Nov. 12, 2017 - Trinity Lutheran Church

Nov. 12, 2017 - Trinity Lutheran Church


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“God’s Grace. Our Gifts.” Consecration Sunday

We welcome you to worship today as we celebrate the good gifts of our most gracious God. Thank you for your faithful giving that we may continue to fulfill Trinity’s mission. Our 10 am worship will be followed by a potluck brunch in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome! After the offering plate has passed your row, you are invited to bring your pledge forward. ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Peg & Alan Hoskin to praise God for His grace and goodness at Trinity and to say thank you to the deaconesses who faithfully, consistently fulfill their services to others in our church community. MISSION POSSIBLE for November: ELCA World Hunger— This month’s Mission Possible is ELCA World Hunger, our faith community’s comprehensive approach to addressing the impact and the root causes of hunger and poverty around the world. They provide relief in times of immediate crisis, fund and promote development, provide education, and advocate for change. ELCA World Hunger responds to Christ’s call to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37), serving with compassion people who are most vulnerable, paying focused attention to the full participation of women and needs of children. To donate, use the white envelopes provided in the pews or write your check to Trinity, with “Mission Possible” noted on the memo line. FOOD DONATIONS —This month and next, we will be collecting food for our two Evanston pantries, The Vineyard and Reba's Place. The Faith in Action committee asks that you continue to bring non-perishable food items to church - donations of any size are appreciated - and deposit them in the blue bin in the Narthex. WARMING THE HOMELESS THIS WINTER— The Faith in Action Committee is conducting a drive this November to collect warm socks and gloves for the homeless community served by Interfaith Action of Evanston. Our winters can be very harsh, especially for those without a warm bed to go to every night. Please consider donating warm socks or gloves - new items only, please - using bins provided, in November. Any amount is appreciated. These will be distributed through IAE's hospitality programs for the homeless community of Evanston. OASIS NOON LUNCHEON & THE STARCASTERS Thurs., Nov. 16 — Join us for a catered luncheon and program featuring THE STARCASTERS, a musical collaboration between singer/ songwriter Peter Oyloe and musician/vocalist Alina Taber. They blend their love of jazz/blues/ folk and prior era music with a contemporary sensibility and passion. They explore new interpretations of classic songs as well as original music. RSVP for the luncheon at the See Sign Serve Table, or call the office: 847-673-8564. The cost of the luncheon is $10. If you cannot attend the luncheon, come for the musical program which will begin at 1:30 pm. All are welcome!

PREPARE FOR WORSHIP on Nov. 19 by reading and meditating on the lessons for the day during the week: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Ps 90 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 LAVENDAR SERVING GROUP is assigned to serve in November— Please sign up at the See Sign Serve Table to assist with bulletins, deliver altar flowers, or serve coffee. Your names appear on pg. 3. Contact chair Roxane Busey:

[email protected]

3RD QUARTER 2017 GIVING STATEMENTS have been sent. Households with a valid e-mail address on file in the office should have received their statement by e-mail. All others will receive a copy by regular mail. If you have any concerns, or if you made a tax-deductible contribution during 2017 and did not receive a statement, contact the church office as soon as possible: 847673-8564. Thank you for your faithful giving!

Birgit Werth, Trinity Financial Secretary [email protected]

IF your email address has changed, please notify the office. Thank you!

SOUP KITCHEN Sunday, Dec. 10— We will be serving at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood in Evanston. Please sign up at the See Sign Serve Table to help. To make this a festive occasion for our guests, we would appreciate homemade cookies, and volunteers to come and sing Christmas Carols. For more info— Tom Carson [email protected] /847-679-7415. WOMEN’S BOOK CHAT Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm—We are reading the classic mystery by Agatha Christie, “And Then There Were None” . Join us in the Library to discuss this classic. All are welcome! PUBLIC CHURCH EVENT—Networking for Leaders: Join Evanston congregations for a Happy-hour and a networking at a Public Church Pop-up Event co-sponsored by LSTC. Immanuel Lutheran. Friday, Nov. 10 at Immanuel Lutheran, 616 Lake St. 5:30—7:30 pm.

Reading Through the Bible Together This Year

“For some years now, I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree and every word a little branch, I have shaken every one of these branches because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant.” - Martin Luther One of the great gifts of the Lutheran reformation was the movement to wrest control of the Bible from the hands of clergy and academics, and make it accessible to all people. On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we invite you to join in an effort to “skake all the branches of scripture”, to see what treasures of faith, hope and knowledge you might find! There is a full printed schedule of readings for every day of the year available on the See Sign and Serve Table in the Gathering space. You can also access the readings for the current week as well as the whole year on our website. In addition, we’ll be sending the week’s readings in our weekly e-mail blast. Won’t you join us on this journey through the Bible? There’s no better way to come to know the grace of God and the Love of Jesus than a daily encounter with the Word! Nov 12 - Luke 11:1-28; Genesis 19; Psalm 12 Nov 13 - Luke 11:29-54; Genesis 20; Psalm 13 Nov 14 - Luke 12:1-31; Genesis 21; Psalm 14 Nov 15 - Luke 12:32-59; Genesis 22; Psalm 15 Nov 16 - Luke 13:1-17; Genesis 23; Psalm 16 Nov 17 - Luke 13:18-35; Genesis 24; Psalm 17 Nov 18 - Luke 14:1-24; Genesis 25; Psalm 18 Nov 19 - Luke 14:25-35; Genesis 26; Psalm 19 *Also, for reference, here’s the year long plan in its entirety: uploads/2017/10/BibleReadinginaYear.pdf

