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Today at a Glance: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 8 a.m. Worship—Sanctuary 9:15 a.m. Stepfamilies: Bringing the Pieces to Peace—Meeting Room 1

9:30 a.m. Third Grade Stepping Stone—Community Center 9:30 a.m. Preschool Sunday School-Kindergarten Room 9:30 a.m. 252—Early Childhood Center 9:30 a.m. Middle School Ministry—Youth Lounge 9:30 a.m. Acts—Chapel 9:30 a.m. The Book of Corinthians—Meeting Room 4/5 9:30 a.m. GodSpace—Church Lounge 11 a.m. Worship—Sanctuary Noon MCREST Review—Church Lounge 4 p.m. Confirmation Module—Saved by Grace—Youth Lounge 7 p.m. Lifetree Café—Church Lounge

>What’s Happening at Trinity LIFE WITH JESUS - Whether you’re a lifelong believer or interested in finding out more about Christianity, this 11-week class is for you. We’ll explore Christ’s gracious invitation of a


personal relationship with God and the Spirit-filled life of following Christ as his disciple. Life with Jesus is for anyone who would like to attend, and is required of those considering membership at Trinity (but doesn’t obligate you to become a member.) Life with Jesus will be held on Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM, January 19 – March 30, in the Church Lounge. Childcare is available. Pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center or call Sue von Fange, 463-2921 X103. To register, contact Robin Shuell, 463-2921 X143 or rshuell@trinityct.org. SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE—Sunday, Feb. 5 from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Trinity will hold an open house for any perspective families. If you know of a family interested in a quality Christian education for next school year, make them aware of the Open House so they can get information, a tour, and meet with teachers and staff. For more information, call the school office at (586) 468-8511.

Prayer List Members Who Are Ill/Recovering

Helen Luft, Roy Jackson, Lucille Fuller, Cameron Holloway, Carol Matthews, David Fischer, Jennifer Kaferle, Dawn Siersma, Lynda Ringstad, Chuck Baker, Melody McLean , Dex Sieger, Marion Thiel, Carl Sielaff, Allen Pienkowski, Keith Ringstad, Cynthia Chilcutt, Lydia Foster, Louise Riley, George Willerhausen, , Anna Puranen, Debbie Dixon, Ken LaForest

Others Who Are Ill/Recovering

Colleen Caster, Lani Nolan, Margie McConnell, Daniel Morris, Kim Spencer, John Cook, Kathy Starnes, Sam Kell, Judy Reed, Rick Adams, John Kutz, 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, William Wiczorek, Butch McDonald, Bill Wilhelm, Victor and Renee Hecker, Philip Reilly, Sandi Williams, Janey Klocker, Eva Jackson, Barbara McGready, Robert Mickelson, Sue Ellen Maurer, Ingrid Stemmerich, Roxanne Johnson, Kelly Fink, John Prosch, Samantha Calhoun, Mark Meldrum, Lauren Puranen, Gerald Foster, Carol Jordan

*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 all of our Next Generation ministries † For those who serve, defend, and protect us (Military/Police/Fire, etc) † For those who work in full time Christian ministry Baptisms: Madison Grace Garcia, daughter of Juan and Amanda Alvarado-Garcia (McGeachy); Audrey Jane Prong, daughter of Adam and Jennifer Prong (Nowakowski)

In Memorium: Nancy Marie Ross, Matthew Price 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—Jan. 16-21, 2016 For a complete list of events at Trinity, visit trinityct.org and click Today at Trinity Monday (16)

10 a.m. Barnabas Meeting—Church Lounge

12:30 p.m. Cooking Matters—Community Center 1 p.m. Alanon—Church Lounge 7 p.m. Ladies Bible Study-Gideon—Youth Lounge 7 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training—Meeting Room 1 Tuesday (17)

9:30 a.m. The Lord’s Prayer—Meeting Room 4/5 9:30 a.m. LWR Quilters—Community Center 1:15 p.m. Tai Chi—Mini Gym 7 p.m. Confirmation Module—Faith Mapping—Youth Lounge

Wednesday (18)

6 a.m. Men’s Bible Study—Church Lounge 9 a.m. MOPS General Meeting—Church Lounge Noon Kiwanis—Community Center 6:30 p.m. ECC Parents Night—Community Center 6:30 p.m. Women’s League-Church Lounge 7 p.m. AA—Community Center

