Trinity e-News
December 12-19, 2020
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in God's love to share the joy of Jesus Christ.
New in this e-News...
  • St. Nick's Gravy Sleigh
  • Local Immigrants and Covid 19
  • SPE Blue Christmas Service
  • Book Group
St. Nick's Gravy Sleigh
TLC's Gravy Train meal delivery was so successful, it is being replicated for Christmas. Volunteers will be working to bring a Christmas meal to those in the TLC community who are living alone or may not have the opportunity to spend the holiday with family. This meal will be delivered on Wednesday, December 23. If you would be interested in a meal, please email Amanda.

Sleigh Drivers needed!!!!
Have you always wanted to impersonate St. Nick, but never had the opportunity? Well here's your chance, we need volunteers to help with cooking and/or delivering the meals. Come help spread love, joy and cheer! For more details about how you can help, email Amanda.
Local Immigrants and Covid 19
Eight Months into the COVID Crisis: How are local immigrant households faring? How are we showing up?

Join the webinar on Sunday, December 13 from 2-4 pm, to join click HERE. For the Facebook event click HERE.

ISAAC and the Emergency Immigration Fund sit at the intersection of our faith communities and our ten community partners on the frontlines working every day with immigrant households in our community. Join us for a special panel to hear from those partners (both people directly affected and their advocates) about the toll COVID19 has taken on immigrant households in Larimer County and where we are in this moment of the crisis trajectory. We will also share how your generous dollars have been put to work to show up as a faithful partner in the midst of this crisis. And we will share goals for the work going forward.
SPE Blue Christmas Service
Join St. Paul's Episcopal for their Blue Christmas Service on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm. This will be a safe space for expressing grief and longing in this holiday season that is advertised so strenuously as a time of warmth, joy and connection. If you are grieving, hurting, longing, or feeling depressed, come be in that space with others. This is also a time to acknowledge the loss of lives and connection due to the Pandemic.
To join click HERE.
Meeting ID: 879 8797 5265 Passcode: 451481
Book Group
TLC Book Group will next meet via Zoom at 9:30 am on Monday, January 4, to discuss Dear Church – A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. The author is ELCA pastor Lenny Duncan. The book is about 150 pages – a good length for the holiday season. Our public library does not own a copy, but can order it through inter-library loan (Prospector); it can also be purchased on Amazon – and we have a church copy for circulation. Questions? Call Nadine Hunt at 970-825-3730.
Alternative Christmas Gift Fair
Thank you to all those that shopped at the Alternative Christmas Gift Fair!! Purchases can be picked up on December 13 from 1-4 pm or by a mutually convenient appointment.
The 25 days leading up to Christmas will feature a traditional Christmas tune – with Advent lyrics, and prayers. Join Sky Ranch and congregations of Northern Colorado each day of Advent to worship and celebrate together. Click HERE to enjoy all the advent devotions.
The final Taize Service will be this Wednesday, December 16 at 6:45 pm! We will worship around candle light, with repetitive songs, scripture and prayer, as we reflect from lament to hope. Join online each week for this experience. To join click HERE.
Meeting ID: 894 3735 9149 | Passcode: 408538
The 301 Faith Partners presents the inaugural Live Nativity, which will run December 19-24 from 4-6 pm each night. Real live people! Real live animals! Covid–Safe, Meaningful, and Accessible! Viewers will stay in their cars, sing carols, and be able to drive past the portrayal of the First Christmas. Come and create a new Christmas Tradition for you and your family!
December 24 at 5 pm and 7 pm. We have two opportunities for worship together on Christmas Eve.

At 5 pm the Family Service with Children’s Pageant – This service will be led with the 301 Faith Partners, as our kids give us the message. We sing carols, and hear the good news of the little baby where all hope and fear is swaddled and laying in a manger. O, Come all Ye Faithful (and unfaithful and searching too!) To join the 5 pm Service click HERE.
Meeting ID: 896 7616 4246
Passcode: 419433

At 7 pm the traditional Candlelight and Communion! To join the 7 pm Service click HERE.
Meeting ID: 894 3735 9149
Passcode: 408538.
A Christmas Story with Puppets
by St. Paul's Youth!
Families with little(r) ones: Youth Group would like to bring you some fun on Wednesday, December 16 at 5:30 pm! Grab some hot chocolate, and join us on zoom for puppets and the Nativity Story, songs and a cool craft. We cannot get together in person, so join us live with some Christmas cheer to start our winter break and welcome the birth of baby Jesus! This is a great change of pace and a fun way for your kids to see some older kids involved in church and their faith. A HUGE THANKS to St Paul’s Youth for offering us this opportunity.

To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 890 1173 7767 | Passcode: 8m0x6u
Year End Contributions
As usual, your year-end contributions NEED to be post marked no later than 12/31/20. What makes this year unusual is due to County and State COVID restrictions the office will not be open, so walking your offering in will not be an option. However, from the comfort of your home, many of you with computers and smart phones, can still make an electronic donation. Please visit our website at We are also listed with Venmo if you use that platform.
Trinity Responds to Sky Ranch Appeal!
Trinity Lutheran Church became aware of the severe COVID-19 and fire impacts to Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp during 2020 through a November appeal for financial help to friends of the ministry from Executive Director, Brad Abbott. We were saddened by the loss of revenue, impacts to the camp property and inability to host campers in 2020, yet the main buildings were spared. The appeal was made with the incentive that all contributions would be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.

Trinity has had a long-standing relationship with Sky Ranch through our budget and other support over the years. In that tradition, we responded with the three checks of $200, $5,000 and $1,500.

