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If you are passing through: Godspeed. If you are looking for a worship home, stay with us. We invite visitors to join us, but most of all to return often.
Advent and Christmas 2016 at Trinity
CALENDAR OF WORSHIP & EVENTS
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Nov. 27
Worship Services—8:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Isaiah 2:1–5, Matthew 24:36–44)
CHURCH DECORATING DAY, Wed., Nov. 30, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
All are welcomed to pitch in on the festivities!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Viewing and discussion of the film Simon Burch, part 1
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Dec. 4
Worship Services—8:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Isaiah 11:1–10, Matthew 3:1–12)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Viewing and discussion of the film Simon Burch, part 2
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Dec. 11
Worship Services—8:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Isaiah 35:1–10, Matthew 11:2–11)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Jazz Vespers, featuring the Shannon Hoover Trio
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Dec. 18
Worship Services—8:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Isaiah 7:10–16, Matthew 1:18–25)
SOCKS, SOUPS, AND SWEETS, Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m.
Christmas celebration for Trinity families with children and youth. Come to the Lounge at 10:45 on Dec. 4 to draw a name for a Christmas Sock Exchange, then choose a pair of Christmas socks and fill them with a couple of treats and goodies for the person whose name you chose. For the party, bring a pot of soup or chili and bread to go with it, as well as your Christmas Socks; desserts will be provided. (If you didn’t get to draw a name, no worries: bring treat-filled socks to the party to exchange with someone else who wasn’t able to draw a name.)
A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: A SWADDLING STORY, Dec. 21, 6:00 p.m.
Presented by the Hendersonville Ballet. Join us for a Christmas story written by the local author Deanna Ray, interwoven with ballet, tap, jazz, and Broadway dance pieces to Christmas music favorites. A reception will follow. Admission is free; donations to provide dance scholarships will be gratefully accepted.
CHRISTMAS EVE, Dec. 24, 7:00 p.m.
A Candlelight Worship Service (Isaiah 9:2–7, Luke2:1–20)
CHRISTMAS DAY, Dec. 25, 10:00 a.m.
Celebrate the birth of the Savior with a single worship service at 10:00 a.m.
(No Learning Hour classes will be held.)
LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS.
There are many ways you can be involved as we prepare for Advent and Christmas. Here are a few, for starters:
- Lead Worship. The Advent tradition of opening worship with the lighting of candles on the Advent wreath will begin on Sunday, November 27. Individuals, couples, and families are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
- Play St. Nicholas for some of the children and youth at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. This great giving tradition continues! Look for the little Christmas tree with gift tags between the sanctuary and the atrium.
- Help to decorate the church building. A group will gather on Wednesday, November 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m. to put up decorations. All are welcomed–especially those who are comfortable on a ladder!
Trinity Youth News
Trinity Youth are encouraged to have a restful and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our next gathering as a group will be for an afternoon of service: on Sunday, December 4, we’ll have lunch after church and then head outside to rake the Trinity Preschool playground. Please see Dwight Christenbury for more information.
THE MITTENS (AND MORE) TREE
The season of Advent is here. Each Advent Season, Trinity puts up The Mittens (and more) Tree and invites members to decorate it with warm clothing gifts for children in the community. This special Christmas tree is located in the Atrium to welcome your gifts of mittens and gloves, wool hats, toboggans, stocking caps, socks and underwear and small cold weather clothing items to help children keep warm this winter. The gifts you hang on this special sharing tree will be taken to IAM and given to children who really need them and will appreciate them so much.
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING - DECEMBER 18, 2016
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” – Matthew 2:6
The Christmas Joy Offering celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the “wondrous gift” of God with us. Jesus arrived in a humble stable in small and insignificant Bethlehem, to lead and teach in truth and love, and bring about God’s salvation to the world. What a “wondrous gift” indeed! This gift was so profound that the only response was the bringing of more gifts; the Magi arrived with gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor the Christ child.
Devoted and caring leaders have led many of us in the way of Christ. They have been church workers equipping us to respond to the grace we have known in Jesus Christ, and they have been God’s gifts among us. The Christmas Joy Offering provides a way for us to offer a gift in response. These gifts will raise up leaders from small places that are too often overlooked by the church. The Presbyterian racial ethnic schools were founded to educate emerging leaders from the under represented groups so leadership in the church would better reflect the diversity of God’s people.
Half of the Christmas Joy Offering supports the continued ministry of educating and forming Christian leaders. The other half of the offering honors those leaders who serve and have served us well. Through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, current and retired church workers who experience need because of tragedy, health concerns, or financial hardship can receive assistance from the church they have served so well.
In gratitude to God for the wondrous gift of Jesus, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites you to join in the celebration of God’s presence with us by supporting those in need of help and hope. This offering will be received on Sunday, December 18 at both services.