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Church Information – 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


Euline Brock Memorial Service

Next Saturday, June 15th, at 2 p.m. a memorial service for Euline Brock will be held at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas. Euline, as most of you know, was a charter member of Trinity and a former mayor of Denton.  The service is being held there, in large part, because of the number of people expected to attend.  

Pastor Craig will be leading the worship, Trinity's choir will be offering an anthem, our own Dianne Randolph will be singing, etc.  Given Euline's role in Denton, her memorial service is both worship service and a civic event.  We suggest that you plan on coming and arriving early to find parking and a seat.

 

Trinity Friends of Euline Brock will host an informal reception on September 14, 4:30-6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Friends of the Brock family are invited to come and visit with her family. Members of her family are son Alan from Boston; Mary Ann from California; and Charles, his wife Mary, and their twin sons from Boulder, CO.  The Brock children all grew up in this congregation. Their parents were charter members of our congregation.


From the Nominating Committee

Each of us has special talents we can share. Do you know someone you think would make a good elder at Trinity? Besides being a member of this church, this person should be someone who is even-tempered, respected and someone who cares for others and this world. This person as an elder would be a leader who often would be involved in making decisions here at Trinity. If you have any nominations please contact Debbie Jensen, Sher Harnish, Kevin Campbell, Ben Clinard, or Diane Winchester.


Trinity Women Meeting Soon  

 Our women's group will meet at noon Saturday, Sept. 22nd in the library. All women are invited and welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch and your own drink this time. Another group will be in Fellowship Hall so we won't have access to the kitchen. This is a time to enjoy each other's company and discuss a topic of interest.r.


ODIS Fundraising Luncheon 

          Plan to stay for a catered lunch after worship on October 7.  An ODIS fundraiser sponsored by our Mission Committee and the ODIS board will be held in our Fellowship Hall right after we listen to the final beautiful music and shake Craig’s hand.  A delicious meal that includes vegetarian options will be provided.  Donations for the meal would be welcomed but you are  only asked to give what you can.

          You’ll be helping Opening Doors International Service, one of the core missions of Trinity, and also enjoying good food and fellowship. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 


DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM MEETING THIS SUNDAY AT FIRST UNTIED METHODIST CHURCH

 Several have asked about women's Muslim/Christian dialogs and gatherings.  Although we have not scheduled our Trinity/Mosque fall gathering yet, the Daughters of Abraham, an interfaith and ecumenical group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish women, are returning to their monthly meetings this Sunday, September 16 at 2:00, with First United Methodist Church serving as host.  It is open to all women, so if you are interested,  do plan to come.  There is time for fellowship, then a sharing of religious traditions around an announced theme.  For more information about this group, contact Paula Blind, Marcella Clinard, or Shelby Miller, or pick up flyers off of the table in the foyer. 


Music Notes

 

Josefina sings Mahler!

Our mezzo scholarship choir student, Josefina Maldonado, is the soloist for the UNT Symphony's performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Wed., Sept. 19, at 7:30 in the Murchison Performing Arts Center at UNT.  Absolutely not to be missed.  I'm even canceling adult choir practice so we can all go! Join the choir as we support Josefina in the performance of this beautiful work!


Welcome Tanya Melendez as the new Director of Music for Children and Youth!  

We are excited to announce that we will be having two groups available for the upcoming school year! In addition to our Youth Choir, we will now be having a Children’s Choir for children grades 1 – 5. Tanya writes: My goal with this group is to provide a safe and positive learning environment for the children of Trinity to be able to learn about healthy singing, while having fun and praising the Lord through our singing.  The Youth Choir will meet on Sundays before Youth Group as in the past, from 5:00pm – 5:45pm staring September 9, 2018.

 

There will be a meeting Sunday after worship for parents of children grades 1-5 to meet Tanya and decide on a meeting time for the Children's Choir.  Under strong consideration is Sunday afternoons from 4-4:45. If you are a parent of a child in this age group, please make every effort to stay for a few moments after worship.

 

Although born in Boynton Beach, FL, Tanya has spent most of her life in the DFW area.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of North Texas in 2017. She is a Private Voice and Piano Teacher who works with students to learn and improve on their technical skills, theory, and musicality. She strives to guide her students to develop their skills and have an appreciation for music. 

 

Before starting her voice studio, Tanya worked as an Elementary Music Teacher in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.  She enjoys watching her favorite shows on Netflix and spending time with her cat, Archer.

 

Tanya is very excited to start her journey with us and meet our children and youth.

 

Handbells

Come join us for our informational meeting Sunday the 9th after worship in the Library! Rehearsals start again the 12th. Meet and play with other fabulous members of the congregation. Grades 3+ and adults. No musical experience required!  -- Andy Diaz


Trinity at Work

 Two Saturdays ago a group of about 12 people from Trinity volunteered at Our Daily Bread. Our oldest was Jack Thomson; our youngest was Ibi Eni. It was quite a diverse group. We set up and served breakfast to about 40 people.  We cleaned up and prepared lunch for an even larger group. Tasks included washing dishes, distributing items from the hygiene closet, chopping veggies for a salad and serving the clients as they came through.  