The $200 was given through our Social and Ecological Justice Ministry. This was to have been an honorarium to Rev. Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries for preaching and teaching at Trinity last June, yet he declined this offer and hoped it could be used for some ecological purpose. We asked that this money be applied toward re-forestation around the camp.

The $5,000 was a gift of the Trinity Trust Fund. The Fund members were approached about possible support for Sky Ranch needs and responded quickly and generously knowing their gift would be put to good use.

The $1,500 was the remainder of Benevolence funds allocated for financial hardships in 2020. It was quite timely to be able to include this as a part of our response to the appeal.

Thanks be to God for our willingness to be of service to Sky Ranch in it's recovery from the pandemic and fire impacts of 2020!
COVID Reminders
As COVID-19 is on the rise, we want to remind everyone of a few things. First, if you are in need (prayers, food, money, etc), please reach out; as a family of faith, we are here to help one another and we have a great network of people who have offered support. If you have tested positive, please let someone in the office know, we would like to hold you in extra prayer and support you through this. If you have tested positive, have been exposed, or are living with someone who has been exposed, please do not come into the church building (even if you are there alone). And anytime you are in the building, please wear a mask. This helps keep the staff and all those using the building as safe as possible.
Sunday School
Joint Sunday School, with St. Paul's, has started up. We are already practicing for the Christmas pageant, followed by a lesson from Jacki and then a craft or activity led by Tiffany. If you have any questions or cannot open the link, please let Tiffany or Katie know.
Sunday School
10-10:30 am
Virtually on zoom click HERE
Meeting ID: 869 2085 5078
Passcode: 926423
2020 Ministry Funds Plan Weekly Numbers
Weekly Prayer List
If you have a prayer request and want it to be on this list please contact Amanda, or Pastor Rick,

Joy Murphy
Nancy Harrison
Larry & Sandy Dietz
Marilyn Hartig
Lyndsay Vecchio
Carol Hemken
Barb Klaman
John Wagner
Eileen Ackerson
Sonia & Howard Nornes
Lea Seim
Helen Berneking
Kay Armstrong
Oren Anderson
Mary Ann Armstrong
Madyson Hopkins

Friends & Family
Monet Manesh, granddaughter of Sharon Johnson
Faye & Guy Barbeau, sister and brother-in-law of Sharon Johnson
Nancy Andrews, sister of Shelley Aust
Janet & Dale Schairer, brother of Paul Schairer
Mourning for Troy Palmer, son of Donna Palmer
Abuela Rosa, grandmother of Jaxon Wagner
Leah Kapral, daughter of Nyla Anderson
Jaxon Wagner, grandson of Betty & John Wagner
Mourning for Tom Reed, uncle of Pastor Rick Reiten
Bill & Darlene Randall, friends of Trinity Lutheran
Katelyn Miller, friend of the congregation
Melanie Eber, family friend of Lois & Howard Smith
Lilah Newton, family of Cheryl Backsen
Melvah Uecker & family, relative of Patty Heyse
TLC's Offerings
  • Saturday 5 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am
  • Wednesday 6:45 pm
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 894 3735 9149 | Passcode: 408538

  • Adult Forum (Sunday 9 am) 
  • Bible Study (Thursday 9:30 am)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 894 3735 9149 | Passcode: 408538

  • Sunday School (Sunday 10 am)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 869 2085 5078 | Passcode: 926423

  • Confirmation (Sunday 9 am)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID:  879 6597 3059 | Passcode: 674840

  • TLC Book Group (1st Monday 9:30 am)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 853 58221885 | Password: 662888

  • Young Adults (2nd & 4th Monday 7 pm)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 817 1273 8613 | Passcode: 025862

  • Men’s Breakfast (1st Tuesday 7:30 am)
To join click HERE!
Meeting ID: 873 3061 5104 | Passcode: 128841

  • Mid-Day Prayer (Wednesdays 12:00 pm)
To join GO TO THE CHURCH, this is an in person opportunity.

There are a few different ways to engage in Trinity's Worship.
  1. Zoom via video! The quality of the meeting will vary depending on your service (i.e. wifi or cell service).
  2. Zoom via Phone. Just a phone call away.
  3. Vimeo! Vimeo is pre-recorded and uploaded and is all most always great quality videos!
You can mix and match these options, for example you can join Zoom Video for the live interactions and then have the Vimeo Video on another device to watch.

Directions for Zoom via Video: Click the link and join the meeting. You do not need a ZOOM account to access the link. However, you may first be prompted to download the software. This is safe, and you only need to do it once. When you click on the Zoom links, you will need to enter a user name - you can add any name you want. If you do not hear any sound, you will need to click on the bottom left to "JOIN AUDIO".

Directions for Zoom via Phone: Don’t have a computer or internet? You can still participate fully in the zoom worship services and other meetings offered through Zoom. Follow these steps, and if you run into problems, just ask one of our staff or your phone tree calling person for assistance. We don’t want you to miss you. Remember, in order to be part of the zoom call, you need to call in at the designated time (for example, Sunday worship begins at 10:30 Sunday mornings).
  1. Call (346) 248-7799 (this is a long distance number, so you need to have ability to call long distance.
  2. Enter the Meeting ID number the press #.
  3. Enter your user ID followed by #. You can skip this step simply by pressing pound.
  4. "Enter the Passcode.

Directions for VIMEO: This is our Vimeo channel where you can access each Trinity worship service! Just click on the link and it will take you directly to the page so you can start binge watching!