Thursday (19)

7 p.m. Trinity Purls Knitting—Church Lounge 7 p.m. HARP Mission—Community Center 7 p.m. Voices in Praise Rehearsal—Choir Room

Friday (20)

7 p.m. NA—Community Center

Saturday (21)

9 a.m. Macomb Quilt Guild Winter Fest—Community Center 9 a.m. Upwards Games—Gym 5 p.m. Worship—Sanctuary

>ENGAGE GOD

SERMON SERIES—Today begins our new sermon series BluePrint: “Sketching Where We Are and Where We’re Going.” Blueprints are the design of a plan for building something. In scripture God has given us, His Church, a “Blueprint for Mission.” That is, a design of a plan for more effectively accomplishing His mission in the world. Join us in the coming weeks as we sketch out this plan in greater detail.. SUNDAY BIBLE STUDIES – Class for all ages 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 9:30 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 to explore the Book of Acts and discover how God used Jesus’ disciples, to build the church, and to change the world. Continues today at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Leaders: Pastor Ken and Pastor Gary. STEPFAMILIES: BRINGING THE PIECES TO PEACE -. This 10-session video-based series explores the differences between stepfamilies and biological families. It covers things like discipline, how men and women communicate differently, handling money, parenting "yours, mine and ours", and handling the predictable stages of stepfamily development. "This series features researchbased best practices with humor, memorable charts and diagrams, couple interviews and anecdotal stories." This series continues today at 9:15 a.m. Location: Meeting Room 1 THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS-Corinth, at the time of St. Paul, was a very cosmopolitan city, with rampant corruption, idolatry, and immorality. It was a difficult place for a Christian to live, and believers there had questions about what it meant to live for Christ. It was similar to exactly what we find in our world today. Paul wrote this letter to address the Corinthians' problems, heal their divisions, and answer their questions. Join us for an in-depth look at this letter of Paul's and see how it applies to current day struggles. Continues today at 9:30 a.m. Leader: Kathy Bell, Room 4-5. GOD SPACE – “Where spiritual conversations happen naturally.” You've felt that tug... and you sense God is nudging you to say something. But what do you say? What don't you say? How can you bring God into the conversation without shutting it down? The Holy Spirit can do amazing things through conversation. This 6-session video study will give you insights and tools for connecting with others about the things that matter most. Continues today at 9:30 a.m. Location: Church Lounge Leader: Sue von Fange MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES 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 video-based 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. LADIES MONDAY BIBLE STUDY - this video study of “Gideon” featuring Priscilla Shirer continues on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. Leader: Bonnie Young. NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “THE LORD’S PRAYER” – Foundations in Faith. This six-session study examines the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. You’ll study and review verses from Scripture and teachings from Luther’s Small Catechism. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Leaders: Lila Tirsell and Mary Hartman. Location: Rooms 4-5. NEW MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “Prayers of the New Testament” - Are your prayers stuck in a rut? In these Bibles studies you'll find new words and new ways to pray through the prayers of Mary, Simeon and Anna, Peter, Paul, John, and Jesus himself. Their words and patterns can serve as rich models for us in our own conversations with God, inspiring us to follow fresh new paths of


prayer. Starts Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6-7 a.m. Location: Church Lounge. Coffee, pastries, and study guide provided.

>ENGAGE GOD’S PEOPLE

LIVING YOUR STRENGTHS - You are at your best when you do what you naturally do best. This 7-week journey will help you uncover and affirm your areas of greatest talent. They’re evident in and impact your relationships and all you do! Discover ways to live through your God-given talents at Trinity as well as in your personal and professional life. There is a small amount of daily reading and reflection that will make the journey most profitable for you. Living Your Strengths will be held Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 25 – March 8, Meeting Room 3. Please sign up at the Welcome Center. Book cost is $15. If you live in Macomb County and have a child age 12 or younger, the book is provided at no cost by Great Start Parenting Coalition. OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE—Are you looking for a way to serve at Trinity in a behind-thescenes role? 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. BULLETIN HELP NEEDED—Do you have a little time each month to help with bulletins? We need just a few hours to help copy bulletins on Thursdays around noon. You will join a small group of volunteers that rotate and usually only needed once a month. If you can help, please contact Robin Shuell in the church office at 586-463-2921 ext. 143 or at rshuell@trinityct.org. 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 GRIEFSHARE begins Sunday, Jan. 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Church Lounge and runs for 13 weeks. GriefShare is a support group designed to comfort & encourage you after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. For information, contact Lisa Riviera at lriviera@trinityct.org or (586) 463-2921. 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.  Jan. 15—Losing a Loved One to Alzheimer's  Jan. 22—Why Did I Survive?  Jan. 29—Confronting Evil


