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Church office hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Trinity Greetings deadline is 1 p.m. on Tuesday and bulletin deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday. Articles received after the deadline will appear the following week. Send email articles for the Greeting or the Sunday bulletin to trinity@tpcdenton.org

Giving HOPE, Inc. Barbecue Event

Giving Hope, Inc. has moved its Night of Hope event to October. Stay tuned for the exact date. Save the Date!!! You are invited to Giving HOPE’s first ever downtown BBQ event on Saturday, April 13th. This is the same day as the Redbud Festival so you might be downtown anyway. Why not come join us for lunch and more?

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to eventbrite.com and search for Giving Hope Inc. BBQ. Please contact Cindy Harris if you have questions or need help with your ticket purchase.

It's Time for a Major Update of Trinity's Photo Directory

The children have grown. New members and friends of the church have been added since our last photo shoot. Over the next three Sundays (March 17th, 24th, and 31st) Terry Collins will be taking photos before and after worship in front of the green banner in the narthex. If we don’t have your photo or you would like a new one, please look for Terry on Sunday.

You can check your current photo (or lack of one) at www.instantchurchdirectory.com. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to create a log-in just like other web sites using the email address that the church uses for you. Carol Wood also plans to be available on the next three Sundays with her laptop so you can see the directory.

Lenten Devotionals

The Mission Committee invites you to consider the voices often overlooked this Lenten season as you move through the 2019 Presbyterian Earth Care Lenten Devotional, found online at:
http://presbyearthcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-Lenten-Study-Web.pdf.
"This Lent we are called to join this choir of witnesses and work in opposition to ecological destruction, global warming, and policies of hurt and harm that threaten the voices of peace; the very rocks of the Earth that cry out in praise of the Holy One of creation."

Trinity is a PC(USA) Hunger Action congregation. "Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist." Bread for the World provides readings, prayers, and actions to help you and your family observe Lent in 2019 with this simple, six-panel card: https://secure.bread.org/assets/lent/lenten-table-tent-2019.pdf

New Standard Income Tax Deduction and Charitable Giving to Trinity:
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from Traditional IRA’s and Similar Plans

When doing our 2018 Federal Tax returns, some of us noticed that our charitable giving to Trinity is no longer helping us exceed the new higher standard deduction ($12,000 for single filers, $24,000 for married couples filing jointly). This happened because it does not help to itemize if you do not exceed this new, now higher, standard deduction. That is, you only get a tax benefit for charitable giving when you itemize and this amount is greater than the standard deduction. This, now harder to reach, threshold is the result of the new tax code.

Given this new tax code, if you meet certain conditions, you may benefit more (i.e., pay less federal tax) by transferring your pledge to Trinity, and other 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, in a different way.

Here is a link to the part of the IRS publication that discusses this, .[ed: link missing in original] You likely want to read where it says, “Qualified charitable distributions,” and judge for yourself. From our read of this IRS publication, it seem that when you are age 70½ or older and have your trustee (i.e., your retirement plan administrator) send a distribution from a tax deferred IRA directly to a 501(c)(3) like Trinity, you do not pay taxes on this distribution. This distribution is call a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), and “generally is a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.” To have this distribution be nontaxable you cannot take the distribution yourself, it needs to move directly from the trustee of your IRA to the 501(c)(3).

From reading this, it seems that you can use a QCD to satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) (the money you must take out each year when you are age 70½ or older). Also, this IRS publication tells us this QCD can exceed your RMD amount for the year, and still count, as long as it does not exceed $100,000 per person per year. Giving at a $100,000 a year level is not an issue for most of us . . . Here is a somewhat easier to understand Fidelity version, which adds a few more details:

https://www.fidelity.com/building-savings/learn-about-iras/required-minimum-distributions/qcds

When you do this, you lose the tax deduction of your contribution, but you also avoid the taxes that would have been due because this distribution is a qualified charitable distributions (QCD), and is not a regular IRA distribution. As noted above, it is now likely for many (most?) of us that, with the new higher standard deduction, charitable giving deductions are unlikely to lower our taxes. From Kiplinger: https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T054-C000-S004-ira-qcd-rules-qualified-charitable-distributions.html, reminds us that, “The QCD can't be distributed to you first and then donated; instead, the money must be transferred directly to the charity, and if a check is issued, it must be made payable to the charity. If you have check-writing privileges on your traditional IRA, you may be able to write out the check to charity yourself."

