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.

Today we are thankful to Marie Bogh who will be sharing as part of the message this morning. Next Sunday we will hear the witness of our deacons; Dwane Tyson and Joanne Martin.

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 has gone to Luther Springs this weekend. They will join about 50 other middle school students from across the state for a great weekend at Luther Springs Camp. Please pray for their safe return today.


Rock the Universe – January 25th

Plans are set 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 Friday, January 24th afternoon to attend concerts on two nights and enjoy Universal Islands of Adventure. We will stay overnight Friday and Saturday and return on Sunday, January 26th. Cost per youth is $75.00/person plus money for meals.

Chili Cook-off Silent Auction/Quilt Raffle – February 1st, 5:00pm

The annual Trinity Chili Cook-off/Silent Auction/Quilt Raffle to support the Honduras Mission trip in February will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 5:00pm. If you would like to make chili for the event, pick a theme and let Duane Tyson or Pastor Robert know. Chili makers are asked to come at 4:30pm with their chili to set-up their serving space. This is always a fun event bringing the folks of Trinity together and is a way to invite neighbors and friends to come together in Fellowship.


Chili Cook-off Quilt Raffle to Benefit Honduras Mission Trip

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.

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 3:00pm EST at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa (his internship church). The Geiger’s new address is 301 E. 9th Street, Spencer, Iowa 51301.  Please keep Jeff, Sue, Hannah, and Bethany in your prayers during this exciting time of transition.

Ordination Gift for Jeff

Trinity’s Church Council voted to make a monetary gift to honor Jeff Geiger upon his call to ordained ministry. The gift is $1,000.00 from the Memorial Fund. If anyone would like to add to this gift, donations may be made through the offering plate and through the church office. Donations are to be received by Sunday, January 26th.


Video-Stream of Jeff’s Ordination

You are invited to participate in Jeff Geiger’s Ordination Service on Saturday, February 1st by way of a video-stream in Trinity’s Sanctuary. The service begins at 3:00pm EST. We will share in communion at this service. Plan to stay for the Chili Cook-off after Jeff’s Ordination Service.

One Service and Congregational Meeting

On Sunday, February 9th there will be one service at 10:00am followed by a Congregational meeting for the purpose to receive reports and to hear an update on the restoration work at Trinity.

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”.

Takeaway Bible Study

“Takeaway” Bible Study begins 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 leader this morning is Rusty White. Next Sunday’s leaders are Casey and Cheryl Virta-Steel.

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.

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 December 31, 2019, $197,626.13 has been received in individual offerings, investment income, Memorials, WELCA, Trinity Commeratives, and from the Children of Trinity ($790.00). 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 by Judy Hassler and Geri Buchanan who hosted Coffee Hour today.  Next week’s Coffee Hour will be provided by Maureen Onstott and Karen Kuebler.


This Week at Trinity; Sunday, January 19th to Sunday, January 26th

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 (1/19)                             reSource worship                                                             9:00am

                                                “Seniors in Transition”                                                   9:00am

                                                Takeaway Bible Study & Choir rehearsal                  10:15am

Traditional Service                                                        11:00am

MON-FRI (1/20-1/24)           Food Pantry                                                                  CLOSED

MON (1/20)                            RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

                                                Choir practice                                                                   6:00pm

TUES (1/21)                           RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

                                                CEW-Yoga                                                                       3:15pm

THURS (1/23)                        CEW-Basketball                                                              3:15pm

                                                RPC Basketball                                                                5:00pm

FRI (1/24)                              Square Dancing                                                      7:00-9:00pm

SUN (1/26)                             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