Trinity In Action December 2016
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...” - Pastor Chris Singer
So the song says! But this season of Christmas can also prove to be one of the high tension and stress! Demands on time and finances can often press us beyond any feelings of gratitude, appreciation, or reflection! Even if you manage these demands well, there is always the massive calories we are tempted with throughout this season. (It has been pointed out that DESSERTS spelled backwards is STRESSED.) That first Christmas was also a rather busy and chaotic time. Caesar Augustus had issued a decree for everyone to go back to their home town to be registered for a census. A young virgin who was pledged to be married was traveling with her fiancee who was of the house of David, located in Bethlehem. She was also pregnant. Since this was the first census of the Roman empire, the entire town was thrown into chaos. There were not enough rooms for families to stay in. Mary and Joseph could only find room in the barn. And so it came to pass that while they were there, she delivered her baby and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Can you imagine the stress for this couple? I wonder if Mary complained about the timing? I wonder if Joseph was angry with the government? I wonder if they shed a tear or two because this wasn’t the way they had dreamed of bringing their first child into the world. Imagine when Mary first heard that this child she had delivered was called the “Prince of Peace!” In our world today the many wars, political strife, deep division in families and communities, and the weariness that this life can bring can cause even the strongest optimist to wonder whether or not “peace” is even real. But God’s Word assures us that it is very real. The invitation from heaven comes to us again this Christmas as the angels sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” Where is this peace? Again, the angels bring to us the message of where peace is found: “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” So what are you waiting for? Let’s not walk…let’s run this year to the manger. Let’s sprint with the shepherds and see this peace which the Lord has told us about! In fact, let’s not go alone…let’s share the message with others who are in need of peace! May the true peace of Christmas rest in your heart this season! I can’t wait to see y’all at the manger this Christmas. Peace is in Christ Jesus for He has come to save us from our sin! Merry CHRISTmas to you!
The Compassionate Friends
20th Worldwide Candle Lighting
Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in a yearly candle lighting to remember our children who are no longer with us. As candles are lit at 7:00pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Trinity Lutheran Church 5201 Spring Cypress Road Klein, TX 77379
Please Join Us December 11, 2016
Gather in the Sanctuary 6:00p Service Begins 6:30p Candle Lighting 7:00p
Please email your RSVP and TWO photos to be used in the memory video that will be shown during the candle lighting. Also, bring a 5x7 or 8x10 framed photo to be displayed with your child’s candle during the service.
RSVP Before: Nov. 28, 2016 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
“…that their light may always shine.” Time has proven that in caring and sharing comes healing, Friendship, understanding and hope is the mission of Compassionate Friends in supporting family after a child dies.
Nursery is open to all children ages 2 months – Pre-K. JR. Sunday School (2’s and young 3’s) is held in our nursery.
December Nursery Hours:
Sundays: 8:15 a.m. to end of 11 a.m. service Mondays: 8:45-11:30 a.m. MOPS (pre-registration through MOPS required) Tuesdays: 8:00 -11:30 a.m. Precepts/Young Mother’s Bible Study Wednesdays: 9am -11:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study/Advent Service Wednesdays: 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. Advent Church Service Christmas Eve: Open for 2, 4 and 6 p.m. services. The nursery is closed for the 11 p.m. candlelight service. Nursery is offered for other Ministry Programs as they specify in their advertising. The Nursery always appreciates donations of Goldfish, animal crackers, Cheerios, raisins, pretzels, Kleenex, baby wipes, Clorox wipes, and small disposable drinking cups. Questions, contact Stephanie Warner at email@example.com or 281-290-4961.
Sundays in December GIFT OF GIVING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 9:50-10:50AM
TLS GYM 1ST-6TH GRADE FLC 204 AND 213 Teach your children the “Gift of Giving” as each child will make and wrap three Christmas gifts to give away to their loved ones. They will also make a gift to thank a soldier. Children do NOT need to pre-register for this event. $5 SUGGESTED DONATION
Happy Birthday Jesus Party SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 9:50-10:50AM TLS GYM 1ST-6TH GRADE FLC 204 AND 213 Children will have loads of fun as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please have your child wear Red or Green as we will also be caroling for the Pastor’s class. No registration needed for this FREE EVENT! Carol Singing, Cupcakes, Crafts, and JESUS!
