Announcements

 
This Sunday at Trinity (Sunday November 28, 2021) (Both services are inside today.)
Worship at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  Click here to sign up  Childcare is available. Drop off is in the Knox R
Room, the large room with lots of windows right off the courtyard.
 

This Sunday at Trinity

  • 9:00 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary
  • 10:10 a.m. Just Coffee (virtual) Come join a Zoom virtual coffee hour at 10:10. to catch up or meet some new people. Click here for the link.
  • 10:10 a.m. Sunday School
  • 11:15 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary
  • 2 p.m. Bible Chat (virtual) (Email Ben for the link.)
  • 7 p.m. Youth Group

 

We Need You! Advent readers and candle lighters needed for Sunday Worship and Christmas Eve
Please sign up if you would like to take part in the Advent worship on Sundays and Christmas Eve worship as a reader and candle lighter. Please sign up here.
 
New Podcast Alert: I Could be Wrong
Ben has a short new episode from his podcast “I Could Be Wrong” about why Mark talks about honey and locusts. Click here.
 
Want to help Light Up Trinity?
Any circle, group, or individual who would like to decorate a live tree in the yard, or erect another illuminated decoration, is asked to let Jennie Gwin (jennie.gwin@gmail.com) know of their intentions by December 1st.  We would like the decorations to be complete by Dec 18th and then leave them up till Jan 1.  Trees do not have to have a theme, but can if you want. If you have a specific request, like you want to decorate the same trees you did last year, include that in your email.  If your group will need an extension cord or a timer for your lights please include that in your email.  The Church will provide extension cords and timers if needed. Once I have all the volunteers Jennie will send out a map that assigns a tree or lawn area to everyone.
 
This Wednesday: Advent Wednesday Worship Begins December 1st, 7:30 p.m.
Stop in, breathe deeply, and step away from all the craziness of commercial Christmas with the 7:30 pm worship service the first three Wednesdays during Advent.  Worship will be led by Ben in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. on December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Hope to see you there.
 
Next Sunday: Advent Workshop (and wreaths) for all ages Sunday, December 5th, 3:30-5 pm
The Annual Advent Workshop will offer plenty of craft opportunities for kids, as well as the popular living greens Advent Wreath station.  The event will be in Calvin Hall (gym) and is free, with an additional charge of $10 for those interested in making the Advent Wreath.  It’s a great way to make some wonderful gifts while getting in the Christmas spirit. Reserve your wreath spot by clicking here.
 
Giftwrapping Fundraiser
Nene and her team will offer gift wrapping Sundays in December and ask for donations to Arlington Thrive. More details coming on Wednesday!
 
Alternative Gift Market is Open
Every year Trinity encourages people to give Christmas gifts that benefit the world through the Alternative Gift Market. You can purchase a goat or clean water access via Heifer; help fight injustices for youth, race, and poverty via a donation to Legal Aid Justice Center; help purchase equipment, supplies, and training for a clinic in Honduras with a donation to Serving at the Crossroads; as well as purchasing fair trade items online that benefit artisans around the world at Ten Thousand Villages.  Please click here for the link to the website.
 
Olive Oil is for sale
Trinity sells fair trade olive oil from Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and Gaza. Olive oil is a great gift! We have a new supplier of olive oil and olive oil goods this year. Please click here to learn more and place your order.
 
Usher “Lites” Needed to Pass the Offering Plate
We are going to start passing the collection plate again for 11:15 a.m. indoor worship. We are asking for two people to pass the offering plate during worship, then put the money in an envelope in the safe in the office. Please sign up on the link where you sign up for worship (click here). Thank you.
 
Door Codes and Church Access
As a reminder, please do not share your door code, and remember to tell this to all family members, including youth and children. The gym is only open for those who have reserved it through the church office.  Unfortunately, we have had vandalism in the church, largely related to the unapproved use of the gym. Thank you. 
 
Directory Available
We have a new and updated directory with a gold cover.  You can pick up your directory in the box in the Narthex.  You are welcome to take as many as you need, it is often handy to have one in the car. If you would like to be mailed a directory, please email or call the church office.  Thank you to Karin Meyer for compiling all the changes over the pandemic. We don’t offer the directory online yet as we need a password-protected site to protect the data.
 
Send in your pledge cards
Our stewardship season wrapped up in mid November. If you have not yet pledged, please send in your card which you should have received in the mail along with Judith’s letter. You are also welcome to pledge online. There are extra pledge cards in the office.
 