10 am Worship Assistants GREETERS: Kim Stanton PREPARER: Sue Dallas DEACONS: Sue Dallas. Luke Panning LECTOR: Tim Regan LAY MINISTER: Sarah Fodor USHERS: Marilyn Crow, Riley Stanton —TRINITY PRAYER LIST— Please contact the office and let us know whether it is still appropriate to include the following person(s) on the list. MEMBERS: Melinda (Lois) Dierstein George Dadian Pat Ericksen Susan Hilkevitch (The Citadel rehab; 432 Poplar Dr, Wilmette 847-906-6284.) Barbara Kahler Gisele Morris (Alden Estates Northmoor, 5831 N. Northwest Hwy, Chicago, 60631) Arlene Sigle Will Sigle (Brookdale, Northbrook) Denise Sullivan Lili Thelin Lorna Van Houten Carol Ward Edith Webber Dave Yandell

Gustav Lee (Peg Lee’s step-son, Kate’s brother, Parkinson’s disease) Marilyn Johnson (friend of Julie McWilliams) Roberta Lotsoff (friend of Lois Wurl, esophageal/lung cancer) Vince McElligott & Family (colleague of Charlie Slamar in Houston) Tom Miner (friend of Kiefers, health) Jim Nowakowski (nephew of Carole Rivera, foot amputation) George Payne (Rob Payne’s father, rehabilitation) Bill Reidy (husband of our nursery attendant, Debbie) Steve Rutledge (friend of Kiefers, heart) Madelyn Ryan (granddaughter of Charlie Slamar’s friend, grateful for remission for leukemia) Jean Schaefle (wife of Ken Schaefle) Lorene Jackson Spears (friend of Kiefers, good health) Hope Stein (Lois Peterson’s mother) Lorna Van Houten’s sons (prayers for God’s presence)

FAMILY & FRIENDS: Cynthia Bakle Nancy Bodine (mother of Steve Bodine ) Savannah Dwyer-Allen(Katie McWilliams Allen’s sister-in-law) Kelly (Geof Hiltwein’s niece, stroke) Stelian Grigoras (Alex Buck’s father)

Jim Wilson (uncle of Carol Wilson, Amyloidosis) Trudy Wynd (niece of Sandie Schlauch, cancer)

Yasmin Westin (friend of Irene Trimberger, pancreatic cancer-not treatable, mother of four children)

SYMPATHY: The Selvig and Marriott families on the death of Paula’s father, Glenn Salter who died on Nov. 1. The family of Francine Markwell on the death of Ron Markwell who died on Nov. 1 while in hospice.

LAVENDER Serving Group assigned to serve in NOVEMBER Please sign up at the See Sign Serve Table to serve coffee, deliver altar flowers, or assemble bulletins. Chair: Roxane Busey Bergmann, John & Nancy Bowman, Jason & Allison Busey, Craig & Roxane Cinko, Gabriele Crow, Marilyn Dykstra, Joel & Lisa

Fasano, Katherine Hohs, Don & Joan Kilen, Signe Markwell, Francine McWilliams, Gary & Julie Mohrenweiser, Jeff & Wendy O’Banion, Treva Phillips, Rob & Verena Ross, Tom & Holly Ruch-Ross Schroeder, Donna

Schmidt, Nancy Selvig, Denny & Paula Stepniewski, Joseph & Julie Sullivan, Denise Uttech, Joe & Kate Westre, Dolores Wurl, Lois Yandell, Julie

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Looking Ahead: Dec. 3 Dec. 10 Dec. 17

+ Consecration Sunday + 10 AM WORSHIP (One Service only) Potluck Brunch immediately following in Fellowship Hall No Sunday School today 7:00 pm

Hi-League (for all high school kids)—FH

9:30 am 6:15 pm 7:00 pm 6:00 pm

Staff Meeting Executive Board—CH Church Council—CH Confirmation: travel to “Feed My Starving Children” in Libertyville (contact [email protected]) Cub Scout Pack 922—Adult Ed Room FH Women’s Book Chat—LIB Men’s Bible Study —GS OASIS Luncheon & Musical Program at 1:30 pm Handbell Choir—SANCT Sanctuary Choir—CH RM

7:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 am 12:00 Noon 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

