Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Once Upon a Holy Night
The thrill of hope...the weary world rejoices...a new and glorious morn. These lines from a beautiful old carol sound like they could have been scripted for our world today. Come worship with us this Advent season as we make room in our hearts for the good news of a babe born in a manger.  
 
This Sunday's message is "A New and Glorious Morn," by Rev. Steve Price.
Love Came Down at Christmas
6:35 Wednesday Night Contemporary Worship Service message series from November 28 - December 19. Each week we will be bringing the story of Christmas alive with a modern reading of the Biblical text. Join us to see how the story unfolds!  

This Wednesday's message is "A Vision of Peace," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box is for the Zarqa Life Center. In 2015, the Life Center was established in Zarqa, Jordan to create a safe place for Syrian refugee women who face tremendous challenges in caring for their families in exile daily. The Life Center offers one-on-one counseling, self-help groups, exercise classes, ESL, art, lectures, vocational training, and Arabic literacy. They currently serve approximately 2,200 refugees per month, and are looking forward to moving into their new life center this month which will allow them to expand the services they provide.  (text 2 give keyword: zarqa).   
Upcoming Advent Events
Breakfast with Santa (December 8, 8:30 - 11am): Youth & Sonlight would like to invite all children with their families to Breakfast with Santa. $10 per child ($30 cap per family) includes breakfast, story time & pictures with Santa (digital photo files will be made available), and Christmas crafts to take home. Reserve a spot online or by picking up a reservation envelope from the Youth or Children's Ministry Offices.
 
Annual Party at Skate Station (December 9, 4-8pm): Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you at the annual Trinity Skate Station Christmas Party! Your free admission includes everything from rock climbing, skating, miniature golf, go-carts, games, or just sitting, chatting, and eating.  Santa & Mrs. Claus will be joining us at 7pm, so make sure to bring your cameras! Please bring some of your favorite Christmas cookies or snacks to share (other concessions will be available for purchase). The party is sponsored by Alpha. 

Live Nativity (December 12, 5:30-7:30pm): Invite your friends and neighbors to gather around the big oak tree, sip hot cocoa and view the live nativity (preschool and elementary children dressed as the nativity characters). It will be an evening you will not want to miss!
 
Family Christmas Dinner (December 12, 5:30pm): Join us for our annual Family Dinner and Cantata. The dinner begins at 5:30pm, tickets are required ($10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-9). You may purchase tickets online here. To pay with cash or check, please visit the reception desk or contact Bree Kerwin (352-416-3017). Deadline to order tickets is December 9.

Christmas Cantata (December 12, 7:30pm): The Cantata will be in the Worship Center with combined adult choirs & orchestra. No tickets are required for the Cantata.
 
Christmas Poinsettia Dedications: The poinsettias that will be adorning the chancel areas in the Worship Center and Chapel are available for purchase and dedication. If you would like to order and pay online, please click here. If you would like to pay by cash or check please contact Bree Kerwin (416-3017). Orders are due no later than December 19.  
Caring & Support
The Widows and Widowers Support Group meets December 4 at 5:30pm at Northwest Grille (5115 NW 39th Avenue).
 
The Healing Touch Cancer Support Group will meet for a special supper on December 6 at 5:30pm in the Atrium as we begin the Christmas holiday together. Cancer patients, survivors, friends, and family are invited! 
Missions
We have been invited by Habitat for Humanity to participate in the Interfaith Potluck to kick-off to the 2018-2019 Interfaith House Build. The Potluck will be held December 8 at noon at Cynthia Moore Chestnut County Park (2315 SE 35th St.).  The park is a short walk from where the 2018-19 Interfaith House will be built.  Please come and bring a covered dish!

We are taking a mission team to Cuba to visit the mission houses around Cienfuegos and meeting the missionaries, as well as our sister church. The trip will be May 3 - 10 and is $1,500/person which includes visas, airfare, room, board, transportation and activities. Due to filing with the Cuban government for religious visas, the deadline to sign up is January 10. Please contact John Newsom (352-258-6383) for more information.
Children's Ministry 
Parent's Night Out!  Join us for a Christmas Pajama Party at the next Parent's Night Out on December 14 from 5:30-8:30. Our Parent's Night Out will feature a pizza dinner and hot chocolate, Christmas crafts and the viewing of a holiday themed movie for ages 12 months and walking through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register online by December 12.
 
CHEERS and CHEERS Cherubs will resume on January 16 for 3 year olds through 5th grade.  Dawning Doves (children who turned 3 by Sept. 1, 2018 and Pre-K children) can register for CHEERS Cherubs here! If your child was registered for the fall, there is no need to register again. 
Youth
December UMYF Plans:
  • December 9, 4-8pm: Church-wide Christmas Party at Skate Station
  • December 16, 5:30-8:30pm: Middle School Progressive Dinner Christmas Party (drop off & pick up from the Youth Building)
December Coffeehouse Talk:
Tuesdays in December before Christmas, join the Youth Staff at the Starbucks by the church for conversations about life, God, and future plans & dreams for our youth ministry!
  • December 4, 5-6pm: for High Schoolers
  • December 11, 5-6pm: for Middle Schoolers
  • December 18, 5-6pm: for Everyone
Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given in honor of my two fabulous granddaughters,
Anastasya & Mariah. I am so very proud of you. Happy 21st Birthday!   
 
If you would like to provide the altar flowers, please contact Bree (416-3017). If you need to make arrangements for assistance or special accommodations during Sunday services, please contact Shannon (416-3005) Monday - Thursday. If you would like to have your milestone birthday or birth of a new child announced in the Tuesday Word, please email Kelly
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