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Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9017

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Catechesis Class: Pastor Foote has begun a series of Adult Catechesis classes. If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christianity from the Lutheran perspective, this would be a great opportunity for you! They meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. See Pastor Foote for more information.

Advent Helpers: A sign-up sheet is posted on the Trinity bulletin board for individuals, families, groups to light the Advent wreath, including reading Bible verses, a brief devotion, and a prayer during our mid-week and Sunday services.

Prayer & Pie on Tuesday, December 4! We will meet at 10:30 AM, share our praises and concerns, then take them to the Lord in prayer. After, we will enjoy fellowship and pie! YOU are invited!

Mid-week Advent Services begin December 5: The worship service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Services will follow on the next two Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 19.

Purchase Poinsettias: We enjoy decorating the chancel with beautiful poinsettia plants for our Christmas services. You can sign up to purchase one or more for the church. After the Christmas morning service, you are welcome to take yours home with you. Price is $7 per pot.

Sight and Sound Theater: Trinity folks are planning to see “Jesus” at Sight & Sound Theate May 8-9, but reservations are due soon. The cost would be around $275 per person. Price includes Swarthout bus (but not driver’s tip); the show, dinner at Shady Maple smorgasbord, lodging (double occupancy) at The Steamboat Inn; breakfast; and a 2-hour tour at Kitchen Kettle before heading home. Reservation and $100 deposit due by early December. A sign-up sheet will be posted soon. See Linda Osborne for more information.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet the SECOND Saturday of December, December 8th. We will meet at our usual time of 8 AM; and hopefully be available to help with Hanging of the Greens after our gathering.

Hanging of the Greens: We invite young and old and in between to join us on Saturday, December 8, at 10:00 AM as we decorate the church with wreaths, swags, ribbons and candles, Nativity scene, and other festive adornments!

Trinity’s Ring & Sing for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive will be Saturday, December 8, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Ithaca Mall in front of Old Navy! Trinity will be ringing the colored hand bells and singing Christmas carols to support the Salvation Army Christian’s effort. Feel free to invite your friends! If you are available from 3-4 or from 5-6, let Nancy know and if we have enough singers, we will extend our time!

Lunch Bunch: Celebrate the season with the Lunch Bunch on Sunday, December 9! We will meet at the Ramada Inn restaurant after the worship service. They serve a buffet with lots of yummy options.

Christmas Pageant: Mark your calendar for our Christmas Pageant! Sunday December 16, at 4:00 p.m. Our Sunday school, youth, preschool, and after-school children will present, “The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us.” We encourage you to bring an appetizer to be enjoyed after the program.

Lutheran Womens' Missionary League / LWML: Remember to drop your pennies and loose coins into an LWML Mite Box.  Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1–4), the Mite Box is used to collect your small offerings, or “mites”, and are used to fund grants through Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The Eastern District LWML has paid three of the eight grant requests that were approved at the last convention.  Your “mites” do mighty work!  See Vivian or Marti for more information or to get your own mite box.

Mark your calendar! Our Annual Voters’ Meeting will be after church on Sunday, November 18. Important updates and the agenda will be mailed to you a few weeks before the meeting for your thoughtful consideration.

Our flower chart for 2018 is posted by the kitchen door. Sign up if you would like to sponsor an arrangement for a Sunday this year. Note the dedication you would like, or contact the church office ahead of time so it can be printed in the bulletin.

Are you looking for a way to serve at church? We encourage you to consider serving as usher during our worship services. If you are interested, please see Nancy or an elder for more information. Another opportunity is to sign up for altar duty for one month! This simply involves washing the Communion ware after communion Sundays (usually just twice per month), washing the linens and covering the altar. See Myrth for more information.

Daily Prayer for Individuals and Families prayer cards are now available at no charge. This laminated booklet is perfect for prayer time by yourself or with an unlimited number of people. Keep one in your Bible or hymnal. The prayer litanies included are for Morning, Noon, Early Evening and Close of Day. Pick up one for each member of your family so you can all be on the same page. This is a great booklet to have at your dining table for before or after meals. Daily Prayer can also be found in your hymnal (LSB). Cheryl Cox will be handing them out the next few Sundays or you may contact her to get your copies.

Severe weather policy at Trinity: When weather is questionable, we will try to keep our website up to date on cancellations: www.trinityithaca.org. Also, feel free to call the church office, we will try to keep the phone message up to date, or call Pastor Foote or an elder. An email was sent out last Wednesday to all members and friends of Trinity on our email list. If you did not receive the email (from Nancy Gifft), please let us know so we can add you to our list. If you don’t use e-mail, please let us know that too, and we will ask your elder to give you a phone call with updates.

Church Flowers: The flower chart for this year is posted by the kitchen door across from our library. The cost of the flower arrangements is still only $20. You can take the flowers home after the service, but please return the vase for reuse. Please make a note of any dedication you would like printed in the bulletin.

Sign up to help with altar guild. This involves simply covering the altar and chairs after services, storing the paraments under the pulpit, and washing communion ware on communion Sundays (usually 2 per month). We ask you to sign up for just one month of service! A sign-up sheet is posted on the Trinity bulletin board. See Myrth Guest if you have questions.

Volunteer opportunities at Trinity… full descriptions of the responsibilities are in the notebook on the shelf in the narthex.  A brief summary is below:

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed: As we continue to strive to follow church-building as in Acts 2:42, 45, this year we are devoting to Fellowship!  To that end, please sign up to host a fellowship-coffee hour!  It is simple and is greatly appreciated.  A sign up sheet is in the narthex, along with directions. 

Email Notification List: We are planning to start a group list for email notification of special events. If you would like to be included on this list, please fill in the following form or send you name and email address to secretary@trinityithaca.org.

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