As noted above, some trustees, Fidelity is one, allow check-writing from traditional IRA’s. These will qualify as long as the check is made payable directly to the 501(c)(3), Trinity. Additionally, some tax preparation programs, TurboTax does this, ask if potentially taxable IRA distributions were done in a way to send them directly to a 501(c)(3).

As always, your situation may be very different, so you should check with a tax advisor.

Great American Clean Up

Saturday morning March 23 is the Great American Clean Up. Trinity will have the opportunity to provide spring cleaning for our community. Listen for more details on Sunday, or contact Jill Slade.

Music Notes 🎶

There’s room in the choir for everyone!

Schedule
Children’s Choir: Sunday, 4-4:45 p.m.
Youth Choir: Sunday, 5-5:45 p.m.
Bell Choir: Wednesday, 6-6:45 p.m.
Adult Choir: Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Christian Education

Sunday School for all ages 9:30-10:30 each week

Adult Sunday School Classes—March 17–April 14

Disrupting Homelessness —The American dream, as conveyed by the media, includes owning a home. Increasingly, people are homeless or precariously housed because of joblessness, foreclosure, or dislocation. Church responses to homelessness and housing vary. Some Christian organizations focus on fixing the person and the behaviors that contribute to homelessness. Others promote home ownership for low-income households.

Employing a disruptive Christian ethics, the book’s author Laura Stivers criticizes both approaches, outlines an advocacy approach for churches to address the multiple causes of homelessness, and calls us to make a home for all in God's just and compassionate community. Alex Simmons, teacher

Messiah— The most beloved of all the Handel oratorios is Messiah, written in 1741 and first performed in Dublin to benefit three charities there. The first part, beginning with the prophecy of the birth of Christ, the birth, and reflecting on Christ's deeds on earth, is performed every year multiple times--probably in as many cities in the country as can assemble the resources. This year, there were at least 5 performances in Dallas and 1 or 2 in Denton. We examined Part I here at Trinity in 2017.

However, there are two more parts of this glorious music. Part II presents the death and resurrection of Christ, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus and Part III concentrates on Paul’s teaching of the resurrection of the dead and Christ's glorification in heaven. During March, we will study Part II, and if time, Part III. We will examine the relationship of the text to the structure of the music, and explore the sources Charles Jennens used for the libretto.

From the Dublin News-letter following an open rehearsal of Messiah on April 9, 1742, “Mr. Handel's new sacred Oratorio ... in the opinion of the best Judges, far surpasses anything of that Nature, which has been performed in this or in any other Kingdom.” Other papers followed suit after the first performance (April 13, 1742): “Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crouded [sic] Audience. The Sublime, the Grand and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, Majestick [sic] and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear.”

Our class will examine why Messiah had such an effect on Dublin audiences, and later, London audiences; has stayed in the musical canon for 277 years; and how it continues to lead us today in our faith journey. If you would like to listen before the class begins on Sunday, here are two YouTube recordings that I recommend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlqscA1EzGg&t=3068s Part II begins at 51:08 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH3T6YwwU9s&t=2977s Part II begins at 49:37

Dr. Lenora McCroskey, teacher

Trinity Moves

...is a free yoga class that takes place on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Yoga mats are provided.

Coffee Fellowship Snack Providers Needed

Do you enjoy having a snack during coffee fellowship time? Do you like to do something nice for others? If so, we hope you will sign up to provide a snack. Becoming a snack provider is easy, simple and so appreciated by all our members and guests. The Fellowship Committee will manage the beverages. You bring simple finger foods such as grapes, cookies, cheese, crackers, a veggie tray, pickles; you get the idea. The next time you enjoy coffee and snacks before the Sunday service, stop by the bulletin board and sign up to bring refreshments. Thanks!

March 17 Beverages & snacks: Kevin Campbell and Judy Palermo

Games Night - Save the Date!

It is (past) time for another opportunity for games, fellowship, and ice cream. All are invited to another Games Night on Friday evening, March 29th, from 6:30 to 9. Pastor Craig and the church will provide plenty of games, but you are welcome to bring your own. This is an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with new or familiar people, to play new or familiar games, and to enjoy the ice cream that will be provided. See you there!

Upcoming Events

March 17 12:30 p.m. Brown bag lunch with Trinity budget discussion
March 19 2:00 p.m. Lay ministry—library
March 24 12:30 p.m. Pot luck luncheon with Mosque members
March 25 12:00 p.m. Presbyterian Women's Book Club
  4:00 p.m. Trinity Stitchers
March 26 6:00 p.m. Session sack supper
March 26 6:30 p.m. Session meeting
March 29 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Games Night
Updated: 03/14/2019