January 11, 2018 • First Week of Epiphany
Dear Church,

As we begin this new year, let's pray. Pray for our leaders, both staff and volunteer, that they would serve God in all their lives and their ministry would be an overflowing of the love that God has poured into each and every one of them. Pray for our Senior Pastor Tom Petter (on study leave until Jan 21) as he plans and prepares the teachings for 2018, that he follows the leading of the Holy Spirit and guides our church in Gospel ministry. Pray for our board as they make important decisions governing the life of the church, and pray for our ministry in Metro West, that we would continue to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

There is a lot to look forward to this weekend at TCC! Our guest preacher, Matthew Kim, will be preaching on "God's Word in the Last Days," based on scripture from 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Our LTA program is exploring the theme of "Practicing Praying." Our Students will be away at Camp Berea for Deep Freeze, so pray for them as they hear gospel rich messages and music, and enjoy the fun of winter retreats! (Students at TCC this Sunday are invited to join the worship service at 9:30a or 11a)

We also have an exciting seminar on Saturday with our Peacemaking Team and Christian Counsellors helping us learn how to walk with God through conflict. Read below for more info.

Finally, right around the corner is our Annual Meeting on Jan 28. This is our once-a-year opportunity to think, dream, and plan our ministry year together as we listen to God, our pastors and leaders, and each other for vision and guidance for the year ahead. The task is big, but our God is bigger! I can't wait to see what amazing things God does in 2018!

Guide me o thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with thy powerful hand!

In Christ,
Adam Kurihara
Director of Worship and Community Life
Announcements
TCC’s Annual Meeting
January 28th at 11A
All church members are called to the Annual Meeting of Trinitarian Congregational Church, on Sunday, January 28th at 11A. Church Members will adopt a 2018 Budget, vote on a new slate of church leaders and receive updated ministry reports. Join us as we celebrate the great things God has done in 2017 and dream and plan for 2018. All TCC members are requested to attend this years meeting to vote on new leaders and finalize our budget. Special update from Pastor Tom about the vision for 2018.

Just one worship service @ 9:30a that morning!

Annual Reports are due into the office by January 16th!
Please email ministry reports and photos to Adam at adamkurihara@gmail.com.


All Church POTLUCK Coffee Hour Before the Annual Meeting
Coffee Hour on 1/28 will be an all-church potluck brunch! We'll provide bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea, and juice. Will you bring fruit, muffins,or breakfast bread? Just drop it in the kitchen on your way into church that morning.

2018 Offering Envelopes

Offering envelopes for 2018 are in the church lobby for pick up. If you do not see a box already there for you, let us know by signing up on the clipboard sheet located in the lobby with the envelopes.

If you have assigned envelopes, but won’t use them, please leave them in the box in the lobby BUT mark “Won’t need” and initial the box. This will save us from over ordering next year. Thank you!

Questions? Call the church office at 508-358-7717, or email Aimee at contributions@tccwayland.org.
Sundays and Winter Weather
It's winter! When snowstorms happen leading into Sunday morning, we will update the church by 7p on Saturday Night via the following channels:

Website: tccwayland.org
Church Voicemail: 508-358-7717
News: WBZ Radio and CBSboston.com

On Sunday mornings, we may potentially cancel the 9:30 service (along with all LTA and Student Ministry Programming) and just have the 11a service. In this case, there would not be any Student Ministry or Children's Programming at the 11a service.
As always, please use your own discretion before traveling in any questionable weather. If you are scheduled to serve on a Sunday morning but are unable to safely travel to church, please contact your ministry leader.
Lost and Found Items to be Donated on February 5th!
Clothes and coats can be found in the coat closets. Unclaimed kitchen items are located in the kitchen rack next to the refrigerator. Everything remaining after February 5 will be donated.
Music and Worship Ministries
Sacred Music Concert with Westgate Church
May 19 & 20, 2018
It's back! After an amazing program in 2016, we're gearing up for a fantastic new concert
with original music by Adam Kurihara plus classical and contemporary works for choir and orchestra. Drew Halberstat and Adam Kurihara conduct.
Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson , Director
Cheryl Alexander , Assistant
Mom and Me Play Days
Consider bringing your infant - preschool children, your friends and neighbors and their preschool children to TCC for a play date. We’re opening the gym and one preschool room for free play on Mondays between 9-11A. We’ll resume on January 8th, excluding school vacation days.

