all of you for your care and concern that so many of you have expressed for one of our church family. 

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Giving by Text to Trinity Lutheran

Our text giving program allows you to use your phone to make donations through your debit/credit card or through your bank. 

        After the initial set up it is as simple as texting our                          designated number 931-240-5775                      and following a secure link.

1.  To set up Giving by Text text "give" to 931-240-5775. 

2.  The reply "How much would you like to give?" will               appear. 

3.  Text the amount you would like to give. 

4.  It will recognize you are a new giver and send a link.             Follow the link to input your cred/debit card or bank               information.

5.  After your initial gift and set up simply text "give" to our         number and the funds will be transferred and a receipt          sent to your email. 


             This is a secure system provided through our                        Content Management System with the funds                deposited directly into the church's account and     documented in your personal giving statement.  

LEARNING STAFF &                                         VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT              Sunday, October 21st                                      Parish Hall                                                        6:00 pm                                                            RSVP to Debbie Barnes   931-581-4887

                              ALL TENNESSEE                                    Forms & $35.00 are due to MaryBeth by    Wednesday, October 24th.


REFORMATION AND CONFIRMATION                            Sunday, October 28th 

Please join us as we celebrate the Confirmation of Patrick O'Connor and Alex Wickens during the 10:45 service.

We will have a traditional German meal of Beer & Brats following the 10:45 service.

Please remember to wear RED for this service.

    CHURCH FAMILY FUN NIGHT                                        PUMPKIN CARVNG AND A MEAL      Tuesday, October 30th                            6:00 pm 

TRIVIA NIGHT                                    Friday, November 2nd                    Doors open at 6:00 pm                      Luther Hall (gym)                              $10.00 per person

This price includes a meal and beverage. 

Proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations supported by Trinity Lutheran Church.  

Childcare provided by staff.     

To register a team, call the church office (931-455-9475) or email: tladministrator@lighttube.net. 


Building Improvement Goal of $125,000 in three phases of a Capital Funds Drive.

The three phases of giving and projects will help us move forward in our goal to find where God calls us as a congregation.  We have been finding our forward direction with God and these improvements and additions will help us serve our community and continue to provide a place of Grace where together we find the forward direction that God is leading us.

With the understanding that everyone's financial situation is different, a chart is included in the packet which shows various giving amounts over the three year period. 

We hope you are able to discern what you are able to give and participate at some level in our Finding Forward Campaign.  

Finding Forward Committee 



In the next couple of months, we will be serving and providing over 600 meals at our various events.  We have a wish list of several items that which help lower our costs.  We also have been inviting our neighbors from the ministries on our property which has increases our numbers at some events.  We do prefer to use one brand and type of plates, napkins, cups, etc., so that things will store easier and be more uniform.  We have included pictures of the items and a description and they can be found at Aldi in Tullahoma.  The items would love to have are Boulder 10" Heavy Duty Paper Plates ($ 3.29), Boulder Cultery 96 count ($ 3.89), Boulder Premium All Occasion Napkins ($ 1.59), Boulder 50 count Party Cups ($2.49).  If you wish to save a little, we do have our Tax Exempt Number in the store.  Simply ask the cashier for the tax book and tell them it is for Trinity Lutheran Church.




                                 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

        If you want more information about youth events,                        please contact MaryBeth Smith, Trinity's Youth Minister                    at tlcyouthandfamily@lighttube.net or                  call the church office at 931-455-9475.

Youth events cancelled during Fall Break.

                             COMMUNION SERVICES                                                                                Held each Wednesday at noon.




We are a generous people and our financial position we are writing about is not because any of you are not generous!  Currently, though we are $ 20,000 in the negative for the year, not everyone understands how our church finances work.  Therefore, a little explanation is needed.  At the beginning of each year, we begin with $ 30,000 in our general fund which is used to pay budgeted expenses over the year.  The negative balance we show on a monthly basis is based upon the amount plus or minus the $ 30,000 with which we started the year.  Traditionally, we catch up at the end of the year as expenses decrease and giving increases.  It is with faith and generosity we continue to do the things God calls us to do.  This year, we had two factors which put us in a little larger deficit than normal.  Every three years, we send our youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering and the youth and parents raise money for it.  We also budget and pay for our staff to attend.  Youth gathering ministry needs probably account for around $ 4,000 of our deficit.  The other contributing factor is that our insurance rates increased this year by 10% which has affected the balance in our general fund.  Moving forward, we simply ask for your generosity to continue!  If you are able to give anything extra to help with our extra youth ministy needs and insurance needs - that would be awesome!  Another way which continues to help us is your signing up to give electronically through your bank or through our website.

In thanksgiving for your generosity,                                Your Stewardship Team!



Although we have a paid childcare attendant every week, we do schedule a volunteer assistant.                         

If you would be able to assist with childcare, please let us know.  

Depending on the number of children in the nursery on Sundays, you may not be needed and can attend worship.

 GRIEF SHARE                                             Wednesday                                     10:30 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

Trinity began a new Grief Share session on Wednesday, August 8th. 

It is a 12-week program and will meet in the church parlor.  



There is a box in the hallway for the collection of used eyeglasses.  

This is an ongoing service project of the Lion's Club.



There is a link on Trinity's homepage for the Church Directory.  

User Name: firstnamelastname                                             Password: peace                                                             You may then personalize your password.

Also, there is an app for iPhones and Android phones in the App Store which is "CTRN Online Directory".

The code for the mobile app is "trinitytullahoma".


       A way to support Trinity for those who have an IRA is          through Required Minimum Distribution.

          This is a way to give and your donation will not be               taxed as income through this charitable distribution.                                                                                                                    For a more detailed explanation,                       please see Jim Peissig or Pastor Alex. 

 LWR QUILTERS                                            October 16th, 23rd, 30th                     9:30 am

You are invited to join the LWR Quilters every Tuesday of each month.

Meeting in the Banner Room, all are welcome anyone who would like to help make quilts which are sent around the world.  


                            WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR                                           LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF QUILTS?                            Below is a list of the number of quilts sent from                        Baltimore (where Trinity's quilts are shipped)                                to different countries worldwide!                                                                                                                                  Haiti - 15,840        India - 49,500                                        Peru - 19,800        Tanzania - 24,750                                         Georgia (near Russia) - 49,500                    

                 Trinity reaches out well beyond our borders!!                 LWR Quilters thank you for your support!


DOMINOES                                                Friday, October 19th                                Friday, November 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!  


BIBLE CONNECTIONS                  For 4th - 5th Graders                 Wednesdays                               1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

                      Cancelled during Fall Break.


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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. 



For KCR Flyer Click Here.




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.






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 is 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.


To Give online click now!




We now have 29 families who have signed up for automatic giving.  Our website has access to the automatic giving process.  You may want to consider simplifying the giving process.  It is similar to automating the payment of utility or phone bills.  If you need help in setting up an automated payment, please see Jim Peissig.  

Thanks for all you do!



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