Trinity Trumpet November  2019
In this issue: A message from Pastor Dale, a message from Scott Peterson, Thursday morning Adult Ed, information for the NEW Wednesday evening Adult Ed discussion, ongoing "Love of Neighbor" mission projects, Fall Clean up, and important dates and events for your calendar.

Finding Our Way -

As we enter November, we find ourselves in the midst of our Annual Stewardship Campaign. We've embarked on a Worship Series where we've been talking about money! For weeks!

This is definitely an unusual approach for Trinity. I've been told that we've been pretty laid back about the whole subject in years prior.

My hope is that we are on a path to revamp our entire approach to "Stewardship". More than the traditional "Time, Talent, Treasure" formulation,   I am reaching for a broader and deeper conversation, about money, our use of it, our participation in the global economic system, and our relationship to our own goals and visions for our role on the planet. Slightly ambitious?

Actually, I view this year as the beginning of an ongoing conversation. Not just an annual "ask" so that we can meet the immediate budgetary needs for this congregation, but the start of a journey wherein we all (the congregation and each of us as individuals and households) reimagine the world and our place in it if we could be faithful stewards of ALL that has been placed into our care. Our money is but a part of it. The meaning of our lives and our faith in practical terms in another part. And the impact on our community and our world as we take our calling seriously is yet another.

I don't know where the journey will lead us. New conversations? New study opportunities? New partnerships in the community? Creative new ventures for ministry and service?
Wherever this path leads, I pray that all of Trinity will be the richer for it.

Pastor Dale



Worship Series: THE WAY - REFLECTIONS ON MONEY AND MEANING

This year, we will take a new look at how we think about Stewardship.  Together, we will take an extended look at how we think about money as a church and as a society, and struggle with whether we can express what we truly value as a community of faith in the world. We will take some time to think about the difficulties of being true to our faith in a world where how we get our money and how we spend our money are not always in sync with what we'd want. Our Worship Series will extend for five weeks culminating on Stewardship Sunday on November 10.   All our boards and committees will have an opportunity to discuss how we think about money collectively, and how we might use our budget to say what we believe.

Oct 13           The Way - Generosity GPS
Oct 20            The Way - Hindsight is 20:20
Oct 27             The Way - Church vs. World: Can You Tell the Difference?
Nov 3             The Way - Your Forwarding Address
Nov 10           The Way - Stewards of the Future
 
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A Message from Scott Peterson

It's barely November, and snowflakes are already flying! There is still time for warmer weather this Fall, but we know that colder days are ahead.

As Thanksgiving approaches, most Trinity members can be grateful that they will be able to keep warm, fed, and clothed. But we know that's not always true for our neighbors. For those people, the approach of Winter brings concern for well being or even survival.

Trinity members are generous in sharing their talents and treasures with those in need, both locally and globally. Here are some examples of those efforts supported by Trinity this year (apologies in advance for any I missed...):
  • Packing meals at Feed My Starving Children
  • Preparing and serving means for PADS
  • Supporting the Gleanings at the Deerfield Farmers Market
  • Supporting various food, clothing, and diaper drives
  • Preparing Disaster buckets for people affected by natural disasters
  • Supporting the Neighbors in Need and One Great Hour of Sharing offerings
Additionally, the portion of members' general offerings allocated to Love of Neighbor and Love of Children is used toward support of people in need. This year, we made contributions to Feed My Starving Children and PADS, augmenting our members' hands-on support. Finally, in recent years we have expanded our support of the UCC's "Our Church's Wider Mission," which also provides support to those in need.

Thanks to all for your support of these important causes. As Stewardship Sunday approaches, I hope we can all consider ways we can continue, or even extend, our participation in much-needed causes like these in 2020.

Scott Peterson
Sunday, November 3rd - Daylight Savings Time ends, so remember to set your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night.

Adult Bible Study
 
We will convene on Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:15 in the Gathering Hall, studying the curriculum that our Confirmands will be using. The goal is to rediscover Our Faith, Our Questions, and Our Calling for today.


NEW Evening Adult Study
Wednesdays November 6, 13, 20 from 7:00 - 8:15 PM
in the Gathering Hall

Integrating Money and Meaning: Practices for a Heart-Centered Life

Books can be purchased at Trinity on Sundays - $15.00

This conversation will help us examine the convoluted and often exploitive economic system we live in and our own complex and emotional relationship with money.

"We may not be able to live outside this system in a practical sense, but we can dwell outside it in a spiritual sense. It's my belief that, ultimately, individual spiritual transformation influences - in both small and large ways - the greater world. In other words, if our own hearts change, the heart of the whale changes too." Maggie Kulyk, the author

Session Topics:
"Get Up and Deal with Your Money" - Acknowledging the Trap That's Been Set
"Facing the Shadow" - Looking at the Stories and Habits that Weigh Us Down
"Life as Spiritual Practice" - Aligning Your Money with Your Vision

You do not have to have read the book before we begin. (Helpful if you've read the Introduction). We're using the book as a backdrop for our conversations and not a chapter by chapter study.
Feel free to invite a friend. This is not an explicitly "Christian" conversation. Open to anyone who struggles with some tension between their money and their values.

Memorial Gifts

Remembrance Sunday

Join us this Sunday, November 3rd, for a special Remembrance Service where we will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Memorial Garden and the lives of those who left us this past year.

Fall Clean Up

Join us after worship on November 3rd to rake leaves and spruce up our property.  Wear your work clothes, and if you're able, bring rakes, tarps and work gloves.  Rain date is Nov. 10.
Practical Plastics Education

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 16th to learn about plastics recycling - what can be recycled and what cannot.  There will be representatives from SWALCO, the Sierra Club and Go Green Deerfield.  Event time TBD.

Food Pantry Donations Needed

Holiday Food Drive

The West Deerfield Township Food Pantry is in desperate need of all types of boxed and canned food items, especially canned tuna & chicken, spam, peanut butter, jam & jelly, canned fruit, pork & beans, pasta & pasta sauce and oatmeal in canisters. There is a table in the narthex for your donations. The food drive will run thru Christmas.


winter coats

Rotary Club Annual "Coat Off Your Back" Collection

Help the homeless by donating new or gently used coats, suits, and clean usable clothing for men, women and children.  There is a bin in the Gathering Hall for your donations.

Soles for Souls

We are collecting gently used shoes and boots, and new socks.  They will be taken to Kenwood UCC on the south side of Chicago, to be shared with those who come to the "Feed the People" lunch program each week.
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Mark your calendar for these important upcoming events:

December 20 - Facing Grief in a Season of Joy, 7PM
A special evening worship service that will be open to the community. It's Trinity's way of offering support to those for whom this season of "joyful bombardment" is at odds with where their own hearts are.

January 20 - Too Hot to Handal, 3PM
This "exuberant, jazz-gospel makeover" (Chicago Tribune) of Handel's classic Messiah celebrates 15 years in Chicago! Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend to witness the transformational powers of the performing arts and uplift King's vision of a "beloved community." With fiery soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; an orchestra, jazz combo, and 100-person choir under the baton of Suzanne Mallare Acton; and spirited Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles, famous for his jaw-dropping cadenzas, Too Hot is an annual Chicago tradition that fills your soul and spirit.
 
More information later. Consider giving a ticket as a Christmas present! (Tickets should be under $40.) Enjoyable for all ages that love music.

Dale Susan Edmonds and Pam Keckler have been several times. It's FABULOUS!
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