December 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 12
CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT: WE ARE JOYFULLY GATHERED TOGETHER BY GOD’S GRACIOUS LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, TO GROW IN FAITH AND TO PROCLAIM JESUS BY WORD AND SERVICE.
TLC Advent Events
December 4 TLC Kids’ Night Out-Friday, 5:00-9:00 pm
December 5 TLC Women’s Advent Brunch at the Hostess House-Saturday, 9:00 am
December 6 Preparation for Children’s Christmas Program During Education Hour
December 6 High School Christmas Party-Sunday, 6:00-7:30 pm
December 12 Children’s Program Dress Rehearsal, in the Sanctuary-Saturday, 10:00-12:00 pm
December 13 Children’s Christmas Program followed by Gingerbread Houses-Sunday, 4:00-6:00 pm
December 15 Happy Lunch Bunch Christmas Celebration-Tuesday, 12 pm in Stolee Hall
December 16 Middle School Christmas Party-Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 pm
December 19 Men’s Christmas Breakfast with their ladies-Saturday, 9:00 am
December 20 Christmas Caroling-Sunday, 5:00-7:00 pm
December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services-Thursday, 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Joy to the earth! The Savior Reigns!
To hearts that haven’t heard. Good News is here! To the broken down in spirit, those filled with grief and mourning, for those challenged by disease or dis- ability. Good News is here! For those discontented, for those who have lost hope, even for the lonely or despairing that troubles and conflict and affliction will not end. Good News is here!
For those sitting in darkness, in deepest darkness, notes of a new song can be heard in the prophet Isaiah long ago. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of darkness—on them light has shined (Is. 9:2). “A child … given to us … authority rests upon his shoulders … Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace … endless peace … his kingdom … with justice and with righteousness from this time on and forevermore.”
A little child’s voice can be heard, not the Peace Child, but a voice in a boys’ choir in soprano like notes cries out, a clarion call to all humanity on earth, a signal that the Messiah Child of Promise has indeed come to earth. And what does he cry and sing in highest ballad?
All is well, all is well, angels and men rejoice, For tonight darkness fell, into the light of love’s light, Sing A-le, Sing Alleluia.
All is well, all is well, let there be peace on earth, Christ is come go and tell, That He is in the manger, Sing A-le, Sing Alleluia.
All is well, all is well, lift up your voice and sing, Born is now Emmanuel, Born is our Lord and Savior, Sing Alleluia, Sing Alleluia, all is well.Michael W. Smith
May the new song of God’s advent on our lips and in our hearts bring you news that all the earth is filled with the Prince of Peace’s Kingdom, Joy for our world, and all the wonder- filled Gospel for all. In Songs, in traditions old and new, in inspiration old and renewed, let us bring news of the Peace Child, whose love shown on a cross still sets us free. In the manger, love’s light has dawned. Joy to the earth!
Pastors’ Christmas Open House December 20 2-4 pm at 1707 NW 104th Street, Vancouver (Christmas cookies, Coffee, Tea, Cider and good cheer) Please come and celebrate with us!
Our Year of Celebration Comes to a Close
As Trinity approaches the end of 2015, our congregation also brings to a close our celebration of 75 years of mission and ministry doing God’s work as Trinity Lutheran Church. The activities reached an apex on September 27 as we hosted numerous persons from near and far who played important roles in our past as members, including some of our pastors. Special thanks to Rev. Gordon Braun who traveled all the way from Moscow, Idaho to be with us! On that day a wonderful full-color booklet was made available, a great video collage was shown and a splendid celebratory meal was served.
Throughout the year, we were provided weekly glimpses of our past in the worship bulletin, on the big screen in the sanctuary and on a large bulletin board—as well as seeing photos posted in the narthex from our members. All in all, it was great; and it deserves recognition of staff and members who worked diligently behind the scenes to make it happen.
A core group on the Anniversary Committee worked especially long and hard throughout the year and deserve special mention: Tammy Eshom, Kellie Gordon, Peggy Lansverk, Georgia Larson, Crystal Johnson and Sue Pechacek. Other Committee members included Jacque Bauman, Ken Ellertson, Kathy Selfridge, Kathleen Molyneux, Esther Windover, Sue Hoeffner, Jack Johnson and our pastors. Special thanks go to Tim Gordon, MC of the 9/27 program; Ole Olson, creator of the 9/27 video; Rod and Del Swanson plus Mary Walker, who set up the photo board in the narthex; and Diane King and Fred Johnson who were key helpers with the meal; and, of course, many others who pitched in at critical times—such as the Celebration Brunch’s setup, take- down, serving and cooking—so that Trinity’s 75 Year Celebration would be the wonderful event that it was! Thanks to all who helped, attended as special guests as well as all of you who joined us for the celebration!
