Theology Reading Group
Once a month, a small group of us meet to talk about a different theology book. The hope is that we will enjoy the book, the discussion, the intellectual and spiritual stimulation, and the fellowship. Our next meeting will be at 2 p.m. on October 15th. The book we will be discussing is Armchair Theologians by John Knox. If you would like me to order a copy for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The stewardship campaign team thanks you for your generosity in 2017. We thank you for choosing to be part of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton. It is an exciting time at Trinity with lots of activities and aspirations.
This year we’re doing an “every member visitation” campaign. This means that we want everyone at Trinity to participate in conversations about stewardship. A visiting steward team (two volunteers from your church family) will call and arrange to visit you in your home to have a conversation about our church’s programs and needs. The visiting stewards will have information to share about the session’s goals and plans for 2018. They will answer questions you may have (or follow up with you if they don’t know the answers). More importantly they will listen to you.
Please mark these key dates on your calendar:
Monday, Oct 9 to Saturday Nov 11 Visitation period
Visitation teams will visit you and have a conversation about stewardship
Saturday, Nov 11 Prayer vigil
Eleanor Cherryholmes will lead a prayer vigil. More information to follow.
Sunday, Nov 12 Commitment Sunday
Pledges are collected during worship.
We hope you have questions. We hope to answer most of them through the newsletter or in worship before the visitation period starts on Oct 9. For those questions that don’t get answered, you can ask your visitation team or contact Tom Slade.
Save the Date for ODIS and Waltz across Texas
A wine tasting fundraiser for ODIS will be held at Steve’s Wine Bar, 219 West Hickory, on Thursday, October 19 from 5 to 7:30. Tickets are $50. For that you get your own wine glass, the opportunity to sample wine chosen by Steve for the evening, appetizers, live music and dancing (if you are so inclined).
Jill Slade and Dorothy Kuhn will have tickets. Plan to stop by for wine, fun, music and a great cause.
Adult Classes through November 12
Since this October signifies the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Craig Hunter, Pastor, will lead adults in a class on the Reformation.
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
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!
World Food Day Contest - for ages 5-19
Trinity is blessed to have many creative people in our congregation, but this is especially for children! The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is sponsoring a contest for World Food Day, October 16th. This year's theme is "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development."
Design a poster (ages 5-19) or produce a video (ages 13-19) on the World Food Day theme to enter the 2017 competition. The deadline for both contests is November 10, 2017
For more information: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/contest/en/
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.
October 19, Kevin Campbell- is leading a yoga class
October 26, Lily Sloan will be leading a dance class.
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
Interfaith Women's Group Meeting--Saturday, October 21st, 4:00-6:00 pm, Emily Fowler Central Library meeting room
As part of Trinity's ongoing relationship with the Denton mosque, we are planning a social gathering for the women of Trinity and the women of the mosque. Our main goal is to establish friendships and enjoy a time of fellowship. Towards that end, bring a snack if you can! Although the meeting will be come and go, we would like you to sign up so that we'll have a sense of how many women will come and so that we can try to have roughly equal numbers between our two groups. If you need childcare, please indicate that as well on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. If you have any other questions, please contact Marcella Clinard at email@example.com or (325)518-4396, or Eleanor Cherryholmes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940)262-3317
Trinity Garden News
Not a lot of news, but our fall tomatoes are plentiful and mostly green. A few are ripening each day. If you see a basket with tomatoes in the kitchen or narthex, help yourself. Our swiss chard, beets and turnips are growing nicely. We are starting to harvest some greens from all three, but beets and turnips are a few weeks from harvest. The weather is great, so come out and help if you can on Saturday morning.
Come join the fun on Saturday mornings at 9 AM to noon.
Garden Work Days
Date and Time
Saturday Oct. 21 9 AM ─ noon
Saturday Oct. 28 9 AM ─ noon
Saturday Nov. 7 9 AM ─ noon
Saturday Nov. 14 9 AM ─ noon
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.
- 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; sme 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.
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.
You may have seen a front page story about Serve Denton last week. In the article it said that Giving Hope was expected to move into their new facility on Loop 288. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Giving Hope has no plans to move into this facility. We will continue to lease the Wheeler House from Serve Denton where we administer our program for single moms with kids.
SAVE THE DATE: S'Mores Music Gathering, Sat, Oct 21, 7-9 pm. Trinity is hosting an outdoor marshmallow roast and music fest, complete with fire pit and campfire songs. Everyone is invited to polish up their musical talents or poetic oratory and come perform at our music fest. The church will provide all the ingredients for S'Mores, plus drinks. We'll meet outside on the (nearly) level ground north of the ODIS offices. We'll have ground cloths spread out and lots of pillows for lounging , plus benches for those who need to sit up higher. (Thanks to Kevin Campbell for salvaging those old pallets and crafting the benches.) Or bring your own blanket and lawn chairs. So start practicing your performance and come join us for an evening of family fun. Kids and gramps, young adults and all in between are welcomed. More details to follow, but mark your calendars now and plan to attend.
Mark your calendars for
The Happy Hooker presents:
3rd Annual Craft Fair
November 15th at 3 PM
Immediately Following Stepping Stones
Trinity Fellowship Hall
All proceeds (every last penny) go to the Stepping Stones Program
LOTS OF HANDMADE CROCHET ITEMS,
ORNAMENTS AND OTHER SURPRISES