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Today at a Glance: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Poinsettia Sale—Church Foyer Scrip Sale—Church Foyer 8 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:30 .m. Acts– Pastor-led study—Chapel 9:30 a.m. JESUS—So why was he born? Meeting Room 4/5 9:30 a.m. A Look at Advent—Church Lounge 9:30 a.m. 252—Early Childhood Center 9:30 a.m. Middle School Ministry—Youth Lounge 9:30 a.m. Preschool Sunday School—Kindergarten Room 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship 7 p.m. Lifetree Café—Gumbo’s, 53 North Walnut in Mt. Clemens

>What’s Happening at Trinity ADVENT IN ACTION—To help our Trinity family to Engage God, and to Engage the World during this Advent/Christmas season, we’ve put together an “Advent in Action” calendar. It is available from the Welcome Center or download a copy from our website trinityct.org The calendar provides a suggested simple service activity for families or individuals for each day from Dec. 1–Dec. 25. In addition, the “Advent in Action” calendar will provide you with an opportunity to create a “Blessing Box” in support of some of our local ministries. For


information, contact Sue von Fange at svonfange@trinityct.org or call 586-463-2921. CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS—Christmas food baskets will be distributed to the needy on Saturday, Dec. 10. We need food donations by Monday, Dec. 5 in order to make this program a success. A list of needed items is at the Welcome Center. Donated items can be brought to the church office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and refrigerated items can be brought to the school kitchen between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 586-463-2921. MCREST COORDIANTORS NEEDED - Each year, our ability to provide a shelter for 60 homeless guests depends not only on hundreds of volunteers, but also our lead team. We still need team members to assist existing coordinators with "hospitality" and “set up/tear down.” If you have questions or if you can you fill an opening, please contact Debbie Hayes at 586-344-0916 or Debbie Graham-Large at 586-463-9592. PRAYER LIST Members Who Are Ill/Recovering

Helen Luft, Roy Jackson, Lucille Fuller, Cameron Holloway, Joan Turner, Carol Matthews, David Fischer, Jennifer Kaferle, Lisa Eschenberg, Sal Mascali, Lydia Foster, Mark Heymoss, Dawn Siersma, Rochelle Maintzer, Caritza Alvarez, Lynda Ringstad, Ron McDonald, Chuck Baker, Melody McLean , Linda Pagel, Dex Sieger, Mary Cosart, Marion Thiel, Carl Sielaff, Gordon Kennedy, Allen Pienkowski, Beatrice Stark

Others Who Are Ill/Recovering Colleen Caster, Lani Nolan, Elaine Carr, Margie McConnell, Daniel Morris, Kim Spencer, John Cook, Jan Rex, Kathy Starnes, Sam Kell, Judy Reed, Rick Adams, John Kutz, Mike Sweppy, Kathy Stewart, Martha Wilson, James Snay, Sr., John Doanato, Kashton Connors, Tina Cherney, Craig Weidenbach, Thomas Maier, Laurie Griener, Lee Smith, Elaine Harmoning, Ron Fournier, Carl Gerds III, Margie McConnell, Joyce Owen, Robert Standfest, Michael Orrell, William Ronschke, Roberta Ronschke, Chris Pustelny, Jim Smith, Jennifer Klick, Carrie Rugenstein and Riley Rugenstein, Bob Willits, Jackie Chaney, Steve Mash, Xavier Berger, William Wiczorek, Butch McDonald, Bill Wilhelm, Wyatt Banaszak, Steven Sorenson

*If you have submitted a prayer request for a non-member, please update the church office on the status so that this list remains current.* Special Prayers:

† For the Sick and Suffering † For those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month † For our nation and our leaders † For those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. Those Serving in the Armed Forces Eric Arthur, Art Baker, Daniel Bergstresser, Jeremy Bridgeman, Louis Cage, Shelby Clippard, Joe Cognitore, Chad Czischke, Richard Dembowski, Jorge Dimmer, Don Ehrke, Melissa Flood, Isaac Gibson, Matthew Hudson, Joseph Jedenasty, Michael Kayser, Daniel Klein, Kory Kramer, Tyler Konwinski, Garret LaBudde, Thomas LeClair, Ethan LeClair, Senior Chief Jason Lipka, Christopher F. MacArthur, David A. MacArthur, Sally Maize, Anthony Marsack, Mario Marval, Robert McDonald, M. Scott McCormick, Rodrigo Mendoza, Gary Mifsud, Matthew Moeser, Michael Niemczyk, Renae Niemczyk, Derek Olivares, Graham Puranen, John Renard, Zachary Rice, Michael Rich, Tyler Rakowski, Sean Schess, Troy Sears, Joshua Schumaker, Christopher Stanifer, Randy Tirsell,Thomas Woloszyk, Zachary Woomer, Paula Smith