Christmas Shopping List “Joy to the World” Celebration
If you desire to adopt a family with children under 18 years old, this is the option for you. You are required to attend the “Joy to the World” Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. Together, you and your adopted family will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with dinner, music, devotions, crafts, pictures, and fellowship. After the Celebration, the presents and food baskets will go home directly with the adopted family.
The next day to serve with Hope Beyond Bridges is Christmas Eve. Contact Kevin Corless at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to help feed our homeless friends around Houston. 9–11 a.m. – Cook & prep 11 a.m. – Depart to minister & serve Hope Beyond Bridges, formerly 45 & Hope, operates weekly feedings and outreach every Saturday from various churches in various locations around Houston, Harris & Montgomery counties dedicated to providing warm, nutritious meals, clothing and other assistance to the hungry and homeless.
During the month of December we accept food donations for our Christmas Food Baskets. We prepare food baskets for needy families in our community. All donations can be dropped off in the FLC food pantry bins by the FLC stairs or the Trinity Food Pantry, M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Disposable Baking Pan Roll of Aluminum Foil Stuffing Mix Chicken Broth Canned Green Beans Whole Kernel Canned Corn Canned Sweet Potatoes Boxed Macaroni & Cheese Instant Mashed Potatoes Turkey Gravy Canned Cranberry Sauce Instant Drink Mix (lemonade, fruit punch) Jell-O Mix Canned Fruit Cocktail Pie Crust Mix Fruit Pie Filling Bag of Sugar
KENYAN SCHOOLS OF HOPE
An extraordinary and momentous opportunity has opened up for Trinity! Earlier this year, it was decided at Trinity to build a school in Kenya as a memorial for Alan Carmichael, our fellow missionary who went to heaven in 2015. With a heart for the people of Kenya, Alan responded to them with generosity and love. One of the blessings from the outreach in Kenya over the years, has been the relationships fostered with the Kenyan people. Friendships have thrived and trust has grown. Now, when we searched for the best location for building this school, we were contacted by several Kenyans including a Maasai chief requesting we also include a rescue center for Maasai girls running away from home. Our first response was…whoa!...that’s a bit much! As the days went by, we realized this plea reflected our steadfast partnership with so many in Kenya and a calling from our Lord to bless others as we have been blessed. The Maasai people, along with other African tribes (and other countries), practice the century old custom of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Early Marriage (FEM). Prohibited by law, a concentrated effort is now being made by the Kenyan government to end this dreadful ritual of FGM. It is a brutal custom normally done under secrecy to girls aged 5-18 in unhygienic conditions using crude instruments. Sterilization and anesthesia are seldom used. The results are often severe and heartrending. FEM occurs immediately following FGM, many times to an older man as a second or third wife. The girls are sold for a dowry of cows or goats at a very young age, and leave their homes for an empty marriage and a life of slavery. Their education is ended. Understandably, girls are running away to escape this demeaning and cruel process which lead to physiological and psychological damage. We have been told there are many girls with no place to go. Present rescue centers have long waiting lists of 50 girls or more. How can a girl wait under these circumstances and still find refuge? Now is when the prospect of healing and peace can be realized. The vision we hold along with friends in Kenya will provide a residential home and on-site school for Kenyan girls fleeing FGM and FEM. Twelve acres of land as a building site have been purchased in Ewaso-Kedong, a village two hours northwest of Nairobi. Both at Trinity and in Kenya, a board of Directors has been established and plans are on-going with a joint meeting scheduled in Kenya during the first week in December. Called “Kenyan Schools of Hope”, the beginning phases of sharing these plans have been taking place. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to the goal of building a rescue center and school offering loving safety and excellent education by the blessings of God. In Kenya, by choice of the people there, the rescue center and school will be called “Osiligi Lutheran Center”. “Osiligi” is the word for “Hope” in the Maa language. And the hope we have through the redeeming work of Jesus, the Christ, will be of primary importance at the school. Also, with great respect for the Maasai people developed over many visits where we witnessed their difficult way of life, their constant faith in God and their care for others, we are pleased that many of these beautiful people will join us in this effort. Here in the States, “Kenyan Schools of Hope” is a 501.c.3 charitable non-profit corporation. We hope you will join us in this worthy and essential endeavor. Please pray for these innocent girls, for peace within their families, and that all actions undertaken be within God’s will.
Poinsettias are on Sale!
