The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent
Collect for Third Sunday of Advent: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday School: Sunday School is held each Sunday at 10:00 am in the downstairs classroom. Sunday School is open to all children from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
Adult Discussion Group: Each Sunday at 9:00 am the Adult Discussion Group meets in the Chapel to discuss an examination of the life of Jeremiah. The book that will guide us will be “Run with the Horses” by Eugene H. Peterson. Feel free to join us at any time. While reading the book in advance may be beneficial, it is in no way a requirement for entering the discussion. Contact Wayne Stratz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
THE ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP WILL NOT BE HELD ON DECEMBER 17th AND 24th.
2018 Giving Envelopes: Please pick up your box of 2018 Giving Envelopes now available in the Narthex. If you do not have a box and would like one for 2018, please let Pat in the Church Office at 215-855-4431 or email@example.com know and we will prepare a box for you.
Weekly Community Social Networking Event: Every Monday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, we hold a discussion group in St. Margaret’s Hall led by David Nejako. This is open to anyone from the parish or the community who would like to join in a group to discuss different subjects. The topic on Monday, December 18th will be “Opinions of Climate Change”. Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited.
Adult Bible Study: The Vestry has elected to begin a weekly adult Bible study. At the Vestry’s request, The Rev. Alan Broadhead will lead this study. It will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Christmas Flowers: If you wish to contribute toward Christmas flowers this year as a memorial or thanksgiving donation, please place your donation in one of the envelopes in the Narthex and fill out the envelope if you want it listed as a memorial in the Christmas bulletin. All donations must be received by Sunday, December 17th for inclusion in the bulletin.
Fellowship Meal with First Generation Church: Our neighbors at the Korean congregation of The First Generation Church at N. Broad & E. Fifth Street have invited us for a fellowship meal with them on
Sunday, December 31st at 11:30 am. Pastor Lee has invited everyone from Holy Trinity to come to a dinner, prepared by his congregation, as a time for parishioners at the two churches to meet and socialize. Please join us so we have a good turn-out from Holy Trinity to fellowship with our neighbor church. We will leave Holy Trinity around 11:15 am and walk down to the First Generation Church.
Annual Winter Coat Drive: Again this year, Holy Trinity will be collecting used winter coats in good condition for donation. This includes coats for men, women and children. Some of the coats will be donated to Seamen’s Institute in Philadelphia, and the rest will be handed out in Lansdale at our Friday Sandwich Ministry.
2017 Christmas Service Schedule: The following schedule will be in place for Christmas worship this year:
Dec. 24 10:00 am Advent 4 H.E. Rite II worship service without music
Dec. 24 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Worship Service with Eucharist and our Band
Dec. 25 10:00 am Christmas Day H.E. Rite II worship service without music
Caring Committee: “As the Father has loved me so I have loved you”—loving words of our Savior. We have people in our Church who need our help, time and love. If you can take someone on an errand (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.) or give them a ride to church, please call David Nejako at 215-767-6333. Thank you for reaching out to help members of our church family.
Holy Trinity’s Sandwich Ministry – Each Friday Holy Trinity volunteers hand out sandwiches to hungry folks at the corner of 4th and Broad Streets at 11:00 am. Questions? Please call the church office at 215-855-4431
Men’s Breakfast Group: All men are invited to attend the monthly Men’s Breakfast Group, which meets at 8:00 a.m. the last Saturday of every month at the West Main Diner in Lansdale. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Ray Medlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Breakfast: All women are invited to attend the monthly Women’s Breakfast which meets at 9:30 am the last Saturday of every month at Franconi’s Restaurant in North Wales. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact JoAnn Ferrara at email@example.com or call 267-410-1519.
Manna Outreach: The children of Lansdale thank you for your contributions to Manna on Main Street. Please continue to donate cupped fruit, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, ham and salmon as well as snack bars and crackers. Please remember to check the expiration dates.
Also, remember cat and dog food, both wet and dry, is also collected for needy families with pets.
Holy Trinity is on Facebook! Please like our page and share it with your friends: facebook.com/holytrinitylansdale
WIC donations: WIC of Lansdale on Broad Street is in need of diapers and diaper wipes for their clients. We will be collecting diaper and wipes donations in the box in the Narthex and forwarding to WIC.
Serving December 17, 2017
Readers: Wayne Stratz; Lorraine Flagg
Text: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126;
I Thessalonians 5:16-24 and John 1:6-8, 19-28
Chalice Bearer: Wayne Stratz
Preacher: Wayne Stratz, Lay Preacher
Eucharist Celebrant: The Rev. Ghislaine Cotnoir
Greeter/Usher: Dianne Lawrence
Nursery: Madison Medlin
Counters: Aleth Bocasan; Jim Broidrick
Current Vestry: Ray Medlin (Rector’s Warden), Aleth Bocasan, James Broidrick, Jack Croft (People’s Warden), Lorraine Flagg; Bill Keith, Janet Miller, David Nejako
Diocesan Deputies: Jack Croft, Star Little, Ray Medlin. Wayne Stratz (Alternate)
Deanery Delegates: Jim Broidrick, Tina Gallagher, Caren Puschak. Ray Medlin and Wayne Stratz (Alternates)
Parish Prayer List: Bill, Peg, Jean, Dick, James, Fran, Kathy, Edward, Linda, Curt, Bert, Doris, Vince, Carla, Jeannie, Cindy
Serving in the Military: Stephen, Marty, Ashley, Ed, Leanne, Bert, Keith, Tommy, Ben, April, Joseph, Kirk
Names remain on the prayer list for three months. To add names please contact the parish office or Alice Miller at 215-362-0850. Caring for our church family members is important to us. If you or a family member are in the hospital and wish a pastoral visit, please notify the church office.
December 31 Fellowship Meal with First Generation Church 11:30 am
January 28 Annual Meeting 11:30 am
This week at Holy Trinity:
Sunday, December 17th
- E. Rite II 10:00 am
Sunday School 10:00 am
Coffee Hour 11:30 am
Monday, December 18th
Social Networking Discussion Group 2:00 pm
Wednesday, December 20th
Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm
Friday, December 22nd
Sandwich Ministry 10:00 am
Gamblers’ Anonymous 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
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