January 25, 2015 Bulletin Announcements


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Prayer Concerns: Members:  Rosa Beavers, Anne Kern Carpenter, Kathy Cates, John Cleaveland, Don Fortini, Nancy Fortini, Emily Maness, Tracey Roberson, Chris Rosati, Billie Sessoms, and Alicia Williams. TAPC delights in seeing its children take part in worship! If your child (current 1st through 5th graders) would be interested in serving as an acolyte, please contact Kristen Shattuck. Acolytes serve at the 11am services and the time requirement is about one Sunday every 4 to 6 weeks. kristenshattuck@yahoo.com or 919.564.9498.

The Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team will meet today at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday Night Light this week will begin with dinner at 5:30 and then commence with a field trip to learn alongside our Methodist brothers and sisters at Duke Memorial UMC.  We’ll carpool to the 6:30-8:00 event, “Sacred Conversations: Because Black Lives Matter.”  Speakers include Duke Divinity faculty Mary McClintok Fulkerson, Willie Jennings, J. Kameron Carter, and Eboni Marshall Turman.  The goal for this holy conversation is to create paths of solidarity, integrity, honesty, respect, compassion, and action.

Thank you to all who have responded to the call to renew your covenant commitment to the family of faith at Trinity Avenue through your 2015 pledge of time, talent, and income.  We are currently seeking an additional $57,000 in financial pledges to meet our ministry needs and aspirations for 2015, due to capital projects.   If you have not yet made a pledge but intend to, please do so at your earliest convenience as we seek to finalize our budget this month.  If you have made a commitment and can could do a little more or if you would like to make a directed gift towards these special projects, we would be grateful.  Thank you for responding to God’s grace with your commitment of faith!  Please contact Tina Petrillo tpetrillo@trinityave.org with questions or to make a gift.

There will be a meeting of the congregation following 11:00 worship TODAY. Join us in the fellowship hall for a chili lunch prepared by our youth. (Donations go to youth missions. Suggested: $5/person, $15/family.) We will receive the annual report and budget, elect Ruling Elders and Deacons for the class of 2018, and vote on the pastors’ terms of call.

The Officer Nominating Team, after prayerful discernment, nominates Greg Cates, Mary Martin, Bill Ross, Catherine Wilson, and Steve Yova for Session’s class of 2018 and Micheale Collie, Jean Findlay, Ralph Gunderson, Nick Staffa, and Bert Wolf for the Diaconate class of 2018. Biographies of each nominee are available on the ministry table in the narthex. The congregation will vote on this slate of nominees TODAY at the January 25th congregational meeting.

Lenten Earth Care Book Study – One of the Lenten Covenant Groups will focus on the book by Patricia Tull, “Inhabiting Eden – Christians, The Bible and The Ecological Crisis”. This group will meet at 7pm on Sunday evenings beginning February 22nd. If you are interested in participating in the book study, please sign up at the ministry table or contact Arland Eyl (919-698-9116 or arland.eyl@gmail.com). Copies of the book are on the table for $18. Everyone is invited to hear Dr. Tull speak to us about the book on Sunday night, February 15th, at 7pm.

Presbyterian 101: If you are new to the Presbyterian Church or thinking about joining TAPC (or an established member in need of a little theological “refreshment”), join Victoria Herring for a one-session class on the fundamentals of our faith and church government. You’ll be introduced to the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions, the basics of reformed theology, and the governing structure of our denomination (PC-USA). All are welcome! February 1, Connect & Deepen Classroom on the upstairs education hallway.

Everything TAPC: The following Sunday, February 8, Howard Wood will introduce new and prospective members to the work and worship of the Presbyterian Church as it manifests itself on the corner of Gregson Street and Trinity Avenue. Come learn about our missions, our fellowship events, and opportunities to get involved in being the church in the city. This class meets in the Trinity classroom on the upstairs education hallway.

Urgent message from Urban Ministries: Most of the clothing we distribute is in good used condition, but we seek to give each person who visits a brand new pair of underwear. Though the community has generously donated plenty of pairs for men for now, we’re completely out of ladies’ sizes. TAPC Presbyterian Women will have a collection box at their February 9th event in the Fellowship Hall.

February 19, 12:00 noon, TAPC Fellowship Hall: All are invited to a joint meeting of TAPC Presbyterian Women study groups with invited guests from area churches as we meet with presenters Tommy Grimm and Chauncey Handy to consider: “Who was Paul?” Program begins at 12:30 and end promptly at 1:30 to accommodate our working members. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages provided.


Information for Counters

The Durham point-in-time count, which seeks to number all of the homeless individuals in Durham, will take place on January 28 (weather permitting) and 80 volunteers are needed from 8pm – 12am. If you or someone you know may be interested, please visit: www.durhamopeningdoors.org.

Sign up now to host weekly fellowship after worship! The deacons are looking for volunteers to host the weekly fellowship time after the 9:00 and/or worship services. You don’t have to provide an elaborate spread – just some simple snacks for people to munch on as they mingle! If everyone in the congregation signs up for just one or two time slots, we can fill the whole 2015 calendar! You can sign up on the ministry table in the narthex, by calling Jenny Peters (919-641-3807), or by going to the SignUp Genius link below. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944abac29a20-weekly2.

The Christian Formation Team is pleased to announce their Lenten Covenant Group offerings. In north Durham, Bob and Laura Clarke will host a group led by Tom Robinson on Sunday afternoons or evenings. In Hillsborough, Andrea Rock will lead and host on Mondays at 7pm. In the northeast, Daniel and Lara Chase will host a group led by Caroline Armacost on Tuesdays at 7pm. At the church, Sloan Nuernberger will lead a women’s group on Wednesdays at 9:30am. In the Hope Valley area, Tom and Nancy Carstens will host a group led by Mary Gunderson on Wednesdays at 7pm. And in the west, Bruce and Leslie Lobaugh will host a group led by Jim Kinney. Sign up on the mission table in the narthex until January 28. Groups will begin meeting the week of February 9.

Thank you for making the ministries of TAPC possible with your gifts of time, talent and treasure!

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