          Chef Liz directed our activities and had lots of advice to improve our skills. She was great.

          The Mission Committee would like to do this again if people are interested. We worked from about 9:15 to 1:30. Some of the work required a lot of standing but there were jobs where we could sit down as well.

          If you are interested, let Carl Seiler or Shari Brand know. Or come to Mission Committee on committee night and let us know about other activities we can support. Working together to help our brothers and sisters in our community is one of the ministries we are called to. It’s also a way to have a good time and get to know each other.


Trinity Hosts Community Taizé Service and Labyrinth Walk on Sunday, Oct 7!!

 On Sunday, Oct. 7, World Communion Sunday, at 7:00 p.m. you are invited to participate in a Taizé meditative service  of prayer, song, and silence.  We will be joined by those from St. Andrew, First Methodist and First Christian, as well as townspeople at large.  Our own Ben Clinard and his guitar will be leading us in prayerful singing and there will be time for reflection and prayers for our planet and its diverse peoples.  It has become customary to have a labyrinth available after worship, and we will do so in the Fellowship Hall for those who care to walk it.

 

Because we are hosting a community-wide service, the Taizé committee needs extra volunteers to help!  We need help in clearing part of the fellowship hall to lay out the labyrinth after the ODIS luncheon, setting up the sanctuary for meditative worship, and helping people find their way to these worship spots.  If you are good at lifting tables, moving chairs, directing people, etc.,  we could use you!  Contact Diane Winchester, Shelby Miller, Lurline DuPree,  or sign in on the sign up sheet on the hall table.  


Senior Excursions

The Trinity Senior Excursion group is planning a trip to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Thursday October 11, 2018.  We will go down and back by train.  The cost of the fair on Thursday is FREE and the train ticket is $3.00 round trip.  There will be more information about time and train schedule in next weeks news letter, but just wanted everyone to mark their calendar for this date.  This will be a fun, easy trip and everyone can move at their own pace.  If you have questions, contact Paula Blind.


All Church Retreat, Oct. 20, Noon until 7:00pm

Come have fun with your Trinity church family!  Bring your own lunch.  Supper will be provided for everyone at 6:00

Bocce, Croquet, Corn Hole, visiting, hiking, sitting, strolling, cookout at 6:00, and vespers about 7:00.

North Lakes Park  Pavilion 3,  2001 W. Windsor Dr.


Save the Date

 Saturday, November 3rd from 6pm to 8pm we will have The Nacho Ordinary Talent Show. This will be a time to share your talents, hobbies, or skills with your church family. Polish your performance, dust off that instrument, choose a few items from that special collection or hobby to display, or just come to enjoy delicious nachos and fellowship with others.



Stepping Stones

 New Chairs in The Fellowship Hall.  You may have noticed the dozen new chairs with arms in the Fellowship Hall. Stepping Stones, an occupation-based program for persons with dementia, meets weekly at Trinity and found that many of their elderly members had difficulty getting up from our regular dining room chairs.  Chairs with arms give them the extra assist they need to push up to stand.  The chairs were purchased with a Rotary Club Grant, supplemented by a private donation.  Our thanks to Stepping Stones for the assistance those chairs provide many of us as well!


 

Stepping Stones needs volunteers.  Stepping Stones is a peer group for persons with early stage Alzheimer's and other dementias.  The weekly program meets on Wednesday afternoons to provide meaningful activities in a welcoming, supportive environment.  Under the direction of TWU graduate occupational therapy students, volunteers help promote interaction, assist members with art and cooking activities, facilitate reminiscence, and provide encouragement.  Our group has grown to 18 members and we're looking for one or two additional volunteers.  If you're interested, see Sher Harnish for further details.  A volunteer training orientation will be held Sept 5, with the program resuming Sept 12.

 

Christian Education Sunday -- Sunday September 9

Come to the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. to hear about the new classes for adults, promote the children to their new classes, and get to know other Trinity folks.  Classes will begin by 10:00 a.m.  

 

In worship at 11:00, third graders will receive their Bibles from Trinity.  

 

Also, anyone who has taught or led a Sunday School class, served as a youth sponsor, taught or led in VBS, sponsored children or youth on a trip, taught or helped in Godly Play, or provided a meal for the youth or children at any time since Christian Education Sunday last year (even one time), will be asked to come forward to be recognized, thanked, and prayed for. New teachers and leaders for this year will also be asked to come forward in order to be recognized, thanked, and prayed for.


Sunday School Classes for Adults  

Sunday September 9 through Sunday November 4.  This will be an eight-week set of classes.  We will not have Sunday School on October 21 because we will worship at St. James A.M.E.

