What's Happening in November

All Saints Sunday, November 5th: We will be observing All Saints Day, one of the oldest observances on the church calendar, on November 5th. While all Trinity members who have died in the past year will automatically be included in the litany of the Saints, we also welcome names of loved ones who are not members of Trinity.

Sound System Dedication, November 5th: On Sunday, November 5th, we will dedicate our new sound system to the Glory of God. This new system was paid for with available funds from the Terry Ebert endowment gift.  We are so very grateful to Terry for his generous bequest.

Agape Community Meal, November 8th: Our next community meal is scheduled for November 8th  at 5:30 PM.  All are welcome.  Please come and bring your family, friends, neighbors…

Help for Agape Community Meal, November 8th: If you would like to be part of this wonderful ministry, please see Sherry McDonald. We always welcome helping hands. It is fun and very rewarding to take part in this meal and opportunity for community fellowship.  Consider joining us!

Operation Christmas Child, November 12th: Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Collection due date is Sunday, November 12th when we will have a blessing of shoe boxes during the Worship Service. The boxes will be taken to a church in Muir on November 13th. Please use a regular or plastic shoebox to pack your gifts and include a $9 donation to cover shipping expenses. An information pamphlet containing instructions to pack a shoebox and boy/girl labels is available on the table behind the back pew. For more information about this program, google Operation Christmas Child.   The Junior Youth Group will be helping us with this project this year.

Annual Congregational Dinner and Meeting, November 19th: Our Annual Congregational Dinner and Meeting will be held immediately after worship on Sunday, November 19th. The Kitchen Committee will be preparing a delicious roast beef dinner. Please call the church office if you are planning to attend the dinner. Reservations are due by November 5th. Please join us. We need your voice, your vote, and your support!

Nominating Committee: The following members were appointed to serve on the Nominating Committee: Joe Fogarty, Dezi Fogarty, Beau Troutman, and Dara Troutman. They will be identifying members of the congregation who are willing to run for a three-year term on Congregational Council, 2018-2020. We will be voting at the November Congregational Meeting. If you are interested in being nominated, please contact Pastor Brian or one of the members of the Nominating Committee.

Community Thanksgiving Service, November 22nd: The Tri-Valley Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 22 at Helper's Church of God in Pitman.

Bible Study:  Bible Study continues on Mondays at 9:30 AM in the library.  Please join us!

Book Study: Our Book Study on "The Shack" continues on Monday, November 13th and November 27th, at 7:00 PM in the library.  Come and join us as we study together!

Youth Group Update:

Senior Youth Group: Keep an eye out for the Carol-Gram sheet on the Bulletin Board directly across from the office. The Senior Youth Group will be collecting Carol-Gram assignments and donations. What is a Carol-Gram? Well, it's a Christmas Carol with a joyful message.  On Saturday, December 16th beginning at 12 noon, the Senior Youth Group will go caroling, in which they will be singing to those who had Carol-Grams purchased for them.  If you would like a loved one to receive a Carol-Gram on that date, give a donation of any amount and sign them up on the sign up sheet on the Bulletin Board. You can choose the Christmas Carol of your choice. All Donations collected for Carol-Grams will be used for the cost of the Mission Trip to Roanoke, VA on July 6-9. Speaking of which, $50 per participant attending the Mission Trip is due to the church office as of now.

Junior Youth Group: Our Junior Youth Group will be helping coordinate Operation Christmas Child. The Shoeboxes will not be given out this year, but you can participate in this as well by providing a shoebox, filling it up with gifts for a boy or girl, and bringing your completed shoebox to worship on November 12th for a special Shoebox Blessing the Junior Youth Group will be leading.

Contemporary Worship Information:

Come and join us on the second Sunday, November 12th, as we will be singing "Our God" by Chris Tomlin during our 10:30 AM worship service! The words will be printed in the bulletin and will also be up on the screen!

Then, join us on Sunday, November 26th at 6:00 PM for our regularly scheduled Contemporary Service in the Sanctuary! If you plan on joining us, please bring a donation for the food closet with you.

Home from the Hospital Visitation Program: The Home from the Hospital Visitation Program continues. Beverly Hand and Robin Otto were our volunteers for September. If anyone knows of someone in need of a visit, please contact the church office, and we can add them to the visitation list. If anyone is interested in signing up as visitors, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board.  If you have any questions, please contact Joan Klinger or Pastor Brian.

Advent Candlelighting: Our Advent Candlelighting service will begin the first Sunday in Advent which is December 3rd. There will again be readings, prayers, and a lighting of the candle. If you and your family are willing to take part, please let Pastor Brian know.

Advent Craft Faire, December 3rd: The Christian Education Committee is again planning for our annual Advent Craft Faire the first Sunday in Advent, December 3rd, during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:00 AM.  We are in need of crafters.  Please contact Jamie Masser if you are interested in providing a craft for approximately 30 Sunday School children.

Annual Christmas Covered Dish Social, December 10th: Trinity’s Annual Christmas Covered Dish Social will be held on Sunday evening December 10th. It promises as always to be an evening of relaxation, fun, and fellowship during the busy Christmas season. We are looking forward to hearing our talented children and adults singing and playing instruments. If you are willing to share your talents with us, please contact Pat Harner or Robin Otto. Bill Bixler is also conjuring up some additional entertainment you won’t want to miss!

Annual Nativity Puppet Show, December 24th: On Sunday, December 24th at 9:30 AM, we will have our annual puppet show telling the story of Jesus’ birth. The older Sunday School children will perform the puppet show for the younger Sunday School children as their way of sharing the Good News and helping everyone understand and focus on the real meaning of Christmas. The puppet show is held in the Church sanctuary.  Adults are welcome to attend, too.  Please join us…

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