Contact Gail Hughson with any questions.  
Student Ministries
New Student Ministires logo
Kyle Smethurst, Pastor

Please pray for our students and leaders heading up to Camp Berea for the Deep Freeze winter retreat this weekend.

No SM worship service or HS Small groups this Sunday. Students are invited to join the worship service at 9:30a or 11a.
Volunteers Needed for Student Ministries!

Pancakes Cooks Needed

Help students start Sunday mornings with full bellies! You can serve AND make it to worship service on time-begin cooking at 8:55a and finish by 9:30a. All supplies are provided.           

Midweek Meals

On Wednesday evenings, before Middle School Midweek, our Student Leadership meets for fellowship and to prepare for the activities of the evening. Since they meet during the dinner hour, we need meals to feed 10.      

Please contact Jen Calverley or Nancy Griffin at 508-358-7717 or email frontdesk@tccwayland.org to sign up!
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies
Peacemakers' Seminar Begins this Weekend... Register Now!
An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

The Peacemaking Team is hosting an exciting opportunity to learn how to "Walk Others Through a Conflict".

There will be two workshops facilitated by David and Judi Glidden, both Certified Christian Conciliators.

Workshop dates are this Saturday, January 13, and Saturday, January 20, from 9:00a to 3:00p (lunch provided).

The workshops are open to all TCC members and anyone you would like to invite to join you for this incredibly, awesome opportunity to learn to be the peacemaking men and women God has created us to be.
Knit Together (K-Tog)

Mondays at 10a-12p & 7p-9p in the parlor.

 People of all ages and experience levels invited to this informal knitting group.

Questions: Susan Foster 508-358-5852
LIFE Groups

The new year is a great time to join a LIFE Group! New groups just kicked off last fall and there are still a few spots open. Contact Pastor Kyle to get plugged in today!
Saturday Morning Saints
Men’s Bible Study

Light breakfast and Bible Study from
8a-9:30a. All men are welcome to join us! 

For more information, contact:
Ed Brown at 508-655-9116; beverlybrown2@mac.com
or
Jim Santamaria at 508-358-7821; hermits@comcast.net .



Wednesday Evening Men's Bible Study Resumes in February!
Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30a

This class is taught by Rev. Allan Baldwin. Join us as we explore John’s Gospel and its focus on knowing, serving, and enjoying Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Bible Study Podcasts

Visit http://tccspecial.podbean.com/ to hear our Wednesday Bible Study teachings. You can also find the link to the recordings on our website; on the bottom of the TCC Sermons page is a "Special Event Recordings" link.
Mom to Mom 
January 5 - May 11
Friday mornings, 9:30A - 11:15A
"Mom to Mom makes me a better mom as it 'gives me support' along the way...
Mom to Mom meets weekly to address issues and needs of women and family, guided by Biblical principles. We offer encouragement, compassion, and support to moms with children of all ages living at home. Any mom, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to join us.

Mom to Mom also offers a wonderful Christian Children's Ministry Program for infants through kindergartners. There are crafts, music, games and Bible stories for toddlers on up. A loving and responsible children's team offers your kids the best!

Please note that moms and children must be pre-registered. Placement in the children's program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please register on-line here.
The program registration fee is $55/year and scholarships are available.
The children’s program fee is $75/year and scholarships are available.


