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Church Information -- Church office hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Deadline for the November 22 Trinity Greetings and the November 26 bulletin will be 1 p.m. on Monday, November 20. The office will be closed November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving.


Sanctuary Change & Hanging of the Greens

After our worship on Sunday, November 26, there will be a change in the sanctuary arrangement; so that during Advent which begins on December 3 the pulpit and the choir will be switched.  This will involve moving some platform risers, and so we hope some strong arms will be on hand to accomplish the task.


We will decorate the sanctuary in preparation for Advent later that same day at 4 p.m. The time will be ended with a brief worship service singing carols and dedicating the work we have done to the glory of God. 


Theology Reading Group

The next meeting of the Theology Reading Group will be at 2 p.m. on December 10th.  We will be discussing the book, Karl Rahner: A Brief Introduction, by Karen Kilby.  In about 100 pages, the book provides an overview of perhaps the most important Catholic theologian of the 20th century.  If you would like me to order a book for you, please let me know ASAP  -- craig@tpcdenton.org .  The cost is about $19 each, though some used copies are available online for less.


Stewardship Pledge Summary

 A big thank you to all who worked on the stewardship campaign and to those who have already pledged.


 As of Monday, November 13 we had received 66 pledges totaling $279,660. Last year we received 83 pledges totaling $298,026. So are we on track? An analysis of the pledges tells a cautiously optimistic story.  Of these 66 pledges, 58 were recurring from 2017 and the average recurring pledge was increased by $348 each or $20,190 overall. Of these 66 pledges, 8 were new pledges totaling $12,324.  We have 21 active 2017 pledgers who have not yet turned in a 2018 pledge. The total pledged by this group in 2017 was $44,880.  Assuming as an estimate that we receive the same amount from these 21 pledgers and no additional new pledges, we are on track to receive about $324,540 in pledges. While this is less than the $352,000 that our preliminary proposed budget called for, if we reach this estimate we will have significantly more money than we had for 2017.   

 

We are not there yet, however.

 

Pleases turn in your pledge if you have not already done so. Pledge cards are available in the narthex or you can simply email your pledge to treasurer@tpcdenton.org



New Picture Directory

 Work is progressing on the new on-line church picture directory.  We will be uploading the photos and directory information to the computer program in the coming days.  There is a space for Activity Pages in the program.  If you have a photo of a recent church activity you would like to add to the directory, please send it to Carol Wood at cwoodri@earthlink.net or (940)262-3317.  Photos should be accompanied by a short (one or two sentence) description of the activity and the people involved.


Las Posadas  Sunday afternoon December 3  4-6 p.m.

 The Trinity family will gather to take part in a 400 year old Mexican tradition.  Las Posadas translates to “The Inns.”  We will reenact the Holy Family’s searching for a place to stay while they are in Bethlehem, visiting from their Nazareth home.  We will have cookies, hot apple cider, and apple juice.  The youth will be asked to be Marys and Josephs.  Everyone is invited to dress as a participant in the traditional Christmas story (shepherds, animals, angels, magi, and stars). This is a beautiful event for all ages.


Prayer Vigil

Prayer is an important part of the life of a congregation. We want to explain about our upcoming prayer vigil and hope that you will take part as we pray for members friends, and the stewardship and mission of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

     1.   The vigil will be on November 11 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     2.   It is a come and go vigil. The length of time a person stays is the person’s choice.      Some stay 20 minutes; some stay longer than an hour.

     3.   The vigil is held in the church sanctuary. When a person enters the sanctuary, (s)he is handed a prayer vigil bulletin as a prayer guide. No one will be asked to pray out loud.

     4.   After reading through the bulletin, which includes scripture, thoughts and silent prayer, you will go to the communion table and take 10 written prayer requests from the top of the stack of cards.* After praying for each person listed on each card, you will return the cards to the communion table and put them on the bottom of the stack of cards. Ten more cards may be taken off the top of the stack and prayers offered for those so listed. You may do this as many times as you like.

5.   At the conclusion of praying for the prayer requests, you are invited to pray the benediction that is printed in the bulletin and then leave the sanctuary quietly.

          *Each member/friend of Trinity will have a card with his/her name. Additional prayer requests may be made the two Sundays before the vigil when cards will be available in the Sunday bulletins.


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


Art Exhibit

The Art Exhibit at the back of the Sanctuary and in the Narthex is offered by Ellen Frenkel. Ellen works primarily in fibers, especially dyed silk, and usually tackles issues of social justice. She has been retired from UNT and pursuing art since 2010, and has been a member of Trinity since 2012. The exhibit will only be up for another week - through October.


