Weekly Update

November 8, 2023

Giving Sunday

November 19 at 10 a.m.

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will focus on the many and various ways to give back and offer thanks. The service will include favorite Thanksgiving hymns and a time of reflection on Jesus' Parable of the Talents. During announcment time, Josh Conlon, our treasurer, will speak about different ways to give and he will share about stewardship and supporting the congregation and its ministries through regular giving.

Hanging of the Greens and

Gift Bag Stuffing November 26

Christ the King Sunday

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Preparing of Gift Bags for the Annual Foster Family Party


After worship on Christ the King Sunday, we celebrate the coming season of Advent and Christmas by decking the halls with our outdoor decorations as well as preparing gift bags for our Foster Family Party to be held on Saturday, December 2 from 11-1 at Trinity for nearly 100 children. A light lunch will be served.

Foster Family Holiday Party

December 2

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trinity's Annual Foster Family Party will take place on Dec. 2nd from 11 am to 1 pm. Working with koinonia We will have games, serve lunch and have Santa come and visit. Each child will receive a goodie bag filled with stocking stuffers stuffed on Nov. 26 after worship.

If you can purchase or if you would like to donate any of the items on the following list please let Kathy, Julie or Nancy W. know.

Lunch: Pizza, Salads, Veggie tray, cheese and crackers, Desserts.

Party: Cookies to decorate and frosting.

Goodie bags:

25 bags for children under 3, with things such as board books, stuffed toys or items adequate for this age range.

75 Bags for children over 3, Fidgets, stuffed animals, play dough/slime, cars, small games, building sets, coloring books, puzzle books, tattoos, stickers, candy and snacks.

Volunteers are needed and will be very much appreciated, before, during or after for clean up. Everyone is welcome to help!

Please let Kathy, Nancy Wood or Julie know if you are donating money or items by Nov.12 th. On Nov 26th we will join together after worship to stuff goodie bags.

Email Kathy Here

Its a Wonderful Life In Person-Radio Play Returns

Director Greg Cicchino returns to direct the Trinity players in this Holiday Classic complete with live music and sound effects. Immerse yourself in this powerful story of passion, greed, generosity, kindness, and the power of community. There will be three perfomances:

Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 10 at 12 noon.

Save the Date!

Click Here to Reserve Your Tickets

All Saints Remembrance Sunday

Embraced by music and readings, the commemoration of All Saints remembers both the living saints and the "great cloud of witnesses" that has gone before us.

Along with the names on our All Saints Altar family members have requested that these names be held in prayer this November:

Kay Hovey, Bob D'Evelyn, Barbara D'Evelyn,

Ralph Smaldino, Robert F. Amon, Ann and Hank Moler, Jack Bacon, David Ellings

The Name Tag Ministry has returned!

… Sometimes you wanna go

Where everybody knows your name

And they're always glad you came

You wanna be where you can see 

Our troubles are all the same

You wanna be where everybody knows your name


                              —“Cheers” theme song


GET YOUR NAME TAG on Sundays at the table on the patio in front of the narthex.

We all want to know your name!

Community Events and Opportunities
Visit the Hope & Justice Website for more Information

Upcoming Worship and Events

November 19 at 10 a.m.

Giving Sunday

During worship on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will celebrate the great harvest and speak about generosity, giving, and sharing our gifts with church, community, and our neighbors most in need.

Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

51st Annual Southbay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church

Manhattan Beach

Trinity Lutheran was one of the early congregations to be a part of this annual tradition which brings together people of all faiths to share in one song of thanksgiving. The service includes readings and reflections from many different traditions reflected in the greater South Bay community. The service begins with the indigenous custom of the blessing of the four directions with the gift of sage incense.

November 26 at 10 a.m.

Christ the King Sunday

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Preparing of Gift Bags for the Annual Foster Family Party


Join Trinity on this day to celebrate the end of the liturgical year with the Mass of Christ the King. After worship we celebrate the coming season of Advent and Christmas by decking the halls with our outdoor decorations as well as preparing gift bags for our Foster Family Party to be held on Saturday, December 2 from 11-1 at Trinity for nearly 100 children.

Saturday, Dec 2 - Foster Family Party 11a.m.-1 p.m.

Dec 3 - First Sunday of Advent - 10 a.m.

It's a Wonderful Life Production

Dec 8, & 9 at 7pm, Dec 10 at noon

Dec 10 - Second Sunday of Advent - 10 a.m.

Dec 17

Third Sunday of Advent - 10 a.m.

Lessons and Carols - 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 5 p.m.

The traditional mass of Christmas Eve with Eucharist, scripture, carols, and candlelight.

Christmas Day Service

Monday, December 25, 2023 - 10 a.m.

The Mass of Christmas Morning with Eucharist, carols and readings to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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!


Mon & Wed: 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Tue & Thu: 9:30 AM – 2 PM
Closed Fridays

Contact Parish Office
Phone- 310-374-4380
Email- admin@besidethesea.org
Visit- 1340 11th St.; MB

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.
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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

For healing, peace, and comfort for Sr. Patrick Elizabeth

For Sue Lubinski, Carol Levin's sister-in-law, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

For *Gerre Jaffe for health and healing.

For Marcia Aaron, May the Lord teach her the gift of discernment.

For Kevin, son of Eli and Alice Gauna as he faces a health condition.

We pray for all under the threat or practice of war, including the people of Ukraine and the people of Israel and Palestine.

For those who have died and those who mourn

For Ralph Smaldino


We feel very grateful to Alma and her husband, Rene, for the lovely brats and beer spread they created for our congregation for Reformation Sunday. May we see Alma and Rene often at TLC’s happenings. They are a bright blessing in our midst.

In thanksgiving for the marriage of Caitlin Wright and Max Monore

Caitlin is daughter to Kathy and Jon Gerds Wright and brother to Mark.

For our Director of Music and Liturgy, Jim, and the Trinity Choir.

For Altar Guild members who set up and prepare for Worship each week.

For our Preschool Partner "Piper Preschool at Trinity".

The Intentions of this Community

  • -For addiction and recovery support groups that meet at Trinity.
  • -For the South Bay Community Coalition Against Hate as we work together to address antisemitism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and injustice against women
  • -For the people of Ukraine and an end to war. For refugees and those displaced from homes 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.
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