TCC News
The latest updates and announcements in the life of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland MA
December 12, 2019
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Pastor's Note: From Darkness into the Light
Whether secular or faith-based, the messaging about Christmas always incorporates the idea of light. What we often forget is that in order to have light, we need to have darkness first. Genesis 1:1-5 speaks of darkness into which God speaks light. God then calls light "good."...
Ordinary Time in Concert
This Saturday, December 14th at 7p
Join Ben Keyes (guitar, piano, mandolin), Peter La Grand (guitar, banjo, dobro), and Jill McFadden (guitar, violin), plus special guests Adam Kurihara and our student string quartet in this special concert for the Advent season.

Save the date and invite a friend!

Hear their music at:

Facebook event:
Advent Events and Services
Christmas Eve Volunteers Needed

We’re having an usually difficult time finding volunteers for our Christmas Eve services this year; especially at the 5P . We realize that everyone wants to be with their families during these services, but we need tech help, greeters, more ushers and parking lot attendants.

Christmas is one of the times of year that we really need all hands on deck. The Gospel is on display to all who enter our doors whether its friends, neighbors, family or first time visitors… Can you help? Please contact the office at .
Thank you for Returning Your Faith Promise Card!

To date, we have received 110 cards, indicating planned contributions of $1,025,988 to TCC next year. If you have not yet returned a card, you may do so through the church office or the offering plate.
To aid us in developing our 2020 budget, please return your Faith Promise Card ASAP. Additional Faith Promise Cards are available in your pew rack and Stewardship Packets may be found at the Connection Hub.

You may also email your Faith Promise to the church at
2019 Year End Church Giving Update

Thank you so much for your generosity to TCC this year!   As of December 8 th , we still need over $160K to meet our budget. There are three more Sundays left in the year. If you would like to have your TCC contribution reflected in your 2019 Record of Contribution Statement for tax purposes, your gift must be received in the church office by noon on December 31 or postmarked by December 31, if mailing.

If you have not yet fulfilled your 2019 Faith Promise and would like to know the balance, please email or call Aimee Mury at  or Ext 303. If emailing for the information, please write "Faith Promise" in the subject line.
Stock Gifts, Cash Transfers or Setting up Direct Deposit

If you would like to make a stock gift, a cash gift transfer or learn how to set up direct deposits from your bank to the church, please notify our Accountant, Mary Ayotte, at  or our Contributions Recording Officer, Aimee Mury, at . You can also call the church office at (508) 358-7717.

For stock gifts, please indicate the name of the donor, as well as the name(s) of the stock and quantity. This will ensure that the gift is credited to the correct account in a timely manner. Fidelity does not provide the name of the donor when stock is received.
Deacons Fund offering on Christmas Eve

Every year at our Christmas Eve services, we take a special offering that supports our Deacon's fund. This fund, managed prayerfully and faithfully by our Deacons, provides financial assistance to those in need in our community.

Next week, you'll be receiving a letter from the Deacons with more information. Please consider giving generously to this fund on Christmas Eve and help us bless our community!
Thank You to the Flower Ministry and the Santamaria Family!

Have you noticed the Christmas decorations in the sanctuary and Phillips Hall, the beautiful handmade angels** on the tree in the lobby, the wreaths on all the entrance doors and the lovely outside planters? Please take a moment to thank Rita Hernandez and the members of the Flower Ministry for all of their hard work!

We also want to thank Nancy and Jim Santamaria for the beautiful candles in the church windows. Jim has faithfully managed the set up and care of the Christmas candles for many years. The Christmas trees in the niches were donated by the Santamaria’s in loving memory of Nancy’s parents, Louise and Richard Osborne, who were long time members of TCC.

**Similar handmade angels will be auctioned off to help raise funds for Guatemala at our upcoming Guatemala Night on January 12th! 
Winter Weather and Possible Church Cancellations**

With winter on our doorstep, here is TCC’s inclement weather policy regarding church service delays or cancellation:

In the event of bad weather, a decision will be made by 7P on Saturday night for Sunday morning services . On Sunday mornings, we may potentially cancel the 9:30A service (along with all LTA and Youth Programming) and just have the 11A service. This would mean there would not be any Student Ministry or Children’s Programming at the 11A service.
You can learn about any plans to cancel or delay services by:
  • Calling the church office (508-358-7717; a temporary message will be left on the church’s answering machine so that people may call in and find out the status of services)
  • Checking the front page of the TCC website
  • Checking
  • Watching WBZ-TV 
As always, please use your own discretion before traveling in any questionable weather!
Parking Reminder - Make Space for Visitors this Season!
As you know, parking at TCC on Sunday mornings is always a challenge! With winter here, we want to remind people that if they are physically able, please park in the Town Hall Building Lot. You may drop off people or paraphernalia before you proceed there. This will leave parking spots for visitors, the handicapped, our older population as well as those with young infants and toddlers. This is a practical way for us to show hospitality. 