This week at Trinity—Dec. 5-Dec. 10, 2016 For a complete list of events at Trinity, visit trinityct.org and click Today at Trinity

Monday (5)

1:30 p.m. Al-Anon—Church Lounge

6 p.m. Macomb County Quilt Guild—Community Center 7 p.m. Prayer and Spiritual Warfare—Chapel 7 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training—Meeting Room 1 7 p.m. Stephen Ministry Continuing Ed.—Church Lounge Tuesday (6)

9:30 a.m. The Advent of the Savior—Meeting Room 4/5 1 p.m. GriefShare—Youth Lounge 1:15 p.m. Tai Chi—Mini Gym

Wednesday (7)

6 a.m. Isaiah the Prophet—Church Lounge 9 a.m. MOPS General Meeting—Church Lounge Noon Mid-day Advent Worship—Chapel Noon Kiwanis—Community Center 6 p.m. Handbell Rehearsal—Church 7 p.m. AA—Community Center

Thursday (8)

8 a.m. Fleece Tying Action Team—Church Lounge 7 p.m. School Band and Handbell Concert—Church 7 p.m. Trinity Purls Knitting—Church Lounge 7 p.m. Voices in Praise Rehearsal—Choir Room

Friday (9) Saturday (10)

7 p.m. NA—Community Center 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study—Church Lounge 10 a.m. Cookie Walk—Foyer


5 p.m. Worship—Sanctuary 7 p.m. Teen Asperger Friendship Club—Community Center

>ENGAGE GOD ADVENT PREACHING SERIES—Ancestry.com (christ our messiah)—We are preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth by exploring Jesus’ family tree by using the genealogy found in Matthew 1. Families are filled with everything from black sheep to famous celebrities. Jesus’ family is no different. We’ll use Jesus ancestors to remind us how Christ was born to make us part of his family. MID-WEEK ADVENT WORSHIP—Each Wednesday at noon in the chapel. CROSSTALK AUDIO DEVOTIONS FOR ADVENT: Back by popular demand—we ARE again be providing a daily audio devotion delivered directly to your email inbox. Just click and listen. If you have not received these in the past, and would like to, make sure you contact Rebecca Thomas, our Communications Director, at rthomas@trinityct.org to make sure we have your email address. BLUE CHRISTMAS— On Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. we’ll host our annual “Blue Christmas” service for anyone who has experienced a significant loss; the death of a loved one, a painful divorce, job loss, etc. Our goal is to share the hope we have in Jesus with those who are hurting. If you or someone you know is struggling, invite them to join us for Blue Christmas. It’s a great opportunity to reach out to someone who really needs support, encouragement and care. For more information, contact Pastor Gary at 586-463-2921. SUNDAY BIBLE STUDIES – These Bible classes meet TODAY at 9:30 a.m. 252—Our Sunday morning experience for K-5th graders will focus on courage and how we live it out in our daily lives. Meets at 9:15 a.m. in the school/ECC foyer. For info, contact Jeremy at jashley@trinityct.org or 586-463-8803. PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL meets at 9:15 a.m. in the kindergarten classroom. It is open to children 3 and 4 years old. For more information, contact Jeremy Ashley at jashley@trinityct.org or 586-463-8803. ACTS—The Spread of the Kingdom —Join us as we explore the Book of Acts and discover how God used Jesus’ disciples to make more disciples, to build the church, and to change the world. Continues on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Leaders: Pastor Ken and Pastor Gary. “A LOOK AT ADVENT THROUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT” – Do you know how the prophets of Old described the times and ways God would fulfill his promises? This 4-session study looks at: The Power of Hope; The Refining Love of God; God’s Protection and Delight; The Peace Jesus Brings. Continues today at 9:30 a.m. Leader: David Brown. Location: Church Lounge NEW SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS - 3 sessions. "Jesus - So Why Was He Born?" Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? We have heard the story of Jesus’