9:30-11:00 Stephen Ministry Training—CH 11:00 am Body & Brain Yoga with Bonnie Jean—FH classrm New Member Sunday 8:30 & 11 am Worship / reception of new members Coffee Hour—Introduction of new members 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Adult Ed—Chapel 7:00 pm Bell Choir—SANCT 8:00 pm Sanctuary Choir—CH RM 7:00 pm Deaconess Board—LIB No Confirmation Class 7:00 pm Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 202 Dodge Ave, Evanston (parking at the Levy Senior Center) THANKSGIVING DAY—OFFICE CLOSED We wish you and yours a safe and blessed Thanksgiving! OFFICE CLOSED 8:30 & 11 am


No Sunday School today

Key: FH = Fellowship Hall FH CRM=Classroom on the north end of FH GS = Gathering Space CH = Chapel LIB = Library SANCT=Sanctuary

Service of Lessons and Carols (both services) Handbell Choir Sunday (both services) St. Paul Soup Kitchen: 1:30 pm Caroling to Shut-Ins, 3 pm Sankta Lucia, 7 pm Between services: Congregation Carol Sing begins at 10am followed by Sunday School Christmas Program

TRINITY OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm The office is NOT open on Friday. (Friday hours by appointment only) If you have a pastoral emergency, contact Pastor Brown at 616-460-8660, or email [email protected]

Update on our Refugee Family from Gina Lorenz Almost one year ago — On Monday, Nov. 21 of 2016 (Thanksgiving week) we received our long-awaited refugee family from Ethiopia. They were greeted by Trinity members with posters made by our Sunday School children.

Today — The Ali family continues to do well as we understand via occasional text communication.

 Mom, Khadija and her 2 children, Ayan and Abdullahi, are in an apartment in a Somali community in Minneapolis and have made friends. (Gina has their mailing address if you are interested). It seems the daughter, Ayan, may have inherited someone's phone and is practicing the occasional text. Mom is doing well with her English classes and has a job at a daycare. Both children are doing well in school.

 the nephew Omar was thrilled to find his biological uncle after asking "hundreds of peo-

ple", and has moved to Des Moines Iowa to be with him. He passed the GED and is applying to Des Moines Community College, and has plans after that to finish two more years at Iowa. He's applying for his driver's license and his uncle is buying him a car so he may visit us sometime in the near future. So nice to think of these survivors and their success story as we head into a season of celebrating God's many gifts.

19th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING Interfaith Service

Wed., Nov. 22, 7:00 pm Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation 303 Dodge Ave, Evanston

(parking is available at the Levy Center) Interfaith Action of Evanston is a living example of the power of interfaith dialogue – not as an academic exercise or theoretical construct, but as a force uniting Evanston’s diverse communities of faith and spirit to feed the hungry, serve the needs of the homeless, and express our shared values through action.

Presenting the evening’s message will be Dr. Cristina Traina, Professor of Religion, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University. She is a member of the Leadership Team for Evanston’s Reformation 500 And Beyond. An ASL Interpreter will assist. All are welcome to come and share, and join the post-service reception.

THANK YOU Members of Trinity, I am so grateful for all the cards, food, prayers and unconditional love that you have given to me. Thank you to Peg & Alan Hoskin for bringing the wonderful meals which members of Trinity have provided. With gratitude, Lorna Van Houten

Veteran’s Day Friday, November 10, is Veterans Day Trinity is blessed to have over 30 members who served with honor and distinction in our country’s military services. Below is a list of Trinity veterans and the military branch in which they served. When you see them at worship on Sunday, Nov. 12, please take a moment to greet them and thank them for their service to our country. Remember our men and women serving all over the world, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please pray for their safe return.

Trinity Lutheran Church Military Veterans

ARMY Mark Allee Bob Bakke Ben Bruhn Jim Egan Hank Fjallberg Ralph Hogstrom Jim Kiefer Sam Lewis Virgil Marsh Josh Magnunson Brian Parry Shawn Rody

NAVY Bill Olson Will Sigle Eric Trimberger



Fred Lickerman Michael Sims

Doug Cannon George Dadian Alan Hoskin Matthew Mohrenweiser (currently serving) Stephen Patrick Phos Rivera Bob Tupy

SANKTA LUCIA Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 pm Trinity will once again observe the Sankta Lucia Fest. All are invited to participate in this wonderful bit of Scandinavian heritage, and you don't have to be Swedish to attend! Our Sankta Lucia Fest is really a cross between a worship service and a program. The sanctuary is ablaze with candles, adding to the magic of the event! After the service, Scandinavian treats will be served in Fellowship Hall. Please sign up on the See Sign Serve Table to help provide refreshments, serve, or clean-up. Contact Richard Peterson: 847-864-5682 Children who wish to participate are asked to arrive at 6:50 pm. Wear RED.

Caroling to Shut-ins Sunday, Dec. 10 3 pm

Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 17 (BETWEEN SERVICES)

with the congregational hymn sing!