Announcements and Activities

Avenues of HopeTRINITY NEW HOPE and THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR will again participate in the Avenues for Hope online Housing Challenge Dec. 12-31. Trinity New Hope Inc. (TNH) is a Section 42 affordable housing neighborhood (16 3-bedroom homes). The House Next Door (HND) was founded several years ago by Grace Episcopal Church and can house four single moms and their young children or infants; the only requirement being that the moms pursue some form of education. Both TNH and HND have their own 501(c)3 status. Follow these links to make your donation: http://bit.ly/TNH2018 (for TNH) http://bit.ly/HNDA4H (for the HND). Or, come to our Saturday Drop-in at Trinity Dec. 15 from 8-11am and give there (we will have laptops ready for you). Join us for a cinnamon roll, hot chocolate, and some cookie decorating on your way to Christmas shopping. It does not take long to stop and learn about ending homelessness in our community!

WOMEN’S LUNCHEON:  The Women’s Luncheon for December will be a potluck at Trinity, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 18th.  Please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift.  Contact Sandy Cosgrove, (208) 283-5393 to RSVP.

LIFE TREE CAFÉ TRAINING:  Come learn more about this new cluster ministry Saturday, Jan 5 from 10:00 a.m.-noon right here at Trinity. (resecheduled)

DECEMBER’S STEWARDSHIP FOCUS is on managing Holiday stress.  Be generous.  Especially try to relieve stress in others.  It doesn’t have to cost money, or not a lot.  Smile and kindly greet a harried checker in a store with long lines.  Let them know you appreciate how hard they are working.  Run an errand for someone who is pressed for time.  Bring canned goods to your food pantry.  Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.  Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk.  Tell someone you like their smile, or their pet, or their children, or their cooking.  Lightening someone else’s mood will have a positive effect on your own.

VICAR MIA is giving an all-day workshop on Spiritual Gifts on Saturday January 26.  You’ll learn how to discern your own spiritual gifts and how to spot them in others.  This is the same workshop she gave at Immanuel Lutheran Church before joining us at Trinity.  Sign up at church or contact Vicar Mia at mcrosthwaite001@luthersem.edu.  $14 covers expenses.  Lunch provided.  “Singing in church choirs has been a life mission.  My work in healthcare was a calling. But finding out that my number one spiritual gift is teaching has empowered me to teach more adult classes to my God given brothers and sisters.” — Luanne Tangedal

STAR WORDS ON EPIPHANY:  The magi were guided by a star to the infant Jesus. On Jan. 6, Epiphany, the day we celebrate the visit of the magi, you all will be invited to pick a star out of basket. Let the word on your individual star guide you in 2019.

SIGN-UPS:  The 2019 Flower Chart is ready for people to sign up.  It is hanging behind the 2018 chart.  The Wine/Eternal Candle charts are almost full and are on the bulletin board on the long hallway. The sign-up sheets for church cleaning and Fellowship Time for 2019 are posted at the east end of the Fellowship Hall.  Sign up now to get those dates you’ve always wanted.

FRUIT BASKETS FOR NEW HOPE: Join Trinity’s Church in Community team Sunday, Dec. 16 after worship in the Fellowship Hall and help assemble fruit baskets for residents of Trinity New Hope. Please contact Renee VanAtter if you have questions or plan to volunteer. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for supporting this project.

if you plan to use OFFERING ENVELOPES in 2019 and have not yet requested some, please visit the Stewardship table in the narthex today. There are packets of 13 (for monthly givers), 26 (for those giving twice a month), and full boxes.

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX:  Please remember to check your church mailbox as there may be some relevent information for you.

Emails: If you aren’t receiving emails of church notices and the monthly Epistle and would like to, please leave your email address on the attendance sheet or with the office, and you will be added to the distribution list.

Julie Haugen has taken over for Barb Franzen for sending cards to members who have lost someone or are hospitalized, other circumstances in which a card may be appropriate.  Please contact Julie if you know of a situation that may apply.