November 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 11
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.
Rejoice in Christ
Martin Luther wrote to Melanchthon “If you are a preacher of Grace, then preach a true, not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. For he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here we have to sin. This life in not the dwelling place of righteousness but, as Peter says, we look for a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. . . . Pray boldly-you too are a mighty sinner.” (Weimar ed. vol. 2, p. 371; Letters I, “Luther’s Works,” American Ed., Vol 48. p. 281- 282)
I’ve always loved this saying of Luther, especially the part about “sin boldly.” Not just because it sounds so counter-what-we’ve-heard all our lives, but because it gets our attention and helps us realize the truth about ourselves, and it turns us to depend even more heavily on Christ. Without the law holding us accountable for our sin, or ac-countable to the Cross of Christ, the gift of grace becomes meaningless. And we would become more and more dependent on our own “righteousness”, which isn’t righteousness at all.
The call to be a sinner and sin boldly (although some fictitious sinners would like to think it means license to do anything) empowers sinners to act in the world for the sake of the Gospel–with freedom, because this sinner has Christ’ backing. One of our members has said it on more than one occasion, “Even though I am that much closer to 90 years old, (referring to someday be-coming one of our Senior Saints), I haven’t made a single stride closer to sainthood!” This is true for me too. I am a mighty sinner. I fail God and I fail my fellow human beings miserably, and I am sure you have witnessed the validity of my confession.
The very point of God subjecting us to the law is to get us to this very clear insight… and…so that we can believe and rejoice in Christ all the more boldly. My Jesus has my back. I trust Him for His forgiveness. May as well go back out into the world, and do my best to follow Him in mission, and know my flailing around and sputtering muck He will turn into something good anyhow.
Here comes another day. Time to act. To sin boldly. And to rejoice mightily in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lincoln Elementary Thanksgiving Food Drive
Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. That means sharing our God-given resources with those who are in need. So here is the big picture at Trinity: Yes, once again we will be providing Thanksgiving food baskets for 50 needy families of students at Lincoln Elementary School. So prepare to search for bargains on food (think TURKEY!) and gifts for family members.
Lincoln Elementary Thanksgiving Food Drive kicks off with their annual Turkey Bowl on Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 20. Trinity then picks up their food donations and assembles the baskets, adding turkeys and other food items. The baskets will be delivered by Trinity on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 24 to 50 deserving Lincoln families chosen by the school administrators.
Please consider donating a turkey, if you haven’t already signed up to do so. Volunteers will also be needed to fill the baskets and others to assist in delivery to families. Watch for further details.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contacts listed below:
Volunteers for delivery of baskets: Contact Craig Huff
Volunteers for assembling baskets: Contact Peggy Winston
Money donations: Give to Peggy Winston or to the bookkeeper with a note or email of the amount given.
Turkey sign-ups: Contact Peggy Winston.
A sign-up sheet will be available every Sunday starting Oct. 25.
If you have any further questions, please call Peggy Winston at 360-695-3710
The Giving Tree
Again this year Trinity Lutheran Church is “adopting” local families in need for Christmas. This year our goal is to provide for 25 families through the Salvation Army! Each adopted family will receive a complete Christmas dinner and gifts for each family member.
There are several ways to help this holiday season. Please look forward to the Giving Tree in the Narthex the month of December. More details are listed below For more information please contact the office directly at 360-695-1221. Or Mary Ann Olson at 360-256-4056
Here are several ways you can help:
1. A “Giving Tree” will be up in the Narthex first week in December. Tags on the tree will identify gift items to be purchased for each member of each family. Take a tag, and follow the simple instructions.
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. 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 after Thanksgiving. If you have questions or would like to help, call Mary Ann Olson at 256-4056, or Sharon Swanson at 225-5653.
A Season of Song
MUSIC TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
FEATURING MUSICIANS AND CHOIRS FROM TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation gratefully accepted at the door.
Britta Hobbs, Director
Lyn Craig & Martha Natiuk, Accompanists
Doug Munson, Bells Director
Women of Trinity, mark your calendar for our annual Advent Breakfast. We will meet at the Hostess House again this year, 10016 NE 6th Ave in Hazel Dell, on December 5 at 9am. Cost will be $15 again for a lovely breakfast in a beautifully decorated hall. We are pleased to say our recent interim Pastor Katherine Hellier will be joining us to share a message to start off the Advent/Christmas season. Come to be filled with a true Christmas spirit! The theme is “The Waiting Season” Please note, many Mothers enjoy bringing their daughters to this special Woman’s gathering. Buy tickets starting Nov. 15 in the Narthex. If money is short this year, a Scholarship fund is available for you, just let the ticket seller know.
Happy Lunch Bunch
Come celebrate Thanksgiving with some of your church family on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at noon. We don’t all cook big turkeys at home any more so part of the joy is joining friends here at church to share a big turkey dinner. We will give thanks to God for many blessings. And we will enjoy the program presented by 3rd grade children from Lincoln School who walk down the street with their teacher to join us. We will provide the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Please bring one item to complete the feast. If you no longer cook, just pop an extra dollar in the donation basket.
Trip for Fun
We will enter the holiday season with a trip to the Northwest Senior Theatre at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House in Portland on Thursday, November 19. We will leave church at 1pm. The cost is $5 payable at the door, for the production Silver Season Music of the Holiday Season.
Looking ahead, mark your calendar for our December 18 trip to Portland’s New Nordic Center, which will include a special tour of the Ross Foglequist home just full of Norwegian Christmas decorations gathered from many years. Sign up for a seat on the “Green Machine.”
Join our Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 pm!
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.