December 14, 2014 Bulletin Announcements


Click here for information about our new Christian Formation Opportunities.

Prayer Concerns: Members:  Rosa Beavers, Anne Kern Carpenter, Kathy Cates, John Cleaveland, Don Fortini, Nathan Gordon, Emily Maness, Dutton Moore, Tracey Roberson, Chris Rosati, Billie Sessoms, and Alicia Williams.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Anne Horner who passed away on December 9. Our prayers are with you all.

The Gifts Become Blessings Christmas Market will be held on Sunday, December 7, 14 and 21. Honor cards will be available in the Carr Narthex between the 9 and 11am services and after the 11am service. This year we are supporting Habitat for Humanity, Housing for New Hope, the YMCA We Build People program, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Senior PharmAssist and Urban Ministries Durham. We thank you for your continued support of these worthy recipients.

Did you remember to bring your Angel Tree gift today and place it under the tree? The Housing for New Hope Holiday Party is Tuesday, December 16 from 4:30-6:30 in our fellowship hall. Gifts can be brought on Monday to the church office. Questions? Contact Corlis Wood at 919-286-4024. Thanks!

Special offering for December: Christmas Joy Offering (PC/USA) helps fund the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and also supports education at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. The total is split 50/50 between retired church workers that are in financial need and nurtures racial and ethnic heritage at five schools and colleges with student scholarships. Note Joy Offering on memo line when giving by check. Joy Offering envelopes are in the pews and on the ministry table. Thanks – Outreach Ministry Team

TODAY, December 14, at 11am: Cantata no. 140 “Sleepers, Wake”! (“Wachet Auf!”) by Johann Sebastian Bach presented by Trinity Choir & Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Laurie Siegel & Lewis Moore, soloists, Harry Jansen, Director of Music.

If you’d be willing to read scripture at the 8:00 Christmas Eve service, please contact Brent Blaylock at bblaylock@nc.rr.com.

The Church Office will close at noon this Wednesday for Staff Appreciation.

The heavy headlines in our world today can feel hard to hold together with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. For those looking for a space set aside to offer up prayers of Advent longing and hope, a simple prayer service will be held in the chapel this Wednesday, December 17th from 5:30-6:00. With stillness and candlelight, we will pray for the nations of the world, the needs of our community, and the hearts of those close to us. Contact Elizabeth Michael for more information.

Youth Caroling: All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to arrive at the narthex tonight at 4pm to regal TAPC members around Durham with carols, returning to the church for hot chocolate and cookies until 6:30pm.


Information for Counters

Christmas Eve Childcare: Our Christmas Eve services are typically full of members and visitors, resulting in a great need for childcare. If you or someone you know would be willing to serve during the 5:30pm service (no childcare available at the 8:00 service), carrying the church’s mission to nurture little ones in love, please contact Tommy at tgrimm@trinityave.org.

Christmas Eve Offering. You may have heard about the ice bucket challenge to raise money to support the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or Big Ideas for the Greater Good (BIGG) as part of Inspire Media’s goal to spread joy by helping others. Inspire Media (http://inspiremedianetwork.org/) was founded by TAPC member, Chris Rosati, who is currently battling ALS. This year our Christmas Eve offering will be donated to Inspire Media and the ALS Association. Your generosity will inspire others to dream big and benefit the ALS Association to research and provide hope to those facing this disease.

In order to steward the material and human resources that go into preparing our worship spaces for Christmas, we will not be collecting monies for poinsettias this year. A smaller number of poinsettias, purchased through the Flower Fund, will adorn the sanctuary and chapel. If you’d like to give a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, consider shopping the Christmas Market to make a donation to a local ministry or non-profit.

The Christian Formation Ministry Team is looking for hosts and leaders of Lenten Covenant Groups next year, small groups of people who commit to meet weekly in homes for about eight weeks before Easter, supporting one another in Lenten disciplines that bring members’ lives closer to “the way of Jesus.” This will include one group specifically focused on Creation care. If you are interested in facilitating discussion as a leader or opening your home as a host, please sign up on the mission table or email Caroline aarmacost@nc.rr.com with questions.

If you’d like a box of dated envelopes by which to make your regular offering, please contact Tina Petrillo, Business Manager, at tpetrillo@trinityave.org or 919-682-3865.

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

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