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December 5th ~ Visit from Assistant to the Bishop

On Sunday, December 5, Pastor Manda Truchinski, Assistant to the Bishop, will be with us and preaching that day. Please join us to welcome her.

Midweek Advent Services

Join us online the following Wednesdays, either YouTube or on our TLC Facebook page and take a midweek break as members of our  TLC and Foothill Presbyterian community share reflections on Hope, Peace, and Joy. We thank Kathryn Benander, Nancy Chapman (Foothill), and Muriel Josten for sharing reflections.

  • December 1 – Hope – 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 – What is the deep longing for our community? How does this longing intersect with hope? Where are you finding hope in these days?
  • December 8 – Laying the Foundation of Faith (Peace) – Philippians 1:3-11 – What are the words, blessings, actions that have laid the foundation for your life? Who helped lay the foundation of faith in you? How are you doing this for others?
  • December 15 – Making a Home for All with Joy – Zephaniah 3:14-20

Blue Christmas Service – Monday, December 21st

We are holding a special Blue Christmas service at 4:00pm on Monday, December 21st. Although we are entering a festive time for some, it can also be a painful time for some. We have had a painful and challenging time these past twenty months. It is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Come out and join us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture and music.

Advent Bible Study: Christ Will Come Again

Join us this Advent as we explore the radical promise that “Christ will come again.” When the way forward does not always seem clear, we are called to look to God and trust his promise that Christ is the way to a New Creation and a New Jerusalem. We meet at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Drop-ins are always welcome.

December 5     Isaiah 40    “Prepare the Way”

December 12   Isaiah 61    “The Year of the Lord”

December 19      “Behold, I Am Coming Soon”

 

 

 

 

 

Little Library Ribbon Cutting

 

Date to be determined.

Holiday Bazaar

Trinity Lutheran Church and Foothill Presbyterian Church will hold a Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will conducted at Trinity Lutheran, 764 West Henderson Ave. Porterville. This is the 37th year the church has held the bazaar.

Featured at the bazaar will be handmade craft items for sale, a huge white elephant display and this year, gently-used clothing. There also will be a drawing for an oriental table, a sewing machine and an Afghan. The decorative table was donated by Rose Johnson and the Afghan by Betty Smith.   In addition, the bazaar will again include its popular homemade soup and pie lunch for $5. Bread for the lunch was donated by Save-Mart.

According to Dave Hensley, bazaar coordinator, “We are again pleased to hold this bazaar to benefit local organizations. In the past 37 years, Trinity has given more than $147,000 to aid community groups. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Family Crisis Center and the Central Valley Presbytery. We hope members of the community will join us in this worthy activity. Besides, it’s a lot of fun and there are some great bargains,” he said.

Information about the upcoming bazaar and all of Trinity’s ministries is available at TLC Porterville.org. or by calling 784-4204.

 

Fall Back!

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings ends at 2 am Sunday, November 7th, so remember to move your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday evening. But if you forget, and find yourself at church early, join in with Ann Marie’s bible study group!

 

 

Bibles, Books, and Beyond

Ann Marie Wagstaff

November Bible Study: Praying the Psalms

The Psalms are prayers. They give voice to our deepest needs, our deepest hopes, and our deepest joys. The biblical Psalms speak to and from the depths because God has sought and found us there.  And when we are truly found, we can speak the truth about ourselves and about the fathomless gift of God’s love for all creation.  Join us in November for three weeks of exploring and praying three psalms that speak from and to the depths of God’s love. We meet at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Drop-ins are always welcome.

November 7                          Psalm 69       “Save Me O God”

November 14                        Psalm 23       “The Lord is My Shepherd”

November 21                        Psalm 104     “Praise the Lord, my Soul”

 

Advent Bible Study: “Christ Will Come Agai”

This Advent, e prepare once again for the coming of Jesus Christ, recognizing that Christ has already come and will come again—a radical promise that grounds us in the present where we live “between times”—between the “already” and the “not yet.”  The prophet Isaiah also lived between times, and spoke of a future nowhere in evidence around him.  Today, when the way forward does not always seem clear,  we are called, like Isaiah, to look to God and trust God’s ability to “make a way out of no way” (as the African American church describes it’s own history and hope).  Join us in Advent 2021 as we prepare the way with Isaiah for the New Jerusalem yet to come. We meet at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Drop-ins are always welcome.

November 29                Isaiah 64   “O That You Would Rend Heaven and Come Down”

December 5                  Isaiah 40   “Prepare the Way”

December 12                Isaiah 61   “The Year of the Lord”

December 19              Rev. 22       “Behold, I Am Coming Soon”

Ann Marie Wagstaff

 

 

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.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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 amwagstaf@gmail.com 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…
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88973018764?pwd=RE9UT2wybGNMOUlTQmNlM3dmRDkvUT09

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 onAmazonSmile‘ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

For your computer: To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to amazon.comon your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

NEW INTERIM PASTOR

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

Trinity Lutheran Church of Porterville, CA

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!!

Please check out “Home Worship & Service”

Please check out Trinity’s Facebook Page for the latest information

 

 

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!