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Giving Thanks for Pastor Larry and Carol Schaefer - This Sunday after 11am worship
Many of you have had the joy of being touched by the remarkable spirit of Pastor Larry Schaefer as he served Trinity this past year during the last portion of our vacancy.  As a former Lutheran school teacher and current pastor, he has embodied pure delight in serving God and connecting with all of His children in truly authentic ways. I don't think anyone whose path had crossed his will ever forget this precious and Christ filled man.
We have the opportunity to celebrate and honor Pastor Larry's ministry among us this Sunday, December 3, during the 11:00 a.m. worship here at Trinity followed by a simple reception in the Fellowship Hall.  We hope that you will come and join your Trinity family in letting him know how much we appreciate his service to the Lord.

Regular Voters Meeting, Sunday, Dec 10
Coming up Sunday, December 10, is a Regular Meeting of the Voters' Assembly.  The meeting will begin promptly after the conclusion of the 11am worship service (est. 12:15pm) in the Sanctuary.  The agenda will include a devotion, approval of minutes from previous meetings, State of the Parish report from the Senior Pastor, Financial Health of the Parish report from the Financial officer, Leadership Council Highlights and various other ministry/operating center reports as needed.  Please plan to be in attendance.

Looking for a Babysitter this Holiday Shopping or Date Night?
Support our School Ministry Grade 7 & 8 Field Trip to Washington D.C.!
Getting everything ready for the Christmas season can get very busy! Do you have some last minute errands you need to run before Christmas? Grade 7 & 8 students at  Trinity Lutheran School are their offering babysitting services at Trinity on Saturday, December 16. You may drop off your child(ren) from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and enjoy some time to get those last minute items checked off your to-do list.  (Children must be potty-trained to attend this event.) During this babysitting time, the children will make Christmas crafts, play games, eat Christmas snacks, watch a Christmas movie, and spend time with the students. All the funds raised from this babysitting event will go towards the Grade 7 & 8 class trip to Washington D.C.
Price for 4 hours of babysitting at Trinity:
1 child = $10   2 children = $20   3+ children = $25
Please sign up on the clipboard  in the church narthex or school office so we will know how many children will be attending and we can plan accordingly. (Two or more TLS teachers will be in attendance and supervising the babysitting as well.)  Thank you! Enjoy the Christmas season!

Trinity Shares Christmas
Thank you to everyone who is participating in Trinity Shares Christmas! If you haven't returned your gift or food item yet, please bring it no later than Sunday, December 3.   Any items that are missing after December 3 will have to be purchased by the TSC committee , so please be sure to bring everything no later than that. If you took an ornament and aren't able to get it back by Tuesday, Dec 5, please contact Glenda to make other arrangements.  If you would like to help with deliveries in December, please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net .

Invite Someone to be your guest for Advent or Christmas Services
Don't forget: Share an invitation card, add your contact information , and follow up with that invitation. Invitation cards are now available in the Narthex, in packs of ten.  Please take just one pack so that we have enough for everyone to share with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Chick-Fil-A Calendars
Chick-fil-A calendars are available to purchase on campus in the church office, CDC office, and K-8 office for $8 each.  The calendars come with a promotional card offering a free food item each month in 2018 (worth about $25-30 total). The funds raised through the sale of these calendars will benefit two groups of young people on our campus, the Grace Notes children's choir (for their performance polo shirts, sheet music and fellowship events) and the 7 & 8th Grade students (for their Washington D.C. class trip). Great for your family or as a gift for someone else!  Thank you for supporting our Trinity kids through your purchase of these calendars.

Food & Funds on the Fifth
December has five Sundays and so we'll be collecting canned and boxed goods to donate to the Concord Street Church of Christ food pantry on the fifth Sunday of this month!  Please start collecting those BOGO specials and set aside those gifts for the collection at the end of the month.  On fifth Sundays we also take up a collection for the Pastor's Discretionary fund which allows the pastoral office to assist those in financial crisis.  If you would like to contribute, please not on your gift that it is for the "Pastor's Discretionary Fund".