Food & Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread

Shop for groceries, cook the meal, eat, and clean up.  Simple.  Not really.  The production and distribution of food in the world is a huge and quite complex process.  It starts way before someone goes to the grocery store or walks into a restaurant.  Writings by a variety of authors helps readers consider the moral, spiritual and economic implications of eating. The class members will consider the enjoyment and spirituality of food, ways in which eating connects us to the land and to each other, how persons in our part of the world eat, and the economic, environmental, and cultural impacts of daily food choices.   Carl Seiler, teacher

 

Soul Feast

 A spiritual practice or spiritual discipline is the regular performance of actions and activities undertaken for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development.  The list includes, among many more, fasting, fellowship, frugality, giving, hospitality, humility, meditation, prayer, reflection, self-control, servanthood, service, silence, simplicity, singing, slowing, solitude, study, and surrender.  The book Soul Feast, which will be used in the class, offers a framework for understanding spiritual practices and disciplines, and instruction for develop­ing and nurturing them.  The author, Marjorie J. Thompson is a Presbyterian minister.  Class members will use the newly revised edition, which Thompson herself revised.  Craig Hunter, teacher


Letters For Denton County Jail Inmates (on Colorado near McKinney)

         Have you ever received a letter from someone who tells you that he/she cares for you and wants the best for you, and is praying for you. Maybe from your mom or dad or your grandparent! A hand printed letter. Not typed.

          There are over 1300 inmates at our Denton County Jail. Average stay is 9 months. Maybe your letter could make a difference. The jail chaplain said that almost no mail arrives for the inmates. In fact, the rule had been only family could send mail and most didn’t.  With the chaplain’s help, Trinity Presbyterian and St. James AME have been invited to send mail. It is anonymous. You will not know the inmate, nor will the inmate have your name. But YOUR letter could make a difference for that one person. For more information please email Jackie Bruce at tjb2000@verizon.net.


Season of Peace, Season of Creation

 During September there are two “seasons” to be celebrated.  

Green congregations around the world celebrate the Season of Creation, emphasizing earth keeping throughout the Christian Year. This season starts this Saturday, September 1st – Creation Day and ends on October 4th – St Francis of Assisi Day, with Sundays in September devoted to Planet Earth, Humanity, Sky, Mountains and Blessing of the Animals.  Links to information about this Season of Creation through PCUSA’s Environmental Ministries is available: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/environment/earth-day-sunday

 

The Season of Peace begins this Sunday. Presbyterians are invited during this five-week period to define and deepen their calling as peacemakers. This season is a time of encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education. This year’s theme returns to the concluding hope of the second letter to the Thessalonians: “May the God of peace grant you peace at all times in all ways.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16) 

 

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides resources including a Path of Peace Daily Reflection. You have the option of subscribing to these reflections for daily delivery into your inbox or printing the entire collection as a devotional resource. You can subscribe to this Daily Reflection at: http://info.pcusa.org/h/i/E9FDF6BBFA7ACFCD

 

More information and resources are available: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/season-peace

 

The Season of Peace begins Sunday, September 2 and concludes on October 7 with the Peace and Global Witness offering on World Communion Sunday.


Galatians and James:  A Kerygma Bible Study


Galatians - With an impassioned eloquence, the Apostle Paul puts forth his doctrine of justification by grace alone. Lest anyone mistake this liberty as permission to ignore the moral code, Paul reasserts what he perceives as the true function of the Mosaic Law in relation to God's grace manifested in Christ.

JAMES - The author of this small but mighty letter is certainly not in disagreement with Paul—salvation is found solely through Christ. Moreover, both writers would probably agree that Christian life should be expressed by deeds of charity.  Alex Simmons, teacher


Garden News

Work Day in the Garden last week was rained out. It is scheduled

 

Garden Work Days

 

Date and Time                                                           

Saturday            Sept 15              8 AM – 11 AM  

Saturday            Sept 22              8 AM – 11 AM  

Saturday            Sept 29              8 AM – 11 AM



TRINITY MOVES takes place on Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Yoga mats are provided.

 

Trinity Moves Schedule for September, 2018

 

Sept. 13     Lily Sloan, with Childcare

Sept. 20     Kevin Campbell

Sept. 27     Kevin Campbell, with Childcare


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. 

  

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.


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.




Coming Events

September 14   4:30-6 p.m.                    Brock Family Reception

September 15      2:00 p.m.                    Euline Brock Memorial Service at Winspear     Performance Hall in the Murchison Building on the campus of UNT

September 16      2:15 p.m.                     Inurnment of Rev. Dawson Tunnell's cremains

September 18      2:30 p.m.                     Lay Ministry Committee

September 18   6:15-8:30 p.m.               Trinity/St. James AME Small Group

September 22         Noon                        Trinity Women – Library

September 24        7-9 p.m.                    Trinity Stitchers

September 25      6:00 p.m.                    Session Sack Supper

September 25      6:30 p.m.                    Session Meeting

September 29        9-3 p.m.                    Ennegram Workshop