birth, but its real significance can't be missed because of the familiarity with the “story” aspect. Join us for this three session study beginning TODAY, 9:30 a.m. Leader: Kathy Bell, Rooms 4-5. MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “The Advent of the Savior” Continues on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Leaders: Lila Tirsell and Mary Hartman. NEW LADIES BIBLE STUDY continues on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. We will continue to study prayer and spiritual warfare, but will focus on: The Word, the Blood of Jesus, Praise, The Name of Jesus, and Courage. Questions? Please contact Bonnie Young at 586-350-3222 or bonnie@youngsplace.org NEW MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “GRACE – More than we deserve, more than we imagine.” Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. This 7-session videobased Bible study featuring Max Lucado will help you to discover the depth of God's grace through Christ Jesus our Lord. Starts Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6–7 a.m. Location: Church Lounge. Study guide, coffee and pastries provided. DON’T MISS IT—With only 940 weeks with our children, what if we parented every week like it counts? What if we saw every phase of life as a unique, God-given opportunity to lean into our kids? Pastor Brian will host an online chat about the book, Don’t Miss It. Purchase your copy from Smile.Amazon.com and, just like all things purchased through Amazon Smile, Trinity will receive a portion of the sales. (For info on Amazon Smile, see ANNOUNCEMENTS.)

>ENGAGE GOD’S PEOPLE WOMEN’S LEAGUE CHRISTMAS POT LUCK—Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. In the Community Center. Remember to bring a heavy hors d'oeuvre to pass and a wrapped gift with a maximum value of $5. See you there. HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH BASKETBALL TEAM—The 2016/17 MLYA High School Youth Basketball season begins soon! Practices will begin soon and games start in January and continue through March. We play against other Macomb County area Lutheran churches. The league is open to both high school-age men and women looking to compete in a fun, safe, and competitive league. All skill levels are welcome. If interested, contact Jay Guzman for more info at jayguzman@wowway.com or 586-744-3962 5th ANNUAL COOKIE WALK will be Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Gluten free cookies will also be available. $6 a pound/$8 for gluten free. Proceeds are given to various MISSIONS of the Church as well as COMMUNITY outreach. It's not too late to make cookies. A sign up sheet and instructions are available at the Welcome Center. If you're making cookies/breads, bring to the Church between 3:30 and 6:30 on Fri., Dec. 9. CHRISTMAS CAROLING– A group from Trinity plans to go caroling on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the afternoon. We will be visiting some of our shutins who are either at home or in a care facility. To join or for more information, contact Pam Jones at 586-790-2004 or mspamelaj@yahoo.com. OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE—Are you looking for a way to serve at Trinity in a behind-thescenes role? Do you want a way you can serve with your family? Consider Altar Guild. The


group is responsible for the decoration and preparation of the church for worship each week and the church holidays. Men, women and children can serve. For information, contact Crista Collins at csc14@comcast.net or (586) 949-7126. STEPHEN MINISTRY—Do you ever talk to someone but feel as though they just aren’t listening? Our Stephen Ministers are trained to listen. They will hear what you share and provide loving, non-judgmental support and you work through personal challenges or difficult life situation. For more information, call the church office at 586-463-2921. BARNABAS MINISTRY—Would you or someone you know like a friendly visit from our Barnabas Ministry? We share the love of Jesus with others. Call Church Office at 586-4632921 set up a monthly visit with a volunteers.

>ENGAGE THE WORLD PRAY FOR OUR NATION – Ever wonder ‘what’ to pray for our nation and its leaders? “7 Keys Things To Pray Now that the Elections Are Over” is a helpful resource for your use. Pick up a copy at the Welcome Center or access at trinityct.org/nationprayer. TIE FLEECE BLANKETS for students at the Pellerin Center (an alternative high school for 14-20 year olds) this Christmas. If you can help, join us Thursday, Dec. 8, any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the Church Lounge. Please sign up at the Welcome Center and let us know ‘when’ you plan to come! Questions? Contact Sue von Fange at svonfange@trinityct.org or Jodi Pace at 586-260-2074. DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN ACTIVE DUTY—Trinity is compiling a list of those in active duty for a text message ministry. We will send a devotion via text message to those serving and their families on a regular basis. Contact Parish Nurse Lisa Riviera at (586) 463-2921 ext. 111 or lriviera@trinityct.org. MCREST NEEDS FLIP-FLOPS—We're collecting flip-flops to be used by the guests when taking showers. We've now collected enough for the men and children but still need more womens. They are often available at "dollar" stores. The collection bin is just outside the Parish Nurse Office. LIFETREE CAFÉ— Lifetree is well designed to be a comfortable God space for you to bring a friend who might be interested in or blessed by a given topic. Lifetree Café is held at Gumbo’s at 53 North Walnut in Mt. Clemens.  Dec. 4—Overcoming Worry  Dec. 11—In the Beginning  Dec. 18—Crafting a Truly Fulfilling Life  Dec. 25—No Lifetree HELP FAMILY OF GOD—Family of God is bringing the Good News of Christ to those who are poor, hungry, and homeless. Trinity serves dinners at Family of God monthly, including Dec. 14. To help, contact Brian Lanko at 586-350-0444 or brilank@aol.com or Pam Jones at 586790-2004 or