Besides designated handicapped parking spots, we have 4 spaces on the south side of the building for families with small children as well as 5 spaces on the north side of the building for visitors. Please respect these spots.

Do not park along the sides of the driveway, as these areas are fire lanes and must be kept clear.
Not sure how to find the overflow lot? Here's a map!
Our 2019-2020 Ministry Theme

Though our mission is still the same, our vision changes each year. Read about this year's vision.
Now on winter break until January 9th, 2020.

WBS meets Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:15a. Sign up to join us for the winter and spring.

Now on winter break until January 10th, 2020.

Mom to Mom will end the fall Semester tomorrow, November 15, with a brunch.

Register now to join us in January!
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Nativity, Leilan B.
Artwork needed for Christmas Eve!

Help us tell the Christmas story with your child’s artwork! We use the Jesus Storybook Bible (JSB) during the Christmas drama and need the following scenes illustrated:

Luke 1:26 Luke 2:7 – The Birth of Jesus
• Angel Visiting Mary (JSB p. 178)
• Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem (JSB p 180)
• Jesus is Born (JSB p. 182)
Luke 2:8-20 – The Shepherds and the Angels
• A Bright Star Appears in the Night Sky (JSB p. 184)
• Shepherds with their sheep (JSB p. 186)
• A bright angel appears (JSB p.188)
• Shepherds visit Jesus in the manger (JSB p. 190)
Matthew 2 – The Story of the Wise Men
• Picture of three wise men (JSB p. 192)
• Wise men going on a long journey (JSB p. 194)
• Wise men arriving in the town of Bethlehem (JSB p. 196)
• Wise men bowing before Jesus (JSB p. 198)
This can be a great project for your kids to have a hands-on experience of the Christmas Story. It is also a great opportunity to read the Bible together as your child thinks about how to illustrate it. We need LOTS of artwork of many different images, so pick one and make it your own!
·         Submit full color drawings on letter sized paper.
·         Write your child’s name and grade NEATLY ON THE BACK.
·         Turn artwork into the CM desk by THIS Sunday, December 15th, 2019.

Thanks so much!
Gail and Adam
Girls Gathering and Guys Gathering ...

Wednesdays, from 5:30-7P at TCC! 
Student Ministries
This Sunday - Conversation on Anxiety

After our recent series on Stress and Anxiety, students continue to share about their struggles to cope with life's challenges. All High School students are invited to join this special God Conversation on Anxiety this Sunday, from 10:50-11:30A in room 214. 
Our Christmas Parties are this week!
For each of them you need to bring a $5 wrapped gift for the Yankee Swap competitions.
For both parties, drop-off and pick-up is at Bradford Hall!! 
After kicking off the Advent Conspiracy Series on Sunday, December 1st, we continue our journey to re-discover the true meaning of Christmas this Sunday with the theme
"Spend Less, Give More."
Ongoing Adult Ministries
All Adults - K-Tog (Knit-Together)
Mondays, 10a-12p & 7-9p • Parlor • Susan Foster •

All Adults - Wednesday Morning Bible S tudy - Winter Recess until January 8th, 2020
Wednesdays, 9:30 -10:30a • RM 205 • Allan Baldwin •

Women - Women's Bible Study - Winter Recess until January 9th, 2020
Thursdays, 9:15-11:00a • Phillips Hall • Amy Canute •

Men - Pickup Basketball
Thursdays, 7:45-9:00p • Gym • Jeff Coughlin •

Women - Mom to Mom - Winter Recess until January 10th, 2020
Fridays, 9:15-11:15a • Phillips Hall • Elizabeth Markey

Saturdays, 7:30a • Phillips Hall • Eddie Brown & Jim Santamaria

General Information and Community Life
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We can't do church alone! LIFE Groups help us grow in our faith and meet throughout the Metro West area.

Each Sunday there are dozens of volunteers that make our services and programs happen. Serving is a great way to get connected to our community.

Food Pantry
Spread the word. If you are in need, or if you know someone who is in need, such as single parents, those on a fixed income, unemployed or others who could use a helping hand, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from our loaves & fishes food pantry. Our Food Pantry is open on Sundays and regular church hours.

The TCC Food Pantry offers assistance to those in the community who need help with providing for themselves and their family. Our food pantry is open on Sundays and during regular church office hours. Donations to “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell.
Top Items Needed:

Pancake Mix
Instant oatmeal
Mac & Cheese
Cake / Brownie Mix

We believe that serving our community is an essential part of living out our faith. We currently serve alongside two local ministries to care for those in need. Read more and signup here:

Email newsletter and bulletin announcement deadline: Wednesday at 5pm