THIS WEEK AT TRINITY

December 15              7:30 p.m.            Church Council-Zoom
December 16              5:30 p.m.            Blue Christmas Dinner-Social Hall
7:00 p.m.            Blue Christmas Service
December 18              9:00 a.m.            Helping Hands workday-Social Hall/Kitchen
December 19            10:00 a.m.           Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship Service
Sock & Mitten Tree collection ends
11:00 a.m.           Red Shed Village bag packing-Social Hall
11:00 a.m.           Helping Hands Christmas Cookie pickup-Social Hall
6:30 p.m.            Sunday Night Big Band Concert-Social Hall

*NEW LIFE FOR GIRLS

New Life for Girls is committed not only to liberate women from the bondage of addiction and emotional abuse but to restore self-appreciation and show them how to successfully re-enter society as strong and capable women.

The program consists of three phases. On the first one, women who have endured the same problems stay 3-5 months in the Introduction Centers with access to resources that help their journey to wholeness. The second phase is located in Pennsylvania and lasts a minimum of ten months with daily Bible classes, counseling, and specialized programs and spiritual retreats. Lastly, the third phase focuses on reentry to society, women have access to computer skills training and to obtain their GED.   www.newlifeforgirls.org.

Donation to New Life for Girls envelopes are on the table in the Narthex.

 

Sunday Worship Service

  • In-Person at the Church 10:00 a.m. (With Communion)
  • Online streamed 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Worship services at 10:00 a.m. are streamed—online at

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  • You may participate in worship via telephone.
    • This format is available for all but we encourage those who do not have a smart phone or internet access to use this format. Call 855-984-0707. Listen to the prompts. You can access and listen at your convenience.

Physically Distant Home Communion Visits – 3rd Sunday of the Month

    • Contact the church office 410-848-8923 or David.kulow43@gmail.com if you wish our Lay Eucharistic Ministers to arrange a Physically Distant Home Communion visit.
    • The Lay Eucharistic Minister will give you a call when they arrive at your home to let you know that a pre-consecrated communion kit containing a wafer and grape juice is on your porch/doorstep.

Trinity Coffee Klatch

  • Join us on Sundays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for Koffee Klatch – a chance to gather online via Zoom for conversation and catching up with one another. {Join the conversation anytime between 12 and 1}  (Think of it as Social Hour moved online!)  Bring your coffee, tea, lunch, etc. and reconnect with your Trinity family!
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The Inn Doors: 

Doorways are a powerful metaphor for initiation: crossing the threshold into new adventures, answering when opportunity knocks, or welcoming someone in from the cold on a winter’s night. Our Advent Series “The Inn: Housing the Holy” will encourage us to “think outside the box” while considering how our resources can be put to use in service to our local community. Even if you have just a “broken down barn” of a building, there are so many ways that God can use your space and presence to effect real change and hope in the lives of your neighbors.

Our anchor image for this series is a simple wooden door, a visual echo of the modest animal stable in Bethlehem where the Holy was birthed into the world.

Our Inn Doors have been beautifully displayed by Barb McComas.  These are no ordinary doors, however, – they are the doors to Trinity’s old Social Hall.  We pray this image and connection to our history will help to focus your worship on the holy this Advent season.

BLUE CHRISTMAS-A Service of Remembrance and Hope

Whether you are mourning the loss of someone you love or you are struggling with difficult times in your life, we invite you to join us for our Blue Christmas Service Thursday, December 16th— Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Service at 7:00 p.m. The service will be a time to name and remember our pain, while looking to the hope that the Christ Child brings.

JOURNEY OF HOPE 

  • Meet in-person in the Social Hall on the Second and Fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
  • This group is for anyone needing encouragement or support from a loss such as divorce, death of loved one, serious medical issues, etc.
  • Questions should be directed to Deacon Heather Segar at  h_alidepulles@yahoo.com

Reaching Out Service Project

This Advent, we will be collecting items to create Outreach Bags for the Red Shed Village in Baltimore, which supports the unhoused in meeting their basic needs while also creating a community grounded in hope and fed by God’s grace.  Every Thursday, the Village distribute 40-50 Outreach Bags.

    • Outreach Bags–Gallon Ziplock bags with “daily needs” supplies.  Items will be collected and on December 19th following the service, there will be a “Packing Party” when the bags will be filled with collected items.  The bags will be taken to the Community Coordinator.
    • Donations are due by December 19th.

