christmas-jesus

 

Voice of Trinity

—From the Pastor—

As I write this message the leaves have fallen and the days are getting ever shorter.  I have shared a very different Thanksgiving with my family, and I am anticipating a very different Christmas as well.  Many of us were saddened or even angered by travel restrictions and physical distancing over the holiday, but for over 250,000 of us the empty seat(s) at their Thanksgiving table were not a temporary inconvenience, they were permanent.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.
As Christmas approaches I hope that we may carry the gratitude of Thanksgiving with us to help center us in what is really important as we grapple with our “different” holidays.  Christmas in the church normally involves group decorating, special choir and congregational singing and candle lighting.  We’ll need to skip some (or even most) of these things this year, do them in a very restricted way – or we may be completely online.  As the decisions about how we’ll “do” Christmas are shared, please know that they reflect my deep desire (along with that of council) to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Most of all we need to remember what we were reminded of during the Easter lockdown – that Jesus is at the center of everything we do.  The true meaning of Christmas is that Jesus came into the world for the love of us.  He entered our world as a living breathing human being to bring us God’s grace and forgiveness.  The decorations, singing, candle lighting etc… are ways we express the joy of the Incarnation – but they are not the joy itself.  
Perhaps we do well to remind ourselves of the story of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” – we learn at the end that the holiday isn’t about the glitz and show, but about the baby born, laid in a simple manger, who changed not only the world, but you and me forever.
In Christ,
+Pastor Holliday

 

—Worship—

As we have done in years past, we are joining with Grace and St. Paul Lutheran Churches in Teaneck for midweek worship during Advent.  This year we are also inviting members of Morning Star Fellowship to join us. 
We will worship on Zoom at noontime.  
(If the link doesn’t work then please copy and paste)
Meeting ID: 859 1769 6679
Passcode: 857906
We will be using a Service of the Word and worship should last about a half hour.  This will hopefully enable those who might be at work to join us during their lunch time!  After worship, those who wish can stay on zoom and enjoy some time of fellowship while we eat our lunches.
 

New technology and streaming options for Sunday worship

Trinity is improving and expanding its online capabilities!  We have purchased equipment so that our video/audio quality is better for those worshipping from home, and we are giving people the option of connecting through YouTube as well as Zoom.  The YouTube option is best for those who may not be able to be with us “live” at 9:30am on Sundays but may want to connect at another time, or watch worship again, or share our service with friends!
 

Christmas Eve at Trinity

Pastor and council have a “Plan A” and “Plan B” for Christmas Eve at Trinity this year.  Right now we’re operating under “Plan A” but this may change at any moment.

Plan A

If we are able to meet in person there will be TWO worship services at 5:30pm and 8:00pm – each service will be exactly the same.  Because of capacity limitations in the church we are asking people to register for the service they would like to attend by calling the church office.  As much as we hate to do this, we also kindly ask that if you have guests visiting from out of town that you worship with us online.  

Plan B

Depending on the Covid case numbers in our community we may have our Christmas Eve service completely online.  If this is the case then we will have ONE service and everyone will join through zoom or YouTube.  
 

—Christian Education—


Our Sunday school families have been gathering twice a month and everyone is really happy to be back together.  Please join us on Zoom December 6th and 13th as we make our journey through the Advent Season – bible stories, crafts and friends.  What a fun way to spend a Sunday morning!


 

—Stewardship—

Commitment Sunday – December 13th
On December 13th we will be asking people to return their pledge cards for 2021.  You should be receiving an email request from Pastor Holliday to make a commitment of regular giving to Trinity Lutheran.  Pledge cards will be left in your church mailbox for you to get on the 13th.  You can fill out the pledge card and place it in the offering basket.  Those who do not have email will receive their letter and card through the regular mail.  Please consider making a regular gift to support the ministry of Trinity! 
 

—Faith in Action—

All Wrapped Up 

The months of November and December We will be collecting items to brighten up a Bogota family’s Christmas Holiday.  This year we are doing things a little differently the wish list and item reservation is available online at https://wshl.st/ksencw
Please leave your unwrapped items under the Christmas tree in the fellowship hall by Wednesday December 16th. For those who may not have access to the website please see me to pick out an item.
Cash donations are also welcome. (Please see me directly) Please be as generous as you can to make this a happy holiday for our adopted family.  Thank you, Nicole Occhiogrosso Outreach Committee Chair.
 

Seafarer’s Collection

This year through December 13th we will be collecting the following items for Christmas at Sea:  
– Unscented, colorless lip balm – Unscented, hypoallergenic hand lotion (2 – 4 ounce bottles)
– Sealed packages of holiday sweets – Books or activities like Sudoku, word searches, or playing cards
– Facial tissues – Microwave popcorn – Chewing gum  Handmade Christmas cards.

 

Trinity Hosts a blood drive!

On November 10th, Trinity sponsored a blood drive.  It seemed appropriate to have the set up right next to the sanctuary where we worship and pray for the sick.  God bless all those who donated, and all those who needed to receive.


 

Turkey Drive!

Thank you to everyone who brought donations to our Turkey Drive on November 21st!  The community was generous and we were able to make the Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for our needy neighbors.  Thank you to everyone who helped out: Nicole (for organizing!), Diane and Manny (whose tie made our day!), Malle, Pastor Holliday, Fran, Zoe, Joe, Alyssa, Angelina, JoJo and Nancy for being our “staff!”

 

—Trinity Lutheran School—


 

—Fellowship—



December birthdays…..
We are celebrating some special birthdays this month.  We have Pastor Holliday on 12/2, Ryan 12/3, Mr. Larry 12/6, Gloria 12/18 and Mrs. Cora 12/27.  We hope the day is full of laughter, love and plenty of CAKE!

—Upcoming Events—

December 13th
after worship (approx. 10:15) 

We will be holding a congregational meeting to review and approve the church’s budget for 2021.  All voting members of Trinity are encouraged to attend in person or by Zoom.
 
 

—Contact Information—

Office phone:  (201) 487-3576
Secretary email:  secretary@tlcbogotanj.com
Pastor Holliday email:  pastorholliday@tlcbogota.com
Pastor Holliday home phone:  (201) 768-9511
 
Pastor Holliday is usually in the office Tuesday – Friday from 10am-3pm.  Due to Covid restrictions, drop-in’s to the office are discouraged but phone calls are welcome!  Appointments can be made if you would like to speak in person or by Zoom.  Pastor’s sabbath is Monday, but in the event of a pastoral emergency, feel free to call her at home any time.