July/August 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 7 and 8
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.
Celebrating Our Story
75 years of Celebrating God’s Story at Trinity Lutheran Church of Vancouver Washington
Celebrating 75 years
I love to tell the story
I’ll sing this theme in glory
And tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
During our worship services on Sunday mornings we are Celebrating God’s Story from the creation story in Genesis to the glories of Heaven revealed in Revelation. We are also celebrating the story of Trinity Lutheran Church from 1940 to 2015, 75 years of God’s work in Vancouver, Washington.
Our Anniversary Celebration will be Sunday, September 27!
At 10:30 am our Sunday service of music and the spoken word will celebrate the past, present, and future of our church home. After the service we will enjoy a special lunch in our church sanctuary. And following the meal the program will include words and memories from former Pastors, staff etc.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 27 a day to Celebrate Our Story and God’s Story!
Burmese Congregation Sundays at 1:00 pm Memorial Chapel
The global task force has recommended that Trinity get involved in helping refugees acclimate to American life when they arrive in Vancouver. Linked through Lutheran Community Services, we have the opportunity to mentor new families and help them with language learning and culture acquisition.
Something we discovered immediately was that the Burmese community of about forty needed a place to worship as they were told they no longer could use the apartment for a place of worship. Fitting in with our mission at Trinity, we invited this community to start using Memorial Chapel on Sundays at 1 pm for their worship. Their first Sunday was June 7th and they were so happy!
Certainly we hope to build from this a relationship that blesses both Trinity members as well as the Burmese Christian members. We hope to plan an event soon where we all can interact together and share faith and friendship.
*Let Pastors know if you have a strong interest in planning this type of event.
*If you have furniture to give to refugee families upon their arrival, please let Morgan Christiansen know at Lutheran Community Services, as they have a storage unit available and can take items anytime. (firstname.lastname@example.org )
*If you would like to tutor English to refugees with Lutheran Community Services, you can also contact Morgan. This is a vital part of survival in a new country–learning the language. In order for refugees to improve their livelihoods, they must be able to understand and speak basic English. By engaging in basic conversation, you can be a big help.
Sam Nang is one of the former Burmese refugees (she has lived in the US for five years now) and works for Lutheran Community Services. If you are here at church on a Sunday around 1pm, she is the one smiling from ear to ear! Meet her husband and her three little children–you will be blessed. Many of this group of about forty, in fact, can communicate pretty good in English, so don’t be shy!
Pastors Gary and Ruth Larson
Opportunities to fellowship
Happy Lunch Bunch
Our Happy Lunch Bunch will meet Tuesday, July 21 at noon for our “picnic” (inside of course.) We will provide “Mariner’s Ball Park hot dogs” and all the trimmings. Bring anything you wish to complete our summer picnic lunch. Come for good conversation and good food.
Trip for Fun
You asked! We have an answer! Several members have asked for a trip to the beach. We will take the van down to Seaside, OR on Thursday, July 23. Meet at 8:30am so we will have time to walk the board walk, visit little shops, eat at a restaurant, or just sit and watch the waves roll in before heading home in the afternoon. Our plans are flexible so depending on the number who sign up we can take the van or cars. Mike Baylous, very familiar with Seaside, is our “tour director.” Get your name on the sign up sheet so we can make plans. The van cost will be $10. On Tuesday, August 11 we will drive to Rainier, OR to visit the “Friendship Farm” of Terry and Dinah Faw. Our previous visit some time ago was so special, several folks have asked us to make a return trip. We will see the beautiful fields of lingonberries and blueberries and we will enjoy a visit in the old farmhouse with the charming hosts. We should be able to buy berries, perhaps will need to pre-order. Watch the bulletin for details and add your name to the Sign up list in the Narthex.
Before heading home, weather permitting, we will have a picnic lunch. The van cost will be $10.
