ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Announcements for December 4, 2022
 
 
This Sunday at Trinity:

8:30 a.m. Alternative Gift Market

9 a.m. Contemporary Worship

10:10 a.m. Education Hour
 
11:00 a.m. Bells in the sanctuary
 

11:15 a.m. Traditional Worship

2 p.m. Bible Chat

7 p.m. Youth Group
 
Christmas Memorial Flowers 2022
We will collect contributions for memorial poinsettias and recognize each memorial gift in the December 18th and Christmas Eve worship bulletins.   We are asking for a minimum donation of $20.00 per dedication.  You may choose to take your plant home after the Christmas Eve service or help deliver to the homebound or nearby nursing homes.
Please complete the form below
. You may make checks payable to Trinity Presbyterian Church, annotated “Christmas Memorial Gift.”  Drop the form in the offering plate on Sunday morning or return the form to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 14 2022.
 

Advent

For all the links, dates, and descriptions, please click here. The Advent Devotional is coming soon.

 

Adult Education Advent Class

Inspired by Cynthia M. Campbell’s book “Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes,” each week we will look at each Gospels perspective on the birth of Jesus.  Led by Ben Stewart, in the Lewis Room.

 

Christmas Music Each Sunday at 11 a.m. featuring handbells this Sunday  

Come early or stay late to hear the Christmas bells ringing at 11 until 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.

 

Please Help with Worship

Advent is a busy time of the year and we really need help with worship from ushers and slide runners. If you are unsure of what to do, please ask and there are people to show you and checklists to help out. You can sign up here.

 

New! Are you an advocate?

We are looking for Trinity folks who have engaged in social justice and/or citizen advocacy advocacy in any setting. We want to hear your stories and include them in a 2023 Sunday School class on Advocacy in the Reformed Church – Past and Present. If you have an advocacy story to tell or questions you would like discussed in the class, please contact Dan Campbell (dancampbell@aol.com) or Bill Davnie (bcdavnie@gmail.com).

 

New! Clothing (Under and Over Garments) Drive through December 31st

Trinity is working with S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) in DC for a clothing drive. ‘Under(and over)garments Palooza’ to help collect (new) socks, (new) underwear,(new) bras and (new or gently used) coats for our clients (men and women) through December 31st. We are accepting all sizes, but mostly need medium and large clothing. You’re welcome to purchase items from our Amazon Wish List. Thanks in advance for your continued support! Questions? Ask Todd Parker.

 

New! Mark your Calendars:

We know we’re embarking on a very busy season, but wanted to send you a sort of “Save the Date” to hold on your calendar for early next year. Natalie & Tim Foley and the Racial Justice Ministry would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, March 4th to visit the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery to honor the 186 children who died there. As we are concluding Native American Heritage Month, we wanted to extend this opportunity to learn alongside us and experience a more recent, pivotal chapter for Native Americans and our country. Below is a quick note about the boarding school era. And details & sign up for the trip will come in early January.

Why is this important? 

As you may know, our nation has recently begun to spotlight & reconcile the dark history of the U.S. (& Canada) regarding boarding schools for native children. “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” was the anchor quote from the U.S. policy of assimilation of Native people in the 19th & 20th centuries. 350 government-funded and often church-run Indian Boarding schools appeared during that time. Indian children were forcibly abducted by government agents, sent to schools hundreds of miles away, and beaten, starved, or otherwise abused when they spoke their native languages. The Carlisle School was the first, and the experiment for, U.S. boarding schools. 

 

Christmas Eve Readers Wanted

Please be a part of worship this Advent and Christmas. We invite you, a group, or a family to light the Advent candles or do a reading on Christmas Eve. Please sign up here.  We also invite you to be an usher or slide runner during these services. Sign up here.

 

Wednesday: Advent Worship

One of the nicest seasonal traditions at Trinity is Wednesday worship during Advent.  Each of this year’s three services is designed to help you find the peace and joy of the season.  These casual services begin at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Stop in, breathe deeply, and step away from all the craziness of commercial Christmas. This year we will offer fellowship time with cookies and cocoa in the Narthex a half hour before and after worship.

 

TODAY! Alternative Gift Market: Dec 4th or online

Today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or online anytime you will have a wonderful opportunity to purchase gifts that make a difference in the world at the Annual Alternative Christmas Market held in the Narthex. Choose from Heifer-where your gift initially helps a family who in turn gives back by providing support to their community; Ten Thousand Villages-where you can purchase crafts and other wares from artisans in developing countries who through this enterprise are provided an opportunity to earn income and provide for their families and communities; Olive Oil from Palestine– where we are able to support efforts for Peace in the Middle East;  Serving at the Crossroads-offering health care and hope of a better future at Manos Amigas clinic in La Entrada, Honduras; Arlington’s Thrive committed to ensuring our neighbors have a financial safety net during the greatest times of need with rent and food. Resilient Threads (online only), a sewing and weaving market opportunity for women in Guatemala and supported by former PCUSA missionaries, Brian and Sandy Thompson-Royer. Gift cards that describe your donation are available for each contribution.  Please save the date and bring your checkbook!  You can also shop at any time online.  

 

THIS WEEK:  Angel Stars Through Friday, December 9th

Trinity is sponsoring our annual Angel Stars mission program and continuing our partnership with Children of Mine (COM). COM is a drop-in center that provides mentorship, nutritional support, tutoring, guidance and other services to neighborhood kids from across Anacostia. https://childrenofminedc.org/ COM’s kids’ come from families of very limited means. Many will go without Christmas gifts, including new winter clothes, without support from Trinity’s congregation and preschool families.  

Our goal is to provide each of the 61 Children of Mine kids at least a $75 gift card, extra money will be used for Safeway cards for their families.

We will collect money online, or via check, and purchase the gift cards in bulk. You can make a contribution in any amount through Trinity’s website – please scroll to the “Angel Star” option.  You may also send a check with “Angel Star” in the memo line.

 

Advent Candle Lighter needed for Dec. 18th 11:15 a.m.

Email the office or  Please sign up here.

December 18th: Annual Advent Evening: Carols, Chili, and “Not Your Typical Nativity”

This fun evening will take place on Sunday, December 18. The evening begins with all carolers meeting in the Narthex at 5 pm to head out in the neighborhood to sing. Lyric sheets are provided, so come sing even if you only know the chorus to Jingle Bells. A delicious chili supper hosted will follow at 6pm. The youth production of the Not Your Typical Nativity, a unique interpretation of the Christmas story, is in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m.  Stay tuned for how to help with chili and other aspects of this fun evening!

 

You can Still Pledge!

Commitment Sunday is over, but we are still collecting pledges for the upcoming calendar year. You can pick up a card in the Narthex and leave it in the collection plates or the Treasure box or pledge online.   

 

Try the Worship App

We have a Worship App. There are several features this app offers that the other app did not: privacy for a prayer list, automatic updates each week, and a worship check in. Click here for the app. Please let us know what you think of it.