Welcome to our Guests!
We are so delighted that you are here visiting with us this morning. It’s Rally Sunday! We will be having a Potluck Lunch after service in the Parish Hall today. You are welcome to join us, there is always plenty to share. We would love to have the opportunity to get to know you better!
The flowers on the altar are dedicated by Bill & Lillian Cocherl to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for our Son John’s Birthday.
In response to an article Mother Suzanne shared in her sermon this past Sunday: Why we will no longer be a welcoming church:
By Rob Moss June 22, 2016 LivingLutheran.org
Inviting is different. Inviting is active. Being an inviting church means that we leave the comfort of Sunday morning worship and seek out our neighbors. Being an inviting church starts with who God has called us to be as church and mandates joining God at work in the world.
Only when we are centered in this purpose can we become an inviting church. What does this look like in action? Something like this ….
Try using the phrase “my church” in a conversation with one person each week. It’s as simple as talking with just one person one time each week during the month.
“School violence? My church is hosting a forum about that next month.”
Consider one word or phrase that describes your congregation well, then use that word to finish the phrase: “My church is _____.” Try doing this in conversation with one person per week during the month. When you start looking for opportunities to bring up your congregation in conversation, it’s amazing how often they arise.
Think about one thing your congregation does very well. Perhaps it’s children’s ministry, education, music, social activism or making the parking lot available for ride-sharing. Use that to finish the phrase: “My church is really good at _____.” Again, try this one time per week with one person in a conversation. By now you might be getting the hang of this.
Invite one person to check out something in which your congregation is involved. This should be done in appropriate conversations when an opening naturally presents itself—it should not feel forced or manipulated. By now, hopefully this feels more comfortable and you are more attuned to ways to bring church into your everyday conversations.
Invite someone you know to come to worship with you.
This seems to be the most frightening invitation for many to make. Remember, the basis of our identity as people of God is our new life given to us in Jesus Christ. When we quit pushing that on others and simply be that through caring relationships, we reveal the love of God. And who knows? The neighbor you invited to church might just reveal something about God that you didn’t know before.
- Commitment Sunday & Potluck — November 13 (Single Service 10:30 a.m.)
- Lessons & Carols — December 15 at 6:30
About Commitment Sunday
This is the day we, the members of Trinity Church, set aside to honor and remember our Commitment to the work of Christ in the world for the upcoming year.
On this Sunday, all members are encouraged to bring their Pledge Cards to the Church. These cards are placed in the Offering Plates and presented to the Lord in Thanksgiving for the many blessings in our lives and to reflect our thankful Commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.
This year, Trinity will hold Commitment Sunday on November 13th. We will have a single service at 10:30 a.m. and a Potluck to follow in the parish hall.
Frank Fuller Ordination November 19th
Frank will be Ordained at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19th at St. James in Alexandria. He has extended an invitation to everyone who would like to attend this special event.
NSU Food Bank
As part of our outreach into the community Trinity will be supporting the NSU Food Bank. There is a collection box in the narthex for donations of non-perishable food items that can be kept at room temperature, such as beans, boxed meals, canned fruits, meats and vegetables; cereal, crackers, powdered milk, jelly, microwave meals, pasta and pasta sauce, powdered eggs, rice and soups. The group is also collecting deodorant, disposable razors, facial tissue, feminine products, soaps, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, gently used shirts and used plastic shopping bags. Also tax deductible donations can be made out to NSU Foundation, with “Food Pantry” in the subject line. If you have any questions, contact Joe Sers at 357-1052.
Cane River Food Pantry
The local food bank is requesting cornbread mixes for the approaching holidays to put in the donation boxes. If you would like to donate to the CRFP or volunteer your time, please contact Cindy Allen, our liaison, for more information. Boxes are usually put together the first week of the month. You can bring mixes to the office or narthex.
Coffee Time & Hospitality Volunteers
D.Tomka asks you to kindly contact her to assist with this ministry. We need folks to volunteer for Coffee Hour, and help with hospitality! Her number is 318-521-6719.
Make a Difference in the Lives of People around the World
For the past number of years, Trinity Parish has presented and supported a Mission Gift Fair which sold gifts, food, clothing and other articles provided by Fair Trade Organizations. These agencies work in dozens of countries to develop safe working conditions and pay fair wages to the artisans and farmers who produce the items, providing them an opportunity for sustainable work and a way to safely lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The participants are truly taught “how to fish, not just given a fish”. The money that was made from the sales at our fairs was given back to the organizations so that they could continue their programs. Even though we are not having a Mission Gift Fair this year, we urge you to continue to support this Parish Outreach project by shopping on the internet sites of the following: