The Link | Dec 2022-Jan 2023

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December 2022 | January 2023
2 CONTENTS 4 Christmas Worship Schedule 7 Music Rehearsal Schedules 10 Faith Formation 12 Wednesday Church Night 13 Pre-School 8 Senior Adult Ministry

A Paper Fan

A great artist heard that a five-year-old daughter of a friend had received a paper fan for Christmas that she dearly loved. He offered to paint a picture on the fan for her, but to his surprise and despite her mother’s pleading, the little girl said, “No! You will not spoil my fan!” His painting on it would have transformed the plain cheap fan into a thing of beauty and its value would have increased a thousandfold.

Our lives may be small and common. Would we cling to them as they are when the Master Artist appears before us offering to make them fabulous?

Nearly two thousand years years ago on a star-lit night a babe was born. From the moment of his God-appointed and foretold birth, Jesus became himself a star in the darkest sky; a star by which each life might chart a course of divine favor and eternal joy. For each of us, the hinge of happiness is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.

During this season of wonder and joy give the Master your fan. Use these days to embrace and enjoy the true and immense value of the gift of Jesus. Worship with us, enjoy the fellowship opportunities here at Holy Trinity, visit again the story of God’s greatest gift. There are so many opportunities in this issue of The LINK to hear God say, “Give me your fan that I might refresh the gift of Advent. That I might once again transform you with the wonderful expectation of Emmanuel’s coming.”

The Rev. Dr. Richard Graf Associate Pastor

&WORSHIP music

The Christmas Cycle—the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany—is filled with anticipation and wonder. We watch and wait for the coming of the Messiah. We rejoice with the angels at the birth of the baby Jesus. We follow a star with the Magi to encounter the Christ. Join us for worship throughout these seasons to experience the hope and joy that have come down to earth through the incarnation of our Lord and Savior.

8:30 a.m.

Worship in Trinity Chapel Traditional worship

11:00 a.m.*

Worship in the Nave and online Traditional worship

5:00 p.m.

NewSong in Trinity Chapel Contemporary worship

*Watch livestreamed services at Recordings of the services remain online for several weeks to be viewed at your convenience.


Savior of the Nations, Come

*Sunday, December 11 | 11:00 a.m. This Advent Lessons & Carols service with Holy Communion will feature the Joy Singers, Luther Choir, Youth Singers, Chancel and Chapel Choirs, Trinity Ringers, and Liturgical Dance. An opportunity will be available to support the Organ Fund.

*Note: The 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services will be held as usual with Holy Communion in Trinity Chapel.


Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24

4:00 p.m. | Nave Christmas Eve with the Children Holy Communion

7:00 and 10:00 p.m. | Nave Christmas Eve Candlelight Services Holy Communion

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

This service will include the re-telling of the Christmas story through scripture and will feature Christmas carols sung by the congregation.

10:00 a.m. | Trinity Chapel

Christmas Lessons & Carols

Coffeehouse Christmas Sunday, January 1

5:00 p.m. | Trinity Chapel

This NewSong service features contemporary music, storytelling, and conversation in a relaxed coffeehousestyle atmosphere. Warm drinks and cookies are served. The service will be available by livestream.




Liturgical Dance for ages 10-adult 12:15-12:45 p.m. | Nave

Luther Ringers for grades 9-12 12:45-1:30 p.m. | Room L13

Luther Choir / Youth Singers* for grades 6-12

*Sunday Option | 1:30-2:00 p.m. | L9


NewSong Worship Team for grade 8-adult vocalists and instumentalists at the 5:00 p.m. service 5:30 p.m. | Trinity Chapel

Chapel Ringers for advanced handbell ringers 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Room L13


Carol Choir for ages 2-3 (with parent/caregiver) 5:00-5:30 p.m. | Room L2-4

Cherub Choir for age 4 - grade 1 5:00-5:30 p.m. | L11

Joy Singers for grades 2-5 5:00-5:30 p.m. | L9

Notabells for grades 6-8 5:00-5:30 p.m. | Room L15

Luther Choir / Youth Singers* for grades 6-12

*Wednesday Option | 5:30-6:00 p.m. | Room L9

Prime Chimes for grades 3-5 5:30-6:00 p.m. | Room L15

Chapel Choir for adults and college students at the 8:30 a.m. service 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Trinity Chapel

Trinity Ringers for adults and college students at the 11:00 a.m. service 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Room L13

Chancel Choir for adults and college students at the 11:00 a.m. service 7:30-8:30 p.m. |Trinity Chapel


Karen Shuford (

for all vocal choirs (except Chapel Choirs)

Jo Carol Thomason ( for all handbell choirs

David Lail ( for Luther and Chapel Choirs

Cheryl Arnold ( for Liturgical Dance

Emily Edwards ( for NewSong Worship Team




Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 11 for 11:00 a.m. worship

9:15 a.m. Trinity Ringers 10:00 a.m. Chancel and Chapel Choirs 10:15 a.m. Youth Singers and Luther Choir 10:20 a.m. Joy Singers 10:30 a.m. Liturgical Dance

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

For the 4:00 p.m. Children’s Service 3:00 p.m. Orchaband 3:30 p.m. Prelude Musicians Cherub Choir Ushers and Acolytes


Seeking Student Musicians

For the 4:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Eve Service

Student Musicians with at least one year instrumental experience in band or orchestra

Soloists for special prelude music


Sunday, December 4

Noon in Trinity Chapel

Sundays, December 11, 18 Noon in the Nave

Contact Jo Carol Thomason / 828-310-0980

For the 7:00 p.m. Service 5:15 p.m. Prime Chimes, Notabells 5:30 p.m. Chapel Choir, Joy Singers, Luther Choir, Youth Singers

For the 10:00 p.m. Service 8:30 p.m. Trinity Ringers 8:45 p.m. Luther Ringers 9:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Rehearsal Schedule Changes

• Children and adult vocal and handbell choirs will not meet on December 28.