For more information, contact Tonya Peck at  momtomomtcc@gmail.com.
Women's Bible Study 
January 4 - April 12
Thursday mornings, 9:15A - 11:00A

Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study (WBS) is currently studying the Book of Acts, taught by Rachael Frase from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. How did Christianity start and spread? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the church? Come enjoy morning coffee and fellowship with friends and learn through the Book of Acts how the gospel turns the world upside down! WBS meets on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:00A. The Winter/Spring session January 4 - April 12. Cost is $50 for the entire year plus $75 for childcare. Please register on line here. If you have additional questions, contact Amy Canute at tccwbs@gmail.com
Volunteer Opportunities
TCC runs on volunteers! Please visit the TCC “How to Serve” webpage at http://www.tccwayland.org/serve.php for more information.  Here are a few current opportunities:  

Greeting Ministry

Especially important at this time of the year - greeters stand in the lobby and doors to help people into the building safely. Arrive at 9am and help us foster a welcoming community.
If you would like to serve as a Greeter on Sunday mornings, email adam@tccwayland.org .

Usher Ministry

Ushers are absolutely critical in helping newcomers form their first impression of TCC. You help set the tone for the worship experience to come. You are representatives of God’s kingdom. You’re not just opening doors, providing information, handing out bulletins or collecting the offering, you are making people feel welcome!

If you would like to serve as an usher on Sunday mornings, email office@tccwayland.org.

Sunday Hospitality / Coffee Hour

If you enjoy having a cup of coffee while chatting with others during the 10:30 Fellowship time, please sign-up (alone or with your Small Group) to host a coffee hour!  You don’t even have to provide snacks – just make, set up and then clean up the coffee and tea (Easy instructions provided – click here to see what is involved!) Participation gives you and your group an opportunity to serve the Lord and is greatly appreciated by your fellow members .
If you would like to help with Coffee Hour email Robin Spinale at jspinale@hotmail.com.

Counters

Are you accurate and reliable? Volunteers count the weekly offering (mostly checks for deposit) each Sunday, and we are in need of new helpers. Offering counters work in pairs. 

To help with offering counting, email Aimee Mury at Contributions@tccwayland.org.
Serving our Community
This year we are partnering with three local organizations to help us achieve the greatest impact in serving our community. We believe that working alongside local Christian organizations is the best way to serve our community. We also believe that serving the poor is an essential part of the Christian faith. If you are not yet involved in one of these ministries, sign up yourself and/or your LIFE group today!

For more information, please contact Jen Calverley or Nancy Griffin at 508-358-7717 or email frontdesk@tccwayland.org.
The Bridge House

The Bridge House, located in Framingham, is a faith-based recovery home for men with substance abuse problems. Their program provides individualized treatment including counseling to support the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual health of each person in recovery. TCC would like to provide a meal for 50 to Bridge House every month.

Salvation Army/United Way Pearl Street Cafe

For the past 3 years we have helped prepare and serve meals for the Miracle Kitchen (Framingham Salvation Army). That program has ended, but a new exciting opportunity has taken its place! The Framingham SA has officially begun their new partnership with the Pearl Street Cafe & Cupboard , a program of the United Way. Just like the Miracle Kitchen, this new program provides dinner for 50-100 people every weeknight. TCC will provide 12 volunteers to serve dinner there every 1st and 5th Monday of the month from 4:30-7P. We no longer need to prepare meals...just serve the ones prepared by the United Way staff. There is no age restriction on the volunteers. We hope you will join us and serve!


Open Table

Open Table is a local food pantry located in Maynard. We have short opening and closing shifts on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings to serve. Adults and High School age students can volunteer at the Open Table food pantry.
The TCC Food Pantry, “Loaves & Fishes” offers assistance to those of TCC and the surrounding community who need help with providing for themselves and their family . If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from the food pantry. The food pantry is open on Sunday mornings and during regular church office hours. 
Donations to the TCC “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell. We only accept donations of non-perishable food and personal items. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU NOT TO DONATE ANY OPEN OR EXPIRED ITEMS – WE JUST HAVE TO THROW THEM AWAY!

TOP ITEMS NEEDED:
   
Ketchup
Relish
Brownie/Cake Mixes
Pickles

Any questions regarding donations? Contact Diane or David Newcomb at diane.newcomb@comcast.net or david.newcomb@comcast.net
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48