Please see the June newsletter for the latest news from Trinity Council!
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Peering Into the Gap: What Happened Between Old and New Testaments?
June 12—July 24
New Testament scholar (and Lutheran) Mark Allen Powell likes to remind Bible readers, “When we open the New Testament, we enter a story already in progress.” And that story includes not only the Old Testament, but also the years between the two testaments. Many readers notice that in the New Testament we encounter groups (Jew, Gentile, Pharisee, Sadducee, Samaritan), and words (synagogue, rabbi, centurion, tax collector, exorcism, parable, crucifixion), and concepts (devil, hell, baptism, and kingdom of heaven) that do not appear in the Old Testament. Bible dictionaries and glossaries can define these new terms for us—but where did they come from? And how might attempting to understand their origin help us to read and interpret the New Testament with fresh insight and deeper meaning?
This class will address those two questions. Our method will be to explore the history of the world(s) and the texts out of which first century Christianity emerged—and, to some extent—still remains rooted. Some of these texts are part of the Old Testament Apocrypha, written during the years between the writing of the New and Old Testaments. Others are texts written during that period, but then “lost” and not found again for almost 2,000 years. Of course, this class will only enable us catch a glimpse of the rich complexities of the world(s) into which Jesus was born and out of which Christianity emerged. But if you are interested in peering into the “the gap” between the testaments, please join us. All are welcome.
This seven-week class will be taught by Ann Marie Wagstaff and Andy Buzzelli.
Click on link above for dedication ceremony!
Clint on link above for information about Little Libraries.
New council members were installed during worship. They are: Muriel Josten -President, San Juanita Baldwin – Secretary, and at large members – Kathryn Benander, Ray Cauwet, and Tami Hensley. Ann Marie Wagstaff continues as Vice President, and Jan McKinley continues as Treasurer.
On Sunday, December 5, Pastor Manda Truchinski, Assistant to the Bishop, was with us and gave a wonderful message that day. You can find the link above.
Foothill Baking Project
The Foothill Baking Project is back. If you would like to participate, they are baking goodies for the unhoused and helping the Porterville Welcome Center meet some of their needs. Besides baked goods, they could use: bottled water, ground coffee,, TP paper towels and lunch sized items like chips. They are delivering to the Welcome Center weekly.
Please let Cindi Rogers know if you want to bake something for them to deliver. In the past, they have done muffins, breads, cookies and brownies, as well as cakes and pies. They plan to deliver on Wednesday mornings, The Welcome Center is open 7 days a week, providing breakfast and lunch.
We are in need of more volunteers to help run the iPad and multimedia during our streaming services so that those currently serving can have a break now and then! Without help, we won’t be able to provide the live stream of worship. Please let the office or Jan Gibson know if you are able to help us.
It would be extremely helpful if folks would also sign up to be readers, communion servers, and ushers. We have had to ask folks at the last minute to serve in these positions, and it would give us peace of mind if we had folks signing up in advance! Thank you!
RETURN TO IN PERSON WORSHIP UPDATE
As of June 15–
We are so happy to say we are finally back having in-person service again! Please note that masks are no longer required if you are vaccinated but feel free to wear one if you desire. We do encourage physical distance throughout the service and ask that you seat only with those members of your own household. In order to maintain physical distance, some pews will be unavailable. This will be a no touch service – no handshakes, hugs, passing the offering plate, sharing of the peace. There will be an offering plate placed in the rear of the sanctuary.
- If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join us online. Worship bulletin and worship music can be found on the worship link.
- When using the restroom, please lock the door upon your entry and unlock it when you depart. We will only allow one person at a time inside the restrooms.
Invitation to Join the Ministry of Books Team
In our most recent council meeting, council decided to expand the Ministry of Books into a collaborative effort with Foothill Presbyterian and La Vida Nueva. Thus far, the Ministry of Books has initiated two projects
Books for the Homeless—We have joined the Porterville Little Libraries Project and will be constructing and placing a Little Library in front of the Welcome Center. It will be up to this the ministry team to find out what books are needed and to keep the Little Library stocked. (example shown) We still need help building our “Little Library.” Please let the office or Ann Marie know if you are interested. Thank you
Trinity Theological Library—Trinity now has a Theological Library (probably the most extensive in the community). It will be up to the ministry team to plan how to make use of this valuable resource, perhaps including the development of classes and presentations on the Bible and theology.
The time has come to plan the further development of these two ministries, as well as to consider other projects that might benefit our community. For example, through partnering with La Vida Nueva, I am sure that we can find ways to distribute appropriate books in both Spanish and English—and explore ways in which books might be used to bring our three congregations together.
This is an exciting opportunity—and today I am inviting you to join the team. If you have any interest in any aspect of the Ministry of Books—please join! Or if you have any questions about how this might work for you, please ask! To join or to learn more contact Ann Marie at [email protected] or 559-791-0286.
From Pastor Jodi
I would like to invite each of you to a weekly Bible study where we will look at the text that I will be preaching on the following week. This study will happen each Sunday on Zoom at 4 p.m. I know that this next week, Feb. 7 is Super Bowl Sunday and if you aren’t watching the game, I would love to have you join me.
Join Zoom Meeting…
Another opportunity to give for those who love to shop…
If you use AMAZON.COM to shop at any time, we have now signed up for their Smile program, which donates a portion of any purchases you make to Trinity Lutheran Church. Here are the instructions on how to do it:
For your phone: Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. Open the app and find ‘Settings’ in the main menu (☰).
Tap on‘AmazonSmile‘ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
For your computer: To change your charitable organization:
- Sign in to amazon.comon your desktop or mobile phone browser.
- From your desktop, go to Your Account and select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
- Select a new charitable organization to support.
Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
We welcome Pastor Jodi Golden-Lund who will be serving as Interim Pastor for Trinity and Foothill Presbyterian as we begin our joint search for our next pastor. Pr. Jodi will begin officiating our Worship Services on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 via our TLC YouTube channel. Please refer to the letter from President Julie McIntosh for more details as we will be sharing Pr. Jodi with Foothill Presbyterian Church.
As of July 12, 2020, Online Worship Services are being provided. We now have a YouTube Channel
When you click on the above link, you should be able to access our worship videos beginning Sunday, July 12, 2020. You can also go to YouTube, and put “Trinity Lutheran Church of Porterville, CA” in the search bar and find the service that way. Once you find the link, please “subscribe” to make it easier for you to find our channel! Happy Worship!!
Trinity Lutheran Church is:
– a community where those who didn’t think they had a community can find a home.
– a community where we celebrate each others gifts.
– a community where we take scripture seriously.
– a community where we come together to grow in faith and love.
– a community where YOU can belong.
We are a community that has experienced first hand the power of God’s love and grace in our own lives. Out of response to the gift of love and grace that we have received, we seek to share that experience with others. As our mission statement proclaims, “Sharing God’s love and grace, we INVITE, EMBRACE, and NURTURE everyone unconditionally into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”
Trinity places a special emphasis on serving the needs of our community with our Food Pantry and our partnership with the Porterville Area Coordinating Council. Our annual Bazaar (held in November) is part of our commitment to our community, where we give 100% of the proceeds to community ministries that provide food and serve others. Bless you!