World Food Day

Monday, October 16, 2017 was World Food Day which commemorates the founding of the FAO - the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.  World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal  - to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.  For more information: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/home/en/

 

World Food Day, October 16, 2017 was also the day when the Presbyterian Church (USA) celebrated the 2017 Hunger Action Congregations.  Since the launch of this initiative on June 1, 2017, 72 churches in 28 states have become Hunger Action Congregations.  One of those 72 churches is Trinity Presbyterian Church (Denton)!  A quick review shows that we are one of 4 congregations in the State of Texas. - in Wichita Falls, Waco, Waxahachie, and Denton.  During this initial period Trinity did not "certify" by affirming ministries in all of the Hunger Action areas. To become certified is a goal for the coming year and requires that Trinity take specific actions in each of 6 areas related to Hunger.  To learn more about this and see other Hunger Action Congregations in the US the web page is: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/food-faith/hungercovenant/  We will be forming a "Hunger Action Team" with members from each committee of the session and others interested in this important ministry - so keep listening for more information!



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. Week before last we looked at Trinity’s budget and learned about what financial giving to the church brings about.  Last week, we continued going with the gospel reading from Sunday morning and got a better idea about what it means to share. On the night of October 29, we will learn more about the Reformation.  We keep our phones in our pockets after supper, we enjoy each other’s company, we pray together, and we laugh a lot.

 

The Christian Education Committee would like to sincerely thank Marc Pottorf, Carolyn Harrod’s father, and Sarah and Hannah Harrod’s grandfather, for making and giving to Trinity youth the beautiful rolling bulletin board in the narthex!  Information and announcements for and about our youth will be displayed there.



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


November Schedule:

November 23: No Class, HAPPY THANKSGIVING

November 30: Lily Sloan will be teaching a Dance Class, 


Childcare will be 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



Trinity Garden News

On Saturday we picked the remaining tomatoes from the vines in the basement.  Although the tomatoes ripened on the vine tasted good, most of them were a bit shriveled.  The ones that had been picked green also ripened, but did not show the shriveling effect. The vines were stored upright in their cages and the hypothesis is that gravity pulled moisture out of the tomatoes.  Maybe we’ll test this hypothesis next year by hanging some vines upside down.  We donated 29 lbs of smooth, ripe tomatoes to Our Daily Bread. We also cleared the cages of the vines, stacked them under the fellowship hall and swept out the basement.


At the end of our stewardship commitment luncheon on Sunday, the children were invited to a turnip pull. Altogether they pulled 62 lbs of turnips (including greens). These were delivered to Our Daily Bread on Monday. With the 91 lbs donated in the last week, our total donations for 2017 are 547 lbs of fresh produce.  


Garden season is almost at an end for 2017.  This Saturday, Nov 18th will be the last regular garden work day.  Everyone is welcome to come and help.    


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,


Update on Giving Hope:

 During the last four months, Giving Hope has been in a period of transition. Even though there have been some staff changes, the agency has continued to serve the clients of Denton County. Our case managers are talented, energetic, and caring as they work toward our mission of serving individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through advocacy, community collaboration, and rental assistance. Our goal is to deliver prevention and intervention which results in not only a place to stay but the means to stabilize.

 

During much of these last four months, I have had the opportunity to serve as Interim Co-Director.  I never realized how much this experience would change my life.  Seeing first hand how lives were impacted by just a little help and a little hope confirmed for me  how important Giving Hope is in the community.  The stories about all the people I have seen helped since I have been here are too numerous to share in this article, but I would like to share one.

 

After a divorce, a man had a debilitating stroke that left him unable to work.  He ended up homeless for three years which made it hard for him to see his son. One day he met our street outreach team at the Emily Fowler Library. In less than a month, our case manager found him a place to live. I will use his words to conclude this update. “I can never thank you enough for your continued support of this organization.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me not only hope, but also my son back.”

 

Thank you, Trinity Presbyterian Church, for your continued support of Giving Hope.


Las Posadas,  Sunday afternoon December 3  4-6 p.m.

The Trinity family will gather to take part in a 400 year old Mexican tradition.  Las Posadas translates to “The Inns.”  We will reenact the Holy Family’s searching for a place to stay while they are in Bethlehem, visiting from their Nazareth home.  We will have snacks and hot chocolate.  This is a beautiful event for all ages.