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
The 9 a.m. band is looking for singers and musicians. Maybe you don’t think you are “good” enough to be part of the band, well there is only one way to find out. Over the next few weeks, the band will play these songs…Give Thanks, Build Your Kingdom, All the people said Amen, Here I am to Worship and Chain Breaker. Maybe you like one of those songs, maybe you know that you’ll be at church and wouldn’t mind singing with the group that week, maybe there is a little voice in your head saying, “go on, give it a go!” The group is open and welcoming to everyone and anyone no matter their level of skill or confidence. Come to a rehearsal and see how it feels. For more information or for someone to talk over the idea contact ben@trinityarlington.org
 
Worship During Advent and Winter
During Advent and winter, we will be worshiping inside the sanctuary at 9a.m. and 11:15 a.m. To help keep the risk low, please follow these guidelines:
Please sign up. Everyone will need a mask at all times. Worship will be limited to 75 people, masked, with space on the left side of the sanctuary for 3 ft physical distancing and every other pew open for those who prefer it.  We are limiting the number to 75 so there is more space for everyone to spread out.  Childcare will be available at both services. While we are not requiring sign up for childcare, it is helpful for planning.  Sign up here.
Bulletins: please use your enews bulletin link, the website link, or the church app link for your bulletin. We will offer a few bulletins in large print for worshipers that are unable to access the digital bulletin.
Education Adult Sunday education classes will meet in the meditation room.  The children and youth classes may move inside, please ask your teacher.
At home Worship: We are recording the inside worship and hope to have it available each week via the website, the enews on Wednesdays or earlier on the website/Youtube channel, barring any technical glitches. Questions? Please email the church office

ADVENT at TRINITY             

Wednesday, December 1st  7:30 p.m. Advent Worship, Ben Stuart leading

Stop in, breathe deeply, and step away from all the craziness of commercial Christmas with the 7:30 pm worship service the first three Wednesdays during Advent.  Worship will be led by Ben in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Hope to see you there.  No sign up required.

Sunday, December 5  2nd Sunday in Advent

Advent Workshop for all ages  3:30-5 pm

The Annual Advent Workshop will offer plenty of craft opportunities for kids, as well as the popular living greens Advent Wreath station.  The event will be in Calvin Hall (gym) and is free, with an additional charge of $10 for those interested in making the Advent Wreath.  It’s a great way to make some wonderful gifts while getting in the Christmas spirit. Reserve your wreath spot by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 8th

7:30 p.m. Advent Worship, Ben Stuart leading
No sign up is required.

Sunday, December 12th  3rd Sunday in Advent

Mini concert following 11:15 a.m. worship

Come enjoy the sounds of the season on December 12th following the 11:15 a.m. worship with a mini-concert from Carol Feather Martin in the sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 15th

7:30 p.m. Advent Worship, Ben Stuart leading.  No Sign up required.
 

Sunday, December 19  4th Sunday in Advent

Light up Trinity Begins
Drive by or walk around the main Trinity grounds, which will be lit up by light displays from various small groups from December 19th through January 1st. 

Wednesday, December 22

Living Nativity and Carol Sing-Along 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend the Youth Group’s presentation of A Living Nativity followed by a congregational Christmas Carol Sing. In homage to the performances of yore, this event will take place outside on the Trinity front lawn. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy laughing both with and at the youths’ slightly irreverent retelling of the story of Christmas, and finish the evening by joining voices in song of our favorite carols.

Friday, December 24th Christmas Eve

At this time, we will have limited seating for each service with sign-up required. Sign up here.  We will continue to monitor the pandemic restrictions and update our protocols as needed.  As a reminder, we do not offer childcare on Christmas Eve. Please check your enews and bulletin for updates

5:30 p.m.  Children’s Service While we all love to see kids on Christmas Eve, this year we ask that the 5:30 p.m. service be limited to families with children. This children’s service will present the Christmas story with a tableau of people (not children) for each part of the story.  We will not have children dressed in costume or upfront this year, so we can help our youngest members stay safe. Seating will be limited to 75 people (not including those in the tableau).

7:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols Service featuring Trinity musicians and readers of all ages. This service will include a candlelight singing of Silent Night.  Seating will be limited to 100, not including musicians. We will have an overflow list and monitor the pandemic situation to assess if we can allow more participants.

11:00 p.m.  Lessons and Carols with communion, handbells, and the choir. This service will include a candlelight singing of Silent Night.  Seating will be limited to 100, not including the musicians. Our goal is to offer this service Livestream. We will have an overflow list and monitor the pandemic situation to assess if we can allow more participants.