November 27, 2016 Bulletin Announcements

We welcome all children in worship! Children may stay in the sanctuary or enjoy childcare in the education wing (for infants up to three year olds). Following Children’s Time, children ages four years old-second grade may leave for Children’s Worship. They will be escorted to the resource room (in the education building). Godly Play is a time of sacred wonder mirroring the liturgy in “big church.” Today’s story: “The Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem.” Storyteller: Corlis Wood. Greeter: Lynette Williams. Parents may pick up their children in the resource room following the service.

Prayer Concerns: Members: Ruth Ambrosius, Rosa Beavers, Chandler Berry, Bob Burger, Anne Kern Carpenter, John Cleaveland, Kathy Ferguson, Don and Nancy Fortini, Esther Krigbaum, Emily Maness, Chris Rosati, Austin Wicker, Alicia Williams, Sue Wyker, Dana Campbell as she grieves the death of her brother and Anne McChesney as she grieves the death of Graham. Friends and Relatives: Jerry and Sharon Autry, Arland Eyl, Sr., John Hill, Tim “Cotton” Morgan, April Ross, Alexander Foust, Rahn Chase and family, Tommy Sparrow, Kena Morris, Ned Hart, Susan Carroll and Pam King, the family of Doris Massengill, Tonia, niece of Danny Deckard, her sister Traci, mother and family.

Come and Decorate!
On Saturday, December 3 join your family of faith as we deck the halls inside and out for the Advent season and celebration of Christmas. Meet in the narthex at 9:30am to hang wreaths, adorn the doors and gates, and decorate the interior. Following decorating well enjoy a carol sing together at 11am. Thank you!

Christmas Fellowship Lunch
Join us next Sunday at noon in the Fellowship Hall for an intergenerational Christmas fellowship lunch and cookie swap! Bring a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies or holiday treat to share and enjoy food, ornament making, holiday songs, games and the interactive singing of the 12-Days of Christmas. Dont miss the fun!

Intergenerational Advent Sunday School class begins today! Members of all ages from the church family are invited to a Sunday School offering over the season of Advent, beginning today at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. There will be light breakfast treats and teaching and activities that engage all ages. Today’s focus will be on spending less and giving more. Parents are encouraged to come with children, as there is no separate children’s offering these weeks. We hope adults without children will come as well, so we can grow together as a united church family!

Join us for our elective Sunday School class at 10am!
The Christian Story of God: Led by Bill Waddell, this class will focus today on the chronology of the development of understanding around Jesus.   Join us in the Sola Scriptura room in the upstairs education wing.

Advent Devotionals are available for pick up today on the ministry table in the narthex. Thank you to Laura Clarke, the Christian Formation Ministry Team and all who contributed reflections!

Grief Doesnt Take a Holiday. Very soon, Christmas carols will own the airwaves, Santa will be omnipresent, and the importance of family gatherings will dominate every message about “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But for those grieving the recent or long-ago loss of a loved one, this may be the most difficult time of the year. If this sounds like you, please join fellow travelers, to share your concerns, and consider coping strategies. We’ll meet Sunday, December 4th, after the 11:00 service, in the Library. Lunch will be provided. Please indicate your plan to attend, so that I may have enough food, and know of any food allergies. Andrea Rock: acrock143@gmail.com

There will be no Y-TAP this evening. Students, good luck catching up on homework before returning to school tomorrow!


Pick up an angel from the Angel Tree in the narthex. The tree is laden with gift wishes of parents and children who are clients of Housing for New Hope. Please select card(s) and return gifts to the narthex by Sunday, December 11 (Cantata Sunday). The Housing for New Hope holiday dinner will be held in our Fellowship Hall on the following Tuesday at 6pm (come join us if you’d like to volunteer!). Please wrap the gift and securely tape the gift wish card from the tree to the package or gift bag. If donating a gift card, please place it in a large envelope or wrap it in a box and tape the wish card securely to the envelope or box. Thank you for helping to make Christmas morning merry and bright for families striving to overcome poverty in our community!   Please contact Corlis Wood with any questions at cwood20144@gmail.com.

The Urban Ministries of Durham and Walltown neighborhood food pantries need our help stocking the shelves due to extremely high demand for food. Please pick up a few of these extra items on your next visit to the grocery store and place them in the bins in the narthex: canned soup (not broth or ‘cream of’ styles), canned corn, canned meat (chicken, beef, tuna, salmon), pasta of any kind, red sauce in cans or plastic jars, mac ‘n cheese, cereal. Thank you!

Do you have extra plastic grocery bags to share? Bring them to the church and drop them in the bin provided in the narthex. Your plastic grocery bags (no large trash bags, ziplocks or other plastic bags, please!) will be repurposed by knitters in our church and community into mats that are used by Housing for New Hope’s “Street Reach” program. The mats are attractive, comfortable, warm and easy to wash. More importantly, they are given to those living on the streets as a means of making a connection while encouraging them to trust and utilize the resources available through Housing for New Hope and other community partners in ending homelessness. Each adult mat utilizes anywhere from 350-700 plastic bags!

Members and supporters of the Community Mission Team and the Outreach Ministry Team responded in a short period of time to an urgent request from the East Durham Childrens Initiative for Thanksgiving turkeys. Thank You to Susan Ferguson, Howard Wood, Judi Bishop, Susan Ross and Tom Hadzor, Barbara VanDewoestine, and Randy and Bridgett Ray for donating 8 turkeys to families living within the EDCI Zone who experience poverty and hunger on a regular basis.

Our church archives are available to be viewed digitally thanks to a partnership with the Duke Divinity School library. Click here to take a journey into our past. We give thanks to God for the faithfulness of those who have gone before us!

Thank you to all who have prayerfully discerned your financial commitment to the work of Christ through the life and ministries of Trinity Avenue for the year ahead. We are grateful! Thank you for your generosity, and thanks be to God for the blessing of sharing life and growing in faith together at Trinity Avenue! Please contact Tina Petrillo (tpetrillo@trinityave.org) with questions or to make a pledge.

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