Women of Trinity
If you were looking for the LWML large Mite box that used to be in the Narthex, that box was coming apart and discarded after the church renovations in October.  There is a new purple mite box with a gold ribbon around it in the East side-Narthex room as of November 18.  The new box has a slot large enough to receive your small mite box or your loose change.  Help yourself to an extra small mite box on the table to put into your car or wherever you might unload all of your loose change each day!  So far this year, Trinity has given $726.94 to the National Headquarters to support global missions.  THANK YOU!!  You can learn more about our mission grants online at: www.lwml.org/mission-grants . Thank you for previous donations of mites and quilting materials.   Our next quilting session will be held January 4, 2018 at 9:30 am.  All women of Trinity are welcome to participate, or just come in to visit and share in some fellowship time!  We'd love to have you join us!

Touch A Truck
We had a very successful kick-off meeting for Touch-A -ruck this past week. Thank you to all who attended.  If you could not attend and are interested in volunteering, please contact PTL President and Church Member, Brandi Meyer at PTL@trinitydowntown.com.  There are many opportunities you can help with some which can be done right from the comfort of your own home!  

Sunday Morning Bible Studies
All adults are invited to Sunday Morning Bible Study in Fellowship Hall, meeting from 9:30-10:30. The current study centers on "God's Grace- What is it, How do we get it? How does it change us? What happens when we share it?" Also meeting at 9:30am on Sundays is the Women's Group studying "God's Wisdom for a Mother's Heart." This group meets in the small room behind the main office, along the Loggia Hallway.  Various additional studies are offered during the week.  Visit Church.TrinityDowntown.com/Word for more information.

Rebecca's Garden of Hope
The next opportunity to participate with Rebecca's Garden of Hope will be to contribute to a side dish or dessert for a group of kids and adults engaged in this tutoring outreach on Saturday, December 16th.  The theme is a Christmas Dinner. If you'd like to provide a side dish or dessert, please contact Terry Boggs at mammierocks@yahoo.com .  This is a great outreach opportunity open to anyone in the congregation -- lovingly coordinated by Trinity's Outreach Ministry team members.  Additional volunteer dates are available for tutoring and/or meal prep.  You can contact Terry or sign up at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/uoEE3PO04YUo5mIJ2

OUC 5K December 2
Two of our of CDC Staff Family, Meridith and Laura, have embarked on an adventure this year! They have completed a 5k race every month this year and they would like YOU to join them for their last race of this year. The OUC 5k is on December 2 . It is 3.1 miles long. You are welcome to run, walk or run and walk, like Laura and Meridith do! The cost of the race is $40 however, we have received a generous discount from Track Shack of $10 off each registration fee using the code RunTrinity. Here is the website link for more information about the race: http://www.trackshack.com/event/102 . Feel free to ask Meridith if you have any questions at cmswanson07@gmail.com .

Living Nativity Walkthrough
The congregation of Woodlands Lutheran Church would like to extend an offer to your congregation to attend its Outdoor, Walk-Through, Living Nativity on either the 6 th , 8 th or 9 th of December. Thousands of people attend this event each year - free tours start at 6:30pm each night. For more information call 407-469-2525 or www.woodlandschurch.com
Important Dates

December 3 First Sunday of Advent
Dec 4 & 5   Trinity's Christmas Trees go up in the Sanctuary
December 6  Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 and 7:00pm
December 13  Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 and 7:00pm
December 16   Babysitting on Campus (must register in advance)
December 20 Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50
December 20 Service of the Longest Night 7pm
December  24 Sunday Worship 10am,
Christmas Eve Children's Program 3pm,
Candlelight Communion Worship 5p, 7p, 9p, 11p
December 25  Christmas Day Worship at 10am
December 31 Regular Sat/Sunday Worship Schedule AND New Year's Eve Worship at 7pm


 Attendance and Giving
Weekend of November 25-26, 2017

Bible Study
Children NR
Youth --
Confirmation 8
Adults 21

Worship
6pm 42
8am 52
930 64
11am  116
Total in Worship 274


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 9,327 Budgeted: 13,600 Over/(Short): (4,723)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 309,212Budgeted: 300,707 Over/(Short): 8,505   
Bridge To The Future Received: 710 YTD: 22,920
Faith Factor Received: 320 YTD: 11,500
Trinity Resurrection Received: 50 YTD: 14,490
Faithfully Forward Received: 300 YTD: 8528
Comfort Dog Received: 0 YTD: 530
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