• Youth vocal and handbell choirs will not meet on December 25 or January 1.

• Liturgical Dance will not meet on December 11, 18, 25, or January 1.



Rainbow Kids Grades 3-5

Fun with Jenna and Pastor Webb December 4

Middle School Youth Grades 6-8

Wednesdays | 6:15-7:00 p.m. not meeting on December 28

Senior High Youth Grades 9-12

Sundays| 2:00-3:00 p.m. not meeting on December 11, 18, 25, or January 1

Christmas Party @ the Webb’s December 16, 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Throwback

Back in 2015, these Rainbow Kids (who are now senior high youth!) and parents made Christmas cookies to deliver to our local fire stations to thank first responders for all they do.

Tubing for all ages Monday,

January 16

This annual event is packed full of winter fun for the whole family. Make plans NOW to join us! More details to come.

Pictured (top left): Colby Thompson, Callie Caldwell, and Mather Thompson; (top right): Lela Thompson and Laura Caldwell; (bottom left): Wade Van Horne; (bottom right): Riley and Laura Caudle



Annual Christmas Luncheon

Saturday, December 3 | Fellowship Hall

12:30 p.m. Greet & Mingle

1:00 p.m. Buffet Meal

1:30 p.m. Christmas Music Amy Thompson Smith, piano

Soup & Sandwich Night

Saturday, January 14 | Fellowship Hall | 5:00 p.m. Bring your favorite soup or sandwich Sign-up sheet available January 3

Resurrection Class

Resurrection Class Christmas Party

Sunday, December 11 | 6:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Wednesday, November 30 and Monday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Lowes Food, Viewmont. Sign up for a one-hour shift in class or call Les Whicker (828-612-7023).

Salvation Army Donations

Collecting new and gently used & clean blankets, sheets and pillow cases. Place in the box in Room L2.

Transition House Stockings

Currently, there are ten men living in the transitional house. Needed: hygiene products (combs, razors, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, soap, dental floss); individually packaged nuts, candy and snacks; socks, gloves, hats small gifts, etc. lace the items in the box in Room L2. If you would like to donate money to purchase gift cards for the residents, send a check to Beth Whicker, 430 19th Avenue Drive, NW, Hickory, NC, 28601.

10 Cross+Generational Activities for all ages | 9:45 a.m. December 18 | making Chrismons Faith Formation classes for all classes from ages 2 to adult Sundays | 9:45 a.m. (No classes on December 25 or January 1) Ages 3-4 Pre-School Education Ctr., 1st Floor Grades K-4 Faith Explorers Education Ctr., 2nd Floor January Rotation: Joshua & the Walls of Jericho Grade 5 Walkin’ the Word Education Ctr., 2nd Floor Grades 6-8 Confirmation see below Grades 9-12 Faith Walk Youth Center, lower level LIFE Class Daily Discipleship Martin Luther Room Resurrection Class Afterlife Trinity Chapel (SEE info below right) Confirmation for grades 6-8 Sundays |
a.m. 6th & 7th Grades Community Rooms A&B 8th Grade Room E201, Education Ctr., 2nd Floor
Stones Building Blocks of Faith | January 22 | 9:45 a.m. | 2-year-olds & parents Steppin’ Out | January 29 | 12:30 p.m. | 12th graders & parents FAITH FORMATION
Faith Stepping
This year’s Faith Formation theme is based on Ephesians 4:2, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” As we study God’s Word together, we’ll learn how God can help us embody
characteristics in our daily life as disciples of Jesus.

Wednesday Bible Study

Afterlife—Heaven—Resurrection A Panoramic Overview continues December 4, 11, 18

This class is a study, review, and history of the countless beliefs and approaches to the question: “What happens after death?” With the obvious centrality of the Christian belief in “the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come” (Nicene Creed), the class will also offer an overall investigation into the non-Christian religions and the current landscape of the “life after death.” Concepts will include reincarnation, heaven, hell, beatific vision, theosis, immortality of the soul, purgatory, near death experience, the rapture, and more. This class will be taught by Dr. Thomas N. Colley, a retired Lutheran pastor. He and his wife Gail Keller Colley life in Durham, NC. They are the parents of Janine Webb, the wife of Pastor Chris Webb.

12:15 p.m. | Community Rooms A&B December 7 January schedule tba
Join Pastor Robert Allen and spend some time in God’s Word during this lunchtime study.
12 Dinner served from 5:00-6:15 p.m. $7 | Plate $25 | Family Limit No WCN Dinner on December 28 Contact Karen Kahill ( to sign up for a standing or weekly reservation. Meals are catered by Boxcar Grille.
13 Holy Trinity Pre-School Playing, Learning, and Growing Together in God’s Love Visit for information and to register. Christmas Pageant December 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Nave Christmas Break December 21-January 3 MLK, Jr. Holiday - No School January 16
14 Add the Holy Trinity logo to: shirts jackets cardigans scarves and more! Visit:

Have you tried ShelbyNext?

ShelbyNext* is the church membership app we use at Holy Trinity. You can use the app on your PC or smart phone to:

• search for phone numbers and addresses for members of our congregation

• make updates to your information

• upload a photo of yourself

• make your financial pledge

If you’ve never used the app, contact Emily Edwards ( in the church office for assistance.

*ShelbyNext and ShelbyGiving require separate log-in information.


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