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 Thrill of Hope," by Rev. Catherine Fluck 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 "Hope Was Born at Christmas," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
Mission Box
This week's mission box supports Smile Train, an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to cleft lip and palate. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the life changing transformation is immediate. Their sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgeries in their communities (text 2 give keyword: smile).
  
 
Upcoming Advent Events
Family Advent Festival (November 28, 5:30-7:15pm): Join us for a special evening of dinner (5:30-6:30pm), Christmas crafts, caroling, and decorating the tree with Chrismons (beginning at 6pm). 
 
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.  
Adult Ministries
Families on a Mission (11am, Youth Building) is a Sunday School class for parents of 6th - 12th grade, but all are welcome to join!   They will begin an Advent study called "Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph ," by Adam Hamilton on December 2.  Books are $15 and available at the Trinity Bookstore.  For more information, contact   Kim Lewerenz  at 416-3074.
 
Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ Facilitator Training: Have you found freedom from some life-controlling habit or behavior? Have you overcome life-controlling depression, anxiety, fear or anger? Would you like to use your God-story to help others break free? There will be a day of training on February 23 from 8:30am to 4:30pm to learn how to facilitate Christ-centered support groups based on the book, "Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ." Class materials will be provided, and we will have morning coffee and a light lunch. For more information or to register, please contact Roger Stroud (352.502.6519).
Youth
December UMYF Plans:
  • December 2, 5:30-8:30pm: High School Progressive Dinner Christmas Party (drop off & pick up from the Youth Building)
  • 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
Children's Ministry 
On December 2 from 3-5pm in the Youth Building there will be an orientation meeting for new female scouts to come learn about the Scouting BSA program (will welcome females as of February 1).  There are a number of activities planned for the girls, and a lot of new information to share with the parents along with food and drinks. Please RSVP to Kim Foli (352-665-3018).  

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.

2019 Spring Crosstrainers: Crosstrainers is an action packed sports experience, full of exercise and energy for elementary aged children. We play and teach fundamentals for basic sports and large group games. This program will run from January 15-May 23. It's open to children currently in 1st grade - 5th grade. Visit our website for more information. On-line registration is open now.  
Missions
We have been invited by Habitat for Humanity to participate in the Interfaith Potluck to kickoff 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!
No Bull Bibles & Brew
On the 1st Monday of each month from 5:30 - 7pm, the 9:40 band will be playing Christian music followed by a time of fun and inspiring adult conversation about the Bible and the Christian faith led by Rev. Lenora Rousseau at Crafty Bastard's Restaurant and Pub. If this is something that appeals to you, come! And, bring a friend for happy hour, all you can eat wings, as well as spirited music and conversation about God's great love and saving grace.
Faith Mission
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Employment Opportunities
Trinity is currently searching for an experienced Director of Human Resources & Operations to manage all day-to-day HR functions, including but not limited to:  recruiting staff (including background checks and driver qualification processes); policy development, implementation, and enforcement; performance management; training and employee development; compensation and benefits management (including FLSA compliance); employee relations; records retention; and regulatory compliance.  This position will also oversee the Facilities, Finance, and Communications Departments, managing and leading the general business operations of the church.   
 
Trinity is also searching for an experienced Comptroller to account and safeguard the financial assets that support and enable our variety of church initiatives. 
The Comptroller   performs all payroll-related duties, accounting, and financial reporting, including, among others, member contributions and online giving, bank account reconciliations, processing investment/endowment account transactions, journal recordings and entries, tax-related filings, preparation of financial reports for committees, and budget preparation.
 
You can l earn more about both of these positions and find information about how to apply   here .  
Christian Love and Sympathy
Please be in prayer for the family of Jackson C. Jerolaman, grandson of Julia Jerolaman and great-grandson of Marv and Nancy McMillin.  Jackson was 16 and was killed early Sunday morning, November 25 in a car accident involving two deer.
Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given in loving memory of James S. Quincey, from Connie.
 
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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