 

  • ITEMS FOR RED SHED VILLAGE OUTREACH BAGS:

Small Water Bottles, Snack Crackers, Dried Fruit (raisins), Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars, Protein bars, Nuts, Pull top canned food, Juice, Fruit Cups, Beef Jerky, Cereal, Trail Mix, New Socks, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Toothbrush, Hairbrush/Comb, Small Laundry Detergent, Razor, Sunscreen, Oragel, Wet Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Deodorant, Band-Aids, Tissues, Mini flashlights

Hat and Mitten Tree

  • This Advent, we will also be collecting hats, mittens, and socks for Shepherd’s Staff.
  • We invite you to bring in new hats, mittens, and sock and place them on the hat and mitten tree.  In the Narthex.
  • We will collect these items through December 19th.

Advent Bible Study:

  • Join us on Tuesdays during Advent to discuss the book The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus.  This study will help us to take a fresh look at the Christmas story by getting to know all the characters who played a part in Jesus’ birth.
  • We will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on Zoom.
  • Time: 6:30 PM

Weekly Reading assignments:

        Dec 14, 2021 06:30 PMThe Song of the Angels. Seeking and Finding: The Wise Men       

        Dec 21, 2021 06:30 PM–Mary, the Simple Girl at the Center of Everything; Room for Jesus:

                                                   The Innkeeper. Afterword: Imagine Yourself

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Poinsettias for Christmas Eve

  • Poinsettias have been ordered for Christmas Eve Service.  If you would like to contribute, please sign up on the chart on the Narthex Bulletin Board.
  • Plants are $8.00 each.

 CHRISTMAS EVE

  • Services on December 24th will be at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Both services will be in-person in the Sanctuary and live streamed.

 GERMAN LANGUAGE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

  • Join in a German Language Christmas Service on Saturday, December 18th, at 3:00 pm. The service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Rd., Mt. Airy.
  • Worship in German, Favorite German Carols, Brass Choir.
  • Stay for coffee hour with German goodies.
  • An offering will be gathered for ELCA World Hunger Relief.

CALENDARS

  • Lee Fitzpatrick will be collecting calendars for the Veterans at Martinsburg, VA. Anyone receiving free calendars can donate them to this worthy cause.
  • A collection box will be in the Narthex.

SUNDAY NIGHT BIG BAND

The SNBB will present a concert in the Social Hall on December 19th.   This is to show the band’s appreciation for use of the Social Hall for rehearsals.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS

December Health and Wellness

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Getting together with friends and family during the holidays is fun, but here are a few suggestions.

  • Don’t go to a gathering on an empty stomach because this encourages overeating.
  • Mingle around the room and don’t stand at the snack table.
  • Make socializing your first priority; not eating.
  • Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If you are a guest bringing something to share, make a healthy alternative.
  • Reduce your portion sizes and stop eating when you feel satisfied.

And remember to be health safe. Avoid large crowds.  Wear a mask.  Consider becoming vaccinated.  If you are uncertain about receiving the covid vaccine, please consult with your physician. If you should feel ill, stay home.  The covid virus as well as the flu are still present.  Call your doctor or seek medical care for symptoms of either.

Happy Holidays from your Health and Wellness Committee

Ann Boyles

READINGS FOR WEEK:  December 13th –19th

MondayIsaiah 11:1-9; Numbers 16:1-19; Hebrews 13:7-17
TuesdayIsaiah 11:1-9; Numbers 16:20-35; Acts 28:23-31
WednesdayIsaiah 11:1-9; Micah 4:8-13; Luke 7:31-35
Thursday-Psalm 80:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 10:10-18
FridayPsalm 80:1-7; Isaiah 42:10-18; Hebrews 10:32-39
Saturday-Psalm 80:1-7; Isaiah 66:7-11; Luke 13:31-35
Sunday-Fourth Sunday of Advent-Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55.

 

Blessings Closet

  • Carroll families are eligible every 30 days to select household and personal care items from theBlessings Closet. Appointments are required to take advantage of this program. Please call 410-857-5944.
  • Blessings Closet items include diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, all sizes of ziploc bags, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, shampoo, hand sanitizer, disinfectant/sanitizing wipes or spray. Financial donations are also welcomed.

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