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


CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Last Sunday the bulletin insert for the Christmas Joy Offering focused on the Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges/Racial Ethnic Leadership Development that receives 50% of this Special Offering.

A generation apart, both Lemuel Garcia-Arroyo and his nephew Jasiel Hernandez found their calling to Christian leadership while attending Presbyterian Pan American School (Pan Am) in Kingsville, Texas.  Lemuel, now Associate Director in the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries area of the Presbyterian Mission and his nephew is a senior at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he plans to be ordained in the PC(USA). Long time Trinity members may remember when Lemuel and his family attended Trinity.  Several years ago the youth (and others) went to Pan Am on a mission trip, in part facilitated by Rev. Garcia-Arroyo. Trinity has continued its relationship with Pan Am by joining with other Presbyterian Churches in the area to support the attendance of a student from Mexico. This part of the Christmas Joy Offering supports opportunities for future leaders at Presbyterian racial ethnic schools including Pan Am, Stillman College, Menaul School, Johnson C. Smith University, and Knoxville College .

Your gifts to Christmas Joy help make it possible for students to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

This offering is traditionally received on the 4th Sunday in Advent – December 24th.  Envelopes will be included in bulletin on both Dec. 17th and 24th.


Giving Hope, Inc.

 Many of you at Trinity have supported Giving Hope, Inc. in the past by  purchasing Poinsettias.  This year, we are taking a new direction and instead of poinsettias, we will be selling Candy Haven Fudge.

 

$20 per 1 LB Decorative Holiday Tin

Chocolate (no nuts) or Peanut Butter & Chocolate

To place an order:

Call Kevin at 940-382-0609 Ex. 305 or email  administrator@hopeincdenton.com

 

Orders can be picked up at church

Give a gift that has a lasting impact in our community! 


New Photo Church Directory

 The new photo church directory is ready for viewing.  Instructions for accessing the directory on the web are below.  To login you will need to use the email address in the directory.  This will keep our information within the church family.  A handout of login instructions will be also available at the church on Sunday. Also with the instructions you will find suggestions for how to get the most out of your directory.  We anticipate that there will be additions and corrections to the directory. Members will also be able to access the directory on your phone or other device with these instructions. We can make corrections and additions periodically. Those may be sent to directory@tpcdenton.org A printed version of the directory will be made available to those who need it in a few weeks.

 

When you open the directory on the web, you will see the photos.  Click on the photos to see a larger photo and members information.

 

Online Member Directory

1. Go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com

2. Click on the link: First time signing in? 

Create a login now. 

3. Enter the email address as it is listed in the family portion of the directory. 

4. Create a password. The password must be 8 characters long, and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols. 

5. Retype the password to confirm it and click "Request Login." 

6. Check your inbox for an email from service@instantchurchdirectory.com

7. To complete the sign - up process, you will need to verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you in that email. 

8. Once you confirm your email, you may sign at members.InstantChurchDirectory.com

Your email with the password you created will work on all the Instant Church Directory apps on any device. 

Need help signing in? Please see your directory Administrator Carol Wood


December 17

                Dr. Lenora McCroskey, Trinity’s Director of Music, will lead participants in hearing and learning about Handel's Messiah, a musical work beloved by many.  The libretto of Messiah, taken directly from the King James text of fourteen books of the Bible, has turned many otherwise forgettable phrases into memorable, singable, cherished lines of Scripture.

 

          Reformation--Since this October signified the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Craig Hunter, Pastor, leads adults in a class on the Reformation.

There will be no Sunday School Classes or youth group meetings on

Sunday December 24 and Sunday December 31.


Save the Date Congregational Caroling, Dec. 17, 4 p.m.  We meet at 4 then divide up into small groups and go sing to our members who are not able to come regularly to church.  We come back for soup and bread supper.  Sign up sheet in the narthex soon.  CHILDREN NEEDED!!


Creative Expression Class

If you attended any of the Creative Expression Sunday School classes this fall (or if you didn't and would still like to come), please join us for the last three sessions of the class. Jean Tunnell and Carolyn Harrod will be leading the last three sessions, which will explore the commonalities that exist in different creative processes, both the power and the anxiety in self-expression, and how our faith plays a role in our creativity. All are welcome to join us!  

 

Children and Youth Classes:

Three- and Four-year-old Class taught by Pat Cheek

K through Second Grade Class taught by Carolyn Harrod and Shae Ebrahimi

Third through Fifth Grade Class taught by Karen McCormick

Younger Youth Class taught by Karyn Blucker


Youth at Trinity

Trinity youth (6th through 12th graders) are gathering on Sunday evenings for supper, fellowship, fun, learning, and Bible study.  The Trinity Jubilant Singers meet from 5-5:40, and supper and activities follow.



TRINITY MOVES -- All classes are from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

December Schedule:

December 14     Lily Sloan will be teaching a calming and centering conditioning/stretching class using exercises from pilates, yoga, and dance. The majority of the class will be done on yoga mats. Beginners welcome; no rhythm required!  CHILDCARE PROVIDED. 


Columbarium

Now that the construction on the Columbarium is completed, there will be an increase in the price of a niche and a half niche as of January 1, 2018, to $2500 and $1250 respectively.  This price includes the urns and the inscriptions both on the urns and the niche cover plate at the time of use.  (Two urns can be placed in one niche)

Our thanks for the awesome stained-glass COLUMBARIUM window crafted in Maine by Jim Miller (son of Alice Miller) and installed last week by Brian Jensen.

Columbarium Committee, Jack Thomson, Chair

  

Women’s Lunch Group

Women at Trinity meet for lunch at the Greenhouse every Thursday at 11:30. Please join us anytime and enjoy the fellowship.


Mission Opportunity

          On December 16, Trinity has the opportunity to do mission with the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army will be distributing toys at the Stonehill Center to families from Denton County.  The youth will participate but this is an opportunity for all of Trinity to help our neighbors celebrate the holiday.

 

          Our group will work between 9 and 12 on the 16th.  Plan on meeting at the church and heading out to the Stonehill Center.  Sign up in the narthex to let us know who is going to come.


Coffee Fellowship snack providers needed.

More clean-up assistance now provided.

 To make supporting Coffee Fellowship even easier, we're now providing additional help with clean-up afterward. Becoming a snack provider is easy, simple and so appreciated by all our members and guests. The Fellowship Committee will manage beverages, plus help with setting out the refreshments and assist with clean-up, like managing the coffee urns or taking recycling to the curb. We're here to help you help others. The next time you enjoy coffee and snacks before the Sunday service, stop by the bulletin board and sign up to bring refreshments—just something simple such as grapes or cookies, cheese and crackers, a veggie tray or some pickles. Keep it simple and we'll help you keep it clean.


December 17     Beverages: Committee Member; Snacks: _____________

December 24     Beverages: Sher Harnish; Snacks: __________________

December 31     Beverages: Committee Member; Snacks: _____________

 


Coming Events

December 7                 11:00 a.m.           Israel/Palestine Group

December 10                 2:00 p.m.           Theology Reading Group

December 10                 7:00 p.m.           Taize Prayer Service

December 12                 4:30 p.m.           Contemplative Prayer Group

December 13                 2:00 p.m.           Staff Meeting

December 16                  9-12                 Mission Opportunity at Stonehill Center

December 16                   6-9 p.m.           Young Adult Party

December 17                 4:00 p.m.           Congregational Caroling

December 18                   7-9 p.m.           Trinity Stitchers

December 24                 5:00 p.m.           Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship

December 25-26                                      Church Office will be closed