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.
Bibles, Books and Beyond
The Trinity Bible Study will complete our Advent/Epiphany “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem” very soon. Then we will begin a new study on Wednesday, January 14th titled “Christian Life in the Book of James.” As you may know, Luther called James “a book of straw” and even suggested that it be removed from the Bible because he feared that it replaced faith with works. But others have found a more subtle argument about the relationship between faith and works in the book—as well as a rich discussion of Christian life that echoes the words of Jesus more than any book outside of the Gospels. So we will explore the book with open minds and open hearts to see what light it might shed on how our own lives—grounded solidly in faith—might be distinctively Christian in these challenging times.
If you would like to join the Bible Study send Ann Marie Wagstaff an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Lisa at the church if you need to have your bible study mailed to you. Also, if you would like to take a break from receiving the bible study emails, please let Ann Marie know.
Join us at 8 am Sunday, December 27 on our TLC YouTube channel as we celebrate the birth of Christ through Lessons and Carols. It is also Pr. Jim’s final Sunday with us as he prepares for retirement on December 31, 2020. Thank you, Pr. Jim, for all the love, caring, and service you have given to our congregation. We love you and will miss you!
Ann Marie dropped off 50 Blessing Bags. This is Andrea from The Family Crisis Center. They were very grateful for what we were able to provide. Thank you to all who donated items or money for the blessing bags, and a big thanks to those who took time out of their day to assemble them!
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!!
NOTICE AS OF MARCH 19, 2020:
The council and Pastor Jim have made the following decision:
There will be no more face-to-face worship for the near future, including Sundays as well as Wednesday evening Lent Services, due to the directive from the CDC and Washington that no more than 10 people gather at one time due to COVID-19. We are doing this as an abundance of caution for all our church family. Please share this information with other members that you know who do not have access to email or our Facebook page, or those who don’t check it regularly. Thank you!
The office will remain open during regular hours – Mon-Thur, 9-1 pm and Tues from 9-12 pm. The office manager will be available to take care of various church needs as well as provide the community with food. Donations of food are still needed, knowing how difficult it is for people to get items right now. Please only donate food at this time. Thank you.
Please remember that our church finances will remain the same, so please feel free to mail in your offerings or drop them off in person during office hours. Thank you for continuing to support our church ministries.
Please stay healthy and shelter in place as much as possible. Check on each other, take care of each other. With God’s love and help, we will get through this. Keep praying, keep reading your Bible. His love and guidance will get you through.
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!