If you wish to help decorate our sanctuary and Family Life Center, you can purchase poinsettias, there is a sign up sheet at the Welcome Center. Checks can be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church with “Christmas Poinsettias” in the memo line. You will be able to keep your poinsettia after the Christmas holiday. Poinsettias are $10.
Come One, Come All!
Put on your Boots, Hats, Western Wear, and join us for the First Annual Men’s Club Barn Dance, Dinner, and Auction When: February 11, 2017 Where: Town Hall Texas 12194 Sleepy Hollow Road, Conroe, TX 77385 Why: To raise funds for the Herman Schaefer Memorial Scholarship Fund which aids Trinity members studying for a career as a called Lutheran teacher, DCE or Pastor at one of the Concordia Colleges. More Info: • Live music presented by the band “Branded” • Live Auction • First Class BBQ with all the fixings • $75 per person • Tickets, Table Sponsorships, and Table Host opportunities will soon be available
T-CARR (Trinity-Chemical and Alcohol Abuse Recovery)
meets every evening at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the ECC. This is a CHRST-CENTERED 12-step program of recovery from addiction. These 12 steps are meant to be worked sequentially as a PROCESS of getting rid of addictive behaviors and should result in a growth in FREEDOM and HAPPINESS. Contact Audie Hicks at email@example.com for more information.
T-CROSS (Trinity-Christ Restoring Our Sanity & Serenity)
meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in FLC 220. An addiction destroys families as much as it destroys individuals. Living with an addict is both heart breaking and exhausting. T-CROSS is a CHRIST-CENTERED 12-step process of recovery that gives HOPE for families and friends of addicts. You will EDUCATE yourself and learn how to COPE with the effects of addiction by LISTENING to others that have gone through the struggles of watching those closest to them face addiction and enter recovery. Contact Pat.Hicks@idsdiamond.com
MEN’S CLUB FALL SAUSAGE STUFFING FEST—Dec. 10 at James Wunderlich’s home. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. until all the sausage is hung, and last domino turned. If you have never experienced this fun, come on out and join us.
Lydia Guild Christmas Party will be held December 6 at 6:30 pm. We will meet at
Maureen Drepaul’s home, 8003 Dowdell Rd, Tomball. Bring a snack to share. Rather than a gift exchange, we will take a collection to support a family in need. For directions or questions, call Maureen at 281-655-8467.
Thank You from the Ladies Aid Fall Country Store
Wow! The Ladies Aid would like to thank all of you who donated items for sale at our Country Store as well as those of you who made purchases. We made over $1,300. This enabled us to more than meet our mission commitments. Again, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. God’s blessings to all of you.
2017 Contribution Boxed Envelopes will be available the First Sunday in December! Look for your box in alphabetic order on tables in the back of the Sanctuary. Please contact Mary Gibbs in the church business office at ext. 214 with any envelope or contribution questions.
2016 Contributions Notice
In order for contributions to be included on your 2016 giving statement, the IRS rule states that they must be received by the Church by Dec. 31, 2016. This means that the last chance to give during a worship service will be at the New Year’s Eve service (3:00 p.m. on Dec. 31.) You can also bring your offering to the Church office no later than 3:00 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 29, or have it POSTMARKED by Dec. 31 in order to meet the deadline. Sunday, January 1st offerings will be too late for 2016 statements! Thanks for your cooperation with this regulation.
Large Print Has a New Project for the New Year!
Beginning in January, the Large Print ministry will begin to assemble and mail the entire ESV Bible in large print to those ordering them from Lutheran Braille Workers. We will be sending out 25 copies of the Bible each month and these will be given free as always to those requesting them. At of the end of November our groups have sent 850 New Testaments in 2016. This amounts to 8,500 volumes of large print for the year! We now have 5 churches represented in our work groups-Trinity, Salem, Epiphany, St. John and Beautiful Savior. Thanks to all the faithful leaders, volunteers, and donors to our ministry. For more information call Jean Webber, 281-923-6486.
2017 Contribution boxed envelopes
will be available the First Sunday in December! Look for your box in alphabetic order on tables in the back of the Sanctuary. Please contact Mary Gibbs in the church business office at ext. 214 with any envelope or contribution questions.
Advent by Candlelight Dec. 4
If you are attending Advent by Candlelight on Dec. 4, don’t forget your Journey Bag items for Springing Hope 1:27! We will be blessing them. If you need a refresher on the items being collected, please visit www.trinityklein.org/events/ advent-by-candlelight/.