Epiphany 2020: Youth and Young Adults Shine the light of Christ

The Season of Epiphany in the church lifts up the ways in which God’s glory in Jesus shines the light of the gospel to all the world.

The season begins on January 6, the Day of the Epiphany, which celebrates God’s use of the light of a star to lead three kings from the East to come and worship Jesus. Each Sunday’s gospel lesson tells how the light of Christ shines and calls people to Him.

During this Epiphany 2020 season, our youth and young adults will be shining the light of Christ by their own witness and testimony.

Pastor Robert will begin the series with a message this Sunday. Next Sunday, we will hear the witness of one of our young adults, Marie Bogh.

Construction on Roof Systems

After a week’s delay construction will begin on January 16th on the roofing systems at Trinity. For safety purposed due to construction activity much of the back parking lot and the Food Pantry will be blocked and unavailable. The projected time schedule for the completion of the phases of the roof system replacement is mid-February. Please take care accessing the church building from the back. During this time the Food Pantry will be closed.

Confirmation Retreat – January 17th – 19th

The Discipleship Training class will be going to Luther Springs on Friday, January 17th – Sunday, January 19th for a Confirmation retreat. They will join about 50 other middle school students from across the state for a great weekend at Luther Springs Camp. Students are to plan to meet at the church at 5:30pm to travel to Luther Springs and will return around noon on Sunday.

Rock the Universe – January 25th

Plans are being made for the Senior Youth to take a road trip to Universal Florida to attend the Christian concert event “Rock the Universe”. The plan is to leave early Saturday morning, January 25th to go to Universal Islands of Adventure and then attend the concert that evening. We stay overnight and return on Sunday, January 26th. Cost per youth is expected to be $75.00/person plus money for meals.

Takeaway Bible Study

Our “Takeaway” Bible Study will begin this morning at 10:10am in the Hall of Memories. Come get a cup of coffee and join the in-depth study/discussion of today’s gospel lesson. Takeaway leaders this morning are Pam Piersall and Sarah Knight. Next Sunday’s leader is Rusty White.

Adult Sunday School

            The Adult Sunday School class will not meet during January and February 2020. The regular class members and teachers together decided to attend the “Seniors in Transition” program at 9:00am each Sunday Beginning January 5, 2020. Anyone who would rather attend Adult Sunday School during January and February is invited to attend the Sunday Morning Takeaway beginning each Sunday at 10:05am. Please look forward to another announcement in February’s VOT. Thank you.

Please Save Your Egg Cartons!

Save your egg cartons! The Food Pantry can use them! Place them on the round table in the Cecil Poole Room. Thanks!

Quilt Raffle Tickets to benefit

Honduras Medical Mission 2020 on Sale

Quilt Raffle tickets went on sale January 5th and will be on sale until the night of the Chili Cook-off, February 1st to benefit the Honduras Medical Mission. It will be a fun night for all ages.

Honduras Medical Mission – January’s Love Offering

January’s “Love Offering” will benefit the Honduras Medical Mission trip. Please make checks payable to Trinity with a notation “Love Offering”.

Trinity Commemoratives

The following items are available through the church office. Proceeds go towards the “With This Foundation our Ministry Grows” capital campaign. Pick up one or more to share with friends and help Trinity’s Capital Campaign fund.

Note Cards with the Trinity Fountain – $10.00 for a pack of 5 cards.

Trinity “Rocks” painted and decorated with symbols of the Trinity. Suggested donation is $5.00 each.

Red Commemorative Writing Pens with Trinity’s information.

Jeff Geiger’s Ordination

Trinity member and seminarian Jeff Geiger has received a call to Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa as an associate pastor. Jeff will be ordained in the Office of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, February 1st at 2:00pm (Central Time) at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa (his internship church). The Geiger’s have moved and their new address is 301 E. 9th Street, Spencer, Iowa 51301. (Also, if anyone is thinking about a road trip to Iowa for Jeff’s ordination, there is a block of rooms reserved at a discount). Please keep Jeff, Sue, Hannah, and Bethany in your prayers during this exciting time of transition.

Prayer Ministry

You can be active in the work of the Trinity Prayer Ministry! The Prayer Ministry Team is offering opportunities for intercessory prayer (prayer for others) at Trinity. This new ministry began in March of 2005 and involves the prayer ministers praying for and/or sending notes or cards to those persons on the list to let them know that they are being prayed for by the congregation.

Please fill out a yellow prayer request card found in the pews which will allow friends and family with concerns, illnesses and/or health problems to be prayed for by the Trinity community during worship and also as a part of their regular home devotions. Whether known or anonymous, you can leave your request in the offering plate. Please let the church office know if a name should be left on the list for longer than a month or two or reinstated to the list if already removed.

From This Foundation, Our Ministry Grows

There has been tremendous response thus far to the Capital Campaign appeal From This Foundation, Our Ministry Grows. From its inception and kickoff in 2018 thru November 30, 2019, $172,638.00 has been received in individual offerings, Memorials, WELCA, Trinity Commeratives, and from the Children of Trinity ($789.00). Over $401,387.00 has been committed to the Campaign and if you have not made a commitment you are invited to do so. The total renovation estimate is $925,000. Whether large or small, every commitment and gift makes a difference. Pledge cards are available in the Friendship Registers, and special packets of giving envelops are available in the Narthex of the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has committed and/or contributed to this Campaign.

Coffee Hour

Thank you to Bitsy Marske and Margaret Holden who hosted Coffee Hour today.  Next week’s Coffee Hour will be provided by Judy Hassler and Geri Buchanan.


This Week at Trinity; Sunday, January 12th to Sunday, January 19th

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – M – Th; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 on Friday

Remember – Pastor Robert’s day off is Monday

SUN (1/12)                             reSource worship                                                             9:00am

                                                “Seniors in Transition”                                                   9:00am

                                                Discipleship Training                                                    10:10am

                                                Takeaway Bible Study & Choir rehearsal                  10:15am

Traditional Service                                                        11:00am

MON-FRI (1/13-1/17)           Food Pantry                                                                  CLOSED

MON (1/13)                            RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

                                                Choir practice                                                                   6:00pm

TUES (1/14)                           RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

                                                Church Council                                                                6:30pm

WED (1/15)                            Mid-week Movie – “Overcomer”                                    6:00pm

THURS (1/16)                        CEW Basketball                                                             3:15pm

                                                RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

SAT (1/17-1/19)                     Discipleship Training Retreat

SUN (1/19)                             reSource worship                                                             9:00am

                                                “Seniors in Transition”                                                   9:00am

                                                Discipleship Training                                                    10:10am

                                                Takeaway Bible Study & Choir rehearsal                   10:15am

                                                Choir rehearsal                                                              10:15am

Traditional Service                                                        11:00am