Volume 82, November 19, 2020
Hello Trio Family,

The circumstances of the past eight months are the worst I’ve experienced. As an outgoing extrovert, fewer meetings and masks have been hard on me. My Marketplace Chaplain job has been a great opportunity, but masks and social distancing make meeting and remembering people hard, and sensitive conversations are not easily engaged. Our new breeding dog misfired on puppies, my 3-year-old dishwasher died, our church lost its meeting place, and my sister has Covid (she is recovering fine). My dad’s cancer that started in 2015 is no longer responding to chemo and he has decided not to risk the side effects of further treatment. On top of that I lost control on a slushy Highway 65 last week, slid through the ditch, hit a tree, and totaled my SUV. That sounds like a bad and depressing country song. (Are there good country songs?)
 
When I complain to God, he brings me back to 2 Corinthians 1:9-10: Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10 are good too!)
 
I don’t like suffering; it makes me think I am doing something wrong or life is unfair. But God’s word repeatedly says we will suffer like Jesus suffered. Romans 5 says suffering produces endurance, character, and hope, and without suffering, our growth is stunted in those areas. My current and recent circumstances are an invitation for me to depend on the dead-raising power of God, and not on myself. Suffering is an opportunity for God’s strength to be revealed through weak us.
 
In all things, God is faithful, God is good, and God is working. He is moving in us and people around us to know, trust, and follow him and to deepen our faith in him. Invite God to help you depend on him in all things, release control, and let his strength shine through you.

Peace,
Pastor Kirk

P.S.-You are always welcome to call, text, or email me:
Office: (320) 225-8746 Cell: (320) 469-8207 Email: kirk@triochurch.com
Campfire Christmas
Eve Service
Campfire Hosts Needed!

Trio is planning an unforgettable
Campfire Christmas Eve service this year, outdoors in the parking lot adjacent to TCC. We need Trio families to host campfires. There will be Christmas songs (hopefully with live music,
a sharing time, and a brief Christmas message.

Christmas Eve campfire hosts will be asked to provide and tend a fire in an elevated campfire ring (see pics below-use yours, buy one, or borrow one).
Hosts should bring the fire ring, a tending tool and camp/lawn chairs
if you have them.

Attendees not hosting a campfire can join one already going.

The Christmas Eve Service is on Thursday, 12/24/20, at 5:00pm.

Hosts need to arrive around 4:30pm with their supplies. If you can host please email Pastor Kirk, by replying to this Eblast or text/call him (320) 469-8207.
This Sunday, November 22nd

Two exciting things are happening at Trio:

First, it will be a "Yay God" Sunday where those gathered share thankfulness or what God is doing in them or teaching them.

Second, it is a Building Meaningful Connections meal Sunday.
A continental breakfast, pastries, cheese, and fruit plus beverages
will be provided for all as part of the morning service.
Thanksgiving weekend holds a Sabbath Sunday for Trio.
On Sabbath Sundays, we redeploy Trio to make connections with people
who are not typically in church services on Sunday mornings.
Sunday, November 29, is a Sabbath Sunday,
so there is no worship service that morning,
Sharing Our Internet
With Mora schools being full distance learning now, some students need but don't have reliable internet. Trio is interested in offering our space for study and/or internet access to students of all ages,
but we need adult volunteers to make it work.

Initially, we hope to offer 1-2 hours, one weekday (not Friday) per week.
To do this, we need 1-2 adults (besides Pastor Kirk) on site as supervisors and helpers. If you are interested, click the link below, and fill out a brief 2-minute survey to show your interest and availability. Thank you.
Gas, Groceries, and Goods
Outreach & Prayer

Please get your $10 gift cards at Mora businesses (see list at TCC), for gas, groceries, or goods
to the Trio Center offering box, or give them to Kirk, Rachel, or Michelle Lukenbill, no later than this Sunday, November 22nd.
Wednesdays 7:00-8:15pm

Fusion Youth (7th-12th grade) usually meet at TCC on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm, but no Fusion on Nov 25th for the break.
There is a White Elephant Christmas Party
at the Trio Community Center.

Wednesday, December 16th, 7:00-8:15pm.

Bring a funny wrapped gift and snack to share (individually wrapped if possible).

Shine on!
Norby

Contact Trio's Youth Director Rachel Norby for info, updates, or changes.
Call/text: (320) 282-6239 or email her at rachelnorby@triochurch.com
Worship Service Hosts

Trio has weekly Sunday service hosts that arrive around 9:30am, greet and welcome people, and meet new people before the service. Then after the service, hosts foster a connecting
environment for everyone.
We still have host openings in December. You can host as an individual, as a couple, as a group of 2-4, or as a family.
If you want to do this,call/text Pastor Kirk at (320) 469-8207, reply to this email, or sign-up at the Welcome Table at TCC.
VISION
See Trio's new vision on our website:

Trio Community Church | 320-225-8746 (TRIO) | PO Box 11, Mora, MN 55051