TCC Email Newsletter
November 16, 2017
Pastor Tom's Note
"Comfort for those who mourn"
Who can forget Elton John’s rendition of “Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral? The world has seen many times of mournings before and after this tragic event 20 years ago. In fact, the stark reality of life is that we are in perpetual mourning, either experienced in the distant past, the most recent present, or somewhere in between. Death has affected all of us. And if we ever forget the raw pain, all it takes is a song (like Elton John’s), a memory to bring back the sting of death to crush our hearts. We are in mourning all over again. One Day Jesus will change all that...


Sermon Series:

Last Sunday
Tom Petter

This Sunday
"Treasures in Heaven"
Tom Petter

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This Weekend
Faith Promise Sunday - This Sunday, November 19
This week, everyone on the TCC mailing list should have received a stewardship packet outlining the budget for 2018. 

Included in the mailing, you will find a Faith Promise Card, which we ask all members and regular attendees to fill out and bring with them this Sunday.

Faith Promise cards are non-binding estimates of your planned contributions. Please take time to seek the Lord prayerfully, and honor Him with a tithe of what He has given to you.

At the end of this Sunday's worship service, we will take the time to seek the Lord together in our giving for 2018. A second offering will be collected after the sermon for our Faith Promise Cards. We hope that everyone who calls TCC their church home would make a faith promise as an act of worship and a step of faith to follow God with all our lives, including our finances, for 2018. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, please turn your faith promise card into the office by December 1st. This will give our Finance Committee adequate time to plan our budget for 2018.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Gospel and ministries at TCC!
Announcements
Evensong
A midweek worship service
Coming Advent 2017
This Advent we are launching a new mid-week worship service called Evensong as a community practice for spiritual growth.

Praise • Prayer • Scripture • Message

Wednesday Nights
6:45-7:15pm
December 6th, 13th, 20th

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December at TCC: an invitation to connect, grow, and serve.

Everyone knows December is a busy time of year. From holiday office parties to children's concerts and plays it seems like sometimes church is yet another thing on our everexpanding to-do ...

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Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson , Director
Cheryl Alexander , Assistant
This Sunday
LTA Fire Safety Awarness
On Sunday, the Wayland Fire Department will be coming to LTA. The LTA kids will be learning about fire safety in addition to their regularly scheduled lessons. (Please do not be alarmed if you see a Wayland fire truck parked in our lot!) 
Christmas Actors Needed!
Christmas Eve actors needed! Children pre K-5 are invited to play a role in our 5 pm Family Christmas Eve Drama. Signup at the Children’s Ministry desk this Sunday!

(PK kids may participate but will need a parent with them.)
Mom and Me
Mom and Me will take a break for the holiday season and resume Jan 8, 2018.
LTA Serves: Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Boxes Due this Weekend!
This Holiday season, LTA will participate in Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Through the power of simple shoebox gifts, children experience the power of God’s love and the Good News of the Gospel.

Please drop off your shoebox gifts to the CM desk by November 18th. This is a wonderful project to do with your young children, teens, grandparents, friends or neighbors!
LTA Serves: Coats for Kids!

LTA will be partnering with Coats for Kids. The coat drive will run from October 16th to January 7th. All donations will be given to Anton’s Cleaners where they will be professionally cleaned for free and distributed to local families in need. There is a drop-off box in the Loby.

-Winter coats needed for adults and children
-All sizes needed (Especially XL and Pre-K sizes)
-Please only gently used & good quality
Student Ministries
Kyle Smethurst , Pastor
Student Worship in Bradford
Sunday @ 9:30a
Pancakes, trivia, worship and a message.

HS Small Groups
Sunday@ 11a in Bradford.
Simply Beautiful Conference

Our Middle School and High School Girls are attending Berea's "Simply Beautiful" - A One Day Teen Girl Conference in Hudson this Saturday!

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Guatemala Night Highlights
With more than 25 soccer teams, 41 pounds of taco beef and chicken as well as 1 bouncy house, we had a crazy celebration of Guatemalan culture last Sunday night at TCC!

The 3rd Annual #GuatNight brought in more than $3900, which will be used to help buy building materials for 2 new homes (including safe and efficient ONIL Stoves) in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala.

In partnership with 2 Guatemalan families who will raise the remaining cost of the materials, our HS Mission Team will help build their homes Feb 16-25, 2018!
Music and Worship
Big Kids Choir!
This year we're inviting 2nd - 5th graders to join us for a special children's choir singing at our Lessons and Carols service on December 3rd.

Rehearsals are for just 10 minutes after the 1st service (10:30-10:40am). We're singing one song, a rockin' version of " Angels We Have Heard on High."

Join us in Room 201 on November 19th and 26th.

We'll sing on December 3rd!

questions?
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies
Girls' Night Out! Women of all ages are welcome to gather at Amy Canute's home this Saturday, November 18th, from 7-9 pm for coffee, dessert and conversation. This is an exciting opportunity for fellowship and an inviting place to bring our friends who are not part of TCC. Please RSVP to Cathy Koerwer at ckoerwer@yahoo.com.
The Flower Guild invites you to help decorate the church to the Glory of God for the Christmas season at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 28. Please contact Nancy Keith: 508-358-4318 or npkeith@icloud.com if you are able to participate. It should take no more than an hour.

Friday mornings, 9:15a-11:15a
Our final meeting for the season is tomorrow!         
            
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Men’s Evening Bible Study
Pastor Tom teaches this class on the “Life of David”, Wednesday evenings at TCC from 7:30-8:30p. All are welcome to attend.  Register on line now for this free class.

Knit Together (K-Tog)
Mondays at 10a-12p or 7p-9p in the parlor.
 People of all ages and experience levels invited to this informal knitting group. Fun!
Questions?
Call Susan Foster at 508-358-5852.
Saturday Morning Saints -
Men’s Bible Study

Light breakfast and Bible Study from 8 am-9:30 am. 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 Morning Bible Study - Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am.

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.
Missions and Outreach
Angel Tree Ministry
The Angel Tree is now on display in the Lobby.

What is Angel Tree? Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that TCC has participated in for many years.

In a wonderfully practical expression of Christ’s love, Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts to the children of incarcerated parents, and, in turn, it provides opportunities for incarcerated parents to reach out to their children. 

Angel Tree has been effective in opening hearts to receive the most important “Gift” of all, which is salvation and forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ.

Can you help? If you could help with gift delivery, please contact Jim Santamaria at
508-358-7821 or  hermits@comcast.net
Thanksgiving Service Projects

Contact kylesmethurst@gmail.com for opportunities to serve our local community this Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are two tangible opportunities for you and your family to serve:

• Bridge House Meal Prep (Thanksgiving team needed!)

• Salvation Army in Waltham (great for families with young children)
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:
   
Brownie Mixes
Fantastik/409 Spray Cleaners
SOS / Brillo Pads
Ketchup

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