THANKS FROM FAMILY OF GOD—Many thanks for the donations of the blessing boxes that were put together by our members for our friends at Family of God, they were greatly appreciated. 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 once a month, including Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8. To help, contact Brian Lanko at 586-350-0444 or brilank@aol.com or Pam Jones at 586-790-2004 or mspamelaj@yahoo.com. To coordinate a food donation, contact Karen Langreet at 586-445-2460. 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 meetings include Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 . 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. In addition to these food items, the pantry also needs bar hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent. If you are interested in donating gift cards to restaurants, such as fast food chains, or bus passes, please see Pastor Gary.

>SCHOOL AND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK PISTONS GAME—As part of National Lutheran Schools Week, Trinity families are invited to attend the Pistons game on Monday, Jan. 23 against the Sacramento Kings for a discounted price of $25. Five other schools are part of the Lutheran Schools night as well. Tickets will be sold in the school lobby in the morning before 8 a.m. or contact Brian Anders at (586) 703-0074 or Leon Brank at (586) 382-3080. REENROLLMENT—Beginning Feb. 1, families can begin to enroll for the 2017-18 school year. The cost is $200 per family. Watch for letters and reenrollment forms to come home in January. Open enrollment begins March 1. Anyone interested in learning about Trinity should attend our Open House on Sunday, Feb. 5. PANCAKE BREAKFAST—The 8th Grade will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 5 to adult—$7, Ages 4 and under— $3. Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will go towards the 8th grade class trip to New York. Tickets will be available at the door. DON’T FORGET SCRIP—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. We have many retailers on hand and others can be ordered. . See Rachel Nyboer in the school lobby on Friday mornings.

>ANNOUNCEMENTS FOOD PANTRY THANKS—The staff and crew of the food pantry would like to give our heartiest thanks for your generosity this year especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The blessing boxes were a blessing! The less fortunate that we serve are truly grateful for your help.


MCREST TEAM THANKS YOU—A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who made our MCREST guests feel welcome and cared for. This year we again had 30 men, and 30 women and children (the youngest being two 1-year-olds), sleeping on our gym and Community Center floors. Volunteers made hot breakfasts for the guests most days, home-style dinners every night, and packed filling brown bag lunches. Not only did volunteers help check the guests in each night, and stay with them overnight and on Christmas Day, but they provided services such as doing their laundry, mending, driving guests to/from jobs, and providing haircuts and entertainment (Rosco the Clown, Christmas Carolers). New this year, members of MOMSnext even planned an evening for the moms in the group. As always, each guest received a backpack of gifts as a Christmas present. The children also received additional toys. Volunteers, including Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, helped set up our shelter, pack it back away, and clean the floors at the end. More volunteers laundered the towels used each night for showers. Many Trinity members who weren’t able to volunteer donated items needed via the giving tree. The hundreds of volunteers who personally served the “most needy” are truly inspiring! This undertaking takes month of planning. If you are interested in helping for 2017, contact Debbie Hayes at 586-344-0916 or Debbie Graham-Large at 586-463-9592. LUTHERAN NORTH FASHION SHOW—The 19th Annual Signs of Spring Fashion Show will be held Thursday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Palazzo Grand in Shelby Township. The evening features designs by modeled by Lutheran North junior and senior students. This “Hollywood Night” includes dinner, cash bar, mystery draw, door prizes, live auction, and grand prize from Lucido Fine Jewelry worth approximately $2,000! Tickets are $70 per person prior to Feb. 25 and $75 per person after that. Diamond Sponsors (runway table of 10 and a full-page ad) are available for $1,200 Make reservations by going to lhn.lhsa.com. From home page click on Fashion Show and follow directions.

Trinity Lutheran Church Announcer for Jan. 15, 2017  
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