BY PURCHASING EQUAL EXCHANGE products as Christmas presents you help make a win-win-win-win-win situation. First you help farmers make a living wage. 2. You make someone happy with the ”usable” gift you gave them. 3. You are promoting and educating about Equal Exchange, and 4. Products are good for our planet earth because they are organic which means pesticide-free. Church in Community are offering not only coffees, teas, and chocolates, but baking cocoa and chocolate chips for baking goodies and DIY kits (what is that? Come to the E.E. table to find out) Sales dates Dec 3, 10, & 17.
MESSIAH ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS: The Wednesday morning study group will be listening to and studying Handel’s Messiah. Please see Pr. Meggan if you are interested or just show up Nov 29-Dec 20.
DECEMBER’S STEWARSHIP FOCUS is on managing Holiday stress. Pick a Christmas carol that you love. Learn it! Learn all the words of all the verses, maybe even some harmony if you can. Then the next time you are waiting in a long line, stuck in traffic, listening to the same boring story Uncle Al tells every year, sing your special carol, either out loud (while stuck in traffic) or in your mind (listening to Uncle Al). Music lowers the blood pressure, promotes deep breathing, and the lyrics of your carol should help you reconnect with the religious basis of Christmas.
ANGEL TREE: This holiday season we will have the opportunity to share our generosity with the residents of Trinity New Hope. The Angel Tree will be on display in the narthex from December 3 through December 17. You are invited to take an ornament and purchase the item on the tag (paper products, cleaning supplies, personal care items) and return it to the church by December 17. After worship service December 17, we will assemble totes for each Trinity New Hope household and deliver them. Thank you!
DECEMBER’S NOISY OFFERING on Sunday, December 31st is for Hope’s Door. In 2003, Hope’s Door Shelter began as a response to the horrific murder of Angie Leon at the hands of her abusive husband. The Shelter was opened as a sanctuary for victims of domestic violence to seek refuge before more lives might be taken. Hope’s Door Shelter is located in Caldwell, Idaho. Hope’s Door is the only domestic violence specific to women and children shelter in Canyon County.
POINSETTIAS: One of Trinity’s Christmas traditions is to provide poinsettias for Christmas Worship. There is a tear-off in the December Epistle and in our bulletins. All you have to do is buy the poinsettia of your choice and bring it to church before Christmas Eve. You’ll be able to designate it in honor of someone living or in memory of someone who has died.
ONLINE GIVING: is now available at Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa. If you have a QR Reader on your mobile device, simply read the QR Code on the information card next to the hymnal in your pew. Or, you can go to our website, www.nampatrinity.org. Scroll down to the link “WebPay.” You can give via Credit/Debit, Checking, or Savings. If you give by Credit/Debit you will be given the option to offset the processing fee. You can make a one-time gift or schedule a recurring donation. Thank you for supporting the ministries of Trinity Lutheran.
HOSPITALITY: If anyone knows of any illness or death, please contact Barb Franzen so that she may send a card.
Calling all WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: asst minister, lector, usher, greeter, crucifer, acolyte, and communion assistants. The next schedule for 2018-Jan through May will be created Dec 1. If you have not yet turned in your talent sheets or wish to make changes in the volunteer lists, please notify Kim Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bob Cola in the office prior to Dec. 1. We will have additional training sessions coming up in November and all are welcome to volunteer.
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.