THE GIVING TREE 2015
Again this year Trinity Lutheran Church is “adopting” local families in need for Christmas. This year our goal is to provide for 25 families! Each adopted family will receive a complete Christmas dinner and gifts for each family member.
Here are several ways you can help:
1. Please take tags from The Giving Tree in the narthex. Tags identify gift items to be purchased for each member of each family. Take a tag, follow the simple instructions and place the gift under the tree by/on December 9th.
2. A list of needed food items will also be placed near the giving tree. Bring as many of these nonperishable grocery items as you can and place them under the tree by December 9th. Even if you don’t take a gift tag you can still participate in the project by donating food. We need a lot of groceries to feed 25 families.
3. Cash gifts are also welcome. Cash gifts will be used by volunteer shoppers to purchase perishable food items and additional gifts. Please endorse your check to “Trinity Lutheran Church” and designate “Giving Tree” on the memo line.
4. Please keep your Giving Tree turkey in your own home freezer. Bring your turkey to church on/by Sunday, December 6. If you have questions or would like to help, call Mary Ann Olson at 256-4056, or Sharon Swanson at 225-5653
Light of the World Children’s Offering
During the Advent and Christmas season, the children’s special offering in worship will be used to purchase sleeping bags, tarps and bus passes to help with the immediate needs of the homeless in our community. If you have extra sleeping bags at home and would like to offer those, feel free to give to the children to place near their offering basket and these will be distributed with in the week through Share House.
Newsflash From Bethlehem
Sunday, December 13
3:30 Christmas Program Prelude. Children and youth musicians and artists will perform
4:00 Children’s Christmas Program 4:30-6:00 Gingerbread House Making
Annual Gingerbread House Making 2015
The Gingerbread house making event following the Sunday School Christmas program is Dec. 13th. We ask that you bring candy to potluck with everyone. Houses are pre-sold for $4.00 each. Do not let the cost keep you from decorating a house. Everyone is welcome to do a house. See Crystal Johnson if you have questions or need assistance. Construction workers needed to make dough, bake & assemble houses as follows:
Dough preparation (5 helpers) – Sun. Dec. 6th 12:00-2:00
Baking (two shifts of 5) – Wed Dec. 9th 12:00-4:00 and 5:00-9:00
Assemble Houses (3 helpers) – Fri. Dec. 11th 9:30-11:30
Frosting / Assemble (6 Helpers) – Sat. Dec. 12th 10:00-12:00 during SS rehearsal
Photographer for Sunday Dec. 13th needed
Clean up Crew 5 helpers needed
Candy receivers and sorters before program Dec. 13th 1-1?2 hours before program
See Crystal in the Narthex to sign up or call her at 574-2973/901-1546.
Happy Lunch Bunch
Join a group of Trinity men and women who are available to enjoy a daytime pot- luck lunch, an enjoyable program, and good conversation with friends. Tuesday, December 15, we will meet at noon with ham provided for our lunch and you bring one item to complete the meal. We plan to enjoy good Christmas memories and good Christmas music.
Trip for Fun
We are invited to tour Fogelbo, the log cabin homestead home of Ross Foglequist in Portland, OR on Friday morning, December 18. This home is furnished with antique Swedish furniture and will be decorated with Swedish Christmas decorations. Following our home tour, we will walk to the nearby new Scandinavian Heritage Cultural Center for lunch. Except for the $5 van fee, the only cost will be your order for lunch, but we may decide to make a donation to the Scandinavian Center. Meet at 9AM on the 18th and sign up for a seat on the bus.
A Season of Song
Music to celebrate the birth of Christ, featuring musicians and choirs of Trinity Lutheran Church. Friday December 18,2015 at 7pm.
Celebrate Your Birthday with your Trinity Family!
Please sign up for a coffee hour after the Sunday Worship service during your birthday month. The sign up sheet is posted near the Chapel in the Narthex. If you have questions, Carol Jensen at 256-3496.
If you would like to be added to the Birthday List or if there needs to be a correction to your date of birth, please contact the church office at 695-1221. Thank you.