mspamelaj@yahoo.com. To coordinate a food donation, contact Karen Langreet at 586-4452460. The mission is always in need of paper products, hygiene products and diapers. QUILTERS WANTED—The Trinity Quilters for Lutheran World Relief meet the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Center. Upcoming meeting is Dec. 27. Bring a bag lunch. FOOD PANTRY—The food pantry is in need of Helper meal (tuna, chicken and hamburger), jelly, cereal, canned tuna and mac and cheese. Donations can also be left in the donation center between the Youth Lounge and the nursey. If you are interested in donating small gift cards to local restaurants, such as fast food chains, or bus passes, please see Pastor Gary.

>SCHOOL AND EARLY CHILDCARE CENTERCHAPEL OFFERINGS— School chapel offerings in November and December will go to Covenant House Michigan, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides support, education and training to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. For more information, contact Sally Buss at sbuss@trinityct.org. BUY SCRIP TODAY—Between Sunday services this weekend, the school will be selling Scrip in the church foyer. Scrip is gift-card fundraising program used by Trinity that earns a percentage of money on every dollar spent for our school and for tuition. With hundreds of big-brand retailers to chose from (some even local) Scrip is a great way to shop. Come see which retailers we have on hand, which ones can be ordered, and how to purchase digitally. Put your shopper by dollars to work and support Trinity. You can also see Rachel Nyboer in the school lobby on Friday mornings. DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEER HOURS?—Volunteer opportunity to assist at the Teen Asperger Friendship Club a.k.a. ASD Friendship Club. We meet the second Saturday of the month from 311pm. Volunteer for part or all of the time. Help with setting up and taking down, room monitors, and food prep. For info, contact Sandy Dobner at 586-822-2743 or email to sadob1@hotmail.com. AUTISM, ASPERGERS AND PPD--If you are a teen through young adult with autism, aspergers or PPD, Trinity hosts an ASD Friendship Club. Join us Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7-11p.m. for a social evening that includes a movie, video games, board games, giant Jenga, ping pong, basketball, talent show, DJ and dancing. Food includes snacks, pizza, salad, and beverages. We also celebrate birthdays with cake. $5 per person. Teens must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. For more information check us out on Facebook at Teen Asperger Friendship Club or contact Sandy Dobner at 586-822-2743.

>ANNOUNCEMENTS AMAZON SHOPPERS—Are you getting ready to order your Christmas gifts from Amazon? Don’t forget to do it with Smile! Visit Smile.Amazon.com and select Trinity as your organization of choice. Trinity receives a portion of the total sales. Smile.Amazon.com is the same as Amazon.com. The “Smile” just ensures that the purchases are directed to the organizations. You can find everything you would normally buy at Amazon. For info, contact Jeremy Ashley at jashley@trinityct.org. TRINITY CHRISTIAN COUNSELING – During this holiday season, people have a wide range of


expectations. Questions like, “How will I respond to a broken family relationship?” or “How will I ever manage to make it through Christmas with all the heartache I’ve endured?” If this is on your mind or someone you love, help is available through our counseling ministry. State licensed and national certified counselors David Brown and Kristin Hardy are ready to serve you. To schedule a confidential appointment call 586-468-0401 or email counseling@trinityct.org . Our offices are in downtown Mt. Clemens in the Olympia building near Cass and southbound Gratiot. POINSETTIA SALES—This is the last weekend to get your poinsettia’s from the Altar Guild. The cost is $11 per plant. Help decorate Gods house to the Glory of His Son Jesus, and honor the memory of a loved one who has received their heavenly reward, or to honor family, friends or fellow members. The plants are always beautiful and a great value!


Trinity Lutheran Church Announcer for Dec. 4, 2016