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Church Information

Church office hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Note that the office will be closed on December 24th and 25th. Deadline for the December 23rd bulletin will be Wednesday, December 19th.

Trinity Greetings regular 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

Christian Education

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

Adult Sunday School Classes November 18-December 23
No Sunday School on December 30

Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine—In this DVD Bible study based on her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Illuminating Advent by Donald M. McKim—Through the blessed themes of Advent--hope, love, joy, and peace--Illuminating Advent invites you to connect with this sacred season. The meaning and mystery of Christmas and Epiphany are also explored. Carolyn Harrod and Debbie Jensen, teachers

🎶 Notes

Dec. 7-9 and 14-16, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be presented by the Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory. Evening performances are at 7:30 .m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Laura Guzmán and Chloe May are in the cast.

Vivaldi, Magnificat sung by our own choir during the morning service, Dec. 16. His Gloria is more familiar, but this music is glorious as well!

Handel, Messiah, Denton Bach Choir, Dec. 16, 4:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Image of carolers singing.Caroling, caroling, now we go,
Christmas bells are ringing
Caroling, caroling thru the snow (well, we can dream?)
Christmas bells are ringing!
Joyous voices sweet and clear (that's YOU!)
Sing the sad of heart to cheer
Ding dong, ding dong
Christmas bells are ringing

Trinity's fifth annual Congregational Caroling, Dec., 23, 4:00 p.m. We will gather at the church, divide into groups, visit our church family members who cannot always make it to church, and reassemble around 6 for a soup supper. Please sign up in the narthex or email Lenora. We need you and your children/grandchildren/great grandchildren!

Fellowship News

Soup and Bread Needed for the Carolers

December 23rd, Sunday afternoon our Trinity Carolers will return from their rounds a little bit chilly and probably a lot hungry. We need hot soup to warm them up. If you can bring a crock pot of soup, please have it in the kitchen by 5 pm that afternoon. We'll also need rolls or bread and maybe a couple desserts. Contact Sher if you can assist with food. Or if you can help set up or clean up. Last year we fed over 2 dozen carolers; this year we hope to nourish even more! So if you're not singing, consider souping.

Celebrating Dorothy Adkins 99th Birthday

Come join us for birthday cake during Coffee Fellowship on Dec 23rd. We'll have a basket for greeting cards or birthday wishes on the coffee table.

The Perfect Gift—Christmas Joy Offering

In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We scour the stores and shops, hoping to come across the thing that will communicate a depth of love that our words cannot.

As important as gifts to loved ones are, we have an opportunity to give gifts that help many people we do not know through the Christmas Joy Offering. These gifts in particular draw us back to the manger and God’s perfect gift to us — Jesus Christ.

During this Christmas and Advent Season, we celebrate leadership; past, present and future through support of the Christmas Joy Offering. We do so because church leaders greatly impact our lives of faith, walking with us down the path to be more like Jesus. We want those church leaders and their families who find themselves grappling with a critical financial need to have the resources they need which are provided through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. The offering also supports our future leaders in the church and world through the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, specifically helping those educated at our Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Supporting these students helps the whole church develop leaders who reflect the wideness of God’s intended diversity.

For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift. Trinity will receive this offering on Sunday, December 23, 2018. If we all give a little, it adds up to a lot!

Contemplative Prayer Groups

In the new year, it is Pastor Craig’s hope to re-start contemplative prayer groups that have met for most of the past four years. This is an opportunity to grow in your prayer life, to listen through silence to God’s voice in your life, and perhaps to discern the music of your life from the noise. Groups meet about twice a month, and each meeting features an introduction to a type of prayer, prayer, journaling, and sharing. If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact Pastor Craig.

Trinity Moves

takes place on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Yoga mats are provided. All Thursdays in December are led by Kevin Campbell.

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!

December 16 Beverages: Sher Harnish; Snacks: Guards
December 23 Beverages: Diane Smith; Snacks: _________________
December 30 Beverages: Winn Skinner; Snacks: Eni Family

Coming Events

December 18 6:15-8:30 p.m. Trinity/St. James AME Small Group at Trinity in Fellowship Hall
December 23 4:00 p.m. Trinity Caroling
December 24 5:00 p.m. Christmast Eve Worship with communion
December 24 & 25   Office Closed for Christmas
January 5 9:30 a.m. Session Retreat
Updated: 12/12/2018