Weekly Update December 7, 2022

Foster Kids Party
Photo Review

A special thank you to all who bought gifts, made or brought food, decorated and helped out with the Annual Foster Kid's Party.
Julie like a kid on Christmas morning!
Alya, Susan, Maya
Nancy and Jale' prepare to read
stories to the children.
The incredible social workers from Koinonia
A Portion of the proceeds will help sponsor the
2023 Class of Leadership Manhattan Beach's community project.

To buy tickets and for more info visit trinitymb.org
Piper Preschool at Trinity
Community Playdate

Saturday, December 10 from 10-11 a.m.

All are welcome to a community playdate for members of Trinity (even those without preschool aged children) and other community members to build excitement for the proposed Fall 2023 launch of Piper Preschool at Trinity. You can glimpse some of the proposed improvements in the renderings below and come to meet some of Piper's staff.
Interfaith Book Discussion co-sponsored by Trinity at Congregation Tikvat Jacob

Meet the Authors and hear from interfaith clergy, including Pr. Douglas for a Meaningful Discussion of New Book

Monday, December 12, 7:00pm

@CTJ, 1829 North Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Parking off of Oak
In this season of peace, join our interconnected faith communities for an engaging discussion with Paul Small and Josh Freeman, authors of the beautiful coffee table book, A Festival of Light.  This book focuses on eight core human values: Faith, Freedom, Courage, Love, Charity, Integrity, Knowledge and Peace.   Take a journey with them to learn how these values can be incorporated into our everyday lives. The discussion will focus on "Peace," a universal concept shared by all faiths. Learn more about the book at https://afestivaloflight.com.  
This event is co-sponsored by Congregation Tikvat Jacob, Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach Community Church and MB United, and will be held in person at Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach. There is no charge for attendance, but reservations are recommended.  Refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow the talk.
Orchestra and Choir Pops Concert
Sunday 12/11 at 7pm
at the Peninsula Community Church (PCC)
(5640 Crestridge Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275)

The El Camino College Orchestra, of which Trinity member Paige Rinnert is part, will be playing a free concert with the PCC church choir and Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers at the Peninsula Community Church. The repertoire includes some movie music (Anastasia and Prince of Egypt), a Christmas medley, and the Hallelujah chorus. Please reach out to Paige Rinnert with any questions.
A Service of
Lessons & Carols

Dec 18, 2022
4 p.m.

(Note: This will be the principal worship service of the day-
there will be no morning worship.)

Dear Members, Friends, Neighbors, and Strangers,

You are invited to take time for yourself and ponder the mysteries and hear angel’s song and hear the lessons of ancient times and the story of the birth of Jesus—and a pregnant girl who said “Yes” to God, with faithful Joseph at her side. 

Pastor Douglas will be officiating (Trinity will have Sunday morning off—this will be the service of the day—the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Come alone—or bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Director of Music and Liturgy James Koenig will lead the singers of the Trinity Choir and assisting musicians and there will be, well, like the title says –lessons and carols. And we’ll be celebrating a special anniversary—the 30th anniversary of the lovely Dobson organ in the sanctuary with a very special artist, guest organist Mark Robson.
Trinity's Dobson Pipe Organ
30th Anniversary

In honor of the 30th anniversary, The Lessons & Carols Service on December 18 at 4 p.m. will welcome guest artist Mark Robson. Mark is a pianist, keyboardist, composer equally comfortable in styles ranging from early music played on harpsichord and organ to the great Romantic repertoire as well as demanding contemporary works. As a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists, he has appeared in recital and chamber music settings. He presents an annual recital for the L.A. series Piano Spheres. As an organist, he has appeared as a soloist in the Minimalist Jukebox at Disney Hall and has performed on organ in Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl.

Poinsettias, Greens and
Music for Christmas

DUE: December 15
Each Christmas we invite members and friends of Trinity to purchase poinsettias, a Christmas tree, and other decorations for our worship space. Please consider making a gift of flowers to Trinity this Christmas. We also look forward to special music during Christmas and gifts may be made to offset that expense as well. Financial gifts to support our ministries are also welcome.
This year our director of music has planned a special lessons and carols to celebrate the season and the 30th Anniversary of our Dobson Pipe Organ. Please consider giving a gift to music to help support this service as well as additional singers and a harp for Christmas Eve.
Suggested Donations
Poinsettia (20) $15
Garlanding $50
Advent Wreath $75
Wreath for Wall (8) $20
Christmas Trees (2) $100
Sponsor a Singer $100
Sponsor an Instrumentalist $250
Manhattan Beach United Against Hate

The South Bay Community has seen an increase in hate related incidents including anti-semitic grafitti and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, Trinity stands against such acts and is committed to both anti-racism work and the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people. Local councilmember Hildy Stern has convened a group of community leaders including religious leaders to explicitly reject these hateful acts and stand positively for a fully inclusive and welcoming community. Trinity members are invited to attend the events in the flyer below and to pick up a lawn sign and post at their homes. This initiative will continue well beyond this kickoff week and Trinity is invited to use our voice to advocate and connect with our neighbors wherever we live.
Upcoming Worship and Events

December 9-11: Its a Wonderful Life Holiday Radio Drama
Dec 9- 7 p.m.
Dec 10- 7 p.m.
Dec 11- 12 noon

December 12: Interfaith Book Discussion at Synagogue 7 p.m.

December 15- Poinsettia and Christmas Donations Forms Due

December 18: Lessons and Carols Service 4 p.m.
(no morning worship this day)

December 24: Christmas Eve Mass- 5 p.m.

December 25: Christmas Day Mass- 10 a.m.
Saturday Spruce Ups @ Trinity

Join us Saturday mornings as we tidy up our campus!

When: Every Saturday morning, 9:00 - 10:30 am (except for rain).
Where: Meet in the parking lot.
What: Light clean up & maintenance (sweeping, weeding, cutting, pruning, minor gardening & fixes).
Brooms & tools on hand.

Very informal - come when you can; stay as long (or as short) as you like!

Giving to Trinity
Thank you for your regular financial gifts to support our ministry, please click the button below to make a one-time donation via Trinity's secure giving platform.
We're praying for...
Prayer requests may be made to the parish office by emailing or calling.
The names will be held in prayer for one month
unless otherwise requested. (*Member of Trinity) (Request by Member of Trinity) (New Intention)

Those who are sick or in any need:
Kim B. for restoration of health as she is sick with stomach pain and Nausea
Abbe Skones to heal from the pain and remove the limitations to her mobility.
Dylan Johnson for continued healing
For the people of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Florida
as they deal with the impact of Hurricanes
For the people of Ukraine.

Thanks be to God for Marcia Aaron's successful eye surgery.
Thanks be to God for John Skones’ good medical care
and healing from the animal bite.

The Intentions of this Community:
  • -For addiction and recovery support groups that meet at Trinity.
  • -For our Confirmands: Maya, Kenia and Levi
  • -For the space utilization team as they work to find a good partner for our preschool buildings.
  • -For the people of Ukraine and for an end to war. For refugees and those displaced from home and family.
  • -For the pastors, deacons and churches of the South Bay Conference.
  • -For those fed by our sandwich ministry.
  • -For Project: Needs
  • -For the congregations of New City Parish.
  • -For an end to systematic racism, war, and oppression.
  • -For victims of gun violence in our nation.
  • -For all congregations who are Reconciling in Christ and embrace the full welcome of LGBTQ+ people.
  • -For our Bishop, Brenda, our Pastor, Douglas, and all leaders of the church.