Men’s Breakfast Group
The Men’s Breakfast Group: has moved into the summer break after a season of fellowship combined with entertainment and education. Programs ranged from Indian artifacts to how Ebay works as well as a road race in Italy . Doug and Judy and Darcy and Brent blessed us with their music, talent and spirit during the holidays. Thanks to Fred and Crystal, we were always well fed and Dale kept us singing while Duane and Bill always told us when and what time to show up. The group meets for food and fellowship on the third Saturday of each month, generally at 8:00 AM. All men are welcome and we would love to see you in September to help us kick off a new year. If you have something of interest you would like to share as a program, please contact me. For all the regular attendees, thank you for sharing; and, for the rest of you, please come, we would love to get to know you. – Blessings, Steve Tommerup
Gifts of Hope Report for 2014
Gift of Hope for the Christmas season in 2014 had another successful year with $11,975 being sent to agencies all over the world with six churches participating. The total raised over the ten years that Gifts of Hope has been present is over $120,000.
All the gifts were purchased again this year. The gift that was purchased most often was 60 nutritious meals for Emergency Food with 67 gifts purchased. The second highest gift was providing a vaccination for an animal for the Lewis County Animal Shelter with 64 gifts following closely by 10 dozen eggs for the Chehalis Food Bank with 62 gifts. Gifts of Honey Bees and goats were also very popular. Thrivent of Pierce County added $2,500 in supplemental funds and Lewis County Thrivent also added $500 in supplemental funds.
Gifts of Hope for 2014 will be the last year that Trinity Lutheran Church of Parkland will be coordinating the program. It is our hope that another church will take up the program and continue to raise funds for local and international agencies. Thank you to all who worked on the project and to all who purchased gifts for people in need around the world. – The Trinity Lutheran Church Mission Committee
3rd Annual School Supply Drive for Lincoln and Discovery Schools
Saturday, August 22 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
One of the on-going needs of some members of this community is preparing children for school. To that end, on Saturday, August 22 Trinity will host its 3rd Annual School Supply Drive/Neighborhood Block Party. We will serve lunch to the neighborhood AND provide underprivileged children with free backpacks and school supplies. We’ll also have games, bounce house, and activities in the church parking lot — a little like Rally Day, but with backpacks!
Last year, we reached our goal by giving away 220 backpacks filled with school supplies! It was a tall order, but TLC members took on the challenge and the School Drive was successful. Let’s do that again!
Please look for more information on how to help with the next School Supply Drive/Neighborhood Block Party!! Beginning directly after Day Camp/VBS, we will start to gather supplies and make plans for the party. Please prayerfully seek ways to help with this important community outreach. -Thank you—Staff
Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Workshop a Resounding Success!
Stolee Hall–and all of Trinity, actually–was abuzz with 80 young parents and their children on Saturday, June 6th as Trinity opened its doors to the community by offering this full-day fatherhood/parenting workshop presented by Vancouver’s Northwest Marriage Institute (NMI). This valuable free program was promoted in partnership by Trinity and our neighborhood schools of Lincoln Elementary School and Discovery Middle School, as well as NMI. All participants received free books/materials, continental breakfast with Krispy Kreme donuts(!), a catered lunch, free childcare, and a $40 Fred Meyer gift card. Many of the speakers are published authors and offered their books for sale in the narthex. It was truly heartwarming and encouraging to see so many of our community’s fathers opting to spend a beautiful Saturday learning to become a better parent!
Tim Gordon was the sole Trinity participant and he had this to say about the event:
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop on Fatherhood presented by the Northwest Marriage Institute. The information was comprehensive and the speakers were knowledgeable and professional on a variety of topics related to being a father and good parenting. I certainly learned a few things!
The event filled our church with fathers (and some of their wives/partners!) from most every walk of life and level of experience; and I made a few friends! They include a couple from La Center with a pair of young children, who are now attending the current offering of Love and Logic at our church, and who expressed strong interest in our VBS day camp as well. Maybe they will join us for worship some Sunday!
All in all, I felt the workshop was worth my time, and I was pleased Trinity opened its doors to the event. – Tim Gordon
We hope to offer this valuable community service again in the near future and hope to see more Trinity fathers in attendance! Sue Hoeffner
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11(NRSV)
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.